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Pro-life blog buzz 3-22-13

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

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  • Big Blue Wave links to an article by Matt Archbold at the National Catholic Register which claims pro-lifers are losing the abortion debate. BBW apparently agrees:

    We’ve argued for the humanity of the unborn on the assumption that people accepted the intrinsic worth of a human being. Which they now don’t, because belief in God is waning. There is no way to argue the intrinsic worth of a human being without reference to God. We have a big problem and we need to confront it, pro-lifers.

    Hmm… I wonder what Secular Pro-Life would say in response to that.

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  • Pro-Life in TN follows the case of 26-year-old Lindsey Lowe (pictured left), who disguised her pregnancy, then smothered her twin boys at birth and hid them in the laundry hamper.

    Lowe was sentenced to life in prison, with two counts of felony first degree murder, two counts of pre-meditated murder, and two counts of aggravated child abuse. The trial took six days with only two hours of deliberation. In summation, the D.A. apparently swayed the jury with these words: “speak for these two little boys who will never speak.”

  • Clinic Quotes has a chilling statement made in 2008 by the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Ann Furedi:

    We can accept that the embryo is a living thing in the fact that it has a beating heart, that it has its own genetic system within it. It’s clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil, and we can recognize that it is human life… the point is not when does human life begin, but when does it really begin to matter?

  • Culture Campaign outlines several articles about why the Catholic Church (and Pope Francis) must take a stand against politicians who profess to be practicing Catholics while supporting abortion.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life discusses the International Day of the Unborn Child, coming up on March 25.
  • Live Action has some advice for Rand Paul and other potential 2016 presidential candidates on the life issue: stop with the mixed messages and learn to articulate your message competently.

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  • Kansans for Life informs prospective donors and volunteers to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that MSS supports embryo-destructive stem cell research, despite the fact that “there are no MS cures or promising clinical trials using ESC. In fact, adult stem cells are providing actual successful treatments for MS.”

    The MSS Mid America chapter has also “hired Kari Rinker (pictured right), [abortion advocate and former lobbyist for NOW], to be their voice at the state Capitol in Topeka this year[.]”

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse posts an article about liberal Iceland’s effort to ban hardcore pornography online, stating it is a danger to women and children, having “very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime.”
  • Accepting Abundance outlines the conflicting research on the morning-after pill, stating it should be rejected in all cases:

    So does anyone know how the MAP works? It seems not. That the pro-MAP professionals changed talking points about its mechanism and about pregnancy, thereby circumventing the real question, seems to suggest that they do strongly suspect that the pills interfere with implantation, but will not admit it.

    In fuzzy language, the manufacturers conclude that prevention of implantation is not proven as a mechanism, but they cannot prove that it is not a mechanism even though other MAPs and uses of these drugs in different dosages are known to work by preventing implantation. They seem to think it is unreasonable to have to prove the negative, but that is a standard required of any other medication if the lives in question are valued by society.

    Remember, professionals who promote the MAP have are not concerned with protecting embryonic human life; their motivation lies elsewhere.

Pro-life blog buzz 2-15-13

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

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  • Abstinence Clearinghouse links to a Centers for Disease Control article that shows 20% of teenage girls binge drink (4+ drinks, at least 3 times weekly), which “can lead to serious health risks including… sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy.”
  • At Ethika Politika, Dr. Jacqueline Harvey wonders whether pro-choice opposition to accurate abortion data is indicative of “arrogance, apathy, or fear.” She notes the need for published abortion statistics to be accurate in order to form evidence-based conclusions (as opposed to agenda-driven ones) about the effectiveness of contraception and sex education.

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  • Americans United for Life posts a chart (pictured left; click to enlarge) showing the death rate of women undergoing late-term abortions and the need for new legal protection.
  • Kansans for Life points out that when it comes to banning sex-selective abortion, pro-choice feminist organizations seem to be stuck between a rock and a hard place:

    Abortion labeled as gender discrimination undermines their argument that the so-called “reproductive rights” movement exists to prevent discrimination against women.

  • Bound4Life observes Black History Month by featuring a guest post from pro-life African-American speaker and writer LaSondra Spears:

    We live in a time where more African American men are in prison than were slaves in 1850. For the male children who do survive abortion, who’s teaching them to be men so the cycle of abortion doesn’t continue? Who’s telling us this history?

  • Clinic Quotes talks about abortion proponents’ use of euphemism to mask the true nature of abortion.
  • American Life League’s Judie Brown believes Catholic leadership needs to rebuke politicians who claim to be Catholic yet defy Church teachings.
  • Accepting Abundance shares a controversial video linking contraception to other societal issues:

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Pro-life blog buzz 1-22-13

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

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  • Fr. Frank Pavone publishes an open letter to President Obama on Inauguration Day, protesting Obama’s “unwillingness to recognize [preborn children’s] equal dignity” and his “unrelenting attack on religious freedom and on the institution of marriage.”
  • Kansans for Life has more information on plans to reopen George Tiller’s infamous abortion clinic in Wichita.

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  • Accepting Abundance points out that in the audio of oral arguments from the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, there is nervous laughter (listen here) from pro-Roe attorney Sarah Weddington (pictured left, in 1973 and in more recent years), when she acknowledged that if the preborn child were to be declared a person, her argument would fail:

    Justice Potter Stewart pressed further, “Well, if it were established that an unborn fetus is a person within the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment, you would have almost an impossible case here, would you not?” Mrs. Weddington replied, “I would have a very difficult case.” And then she laughed nervously. Justice Stewart, not laughing at all, continued that this is akin to ruling that if a “mother thought that it bothered her health having the child around, she could have it killed.” Mrs. Weddington said, “That’s correct,” and declined any further response.

  • Judie Brown of American Life League has strong words for Cardinal Dolan, who “needs to set aside the politics as well as his love affair with the media and begin being the apostle he is called to be” on the issue of dealing with “Catholic” politicians who support abortion.
  • Americans United for Life has an upcoming legal conference this week on “The Future of Roe: Women, Health and Law in the Obama Era” – a great opportunity for anyone who is in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.
  • The Guiding Star Project shares a sobering memorial to the unborn, available for Sanctity of Human Life Sunday programs or for publishing in local newspapers.

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  • Family Research Council is again sponsoring the ProLifeCon, which will feature Rep. Trent Franks, along with other excellent speakers. The conference will also be available online.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life believe Roe v. Wade will eventually fall thanks to reason, democracy and human rights.
  • Albert Mohler lists five reasons why the conflict over abortion will not go away as many hoped it would after Roe:

    First… the judicial imposition of abortion on demand, virtually without restriction until the third trimester, produced both shock and outrage among those who believe that the unborn child has an inalienable right to life… [and] an organized pro-life movement came into shape….

    Second, Roe also had the effect, surely unforeseen by the Supreme Court, of bringing millions of evangelical Christians into the fight on behalf of the unborn. Prior to Roe, even many evangelicals believed that abortion was a Roman Catholic issue….

    Third, the death spiral of abortion simply defies adequate calculation. Over a million abortions are performed in America each year. Reports last year indicated that over 40% of all pregnancies in New York end in abortion, a rate that increases to almost 60% of pregnancies among African-American women.

    The sheer scale of the death toll sears the pro-life conscience. Young people can now see that millions are missing from their own generation.

    Fourth, abortion has proved to be exactly what pro-life activists warned it would be: a deadly threat to human dignity that would target specific populations. Prenatal testing has produced a deadly reality for unborn babies considered less than acceptable by their parents.

    The vast majority (90%) of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome are now aborted. Sex-selection abortions are legal in the wide-open “right” to abortion declared by the court. Prenatal testing of other characteristics means that parents can now abort a baby that does not meet their specifications and try again.

    Fifth, powerful imaging technologies now allow a look inside the womb, a privilege unknown to previous generations. That window has transformed the equation, as millions of parents have seen their unborn children and witnessed the miracle of life.

[Weddington photo via wweek.com; Franks photo via govfaces.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 11-30-12

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

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  • Pro-Life in TN writes that with all the warring over the looming fiscal cliff, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is busy doling out $100,000 to teach at-risk girls how to better “negotiate” condom use with their sexual partners.
  • Abortion in Washington exposed the fact that Group Health Cooperative was running an abortion clinic in Seattle and training future abortionists on site. After filing a public records request (since GHC refused to disclose its data), it was found that 294 babies were killed in 2011 at the facility.
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition publishes a letter from an Oregon woman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and voted for assisted suicide so she could end her life. Her doctor instead encouraged her to choose life and seek treatment. 12 years later, she is grateful to be alive and no longer supports assisted suicide.

  • Live Action reviews their personal favorite pro-life statements of 2012, including one about Bella Santorum (pictured left with her father, Rick Santorum) from Time’s Joe Klein, who wrote:

    I am haunted by the smiling photos I’ve seen of Isabella with her father and mother, brothers and sisters. No doubt she struggles through many of her days — she nearly died a few weeks ago — but she has also been granted three years of unconditional love and the ability to smile and bring joy. Her tenuous survival has given her family a deeper sense of how precious even the frailest of lives are.

All right, I can hear you saying, the Santorum family’s course may be admirable, but shouldn’t we have the right to make our own choices?

Yes, I suppose. But I also worry that we’ve become too averse to personal inconvenience as a society — that we’re less rigorous parents than we should be, that we’ve farmed out our responsibilities, especially for the disabled, to the state — and I’m grateful to Santorum for forcing on me the discomfort of having to think about the moral implications of his daughter’s smile.

  • Accepting Abundance points out how preborn children are now routinely – and almost nonchalantly – destroyed in the hopes of curing “more developed” people.
  • Life Training Institute promotes a great read on raising a child with Down syndrome.
  • Secular Pro-Life expresses support for the American Center for Law and Justice’s film, Life Happens:

    “Life Happens opens with a short, accessible, and useful history of the abortion conflict in the United States. The film’s coverage of the question of when human life begins is also excellent, with numerous expert interviews. But the heart of the film consists of personal stories.Though some inaccurate adoption language is used in the film, it covers “hard cases” such as special needs children and rape:

Pro-life blog buzz 10-16-12

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

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  • Big Blue Wave shares a video from Alliance for Life Ontario, which the Advertising Standards Council of Canada claims is “demean[ing] and denigrat[ing to] women.” The ASC plans to penalize the pro-life group for refusing to amend or withdraw the ad:

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  • At National Review, Michael New notes the critical flaws in the recent study in favor of free contraception:

    [T]here are at least five reasons why this study greatly overstates the impact of no-cost contraception.

    1) No control group… 2) Limited impact on repeat abortion rate… 3) Exaggerated impact on overall abortion rate… 4) The weighting mechanism overstates effectiveness of contraception program… 5) The results are not generalizable to a large population….

    All in all, the pro-life movement receives plenty of criticism from the mainstream media and supporters of legal abortion for not being more contraceptive-friendly. However, in reality there is little evidence that supports the effectiveness of contraceptive programs. Separate studies from both the Guttmacher Institute and the Centers for Disease Control both indicate that a low percentage of sexually active women forgo contraception due to high cost or lack of availability.

  • Accepting Abundance also comments on the free contraception study:

    Caring for women is not the real agenda. Saving the taxpayers money or reducing abortion is not the real agenda. The real agenda is about power. How do you gain power? You convince people they need you to take care of them. You convince them you can save them. You convince them you are god. Works every time, right?

  • 40 Days for Life provides updates from several cities at the halfway point of the campaign. Pro-life speakers David Bereit, Abby Johnson, and Rev. Walter Hoye paid a visit to the Nashville gathering.

  • FRC Blog responds to an article that attempts to paint the pro-life as something it isn’t:

    When working through policy issues with my interns, I often remind them to make sure they know the real principles guiding any discussion. Being pro-life is about valuing life because it is God-given and necessary for all other human experience on earth.

    It is NOT about being pro-opportunities and pro jobs or any other such thing. No dead people have jobs, enjoy art, or get a good education. Being pro-life means you don’t want innocent people to be murdered. A little state charity doesn’t make a platform of murder more palatable.

    If a man ran for office, ended all poverty, gave everyone an ideal education, but every day stood outside the White House and presided over the legal killing of innocent Americans, no one would vote for him. That is what happens in America, only it is labeled “choice.” Innocent people are killed and not a single one of them gets a good education or a chance to have a good life. It is the first liberty without which the others can’t be exercised.

[Photo via proliferesources.blogspot.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 9-25-12

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

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  • Live Action says a settlement has been reached in the case of an Ohio Planned Parenthood which failed to report the repeated sexual abuse of a minor girl by her own father – even after she reported that he had fathered the child she was aborting.
  • Culture Campaign reports the sad news that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists “now recommends that post-pubescent girls be made unable to conceive using IUD or implanted birth control because children do poorly at managing other contraceptives that rely on proper usage.”

  • Big Blue Wave links to an interview with Martin Hudáček, creator of the sculpture (pictured left) entitled, “The Child Who Was Never Born.”
  • Megan of Life Training Institute reinforces the fact that despite what some groups may claim, there really is no middle ground on abortion:

    For the sake of clear thinking and decision making, we need to carefully consider the rhetoric and make some important distinctions. What is meant by the term “abortion?” What are the issues that touch the abortion issue? Are there limits out of which we must not step? What is the most human response?

    Philosopher Christopher Kaczor defines abortion this way: “Properly speaking, abortion is the intentional killing of a human fetus.”

    His terms are carefully chosen and scientifically accurate. Working with this definition, either abortion is morally permissible, or it is not.

  • FRC Blog comments on the impact same sex divorce has on the children brought into the arrangement via “adoption, artificial reproductive technology, or one partner’s previous heterosexual relationship. When the relationship breaks up, who has a claim to the child: biological parent, donor or surrogate, or adoptive same-sex partner? What about the same-sex partner who never adopted the child because the other biological parent would not release his or her rights – or the partner’s new boyfriend or girlfriend, who is helping raise the child?”

  • Ethika Politika takes exception to bumper sticker slogans (like the one at right) which assert that politics and religion should remain separate:

    The two main (assumed) premises of the bumper sticker don’t stand up to scrutiny. First, if religion stayed out of government, then political life would rarely, if ever, actually lead to violence. It doesn’t take an extensive study of history for more than 30 seconds to realize that this attitude is simply not the case: government and ideology can do quite a fine job on their own compeling [sic] the state to act in a violent manner towards the world. The second is that the mixture of religion and politics leads to people burning at the stake. Or at the least, nothing good comes of that. Ponder that on Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

  • Stacey of Accepting Abundance writes about “life after 40,” sharing the news that she is expecting another child. Her philosophy? “If I can still have babies… then I can still have babies.”

  • David Bereit of 40 Days for Life comments on the disruption and subsequent protests that occurred at his speaking engagement in Australia:

    While I was a bit surprised by the sudden barrage, I was saddened more than anything else. As I looked at the anger and hatred in the eyes of these young people, I realized that some of them had probably experienced the pain of abortion in their own lives.

Pro-life blog buzz 9-11-12

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

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  • Ethika Politika displays some of the disrespectful, vile comments that came from social media following Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s closing prayer at the Democratic National Convention last week. Who knew there were so many creative ways to use the “F” word?

 

  • Abolitionist Society of OK prints a personal testimony of rape, pregnancy, and healing. The lack of support the author received from obstetricians is appalling, and raises the question: Is it rape victims who attach stigma to pregnancies resulting from rape, or is it the rest of society?
  • At Live Action, Stephen Brown has a threepart series on the lawsuit against Planned Parenthood for Medicaid fraud, and why PP has such a strong stake in the outcome of this election.
  • Abstinence Clearinghouse points out another difference in the platform of the two major parties. The Republican platform includes abstinence education, which is in direct opposition to the idea of school family planning clinics:

    We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with abstinence education which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and respected standard of behavior. Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS when transmitted sexually. It is effective, science-based, and empowers teens to achieve optimal health outcomes and avoid risks of sexual activity. We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception.

  • Fr. Frank Pavone points out how abortion in a democracy can fundamentally transform the State.

  • American Life League’s Judie Brown addresses the life issue at the ballot box in Massachusetts this November – assisted suicide:

    It may sound preposterous, but the fact is that once a person buys into the philosophy that there are lives unworthy of being lived — as is the case with those who market abortion — there is little to nothing stopping that same individual from advocating death as a solution to life’s challenges when they are at the other end of the spectrum.

Freedom of choice has no boundaries once God is taken out of the equation and personal self-interest, often called autonomy, moves in to take center stage.

  • Michael New says Democrats are again trotting out the same tired and unsubstantiated claims about social spending and abortion:

    [T]here is not one peer-reviewed study which shows that Medicaidspending or any other kind of welfare spending actually reduces the incidence of abortion.There is, however, a substantial body of research which documents the effectiveness of pro-life laws. In 2009 the Guttmacher Institute did a literature review on public-funding restrictions for abortion. Of the 24 studies they considered, 20 found that abortion rates fell after public funding was reduced. They even acknowledged the best research indicates that restricting public funding lowers abortion rates. There is also an academic literature which documents the effectiveness of parental-involvement laws and properly designed informed-consent laws.

    President Obama has pursued policies which will almost certainly increase the incidence of abortion…. If abortion is listed as a federal health benefit, that could easily nullify or weaken a number of state-level pro-life laws. Obamacare also provides federal funds to insurance plans which cover abortion. The HHS contraceptive mandate could require employers to cover abortifacients and is also a taxpayer bailout of Planned Parenthood.

  • Accepting Abundance shares a cartoon portrayal of the issue of conscience rights. Think taxpayer-funded birth control and abortion:

[Photo via The Atlantic]

Pro-life blog buzz 9-4-12

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

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  • Culture Campaign reports on a new study from Yale University and City University of New York, which “shows that if the Republican Party abortion platform came to fruition and states could outlaw abortion, not only would the national abortion rate drop, but the rate among non-white Americans would drop the most.”

    Some point to this and claim racism on the part of Republicans… but really, doesn’t this just prove the pro-life point that abortion is used as a eugenic weapon and disproportionately takes the lives of minorities?

  • 40 Days for Life proudly announces that the upcoming fall campaign will be the longest and largest ever, with 314 locations planned, both here and abroad: 49 U.S. states (plus D.C.), 7 Canadian provinces, Australia, England, Spain, and – for the first time – Uganda, and many more. The full list of locations has just been posted.

  • Live Action says the Democrats are focusing on the GOP’s imaginary “war on women” (labeling female Republican leaders, “shiny packaging”) while attempting to excuse and downplay Barack Obama’s pro-infanticide abortion extremism:

    So unless pro-abortion politicians use the words “I support infanticide,” we can’t hold them accountable for protecting de facto infanticide. Too bad they aren’t such sticklers for rhetorical charity when calling pro-lifers sexist religious fanatics who want to legitimize rape, leave women for dead in back alleys, control people’s sex lives, and incite violence against abortionists….

    There’s simply no getting around Obama’s record of protecting infanticide. Nor can the rest of the president’s right-to-life record – nearly unlimited abortion during all three trimesters, federal funding for abortion, opposition to states’ right to make their own abortion policy – be spun as moderate.

  • The Anti-Abortion Gang shares a Twitter conversation in which a pro-choicer points to orphans and the cost of caring for humanity as reasons to promote the killing of preborn children.

  • Big Blue Wave has a great quote from Ben Stein (pictured right), host of the documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed:

    For me, the number one issue is right to life. I don’t think the Democrats are very good on the right-to-life issue…. People who think of abortion as a reasonable method of birth control just are never going to get my vote.

  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition notes a group from Boston calling themselves, “Second Thoughts: People with Disabilities Opposing the Legalization of Assisted Suicide.” Formed in 2011 to educate and organize the Massachusetts disability community to respond to the Question 2 ballot initiative, the group “emphasizes that rather than offering individual choice, assisted suicide laws create a potentially discriminatory and dangerous practice.”
  • The Abolitionist Society of OK lists 7 reasons why the abortion abolitionist movement must reject violence.
  • American Life League’s Judie Brown continues to ask why the Catholic Church is playing out a drama involving both political parties when the stakes for religious liberty and abortion are so high.
  • Accepting Abundance writes about “sacred parenting” when a preborn child is given a terminal diagnosis. Often, “therapeutic” abortion is chosen, but this video explains an option that both honors the life of the child and helps the family heal. (Tissue alert.)

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