Ethics of Fetal Research under Biden

Ethics Of Fetal Research Under Biden
May 4, 2021
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the Biden administration’s biological ethics:
Two years ago, a jury awarded $58 million in damages to ten plaintiffs after finding that the Phoenix-based Biological Resource Center had deceived families into donating the body of a deceased family member. The families thought the body would be used for medical research. Instead, the bodies were dismembered and sold for profit.
FBI agents raided the facility in 2014 and found chopped up bodies in buckets, including feet, shoulders, legs, and spines. Freezers were packed with penises. They even found a torso with a different head sewn on, reminiscent of “Frankenstein.” The owner of the human chop shop, Stephen Gore, was convicted of deceiving the families who donated the body; he also broke the law by deceiving the buyers who were sold body parts with infectious diseases.
How could something like this happen? It’s actually not hard to understand. When we objectify human beings, treating them as inanimate objects, such practices logically follow.
The Catholic Church has a long and proud record of opposing attempts to dehumanize men, women, and children, ranging from denouncing pagan practices such as infanticide to Nazi eugenics. Their latest salvo is a shot at the Biden administration for lifting limits on human fetal research that were placed by the Trump administration.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the bishops’ conference on Pro-Life Activities, released a statement on April 21 that was superb. “The bodies of children killed by abortion deserve the same respect as that of any other person. Our government has no right to treat innocent abortion victims as a commodity that can be scavenged for body parts to be used for research. It is unethical to promote and subsidize research that can lead to legitimizing the violence of abortion.”
White House press secretary Jan Psaki was asked about this statement on April 27. She said the White House “respectfully disagrees,” explaining that “it’s important to invest in science and look for opportunities to cure diseases.”
As expected, Psaki never acknowledged the humanity of the unborn child. She can’t. If she did, the Biden administration’s extreme pro-abortion agenda would implode.
It’s easy to ignore the humanity of the unborn if we call fetal tissue “material.” That was the choice of words selected by Planned Parenthood in the 1970s. In the 1980s, Newsweek described the dismembered body of an unborn baby extracted in a D&E abortion as “fetal material being pulled from a woman’s vagina.” In the same decade, Rachel Conrad Wahlberg, an abortion-rights advocate, contended that the unborn do not have an independent existence. Referring to the pregnant woman, she said, “It is hers. It is her possession (italic in the original).”
The same mindset marked the Dred Scott decision that legalized slavery. In the Supreme Court decision of 1857, the court affirmed public opinion by noting that black people were “articles of property and merchandise.” Nearly 400 blacks were used as guinea pigs in the infamous Tuskegee experiment that began in 1932. For 40 years, rural sharecroppers who took part in the experiment never knew they had syphilis, nor were treated for it. They were not seen as human beings with rights equal to that of others.
After World War I, prisoners in San Quentin received transplanted sex organs from rams, goats, and boors. Tuberculosis treatments were tested on other prisoners. Inmates of Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois were exposed to malaria in the hope that a cure could be found. The drug companies had a field day experimenting on the incarcerated, and did so without controversy right up until the 1970s.
Not only were prisoners seen as subhuman, so were mentally retarded children. From the mid-1950s to 1970, those housed at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York were infected with hepatitis so that doctors could track the spread of the viral infection. More than 700 children were infected to see how they responded to a drug treatment. After what Jews went through at the hands of Nazi physician Josef Mengele—he performed painful and often deadly experiments on twins—it led to the establishment of the Nuremberg Code, a guideline for conducting research on humans. The first stricture insists that the subject must provide consent before the research can begin.
A child in his mother’s womb can never give consent.
Archbishop Naumann got it right when he said “it is deeply offensive to millions of Americans for our tax dollars to be used for research that collaborates with an industry built on the taking of innocent lives.” Worse, this morally indefensible decision was rendered by our “devout Catholic” president.
Contact: jennifer.r.psaki@who.eop.gov

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30 open hours still this week!

Dear Friend of LIFE,

Your witness for the Gospel of LIFE is needed now more than EVER! We still have lots of open hours for this week!

OPEN HOURS

Tuesday, 5/4 – 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 1 needed at 4p.

Wednesday, 5/5 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p; 1 needed at 4p and 2 needed at 5p.

Thursday, 5/6 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 1 needed at 4p.

Friday, 5/7 – 2 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 2 needed at 4p.

To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or call John Bohn at (608)628-7552 or email info@vigilforlife.org.

He is risen! He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

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38 open hours this week!

Good Afternoon Friend of LIFE,

Last week on Wednesday, one of our witnesses for LIFE was standing near the driveway holding a sign that says, “Choose LIFE, you won’t regret it”.  As she was standing there, a car with a yoiung couple approached to turn into the Planned Parenthood parking lot.  They stopped and kept looking at the sign and ended up turning around and leaving!  God is always at work!  

We have LOTS of open hours this week!

Monday, 4/26 – 2 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 2 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 1 needed at 4p.

Tuesday, 4/27 – 1 needed at 9a; 2 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 3p and 2 needed at 4p.

Wednesday, 4/28 – 1 needed at 11a; 2 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 1 needed at 4p.

Thursday, 4/29 – 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p and 1 needed at 3p.

Friday, 4/30 – 2 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 3p and 2 needed at 4p.

To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview or email info@vigilforlife.org or call Gwen at (608)393-8545.

Bring your Easter JOY to the sidewalk this week,

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Baby and parents saved from abortion TODAY!

Baby and parents saved from abortion TODAY at Planned Parenthood in Madison! A woman who had been inside the abortion center came out about 12:15 pm. Her male partner had been parked in the parking lot. Our sidewalk counselor encouraged her to stop and talk as they exited the lot. She rolled down the window to speak with him on the way out and said that she had changed her mind and was keeping her baby. She gave a thumbs up and said, “What you’re doing worked!”. PRAISE GOD!

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Open Hours and Vigil Hour Challenge

Dear Friend of LIFE, 

This last half of our Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign is the perfect time to step up your sacrifices on behalf of our unborn brothers and sisters in danger of losing their lives to abortion! And so, we want to challenge YOU: can you push yourself and help us fill our vigil schedule in an extraordinary way?

  • 12-Hour Challenge: Praying 12 total hours during the campaign breaks down to about 2 hours per week.  If you haven’t done that for the first half of the campaign, you have 21 days left to make up for it! It’s a stretch but totally doable. Win 40 Days for Life merchandise in thanksgiving for your sacrifices.
  • 24-Hour Challenge: This will take some extra effort. Spend the equivalent of a full day – 24 total hours -on the sidewalk in prayer and you will win a 40 Days for Life t-shirt!
  • 40-Hour Challenge: This is not for the faint of heart! Pray on the sidewalk for many hours at a time over the next 21 days of the campaign to win a very special prize!

At the end of this Lenten 40 Days for Life campaign, please send us a note at info@vigilforlife.org with the tally of your total vigil hours on the sidewalk from February 17 – March 28, that we can confirm on the Vigil for Life web site. Then, accept your much-deserved prize!

OPEN HOURS

Thursday, 3/4 – 1 needed at 5p.

Friday, 3/5 – 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 8a; 1 needed at 2p and 1 needed at 3p.

Saturday, 3/6 – 1 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 2 needed at 4p; 1 needed at 5p and 2 needed at 6p.

Monday, 3/8 – 1 needed at 11a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p and 1 needed at 6p.

Tuesday, 3/9 – 1 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 12p; 2 needed at 3p and 2 needed at 4p.

To sign up for hours go to: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthviewor call John Bohn at (608)628-7552.

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1 day until 40 Days for Life!

Prayer Countdown: 1 day until 40 Days for Life! 

 Let us prepare ourselves in prayer for the start of 40 Days for Life TOMORROW, asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us!

 
Let us pray,

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

You, on those who evermore You confess and You Adore, in Your sevenfold gift, Descend; Give Them Comfort when they die; Give them Life with You on high; Give them joys which never end. Amen

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen. 

We ask the Holy Spirit to guide and animate this spring’s 40 Days for Life from start to finish. May it be only for God’s glory. May it be an act of love toward our neighbors. May our prayer, fasting and witness please our Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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2 days until 40 Days for Life!

Prayer Countdown: 2 Days to 40 Days for Life!

Let us prepare ourselves in prayer for the start of 40 Days for Life (in 2 days!), asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us!

Let us pray,

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Bend the stubborn heart and will, melt the frozen warm the chill. Guide the steps that go astray!

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

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40 Days for Life starts this week!

Good Evening!

Hope you are keeping well and staying warm!

It looks like the very cold sub-zero weather will be leaving our area by mid-week. It will be nice to be back to more normal winter temperatures.

Our spring (or rather middle of winter) 40 Days for Life campaign begins this Wednesday, 2/17 (aka Ash Wednesday) at 7a and ends on Saturday, 3/27 at 7p. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for your vigil hours yet you can do so at: vigilforlife.org/calendar/monthview.

We still have some openings this week:

Wednesday, 2/17 – 2 needed at 7a; 1 needed at 8a and 1 needed at 11a.

Thursday, 2/18 – 1 needed at 9a; 1 needed at 10a; 1 needed at 12p; 1 needed at 1p; 1 needed at 2p; 1 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p and 1 needed at 6p.

Friday, 2/19 – 1 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 10a; 2 needed at 11a and 1 needed at 2p.

Saturday, 2/20 – 1 needed at 7a; 2 needed at 8a; 2 needed at 4p; 2 needed at 5p and 2 needed at 6p.

LITANY TO ST. JOSEPH

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

God our Father in heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
pray for us.
Saint Joseph,
pray for us.
Noble son of the House of David,
pray for us.
Light of patriarchs,
pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God,
pray for us.
Guardian of the Virgin,
pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God,
pray for us.
Faithful guardian of Christ,
pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family,
pray for us.
Joseph, chaste and just,
pray for us.
Joseph, prudent and brave,
pray for us.
Joseph, obedient and loyal,
pray for us.
Pattern of patience,
pray for us.
Lover of poverty,
pray for us.
Model of workers,
pray for us.
Example to parents,
pray for us.
Guardian of virgins,
pray for us.
Pillar of family life,
pray for us.
Comfort of the troubled,
pray for us.
Hope of the sick,
pray for us.
Patron of the dying,
pray for us.
Terror of evil spirits,
pray for us.
Protector of the Church,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

God made him master of his household,
And put him in charge of all that he owned.
Let us pray.

O God, who in your inexpressible providence
were pleased to choose Saint Joseph
as spouse of the most holy Mother of your Son,
grant, we pray,
that we, who revere him as our protector on earth,
may be worthy of his heavenly intercession.
Through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

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3 days until 40 Days for Life!

Prayer Countdown: 3 Days to 40 Days for Life!

Let us prepare ourselves in prayer for the start of 40 Days for Life (in 3 days!), asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us!

Let us pray,

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Heal our wounds–our strength renews; On our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of guilt away.

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.

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4 days until 40 Days for Life!

Prayer Countdown: 4 Days to 40 Days for Life!

Let us prepare ourselves in prayer for the start of 40 Days for Life (in 4 days!), asking for the Holy Spirit to inspire and strengthen us!

Let us pray,

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn’d to ill.

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

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