|JIM & JOY PINTO|
Originally, HumanLifeMatters was incorporated as a provincial society in the Canadian province of Alberta as an organization dedicated to promotion of evangelical and Catholic disability awareness and barrier free church buildings. When I started HumanLifeMatters, I was a Baptist. My board was entirely evangelical although I actively searched for Catholic members.
My conversion to Catholicism (2004) was like a bomb exploded. The board resigned en masse, funding from a large Baptist church severed -- everything was gutted. Evangelical and Catholic cooperation with disability issues was fine on paper but not in practice. Perhaps it was just as well. HumanLifeMatters' original structure was grounded on an unstated ad unstable anti-Catholic bias. As its founder, I would have to eventually confront and remove this prejudice. It could not be tolerated.
|Me speaking at a fundraising|
banquet for Mother Teresa House
for the terminally ill,
When the smoke cleared, only I was left. God's blessing on the HumanLifeMatters ministry continued and increased. Invitations came in from across North America to speak on Life issues, conduct disability awareness workshops for churches, and medical groups and hospitals. I was invited to address government legislative committees considering euthanasia legislation. Pro-Life groups and churches across Canada and America asked me to speak and educate them about responses to anti-life issues and disability inclusion.
I started the HumanLifeMatters blog. As you can see, there have been hundreds of thousands of visitors. Although HumanLifeMatters receives no funding from any source, my work under the HumanLifeMatters banner has been spiritually fruitful despite successive setbacks.
|Addressing the 2016 Adult & Family Rally|
and Mass for Life, St. Matthew the
Apostle Cathedral, Archdiocese of
Canada has legalized medical killing of sick and disabled people. California, Oregon, Vermont and the state of Washington have legalized euthanasia. It seems disability is viewed as worse that death.
And so the work of HumanLifeMatters is more important than ever. To present hope found in Christ, to encourage those who desire to support people with serious disabilities and their families, to lobby for the rescinding of laws that permit the taking of life at any state or stage in the spectrum of human life from conception to natural death, to search for life with dignity, has become critical at this perilous juncture in time.
|Speaking in the Archdiocese|
of Edmonton about perils of
Canada's new euthanasia regime
I am incurably ill and disabled with multiple sclerosis, but as long as my health holds up, this will be my calling because Human Life Matters. Should others wish to help in such a mammoth task, their contributions and energies are always welcome.
And so I head to Alabama at the end of September to appear on EWTN's show At Home with Jim & Joy. Please pray for journey mercies to come my way.
You can see my interview on At Home with Jim & Joy, Monday October 1st 2016, at 12:00pm, Saturday October 8th at 8:30 and 11:00pm.