- Abstinence Clearinghouse points out how the Boston Globe surprisingly admits that part of the nation’s abortion decline is likely due to “an ’empathy-driven reaction’ for all of the Americans that grew up in a world of vivid ultrasound images and miraculous neonatal medicine for preemies.”
- At Live Action News, Susan Michelle promotes the upcoming #ProlifeYouth tweetfest, to be held on Thursday, June 25th. The goal is to engage more people in the pro-life movement and to “show the world that youth are pro-life, contrary to what the media portrays.”
This is a very serious problem. Given how intimately connected the World Social Forum has been with the promotion of communism, abortion, and homosexuality since the very beginning, it’s impossible to see how any Catholic can participate in it, or even speak positively about it, let alone have any involvement in its governance.
But Caritas Internationalis does!
~ Michael Hichborn, host of American Life League’s ALL Report, reporting on the conflict of interest between the Catholic charity group, Caritas Internationalis, and its involvement with the pro-abortion, pro-communist activist organization, World Social Forum, via The American Catholic, May 28
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
- American Life League’s Judie Brown says that in our society, Granny might be better protected if she were an animal instead of a human:
It becomes clearer every day that if Granny were not a human being, her chances of being protected from evil acts designed to take her life would be far better….
So we have to ask how it is that the chimpanzees Hercules and Leo will have their day in court, but Granny can feel free to either exit on her own terms or wait for a doctor or nurse to authorize her death because she signed a form allowing others to make life and death decisions for her. Human beings are expendable; chimpanzees are not? Something is incredibly wrong with this picture.
- Americans United for Life touches on this topic as well, pointing out that while this year’s legislative trends seem to be promising toward protecting life in the womb, an onslaught of bills that threaten the elderly and disabled are advancing.
- Big Blue Wave points out how a liberal writer, decrying the anti-dismemberment abortion law passed in Kansas, “doesn’t spend a single word to defend the principle objection to the procedure: that it dismembers unborn babies”:
The deeper problem with the heated debate on abortion is the very premise that public opinion should bear any relevance in access to abortion care. Politics and public opinion have no place in our doctors’ offices.
Except when you demand that people pay for it. Then politics have everything to do with abortion.
She leaves aside the obvious objection that a fetus is a human being and shouldn’t be dismembered. It’s as if the way to fight opponents of abortion is to ignore their arguments.
- At Live Action News, Alexandra Liebl address the average, “apathetic” pro-lifer:
Abortion cannot just make us sad. It is not enough for us to let its horrors just simply shock us. It does not matter if you cry while viewing a graphic image of a preborn child if your tears do not lead you to action. It does not matter if you cringe while reading about Kermit Gosnell, or you get nauseous while hearing about how abortion procedures are performed, if it does not lead you to action.
- Expose Abortion has a quote from the Kermit Gosnell grand jury report in 2011 that illustrates the need to not only pass abortion clinic regulations, but to actually enforce them. In Pennsylvania, the pro-abortion governor never saw the need to enforce Department of Health inspections:
Medical equipment – such as the defibrillator, the EKG, the pulse oximeter, the blood pressure cuff – was generally broken; even when it worked, it wasn’t used. The emergency exit was padlocked shut.
- Fr. Frank Pavone has a wonderful reflection that makes me think of the way the abortion industry fights clinic inspections and regulations:
“Everyone who does evil hates the light and avoids coming near the light so that his misdeeds may not be exposed” – John 3:20.
Reflection: A key priority of our pro-life movement must be to expose the corruption of the abortion industry. Making abortion legal never made it safe, and keeping it legal can never keep it safe. You can’t practice vice virtuously. If you are willing to kill a baby, you will be willing to do many other kinds of evil as well.
Prayer: Lord, bring into the light the evils being done behind closed doors in abortion centers, that our nation may repent and be healed, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
[Image via artistlight.blogspot.com]
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
- 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’s Judie 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.
- At Students for Life, Kristan Hawkins wonders what Michael Voris’ point was when he created an error-filled video which makes dubious claims about abortion and the pro-life movement. Hawkins says Voris is “irresponsible” and using “faulty logic” to claim “abortion numbers aren’t declining,” among other things. Hawkins backs up her rebuttal with links to the facts:
Not citing any sources, he proclaimed that chemical abortions aren’t tracked and comprise a quarter of all abortions. Therefore, he said, these must be added to the million+ abortions every year, which basically comes out to a number that shows abortions are not declining.
While Voris appears to make a convincing case in his six-minute video, he is wrong.
- The deadline is coming soon to sign up for The University of Notre Dame’s Vita Institute, which is “an intensive interdisciplinary training program for leaders in the national and international pro-life movement.” See the link for more details.
- American Life League’s Judie Brown shares stories of parents of children with Down syndrome, reminding us that a child is never a burden.
- At Bound4Life, Natalie Brumfield lists ten reasons why you should pray outside an abortion facility:
It is not easy to constantly pray at abortion centers. After many years, it’s heavy on me. It’s grueling. It doesn’t make me popular. I’ve lost special friends over the years. And the reality of what goes on inside the buildings rips my heart open over and over again.
But it isn’t about me. It’s about that single woman who has no one to turn to and feels absolutely hopeless. It’s about that couple who had no idea last week that they would be driving up to an abortion center deciding whether their baby would live or die. It’s about that baby who may not live to see the world outside of her/his mommy’s tummy. It’s about being there for others and helping to carry their pain.
And I know the prayer and presence means something to the people I’ve talked to and prayed with walking in or out of those places. They’ve told me. So I go and I pray — because they need to see someone cares.
- At Stand True, Bryan Kemper responds to a Christianity Today article lauding Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger and birth control:
I would expect this from RH Reality Check or some other pro-abortion publication, but not from Christianity Today. But then again, the general state of Christianity today is not exactly, well, Christian.
There are so many things wrong with this article, and I could probably write 10 pages in response. I think most people who read my blog regularly have a grasp on who Margaret Sanger was and why we can never look to her as a great example.
- In greater detail, Saynsumthn’s Blog also discusses the Christianity Today article, noting the controversy the author unexpectedly brought upon herself by stating she was “defending” Margaret Sanger. She now claims she “did not accurately estimate how great a distraction the Sanger example would be” in her defense of birth control as a social good. Saynsumthn responds:
It is true that Sanger opposed abortions as I detail here, however, what [author Rachel Marie] Stone leaves out is that she had a more permanent solution to abortion, forced sterilization.
By sterilizing Black women and those she and her eugenics friends considered feeble-minded, Sanger could guarantee they would never become pregnant again….
Sanger also called for those who were poor and what she considered to be “morons and immoral”, to be shipped to colonies where they would live in “Farms and Open Spaces” dedicated to brainwashing these so-called “inferior types” into having what Sanger called, “Better moral conduct”.
In 1964, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger said she believed that it would take the US Government to accept “Population Control” to convince other nations to do the same….
If Stone wants to advocate for contraception, that is one thing, but for her to try and convince the world that Sanger’s motives were compassionate, that is a completely different story.
[Photos via specialedpost.com and Saynsumthn’s Blog]
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
- American Life League’s Judie Brown reminds us of the “web of deception” that was used to market the birth control pill to millions of women in the 1960’s, and the toll it is taking today:
Today there are millions of unsuspecting women who have ingested chemicals that they think are harmless, not only to their health, but to the possible life of their preborn children. Current medical literature bears witness to the truth that the pill is not safe for any woman, let alone her baby if she conceives. Think about these news stories:Time magazine: “Birth Control Pill Risks May Now Include Brain Cancer”
The list goes on, but we are pretty sure you get the picture.
- Bound4Life says pro-abortion bills are being passed and signed under the radar in Washington, D.C., which “could force all employers in the nation’s capital to cover abortion-on-demand in health plans, including pro-life groups and religious schools.” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured far left) signed the bill, while outgoing mayor Vincent Gray (pictured far right) had refused to sign it, citing “serious constitutional concerns.”
- Abstinence Clearinghouse says the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has a new 2015 Dirty Dozen list. Which organizations are on it?
This list highlights each of the top offenders and explains how they are currently contributing to sexual exploitation. Following the explanations is a list of actions that the public can take to persuade these companies to change their policies and practices. Among other, the list for 2015 includes… the book Fifty Shades of Grey for its glamorization of sexual violence.
- Culture Campaign points to a new review that shows, contrary to previous “morally indefensible” claims, that Plan B does indeed cause abortions.
- Live Action News also weighs in on the emergency contraceptives as abortifacients debate:
“Many doctors and researchers,” the authors elaborate, “claim that it has either no – or at most – an extremely small chance of working via abortion.” But “the latest scientific and medical evidence now demonstrates that levonorgestrel emergency contraception theoretically works via abortion quite often.”
- For those who couldn’t make it to the March for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone has posted his sermon from the National Prayer Service:
[Bowser/Gray photo by Adam Fagen via Flickr]
You may have heard of the measles outbreak. Reported the Associated Press on January 30:
More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.
Figures released by the California Department of Public Health showed there are now 91 confirmed cases in the state, up from 79 on Wednesday.
Of those, 58 infections have been linked to visits to Disneyland or contact with a sick person who went there.
Mexico and at least six other U.S. states – Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Arizona – also have recorded measles cases connected to Disneyland.
The outbreak, which originated at Disney theme parks last month, is spreading to the broader community.
Reported OC Weekly on January 30:
Forget illegals, anti-vaxxers or Jenny McCarthy: A Washington, D.C.-based right-to-life group is blaming abortion for the spread of measles across the country by people who were at the Disney Resort in Anaheim in mid-December.
Specifically, it’s the decision by pharmaceutical company Merck to make available an “ethical” vaccine for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) virus. Since 2008, Merck’s MMR II live virus vaccine has been in use – and since that time families opposed to abortion have declined MMR II vaccinations because it was “created from aborted fetal cell lines,” explains the American Life League.
ALL, which bills itself as the “oldest national Catholic pro-life education and advocacy organization in the United States,” has been calling on Merck to bring back the “ethical single-dose vaccine” for families who eschew MMR II on moral grounds.
“Merck is denying parents the choice of obtaining an ethical measles vaccine,” stated Judie Brown, the president and co-founder of ALL. “According to Children of God for Life, outbreaks of measles, such as at the California Disney parks, have been on the increase ever since Merck discontinued the ethical single-dose vaccine in 2008.”
Children of God for Life is a Largo, Florida-based campaign to outlaw the use of aborted fetuses in creating vaccinations. It has joined with American Life League to sponsor a change.org petition aimed at getting Merck to revive the single-dose versions of its vaccines.
“Ninety-nine percent of the parents I encounter just want the moral versions of measles and mumps vaccines,” claims Debi Vinnedge, president of Children of God for Life. “If Merck were to make the ethical single-dose vaccines available again, vaccine coverage would increase significantly.”
I confess I’m kind of glad I vaccinated my kids when I was naive. I now have two problems with vaccines, the aborted fetal cell component, and the chance that fetal cells in vaccines may cause autism. I’m relieved I don’t have to make the decision about this.
What about you? What are your thoughts?
Can you say, “Satan”?
Wow, headlines like that only come along once a year.
In this case there was another headline almost as good: “Planned Parenthood now has fewer abortion clinics than the year Roe was decided.”
And a third headline, not so good: “Planned Parenthood now operates over 45% of all U.S. abortion clinics.”
American Life League has just issued its “2014 report on Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States,” with some interesting finds:
In its annual report, Planned Parenthood said it committed 327,653 abortions in 2013, had a record income of $1.3 billion, and a near-record profit of $127.1 million – giving the impression of a thriving organization.
However, when one digs deeper in the service numbers in the annual report, a different picture of PP’s status emerges…
- Planned Parenthood did fewer abortions last year than it did in three of its last four years. Planned Parenthood’s customer base fell to its lowest level since 2001.
- The number of PP female contraceptive customers is lower than nine of its last 12 years.
- Planned Parenthood breast and cervical cancer screenings have dropped 40-60 percent since 2009.
- During 2014, Planned Parenthood Federation of America continued to close “health centers” at a record rate. This year, it closed 34 centers in a total of 19 different states.
- Planned Parenthood now operates 668* centers in the United States, of which 337 commit surgical and/or medical abortions. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion chain, operating 45.6% of all the surgical/medical abortion facilities….
- PP Centers closed in 2014 = 34
- PP Centers opened in 2014 = 7
- PP has 337 centers that commit surgical or medical abortions (5 fewer than last year)
- Of the 337 centers, 173 centers do surgical abortions (most also do medical abortions) (1 fewer)
- Of the 337 centers, 164 centers do medical abortions but not surgical (4 fewer)….
- This year is the first time in 10 years that Planned Parenthood had fewer surgical abortion centers AND fewer medical abortion centers AND fewer total number of surgical/medical abortion centers.
*Planned Parenthood had 668 centers at the end of 2014. Since then, as Jim Sedlak of ALL told me this afternoon, two more centers have closed, in Battle Creek, Michigan, and Issaquah, Washington, bringing the total to the deservedly demonic 666. As Bible readers know, Revelation 13:18 denotes 666 as the satanic mark of the beast. How rich.
Back to highlights from ALL’s report:
One of the important measurements of the influence of Planned Parenthood is the number of facilities it operates across the country. Planned Parenthood has always looked at the number of its facilities as representing the reach of the organization.
In 1993, right after Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States, PP had 922 centers and publicly announced a plan to have 2,000 centers by the year 2000…. PP never reached 2,000 centers. The highest number it had was 938 in 1995.
So Planned Parenthood centers are down by 29% since its hell heyday. Some charts of interest…
UPDATE: ALL has created a great infographic to accompany its report.