Lecture on society and abortion opens Respect Life Week

first_imgOn Monday in LaFortune Student Center, Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University delivered a lecture exploring the concept of women’s liberation in the context of abortion and the right to life movement. The lecture, titled “Women’s Liberation: Authentic Feminine Freedom in a post-Roe Era,” was the opening event for ND Right to Life’s annual Respect Life Week.As well as teaching family law, law and religion and property law, Alvaré writes articles about religious freedom and the First Amendment. She is also a chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum.During her talk, Alvaré examined common arguments by pro-choice advocates, which she claims have no evidence.“The arguments, the verbiage, the statements from interest groups and the legislature, they sound very much like the formulas coming out of the Supreme Court,” she said. “They’ve got this language, the Supreme Court opinion, that says, ‘This is what the Constitution says,’ and they tend to repeat them.”The first pro-choice argument Alvaré addressed was that abortion saves women’s lives. She said the rhetoric of life-saving has no “empirical evidence” to back it up, citing numbers from a pro-choice, non-government organization, the Guttmacher Institute.“Guttmacher acknowledges that over 90% of abortions women say are for social, personal, familial — not health — reasons,” she said. “Only 3 to 4% of all abortion patients list health as their primary reason.”Alvaré also challenged claims that late-term abortions are safer than childbirth, instead saying the leading cause for late-term abortions was unawareness of pregnancy.“The idea that abortion is primarily a matter of health, it just isn’t there,” she said.Alvaré said the numbers of medical complications from abortions are often incorrectly reported. One reason she highlighted is that further medical treatment is covered by hospitals, not the clinics themselves.“They do abortions. They don’t do the aftermath,” she said.Alvaré then shifted her focus to mental health and abortion. She said abortion does not alleviate stress associated with an unwanted pregnancy, contrary to the research of the American Psychological Association.“Those who perform [abortions] seem to have a drastic lack of curiosity about whether it hurts or helps women,” Alvaré said. “Shouldn’t everybody be interested in the question of the effects on women of a surgery performed 3,000 times a day?”Alvaré said the 1992 Supreme Court Case Casey vs. Planned Parenthood established a link between abortion and female empowerment, a claim which she says has no evidence.“There was absolutely no relationship that you could draw between women’s resort to abortion and their position in the educational and economic labor market,” Alvaré said. “You couldn’t even draw a graph of correlation, never mind causation.”Overall, Alvaré stressed the importance of understanding evidence in fierce political battlegrounds such as this one. She advised students and professors alike in the audience to check sources, check footnotes and always substantiate arguments with facts. Her parting advice: “Be the most educated person in the room on this topic.”Tags: Abortion, Pro-choice, Pro-life, Respect Life Weeklast_img read more

Inspired by Notre Dame, 13-year-old Irish fan raises money for charity

first_imgCourtesy of John Gosselin Zack Gosselin, a 13-year-old philanthropist, has fundraised for a local Boys and Girls Club, Catie’s Closet, Aaron’s Presents, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and other charitable groups.From the age of six, Gosselin said he knew he wanted to help people. Now, seven years later, his philanthropy is having a real-world impact.“Since I was six years old, I started wanting to bring value and peace to people and just make people have memories and smile,” Gosselin said. “I’ve always been driven by the smile effect and people who are down and out, just bring them up a little bit.Gosselin said his philanthropic work has benefited a variety of different groups and organizations. In addition to supporting two fallen firefighters and a local Boys and Girls Club, his work has contributed to Catie’s Closet, a group working to provide clothing for low-income students, Aaron’s Presents, which helps children carry out charitable endeavors and Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, which supports veterans.In recent years, Gosselin has hosted a skating event to fundraise for his philanthropic pursuits. Gosselin said the idea to help other people through skating first came to him and his father while on a family vacation.“Me and my dad were skating in Waterville Valley [New Hampshire], where we go every winter,” Gosselin said. “We sort of had this moment where we’re like, ‘We have so much fun here. Why don’t we bring that fun to other people?’”The skating event has grown significantly over the years, he said.“When I was six it was 100 people, and I’m like ‘whoa, this is crazy,’” Gosselin said. “When I was seven it became 200, and then the year after that was the one 450 people showed up and Jermaine Wiggins, who’s a Super Bowl champion, so we had ties to him. It’s just been growing on and on ever since.”In addition to being an accomplished philanthropist, Gosselin also considers himself a loyal Notre Dame fan, even though he’s from Boston and has relatives who will likely be rooting against the Irish on Saturday.“I don’t know what it’s been. I’ve always liked them,” he said in reference to Notre Dame football. “My whole family is [Boston College] people. But I’ve always liked them for my whole life. I don’t know what brought me to it.”Gosselin visited campus for the first time last weekend, where he witnessed the Fighting Irish’s 52-20 victory over Navy. He said his Notre Dame fandom has inspired his charity work, particularly with respect to the old adage Irish players read as they come out of the locker room and onto the field.“‘Play like a champion today’ is really something where I see it and think ‘I am playing like a champion today in my own way,’” he said. “It helps me out there.”Tags: Boston College, charity, philanthropy, Play Like a Champion Today Notre Dame fan and Boston-area native Zack Gosselin has raised thousands of dollars for charity over the course of his career. Through a series of charity events, Gosselin has fundraised for a variety of causes across New England.However, at 13 years old, Gosselin is not the average philanthropist. He recognizes he is on the younger side when it comes to organizing charity work.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Oct. 21

first_imgJeanne Estelle Looney, 91, of Beaumont died Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Broussard’s, Major Drive, Beaumont. Death noticesJohn Thomas Little, 72, Port Arthur died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Clayton Thompson Funeral Home, Groves. Services todayHorace L. Bullion, St. James Catholic Church, 10 a.m.last_img

Brenda Gail Peveto

first_imgBrenda Gail Peveto, 68, of Groves, Texas passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas. Brenda was born October 8, 1948 in Crowley, Louisiana to Adam Johnson and Ethel Nolan Johnson. She was a lifelong area resident and a medical transcriptionist and manager of Briarcliff Apartments.She was preceded in death by her father, Adam Johnson; sister, Janis Newton; and brothers, Mark and Bart Johnson.Survivors include her  mother, Ethel Nolan Johnson of Groves; daughters, Lisa Marshall of Fannett, Teri Mills and her husband Damon of Groves; sister, Penny Jaetzold and her husband Jay of Groves; brother, Michael Johnson of Groves; two grandchildren, Brittany Stanton and Lindsey Roam.A visitation for family and friends will begin at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral services at 10:00 a.m.last_img read more

Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

first_img Lewis, who has threatened court action in clinging to the last vestiges of his political weight, spent his final council meeting dividing the room.He blamed the former city manager for the destruction of heavy equipment during the 2017 flood. He fumed aloud that there was no storm plan now. He lamented the state of the city, suggesting it might never recover. He offered a cryptic comment about Port Arthur going “to Section 8” and accused the mayor of not doing his own job or knowing how to do it.The last of these caused the affable mayor, Derrick Freeman, to not only bristle — that was uncharacteristic — but also fire back. That was a bad moment for Lewis.Freeman recounted in detail that as the city was drowning in 60 inches of rain last August, council members were to meet in an emergency session at City Hall. There, Lewis pitched this single idea as the city sank underwater: Diverting $30,000 of Port Arthur’s public treasure to The Breeze, run by Lewis’ friend, for radio programming. Osman Swati knew how to leave a room.Port Arthur’s District 6 representative served but a single City Council term — his seat was eliminated by voter choice — but he lent grace, reason and humility that this governing body sorely needed and — shouldn’t we concede this? — some dash. Ironically, Swati left public service the same night as Willie “Bae” Lewis, a 23-year councilman whose seat was also eliminated by voter decision.While Swati left public life reading from an elegant farewell letter, Lewis left with his fingernails scraping his own chair bottom. Like the last toddler in the toy store at lights out, he simply refused to go.Swati thanked God and the voters for the privilege of serving, humbly extended apologies for anyone he might have offended, offered a heartfelt paean to democracy and praised devoted city workers, staff and his own colleagues for all they do for this beleaguered city. He provided the class in the room.center_img “The only thing you were worried about was that $30,000,” Freeman recalled, staring straight at Lewis.We might have hoped for a better farewell for Lewis, at least on his last night as a council member. He never provided leadership but he usually brought the entertainment.Swati’s farewell letter contained these words, and Port Arthur citizens might take them in more than one way: “This council is a direct product of your vote.” In some cases, it’s a direct product of not voting in Port Arthur, where casting a ballot is rare.Choosing not to vote is a choice in itself: You still bear consequences. On this night, those consequences were stark:One guy knew how to leave a room. The other guy was Willie Lewis.last_img read more

Two indicted for transporting stolen property

first_img If convicted, the defendants each face up to 10 years in federal prison. BEAUMONT — Two Houston men have been indicted for federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown.Lynric Doniel Strambler, 40, and Curtic DeMaine White, 43, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday and charged with interstate transportation of stolen property and conspiracy. Vidor Police and the FBI are investigating. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice is prosecuting.center_img According to information presented in court, Strambler and White are alleged to have burglarized Best Buy in Mobile, Ala., and D’Iberville, Miss., on July 31.Strambler and White were arrested in Vidor while transporting approximately 20 stolen iPhones from Mississippi to Texas, police said.last_img read more

$3K nursing facility grants available for family connections

first_imgAUSTIN – Texas leaders are encouraging nursing facility providers to submit applications to the Human Services Commission to receive up to $3,000 in federal funding per facility for purchasing communication technology devices.Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced $3.6 million in funding to purchase tablets, webcams and headphones to connect residents with their loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.“This program will help Texans in nursing homes stay connected to their loved ones while protecting the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations,” Abbott said. “As we continue to respond to COVID-19 and mitigate the spread of this virus, we are committed to developing effective strategies that protect Texans while keeping them connected.” Purchased devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services. David Kostroun, deputy executive commissioner for the Human Services Commission’s Regulatory Services Division, said staying connected to families and friends is important to Texans who live in nursing facilities during this unprecedented situation.“We want facilities to know this option can help connect residents to their loved ones virtually, while still protecting everyone’s health and safety,” Kostroun said.Any Texas nursing facility can apply for this funding.last_img read more

17-year PA cancer survivor recaptures mojo thanks to “Active Living After Cancer”

first_img Cancer survivors interested in getting healthy this year can sign up for Active Living After Cancer and take advantage of the opportunity to reach their goals with a community of understanding fellow survivors and experts working to help them succeed.“I encourage others to get involved,” Haliburton said. “Cancer survivors have to be careful with their health, especially during COVID. This program is a safe way to keep us moving.”Hope renewedA new year brings with it the hope for new opportunities and personal growth. This year, Gift of Life is empowering all cancer survivors to make 2021 their year to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically.The organization, in cooperation with MD Anderson Cancer Center, is offering all Southeast Texas cancer survivors who have completed chemotherapy and/or radiation the chance to participate in Active Living After Cancer, a free 12-week online course designed to nurture and support cancer survivors on their journey to complete health and wellness.“I have really been enjoying the class,” said participant Jaqi Vickers, 68, of Beaumont, who is a four-year breast cancer survivor and member of Gift of Life’s Pink Power Network Breast Cancer Support Group.“This program has given me the tools I needed to build my strength and become more aware of my everyday choices. I get calls and texts from the facilitator that encourage me to keep working hard. I feel more empowered to do more and try new exercises.”In a virtual group setting, the classes improve quality of life and physical functioning by increasing physical activity, building nutritional knowledge and providing a supportive forum for survivors to speak openly and be understood about their cancer experience.With daytime and evening classes, seminars are flexible for all schedules and provide the mental, emotional and physical foundation survivors need to be healthier.Classes focus on reducing the risk of cancer recurrence, combating fatigue, managing stress and improving strength.Seminars also build camaraderie among members at a time when COVID-19 has limited exercise and social interaction for immune-suppressed men and women.For more information about Gift of Life and MD Anderson’s Active Living After Cancer seminars, visit giftoflifebmt.org or call 409-833-3663. Wilma Haliburton is known for not giving in.The Port Arthur woman is a 17-year breast cancer survivor who has long been active in the community. Yet, COVID-19 slowed things down and kept her apart from the people and places she was used.So she turned to a new program, Active Living After Cancer — sponsored by Gift of Life and MD Anderson Cancer Center.center_img “This program came at the perfect time for me,” Haliburton said. “ALAC has been outstanding and has gotten me back to being active. The camaraderie of everyone in the class is very helpful, especially when we can hear everyone’s highs and lows and their accomplishments with the program.”Haliburton admits she felt like at a zero before starting.“Everything I used to do — all my volunteer work — stopped,” she said. “But, today, I feel like I’m at 50 percent and I’m only going up from here.”last_img read more

Demi Lovato and Naya Rivera to Spark a Lesbian Love Affair on Glee

first_imgNew details have emerged about Demi Lovato’s character Dani on the fifth season of Glee. MTV caught up with cast member Naya Rivera (Santana) who spilled some big news about her and Lovato’s on screen relationship. View Comments “She’s playing my love interest, so I’m very, very excited about that,” she said. “We get to sing a song together. It’s gonna be good. I’m excited to work with her. We’re bringing her to the dark side.” Gleecenter_img Glee returns to FOX on September 26. It was reported earlier this summer that Rivera’s former TV lady love Heather Morris (Brittany S. Pierce) wouldn’t be appearing much in the upcoming season due to the actress’ real-life pregnancy. Season five will also welcome another new love story, Broadway veteran Phoebe Strole is joining the show as a love interest for Chord Overstreet’s character Sam (who coincidentally also dated Morris’ Brittany).last_img read more

Tickets On Sale for Off-Broadway’s Every Day A Visitor

first_imgTickets are now available for Richard Abrons’ comedy Every Day A Visitor, which will begin performances November 2 at The Clurman Theater at Theater Row and play through December 14. Opening night is set for November 14. The show is set in a Jewish home for the aged in the Bronx. The residents are cranky, argumentative about their surroundings and each other. To change their perspective and respect for each other, they each play-act somebody famous. This leads to a renewed vitality, imaginative relationships and plain old-fashioned fun. Every Day A Visitor will have scenic design by David L Arsenault, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Gail Cooper-Hecht, and sound design by Mark Bruckner. Margarett Perry directs a cast that includes Bern Cohen, Irma-Estel Laguerre, George Morfogen, Henry Packer, Joan Porter, Evan Thompson, Raphael Nash Thompson, Teddy Coluca and Janet Sarno. View Commentslast_img read more