The Light of Day - Abortion Happenings In Our Nation
The right to life is a very specific thing. It is an assertion of a legal principle. It is not an expression of feelings, or of personal theology, but rather an assertion that the duty of government is to protect innocent lives.
The abortion controversy has taken a dramatic turn in 2019 with the adoption of laws in some states and proposals in others, that abortions be legalized throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy, and in the situation where a child is born alive in the course of the abortion that that child be set aside to die. This has caused an alarm both within the pro-abortion camp as well as the pro-life camp.
The President has proposed in the Senate a measure that would assure that a child born alive in the process of abortion get full protection under the law. Numerous quotes from television and radio broadcast as well as the statements of Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor Northam of Virginia are included in today’s program.
Our host to Brian Johnston points out that this is a tremendous opportunity for the average person to learn exactly what it is that Roe versus Wade has allowed and the unlimited nature of abortion as it exists under Roe v. Wade. It is because of the soon possible demise of Roe that abortion advocates are seeking these freedoms in the various states.
Brian reminds the listeners of the real facts of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Under our nation’s Supreme Court abortion regimen the child has no rights whatsoever. The only reference to the child is a brief statement by Justice Blackmun in Roe, “…we don’t know when life begins.“ With that sweeping statement no legal protection is offered to the child in the womb throughout pregnancy.
In Doe v. Bolton, Blackmun offers complete license to the doctor to perform abortions through any of the trimesters, even later, based not on the mother’s life being in danger, but on a vague description of generic health. “…the medical judgment may be exercised in the light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age – relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.”
Roe v. Wade authorized abortion on demand but the abortion sympathetic media insists on reducing it to a matter of “choice” and misrepresenting the nature of both the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. We now have an opportunity to talk about how abortions are being done, how late they are being done and how offensive they are even to the average person who does not consider themselves to be pro-life. These are living, squirming children, big enough to hold in your arms. Now is the time to communicate just how deadly and how extensive the Roe versus Wade decision is.
The Significance of the Individual
In this episode Brian Johnston looks further into the insidious legislation being put into law around the country - law that allows for late-term abortions including post-term abortions. In California, where the Democrat party is essentially pupeteered by Planned Parenthood, the danger of this law coming to our state is very, very real.
We need to condemn this great evil while it is exposed. Do not let the opportunity to remind Americans of their own conscience pass you by.
This episode of Life Matters also explores the upcoming Life Fest Film Festival. Life Fest is dedicated to showcasing films that affirm the intrinsic worth of innocent human life, and the profound significance of each life. Brian touches on the ‘significance of the individual’, a notion imbued in the films of Frank Capra who understood this basic human principal and set it as the focus of so many of his films.
Life Fest Film Festival 2019 will be held at the Raleigh Studios facilities in Hollywood from May 2 to May 5th.
Life Fest Film Festival 2019
This episode of Life Matters explores the upcoming Life Fest Film Festival. In particular, this episode focuses like a laser on one extraordinary film, Unplanned.
Unplanned is the story of Abby Johnson and her escape from the influences of, and employment by Planned Parenthood affiliates of America. Abby had been a nominal Christian and risen to the highest levels of recognition within Planned Parenthood. Her conscience was finally awakened when she was asked to participate in a sonogram-directed abortion.
Brian includes excerpts from a special interview with star, Ashley Bratcher, who portrays Abby, conducted by Alex Marlow of Breitbart News.
Brian further explains the nature of Life Fest Film Festival which takes place at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood, California. Raleigh is the original Chaplin studios, which was so instrumental in putting Hollywood on the map. One of the goals of Life Fest is to restore powerful storytelling and dynamic life-affirming films to the cultural milieu.
California Specific for April 2019
Brian dedicates this episode to specific issues within California in April, 2019. SB-24 is the reintroduction of last year‘s SB-320, a measure which would require every state college and university to distribute the abortion drug RU486. RU486 is not a “morning after pill.” It is a chemical, an artificial steroid designed to alter a young mother’s body - taken only after she has missed her first two periods. There is clearly a young, growing child in her womb. The first part of the regimen causes the mother’s body to shut down any nutrition going to her uterus. It is designed to literally wither the child within the womb, but may not cause death. The second regimen forces all parts of the child in her uterus to be expelled spontaneously. The woman may not know exactly when that will happen. It is a grotesque and very personal form of abortion.
The first weekend in April also marks the distribution of a new film, Unplanned, the story of Abby Johnson’s escape from the clutches of Planned Parenthood. She had been the youngest Planned Parenthood administrator in the corporation’s existence. The film, coincidentally, vividly shows an RU 486 abortion. It is an extremely unpleasant and emotionally devastating portion of the film.
Another measure introduced in Sacramento is Assembly Bill 624, which would require every student identification card in California to include the phone number of sexual and reproductive health counseling lines - that is Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion agencies. It applies to all students in public schools but it also applies to charter, private and religious middle schools and high schools as well as colleges. It is a sweeping mandate on all students in all environments.
This attitude of super-imposition, even on the voters and concerned Californians who may disagree with government policy, was reflected as well in an alarming declaration of Governor Gavin Newsom.
The governor, who had said he respected the votes of Californians regarding the death penalty, instead made a declaration that - based on his own power and position - he would defy their decision made at the ballot box. He single-handedly prohibited any use of the death penalty in California. Thankfully, there is some discussion of bringing such a sweeping act of fiat to the courts as it clearly violates both the principles of democracy and plebiscite as well as the functioning office of the governor.
“Medicare for All” - The Tragedy of Socialized Medicine
Commissioner Johnston discusses the tragedy of socialized medicine and its failure wherever it has been employed. Brian relates personal stories of Canadian healthcare and the healthcare system of the NHS in the UK as well as the similar system in Ireland.
Professor David Warner, a dear friend and colleague with whom the Commissioner had worked, received an appointment to a professorship in Canada. While there, David Warner was diagnosed with multiple myeloma bone cancer. The Canadian health service did indeed treat him. It did indeed diagnose as well as treat the cancer.
But David suffered and ultimately succumbed under the extremely common phenomenon of “queuing.” Queuing refers to the wait time between diagnosis, treatment, ongoing tests, and ongoing treatments. The extreme lag time between each procedure increases the likelihood of ineffectual treatment and non-curative care.
The National Health Service in the UK has a very similar procedure. The government offers less medicine to more people. Recently, the physicians of the NHS protested the system, stating they were forced to offer third-world care to British patients.
In spite of the demonstrated failures of socialized medicine there is now a renewed push for “Medicare for all.” Starting with Bernie Sanders, each of the Democratic candidates for president has pledged to expand the Medicare system to just such a vast, sweeping, ineffective level. For the sake of egalitarianism such programs require that no individuals may avail of a private health insurance.
Brian includes an interview with the Heritage Foundation as they summarize the real physical problems of “Medicare for all.”
The reason you want to have insurance is not for the little things - aspirin, colds, flu shots. You want to be insured in case of the potentially catastrophic illness - cancer or other expensive treatments - cancer treatment or other interventions that would personally bankrupt you. The reason you have insurance on your home is not to protect you from a baseball through the window. That’s a relatively inexpensive event. Your house insurance is in case of a cataclysmic event that would otherwise impoverish you.
So the purpose of insurance is not to give you a little bit of coverage but instead give you necessary protection in the possibility you may need extraordinary interventions.
Spring of 2019 - A Startling Turning-point in the Battle for Life
There has been an amazing change in the right to life debate in the United States. Starting with the actions of the New York State Legislature on January 22, 2019 and continuing through several other states from Vermont, Virginia and New Mexico. Each has introduced late-term and even “post-term” abortion laws. The push for unlimited abortion is wide open.
The United States Senate voted on the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act” on February 26, 2019. In that vote, 44 Democrats were opposed to protecting a baby after they are born. But that same deliberative body, the United States Senate, voted on an identical piece of legislation protecting children born alive in 2002 and it unanimously passed. At that time all Democrats supported such a common sense view of life. In this Life Matters program we hear from Senator Mitch McConnell and Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor.
The government-protected killing of survivors is a new and terrifying ‘necessary element’ of the abortion mentality. Brian explains that it is the duty of all conscientious individuals to expose this evil. Do not be silent.
President Trump and Late Term Abortion
We are at a unique moment in the fight for life. The State of New York and several other states are pushing beyond all sensible bounds and legalizing late-term and even post-birth abortion.
The vast majority of Americans oppose such abortions. The deceptive reporting of the abortion issue has camouflaged the fact that late Term abortion - Gosnell type abortion - has been legal under Roe.
The President has led the way in boldness and clarity. He has openly exposed and condemned such evil. It is time for all to openly condemn the great evil of killing these children. Why? The majority of Americans - even those who call themselves ‘pro-choice’ agree. This is going far beyond anything they had been told or imagined.
The task for us, says Brian, is to simply now do what the President has done. Speak the truth: Openly. Condemn this great evil while it is exposed. Do not let this moment pass.
Do not let the opportunity to remind Americans of their own conscience pass you by.
The Legalization of Infanticide
Mid-February 2019 saw a dramatic change in the public acknowledgement of the Right to Life. The State of New York passed a sweeping abortion measure and also struck down a law protecting children who were born alive in the process of abortion. They legalized infanticide. Worse, the entire legislature then “celebrated” this as part of feminist liberation. The states of Virginia, Vermont, New Mexico and others also introduced similar legislation.
As we have noted in previous programs, the precarious state of Roe v. Wade and the likelihood that it will soon be overturned, has caused radical feminists to overreach in their attempts to secure the unlimited right to kill their baby.
President Trump made a point of reminding Americans of this great evil. And after presenting a proposal for a new family leave act, in order for parents to bond with their children, the President strongly condemned the infanticide measures.
He asked Congress to pass the Pain Capable Act that would protect a child from late term abortion.
Brian discusses the implications and includes an interview with Fr. Frank Pavone who met with Brian at the West Coast gathering for life.
The Attack on Common Sense - Parts I & II
Progressivism has embraced moral and ethical absurdities as somehow 'true,’ even 'Post-birth' abortion is now seriously being put forward as just law in a number of states. Few people understand the genesis of this widespread thinking, where it came from, or just how deeply-engrained and pervasive it actually is.
Because the abortion issue and all of the ‘right to life' debate emanates from the 'battle of ideas,' Brian examines the actual roots of 'progressivism' and the deadly serious, yet oddly infectious ideas of German philosopher Fredreich Hegel.
In his own words, Peter Singer, the modern progenitor of the idea of 'post-birth abortion,' explains WHY modern culture is so susceptible to progressivism and 'progressive- Hegelian' thought. Singer admits it is not scientific, though it pretends to be a 'scientific' examination of history and the history that is to come. Both he and secular philosopher, Brian Magee underscore that progressivism is, at its heart, a religion. Brian Johnston explains that many of our contemporaries, even those who may sit in pews in your church, self-described 'Christians,' in practice have been caught in their minds by the pseudoscience-religious appeal of progressive thinking. They have replaced Christian principles of 'self-evident truths' revealed in nature by the God of nature (Rms 1:20) with the emotionally attractive feelings of Hegelian conjecture.
Most importantly, Americans and Westerners (as this is an idea designed to undermine all of Western culture) need to understand it is PRECISELY Hegelian philosophy that spawned National Socialism (Nazism) and International Socialism (Marxism). Hegel is clear that the government, (der stadt) must be used to 'bring others' to its collective will, even if it may be against their will. The 'conflict,’ the struggle, the dialectic, 'der Kampf' entails forcing the revolution on those who 'just don't get it ... yet.'
You are in the battle of ideas. You must be prepared. The battle is on you now.
Airdate: 02/02, 09/19
The Real Ruth Ginsburg - Radical Feminist
If Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman on the Supreme Court, why is Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) heralded as the cutting-edge, feminist icon of American jurisprudence? Simple: Political feminism is not about advancing women. It is about advancing ideology.
"There will never be enough women on the Supreme Court until there are nine."~RBG
In this special Life Matters broadcast, Brian Johnston explores the recent film lionizing "RBG", what it really says about society and the Supreme Court, and RBG in particular.
Commissioner Johnston may stun some when he asserts that there is in fact nothing original to Justice Ginsburg's political and legal theory. Even in the 1960's when Ginsburg was working her way through the legal world, her thoughts were not in fact 'unique'. Ginsburg, like many Ivy League graduates of the time, seemed to be expressing 'creative thinking' when in fact they were simply mouthing essential Marxist talking points. In the '60s such statements were not often openly credited to a Marxist world view. That does not alter the content, nor the academic origins of this ideology to 'fundamentally change' the nature of our society.
In 1848, Marx wrote that a woman, in the 'idealized Communist state' of perfection, would no longer be seen by her husband as 'a tool in his means of production.' She was to control and be her own means of production. The natural outflow of this in the case of childbirth, is that she alone was to control how, when, or if a birth were to take place.
Ginsburg is unhappy with the Roe v. Wade decision because she understands - and proclaims in the program - that it created problems going too far at once in striking down even the mildest restrictions on abortion. (In 1973 California's/New York's/ Mass./Colorado's were all liberal abortion laws at the time.) Her preference is a sweeping decision which would give unlimited-abortion rights, the right to treat the child in the womb as disposable chattel, and to grant this right on the basis of gender; or as the title of her 'bio-pic movie suggests, "On the Basis of Sex".
The Incredible Ethical Pressure On Nurses - Parts 1 & 2
There has been a dramatic change in medical ethics, not only allowing medicine to be directed at killing the patient, but in many cases, encouraging and promoting immediate, direct, and intentional lethality. Often nurses are being pressured to be the implementers. Refusal to participate or approve of medical killing can sometimes place a conscientious nurse's employment at risk.
Commissioner Johnston interviews Nancy Valko, R.N. and Zonya Townsend, R.N., regarding the dramatic sea-change that has come to the once noble practice of nursing. Both nurses explain the nature of these pressures and what practicing nurses should do to prepare for these situations.
Although called 'physician aid-in-dying' in many states, in practice the physician is often not present. He or she is merely the prescriber. The poisoning is simply a prescription, it is 'doctor's orders'. It is left to others to ensure the procedure is carried out.
Christmas Is Here And Now
Brian brings a special program discussing the first Christmas and outlines its ongoing significance here and now.
We are in a spiritual war, and there is deep significance as to why innocent human beings are targeted. There is a reason why that baby in Bethlehem was targeted, and now, why ALL innocent babies are targeted.
The king of this world is deeply threatened by any baby that might grow up to prove a spiritual threat to his kingdom.
We need Christ. And we need to walk in Christ in order to be a threat to our enemy, the devil, who is seeking to destroy those whom he wishes to devour.
Spiritually speaking, all human beings are potentially a threat to the kingdom of darkness, just as all the babies of his kingdom were a potential threat to Herod.
Let us celebrate Christmas! And let us celebrate and truly walk in what it means for us.
Together with Nancy Valko, spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses, Brian discusses the insidious growing trend of voluntary euthanasia and how it is being pushed upon vulnerable individuals. Is being sold as a "good thing" in the news and the media and the copycat effect is real.
The culture of life is being targeted. You and your loved ones are being targeted. Now is the time to take up this battle and fight against the culture of death.
Brian discusses the importance of not only taking care of your health now but also of educating yourself on the current state of the healthcare system ideals in particular regards to nursing homes and care for those who in a vulnerable state in their lives.
Be aware. It could mean saving your own lives and those of your loved ones.
Republican Party Principles vs. Democrat Party Principles
Sadly over the last several years, California's Republican Party has grown quiet on the issue of Life and asserting the principles of its own platform.
This has had a dramatic impact on its support and following in the state. But that need not be the case. Brian Johnston explains the founding of the Republican Party and its specific purpose of asserting the core values of the American founding - in particular, the assertion of the 'Right to Life' of slaves and the civic duty to free them through legal means, and to end the practice of slavery through the law.
Reaching back through the 'Whig' party of the 1830's (of which Lincoln was the Illinois leader), the Republican roots and principles have always asserted the firm commitment to a Constitutional foundation.
Many current Republicans do not fully understand their own party or its founding, and when they do so, they fail to stand for these essential elements of a just society. With this failure, they also tend to lose elections.
Election Movement in the Right To Life
In this episode of Life Matters Commissioner Johnston examines the aftermath of the 2018 General Election. There are several important principles to be learnt in looking at how candidates addressed the life issues, and in particular those candidates who are willing to stand and declare what they are against - that is to say what the pro-abortion opponent’s actual position is.
The vast majority of Americans do not support unlimited abortion on demand, for any reason or for no reason in particular - this is the actual meaning of “choice” In the 2018 election, although the Democrats did win a majority in House of Representatives, it was substantially smaller than expected. Also, the Republicans increased their position in the United States Senate, opening the door for more Judicial and Administration appointments.
Donald Trump who has become an icon of American politics, and he has done so by directly challenging his opponents and clarifying their dishonesty in framing his position. But by also framing their position he has created an unexpectedly new form of politics. He is the first American president to so directly challenge his own media coverage.
In many ways he has become an media “Colossus,” that is to say, an impressive overarching character on the American political landscape. People either love him or hate him and he personally doesn't mind either way.
When it comes to the pro-life issue the need to clearly declare what the facts are and not be bothered if others are uncomfortable with them is a defining element of why we must explain the real facts of abortion, the real facts of intentionally killing another human being. Whether it be in the womb, or a sick or elderly individual, the intentional killing of another innocent person is the very issue at hand in the right to life debate. Failure to clarify that is simply failure.
In 2018, candidates who were willing to do so found they did retain their pro-life base and added to it. Candidates who are uncomfortable with the conflict tended to not inspire or create any sense of great interest. In California, Congress members Denham, Kim, and Mimi Walters were expected to lose, but by defaulting their opponents they stood strong. This is an ongoing principle in the very real battle of ideas with which we are faced.
The Why of Elections and Specific Candidates
In this final episode covering election season, Brian gives an overview as to why the "Right to Life" is an essential concept when it comes to laws, law making, and the current elections.
The Right to Life presumes an important foundational element to our legal system. It is a statement that the government has certain duties, principally the duty to protect the lives of the governed, and specifically the innocent governed. The 'non-innocent', the miscreant, it has a duty to restrain in its protection of the innocent vulnerable.
So determination of 'guilt or innocence' is one of its jobs, and government has ascribed that job to the courts. It is important to note that before 1973 it was recognized that human beings were innocent before birth, and that every state in the nation had laws protecting that child. That was up until the Roe v. Wade decision.
Roe did not say that children were 'guilty' and could therefore be killed, it did something even more sinister: the court merely said it didn't think the child was a human being, and therefore ALL of those laws which had been passed in the several states protecting that innocent human life could be dismissed.
"Roehas no foundation in either law or logic," said Sandra Day O'Connor years later. Interestingly, it appears that the desire to protect the illogic of Roe v. Wade was the motivating factor in the defamation of Justice Kavanaugh. But in so doing, the unsubstantiated assertions, repudiated by even the supposed witnesses, were offered in all seriousness based on a VERY different premise.
"Innocent until proven guilty" was no longer the predicate of this view of law and truth. 'Assertion is guilt' and proving guilt is no longer necessary for some people who wish to be rid of a 'problem' and appear to use law and justice to do so.
This violation of America's essential legal premise was clearly the 'weapon' used against Justice Kavanaugh, as it is also used against other human beings unable to defend themselves.
Brian concludes this episode talking about specific elections in this election year.
A Single Vote Makes A Difference
Brian reviews some of the many situations where one vote has made a difference. He spends special time reflecting on recent California elections.
As important as voting is, it is meaningless and even dangerous if there is not some understanding of the principles being voted on. We don't vote to simply vote. We vote to implement policy via the people we put in place.
With a special focus on this election cycle, Brian then ticks through the significant races in California. Perhaps the most important are the Congressional seats as these seats may determine Congressional leadership in Washington, DC.
Finally, there is an important emphasis on local elections: Supervisor, City Council, School Board; these are the elections most easily influenced and it is those positions that have great influence on the community. Planned Parenthood regularly targets these lower-level offices.
The Culture Is Dependent On YOU Voting!
In this edition of Life Matters Commissioner, Johnston builds on the basic premise of what the 'Right to Life"really is. It is not about your opinion or your feelings. It is not about your personal religion. It is about a simple fact often asked in the history of Western Civilization: "Does the law protect the innocent? And if not, why not?"
Brian begins from a rather extraordinary source, the Catholic Catechism (2273). The Catholic Catechism itself declares that this issue is not religious in nature, but is instead the basic element of any civil society... religious predilection is not the debate. A just government will protect those innocent lives that are dependent upon it, or it is not a just government.
Brian also explores several films that underscore this essential premise. One is a Western film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Drawing from his experience as an English teacher, Brian explains that movies are about much more than meets the eye. Like all good stories, they actually have an undergirding theme - the theme of Liberty Valance is very clear, and it is not gunfights.
Another new film also gets our attention. Brian interviews John Sullivan, producer of Gosnell. Be sure to get to the theaters opening weekend, Oct 12, 2018. It is an excellent and engaging film and is not your typical 'abortion film.'
The Civic Responsibility of Fully Participating in Elections
The right to life is a very specific idea that our founding fathers put in the founding documents of our nation. They were reflecting a cultural value they’d inherited through Western Civilization - the idea that human life is significant, that human beings are not merely animals. Therefore, the laws should protect vulnerable human beings from the predations of people who would take advantage of them, including the government.
We are in a battle of ideas. If you do not engage in the issues that are threatening the culture of life, then you risk being taken in this battle. If you casually them aside, or reduce them to mere passing emotions, or personal religious inclinations, you are hurting rather than helping. We want to equip you to help fight the battle. It is a battle over objective facts, and today we want to encourage you to fight by becoming engaged in the election season.
Rabbi Dennis Prager joins us, and underscores the need to accept the civic responsibility of participating in elections. This is true of all people, but in particular for religiously inclined people.
Pastor Rob McCoy also joins us to discuss doing due diligence in getting to know what issues candidates stand for and in understanding the significance of local elections.
Go to NRLC.org to find more information about pro-life candidates.
Understanding the Election “Season”
The right to life, the principle that every individual is unique and that every human life is valuable and should be protected are important concepts that are enshrined in the founding documents of the United States.
Today we will talk about the culture that emanates from those ideas which is important because it is the culture that we’ve inherited as citizens but one that is also under attack. So often we can take these ideals that our culture is rooted in for granted and fail to see that what is inherently ours as human beings, our right to life, can be taken from us if we don’t fight against laws and ideas that fail to protect that right to life.
We experience a variety of seasons throughout our existence: life seasons, natural seasons, holiday seasons, etc, but today we are considering Election Season. Election Day is not the be all, end all of an election. Many people may find themselves overwhelmed with the information thrown at them throughout a campaign. Many are uninformed. Many are disinterested and therefore, many people do not vote and miss the opportunity to help make a difference in society.
We have an election “season” in order to prepare for Election Day. Just as we have holiday seasons, ample time to prepare for the primary holiday, so must we use the election season to prepare to vote on Election Day. It is the time to truly get to know candidates and the policies they stand for, to educate ourselves, and by the mere act of voting, we empower ourselves to make a difference, to make change, to defend our right to life, to protect ourselves, and to stand up for those who can’t protect themselves.
We must equip ourselves to stand up for the right to life during this time and by participating in election season and on Election Day we exercise our civic responsibility and fight for what is right and just.
Interview with Jim Wilson, Author, “Generation”
Brian interviews Jim Wilson, Author, lecturer, Anglican priest, regarding his new work Generation, a novel exploring the deeper issues of the 1960's.
Brian explains how Life Matters explores the ideas of the right to life, that every life has a significance that can not be readily recognized, yet is given by our sheer humanity. "Endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights," was how America's founders put it. But this was a reflection of the ideas which they had inherited up to that moment. They had inherited the values of Western Civilization.
At its heart Western Civ is built on the premise that human beings are not mere 'smart animals', but that we are more, that we are spiritual entities. This assertion lies at the heart of our assertions regarding the nature of mankind, and the moral duty of the law to protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves.
It is this cultural premise that is under attack at this moment. Our culture is trying to determine if the core values of Western Civ should be retained, or if a 'new order', a tribalism of new cultural norms and control is a 'better way.'
Rev. Wilson discusses the foundation of the Right to Life, and how his novel is actually an exploration of 'what is true'? What is right? What values should we as individuals and we as a society embrace, and why?
Brian joins Alexandra Snyder of Life Legal Defense Foundation at the State Capitol as they discuss AB 282, a measure to expand assisted suicide marketing in California.
Assisted suicide was legalized in California in 2015 but has been in court challenges, led by Life Legal Defense. On June 15, 2018 an appeals court again removed the stay on the law, and it will apparently remain legal until the case works its way up to the State Supreme Court.
It is therefore legal at the moment for you to ask a doctor for lethal medication in California. What is NOT legal is for third parties, other people to encourage you to kill yourself. If AB 282 becomes law, it will be legal for third-parties, heirs, nursing home staff, anyone else for that matter, to encourage and promote suicide to a vulnerable patient.
The way the measure is written it may also authorize mass-marketing via radio and television. Suicideologists and psychologists strongly warn against ANY positive portrayal of suicide in mass communications as viewers can easily see themselves as eligible candidates and follow those emotions.
This measure greatly expands the societal reach and cultural influence of voluntary euthanasia.
What are the REAL public sentiments regarding abortion?
The facts matter!
In this program Brian is on the other side of the table in his interview with Craig Roberts, host on "Life Line" on SF Bay area's KFAX.
This is a more careful analysis of polls and of the language used by pollsters, NOT in an attempt to discover public opinion, but instead to intentionally form public opinion. This is being done in the summer of 2018 precisely because advocates of abortion on-demand fear the approval by Judge Brett Kavanaugh may pose a threat to abortion-on-demand.
This unconscionable misrepresentation of legal facts, the nature of the Roe decision, and the actual feelings of Americans about abortion needs to be understood. A recent NBC poll on "Roe v. Wade' is contrasted with a contemporaneous Gallup poll that examines when and why abortions are done.
Make sure that you and your friends and family understand what the real abortion situation is in America.
The Truth About China, the Truth About Population
Once China fell to Communist control in the 1940's, a deafening silence was all that could be heard from its people and even its government. Bits and pieces were known of the on-going 'Cultural Revolution'. Mao's decades long, vice-like grip on the lives of millions slowly loosened only to be wrenched from his dying hands by more faceless, less iconic members of the politburo. In the early 1980's the still VERY Communist China slowly allowed foreigners access to its culture and its people.
Steven Mosher was a young Stanford graduate student and one of the first foreigners allowed direct involvement with the people of rural China. His knowledge of the language allowed him an unprecedented and immediate rapport with these oppressed people.
Today he is recognized for his heroic work in revealing the forced-abortion, one-child policy of Communist China. He has gone on to write many books on both China and the deadly myth of 'overpopulation'. He serves as the President of the Population Research Institute. He is recognized as a clarion voice for the pro-life movement in the United States and around the world.
Self-evident Truths and the Laws of Nature with Fr. Frank Pavone
At the 2018 National Right to Life Convention, Brian had the opportunity to speak with Fr. Frank Pavone. Fr. Frank is a Catholic priest who has been in the right-to-life movement for a long time. But, the right to life issue in simply a Catholic issue. But, is the right to life simply a Catholic issue? As Fr. Frank points out, it is not about Catholicism or any other religion for that matter. It is not about our faith. It transcends that.
This battle is a battle for the heart of Western Civilization. Once you understand what Western Civilization is and what it is built on, you will see that this is a battle for the foundational structure of those ideas that have shaped our society.
The Importance of State Laws. The Real Significance of Roe and Doe
Every human being is unique. We are not mere animals. Our founding fathers put it well that human beings did not invent themselves and government did not create human beings. We are created by a Creator and endowed uniquely by that Creator with certain inalienable rights, first and foremost the right to life. It is the government’s duty to protect your right to be alive and all of the rights that then emanate from your life.
We will talk about California today and the need for the state to get ready for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The California legislature is one of the most radical in the nation as the laws that are being introduced are beyond the pale. Now is the time to discuss these issues, to educate yourself on the laws they are proposing, and to fight for your right to life and the rights of you loved ones.
Danger! Girl Scouts!
Are you surrendering your daughters to an ideological machine promoting abortion? Many Girl Scout troops are actually sponsored by churches!
Brian examines one of the 'nicest' and appealing institutions that has been co-opted by the wrong ideas: The Girl Scouts of America and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGS).
Anne Saladin of mygirlscoutcouncil.com explores what has happened to the organization in just recent the recent past. She had been a Girl Scout and enjoyed it. It was her Church that re-introduced her to the 'new' Scouts which is now promoting much more than merit badges and cookies. This organization has become one more tool of ideology aiming itself precisely at young, developing, and vulnerable minds.
Stop Assisted Suicide!
The right to life is a very specific idea and that idea has created a culture that revolves around the notion that human beings are significant. Each of us has a significance in the life we are given. This is an assertion adopted by the founders of the United States. They coined the phrase, “right to life,” - that every individual is endowed by our Creator with a right to life. This is an inalienable right. The government does not bestow it upon us. The government’s job is to protect this right to be alive and the other rights that emanate from our life, our very existence.
If the wrong ideas, the wrong laws are put into place, lives are taken. Lives are lost. Lives become things that are disposable. The significance of this debate over the protection of lives is very present in our culture and we need to be prepared and educated in order to fight for the right to life.
Assisted suicide is a very real issue in our culture right now. Go to stopassistedsuicide.com to sign a petition to prevent this travesty from overcoming your life and the lives of your vulnerable loved ones.
Check out my book: Death As A Salesman for more information on this issue. And go to NRLC.com for information on how to fight against it and stay tuned for information from the 2018 National Right To Life Convention.
Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer - Cloning w/Dr. David Prentice
Today we discuss a practice banned in much of the world but government sponsored in the United States, and particularly in California: the artificial creation of human beings and their routine disposal which sometimes this includes bizarre experimentation. Go to nrlconvention.com. We address not merely in-vitro human 'creation' but altering and 'experimentation' via cloning or Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. Dr. David Prentice explores these procedures and their implications.
Join Dr. Prentice, our host Brian Johnston, NRLC President Carol Tobias, and pro-life folk from across the nation at the 2018 National Right to Life Convention.
Elections, The War On Women As Mothers, The Breast Cancer Connection
Brian starts by examining policy implications of the top two primary system in elections. California is one of a handful of states that have adopted this system that ignores party affiliations. Elections matter because elected representatives make policy. Policies matter. Laws matter. Laws are merely ideas that are enforced. If you are not paying attention to the world of ideas then you are going to see some terrible ideas FORCED upon you and others that are helpless to resist them.
Brian replays an interview with Dr. Joel Brind (Baruch College, CUNY), the world's leading expert in the abortion-breast cancer connection. The interview is from a previous NRLC convention and Brian reminds folks to make the extra effort, if at all possible, to come the the annual NRLC convention, where they can get an in-depth understanding of all the many aspects of the Right to Life issue.
The Subtle Seduction of Eugenics
Brian explains one of the more subtle and seductive 'ideas' that has wormed its way into contemporary thought: Eugenics. He gives a quick background to its origins and to the common misunderstanding that eugenics, as a cultural value, was somehow eradicated through the defeat of Nazi Germany.
But before the 'deep dive' and interview with some folks from Iceland, where the gene pool has been 'cleansed of Down Syndrome', he examines the events in Ireland of May 25, 2018. Brian, who's a first generation American from Ireland, had explained in depth the significance of the Irish debate over abortion in earlier broadcasts (hear Podcast 56 and 57).
During his most recent journey to Ireland, his flight stopped in Iceland, and there he interviewed Icelandic citizens on the eugenic practice of testing for and eliminating individuals with Down Syndrome.
Eugenics is the practice of applying genetic manipulation to human beings. In practice, it usually (as in the case of Iceland) requires the 'culling' or removal of 'inferior' or unwanted progeny. And that is the question that must be examined, the question that lies at the heart of Western civilization: should human beings be treated as 'things' or is there something unique about the human person which requires of us a deeper examination?
Perhaps most importantly, Brian returns us to understanding the difference between science and 'scientism', the quasi-religious faith in science as a universal moral and ethical guide.
What To Do If A Candidate Lies!
It's a battle out there. You know that. That doesn't mean you should hide or avoid the battle. In the political world, and the question of whether laws will protect vulnerable live, lives are at stake.
Don't drop out or shrink back from your responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable are protected. As a citizen it is your responsibility, and substituting emotional feeling-stuff instead of speaking up about your own laws is not facing the reality of the times in which we live.
As in our previous program, Brian uses the very specific election of 2018 to actually examine deeper, ongoing issues that tend to come up in most elections. Failure to understand these deeper issues only ensures that you will be confused about what to do the next time around.
Brian examines the most important race in California and how attempts by 'deep state players,' many of them billionaires from out of state, have been specifically designed to mislead and alienate pro-life voters. In California's primary system, only the top two go on to the fall ballot. These top two can actually be of one party, greatly limiting the choice of voters in November. In a state like California, if the Republicans should split their vote and the top Republican is prevented from being in the top two, because Republican votes were also siphoned off to other candidates, then two Democrats would be the only choice in the fall - in this case Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco and Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, both pro-abortion, leftist Democrats.
A minor assemblyman is getting millions in out-of-state support to declare he is pro-life, even though he avoided the pro-life issue like the plague. Millions are being spent to suck votes away from the committed and solid pro-life candidate John Cox.
Brian tells how to determine when a candidate is lying to you for their own gain. The first rule is to look at what their commitments have been. The best indicator of what someone will do, is to look at what they have done.
If they are sorry for their past errors, it is possible to get them to renew commitments, but not to 'say words.' They need to commit to specific policies. John Cox has been a long-time advocate for life. He has also signed a specific pledge to pro-life policies and to appoint pro-life judges.
Travis Allen's avoidance and even negative votes, as well as his unwillingness to sign a specific pledge to pro-life policies, is an indicator that he is mouthing words in accommodation for the out-of-state players who seek to divide the Republican vote.
On May 14, 2018 the State Fair Political Practices Commission confirmed that the millions in backing Allen has received (much of it from progressive, pro-abortion billionaire Michael Bloomberg) is designed specifically to ensure Republicans split their vote and aid Villaraigosa. The disclaimer required by the FPPC states it expressly. Republicans are being snoockered into 'belief in Allen' for the express purpose of keeping Republicans from having a candidate on the fall ballot.
This is politics. You must learn how to see it clearly and fight in this very real battle of ideas.
Brian mentions other candidates and legislators that explicitly lied about their positions and showed that then by their votes. Congressman Brian Bilbray misrepresented what he would do in office. Right to Life voters opposed him in the next election, he needed them to win and made the deep mistake of lying to them.
Assemblyman Rocky Chavez is another candidate that turned-coat upon being in office. He is now opposed by those whom he turned on.
Politics is about digging deep into the battle of ideas, finding the truth, and fighting for the truth, especially on life, because life matters. The facts are indeed on our side, and facts are terrible things to waste!
Understanding Words and Politics - The Battle of Ideas
Words and politics - how can you discern?
Brian takes a deep dive into the actual principles at stake in the coming election by examining how they are always at stake in ALL elections. If you understand that you are better prepared to think this election and all elections through.
California geography makes California of great importance. Since at least the 1950’s, the California Governorship has impacted the whole country. Governor Earl Warren went on to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. But even if they don't go on to President, as Ronald Reagan did, the Governor of this state plays a huge part of influencing the nation.
So geography matters. If you move to Minnesota in the summer, don't complain about the harsh storms of the winter, if you don't understand your surroundings, your geography.
California is subject to harsh political storms because of its huge importance. Prepare to face the political storms and understand them. Don't just curse the 'weather you don't understand.' Rise above it. Prepare for it. Politics is the battle of ideas.
John Cox is a millionaire outsider who wants to change the culture of California politics and can't be bought (which is the normal way people succeed in politics... they are bought).
In the California primary if the Republican vote is split and the leading Republican is not in the top two, there will be NO Republican on the fall ballot.
Travis Allen is a termed-out Assemblyman (Assembly district is 1/80th of the state). He bought the Tea Party list but is now lying to them to keep them on board his campaign. He found out the hard way that Tea Party folk are very prolife, not just into taxes like him.
He is always asked by them if he is prolife, so Travis proclaims that he is, and that he has always been. But, he had the highest 'avoidance record' of any Republican in the state. He made a point of abstaining on the issue whenever it came to his desk. It was only when he knew he had to change in his last session that he gave a few votes, but not many.
He refuses still to sign the prolife pledge signed by Cox and Trump. He is backed by financial backers that 'buy his support from other groups. California Prolife does not sell its support.
Some swamp powers want to split the vote so there is NO Republican on the fall ballot, or if there is a Republican, they want one that can be bought. It's how that swamp works.
John Cox, like Donald Trump, is a millionaire pro-lifer who wants to change things and can't be bought. Travis Allen uses words to seduce voters but won't make the very specific commitments that some view as controversial - being truly prolife.
Even worse, he is actually draining votes from the lead Republican and may actually keep Republicans off the fall governor ballot.
Once you dig down on the facts - and through the blizzard - the facts speak. And the facts are on the side of life.
Ireland: Last Outpost of Civilization - Part 2
Under Ireland's 8th Amendment, the laws of that country re-enforce the legal right to life for all vulnerable human beings, particularly those in the womb.
But on May 25th, 2018, a national plebiscite will be held. It is being pushed by all of the political parties that control the Dublin government.
A pro-abortion media and a political climate that favors European progressivism has placed Ireland as one of the final holdouts against the legalized dismissal of human lives.
Brian explains how this ‘deeper battle’ against a life-dismissing, government-centric ideology has been reflected in many poignant ‘stories’. Stories are the transmission tools of culture.
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many others tell of how quiet love of life more accurately carries Western values than obedience to technology. Christianity reminds followers to hold this in mind in upholding secular leaders: “Pray for kings and all who are in authority that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence”. ( 1 Tim. 2:2) In Tolkien terms, the life of the shire is far preferable to the “progressive”, ongoing, technological advances of Mordor. Civilization is cherished and embraced in the quiet shire. It is actually destroyed by “advances” that have no moral compass. Technological advancement is not the same as civilization.
Ireland: Last Outpost of Civilization - Part 1
Abortion-On-Demand is now routine throughout all of Europe and in most of Western civilization. One of the last holdouts is the nation of Ireland. Under Ireland's 8th Amendment, the laws of that country re-enforce the legal right to life for all vulnerable human beings, particularly those in the womb.
But on May 25th, 2018, a national plebiscite will be held. It is being pushed by all of the political parties that control the Dublin government.
A pro-abortion media and a political climate that favors European progressivism has placed Ireland as one of the final holdouts against the legalized dismissal of human lives.
Ireland is the youngest, most prosperous per capita country in the European Union. It has the lowest death rate and the highest birth rate of that entire greying continent.
Brian Johnston gives background on the laws protecting innocent lives in Ireland and the political efforts to bring those to an end. He includes a special interview with Peadar Tóibín, member of the Irish Dáil, and explains the political dilemma facing the Irish people at this crucial moment in history.
You are living through this very moment in history. The same challenge that is facing the Irish is facing you.
Medical Ethics with Wayne Cockfield
The right to life isn’t just about the tragedy of abortion, which needs to come to an end. It’s about restoring the right to life for all individuals who are vulnerable.
Today we talk again with Wayne Cockfield. He is the Vice President for Medical Ethics for the National Right to Life Committee. We will discuss how medical ethics is an essential part of the right to life and also Wayne’s experience in receiving ethical care, but also his being at risk of receiving unethical care for life circumstances that left him very vulnerable.
The purpose of medicine is to care for the vulnerable. However, in today’s society, medicine, changed by law, has given way to a “freedom” of doctors to kill vulnerable patients they deem unworthy or unnecessary to be alive. How frightening that the power to decide over life or death is in the hands of those meant to treat people in need.
You must be aware, be prepared, and be equipped to care for you and your loved ones in this battle.
The Martian - The Value of A Single Human Life
Western civilization is unique in that it recognizes the value of the human person, and the significance of a single human life.
In this edition of Life Matters, Brian examines the cultural influence of that basic premise and explorers a recent Hollywood film: The Martian. In The Martian, an exploration journey to Mars is dramatically altered and the significance of a single life becomes the central concern of a distant crew, an overextended NASA, the nation, and even the world.
A similar story of risking the lives of others to save one individual's life occurs frequently in battle, but it is Western culture that most poignantly embraces the ‘no man left behind’ philosophy.
Brian relates the powerful nature of this life protecting ethic via a true story. During World War II, through the unique methods of submarines in recovering downed pilots, all the lives of the subs crew are put at risk. The Japanese culture and the soldiers attempting to kill the airman and sink the sub found this so foreign and foolish and extraordinarily absurd when compared to their value system.
There are many different cultures that have different cultural values. What makes Western civilization unique is that it asserts that individual human lives have value in and of themselves.
In Western Civ’s clearest iteration, the American founding, the value of human lives is beyond measure and it is the first duty of government to protect the uniqueness and the rights of every individual life.
You need to work at this moment in history to ensure the survival of Western Civilization. It is at immediate risk. You need to fight to preserve the right to life.
Dismemberment Abortion & Dehydration with Wayne Cockfield
Life Matters interviews Wayne Cockfield of South Carolina. He is the Vice President for Medical Ethics for the National Right to Life Committee.
Wayne recently testified in the South Carolina legislature regarding the ban of dismemberment abortions.
We recommend if you have very young children you may not want them to hear this as this discussion on the importance of the dismemberment abortion ban does bring the focus onto what actually happens in the abortion.
Be ready for a surprise turn about seven minutes in, because Wayne Cockfield makes this whole debate regarding abortion procedures very, very real and in his own person he humanizes the nature of the abortion dismemberment debate.
Later in the program Wayne talks about his experience losing his legs in Vietnam and how dehydration was actually used to save his life. He knows how difficult and painful dehydration is and how today, medicine is using dehydration not to save lives, but to take them.
Carol Tobias, President of the NRLC
Brian interviews Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life Committee.
Carol discusses the rapid implementation of euthanasia in Canada.
She also outlines the year ahead for Prolifers in the United States.
Understanding The Civic Process with Karen Cross,
Political Director for the National Right to Life Committee
In this edition of Life Matters Brian interviews Karen Cross, Political Director for the National Right to Life Committee.
Karen explains the importance of pro-life individuals understanding the civic process and how to elect lawmakers who will vote to protect innocent lives. She explains her experience in West Virginia in trying to pass pro-life legislation and being thwarted by a pro-abortion committee chair.
After deciding to find a candidate to replace that individual, not only were they successful in replacing the pro-abortion legislator but they were then able to pass the Woman's Right to Know Bill in West Virginia.
Karen explains how pro-life legislation like the Hyde Amendment have saved millions of lives; millions of human beings are alive today because of the Hyde restriction on government funding of abortion.
Karen then changes emphasis and explains how well-meaning pro-life people can actually work against their own interests if they don't understand the need to unite behind a winning candidate.
Heroes Of The Right To Life Movement –
Dr. Bernard Nathanson And Dr. John Willke
Since the early 70s, Dr. John Willke and his wife Barbara were significant in publishing a handbook on abortion and abortion questions and answers; two books that went into multiple editions around the world and provided the pro-life movement with clear and concise facts as to what really happens in abortion and the cost to both lives and cultural values.
Dr. Willke went on to become president of the National Right to Life Committee for many years the 1980s and early 90s.
The second part of the program Brian dedicates to a pro-life convert, Dr. Bernard Nathanson who had nearly the opposite beginnings. He began as an abortion advocate and was one of the principal founders of the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). Dr. Nathanson personally oversaw more than 75,000 human abortions, acts which he came to deeply regret.
On one floor of a hospital he would fervently work to save the life of a child with a disability and on another floor of the same hospital a perfectly healthy child would be killed for no reason whatsoever in the act of abortion. The dichotomy was too much for Dr. Nathanson and he had to reconcile himself to the fact that human abortion is an intrinsic evil. It violates the very nature of medicine. Thus, his conversion to the pro-life cause came about.
Interviews with both Dr. Willke and Dr. Nathanson explain the traumatic years of the 70s and 80s as America has wrestled with the divisive issue of human abortion.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson, MD
In 1973, the laws of all 50 states were overturned; laws that had protected the children in the womb, laws that carefully outlined what a doctor should and should not do. The impact of that decision has been incredible. The significance for your culture, the significance to the right to life, is quite extraordinary and unless you look at it you won't understand the dramatic changes that have faced our society and the culture in which you live. It is you that can bring about change when you apply yourself to restoring the right to life.
Today's program is dedicated to an old friend of the right to life movement, Dr. Mildred Jefferson, MD. Dr. Jefferson was the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She was a central part of the founding of the National Right to Life Committee in 1973.
I served on the board of the National Right to Life Committee as a delegate from California during the late 80s, early 90s. Dr. Jefferson, who had served on the board in the 70s, returned again representing Massachusetts and during that time made a point of befriending me and that is always very humbling. For someone whom you respect and admire, to make a point of befriending you, it really opens you up to to who they are.
Mildred, as a person, was an extraordinary woman. You're going to hear some quotes from her that will shed some light as to what the right to life is and what the role of the doctor is.
The appropriate role of the physician is an essential element in what has made Western Civilization. Western civilization is known for asserting, respecting, and protecting the innocent and vulnerable. Dr Jefferson is a hero of our movement and all that it stands for.
The Real Push for Medical Killing Is On Us
In today’s program Brian will speak with Dr. Mark Hoffman, PhD who is a clinical psychologist and chairman for the Stop Assisted Suicide Coalition. You can find out more information at stopassistedsuicide.com
Many of you know that I've been involved in the assisted suicide battle for many years starting with Kevorkian, but also with Derek Humphry the founder of the Hemlock Society who came here specifically to get this nation to embrace euthanasia and assisted suicide.
I had many interviews with Mr. Humphry and I wrote a book about it called, Death As A Salesman: What's Wrong with Assisted Suicide because that's what this is. This is the selling of death. Californians are now getting ready in the legislature to legalize the promotion and essentially, selling of suicide. That's Assembly Bill 282 which we will discuss in today’s program.
You can go to stopassistedsuicide.com to find out more and to download a petition. This petition is applicable across the nation and we will get it to legislators in your particular state. But, here in California even though assisted suicide has been legalized it's not yet legal to promote it to people. You will see in the weasel language used by advocates of death the real goal is to get rid of people that they don't want to have around anymore and really it's the people who are kind of “lingering” that really bother them.
Assisted suicide isn't designed for people that we care for; it’s actually designed for people we no longer wish to care for.
The Startling Facts About RU486
Today we are talking about an insidious drug - RU486.
We're not talking about the morning after pill. The morning after pill has been marketed as kind of a backup contraception. It can be an abortifacient if conception has taken place, but primarily the morning after pill is designed to prevent conception so it's only taken when sex has already happened or shortly thereafter. RU486 is NOT contraceptive in nature. RU486 is only taken when a woman is pregnant. In fact, it can only be taken after the child is somewhat developed. The child has to be at least six or seven weeks old and doctors will insist that a woman be further along in her pregnancy in order for this drug to really kill the baby.
A lot of abortionists refer to use of RU486 as medical abortion and that's a little bit ironic because abortions that are done by a doctor would be medical. What they're trying to imply is a distinction between the use of this drug RU486 as a medicine and surgical abortion. But, as you can tell in the language game, it's misleading to call RU486 a medical abortion. It really should be called chemical abortion because this is not medicinal. RU486 is a very powerful steroid. It's a chemical that attacks the mother's body first and after doing so then the child dies in the womb because the child doesn't get nutrition from the mother anymore. This is designed to adversely affect women with the goal of killing that child in the womb.
Dr. Anthony Levatino is a former abortionist and we’ll hear him tell his story and explain how the chemicals work step by step.
We’ll also hear testimony of Kaye, a woman who took these pills to end her pregnancy and experienced the horrific nature of these chemical abortions. It is very important to understand the facts regarding these chemical abortions. Go to Abortionpillrisks.com to find out more about RU486 and the dangers of this drug.
Ronald Reagan, Life Advocate
Brian outlines an overview of Ronald Reagan and his stalwart commitment to life.
Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was the only president to publish a book while in office, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.
Numerous quotes and portions of Reagan speeches punctuate Brian's commentary on the Reagan years. These incisive stories on adoption, the need to stop abortion, and the political challenge of addressing law as both Governor and President are instructive and inspiring.
Brian also retells the story of being befriended by Judge William Clark, Justice of the California High Court, National Security Advisor, Secretary of the Interior and many other important, yet less vaunted roles. Judge Clark was the man that Reagan's official biographer considered the 'one individual spiritually closest to Ronald Reagan.'
"... there is purpose and worth to each and every life. " - From Ronald Reagan's tombstone.
Cultural Values with Joe Langfeld of Human Life Alliance
Brian Johnston discusses how to impact our culture with the message of life. He’s joined by Joe Langfeld of Human Life Alliance.
Human Life Alliance provides excellent cultural impact communication tools for people everywhere to use where they see fit.
It’s very good to have spoken to Joe about culture and how Human Life Alliance is addressing the culture and communicating in an image inclined world of memes. What an excellent resource they are. It's important to understand the nature of culture. Brian lives on the banks of the Sacramento River. It's the largest river in the state of California. Where the Sacramento river is joined by the American, at the confluence of those two rivers, is where the town of Sacramento was founded. That's because it was the farthest inland you could actually come up from the sea, through the bay, and come inland with a seagoing ship to Old Sacramento.
Culture is a lot like a river. Culture flows. It is the result of contributing factors and streams that are upstream. Little rivulets go to little rivers, to bigger rivers.
Creeks, tributaries contribute to a larger river and that's the case in your culture.
These rivulet sometimes are contaminated. But sometimes they're very, very pure and I want you to understand that cultures are also that way. There are things in our culture that aren't good for you and you know that.
But the most important aspect of this stream, this river we live by and where we draw water from - our culture, is the fact that it has banks. That's what defines the river. Now at times it may overflow its banks but those banks will, once the waters have receded, reemerge. The banks of the river define and delimit the river.
The banks for a culture are the laws of a culture. In 1973, the Supreme Court threw out the laws regarding abortion. Every state in the nation had protective laws for those babies but the Supreme Court threw them all out. The laws are critically important. Laws define your culture.
If you care about human beings and the cultural values we want to establish to protect those who are the seemingly insignificant - if you know that they are indeed significant, then you need to pay attention to the laws. The laws are there to help protect the flow of culture, to make sure that it doesn't over run its banks and destroy people and lives and property. That's really what happens when laws are broken. That's what happens literally here in Sacramento if these levees break or are overtopped. It brings great harm. So it is true with our laws. Our laws are there to protect and this being an election year, I want to remind you - wherever you are in the nation to go to: nrlc.org because National Right to Life pays attention to these laws on the federal, on the state and on the local level. Here you can find your state's affiliate. It is important because it allows you to be involved in building up the banks of our culture, building up the levees, building up the protective nature of what's flowing through our lives so that people are not harmed. We have to pay attention to the laws. We have to pay attention to politics.
You may not believe it but, just a handful of votes turns many elections and that is much more common on the local level from city council or supervisors in the county to the school boards. Planned Parenthood targets school boards. Very often it's a school district’s policies that determine whether they give access to the children.
So it is very important in this election year to get involved with National Right to Life to make sure that the protections that need to be in place for our culture and the way to do that is to understand the need for good and just laws and understand your need for civic involvement. I mentioned the school board because if you get involved in local school boards and find out who the pro-life candidates are, who wins sometimes by 5 or 10 votes, are some of the smallest jurisdiction in your state. Everyone who votes for pro-lifeschool board members is going to vote for a pro-life city council member and anyone who votes for those two is going to vote for the pro life County Supervisor and for the pro-life State Assembly and State Senate and for the pro-life candidate for Congress and pro-life candidate for governor and yes for the pro-life federal offices all the way to the president. So by getting involved in helping your community be aware of the cultural war and the cultural values and being aware that they can make a difference where they are, that the laws are important, the laws are the banks of the cultural river. You can make a difference right where you are go to nrlc.org.
California Senator, Mike Morrell (R)
So much of what goes on in our culture is influenced by ideas, by the ideas that you have about those things, about the words that are used to express the idea and sometimes those words are intentionally misleading. They're meant to mislead you and to mislead your loved ones.
In this episode of Life Matters we're going to talk about the legislature and the fact that laws are made by people that you elect every two years. That's when you get a chance to hire someone to make laws for you. If you don't pay attention to the work they're doing for you, to the laws that they're proposing, well, that's your responsibility to get rid of someone when they consistently make bad laws. It's a great gift that we live in one of the greatest nations on earth because you have the ability to influence your own laws and you'll be held responsible for that. You can't point your fingers at others. You're going to have to take up that burden and pay attention to the ideas and the battle of ideas in which were in.
We're going to join Senator Mike Morrell an old friend of the pro-life movement and we'll talk about some of the things that you can do. One of the things that Senator Morrell brings up is the issue of government finance of the abortion industry. There are many pro-lifers that don't understand that the abortion movement is actually government-financed. While pro-abortion and pro-choice advocates will use language like “hands off my body,” or “Get the government out of abortion.” In reality, it is the government that's promoting abortion, promoting the idea that abortion is a good thing. Planned Parenthood gets millions of dollars to promote these ideas but also to perform the abortion and to advertise to young, pregnant women. That's government money, that's your money being used. If the government were to pull out of the abortion industry in many ways it would wither on the vine. It would dry up.
That's your tax money. You’ve got to know about that and you’ve got to demand from your legislators that your money not go into this industry. Go to CaliforniaProLife.org and find out more about getting the government out of the abortion industry. We also want to give you a heads up: this being an election year, this is a year you can do something about this but you need to plan now to make sure that you find out the resources you can use in your community to get involved. School board races are very important. It's the school boards that can release kids secretly for abortions. You need to elect school board members who are going to say, “No. We're not going to release these children without parental consent to Planned Parenthood.” The only way to do that is to elect good pro-life school board members. Do that this year. Get involved. We’ll give you the tools. Go to CaliforniaProLife.org and find out how you can change your community.
John Cox (R): 2018 California Gubernatorial Candidate
Life Matters interviews John Cox, Candidate for California Governor - the only ProLife candidate for California governor endorsed by the California ProLife Council PAC.
Brian interviews Mr. Cox by phone and they discuss one of the candidate’s core values: the importance and joy that comes from personal responsibility, the abortion issue, the position of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, the need to drain the Sacramento swamp, and the many things that the average Californian can do to dramatically change our culture right now, right where they are.
This is an exciting and important Life Matters broadcast that is paid for by the California Prolife Council PAC.
The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God
The battle of ideas is for your mind and the minds of your loved ones. If you're not on guard and thinking through the ideas that have been placed there by the popular media and maybe even by friends who are misinformed, then you can bring great harm to yourself and others and to society itself.
Laws are just ideas that are enforced. So this battle of ideas is more than just a metaphor because what we're talking about is human lives. The right to life is about restoring legal protection for human beings. That was taken away in 1973 and it's getting worse. It's not just human babies in the womb. Now it's the elderly sick. It's those who are seriously ill. And the best answer is suggested to be, of course, to kill them “with compassion”.
Assisted suicide and other forms of euthanasia are now being practiced in the United States. If you don't understand this battle of ideas you will succumb to this battle. And you won't be able to protect those that you love because the laws won't protect them. So I'm going to talk today about a very important issue in this battle, about our laws, and how our laws are made.
This episode is called “The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God.” This is an exciting episode for me. Our program is heard on many Christian stations so I'm particularly excited about explaining and exploring the foundational elements in our society. What was it that our founders had in mind when they talked about the laws of nature and of nature's God?
Let me explain why we're going to go through this, because I have met many Christian believers who actually don't fully comprehend the details of what America’s founders did and how they offered us a Biblical worldview at our national founding. They did not insist that a particular theology was going to be the basis of our laws and if you look at who are founders were, each and every one of them and every one of those colonies actually had a different Christian tradition. They had already had some conflict regarding that - which particular theology would guide one's laws.
They had come from the Old World where continental Europe and yes, even England, had some serious - literally bloodbaths - over particular nuances of theology in the law. They did not want that and yet somehow, they were able to offer us a Biblical worldview. How did they do that? It's really amazing. It's critical that you understand this. And the reason is that many Christians don't believe in the laws of nature - they don't believe in natural law! That’s a big mistake and what it indicates to me is that they don't understand the idea. They're confusing ideas. And so they can't get it right.
They're confusing it - the laws of nature and of Nature's God - natural law with the laws of the so-called law of natural selection. It’s quite different but that's what they think it is. They think it's the same as the law of the jungle - the survival of the fittest - lex talionis, where natural inclinations determine what laws should be. Only the strong survive, etc. but that particular premise, the so called laws of natural selection- that's the opposite of what the Founders talked about in natural law. Natural law refers to viewing nature and the nature of human beings as uniquely ordered and that's actually a tradition in Western Civilization - the idea that there's something special about human beings.
Later in the program, we’ll be joined by actor John Demakas who does an excellent job in his reading Scriptures. I'm going to explain to you if you're a Christian, and even if you're not a Christian, why the laws of nature and of nature's God is very much reflected in the Scriptures as the premise on which we should make laws. It’s not according to my theology, not according to your theology, but according to the laws of nature that are objectively revealed. These are self-evident truths that are objectively seen and can be understood by pointing them out, rather than saying, “I believe it, you've gotta believe it”
If you think you can just make the laws of your state or nation based on your theology and you're going to put your theology into the law, then you're just acting like American Talabani. You must be able to demonstrate what the good and just law should be.
Baby Organ Selling + Gaining Ground From Local Level of Government on Up
In this edition of Life Matters, Brian Johnston interviews Albin Rhomberg, a board member of the Center for Medical Progress. They discuss the exciting news that the Orange County, California, District Attorney has taken legal action and shut down DaVinci Biologics, an international marketer of human baby body parts.
The significance of this action has reverberating consequences, not just for the baby-body parts industry, but for the pro-life movement all the way down to your local level.
Local elected representatives can and will take action if they are encouraged by local pro-life citizens. The role of pro-life individuals is to function as citizens and ensure that their local, state, and federal laws protect the lives of those who cannot protect themselves.
Why Do Some Christians Hesitate to Defend the Lives of Others?
Interview with Hon. Bill Redmond, Congressman (Ret.)
You know many Christian stations run this program and while we focus on the right to life as a very clear and non-sectarian commitment to the founding principles of this nation, it's actually a commitment to the founding principles, if you will, of Western civilization.
Western Civilization is unique and America is the distillation of the ideals of Western Civilization. That's what happened in 1776. Our Founders took the best ideals of civilization and assertively placed them as their Foundation. There's a Common thread through Western Civilization about the nature of man. He is extraordinary.
After the the fall of the Greek culture and its inheritance by the Roman culture, the rule of law and protection of the innocent continued to be affirmed. This thread was reaffirmed by Christianity as Christianity became the dominant cultural influence. The Hippocratic Oath had spelled out the importance of protecting vulnerable lives, but in other aspects of Western Civilization we see reverberating throughout its history a message- and that is the unique nature of the human person. There's something unique about the human person and that's always been a guidestar for Western Civilization.
If you have other questions about that premise, go to the podcast site and go to the program on Western civilization and why the Hippocratic Oath has been recognized by anthropologists as the dividing line - as the beginning point of Western Civilization. This was specifically because it meant that those who cared for the most vulnerable would care for, but never kill them. Primitive and savage cultures before this lived under the law of the jungle, the lex talionis, that freely allowed such killings
Under Hippocrates code, those who cared for the most vulnerable human beings swore they would never kill that vulnerable human being because there's something extraordinary about even the most ‘limited’ human life.
Again this ‘rule’ is more often demonstrated and its breaking as Shakespeare said, but that truth has echoed throughout human history, particularly in western civilization.
So on today's program again, because we're aired on many Christian stations, we're going to get into a little bit of Christian theology for the specific reason that you may go to a Christian church and be appalled that people from your church don't understand or support the right-to-life issue.
It can be surprising there's a lot of people, who even though they are Christians and involved in Christianity, it's very clear one of the premises of Christianity is - that you and I are made in the image of God. So not only is there something unique about every human being, but God has endowed us with these unique rights. For Christians to not get that is appalling.
Today’s program comes from a trip I took to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We visit with Congressman Bill Redmond. While he has served in Congress, he is now very active in the Christian Community in Albuquerque. I think it's very enlightening - again in the right to life we approach in a non-sectarian matter because our founders said it is according to the laws of nature and of Nature's God and so they don't go further than that - but Christians do!! Christians say they have a relationship with Nature's God!!! And so Christians more than anyone else should be able to explain why the right to life is important and it really is disappointing when you find fellow Christians who can't or won’t stand for the vulnerable innocent. Bill Redmond takes a shot at explaining why that is.
Nursing Home Patient Advocacy
In this edition of Life Matters, Brian Johnston interviews Joyce Unangst, a paraplegic volunteer and activist.
Joyce has been involved for many years in supporting those who cannot defend themselves in a long-term care setting.
Brian joins Joyce at a local nursing home in the Sacramento County area. Joyce describes the actual life within a nursing home, the abandonment of many individuals, and family members assuming that professional care, paid by the state or insurance, is adequate. But, that care is overworked and often very unprofessional. Institutionalized neglect and abuse has become rampant in America and Joyce explains what you can do about it.
The Ideals of Western Civilization
So in the broadest sense, Western Civilization is actually dependent upon a view of the human person, that there's something extraordinary about the human person and therefore, the human person should be respected in a certain way. We see that in the Hippocratic Oath, very specifically the most vulnerable human persons, when at their weakest, should actually be protected. That's the opposite of the law of the jungle. That's the opposite of savage civilizations. That's the opposite of many civilizations that give the powerful absolute authority.
Western Civilization started it with the Hippocratic Oath. The Judeo-Christian model reflecting the teachings of Scriptures confirm that and affirm that man is made in the image of God. The value system, therefore, that came out of the Greco-Roman Judeo-christian model continued on. The Hippocratic Oath was embraced by the Romans as well and then when Roman culture was imbued with Christianity, they continued to honor the Hippocratic Oath. The value of the human person continued to be affirmed and in the European tradition that emanated out of England in 1215, it was declared that your values don't come from the king. And the divine right of kings was brought into question by the Magna Carta and the 39th Chapter the Magna Carta it was clearly codified. It was written down that no one should be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without due process of law. Of course, that was in Latin but that principle is very much at the heart of the American system.
In the American view of the human person we know that the right to life was established by the founders as a primordial right - a right that does not come from the king or the government, that it's the human person that is special and because of the value of human life government derives its just powers from the value of human lives and not the other way around. So the right to life is the finest expression and defending the right to life of the vulnerable is the finest expression of Western Civilization.
Now to be honest, it's most often been demonstrated as a rule by its breaking. We’ve seen it throughout history and even recent history - in wartime, if soldiers intentionally kill innocent people. For example in My Lai in Vietnam, well unfortunately, they were killing the innocent and they had to be brought to trial and that's the case in Western Civilization.
What defines us from other civilizations is how we view those who are vulnerable and dependent. Will we protect those who are vulnerable and in need? That's the issue. Will the law protect lives of the innocent? And that's where the right to life is at the very foundation of Western Civilization.
When Emotions Affect Decision Making & The PowerOf7 App
While Life Matters focuses on the battlefield of ideas, something that often trumps ideas and influences many people’s decisions, are emotions.
Emotions predate our consideration of ideas. As infants, emotions dominate our experience of, and understanding of, the world around us.
Dr. James Dobson once wrote a book called “Emotions: Can You Trust Them?” Emotions are often indicators. They can indicate something to us about life or our circumstances, but they are not always the best guide for making important decisions.
Images of an unborn child can carry powerful emotion and that’s good news for us in the pro-life movement. The journal Neuromarketing has examined the use of a child’s image in marketing because it universally draws on the emotions of the viewer. Not unlike images of a small animal, these images draw emotions of compassion and protection. That’s good news for us.
But, if that commitment to protecting that child is only based on the emotions surrounding that cute pre-born child, then that pro-life education is incomplete, because killing that unborn child is not wrong because that child is "cute,” killing him or her is wrong because that’s a vulnerable human being. On the other end of the spectrum, when someone is older or incapacitated by serious illness, the decisions we make based on our emotions can be very dangerous if we permit, for emotional reasons, the killing of a vulnerable person just in order to be free of the emotions we feel at at the moment.
Emotions surrounding illness and terminal conditions are very, very powerful. Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross outlined them in her book on the five stages of grief. These were clarified in her book, “On Death and Dying” (1969). It is a phenomenon that all of us will face. But if we surrender to the emotions and are willing to kill either ourselves or a vulnerable person because of the emotions out of the desire to escape those emotions, we are engaging in a most heinous and reprehensible act. You’re killing a fellow human on the basis of emotions.
The resources that are available for physical pain, Kübler-Ross points out we will often need to help sdeal with the emotional pain, but the rewards of caring for that person instead, are wonderful. She indicates that that is the reason FOR the emotions, to draw people DEEPER into life and help them accept their mortality in a mature way.
Like the foxhole conversion, an individual that is finally willing to face and accept their mortality is transformed in a remarkable way. They no longer wish to just, "get it over with," they appreciate every breath.
Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide for emotions is very wrongheaded, and prevents individuals from coming to that mature understanding of life. Kübler-Ross adamantly opposed killing patients because of these emotions. You should too.
Later, Sylvia Aimerito of the PowerOf7 App explains its use and importance for the pro-life movement. The app is free to download to iPhone, smart phones, iPads, etc. Familiarity with the PowerOf7 allows individuals to quickly and easily answer the seven most common pro-abortion arguments. If you ever feel at a loss or insecure about advocating for unborn children, you should consider downloading the free PowerOf7 App to give you the tools you need.
November 18th, 2017 there is a conference on these issues at BIOLA University, La Mirada California. Go to www.CaringNotKilling.wordpress.com.
PowerOf7 App & Importance of the Law
Sylvia Aimerito of the PowerOf7 App explains its use and importance for the pro-life movement. The app is free to download to iPhone, smart phones, iPads, etc. Familiarity with the PowerOf7 allows individuals to quickly and easily answer the seven most common pro-abortion arguments. If you ever feel at a loss or insecure about advocating for unborn children, you should consider downloading the free PowerOf7 App to give you the tools you need.
Brian is again joined by Karen Cross, Political Director of the National Right to Life Committee. They discuss the purpose of the law in protecting the pre-born. Today, in states where pro-life legislation has been allowed to pass, the abortion rate drops precipitously.
Karen reiterates the five ways that pro-life individuals inadvertently elect pro-abortion candidates. The most common is falling in love with just one candidate and if that person doesn’t win then those pro-life supporters fail to work for any other pro-life candidate. This gives victory to the other side.
A very common error of well-meaning people is the idea that we must run third-party candidates against a less than perfect nominee. This inevitably gives the election to the worst of candidates. This was demonstrated in 2008, when Al Franken had won in a very, very close election, but the reason he won was because the pro-life vote was split and 17% of all votes went to the third-party candidate. They guaranteed that Al Franken would become a US Senator. He is one of the most radical, pro-abortion legislators we have seen in modern US history.
Euthanasia and A Special Interview with Carol Tobias
Brian interviews Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
The medical profession in California and in Canada have both abandoned the basic principles of the Hippocratic Oath to never bring harm to a patient. The implications are severe. Ultimately, it is not the patient but the physician who decides which patients will be killed and when.
Later in the program, Brian brings an interview from his visit to the New Mexico Right To Life Convention. There he met with Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee. Carol explains what to expect in the coming year, some of the recent votes in Congress, the importance of the 2018 election, and the opportunity to join with National Right to Life at the National Convention in July, 2018. The right to life movement is on the march and individual pro-lifers need to be equipped to address the factual issues.
Why The Right to Life Actually Is ALL About Politics
Brian Johnston interviews Karen Cross, Political Director of the National Right to Life Committee. Karen tells the story because she initially was involved in only wanting to help crisis pregnancies. She felt this was the easiest way to address the widespread abortion culture sweeping her state.
A young woman she was counseling told her that she had had an 18-week saline abortion. She had been told at the clinic that there was no baby, that it was merely a piece of liver. Seeing the expelled child horrified her.
Karen felt that giving such a simple and false description before a decision like abortion is made should be illegal, but it was quite legal. Virginians For Life had introduced an informed consent measure that was always defeated in the state legislature because of the chairmanship of one key committee. Karen finally got involved in the election to replace that legislator and the dam broke! Without that ‘pro-abortion’ legislator stopping all the good bills, West Virginia law could be substantially improved for vulnerable women and their children.
Karen documents the 100,000 fewer abortions – living children that have benefited.
It is critically important to realize that the abortion question is determined by the laws of the states and when Prolife individuals get widely involved in the civic process they can dramatically change the number of abortions.
Professor Michael Jason New has written extensively on the dramatic change brought about by Prolife laws.
In Brian’s final statement he reminds us that the right to life is essentially a statement of political philosophy: it is the duty of the government to protect the lives of those governed. He urges listeners to join with the diverse community of Prolife people in their states to restore the protection of life as the basic element of just law. NRLC and its state affiliates exist for that purpose.
Will Your Vulnerable Life Be Dismissed By Medicine?
Confronting the Culture of Death
Brian interviews a returning guest, Nancy Valko, RN. Nancy is a medical ethicist and she discusses her hands-on experience in seeing various medical professionals dismiss vulnerable, medically dependent patients.
Nancy demonstrates what the medical practices in many other nations have proven to be true; neurologically impaired individuals are greatly benefited by involvement, interaction, and personal regard, even if they are not initially able to personally respond. The new American medical “tradition” of considering a human being to be a “vegetable” and let him or her simply lay in a hospital bed has proven to be a decidedly ineffective treatment for restoring and healing neurological conditions.
With the recent legalization of medicine to kill vulnerable people, the minimized value of human life presents a great danger for patients in any medical situation. Without concerted efforts and family advocacy, vulnerable patients can be at great risk.
Brian, Nancy Valko, and Alex Schadenberg will be speaking at the Caring Not Killing Conference at BIOLA University on November 18, 2017. Interested individuals can register at CaringNotKilling.WordPress.com
In the latter part of the program Brian is joined by Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Alex, a Canadian national, is dealing with the widespread growth of euthanasia in that country. The use of government sponsored medicine has made euthanasia an economic tool in the nation and Alex warns us of what that means for America’s coming changes.
Get Ready! The Aging of America Is At Your Doorstep
In this episode, Brian again interviews Nancy Valko, R.N.
As a Commissioner on Aging and an elder advocate, Brian has seen, up close, many of the issues Nancy refers to; the overworked nursing home employees, the failure of families to visit the medically dependent, the sometimes intentional but often unintentional neglect of nursing home residents.
Both Brian and Nancy give concrete suggestions to prepare you for caring for loved ones that end up in those circumstances.
Because of the current government takeover of healthcare the threat of limited and intentional rationing of the care given to these patients is very, very real. This is a seed bed for the widespread euthanasia of the neglected and forgotten.
The Obamacare rationing system is still law and is still in place (as of October 1, 2017).
In a later discussion, Brian explains the cultural challenge in legally ending abortion. The incredible parallels between the legalized practice of slavery and the legalized practice of abortion is legally and ethically in escapable. Similarly, the approach taken by Abraham Lincoln is the approach needed in our day to restore legal protection to the pre-born child. Brian’s booklet, Lincoln on Life and the Law is an excellent resource for understanding why we pursue the gradual re-establishment of the child’s rights under the law. Lincoln was very clear that both law and public opinion are needed to proceed in the direction of a gradual, step by step approach toward changing the law and ensuring the right to life for the previously enslaved. The right to life of the unborn must likewise proceed steadily and effectively turning both public opinion and the law towards considering the life and rights of the child.
Brian Johnston interviews Nancy Valko regarding copycat suicide and suicide contagion. Nancy, a nurse with a 47 years of experience in the clinical setting dealing with trauma patients and depression, has dealt with all aspects of suicide, including the push for assisted suicide. She is very aware of effective approaches to dealing with depression and suicidal ideation from patients.
Suicide contagion is a phenomenon that has been witnessed throughout history. Starting with the works of the first historian, Herodotus, the only way a culture has been able to prevent suicide contagion or suicide clusters is if society clearly condemns the act of suicide. Endorsing, ‘tolerating,’ or approving of the act only creates more suicidal individuals.
In the second part of the program we examine the ongoing threat of the Obamacare rationing board, the independent payment advisory board, which would force a federal standard of medical care on the entire nation in the name of keeping low cost of medical inflation. It would do so only by prohibiting any “costly medical treatment it deemed beyond the scope of appropriate care.”
Congress must act soon to prohibit this law from remaining in effect.
California Victories & Work Ahead
As the California legislature comes to a close for 2017, Brian announces several legislative victories in stopping SB 309, the prochoice license plate bill, and SB 481, regarding intentional dehydration of nursing-home residents.
California ProLife citizens responded to a decidedly pro-abortion California legislature and made known they were concerned about the ideological super imposition of the abortion and death culture on our state. Because of their effective work, both of these bills were stopped. It was the state wide messaging of Life Matters Radio that made a difference and the faithful follow through with prolife individuals from San Diego to Redding.
In the second part of the program Brian interviews Sylvia Aimerito, one of the creators of the “PowerOf7,” a free smart phone app that helps with the tools to become effective in presenting the Message of Life.
In the third part of the program we hear congressional updates and information on upcoming events at BIOLA University as well as in New Mexico, South Dakota, and North Dakota that address the assisted suicide debate.
California’s Forced Abortion Culture
The State of California is unique in the nation when it comes to abortion. When Roe versus Wade is overturned and states again have the ability to protect unborn children, many states will immediately enact such law.
But, California is dramatically different. Not only is abortion allowed at all times and can even be performed by non-physicians, but the state coffers of California are now underwriting the abortion industry. Every aspect of abortion marketing is paid for by state funds. The rent, the overhead expenses in the day-to-day operation of abortion clinics are all eligible for state financing. It is not just the ‘doctor’ with blood on his gloves who is being paid for the abortion, it is the entire infrastructure of the abortion culture and industry.
But the State of California has gone even further, and is now forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to violate their conscience and promote abortion to every young pregnant mother that enters their facility. Assembly Bill 775, which passed on a party line vote, forces California’s crisis pregnancy centers to offer mandatory information that there is a free abortion available, and instructions to the nearest abortion clinic to each and every pregnant woman who walks in the door.
In this episode, host Brian Johnston discusses the coming court battles over AB-775 with Scott Scharpen of the Scharpen Foundation. The foundation underwrites the ongoing day-to-day operation of a mobile crisis pregnancy counseling center, which offers pregnancy tests, ultrasound, and the many resources available for a young mother to care for the child in her womb. AB-775 will force this mobile crisis pregnancy center clinic, and all pro life crisis pregnancy centers in the state, to force abortion promotion against their will. A federal court case has been brought and a state case is being pursued. It is interesting to note that the state’s freedom of speech clause had been interpreted as giving much more freedom than even the federal free speech clause, so this California state court case may have an even greater chance of being upheld.
The California Prolife Council is supporting both of these cases, and provides many opportunities for Californians to stand for life.
Glycine - The Necessary Amino Acid
Life Matters is dedicated to life culture in the battle of ideas: the abortion and euthanasia debate, and the fact that there’s been a dramatic change in medical ethics. When our health begins to fail, it is no longer incumbent on medical ethics to care for and comfort the patient, instead it is now ethically acceptable to simply eliminate vulnerable human beings.
Brian is again joined by Dr. Joel Brind, biologist and endocrinologist. Dr. Brind explains the phenomenon of inflammation, and the direct relationship of many contemporary illnesses to the physical phenomenon of inflammation.
Abortion, the War On Motherhood, And the Breast Cancer Connection
Brian interviews Dr. Joel Brind, Professor of Biology and Endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York. Dr. Brind is world renowned for his research and exposure of the abortion breast cancer link, a direct linear connection that the scientist demonstrated as incontrovertible.
In Brian’s introduction he explains a deeper issue that is often lost in the abortion debate and in this important battle of ideas: the push for abortion is actually a concerted part of the war against motherhood.
This war against motherhood is the part of a larger cultural battle that includes the false claim that human beings are what is harming the planet, that there is a “problem” of overpopulation, and that young women should not embrace or look forward to the idea that motherhood is a good thing.
This ideological battle that necessarily includes killing young children in the womb, is harmful to women and to all humankind, as it is only through motherhood that human beings can come into the world. The laws of nature, and of nature’s God, are under direct assault. The implications of this war on motherhood, the war on the unborn, and the distain for humanity which has become rampant under the current cultural zeitgeist, brings great harm and personal danger for those who fall under its sway. The abortion- breast cancer link is one of the most striking examples.
Dr. Joel Brind explains how pregnancy and the hormones that accompanied it immediately begin to change the nature of a woman’s body. One of the most striking and evident changes is enlargement of her breasts and the growth of mammary glands to provide future sustenance for the child she is carrying. As we now know from stem cell research, certain cells are given assignments for a specific job. Before that time they are known as undifferentiated, or stem cell’s, the cell’s that are to become memory glands begin to develop during pregnancy but do not reach maturation until very late in the pregnancy. An abrupt end of the natural sensation of pregnancy holds their development in mid-stage. They have not reached the “assignment” stage of being productive memory glands yet. Later in life their presence and undeveloped nature allows them to be susceptible to growing in a disorderly manner, which is the definition of a cancer.
Our Wordsworth section examines the term “reproductive rights” as exposed in testimony before the California State Senate by Brian Johnston. The intellectually dishonest use and abuse of language is one of the essential tools used by advocates of abortion in the battle of ideas.
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Wesley J. Smith, Bobby Schindler, Wordsworth: At the NRL Convention
In this episode Brian interviews several stellar individuals in the Right to Life movement at the 2017 National Right to Life convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He also has an in-depth analysis of the Charlie Gard story and why it is significant in an era of socialized medicine. Finally, “Wordsworth” examines a new concept in medical ethics “futile care,”and what it really means.
Wesley J. Smith discusses his new book: Culture of Death: The Age of Do Harm Medicine, and how medical ethics has now been inverted. The average individual who does not understand this change will be at great risk when they are subject to the whims of a medical situation.
Bobby Schindler discusses his work on behalf of medically vulnerable individuals who are in danger of being killed in the same manner as his sister, Terri Schiavo.
Brian goes into greater depth regarding the Charlie Gard case, where parents who are willing and able to pay for a treatment to help their son live are prohibited from doing so by the British health service. The British health service has proven itself inadequate in addressing truly serious cutting-edge medicine. Even though Charlie’s parents have raised the funds to send him to the United States, the British National Health Service insisted they have the authority to decide what happens to Charlie, and their intention was that he should, “die with dignity.”
Dignity is the adjective most commonly used when someone who wants you dead desires to sell the method of killing. It is a word that has come to mean whatever the speaker intends.
“”Wordsworth" examines a popular new adjective in medical ethics, “futile”. The adjective implied refers to the care provided to the patient, but in many ethical settings the adjective is actually being applied to the human being in someone’s personal judgment of the value of their ongoing life. “Futile care”, is a phrase regularly used to intentionally deny all food and water thus ending the life of someone who is not actually terminal.
The Importance of Being a Pro-Life Speaker, Wherever and Whoever You Are
Brian interviews Olivia Gans Turner, director of American Victims of Abortion and spokeswoman for the National Right to Life Committee. Olivia explains that being a pro-life advocate is really not that difficult. There are standard questions that come up every time. Once you understand what they are it is not difficult to help people over the hurdles that are often used to justify unlimited abortion.
What is more important to recognize, especially now that abortion has been legal since 1973, is the fact that many personally know someone who has had an abortion or they themselves may have had an abortion. This may create in them a sense of defensiveness and they need to justify an abortion supporting position.
Olivia, who has had an abortion herself, underscores the need to be empathetic and compassionate towards those who may disagree with us. This sense of emotional support of the individual, as opposed to support of the action, often allows the listener to be more receptive to the reasoning as to why abortion has been and should be against the law and not facilitated by the government.
Call In: Grace called in from Santa Rosa. She asked who Charlie Gard is, because his name has been in the news. Brian explained that he is a boy born in England with a genetic illness that impacts his brain development. His parents have heard of a treatment available only in the United States. They took it upon themselves to raise 1.5 million British pounds, more than $2 million to send Charlie to the U.S. for this special treatment. The British health system, however, prohibited him from going for this treatment. They declared that what he needed to do was, "die with dignity”.
Charlie's parents appealed to the British court system but the government denied them the right to have their child treated even though they were going to pay for it. The parents then appealed to the European court of human rights. Again the courts sided with the bureaucrats. Charlie's parents have also appealed to the public conscience. Soon, President Trump and many other world leaders urged the British government to allow the parents to care for their child if they so wished.
This is a stark example of government overstepping its bounds in assuming that the role of government is to determine who is worthy and who is not, who has a right to live, and who should be denied care and treatment. This is extremely common wherever socialized medicine becomes the law of the land.
Abortion Pill Reversal and Church Involvement in the Battle of Ideas
In this episode of Life Matters, Brian interviews Dr. George Delgado, founder of “abortion reversal”. Dr. Delgado has developed a procedure whereby the RU-486 abortion pill can be reversed should the young mother change her mind in time.
Brian also interviews Jonathan Keller of California Family Council. They discuss the need for churches to be actively involved in the civic realm and in the very real battle of ideas. Helping and encouraging pastors with the tools and resources in volunteering to be the touchstone for the congregation are great ways to encourage civic involvement. Churches are an essential part of changing our culture right where you are.
The Right To Life As the Essential Building Block of Society
There is a battle of ideas raging all around us. One of the principal ideas that our society has been built upon is exactly what America’s founders stated clearly in the Declaration: that self-evident truths need to be put forward and protected for a just society. The first and foremost of these is the right to life.
I'm going to talk about what happens when the right to life is no longer understood or ensured by the government – how bad can it get? Without the right to life as a guiding principle of society there is no standard of right or wrong in protecting vulnerable human beings. Bizarre experimentation and disposal of human beings as mere property cannot be stopped unless the right to life is again asserted and enforced as a basic principle of the law.
The idea of the right to life predates even the Declaration of Independence reaching back, at the very least to the Magna Carta in A.D. 1215. Article 39, the due process of law concept, first set forth that no one can be deprived of life or in anyway destroyed, without the intervention and protection of the government to ensure that the innocent are protected.
Since 1973, in the US Supreme Court's dismissal of a right to life for the unborn child, there is no longer any standard that can be used to judge what is medically and ethically appropriate.
Be A Pro-Life Speaker
Brian Johnston and James Jenkins, Chair of California Pro-life Speakers Bureau, discuss why it's important to read up and be trained in giving an effective pro-life presentation.
Various slide presentations and videos are also discussed as well as the opportunity to be involved as a pro-life presenter through any of the National Right to Life state affiliates. In California we have the California Pro-life Council and Right to Life Federation. Go to www.californiaprolife.org.
SB-481 Long-term Health Facilities: Informed Consent
Brian Johnston, interviewed by Craig Roberts of Life!Line, discusses the pending Senate Bill 481. The Bill, sponsored by Senator Pan, allows nursing homes to declare non-terminal and conscious patients to be incompetent, and thereby have authority to withdraw a patient's food and water.
Craig discusses the relationship with the assisted suicide issue and the tendency to present it benevolently, as an act of kindness or an act of autonomy. But, at its heart it is the dismissal of individuals that society no longer wishes to care for.
Brian explains the nature of SB 481, what happens in nursing homes (he was on the Board of Examiners of California's Nursing Homes, and a California Commissioner on Aging). The great danger posed to medically dependent individuals is inescapable and opposition to Senate Bill 481 must be made known.
California Legislation (2017-2018 ) with Ashley McPartlin
Brian Johnston and Ashley McPartlin discuss legislation introduced for the two-year session of the California legislature: 2017-2018.
Brian gives background on the nature of legislation; it is simply being ideas that are enforced. There is a critical need for pro-life individuals to be aware of, and comfortable in the realm of ideas.
If you are not from California, the discussion is pertinent to all states, as California like every other state, has a two-year, two-house (bicameral) legislature (except for Nebraska which is a unicameral legislature). The United States Congress on the federal level also elects in two year cycles.
Every election year we, as citizens, elect those who will look at ideas and decide whether or not they should become law. We as citizens must also look at those ideas, as well as at the individuals we hire (elect) to make such decisions.
Several dangerous ideas have been submitted to the California legislature. One is SB-562 which would entrust all health decisions and their financing to all California's citizens to the state of California itself. This is known as ‘single-payer’ healthcare. In every jurisdiction where it has been implemented it results in rationing and denial of treatment for those individuals that government bureaucrats have determined should not get any more healthcare. In addition, in California all abortion services would be funded without limit. This is a very bad bill.
Brian and Ashley discuss the implications of collectivist medicine as it has been expressed in Canada, the UK, Russia and other collectivist systems. It always results in rationing and inferior medicine for the masses. Citizens in such countries have only gotten good treatment for serious illness when they engage in what is known as medical tourism. Buffalo, New York is one city that has enjoyed the financial benefit of Canadians seeking better healthcare and avoidance of the infamous medical “queue.” In Canada you must wait months to see specialists.
Senate Bill 309 will establish a “Celebrate Choice” license plate that the state of California would distribute via the DMV. It also creates a fund that would give the money raised from these plates to abortion providers. This would be the first such "pro-choice plate" in the nation. Twenty-seven other states have “Celebrate Life” license plates.
SB-320 would mandate that state colleges will distribute the abortifacient pill RU486 to students through their health system. There are extensive issues to this abortifacient. This is not a “morning after pill” or a contraceptive. It is only used when a child is known to be present. It is extremely dangerous for the young mother as it attacks her body first in order to get at the child. This has been slowed, and has now become a two-year bill.
SB-481 would allow nursing homes to declare vulnerable, conscious patients, who are not terminal, to be incapacitated and then allow the administrators to withdraw all sustenance and care resulting in their death. In England this was referred to as the “Liverpool Pathway to Death.” It was so horrific that the UK parliament banned the practice. Senator Pan’s Bill SB-481 would allow the practice to continue and would offer legal protection for medical facilities that killed their patients through this form of intentional medical neglect.
Senate Bill 743 gives even more funding to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry in expectation of federal funds that are going to be cut off by the Trump administration.
Senate Constitutional Amendment 7 by Senator Moorlach would cease the funding of the embryonic stem cell research measure passed by the voters which gives $6 billion to an industry that has had no successes. There has been extensive discussion of why embryonic stem cell research is a failure on our other programs. It is important to know these things. Please listen to those programs.
Euthanasia By Intentional Medical Neglect
Euthanasia is being practiced in the United States under what is supposedly voluntary circumstances. This is known as “Dr. Assisted Suicide”. But whatever voluntary euthanasia is, it quickly has moved to involuntary euthanasia.
Euthanasia is currently legal in the United States under the auspice of “Dr. Assisted Suicide”. But there are many cases of euthanasia by intentional medical neglect as well. All around the world where physicians are allowed to kill patients, euthanasia quickly moves from voluntary to involuntary.
Brian interviews with Mike Hodas of San Francisco, California who witnessed the intentional medical killing of his wife and the not too subtle approach of medical professionals to remove him from any decision-making capacity. Mrs. Hodas had all food and water removed from her although she was not terminal. It is the removal of food and fluids that makes anyone terminal. It is an act of intentional medical neglect which results in the intentional killing of the patient.
Ensoulment and the Issue of Animal Rights
Brian Johnston gives an overview of why the assertion of the right to live is not based on the theological question of Ensoulment. The right to life is based on self-evident truths as demonstrated through observation and demonstrated in the laws of nature.
“Ensoulment” is an issue which is often raised regarding the question of the right to life of a pre-born child. But this issue of when the soul enters the body is solely one of conjecture and religious opinion.
The invocation of such a question is merely an invitation to uncertainty and ultimately leads to a lack of conviction regarding protection for that child. The right to life, on the other hand, is based solely on self-evident truths that are demonstrable and can be shown objectively, and is not determined on personal predilection or personal enlightenment in opinion. The founders of United States asserted that this was necessary in establishing justice and that, in fact, right to life was the first and most immediate of the self-evident truths established for the purpose of government to protect.
Brian tells the story of his cat “Tiger.” The friendship and comfort we get from animals is often confused with a question of soul and is currently being used to promote the notion of animal rights. It is critically important that this very pernicious idea, that an animal should have the same rights as a human being, be confronted for what it is: a confusing assertion, based not much on fact, but in our emotional feelings towards those animals.
The protection of innocent children in the womb is based upon scientific evidence. Common law protected the child after quickening, but protection of the child from conception began in England in the mid-1800s after Sir Thomas Barry had witnessed conception is the beginning of human life in the modern microscope. By 1860, the British Parliament had enacted the “Crimes Against the Person Act,” making all abortions a felony.
The United Kingdom had moved to outlaw the slave trade long before the United States rose to the proper understanding of the humanity of the slave. Similarly, the United Kingdom rose to the protection of the unborn child long before the United States. An American student at the University of Edinburgh was in fact studying childbirth at the time. His name was Dr. Horatio Storer and he became the Father of Modern Gynecology.
On his return to the States, he took it upon himself to similarly pass laws to protect that vulnerable child who had been denied legal protection. Storer, along with the American Medical Association, went state by state, not asserting his faith as the premise, but asserting the self-evident, scientific truths of the child's life in the womb which was demonstrable and which was beyond debate. Those are the laws that were in effect up until 1973.
Those laws are obviously under attack, but what is worse is that logical thinking is under attack with the new assertion that animals are essentially the same as human beings and should be afforded the same rights. There is confusion in both mind and heart regarding this battle of ideas and even well-meaning Christians have errantly been seduced by such thinking.
It is vitally important to understand the battle of ideas that human laws are first and foremost designed to protect human lives; that animals should indeed be cared for and protected, but they are of an entirely different nature than the laws which need to be in place for human beings. Professor Peter Singer is one of many thought leaders who is forcing on the culture the idea that animals are in fact in some cases more worthy than certain human beings of having their lives protected. This is a direct assault on the right to life.
Socialist Medical Science - with Special Guest Sir Winston Churchill
In the battle of ideas it is not uncommon for people to carry ideas in their head, but they don't know what the name of that idea really is. One of the most common, dangerous ideas abroad today is that of socialism. Socialism is a faith that, at its heart, believes that government must be empowered and government must address evil that emanates from classes of people, and that the purpose of government is to limit the evil done by certain groups of people. It is a faith that doesn't necessarily believe in individual right and wrong, but clearly believes in group right and wrong and is therefore a religious worldview, although it is a worldview that is quite free to deny God. It has its own morality and ethics, teaching sense of cultural sin and sense of redemption - all of which is dependent on the centralized government that is established to determines these things
The election of 2016 voting patterns demonstrated just how widespread this idea is as Bernie Sanders garnered millions upon millions of supportive votes for his very clear proclamation of socialist ideas. It is vitally important to realize that socialism views groups as the basis of society not human individuals and that socialism is – as a systematic approach to human events, willing to dismiss the value of individual lives.
The great challenge of World War II was actually in warring against this idea of socialism. Socialism came in two major forms. National Socialism - a collectivist form of government tried to right the wrongs of a nation which was perceived as an oppressed race, the defeated Germanic people as a cultural group. The other form of socialism is international socialism, which had gained a foothold in Russia, destroyed the foundations of that country and quickly spread like a cancer to the other Slavic nations creating a Soviet union. Inter-national Socialism, or Soviet communism, believes that the entire world should be governed by governments that treat people as groups and addresses the evil done by certain groups. It views ‘The perfect society’ as one, giant, egalitarian group.
Sir Winston Churchill recognized that freedom required opposing,, and ultimately destroying, both forms socialism, as science and all the tools of mankind would be perverted and individual human lives crushed under such ideas.
His speech, Their Finest Hour, is but one example of his clarity on the idea that the role of a just and free government is to protect the lives of its people and to not act against them.
California Legislation Regarding Right to Life
Brian Johnston, host of the Life Matters along with Roger Marsh, host of the Bottom Line, discuss several important pieces of California legislation. One is a bill which would mandate the distribution of the drug RU486 throughout the California college system. There are many many people including many pro-lifers, who regularly confuse RU486 with other pills taken, such as the morning after pill. The morning after pill is actually designed as a contraceptive, and is regularly included in rape kits issued at police stations in order to prevent the onset of pregnancy.
RU486 is a dramatically different and a very lethal drug taken only after the woman is quite pregnant, usually she has missed at least one period. RU486 literally attacks the woman's body first. This very powerful artificial steroid is a combination of several drugs it causes the mothers body to no longer be a nurturing motherly body in spite of the fact that nature has designed her to dramatically change during pregnancy to fulfill her role as a mother. The drug causes her to cease providing nutrition and hydration to the child resting in her womb. Eventually, the child within her dies and is expelled as a miscarriage which she witnesses. Only then, upon seeing the head and arms and legs, will many women realize this is not merely a vague cluster of cells or a blob of tissue.
Women in France, where this was designed, numerous women have died from the effects of RU486 on their own body. Many feminist authors have spoken out against RU486 because of the fact that it essentially attacks the woman's body in order to impact the body of the child. Giving this drug to young women in their late teens, who have no real understanding of the risks involved, is a very, very dangerous proposal.
A second bill has to do with the other end of life and that is a bill authorizing nursing homes to, on their own recognizance, declare patients to be incompetent. This declaration empowers the nursing home to make any medical decisions they choose. What is not understood by many is that a very common medical decision, now being made for the sick, the terminally ill, seriously ill and even the disabled or otherwise medically dependent, is to simply end the life of that patient.
Voluntary euthanasia through self-starvation and volunteer euthanasia through physician assistance (i.e. physician-assisted suicide), is already illegal in many places. The doctrine of substituted judgment allows a third-part to make that decision on behalf of a vulnerable patient. Thus, voluntary euthanasia has already moved to the status of non-voluntary euthanasia and is being practiced in California. State Senator Pan has sponsored SB 481 which protects nursing homes and other medical facilities from action when they decide to deny essential care or even intentionally cause the death of one of their patients. While this is a challenge in California in the growing battle of ideas, it is now a challenge nation and world wide.
Life Film Festival
Brian Johnston meets with Roger Marsh of the radio show Bottom Line and they interview Beau Brians: Communications Director of Life Fest Film Festival.
The single most influential town in our nation is that place we refer to as "Hollywood". In the battle of ideas regarding the value of human life, Hollywood is a natural starting point. The influence of films on our culture and the thinking of the modern American, in fact, every member of the western world, is influenced by the films that are exported from Hollywood.
Life Fest Film Festival is an annual event in Hollywood, California that honors those films that, in particular, value the significance of even the seemingly insignificant life. This had been a hallmark of classical Hollywood, but those values seem to have been lost.
Life Fest Film Festival provides an opportunity for industry professionals as well as rising filmmakers and film aficionados to network together and to work on changing the message of Hollywood to affirm Human Life once again.
More than 300 films from throughout the world are submitted each year for screening at the Raleigh Studios screening rooms. Raleigh Studios is the original studio for Hollywood founded by Charlie Chaplin in 1915 and is still a working studio lot for both film and television shows throughout the week.
In addition to the film screenings, there are workshops for those interested in film-making and the Hollywood culture, and there is a special Filmmaker's Challenge: The 5 x 5 for Life where filmmaker's are given five days to write, produce, direct, and score a five minute film. All submissions that follow the rules are guaranteed to screen on the big screen in Hollywood.
National Right to Life - Equipping You for the Battle for Life
Brian Johnston, the host of Life Matters does in-office interviews with key staff members of the National Right to Life Committee. Brian interviews Jackie Ragan, Director of the NRL Convention, on the importance of the National Right to Life convention in bringing together the Pro-Life family from across the nation, and equipping individuals with a deeper understanding of how to win in the battle of life. This year, the NRL convention is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In the second segment, Brian interviews Dave Andrusko, of the NRL News and NRL News Today. It is critically important that Pro-Life individuals have an understanding of what is happening both nationally and internationally, and that they are equipped to deal with issues as they come into their own community.
Air Date: 4-15-17
The Difference One Life Can Make
Brian Johnston interviews author, businessman, radio host Marty Pay. They discuss how one individual’s involvement in the needs around them is the most immediate answer to human challenges, and it always has been.
The message of the Right To Life is the significance and value of each and every human life. What is often forgotten is that this principle applies to each and everyone of us. Each of us has the ability to change circumstances around us but often we are lulled into inaction. People in a local nursing home are you just as much emotional and spiritual being as people die in the streets of Calcutta. And while it is noble to help those in Calcutta, ignoring those who are immediately at hand, is the greatest tragedy.
Air Date: 4-1-17
Team for the Battle – National Right to Life Committee
Brian Johnston and his special guest, Lawrence Lehr from Sonoma County ProLife, discuss how you can get involved and make a difference in the Battle of Ideas with the help of volunteer programs and the unifying ideals of the National Right to Life Committee.
A national unifying team. We are in a Battle of Ideas, but there seems to be so many volunteers and so many team directions. How can we work together? What unifies us? A house divided cannot stand. National Right to Life unifies pro-life efforts.
There are many groups and organizations, religious or helping centers, but how will we actually change the law? How will we end this scourge of legalized abortion?
N.O.E.L. (National Organization of Episcopalians for Life), are great folks. I like them and work with them. But this is not an Episcopalian issue. The Right To Life is a human rights issue. A civil right for the vulnerable innocent to have their vulnerable lives protected.
National Right to Life Committee. Non-sectarian, Non-partisan, single issue in focusing on changing the law and restoring the Right To Life.
Interview with Lawrence Lehr, Sonoma County ProLife.
Brian answers a listener's question on whether or not assisted suicide is actually an act of compassion for the dying or an emotional escape for the living.
Air Date: 3-18-17
Trump Addresses Abortion Funding and More
Few people realize how much government support, underwriting, and protection the abortion industry receives in the state of California. Brian Johnston and his special guest, Albin Rhomberg, discuss the actual issues of government sponsorship of the abortion industry, Donald Trump's commitment to stopping federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and the failure for many private individuals to recognize that abortion is now a government sponsored program coming from your local tax dollars.
In addition to federal grants, state funds directly go to abortion as well as in the name of family planning, in addition to county funds, municipal funds, and secret special discrepancy funds find their way into Planned Parenthood and the conference of other abortion promoting and providing organizations.
Albin Rhomberg discusses his experience in chronicling and documenting of the horrendous discovery of 16,000 baby corpses, the human remains of aborted children in a cargo unit that had been left by the side of a freeway in Woodland Hills, California in 1982. The incident was later referred to as the Los Angeles fetus disposal scandal. After an extensive court battle these children were finally given a respectful burial in Boyle Heights, California, a suburb of Los Angeles but no criminal charges were ever filed against any of the parties involved.
How can you make a difference in this Battle of Ideas? Think locally, and get involved in local elections. Ask questions of your local politicians. For a great resource for asking the right questions in your localtown hall meetings and political conferences, go to the California ProLife Council and NRLC to learn more about the Right To Life.
Air Date: 3-11-17
Is Suicide Infectious?
Is suicide infectious? Suicide contagion has been documented throughout history the earliest historians of Western civilization Plutarch and Herodotus recorded several examples of suicide cults in addition to suicide epidemics.
Human beings are extraordinary creatures capable of great and noble acts but we are also capable of terrifying and frightening acts, such as engaging in suicide and the infectious nature of suicide. Ancient history documented suicide cults and the suicide contagion is present in modern times even in our more recent history, such as the Jonestown cult in 1978 and the Comet Hale–Bopp cult of 1997. Individuals involved fulfilled a need or a strong suggestion to take their life even though some expressed skepticism at the logic of their fellow suicidals.
A common error in addressing suicide is to express sympathy in our regard for the individual but fail to strongly and clearly condemn the action itself. An example of successful suicide prevention was the intentional act of Courtney Love in publicly condemning the action of her husband, Kurt Cobain, while still respecting her and her daughter's loss. It is believed that her clear distinction and condemnation of his suicide may have saved many, many lives.
The implications of copycat or socially manipulated suicide once assisted suicide is legalized is inescapable, it has been documented in the rapid rise of suicide where ever assisted suicide is legalized.
Special guest interview with Dr. Mark Hoffman.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Mark Hoffman joins us to discuss the 5-Stages of Grief outlined by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying (1969). Terminal diagnosis often leads to depression and makes an individual extremely susceptible to suicidal suggestions.
Air Date: 3-4-17
Dispelling the myth that the seniors in society are a burden. There is a wave of an aging population now crashing down upon us. What we decide to do about it will reveal what we truly value and determine if we are still a society that protects vulnerable human lives and their Right To Life.
The law is there to protect the lives of the vulnerable. RTL is built on that. Western civilization is aging. Healthcare/assisted suicide/ ethical debates are not in a vacuum.
Eastern and other cultures deeply honor the elderly ours no longer does that! It's good to get older, Brian was a Commissioner on Aging when he was younger.
Status US Census Bureau:
in 1900 6.4% of population was 60 or older.
In 2000 16.8 % 60 or older.
By 2020 22% will be 60 or older.
By 2025 over ¼ will be over 60 years old.
You will need healthcare when you get older.
Obamacare was a scam. Only if the very young signed up would it have worked, but the young don't need or often use Obamacare. The tidal wave is now crashing on us. We don't have the younger workers needed to care for the growing senior segment. The answer is in the family, society's basic premise. Age well.. stay healthy...eat your veggies, said your mom! Because she wanted you to get older.
The sad growth of elder abuse. Emotional/physical/fiduciary abuse. The push for assisted suicide – the ultimate form of elder abuse. Designed for the dependent population to eliminate them, if the agree. Or if you can get them to agree. Already the highest suicide rate is among elderly white men, because of loneliness.
The non-productive, ill, and dependent are a new class of the kill-able, i.e. approved for suicide. Assisted suicide is not for those who are actually dying. they die. assisted suicide is for those who aren't dying fast enough according to an external schedule.
Myths about medical care.
The Open Society Study - 7 Myths Of Senior Care. "They cost too much." In fact, Journal of American Geriatric Society says seniors are not getting more treatment they are getting dramatically less. They are not getting extraordinary care.
Air Date: 2-25-17
Assisted Suicide - The Killing Assistant
The laws on assisted suicide only really change one thing. Now assistants and those who encourage suicide will no longer be scrutinized or held accountable.
What is the actual change in the law? Who benefits from these new changes? This is a dramatic change in medical ethics. The bright line, the protective nature of medicine is now gone. But on another level the legal nature of the law has been lost. The principle of the law is to protect your rights, but to be dead is not a right. Rights apply to living human beings. Rights emanate from your living humanity, so there is no Right To Die. It is an inevitability. When assisted suicide is legalized the only change is that the assistant is no longer investigated or prosecuted. This is an invitation to abuse and emotional manipulation.
Derek Humphry admits in his first book, Jean’s Way that his wife was entirely dependent on his decision – not hers.
Manipulation of the emotions of the vulnerable is an inescapable possibility. Margaret Pabst-Battin an assisted suicide advocate, has admitted that this is the case.
Wordsworth – the deceitful use of the word “hopeless”. It does not describe a physical condition or state, it is actually a reference to an emotion, to a feeling. The use of such language to justify medical killing. Brittany Maynard's emotions and the emotional nature of her sweetness and her illness were sold as hopeless. This was in fact a misrepresentation of the medical reality.
Air Date: 2-18-2017
Lincoln on Life and the Law
You are in a battle of ideas. It will be getting more intense...you will be immersed in it. How you decide to deal with those ideas will determine if you are successful and if the right ideas are successful.
Lincoln fought in the realm of ideas and the issue of slavery is extremely parallel to the abortion issue. Lincoln is also our example for how we must deal with the Supreme Court's decision to deny legal rights, or the Right To Life to vulnerable human beings.
Abortion and slavery very parallel in California. The child in the womb has no rights. The state even pays for the abortion and the abortion industry. Several states fund the abortion industry.
See the Movie – Lincoln (2012) by Steven Spielberg
Read the Lincoln – Douglas debates...reveal that the Republican party was founded to give anti-slavery people a civic voice. Abolitionists did not address the civic process, they merely wanted it ended and would often use confusing procedures and reasoning... violent riots, John Brown's Harper Ferry uprising, religious arguments on both sides. The Republican Party was founded to end slavery via civic process. "Ballot's not Bullets."
Abolitionism was a confused and arbitrary commitment to just do something against slavery. Republican Party was committed to passing laws via elections, and using self-evident truths. Civics is the battle of ideas. The Civic process is how we will end abortion. We, like Lincoln must wisely transcend emotion and pursue the compelling truths of life.
Two significant Supreme Court Decisions in American History were supposed to end the contentious debate once and for all.
Instead they used the power of the court to simply claim absolute authority over citizens and the laws of the state, and, "the matter is closed." The abuse of the power of a supreme tribunal over human lives did not solve any issues it created much worse problems.
Dredd Scott, 1857 and Roe v Wade, 1973 - dramatic parallels
Both were an overwhelming 7-2 decision
Black slave not a person v Pre-born child not a person
Property of the owner (caretaker) v Property of owner (mother)
Owner could keep, sell or kill v Owner (mother) may keep or kill
Others could not impose their morals v Others could not impose their morals
"If you are opposed to slavery, that's fine, Just don't own one."
How did Lincoln deal with this most difficult of decisions and the previous 87 years of commitment to self-evident truths and the national resolve to bring to pass an end to the scourge of slavery? (Yes, even at the founding, many Founders wanted to end the cruel practice. They were called the Whigs and carried on the traditions of the founders and Framers) His example is absolutely necessary for us to understand what to do today.
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates extremely insightful. Alton, Illinois site of deadly slavery riots. Was the setting of the pivotal debate. Douglas proclaimed that he did not favor slavery, but like others in previous American history did not see the duty to deny others this manner of industry. They were making a living.
The Lincoln–Douglas Debates of 1858 - Lincoln Home
National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)
You must prepare for your Battle of Ideas now. The past is prologue. We can best understand what to do in the present and future when we understand what has actually goes on in the PAST. Most of us have had an inadequate and simplified view of Lincoln and his challenge.
Lincoln was not an abolitionist. Abolitionists had no specific plan. They operated out of emotion and moral outrage, and justified doing bizarre and counterproductive things. The Republican Party was specifically founded to give voice – in the civic realm – to opposition to slavery, so that the laws would protect the vulnerable innocent lives. It is the law that we must fight for .. the law is where the battle of ideas takes place.
The Republican Party was the tool by which slavery could be removed from the law, and the tool through which the XIIIth, XIVth and XVth Amendment could be passed. Many abolitionists resented Lincoln's distinction between unfettered abolitionism and the Republican Party, but it was a bright and clear line. Republicans would work through the law to change the law.
We are dedicated to do that today.
Air Date: 2-11-2017
Relativism v Objective Reality
"We hold these truths to be self-evident..." America's values and principles are built on objective facts, self-evident truths, not opinion or feelings. If an individual embraces relativism, (the idea that truth is changeable at different times and different places), then there are no objective facts, no definitive truths on which to agree. If relativism is embraced as valid, there then would be no such thing as a definitive Right To Life or any definitive truth or facts. The Right To Life is an idea. Ideas that are enforced are laws. Laws based on subjective relativism are changeable and sometimes dangerous. They are not based in facts, but in ideologies.
The objective facts of human life are recognizable and not opinion. Nature itself shows forth these objective facts. One such fact is the beating heart of every one of us, which started beating as early as 16 days after conception. The Right To Life is not about opinions, it is about self-evident truths. The child's heart does not beat because I believe that it beats. It simply does. WE have to stick to the facts in making our laws, not to personal beliefs or opinions.
America's Founders did not assert a religious but rather a logical conclusion. The assertion that there is a Creator is shown forth in nature itself. The government did not create us, it is we who were created and we in turn create governments. The principles of sound government therefor must be based in, "the laws of nature and of nature's God."
Relativism is a cancer of the thought process. It in itself is a faith at odds with objective reality, at odds with the laws of nature. Sadly it has been the church itself that has allowed relativism in its doors, and blessed its consideration by society.
CS Lewis/ Francis Schaeffer/Pius X
Nature reveals the existence of God.
Ps. 8 "When I consider the heavens, the work of your hands..."
Romans 1:20 "God has revealed His invisible nature through his visible creation."
Ps. 18 "The heavens proclaim the glory of God...there is no nation where their language is not understood."
Soren Kierkegaard and his Leap of Faith assertion has fostered relativism and the idea "if you believe" something that's what makes it real. But faith is not merely an assertion or feeling it is substance, it is evidence of the unseen. Hebrews. The walk of faith is to take steps by faith. Existentialism encourages leaping into the unknown, the leap of faith is not outlined in scripture, but is an idea that makes evidence, and reason suspect. Existentialism, even Christian existentialism encourages a disjointed and subjective view of God and nature. Francis Schaeffer, Christian philosopher, asserts that Kierkegaard's Leap of Faith not only twisted the teachings of Christianity, but infected all of Western thinking. Schaeffer's book, The God Who is There, explores the essential premise that God's existence is what is displayed in objective reality, in nature itself. He is there and He is not silent. Dismissing objective facts and self-evident truths leads to intellectual and moral confusion.
In C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man he says "Post-Christian" thinkers are not reasonable, Lewis asserted that it was easier to convert pagans to belief in the Creator because they recognized that nature is reality...pagans get reality, relativists dismiss reality. They live in their head. Lewis calls them "men without chests."
Pope Pius Xth recognized the battle of ideas was the greatest of spiritual battles and issued an Encyclical on 'Modernity' in 1907. Modernity is not a reference to Scandinavian furniture or Buck Rogers, it refers to the thinking of modernist philosophers: Freud, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, etc. Pius proclaimed such relativistic thinking had already infected the Roman Catholic Church and required all teachers and priests at every level to swear a repudiation of such relativistic teaching. This oath was required until 1967.
Relativism is the single, greatest enemy of a Right To Life.
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
NRLC deals with the policy issues that impact the Right To Life of the innocent. Carol briefs us on some of the policy issues coming our way.
Air Date: 2-4-2017
The Laws Before Roe v Wade
What were abortion laws before Roe v Wade? Where did they come from? Science and the law. Dr. Horatio Storer defended life as a fact-asserting advocate. British Common Law protected children after quickening because that was the most advanced and conferrable science.
With the advancement in scientific medicine conception was confirmed as the start of human life when mammalian conception was witnessed under the modern microscope in 1836. The British Common Law followed in protecting children from the time of conception.
American Dr. Horatio R. Storer was studying in Edinburgh and came back to encourage each of the United States to now respect those human lives, even as they now had freed and protected slaves. From 1860 to 1880 he campaigned until all states protected that child, his second patient. Dr. Storer is also known as the Father of Gynecology. His education underscored that the child in the womb was a vulnerable human being. Started in 1857, recruited the AMA to assist righting the injustice of slavery and the injustice of abortion - objective facts demonstrate that both are human beings.
Active civic involvement by Horatio R. Storer is what ensured protection for children. We must be like Storer. Bring facts to bear so that the laws will protect those who can't protect themselves. If the Life issue is an issue that matters -and it indeed is let's study and present the facts of life, so that innocent lives can again be protected.
Horatio Robinson Storer, M.D. (1830-1922)
Scientific Proof of the Beginning of Human Life
THE RIGHTS OF THE UNBORN: From Common Law to Constitutional Law
Amazing Grace (2006)
Air Date: 1-28-2017
Roe v Wade, What Did It Do?
There is a lot of emotion that swirls around any discussion of abortion, emotions can cloud ideas and cloud our judgement that's why we want to help you cut through the thick fog emotions - on both sides- and deal with the objective facts, and the real ideas at stake.
Demonstration: Hear that.... well you will be hearing those sorts of things... and the reason is, they want you to be quiet if you go to Church...
But from our earlier programs , and even if you've just studied biology you know that it is science and natural law that proclaims that that is a unique individual, a dependent child in the womb. That child can inherit property, and in many other elements of the law have full legal rights...
That's why years after Roe v Wade's passage in a famous dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connir stated this:
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
Air Date: 1-21-2017
Science and the Right To Life
Science is not your enemy. In being alive, God is introducing us to observable facts. Life. This is the beginning of true science. Dealing with observable facts. There is NOT a war between faith and science, in fact many of the greatest scientists were men and women of deep faith.
Science is a tool for learning.
In the early 1200's Roger Bacon was considered the Father of Modern Science. Science can only work in an ordered universe. Bacon was a Christian.
America's Founders used essential observable facts - science. Our laws are built on self-evident truths.. not arbitrary assertions. This debate is not about your personal faith. You are always dealing with ideas, your thoughts, you must guard and understand the thoughts you entertain.
The reason abortion laws came into existence was because of observable facts about human lives. Don't capitulate to this being based in someone's faith or religion. That is a trap that will make the whole issue 'subjective' and not 'self-evident.'
Unless the lives of the vulnerable are protected by the law. Be able to explain the principles you are getting at. Study to show yourself able to rightly explain.
Science is on your side, the facts are with us. Don't make this about your personal theology.
Equipping you for the The Battle of Ideas.
Air Date: 1-14-2017
What Is The Right To Life?
Understanding the Right to Life. Equipping individuals to cut through the fog surrounding the issues of Life. How to be effective in understanding and presenting the issues.
Confronting and dispelling the common errors in positioning the RTL.
It is about objective, self-evident facts.
It is NOT about anyone's personal theology - this is a common error.
It is NOT about the powerful emotions that surround babies, children, childbirth, etc.
It is a statement of the essential, founding principles of this nation. These principles have been the hope of mankind through civilization's difficult trail up to this moment.
The RTL is a simple statement regarding the relationship of human beings to government, and government's responsibility to protect their lives. Government does not give them that right to exist, it merely has a responsibility to protect that right to exist.
What the ongoing program will cover:
Because of its essential nature the RTL impacts all of society:
"A society that consciously allows the intentional killing of innocent lives is impacted in every other aspect of society."
What you can do to help restore the RTL
E.g. One tool Communications and the Arts.
As an avocation, host Johnston acts and produces film (professional name, Keenan Johnston on IMDb)
Because we now live in what is essentially a 'post-literate culture' the moving image and electronic arts have incredible power over peoples understanding of life and society. Ideas are ingested and then projected for us by others. (i.e. film, television, videos even 'memes').
The average person does not wrestle deeply in the battle of ideas.
Life Fest Film Festival | Life. It's worth the effort.
Based in Hollywood and dedicated to honoring those films that underscore the significance of an individual life, even the seemingly insignificant.
Interview with special guest,
Carol Tobias – President of National Right To Life
Air Date: 1-7-2017
Guard Your Mind
Do we really look at the facts?
The RTL - as asserted by American founding documents -emanates from actual self-evident truths, observable facts.
So for example we know abortion isn't wrong simply simply because it offends my feelings, or even my personal theology, it objectively takes a human life.
Commissioner Johnston explains his interest in language and the significance of language, language carries ideas and ideas have great consequence. Taught English. Latin, BA Linguistics.
You are already living in eternity: sometimes our day to day language and ideas cloud that from us.. we view temporal world as the summation of reality . But you are already in eternity and a part of eternity, that is not a theological assertion but an observation of the temporal order.
E.g. if you are in Stockton, California, you are still in the United States. and if you view time space continuum the same way, time - and your lifetime in particular - is still a subset of eternity. Renew your mind; don't be conformed to the thinking of the world around you. Just this moment does not capture all of reality.
Film released end of 2016, Arrival.
About Language (seems like science fiction but look deeper)and the fact that how we view the temporal world and what's important is actually determined by the ideas we allow in our head.
The importance of film, entertainment, social media and cultural clutter is forming our ideas and remember ideas have consequences.
In 2017 China has announced a new and assertive round of propaganda campaign. "Soft power" media is the most effective...do you what that means for you?
I'm not worried about China at the moment. yes, they are still Communist, but the deeper issue is what is revealed in their understanding of the most effective methods. you and I right now, we are being subjected to soft power media daily. Many of the thoughts ideas, predicates, being sold to us daily are exactly that ideas that carry the most destructive conclusions and yet they want you to accept the conclusions as your own.
BTW an illustration of what words you think can impact your life. Chinese language...they do not have a subjunctive mood - could, would, should.
Indicative only. Chinese culture and those who speak related languages have reputation as being very good with practical application. Newspeak - a limited vocabulary, in George Orwell's 1984.
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Introduction To Life Matters
A glimpse of what's to come in every podcast. What is the Right To Life - to be alive, what does it mean? Brian's background as an advocate, How the implications of an absence of the Right To Life has impacted the law, medicine, science, the arts, relationships - all of culture. What does that mean? What can we do about it? Each podcast will examine a specific aspect of Life, culture and the ongoing battle of ideas.
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Regarding Brian's book and documentary,
Death As A Salesman: What's Wrong With Assisted Suicide