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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Pro-life Giving, a Winning Plan

Colin has a great plan that can take the pro-life cause to another level and may even bring it to victory.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fdonateprolife%2Fvideos%2F303255957180930%2F&show_text=0&width=560

Here is the web site has just got going. https://thetippingpoint.org/

Here is his facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donateprolife/


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Heeding Holy Lives: Sanctity for Troubled Times

As Catholics approach the Solemnity of All Saints, which comes this year after months of harrowing news of scandal and crisis within the Church, there is hope to be found in looking to the saints of history, as well as at the spiritual weapons available to Catholics to combat evil and grow in holiness.

Holiness in History
Christopher Blum, a professor of history and theology at the Denver-based Augustine Institute, considers this time in history to be an “opportune moment” for Catholics. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/heeding-holy-lives-sanctity-for-troubled-times


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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/fujimori-re-imprisonment-and-perus-forgotten-forced-sterilization-program


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NIH Spends $13.5 Million on Aborted Baby Parts to Transplant Their Brain Tissue Into Mice

A new government contract uncovered by CNS News shows the federal government continues to spend taxpayer dollars on research using aborted baby body parts.

The National Institute of Health contract is with University of California- San Francisco. The contract provides money for fetal body parts to conduct experiments involving “humanized mice,” according to the report. NIH is an agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. …

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/17/nih-spends-13-5-million-on-aborted-baby-parts-to-transplant-their-brain-tissue-into-mice/


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Gosnell Movie Challenges Us All

The movie “Gosnell” challenges us to rethink the idea of “Pro-choice”. Have I seen the movie yet? No, but I know the story. You may remember some of the news covering the most prolific abortionist of the last twenty years, Kermit Gosnell. It was mostly covered by Pro-life advocates and totally ignored by mainstream media.

http://prolifecorner.com/gosnell-on-trial-for-running-a-house-of-horrors/

Here is an explanation of another place that did similar things. It seems the issue of Gosnell is not so rare as we would like to think. The witness accounts are disturbing by themselves, children should use parents discretion for this web site. https://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/15/another-gosnell-report-shows-texas-abortion-doc-kills-babies-born-alive/

Gosnell is now in jail for many crimes. The movie tells the shocking story of an abortionist who killed babies outside the womb and was responsible for the deaths of many women under his care due to the abortions he provided. The movie is rated PG13. It will be showing at 7:10pm this Thursday, October 18 in the AMC Showplace Rockford 16. I, Father Barr, plan on attending this movie and welcome all parishioners to join me. If you cannot make this time, I encourage you to watch this movie set on the trail of Dr Gosnell. Weather you are pro-life or pro-choice, it will challenge you of the depth of this huge social sin. It has been so engrained into our sense of identity, like that of slavery, that we must look at the consequences of our culture and to make a willed decision to change and get rid of any such atrocities in our time and in times to come. 


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Abortion Activist Trying Again to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Fund Abortions

The Little Sisters of the Poor took their fight to not have to pay for abortions in their health care plan all the way to the Supreme Court and won. So that should be the end of the battle right? Not so much. …

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/10/11/abortion-activist-trying-again-to-force-little-sisters-of-the-poor-to-fund-abortions/