Hey Western Washington!

A reader writes:

Help save unborn babies!

Please consider joining fellow Pro-Lifers on Saturday, July 28th, for the annual 4US Flagship Event at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood. It is a Walk, Run, Bike, and Ride event that celebrates the gift of life and raises money for young women in crisis pregnancies by buying ultrasound machines to donate to crisis pregnancy centers. 4US was started by a local Catholic family, Diego and Kim Wendt, in response to the abortion crisis. We have our own team and I hope you will consider signing up to come to the event or making a donation to sponsor those who are participating. The Knights of Columbus sponsors half of the cost of each ultrasound machine that is purchased by 4US. With this incentive, each ultrasound machine costs about $13,000 and each machine saves about 2,000 babies over its time of service. That means you can save a baby for a little more than the cost of a latte! There is no more efficient charity that I am aware of. Hope to see you there. It is a wonderful family event!

God bless!

http://www.4us.org/events/2012-4us-flagship-event
http://www.4us.org/teams/105

  • http://www.theleenmachine.blogspot.com KML

    This is awesome! I’m a runner and triathlete and have a lot of trouble finding races and events that I can do with a clear conscience, since most of the big races these days are somehow tied to stem cell research or Komen. Plus, bouncy houses and family activities? My kids usually have to chase their tails on the sidelines and continuously ask “Daaaaad….when is Mooooom coming?” I’ll be talking to the hubs about a trip down to Lakewood next weekend…

    As a side note to any Catholic athletes that might read this, please do your research on the organizations you support when you run, bike and swim. Komen for the Cure is obviously a known offender, but I had to do some digging to find out that Livestrong supports PP, the Rock n’ Roll organization supports the American Cancer Society (which funds embryonic stem cell research), and the organization that puts on Trek and Danskin supports Komen. Some of them do it directly through your race fee and some of them have separate fundraising opportunities for these organizations. Obviously that’s not going to be an issue for everyone, but if you wouldn’t give your money directly to these organizations or endeavors, be careful about how you allocate your race fees.

    Just my $0.02. : )

  • Tera Powers

    It’s incredibly sad to me that you are so blinded by your anti-choice principles, you would object to life-saving stem-cell research. I’m so stunned by this, I think I”ll just stop writing now.

    • Mark Shea

      No. I am in favor of life saving adult stem cell research. I am opposed to life-destroying embryonic stem cell research. By the way, the former has actually worked. The latter has not. Why are you so blinded by pro abortion zeal that you prefer research which has had no results to research that has had numerous positive results. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=Catholic+adult+vs+embryonic+stem+cells&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CGcQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcatholicism.about.com%2Fod%2Fthechurchintheworld%2Fp%2FStem_Cells.htm&ei=5_gCUOGCK4jE2gXQvfmeCw&usg=AFQjCNGaNCtdE7BG6IWKRU0XSaOetuO9vA

    • Ted Seeber

      It is incredibly sad to me that you are so blinded by your pro-choice principles that you’ve never noticed that the only thing ever produced by embryonic stem cells stolen from a poor, aborted fetus has been cancer.

    • http://www.theleenmachine.blogspot.com KML

      Mark’s correct. One of the reasons the Vatican has invested a substantial amount of money in adult stem cell research. More importantly, however, is the underlying principle of much of the Catholic Church’s moral teachings: One cannot do evil for good ends. Believe me, curing cancer is a big good to me personally. My mother died from brain cancer after a messy, ugly year-long battle that took a huge toll on our family and everyone that knew and loved her. I would have done almost anything to spare her that struggle, to spare myself from losing my mother and my children their grandmother. But she would have been the first person to say that the destruction of another human for her cure would have been no victory.

      It’s not popular to say, but death comes for all of us. No one gets out of this alive. In our culture obsessed with youth, health and the fountain of youth, we have to start being really careful about how much we are willing to give up to chase something that doesn’t exist. Obviously, we have an obligation to morally limit suffering as much as we can. But when we start destroying life to save it, we’ve crossed a line it is hard to back off from.

      If that is “blinded by principle,” I’ll take it.


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