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Chris Has a Beating Heart–Week 5

Chris’ heart is now pumping blood.  All four chambers are working.  The umbilical cord forms as a lifeline for the baby in the “space” of the womb.  The lungs start to appear along with the brain.  Arm and leg buds start to appear, too.  Soon Chris will be doing somersaults and back flips in the spacious world of the womb.

Mom is also undergoing some major changes.  She is probably tired and may experience morning sickness as her body adjusts to a baby.

“It was you who created my inmost self, and put me together in my mother’s womb, for all these mysteries I thank you.”  Psalm 139:13

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The Miracle of Life

8 cell embryo

Newly conceived baby

At conception the gender of the child is determined by the father’s sperm.  So our tiny human being is a boy named Chris.

Chris has not implanted into the wall of the uterus yet, so no one but God knows of Chris’ existence.  God has known Chris before He created the Universe.  God has known all of us and loved us all from all eternity.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”  Jer. 1:5

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The Lord, the Giver of Life

The Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life, ” cooperates with man and woman in creating a new human being.  At conception, when Chris is just one cell, his DNA is complete.  Everything physically about him is now determined:  the color of his hair, the color of his eyes, how tall he will be, whether or not he will have diabetes later in life, whether he will need to wear glasses, everything physical is determined by his DNA in the beginning.  He is a living, whole and distinct human being.  From the moment of his conception, he will now guide his own development through the various stages of life in the womb.

So it was with you.  So it is for every child in the womb.

[When Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord.  Be it done unto me according to your word,” Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Lk. 1:38]

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What needs eradicating?

by Kurt Kondrich

Kurt Kondrich & his beautiful daughter Chloe

“The only disease that needs to be “eradicated” is the culture of death we live in with its twisted mandates for perfection. If Down syndrome is a disease then the world needs to catch the symptoms and spread them quickly — unconditional love, purity, innocence, honesty, and an incorruptible spirit of Light!”

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Catholic Writer wants Catholics to “Know the Deal”

Catholics should know the Deal by Kevin Wandra

Georgians will soon head to the voting booth to choose the state’s next governor, Republican Nathan Deal or Democrat Roy Barnes. The race is expected to be one of the closest in the nation, with the Cook Political Report rating it as a tossup

A key voting bloc that could decide the hotly contested race is the growing number of Catholics in Georgia; according to PewForum.org, 12 percent of the state is comprised of Catholics. Many of these Catholics are taking part in Respect Life Month events across Georgia that focus on key issues such abortion and embryonic stem cell research, among others. 

Based on my experiences as a conservative Catholic living in Georgia, these same Catholics are politically active and motivated. But will they overlook the aforementioned life issues in favor of, say, jobs and the economy during these immensely difficult economic times? 

If Catholics adhere to the Church’s teachings on placing a priority on respecting the sanctity and dignity of all human life above all other issues, they could give Deal, a staunch pro-life supporter, the votes he needs to decide the outcome of the race. 

The choice should be obvious for them. 

Barnes once was pro-life – he opposed abortion when he first ran for governor in 1990 – but his daughters later convinced him to become pro-choice. He also supports embryonic stem cell research. In fact, life-destroying embryonic stem cell research is such an important issue to Barnes that he discussed his support for it during his closing statement in the first formal gubernatorial debate

Deal, on the other hand, has a strong pro-life voting record, having received a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee during his last two terms in Congress. He has received the endorsement of the Georgia Right to Life PAC, as well. Deal proudly touts both distinctions on his campaign website, where he states he will “stand up for human life at all stages.” 

He reaffirmed his pro-life credentials at the first formal gubernatorial debate when discussing stem cell research. He proclaimed his support for research that is “scientifically appropriate as well as morally appropriate.” 

Deal’s support for ethically and morally sound stem cell research could be a decisive issue for devout Catholics, who believe embryonic stem cell research destroys a human life. Embryonic stem cell research is increasingly becoming a pivotal issue in Georgia. Atlanta doctors recently became the first in U.S. History to use embryonic stem cells in an attempt to treat a partially paralyzed human

Daniel Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, vowed to push the General Assembly, currently safe under GOP control, to enact legislation that would ban embryonic stem cell research. If elected, Barnes would likely do his best to thwart any effort to ban such research. 

Well-informed Catholics have a choice to make. Will they give Barnes, who openly supports abortion and embryonic stem cell research, another term as governor, or will pro-life supporter Deal be given the keys to the governor’s mansion? 

Catholics should know the Deal.

You can reach Mr. Wandra at http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinwandra.

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Election Fights: The Pill, Abortion, & Religion?

Religious opposition to contraception such as “the pill” and abortion for any reason is a simmering issue as health reform rules for insurance coverage are set and the mid-term elections loom.

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Pro-life Articles from the Blogosphere

Pro-life women on the rise

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Christine O’Donnell was ecstatic on election night. The winner of the Republican primary in Delaware was happy and beaming and passionate — she’s a natural in front of television cameras — as she celebrated her unconventional win. Watching that image, Chris Matthews on “Hardball” announced, “I think she beats out Carly Fiorina in the likeability department.”

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Embryonic stem cell research: the blood trail of progress

By Paul A. Ibbetson

With a recent federal appeals court decision temporarily lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research, the question of destroying a life to save a life is again thrust back into the realm of public debate. As reported by medical AP writer Lauran Neergaard, the National Institutes of Health will rapidly resume embryonic stem cell research as well as remove holds on grants and contracts allowing the use of embryonic stem cells.

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When truth becomes debatable, death happens

By Judie Brown

Denial of the truth may be easier for some people when thinking about Catholic values. But regardless of whether truth is faced or denied, what the truth is does not change. Disregarding the truth to assuage guilt or make one’s actions fit into a mold that will alleviate distress from one’s conscience is still disregarding the truth. And when the truth is blurred, lives are lost.

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