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Article: Why I Terminated My Pregnancy After Learning My Baby Had Down Syndrome

A woman who terminated the life of her unborn child after learning the baby would likely have Down Syndrome wrote a piece that appeared on the Yahoo Parenting site. It's interesting to me that it would appear on a "parenting" site in that much of the argument for abortion has been that the unborn child in the womb is not a child at all. So no child, no parent, right?

But this is interesting (while also heartbreaking) in that the woman state up front that the child in her womb is a "Human being."

Eight weeks on, we were still so blissfully happy that we hadn’t yet discussed having a CVS or amnio. We were too busy pouring over the four sonograms of our little baby. In just over two months, we’d watched him or her morph from a bean-shaped embryo into a little human being with a face and arms and legs — fingers and toes, too.
So it just seems to me that the argument has moved from it's not a human being to it's a human being who is better off being dead.
Soon I was too busy staring at our baby on the screen to be preoccupied with pain. The fetal heartbeat was so loud and strong. It didn’t seem like anything was wrong. Then I thought: Might this be the last time I see him or her? “It doesn’t matter if the baby is born with Down Syndrome,” my husband said, reading my mind. “I’d still be proud.”

On our way home, we stopped at a sidewalk cafe. There I noticed an older couple with their son who appeared to have Down Syndrome. They were trying to prevent him from running out into the street so they could hand-feed him a slice of pizza and wipe his face with a napkin. Though he behaved like a rambunctious toddler, I wondered if he were a teenager or older (it’s often difficult to determine the age of someone with Down’s). I looked at my husband. He had noticed them too.

The next day, the social worker called back. As predicted, the CVS results were the same but even more clear: There was a 99.9% chance that the child would have Down Syndrome. The social worker then asked if I had any questions, and a big one popped into my head.

“Could you please tell me if the baby is a boy or a girl?”

She answered my question with a question: “Are you sure you want to know?”

“Yes, I do.”

When she told me, I burst into tears. Only then, after I’d gotten to know my baby as well as I possibly could, did I feel I was ready to make the hardest decision of my life — terminate the pregnancy. And I would make it as a mother who wanted to do the best for her child.
Death is best for the child. It's a pretty horrific shift in the argument, isn't it? It's not a question over humanity, it's a question of whether the child is better off dead.

I wonder what would have happened if they'd stopped and asked the couple caring for their child with Down Syndrome. I wonder what they would've told this woman. I wonder if it would've made a difference.


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Heh. This is What Happens When the South Gets Snow

This is pretty funny. The South is getting snow so you have newspeople going out to teach people how to sled.

Rule #1: Don't sled down a hill where a big ice boulder awaits, wanting nothing more than to smack you in the face. I love the second part where the kid takes out the cameraman too.

Rookies.



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Cardinal Baldisseri Has To Go

Over at the Register I demonstrate how Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri's shameful (and possibly illegal) behavior means the Pope has no choice but to fire him.

The Pope promised an open, honest, and free exchange of ideas. Cardinal Baldisseri has betrayed the Pope.

Please read and share.




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In: Questioning Jeb Bush's Catholicism. Out: Questioning Obama's Patriotism

So you might remember there was a bit of outrage when Rudy Giuliani questioned President Barack Obama's patriotism last week. You might have seen it mentioned once or twice. Or a hundred times.

And there was a national gasp when Governor Scott Walker refused to answer whether President Obama was a Christian. When asked if Obama was a Christian, he merely said, “I don’t know. I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that. I’ve never asked him that. You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?”

That's scandalous? He merely refused to play the media's gotcha game.

It's that kind of saturation coverage which has me interested to see if there's the same level of horror now that Bill Maher has questioned presidential hopeful Jeb Bush's conversion to Catholicism.

Salon.com:

“Did you know Jeb Bush is Catholic? Neither did I,” wrote Maher. “[He] converted to Catholicism in 1996 — 22 years after marrying his Mexican-born wife, Columba, [sic] — and conveniently between the first time he ran for governor (and lost) and the second time he ran, and won. The Bushes play election hardball, but they also play the margins. They look for every little edge. So is there something to this?”

Maher points out the George W. Bush converted to Evangelical Protestantism before running for Governor of Texas, where 34 percent of voters also happen to be Evangelical Protestants.

That may be a helpful strategy for state elections, but Bush’s Catholicism probably won’t help much if he embarks on a national campaign. According to Pew Research, only 23.9 percent of Christians identify as Catholic nationally, while over 50 percent identify as some sort of protestant.

“Now, of course, who am I to question God’s power to work wondrous change?” he continued. “I’m just saying the Bush boys tend to believe in whatever juju the locals do.”
Maher's a tool. I don't care what he says. But I do think it's interesting to hear the silence surrounding what idiocies dribble out of his malicious maw.

And since when has there been some kind of advantage to being a Catholic running for president? Uhm, there's been Kennedy and...well, that's it. So where is this great advantage for Bush in converting? That's the thing. As is clear with most things Maher says, it doesn't make sense.

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Pontifical Council For Cluelessness

From the same dopey people in the Vatican who brought that painful #LifeOfWomen Video, the English language version of which was eventually pulled because it was so roundly mocked, we now have this stupidity posted on the Vatican website.


This is meant to symbolize women in bondage.  Cuz there was no other way to do that.

Even after complaints, they are digging in to defend this stupidity.
Some complaints have reached the Dicastery concerning the image above. While acknowledging the anger, Cardinal Ravasi has chosen not to remove the image as it speaks clearly for one of the central points of the document: many women, alas, are still struggling for freedom (bound with rope), their voices and intellect often unheard (headless), their actions unappreciated (limbless).
Genuine oppression of women is a real problem that is not served by this kind of stupidity.



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Amanda Marcotte Shocked to Learn Christianity Plays a Role in Politics



But come on, it's a pretty important word.

Marcotte writes in Slate (no link for asshattery):
There's been an increased interest in recent years in what motivates Republican women, particularly as the party has amped up its assault on reproductive rights. This data, which jibes with countless studies have shown that women are more likely to be religious than men, helps answer that question: It's religion.
Soooo, is she saying that she'd like to take away the vote from women? Or maybe just religious people.

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Ultimatum: ISIS To Kill 150 Christians Unless Obama Stops Airstrikes

They're assuming that President Obama cares all that much:

Inquistr:

ISIS is clearly feeling the pain after weeks of intense air strikes against it by the U.S.- led coalition fighting the spread of the terrorist organization in the Middle East.

Employing its familiar tactics, the Islamic State is now threatening to execute the 150 Assyrian Christians they have taken hostage in Syria.

While initial reports suggested that between 70 and 100 people had been taken captive, according to the Daily Mail the true figure is thought to be almost double, including many women, children and elderly people.

It is thought that a new ISIS video is in the making which will address American President Barack Obama. It will tell him that if the air strikes don’t stop, the 150 Christian hostages will be killed.
Can we be real about this? Unless this is on the top of news broadcasts and there is significant political pressure this too will be swept under the rug.

I'm not saying that Obama should capitulate. He shouldn't. But the current policy is clearly not working. These Christians will likely be killed. And more will follow.

Could you imagine any other group (other than Jews) being targeted in such a clear and horrific way that would only bring yawns and ho-hums.

Hey, at least these 150 Christians will never get on their high horse.

Pray.


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Pope Francis' Controversial "Mexicanization" is Kinda Legitimate

Pope Francis warned against the "Mexicanization" of Argentina. In today's hyperbolic politically correct gotcha' culture, this is being treated like a big deal. Which it's not.

It just isn't. And he's right.

The pope said he didn't mean to offend Mexicans by his comments after Mexico's Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade complained that the pope's comments risked stigmatizing Mexico.

But the pope was simply commenting on the fact (and it is a fact) that Mexico is a very dangerous country where a hundred thousand have died in drug-related violence since 2007. Some of the police have been corrupted and are actively in league with the cartels. In fact, in September of last year, dozens of students were reportedly murdered by corrupt police.

The pope wrote in an email to the Argentine human rights group La Alameda "Hopefully we're in time to avoid the Mexicanization. I was talking to some Mexican bishops and it's a terrible situation."

The pope was warning against a similar thing happening in Argentina.

"It is precisely because of this gravity that the fight against drugs is a priority for the government; to confront violence and return peace and serenity to Mexican families, acting on the causes which are at the root of this plague," the Vatican reportedly said.

The situation in Mexico is bad. That's why so many hundreds of thousands of Mexicans are coming to America both legally and illegally. This is a situation that most countries would like to avoid and it's perfectly appropriate for the pope to warn against such a thing. Is it speaking a bit broadly? Sure.

But there's no reason to blow this out of proportion.


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How Will Notre Dame Do in China?

Well, word has it that the University of Notre Dame is contemplating opening a satellite campus in China.

Hmmm, how will Notre Dame get along in a country that isn't committed to a culture of life, doesn't really respect free speech or differing opinions, and doesn't really agree with the Vatican on much? Oh wait.

OK. That's just snark. I'll admit it.


But The College Fix
has questions raised by notable faculty.

Fr. Bill Miscamble, professor of history, argued that it was wrong for Notre Dame as a Catholic university to pursue the discussion any further. Citing the Chinese government’s persecution of the underground Catholic Church in China, as well as the state-sponsored People’s Church, he argued that Notre Dame’s involvement might “indicate that somehow or other, Catholics in America are tolerant of vast human rights abuses.”

John Cavadini, professor of theology and director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life, posed questions about the possible restrictions that could be placed on Notre Dame in China.

“I wonder if we’ll be able to be ourselves in China,” Cavadini said at the December meeting. “Can we have a chapel there in which Mass is celebrated and in which there are no restrictions on who can come to Mass? Or are we going to censor ourselves and the Holy Mass? I wonder if Catholic theology will be taught and will be available and open to all students.”

And Fr. Bill Dailey, a law lecturer, said that in the last three years, at least one-third of all those seeking asylum in the United States were from China. He noted that there is a list of countries with which Notre Dame would never consider such a proposal, noting in particular those led by Kim Jong-un or Bashar al-Assad.

“What is the concrete evidence that China should not be on that list?” Fr. Dailey asked. “There seems to be reams of concrete evidence that they belong on that list, that they belong on that list emphatically.”

But John McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters, said at the conclusion of the forum, “I tend to think of it more as opportunities for our faculty to become globalized than what we’re going to do for liberal arts education in China, but that might be significant too.”

While acknowledging the importance of questions about academic and religious freedom, McGreevy said, “I think engagement is a much wiser long-term strategy for Notre Dame than what I might call a puritan strategy, that is, we can’t engage in China in any serious way.”
Hmmm. This "engagement" you speak of, sounds a lot like the "dialogue" that Fr. Jenkins is always referring to which actually doesn't mean dialogue in any way, but actually just means acquiescence.

I'd feel a lot better if say a Catholic institution like Franciscan University at Steubenville went to China.



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Bill Nye The "Idiot Guy"

It takes someone who fancies himself very smart to get this kind of dumb.

Our friends at Newbuster.org bring us the ludicrous comments of Bill Nye "The Science Guy" from last week's Bill Maher show.

Bill Nye says that everybody wouldn't want to be repeatedly killing all those Jews if the Jews would just get to know their neighbors a little better. Because the real problem is the Jews didn't open themselves up properly to the Nazis.

Nye was in an interview with Rob Reiner when he said the following.

REINER: But you can understand it. There were German Jews that lived in Germany during the Second World War and that was their home. And, you know, at a certain point, you know, if your live is in danger, you want to go to someplace where you're going to be protected.

Not content to sound merely asinine, Nye decided to come across as deluded --

NYE: So, what do you do about it? I think you get to know your neighbors. And it's gonna take, what, does it take a century, something like that.

Yeah, if European Jews would just get to know their murderous muslim neighbors a little better...

Over at Ace of Spades, a commenter summed it up best. "Anne Frank and 6 million of her closest friends not available for comment."


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