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Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program on Radio Maria, titled “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” on Tuesdays at NOON eastern time (11am central). Each week Steve interviews someone who is making a significant contribution to the Culture of Life. The hope and prayer is that Radio Maria listeners will be inspired by these guests, and will find ways that they too can foster a Culture of Life in their community, Church, and family.
Steven Ertelt’s pro-life credentials run deep–National Right to Life Committee,Students for Life of America, Indiana Right to Life, Montana Right to Life and Colorado Citizens for Life. In 1993, he founded LifeNews to provide timely internet news of interest to a rapidly growing pro-life community.
Please join Steven and Steve (me) to learn what the latest developments are in a rapidly changing culture dominated by government attacks on life, family, religion, privacy, health and marriage. How can we respond? Isn’t government supposed to serve the people?
Paul Rondeau came to the Executive Director position at American Life League (ALL) after a distinguished career in a variety of leadership positions in higher education and other pro-life/family organizations. He has done ground breaking research on communication and language with special emphasis on the life issues including marriage. We live in a time when many of us struggle to justify the unique aspects of true marriage being that relationship involving one man and one woman for LIFE–permanence and openness to children. Paul can help us!
ALL claims to be the largest grass-roots pro-life and pro-family organization in the world (except for the Catholic Church, I presume) and thus has a broad ranging mission that supports the Culture of Life in America with a variety of programs.
The pro-life movement has come to rely on Life Site News to know what is happening around the world that retards and advances the Culture of Life. Ben Johnson is the US Bureau Chief for LSN. That means he is responsible for every article about what is going on in the USA. He either writes the articles, or assigns them to other writers. In other words, he knows what is happening before we read about it. Today’s program will be very interesting!
We are living in exciting times for the Culture of Life in America as we are seeing the abortion industry crumbling right before our eyes. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s conviction of murdering newborns and his sentence to life in prison without possibility of parole happened in large part because of the testimony of his own employees. That fact must be sending shivers up the spines of many abortionists.
His trial has also focused a very bright light on the abortion business, raising fundamental questions about the disjointed logic that allows an almost born infant to be killed with impunity, while holding a just born infant’s murder as murder. It’s all about location, location, location.
Kate Bryan is deep into “Live Action”–an organization that stings abortionists by visiting them, asking common sense questions, and secretly videotaping the ensuing Q&A! Live Action sting operations have placed Planned Parenthood in the sex-trafficking business and willing to abort babies because they were the “wrong” gender. Live Action is bringing the Culture of Life to America.
You can watch their videos at www.liveaction.org/inhuman/videos/
Anne Cherney is the mother of 10 and has her Masters in Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. She has written a soon to be published book with the working title Supernatural Family Planning, the Original Method. Anne continues our Quest for a better understanding of the Church’s teaching on “family planning” and our responsibility in that area of life.
Anne is thus our 4th Guest in the recent past to treat the subject of NFP, following Fr William Gardner–pastor for Diocese of Peoria, Dr Jay Boyd–Developmental Psychologist and Catholic blogger from Oregon, and Kim Cole–long-time teacher of the Ovulation Method in Colorado Springs.
Our Guest this week is Dr Dominick Pedulla from Oklahoma City, where he is a highly respected varicose vein surgeon board certified in cardiology, internal medicine and vein surgery. Dr Pedulla also has a long history of interest in natural family planning and the harmful impact of unnatural birth control methods on mothers and children. This interest prompted him and three other physicians (one also a priest) to thoroughly review the Plan B literature to discern if and when Plan B operated as an abortifacient.
Their study was prompted by bishops in several countries approving the use of Plan B in Catholic hospitals to treat women who had been raped. The intent of such use is to prevent an obviously unplanned conception, realizing that children conceived in rape are at high risk of being aborted. Drs Pedullah, Peck, Kahlenborn and Velez were suspicious about the literature claiming that Plan B has no abortifacient effect. The similarity between hormonal birth control (with its admitted potential for acting as an abortifaciant) and the hormones in Plan B made it seem likely that Plan B would act as an abortifacient at least some of the time.
Plan B is now available over the counter (without prescription) to women 17 or older. Several concerns are apparent: What are the health risks for the woman taking Plan B? How does it work? Ever as an abortifacient? Are women/couples leaning toward a Plan B approach to birth control to avoid the constant pollution of their bodies that characterizes other methods of hormonal birth control?
Professor J Budziszewski will be enlightening us on “natural law” and why he believes there is a reawakening of interest and respect for NL even among secular thinkers. He has taught Government (ethics, political philosophy, and various other subjects) at the University of Texas in Austin since receiving his PhD form Yale in 1981.
He is celebrating nine years of being Catholic. He is a prolific writer on tolerance, self-deception, virtue ethics, sex and marriage–all topics that impact our current culture. I’m confidant that you will find him a most interesting Guest on the Quest.
Richard Doerflinger has had many titles during his 33 year employment by the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops). Currently he is Associate Director of the Pro-Life Secretariat, advising the bishops on pro-life federal legislation and strategy. He has an especially challenging assignment having to deal with a Senate and White House that are unsupportive of Catholic teaching on life and marriage. Please join us as Richard shares his experience and challenges.
I’ll also be asking him about the role of the USCCB and potential conflict between that body and the role of the individual bishop as the Vicar of Christ for his diocese.