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Freedom of Choice Act Could Force Catholic Hospital Closures

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Thomas Klind

In late April of 2007, then-Senators Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and Senator Barbara Boxer re-introduced overarching Federal legislation to reinforce the importance of Roe vs. Wade.

The Freedom of Choice Act, or FOCA, as it is referred to, would effectively protect the right to abortion in the case of the Supreme Court ruling being overturned. The Bill has come to light again since the election of President Obama, especially since he carried the majority of the Catholic vote.

In a speech to Planned Parenthood while on the campaign trail last year, President Obama made a promise, “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act. That’s the first thing I’d do.”

Prior to President Obama’s inauguration, Cardinal Justin Rigali, in a letter to Congress, commented that the legislation would essentially make abortion a “national entitlement.” Those in opposition to the legislation, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged Americans to pray novenas for the unborn and in response to the impending legislation on January 11. This call for prayer led to an enormous amount of criticism from non-Catholics and Democrats in the legislative branch.

According to Cardinal Rigali, FOCA “would sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws [and] policies.” According to the USCCB, “The church is resolute in opposing evil,” and the bishops are “completely united and resolute in our teaching and defense of the unborn child from the moment of conception.”

Under current legislation, doctors, nurses and hospitals have what is called a conscience right to deny performing an abortion. FOCA could require any doctor, nurse or hospital to perform an abortion. Even more startling, it would provide taxpayer-funded abortions as a fundamental right.

Many Catholic hospitals have spoken out against the passing of FOCA, and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Chicago said, “It could mean discontinuing obstetrics in our hospitals, and we may need to consider taking the drastic step of closing our Catholic hospitals entirely,” Paprocki said. “It would not be sufficient to withdraw our sponsorship or to sell them to someone who would perform abortions. That would be a morally unacceptable cooperation in evil.”

In a statement of policy and analysis from the USCCB, according to FOCA, “it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to bear a child [and] to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability.” Under existing case law, abortion is not a “fundamental right.”

According to the USCCB, if passed, “FOCA would like to invalidate a broad range of state laws, including:

Invalidation of informed consent laws
Invalidation of laws protection the conscience rights of doctors, nurses and hospitals
Invalidation of parental notification laws
Abortion clinic regulations, even those designed to make abortion safer for women
Invalidation of government programs and facilities that pay for, or insure childbirth or health care services excluding abortion
Invalidation of laws preventing the carrying to term of a cloned human embryo (sometimes known as bans on reproductive cloning).

If you are strongly opposed to the passing of FOCA, make sure to write to your Congressperson, Senator, pray the novena and check out the petition online.

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Catholic voters and the abortion factor

Posted on 23 October 2008 by Robert Christensen

I truly believe that neither Barack Obama nor John McCain will have a significant impact on many of the major issues facing this country.

The economy will most likely take years to recover regardless of the economic reforms by either candidate. The troops are going to remain in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to come. And as we pull our soldiers out of Iraq we will put more into Afghanistan to battle the increasing violence in the region, we could even end up further involved in the Middle East if we invade Pakistan as Obama has proposed. With more and more money being spent by the government to “fix” the economy and fund military operations little else will be available to allow the future president to implement other reforms. But while neither candidate will have a considerable impact on our country in these areas they both will have a significant impact on abortion.

With four Supreme Court Justices in their seventies and Justice John Paul Stevens approaching 90 years old this president will have the opportunity to shape the future of the Supreme Court for the 21st century. These justices will decide a variety of different cases but their most important decision could possibly be the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Decided in 1972 this case has legalized the murder of approximately 3,700 innocent unborn babies per day making this one of the greatest human atrocities in the history of mankind.

Many Catholics feel torn by this issue. They are pro-life but feel Democrats advocate more policies to help the lower class while Republicans only try to help the rich. Though this is completely untrue, I can understand the struggle Catholics have who feel this way.

However, in this election it is clear to me that those Catholics who are pro-life must make this issue the deciding factor in choosing who to vote for. Obama is staunchly pro-choice and if elected will appoint a pro-choice justice who will set the pro-life movement back 50 to 100 years. JMcCain is pro-life and if elected will have the opportunity to appoint a justice who can finally overturn Roe saving the lives of millions of unborn babies. This election can be the turning point for the pro-life movement and for our country, vote for John McCain.

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Letter From the Editor

Posted on 16 April 2008 by Robert Fafinski

As you may have noticed, inside this 16-page issue of The Warrior is a 12-page advertisement from Pro-Life Wisconsin. Much of The Warrior staff is Catholic. Most of the people who read The Warrior are Catholic. Marquette is, allegedly, Catholic. So the fact that we decided to put this advertisement in shouldn’t be news at all, but it is. And here’s why:

The Marquette Tribune, which receives funding from Marquette University and serves as its sanctioned paper, has twice refused to run pro-life, anti-abortion advertisements this semester. First, it rejected an ad geared towards spring breakers, “Be good to yourself over spring break,” the ad continued, “Make smart choices the night before…that way you won’t have any emergencies to deal with the morning after! ‘Emergency contraception’ is a powerful, high dose of steroids that tricks your body into thinking it is pregnant. These steroids can cause chemical abortions and deadly blood clots” (emphasis in original).

Then — and this is where The Warrior comes in — the Tribune rejected the 12-page insert you see in this issue of The Warrior.

So, in order for Pro-Life Wisconsin to get its message out on a Catholic campus, the group had to come to The Warrior, a paper that is not allowed to be distributed in campus buildings or on campus property. That’s why we have to hand-distribute The Warrior on public property outside of Raynor and Cudahy. To get out a Catholic message on a Catholic campus, they had to come to a paper that accepts no money from Marquette.

It had to come to The Warrior. At a moment like this, you can’t help but say it… We are (Embarrassed for you), Marquette!

In the past, administrators and professors have called The Warrior an “underground” or “rogue” paper. Whatever… The day that a Pro-life group is forced to come to an “underground” or “extreme” paper at a Catholic university, it’s a sad day for Marquette, intellectual honesty and Catholicism as a whole.

As our Business Manager, Katie Wycklendt, said when asked about our decision to run the ad: “The question isn’t why we would run it… The question is why wouldn’t we. One of [The Warrior’s] nine goals is to ‘Cherish Marquette’s Catholic Identity’ and in this instance we have the opportunity to do so while providing students with a very informative and moving piece of literature.”

Kudos, Katie, couldn’t have said it better myself. All these administrators, Jesuits and professors, so caught up in the culture of intolerance towards truth and consequence, refuse to fight for some Catholic principles they so obviously disagree with. But to all you level-headed observers out there, have no fear. Marquette does not simply belong to these liberal “adults.” It has students who understand right from wrong, who recognize foolish arguments and who will always fight to keep Marquette truly Catholic — true to the Pope and Catechism.

And if us running this advertisement changes one woman’s mind about killing her offspring, I say it’s all worth it.

Late Breaking News: According to Warrior reporter Remington Tonar, the Marquette Tribune will be running a full-page pro-life ad on Thursday that will highlight the fact that babies feel pain during abortions.

Assuming this is, indeed, the case, congratulations. I still wonder why it took three tries to put a pro-life ad in a school newspaper at a Catholic school. I’d be willing to guess that enough people with common sense were disgusted and complained that they had to run it.

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Voting the issues: Marquette Catholics reflect on candidate abortion positions

Posted on 13 March 2008 by Remington Tonar

Christian voters are always confronted with difficult choices during election years and this year is turning out to be no different. Last Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama was victorious in the Wisconsin Democratic primary. Obama has a consistent record of supporting abortion, including partial birth abortion, the ban on which he did not support when he was in the Illinois legislature.

According to onotheissues.org, a site that tracks politician’s positions, Obama consistently votes in favor of embryonic stem cell research, and fought President Bush’s pro-life Supreme Court nominees. The Catholic Church’s teaching on these issues is clear and well known, especially on abortion, for which the Church has declared that any Catholic who “procures a successful abortion” is automatically excommunicated (Code of Canon Law no.1398). Further, the Church teaches that every citizen has a “co-responsibility for the common good” (Catechism of the Catholic Church no.2240), thereby noting that all citizens should vote for candidates who support the well being of all people, which includes the unborn and life in the embryonic stage.

Mike Movido, a sophomore active in Campus Crusade for Christ, who says, “No president will be able to greatly affect abortion laws. Look at how many years since Roe v. Wade that a pro-life President had been in office. Has Roe v. Wade ever been overturned?” Movido also noted that abortion rates in the United States paradoxically declined during the Clinton administration.

It is important to highlight that the Center for Disease Control data shows that four states saw a decline in abortions during the Clinton administration, including California, stopped reporting abortions to the CDC, which keeps track of abortion statistics.

Professor Dan Maguire, an ethics professor at Marquette, feels that abortion is not the most important social issue facing Christian voters, and that the conflict in Iraq is more pressing. He states, “the ongoing slaughter that our military are engaged in…should be at the top of the voting agenda.” Dr. Maguire points out that “war is an abortifacient (something that induces abortion)”. He notes that many pregnant women have become collateral damage in Iraq, and observes, “that kind of abortion does not seem to bother the right wing”.

Matthew Dambach, a junior and practicing Catholic, disagrees. “Democrats stand against the Church’s teaching on abortion. Being pro-choice is like being pro-murder. I would never vote for anybody who thought it was okay to kill other people, much less one who would put justices in the courts to uphold laws allowing it”.

So, as election season continues to take shape, morally-minded students will have to make choices on who to vote for. For many students, the choice forces them to prioritize their beliefs and vote their priorities. For some students the decision is not a hard one, like Dambach who adds that “if statistics included abortion as a cause of death, it would be the leading cause of death in the world”.

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Administration must be more strict with Maguire

Posted on 25 April 2007 by Daniel Suhr

He went looking for a fight and he found one.

Daniel Maguire, a member of Marquette’s Theology Department, sent a pair of pamphlets to all 270 American Catholic bishops – one arguing abortion is moral, the other arguing for gay marriage.

In a rare move, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, composed of eight bishops and two cardinals, issued a “public correction of the erroneous views proposed in these pamphlets.”

Because a public rebuke by the bishops is both rare and serious, Marquette and Maguire have received significant recent national attention. In a statement responding to the New York Times, Marquette reiterated its defense of Maguire’s right to teach whatever he wants as a tenured professor.

Conservative critics like the Rev. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, have called for Marquette to dismiss Maguire straight away.

Other conservatives have offered suggestions that would not require Marquette to buy out Maguire’s tenure, but would still constitute strong disciplinary action.

Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society has suggested Marquette transfer Maguire from Theology to another department to comply with canon law. In a letter to Fr. Wild, he wrote,

“Marquette University can find ways to end or at least diminish the scandals without violating Maguire’s contractual rights. Consider, for instance, the decision of Duquesne University in 2001 to transfer a dissenting tenured professor from the theology department to a university center for social and public policy. A lesser action might be to assign Maguire a faculty title that clearly identifies him as a non-Catholic theologian…”

Brian Olszewski, the executive editor of the Catholic Herald, Milwaukee’s official archdiocesan newspaper, has argued Marquette should at least stop Maguire from teaching classes.

And I have said on my blog that Marquette should not allow Maguire to use his affiliation with MU as a credential when making public statements (a move I believe is allowed by the AAUP’s Statement of Principles).

The point is that Marquette’s fervent protestations that “Our hands are tied by tenure” is not a defense in the face of the University’s other options.

The more subtle point is disproving the standard rhetoric that often labels conservative and pro-life commentators as “hard-line,” “ultra-orthodox,” “authoritarian,” or “uncompromising.”

Yet in this instance, as I think in other cases, the administration is the one that refuses to budge.

Conservative critics have given their ideal, firing Maguire, but have also offered several alternative options to spark dialogue. Yet the University declines the opportunity to compromise, fails to take any action and remains hard-line.

At a Catholic institution, Maguire’s pro-abortion advocacy should make him a Ward Churchill or Kevin Barrett. Instead, Marquette gives him its students, its money, and its good name to facilitate his crusade for a Planned Parenthood abortion mill on every street corner.

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Cemetery of the Innocents will for sure return, MUSFL president says

Posted on 27 September 2006 by Brian Sara

Marquette Students for Life held its first meeting of the new school year two weeks ago, mapping out the start of what promises to be a busy semester. It should come as no surprise that one of the university’s most active organizations begins the fall season with many very visible events.

The MUSFL chapter will join several other pro-life groups, including Wisconsin Right to Life, for Life Chain Oct. 1. Held along Wisconsin Avenue, the event is aimed at actively educating the public about abortion through posters and other informational displays.

Members plan to be awake before sunrise Oct. 4 to prepare the Cemetery of the Innocents – perhaps their most thought-provoking demonstration. Scattered across the Central Mall will be nearly 2,000 wooden crosses, symbolizing the number of abortions occurring in the United States daily.

MUSFL President Amanda McClone said this display “makes many students pause and realize the magnitude of the situation.” The display is impossible to miss while traversing campus, and McClone said the temporary cemetery is intended to be provocative.

“Most people stop and say ‘wow, I can’t believe this is really happening,’” she said.

Reaching beyond campus
MSFL hopes to return to Washington, D.C., in January for the annual March for Life Rally to show support for political leaders committed to a pro-life agenda. There has been speculation this year’s rally may be larger than past rallies, thanks to more discussion on Capitol Hill of a possible nationwide abortion-limiting legislation. With upcoming gubernatorial elections in November, such rumors ignite fiery debate between Republican candidate Mark Green and Democratic incumbent Jim Doyle.

Incumbent Doyle carries a national reputation as one of the most outspoken pro-abortion governors. Last year, he vetoed a proposed “fetal-pain bill,” which would require doctors performing abortions to notify pregnant women the fetus may experience pain while the procedure takes place. Doyle told USA Today the legislation “intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship in a heavy-handed manner.”

Green’s reputation, on the other hand, trumps the support of multiple Pro-Life proposals. Wisconsin Right to Life (WRL) has frequently described Green as “a genuine pro-life hero.”

In preparation for Election Day, WRL’s Legislative Director Susan Armacost will speak at the Oct. 25 MUSFL meeting to discuss the impact of the campaigning on abortion.

MUSFL meetings are typically held Wednesday evenings. For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

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Students for Life are fighting for a noble cause

Posted on 01 February 2006 by Diana Sroka

As does most every other freshman upon arrival at Marquette, I went through the stages of “first meeting people” throughout my freshman year. And sometime near the end of the first semester, I met Heidi Vanderloop.

Heidi is a native of Menomonie, WI, and a sophomore International Affairs major and French minor. She is on Schroeder Hall Council, works as a lifeguard, teaches swimming lessons at the Rec Plex in Straz Tower and is also in a service organization called “Circle K.”

Upon graduation from Marquette, she aspires to become a teacher or work for NASA.
She is a twin sister to Molly, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an older sister to Elly and Gretle. Among her favorite things to do with her family is go to Packers games with her father… her adopted father.

When Heidi was a few days old, she and Molly were put up for adoption by her birth parents, who were 18-years-old at the time. “Children weren’t in their plan,” she says of her biological parents’ choice to give her and her sister to another family.

Heidi has lived a normal childhood, and says she has had opportunities she never could have gotten from her young parents. She feels her adopted parents have always treated her as their own and is one whose gratefulness for life is evident in her daily vigor.

But her story prompts me to ask the question, what if there was no Heidi?
For those of you who don’t have the privilege of knowing her, let me try to illustrate what that would be like for me.

Last year, I would not have had the fortune of always being met by a smiley face eager to get to know me. This summer, I would not have conversations with a motivated young lady who dedicated many hours to her local 4-H chapter but was always interested in what was happening in my life.

Upon returning to school, a group of friends and I would have been one person short when we went to Cathedral Square for Jazz in the Park. When it was my birthday recently, I would not have received a frantic iChat message from Heidi asking if I wanted to be taken to dinner on a busy weekday night.

As the staff and I planned for this upcoming issue, especially the cover story about Students for Life’s trip to Washington D.C., I could not help but think about how grateful I was Heidi’s parents did not take the route that has left the United States with 47 million fewer babies.

I hope that every time you run into a friend like Heidi, you think about what it could be like without them or if their parents had not chosen to act out of love as Heidi’s parents did.

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Marching on fertile ground

Posted on 01 February 2006 by Mike Rudzinski

WASHINGTON D.C. – To the unassuming observer, the Capitol bears its usual mid-January ambiance. Congress is not in session, the ground is a mix between wet and cold and tourists make their way up and down the streets that are the foundations of our nation.
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