“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

WESLEY J. SMITH: "QUEBEC DOCTORS ARE VETERINARIANS NOW"

Wesley J. Smith
I want to refer readers of the HumanLifeMatters blog to an excellent piece written by Wesley J. Smith for the National Review, "Quebec Doctors are Veterinarians Now" See  http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism/423357/quebec-doctors-are-veterinarians-now 

Monday, August 31, 2015

SUPREME COURTS USURPING DEMOCRACY

Canada's Supreme Court
Canada in about to embark upon an audacious social course. We must accept the Supreme Court's unanimous decision to strike down laws prohibiting assisted suicide of the sick, disabled and depressed. It is a departure from our legal foundations in British Common Law that have -- for more than 700 years -- forbidden or punished assisted suicide. Apparently our illustrious 'boomer "Justices" are wiser than the collected human wisdom of centuries. 

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) just concluded their annual meeting. Why did they not refuse outright to cooperate with high court to murder suicidal people?  A doctor's job is to save lives not take lives -- or at least do no harm![1] The Supreme Court put the dirty work of their odious assisted suicide decision in the laps of physicians. 
Canada's Parliament

The federal government does have a tool at their disposal to override the Supreme Court's horrible ruling. They could invoke the "notwithstanding" clause (Section 33) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With a federal election looming will any party elected use it? No. 

Thirty-five million Canadians must abide by the edict of 9 activist judges, just like we have been forced to abide by the Supreme Court's 1988 decision to strike down Canada's abortion law. (Today in Canada there are no legal protections for unborn children. Abortion is legal at any point during all 9 months of pregnancy.)   

Increasingly, Americans are at risk of being ruled by an activist
U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court too. We saw this with Roe v Wade and their same-sex marriage ruling even though voters in 31 of 50 states voted to define marriage as being between a man and a women.[2] Democracy is being usurped by Supreme Courts. 


In his first inaugural address, Abraham Lincoln said this:


". . . the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of eminent tribunal."

The insight of the great man is coming to pass, at least in Canada. The people have ceased to be their own rulers in these vital moral questions of life and death. In such matters we are ruled by Supreme Court tyrants whose benevolence is limited indeed. 
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[1] Post-Hippocratic physicians may not agree. Perhaps they would pass off such views woefully old fashioned for the Brave New 21st Century world of utilitarian medicine, bioethics and managed killing, er, death. 
[2] See Katrina Trinko, "States that voted against Gay Marriage Now Have It Forced Upon Them", The Daily Signal at http://dailysignal.com/2014/10/06/states-voted-gay-marriage-now-forced-upon/

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WHAT'S THE POINT OF REGAINING MY HEALTH BUT LOSING MY HUMANITY?

http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/2015/08/planned-parenthood-baby-parts-buyer-stemexpress-wants-another-50-liversweek-financial-benefits-for-abortion-clinics/ 

WARNING: This post contains two photos of aborted babies

The link above is to the 8th of 12 videos produced by the Center For Medical Progress. This one features baby parts buyer StemExpress Founder and CEO, Cate Dyer, saying they want 50 MORE fetal livers PER WEEK. And as they say, Planned Parenthood is a good source because of their volume of abortions.

It is stated on their website (StemExpress.com): "StemExpress fuels regenerative medicine and tranlational research by supplying human-derived specimens to biomedical researchers around the world. Founded in 2010, StemExpress is the only company of its kind to procure tissues and isolate cells for researchers' individual needs in its own labs."


This aborted child would
be referred to as an "intact specimen"
In their mission statement they say "StemExpress is dedicated to saving lives by accelerating the cure and prevention of disease." Do you see something wrong in this?  It sounds so good until you consider the the "human-derived specimens" are often aborted children! These are the intact specimens they refer too.

Proper ethics dictates that it is wrong to use the bodies of
intentionally murdered human beings (fetal or otherwise) to save other human beings. This is not legitimate medical research. Society must never sanction such things. Society must outlaw such practices and punish those involved.

Through massive federal and state funding for Planned Parenthood, the United States is sanctioning barbarism that would have appalled previous generations dating back to America's Founding Fathers.


Me
As someone incurably ill and disabled with multiple sclerosis (MS) I dream of a cure that would return me to full able-bodied health. But I don't want any treatment or cure derived from the taking of another life. If my cure comes from the death of an unborn child I will refuse it, as tempting as deliverance from a horrible disease it may be. For more than 30 years I have wanted a cure -- but not at that price.

What is the point of regaining my health but losing my humanity? 

Friday, August 21, 2015

NATIONWIDE PROTEST TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

August 22nd will see a nationwide protest across America against government funding of Planned Parenthood, which receives over $550 million annually. I call on Catholics and evangelical Christians to come together tomorrow in the closest of any of 64 cities across America to demand Planned Parenthood stop receiving government funding. 


Timothy Morgan
Editor for Christianity Today
Christianity Today online magazine has a story on this critically important show of pro-Life unity. See article by Timothy C. Morgan, "Planned Parenthood subject of nationwide protest on Saturday" http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/august/planned-parenthood-subject-of-nationwide-protest-on-saturda.html 


Phil Lawler 
On 17 August  2015, the online publication CatholicCulture.org carried a commentary by Phil Lawler entitled "What's your diocese doing for the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood?" See link here https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1123 

It's an important question that must be asked of all Christians, not just Catholics. Evangelical denominations and churches should be using this moment in time to rally their memberships to pressure their Members of Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) and state governments to stop funding Planned Parenthood. A great way of showing this is by rallying together tomorrow.

The issue is nothing less than the dignity and sanctity of human life that God has created in His Image -- and calls us to protect and care for. Abortion and harvesting baby body parts is a direct and heinous assault of that dignity and sanctity. 

Although I am in Canada, I will be with you in prayer. You are Christ's hands and feet. God bless. --
Mark

[Click image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnuWkbZuG1k for Libera "You Were There.", 4:04]

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I CANNOT BE SILENT IN THE FACE OF SUCH EVIL OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD

WARNING: The video below contains graphic images of advanced unborn baby that has been aborted.

I wish with all my heart that my conscience did not compel me to post a  new video of Planned Parenthood's barbaric abortions and harvesting fetal parts. I cannot be silent in the face of such evil. The video below is the latest release from the Center for Medical Progress.

I want American readers of this blog to hold accountable at the ballot box during the U.S. general election in 2016 those Members of Congress who stopped the bill to defund of Planned Parenthood. Find out who they were and ensure they are not re-elected. They are unfit for public office. Support only those congressional candidates (Senate and House of Representatives) who vow to defund Planned Parenthood.  This not the only issue of concern for public office, but it is a disqualifying issue 

The abortion holocaust must stop! -- Mark Davis Pickup

[Click image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzMAycMMXp8 for "Human Capital - Episode 3: Planned Parenthood's Custom Abortions For Superior Products" (10:37). Warning: contains disturbing images of aborted child. 



HUMANLIFEMATTERS BLOG SURPASSES 400,000 HITS

The HumanLifeMatters blog has just passed 400,000 hits. Readership is primarily American and Canadian. It is gratifying to see such numbers for a disabled old man's opinions. 

If you are interested in posting anything in keeping with the theme of the blog, send to HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca -- embed in the body of your email. On the subject line put "For HumanLifeMatters blog".  There's no money but lots of exposure.

Mark

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FR. ROBERT BARRON ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE LOSS OF HUMAN DIGNITY

Fr. Robert Barron
Please watch the video below by Fr. Robert Barron. He is speaking about the loss of human dignity, in the wake of horrendous Planned Parenthood videos. As always, Fr. Barron has some deep and critical insights for us all. His comments go beyond the Planned Parenthood mindset to the heart of certain inalienable rights endowed to every human life by God their Creator.

[Click on image below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_blSXFFfU3M