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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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Pope Decries Abortion: One Cannot Do Away With a Human Being, Even If Small, to Resolve a Problem

Abortion, Pope Francis said today, is a way of “eliminating someone” that is similar to the services of a “hired assassin.”
The Pope deviated from his prepared text to underscore this during his General Audience on October 10, 2018, reflecting on the 5th Commandment “Thou shall not kill.” He reminded: “The ‘he’ or ‘she’ that one presents as a problem, is, in reality, a gift from God, which can make me come out of my egocentrism and make me grow in love.” 

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-decries-abortion-one-can-not-do-away-with-human-being-even-if-small-to-resolve-a-problem/


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Humanae Vitae: The Reason My Wife and I Returned to the Church

When I recently read about the new assault within the Church on Pope Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical on contraception, I was deeply disturbed. Humanae Vitae told the truth about contraception and all its negative impacts on people and society. It was precisely because we read Humanae Vitae that my wife, Margaret, I and became “reverts” to the Catholic Church after being away for almost 20 years. Margaret and I were bot…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/humanae-vitae-the-reason-my-wife-and-i-returned-to-the-church


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FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More

At least 22 women in America have died and thousands more have experienced serious complications from taking abortion pills, according to updated guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA updated its guidance on mifepristone (known as Mifeprex or Mifegyne), the first stage of a medical abortion that blocks the progesterone needed for a pregnancy to continue, after receiving “reports of serious adverse events in women” who took it. …

FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More


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Humanae Vitae: The Courage of Pope Paul VI Stood Out During a Tumultuous 1968

The year 1968 remains a watershed moment in an era of revolution and upheaval.

With the world engulfed in social, political and especially sexual upheaval, the year witnessed the brutal rejection of a relatively brief papal document that sought to clarify the Church’s teachings on family life and the regulation of births. Humanae Vitae (The Regulation of Birth) remains one of the most polarizing papal encyclicals of all time, but also one of the most prophetic in foreseeing vividly the immense dangers of a contraceptive culture that ultimately came to pass.

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/humanae-vitae-the-courage-of-pope-paul-vi-stood-out-during-a-tumultuous-196


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Life-Giving Love: NFP Advances Half-Century After Humanae Vitae

For millennials like Shannon Whitmore, 29, natural family planning does not involve charting on paper and penciling in fertility data. Whitmore and her husband are assessing her fertility using her smartphone…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/life-giving-love-nfp-advances-half-century-after-humanae-vitae