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This is a video I put together of a protest we held in Cedar Rapids Iowa when Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Cecile Richards came to speak at Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa’s 30th anniversary celebration.
Activism is what got me into the pro-life movement and continues to be the part of the job that excites me the most. I thought I’d share a bit about it, especially about the parts of my job that rub a lot of people the wrong way. Read the rest of this entry »
This is the trailer for the new short film 22 Weeks, the true story of an abortion gone wrong—the baby was born alive—and the clinic staff refused to do anything to help him or the mother.
I had the privilege of attending the premiere, meeting the film maker, the star, and the actual mother from the story at the March for Life in D.C. last week.
This film is of top notch quality and is a gut-wrenching look at the reality of abortion. I’m not sure how anyone could watch it and come away unchanged. Check out the trailer and buy the movie here. It’s only ten bucks for crying out loud.
When will it be time to rise up? Would 90% taxation be cause enough? What about genocide proper, not just the quiet genocide of the unborn that so many Christians are content to live with? What about limiting the number or gender of children? What about forced sterilization? What about forced abortion? What about open government funding of human cloning for the purpose of organ harvesting? What about forced mixing of human and animal genes? What about forced restriction of the preaching of the gospel?
Where, if anywhere, do my dear and few readers feel is the point beyond which you do not?
Went to South Dakota last week to do a Face the Truth Tour which was great fun. Stopped Mt. Rushmore cause you have to if you go to South Dakota, right? Kind of underwhelming, truth be told, but neat to see. If you go, put the quarter in the binoculars for a closer look. The detail is much more impressive than the display itself. I’ll try to post more about the trip later. For now, enjoy the Pro-Life Action League Players’ take on an old favorite:
Ok, advil first.
There is a concept in Christian thought (goes all the way back to when there was such a thing as “Christian thought”) of the natural function of the body. It’s good to do things that help the body function properly or restore function to the body that has been lost. To wit: It’s good to have surgery on your heart if your heart is not pumping your blood like God designed it to.
It is bad to do something to your body that does not help it’s proper function. To wit: It’s bad to cut off your finger because you’re harming the functionality of your body.
Now, there is obviously more to life and our treatment of our bodies than the purely physical and functional side, but the physical is one side of things that is a concern.
Now, how does this apply to pill popping? It is the natural function of your head to protect your brain and keep all your squishy bits in place. It is not the natural function of your head to ache. Your head was not built in order to be an aching machine. Therefore, taking a pill that will not otherwise harm your body or reduce the functionality of any other part of your body is not a problem (I throw in that last part because taking say, four codeine to get rid of your headache would certainly do the trick but would reduce the functionality of other parts of you, i.e. your reason, your motor function, etc.)
It is the natural function of your eyes to see. If you get macular degeneration and there’s a pill you can take to make your eyes better, you can take that. You’re restoring your body’s proper function.
It’s the natural function of your reproductive organs to reproduce (not they’re not called the orgasm organs). To take a pill that makes your reproductive organs unable to perform their task harms the function of your body and is not good. It might feel good to use your genitals after you rendered them useless, but that doesn’t mean you’re using your body for the function God built into it.
It might help to think about the fact that God gave us our bodies and, ultimately, they are His. We are responsible to use them in accordance with the purpose to which they were given to us. This applies to any gift of God.
Money is a gift of God, but that does not mean that any pleasurable use of money is permissible. Children are a gift of God, but that doesn’t mean we can use them for slave labor, as enticing as that might be. That’s not what God gave us children for. He gave us children that we might train them up to be His servants. There are attendant pleasures to having children, no doubt, but if we were to take the pleasure of having children and shirk the responsibility, we would be misusing the gift God gave us, no matter how much fun it might be.
So, when we take our sexual capacity with its reproductive capacity which are inextricably linked, and take a pill to reduce the functionality of our bodies, we are acting against nature and against the way God designed us.
Simply put, the advil restores a proper function of the body, the Seasonale defeats a proper function of the body.
As to who finishes first, I think there is a misconception which is being and will continue to be cleared up as Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body continues to permeate Catholic culture. The sexual act cannot be thought of as merely what happens from the moment of penetration to the moment of male ejaculation.
The sexual act is much bigger and reaches far beyond these clinical terms. That’s why I’m hesitant to engage is such discussion. Our former Holy Father, may his memory be eternal, was an avid student of phenomenology and certainly agreed with this line of thinking. The most crucial factor for Pope John Paul II was that the sexual act be an act on the part of both parties of complete self-donation, or mutual self-giving. If one goes into the marriage bed with that as the primary goal, everyone will come out happy. This will probably take work and practice like everything worth a damn, but I assure you it can all be achieved without contraception of any kind. If the reader cannot picture how this could be, he is either not married or has a very poor imagination/sex life.
The Church teaches that what is offensive to God is any sort of sex that puts up any sort of barrier that would prevent the couple from giving themselves to one another completely, fertility included. If you’re not in conflict with that, you’re fine.
I think the point often gets sidetracked to fertility issues like this was highschool biology class. It’s not. The point of the Church’s rules on contraception is to preserve the integrity of the marital act which, not to put too fine a point on it, is vaginal intercourse between a married man and a woman with nothing between them, open to the possibility that life could come from the act they are committing.
The minute you mess with the integrity of any aspect of that act (in which orifice the intercourse takes place, the number or type of persons involved, or the fertility) you’re doing violence to the nature of the marital act. God made it a certain way for certain purposes.
With artificial contraception you’re lying with your body. You’re saying ”I’m giving you everything”, and yet you’re holding back. Now, there could be a way to lie with your body with NFP, but it’s not doing so by its very nature.
You could intentionally hold back your fertility from your partner and use the fast from sex as a way to render yourself infertile, but it’s not necessary. NFP can be used as a method of responsibly spacing pregnancy while still maintaining the integrity of the marital act. The obvious difference is that nothing artificial is placed between the husband and wife to prevent conception. To use JPII’s language, the giving capacity of the man still gives and the receptive genius of the woman still receives. Conception is left in the hands of God. The couple has done nothing to change the nature of the act to prevent conception.
Every form of artificial contraception necessarily places something between the husband and wife that attempts to portray either the giving of the man or the receiving of the woman as other than what it appears to be. It says one thing and does another. If it’s condoms, the man is giving and then taking back. If it’s hormonal contraception, the woman is going through the motions of receiving while making sure her body will not actually receive it.
It’s this fundamental dishonesty in the place where we most clearly image God that the Church finds so detestable about contraception. Here, where we should be speaking most clearly and honestly with the language of our bodies, contraception throws in lies and muddies the waters of communication.
That’s why, despite this being a debate about contraception, conception is almost a side issue. In having sex when the chance of conception is less, man and woman are still authentically giving and receiving, they’re still giving the total gift of themselves to each other with no interruptions, they just might be lessening their chances of having a baby. The act itself is authentic and honest.
…the abandonment of the reproductive function is the common feature of all perversions. We actually describe a sexual activity as perverse if it has given up the aim of reproduction and pursues the attainment of pleasure as an aim independent of it.”
Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Denver is one standup dude. Denver is facing a fight with Planned Parenthood eerily similar to the one here in Aurora. PP bought a piece of property from United Airlines and proceeded to begin building a clinic on it all the while listing United Airlines as the property owner! Even some staunchly pro-life contractors were duped into working on the building because they were convinced the facility was a United Airlines call center.
Well Thursday, Archbishop Chaput issued a statement decrying PP and their deceit, not only in zoning issues, but in all their lies about women, babies, and sexuality. He urges Catholics and all people of goodwill to fight PP by every legal and ethical means available.
Now that’s the kind of straight talk that could bring this country back on track. Pray for our Bishops, that God may grant them peace, safety, honor, health, and length of days, as they faithfully teach us the word of God’s truth.