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Posted on: Monday, September 20, 2021
COMMENTARY: Businesses are making a lot of money, directly and indirectly, from the availability of the abortion license.
This was originally published in the National Catholic Register
Several high-tech firms strongly oppose Texas’ new pro-life heartbeat law. The Match Group, which owns apps including Match.com and Tinder, announced that it will offer travel assistance to their Texas-based employees who “need to seek care outside Texas.”
Salesforce, a billion-dollar company, announced that it would assist with relocation for any of its 2,000 Texas-based employees who choose to leave the Lone Star State. I think these companies are driven by more than ideologically driven posturing. I think we are seeing something deeper at work. U.S. society, including the economy, has reorganized itself around the ready availability of abortion. Businesses are making money, directly and indirectly, from the availability of the abortion license.
Match Group CEO Shar Dubey revealed more than she knew when she stated, “The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business.” Of course, abortion is relevant to their business. The Match Group owns both Match.com and Tinder, as well as several others. Match.com presents itself as a tool for finding a lifelong soulmate, whereas Tinder is an unapologetic casual sex app.
The Sexual Revolutionary ideology teaches that casual sex is a private recreational activity, with no social consequences worth thinking about. Without the ideology of the Sexual Revolution that sex is an entitlement, there would literally be no demand at all for the casual sex apps. Without abortion as a backup plan for contraceptive failure, the demand for sex apps would go down. Simple cause and effect thinking.
The businesses that are making money from the Sexual Revolution have always been counting on the Sexual State to create the social climate that allows them to thrive. They are upset because the state is no longer protecting them and their profits.
A defender of the Match Group might claim that these dating apps could make money just on the “marriage market” side of their business. Possibly but not likely. The Sexual Revolution’s toxic ideology has completely disrupted the courtship process. Dating apps have come into existence in part to fill the void that the Sexual Revolution itself created. Let’s be clear: The Match Group is not promoting “love.” It is promoting its own profit.
Meanwhile, Salesforce, the billion-dollar sales-management software company with 56,000 employees worldwide, also spoke out against the Texas law. Salesforce announced that it would assist with moving expenses if any of its Texas-based employees chose to relocate. Commentators have expressed concern that “it’s going to be a real recruitment challenge to get people to move to Texas ... this certainly is a signal, especially to women in leadership, that this might not be the state for them.”
Like Match Group CEO’s Shar Dubey, Salesforce, which recently acquired communications management portal Slack, has revealed more than they probably realized. Some people, men and women alike, may indeed make their job location decisions based on the availability of abortion in case they think they need one. People generally think they need an abortion because they had sex when they were not prepared to deal with one natural consequence of sex, namely a baby.
When you stop and think about it, this is a very odd thought process. If you don’t want the baby, don’t have sex. Pretty simple cause and effect thinking. If you bang your head against the wall, you get a bruise. You don’t blame the wall, or demand padding on every wall in sight. An intelligent person refrains from banging their head against the wall. Engaging in sexual activity is not a medical necessity for anyone at any time. No one has ever died from not having sex.
So why don’t people just refrain from having sex if they don’t want the life-creating and life-changing consequences of the sexual act?
I will give you two reasons. First, we have all been subjected to a staggering amount of “messaging” to convince us that sex without a baby is the norm, while sex with a baby is somehow exceptional. But no amount of propaganda can change the fact that sex frequently does make babies. Every known society has made provision for this connection, by placing various social, cultural, and legal restraints on sexual activity. Our era is the only society in human history that has ever attempted to completely sever this connection between sex and babies.
The second reason people find it so hard to “just say No” to sex is that sexual activity is addictive. Most adults are aware of this fact, once they think about it. Part of the addictive experience is that we think we’re going to die without the drug or experience that produces the “rush.” But that is our brain tricking us. You won’t actually die. People can live without sex. They do it all the time.
Thinking you might die without sex is a big red flag for addiction. Organizing your life around being able to get that rush is also a big red flag.
The Match Group makes money helping its potential customers find that next sexual “high.” Salesforce takes for granted its potential employees want that next sexual “high.” It goes without saying that an unwanted baby messes up that “high.” Without abortion as a backup plan, these companies would have to seriously revise their business plans. Sell something else to someone else. Find someone else to hire.
And that is why these companies are so upset about the Texas abortion law.
Posted on: Tuesday, August 03, 2021
by Kathy Schiffer
This article was first published at National Catholic Register on August 2, 2021.
“The sexual revolution has completely destroyed the black family.” That’s the sober message from Rev. Walter Hoye, founder of the Issues4Life Foundation and the California Civil Rights Coalition, and co-founder of the National Black Pro-life Coalition. Hoye was the recipient of the “Witness of the Year” Award at the Ruth Institute’s 2021 Survivors’ Summit.
Ordained in the Baptist church, Hoye left the ministry in 2010 to pursue full-time pro-life work. His strong pro-life witness had attracted the attention of Americans the year before, when he was sentenced to 30 days in jail in Oakland, California. His supposed “crime” was praying on public property outside of an abortion business while holding aloft a sign that read:
“Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help you.”
Hoye’s prison sentence could have been reduced to probation and he could have been released, had he agreed to stay at least 100 yards away from the abortion facility where he had been arrested; but he refused to comply, standing firm in his defense of the unborn.
The Register talked with Rev. Hoye about his ongoing pro-life efforts, the effect of the sexual revolution on the black community, and about the Survivors’ Summit, which took place July 16-17 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Hoye described the Survivors’ Summit, which focused on how people in the medical, legal and therapeutic professions could resist the progressive push by the culture, as “a transcendent, fundamental experience in accord with the all-powerful reality of truth.”
He recalled in particular the moving presentation by Walt Heyer, who underwent radical surgery and lived for eight years as a transgender woman before detransitioning in 1991. “He described the actual physical damage he has suffered as a result,” Rev. Hoye said. “Not a video, not a brochure ... but an actual person. The same with the other presenters who were there. Jennifer Morse brought in the witnesses who proved the point.”
The Sexual Revolution: An Ongoing Threat for Black America
Speaking about the African-American community, Hoye was not optimistic regarding the future for Black Americans — largely because of the deleterious effects of the sexual revolution.
“Margaret Sanger is probably smiling in her grave,” he said. “Abortion exists because of Black America.”
In its earlier days, Planned Parenthood was less taciturn about their population control goal than they are today. As evidence of the abortion giant’s early transparency, Hoye had in his file Planned Parenthood pamphlets dating to 1964 and 1969 that acknowledge that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. In 1967, he said, it became legal to end the lives of the unborn in the states of California, Colorado and Mississippi. Just six years after that, Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, legalizing abortion in all 50 states.
While Hoye has devoted much of his career to fighting abortion, he was equally concerned about the state of marriage in the Black community. “If you go back to the early 1960s,” Hoye remarked, “families were about 70% to 80% intact — that is, with Mom, Dad and children. Back then, everyone did what they were supposed to do. A man was expected to marry a woman, put a ring on her finger, get a job, raise his children, build a family.”
“But a lot of things happened between then and now,” he said. “We no longer believe that if I do what the Bible tells me to do, then God will bless me and I will be successful.”
Hoye cited two trends which have devastated the Black community: the decrease in marriage and stable families, with the corresponding decline in fertility; and the surge in abortions. “People come to California,” he said, “because of the welfare benefits. If you’re a single woman, you get more money if you don’t marry.”Read the rest of the article here.
Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2021
This article was posted on July 20, 2021, at Church Militant.
While anti-family forces ramp up their efforts, pro-family forces must ramp up theirs. To that end, experts at a pro-family conference this weekend in the Pelican State discussed the ongoing war in the sexual revolution. Church Militant's William Mahoney has a few highlights from the event.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse: "The purpose of the summit for survivors of the sexual revolution is to try to enlist more people in pro-family activism."
The overarching theme of the 2021 Survivors' Summit in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was established in the opening presentation titled "Understanding the Global Sexual Revolution and Confronting the Sexual State."
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse:
The Ruth Institute has a dream that every child be welcomed into life in a loving home with their own mother and father married to each other, so that every child can have a relationship with his or her own parents unless some unavoidable tragedy takes place to prevent it.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, who gave the opening talk, is the founder and president of the Ruth Institute, which hosted the event.
The Ruth Institute is a global interfaith coalition equipping Christians to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
Dr. Morse: "It's the same playbook for how they push out junk science to make a point that isn't true. And we have here in the room people with expertise who are in a position to refute that stuff."
Opening talks on Friday were followed by a fourth annual awards dinner that honored Sharon Slater as activist of the year, Katy Faust for her book of the year, Them Before Us, and Baptist pastor Walter Hoye as witness of the year.
Hoye was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 30 days in prison for standing on the sidewalk near a Planned Parenthood abortuary in California with a sign, "Jesus loves you and your baby. Let us help."
Hoye gave the keynote address: "Black and Pro-Life in America."
Pastor Walter Hoye: "Black Americans are facing irreversibility. ... We came from big families, but that's not true anymore. And it's at the point now where we're getting to the point where we're going to be facing irreversibility."
Medical experts included the president of the American College of Pediatricians, a representative of the Catholic Medical Association and executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs.
There were also legal experts, therapists and personal survivors of the sexual revolution like Walt Heyer, a man who once lived as a woman.
Walt Heyer: "We are so reluctant to be bold and be truthful about the fact that no one can change their gender, there are no transgenders, nobody transitions. Gender dysphoria is only a symptom of something deeper; it's not a diganosis."
The Ruth Institute will be publishing the presentations and panel discussions in the coming weeks.
In the coming days, Evening News will offer highlights of the Ruth Institute's Survivors' Summit, as well as discussions with featured speakers.
Posted on: Monday, July 26, 2021
by William Mahoney, Ph.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • July 23, 2021
The world of therapy and counseling is under attack when it comes to gender identity and same-sex attraction. But some therapists and health care workers are crying foul and fighting back. Church Militant's William Mahoney recently spoke with one psychologist about her organization's international work.
For leftist groups like Planned Parenthood, free choice is encouraged for aborting children, but vilified for same-sex-attracted individuals who choose counseling to work through their feelings.
Dr. Laura Haynes: "[I'm] defending the right — the legal right — to therapy for people who want to explore options to their unwanted same-sex
attraction or unwanted incongruent gender identity."
A speaker on Saturday at the Ruth Institute's 2021 Survivors' Summit, Dr. Haynes has 40 years' experience of clinical practice and is now a full-time political activist.
And while the International Planned Parenthood Federation pushes its contradictory narrative regarding choice, Haynes' group, The International Federation for Therapeutic and Counseling Choice, or IFTCC, is the "home for the once-gay, those coming-out and the de-transitioners, because we're free to choose."
Dr. Haynes: "We train activists to defend the legal right to therapy. So these would be therapists, pastors, journalists, attorneys, former LGBT-identified
The IFTCC maintains legislation based on unscientific notions is not only wrong, it's harmful.
Dr. Haynes: "There are underlying causes that need attention that are being denied today. I think this is medical malpractice."
In the name of choice, Planned Parenthood, et al., are eager to deal with unwanted pregnancies by killing the child.
But when an individual wants an alternative to handling unwanted feelings that contradict the abortion chain's narrative, choice is out the window.
For more information on Dr. Haynes' organization and its work, visit IFTCC.org.
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
A speech by Don Feder to the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum’s Virtual Life Symposium, at the Catholic University of East Africa in Nairobi, March 23, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to once again address an event sponsored by the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum which does such vital work to protect life and the family in East Africa. We have a lot in common, you and I. We fight a common enemy to advance a common cause.
The battle for civilization has shifted from Europe and America, where the odds are against us, to nations like Kenya, where we still have a fighting chance. Here’s a simple formula for saving civilization in developing nations: Look at what we’ve done in the West. Don’t do it.
When I was a child (a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away), my favorite TV shows were “The Amazing Adventures of Superman” and “The Lone Ranger.” Did you have them in Kenya? Both were about the original superheroes. Superman was the Man of Steel, a strange visitor from another planet; bullets bounced off him. The Lone Ranger could shoot a gun out of a man’s hand.
Even now, decades later, I can still remember the beginning of each episode of The Lone Ranger: “Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoofbeats of the great horse Silver! The Lone Ranger rides again.”
Well, apologies to the masked man and his faithful Indian companion, but those days of yesteryear often weren’t that thrilling. In antiquity, they were frequently barbaric, bloody and brutal.
Think back 3,000 years – to a world of city states and empires, slavery and savage spectacles.
It was a time when human sacrifice, infanticide and the carnage of the arena were commonplace.
Peoples as diverse as the Carthaginians, Etruscans, Canaanites, Aztecs and Hawaiians sacrificed adults or infants to appease their gods, to ward off natural disaster, and to assure good harvests or victory in battle. In Carthage between 800 BC and 146 BC., it’s estimated that 20,000 babies were ritually sacrificed.
Infanticide was also common. Infants who were sickly or deformed were often left to die from exposure or to be eaten by wild animals. Even the Greek philosopher Aristotle approved of the practice.
The Romans preferred bloodshed in the arena, in gladiatorial contests or the execution of criminals or prisoners of war. To celebrate his conquest of Dacia (modern day Romania), the Emperor Trajan had 123 days of games, in which more than 9,000 gladiators fought.
In Rome, a father had absolute authority over his household, including the right to disinherit, sell or even kill any of his children.
All of that started to change 3,000 years ago with the giving of the Law at Sinai, including what are commonly known as the Five Books of Moses. According to Jewish tradition, half-a-million souls were there to hear the voice of God, amidst the fire and smoke.
Sinai was the beginning – the beginning of Western Civilization. All of us, Christians and Jews, trace our roots there.
From Sinai came the Promised Land – more than 1,000 years chronicled in the Bible. From Sinai came the kings and prophets. Judaism and Christianity started there. (Without Passover, there would have been no Easter.)
The Jews eventually went into exile and their morality was spread into Europe and eventually worldwide by Christians through what came to be known as Judeo-Christian ethics.
The United States Declaration of Independence proclaims that certain truths are “self-evident” (meaning obviously true, requiring no proof) – “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” All of these truths were revealed at Sinai.
But the aforementioned rights aren’t “self-evident.” They weren’t self-evident in the United States, for the first 85 years of our national existence, when we had the institution of slavery in certain parts of our country.
In the ancient world, power flowed from the ruler down to a favored few. The poor and powerless were inconsequential – objects to be used and disposed of by others. If you told them that the peasant grubbing in his field had inalienable rights, they would have stared at you in dumb disbelief.
Not until Sinai did the concept of human rights appear. The Torah/Bible tells us that God created man “in His image,” and that as He is holy, we are to be holy, including treating others as individuals having God-given rights, not as objects to satisfy our desires -- to be used and disposed of.
The Mishna (which is part of what we call the Oral Law) says: “Therefore, Adam was created singly, to teach us that whoever destroys a single life in Israel is considered by Scripture to have destroyed the whole world, and whoever saves a single life… is considered … to have saved the whole world.”
Two of God’s chief attributes are justice and mercy. If we are to emulate Him, we must ask ourselves: Is abortion just? Is abortion merciful? Or is it a denial of God and a reversion to human sacrifice – this time to an idol called “choice”?
To give you an idea of Sinai’s profound influence on America, on the doors leading to the Supreme Court’s chamber, there’s a carving representing twin tablets with the Roman numerals 1 through 10. Sometimes, guides tell visitors that they represent the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. Nonsense. In reality, they are there to remind us of a much older code of law on which our own is based.
Governments change. Fashions change. Political philosophies come and go. The vision of Sinai is unchangeable. It is for all peoples, at all times, in all places. The nations and the societies that adhere to it prosper. Those that do not fall by the wayside or fade to oblivion.
Today, the vision of Sinai is challenged by another vision. In place of light, there is growing darkness. During the Second World War, Winston Churchill warned that a Nazi victory would herald “a new Dark Age made more sinister and perhaps more protracted by the lights of perverted science.”
My friends, does that not perfectly describe what’s happening today, when killing children in utero is called a human right?
When abortion was legalized in the United States, through the subterfuge of Roe v. Wade, the great Talmudist Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik predicted, “If you kill a fetus, a time will come when even infants will be killed.” Many of us saw it coming.
In the West, we’ve gone from abortion to infanticide to euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. The party of the President of the United States, which has the audacity to call itself Democratic, embraces abortion for any reason, or none at all-- abortion up to the moment of birth, and even beyond it to include a newborn lying on an operating table.
Instead of affirming our common humanity, because we all were made in the image of God, increasingly, we play God with the lives of others.
Instead of a acknowledging the sovereignty of the God of the Bible and doing homage to him, we worship the gods of personal autonomy, of freedom divorced from values, of secularism and of choice. But be warned, does not the Bible say: “If you turn your back on me, on that day, I will hide my face from you.”
And what has it brought us?
Last year, there were 42.6 million abortions worldwide, which – according to the World Health Organization – is more than all of the deaths from cancer, malaria, AIDS and COVID-19 combined. This works out to 125,000 abortions a day. Annually, it’s more than twice the number of military casualties in World War II, the bloodiest conflict in human history –not spread over 6 years, but every year.
There’s a price to pay for this carnage. There’s always is a price to pay. This time, it’s in the coin of declining fertility, which some of us have come to call Demographic Winter.
Since the 1960s, worldwide, the fertility rate (the number of children the average woman will have in her lifetime) has been cut in half. In the United States, we now have the lowest fertility rate on record, 1.82, compared to about 3 during the postwar Baby Boom. But this is nothing compared to Europe, where the total fertility rate is 1.5 – way below replacement. Overall, Africa seems to be the only continent where people are still having children, and even here family size is declining.
Sometime in this century, perhaps before the year 2050, the world’s population will stop growing and begin declining. Once that starts, the rate of decline will accelerate.
The children who weren’t born today won’t have children or grandchildren of their own. Very soon, we will begin running out of people. Where will we find the farmers to grow our food, the workers to run our factories, the doctors and nurses to heal us, the teachers to educate our children, the police to keep us safe, the soldiers to guard our borders – in other words, all of the people needed to keep society functioning.
You can have a functioning society without domestic energy production, natural resources or arable land. You can’t without people.
And still we’re aborting 42 million people a year worldwide. Instead of abortion and contraception, we should be encouraging procreation and facilitating large families. Think of what the money we spend on abortion would buy if invested in clean water, disease control, better nutrition, and maternal health in developing nations.
There’s a saying that was popular with my generation: “What goes around comes around.” In “The Brothers Karamazov,” the Russian novelist Fyodor Destoyevsky wrote: “Without God all things are permitted.”
What things? Things like ethnic cleansing, like slave labor, like planned famines, like Auschwitz. The death camps of World War II weren’t built with bricks and mortar and barbed wire alone. They were built with ideas.
Deuteronomy 30:19 admonishes: “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you may live, you and your children.”
This applies not only to individuals, but to nations and civilizations as well. Where are the Babylonians, the Persians and the Phoenicians – the ancient Greeks, and Romans and the Egyptians who built the pyramids? In the words of Mark Twain, they have “faded to dream stuff and passed away.”
You choose life and you get life, including living descendants. You choose death and you get death. That’s fair, isn’t it?
For more than half-a-century, we in the West have chosen death – death by abortion, death by euthanasia, and death by rapidly falling fertility (due to a refusal to marry and have children).
The choice before us is stark – blessings or curses, life or death, law or chaos, Sinai or savagery and – eventually -- oblivion.
Posted on: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The World Health Organization, long a supporter of abortion, has also become a rubber stamp for China during the pandemic. Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was supported in his candidacy by China, directed the WHO to resist a travel ban from China, which could have drastically reduced the spread of the disease.
Of the World Health Organization’s decision to back China, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse said, “WHO went along with China’s opposition to a travel ban – which would have saved millions of lives, had it been put into effect early on. In December 2019, WHO even denied that human to human transmission was possible, again following party line.”
The World Health Organization has decided it will classify which method of killing a baby is safe and which is unsafe. In doing so, they only base their
determination on the health of the mother, which should be considered, but they fail to consider the safety of the baby. When killing a baby, every
option and every method is fundamentally unsafe for the child. Incredibly, the WHO seems to trumpet the number of abortions, and classifies the different
sets of abortions into "safe" and "unsafe." They said, in a 2012 publication, that 47,000 women die from “unsafe” abortions worldwide annually. Another World Health Organization
that there are 25,000,000 unsafe abortions annually. What the World Health Organization fails to either comprehend or explain is that every single
unsafe abortion leads to the death of the baby. So in reality, there are 25,047,000 deaths from unsafe abortions.
That number, however, isn't the full picture. More recent numbers suggest that the number of women who die from “unsafe” abortions annually has dropped to 22,000. While the decrease of adult deaths is laudable, the deaths of babies in unsafe abortions remains unbelievably high, worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates approximately 73,000,000 “induced” abortions annually. To put that in more relatable terms, that is as though we were killing off the combined populations of Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands every year. No wonder we’re heading toward demographic winter.
The World Health Organization, in its push for ever more abortions, makes deft use of propaganda. In keeping with the norms of propaganda, as explained by Sue Ellen Browder, the WHO combines truth with misinformation, with devastating effect for the babies involved. The principal concern, reiterated their website, is to encourage the health and human rights of the women. The health and well-being of the babies, however, never seems to make it on to their publications. It is almost as though to justify killing small people, they have to dehumanize them.
To further make this point, the World Health Organization abortion literature promotes “safe” abortions. It defines “unsafe” abortions as “when [abortion] is carried out either by a person lacking the necessary skills or in an environment that does not conform to minimal medical standards, or both.” Again, the information is focused on the health of the adult, and no mention is made of the health, safety, or even life of the baby. The more unconscionable stance taken by the World Health Organization is that their guidelines for “reproductive care” only encompass 1/3rd of the people involved in reproduction.
Even during the pandemic, when the principal concern of the World Health Organization has been to preserve life (at least from the disease), the WHO doubled down on women still needing access to “safe” abortions. “Services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID outbreak…This includes contraception, quality health care during and after pregnancy and childbirth, and safe abortion to the full extent of the law” (emphasis added). Little wonder that an organization with conflicting purposes, continues to undervalue human life.
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, with her characteristic candor, brought needed clarity and truth to the discussion. She said “In reality, abortion is never safe for the unborn child or for society. In America, ‘safe, elective abortion,’ has led to such horrors as late-term abortion, abortions performed on minors without parental consent, abortion as a form of birth control, violating conscience rights and the sale of fetal body parts.”
Despite this gross undervaluing of human life by the World Health Organization, and the obvious contradictions in logic, the Biden Administration, decided to restore $200 million in funding to the WHO. Perhaps it is only natural for a country which is engaged in systematic genocide against an ethnic and religious minority, to support an organization which facilitates and encourages millions of preventable deaths each year.
For its part, the Biden Administration seems to be in lock-step with the radical agenda of Planned Parenthood. Following up on his campaign trail promise to reverse the Hyde Amendment, President Biden has rescinded the Mexico City policy. Dr. Morse commented on the moves by the Biden Administration, “It’s not exactly shocking that restoring funding to the World Health Organization was one of Biden’s first moves as president.”
While this policy may serve the ideals of the Sexual State, it undermines the confidence of people around the country, and world, who look to the government as the primary guarantor of the right to life.
Posted on: Tuesday, December 01, 2020
“The United States Supreme Court struck a blow for religious liberty in enjoining enforcement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s restrictions on attendance at religious services in the name of disease control,”* said Ruth Institute Founder and President Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D. Morse also noted, “Given the disparity in treatment of secular and religious entities, you have to wonder if more than brainless bureaucracy was at work here.”
In what are designated “red zones” (where the number of COVID cases is highest), attendance at religious services in the state was limited to 10 people (25 in orange zones) regardless of the size of the hall – for instance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The suit was brought by the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and an Orthodox Jewish social service organization.
Morse observed: “There were no similar caps on the number of customers at some retail establishments and businesses providing personal services, like big-lot and pet stores and acupuncture parlors – which would suggest that the State of New York considers shopping more important than praying.”
“The 5-4 decision was along liberal/conservative lines,” Morse added. “Some reports claimed Chief Justice John Roberts ‘joined the Court’s liberals.’ In fact, Roberts – an enormous disappointment to constitutionalists -- is by now a certified member of the activist bloc. All three Trump appointees voted for religious liberty, along with Thomas and Alito. If the president waited until after the election to fill the Ruth Bader Ginsburg vacancy, the decision would have been a 4-4 tie and the regulations would have remained in effect.”
Morse wonders: “Could there be a connection between the harsh treatment of churches and synagogues and progressives’ disdain for Biblical morality? Whether it’s Catholic churches, Orthodox Jewish congregations, or other traditional denominations, the religions hit the hardest all espouse sexual morality.
“Like most leaders of his party, Cuomo is a dogmatic advocate of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage. He once told an interviewer that right-to-lifers and marriage proponents ‘have no place in New York.’ The denominations he singled out for punishment respect life and support man/woman marriage. Can this be a coincidence?”
In conclusion, Morse affirmed, “While reasonable restraints are to be expected during a pandemic, treating religious institutions and commercial enterprises differently is anything but reasonable, and smacks of a special animus toward faith.”
The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.
Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies Are Destroying Lives.
To schedule an interview with Dr. Morse, contact email@example.com.
Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Our thanks to these authors for the mention and for calling us "One of the best comprehensive pro-life organizations around"!
By Jason Jones & John Zmirak
Published on November 18, 2020, at The Stream.
November 18 marks a powerful anniversary. In 1920, the newly-hatched dragon that was the Soviet Union legalized abortion. That made it the first government in the West to embrace the destruction of children since the conversion of Constantine. No one even dared to raise the idea of doing that until the 18th century, when the Marquis de Sade proposed it — in the midst of one of his many pornographic, literally Satanist books.
The egg he laid took centuries to mature, but it pecked its way out 100 years ago today. Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir both argued for abortion as the only way women could be fully “equal” to men. Equally free, that is, to abandon the innocent product of sexual gratification. In the U.S., Ruth Bader Ginsburg picked up de Sade’s argument (likely ignorant of its origins) and tried to enshrine it in U.S. law. In the Soviet Union, by the best estimates, the average woman had six abortions in her lifetime.
‘It’s not surprising that a totalitarian state pioneered legalized abortion. Just as communism violates human rights on a massive scale, abortion denies the most fundamental of rights — the right to life — to the unborn child.
That’s why it’s ironic that so many international organizations try to portray abortion as a fundamental human right, comparable to free speech or the right to a fair trial.’
Until the end of World War II, legalized abortion was limited to Russia and countries controlled by the U.S.S.R. Then Sweden and Japan followed suit. In the 1960s and 70s, many European democracies passed similar laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court imposed abortion on the United States.
Today, the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million abortions a year worldwide. ‘The number of abortions performed in the past 100 years could be in the billions,’ Morse said.
She also warned: ‘Now some prominent NGOs and government aid-givers are trying to force abortion on African countries like Kenya, despite overwhelming local opposition. It’s important for us all to understand the origins of legalized abortion. It started with a regime dedicated to the abolition of human rights and the family, and the massive expansion of state power.’
Posted on: Thursday, November 19, 2020
A shout-out to our friend Paul Kengor, with a thank you for mentioning us in your fine article!
By the 1970s, the USSR was averaging 7-8 million abortions per year. To this day, the countries with the highest abortion rates remain communist or recently communist: Russia, Cuba, Romania, Vietnam, China.
By Dr. Paul Kengor
This article was first posted November 17, 2020, at The Catholic World Report.
Kudos to Rachel’s Vineyard and the Sisters in Jesus the Lord (as well as Jennifer Roback Morse at the Ruth Institute) for marking the centennial of a tragic moment. It was 100 years ago, November 18, 1920, that the Bolshevik regime in Soviet Russia legalized abortion. It was a moment of terrible consequence for Russia and the world.
“We are hoping that this anniversary will not pass unnoticed and that it will be an occasion of praying for an end to abortion in the whole world,” says Mother Maria Stella Whittier, a nun with Sisters in Jesus the Lord. “We invite all clergy and laypeople around to world to pray with us on this day—each in their own way and ability—and to repent by showing even the smallest restraint.” They are urging people worldwide to join them in prayer for the defense of unborn children this November 18th.
Amen to that. What happened on that date was truly a landmark, for it was a day of infamy.
Abortion was legalized by the Bolsheviks soon after they seized power. Their revolution commenced in St. Petersburg in October 1917, followed immediately by a brutal civil war from 1918-21, which (according to historian W. Bruce Lincoln) would leave some seven million Russian men, women, and children dead. But that was nothing compared to the deaths of the unborn that commenced when the Bolsheviks legalized abortion in November 1920.
Interestingly, Russians were not free to own a farm or factory or business or bank account—or go to church—under the Bolsheviks. As for Russian women, communists seized their fur coats as well as their bank accounts. You could no longer get your baby baptized. And yet, if you wanted an abortion (or a divorce), the sky was the limit. In that very narrow area, you had complete freedom.
In November 1920, having overthrown the ship of state and butchered (literally chopped into pieces) the entire Romanov family in July 1918, the Bolsheviks made good on Vladimir Lenin’s June 1913 promise (printed in Pravda) for an “unconditional annulment of all laws against abortions.” Very much akin to their later progressive progeny in the West, the Soviets issued their decree under the guise of “women’s health.” Lenin’s decree was titled “On the Protection of Women’s Health.” Abortion was made fully available and free of charge to Russian women.
As often happens when a certain vice is legalized, society saw more of it—and then some. The number of abortions skyrocketed. Remarkably, by 1934 Moscow women were having three abortions for every live birth—shocking ratios that American women, in the worst throes of Roe v. Wade, never approached.
Posted on: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
“On November 18, 1920, Soviet Russia became the first country to legalize abortion,” said Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., founder and president of The Ruth Institute.
“It’s not surprising that a totalitarian state pioneered legalized abortion. Just as communism violates human rights on a massive scale, abortion denies the most fundamental of rights – the right to life – to the unborn child,” Morse declared. “That’s why it’s ironic that so many international organizations try to portray abortion as a fundamental human right, comparable to free speech or the right to a fair trial.”
Until the end of World War II, legalized abortion was limited to Russia and countries controlled by the U.S.S.R. Then Sweden and Japan followed suit. In the 1960s and 70s, many European democracies passed similar laws. In 1973, the Supreme Court imposed abortion on the United States.
Today, the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million abortions a year worldwide. “The number of abortions performed in the past 100 years could be in the billions,’’ Morse said.
She also warned: “Now some prominent NGOs and government aid-givers are trying to force abortion on African countries like Kenya, despite overwhelming local opposition.
“It’s important for us all to understand the origins of legalized abortion. It started with a regime dedicated to the abolition of human rights and the family, and the massive expansion of state power,” Morse charged.
In Kenya, the fight against abortion is being led by groups like the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum.
Human Life International Poland has also been working to raise awareness of this tragic anniversary.