Quest for a Culture of Life in America with Steve Koob

Steve Koob, founder and executive director of One More Soul, hosts a weekly program in which he interviews some of the people 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.

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March 07 2017 – Mother (“Sam”) of 13 tells how to feed, raise, and educate through college w/o debt

How many newly marrieds set out with the dream of having a large family? I know some do; not many I suspect. A study of Mass-attending-Catholic-women revealed that the average woman would like to have 3.5 children–one more if money were not an issue. The most recent calculation of TFR (Total Fertility Rate) for US women is an unsustainable 1.87–2.1 being the replacement rate.

What motivates a couple to accept a large number of God’s Supreme Gifts to their marriage. For some it is an early choice, for others it develops from the joy of the first few. Others grow weary of NFP abstinence or the side-effects of birth control. I don’t know how Rob & Sam Fatzinger came to have 13 children. It will be one of the first questions I ask Sam on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”.

The Washington Post ran a detailed story about the Fatzingers— www.washingtonpost.com

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February 28 2017 – Deanna Wallace – Strategies for closing America’s Child Killing Centers

Deanna Wallace joined the Americans United for Life legal team as Staff Counsel in November 2016, working directly with state legislators to assist their efforts to protect mothers and their unborn infants from abortion industry abuses. Deanna consults with state and federal legislators, provides testimony in favor of life-affirming legislation and creates strategic legal tools to advance life in the law. Her efforts help states compete for Pro-Life ranking. Ohio is 14, Oklahoma 1, Washington 50. Prior to joining AUL’s team, Deanna was Legislative Director for Louisiana Right to Life, where she helped pass legislation establishing Louisiana as one of the most pro-life states in America, consulted with legislators and policy directors on the state level, and provided pro-bono legal assistance to the Attorney General’s office with litigation efforts to defend Louisiana’s life-affirming laws.

Deanna earned her BA in Speech Communications from Louisiana State University- Shreveport and her Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

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February 21 2017 – What’s a Catholic Mother of 10 to do? Blog, of course!

Our Guest on Radio Maria USA’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” is Patti Armstrong. Several years ago Mark & Patti Armstrong told the story of the ruts, rifts and renewal of their marriage on a One More Soul CD. They spoke of the alienation and pain of a contracepted (and later sterilized) marriage, to rediscovery of their faith in God and their love for each other. [ http://onemoresoul.com/catalog] I’ve asked Patti to give us an up-date on their family.

As one might expect, raising 10 children provides many opportunities for gaining wisdom, patience and material for books and blogs. Her books include Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories From Everyday Families and Dear God, You Can’t Be Serious.

In one of her recent blogs, “Resolve Dropping Fertility in US: Have More Babies!”, she speaks the One More Soul message—also God’s, as in Genesis “be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth”. She shares a dozen “Bad Reasons Not to Have More Children”. Read “Resolve . . .” at onemoresoul.com or on Patti’s web site www.pattimaguirearmstrong.com. With the fertility rate down to 1.87, Patti’s message is really needed.

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February 14 2017 – The Pastoral Response of the Canadian Catholic Church to legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia

When the state/government legalizes murder the Church must not only object in the public square, but also respond ministerially and pastorally in the parish. The Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have prepared Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons & Families Considering or Opting for Death by Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia, A Vademecum for Priests and Parishes – www.archgm.ca.

Father Stefano (Stephen) Penna is a Sacramental Theologian and Dean of Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta. He was an advisor to the bishops in preparation of this Vademecum (manual, handbook, guide). We are very honored to have Father Stephen as our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” this Tuesday the 14th of February. He will walk us through the guiding principles that govern the Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick for those contemplating assisted suicide or euthanasia. It can be very tricky balancing sacramental requirements and pastoral concerns, especially when many people are expressing conflicting views of what is best. The other issue is the funeral. Who is and is not given a Christian funeral?

The desire for complete control of our lives, including the time and manner of our death, drives this increasingly accepted assault on the Culture of Life. Why? Do we need more health profession sanctioned and legalized killing? Are not abortifacient “contraception”, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, artificial reproductive technologies and the transplant industry enough?

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February 07 2017 – Let’s stop killing American Children just because they are in their mother’s womb.

Clarke Forsythe wrote the book on reversing Roe vs Wade, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe vs Wade, Encounter Books, 2013. He is an attorney, Acting President and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL). I am very happy to have Clarke be our Guest on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America”. I say that because he has spent the majority of his professional life leading the legislative battle against legalized child killing. The fruit of his (and millions of others) is becoming increasingly expectant with every appointee by President Trump and the leap in pro-life activity in state legislatures with over 50 new bills introduced already this year.

There are many strategies in play for stopping the child killing through changes in the law at national and state level. Some are trying to restrict abortion to a certain gestational age–20 weeks, heartbeat, conception, or killing method. Others seek to make abortion safer for the mother by forcing killing centers to obey health department requirements. These and other approaches are expected to wind their way to the Supreme Court (SC) and there trigger review of R v W and the decision to overturn it, sending the abortion legalization decision back to the states. Mr Forsythe has estimated that it may take 10 years after RvW is overturned for a Human Life Amendment that would protect all preborn children. That is ridiculously long.

Even if the activists continue to close two or three killing centers per week, it will take 4 years to close the remaining 512. There must be a better way. I have been challenging Clarke to think outside the legal box–legislative/judicial. What about the Executive Branch? What about an overwhelming national demand to stop killing American children. Clarke has agreed to review the options and look for novel/new/different ways to end the child killing.

Read what Clarke had to sayabout Neil Gorsuch at www.aul.org.

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January 31 2017 – Nancy Valco, RN: End of Life talk at Georgetown U, Abortion Sanctuary in St Louis and Pro-Life Nurses Assn

Nancy Valco, RN, has been fighting for ethical health care since earning her RN in 1969. She is a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org), is a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee. In 2015 she was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, she currently works as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.

Nancy will share some of her presentation and experience last week at GU—including a standing ovation. She will also update us on the St Louis City Council effort to make St Louis (her home) an “Abortion Sanctuary”. Finally, she will encourage listening nurses to join the National Association of Prolife Nurses.

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January 24 2017 – Troy Newman closes America’s Child Killing Centers one at a time.

Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullinger have been at the helm of Operation Rescue for about two decades leading the activist arm of the pro-life movement in achieving a monumental shift from over 2000 Killing Centers in 1991 to now 516. Most of these are concentrated on the west coast and the northeast with 6 states having only one remaining center.

Troy will be our Guest today on “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” and will answer these question:

  • How did you get into the activist arm of the pro-life movement?
  • How do you go about shutting down abortion facilities?
  • How did you create a directory of killing centers?
  • Who are your boots-on-the-ground?
  • What will come first: Activist closings of all abortion facilities or reversal of Roe & Doe?
  • What dramatic changes do you anticipate with President Trump in the Oval Office?

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January 17 2016 – Seven year-old Allen almost drowned last July. He is alive but what about burdens and quality of life?

Doctor Paul Byrne was called by Allen’s parents after Allen almost drowned last July in a lake near his Montana home. Allen was hospitalized and received two minor surgeries–for a ventilator to assist his breathing and a feeding tube to provide nutrition, hydration and medication to support brain healing.

Dr Byrne has been assisting with Allen’s care for the past 6 months, including the most recent month with Allen being cared for by his beautiful Christian family in their home.

Dr Paul will be our Guest on Radio Maria’s “The Quest for a Culture of Life in America” so you will be able to learn about Allen, “brain death”, and his parents’ efforts to save him from the transplant industry. We will also talk about the moral obligation to provide oxygen, water and food (hydration and nutrition) to individuals who need assistance with these necessities for life.

Dr Byrne has had many patients like Allen. Most were declared “brain dead”–a “mendacity” according to the good doctor. Some like Allen continue to live; others have been killed by collaborating courts and hospitals. These poor impaired human beings deserve treatment conforming to their natural human dignity. They are not vegetables or animals; they are entitled to ordinary care even if they remain in need of assistance until their natural death. The Catholic Church has taken that official position and care givers should insist on assistance where necessary for a loved one to receive life-continuing access to O2, H2O, food and medication.

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December 27 2016 – How has American Health Care been corrupted? What is required to make Our Health Care Great so America can be Great?

Nancy Valco, RN, has been fighting for ethical health care since earning her RN in 1969. She is a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org), is a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee. In 2015 she was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, she currently works as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.

Donald Trump has promised to “Make America Great Again”. No country that kills its own children is great; child killing in the womb, Petri dish, infertility clinic and stem cell research lab must stop for America to be GREAT!

Nancy is the perfect person to give us an overview of where the Health Care Profession has been corrupted by greed and ideology, AND what must be changed for American Health Care (and America itself) to be great!

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December 13 2016 – Assisted Nutrition and Hydration: Serious Questions for Family and Care Givers

Dr Chris Kahlenborn, MD, is an Internist and Hospitalist in Hagerstown PA. He is also a serious medical researcher who is totally fearless about reporting research that goes against the preferred results of established medicine. He did pioneering research on breast cancer risk from abortion and the birth control pill published by One More Soul and in peer reviewed medical journals.

The specific question of whether to place a stomach tube in a patient who has had a stroke or has advanced dementia is one of the most difficult dilemmas for patients and/or family members who often have questions regarding the ethics of either giving or withholding assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH). As a board-certified internist with 28 years of medical experience, Dr. Chris will answer some basic questions regarding the issues involved in the decision of whether to provide assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH) to patient(s) in need.

Dr. Kahlenborn is a Catholic physician who clearly articulates the Catholic Church’s teaching regarding ANH. His practical medical advice respects the sanctity of human life and applies regardless of one’s faith tradition.

Here are a few of the questions I will be asking Dr Chris:

  • What do you mean by assisted nutrition and hydration (ANH)?
  • What does the Catholic Church teach in regard to ANH?
  • Can assisted nutrition harm a patient?
  • Most hospitals have palliative care teams and/or hospice nurses/physicians. What role do they play on the issue of ANH?
  • Can you give a common example of how conflicts may arise?

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