1. N.Y. Lawsuit Seeks To Protect Abortion-Clinic Patients, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the action against anti-abortion protesters who he says are harassing women

By Mariana Alfaro, The Wall Street Journal, June 21, 2017, Pg. A10A

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against anti-abortion protesters who he said harass women outside a Queens health clinic, calling them murderers and carrying posters of mangled fetuses.

Barbara Meara, chairwoman of the New York State Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, said the people she knows who have demonstrated outside Choices clinic are nonviolent.

“They’re just offering choices to women to let them know there are pregnancy care centers to help them if they decide to have the baby,” she said in an interview. “They’re not there to intimidate or fight with anyone.”


2. Recordings back Trump on late-term abortions, Priest says that New Mexico now the ‘capital’ of procedure

By Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, June 21, 2017, Pg. A6

Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico have released a series of undercover audio recordings of abortion clinic workers scheduling procedures as late as 33 weeks of pregnancy — about a month and a half before the average delivery date of 40 weeks.

What’s more, the pro-life Center for Medical Progress released last month an undercover video of Ann Schutt-Aine, director of abortion services at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, admitting to using forceps to hold a fetus inside of a mother’s womb while ripping off its limbs to prevent a partial-birth abortion from taking place.

Since April, Priests for Life and Abortion Free New Mexico have released several covertly recorded conversations with employees at Southwestern Women’s Options, an abortion clinic in Albuquerque, to raise awareness about the prevalence of late-term abortion, especially in New Mexico.


3. Pope pledges more than $500,000 in South Sudan aid

By Associated Press, June 21, 2017, 7:11 AM

Pope Francis is offering 460,000 euros (more than $500,000) in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.

Francis had hoped to visit South Sudan in October to draw attention to the plight of its people faced with starvation and civil war, but called off the trip because the conditions wouldn’t permit it.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Francis’ point-man for peace and refugee issues, said Wednesday the aid project aims to show his personal solidarity with South Sudan’s people.

The money will go to help fund two hospitals run by the Combonian missionary sisters, a primary school run by a humanitarian group “Solidarity with South Sudan” and an agricultural project run by the Vatican’s Caritas foundation.


4. ‘If you don’t think Francis is the cure, you don’t grasp the disease,’ CL head says

By John L. Allen Jr. and Ines San Martin, Crux, June 21, 2017

Probably better than most, Father Julián Carrón, the successor of the legendary Italian Father Luigi Giussani as leader of the influential Communion and Liberation movement, whose natural base is among more conservative Catholics, understands that Pope Francis can be a shock to the system.

Yet he’s still an unabashed Francis fan, who insists that if you don’t think this pope is the cure, then you don’t understand the disease we’re facing in the post-modern world.

“Sometimes certain gestures of the pope may not be understood because we don’t understand the full implications of what he calls an ‘epochal change’,” Carrón told Crux on Monday.

“The changes we’re living through are so radical, so unprecedented, that I get why many people just don’t understand what’s happening or the gestures of Pope Francis,” he said. “But if we don’t understand those gestures now, we will in a time when we see the consequences they’re leading to.”

Carrón argued that what’s happened in modernity is that people have lost site of what it means to be a human being, so the crisis is much deeper than simply the rejection of this or that ethical precept, and that what’s needed now is not so much moral exhortation or theological argument, but the attractive power of a fully Christian life.