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2015 summer pro-life youth boot camps!

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Following the tradition we started four years ago, we’re posting all the upcoming summer pro-life teen- and college-aged boot camps we found listed around the country. If we missed any, please let Kelli know.

As I’ve said before, if I had teens in the house  I’d not only send them to church camp every summer, I’d send them to at least one pro-life boot camp during their high school years. These provide a great opportunity to build strength and confidence in the sanctity of life and also launch lifelong pro-life friendships.

It’s great to see so many pro-life groups in so many states sponsoring these vital training programs for our young people.

Alabama

Pro-Life Action Ministries has a Leaders for Life initiative which will include twelve individuals from high school and up. More information at the website.

Arkansas

Arkansas Right to Life will host Camp Joshua from July 24-26.

California

Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust will host its 2015 ProLife Training Camp in Norwalk from June 22 – July 1 for high school and college students.

Illinois

Pro-Life Action League will host multiple Face the Truth tours in the Chicago area beginning in July. Contact them to get involved.

Indiana

Allen County Right to Life will host a Life Defenders Pro-Life Apologetics Retreat in Fort Wayne from June 12-13 for high school and college students. Speakers will include Seth Drayer of Created Equal and Scott Klusendorf of Life Training Institute.

Lake County Right to Life will host a one-day Pro-Life Adult Summit and Teen Boot Camp on June 20 in Chesterton. For grade 7 and up.

Louisiana

The Joshua Leadership Institute will be held in Baton Rouge from June 29 – July 2 for high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen.

New York

New York State Right to Life will host Camp Esther from July 31 – August 2 in Utica for teens.

North Carolina

Camp Joshua will be held from July 17-19 in Smithfield for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Pennsylvania

The Catholic Medical Association its 3rd annual Boot Camp for Medical Students and Residents June 16-21 in Philadelphia. The camp will feature well-known physicians on topics related to defending life.

Texas

Catholic Pro-Life Committee, Catholics Respect Life et. al. will co-host their Pro-Life Boot Camp 2015 in Irving for ages 14-17. Two separate sessions are offered: June 26-28 or July 24-28.

Texas Right to Life will host REveAL Summer Camp in Trinity for high school students from July 18-25.

Virginia

Camp Joshua will be held from July 24-26 for high school students.

Washington, D.C.

Justice House of Prayer has Hilltop Internship opportunities from August 10 – October 11.

National Right to Life will host the National Right to Life Academy for college students from July 9 – August 14, in New Orleans, LA, and Washington, D.C.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Right to Life will host a south camp in Walworth from July 19-24 and a north camp in Osceola from August 9-14.

Multi-State

Created Equal will again host Summer Justice Rides for high school and college students from July 11-18.

Other

The 2015 Stand True Missionary Team is full for this year, but they could use your financial support! Click here to see their schedule and to donate.

[Top graphic via Andy Moore]

Pro-life blog buzz 4-10-15

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

  • At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn shares a WND article which questions the supposed “easing” of China’s One-Child Policy:

    “The core of the problem is not whether the government is allowing one child or two children,” Reggie Littlejohn… told WND on Wednesday.

    “The government is still telling how many children people can have and is enforcing that limit with coerced abortions,” she said. “And it’s not clear to me that there are fewer abortions. Women and babies still are dying.”

    Littlejohn pointed out China still requires a birth permit for the first child and for the second child.

    “Without a permit, there still are forced abortions, unless you’re rich enough to buy your way out,” she said.

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  • Congratulations to Secular Pro-Life, whose “baby” – AbortionSafety.com – is graduating to the next level, thanks to the help of Online for Life:

    We’ve found that it’s just not realistic to expect SPL’s volunteers to stay on top of the constant reports of malfeasance and negligence at abortion centers. Online for Life, with a full-time staff, is in a better position to keep the site up-to-date. It also has a much larger advertising budget, enabling it to reach more people in need. And although Online for Life was founded by Christians, it has experience with secular projects (such as the awesome Faces of Pro-Life) and has made a commitment to maintain AbortionSafety.com’s secular character as well.

  • Saynsumthn’s Blog says the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans recently welcomed Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, hosting a “Stand with Women” rally at their church, “in support of a new abortion facility in the Crescent City.”
  • Pro-Life in TN posts video of testimony from a Knoxville based abortionist, Dr. Susan Dodd, who took the time to come to Nashville to testify against a bill requiring informed consent and a 48-hour waiting period for women considering abortion. In it she compares an abortion to getting a face lift or a colonoscopy.
  • Pro-Life Action League says Planned Parenthood will honor Fay Clayton on April 15 – the woman who “along with her husband, Lowell Sachnoff, served as the lead attorney on the epic NOW v. Scheidler case,” which Clayton lost, after “dragging [the Scheidler] family through the federal court system for 20 years”:

    Despite losing the biggest abortion case since Roe v. Wade, Clayton and Sachnoff are still the darlings of the pro-abortion movement, and next Wednesday they’re getting a big award: the Clayton-Sachnoff family will be honored at Planned Parenthood’s annual “Generations Celebration” at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

    A protest is planned. See more information here.

Why I chose to get arrested at Speaker Boehner’s office

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When word came down the night of January 21 that House GOP leaders were reneging on their promise to hold a vote on the 20-week abortion ban the next day – the haunting 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision – [WARNING: vulgarity alert], I was pissed off to the height of pisstivity. Sorry, that’s the most accurate way I can describe it.

How could GOP leaders have been so careless, cavalier, and apathetic as to let this lowest hanging fruit of a pro-life bill get away from them? How could they have been so cajoneless as to abandon the 20-week ban at the first sign of trouble? And just how low was their respect for the pro-life movement that they would dare to insult us on such a colossal scale?

And then to go silent about the ban for two full months following that debacle?

I’m boiling over again even as I type.

This is the backdrop for my decision to help organize a protest at Speaker Boehner’s office on March 25. As CNS News reported:

Stanek, a nurse who formerly worked at Christ Hospital in Chicago, became involved in the pro-life movement 16 years ago after she held a live baby who had survived an abortion and was left to die afterwards.

“I’ve been in this movement for 16 years, from the moment I held this little aborted baby, and I’ve never felt convicted to be arrested,” Stanek explained during the protest on Wednesday.

“I’ve always felt my voice was well-heard, speaking and writing,” she said. “But when this bill failed to be brought forward on Jan. 22, I was just so frustrated and disgusted with our Republican House leadership, that they would abandon these babies over political maneuvering.”

“I decided right then and there that I was willing to be arrested on behalf of this little baby that I held, and others like him,” she said.

So, on March 25, alongside several other pro-lifers, I marched to Speaker Boehner’s Longworth Building office to protest the hold-up…

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Three of us gave speeches. Here’s mine…

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Then, eight of us – six women and two men – sat in front of the locked door to Boehner’s office (it’s not as if he wanted anyone coming in anyway) and proceeded to get arrested. We were charged with, “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.” There were over twice as many Capitol police as protesters…

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At this point I don’t want to appear to dramatize the details of our arrest, because our experience truly was nothing compared to what other pro-lifers endure for the cause. But I know people are interested in details, so here goes.

When we were loaded into the paddy wagon I realized my plastic cuffs were so loose I could take them off! … a nice little blessing from God to ease my slight discomfort and to scratch some itches all the way around. I never let an officer know until it came time to cut them off, at which point I said don’t bother, and at which point the officer planning to do the cutting rolled her eyes.

We were taken to the Capitol Police processing center, about five minutes’ drive from the Capitol. Guards itemized our belongings and did a (noninvasive!) body search. I was glad I’d gotten a pre-prison pedicure, since they even had me remove my socks and shoes!

We were then taken to an interview room, two in each, and handcuffed to the wall (only one hand). We sat there a couple hours.

We were ultimately given three options: to pay a $50 fine and be released with no conviction but with an arrest record, to post bond and come back for a jury trial, or to pay nothing and go to jail to await a court hearing. We all chose the first option.

There were two holding cells. The guys – Pat Mahoney and Troy Newman – ended up in one, and I ended up in the other, alone, while my female friends remained handcuffed to the wall. How this happened is I said I had to go to the bathroom, so a guard took me to the remaining cell, where there was a toilet, and then forgot about me, I think.

This, too, was a nice little gift from God – to have a little alone time with Him and to briefly ponder life in a jail cell.

In all, I spent a little over five hours in the processing center – four hours in processing and one hour in a jail cell.

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One last thing – police confiscated our t-shirts as “evidence”! We are supposed to eventually get them back, but I’m not holding my breath. I should also mention Capitol police were courteous and even kind.

The dust hasn’t settled yet, but I feel good that our original goal was met. This was to refocus attention from political maneuvering back to the babies, and to rekindle traction to pass the 20-week ban in the House. By several accounts our protest has indeed sparked movement.

That said, we aren’t going away. Stay tuned for more information on that in the following days.

Here were some news accounts of our protest…

Christian Post“Exclusive interview: Jill Stanek explains her protest and arrest at Speaker Boehner’s office”
Cincinnati Enquirer: “Anti-abortion protesters target Boehner”
CNS News: “Pro-lifers arrested for praying outside Boehner’s office”
EWTN: News Nightly video report
LifeSiteNews: “Pro-life leaders arrested as they protest ‘betrayal’ on 20-week abortion ban outside Speaker Boehner’s office”
Live Action News: “Pro-life leaders arrested at #FreeTheBan sit-in held at Speaker Boehner’s office”
Patheos: “Speaker John Boehner’s office orders arrest of pro-life demonstrators”
Right Wing News: “Pro-life protesters arrested outside Speaker John Boehner’s office over 20-week abortion ban bill”
Roll Call: “Eight arrested in anti-abortion ‘pray-in’ outside Boehner’s office”
Townhall: “Protesters arrested while praying outside of Speaker Boehner’s office”
Washington Times: “Praying pro-lifers arrested outside of John Boehner’s office”
World Magazine: “Pro-lifers arrested outside John Boehner’s office”
WorldNetDaily: “Boehner gets judgment day in own office”“Boehner office meltdown: Protesters hauled to jail”; video of the arrests

Pro-life news brief 3-24-15

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • 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.

  • A man in Pennsylvania was arrested for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and discussing his plan to take her for an abortion:

    According to court papers, the child’s mother discovered the abuse when her daughter had a positive pregnancy test.

    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.

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  • 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.

Abortion contributing to Chicago’s “fiscal free fall” and Rahm’s collapse

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From the Investors.com article, “Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago nears fiscal free fall,” March 2:

In progressive ChicagoMoody’s has cut its credit rating to two grades above “junk.”…

The steady financial decline of the nation’s third-largest city prompted us recently to say that Chicago was well on its way to becoming the next Detroit….

[P]rospects aren’t good, as people – particularly high-income individuals and businesses – flee the city’s high taxes and stiff regulations….

People are leaving in droves, voting the only way they can in a one-party town – with their feet.

From 2000 to 2009, Chicago’s population shrank by 200,000 – the only one of the nation’s 15 largest cities to lose people. The city now has 145,000 fewer school-age children than it had more than a decade ago, according to district data, forcing the closure of about 100 schools since 2001.

Those school closures are playing a part in the embarrassing run-off election Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief-of-staff, is facing, and which he may lose:

Emanuel recently emerged from the Windy City’s mayoral primary with just 45% of the vote against four opponents, forcing Chicago’s first-ever mayoral runoff. A poll taken.. Feb. 28 showed Emanuel leading second-place primary finisher Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by a slim 42.9% to 38.5% margin.

About those school closures, from the New York Times, yesterday:

The sky-blue paint has begun to peel on the three-story building that was once Anthony Overton Elementary [pictured below]. Window air-conditioners are speckled with rust. Doors where children used to rush in and out are sealed with plywood.

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The empty shell of this school on Chicago’s largely black South Side stands as a reminder of one of Rahm Emanuel’s defining acts as mayor: overseeing the closing of nearly 50 public schools deemed underperforming, underutilized or both. It was the largest closing of schools in memory, with many of them in black or Latino neighborhoods….

“It hurts,” said Earvin Wade, 55, who lives across the street. “You used to have a lot of kids there, families around. It was at the heart of our neighborhood. Now it’s nothing but an eyesore.”…

[I]n the end, it may be the education agenda that [Emanuel] proudly, defiantly and swiftly carried out that threatens his political future.

Population shrinkage and closing schools may in part be blamed on people “flee[ing] the city,” but an equally obvious reason for the decline is abortion.

Between 1995 and 2013, the dates for which Illinois county abortion breakdowns are available, a staggering 486,743 children were aborted in Cook County, accounting for 55.8% of the 872,631 abortions committed in Illinois during those 19 years.

Those are just the past two decades, with the two decades of legalized abortion before that likely the same.

The children aborted in 1973 would have been having their own children during the 1990s, so the number of lost people is compounded beyond what we see.

It is tragic that black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Chicago are blighted by empty schools. But the people themselves killed off the students. Blacks and Hispanics have a much higher rate of abortion than whites. According to Guttmacher, five times as many blacks as whites get abortions, and two times as many Hispanics as whites.

And abortion is just one social ill contributing to Chicago’s demise.

“In Chicago, 51% of children live in single-parent homes,” notes the Chicago Tribune.

Had Democrats in charge of the city since 1931 embraced conservative social values and encouraged premarital abstinence and stronger two-parent married families, the children allowed to live would not be “underperforming” in school to the extent that they are, along with being the victims of other societal plagues.

Such as murder, which unstable homes contribute to. Quoting Pew Research:

In terms of raw number of murders, Chicago has long been at or near the top of U.S. cities, according to FBI crime statistics. In 2012, it had 500 murders, the most of any city in the country; Chicago has been among the top three cities with the most murders since 1985.

Will the people wake up? But politicians aren’t the answer. They’re part of the problem.

Churches with their theological act together are really Chicago’s only hope.

[HT gerfingerpoken on Twitter for Investors.com article; top photo via Politico; bottom photo via New York Times]

The one Super Bowl ad NARAL didn’t have an opinion on

54cec682e7bcf2ae15394ce6_super-bowl-nationwide-ad-dead-kidBeing from Chicago, I had no vested interest in last night’s Super Bowl, other than to care about the score at the end of each quarter in hopes my husband might win a chunk of his office pool (which he did!).

So I amused myself by watching the ads and reading Twitter critiques about them by the feminist pro-abortion crowd.

I thought the Nationwide ad was serious but worthwhile, although it was quickly and summarily excoriated by the rest of the world as possibly “the worst Super Bowl ad ever,” which “sucked the mood out of the game and was generally crappy.”

I didn’t see the ad that way. I saw it as as an important reminder to parents, although I do see how families who have lost children in home accidents could have been traumatized.

Here’s the ad, in case you don’t know what I’m talking about….

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Perhaps I wasn’t shocked because a dominant pro-life theme in our videos and films is children who never had a future because they were aborted.

In fact, abortion is the first thing I thought of when I saw the Nationwide ad. The word “abortion” could have easily been substituted in the ad’s climax line, “I couldn’t grow up, because I died from an accident,” without the rest of the ad needing any changes whatsoever.

And I’m pretty sure the pro-abortion crowd had the same thought. At least circumstantial evidence would indicate that. Because of all the ads NARAL and other abortion advocates I follow on Twitter had an opinion on, they didn’t have an opinion on that ad. My guess is they knew the ad hit too close to home, and they knew daring to comment on it would draw pro-life blowback.

NARAL’s plan for the big game night was indeed to critique ads…

So here a small sampling of ads NARAL didn’t like:

In all, NARAL tweeted on about 25 ads, some observations positive, to be fair, all centered on liberal feminist ideology.

NARAL may have had nothing to say about Nationwide’s accident ad. But we know it was paying attention, because it loved Nationwide’s other ad, tweeting twice about it…

Here was that ad, in case you’re interested…

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I have a sixth sense about these things. I see dead aborted people in a lot of life’s scenarios, such as the Nationwide accident ad.

I think NARAL and the abortion lobby do, too.

But in their case, the death of children is no accident.

Chicago archbishop won’t deny communion to pro-choice pols

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I would not use the Eucharist or as they call it the communion rail as the place to have those discussions or way in which people would be either excluded from the life of the church. The Eucharist is an opportunity of grace and conversion. It’s also a time of forgiveness of sins. So my hope would be that that grace would be instrumental in bringing people to the truth.

~ Archbishop Blase Cupich, the new archbishop of Chicago, responding to the question of whether he would give communion to pro-choice politicians, as reported by Breitbart, December 2

Did Cecile Richards borrow Michelle Obama’s abortion dress?

Ok, the dresses aren’t quite the same, but I had to google to compare, because they sure looked close at first glance.

Here was Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards today at a fundraising event for pro-abortion New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen….

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Here’s a view without the jacket. It looks like a black uterus right there where a uterus would be…

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards close-up of abortion dress

And here’s the dress Michelle Obama wore on Election Night 2012, which pro-lifers dubbed the “abortion dress”…

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It’s Friday afternoon, what can I say?