On September 1 a new pro-life law will take effect in Texas that requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers, abortionists to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic, and the abortion pill RU-486 to be dispensed per FDA protocol. And on that day Planned Parenthood will seize control of […]
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Most everyone knows by now the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom and against the Obama administration yesterday in its Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood decisions.
This was a stunning rebuke against not only President Obama but also pro-abortion HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose office wrote the rules attempting to force employers with religious convictions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. The contraception mandate was never passed by Congress.
This week comedienne Sarah Silverman called preborn babies “goo” on Real Time with Bill Maher:
“And meanwhile, it’s goo. It’s goo that they’re so worried about.”
But Silverman is part of a celebrity club doing their best to make abortion funny, blasé.
I was pretty selfish… No kids, no marriage. That was my motto. But then that all changed when I met Jessica. When her son called me “Dad,” a new man was born. ~ Survivor contestant Benjamin ‘Coach’ Wade on fatherhood’s positive effect on him, People, May 8
by Carder The last thing Democrats want on the national stage is a black conservative Republican, anti-abortion, successful single mom who worked her way through college to achieve her American dream (without seeking government for answers). They do not want another non-victim-minded black elected official out there touting traditional values, preaching that the rewards of hard work and […]
All she’s doing with this parsing is trying to walk the line between signaling to casual Texas voters that she’s kinda sorta socially conservative while reassuring abortion warriors who follow this issue closely that her “ban” would have no teeth in practice.
But that’s not her brand; the left loves her not because she’s willing to hide behind loopholes but because she’s a loud-and-proud filibusterin’ bulwark against the pro-life patriarchy. Says Jonah Goldberg, what exactly are people who “stand with Wendy” standing for at this point? Do they even know?
The Girl Scouts have had a disturbing, well-documented relationship with the abortion lobby for a long time.
The organization finally overplayed its hand this past December by giving its stamp of approval to two infamous pro-abortion women, Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius. This drew a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, called CookieCott2014.
Yesterday the America Heritage Girls, a faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts, announced a new Respect Life Patch, which “reinforces the organization’s commitment to honoring life from conception to natural death.”
How to earn the patch? From the press release:
Now, bear in mind, the archbishop’s staff had been informed of this nearly two years ago and has stonewalled, foot-dragged, administratively delayed, passed the buck, looked into it and just about every other imaginable bureaucratic excuse you can dream up.
And yet, at the end of the day, these drugs are still being passed out like candy at these Catholic hospitals.
Never has so much human suffering condensed in so small a space. ~ Abolitionist Thomas Clarkson, quoting abolitionist and member of Parliament William Wilberforce, in The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, 1808, one year after the trade had been abolished in British empire. HT: Andy Moore; […]
The other side is becoming increasingly hostile, attacking the religious freedoms of pro-life Christians with greater boldness. From The New York Times, December 2:
The American Civil Liberties Union announced on Monday that it had filed a lawsuit against the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops, arguing that their anti-abortion directives to Catholic hospitals hamper proper care of pregnant women in medical distress, leading to medical negligence.
Shortly after graduating from college and obtaining my board certification to become a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer nearly 10 years ago, I was asked to fill in for a tech at a nearby OB/GYN office. I was honored by the request and accepted the offer.
When I arrived to work, I noticed there was an amniocentesis scheduled that afternoon. (In short, an amnio is a quick procedure that samples the fluid surrounding a baby in utero for further testing on the pregnancy.) And although I had assisted in dozens of procedures during clinical rotations in college, I had never before assisted with a live amniocentesis. And I was nervous about doing it. I knew the risks to the baby and momma (increased risk of miscarriage and uterine infection, albeit still low).
But what I didn’t anticipate was what I was actually going to see on the screen.
In a move that took both sides of the abortion divide by surprise, the 5th District Court of Appeals yesterday reversed most of a lower court’s decision to block an impactful portion of Texas’ new anti-abortion law. From USA Today:
If you are not ready to be a father, the following arguments may help you convince a girl to get an abortion. The first two methods I describe below have worked for me in separate instances for the two abortions I have paid for….
The good people at Alliance Defending Freedom have forwarded me the settlement agreement between Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and the United States of America, the Texas Attorney General, and whistleblower Karen Reynolds, for charges that PPGC committed Medicaid fraud between 2003-2009. The settlement was signed by all parties on July 24 and 25.
As I wrote yesterday, PPGC has agreed to pay $4.3 million. According to the settlement, the money will be divied three ways:
After applying the condom gloves, Beck proceeded to have a little white pill taped to his nostril. He called it a “birth control nose ring.” “I’m with her, I’m with her. [Melissa Harris-Perry is] wearing tampon earrings, I’m wearing condom gloves,” Beck said, the sarcasm clear in his voice. “I just want to make the […]
As I wrote in my post, “How abortion proponents view the current abortion landscape,” I have developed a collegial relationship with Robin Marty, pictured right, senior political reporter for RH Reality Check.
This past weekend Robin was in Chicago for a National Organization for Women convention, and we got to meet. She had asked if she could interview me for a piece she’s writing.
Through the course of our lunchtime conversation (which she paid for, thanks!) Robin enlightened me on how abortion proponents view current pro-life efforts, particularly since 2010, when pro-lifers began passing laws in unprecedented numbers. Robin agreed to let me share her thoughts. I’m not going to pick them apart, I simply find them fascinating and thought you might, too.
There are some brave, noble souls fighting the good fight, hoping against hope that the current situation can be salvaged, but it cannot. It is unreasonable and naive to conclude that in the West all of a sudden there is going to be this great pro-life, anti-same sex marriage, anti-contraception movement. In short, an anti-selfish […]
The Associated Press tells us that the “GOP-led House on Tuesday passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill.” But don’t worry, Politico adds. It is “largely symbolic: The bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate.” … The Democrats’ ill-fated gun restriction push was never a “symbolic effort” or “far-reaching,” was it? Coverage of the Newtown, […]
Have you heard of the new short film, Crescendo?
Winner of 16 International film awards, including the Best Short Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, Crescendo was produced by Eduardo Verástegui, Jason Jones, Leo Severino, and Alejandro Monteverde – the team that brought us Bella.
Set in the 18th-century Holy Roman Empire, Crescendo tells the true, life-affirming story of a famous historical figure.
I got to screen this 12-minute film last week and it was great – four stars. Here’s the trailer…
I awakened today to this song playing in my head… Hallelujah. No matter what happens today, Holy, Holy, Holy Is the Lord God Almighty Who was, and is, and is to come, With all creation I sing: Praise to the King of Kings! You are my everything, And – I – will – adore YOU […]
I would like to review some of the principles to keep in mind as you approach the voting booth to complete your ballot. The first is the set of non-negotiables. These are areas that are “intrinsically evil” and cannot be supported by anyone who is a believer in God or the common good or the dignity of the human person.
3. embryonic stem cell research
4. human cloning
5. homosexual “marriage”
… Some candidates and one party have even chosen some of these as their party’s or their personal political platform. To vote for someone in favor of these positions means that you could be morally “complicit” with these choices which are intrinsically evil.
This could put your own soul in jeopardy.
There are many references in the Bible to child sacrifice, and how much God detests it. For example, II Chronicles 28:1-3: Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He […]
I met Katie Walker several years ago when she was communications director for American Life League. She moved on in 2011 to the same position at Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Arlington.
Meanwhile, Katie’s personal life took a storybook turn.
Apparently even ideologically aligned reporters have their breaking point on abortion promotion. To wit…
Pro-abortion New York Times columnist David Brooks, after Day 1:
I don’t recall ever posting a pro-life work of fiction, but I received a thought-provoking piece from Minnesota pro-lifer William S. Wentink I thought you might enjoy reading on your extra leisure day off. Wentink describes himself as a “retired IBMer and managing partner of a website development company.” I’m including the first couple paragraphs […]
Showing the reality of abortion through abortion pictures, Todd and his team have made it their mission to educate church goers that the place where they worship condones this heinous act against God, in whose image we are made.
ACN is basically a club of all independent abortion clinics other than Planned Parenthood.
I only stumbled on this conference last night while perusing pro-abortion tweets, because Steph Herold, aka @IAmDrTiller, began live-tweeting from the event.
So all I have are tweets, but they’re interesting. I’ve organized the stand-outs by topic….
From Modern Healthcare, today:
Catholic institutions across the country filed 12 federal lawsuits against HHS alleging the department’s mandate over contraception coverage for employer-provided health plans violated their religious freedoms.
The plaintiffs include 11-hospital Franciscan Alliance, Mishawaka, IN, and five-hospital Catholic Health Services of Long Island (NY).
The lawsuits were filed on behalf of 43 Catholic hospitals, schools and churches across the nation in U.S. District Court in eight states and in Washington, D.C.
A few months back an author named Matthew Pope asked if I would like to read the pro-life book he wrote, Emily’s Verse. I said sure.
Emily’s Verse blew me away. Its description, per Amazon, explains the concept but doesn’t do the book justice:
Follow the life of Emily as she navigates the trials and tribulations of life. This series of poems illuminates the simple beauty and pain of life as we know it.
It’s a very interesting conundrum for the hierarchy in America: Catholic candidates unabashedly saying the bishops are flat out wrong on policy statements, those same candidates getting endorsed by catholic organizations that use the name ‘catholic’, and catholic voters lining up behind those candidates and those organizations with their money and their votes. ~ Michael […]
To defeat the culture of death takes more than determination, takes more than courage… it takes faith. ~ The Philippines: Preserving a Culture of Life documentary trailer, via Human Life International, August 17
Stanek Sunday quote: “I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.”
A promise to hold on to (emphasis Jill’s)… For God says, “I will cut off the strength of the wicked, but I will increase the power of the godly.” ~ Psalm 75:10, New Living Translation
According to the public prosecutor’s office’s investigation, ‘Mossad agent Ofir Harrari’ instructed Jordanian Ibrahim abu-Zaid to set up a company in Egypt which would exclusively import an Israeli hair product, for both men and women, which causes infertility. This in order to completely destroy Egyptian reproduction abilities. ~ Roee Nahmias, reporting on Egypt’s accusation that […]
Stanek Sunday quote: “May the LORD give you many children, you and your children after you.” ~ Ps 115:14
May the LORD give you many children. May he give them to you and to your children after you. ~ Psalm 115:14, New International Reader’s Version [Photo via Imagining Ourselves, A Global Generation of Women]
Stanek Sunday quote: “Though I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan”
Because our weekend question focuses on post-abortive mothers, I thought this quote from the book, The God Who is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story, by D. A. Carson, would be helpful… We still await the final transformation that lies ahead of us. But we look back and see that we are not what […]
Just read this devotion by Word for You Today, March 28: Do You Love Children? “Let the little children come to Me.” ~ Mark 10:14, New King James Version Mark records: “They brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, […]
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands…. ~ Isaiah 49:15-16a, New International Version
I had a dream not too long ago that I was pregnant. It was like having Cays all over again. I’ve thought about adopting, which even sounds weird to me saying it, but there are so many children that deserve to be loved…. Let’s make a deal – let’s get pregnant together – if it’s […]
This video is great, just posted. It shows 30 years of Joe Scheidler and Pro-Life Action League’s activism in 2 minutes. At 1:27 is a photo that shows where our relationship began…. These are just the highest of the highlights, I’m sure, giving just a little perspective as to how much Joe, Ann, Eric, and PLAL […]
On June 24 Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced yet another merger, this one with Planned Parenthood of Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. A month ago PP Heartland announced it was merging with Planned Parenthood of Southeast Iowa. When these merges are complete, PP Heartland will have “approximately 30 health centers located throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas […]
These sorts of stories should come as no surprise. When one makes a living from killing babies, one leaves the starting gate with ethics problems. But coincidentally, here we have two criminal convictions in one week. First, from New York Daily News, June 22 (love the “ex-boss” Mafia inference): The ex-boss of a leading abortion […]
On June 17 pro-lifers who protest at the Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center abortion mill in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, began holding a sign naming the manager, Amy Giambilis. The clinic is part of a chain owned by abortionist Earl McLeod, who has been involved in the deaths of at least 2 patients. Giambilis has reportedly worked at […]
Stanek Father’s Day quote: “Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior’s hands.”
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior’s hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them! ~ Psalm 127:3-5a, New Living translation [Photo via Buris on the Couch]
In the movie Doonby, Sam Doonby, a 40-something-yr-old drifter (John Schneider), aimlessly wanders into the town of Smithville, Texas, and promptly begins being in the right place at the right time. Doonby saves his bar owner boss from robbers, stops a deranged psycho from raping and murdering his girlfriend, and pulls a little boy from […]
More on movie “Gates of Hell”: When black extremists learn Planned Parenthood’s secret agenda to exterminate their race
Carder posted a trailer last week about the upcoming provocative pro-life movie, Gates of Hell. Some commenters expressed concern about violence in the film. In response, the film’s producer, Molotov Mitchell, posted another film trailer on my Facebook page with the comment: Molotov here. Gates of Hell does not promote violence. It’s a fictional film […]
Miller, who’d been waiting his entire 11-year NBA career for a chance at a championship, began shuttling back and forth between the arena and his baby’s bedside. “I missed practices. The whole Chicago series is a blur, really. So it was show up and play as hard as you can, wish for the best, and […]
Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of those who are doomed. Speak out, judge fairly, and defend the rights of oppressed and needy people. ~ Proverbs 31:8-9, The Message and God’s Word translations [Image via The Endowment for Human Development]
… It is so clear that someone only questions the personhood of a human she wishes to harm. It’s not a logical debate, it’s a way to justify homicide. ~Commenter Lauren, Stanek post “Human life begins with personhood,” May 30 [Photo of 8 week fetus by Lennart Nilsson, 1965]
Memorial Day is the ultimate insult to those Americans who died in our previous wars, because it so clearly juxtaposes the values of an earlier time and the sacrifices of those veterans who died in defense of America, with the America which exists today. The men who put on the uniform did not do so […]
Stanek Memorial Day Bible verse: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13, New American Standard translation (Click photo to enlarge.)