Pro-life blog buzz 4-24-15

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

  • Saynsumthn’s Blog writes of another 911 call from an abortion clinic – this time in Bakersfield, California. The abortionist on duty at the time was Karen Mann, who is also believed to have been the doctor on duty in March when a husband “was forced to call 911 to get help for his wife after her abortion at that facility.”
  • ProLifeBlogs features a post by the Family Research Council which reports that the city of Austin, Texas, is renting a building to Planned Parenthood for $1 per year:

    Planned Parenthood is being charged $1 per year for a city building that is worth $1.86 million and that should cost approximately $7,000 per month to rent.

    This is a fiscally irresponsible move on behalf of the city of Austin and certainly needs to be addressed. Austin could be using revenue from renting this city building to an honorable organization for the amount it is actually worth.

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  • At Stand True, Marisa Kwaning posts the inspiring story about how three pro-life leaders in three different states turned their passion for the unborn into active pro-life prayer ministries simultaneously – without consulting each other. Some would call it a coincidence, while others would say it was a “God-incidence”:

    Ten years ago, a burning desire to be a voice for the unborn was ignited in three leaders – in Texas, Virginia and Colorado. Having known each other for years, they rarely see one another aside from national pro-life gatherings. What would happen if we started a dialogue together?

    For the first time, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Matt Lockett of Bound4Life and Bryan Kemper of Stand True [pictured left, with the author] share their common yet distinct experiences – and reveal a striking timeline of how public prayer advocacy has thrived in the grassroots pro-life movement.

  • Secular Pro-Life responds to the question, “When pro-lifers applaud mothers who go to their death refusing abortion, is this an indication that we value the baby more than the mother?”:

    I don’t think that necessarily follows. After all, society routinely applauds people who sacrifice their lives for others. Fallen police officers are an obvious example. Memorializing fallen police officers certainly doesn’t imply a judgment that police officers have less moral worth than the people they save.

  • Pro-Life NZ reports on a shocking statistic from the UK: At least 1,000 women aborted for severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum):

    Every year 1,000 women in the UK hit by the same pregnancy sickness that afflicted Kate Middleton are aborting their child because they fail to get any help, a study has claimed.

    About 10,000 women a year are affected by the debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum – a severe form of morning sickness which causes constant vomiting, crippling weakness and dehydration.

    A range of treatments are available for the condition, which Kate Middleton suffered from during both her pregnancies.

    But, according to researchers, GPs tend not to prescribe them following the thalidomide scandal 60 years ago. Thalidomide was prescribed for morning sickness, but led to birth defects.

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  • Bound4Life has an update on the tremendous victory in Tennessee, where pro-lifers fought their way back from a disastrous TN Supreme Court decision in 2000, which threw out abortion regulations and imposed strict scrutiny on future regulations. This was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. To correct this meant garnering enough support to pass an amendment to the state constitution:

    Amending the State Constitution is an arduous process. It must pass the General Assembly by a simple majority, followed by a super majority, appear on the ballot in a year that a Governor is elected and pass by at least 50 percent plus one (of the number of votes cast for Governor).

    It took 14 years of pro-life advocacy for this measure, Amendment 1, to be on the 2014 ballot. Along the way, it was essential for the pro-life issue to be front and center in elections – changing the political landscape dramatically. The battle to pass this state measure received national attention.

    The grassroots coalition “Yes on 1” was outspent 3 to 1, and all four major city newspapers endorsed the Planned Parenthood position. Funded by out-of-state pro-abortion interests, the “No on 1” campaign even produced what was named “the most dishonest TV ad of the 2014 election season.”

    November 4, 2014 was the moment of truth. The pro-life Amendment 1 relied upon a strong grassroots effort in all 95 counties to win 53% to 47% in Tennessee.

    As a result of this amendment, three new regulations – informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period, and the licensure and inspection of abortion facilities – have passed and are expected to be signed into law by the Governor.

[Stand True photo via Josh M Shepherd; Yes on 1 photo via Yes on 1]

Pro-life vid of the day: The real bloodiest day in America

by Kelli

Stand to Reason discusses apologetics and issues in our society from a Christian perspective. On his February 17, 2015 podcast, STR founder Greg Koukl, who is an adoptive father, shared his thoughts on abortion and adoption. Greg shares something that those of us who have worked at pregnancy resource centers have personally experienced:

Many women would rather kill their child than give their child up for adoption…. Those of you who are working in this business know the girls that will say, “Oh no, I could never do that to my child!” (speaking of adoption) but would readily consider abortion.

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Christianity helped to change pagan views of children

Ancient childrenby Carder

Various pagan authors describe children as being more like plants than human beings. And this had concrete consequences.

Well-to-do parents typically did not interact with their children, leaving them up to the care of slaves. Children were rudely brought up, and very strong beatings were a normal part of education. In Rome, a child’s father had the right to kill him for whatever reason until he came of age.

One of the most notorious ancient practices that Christianity rebelled against was the frequent practice of expositio, basically the abandonment of unwanted infants….

This is the world into which Christianity came, condemning abortion and infanticide as loudly and as early as it could.

~ Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week, April 23

What the heck just happened with the trafficking bill? We won, that’s what happened.

human+trafficking+1280On January 13, Republican Senator John Cornyn introduced the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, legislation that would “create a federal fund for victims’ services and law enforcement tools financed by fines levied on convicted traffickers,” as U.S. News & World Report succinctly described it.

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Pro-life vid of day: Woman finds out co-worker is her birth mom

by Hans Johnson

When the Ohio Department of Health released birth records between 1964 and 1996, one of those who took advantage was La-Sonya Mitchell-Clark of Youngstown. When she learned her biological mother was named Francine Simmons, she looked on Facebook and found a member by that name who worked at Infocision, the same company she did. Her mother confirmed it over the phone.

La-Sonya also found out one of her sisters was a co-worker at the same place. From WKBN:

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USC reneges, censors campus display about fetal development

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The banners featured 11-week-old fetuses, such as the ones shown here with the Mother Teresa quote “Life is a promise, fulfill it,” on one and “at 8 weeks she began to hear… at 11 weeks every organ system was functioning” on the other.

Later Tuesday, the flags were gone. Toward the bottom of the fixture was a sign that read: “Women deserve the right to choose.”…

A total of 12 banners on six light posts were removed….

In discussing the matter on Facebook, several USC students stated they were upset by the development, that the fact that gay pride banners may wave but not pro-life ones smacked as hypocritical and viewpoint discrimination….

“It is unbelievable that USC removed all the posters that were put up around the school,” [University student government senator and USC College Republicans member Jacob Ellenhorn] stated. “They were put up through all the proper channels. It seems as though not even USC can stand for intellectual diversity. Why stop an authentic conversation about abortion? What is so offensive about the facts of life?”

~ The College Fix, reporting on the University of Southern California’s removal of a previously approved display on fetal development, April 22

Note: Pro-life displays have been vandalized at USC before, and there’s no sign that attempts to censor the facts surrounding fetal development on high school and college campuses is going to let up anytime soon.

Anti-abortion opponents to new fetal anesthesia legislation engage in dishonest debate

partial_birth_diagramMontana may become the first state to force abortionists to provide anesthesia to preborn babies aged 20 weeks and older who they are about to dismember.

A Republican-dominated House and Senate just sent HB 479 to the desk of Democrat pro-abortion Gov. Steve Bullock.

HB 479 is a spin on an outright 20-week abortion ban, which Montana pro-life advocates decided against, believing the governor would veto it.

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Pro-life vid of day: “Girls” star has no regrets about abortion

by Hans Johnson

Jemima Kirke of the HBO show Girls claims to have had an abortion in 2007 without anesthesia to save money. In the video PSA for the Center for Reproductive Rights,  there are the usual moments of contradiction while pleading for cheaper, easier abortions. She says: “I wasn’t sure that I wanted to be attached to this person for the rest of my life,” (is she speaking of her significant other, or her child?) and concludes with her concerns for the rights of her daughters’ bodies, but has nary a thought about the body of her first child:

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[HT: Katie Y.]

Pro-choice documentary nominated for College Television Awards

Shannon Carrby Carder

They considered featuring several doctors who travel across the country to areas where access to abortions is limited, but some doctors were reluctant to be publicized. Others were not available in the students’ timeframe. Ultimately they focused on just one, Dr. Shannon Carr….

They interviewed “lots of legislators,” “a woman who traveled 100 miles to get an abortion,” pro-life supporters they met through a Christian radio station in Texas and Sarah Weddington, the attorney who represented Jane Roe in the Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

~ The Chicago Tribune reporting on the student-produced, pro-choice documentary The Provider, April 20

Pro-life blog buzz 4-21-15

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

  • Down on the Pharm dissects an article in Ebony, written by Deacon Emma Akpan, who “bemoans the lack of church preaching to promote birth control and abortion” and believes abortion is a good thing for the Black community – despite the fact that, already, “Black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than any other demographic group in the U.S.” Akpan reportedly works for Planned Parenthood in North Carolina as a community organizer.
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Minister-Lisa-Hanna-Official-Web-471x600Only two hours apart, last week, the minister of youth and culture contradicted herself and rendered her empathy empty, hollow and superficial.

She chastised the killing of the three teenage boys in Clarendon, stating the act shows that the perpetrators “[had] no feelings, compassion or love and do not value human life, especially that of our children”. Laws and regulations alone cannot help to address violence against children, she said.

Yet only two hours before… she vociferously called for the country to murder children by changing our anti-abortion laws. As if speaking from a feminist perspective, she stated that the anti-abortion laws perpetuate poverty among women and children.

~ Letter to the editor, The Gleaner, calling out Jamaica MP Lisa Hanna (pictured right), also that country’s Minister of Youth and Culture, for contradictory statements on the value of human life

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