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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Members of South Dakota Indian Tribe to Protest Abortion Facility Proposal
by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 24, 2006

Pine Ridge, SD (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are meeting today to organize a protest against Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder's proposal to build an abortion facility on the reservation. Indian elders, youth and community members are slated to take part in organizing the protest.

Lily Mae Red Eagle, an 85 year-old woman who lives in Kyle, said the members of the tribe will meet this afternoon at the powwow grounds and will plan a march for the end of the month.
Fire Thunder proposed the abortion business after the South Dakota legislature approved a ban on virtually all abortions. Governor Mike Rounds signed it into law, but pro-abortion groups are hoping to put it on the November ballot and get state residents to overturn it.

Red Eagle told the Rapid City Journal the planned march would be peaceful and that those involved in the protest will also attend an Ogala Sioux Tribe Council meeting to discuss the issue with members of the council.

"We're not going to attack anyone, but we will listen to what council has to say about this," Red Eagle said.

A grandmother of nine children, she told the Journal newspaper that she didn't think the Indian tribe should be promoting abortion because it conflicts with the tribe's respect for life.
"I don't believe in killing babies, no matter what the circumstances," she told the newspaper.
Robert Benson of Pine Ridge agreed and said "We've never believed in killing our own." "It's dividing a nation of people," he added.

Former Pine Ridge council representative Eileen Janis told the Journal she plans to join the protest and worries the Indian reservation is exposing itself to unnecessary controversy because of the proposal.

"[I]t makes me feel bad that we would consider having something like this on our land," Janis said. Fire Thunder proposed the abortion business because she said it would get around the state law because only federal abortion law applies to the reservation. However, a former tribal judge says it would violate tribal law that respects the life of unborn children.

Patrick Lee, a retired chief judge for the Oglala Sioux Tribe who now teaches tribal law at Oglala Lakota College, wrote an op-ed in the Rapid City Journal in April.

"Life is sacred - the winged, two-legged, four-legged. You hear constant references to respect for life," Lee said. "Its the tribal law."

Lee told the Journal that Fire Thunder could press to change tribal law to allow for the abortion business but he indicated that the Native American tradition of respecting life would make it extraordinarily difficult.

"She could ask the tribe to change the law. And that would be an uphill battle," Lee explained.
Lee pointed to a specific portion of tribal law code about juveniles that indicates the right to life of babies before birth is respected.

The code says, "a child conceived, but not born, is to be deemed an existing person so far as may be necessary for its interests and welfare to be protected in the event of its subsequent birth."
Lee told the Rapid City newspaper that he used that section of law as a judge to require pregnant women abusing illegal drugs to get counseling or be charged with child abuse because of the injuries to the baby.

Fire Thunder is a longtime abortion advocate and formerly worked at an abortion business in California. She's on the steering committee of the pro-abortion group hoping to defeat the ban at the polls.

She originally planned to build the abortion business only if the attempt to defeat the ban failed. She told Indian Country Today that it will move ahead regardless.
She already has a name, too -- the Sacred Choices Clinic.

Planning for the abortion facility is already underway and she has put together volunteers to coordinate strategy, attorneys are drafting papers and looking at potential legal obstacles, Thunder explained.

Thunder has already raised $5,000 from pro-abortion activists across the country wanted to see the Indian abortion center succeed. She indicated she's received hundreds of emails in support.

Clementine Little Hawk Hernandez, the founder of Indians for Life, says Native Americans historically favor pro-life values.

"Our native people have such a rich tradition which is at its heart the love and respect for all life," Hernandez said. "It's truly amazing how pro-life our Native People are."
"As Native Americans, we must stand up and witness that all life is a sacred gift from God," she added.

Hernandez is a Lakota Sioux who was born on the South Dakota reservation and is an active member in the Tekawitha Conference. Her group is an outreach of the National Right to Life Committee.

TAKE ACTION: Voice your opposition to: Oglala Sioux Tribe, ATTN: President Fire Thunder, P. O. Box H, Pine Ridge, SD 57770. You can also call 605-867-6074 or fax a letter to 605-867-6076.

Related web sites:Oglala Sioux Tribe - http://www.lakotamall.com/oglalasiouxtribePrinted from: http://www.lifenews.com/state1674.html

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85 and still concerned about the life of the preborn!

Clinic protest planned by Jomay Steen, Journal Staff Writer

PINE RIDGE, South Dakota -- American Indian elders, youths and community members will meet today to organize a march protesting a proposed women's clinic offering abortion services on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Organizer Lily Mae Red Eagle, 85, of Kyle, said the meeting would begin at 1 p.m. at the powwow grounds in Pine Ridge.

She said the group will plan a march later this month to protest Oglala Sioux Tribe President Cecelia Fire Thunder's proposal to establish an abortion clinic on the reservation.
Fire Thunder proposed the clinic in response to a new state law, scheduled to take effect in July, banning almost all abortions in South Dakota. Fire Thunder said the reservation's sovereign status would allow doctors to perform abortions at a clinic there despite state law.

Red Eagle said the planned march will be peaceful, with protesters attending OST Council to listen as representatives discuss the issue.

"We're not going to attack anyone, but we will listen to what council has to say about this," Red Eagle said.

A grandmother of nine children, Red Eagle said she found it difficult to believe that women unconnected to Indian Health Services would come to the reservation for any kind of medical treatment.

"I don't believe in killing babies, no matter what the circumstances," she said.
Robert Benson of Pine Ridge agreed.

"We've never believed in killing our own," he said.
Benson said the proposed clinic is one of the biggest controversies to affect the reservation. It has pitted family and friends against each other.

"It's dividing a nation of people," he said.

Former Pine Ridge council representative Eileen Janis said she would join the protest, too. If allowed to succeed, the proposed clinic would be a target on the reservation for more controversy, she said.

"Like Lily Mae said, it makes me feel bad that we would consider having something like this on our land," Janis said.

Contact Jomay Steen at 394-8418 or jomay.steen@rapidcityjournal.com

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pastor Joe went Home to be with the Lord on May 12, 2006.


Rev. Joseph DePasquale, educator, 75, pastor in Livingston 30 years
Friday, May 12, 2006

A service for Reverend Joseph R. DePasquale, 75, of Livingston will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Full Gospel Church, 190 W. Northfield Rd., Livingston. Arrangements are by the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home of Livingston.

Rev. DePasquale, who died Wednesday in Overlook Hospital, Summit, was a teacher, coach and principal at Harold G. Hoffman High School in South Amboy, where he worked for 30 years.
He was associate pastor for 14 years at Evangel Church in Elizabeth, where he started the Evangel Day School in 1970 as well as the bowling and softball leagues. He was also pastor of the Full Gospel Church for 30 years before retiring earlier this year.

Rev. DePasquale received his bachelors degree from the Central Bible College in Missouri in 1958 and a masters degree in education from New York University in 1959. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

A member of the Livingston Clergy Association, he was president of Teen Challenge New Jersey and the presbyter of the Northwest section of the Assemblies of God for the past 16 years.
Born in Elizabeth, Rev. DePasquale moved to Livingston in 1992.

Surviving are Marlene, his wife of 49 years; a son, Robert; a daughter, Barbara Kuran; sisters, Dorothy Sutera and Marylou Banning, and four grandchildren.

Friday, May 19, 2006




** New gospel tract at Gateway **





'Da Vinci Code' exposes Hollywood's double standard
By L. BRENT BOZELL III 5/19/2006




When Mel Gibson introduced "The Passion of the Christ" into the public conversation, Hollywood had a lot to say about it. Now Hollywood is offering its response to the release of "The Da Vinci Code," inviting commentary not on that movie, but on Hollywood itself.

Three years ago, Gibson gambled his own personal fortune on a great creative risk, going completely outside the established Tinseltown system to produce a horrifyingly realistic re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. It took not just sacrifice but also real courage to make that movie.

Film critics and political commentators didn't just pass judgment on the film's subject, but on the craziness of the director (and even his father). Gibson's devout Catholicism, so foreign to sybaritic Hollywood, was described as a crutch for a man with an addictive personality.
But perhaps harshest of all, these pundits claimed "The Passion" would cause hatred in the land and violence in the streets.


The "experts" strenuously connected Gibson's film to the notion that passion plays were traditional tinder boxes for anti-Jewish pogroms and inquisitions. Allegedly, Christians would see the film and head for the exits to deface synagogues and assault rabbis.
When the film succeeded and people attended in droves, and left in silent prayerfulness, the critics complained that Gibson was "marketing Jesus," that he was going to make millions by exploiting devotion for personal gain.


Now witness the coming of the movie version of "The Da Vinci Code." Think of it as the anti-"Passion." In one film, Jesus was Lord; in the other, Jesus was not only merely mortal, he was the center of an elaborate fraud. In one film, Jesus founded his church at the Last Supper; in the other, the Catholic Church unfolds as a secretive, murderous, thoroughly evil conspiracy. So what's Hollywood's take?

The studios reacted quickly, with Sony lapping up the film. The network news divisions have acted like devoted puppies, with Matt Lauer going "On the Road with the Code" for NBC. ABC has held "Da Vinci Code" contests on its morning show. Denying the divinity of Jesus - the central tenet of Christianity - is just fun and games, grins and giggles.

Film critics and political commentators have been largely silent, in part because Sony was so secretive with the film. When Gibson was slow to show his film to non-Christian audiences before its release, critics railed, but Sony is receiving limited guff for its handling of this film.
No one has predicted mass violence from the Christian faithful for this film's denial of the Christ, which is odd.


If they were willing to riot for "The Passion," shouldn't they be much readier to rumble after this flick finishes smearing Jesus and his church?

Certainly, no one accused Dan Brown or Sony of "marketing Jesus," since they're going to be making millions by pouring mud on him. Hostility or indifference to Christianity is just another day at the office for today's titans of popular culture. L. Brent Bozell III is president of the Media Research Center.

"The film is a vicious distortion of Christianity, demeaning the very idea of the divinity of Christ; His miracles are scoffed at, as is His resurrection; the church is alleged to be responsible for the biggest conspiracy in history; Langdon’s view of faith leaves much to be desired." Crosswalk.com

Resources to the truth:

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14506_1.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/areas/biblestudies/articles/060426b.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/144/52.0.html

http://www.probe.org/content/view/127/169/







Abortion clinic closedBy Jay ReevesThe Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM -- An abortion clinic was shut down Thursday after the state suspended its license amid allegations that a worker administered an abortion-inducing drug and performed other medical treatment on the patient without a doctor.

According to state health officials, the woman was told she was only six weeks pregnant but delivered a nearly full-term stillborn infant.

An order from the State Board of Health called the violations by Summit Medical Center in Birmingham "egregious," and the state health officer, Dr. Donald Williamson, said the clinic might not reopen.

"We feel we need to move toward revoking their license," said Williamson.

Officials from the clinic did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. Neither did a lawyer who has represented Summit in past cases.

Williamson said an order issued Wednesday suspending the clinic's license was the result of a six-week investigation into the treatment of a woman who went to Summit seeking an abortion Feb. 20.

The patient, who was not identified in the suspension order, received an ultrasound examination from a clinic worker rather than a physician, as Williamson said is required by the law.
A staff member then gave the patient RU-486, an abortion-inducing drug, and follow-up medications that are supposed to be administered only by doctors, he said.

While the patient was told during the examination that she was only six weeks pregnant, she went to a hospital emergency room six days later and delivered a stillborn infant that weighed six pounds, four ounces, according to the order.

"It was nearly full term," said Williamson.

Once state health officials were notified, they found that Summit's records indicated that the ultrasound and medications were handled by a doctor, even though the physician was not present at the clinic that day, he said.

The state scheduled a public hearing for June 20 to determine whether Summit's license should be revoked.

State records show 11,370 abortions were performed in Alabama in 2004, the last year for which records are available. The state doesn't release records showing how many abortions are performed by individual women's clinics.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Thursday, May 11, 2006


A prayer request from Dorothy Barnes, Archway's former director and wife of Rev. Tim Barnes of Living Word Alliance Church, West Milford, NJ



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Hi Friends,

I learned yesterday that my neighbor across the street, Kathi, had a brain tumor which was surgically removed a few weeks back and for which she is now receiving radiation treatments. It's the second time it had to be removed since it had grown back in two months.

Kathi does not know the Lord (nor does her husband, Frank), and Tim, the girls and I will be reaching out to her and are hoping that we will have opportunity to present the gospel to her at some point.

Please keep Kathi in your prayers? She is not much older than me, and I cannot imagine what she is going through, especially not having the Lord to walk her through this.

Thanks so much,
Love, Dorothy

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Joseph Forlini of Rockaway, owner of printing company
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A service for Joseph Forlini, 70, of Rockaway will be 7 oclock Thursday evening (May 11, 2006)in the First Baptist Church of Union, 525 Thoreau Terrace, Union. Arrangements are by the McCracken Funeral Home, Union.

Mr. Forlini, who died Sunday in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Hamilton, was the owner and president of Serafino Printing Co. Inc. in Verona since 1977.

Born in Newark, he lived in Rockaway for 26 years.

Surviving are daughters, Catherine Horling and Patricia Garofola; a son, Joseph A.; a sister, Carol Seger, and two grandchildren.

Monday, May 8, 2006

Abortion charge dismissed against pregnant woman who shot herself

Tammy Skinner By LINDA MCNATT, The Virginian-Pilot c. May 8, 2006
SUFFOLK - - Charges of inducing an abortion were dismissed today against a 22-year-old woman who, in February, shot herself in the stomach on the morning her infant was to have been born.

Tammy Skinner told police about 4 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 23 that a man had picked her up, shot her in the stomach and pushed her out of the car. Then, she told investigators that the child's father did it.

Finally, the mother of two other children - - both girls, as was the infant who died -- admitted that the wound was self-inflicted.

Skinner was also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony, but that charge was not prosecuted because it did not apply to the class-four felony of producing an abortion or miscarriage.

Skinner was found guilty of filing a false police report. For that, in the preliminary hearing, General District Judge James A. Moore Jr. found the woman guilty and suspended a 30-day jail sentence.

Background: Woman charged with shooting self to cause abortion

[Virginia's Fetal Homicide Law: Effective July 1, 2004, Code of Virginia Section 18.2-32.2 provides: "Any person who unlawfully, willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation kills the fetus of another" may be imprisoned from 20 years to life; and any person who does so without premeditation may be imprisoned for not less than five nor more than 40 years.]



Saturday, May 6, 2006

Guttmacher Report Says Abortions Up for Poor Women, Down for Affluent

by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 5, 2006

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- Looking into the details of the new abortion report released by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, a Planned Parenthood affiliate, it says poor women are increasingly likely to get pregnant and have abortions while more affluent women are less likely.
Based on nationwide information gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and other places, AGI reports that the rates of unplanned pregnancies for poor women, increased by almost 30 percent from 1994 to 2001 while they fell 20 percent for women in more affluent families.

Abortion rates also rose and fell for the same groups during the time period, even though abortions are on the decline as a whole nationwide.

"Clearly, something is changing, and it doesn't bode well in terms of unplanned pregnancies and abortions for poor women, in particular," Heather Boonstra, an AGI report author, tells the Washington Post.

But when asked why this was happening, Boonstra claimed it was because state and federal governments are shifting resources away from contraception and towards abstinence education.
Leslee Unruh, president and founder of the Abstinence Clearinghouse, told the Post she disagreed with that assessment.

"Programs for poor women are often so condescending, even degrading," she said. "They teach how to put on a condom rather than how to take control of their lives."
The study also found that abortions are occurring earlier in pregnancy but that poor women have abortions on average six days later than women who are more affluent.
The AGI study found there were 6.4 million pregnancies in the United States in 2001 and four million babies were born from them. There were 1.3 million abortions and 1.1 million miscarriages.

The pregnancy were roughly divided in half between unintended and planned and unplanned pregnancies split in almost even numbers of abortions and births, the Post reported.Printed from: http://www.lifenews.com/nat2240.html

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Andrea Clark Will Live!

"Greetings Friend of Life!

Texas Right to Life has been working for the last three weeks with the family of Andrea Clark, a patient at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, who was slated to have all life-sustaining treatment (including food and water) removed against her wishes on Sunday, April 30th.

This decision was made by Andrea's primary physician and then approved by the St. Luke's ethics committee—chaired by a prominent Houston abortionist. With mounting pressure from the public generated by Andrea's family and pro-life activists, St. Luke’s arranged to transfer Andrea to an acute care facility in Illinois rather than withdrawing care. (See the transfer story in the Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3826053.html.)

However, minutes before the transfer was to occur last Friday, April 28th, St. Luke’s realized that the Illinois facility was not adequately equipped to care for Andrea. Andrea's family was distraught to think that Andrea's life would be hanging in the balance at a facility that considered her life futile and effectively wanted her dead. The attorneys began some fast talking, and the withdrawal of Andrea's treatment was indefinitely postponed.

On Tuesday, May 2nd, the treatment team at St. Luke's convened to further discuss Andrea's condition and treatment plan. At this meeting, Dr. Matthew Lenz, a physician with privileges at St. Luke's, transferred Andrea's care into his own hands. Dr. Lenz became involved at the request of Texas Right to Life and has since taken a personal interest in protecting Andrea's life.

His goal is to nurse Andrea back to a point where she can then be transferred to another facility for further rehabilitation. Andrea's condition is very fragile, and she requires a lot of specialized care, yet her condition is no justification for speeding her to her death by abruptly ending treatment and care that has been working. Dr. Lenz is now the new attending physician, and he has already begun to see improvements in her condition.

Andrea must undergo a surgery tomorrow to have her septic gall bladder removed. Despite this surgery posing risks to Andrea's fragile condition, the removal of the diseased organ should lend to Andrea's overall improvement. While St. Luke's has not made this process easy, St. Luke's has now offered the full support of the administration and of other specialists to assist Dr. Lenz in caring for Andrea.

While the futility law and St. Luke's policy remain problematic, St. Luke's is now committed to preserving Andrea's life and confirmed that the futility statute will not again be invoked as long as Andrea is under Dr. Lenz’s care. Andrea would not be alive today if St. Luke's had not provided care and treatment for Andrea up to this point.

The heroes in this battle are Andrea's siblings and son who fought for her life and cried from every mountaintop for help. Please join Texas Right to Life in praying for Andrea's recovery and in thanksgiving for the moral courage exhibited by Dr. Lenz in challenging St. Luke's and dedicating his personal time to treat and protect Andrea.

Please forward any kudos for Dr. Lenz to ProLife@TexasRightToLife.com, and your praise will be forwarded to him."

Reprinted from: ProLife@TexasRightToLife.com
Legal Battle Heats Up Over Andrea Clark and Potential Euthanasia Death Case
by Steven ErteltLifeNews.com EditorMay 1, 2006

Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) -- The legal fight in the battle to save the life of disabled patient Andrea Clark continues to heat up. Her case is the latest fight in the post-Terri Schiavo world where doctors employing what detractors call the "futile care theory" saying a patient is beyond medical help and are refusing to treat her.

Clark, 54, suffered complications following open heart surgery and required a ventilator and dialysis to survive. Her motor control faculties were damaged but, her family says her cognitive abilities were unaffected.

However, on April 19, St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, where Clark is a patient, informed her family that her medical care would be discontinued in 10 days -- following a Texas law that provides medical facilities the right to give a family 10 days notice that treatment will be withdrawn.

In what pro-life advocates say is a direct act of passive euthanasia, a hospital committee decided Clark's condition was beyond hope and refused further medical treatment.
Clark's family, working with the hospital, found a hospice in Chicago that would take her, but the arrangement fell through. As a result, the hospital now plans to move forward on its threat to withhold treatment, but Andrea’s attorney, Jerri Lynn Ward, has served St. Luke’s with a cease and desist order.

LifeNews.com has been provided with a copy of the order. In it, Ward tells the hospital, "Because Andrea is heavily sedated and is limited in her ability to communicate treatment decisions to her physicians and the hospital, the family is empowered under law to make such decisions on her behalf."

"The family is united in its decision that life-sustaining treatments should NOT be withdrawn or withheld from Andrea Clark pending transfer to another physician or facility," Ward writes.
Ward said Clark's family does not believe she is a "futile case" and cited at least one physician who says otherwise. The letter says the family is having a hard time finding another medical facility for Clark because of the "futile case" label applied to her.Meanwhile, the The Terri Schindler Schiavo Center for Health Care Ethics has weighed in on the case and is siding with Clark's family.

"Andrea Clark is not comatose nor is she brain dead and yet, her life hangs in the balance because a hospital ethics committee has decided that her life is not worth living," Terri's family's foundation said. "This case is another example at how we have lost compassion not only for the disabled and elderly but for the medically dependent as well."
Wesley J. Smith, a noted author and attorney who monitors end of life issues, has written that Clark's case should be a warning for Americans.

"Clark's case involves value judgments rather than medical determinations," he says adding that it is increasingly becoming a case where money dominates decisions.
"Illustrating the level of hardball some hospitals play against patients and families, the Clark family's lawyer Jerri Ward told me that St. Luke's agreed to pay the $14,806 transportation costs to transfer Clark to a hospital in Illinois — more than 1,000 miles away — if the decision to transfer is made on Thursday," he wrote.

"If the family doesn't decide until Friday, the hospital will pay only one-half of the cost of transportation. Thereafter, it would pay nothing."

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