When eugenic abortion becomes personal

jepsonby Kelli

All I knew about abortion then was that Down’s syndrome is the most common reason for a termination. Even that was something I shuddered to contemplate, because my brother Alastair has Down’s.

And a cleft lip and palate isn’t the same as Down’s. I knew children at my church who’d had the condition, plus the father of a friend and two of my teachers. Probably most of us know of at least one person who’s had corrective surgery, often in early childhood.

I knew I couldn’t let the matter rest. After all, I was in a unique position. Had I been born later, to a different family, that baby aborted at 28 weeks could well have been me.

~ Rev. Joanna Jepson (who was born with congenital deformities), on combatting eugenic abortions in the UK, as quoted by The Daily Mail, February 16

[Photo by Justin Sutcliffe/eyevine, via Daily Mail]

Pro-life vid of day: “The Drop Box” coming to theaters in March

by Hans Johnson

Last year we brought you the story of South Korean Pastor Lee Jong-Rak, who had created a way for unwanted babies to be dropped off safely and anonymously at his home. Now Focus on the Family is releasing the award-winning documentary film The Drop Box in theaters March 3-5.

Find locations and purchase tickets here.

This behind-the-scenes video shows the profound impact this story of unconditional love has made on people – not the least of whom were the young filmmakers themselves.

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You can see an in-depth Korean television interview of the inspiring Pastor Lee here.

Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

“Drunk” writer says “The Mindy Project” needs “funny” abortion

The-Mindy-Project-posterby Carder

The Mindy Project, with its intelligent and funny characters of all shapes, sizes, and genders, is well positioned to tackle the abortion debate and not only make it funny, but prove to so many women — at least 1 in 3 — that it’s okay, normal, and nothing to be ashamed of. If only for the mere fact that all of those things are true, but also because… well, if Mindy Lahiri can have an abortion, maybe so can they.

And maybe it’s going to be okay.

~ Robin Epley (who appears to have a social media obsession with drunkenness) explaining why the show The Mindy Project should include an abortion plot line, Bustle, February 17

Pro-life blog buzz 2-17-15

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

  • ProLife NZ says just as the word “abortion” is used less and less in favor of other terminology, the culture of death is now searching for a term to replace “suicide”:

    [A] survey asks readers what they think of the following terms: self-deliverance, dying with dignity, rational suicide, humane self-chosen death and a freshly-minted euphemism, dignicide.”… However, after mulling over the proposed words, I must say that “dignicide” has some merit. This coinage means not death with dignity, but the death of dignity – which is exactly what assisted suicide is.

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Pro-life vid of the day: Fighting to keep Chile pro-life

by Hans Johnson

Chile is one of only six countries with a total ban on abortions. But President Michelle Bachelet has signed a proposition to legalize it up to the age of 12 weeks as a first step, citing concern for the mother’s health. Yet maternal deaths have only continued their precipitous decline since the 1989 ban. Now a pro-life campaign is answering back:

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Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Inspections unfair, says owner of IL abortion clinic where patient died

rozanskyby Kelli

I tried to help women to get legal abortions.

If someone wants to work against that, there’s nothing I can do.

~ Abortion clinic owner Larisa Rozansky (pictured right), whose now-closed Women’s Aid Clinic owes (and has thus far refused to pay) $36,000 in fines for the death of patient Antonesha Ross, as well as for more than 15 other violations found by Illinois state health inspectors, as quoted by the Chicago Tribune, February 16

Rozansky has reopened under a new (but similar) name, thereby attempting to skirt the fines.

[Photo via Facebook]

Pro-life vid of day: Couple changes mind at KS abortion facility

by Kelli

On February 12, Mark Gietzen, a sidewalk counselor, posted video of Ashley and Brian, who decided not to abort their child at South Wind abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas, on February 6. Gietzen says saves and turn-arounds happen often, but it is rare to get the couple’s reaction on video:

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Thanks to those who are faithful to stand on the front lines and offer help to those who are considering abortion.

Email dailyvid@jillstanek.com with your video suggestions.

Writer: Black, pro-abortion feminist should replace Jon Stewart

Conventions-Daily Showby Carder

Not only is Williams hilarious and eminently talented, but including a young woman of color in the mix of late-night hosts would also add some much-needed gender and racial diversity to these programs — something they must invest in if they want to remain relevant and continue to offer pointed commentary about contemporary issues.

The perspective Williams brings to the news is invaluable, and she has repeatedly proven her ability to confront hot-button issues with relatable yet biting humor and fierce intelligence. Here are just a few of the many reasons why Williams is the best choice for the job…

She isn’t afraid to tackle reproductive health issues.

~ Derrick Clifton explaining why the Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams (pictured right) would be the best choice to replace Jon Stewart, Mic, February 11

Stanek Sunday funnies 2-15-15

by Chip Bok at Townhall.com
 by at John Deering at GoComics.com

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Sunday Word: “You rescue the weak from those stronger than they”


Who is like you?
Who can rescue the weak
from those stronger than they,
the poor and needy
from those who exploit them?

Psalm 35:10, Complete Jewish Bible translation


Who Is Jill Stanek?

Jill Stanek is a nurse turned speaker, columnist and blogger, a national figure in the effort to protect both preborn and postborn innocent human life.

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What the Media says »

by Carder

Girls HBOWomen’s stories about abortion are slowly, thoughtfully, and carefully coming into the mainstream. And as they do, the word itself – abortion – becomes less stigmatized, more human. This week’s “Girls” was an abrupt and necessary reminder that there is not just one type of abortion experience. Whether it was too abrupt, casual, or weird is, per every episode of “Girls,” utterly beside the point.

~ Ali Vitali just thrilled over HBO’s “Girls” and its “atypical” treatment of abortion, MSNBC, February 25

[Photo via Man Repeller]

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