Archive of August 19, 2009

Pro-life reaction to Obama conference call: Bill still funds abortion

Aug 19, 2009 - 08:59 pm .- Reacting to President Barack Obama’s remarks on his health care reform conference call with faith leaders today, pro-life organizations called on the president to “walk the talk” and remove the provisions in the health care bill that make it possible to fund abortions with federal dollars.

Obama calls on religious progressives to 'knock on doors' for health care reform

Aug 19, 2009 - 08:43 pm .- Addressing a coalition of religious progressives this afternoon in a teleconference call, President Barack Obama denied that his health care plan will include abortion and asked members of different religious denominations to "knock on doors, talk to neighbors, spread the facts and speak the truth," about his health care reform.

Pro-life coalition blocks expansion of Planned Parenthood clinic in Knoxville

Aug 19, 2009 - 06:12 pm .- A combined pro-life effort has halted the proposed relocation and expansion of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee.

FRC Action ramps up effort to exclude abortion from health care reform

Aug 19, 2009 - 06:00 pm .- Just ahead of President Obama's evening teleconference to promote his health care reform initiative to some faith-based groups, Tony Perkins, the president of the group Family Research Council Action, held a conference call with reporters to discuss the need to prevent abortion from being funded by the government under the guise of health care reform.

Woman who claimed to be pregnant with 12 exposed as hoaxer

Aug 19, 2009 - 04:04 pm .- A Tunisian woman who attracted global attention when she claimed she was pregnant with twelve babies has been exposed as a fraud by her country’s health ministry.

Health care end-of-life provision causing anxiety among elderly

Aug 19, 2009 - 01:59 pm .- Members of the AARP are leaving by the thousands out of concern for the organization’s support for President Obama’s health care reform.  While several issues are to blame, many have expressed concern that Section 1233 of HR 3200 gives doctors an incentive to persuade ill patients that assisted suicide is their best option.

Proper formation is crucial to renewing the priesthood, Pope states

Aug 19, 2009 - 10:58 am .- At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI looked at the life of St. John Eudes and the importance of ongoing formation of the clergy. Pope Benedict urged the faithful to pray for priests and candidates to the priesthood, saying that their proper formation is crucial for the renewal of the priesthood.

Pregnant woman carrying 12 children deserved better medical treatment, Catholic ethicist says

Aug 19, 2009 - 06:06 am .- In a case that highlights the ethical complications of fertility treatments, a pregnant Tunisian woman is reportedly carrying twelve babies. One Catholic ethicist has commented on the moral aspects of the case, suggesting that doctors did not properly monitor their patient.

Delegation of bishops visiting Cuba to ‘unfreeze’ U.S.-Cuba relations

Aug 19, 2009 - 03:21 am .- A delegation of three bishops from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is currently on a trip to Cuba to show their concern for the Church and to follow up on hurricane recovery efforts in the country. They hope their visit will help “unfreeze” tensions in U.S.-Cuba relations held over from the Cold War era.

Thomas More Kim Dae-Jung, first Catholic president of South Korea, dies at 85

Aug 19, 2009 - 12:34 am .- Thomas More Kim Dae-Jung, the first Catholic president of South Korea, died on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 85. Religious leaders remembered the Nobel laureate for his promotion of human rights and his peacemaking work.

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