OPINION | Welcome new (fertilized egg) citizens

No, this is not about immigration, or becoming an American citizen – the “new citizens” in this piece are the newly fertilized ovum who will become “persons” upon conception, if the advocates of “personhood” have their way. That’s right, these tiny little eggs will have all the rights, privileges, and duties of new citizens immediately conferred upon them, as proposed by organizations such as Personhood USA. And already they have had “personhood” successes.Most notably in our neighboring state of North Dakota, where they have successfully gotten personhood granted upon the first sign of a heartbeat (usually about 10 weeks); and as a person, “killing” the embryo would be a crime equivalent to murder. Consequently doctors who would violate this dictum would also be subject to prosecution and severe penalties. (Note: Roe vs. Continue Reading

Anti-abortion group credits state program with 0.6 percent drop in abortions

Minnesota’s largest anti-abortion group, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), says state-funded anti-abortion programs are responsible for a drop in the number of abortions among low-income women. If the group’s assertion is correct, the programs cost taxpayers more than $200,000 per woman successfully treated. Data released by the Minnesota Department of Health show a slight drop in abortions among women on medical assistance between 2006 and 2007, the most current year that data is available. Medical providers were reimbursed by the state for 3,914 procedures in 2007 compared to 3,937 in 2006, a drop of 0.6 percent. MCCL says Positive Alternatives, a state program that encourages women to carry their pregnancy to term, was responsible for the decrease.var mnindyHeadline = “MORE FROM”; var mnindyHeadline2 = “Michigan Messenger”;
Positive Alternatives awards grants to 37 groups, many of which are religion-based. Continue Reading

Archbishop inadvertently generates $14K in Planned Parenthood donations

In a culture war where negativity often rules, pro-choice advocates used a recent anti-abortion protest featuring Archbishop John Nienstedt as a way to raise funds for their efforts. Every year on Good Friday, Pro-Life Action Ministries hosts a protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic on Ford Parkway in St. Paul. This year, the leader of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis showed up- the first time someone of his stature participated, protesters said. Planned Parenthood set up a “pledge a protester” system that allowed supporters to donate a set dollar amount for each anti-abortion protester that turned out. Continue Reading

Abortion politics trump social justice at Catholic school

Rep. Paul Thissen, DFL-Richfield, was stripped of an award from the Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) last week because of his votes on abortion, the Catholic school said. The candidate for governor was to be presented with AHA Activities Hall of Fame honor, but when the school learned of his Thissen’s voting record, they rescinded the award. “[T]he nominating committee was not aware of Mr. Thissen’s voting record in the Minnesota Legislature regarding pro-abortion issues,” the school said in a letter to alumni. “When I heard about this, I really was disappointed, not so much because of the award, but because the award was for something that had nothing to with my position on giving women the choice of what to do during a pregnancy,” Thissen told the Star Tribune. Thissen told the school his support for social justice issues like ensuring health insurance for all children and advocating for the poor, the disabled and the elderly should count for something. Continue Reading