Chronology of Shame at Supreme Court
By now everyone knows the latest atrocity of the Supreme Court. Like Roe v. Wade in 1973 which eliminated all state laws against abortion, Stenberg v. Carhart voids state laws against partial birth infanticide. How did we get from the "unalienable right to life" to the constitutional right of a "doctor" to stab a baby in the head and suck out his brains? Easy, one evil decision at a time. 1965-Griswold v. Connecticut: fabricated a "right to privacy" striking down a state ban on the sale of contraceptives to married couples. [Griswold ran a Planned Parenthood center.]
1973-Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton: extended the "right to privacy" to a woman's right to kill her unborn child for no reason in the first 6 months and any reason in the last 3. Claiming no need to decide "when human life begins," the justices made it birth, reducing babies in the womb to nonpersons. Hypocritically, they declared states could limit and even prohibit abortion in the third trimester unless necessary to protect a woman's "health" defined to include her age and family situation. Result? Abortion-on-demand for the entire nine months of pregnancy, most permissive law in the world. 1976-Planned Parenthood v. Danforth: Denied fathers the right to veto abortion; ditto for parents of minor children. Gave mothers (including teens) the absolute right to kill their babies.
1976-Franklin v. Fitzpatrick: Required disposal of "remains of the unborn child" in a "humane and sanitary manner." 1979-Colautti v. Franklin: States could seek to limit abortion after "viability," but determination of viability was to be made by the doctor, not the courts or legislature. [Sheesh! Talk about the fox guarding the henhouse!] 1981-Gary-Northwest Indiana Women's Services v. Orr: Allowed Indiana to require hospitalization for 2nd trimester abortions.
1983-City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health: Denied Akron the right to require hospitalization for 2nd and 3rd trimester abortions. [Huh? A little schizophrenia here?] Also shot down waiting periods and overturned Franklin's "humane" disposal requirement. [Somebody might think it was a baby rather than a blob to flush down the toilet or grind up in a garbage disposal ..Hey, whatever.]
1986-Thomburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Struck down Pennsylvania's requirement to inform women of medical risks and available assistance. [Informed consent? For cancer, sure. Abortion? Heck no!] 1989-Webster v. Reproductive Health Services: Upheld Missouri's right to restrict public funding and facilities. Also upheld the requirement for viability tests on babies over 20 weeks, but required states to also consider the pregnant woman. [Limits allowed in Webster gave pro-lifers hope that Roe would be overturned.]
1992-Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Upheld Roe. Why?... well, just because! Women depend on it, and the court might lose credibility if they reversed themselves. [What credibility?] Restrictions on abortion would only be allowed if they didn't cause "undue burden" for a woman. 2000-Stenberg v. Carhart: Struck down Nebraska's ban on partial birth abortion as an "undue burden." [Further enshrined human sacrifice as national policy.] States with laws protecting late-term babies which are already being challenged and overturned by the baby butchers include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
Nix first amendment right for Pro-Lifers
Stenberg v. Carhart wasn't the only travesty of justice in this session. Hill v. Colorado upheld a "bubble zone" around a woman within 100 feet of an abortuary. Sidewalk counselors in CO may not approach closer than eight feet or be arrested. No other group is so restricted. [Now suppose the woman walks closer than eight feet to a sidewalk counselor who is standing still. Will that be a violation of the floating bubble zone? Watch for further persecution and lawsuits against pro-lifers under this evil law. "Blessed are you when they persecute you and utter all manner of slander against you, for yours is the kingdom of heaven. " Matt 5:11]
Is radical Kissling "in good standing?"
Frances Kissling of CFFC [Catholics (sic) for a Free Choice] who is trying to get the Vatican booted out of the United Nations, declared in a July 11th article that "since no bishop or pope... has chosen either to pronounce me excommunicated or declare that I have automatically excommunicated myself, I am confident that I remain in good standing with the church... .Justice William Brennan, Sens. Edward Kennedy and Patrick Leahy, and former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, all pro-choice Catholics, have never been excommunicated. Indeed all of them at various points in time have publicly received Communion, which is not allowed to the excommunicated."
The lady has a point! While orthodox Catholics are refused Communion for kneeling to receive, [It happened again at 9:00 a.m. Mass June 24th at a parish in Prince William County. The pastor berated a poor woman as she knelt then sent her hack to her place without the Eucharist.] pro-abortion activists can vote to kill babies on Friday and receive Communion on Sunday with nary a word of warning. It makes one wonder whether some priests believe in the Real Presence.
The bishops have publicly stated that CFFC is not Catholic. Since Kissling continues to use this front organization to attack the Church isn't it time to "make her day" by a writ of excommunication? It would be an act of charity toward her and those she leads astray.
Unfortunately, leading the flock astray isn't limited to pro-abortion radicals. Roger Cardinal Mahony gave the invocation at the Democratic convention in July. Paying lip service to the sanctity of human life, he lent an aura of Catholic approval to a rabidly "pro-choice" party that makes abortion advocacy a litmus test for naming judges, etc. Helping the Democrats reinvent themselves as paragons of religious virtue fits with the cardinal's support of pro-abort politicians like Gov. Gray Davis, his featuring notorious dissenters at the L.A. religious ed conference, and his hob-nobbing with the pro-abort Hollywood elite. His actions bring to mind St. John Chrysostom's statement that the floor of hell is littered with the skulls of bishops. Pray for Cardinal Mahony. One day Jesus will ask what he did for the least of His little ones. Addressing the Democratic convention, where sustained applause greeted Al Gore's promise to protect the right to murder babies, is unlikely to fall into the cardinal's credit column.
Hillary Clinton has promised that if she's elected U.S. senator from New York, she'll join forces with Brazilian feminists to get abortion legalized in the Catholic country. In an interview in the Sunday August 27th edition of Folha de Sao Paulo, Clinton said if she beats Republican Rick Lazio (another pro-abort), "I can help Brazil to find its way to legalize abortion." Interestingly, since the Democrats became total extremists on abortion, we never see criticism of "single-issue" politics. Probably because the Dems are double-issue extremists, sodomy being another favorite. Hubby Bill has backed off on the Boy Scouts for the time being, but expect a new assault if Gore wins in November. Pray for our political leaders. Vote pro-life and pro-Catholic on election day. That rules out Al Gore.