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Gianna wasn't supposed to be here. Her frightened, 17-year-old mother went to an abortion clinic to end her baby's life.
But, miraculously, the procedure failed and sent Gianna's mother into labor; a few minutes later, a fragile baby girl made her way into the world. The remarkable story of Gianna's survival is both inspirational and unforgettable.

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December 10, 2008 -- The Catholic Key blog
Jesuit University Requires Abortion Coverage
Beginning this fall, students enrolled at the Jesuit University of San Francisco are required to purchase USF's Student Health Insurance Plan underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company. This policy applies to all full-time undergraduates, international students and all students living on campus.
The only way students may opt-out of USF's plan is to prove "that they have coverage comparable (equal or better) to the University-sponsored plan". Otherwise, "Students automatically will be enrolled in, and have their accounts billed for, the University-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan." article

Nov. 10, 2008 -- National Catholic Reporter -- John L. Allen Jr.
Catholic charities shouldn't go secular, Vatican official warns
Ahead of a discussion by the U.S. bishops of now-severed links between their top domestic anti-poverty program and the controversial ACORN network, the pope’s top lieutenant on charitable activities has warned that Catholic relief agencies must not lose their religious identity.
Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, speaking to the bishops this morning, did not enter into the debate about ties between the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and ACORN. He did, however, issue a general caution that Catholic charities must not become “indistinguishable from secular organizations such as UNICEF, the Red Cross, and others.” article

Nov. 10, 2008 -- SIMON CALDWELL
The Pope condemns the climate change prophets of doom
Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering. more

Jan. 1, 2008 --
1. At the beginning of a New Year, I wish to send my fervent good wishes for peace, together with a heartfelt message of hope to men and women throughout the world. I do so by offering for our common reflection the theme which I have placed at the beginning of this message. It is one which I consider particularly important: the human family, a community of peace.

September 23, 2007 -- VATICAN CITY, (
Benedict XVI's Concern for Creation
Aide Surveys Pope's Green Streak

Benedict XVI is concerned about the future of the planet, according to the Vatican spokesman.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said this during the most recent edition of the Vatican Television program "Octava Dies." The Vatican spokesman was commenting on the Holy Father's recent statements on safeguarding creation.
"Various times during his pontificate," said the director of the Vatican press office, "the Holy Father has referred to the important theme of safeguarding creation and the urgency of doing so." more

September 2, 2007 -- -- LORETO, Italy
Pope Delivers Green Message
Pope Benedict XVI Urges Young People To Care For The Planet, Calls For Sharing Of Water
(AP) Pope Benedict XVI urged hundreds of thousands of young Catholics on Sunday to take better care of the planet and reverse environmental degradation, saying the world's water supply in particular needs to be preserved and shared to avoid conflicts.
Benedict offered a very eco-friendly message during an open-air Mass on the second day of a weekend religious youth rally in the pilgrimage town of Loreto that was organized by the Italian bishops' conference.
The Italian Church has designated Sept. 1 as "Save Creation Day," and as a result the Loreto meeting carried a strong environmental message, with each of the participants given biodegradable plates, recycling bags for their trash and a hand-cranked cell-phone recharger. More

July 17, 2007
"Freedom of Choice Act"       FOCA
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. -- That's the first thing that I'd do."
Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. July 17, 2007

April 26, 2007 The House bill, H.R. 1964, was introduced by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who is the chairman of the House Judiciary subcommittee that has jurisdiction over such legislation. The House bill had 71 cosponsors. (70 Democrats, 1 Republican)
The Senate bill, S. 1173, introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.), had 13 Democratic cosponsors,
The bills would invalidate all federal and state limitations on abortion and prohibit denial of choice:
(A) to bear a child;
(B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or
(C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman;
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April 18, 2007
The U.S. Supreme Court decision upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The next day, Democratic members of Congress reintroduced the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA), a proposed federal law to nullify virtually all federal and state limitations on abortion.

June 15, 2001 -- NCCB/USCC
A Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The text for Global Climate Change:
A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence, and the Common Good originated from the Domestic and International Policy Committees and was prepared in consultation with the bishops' Committee on Doctrine and the Committee on Science and Human Values. The document was approved for publication by the full body of United States Catholic bishops at their June 2001 General Meeting and has been authorized by the undersigned. Text

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The Obama administration has decided that the federal government should be in charge of your health care. Health insurance companies would be allowed to continue but would probably go under in five to ten years.

The proponents of a government plan claim:
  50 million are uninsured.
  The present system is broken and will go under.
  A government plan would save money.

The truth is:
12 - 15 million need health care.
The present system is the best in the world. Improve it!
  Reduce fraud.
  Reduce frivolous lawsuits.
  Allow health insurance competition across state lines.
  Encourage a healthy life
  Fund walk in clinics & free health care for the needy.
Free health care would cosr $700b.
The government plan would cost over $900b.

Government plans are wasteful and always more expensive.

The bill considered by the House is a 1000 page skeleton of a health plan. It is so ambiguous that it could be interpreted any way you want.
This creates two major concerns to Catholics.
  The bill does not exclude abortion therefore it is included.
The bill is more expensive than the financing available so health services must be rationed somewhere. It calls for end-of-life counseling (pg 426) implying rationing after age 65.

Please call, write and email your representatives. Tell them that any heath care bill considered:
1. Must ban coverage of abortion.
2. Must limit frivolous law-suits.
3, Must reduce fraud.
4. Must allow health insurance competition.
5. Must help fund local medical centers and hospitals.
6. Must provide free health care for the needy.

Health Care Reform Bills

To make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention
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To make quality, affordable health care available to all Americans, reduce costs, improve health care quality, enhance disease prevention, and strengthen the health care workforce.
Short Title. This Act may be cited as the "Affordable Health Choices Act"
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Text (pdf) - 1018 pages

Some interesting clauses in House bill:

Eligibility for medical service. see page 58
(D) enable the real-time (or near realtime) determination of an individual’s financial responsibility at the point of service and, to the extent possible, prior to service, including whether the individual is eligible for a specific service with a specific physician at a specific fa11 cility, which may include utilization of a machine-readable health plan beneficiary identification card;

End of useful life. see page 230
payment for non-therapy ancillary services. Such analysis shall consider use of appropriate indicators which may include age, physical and mental status, ability to perform activities of daily living, prior nursing home stay

Abortion is not specifically included but President Obama promised abortion so you can be sure that it will be included:
"The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That's the first thing that I'd do."
Senator Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, July 17, 2007

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