Prolife Victories

Shorter Gap, Healthier Babies

REUTERS, June 30 — Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have found that mothers who separated their children by an interval between one and three years were 50% less likely to have a stillborn child, compared with women who waited at least six years between children.

The findings, which appeared in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, were drawn from a review of the outcomes of two consecutive deliveries of 410,021 women who gave birth in Sweden between 1983 and 1997.

Suprising Support

THE BOSTON HERALD, July 3 — A former abortion-clinic guard has filed an affidavit in federal court supporting a challenge to the state's restrictions on pro-life activities outside clinics.

Richard Seron, who has filed suit against his former employers at the now-closed Pre-Term Health Services and Planned Parenthood, claims his bosses reprimanded him for advising a clinic escort not to confront pro-lifers outside the clinic.

“They also instructed me to tell incoming clients to not listen to the sidewalk counselors,” said Seron, who claims he was told to confiscate all pamphlets.

Three sidewalk counselors claim the buffer zone law passed in 2000 tramples their free speech rights by barring them from coming within six feet of patients who are within 18 feet of a clinic.

No Planned Parenthood Funds

LIFENEWS.COM, June 26 — By a vote of 16 to 10, the Louisville city council has scrapped $6,000 earmarked in the city budget for an “abstinence” program at Western Middle School sponsored by Planned Parenthood.

Pro-life advocates appealed to the city council to oppose funding the local affiliate of the largest abortion business in the country — whether the funds were used for abortions or not.

“Taxpayers understand that by funding Planned Parenthood, this council will participate in freeing other resources that will be used to promote abortion,” explained Joyce Daugherty, vice president of Right to Life of Louisville.

Fetal Homicide Law in UK

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH(New South Wales, Australia),June 27 — A woman whose unborn son was killed in a road-rage incident has convinced the New South Wales government to change a 103-year-old law.

Shields’ anger over her son's death turned to determination to have the law changed so no other mother would suffer as she had.

Her emotional written submission to a review board was instrumental in the state government creating a new law for the killing of an unborn baby. The law will come into effect by the end of the year.

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.