Culture Campaign comments on self-professed Satanist name “Mary” who claims the Missouri waiting period is preventing her from exercising her religious belief “that her body is subject to her will alone.” (I wonder how they square this with other laws in society which restrict individual rights.) Of course, Mary and the Satanists have the full support of abortion advocates. A fund has been established so “Mary” can have an abortion ASAP at the only remaining abortion clinic in MO, Planned Parenthood of St. Louis – which is not exactly known for it’s great track record on safety.
40 Days for Life just celebrated its second event in Nigeria in the past two years.
Clinic Quotes has a bizarre, twisted quote from Christiane Northrup, a former abortionist, who apparently believes abortion should remain legal because the mother-child bond is sacred. What? The bond between mother and child is the most intimate bond in human experience. In this most primary of human relationships, love, welcome, and receptivity should be present in abundance. Forcing a woman to bear and raise a child against her will is therefore an act of violence. It constricts and degrades the mother – child bond and sows the seeds of hatred rather than love. … Life is too valuable to inhibit its full blossoming and potential by forcing a woman to bear it against her will.
Is banning abortion an act of violence, or is abortion itself the act of violence?
At Live Action News, Amanda Read discusses the past winners of Life Film Fest’s Capra Award and how they honored life: Capra was the youngest of seven children in an Italian immigrant family, and is remembered for crafting the simple richness of everyday life onto the silver screen in such films as “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”
The beauty of Capra’s filmmaking is the power of the parable, as seen in the compelling illustration that no one’s life is an accident.
Josh Brahm talks about his experience of touring this exhibit (pictured right) in Portland, Oregon. Although, as Brahm points out, some may be “triggered” by the exhibit (perhaps due to their belief that any scientific display of preborn humans is somehow anti-women’s rights), showing the development of the preborn child is scientifically valid: The exhibit was created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, the person behind the controversial “Body Worlds” exhibit. He uses a plastination technique to preserve animal and human bodies and sets up exhibits in an effort to educate people about anatomy in a way that books can’t. The exhibit is controversial because in the case of the human bodies, these were real people who arguably should have been buried. My staff and I have unresolved concerns about that aspect of it.
In the case of the prenatal development exhibit at OMSI, they only have babies who were miscarried and then preserved, presumably with the parents’ permission….
It became harder for me to step into the shoes of a pro-choice person and defend abortion rights later in the exhibit though. Around the point where the baby in front of us was nine weeks old, it became clearer than anything that this is a little human, not an unorganized mass of developing tissue.
As I was staring at a child who was about 20 weeks old my brother Tim came up to me to ask me what I was feeling. I paused, and then responded that I felt “intensely sad about abortion.” I asked him what he was feeling, and he replied, “As I looked at the younger embryos, I felt really sad, but the older they get, the more I feel angry.”
I reminded Tim that abortions at 20-weeks or later don’t happen nearly as often as first-trimester abortions before asking, “What specifically are you angry about?” Tim thought about it, and responded, “I’m angry that 20-week abortions are defended so often. I’m angry that our society is even having to debate whether or not to pass a bill that would ban abortions at this stage.”
[Photo of OR display by Eric Shierman via Josh Brahm; Northrup photo via pinterest.com]
Saynsumthn’s Blog writes of another 911 call from an abortion clinic – this time in Bakersfield, California. The abortionist on duty at the time was Karen Mann, who is also believed to have been the doctor on duty in March when a husband “was forced to call 911 to get help for his wife after her abortion at that facility.”
ProLifeBlogs features a post by the Family Research Council which reports that the city of Austin, Texas, is renting a building to Planned Parenthood for $1 per year: Planned Parenthood is being charged $1 per year for a city building that is worth $1.86 million and that should cost approximately $7,000 per month to rent.
This is a fiscally irresponsible move on behalf of the city of Austin and certainly needs to be addressed. Austin could be using revenue from renting this city building to an honorable organization for the amount it is actually worth.
At Stand True, Marisa Kwaning posts the inspiring story about how three pro-life leaders in three different states turned their passion for the unborn into active pro-life prayer ministries simultaneously – without consulting each other. Some would call it a coincidence, while others would say it was a “God-incidence”: Ten years ago, a burning desire to be a voice for the unborn was ignited in three leaders – in Texas, Virginia and Colorado. Having known each other for years, they rarely see one another aside from national pro-life gatherings. What would happen if we started a dialogue together?
For the first time, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Matt Lockett of Bound4Life and Bryan Kemper of Stand True [pictured left, with the author] share their common yet distinct experiences – and reveal a striking timeline of how public prayer advocacy has thrived in the grassroots pro-life movement.
Secular Pro-Life responds to the question, “When pro-lifers applaud mothers who go to their death refusing abortion, is this an indication that we value the baby more than the mother?”: I don’t think that necessarily follows. After all, society routinely applauds people who sacrifice their lives for others. Fallen police officers are an obvious example. Memorializing fallen police officers certainly doesn’t imply a judgment that police officers have less moral worth than the people they save.
Pro-Life NZ reports on a shocking statistic from the UK: At least 1,000 women aborted for severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum): Every year 1,000 women in the UK hit by the same pregnancy sickness that afflicted Kate Middleton are aborting their child because they fail to get any help, a study has claimed.
About 10,000 women a year are affected by the debilitating hyperemesis gravidarum – a severe form of morning sickness which causes constant vomiting, crippling weakness and dehydration.
A range of treatments are available for the condition, which Kate Middleton suffered from during both her pregnancies.
But, according to researchers, GPs tend not to prescribe them following the thalidomide scandal 60 years ago. Thalidomide was prescribed for morning sickness, but led to birth defects.
Bound4Life has an update on the tremendous victory in Tennessee, where pro-lifers fought their way back from a disastrous TN Supreme Court decision in 2000, which threw out abortion regulations and imposed strict scrutiny on future regulations. This was the result of a lawsuit brought against the state by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. To correct this meant garnering enough support to pass an amendment to the state constitution: Amending the State Constitution is an arduous process. It must pass the General Assembly by a simple majority, followed by a super majority, appear on the ballot in a year that a Governor is elected and pass by at least 50 percent plus one (of the number of votes cast for Governor).
It took 14 years of pro-life advocacy for this measure, Amendment 1, to be on the 2014 ballot. Along the way, it was essential for the pro-life issue to be front and center in elections – changing the political landscape dramatically. The battle to pass this state measure received national attention.
The grassroots coalition “Yes on 1” was outspent 3 to 1, and all four major city newspapers endorsed the Planned Parenthood position. Funded by out-of-state pro-abortion interests, the “No on 1” campaign even produced what was named “the most dishonest TV ad of the 2014 election season.”
November 4, 2014 was the moment of truth. The pro-life Amendment 1 relied upon a strong grassroots effort in all 95 counties to win 53% to 47% in Tennessee.
As a result of this amendment, three new regulations – informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period, and the licensure and inspection of abortion facilities – have passed and are expected to be signed into law by the Governor.
[Stand True photo via Josh M Shepherd; Yes on 1 photo via Yes on 1]
Jivin Jehoshaphat says abortionist David Grimes is back at it again, defending his profession “by looking at research (some from more than 50 years ago) which follows women who were denied abortions.” Grimes’ argument says unwanted children don’t do as well in life as wanted children. But Jivin J points out, “You know who fares far less than their peers? Children who are aborted.”
Two abortion clinics have closed in Mexico, with one being a Marie Stopes facility which was the site of a 40 Days for Life campaign. The facility was reportedly “shut down by the government for numerous violations… and the building is now plastered with giant infringement signs.”
Culture Campaign says that apparently, women either don’t think they can “have it all” or no longer seem to want it all when it comes to successful careers and family. Career advancement is winning, while the U.S. population is not: As of 2013, the general fertility rate in the U.S., as measured by the number of babies women between 15 and 44 have over their lifetimes, had fallen for six straight years and sat at 1.86, according to the New York Times. Maintaining a stable U.S. population would require a fertility rate of 2.1.
Father Frank Pavone says that despite abortion’s legality, the law is “not valid as a law” according to the Catholic Church, as it contradicts the law of God: Rather, they are acts of violence, and must be resisted rather than obeyed. To be valid and binding, a law must never contradict the law of God.
Live Action News draws attention to a punk rock band, to be featured at Europe’s Eurovision, which is comprised entirely of band members with Down syndrome and autism. LA says this is “the first band of their kind to make it to the semi-finals of this contest.”
American Life League’sJudie Brown chastises Catholic bishops who seem more interested in political correctness than standing for their faith and for life issues: Contrary to the pope’s view on capital punishment, Catholic teaching on the death penalty does not raise the use of capital punishment to the level of an intrinsic evil. However, Catholic teaching does define every act of procured abortion as intrinsically evil. So we wonder why the Massachusetts Catholic bishops have chosen to defend a terrorist’s right to life while saying little about the fact that, every 20 seconds in this nation, an innocent baby is aborted.
Saynsumthn’s Blog shows the unintentional hilarity of some pro-choicers who thought they’d mock pro-life beliefs by writing “Not a chicken” on unfertilized Easter eggs.
At the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Alex Schadenberg says Democratic New HampshireState Rep. Michael Cahill “offered euthanasia as a solution during the budget debate last week.” He reportedly stated, “Since we are refusing to raise revenues to fund services for the disabled, for example, have you looked at euthanasia?” If that was supposed to be a joke, it wasn’t a good one.
40 Days for Life reminds us that the pro-life movement is a movement of converts: We are not a movement of saints, but of sinners. We are a movement of converts. And among those converts are people who once stood firm in their belief in abortion. But they were wrong – and they admitted it.
The pro-life movement is not led by those who wave their moral fingers at women who have abortions or workers who sell abortion. In fact, many of the leaders are women who have had abortions… and the people who sold them those abortions.
Over the past 42 years, we have seen many hearts change. Abortion doctors, abortion workers, women who have had abortions, men who have paid for abortions and baby-boomers who sincerely supported “reproductive rights” have become pro-life.
At Live Action News, Adam Peters discusses Ryerson University in Toronto and their refusal to allow a pro-life club member status on their campus under the guise of protecting the campus from “groups, meetings, or events that promote misogynist views towards woman (sic) and ideologies that promote gender inequity, challenges women’s right (sic) to bodily autonomy, or justifies (sic) sexual assault.” Peters responds, “If the RSU’s board members are serious about opposing misogyny, sexual assault, and gender inequality, then they should stop worrying about pro-lifers and take a look at the abortion industry; it enables all three.”
Bound4Life, posts about a reported “breakthrough” in medical science which produces organs available for transplant. But this breakthrough is extremely controversial: the organs are harvested from aborted babies, transplanted into lab rats and grown for eventual transplant into humans – a process is known as xenotransplantation.
Their reasoning for using organs from aborted humans is that the organs would simply go to waste otherwise. Our own Jill Stanek remarked on this process, as quoted by CNS News:
It is easy to see where this is heading: toward the day when human beings will be grown in the lab specifically for organ and tissue harvesting. This is horrific on so many levels.
Kansans for Life comments on a PBS show that features doctors and nurses treating pre-born children for defects and problems in utero instead of killing them via abortion: Twice Born focuses on treating serious medical problems detected in the womb, including invasive tumors, spina bifida, and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. The first show was well-paced and personalized the staff, particularly one physician whose daughter has a degenerative disease.
But beyond the pathos of the medical conditions depicted, and beyond the admiration for the dedication and compassion of the medical staff, a deliberate feeling kept rising in me: THIS is what medicine naturally aspires to… how marvelous… how noble! This is what physicians SHOULD be doing!
Big Blue Wave says despite the pro-choice narrative attempting to paint Purvi Patel’s self-induced abortion/feticide as a “miscarriage,” it wasn’t: This is not about criminalizing miscarriage.
Do you really believe that pro-life women such as myself, who have had miscarriages, would seek to criminalize a natural miscarriage?
There’s a difference between a natural miscarriage, one whose cause is usually unknown and unprovoked and that induced by pills or other means.
Josh Brahm reprints John Thorp and Clarke Forsythe’sWashington Timesarticle showing how the abortion industry cannot claim abortion is safe with our current system of reporting: Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable.
The U.S. abortion data and reporting system, unlike many other countries, relies completely on voluntary reporting. No federal law requires the reporting of abortion numbers, complications or deaths. (Denmark, in contrast, requires mandatory reporting by providers of all induced abortions.)
Abstinence Clearinghouse says 75% of parents would not approve of one South Carolina school district’s sex ed program, Making Proud Choices. AC says that in the program, girls are taught how to sexually arouse boys, put on the condom, remove it following intercourse, and relax after sex.
Big Blue Wave was cautiously optimistic when the Quebec Health Minister wanted to limit the number of abortions performed – knowing the devil was in the details. In BBW’s update, we learn that this caution was well founded: The Health Minister says [a] new health law will increase access to abortion, because all family physicians will be able to perform them. Career abortionists will be able to obtain special dispensations to perform all the abortions they want.
40 Days for Life rejoices that just in their most recent campaign, at least 402 babies that had their death sentences vacated because of the presence of volunteers at countless abortion facilities across the US and participating countries abroad.
At Live Action News, Alexandra Liebl discusses the “imprecision” of abortion language. As seen in the book and movie, The Giver, the main character, Jonas, learns that “precision of language” in his society is important “to ensure that unintentional lies were never uttered.”
Liebl “implore[s] President Obama to be more precise in his use of language” when lauding abortion providers as he did two years ago when he said “We… gather to recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their healthcare”:
em>Precision of language please, President Obama. What he really must mean is that women should be able to make their own choices not just about their own bodies but about the child’s body that they carry within them….
If women were treated fairly in every aspect of life, they would be protected in their mother’s womb from the moment of conception. If Obama believed in a nation where all Americans should have the freedom and opportunity to reach their potential, he would protect our most innocent, defenseless Americans to ensure they get the opportunity and freedom of life itself….
In language I saw as more accurate and fit in conveying President Obama’s message, I have rewritten the last excerpt: To everyone at NARAL Pro-Choice America, thank you for your tireless advocacy for the exploitation of women and the destruction of preborn children and families. I couldn’t be prouder of the work each of you is doing to make the world an intangible place for select, preborn Americans.
Shawn Carney, National Campaign Director for 40 Days For Life, comes to Orlando to share victorious vigil stories from all over the country! The babies saved, the mothers spared from a lifetime of regret, the dogged determination of prayer warriors enduring harsh weather and hecklers.
In short, the every day drama of a 40 Days for Life campaign!
~ 40 Days for Life Orlando announcing Shawn Carney’s scheduled appearance for the closing day “victory” rally this Saturday, March 28
A member of 40 Days for Life was praying outside a Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, when someone in a car threw a flaming object at her: Police arrested a driver Monday night who they say threw a flaming object from a car near the Planned Parenthood clinic on East Ben White Boulevard near South Congress. Austin police received the call shortly after 6 p.m., and members of the bomb squad responded. No one was injured and nothing was damaged, police said.
Shenandoah police say a social worker from Massachusetts reported a man using the name “Carlos” from Shenandoah was looking to get an abortion for his 12-year-old girlfriend.
A Chicago teenager charged with killing her mother in Bali is claiming her mother forced her to have two abortions and was attempting to force her to have a third: He said [Sheila] von Wiese-Mack had “forced” her daughter, Heather Mack [pictured far left], to have two earlier abortions and was seeking legal control so that she could compel a third procedure to terminate the teen’s latest pregnancy.
Mack, 19, gave birth this week to a girl in an Indonesian hospital. She and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer [pictured left], 21, of Oak Park, are charged with murder in her mother’s August death. They could face a firing squad if convicted.
The New Hampshire Union Leader rips into Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her opposition to the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Act: Sex trafficking is a crime that almost exclusively victimizes women and girls. According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 90 percent of sex trafficking victims in the United States last year were female.
Shaheen is refusing to help these abuse victims until Republicans agree to make taxpayers finance abortions. What a loathsome, cowardly, cynical thing to do.
Down on the Pharm says a pair of Austrian scientists is asking for more research to be done on the effects of hormonal birth control on the human brain: Of particular interest are the social and behavioral effects of these hormones when used in younger patients whose brains are still undergoing major development and maturation….
Changes in brain development in younger BC users may be more profound, with some expected to be irreversible.
At Josh Brahm’s blog, Timothy Brahm answers the accusation that the Equal Rights Institute’s philosophy of how to speak to pro-choicers is too soft: I’m not saying “just be nice.” I’m also not saying “don’t be offensive.” I’m arguing that we should love the people we talk to by seeking their best interest, and that means different things for different people. For some people, the most loving thing we can do for them is to graciously confront them with the truth about abortion, even if it offends them. For others, the most loving thing we can do for them is to listen to them, at least for a time.
One of the reasons why we train pro-life advocates to love the person they’re talking with is that loving, truthful people are always more persuasive than unloving, truthful people.
Abstinence Clearinghouse says an adolescent sexuality conference set to be held in Oregon created such controversy that it has been canceled: For the last 30 years, Oregon has hosted an Adolescent Sexuality Conference that has wrongfully presented sexually-explicit material to the public, including to children under 18. In April of 2014, protestors picketed the conference because some of the material was perverse and possibly illegal. Topics discussed usually include sexting, what you can find on porn sites and sexual consent.
At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning discusses the Iowa Supreme Court case currently examining the safety of webcam abortions, explaining that the case could have nationwide impact: Based on their argument of abortion being a “fundamental right” under Iowa’s Constitution, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the state medical board. A Polk County district court upheld the medical board’s decision.
Planned Parenthood appealed the decision and, as a result, the case was heard by the Iowa Supreme Court on March 11.
The Iowa Board of Medicine ban is based on their concern for the health risks to women involved in webcam abortions. According to Matthew Heffron, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, “This is a national test case. [Planned Parenthood] is trying procedure here. If they are successful in this case, they will probably attempt to spread the practice in other states.”
Planned Parenthood’s assertion in this case – since abortion is a “fundamental right,” it should not matter how the procedure takes place – should trouble anyone concerned about women’s health. Their legal fight is to preserve the practice, no matter the human cost.
At 40 Days for Life, international outreach director Robert Colquhoun discusses being a presence on the sidewalks at abortion clinics, and gives three suggestions on what to say if you meet a pregnant woman considering an abortion:
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