Pro-life video of the day: Subtle pro-life song

by Hans Johnson

While some songs leave the public arguing as to their meaning for many decades (case in point: American Pie), some seem obvious but have a hidden message unrealized by most. Dan Wilson, the lead singer of the rock group Semisonic, wanted to write a tribute song for the child he was expecting with wife Diane. Rather than have his bandmates have to participate in repeated performances of a song having personal meaning to him, he hid the message in plain sight in the song and video Closing Time.

Wilson revealed this at his recent 25th Harvard reunion, Rather than exiting a bar, it was about exiting the womb. Among the lyrics:

Closing time

Time for you to go out to the places you will be from.

Closing time

This room won’t be open ’til your brothers or your sisters come.

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Pro-life vid of the day: Student takes in pregnant cousin

by Hans Johnson

Tommy Connolly, a 23-year-old Australian college student, heard from a 17-year-old cousin he hadn’t seen in 10 years through Facebook last December. “I went and picked her up and she basically started telling me about her situation, which was hard for me to hear because she was my favourite little cousin when I was growing up”. She was living on the streets barefoot, just getting off of drugs, and 32 weeks pregnant.

Proving he is “his cousin’s keeper”, Connolly has suspended his athletic training and worked extra hours to care for her and her son.

Everyone likes to tell me this is such a big responsibility, but I wasn’t thinking about uni or work or anything, all I was doing was thinking that she needed me. At first when Kayden came into the world I didn’t have an emotional attachment, all I was doing was looking after Kiarna. But I really do care for him and in a way he is my kid, I’ve taken on the father role as you’d imagine. Kiarna does 90 per cent of the work – and if it’s one or two years of my life I have to put on hold to make sure two lives are going to be saved it’s nothing at all.

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Pro-life blog buzz 5-26-15

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

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says the MN Senate has rejected a proposed law to require abortion facilities to be licensed and inspected. The safety of women clearly isn’t as important as that of dogs and cats:

    “Abortion centers perform invasive, outpatient surgery,” said MCCL Legislative Director Andrea Rau. “It makes no sense that these surgical centers should be excluded from the health and safety standards that apply to other outpatient surgical centers. This bill is necessary for us to ensure that the very unsafe conditions uncovered in other states never happen in Minnesota….

    The state licenses tattoo parlors, cosmetology salons and even dog and cat breeders — but not abortion facilities,” Rau added. “It is time for this special exemption for abortion to end so that the state can ensure a degree of basic safety for women.”

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Pro-life video of the day: Lucky 13th son

by Hans Johnson

Jay and Kateri Schwandt of Michigan joked when they learned they were having another baby after 12 boys that they would be just fine if it wasn’t a girl, because that would be uncharted territory in their experience. But what would be the odds? Well, it was an estimated .02% chance to have 12 boys in a row. It just dropped even lower when their thirteenth was born a few days after Mother’s Day.

The Schwandts appeared with their sons, aged 22 down to newborn Francisco, on Fox & Friends:

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Abortion worker: “Tiny arms and legs” are “unwanted growth”

w10-1by Kelli

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]

Memorial Day 2015: Keith Urban, “For You”

by Kelli

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

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California goes after pregnancy resource centers

Amy_Everittby Carder

I find it extremely difficult to understand how people who claim to care about women find it so threatening to inform them about accessing affordable health care….

We can all agree that women deserve to have all the information in front of them when they make some of the most important decisions they will ever face.

~ Amy Everitt, the state director of NARAL Pro-Choice California, discussing California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which “would specifically crack down on unlicensed ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ (CPCs) that present misleading health information designed to dissuade women from choosing abortion,” as quoted by Think Progress, May 22

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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.

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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

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by Kelli

nolanbrown

To be clear, some crisis pregnancy centers can be shady. They have been known to misleadingly portray themselves as full-service women’s health clinics, or to obscure religious affiliations. They may offer discredited info on things like “the link between abortion and depression,” or engage in what some describe as bullying or pressuring women into carrying pregnancies to term.

But the state really shouldn’t be in the business of deciding what completely non-criminal information a private operation may make available. And many businesses and non-profits have owners with religious beliefs that they don’t necessarily broadcast. In other words, you may condemn these pregnancy centers’ tactics or views, but they’re not de facto doing anything illegal. What’s more, they may doing some good: Despite not offering contraception or abortion advice, the centers do offer things like free pregnancy tests, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, ultrasounds, and baby clothes.

If particular centers are engaging in deceptive or fraudulent practices, then by all means, go after them for that. But the point should be making them be honest about what they are, not trying to turn them into something they’re not.

~ Pro-choicer Elizabeth Nolan Brown (pictured), voicing her objections to California’s Reproductive FACT Act, which “would require pregnancy centers to post notices saying that reproductive health services, including abortion, are available to pregnant women in the state,” Reason.com, May 27

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