Pro-Life News: Health Care, Prayer, Abortion, Wisconsin, Minnesota

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 15, 2010   |   8:23PM   |   Washington, DC

Some 58 Percent of Americans Still Favor Repealing ObamaCare

Washington, DC — Voters continue to favor repeal of the new national health care plan, and most continue to believe the law will be bad for the country overall.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care law.  Thirty-seven percent (37%) oppose repeal.  These findings include 46% who Strongly Favor Repeal and 30% who Strongly Oppose it.

A majority of voters have favored repeal in every Rasmussen Reports survey since Democrats in Congress passed the law in late March. Voter support for repeal has ranged from 50% to 63%.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters say the health care plan will be good for the country, while just over half (52%) feel it will be bad for the United States.  The number of voters who say the new law will be bad for the country has ranged from 48% to 57% since March.

Rebecca St. James Urges Support for Pope’s Call to Prayer for the Unborn

Nashville, TN — In comments today from Los Angeles, Grammy Award winning Christian singer Rebecca St. James is speaking out strongly in support of Pope Benedict XVI’s unprecedented call this week for worldwide prayer against abortion. 
An outspoken voice for pro life, the Australian born singer, now living in the U.S, has dedicated a large portion of her time this year to a series of special appearances and support events for Crisis Pregnancy Centers throughout America. St. James 2009 starring role in the film, Sarah’s Choice, impacted audiences with her moving portrayal of a young career woman pregnant outside of marriage and faced with the decision of the life of her baby.

Since its release, the movie has been used by CPC Center’s nationally in their pro life messaging to young women facing the real life issues presented in Sarah’s Choice.
Of the Pope’s worldwide call to prayer for the unborn on November 27th, Ms. St. James believes it’s an urgent mandate for life that crosses all denominational lines.
“I applaud Pope Benedict for this call to pray for abortion to end,” she notes, adding: “I applaud him for standing for life with strength, as he continually does, and I respect him and stand with him in this battle against abortion. Abortion not only steals life from an innocent child, but it invariably wounds the mother.”

Guam Bill for 24-Hour Waiting Period Before Abortion Moves Ahead

A bill that would require “informed consent” and a 24-hour delay before a woman could get an abortion on Guam moved forward yesterday.

Bill 54-30, also known as the Woman’s Reproductive Health Information Act of 2009, was reported to the legislative Rules Committee yesterday with amendments based on recommendations from the attorney general’s office.

The bill was sent to the attorney general’s office in October for legal review by Sen. Frank Aguon Jr., chairman of the Committee on Economic Development, Health and Human Services and Judiciary, to ensure that the bill would stand up to constitutional legal challenges.

“Now that we have received the necessary opinion of the attorney general’s office, it will allow us to move forward,” said Sen. Aguon in a press release issued yesterday. “This legal guidance will be (of help) to lawmakers once the question of constitutionality is raised during the deliberation of Bill 54 before the legislative body.”

Minnesota Pro-Life Leader Listed in Top Five by Politics Magazine

St. Paul, MN — Scott Fischbach, the director of the Minnesota pro-life group Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, was listed in Political magazine as one of the top five most influential and effectve political people outside of top elected officials of either political party.

Fischbach emailed his response:

“The ranking is a reflection on the organization, not me personally.  This recognition is long overdue that the hard work of the President, staff, board and MCCL chapters deserve.  Since 1968 the people of Minnesota have been served by MCCL in the smallest of towns and the largest of cities.  Thousands of Minnesotans of several generations are enjoying our great state because of the untiring efforts of grassroots MCCL’ers.  MCCL is made up of ordinary people of every walk of life with the extraordinary ability to save human lives!  I am simply the lucky one to serve as the Executive Director of MCCL since 2001.  I truly have the best job in the world spending my days urging love, respect, tolerance and compassion from one human being to another.  Urging all to cherish and honor precious human life.”

Fischbach’s wife Michelle Fischbach was re-elected to her state Senate seat and then chosen by her majority Republican caucus for President of the Seante. She will be the first Republican and first woman in the history of the state of Minnesota to serve as president of the Senate.

Wisconsin Right to Life’s Veritas Society Celebrates 15 Years of Saving Lives

The Veritas Society’s mass media program was formed 15 years ago on a hope and a dream. The hope – that we could build a true and lasting culture of life in Wisconsin and reduce the number of abortions. The dream – that many leaders and supporters would step forward to make that hope a reality.

And they did! They have made the Veritas Society’s 15 years the longest running and most consistent and successful program of its kind in the nation! As we end 2010, we celebrate these wonderful people and what they have accomplished – the hearts and minds that have been changed, and the human lives that have been saved! We salute and thank them!

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki is no stranger to the Veritas Society media campaign.  As Bishop of La Crosse, he was a frequent participant and guest at Veritas events in La Crosse and Wausau.  The Veritas Society is honored that Archbishop Listecki  joined community leaders around the state to serve as a Trustee.

To mark the 15 years of the life-saving work of the Veritas Society, Archbishop Listecki wrote, in part,

My sincere and prayerful congratulations to Wisconsin Right to Life on the 15th anniversary of the Veritas Sociaty Media Program.  It was in 1995 that the decision was made to use mass media, including television, radio, billboards and the Internet, to reach women with the life-affirming message that abortion is unacceptable as a solution to human problems.  This was a ground-breaking program and since its inception, it is estimated that over 80,000 lives have been saved.

See the life-saving Veritas Society television ads here:
Bismarck, North Dakota Welcomes New Pregnancy Center
by Patti Armstrong

I join many others in our community in welcoming the opening of First Choice Clinic-West here in Bismarck.

This is the third such clinic in North Dakota, offering faith-based education and health services for expectant mothers at no charge. One of the clinic’s big services will be ultrasound imaging, giving an expectant mother a look at the life in her womb.

The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Yet, some pictures are worth far more. Some are worth a life.

A picture into the womb through ultrasound technology often saves the life of an unborn baby — 90 percent of women considering an abortion choose to have their baby after seeing an ultrasound image. These women don’t just make a choice, they make an informed choice.

The Knights of Columbus nationwide sponsor an Ultrasound Initiative to help centers such as First Choice Clinic-West purchase an ultrasound machine. The national Knights of Columbus will pay for half of the $34,000 cost of ultrasound equipment if the local councils can raise the other half.

Taking steps to assure an expectant mother has critical information is surely something both sides on the abortion issue can agree upon. After all, if the pro-choice camp truly seeks freedom of choice, the choice should be fully informed.

If you would like to support this Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, contact Kent Brick, 226-2223, or Mike Blazek, 400-0526. Also, you can learn about First Choice Clinic-West by going to or by calling 751-4575.