In today’s News:
Planned Parenthood injures another woman
Another woman has been injured at Planned Parenthood’s Manhattan Health Center, formerly known as the Margaret Sanger Health Center, and was taken away in an ambulance on Oct. 13. According to Operation Rescue, pro-lifers praying outside the abortion business watched as the ambulance arrived. Emergency medical personnel went inside the facility for approximately 15 minutes, and then left with the woman in the ambulance. They were followed behind by a man who had accompanied her to the facility. This is believed to be the 36th woman injured at this particular Planned Parenthood facility, and the third emergency so far this year.
36 nations tell U.N. there is no right to abortion
The United States, in a coalition of 32 countries representing more than 1.6 billion people, yesterday issued a declaration at the United Nations that there is “no international right to abortion.” Yesterday Secretary Of State Michael R. Pompeo and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar participated in the virtual signing of the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a historic document that further strengthens an ongoing coalition to achieve better health for women, the preservation of human life, support for the family as foundational to a healthy society and the protection of national sovereignty in global politics, according to a HHS news release.
Officials harass a county church
A Los Angeles County church is being repeatedly harassed by the Public Health Department. Thomas More Society attorneys are preparing to challenge the actions of two county “environmental health specialists” who surveilled Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church In Arcadia, Calif. and slapped the parish with citations on Oct. 15, after observing women in prayer veils leaving the building. Five days later on Oct. 20, the same two workers returned to threaten church personnel with more citations – compelling staff to eject the two masked worshipers who prayed inside the 500-capacity sanctuary. The harassment comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Farther Trevor Burfitt, prior at Our Lady of Angels, charging Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 19 other state, county, and municipal officials for violating his religious rights.
Churches report giving is down
Churches across all denominations are now increasingly turning to online giving as a majority of them report reduced giving in the pews amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to ministry brands. The trend was highlighted in results from an online survey of 1,400 church leaders conducted by Ministry Brands, a provider of software, services and information platforms for churches and ministries, from July to September and published Wednesday in the report Coping With Covid-19: Insights From Church Leaders. “Overall, almost 60 percent of respondents indicated that a reduction in giving income is one of the top challenges facing their church. This was particularly noticeable among Catholic churches, a full 67 percent of which expressed concern about reduced giving,” said the report which attributed the reduced giving to fewer in-person services.