Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Immorality of the Planned Parenthood sting operations as they've been performed.

My wife sent me an article about how the people who performed a Planned Parenthood sting operation were being charged for felonies (obstructing justice and soliciting bodily organs). Although the journalist was very pro-abortion, she did have a point. It's never good to perform an evil such as lying (even if it is a lesser evil than baby killing) in order to achieve a good end such as ending abortion (cf. Rom. 3:8; 6:1). Even if it were a state of war, lying is still a sin. Concealing one's motives isn't, though, but these sting people made it very clear what their (false) motives were.

These are what St. Thomas Aquinas calls "ambushes" (insidiis, the same word used in the St. Michael prayer that's translated as "snares") in Summa Theologica II-II q. 40 ("On War") a. 3 ("Whether it is lawful to lay ambushes in war?"):

The object of laying ambushes is in order to deceive the enemy. Now a man may be deceived by another's word or deed in two ways:
  1. through being told something false, or through the breaking of a promise, and this is always unlawful. No one ought to deceive the enemy in this way, for there are certain "rights of war and covenants, which ought to be observed even among enemies," as Ambrose states (De Officiis i).
  2. a man may be deceived by what we say or do, because we do not declare our purpose or meaning to him. Now we are not always bound to do this, since even in the Sacred Doctrine many things have to be concealed, especially from unbelievers, lest they deride it, according to Mt. 7:6: "Give not that which is holy, to dogs." Wherefore much more ought the plan of campaign to be hidden from the enemy. For this reason among other things that a soldier has to learn is the art of concealing his purpose lest it come to the enemy's knowledge, as stated in the Book on Strategy [*Stratagematum i, 1] by Frontinus. Such like concealment is what is meant by an ambush which may be lawfully employed in a just war.
Nor can these ambushes be properly called deceptions, nor are they contrary to justice or to a well-ordered will. For a man would have an inordinate will if he were unwilling that others should hide anything from him
Randal Terry's strategy is that of #2, and it seems his is the best one that stays within the realm of moral action.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2 Babies Saved! | Students for Life

2 Babies Saved! | Students for Life

2 Babies Saved!

by: Kaitlynn Williams, former Stevens Fellow, Freshman at the University of Arizona

Social Media Helps Save a Baby

Checking and updating social media pages can take time and effort but
it’s certainly worth it because so many people use the platform to
communicate – and sometimes it can even be a means to save the life of a

Over the Labor Day weekend holiday, I received a Facebook message
through Tucson Right to Life’s page from a nurse who works with the
Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline. A young woman had taken the abortion
pill (RU486) on Friday, but now changed her mind and called the hotline
for help.

But because of the holiday weekend, no one at the hotline could not
get a hold of a doctor in Tucson and they were running short on time. In
hopes of reaching someone locally, they messaged the Tucson for Life
Facebook page.

As soon as I got the message, I called the nurse and then immediately
started texting, calling and messaging my local contacts, including a
few nurses and doctors, to see who could help. One pro-life doctor who I
am friends with on Facebook answered me right away. He said he could
see the young woman on Tuesday (he couldn’t see her any sooner due to
the pregnancy centers being closed for Labor Day). I put the doctor and
the nurse from the hotline in direct contact, along with the people who
run Fatima Women’s Center.

The hotline was able to get in contact with a doctor in Phoenix who
was able to write the woman a prescription for the progesterone she
needed to reverse the effects of the pill. However, then we found out
the minute-clinic was unable to fill her prescription.

After doing all I could for the time-being, I went to church and
offered the Mass with prayers specifically for the woman, her baby, and
that they would be able to get the progesterone. Additionally, everyone
else I was working with on this was praying and doing what they could to

Later that afternoon, the young woman was able to get the
progesterone she needed and at her appointment on Tuesday, she had an
ultrasound and her 9-week-old preborn baby was found alive and well!
They are now under the prenatal care of the amazing pro-life doctor and
staff at Fatima Women’s Center.

Also, the doctor who helped the woman wants to become a hub for
abortion pill reversals and there is a nurse who wants to work with him
to help take care of the patients. The snowball effect of the way we
were all able to communicate and mobilize on social media has been
amazing and effective. It really shows how potentially powerful social
media can be, what prayer can do, and what can happen when everyone
works together for something!

“How Can I Help You?”

The second save occurred at an abortion clinic. A woman went in to have her abortion but she was feeling unsure.

Surrounded by girls excited to get their abortions, she prayed that
God would send her a sign of what to do. Wanting to get some fresh air,
the woman went outside of the clinic – and saw some people praying. She
walked over to them and at first was approached by a woman who shared
statistics about abortions (I have found that tactic doesn’t usually
work). Luckily, one of our prayer warriors had the right approach and
all she said to the woman was, “How can I help you?”

The woman took this meeting as the sign she had asked God for, and
she was soon on her way to the Fatima Women’s Center, where she and her
baby are now being cared for. All of this happened simply because
someone was there praying – imagine if our prayer warrior had decided to
sleep in that morning!