Thursday, May 01, 2008

Gospel of Life Institute Pro-Life Update

This update includes the latest news and events not listed in the last pro-life update. Please check the last pro-life update for other upcoming events. Every event listed in the pro-life updates is included on the Calendar of Events below the Mission Statement on the sidebar.

Lawsuits Against Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood has a public face that says they are supporting the rights of women to assert their reproductive rights. Unfortunately, recent investigations and reports suggest that this organization is actually peddling death in an aggressive and unethical manner. In Kansas the organization is under criminal investigation for falsifying documents and performing late term abortions. It faces 23 felony counts. Please read Townhall's Planned Parenthood Puts a Hit Out on Black Children for more details.

Governor of Alaska Gives Birth to Son with Down Syndrome Anchorage, Apr 24, 2008 / 03:42 am (CNA) - Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin on Friday gave birth to her fifth child, a son who has Down's Syndrome. She said that she and her family had been "truly blessed."

Governor Palin's labor began while she was in Texas at the Governors' Energy Conference where she gave the keynote luncheon address. She was able to fly back to Alaska in time to deliver her son, Trig Paxon Van Palin, at 6:30 a.m. He was born one month early and weighed six pounds, two ounces.

Testing during early pregnancy revealed the baby had Down's Syndrome. Governor Palin said she was sad at first, but her family now feels blessed that God chose them.

The family released a statement which said, "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

Cardinal Egan Rebukes Giuliani for Receiving Communion
Apr. 29, 2008 ( - In his public rebuke to Rudy Giuliani for improperly receiving Communion during Pope Benedict's visit to New York, Cardinal Edward Egan raised two subtle but very interesting points. First, the cardinal says that Giuliani should not receive the Eucharist because of his support for legal abortion; he does not base his argument on Giuliani's irregular marital status. Second, the cardinal reveals that he had reached a quiet agreement with Giuliani. The former New York mayor violated that agreement-- apparently for his own political purposes. More information about these points can be found by visiting

A Vital Prayer Request
As you know, efforts are underway in Washington to pass an initiative to legalize physician assisted suicide. There is an organized minority of physicians attempting to sideline physicians to drop their opposition to assisted suicide. On May 15 and May 18 there are important meetings of physicians to consider how and whether to respond to this threat to patients' lives.

We need earnest prayers on those days that physicians might prevail in protecting patients and opposing assisted suicide. I ask for you to pray on those days, and to ask your fellow prayer warriors to do the same. If you can make a Holy Hour for this intention on or before those dates, that would be powerful and greatly appreciated!

The location of Dawn Eden's talk at Seattle University on Friday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. has been changed to Bannan 200 (Wykoff Auditorium) - Admission is free.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
I saved this for last because it is so long. This is a review of the movie written by a member of the AZ RTL Tucson Central/SW Chapter.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
Starring Ben Stein

Opened in theaters on April 18. It is an outstanding movie that every high school junior and senior along with every college student needs to see – with their parents.

Ben Stein does a remarkable job exposing the prejudice and closed-mindedness of some of the world's top scientists, educators, and philosophers. What do they refuse to consider? The fact that science has demonstrated that life, even at the cellular level, is so complicated that it couldn't evolve by random chance and natural selection.

You'll see and hear two of the world's most honored evolutionary scientists testify to their belief that life as we know it originated either on the backs of crystals, or was brought here by highly evolved aliens. Does this sound like New Age mumbo jumbo and science fiction? It is.

Ben Stein, a Jew, goes for the jugular in this film as he traces the Darwinian roots of the Nazi genocide and super race breeding programs. He shows that Nazism's worst acts were applications of "survival of the fittest." Mr. Stein goes a step further and warns us that eugenics is still with us thanks to Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. I applaud Mr. Stein for standing up to Planned Parenthood so boldly in the film. When's the last time you've seen something from Hollywood that did that?

The movie interviews scientists, professors, and journalists who have been fired, some just for mentioning or reporting on intelligent design.

Darwinists are frantic to keep intelligent design from the American public, especially students. Darwinism is nearing the end of its unchallenged reign in academia and the media. I don't know if it will take 5 years, 10 years, or 20 years, but Darwin is going to be deposed. Science is ready to expose Darwinism for what it is, a frantic fossilized movement.

Therefore, I am optimistic about the future of the intelligent design movement. Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed should help crack the dam that is blocking an intelligent debate from taking place in the classroom and the city square.

I am concerned about theistic evolution once Darwinism becomes an irrelevant and outdated theory. For the past 150 years, theistic evolutionists have exchanged the timeless Christian understanding of origins for one heavily influenced by Darwin. These well-intentioned theistic evolutionists thought that they were making the faith relevant for the modern world by hitching their intellectual wagon to Darwinism. If they maintain this unhealthy symbiosis, they will eventually appear as some type of extinct species a generation from now. Tragically, the young people influenced theistic evolutionists may end up thinking theism is a myth along with the fanciful evolutionary theories.

I took one of my daughters, a student at a Catholic college, to preview Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. After the movie I asked her if intelligent design was ever mentioned as an alternative to Darwinism in her Catholic college biology class. She said, "Nothing else but evolution was mentioned. Evolution was simply taught as a fact."

Catholic high school and college students desperately need the supplemental education this film offers. Check online and in your local newspapers for show times. To learn more about the movie, go to: http://www.expelledthemovie. com/