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Pro-life blog buzz 1-20-15

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

  • ProWomanProLife denounces the expansion of abortion in Canada via RU-486 “without any democratic process.”
  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla discusses the life-saving potential of organ donation – but also lists four reasons why you might want to “rethink” your organ donor status.

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  • Secular Pro-Life gets behind the faith-based Focus on the Family organization’s #iseetwo campaign. Social media can save lives.
  • Survivors encourages us to have the same urgency in the pro-life movement that the Civil Rights movement displayed. We have made progress but we must have the sense of urgency and perseverance to see it through after the March for Life is over.
  • Saynsumthn discusses the “communist anarchist group Stop Patriarchy” which plans to counter protest Black, pro-life “fascist” Christian preachers who refer to abortion as Black genocide. Stop Patriarchy claims “Abortion is liberating – NOT ‘genocidal.'”
  • Reflections of a Paralytic was featured on a radio program discussing the best and worst of events occurring in the realm of bioethics in 2014.

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  • Right to Life of Michigan says the United Nations is honoring notorious abortionist Willie Parker (pictured right) for showing “courage” in “defending human rights for women.” Interestingly, they avoid the “A” word at all costs, when Parker makes his living robbing preborn children of their human rights.
  • Wesley J. Smith addresses the false idea that pro-lifers only care about children before birth. Disclosing that he never engaged personally with pro-lifers until he became involved with the fight against assisted suicide, Smith says he found pro-lifers to be completely selfless in their care and support for women, men and born children. Smith says that he noticed one thing that seems to be behind the pro-abortion movement’s rhetoric – money:

    Every time a woman doesn’t abort at PP, it costs the organization money. In fact, the group is apparently so financially reliant on terminations, that when a new Texas law forced clinics to stop performing abortions, some PP facilities closed down. So much for being about birth control and cancer screening.

    Facts, not demonization.

    Moreover, some notable pro-choicers are coming out as positively pro-abortion. Indeed, the argument is now being made in some quarters that fewer abortions is nothing to celebrate because it implies there is a moral problem in the first place.

Minaj’s abortion story was good because of war on women?

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And while some may criticize her for not “keeping her business to herself,” I’m extremely glad that she didn’t stay silent.

For starters, while a handful of Black celebs have talked about having abortions (Vanessa Williams and Sherri Shepherd come to mind), it’s rare that young Black celebs speak out.

And largely, the public narrative around who has accessed this safe and legal (depending on where you live) medical procedure, has been centered on white women – further perpetuating this notion that abortion is a white woman’s issue and that they are the only ones who are deeply impacted by the current war on women.

In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. African-American women have the highest abortion rates in the U.S.

~ Kellee Terrell, explaining why she is ever-so-grateful that rapper Nicki Minaj came out with her abortion story, BET, January 6

Why in the world do Black women’s groups see abortion as the answer to violence?

1920In The American Prospect, Cherisse Scott, founder of SisterReach, an African-American “reproductive justice” group centered in Memphis, laments the passage in Tennessee of Amendment 1 this past month.

Amendment 1 undoes a 2000 Tennessee Supreme Court decision that blocked any pro-life laws from being passed in the state. Scott writes:

The results will be particularly devastating for poor families.  As it is, these families struggle to have their voices heard by state lawmakers, who stigmatize and shame them for facing very hard choices….

Now, more than ever, we must be intentional about fighting the policies that fail those women and girls who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, incest, age-discordant relationships….

SisterReach staff and members spent day after day calling attention to the unique concerns of black and poor communities…. Though the outcome of the vote on Amendment 1 wasn’t what we worked for, I congratulate those voters and advocates in Tennessee who engaged with us and began to believe, for the first time, that their votes and voices are important.

hqdefaultI don’t understand this misplaced fixation on abortion as the solution for violence imposed on women and girls of color. Why doesn’t SisterReach expend its energy stopping the source of woes – violence? Abortion is just another form of it.

As an abortion advocate, SisterReach is actually helping silence black voices through extermination. New abortion statistics released by the CDC only last week reveal the annihilation. Reported The Daily Caller:

The race of the victims is disproportionately skewed as well. Non-Hispanic black women had the highest rate of abortion — for every 1,000 black women between the ages of 15 and 44 years, 29.7 had abortions in 2011. Non-Hispanic black women accounted for 36.2% of all abortions that year; non-Hispanic white women accounted for 37.2%.

That’s a serious skew – the 2013, the Census Bureau reported that in the U.S. at large, 62.6% of people in the country were non-Hispanic white alone, while 13.2% were black or African American alone.

It gets worse, at least in New York City. Reported CNSNews.com:

In New York City, 77.56% of the abortions in 2011 were performed on Black and Hispanic babies, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Abortion is destroying the black race, rendering its population stagnant for decades. Blacks comprised 12.1% of the U.S. population in 1990, 12.3.% in 2000 and 13.2% in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Hispanic population jumped from 9% in 1990 to 12.5% in 2000 to 17.1% in 2013.

Abortion is such a tragedy, and I haven’t even discussed the high incidence of breast cancer and preterm births among black women, just to name two disproportionally high health consequences of abortion in their community.

African-American women are needlessly walking right into the eugenic trap. When will they wake up?

“Pro-choice” proponents turn on Planned Parenthood

wolves circling planned parenthoodI wrote on August 4 that a July 28 New York Times article about Planned Parenthood’s decision to abandon the term “pro-choice” had triggered a race war within the abortion movement.

This was because Planned Parenthood steered NYT journalist Jackie Calmes to seven white leaders of abortion groups for quotes but no women of color.

Plus, Planned Parenthood gave no credit to WOC groups for expanding on abortion advocacy to include other “reproductive justice” issues, a term WOC coined two decades ago. This July 31 tweet didn’t come out of nowhere…

On August 5 the racial schism burst into the open when Monica Simpson, Executive Director of SisterSong, published “An Open Letter to Planned Parenthood” at the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check:

Whether stemming from oversight or from deliberate exclusion, the New York Times story, “Advocates Shun ‘Pro-Choice’ to Expand Message,” and the Huffington Post essay, “We’re Fighting for Access, Not Choice,” suggests very clearly that Planned Parenthood did not inform the reporters of the long-term work of scores of reproductive justice organizations, activists, and researchers that have challenged the “pro-choice” label for 20 years.

Many of us received feedback from… Jackie Calmes, confirming that this history was not presented to her by the mainstream reproductive rights organizations with which she spoke. This is not only disheartening but, intentionally or not, continues the co-optation and erasure of the tremendously hard work done by Indigenous women and women of color (WOC) for decades.

[W]omen of color RJ organizations have sought to instill a reproductive justice framework into these fights – not always with the support of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates.

In fact, in 2011, when Planned Parenthood and other allies were given the opportunity to understand and work on the intersectionality of issues in Mississippi while working in partnership with SisterSong, the organization failed to step forward. The fight to defeat both the “personhood” and the voter identification amendment reflected a clear attack on the rights of Black women in the state.

Yet, when urged to see the connection between reproductive health rights and voting rights, PPFA rejected the notion. As a result, “personhood” was defeated and the voter ID initiative passed, leaving Mississippi more vulnerable to new “personhood,” anti-abortion, and other discriminatory and counterproductive laws in the future.

As an aside, that was an interesting take on how voter ID laws may negatively impact abortion at the ballot box. If the theory holds true, voter ID laws will not just help pro-life voter initiatives but also pro-life candidates.

Another aside, it’s also interesting that RH Reality Check published this letter.

monica-raye-simpson sistersong opposed to Planned Parenthood abortion giantSimpson (pictured left) listed several demands that included a “face-to-face meeting between executive directors of national WOC-led RJ organizations and PPFA leadership….”

“This public infighting is something we never used to see,” noted Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy advisor for Operation Rescue, in an email. “They used to keep this kind of thing behind closed doors. It’s a good sign for us.”

Then here’s another good sign, a July 29 letter to the editor in the New York Times from Susan Wysocki (pictured below right), board chairwoman of Catholics for Choice:

As a lifetime advocate for women’s health, I fear that your article may give rise to a misperception about the reality of abortion rights advocacy by highlighting the campaign strategy of one organization, Planned Parenthood….

Election cycle messaging campaigns, whatever they may be, cannot obscure this simple fact: If you will not say that you are in favor of choice, you are no advocate for women’s health and lives.

So Planned Parenthood is now publicly engaged in a two-front war with groups on its own side, on the issues of racism and strategy.

Sabotaging abortion zen

I cannot overstate how unsettling it was to the equilibrium of the abortion movement for Planned Parenthood to publicly renounce the truly hallowed term “pro-choice.” “Pro-choice” is their identity, it protects them, it lets them sleep at night.

Susan Wysocki Catholics for Choice pro-choice organization 2It is even the legal name of hundreds if not thousands of groups, like Catholics for Choice (see above), Center for Choice, Choice USA, Clinicians for Choice, Feminists for Choice, Medical Students for Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Republicans for Choice, Rock for Choice,  Voice of Choice, 4000 Years for Choice, etc.

At least one Planned Parenthood even has “choice” in its name: Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston.

But back to Planned Parenthood and its racism problem – which is really nothing new since it was founded on racism and eugenics – Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards issued a response in an “Open Letter on Reproductive Justice and ‘Choice'” within hours after Simpson posted her open letter.

The buck does NOT stop here (unless it’s $$)

Interestingly, Richards never addressed the huge gaffes Planned Parenthood made in shaping the NYT article other than to say she was “eager to talk to you about the events of the last few weeks, and what we can learn from this experience going forward.” There was no apology.

I stand with Planned Parenthood pro-choice abortion industry leaderFurthermore, although Simpson addressed her letter specifically to Planned Parenthood, outlining where Planned Parenthood had failed WOC abortion groups, Richards dragged the rest of the abortion industry into the melee, writing “how Planned Parenthood and other organizations have sometimes fallen short….”

I’m sure groups formerly known as “pro-choice” appreciate standing with Planned Parenthood as racists.

Double diss.

[Photo of Simpson via elixher.com; photo of Wysocki via flickr.com]

AL Democrat: GOP would make daughters abort black babies

medium_alvin holmesby Kelli

Ninety-nine percent of the all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion.

On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion. They ain’t going to let her have the baby….

Now listen, you know the truth sometimes hurts….

She’s got two other white children, and then she’s going to have a little black baby, going to be running around there in the living room, in the den with the rest of them.

They’re not going to let that happen. You know that and I know that. You will never admit it. You know that and I know that.

~ Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (DMontgomery), speaking Tuesday during a debate on Alabama’s pro-life “heartbeat” bill, as quoted by The Raw Story, March 5

According to the article, Holmes “made news last month when he called U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an ‘Uncle Tom’….”

Audio at link.

[Photo via blog.al.com]

Latest CDC report reveals minorites having most abortions

by Kelli

cdc1The CDC Abortion Surveillance Report dated November 29, 2013 reveals that in 2010, 56.7% of abortions reported to the CDC nationwide were done on Hispanic and Black women….

According to the CDC Abortion Surveillance Report there were 415,479 abortions for known ethnicity reported for selected states in 2010. 153,045 (or 36.8 percent) were non-Hispanic white babies, 148,261 (or 35.7 percent) were non-Hispanic black babies, 87,240 (or 21.0 percent) were Hispanic babies, and 26,933 (or 6.5 percent) were babies of other races or ethnicities….

The report reveals that a majority of Black or Hispanic babies were aborted in New Jersey (55.9 percent), the District of Columbia (64.8 percent) and Georgia (73.2 percent).

~ The Global Dispatch, December 5

The press release post also headlines: “81.9 percent of babies aborted in New York City, 63.7 percent in Texas were Black or Hispanic.”

More here.

Pro-life blog buzz 11-26-13

by Kelli

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

  • Down on the Pharm shares some information that probably should have been brought to women’s attention much sooner – Plan B and ella aren’t as reliable for females who weigh more than 176 pounds:

    The European manufacturer of Norlevo, which is their version of Plan B (Levonorgestrel) has very kindly decided to warn people that their product does not work for women over 176 lbs, and is less effective for women over 165 lbs….

    In fact, people ALSO could learn here that the newer morning after pill, Ella (ulipristal acetate) has the same problem….

    It appears that Mother Jones is the first of the mainstream media to let the kitty out of the bag in the United States. They note that the average weight of American girls is 166.2 lbs, which puts them over the weight limit for Plan B to work at its touted 60 percent effectiveness. The avg weight of Black and Hispanic women from 20-39 years of age is 186 lbs, which means that they can completely forget about Plan B.

    Any hospital or clinic using this drug as a part of rape treatment is therefore pushing ineffective treatment and charging fraudulently. Planned Parenthood and its ilk are doing the same.

  • Abortion State says lawyers are reluctant to take on cases against Planned Parenthood because the powers that be are almost uniformly aligned in favor of PP. One attorney said taking them on “is like going up against The Mob,” as illustrated in a recent medical malpractice case. This entire article is worth a read.

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  • According to Abstinence Clearinghouse, Trojan Brand Condoms has a “report card” (graphic pictured left; click to enlarge) ranking colleges and universities on their sexual health, which they claim is based on “[several factors, not the least of which, is the] hours of operation of the student health center, student clubs that discuss sexual health, STD/HIV testing….” But, as AC points out, campuses that promote abstinence until marriage – the healthiest possible choice – obviously aren’t going to rank high on Trojan’s list:

    … [T]esting for STDs does not make a campus healthier, nor does having clubs that talk about sexual health issues. Having a student body that commits to remaining sexually inactive till marriage (i.e. abstinence) is the healthiest idea yet. However, Trojan Brand will not accept the healthy idea of abstinence in its ranking system of college campuses. Could this, in and of itself, not be considered a conflict of interest on the part of the Trojan Brand manufacturer? Without sexually active college students how much business would Trojan Brand stand to lose?

  • Fletcher Armstrong challenges pro-lifers with the question, “When you suit up for pro-life work, what would you rather do, feel good or make an impact?”
  • Despite his philosophical disagreements with Abolish Human Abortion (AHA), Josh Brahm provides proof that the group was falsely accused on Facebook of attempting to deceive abortion-minded women.
  • At Live Action, Calvin Freiburger notes how abortion advocates are so extreme that they are now using non-terminally disabled preborn children (like those with spina bifida) to try and further their agenda for unlimited abortion. How incredibly sad that if a preborn child isn’t guaranteed the kind of “quality of life” to which the parents feel entitled, they willingly kill. What a morally bankrupt outlook on the value of the disabled.
  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal shares a Unilever film/advertisement “that is taking on many parents’ fears and saying that there is every reason to bring their children into the world”:
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[Graphic via collegecandy.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 7-23-13

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.

  • Down on the Pharm reviews the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, which seem to support something pro-lifers have been saying for a long time – that minorites are targeted by the abortion industry:

    … 63 percent of the abortions in the U.S. end the lives of Black or Hispanic babies. This wildly outpaces the proportions of these minorities in the general population, and it directly relates to the locations of the abortion clinics.

  • Clinic Quotes discusses a stunningly dishonest statement made by an abortionist on the issue of multiple abortions. Most people are repulsed by the idea of using abortion as birth control – but this man even suggests that abortion enhances a woman’s fertility:

    Abortionist Dr. Lawrence Scott encourages women to get pregnant and have abortions:

    Getting pregnant now can be good family planning for the future even if you have a termination. I am convinced of that….

    Contrary to how much people think, an aborted pregnancy can help preserve fertility and perhaps keep you from developing certain physical problems later in life.

    This, of course, flies in the face of studies and statistics that show women who have abortions are more likely to miscarry and give birth prematurely.

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  • Priests for Life’s Fr. Frank Pavone and other pro-life leaders were locked out of the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office for attempting to deliver an official letter asking that the remains of the children killed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell be released for burial:

    About 50 pro-life activists participated in a prayer vigil outside the Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday morning. Afterwards, five of them attempted to hand-deliver the letter…. [T]he decision to lock the door took them by surprise, since previously staff had given the go-ahead for them to deliver the letter. The Medical Examiner also called the police, who asked to meet with the pro-life group’s attorney…. [Bryan Kemper stated,] “The attorney tried to go in, but they told her flat-out no, they will not talk to us, they already have a plan in place….

    The medical examiner’s office says that anyone can claim those bodies for a funeral…. We have papers, we had the legal paper we issued. And they are refusing to even talk to us.”

  • At National Review, Michael J. New is encouraged by the honesty displayed in a recent New York Times analysis of public opinion on abortion.
  • Euthanasia Prevention Coalition links to a must-read article by Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, describing how centralized medicine leads to cost-over-care protocols and death by dehydration when the bureaucracy determines that quality of life no longer exists. EPC writes:

    The problems with the Liverpool Pathway are the same problems that are occurring across the “western-world.”

    In Canada we are experiencing a crisis of care within our medical system as we continue to build a more centralized, controlled, bureaucratic, financially bankrupt, morally negative system. We have stopped caring about individuals and we have turned “best practices” into a one-size fits all system.

    Every nation needs adopt systems of patient centred care.

  • At the Abolitionist Society of OK, Don Simmons shares five reasons why he believes Christians should support their Church Repent project, in which graphic images are used to picket outside churches.
  • Culture Campaign posts a video of OB/GYN Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, who describes 24-year-old Tonya Reaves’ autopsy report. Reaves died after receiving a second trimester abortion at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.

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