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June 2001


U.S. House Upholds Bush Policy Against Aid to Pro-Abort Groups



Congressman Henry Hyde (R-Il.)

Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ)

WASHINGTON (June 10) - - By a very thin margin, the U.S. House of Representatives on May 16 blocked an attack on a vital pro-life policy adopted by President George W. Bush.
By a vote of 218 to 210, the House affirmed the president's pro-life "Mexico City Policy," a ban on U.S. funding of private organizations that perform abortions or work to legalize abortion in foreign countries. (See roll call, pages 26-27.)
"The House wisely decided not to send tax dollars to groups that campaign to legalize abortion as a birth control method in Latin America and Africa," commented NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.


Wendland v. Wendland:

Pressing the Euthanasia Envelope

On May 30 the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Wendland v. Wendland.

By Thomas J. Marzen

The lives of virtually all the mentally incapacitated adults in California who have not made their wishes clear literally hang in the balance, awaiting the decision of the California Supreme Court in a case that will determine whether Robert Wendland will continue to live or whether he will die by dehydration. All briefs have now been filed and the seven justices heard oral arguments May 30 in a case which has been inaccurately described as involving a "right to die." A decision is expected in the late summer or early fall, meaning it could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court as early as next year.



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Wanda Franz, Ph.D.


"I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to buy a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don't want enough to love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3.00 worth of God, please."

--Wilbur Reese

Reese's words remind us that we so much more prefer comfort and ecstasy to painful but liberating transformation. It is so tempting to settle just for "a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack." More than that sounds too overwhelming. Where is the moderation if we go for more than $3.00 worth of God? The next thing you know, we'll transcend our selfishness and do what's right. This could mean a change of heart, cultural upheaval. Very upsetting.

Upsetting, indeed, to us and those around us. But isn't that the lot of pro-lifers? Like our fellow human beings, we are afflicted by spiritual laziness and the desire for comfort, but somehow we have bought more than "a pound of the Eternal in a paper sack." Our souls may not yet be "exploding" but they are restless. Our sleep is disturbed by the cry of the innocent.

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