Naming 50 million aborted babies

Guest post by Charlotte Ostermann
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50,000,000! When we reached that abortion toll, I woke up, in a way, to the horror of this ongoing holocaust. I wished then, before Internet, email, and computers in every home, there was a way to give names for all those babies. No way!

But the idea of 50millionnames.org was conceived.

A few years later, delivering my dead son Timothy, after a miscarriage, I held his teeny body and felt again the sadness for all the babies that had not even been named. I would hold him, by his name, in my heart forever, and would now and then do something special “for Timothy,” or “in his name.” But what about the unnamed children? The idea grew more insistent, but seemed as impossible as ever.

Fast forward to 2012 – a conversation among pro-life stalwarts about what in the world we should be doing “about abortion.” I’m so proud of those who are fighting this fight politically, but that’s not my way. I’ve prayed clinics closed and fasted for an end to abortion, and hope everyone who loves life will do the same.

But how can we create some sort of positive, beautiful, simple way to call attention to “the child” and not just to “abortion”? I remembered the idea of naming every precious one of those children, and put it out for discussion.

Now, we do have the means, the technology, the communication channels! Now, this is possible! Testing the idea with various people, I found myself reminding others that the babies would probably want us to pray for their relatives and abortionists. It’s hard to pray for an abstract, unknown person, but with a name God can link us to real, particular people! This naming is going to bring blessing and healing. We realized, as we planned the collection of names, that much, much more was happening here.

We began to see each child as a channel of God’s immense grace into the world. If he was meant to bless his family, but his life was brutally ended, was that the end of the story? No! Violence is not the end of the story! Not if we carry him in our hearts as a unique, specific, named person and pray for that grace to flow to all who are connected to him and live in the world today deeply wounded by his absence.

Some of those are the abortionists themselves. Surely God’s instructions to “pray for those who curse you” mean that we should pray for those who are intimately connected to each, specific child because of their own violence against him. So, we designed 50MillionNames.org to encourage these prayers for the unrepeatable, actual children to whom we give names. And then, it got even better!

In the name of each child, we had a kind of “excuse” to do something concrete, something others would notice and that would call attention to the humanity of unborn children without any argument or anger. “In honor of a child I named at 50MillionNames.org, I offer this donation…. I want to volunteer for two hours…. I am planting this tree…. I am writing this letter…. I have designed this work of art…. I wrote this poem….” Do you see? The gesture we offer for each child we name becomes another blessing!

On the night we launched the website, I cleaned up after the launch party, exhausted and happy. Someone asked if all that work I had done was worth it for the number of names we collected that night. I had to think about it for a moment. It had been a huge investment on a “per child” basis! And then I knew my answer: It was worth all that, and more, for just one child!

Please join us as we “Honor the Babies – Give them Names” at 50MillionNames.org.

onemore-300x282Charlotte is the author of Souls at Rest: An Exploration of the Eucharistic Sabbath, and Souls at Work: An Invitation to Freedom. Her feature articles and poems have been published in Envoy, Canticle, Hereditas, Thessauri Ecclesiae, Mater et Magistra, St. Austin Review,  and Gilbert magazines. Charlotte lives with her husband, Russ, and five of their eight children on a ‘farm wannabe’ north of Lawrence, Kansas. Charlotte has spoken for home educators, women’s retreats, moms groups, C.S. Lewis Conferences, and more. See CharlotteOstermann.com for more information.

Pro-life vid of day: New movie details threats to religious freedom

by Hans Johnson

Former Senator Rick Santorum, once a 2012 presidential candidate, is now CEO of Echolight Studios, which is distributing a new documentary called One Generation Away to churches later this month. It is intended to “wake up the Church” to the many current encroachments on religious and cultural freedom.

Among the participants in the film is Hobby Lobby President Steve Green, who says: “Life begins at conception. Never in our 237 years as a republic has any government decree made us fund the taking of innocent human life as a condition of continuing business.”

The documentary’s title comes from a famous quote made by President Ronald Reagan. Here is the trailer for the film:

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Miss “Planned Parenthood” America kicked out of sorority for hazing

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April 2013 was a busy month for newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev.

Just as Kazantsev was completing her three-month stint as an intern at a Planned Parenthood clinic in her home state of New York, she was also being ousted from her sorority for abusive hazing.

Jezebel is reporting today that Kazantsev, who served as Alpha Phi’s head of recruitment at Hofstra University on Long Island, was ejected from her sorority that same month for abusing pledges:

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Pro-life vid: Parents recall birth of daughter with anencephaly

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Bonnie and Phil Walker (pictured right, with their children) were told during a routine prenatal scan that their fifth child, a daughter, had anencephaly. Doctors recommended abortion, but the Walkers refused. From Life News:

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Placenta encapsulation specialist shares abortion story

by Carderdiary

I feel like I didn’t realize how much I needed to tell this story until it was happening…. And how I felt afterwards really showed me a part of myself that had stopped kind of living after the abortion experience.

It just reopened a part of my life that I had closed so firmly…. I feel like whenever you close something like that, other things are affected, other parts of yourself are affected….

It’s more of a subtle inward change that I experienced.

~ Amanda Englund, post-abortive mother, doula, and professional placental encapsulation service specialist on how she arrived at sharing her abortion story on The Abortion Diary Podcast, Huffington Post, September 18

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On sale now, by pro-life activist Jason Jones, producer of Bella, and scholar John Zmirak, is The Race to Save Our Century, a book that reviews the brutalities of the 20th and 21st Centuries, the heroic stories of those who stood against them, and offers five principles to restore at Culture of Life.

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Stanek Sunday Word: “He gently leads those that have little ones”

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He takes care of his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in his arms. He carries them close to his heart. He gently leads those that have little ones.

~ Isaiah 40:11, New International Reader’s Version

Stanek Sunday funnies 9-21-14

Good morning, and Happy Sunday! Here were my top five favorite political cartoons this week. What was yours? Be sure to vote in the poll at the bottom of the post!

by Chip Bok at Townhall.com
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 by Matt Davies at GoComics.com

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The perfect age to die: 75

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Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years….

[L]iving too long… renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic….

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Stanek wkend Q: Why the uproar over Miss America’s stint at Planned Parenthood?

Stanek wkend Q: What does uproar over Miss America's stint at Planned Parenthood mean?

As National Right to Life president Carol Tobias noted, the revelation that newly crowned Miss America Kira Kazantsev interned last year at a New York Planned Parenthoodwill cast a shadow on her entire reign.”

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by Kelli

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Ronan tells more about the patients and their reactions to the abortions.

Some cry and shake. One cheekily chatted up the abortion staff and offered them discounts at her jewelry store. Ronan finds the distressed ones much easier to work with, though she stresses that she is not judging the matter-of-fact ones. She says that “Pain breaks down barriers” and makes it easier to do her hand-holding and hair-stroking.

She doesn’t touch on any incongruity between the banality of abortion as a routine medical procedure and the tiny arm in the bucket.

To do so, after all, would be to judge, which seems to be the only sin recognized in an abortion practice.

They’ve been taught, after all, to see no sin in a grown man impregnating an 11-year-old girl….

She accepts the mangled little bodies as the price that is paid for “a woman’s life, allowed to proceed as she wants it to.” As if that 11-year-old girl is a woman whose life, after she leaves the facility, will proceed as she wants it to.

For her, for all but the most flippant women, it’s not over. It’s never over.

~ Christina Dunigan, reacting to a NY Mag piece written by “abortion doula” Alex Ronan, Real Choice, September 18

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