Friday, March 6, 2009
Please pray for Amanda. She is a young mom who has participated in our programs at Lois' Lodge. Since leaving our program Amanda has married, had a second child and she and her husband (the father of both of her children) have been residing in Jackson Park. They have been making tremendous strides in spiritual and personal growth. They have attended church regularly and both profess to be Christians. Both have been working and they have been very proud that they have saved a significant amount of money. Jamel, who is Amanda's husband was going back to school at Central Piedmont to get his high school diploma and had been dialoging with the Army. He planned to enter the service after he graduated. Last Saturday night Jamel was walking home from the bus stop after work and was killed by a hit and run driver. Needless to say Amanda and everyone that has been close to this young family is traumatized. Please pray that all involved will sense God's presence and experience his peace. Pray that Amanda will continue to make progress in creating a good life for her family.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
President Obama Starts Process of Removing Doctors' Protections on Abortions
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
The White House quietly announced on Friday that President Barack Obama is starting the process of overturning protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions. The move is the latest that will add to Obama's growing pro-abortion record. Existing federal laws already make it so doctors and hospitals are not required to perform abortions. Because those laws aren't always followed, the Bush administration added additional protections.Bush officials noted a pattern of grant recipients being unaware of or flouting existing laws protecting medical professionals’ rights of conscience. So, HHS enacted the new regulations to require grantees to certify compliance with them in order to receive funds. In August, 2008 the Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulations to strengthen those existing laws. The regulations were finalized on December 18, 2008 and went into effect January 20, 2009. Abortion advocates complained about the new regulations and made false claims that they would somehow deny women access to birth control even though the regulations do not limit or restrict any legal practice or product. Three pro-abortion groups and pro-abortion attorneys general from seven states filed a lawsuit to overturn the rules and today's news makes it clear the Obama administration is preparing its own move to rescind them. Obama officials told the Chicago Tribune that they are opening up a 30-day public comment period, after which they will roll back the protections for medical personnel and facilities.