A Nevada judge has ruled against forcing a mentally disabled Reno woman to have an abortion, an option he was considering against the wishes of her Catholic, pro-life parents. Thirty-two-year-old Elisa Bauer, who has the mental capacity of a six-year-old, became pregnant a little over three months ago after wandering from her Reno group home. Her parents and legal guardians, Bill and Amy Bauer, do not know if their daughter was raped or had consensual sex. The father has not been identified.
America's Catholic leaders have made it clear that they will defy the federal government on its contraception mandate and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
The city of San Francisco has announced that it plans to cover the cost of sex-change procedures for uninsured “transgender” residents, making it the first community in the United States to offer such a service. The Associated Press reported that the city's Health Commission voted November 6 “to create a comprehensive program for treating transgender people experiencing mental distress because of the mismatch between their bodies and their gender identities.”
The principal of a middle school in Gorham, Maine, is apologizing after students at the school were given explicit instructions for homosexual sex during what was supposed to be a “Diversity Day” presentation. According to the Associated Press, a group calling itself the Proud Rainbow Youth of Southern Maine was slated to give a presentation to the students about “gender diversity” and “discrimination.” But what they got, according to complaints from parents, was a pornographic explanation about homosexual sex.
Criswell College, founded in 1971 by W.A. Criswell, the famed and fiery pastor of Dallas' First Baptist Church, declared in its suit filed November 1 that it would be “sinful and immoral for it to intentionally participate in, pay for, facilitate, or otherwise support abortion, which destroys human life.”
Recently two very different women died, both at the age of 90: Helen Gurley Brown of Cosmopolitan magazine, who played a key role in the sexual revolution of the 1960s and "liberated" women from the "oppression of Christian morality," and Dolores Marie Jasper, devoted wife and mother who lived a valiant life of courage, faith, dignity, and love. Dolores Marie Jasper spent her life building up civilization, while Helen Gurley Brown did her best to tear it down.
A think tank in Communist China is recommending that the government do away with its 30-year policy that has limited most Chinese couples to having but one child.
Voters who are counting on a President Mitt Romney to protect the unborn may be disappointed if he is elected, according to one GOP ally. Former Minnesota U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, who was defeated in 2008 by Democrat Al Franken, told an audience of Jewish voters in Ohio that Romney would not make it a priority to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that effectively gave women the right to abort their babies.
Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a "transgender" man from using the women's locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.
The bishop of Peoria, Illinois, is urging Catholics in his diocese to approach Tuesday's elections as a matter of life or death. Indeed, he suggests, their eternal lives may depend on it.
"For those who hope for salvation, no political loyalty can ever take precedence over loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ and to his Gospel of Life," wrote Bishop Daniel R. Jenky in a letter to be read during all Masses in the diocese this weekend.