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Pro-life blog buzz 6-26-15

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

A parting note from Susie:

I have co-authored the Blog Buzz (formerly called Proliferations) for five years. Time flies when you are having fun. I can think of no better movement to dedicate your life to than protecting the sanctity of all human life. Congratulations to Jill as she starts on a new venture in a new season of her life. I have learned so much from contributing to this blog and hope the readers will look for ways they too can take a stand for life in their own sphere of influence. As Jill did not seek the spotlight years ago, she did not shrink from the cause when it came to her. Look what she has done! We all have a sphere of influence and a talent. How exciting to see what we can do when we use our God-given talents. You may surprise yourself. Join the cause and press on.

For Life,
Susie Allen

  • Pro-Life Action League’s vigilance found that National Health Care, an abortion facility in Peoria, Illinois, has been sold to Whole Woman’s Health, a Texas abortion chain:

    In a letter sent to the IDPH on May 27, NHC administrator Margaret Van Duyn says, referring to Whole Woman’s, “They provide the same quality of care that we do” — which is to say, the same low-quality care. Take, for example, the Whole Woman’s abortion facility in Austin, from which three (3) women were transported by ambulance during a one-month period in 2012. What’s more, as documented by our friends at AbortionDocs.org, the Whole Woman’s Austin and McAllen facilities were also fined a total of $40,000 in 2011 for illegal disposal of the remains of aborted children, as well as private medical records.

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  • ProLifeBlogs shares a post from Lake County Right to Life regarding the newest venture of Women on Waves, an abortion advocacy group specializing in bringing abortion to women in countries where it is banned. Their latest plan: Using a drone to drop abortion pills in Poland. No doctor visit, not even a webcam consultation. Just RU-486 from the sky, cross your fingers, and hope that nothing goes wrong when taking chemical abortifacients without medical supervision. The pills are supposed to be suitable only for pregnancies up to nine weeks. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Saynsumthn’s Blog meticulously documents the heavy involvement of eugenics proponent Jonathan Gruber in the crafting of Obamacare – despite the fact that so many in the Obama Administration acted as if they’d barely heard of him. He pocketed $400k for his consultations with the administration. What is significant is that Gruber, as part of his eugenic views, supports abortion as a means to achieve his goal of saving welfare money by eliminating more children of color. Perhaps #BlackLivesMatter to this administration only when it’s politically expedient?
  • Wesley J. Smith believes that there is a media effort underway “to make suicide more palatable and normalized – at least for some categories of people.” The new AP Stylebook used by journalists recommends avoidance of the term “committed suicide” unless a direct authority is being quoted. Why? Smith opines:

    My theory – call it Smith on media bias – is that advocates convinced AP that using the word “committed” – even though accurate, as it means to intentionally perform an act – implied a negative judgment about that act. And that conflicts with the drive to make at least some suicides more palatable generally – or to put it the other way around – that not all suicides are bad or wrong. In short, this is a political act – not the first by AP in this regard, heck, not even the second – and it won’t be the last.

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  • Americans United for Life has just released a must-read, comprehensive report showing how Planned Parenthood has built a lucrative business model from ending human lives – and we, the taxpayers, are helping them to do so with our tax dollars. “The New Leviathan” details how the billion-dollar abortion profiteer has increased its profits and market share, even as fewer U.S. women seek abortions:

    Unlike the national trend observed by the Associated Press last week, the Centers for Disease Control, and everywhere else that abortions are on the decline, at Planned Parenthood abortion sales are up – meanwhile its overall patients and other services are down. This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass-produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.

[Photos via CNN.com (from Women on Waves); Americans United for Life]

Pro-life vid of the day: One word – “Abortion”

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A parting note from Kelli:

Fifteen years ago, I heard Jill Stanek, who was still relatively unknown at the time, tell her story about her experiences at Christ Hospital. At the time, I was operating a pregnancy resource center. I never imagined that one day, years later, I’d stumble upon her blog, become a regular reader and commenter, and then one day become the administrative assistant and editor of her blog.

It’s been a privilege and an honor to work here for six years, getting to know so many dedicated readers and volunteers who give of themselves to help advance the pro-life message. This blog wouldn’t be what it was and is without ALL of you, so thank you! And thank you most of all to Jill for giving me this opportunity and for believing that I could learn what I needed to know to do my job effectively, even when I didn’t believe it myself. :)

Love to all of you.
*****

No matter what the political talking heads would like to claim, women can’t be put into a box labeled “women voters” or “women’s issues” so easily. This video of women reacting to one word – “abortion” – says so much… not necessarily from what is said, but from how it is said.

The difference between the women who support abortion and those that don’t seems stark to me, as I watch the faces of the women responding. I see pain, I see compassion, and I see defiance. I often wonder if that defiance really serves to mask wounds that fester beneath the surface of the psyche.

Does every woman have her own reasons for abortion? Yes. But does this then mean abortion is “none of our business”?

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If you are hurting from a past abortion, please reach out to your local pregnancy resource center or to a group like Rachel’s Vineyard.

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and need to speak to someone who can help, please go to Option Line, call 1-800-712-4357, or text “HELPLINE” to 313131.

[Photo via theproscons.com]

Abortion pushers on clinic violence: “Destroying persons” wrong

maggiemoranNARALby Kelli

As Cahill stated in her victim impact statement, “Destroying persons, places, property because of a difference in belief is called TERRORISM… Zachary [Klundt] systematically destroyed my property, my profession, my plans for the future and, I feel quite sure he would have destroyed me if I had happened to show up at my office when he was in it. The feeling of hate in my destroyed office was palpable.” We cannot turn a blind eye to the real terrors experienced by [abortion] providers like Susan Cahill.

Even without anti-choice laws in place in Montana limiting abortion, we are seeing access decrease around the state. Of all the compounding factors limiting abortion access (and there are many), the loss of a clinic to violence is surely the most difficult to bear.

… For over a year, more than 400 Flathead Valley residents have been without their primary healthcare provider. That, in and of itself, is a horrible circumstance which Klundt created when he destroyed the clinic. But even beyond Susan, beyond her patients, beyond Kalispell or even Montana, this destruction has an insidious effect on abortion access because it creates a climate of fear in the medical community.

[W]e need to push back against this climate of fear and create safe spaces for medical professionals to talk about abortion access, it’s legitimacy in the medical field, how we can support abortion providers, and how we can ultimately increase access to this necessary, and legal, medical procedure.

~ NARAL Pro-Choice Montana executive director Maggie Moran (pictured), reacting to the sentencing of a man who vandalized the All Families Healthcare abortion facility in Montana, Bitter Root Star, June 23

[Photo via uwyo.edu]

Pro-life blog buzz 6-23-15

pro-lifeby Kelli

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse points out how the Boston Globe surprisingly admits that part of the nation’s abortion decline is likely due to “an ’empathy-driven reaction’ for all of the Americans that grew up in a world of vivid ultrasound images and miraculous neonatal medicine for preemies.”
  • At Live Action News, Susan Michelle promotes the upcoming #ProlifeYouth tweetfest, to be held on Thursday, June 25th. The goal is to engage more people in the pro-life movement and to “show the world that youth are pro-life, contrary to what the media portrays.”

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Taylor Swift helps fans announce pregnancy

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Most everyone we told before we posted on social media found out by us showing them our Taylor Swift picture. It was fun because the reactions were all pretty similar. First “Wow that’s so cool you got to meet her” or “She is really beautiful and tall” then “Wait… what’s that sign say?!”

~ Expectant father Jesse Rasmussen, describing how he and wife Lindsey shared their pregnancy news with the help of Taylor Swift, as quoted by NBCNewYork.com, June 19

Pro-life vid of the day: My dear dad

by Kelli

It doesn’t need to be Father’s Day to celebrate the impact of a wonderful and involved father. This video from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation was too sweet not to share. LifeNews writes of the organization:

… [T]he mission of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA is to provide care, advocacy, and research for people with genetic intellectual disabilities, like Down Syndrome…. [I]n 2013 the Jerome Lejeune Foundation joined with other disabilities groups in opposing the practice of disability discrimination abortion.

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Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Pro-life blog buzz 6-19-15

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

  • Wesley J. Smith says the French are trying to bring euthanasia in gradually, by first offering to sedate terminally ill patients until death. Smith discusses the difference between palliative and terminal sedation, and explains why terminal sedation is not so humane:

    That’s killing by slow motion because it involves putting a patient into a coma and depriving them of food and fluids so they dehydrate to death. Pushing terminal sedation is egregious for another reason: It confuses people as to whether the legitimate pain controlling technique – palliative sedation – is killing by another name.

  • ProLife NZ announces the continuation of a downward trend in abortion that started in 2007. Good news!

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  • John Smeaton says that “[o]f the 184,571 abortions performed in England and Wales last year[,] over 80% were performed on unmarried women and girls.” He quotes Paul Tully of SPUC, who suggests that marriage – the mere suggestion of which is often met with shock by women dealing with unplanned pregnancies – is often “hugely important to providing women with the security to continue their pregnancies.”
  • Secular Pro-Life posts an interview with a gay atheist who converted from pro-abortion to pro-life and now believes “[h]omosexuals are natural pro-lifers because they are still insufficiently legal persons, like the preborn” and “The very same artificial legal boundaries that define what rights I may or may not have are the very same artificial legal boundaries that objectify our youngest human beings as mere body parts that could be thrown away at will.” The interview is an interesting read.
  • At ProWomanProLife, Faye Sonier points out an essay from a self-described college-educated, pro-abortion liberal atheist who credits her mother’s conservative pro-life beliefs with her very existence. However, she seems to reject those beliefs herself.
  • At Women’s Rights without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn shares an article by Paul Strand on the real reason for China’s one child policy, which goes far beyond population control. The goal is absolute control of the population by use of terror. But some effects were not intended:

    … [D]emographer Nicholas Eberstadt of the American Enterprise Institute… said the one-child policy has been so ruthlessly effective at killing hundreds of millions of unborn Chinese – especially baby girls – the country now faces a dangerous dearth of workers and women.

    “It has helped create a declining labor force for the future,” Eberstadt explained, “a rapidly aging society, a marriage squeeze for prospective brides and grooms from the gender-imbalanced generation, and a fragmentation of family.”

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[Photo via theidomoment.com]

(Not so) pro-life vid: Minister suggests preborn lives don’t matter

by Kelli

Self-proclaimed Christian minister Nikki Brooks decided to take on the pro-life response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement, explaining why she has “never shed a tear” over anyone’s aborted preborn child – other than three of her own children whom she mentions. Somehow at the end, her conversation seems to suggest that instead of crying for preborn children who have lost their lives, we should shed tears for children like hers whose parents are working to pay for them to attend expensive college classes:

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Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

[HT: Saynsumthn’s Blog]