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Irish Abortion Legislation Will Have Some Disturbing Requirements for Catholic Hospitals

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Last month, a nation that had once held a beacon of hope high above the Western world that abortion could be abolished from the modern world snuffed out that beacon and replaced it with thousands of women crying with joy at their newfound “right” to murder their own child.

To anyone who respects the sanctity of life, this was a truly heartbreaking and surreal moment in the fight for life.

Ireland had previously an amendment to their constitution that plainly recognized the autonomous life of an unborn child and assured the Irish government would not allow this child’s right to life to be taken away.

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Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal this amendment on May 25th.

Now, as Parlament irons out the legislature that would allow for abortion, Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, has announced that Catholic hospitals may not opt out of providing abortion procedures.

Town Hall reports that while individual doctors, nurses, and midwives may opt out based on personal objections, entire institutions that receive public funding may not.

“It will not, however, be possible for publicly-funded hospitals,” Varadkar said during a meeting with Parlament this week, “no matter who their patron or owner is, to opt out of providing these necessary services which will be legal in this state once this legislation is passed by the Dáil and Seanad (senate).”

Ireland does not seem to have a medical community that is overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the new laws, which should tell you something about the nature of abortion.

Town Hall explains:

Ever since Ireland’s landslide vote in favor of legalizing abortion, parliament has been working to draft legislation that will put the new laws into effect. In short, any woman will soon be able to get an abortion up to the point of 12 weeks gestation, and in extreme cases, through the 24th week of pregnancy. This is said to be modeled after 2013’s Protection of Life Act, which both allowed women to obtain abortions in “extreme medical circumstances”, and medical personnel to opt out of performing the procedure if they so desired.

The president of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland, who self-identifies as pro-choice, recently stated that just 20% of GPs are presently willing to provide abortions. Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, 85% of general practitioners believe that abortion is not to be considered part of “routine general practice.”

Translation: an overwhelming majority of Irish doctors don’t believe that aborting babies is essential to the practice of medicine.

Which is why the NAGP, in contrast to Prime Minister Varadkar, is arguing for an “opt-in” versus “opt-out” system for doctors.

Even if doctors could opt out of the abortion procedure, even if religious liberty was maintained amid the establishment of the barbaric practice of legal abortion, the murder of an untold number of Irish babies will soon begin.

Pray for Ireland, and pray for the pro-life movement around the world to give them the strength to fight harder than they ever have for the natural right of a child to be born.

 

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TOO SWEET: These Seventh Graders Saved Their Money for Amazing Act of Chivalry on Valentine’s Day

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They say that chivalry is dead, but I say we’ve got hope in the next generation.

In a world where simple acts of gentlemanliness are often denounced as “patriarchal” and gender is supposedly a social construct, it is great to see men and boys unswayed by silly modern notions and going out of their way to be chivalrous.

A boy named Tristian Valentine teamed up with two of his friends to buy 300 pink carnations to pass out to all the girls and female staff at their school on Valentine’s Day so that none of them would be without a gift.

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“He wanted every young lady to feel special that day and accepted,” Principal Sarah Guerrero, who happily approved the plan when the boys asked for permission, told USA Today.

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After getting the go-ahead, Valentine rallied the troops, which included 6th grader Lincoln Holmes and 7th grader Kyan Rice. Together, the three of them pooled their cash and earned enough to buy several hundred pink carnations, ensuring no one would be left out.

“We wanted every girl to feel important and special on Valentine’s Day,” their ringleader, Valentine, told KMBC. “We worked hard to make sure it was going to be a surprise to everybody. I only told a few friends, and the girls seemed surprised and happy.”

“I got chills seeing it happen,” the principal added. “The ladies were so excited. It gives them something to look up to and feel good about themselves. It’s also what makes Summit Trail special.”

“I donated $100 of my own money,” 7th grader Rice said. “I had the money from soccer refereeing. Tristan and his mom got the flowers Wednesday and brought them to school today. Lincoln and I got here early, and we started handing them out.”

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Film Industry Expert Explains How Christians Can Engage the Culture Through Film (and Why We Should)

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We live in an era when Hollywood couldn’t be more opposed to Christianity.

The silver screen is often wrought with violence, sex, scandal, and worldly ideology, not to mention rhetoric that is starkly opposed to that of the teachings in the Lord’s Word.

On top of all that, Hollywood has a history of crudely twisting biblical themes…let’s not get started on the “Noah” movie or last year’s “Mother.”

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In spite of all this, however, Stephan Schultze, the executive director of the cinematic arts department at Liberty University, recently explained in an interview with The Christian Post why it is more important than ever for Christians to use film to spread the Gospel.

And that, as he knows from personal experience, it’s entirely possible for Christians to get involved in the film industry because of the Gospel.

“[The film industry] has great potential to shape culture,” Schultze explains, explaining that filmmakers are creatively obliged to be mindful of the worldview their work presents.

“But it can go awry and in the wrong direction and affect culture in an inappropriate way…filmmakers design and create content that drives traffic to their movie in order to make the next movie. When the film industry is least healthy, it’s driving traffic in a way that’s unproductive for us to engage in conversation and to care about one another, or it’s successfully violent and dehumanizes what it’s like to be a human.”

As an active industry professional, Schultze speaks from experience. He’s contributed to projects directed by Hollywood legends James Cameron Ron Underwood, as well as worked in every facet of the film industry from major motion films, television, music videos, commercials, industrial videos, and countless independent films.

In the many decades that his vast experience has spanned, Schultze says there is one vital truth he has learned: whatever your role in the film industry may be, your outward behavior plays a big role in the outcome of the project you’re involved with, which gives Christians an amazing tool with which to impact the culture and share the life-changing message of the Gospel.

“At the end of the day in the film industry, you attract what you’re like. If you’re kind, you attract people who want to work with you,” he says. “If you’re quick to anger, if you’re cavalier in your personal life, and you bring that onto a set, that it is what you end up with at the end of the day.”

“If you’re someone of the faith, how you demonstrate your faith…when it’s really hard, when you’re really pushing through a difficult moment…it’ll reflect extremely well in your opportunity to have someone say, ‘Wow, you’re different, what’s different about you?’” he continues.

“That’s what we try to emulate,” he continues. “We tell our students, ‘You have this great opportunity, and it’ll show up when it’s the hardest day you ever had, and that’s the day you can’t let that down. That’s the day you’ve got to push forward in a way that separates you from the pack.’”

This is certainly advice that applies to any industry. The Bible admonishes us to do everything we do unto the Lord (Col 3:23-24), so whether we scrub toilets or direct blockbuster films, in trials and challenges, by hard work, perserverence, and everyday kindess, we have an endless supply of opportunities to let Christ’s light shine through us.

Praise Him!

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