Respect Life Series: Protect Life Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act Thursday, October 13, which would bar federal funding for health plans that provide abortion services. The act will next be voted on by the Senate. The USCCB praises the passage in the following  article, posted on the Archdiocese of New Orleans website:

The Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience rights on abortion, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed passage in the House of the ‘Protect Life Act’ (H.R. 358). Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 144 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience rights on abortion, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed in 2010. Late on October 13, the House passed H.R. 358 by a bipartisan vote of 251 to 172.
“By passing the Protect Life Act, the House has taken an important step toward authentic health care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward,” Deirdre McQuade, USCCB pro-life spokeswoman, said. Continue reading

Respect Life Series: Postabortion Journey

In honor of Respect Life Month, I’ve already posted Abby Johnson’s testimony, and now I’ve come across a moving testimony by an anonymous blogger. I first came across it on the Priests for Life website, which can also be found on the Postabortion Journey blog. I’ve excerpted sections of it, but you can read it in full over at the blog.
I lost (or gave away) my virginity at age 15 to my high school sweetheart – who was about as clueless as I was about what sex truly was about.  Although – to his credit – he seemed to be more ahead of the game than most of his peers.  We felt our relationship to be special of course and we weren’t like our peers who were just jumping into bed for the heck of it.  We tried a few times and failed or otherwise chickened out of “doing it.”  Being 15 does not lend itself to having a lot of freedom since neither of us drove – but we did visit each other a lot and our parents left us alone enough – and let’s face it – two hormone filled teenagers are going to find a way no matter what.  I’ll spare you the gory details of it all – but the thing that is most important about this is that fact that I was so willing to give away my virginity to a 15 year old boy, not aware of my worth, not ever being told that I should wait, not ever thinking or being told of the consequences.  Yes, I knew pregnancy was a risk – but not to me!

Respect Life Month

As the month of October draws near, it is worth remembering that this is Respect Life month. In response to this initiative, I’ll be focusing the upcoming blog posts on the necessity of the respect and dignity of all life primarily through testimonies.

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood, resigned from her position in October 2009 after watching an ultrasound of an abortion. Soon after her resignation Johnson joined Coalition for Life and has also worked with 40 Days for Life. After her commitment to the pro-life movement, Johnson converted to Roman Catholicism during Easter of this year in the Archdiocese of Austin.

In the following clip, Johnson elaborates on her experience at Planned Parenthood while watching an ultrasound of an abortion.

Faith is a funny thing

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of things on faith–hoping that everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to and placing a lot of things regarding my future in God’s hands. I keep telling myself that everything will work out because, let’s face it, it always does. It may not be in the exact ways that we expect it, but everything in some way or the other works out.

When we were little kids, we believed in Santa Claus, fairies, princes and princesses living in castles and fairy tales. We had fantasies of the way our lives would be, the way that everything would turn out. For me, I would be a bestselling author, writing novels and stories day after day for the reading public.  But somehow, as we get older and grow up, we open our eyes. The fantasies and the beliefs in fairy tales disappear and we are left with reality. Yet, deep down inside of us, we never really let the fantasy go. We have the smallest glimmer of hope that one day, we’ll open our eyes and the fantasy will come true. Continue reading

What we need to know about ’emerging adulthood’

In a recent column, I brought up the topic of ’emerging adulthood,’ which has garnered the attention of psychologists and sociologists, particularly Jeffrey Arnett. This concept, this developmental stage, has peaked the interest of scholars across the nation, but it also explains a number of trends that have become more prevalent among 20-somethings.

For instance, in the 1970s it was commonplace for a 21-year-old to be married or about to be married, caring for a newborn or expecting a newborn, finished with education and settled into a full-time, long-term job. These phases in adulthood have been shifting. Today, for the typical 21-year-old, marriage is anywhere between 4-5 years (often more) away, parenthood is commonly not thought of, education is ongoing through graduate school or an extended undergraduate program and job changes are frequent. The road to adulthood is a long one for many 20-somethings as they attempt to find their place in the world, their interests and passions that will keep them fulfilled.

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Difficult times weigh on college graduates’ choices

Economic turmoil. Mortgage crisis. Government bailouts. Foreclosure. Unemployment. The list can go on as the frustration and failure seemingly mounts. Does this sound familiar? People see and hear these phrases and terms everyday, while recent graduates and young adults feel the pressure and tension associated with such negativity in the economy.

It almost seems as though we’ve grown callous to such news, as though we’ve been sensitized to hearing the same downfalls reported day after day. Yet, these are the realities that college graduates and young adults across the nation are facing as they attempt to embark on careers and life-changes. And now, among the negativity, reporters are focusing on why college is not worth it anymore.

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