Prolife Victories

Island Official Joins Protest


Sept. 26 — It's a picture the St. Lucia government would have preferred not to view: its home-affairs minister, Sara Flood-Beaubrun, walking alongside more than 2,500 citizens. The government might not have minded, but these citizens were protesting plans to amend the criminal code to allow abortion in certain cases, including rape and incest.

Flood-Beaubrun broke protocol by participating in the demonstration as a member of the cabinet.

“It would be sad if it had to come to me losing my job over this, but I am prepared to lose my job and more for this cause,” she said.

The government says it has temporarily shelved the introduction of the legislation in order to provide for more public debate.

Flood-Beaubrun said time should be used to educate citizens, “including cabinet ministers, on the real evil of abortion and what it really means.”

No Contraceptive Pesos

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Oct. 23 — Pro-life Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has diverted 70 million pesos ($1.5 million) allocated for contraceptives to natural family planning, sparking the complaints of a U.N. official.

“They used the money for natural family planning instead of contraceptives,” said Florence Tayzon, assistant representative of the United Nations Population Fund in Manila.

Taiwan to Ban Death Penalty

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Oct. 27 — Taiwan's government is drafting legislation to abolish the death penalty, a cabinet official said.

In October 2002, President Chen Shui-bian announced that Taiwan would gradually phase out capital punishment.

The presidential office said Oct. 27 the move to abolish the death penalty would ensure the right to life to everyone, including convicted criminals.

Born Alive in Wisconsin

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Oct. 24 — The Wisconsin Senate has approved a bill that would insure babies “born alive” after abortion attempts have the same legal right to live as any other human being.

The Senate voted 31-to-1 to pass the bill. It would define “live birth” and “born alive” under state statutes for the first time.

The state Assembly already approved the bill unanimously. It now goes to Gov. Jim Doyle for signing.

Under the bill, being “born alive” means being completely extracted from a mother's womb and taking a breath, having a heartbeat or moving voluntary muscles. That's regardless of whether the extraction occurs as a result of labor, a Cesarean section or an abortion.

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.