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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Abortion and Women's Equality

A couple of weeks ago, I entered a pro-life essay contest in the Diocese of Sacramento hosted by Catholics for Life. I was informed last week that I had won first place. Yesterday (Tuesday), I was recognized at the pro-life mass at the Cathedral and was asked to read my essay at the pro- life rally on the capitol steps. Here is the essay I submitted:

How Abortion Hurts Women’s Equality and Degrades Individual Women
By Katelyn Sills

Today, abortion has been championed as “a woman’s right” and described as a “liberty” by the United States Supreme Court. On January 22, 1973, in the Roe vs. Wade decision, the Supreme Court struck down individual state abortion laws and made abortion legal up until the time of birth in all fifty states. The Supreme Court says that “Roe is an integral part of a correct understanding of both the concept of liberty and the basic equality of men and women.” Yet, our country is slowly realizing that this may not be true. Abortion hurts women’s equality and degrades all women. In this essay, I will explain how women, as a result of on-demand abortion, are seen as inferior to men and how in actuality, it is the pro-abortion attitude that impairs women both born and unborn. This impairment does not only affect women who have abortions, but all women, those in the past, present and future.

First, let us examine women from our past. In the last hundred years, women have seen enormous progress in gaining equal rights with men, only to have abortion destroy many of those rights and liberties. Women suffragists led the campaign for women’s rights, and the vast majority of these women were very strongly anti-abortion. Susan B. Anthony, one of the most widely recognized feminists, said, “I deplore the horrible crime of child murder… No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed… but oh! Thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime.” Susan B. Anthony’s newspaper, The Revolution, stated that, “When a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is a sign that, by education or circumstances, she has been greatly wronged.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton said that “When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we wish.” Mary Wollstonecraft condemned those who would “either destroy the embryo in the womb, or cast it off when born.” Victoria Woodhull, the first female presidential candidate, said "The rights of children as individuals begin while yet they remain the foetus." and "Every woman knows that if she were free, she would never bear an unwished-for child, nor think of murdering one before its birth." Thus, early feminists in the past understood that abortion is a symptom of inequality and exploitation, and certainly not a solution for women. Continue>>>>

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Walk for Life West Coast 2006

This Saturday, my dad, my brother, and my sister attended the Walk for Life. According to several sources, there were about 15,000 people there. The San Francisco Chronicle chose to describe it this way: "Subdued Walk For Life meets boisterous pro-choice demonstrators." According to my family, it was more like "Regular pro-lifers meet wacko pro-aborts." But anyway, here are some of the pictures.




According to the Chronicle, this is a group of tourists watching the Walk. Notice the guy with the black handkerchief and drum. According to my family there was a group of these people all yelling obscenities.









A pro-abortion protester gets arrested.












I believe that this is the pro-abortion group described in the Chronicle article:

"One group wore sheets and gowns dipped in red paint to symbolize their image of back-alley abortions."
Interesting. Very interesting.






More love and tolerance from the pro-aborts.












Another interesting individual.



















According to my family, there was an amazing amount of police officers keeping the peace.

(Picture is my own)










Up close and personal with some of the pro-lifers.











All in all, it was a good event, with very good turnout. It seems that a lot of the opposition had anti-Bush signs, which I thought was interesting. I mean, why would they have that there? Do they think that abortion is all Bush's fault too? But anyway, according to my family, they did not see even one "wacko" pro-lifer, but saw many questionable pro-aborts, including some of the above. Even the San Francisco Chronicle could hardly twist this one!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Graphic Abortion Pictures

I have been to pro-life rallies. (I have also seen a pro-abortion rally, since they were counter-protesting on the same day.) I have seen the reactions range from giving a thumbs-up sign to flipping people off and yelling obscenities. (These last two are almost always from those usually labeled "tolerant.") However, I cannot understand some of the negative reactions to graphic pictures of abortion themselves, no matter what the views of the viewer are.

For those that believe the unborn to be just "tissue," there should be no problem. Undoubtedly, some of them must watch popular shows such as the ER, House, etc. Yet, seeing "tissue" never seems to disturb them there. Often, the "pro-choice" liberals that condemn the pictures are the very ones that were showing pictures of the vile Abu Ghraib abuses to anyone and everyone.

On the other side, those that are pro-life and believe that abortion is the killing of human beings cannot be outraged at the pictures either. Who gets outraged at the history books that have pictures of the Holocaust? No, people are usually outraged that the Holocaust even happened. If that same event were happening now, we would not scorn those who show the evidence, and then continue on our way to work. Instead, hopefully, we would be called to end such evil.

We know that people won't believe something until they see it themselves. Ad campaigns recognize this. Anti-smoking campaigns show pictures of cancerous lungs. Anti-drinking campaigns show scans of alcohol-affected brains that look like swiss cheese.

Even pro-abortion "feminist" author Naomi Wolf realizes that pictures force the truth to be faced. She says,

So, what will it be: Wanted fetuses are charming, complex REM-dreaming little beings whose profile on the sonogram looks just like Daddy, but unwanted ones are mere "uterine material"? How can we charge that it is vile and repulsive for pro-lifers to brandish vile and repulsive images if the images are real? To insist that the truth is in poor taste is the very height of hypocrisy. Besides, if these images are often the facts of the matter, and if we then claim that it is offensive for pro-choice women to be confronted by them, then we are making the judgment that women are too inherently weak to face a truth about which they have to make a grave decision. This view of women is unworthy of feminism. Free women must be strong women, too: and strong women, presumably do not seek to cloak their most important decisions in euphemism.
There is no good reason to be "outraged" at the pictures themselves. If you think abortion is a procedure that removes tissue, there's nothing worth arguing over. If you think abortion kills a human being, you should feel called to help, if you have any moral character at all. The pictures themselves are only an "outrage" to those who have been hoping to avoid the issue, only to be faced with it head-on.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Catholics for a Free Choice?

I found this on the Catholics for a Free Choice website.

Liturgy for Seeking Wisdom

Background: This liturgy will help a woman decide to bring her pregnancy to term or to have an abortion.

Centering: Play soothing instrumental music quietly in the background.

Candle Lighting: Light candle, absorb its power, pray.

Prayer: Gracious and loving Holy Wisdom, fill ______ (name of woman) with wisdom that she may see clearly the choice that she needs to make. Bless her and comfort her with your Spirit.

Visualization: Guide the woman through this visualization.

See yourself walking on a path through the woods. You are walking into the future. At the end of this path see yourself in ten years if you decide to bring this pregnancy to term. (Pause for three minutes and listen to yourself.)

Now begin again. (Pause fifteen seconds.) See another path through the woods. Walk along this path. At the end of this path see yourself in ten years if you do not bring this pregnancy to term. (Pause for three minutes and experience what this is like.)

After you have visualized these two pathways, find a cozy room with a comfortable chair. Sit in this chair and think about what you have seen. (Pause for as long as you like.)

Reflection: Sit and watch the candle burn, write down your thoughts in a journal and/or share your insights.

Closing: Wisdom comes when we reflect on our life and make choices based on honesty and truth. Wisdom lives within us. Listen to her. Trust her. Talk to her whenever you need to. She is your friend.

Song: "i found god in myself" from Colored Girls

i found god in myself, i found god in myself

and I loved her fiercely, i loved her fiercely,

i found god in myself.

Blow out the candle when you are finished. Invite the woman to do something comforting, for example, drink a cup of tea or take a warm shower.

What they don't seem to realize is that there is no choice between having a baby and not having a baby. The baby is already there. (A heartbeat can be detected by five weeks after the last menstrual period, which is when a woman usually notices that she is pregnant.) So what is this choice?

If they are truly for an informed choice, then why do they not suggest that women see ultrasounds or look at baby development?

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Roe vs. Wade Remembrance

To remember Roe vs. Wade and the effect it has had (33 years of legalized abortion, resulting in over 43 million deaths, and an estimate that 43 percent of American women will have at least one abortion by the age of 45), there are several events those in the California or Sacramento region can attend:

  • St. Joseph Parish, Lincoln - Everyone is encouraged to pray and sacrifice during the week of January 16-22.
    • At St. Joseph Church, we will pray the pro-life Rosary before the 8:30 am weekday Masses on January 16, 17, 19 and 20, before the Saturday 5:00 pm Mass on January 21 and the 8:00 am Mass on January 22.
    • At St. Daniel Church, the pro-life Rosary will be prayed at 8:00 am on Friday, January 20.
    • The 8:30 am Mass on Monday, January 23, at St. Joseph Church, will be celebrated for the Day of Prayer and Penance for Life as requested by the United States Bishops.
  • "“Show the Truth"” Project- Join other Christian churches in the Roseville area for this life-saving ministry which involves standing at busy intersections showing the truth about abortion. See www.prolifeaction.org/truth/ and www.project33.org Events include:
    • January 17th, Tues. 3:30-5:00 pm, Kaiser Hospital, Douglas & Rocky Ridge.
    • January 18th, Wed. 7:00-8:30 am at Sunrise and Cirby Way.
    • January 19th, Thurs. 7:00-9:00 am at Roseville Planned Parenthood, 729 Sunrise Blvd.
      3:30-5:00 pm at Douglas and Sunrise Blvd.
    • January 21st, Sat. 9:30-11:00 am at The Galleria Mall.
  • Abortion Memorial, Hope and Healing Services- January 20th, Friday, 7:00 pm, at Foothill Community Church, 200 Cirby Way, Roseville.
  • Project 33 Youth Assembly- January 21st, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 pm at Foothill Community Church, 200 Cirby Way, Roseville. See more information at www.project33.org
  • West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco, January 21st, Saturday. For more information visit www.WalkforLifeWC.com

  • Auburn Life Chain - Sunday, January 22
  • Pro-Life Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament- January 24th, Tuesday, at 10:30, followed by noon rally at the State Capitol’s west steps.
  • "“Abortion Hurts Us All" prayerful ministry to women at Roseville Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, 729 Sunrise Blvd. January 26th, Thursday, 8:30-10:00 am and Sacramento Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, 29th and B Streets, Friday, January 27th, 8:30-10:00 am. Everyone hurt by abortion, especially post-abortive women, are invited to participate.
For more information you can email me.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

"The Plague of Success"

Here's an interesting article in the National Review. I think it sums things up quite accurately. Here's an excerpt:

After September 11 national-security-minded Democratic politicians fell over each other, voting for all sorts of tough measures. They passed the Patriot Act, approved the war in Afghanistan, voted to authorize the removal of Saddam Hussein, and nodded when they were briefed about Guantanamo or wiretap intercepts of suspect phone calls to and from the Middle East.

After the anthrax scare, the arrests of dozens of terrorist cells, and a flurry of al Qaeda fatwas, most Americans thought another attack was imminent — and wanted their politicians to think the same. Today's sourpuss, Senator Harry Reid, once was smiling at a photo-op at the signing of the Patriot Act to record to his constituents that he was darn serious about terrorism. So we have forgotten that most of us after 9/11 would never have imagined that the United States would remain untouched for over four years after that awful cloud of ash settled over the crater at the World Trade Center.

Now the horror of 9/11 and the sight of the doomed diving into the street fade. Gone mostly are the flags on the cars, and the orange and red alerts. The Democrats and the Left, in their amnesia, and as beneficiaries of the very policies they suddenly abhor, now mention al Qaeda very little and Islamic fascism hardly at all.
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CAHS Conservative Death Penalty Discussion

Conservative Schooler at California High School Conservative is having a discussion on the death penalty. He says:

As California prepares to increase the rate of executions in 2006, I would like to have a discussion about the merits and morality of the death penalty.

I have until recently been a huge supporter of the death penalty. However, the Tookie Williams case and conversations with a close friend who opposes the death penalty have pushed me towards being undecided.

I can see both sides of the argument. It certainly seems like common sense that if you take someone’s life, you should lose yours. And I do think that the Death Penalty may have some value in deterring crime.

However, is it really moral to take a life simply for revenge? Does it really make potential murderers think twice before killing? And how do we prevent killing an innocent person?

Those are just some of the issues that I would like to see addressed.

Seriously, I am undecided on this one. Unlike in most cases, you actually may influence my opinion by your comments.


Well, I'm going!

Monday, January 02, 2006

3 Column Blog Design and Recent Comments

Edit- The blog is temporarily back to its old design while I work out the bugs.

As you probably noticed, I've changed my blog design to three columns with the help of this template from Thur's Templates. Needless to say, it took a lot of modifications.

Another new feature is the recent comments section on the left side. For a long time, I've been looking for a way to do this with Haloscan comments, after seeing it on some of the other blogs. But, I discovered that if you take the RSS feed for haloscan:

"http://www.haloscan.com/members/rss.php?user=yourusernamehere" (replace "yourusernamehere"),
plug that into a RSS feed viewer (I used RSS to Javascript), and plug the code into your blog, you get a section like the one I have. (You could probably do the same thing with blog posts, only they are xml.) If you do use the directions here to make your own "Recent Comments", please make a link back to this post.

So, hopefully, the new design will be easier to use and more interactive. I've already noticed that the middle section loads last, which could be a problem. Please tell me what you think and make sure to tell me if anything goes wrong.