Author archives: Cathy Ruse

Obama DOJ Says Moms Aren’t Important to Kids? Go Ask a Kid

by Cathy Ruse

March 4, 2013

Can you imagine what your life would have been like without your mom? It’s almost impossible. What if someone could turn back the clock and, without asking your permission, take away your mother. How unjust that would be.  How cruel.

Yet the same-sex marriage debate is always framed in terms of the “rights” of the adults, and never of the children. The children have no voice in this debate. They don’t even seem to count.

The Obama Justice Department recently filed a brief with the Supreme Court in the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, arguing that the U.S. Constitution does not permit Californians to define marriage inCalifornia as a union between one man and one woman.

The lawyers defending theCalifornialaw argue, among other things, that both mothers and fathers are important in the raising of children. The Obama administration disagrees.

The Obama lawyers quote the following, from the politically-charged American Psychological Association:  “Members of gay and lesbian couples with children have been found to divide the work involved in childcare evenly, and to be satisfied with their relationships with their partners.”

Well bully for them! How wonderful that they are satisfied! What about the child? Is a daughter of two married men “satisfied” that she will have to go through life without a mother? Is she “satisfied” that she will have to face cuts, bruises, puberty, her first kiss, and her first heart-ache without a mom? 

As a mom, I find the administration’s indifference to the importance of mothers offensive. And on behalf of my daughters, I call it an injustice.

For more on the Obama administration brief, and the God-given rights of children, see Terrence Jeffries’ recent column for CNS News.  

What Every Parent Should Know About Girl Scouts “World Thinking Day”

by Cathy Ruse

February 22, 2013

Today the Girl Scouts of America celebrate “World Thinking Day.”

On “World Thinking Day,” they earn badges for thinking about hunger or talking to a Peace Corps volunteer. They also “give thanks for” their membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the creator of World Thinking Day. And to really show their thanks, they collect money to send it to WAGGGS. Parents, hold on to your pocketbooks!

A noted player on the international stage, WAGGGS is an ardent advocate for controversial social policies including abortion and sex rights for children. Girl Scouts USA is its single largest organizational funder. In fact, every American girl who joins a Girl Scout troop at her neighborhood church is made a de facto member of this radical group.

If you have not read about the plans, programs, and priorities of WAGGGS, you must do so today. I promise, it will give you something to think about.

Read about WAGGGS here:

http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/wagggs.cfm

http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com/WAGGGS.html

http://www.honestgirlscouts.com/files/HGS2011NatlConvFlyer.pdf

Diapers and Demographics: Jonathan Last on the Global Fertility Decline

by Cathy Ruse

February 7, 2013

To those still agitating about “overpopulation,” consider this: Last year, for the first time, the Japanese bought more adult diapers than baby diapers.

This is just one staggering statistic Jonathan Last has gathered for his recent book, What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster, from Encounter Books.

Plummeting fertility rates have happened before, because of war or famine or disease, and when they do, profound societal problems ensue. The falling fertility rates of today cannot be explained by natural or catastrophic causes, but by an increasing child-phobic culture. (I would call that an unnatural catastrophic cause.)

Last discusses how fertility rates tend to correspond to religious belief and practice. Compared to other industrialized nations, the United States is a considerably religious country and our fertility rates are higher than the rest.

Alas, that might not last, says Last.

Please join us on April 3, 2013 for a Family Research Council lecture featuring Jonathan Last on his important book.

Selected reviews:

Interview on Fox Business Channel Tonight with Lou Dobbs, February 5, 2013

Stanley Kurtz, National Review Online, February 5, 2013

Interview on CBS This Morning, February 5, 2013

After Words, C-SPAN2, February 2, 2013

Austin Ruse, “No Babies, No Future,” Crisis magazine, February 1, 2013

Jeff Jacoby, “The Baby Bust Generation,” Boston Globe, December 16, 2012

Russia’s Tragic Ban on U.S. Adoptions

by Cathy Ruse

January 15, 2013

On December 28, 2012 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new law banning intercountry adoption with the United States.  National Council for Adoption President Chuck Johnson calls the decision tragic.

I have three close friends who braved the lengthy, expensive, and emotional ordeal to adopt children from Russia. One is a single mom who adopted a baby boy. He and my oldest daughter practically grew up together. The other friends are a married couple who adopted an older boy and a younger girl. These children gained parents, siblings, and unparalleled opportunity in the most free nation on Earth. I can’t help but imagine how all of their lives, our lives, would be different if these adoptions had never been able to take place.

For more information, visit the National Council for Adoption’s website.

Celebrating a Turning Point in the Perception of Intellectual Disability

by Cathy Ruse

December 19, 2012

On December 6, 1962, Jérôme Lejeune received the first Kennedy Prize from President John F. Kennedy for his discovery of the genetic cause of Down syndrome and his care for those with genetic intellectual disabilities. This December marked the 50th anniversary of that event.

The story of Trisomy 21, the genetic disorder that causes Down syndrome, is remarkable, and follows the life of a remarkable man. The following excerpts are taken from an article I wrote with my husband, Austin Ruse, which appeared in The Catholic Thing on December 16, 2011:

In 1958, Jerome Lejeune was a thirty-two-year-old geneticist working in a Parisian laboratory when he discovered the genetic marker for Down syndrome. Only two years before, scientists had discovered that the human species possessed forty-six chromosomes. Lejeune was able to count forty-seven chromosomes in children with Down syndrome. He went on to discover several other chromosomal anomalies including Cri du Chat Syndrome.

His work was hailed around the world. He received the Kennedy Prize in 1963 from the hand of President Kennedy himself. He received the William Allen Memorial Award, the highest honor in genetics. His work formed the foundation for whole new fields of genetic research.

And then, the horrific irony. A method for diagnosing Down syndrome in utero was developed, abortion was decriminalized, and it became open season on unborn babies with intellectual disabilities. His discovery led to a holocaust.

Lejeune spent the rest of this life fighting this holocaust. And for this he lost almost all of his worldly prestige. He and his family received death threats. A well-deserved Nobel Prize never materialized.

None of this mattered. For Lejeune, what mattered was the children:  “I see only one way left to save them, and that is to cure them.”  He dedicated his life to finding a cure for Trisomy 21 and spent his final days traveling the world giving lectures about the dignity of the human person, no matter how small, no matter the location, no matter how disabled.

Lejeune died of lung cancer in 1994. Just before that, his friend John Paul the Great created the Pontifical Academy for Life and named Lejeune its first president. When he died, John Paul prayed at Lejeune’s grave in France.

The Lejeune Foundation calls the Kennedy Prize “a turning point in the perception of persons with intellectual disabilities.” It was Lejeune’s discovery, and President Kennedy’s recognition, “that began to free persons with trisomy 21 of the stigma they had previously carried from their birth.”

In his speech at the award dinner that evening, President Kennedy said intellectual disability had been “hidden under social disadvantages” and “considered a mark against the parents.” But “it was really a disease, or a difficulty, or a challenge to which few people gave their attention. Now we hope that it will come out into the bright light. And will be given the same sort of attention as cancer and heart disease and all the rest which afflict our people.”

The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation recently opened an office in the United States.  Please see the organization’s website for more information.

Older White Catholic Woman for Obama”

by Cathy Ruse

December 19, 2012

The election was 6 weeks ago, but Obama voters like to keep their yard signs up and bumper stickers stuck.  Enough already.

Last week I was driving behind a car with a bumper stick that read:  “Older White Catholic Woman for Obama.” I thought it was a joke, until I pulled up and got a look at the driver. Spectacles, snow-white bob, slight scowl on face — this lady was not joking.

Older white women did vote for Obama, in droves.  But younger white people favored Romney by a 13-point spread.  White women under 30 favored Romney over Obama, too.  That hasn’t been a favorite post-election soundbite.

Imagine a bumper sticker that read:  “Younger White Catholic Woman for Romney.”  Wouldn’t I be called a racist? 

Cruel Brittania: Euthanizing Sick Babies and Old Ladies?

by Cathy Ruse

November 30, 2012

The London Daily Mail published an explosive report in June citing claims from a top neurologist that elderly patients who are not dying are being euthanized – as many as 130,000 of them.

Professor Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Kent, made claims during a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine in London that the Liverpool Care Pathway, a method of looking after terminally ill patients when death is imminent, was being employed too often on elderly patients who could live longer.

Now there are new claims from another doctor in Englandthat the Liverpool Care Pathway is being used on severely-disabled newborn babies whose death is not imminent. His assertions are published anonymously in the British Medical Journal

LifeNews.com has been following this story as it develops here and here.

Food Network Used to Be My Friend

by Cathy Ruse

November 19, 2012

There is absolutely nothing on television that is both appropriate for our little girls and interesting to their parents with one exception: Food Network. Cooking shows are our family tv. We love the cake wars, even our 4-year old enjoys Chopped, and the commercials dont make Daddy lunge for the changer while Mommy sings Youre a Grand Old Flag! in plena voce.

Until last night.

A Target commercial came on with a group of actors talking about going to a Christmas party. Then one young man said, with a pronounced gay lisp, that he hoped another man was coming to the party because, Hes HOT! Followed by a very lilting, What-EVERRRRRRRR!

This really makes me mad. I Googled the commercial to see if it made anybody else mad too, and found this surprise: a homosexual blogger upset that Target was using such an embarrassing…f—-t stereotype.

So just cut it out, Target. And cut it off, Food Network. Neither of you are making any friends with this nonsense.

Hey Dennys, Please Call it the ObamaCare Surcharge

by Cathy Ruse

November 15, 2012

The Daily Mail Online is reporting that the owner of 40 Dennys restaurants in will add a 5% surcharge to customers bills in order to meet the costs he will be forced to incur under ObamaCare beginning in 2014. To pay $5,000 per employee would cost us $175,000 per restaurant and unfortunately, most of our restaurants dont make $175,000 a year. I can’t afford it.

Were trying to get more restaurant operators rallied around the concept of adding a 5 percent surcharge to their bill to cover the costs of Obamacare as opposed to raising prices, he said.

Heck, why stop at restaurants? Lets see all businesses with full-time employees add an explicit ObamaCare Surcharge to customer bills. Theyre going to have to pass along the costs to consumers anyway. Why not be up-front with us?

A Fighting Chance for Baby Girls in China?

by Cathy Ruse

November 5, 2012

In 1979 China promulgated its one-child policy, forcing abortion and sterilization upon millions of women and causing the mass extermination before birth of baby Chinese girls.

Now a think tank sponsored by the Chinese government has recommended a phase-out of the policy. According to Christianity Today, a report leaked by the China Development Research Foundation, sponsored by the Chinese Communist Party, recommends that China immediately abandon its one-child policy in favor of a two-child model phased in over three years. A two-child policy would be no less barbaric, of course, but would give a fighting chance for some of those baby girls.

Last year demographer Nicolas Eberstadt published an essay in The New Atlantis entitled, The Global War Against Baby Girls. In it he wrote:

The consequences of medically abetted mass feticide are far-reaching and manifestly adverse….the very fact that many thousands or in some cases, millions of prospective girls and young women have been deliberately eliminated simply because they would have been female establishes a new social reality that inescapably colors the whole realm of human relationships, redefining the role of women as the disfavored sex in nakedly utilitarian terms, and indeed signaling that their very existence is now conditional and contingent.

Indeed.

And Republicans are at war with women because they dont want to force Catholic institutions to buy birth control pills for their employees? Idiocy.

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