April 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Tuesday morning the Oklahoma Senate overrode Governor Brad Henry's veto of two pieces of legislation that put restrictions on abortion in the state.LINK
House Bill 2780 will require that women be given an ultrasound within an hour of a scheduled abortion and that the ultrasound technician explain the results of the scan to the mothers.
House Bill 2656 would prohibit the type of “wrongful life” lawsuits that have become increasingly common in the West, in which women sue their doctor after their child is born with an abnormality that the mother says would have led her to have the child killed through abortion, if she had known about it.
The governor had vetoed both of the bills on Friday, before the House overrode the move on Monday. Now that the Senate has followed suit, both bills have become law.
FRESNO, California, April 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A suspended gay activist Fresno priest has expressed dismay over the pope's appointment of Archbishop José Gomez to head the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in place of Cardinal Roger Mahony.LINK
California Catholic Daily last week highlighted Rev. Geoffrey Farrow's April 17 blog post referring to Gomez's appointment: "What does this mean for the future of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles and California? It means a sharp thrust to the right."
Rev. Farrow was suspended from the priesthood in 2008 when he declared himself an open homosexual and urged his congregation to vote against Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment enshrining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Exactly, and that means that Catholics in the L.A. Archdiocese will actually get a healthy dose of Catholic truth, rather than the watered down stuff that so characterizes catechesis in the post-Vatican II era.
April 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit institution in Los Angeles, has announced that Deval Patrick, the current governor of Massachusetts, and Marlene Canter, former member of the Los Angeles Unified School District board, will be speaking at their 2010 commencement; both are on record as being in favor of abortion and homosexual “marriage.”LINK
Deval Patrick, who served as Assistant Attorney General during the Clinton administration, worked to prevent a referendum eliminating same-sex “marriage” from coming before the people while governor of Massachusetts. His campaign website boasts that he "helped lead the fight to keep discrimination out of the Massachusetts constitution and preserved the right of same-sex couples to marry in Massachusetts."
In 2007 he signed a bubble-zone measure that prohibited pro-life counselors from coming closer to abortion clinics than thirty-five feet.
As if Notre Dame doing it was bad... actually, Notre Dame was worse because it's the premier Catholic university in the U.S. John Cardinal Newman, pray for us.
Speaking of Notre Dame...
CHICAGO, April 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In a major ruling that may prove decisive for the defense of pro-lifers arrested on Notre Dame's campus last year, an Indiana Judge has lifted a stay order barring the lead defense attorney in the cases from pursuing discovery of crucial evidence from Notre Dame officials.
St. Joseph County, Superior Court Chief Judge Michael P. Scopelitis has authorized Thomas More Society-allied attorney Tom Dixon to pursue testimony under oath from officials who were key decision makers in the arrest of the Notre Dame 88 (ND88). It will also allow him to subpoena documents that may shed light on the college's apparent inconsistency regarding the arrest and prosecution of other groups and individuals participating in similar on-campus events.
For this, we thank thee, O Lord.