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Darcy Hemstad, RN, helps women and their husbands be healthy so they can be parents. To my way of thinking, infertility is not the disease but rather a symptom of some unhealthy condition/s in either the male, the female, or both. Again, to my way of thinking, there are three different ways that gynecological problems are treated: a) relief of symptoms by prescribing the birth control pill–typical gynecologist, b) diagnose and treat underlying problems with surgery and hormone therapy, primarily progesterone–NaProTechnology protocols established by Dr Tom Hilgers, and c) ART–Artificial Reproductive Technologies that ignore the underlying problems by resort to immoral human creation in the laboratory.
But Darcy has another way for treating gyn problems that indicate ill health and dysfunction including infertility. Her approach uses a combination of Billings Ovulation Method Charting and dietary changes to foster general good health, including natural fertility.
Every woman has experienced gyn problems or knows someone who has gyn problems, including infertility. I believe you will be amazed by her patient’s success testimonials, which you can see at thefertilitygirl.com
This week (as last week with Deacon Harold) we have a Radio Maria presenter as our Guest on the Quest. Fr Loya’s program–Beyond the Veil–is immediately before “The Quest . . .”. Every week when I call in I enjoy the tail end of “Beyond the Veil”. What I especially like about Fr Loya is his complete understanding of contraception’s disruption of families, society and the Church. I have asked Father to help us understand this phenomenon of the broader impact of contraception on our culture.
Because he is a Byzantine priest, we can learn something about the Orthodox branch of Christianity and efforts to reunite East and West so the Church may breath with both lungs–what a concept! What have recent popes done to reverse the Great Schism of 1054? What issues divide us? Why not unity?
Fr Loya promotes and teaches the Theology of the Body through the Tabor Life Institute. Thus he is one of many TotB teachers that have their own slant on blessed John Paul II’s work, and naturally there are some differences of interpretation and approach. If we have time we want to get Father’s perspective on these differences.
No sub-set of America has suffered the “culture of death” more than African-Americans. Their children are targeted for abortion, their women are taken advantage of and their families are suffering due to fatherlessness, poverty, and poor education. Of course, these are not independent variables–they feed each other. What can be done to reverse this tragedy?
Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon and a full-time Catholic evangelist. He was raised Catholic ans spent 4 years in a Benedictine seminary. Now he is married to Colleen and they are parents to 4 children.
Deacon Herald has been on EWTN, travels extensively giving retreats and lectures on the family, the culture and the challenges facing the Catholic Church in America. He is outspoken in his conviction that contraception and abortion are devastating the family, society and the Church.
I pray that Deacon Harold will have some practical evangelization tips that apply to all Americans. We need to build up our parishes. We need new life in abundance. Three of every four self-professed Catholics do not regularly attend Mass. What will it take for them to come back? What can we do to help them?
Clarke Forsythe is currently Senior Counsel for AUL and author of Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, from Encounter Books. His twenty-seven years of service to AUL includes founding and directing the AUL Project in Law & Bioethics, serving for six years as Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing AUL’s nationwide litigation and legislation strategy, and serving as President for ten years.
He also wrote Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square, making the case for persistence and incremental victories as a prudential, ethical and realistic path to achieving significant change.
Forsythe has argued cases before federal and state courts and has testified before Congress and state legislatures. He is also a prolific writer on pro-life law issues, having published more than 15 law review articles and book chapters, as well as articles in First Things, the Wall Street Journal, and National Review Online. Other leading newspapers that have published his articles or quoted him include The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, the Washington Post,Chicago Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal. Clarke blogs frequently on “The Road to Roe”
In 2006, Forsythe received an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University.
Clarke has a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Allegheny College.
Preliminary Discussion “Abuse of Discretion” is a legal phrase meaning, A failure to take into proper consideration the facts and law relating to a particular matter; an arbitrary or unreasonable departure from precedent and settled judicial custom. Where a trial court must exercise discretion in deciding a question, it must do so in a way that is not clearly against logic and the evidence. An improvident exercise of discretion is an error of law and grounds for reversing a decision on appeal. It does not, however, necessarily amount to bad faith, intentional wrong, or misconduct by the trial judge.
Abuse of Discretion… is based on 20 years of research, including an examination of the papers of eight of the nine Justices who voted in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Abuse of Discretion is a critical review of the behind-the-scenes deliberations that went into the Supreme Court’s abortion decisions and how the mistakes made by the Justices in 1971-1973 have led to the turmoil we see today in legislation, politics, and public health. The first half of the book looks at the mistakes made by the Justices, based on the case files, the oral arguments, and the Justices’ papers. The second half of the book critically examines the unintended consequences of the abortion decisions in law, politics, and women’s health.
Why do the abortion decisions remain so controversial after almost 40 years, despite more than 50,000,000 abortions, numerous presidential elections, and a complete turnover in the Justices? Why did such a sweeping decision-with such important consequences for public health, producing such prolonged political turmoil-come from the Supreme Court in 1973?
Answering those questions is the aim of this book. The controversy over the abortion decisions has hardly subsided, and the reasons why are to be found in the Justices’ deliberations in 1971-1972 that resulted in the unprecedented decision they issued.
Will these abuses eventually lead to overturning Roe and Doe?
There are very many assaults on the Culture of Life in America in this Respect Life month of October, 2013. I am very pleased to offer you another valiant warrior working to stem the tide in California (fighting authorizing non-physicians to do abortions), Birmingham (closing abortion mills), and all over (securing freedom of speech rights near abortion mills).
Dana is the attorney President and Executive Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, based in California. She spend her days traveling from court to court using the law to protect children and their mothers from the gross abuse of abortion and its aftermath. She will be telling us what she does and how she came to her convictions.
The Affordable Care Act is now being implemented against the wishes of many/most Americans. I’ll be asking Dana about the status of the hundreds of lawsuits that are attempting to halt this assault on our religious freedom and true health care.
James and Kathleen Littleton are the co-founders of Forming Faithful Families. They offer a parish-based multi-session program by that title. However, the program that caught my attention was their approach for encouraging married couples to be open to another child–”one more baby for Jesus”. As the Director of “One More Soul”, I’m always on the hunt for materials and ideas for helping couples be open to life. After all, if we are to have a Culture of Life, we need more LIFE–more babies–lots more.
James and Kathleen Littleton, are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-seven to six, and five living in heaven. (And they regretfully started their marriage out as contracepting, nominal Catholics.) They are Catholic reverts, speakers, spiritual guides, radio guests, regular columnists for Catholic.net, and co-authors of Better by the Dozen, Plus Two, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, Better by the Dozen Plus Two, Part Two, subtitled Lessons Learned Through Loss and Leukemia by Kathleen Littleton (2012), and Healed Through Cancer by James Littleton (2012), available at their website Forming Faithful Families.
I am certain that you will find their life story fascinating. How does a couple get from a contraceptive mentality to a providential mentality culminating in 19 children? I need to know that. And, I think we all do if we are going to be evangelists in the United States of America
Steven Mosher is President of the Population Research Institute and an astute demographer who blew the whistle on China’s “one-child-policy” and forced abortion approach to implementing that policy. On today’s program he reviews his China experience as a Stanford U graduate student and then describes the research that PRI has done that raises serious questions concerning Catholic charities involvement with the US Agency for International Development (USIAD). USAID is well known to be a major promoter and distributor of birth control all over the world. Its approach to assisting poor countries is to reduce their population by coercive contraceptive and sterilization programs. PRI has uncovered strong evidence that Catholic Relief Services has collaborated with USAID in at least a few countries, accepting US Government funds and hiring promoters/distributors of intrinsic evil. Steven raises a good question—“Would the Catholic Church better serve the poor (consistent with Church teaching) by avoiding USAID funding in favor of purely charitable donations from US Catholics?”
This week is Radio Mariathon Week, so we will be partially focused on raising the funds necessary for bringing “Christian Radio into your home”, including “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. Our Guest this week is in fact a regular listener to this program so I can ask him what he appreciates about the “Quest” and why he encourages others to listen. David lives in North Carolina so he listens online since there are no RM stations near him.
David and his wife Meg are “promoters” of NFP for the Couple to Couple League. They understand their role as a “calling” and take it very seriously. As you might expect, they have used the Sympto-Thermal Method during their marriage, and like many/most NFP-using couples, they have many children; their 5th is due in January.
David can trace his love for the Catholic Church back to his youth on an Army base where Fr Daniel McCaffrey was Chaplain. In effect, David is a 2nd generation NFP promoter, following in the footsteps of his spiritual father–Father McCaffrey–founder of NFP Outreach.
David’s conversion to active Catholic is a sweet story of the affect of collaboration between a committed lay person (his mother) and a faithful priest/shepherd (Fr McCaffrey). I’m convinced that we need the laity and the clergy to work together to establish a Culture of Life in America and around the world. I pray that this program is helping to achieve that goal by helping our listeners find their particular role in that mission.
The US Supreme Court was recently asked to redefine marriage to include partners of the same gender. The Court’s ruling was somewhat ambiguous and thus confusing.
The issue raises serious questions about “marriage”. What is it? Who decides? Is there (or was there) a universally accepted definition? Is it important? Why?
Our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is Fr Matthew Habiger, a Benedictine priest at Benedictine College, Atchison KS. Fr Matthew has a PhD in moral Theology from Catholic University of America, and travels throughout the country speaking on “God’s plan for Marriage, Spousal Love and Family” as part of the NFP Outreach apostolate. He is superbly qualified to acquaint us with the development of an authentic “marriage” definition–from God, as well as the erosion of that definition through out history.
We want to provide you with the understanding and words for explaining what marriage is and what it cannot be. There are many resources to assist you. Then we want to challenge you to spread the truth about marriage in your parishes (including your pastor), families and various other groups.