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Crikey, off to New Zealand!

UPDATE 1/30, 12:20p NZ (1/29, 5:20p CST US): Bryan and I will speak 8x in 6 places around this 2-island country during our 13-day stay. January 27 it was to an impressive group of 50 young people at the Maxim Institute in Auckland, NZ’s counterpart to the Heritage Foundation. January 29 it was an all-day […]

LIVE this morning: Watch FRC’s online pro-life conference, ProLifeCon

1/25, 10:45p: I’ve updated the embed code so you can watch the archived webcast of the event. 1/24, 5:02a: This morning I’ll be emceeing Family Research Council’s 6th annual ProLifeCon. You can watch it here, or you can copy the embed code and display it on your own website or blog. Schedule of Speakers 8:30 […]

Sold out Students for Life of America Conference

I’m attending the sold-out and inspiring Students for Life of America Conference today. Follow me on Twitter for updates.

Site update

I’m happy to announce moderator Carder has taken over posting our Quote of the Day on M-W-F!  She’s been at it a few weeks now and has chosen excellent snippets that have gotten lots of feedback. If you see a quote worth spotlighting, either pro-life or pro-death, please forward it to carder@jillstanek.com. Ace Admin Assistant […]

Top 10 2010: Stanek’s most commented posts

Thanks to moderator Chris for researching these stats. Comments to all the posts listed below are closed due to an automatic comment shut-off feature that activates after several days to keep spammers at bay. You’ll note the comment stream often develops into a conversation that has nothing to do with the original post…

Top 10 2010: Stanek’s most read posts

When analyzing my blog’s 2010 page views, moderator Chris discovered that just like last year, many of the most read posts were not actually written in 2010. So I’m separating out the top 10 most read posts written in 2010 and the top 10 most read tabs and posts written previously. Note how popular the […]

Merry Christmas!

Laura Loo brought us a very clever A Social Network Christmas a few days ago.  Here’s another great one that tells the Christmas story in today’s language, The Digital Story of Christmas… over 6 million views in less than 2 weeks… Merry Christmas everyone! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Little Star

My friend and best selling author Anthony DeStefano has written a beautiful book for children, published just in time for Christmas, Little Star. The plot: A king is about to be born! The stars in the heavens are competing to shine the brightest to celebrate his birth. But when they see the poor family, the […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List wrote in her Thanksgiving message today that science has proven gratitute is healthy. “Folks that make a daily list of 5 things for which they are grateful are happier and healthier over time,” she wrote. That’s a great idea, particularly today. I’m most thankful for: 1. John […]

We have a pro-life shop!

With the completion of our software switch to WordPress, we’ve now been able to launch a perk we’ve wanted for a long time – a shop for pro-life gear! Thanks to Zazzle and CafePress pro-life affiliates, we can offer a variety of unique pro-life designs for purchase on an array of products: t-shirts, mugs, bibs, […]

2011 Life Prizes award winners announced!

Press statement just released. Congrats to all! LIFE PRIZES ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF $600,000 PRO-LIFE AWARD The Gerard Health Foundation Awards Pro-Life Movement’s Greatest Heroes Natick, MA – The Gerard Health Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009-2010 winners of its Life Prizes award, granted to six individuals or organizations that have achieved significant progress in […]

The emerging European pro-life movement

I ate dinner last night with Youth Defence conference attendees from Belgium, France, Germany, and, of course, Ireland. I learned that Marches for Life have begun springing up all over Europe just in the past 5 years. For instance, from ABS-CBNnews.com, April 13, 2010:

Dia dhuit from Ireland!

“Dia dhuit” means “God to you” in Gaelic, the language of Ireland – where Rich and I arrived yesterday! I was invited to speak last night at Youth Defence’s annual conference. Good friends Bryan Kemper of Stand True and Eric Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League are also here. Our luggage was not so interested in […]

Remembering September 11

It has become our enduring tribute to repost these 2 haunting videos every year on September 11. Let us never forget.

Blog this and thats 8-30-10

1. We’ve fixed most of the issues related to the software move. I only know of a few outstanding bugs, and I don’t think you’ll notice what I notice because they’re imperfections in a couple of the plugins I still hope to refine. That said, when I asked you previously if you knew of anything […]

Stanek mini-vacation

UPDATE 7/29, 1:20p: Am sitting in the screened-in porch eating lunch with Grandson #4, who did not go home last night after VBS as previously planned. He’s explaining the sound locusts make to me, among many other things. So bear with me as I take one more day of blogging vacation… 7/26, 1:08p: We have […]

Pro-life blogging tips

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Happy Father’s Day!

We’re showing this classic

Josie Duggar update; Duggars to receive award from Family Research Council

UPDATE, 8:20p: What a coincidence. Little did I know when I was posting an update on baby Josie earlier today that she was being released from the hospital. According to

Memorial Day salute: Armed Forces Medley

The National Symphony Orchestra performed the “Armed Forces Medley” during the 2007 Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Watch their stirring rendition, which originally aired live on PBS… In memory of all who served our blessed country in the line of duty, to protect us and our freedom, but did […]

Bethany’s bouncing baby boy makes his debut

Yesterday at 5:38p, moderator Bethany posted on her Facebook profile, “Bethany… is in active labor!?!?! Why yes, yes she is!” And last night at 6:32p: “Here he is.” Baby Ian was born weighing exactly 10 lbs.. Aren’t he and Mommy both beautiful? Congratulations to Bethany and husband James, and big siblings Caleb, Bonnie, and Noah!

He is risen!

Happy Easter! Following are my 2 favorite Easter songs, both by

Site down, site up

It has been a frustrating few hours. I was receiving emails from you (thanks!) that you couldn’t comment, yet I couldn’t post either. I could only communicate via Facebook and Twitter. (All the more reason to sign up to be my Facebook friend or Twitter follower! Click on icons within my bio at right to […]

Dancing with the pro-life stars

Pro-life group Dancing with the Pro-Life Stars. New Executive Director Jenn Giroux called on many of her pro-life friends to make an appearance, and we were glad to help. Read more about the event at

My gig at BigJournalism.com

Thanks again to moderator Carder for encouraging me to blog at #95. This was an amazing feat. I’ve had 2 posts published at BigJournalism.com. Our deal is to let BigJ have the exclusive for 24 hours, and then I can crosspost. The forum at BigJ provides pro-lifers a great opportunity to stake a solid foothold […]

Michelle and Josie Duggar update II

UPDATE, 9:35a: Moderator Bethany spotted video of an interview with the Duggars yesterday by PETA’s new anti-human ad campaign: I don’t think the poster is at all cute; it’s offensive. PETA is basically saying the Duggar kids shouldn’t be here. And after learning of here and my December 18 Update I

Walk for Life San Francisco

Rain threatened yesterday’s more than 10k” to

Jill’s March for Life photos

I focused on pro-life signs as my March for Life photo subjects but have sprinkled in a couple other standouts here. See more at my Facebook page… I particularly loved this one…

First ever March for Life pro-life protest at the White House

UPDATE, 1/23, 9:41a: Well, I have to say the “mini-rally” lived up to its name. Disappointing turnout, maybe 200-300 people. It appears the decision by organizers to hush publicity for fear crowd size would eclipse the permit allowance of 3k prompted a self-fulfilling prophecy. Too bad. It would have been far better to have had […]

March for Life events

Tune in here at 8:30a EST to watch the Great line-up of speakers. Get the embed code to watch it on your own site

Blogs for Life Conference

UPDATE, 1/21, 5:50a: Sorry to report Rep. Michelle Bachmann had to cancel. Speaker Pelosi decided to wrap things up today instead of tomorrow, so Bachmann is flying home to attend the WorldNetDaily.com has posted an article on the event. 1/20, 6:58a: The 5th annual still register to attend in person. Or make plans to view […]

The Dubliner

Where do pro-lifers spend their evenings while in DC for the March for Life? You’ll often find them at

Gearing up for Roe v. Wade events

I got to DC yesterday and will be in an all-day meeting today. I’ll try to blog if there’s wireless service. One year ago tonight I flew to Washington for the March for Life and related events – the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration. My daughter’s apartment was 2 blocks from the White House. I […]

Haitian earthquake

UPDATE, 9:13a: Almost the entire leadership team from my son and DIL’s church, Samaritans Purse is one organization I would recommend giving to. Billy Graham’s son Franklin is president and CEO of SP, and the organization has proven trustworthy through the years. You’ll be taken directly to the Haitian relief donation web page

President and VP of American Right to Life resign

This incident happened almost 2 months ago, but I only learned of it this morning. FYIs before reading the resignation letter: Brian Rohrbough was the president of Bob Enyart was the “key person” alluded to. Click to enlarge. Also read via pdf… Since this morning I have either spoken to or exchanged emails with Brian, […]

Intern for JillStanek.com!

Attention college students! If you have a passion for the pro-life movement, here is the opportunity for you! (And we promise our work environment is not mean!) There is no better way to become an expert on our topic than to research and write about it.

Stanek’s 10 most commented posts in 2009

Like my previous post,

Stanek’s 10 most read blog posts in 2009

UPDATE, 10:15a: To clarify, these were the most read posts in 2009, not necessarily from 2009 – one of the surprises. 6:44a: I’ve never done a year-end post ranking. While many of the most popular posts weren’t surprising, some were. One was downright weird. Thanks to moderator Chris for scouring for Google Analytics for stats. […]

Rush Limbaugh hospitalized with chest pain

UPDATE, 1/2/10, 10:18a: Good, Associated Press, today…

Welcome to the pro-life blogosphere, Gerard!

I feel like our blog has had a baby! A few weeks ago a pro-lifer named Gerard Nadal began posting compelling, articulate, educated comments here that many noted were just great. Turns out Gerard has a Ph.D. and is a molecular biologist and microbiologist. And, thanks in large part to the encouragement of moderator Bethany, […]

Carla meets Sarah Palin

Moderator Carla met Sarah Palin at a Mall of America book signing in MN on December 7 and shared the experience on precious feet pin and told her it was in memory of Tad (her baby lost to miscarriage). She got teary eyed and said, “That is just so precious! Thank you! God bless you! […]

Register now for the 2010 Blogs for Life conference


Pro-Life Blog Award winners!

Saturday reads 12-19-09

Another hot news weekend. Will add articles/commentary in descending order… Harry Reid has released his manager’s amendment to the healthcare bill. It is 383 pages long. GOP clerks are currently reading through it, which I’m told will take roughly 8 hours. You, too, can give it a go, here. Also, Reid has not yet released […]

Down syndrome advocates will March for Life again in 2010

Families of children with Down syndrome will walk together for the 2nd year in a row at the March for Life in D.C. on January 22, 2010. KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) was formed by Eileen Haupt and Leticia Velasquez, parents of children with DS, for the purpose of gathering families to walk together […]

Michelle and Josie Duggar update

(Photo above is the Duggar 2009 family portrait via the reported a week ago today that super mom Michelle Duggar had given birth prematurely, at 25 gestational weeks, to her 19th baby, Josie Brooklyn.

Brief baby break

I’m happy to announce we have added a rookie to our Stanek basketball team! Grandson #5 arrived last night at 6:34p. Nathaniel Colt Austin weighed in at 7-4 and was 19-1/2″ long. For those in the crowd who love hearing every detail of labor and deliveries (labors and delivery?), my daughter-in-law tends to dilate without […]

Stop the Abortion Mandate’s urgent webcast

With the Senate’s defeat of the Nelson-Hatch-Casey amendment, which would have blocked government funding of abortions in healthcare reform, the 70+ pro-life and pro-family organizations comprising the

Bethany meets Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee

November 23 was a star-studded day for our talented and generous moderator Bethany, who met both Mike Huckabee! Both were at the same Birmingham mall for book signings, and Bethany was able to give both portraits she had sketched herself. About Palin Bethany blogged: When I got in the signing area, it was so exciting […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Proclamation of the 1st Thanksgiving by President George Washington, leaving no doubt of this holiday’s original intention, thankfulness to God…

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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….

My father illustrates the situation well. About a decade ago, just shy of his 77th birthday, he… had a heart attack, which led to a cardiac catheterization and ultimately a bypass. Since then, he has not been the same. Once the prototype of a hyperactive Emanuel, suddenly his walking, his talking, his humor got slower.

Today he can swim, read the newspaper, needle his kids on the phone, and still live with my mother in their own house. But everything seems sluggish. Although he didn’t die from the heart attack, no one would say he is living a vibrant life. When he discussed it with me, my father said, “I have slowed down tremendously. That is a fact. I no longer make rounds at the hospital or teach.” Despite this, he also said he was happy….

But parents also cast a big shadow for most children. Whether estranged, disengaged, or deeply loving, they set expectations, render judgments, impose their opinions, interfere, and are generally a looming presence for even adult children. This can be wonderful. It can be annoying. It can be destructive. But it is inescapable as long as the parent is alive. Examples abound in life and literature: Lear, the quintessential Jewish mother, the Tiger Mom. And while children can never fully escape this weight even after a parent dies, there is much less pressure to conform to parental expectations and demands after they are gone.

~ Obamacare architect, and brother of former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm, Ezekiel Emanuel, The Atlantic, September 17

[HT: Kelli; photo via The Atlantic]

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