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Pro-life blog buzz 5-29-15

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

  • Over at National Review, Dr. Michael New explains why it is too early for social liberals to be doing a victory dance over a new Gallup poll showing those reporting to be liberal equal to social conservatives:

    Last year, social conservatives outpolled social liberals by a 34-30 margin. This year, it was a 31-31 split. This represents a relatively small change that could have been caused by a slight bias in the sample.

    While the effects of an onslaught of  positive media attention to same sex marriage, seems to have successful in moving  public opinion to  the liberal category, that does not appear to be the case  with the life issues.

    Opposition to abortion and pornography has held relatively constant, and a smaller percentage of Americans now find physician-assisted suicide morally acceptable.

  • Secular Pro Life commends an Australian mother who fought to obtain a birth certificate for her stillborn child lost in the second trimester. Her campaign was discussed in this Perth Now article, which actually showed a picture of her deceased child, named Blake.  Imagine American outlets showing this.
  • Pro Life 365 has a thought -provoking post listing “11 ways the sexual revolution enslaved women,” including the introduction of contraception, rejecting motherhood, and seeing children as commodities for adult gratification.
  • A Pro Life Blogs post discusses documents obtained that show the true state of affairs for Ohio abortion facilities.  It’s a safe bet that Ohio is not an anomaly:

    Operation Rescue has released a new special investigative report detailing deteriorating conditions and horrific injuries at Ohio’s eight remaining abortion facilities.

    The report is based on secret records from the Ohio Department of Health that have never before been made public, that show that at least 47 abortion-related medical emergencies or complications took place at the eight abortion clinics since 2011, including the abortion-related death of a 22-year-old African-American woman named Lakisha Wilson.

    The documents also detail an alarming laundry list of life-threatening safety hazards at those same abortion facilities.

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Pro-life blog buzz 8-29-14

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

  • At Priests for Life, Alveda King explains why PFL plans to continue its lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, despite the government’s attempt at an “accommodation”:

    Bottom line: The government is on its own in this scheme to expand access to abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives. We want a full exemption from this mandate, so that we have nothing to do with this scheme. If people want these drugs and the government wants to provide them, then the government will have to find a way to connect with them without our help. Our religion requires no less.


  • Pro-Life Action League also comments on the government’s latest HHS Mandate accommodations attempt:

    This marks the eighth time the Obama administration has modified the HHS Mandate. Once again, they’re refusing to listen to the American people — or even the U.S. Supreme Court — and truly respect the employers’ conscience rights.

The new rules are nothing more than a slight variation of the so-called “accommodation” first announced in February 2012, whereby some “third party” will provide the objectionable services. I called that scheme a shell game at the time, and the description still fits. Others have called it an “accounting gimmick.”

  • Ethika Politika reposts an article by Michael J. New, who responds to a New York Times article which ignores evidence of abortion risks while lamenting the plight of women denied late-term abortions due to gestational age. Interestingly, the NYT author admitted that “a very small percentage of turnaways regret carrying their pregnancy to term.” In other words, even impoverished women who can’t abort because it’s too late seem to find that giving life to another human being isn’t so awful after all. And the risks of late-term abortion – and abortion in general – are certainly worth mentioning. New writes:

    Throughout the article, the author takes considerable pains to give the impression that there is a strong scholarly consensus that abortion poses no serious health risks to women. He states that “reputable research” does not support claims that abortion results in a higher risk of breast cancer, infertility, and miscarriage. However, there is an impressive body of research indicating that abortion increases the risk of premature births. Additionally, there are a number of peer reviewed studies which find that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. Even the 1997 New England Journal of Medicine study — frequently cited and touted by skeptics of the abortion breast cancer link — finds statistically significant evidence that late term abortions increase the risk of breast cancer.


  • Secular Pro-Life notes the identity crisis occurring in the pro-choice (are they still calling it “pro-choice”?) movement, while also discussing something happening in the messaging of the pro-life movement:

    Meanwhile, in faith-based-land, I noticed an interesting piece in the Christian Post arguing that… “pro-life” is being overused! Specifically, the authors worry that the use of “pro-life” messaging by Christian environmentalists is diluting the term. Myself, I’m not too concerned, because I suspect 1) that any conservatives who would abandon the pro-life movement because they see the term used by a cause they don’t support likely aren’t our movement’s greatest assets anyway, and 2) it may have the beneficial side effect of busting the stereotypes that the abortion movement pushes about who pro-lifers are and what we do. But in any event, it’s quite the contrast to what’s happening across the aisle.

So where does that leave us? We’re in a good position, but the conflict is far from over, and we need to remain on high alert. Based on the signals we’re getting from pro-choice media commentators, we need to be particularly vigilant in our charitable endeavors. Pro-lifers are as active in charitable organizations as anybody else, so we have the ability to impede the pro-choice strategy here. Whatever causes you are involved in, be on the lookout for activists looking to co-opt them in the name of abortion — and when it happens, speak out against it, quickly and loudly!

  • Wesley J. Smith says a woman who acted as a gestational surrogate is asking for child support from the Australian couple who rejected one twin born with Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy. Smith asks, “And why should biological parents be treated by law any differently just because a surrogate was employed then if the woman gave birth herself?” Interesting point.
  • At Bound4Life, Josh Shepherd has the amazing story of a mother who suffered a tragic auto accident when she was just 15 weeks pregnant. Several medical teams worked to successfully save both Amie and her son, Aiden, was delivered at 33 weeks. Amie remains in a mostly vegetative state, except when her son enters the room. Please pray for Amie and her whole family:
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Pro-life news brief 8-1-14

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • Another Texas abortion clinic closes its doors:

    A women’s clinic in North Austin closed its doors Thursday because it can not comply with the House Bill 2 standard of an ambulatory surgical center, Whole Woman’s Health said….

    The Austin Whole Woman’s Health Clinic had 10 employees and two doctors. Its license officially expired at the end of last month.

    The company’s CEO told KVUE’s partners at the Austin American-Statesman that renovations to create larger operating rooms, a sterile ventilation system and other changes could cost up to $2 million, and they didn’t have the money to make the changes.

  • In Illinois, a pregnant teenager and her boyfriend have been charged in the death of her mother. The boyfriend claimed he killed the mother because she wanted his girlfriend to have an abortion.


  • An Australian couple has abandoned a twin boy they paid a surrogate to carry because the child has Down Syndrome. When they learned about the baby’s diagnosis (he also has a congenital heart defect), they asked the surrogate mother to have an abortion. She refused, citing her Buddhist beliefs. The Australian couple, however, took the boy’s twin sister, who does not have Ds, leaving the surrogate mother to foot the bill for the little boy and his medical care:

    “They told me to have an abortion but I didn’t agree because I am afraid of sin,” Mrs Pattharamon told Fairfax Media. She said abortion was against her Buddhist beliefs.

    Mrs Pattharamon had the baby via a surrogacy agency in Bangkok and never met the couple.

    “I asked the agency ‘Did I have to sleep with the man?’ I was an innocent young girl and I don’t know about this business,” she said.

    “The agent told me: ‘We are going to make a glass tube baby,’ but I didn’t understand. My husband agreed because we didn’t have money to pay our debt and I didn’t need to have sex with another man.”

BREAKING: Australian TV personality commits suicide after depression triggered by abortion

post-abortion depression led to suicide

This is such a tragedy. And abortion proponents share the blame. They, of course, push for easy access to abortion, deemphasizing its after-affects to the point they absolutely refuse to acknowledge post-abortion depression, which further incapacitates those actually living through it (more on depression following an abortion).

Charlotte Dawson, RIP, was born in New Zealand but achieved fame in Australia as a model and a judge on Australia’s Next Top Model.

From The Telegraph, today:

In the end it seemed like the final, inevitable episode of a tragic soap opera: Charlotte Dawson — the model, TV star and social crusader who spent many of her adult years battling depression — ended her life at the age of 47.

It is understood Dawson was found hanged in her luxury Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf apartment by a security guard on Saturday morning, the day after the birthday of her ex-husband and the man she still described as the love of her life – disgraced Olympic swimmer Scott Miller….

But friends believe she had never really gotten over her marriage to Miller, which ended in divorce after only a year. In her tell-all autobiography Air Kiss And Tell, she revealed she had an abortion because the pregnancy would interfere with Miller’s preparation for the 2000 Olympics – and blamed that for the start of her long battle with depression.

More from The Australian:

Ms Dawson gave an insight into her life – both her troubles and the highlights – in her autobiography, released late 2012.

In the book, Air Kiss and Tell, she revealed she had had an abortion with her former husband, Olympic swimmer Scott Miller, so that he would not have any distractions in the lead up to the Sydney Olympics.

She had been looking forward to having a baby but sensed “hesitation” in Miller.

”Everything Scott had done was leading up to this moment and nothing could stand in his way, so it was decided that we would terminate the child and try again later. Who needed a developing foetus when a gold medal was on offer, eh?”

Ms Dawson wrote that she was alone when she had the termination.

In he book she wrote that this was her first experience with depression – a battle she continued to fight for the next 14 years.

The Guardian:

Miller… did not go with her when she had the procedure.

On this side of the pond newsrooms aren’t mentioning the abortion connection.

Associated Press:

Dawson revealed in her 2012 autobiography “Air Kiss & Tell” that she was frequently visited by the “depression bogeyman.”


Despite her professional successes, Dawson’s personal life was often tumultuous. In 1999, she married Olympic swimmer Scott Miller. Although the marriage ended after a few short months, she struggled with the breakup and said he was the only man she would ever marry.

After Miller recently gave a tell-all interview to 60 Minutes in Australia, Dawson spoke out: “I continue to fight my depression”…

Seemingly a stab, from E! Online:

Per the BBC, Dawson suffered with depression for a very long time and was admitted to a hospital in 2012 after being targeted by cyber bullies.

Dawson married Olympic swimmer Scott Miller in 1999 but they were divorced two years later. She had no children.

[HT: Reader Sean]

Pregnant in wedding pictures

Palmer and Webberby Carder

I always thought I wouldn’t want to be pregnant at my wedding….

But I love it. It’s beautiful to know our baby was there with us. And I’ve never really been that traditional….

It was a real celebration of love.

~ Australian actress Teresa Palmer on getting married while pregnant to actor and director Mark Webber, in an interview with WHO Magazine, as quoted by People, January 9

Pro-life blog buzz 11-9-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Can they stop the inevitable? Americans United for Life discusses how SCOTUS is trending  on abortion related cases:

    The Cline case “illustrates momentum for overturning the abuses of Roe. Multiple cases are advancing toward the Supreme Court as it has signaled its willingness to consider the impact of its unrestricted abortion policy on women and their unborn children,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

  • MN Citizens Concerned for Life notes how unsanitary conditions of an abortion chain in Texas also threaten Minnesota women:

    The latest inspections of Whole Woman’s Health abortion centers in Texas have revealed continuing health violations by the abortion chain. Yet WWH’s Minneapolis abortion center remains neither licensed nor inspected by the state of Minnesota….

    WWH launched its Minneapolis center…  in early 2012. Legislation to license and inspect abortion facilities was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012, but the measure was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton.Four of the five WWH clinics in Texas have been cited for violating safety standards in just the last three years.

  • Live Action notes how popular shows sometime stumble on the truth and help break through liberal sound bites about abortion. CBS’s The Good Wife had a episode in Season One entitled, The Heart,  which showed the photo by Michael Clancy of an actual surgery that took place in utero at  Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital in 1999. In this episode, a pregnant mother, who had previously  lobbied for abortion rights, was carrying a baby witha  fatal heart defect. Her lawyers argued for  the insurance company to authorize payment  for life saving surgery in utero.


  • The Leading Edge  recommends the documentary The Human Experience and discusses why this is a pro life film even though the words “abortion” or “pro-life” are never uttered.
  • Coming Home discusses a LifeSiteNews story (quoted below) about thoughts on “breeders” by a homosexual activist who favors forced abortion for population control:

    Women should be forced to abort their children for the next 30 years as a part of global population control, homosexual activist Dan Savage told Australian television….

    “You know, I’m pro-choice, I believe that women should have a right to control their bodies,” he added. “Sometimes in my darker moments, I’m anti-choice. I think abortion should be mandatory for about 30 years.”

  • Michael New discusses tactics by an Alabama abortion clinic in reaction to the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils in front of their  facilities. Interestingly, supporters were asked to “adopt” a pro-lifer by name and make a donation  every time that person came to pray.
  • Those who say abortions are not coerced should respond to an incident reported by Big Blue Wave, where a woman left the abortion facility by way of the window to escape an abortion.

Pro-life blog buzz 4-30-13

by Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • At Abortion Pill Risks, Monty Patterson interviews “Isis,” a college student who recently had a terrifying experience with RU-486, the abortion pill.
  • Abortion in Washington compiles a post on the plethora of lawsuits against birth control manufacturers for various complications, including a possible 1,000 soon to be filed against Nuvaring.
  • Big Blue Wave says an Australian doctor is under fire from pro-choicers for refusing to refer a couple for a sex-selective abortion. Again, we see just how “open” pro-choicers are to the idea of medical professionals asserting their conscience rights when it comes to abortion. They’re not.


  • At Bound4Life, Natalie Brumfield discusses the completion of Students for Life’s Planned Parenthood Project, “a two-week bus tour [to eight] college campuses… [to] educate students on Planned Parenthood’s real agenda and where people can go for real help.” At each campus were 916 pink crosses (representing the number of abortions performed by PP daily) and eye-catching pink signs featuring facts on PP as well as other options for healthcare.
  • At The Leading Edge, Chelsea Houghton gives reasons why she believes women should be more open to motherhood:

    We live in a world where everything is over planned and in our control. We plan and choose a life for ourselves. A specific career, marriage (or not marriage) at a certain age, this number of children at this age, travel, a house… Whether it is through this or from the negatives people are quick to say, this has created rather a fear of parenthood in our culture.


  • Saynsumthn’s Blog reports on the conflicting statements given by Pennsylvania Planned Parenthood CEO Dayle Steinberg (pictured right) on Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practice. Did she or didn’t she know about the shoddy conditions and women’s deaths occurring there? In 2010, Steinberg said “she hadn’t heard of any problems at clinic until the allegations surfaced in recent days,” but later stated that women were leaving Gosnell’s clinic and “would complain to staff about the conditions there.” Patients were then allegedly encouraged to report Gosnell to the health department.
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition shares an article by Susan Martinuk which points out that assisted suicide affects more than just the person seeking death:

    So there it is — the classic left-wing argument against almost everything. Not based on facts or statistics, or what has happened in other countries, but on emotional narratives that are loaded with words like compassion, “I feel,” and claims of “my body, “my choice” and the ignorant and naive assumption that this “will only affect me.”

    In sharp contrast, the reality is that giving individuals the right to die “on their own terms” has plenty of public implications. First of all, it involves the assistance of another and the assurance that society will not stand in the way. Therefore, it is very much a public, not private, act. By giving doctors the right to help their patients die, the legalization of euthanasia would also influence the kind of medical care that the rest of society receives.

[Photos via Bound4Life and Saynsumthn]