by Haylee Shields/CatholicAnchor.org The pro-life prayer campaign known as 40 Days for Life, came to a close in Anchorage on Sunday, April 1 with a prayer and praise gathering outside the local Planned Parenthood abortion Read more
The legislation would end the state’s use of public money for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Providence disputes the Alaska Health Care Decisions Act: Maintains that physician value judgments on life are superior to a patient’s own values
In a recent meeting with the Providence Executive Leadership Team, I was told that the doctor always has the last word on a DNR order, regardless of patient consent. Providence maintained this was true even if the patient had full capacity to make all their own health care decisions and understood the risks and benefits of an attempt at CPR. The law states otherwise. I was more than a little surprised at Providence position on this issue because they declare in their mission and core values statement that all people are created in the image of God and that life is a gift from God.
A trial began Monday in Planned Parenthood's ongoing challenge of a law requiring minors in Alaska to notify their parents before getting an abortion. The organization, which provides women's health and reproductive care, including abortion services, is challenging the constitutionality of the law.
Legislation allowing Alaskans to purchase specialty plates with either pro-life or pro-abortion messages was passed by the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 24 and now awaits Governor Sean Parnell’s signature to become law. House Bill 19 merged a number of originally separate bills to give Alaskans the option to purchase specialty plates that also could include messages supporting breast cancer awareness, the National Rifle Association and a license plate stating “In God We Trust.” The two most controversial messages, however, are “Choose Life” and “Pro-Family, Pro-Choice.”
The 40 Days for Life kickoff off events this week have helped generate a spirit of Christian unity … and media coverage, too! Here are two great examples, including one from a first-time campaign in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Must a Catholic politician refrain from supporting the health care coverage of contraception? Not in the way that the HHS Mandate requires, but in general? In other words if a Catholic is elected, must their stance be: that no federal funding can go to contraceptive services, especially "The Pill" (due to its abortive nature)? Mark Shea makes this argument... and while I agree with him, there is something vexing about the whole issue.
WASHINGTON — Phone calls to U.S. senators are urgently needed in support of a vital pro-life amendment that is likely to be voted on around February 28, or within a few days thereafter.