CALL TO IMMEDIATE ACTION!

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Dear Friend,

It is anticipated that this week the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). The bill was originally introduced by Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in January. Rep. Franks is proposing an amended version this week.

Time is short; a vote is expected this Wednesday. Respond to send a message of support to your Representative immediately!  Please click https://www.votervoice.net/NCHLA/Campaigns/38155/Respond

Since there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, H.R. 36 asserts a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children from this stage. With limited exceptions, the bill makes it unlawful to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.

Thanks for all that you do in support of life! Together we will be heard.

Amy McInerny
Executive Director

The following information is from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

They Feel Pain; Let’s Protect Them

Historic legislation, focusing on the pain children feel when they are killed in the womb by abortion, will be voted on in the US House of Representatives this week, possibly on the second anniversary (May 13) of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. His trial raised the public’s awareness of late term abortion.

The measure is called the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 36), and says that from the point of 20 weeks of development forward, children in the womb may not be killed by abortion.

These children do feel pain, and protecting children from pain is a good motive for the state to protect them from abortion.

Consider the fact that, not so long ago, it was thought that newborns could not feel pain. Surgery was carried out on newborn and premature infants with minimal or no anesthesia. But since 1986, this practice has been unacceptable, and it is recognized that they can experience severe pain.
Pain cannot be measured directly. The unborn child cannot say “Ouch!” What has to be examined instead are things like stress reactions, measured by the release of certain hormones in the blood, and the presence of the various anatomical structures necessary for the transmission and perception of pain. Studies have shown various hormonal reactions as well as “full body response,” when the whole body reacts to a painful stimulus rather than just one part of the body as would happen with a reflex. Moreover, the unborn child at this stage has the three key elements needed for pain perception: the pain sensors throughout the body, the thalamus of the brain, and the nerve pathways connecting the two, via the spinal cord. The cerebral cortex of the brain is not necessary in order to feel pain.

Moreover, the unborn may actually feel more pain than the adult because there is evidence that the mechanisms that inhibit pain seem to develop after those that enable the perception of pain.
And these are the things we need to talk about when discussing this legislation with family, friends, church leaders, and coworkers. Don’t talk so much about a “limit” or “restriction on abortion,” as valid as that is. Talk about the reality that these babies feel pain. Most people who oppose banning abortion nevertheless also care about protecting babies from pain.

Now President Obama, because of his own positions and because of the obsession that the Democratic Party has with permitting the killing of children in the womb, would veto this legislation if it came to his desk. But we will have a president in the White House before long who will sign this legislation. And the process must start now, just as the process to protect children from partial-birth abortion started under the Democratic pro-abortion president Bill Clinton. This will be a multi-Congress effort. The debates have to be held, positions and arguments have to be developed, legislators have to go on record, and the public has to be educated. Moreover, a legislator’s position on such a bill should be an election issue if he or she is running for office in 2016.

From a moral dimension, every abortion is equally wrong, though the wrongness of every abortion is not equally evident to the public. Our goal is to protect every child, but if the legislative will is not present to protect all the children now, it is not only morally permissible but morally obligatory to do everything we can to protect the children that the legislative body is willing to protect at the present time. Some people mistakenly think that because this law does not protect every child now, that we should not be in favor of it. They mistakenly think we are guilty for not doing what we cannot do. But that is not true. We become guilty, instead, for not doing what we can do, and this bill, when it becomes law, could in fact save approximately 18,000 lives a year in America.
ACTION ALERT: Help us Protect Children from Painful Abortions!

Join me in the next chapter of the effort to restore legal protection to children in the womb!
I have written to you before about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,
A piece of legislation that protects children in the womb from 20 weeks of development forward.
Why 20 weeks?  Because, given the fact that such babies can feel pain by that time, and that most of the public favors protecting such children from abortion, a majority of lawmakers are now ready to pass such a bill!

And in fact they have passed it in about a dozen states, and even in the US House of Representatives in the last Congress!  Now, the current Congress is ready to vote on it again – this week!  Let me say at the outset that of course, we are determined to protect every baby and stop ALL abortion.  And we reach that goal step by step, by protecting now the babies that we are able to protect through legislation that we have enough support to enact. After all, they are persons, they deserve protection now, and the fact that others aren’t protected yet doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be.

I firmly believe that the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is the most significant piece of pro-life legislation to be introduced so far on the federal level, and is the next chapter in our ongoing battle to end abortion.

Please make a phone call today to your Representative in Congress to urge him or her to vote for this bill. I will give you information below as to how best to do that.

The House bill is called H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
This bill is a nightmare for the abortion industry. Not only do they not want to see it passed, but they don’t even want it discussed.  Imagine the anxiety caused to the abortion business when people start talking about the pain the child feels when her arms and legs are torn off by the abortionist who is paid to do so!

We can stop this painful dismemberment of children through this Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  As you know, our country has already prohibited on the federal level (and in many states) the particular procedure of partial-birth abortion. That, too, was a step forward.
But whereas that law stops only one method of killing these children, the Pain-Capable bill would protect those same children from any and all methods of killing!

And you can help advance this legislation with a simple phone call.
So please click here for the information http://www.priestsforlife.org/alert/alert.aspx?id=65 on how to make that phone call today, and what to say.

And please forward this email to as many other people as you can!

Sincerely,
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Priests for Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 888-PFL-3448
718-980-4400
Fax: 718-980-6515
Email: mail@priestsforlife.org
www.priestsforlife.org

Lincoln Park Memorial Day Parade – May 17, 2015

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On Sunday, May 17, 2015 Upper Downriver Right to Life will be marching for life in the Lincoln Park Memorial Day Parade, you are invited to join!

Please meet behind Murray’s Auto Supply which is located on Fort St. and Southfield. All participants should meet in the grassy area median behind Murray’s Auto Supply around noon
Upper Downriver RTL slot number for parade is yet to be determined.  Parade route will be Fort St. at Southfield to the Bandshell.  Invite family and friends to participate.

For more information please phone Anna Danyko at 734-284-5226.  If recorder is on please leave message with your return phone number, Anna will phone you back

Message from Students for Life of America

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“Every week, young women in crisis meet our Students for Life groups on campus or they e-mail us after finding our Pregnant On Campus website online. We give them hope, love, and resources. We do everything we can to support these young women, so they don’t turn to those who prey upon them.

But I want to have something more to give them. I am compiling a small book that we can give to each of these scared, young girls, and I want to fill it with messages from you. Messages that tell them you love them, that it’s okay to seek help, and that they are strong enough to get through any pressures they may be facing from parents or boyfriends to abort.

While we certainly don’t want to encourage out of wedlock pregnancies, the hard truth is that we’ve got to be there for these young women.  Please take 2 minutes to write a quick Message of Love to a pregnant student on campus at the following link:”

https://sfla.webconnex.com/messageoflove

Kansas & Oklahoma First States to Ban (D&E) Abortions

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The following is a statement from the National Pro-Life Alliance:

“Thanks to the pressure of NPLA members and other pro-lifers, Kansas and Oklahoma have become the first two states to ban the barbaric practice known as dilation and extraction (D&E) abortion.

You see, during a D&E or dismemberment abortion, the abortionist tears the unborn baby completely apart before removing the tiny body piece by piece.

Horrifying doesn’t even begin to describe it.

And while banning D&E Abortions ends one grisly procedure, the fact remains that as long as an abortionist finds a different way to kill the baby, it’s still perfectly legal.

Because whether by D&E abortion, abortion pills like RU-486, toxic chemicals, or whatever macabre methods the abortionists come up with, the fact remains that abortion ends an innocent life.”

If GMos are Not Enough, Check out Carrageenan

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From fish with cancer and medications found in our water supply that is changing the sex of fish, growth hormones in our meat, genetically modified organisms in our food, we also have to watch out for Carrageenan.  The sad thing is that Carrageenan is also commonly used in organic foods so when we think we are eating healthy, that may not be the case at all.

Carrageenan is a common food additive that is extracted from a red seaweed, which has no nutritional value at all, and is used as a thickener and binder to improve the texture of ice cream, yogurt, cottage cheese, soy milk and other processed foods.   In manufacturing, carrageenan is also used as a stabilizer in medications, foods, and toothpaste and is an ingredient in weight loss products .

The University of Illinois College of Medicine, conducted studies linking carrageenan – the type that is widely used in foods with malignancies and other stomach problems and our digesting carrageenan causes inflammation and that when we consume processed foods containing it, we ingest enough to cause inflammation in our bodies. Since chronic inflammation is a root cause of many serious diseases including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases, and cancer,  the use of carrageenan has been tested in tissues and when laboratory mice are exposed to low concentrations of carrageenan for 18 days, they develop “profound” glucose intolerance and impaired insulin action, both of which can lead to diabetes.

According to Charlotte Vallaeys, director of Farm and Food Policy for non-profit food policy research group Cornucopia, the FDA picks profits over public health.  Though current research indicates carrageenan side effects can cause a host of problems, the FDA refuses to impose limitations on its use.  “Natural does not mean safe,” says Vallaeys. “Poison ivy is natural, but you wouldn’t put it in skin lotion…carrageenan side effects appear to do to your gut what poison ivy does to your skin.”

To see a list of brands of “natural” or “organic” foods that contain carrageenan, please click on the link below.

http://www.cornucopia.org/shopping-guide-to-avoiding-organic-foods-with-carrageenan/?utm_source=eNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=5.9.15&utm_campaign=carrageenan

US Forest Service Ignores Nestlé’s Illegal Take Over of Water Supply

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They (large corporations) took over our food supply by adding GMOs, and now they want to get at our water supply.  Educate yourself and fight back – we can do it if we all stick together and take action.  Sign every Petition you can and tell all your family and friends to do the same.  Since our government won’t help us, we can get our point across by shopping for brands that care about our health and our rights.   If they see their profits starting to fall, they are more apt to listen to us.  Read the full story on the link below:

http://naturalsociety.com/us-forest-service-ignores-nestles-illegal-take-over-of-water-supply/#ixzz3ZWWqctSO

Sign Petition

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Nestle_Water?nosig=1&t=1&akid=14123.1892298.n728WK

If you have a Twitter account, click here to automatically tweet:
Tell @forestservice: Immediately halt water withdrawals by @nestle during the California drought. http://bit.ly/1DFebPK

All Major 2016 Presidential Candidates OPPOSE GMO Labeling

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It’s up to the US people to protect the food supply.  Don’t allow the government and large corporations continue to put poison in our foods – you can do that by getting the word out and hitting them in the pocket – the only thing they seem to understand.  Because of the wise choices of everyday people, large greedy corporations are already starting to see their profits drop and more and more stores are stocking their shelves with non GMO and organic and gluten free food.

Read more about who has to say what about labeling and e-mail friends, tweet, blog, use Facebook and make your voice heard.

http://naturalsociety.com/virtually-all-major-2016-presidential-candidates-oppose-gmo-labeling/#ixzz3ZWVrfRtK

Write to Representatives to Label GMO Food.

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow - Michigan
Dear Joyce,

Thank you for sharing your views regarding the labeling of genetically modified food. There is nothing more important than the safety of the food we feed our families and transparency for consumers to know what is in their food.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am committed to supporting the great diversity of American agriculture, including local food systems that focus on farmers markets, small farms, and organics. That is why I fought to make the 2014 Farm Bill the strongest ever for healthy fruits and vegetables, with a major focus on helping to get locally raised produce into local supermarkets.

I strongly support the certified organic label, which under the law cannot contain genetically modified organisms. Organic crops are one of the main focuses of the 2014 Farm Bill. The law established important assistance programs for organic producers with dedicated organic research funding, critical data collection on organic markets, and assistance for farmers who want to grow organic crops and apply the certified organic label to their products. It is absolutely critical that when families purchase organic products, they can trust that rigorous enforcement standards ensure those products comply with the label.

I support sound, scientific research on the safety of genetically modified foods, and I also support the ability for consumers to make the most informed choices about their food. I will continue to monitor this issue closely and keep your opinions in mind.

Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.

Sincerely,
Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator