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by Kelli

Today we remember the sacrifice of those who have given their lives for our freedom…

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Pro-life blog buzz 5-22-15

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) calls out the World Health Organization for falsely associating high maternal mortality rates to legal restrictions on abortion:

    … WHO states in its report that “treaty monitoring bodies have … linked elevated rates of maternal mortality to … restrictive abortion laws [and] unsafe or illegal abortion.” But WHO cites only old, and flawed, country reviews. The truth is that maternal mortality depends on the quality of maternal health care, not the legal status of abortion. Some countries prohibit abortion and have very low MMRs; others permit abortion and have very high MMRs. Legalizing abortion is demonstrably unnecessary to improve maternal health and save women’s lives.

  • The Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust Blog addresses questions on abortion like, “Isn’t the world already overpopulated?” and “Isn’t it better not to bring a child into the world if there aren’t enough resources?” Answers to these questions often get people on college campuses to re-think their position on abortion.

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  • Secular Pro-Life wonders why the group calling itself 4000 Years for Choice would try to “make abortion appear to be something innately human, by highlighting how long women have sought out abortions and abortion inducing concoctions.” After all, lots of things – not all of them good – have been around for a very long time:

    You know what else was popular in the time of ancient Rome? Slavery, human sacrifice, and mass infanticide. A real hotbed for morality. So what on earth would prompt this organization to promote ancient practices of abortion as proof that abortion is good?

  • At the Daily Caller, Michael New says pro-lifers have good reason to oppose Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion:

    The federal Hyde Amendment limits the extent to which federal Medicaid funds pay for abortion. However, 17 U.S. states fund elective abortions though Medicaid with their own tax dollars. There is a considerable body of research which shows that Medicaid funding of abortion increases state abortion rates. In 2009, the Guttmacher Institute published a comprehensive review of the research on Medicaid funding of abortion. Of the 18 studies included in the literature review, 15 found that public funding of abortion through Medicaid resulted in statistically significant increases in the incidence of abortion. Additionally, in many states, the percentage of abortions funded by Medicaid is dramatically rising. For instance, between 1990 and 2010 the percentage of abortions performed in Washington state that were paid for by Medicaid increased from 24 percent to over 67 percent.

  • Wesley J. Smith is not surprised that the California Medical Association has changed its position on assisted suicide, now claiming to be “neutral” on the issue:

    I am not surprised at this downward turn. The CMA has been seriously courting the culture of death for more than forty years. Here’s a quote from a California Medicine editorial from 1970 – published by the CMA – supporting “death selection.” From, “A New Ethic for Medicine and Society”:

    The traditional Western ethic has always placed great emphasis on the intrinsic worth and equal value of every human life regardless of its stage or condition . … This traditional ethic is… being eroded at its core and may eventually be abandoned…. [H]ard choices will have to be made… that will of necessity violate and ultimately destroy the traditional Western ethic with all that portends. It will become necessary and acceptable to place relative rather than absolute values on such things as human lives…. One may anticipate… death selection and death control whether by the individual or by society.

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  • Pregnancy Help News features the story of a heroic teen who chose an open adoption plan against many obstacles, including temporary opposition from the birth father, the baby’s deafness and unfeeling remarks from school friends. Kudos to the pregnancy resource center that ministered to her during this time:

    In light of the fact that fewer than 1 percent of teen births end in adoption, Jess, Zoe and Brandi’s story is an important reminder of the great love and sacrifice that birth moms demonstrate when they choose adoption….

    [T]he adoption process was fraught “with hope, love heartache, grief and, ultimately, sacrifice.” The first adoptive family she chose “returned” the baby when they was discovered she had incurred significant hearing loss due to an infection Urban had contracted while pregnant. While in the foster care system, however, little “Zoe” learned sign language.

    The second set of adoptive parents Urban chose were a gift from God. Both deaf, the Rarus family had three boys and had diligently prayed for a little girl for years. To them, Zoe’s hearing loss turned out to be an added blessing.

Pro-life vid of day: Biology lesson from New Wave Feminists

by Kelli

If you’re unfamiliar with the pro-life group New Wave Feminists, you’re missing out on some edgy, sarcastic wit, most often directed at the arguments of abortion proponents. Their latest video – responding to the charge that pro-lifers just want to regulate women’s vaginas – is no exception.

Warning – Some graphic wording on pro-abortion signs:

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The future of artificial wombs

Artificial Wombby Carder

While it may be worth thinking about the impact artificial wombs could have on our society one day, urgent discussion of this alternate future is premature. There’s no need to get too excited or freaked out about the idea anytime soon.

For now, growing a human baby in an external device remains solidly in the realm of science fiction.

~ Ellie Kincaid, summarizing the difficulties of developing artificial womb technology, Business Insider, May 21

Pro-life vid of day: Baby talk gets seal of approval

by Hans Johnson

For those expecting to fast-track their infant’s road to pre-K by refraining from baby talk, you may as well give up that idea. A recent study by McGill University has confirmed what most of us already knew. When it comes to your (or any adult’s) normal voice – well, they’re just not that into it. The senior author of the study Professor Linda Polka noted:

As adults, we use language to communicate. But when a young infant starts to make speech sounds, it often has more to do with exploring than with communicating…  in fact babies typically vocalize when they are alone, without any interaction or eye contact with others. That’s because to learn how to speak babies need to spend lots of time moving their mouths and vocal cords to understand the kind of sounds they can make themselves. They need, quite literally, to “find their own voice.”

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Pro-choicers only ones seeking to silence male voices on abortion

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I think there absolutely is a role for men in the abortion debate, and that that role is in supporting women’s freedom to choose….

Those who are anti-abortion don’t see this conversation in terms of bodily autonomy but rather in terms of human lives being lost. They would probably argue that saying men shouldn’t have a say in abortion would be like saying that non-Germans shouldn’t have a say in the Holocaust. (I realize that I just violated Godwin’s Law, but anti-abortion groups constantly compare abortion to the Holocaust, even comparing “body counts,” so this argument is actually one they would make.) As a result, no amount of discussion is going to convince anti-abortion individuals that men weighing in on the conversation is any less valid than women doing so.

This means that the conversation over the place of men’s voices in discussions of abortion takes place solely on the pro-choice side.

~ Pro-choicer Libby Anne, answering an email from a reader who asks what a man’s role should be in the abortion debate, Patheos.com, May 20

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Pro-life vid of day: Jailhouse interview with the devil (i.e., Gosnell)

by Hans Johnson

After Ann McElhinney’s recent two-hour interview with Kermit Gosnell, the subject of the docudrama she is co-producing, she sat stunned in her car for almost as long. The man serving a life sentence at a maximum security prison in western Pennsylvania was happy and “smiling continuously,” showing no remorse for his 30-year career of coldly dispatching hundreds of newborn babies, often by snipping their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.

His serene demeanor – which was compared to that of Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” – never changed as he waxed on about his interests in poetry, food, and music. Convinced he has done nothing wrong and will be released soon, he further revolted McElhinney with inappropriate touching and invasion of her personal space.

“It was so chilling,” she told Dana Loesch in this video clip from TheBlaze TV. “You are really sitting in the presence of evil and you’re really aware of it.”

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Hospital that gives “comfort care” to late-term abortion survivors promotes “kangaroo care” for wanted preemies

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To help Paige and the other infants in the NICU grow and develop as best they can, staff are encouraging all moms and dads to provide their babies with “kangaroo care,” a practice that helps premature babies thermoregulate (maintain the body’s core internal temperature), sleep better and go home sooner….

~ Chicago Tribune, May 17, on a new effort at Christ Hospital, in Oak Lawn, Illinois, to promote the well-being of preemies. At the same time Christ Hospital offers late-term labor induction abortions, which sometimes result in babies being aborted alive, in which case the hospital provides “comfort care” until they die.

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Pro-life blog buzz 5-19-15

pro-lifeby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

  • Americans United for Life urges pastors in Illinois to address a new bill from the pulpit:

    Illinois SB 1564, a bill that would dramatically reduce the state’s conscience protections for health care providers and pro-life pregnancy centers, continues to advance.Yesterday, the House Committee on Human Services voted along party lines to advance this dangerous bill to the House floor. If the bill passes the House, it will go to Governor Rauner for consideration.

    Download the Pastor’s Briefing Book on SB 1564 here.

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“Immediatist vs Incrementalist” debate analysis: Epilogue

SHALL WE DO NOTHING- AHAIn the scheme of things, the “Immediatist vs Incrementalist” debate between AHA’s T. Russell Hunter and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform’s Gregg Cunningham on April 25, 2015, was iconic. AHA’s immediatist philosophy was laid bare as contradictory, confused, and even nefarious.

Most extraordinary was that Hunter came so ill prepared, after beating his chest for months for prudentialists to “choose a man, and let him come down to fight me,” in the words of Goliath.

Witnessing social movement historian and master debater Cunningham methodically take down each of AHA’s talking points, only to receive such  flummoxed responses by Hunter, was a sight to behold. Cunningham was quick to challenge Hunter’s “conflated” and “binary” arguments, and with no keyboard to hide behind, Hunter’s half-baked theories, groundless accusations, and inaccurate portrayal of history were laid bare.

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by Kelli

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I followed my trainer to the lab where products of conception (P.O.C.) were inspected to make sure the doctor removed all the bits that, if left behind, could cause an infection. My trainer made a point to show me the tiny arms and legs floating in the glass baking pan. At 10 weeks and beyond, those appendages are formed and clearly recognizable.

It was all so heavy. The loneliness of those little arms and legs. That girl, so clearly suffering during the procedure. Before my job at the clinic, my stance on abortion had been so black and white. I had been firmly pro-choice for as long as I could remember. Was it possible that working here could change my mind?…

Abortion is fraught with so much negative sentiment, and in a sense, abortion is plucking a life from existence that has yet to have the opportunity to thrive. No one is claiming it’s pleasant. There is nothing black and white about abortion. It’s every shade of gray. But for us pro-choicers, the woman’s life trumps the embryo or fetus. That’s the bottom line. We place value on a woman’s ability to know what is best for her. It simply needs to be a safe and legal option. When I started at the clinic, all I saw was the individual moment of pain, but over the years I began to see a much richer portrait — women coming out the other side, relieved, even if it was simply a relief to have the procedure behind them. They could go back to their lives.

Seeing every side, the whole complicated and profound process, I came out more pro-choice than ever. I started to see it from a purely biological standpoint. We were removing an unwanted growth to preserve the woman’s chosen course.

~ Amy Beeman, Salon, May 24

[Image of 10-week fetus via babybytes.ni]

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