A loving pro-life response to Amy Brenneman

Last week actress Amy Brenneman, who filed a brief in opposition to abortion clinics in Texas being required to maintain basic health clinic standards, said she did not regret an abortion she had as a young woman.

Today we offer this link to an article containing the full text of a letter to Ms. Brenneman written by Congresswoman Diane Black -TN.  Rep. Black was a nurse for 40 years before being elected to Congress.  Her response is both bold and compassionate as her words remind us that women must survive to birth to have rights, and that their gender all too often condemns them to early death.

Human Trafficking

NFRW has taken on the task of educating women and equipping them to work to end the atrocity of human trafficking.  Today’s slave trade is mostly in support of the illicit sex industry.  Make no mistake, it continues and it’s all around you.  Ladies, it’s time to take our heads out of the sand and dig into the facts.  Let’s start with looking at ourselves and our communities.

Ice Bucket Challenge: Alternatives to funding ALSA

By now most everyone has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge raising funds for the ALS Association.  Americans are a generous lot and they have gravitated to this fun effort.  However in the midst of the excitement a cruel fact has been uncovered; one which crosses ethical lines and jerks us from entertainment back to reality.  ALSA uses embryonic stem cells in its research efforts. 

So what is one to do?  Compassionate people certainly want improvements in the lives of ALS patients and look to the possibility of a cure.  But we also want a moral solution.  We are unwilling to say one person may be sacrificed for the potential good of another.  We are unwilling to accept that the most vulnerable among us are only worthwhile as research material.  Fortunately there are research options that do not compromise our principles.

Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center (MSCTC)

Mayo Clinic

 John Paul II Medical Research Institute

Adult Stem Cell Technology Center, LLC

Removing Moral Planks From the Republican Platform

On April 12th the Nevada Republican Party stripped two important planks from its state platform.  After spending a long day discussing endorsements and other business, and with only half the delegates remaining on the floor, the NRP voted to remove long-standing planks that supported marriage and opposed abortion.  Should we in Pennsylvania be concerned that a demographically small, geographically removed state made this move at this time and in the way it did?  Yes, we should!


  • In unsettling circumstances that occur too often, the decision came during a time that precluded a robust discussion.   By 7:30 pm half of the GOP delegates had left the meeting, many to attend the associated Lincoln Day Dinner.  Conceivably, some also left due to the length of the day with the meeting having begun at 7 am.  By evening, after a day of wrangling over the endorsement process itself and individual endorsements, many delegates were not as attentive as they could or should have been.
  • Transparency and accountability were lost without a roll call vote.  On such an important decision one would expect delegates to be on the record and accountable to the constituents that sent them to the convention.
  • Members of NRP’s platform committee said they were choosing not to deal with social issues this year.  They fool only themselves.  By supporting a change of the party’s official position they certainly addressed social issues in a way that hasn’t been seen since the 1980s.
  • The proposed changes originated in the less conservative Clark County Republican Committee representing the area around Las Vegas.  Were such a resolution put forward from a county with many state committeemen, would the conservative rural “T” of Pennsylvania fare differently in having it voice heard?  How would PAGOP respond?
  • Similarly to the situation in Pennsylvania, the State Attorney General has refused to defend Nevada’s constitution which declares marriage as between one man and one woman.  In Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane has also refused to do the job she was elected to do, instead refusing to uphold laws that she finds objectionable.
  • It should be noted that the Nevada GOP is the second state party to remove the social planks from their platform.  In 2012 Indiana Republican Party made a similar change.  Using the language of President Ronald Reagan the 3-legged stool of the Republican Party includes fiscal conservatives, foreign policy/defense focused conservatives and religious conservatives.  What will become of a 3-legged stool that continues to saw off parts of one leg?  Eventually it will topple.  What remains may be named the Republican Party but the dynamics will have changed as to exclude those of us who stand for social conservatism.  What then?


Terri’s Day

9:05 am, March 31, 2005 Terri Schiavo succumbed to court-ordered death by starvation and dehydration.

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