Pro-life blog buzz 2-27-15

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

  • John Smeaton comments on the defeat of a sex-selection abortion ban in the UK. Opponents of the ban were apparently afraid it might “confer personhood on the foetus.”
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog reports that the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, school board voted to allow Planned Parenthood to have access to their students in 7th and 8th grade. No doubt this will increase Planned Parenthood’s customer base in the future, as these students become sexually active. Interestingly, the school board made their decision in part due to PP’s ability to garner favor with HHS and to obtain grants. Follow the money trail.
  • Secular Pro-Life features another in their series of analyzing abortion facility websites – American Family Planning of Pensacola, owned and operated by Steven Chase Brigham, whose medical license has been revoked in numerous states. SPL says, “AFPP’s website is full of troubling statements. That’s especially true of its section on medical abortion (abortion by pill).”

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  • Operation Rescue exposes the fact that a Wichita, Kansas, abortion clinic is employing Dr. Leslie Page, an obstetrician who was disciplined by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts for “professional incompetency”:

    It appears that Page is too incompetent to deliver live babies, but it’s apparently fine for her to deliver dead ones through abortions,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This tragically places women in the risky position of being treated by someone the Board considered too incompetent to practice in a field closely related to abortions. This places women’s lives and health in danger.

  • Dr. Michael New reviews the late Dr. Jack Willke’s book:

    Willke and his wife Barbara co-authored over a dozen books on abortion and human sexuality. Their most recent book, Abortion and the Pro-Life Movement, was published last fall. Willke and his wife, who passed away in 2013, spent several years on this book, which provides a detailed history of the pro-life movement in the United States. Documenting this history was an important task. While plenty has been written debating and analyzing the moral and legal foundations of abortion, the history of abortion-related activism has received precious little attention from either journalists or academics.

  • ProLife365 shares the powerful post-abortive testimony of a woman who had multiple abortions to prove “it didn’t hurt” her:

    I’ve thoughts about why I kept doing that to myself, getting pregnant and having abortions in an endless cycle. I feel like I did it because I had to prove to myself that I was right. I had to prove to myself that it didn’t hurt, that I could go through it over and over again and it wouldn’t hurt. The more I did it, the less it hurt, physically and emotionally. I deadened myself to pain — to right and wrong. Until finally, with the last one, it didn’t hurt at all….

  • Reflections of a Paralytic makes the case against three-parent embryos in this video interview with Stuart Newman, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College:
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Pro-life vid of day: Project Truth’s summer roadshow in UK

by Kelli

It’s time to take a look at what our pro-life brothers and sisters were up to across the pond last summer. About this video, SPUC Scotland states:

Project Truth aims to bring the pro-life message to the public, to show the dignity of the unborn child, by looking at the simple facts of their development in the womb.

This roadshow brought together 11 young people from all across the UK, covering 5 cities in 5 days and finishing with a Youth Rally in Glasgow.

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Pro-life vid of the day: Pre-born baby does “inner space walk”

by Hans Johnson

People have known for millennia about that time when a baby reaches the stage of “quickening”.  Eventually he makes his presence known, with moverments ranging from fluttering to swift kicks!

But only with the advent of sonograms in recent decades have we had such a window on this “world within a world” to see just how active we are before birth. Babies begin to yawn, smile and open their eyes weeks before they are born.

In this video we see a “wombnaut” kick off and swing on her umbilical cord.

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The “secret shame” of abortion in the church

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Leaders in post-abortion recovery ministry say the church remains reluctant to fully face the impact of abortion within their own congregations.

[Post-abortion counselor Kathy] Rutledge said she once gave her testimony to a group of women at a megachurch in the South and by the end, several women were “practically bawling.” Yet, when Rutledge asked about doing a follow-up, the group’s leader said, “None of my women have had an abortion… and even if they did, they don’t need to be speaking about it.”

Nancy Kruezer, who serves as Chicago Regional Coordinator for Silent No More, said some pastors express fears that if they address abortion, it will “open the floodgates,” and they will be overwhelmed by wounded people. Others object because they say the topic is too political — or that discussing abortion might actually make it more acceptable.

But, Kruezer said these fears are unfounded and that women desperately need to talk about their abortions. As a result of her abortion 22 years ago, Kruezer said she suffered overwhelming fear, anxiety, and nightmares. These problems persisted for about 15 years until Kruezer finally confessed her abortion to her small group….

“Silence is a powerful weapon of the enemy,” Kruezer said. “It’s in silence that the truth remains hidden and that lies flourish… lies that justify the killing of unborn children, lies that say abortion doesn’t hurt people.”

… Our churches need to regularly communicate that they are safe places for women [who are post-abortive]. While we cannot whitewash the sin of abortion, we also can’t ignore those who at one time have had abortions and are suffering. We must let them know that Jesus’ blood covers all sin, including theirs.

~ Julie Roys, Christianity Today, February 25

[Photo via barefootpreachr.wordpress.com]

Pro-life vid of day: Songwriter pens song for preborn son

by Hans Johnson

Seeing your child’s heartbeat on an ultrasound image is enough to make anyone burst into song. That was right up the alley of singer/songwriter Sam Martin.

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According to LifeNews.com, Martin “kept the song secret from his wife, Joy, because he wanted to complete it first; however, one day she walked in on him privately practicing it. He told her, “‘You weren’t supposed to hear that — give me 10 minutes. She left and came back; I played it, and then both of us were just sobbing. Uncontrollably crying.'”

The Martins’ son is due March 19.

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[HT: Susie Allen]

That time NARAL held a protest in an empty room

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Apparently NARAL is sponsoring #StopTheBans events across the country today.

In particular, NARAL really doesn’t like the 20-week abortion ban. You know, the one that everyone else does, particularly women.

If indeed a picture tells a thousand words, the one below is classic. It shows NARAL Maryland supporters this morning griping to an empty room….

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And here’s a close-up of the some of the #stopthebans advocates who were talking to themselves.

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It gets better. These people had to be paid to show up. They’re NARAL employees.

NARAL founder interview: “Abortion’s not love”

Terry Beatleyby Carder

Toward the end of the in-depth interview, [Terry] Beatley found herself unexpectedly saying: “If you have a message for America, I will gladly deliver it for you…. I will tell your story, the story of deception but also the story of personal redemption.”

Beatley recalled how Nathanson paused for a moment before replying, “Teach of the strategy of how I deceived America and that the cofounder of NARAL says, ‘Love one another; abortion’s not love. Stop the killing; the world needs more love.’”

~ Excerpt from pro-life activist Terry Beatley’s interview with former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Catholic Herald, February 24

Abortion supporters clash on whether late term abortions are tragic or trivial

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It was pro-abortion President Bill Clinton who first coined the term “safe, legal, and rare” in the early 1990s to describe his supposedly moderate view on abortion.

The phrase served Clinton well during the years-long partial birth abortion debate, making him sound reasonable even as he vetoed a ban against the heinous procedure twice. The conflicted masses liked it as well.

But abortion zealots got stuck on that word “rare.” As proponent Jessica Valenti wrote in The Guardian last year:

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Pro-life blog buzz 2-24-15

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

  • Clinic Quotes says recent polling reveals more Americans want stricter laws on abortion:

    In 2015, 34% of Americans say they are satisfied with current U.S. abortion policies. This is the lowest percentage since Gallup first asked the question in 2001…. Americans who say they are dissatisfied with current abortion policies were asked a follow-up question to learn if they are dissatisfied because they want current abortion laws to be stricter or less strict. This year, of those who are dissatisfied, twice as many prefer stricter rather than less strict laws: 24% want stricter laws, while 12% want current abortion laws to be less strict.

  • At National Review, Dr. Michael New posts his tribute to “the father of the modern pro-life movement,” the late Dr. Jack Willke, who passed away last Friday.

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  • The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition highlights longtime pro-lifer Maggie Karner (pictured left), diagnosed with the same terminal brain tumor as Brittany Maynard, who chose to commit physician-assisted suicide. Karner is doing quite the opposite, using her remaining time to fight against a pro-assisted suicide bill in her home state of Connecticut. She says, “the talking point that pro-assisted suicide people use is right to die. My fear is that it will quickly become the duty to die.” View an interview with Ms. Karner here.
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog notes some remarks from abortionist Willie Parker, who claims it is racist not to give black women abortions. He once called abortion a “sacred decision.” Parker is known for attaching religious language to his decision to perform abortions.
  • Kansans for Life says pro-choicers in Kansas (where the Senate has just “approved… the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, by a vote of 31-9″) seem to be running scared from the word “dismemberment,” when discussing abortion policy. You have to almost feel sorry for them – almost:

    Sen. [David] Haley riled up his peers by saying SB 95

    • would cost too much to defend,
    • was purely a political ploy using inflammatory terms of ‘unborn child’ and ‘protection,’ and ‘dismemberment,’
    • was advanced by people who are anti-science,
    • was improperly being debated by male Senators, who have no right to vote on this issue since they can’t ever get pregnant.

    He finished by calling himself a defender of mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters who should not be restricted from access to ‘healthcare’ – i.e. abortions.

(Not so) pro-life vid of day: The abortion escort governor

by Hans Johnson

One of the few bright spots for Democratic voters in the last election was the defeat of Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett by Tom Wolf.

While it was well-known that Wolf was ardently pro-choice, and has reappointed one of those most responsible for allowing Kermit Gosnell to get away with murder for so long,  it was only  recently revealed that he was much more than an advocate. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, in both her congratulatory tweet on inauguration day and recent speeches, proudly touted Wolf as the first governor who had been a deathscort:

Richards campaigned for Wolf with a video of Top Ten Reasons not to vote for Corbett, and this video aimed at women voters:

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[HT: J.D. Mullane]

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by Carder

Girls HBOWomen’s stories about abortion are slowly, thoughtfully, and carefully coming into the mainstream. And as they do, the word itself – abortion – becomes less stigmatized, more human. This week’s “Girls” was an abrupt and necessary reminder that there is not just one type of abortion experience. Whether it was too abrupt, casual, or weird is, per every episode of “Girls,” utterly beside the point.

~ Ali Vitali just thrilled over HBO’s “Girls” and its “atypical” treatment of abortion, MSNBC, February 25

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