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Pro-life blog buzz 5-1-15

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

  • ProLifeBlogs links to a CNS News report about pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s recent speech in which she claimed every life matters. Clinton was, of course, not speaking about the preborn. (After all, she “told the audience at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit last week that ‘religious beliefs’ must be changed for the sake of abortion.”) No, she was speaking about cases in which Black men have been killed by police officers. Clinton is a good example of the compartmentalization of abortion proponents. Perhaps if preborn babies could vote or donate to political campaigns, they could warrant some consideration from her.
  • John Smeaton calls on the Vatican to rethink their support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, because “current drafts reflect[] a strong pro-abortion agenda.”

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  • Secular Pro-Life tells the story of a couple who refused to abort one of their twin boys who was diagnosed with anencephaly, a serious birth defect which prevents part of the brain and skull from developing. The baby lived a precious 100 minutes:

    From the United Kingdom comes the amazing story of a child whose tragically short life is having a tremendous impact: Newborn Teddy Houlston, who died 100 minutes after his birth, became Britain’s youngest ever organ donor after his kidneys and heart valves were used to save a man’s life. The newborn died on April 22, 2014, but news of his miraculous organ donation only came to light this week.

  • At Women’s Rights without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn posts her address to the Congressional Executive Commission on China in which she points out China’s One-Child Policy and their long record of controlling births. Despite “tweaking” of the policy, we should not be fooled, as they are not abandoning their population control.
  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla illustrates the ways in which the Culture of Death recreates the Ten Commandments in their own image.
  • ProLife NZ is continuing to call for the passage of a parental notification law for girls under 16 to get an abortion. They cite how laws in other countries like the United States have helped in lowering the abortion rate:

    According to the Care of Children Act 2004, access to abortion is not restricted on grounds of age. Section 38 of the Act says that a girl of any age can give consent to an abortion and that consent operates as if it were given by her parents. Therefore, her parents need never know that their daughter is having such a procedure.

    Naturally, though, things like field trips and sports participation still require parental permission.

[Houlston family photo via BBC.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 3-24-15

pro-lifeby Kelli

  • Kansans for Life reports that the late George Tiller’s “rubber stamper” abortionist, Ann Kristin Neuhaus, is continuing her attempts to get her medical license revocation overturned:

    This past January, the [KS Board of Healing Arts] issued a second revocation against Neuhaus on the single issue of incomplete medical files for those 11 teens. This was her “third strike” said the Board; she had been cited in past years for improper patient documentation and had violated her legal stipulation to amend her ways. The Board order characterized her as stubborn and “incapable of successful rehabilitation,” and assessed legal costs at just under $32,000.

    But earlier this month Neuhaus petitioned Judge Theis to again block the Board’s revocation and dismiss the legal expenses.

  • At Live Action News, Rebecca Downs has a short list of 10 well-known names who are pro-life converts. Would you add any names to this list?

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  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life says a bill on abortion facility licensing has “passed through a second committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives“:

    The bill (H.F. 606), authored by Rep. Debra Kiel [pictured, left], R-Crookston, would require facilities that perform 10 or more abortions per month to be licensed by the state commissioner of health. It would also authorize inspections of abortion facilities (up to two inspections per year), with no prior notice required.

    Abortion centers in Minnesota currently are neither licensed nor inspected by any state agency — even though dangerous conditions and unscrupulous abortionists have been discovered in numerous other states. The proposed legislation would rectify this problem by applying the licensing requirements for outpatient surgical centers to abortion centers.

  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla calls out pro-abortion environmentalists, whom he believes “try to compensate for their unnatural sexual lifestyles by convincing us environmental activism is much more important” than saving human life:

    I realize not everyone who opposes animal testing or deforestation subscribes to the creed of the Culture of Death. I admit I am painting with a broad brush, to some degree.

    The point is, those who rail against the supposed destruction of Mother Earth often are doing so merely as compensation for NOT caring about the dignity of human life….

    The denial needs to end for liberals on abortion and other sinful behaviors.

    In reality, every person has an innate desire, by way of the Natural Law, to sacrifice for something greater than himself. Every person has a need to love and to be loved. Sacrificing babies in the name of preserving one’s lifestyle is not love. Using others for cheap sex is not love either. The Culture of Death, thus, can never satisfy the innate desires of the soul.

    No amount of hand wringing over poaching or global warming will fix that.

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  • FRC Blog draws attention to an article on one woman’s feelings about being raised in a lesbian household. While the media paints solely a positive picture of gay parenting, it appears that some children are aching to know their biological parents:

    In her loving, gentle, but painfully honest open letter to advocates of same-sex marriage, Heather Barwick [pictured, right] describes being raised by two lesbians. Her mother and her partner loved Heather, but couldn’t replace her “deep-down unquenchable ache for a father, for a man.” Following are some excerpts from her moving piece, which is addressed specifically to same-sex partners raising children:

    … “Gay marriage doesn’t just redefine marriage, but also parenting. It promotes and normalizes a family structure that necessarily denies us something precious and foundational. It denies us something we need and long for, while at the same time tells us that we don’t need what we naturally crave. That we will be okay. But we’re not. We’re hurting….

    It’s not just me. There are so many of us. Many of us are too scared to speak up and tell you about our hurt and pain, because for whatever reason it feels like you’re not listening. That you don’t want to hear. If we say we are hurting because we were raised by same-sex parents, we are either ignored or labeled a hater.”

[Photos via mnhrcc.com and The Federalist]

Voris: The problem with the pro-life movement is… Protestants?

by Carder

martin-lutherForty thousand differing denominations have sprung up in Martin Luther’s foul wake, each one believing it has the truth in its completeness.

That is simply impossible. And the proof is in the pudding; you need look no further than the pro-life movement’s somewhat uninspiring record to recognize this sad fact.

It’s true that without the movement’s presence, the Culture of Death would have most certainly advanced further and achieved its wicked designs much earlier – but the fact of the matter is the Culture of Death is winning….

It’s true that without the movement’s presence, the Culture of Death would have most certainly advanced further and achieved its wicked designs much earlier – but the fact of the matter is the Culture of Death is winning….

And how this all translates into hampering the pro-life movement is that the issue of contraception can’t really be brought up because many Protestant pro-lifers either don’t see the connection to abortion or don’t want to, and some Catholics pro-lifers who do see the connection are reluctant to splinter support over the issue.

~ Apologist Michael Voris, submitting that pro-life Protestantism actually hurts the pro-life movement, Church Militant TV, March 11

Pro-life blog buzz 2-17-15

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

  • ProLife NZ says just as the word “abortion” is used less and less in favor of other terminology, the culture of death is now searching for a term to replace “suicide”:

    [A] survey asks readers what they think of the following terms: self-deliverance, dying with dignity, rational suicide, humane self-chosen death and a freshly-minted euphemism, dignicide.”… However, after mulling over the proposed words, I must say that “dignicide” has some merit. This coinage means not death with dignity, but the death of dignity – which is exactly what assisted suicide is.

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  • Reflections of a Paralytic applauds the showcasing of American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer (pictured left), who has Down syndrome, as a runway model in New York Fashion Week.
  • At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla shares his most memorable experiences with sidewalk counseling, and encourages pro-lifers to get involved.
  • Pro-Life Action League reports on a fundraising email from Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards in which she accuses pro-lifers blocking a New Orleans mega abortion facility of “hate”:

    Cecile Richards and her team of expensive consultants at Planned Parenthood know full well that talking about abortion is a loser for her side, and it doesn’t take much grey matter to understand why. The latest proof comes just this week with the release of a new Gallup poll showing increasing discontent with current U.S. abortion policies among the general public.

    And so, consequently, the nation’s largest abortion chain talks about abortion as little as possible, and spends twice as much time saying that those of us who oppose it are guilty of that most contemptible of sins, hatred. This sounds an awful lot like the “war on women” rhetoric that was — and, to a much smaller extent, still is — so popular among committed abortion supporters, although it’s pretty clear that this strategy has been a failure.

    So too, from a P.R. standpoint, playing the hate card isn’t going to work. But it will surely make Planned Parenthood a lot of money.

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  • Wesley J. Smith reports that not one, not two, but three physicians have signed declarations that Jahi McMath is not brain dead and a request is forthcoming asking the state of California to rescind her death certificate:

    The family attorney Chris Dolan says he will petition the California Secretary of State to rescind the death certificate….

    Attorney Dolan says that if the Secretary doesn’t give relief, he will sue.

    But why should that be necessary? Given the declarations by three reputable brain specialist doctors and others, at the very least the Secretary should conduct a thorough investigation, including a full medical reassessment.

    Jahi is owed that.

    The integrity of the system demands it.

    And if the unprecedented has happened–that a declared brain dead person ceased being brain dead–finding out what happened and why is absolutely in the interests of science.

Midterm election results not necessarily pro-life culture change

midterm election mapby Carder

In 2016, more liberals, more culture-of-death voters will be getting up off their couches and voting for the anti-life, anti-family candidate for President. They will try to convince the one third of of the so-called conservative ranks to join them–and in all likelihood, enough of them will.

We hate to be bursting these Pollyanna bubbles but, instead of conservatives and pro-lifers drinking the kool-aid and believing their own press clippings, they need to do a reality check and see it for what it more likely is: one last chance to make their case for life and family.

They have a little less than two years. The clock is ticking.

~ Catholic apologist Michael Voris explaining why pro-lifers should not get carried away by the midterm election results, Church Militant.tv, November 11

Stanek weekend Q: Why is it always the pro-life movement that is told to take on other issues?

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The title of the September 8 USA Today column was a bit misleading.

Author Tom Krattenmaker’s focus was urging pro-life Christians to become involved in the effort to sustain water, the growing scarcity of which, he claimed, is becoming a worldwide problem:

If you care about life – and I know you do, especially if you’re a Christian who believes in the sanctity of life – please pay attention to what is happening with the water….

Lately, because of political controversies and headline-grabbing court cases such as the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, the public’s view of evangelical reverence for life has been reduced mainly to fetuses and fertilized eggs. In truth, evangelicals are addressing myriad threats to life, from poverty and slavery to genocide. If the life movement can devote itself to fighting these, can’t it also confront the threat to our life-giving water – and compel the small- and large-scale actions that will conserve it for human beings today and tomorrow?

Krattenmaker confused the issue by interchanging the terms “Christian,” “evangelical,” and “the life movement.”   It is true Christians took on poverty, slavery, and genocide as core issues – a couple thousand years before any other movement came along.

But everyone can’t do everything. Christians comprise a body. See I Corinthians 12. Our body is woven together by people God has brought together who are gifted with different talents and passions. Christians use their God-given talents and passions in various ways to give the Church body life. It’s a beautiful thing.

So there is a subset of Christians whose passion is stopping abortion. (Embryonic stem cell research, assisted suicide, and euthanasia are recent add-ons, as the Culture of Death has expanded its tentacles.)

It’s what this subset focuses on. Why is this so hard to understand? Why are other movements never called to take on the anti-abortion issue? Even in his own article, Krattenmaker participated in that hypocrisy:BabyHumans

One of the environmental movement’s biggest mistakes has been to give the impression that enviros care more about old trees and rare animals than human beings. That problem, thankfully, is being remedied as a new ethos in the movement connects the dots between a healthy environment and the viability of human life.

Krattenmaker did link to a flyer by the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, but I only wish it were true “a new ethos” of environmentalists  had added “save the baby humans” to their plank. But they haven’t.

To that end, I wrote in a comment to the article, “I hope the author is writing a similar column to environmentalists encouraging them to take on the anti-abortion issue?”

Why do you think it is that pro-lifers are singularly targeted with demands to add a myriad of other issues to their work, called hypocrites along the way if they don’t?

Do you think we should?

I suppose one way to look at it is other groups think the pro-life movement does amazing work and are only longing for us to help them, too.

Um, I don’t think that’s it.

Pro-life blog buzz 8-26-14

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

  • At First Things, J.D. Flynn pens a beautiful response to noted atheist Richard Dawkins’ controversial Tweet about the “immorality” of allowing children with Down syndrome to be born. As an adoptive father of two children with Down syndrome, Flynn’s post is a must read:

    You’ve often said that people who disagree with you should “go away, and learn how to think.” I’ve tried to learn to think, over the years, but perhaps I am naive in some ways. But one of things I’ve concluded is that ethical philosophy can’t be done in a sterile environment — that our humanity, our intuition, our empathy, in fact, must be recognized as a source of ethical insight if we want to think well. Perhaps you believe that your position on abortion and down syndrome is logically valid. But I wonder if you’re kept awake at night by the revulsion that comes with being the champion of killing.

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  • At Live Action News, secular pro-lifer Sarah Terzo also responds to Dawkins by pointing to studies affirming the overall positive attitudes of children with Ds, along with their parents and siblings. Terzo contrasts these attitudes with those of people who were surveyed when they sought amniocentesis to detect Down syndrome (some of their responses pictured, left). Nearly all decided that if their child had the condition, they would abort:

    You have to wonder how these parents would react if their “normal” child turned out to have a learning disability or just is less of an overachiever- not as perfect as they want him to be. The sanctity of human life has been defeated by a consumer culture where women have amniocentesis in order to decide whether or not a baby is acceptable to be born, as if they were purchasing a pair of shoes and looking for the most comfortable and attractive ones.

  • After a defeat by Republicans this past April, Pro-Life Wisconsin has enlisted new pro-life help to try and make Choose Life license plates available to Wisconsinites. PLW is hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will “take on a lower court case that addresses the free speech rights of Americans who want to purchase ‘Choose Life’ license plates.”
  • Ethika Politika shows an example of media being called out on their distortion and misinformation with regards to life issues.
  • In a similar vein, Right to Life of Michigan spanks the editorial board of the Traverse City Record Eagle for their inaccurate editorial and lack of research on “citizen-initiated abortion insurance legislation” which was promoted by RTL MI.

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  • At Life Site News, Jason Jones reviews the new movie The Giver with impassioned words about the sterile, emotionless, engineered utopia:

    The world of The Giver is what people seek when they vote for men like Barack Obama, send checks to Planned Parenthood, and slap “Coexist” bumper stickers on their Volvos. It’s their Mecca, their Shangri-La, their New Jerusalem.

No wonder liberal critics are trashing The Giver. It tips their hand. It reveals too much, too soon, about the dream of the Culture of Death — whose goal isn’t really death, per se. Our enemies don’t want to kill babies and old people, cripples and retarded children, out of a sheer homicidal glee. Were we facing foes like Genghis Khan whose only plan was to heap up pyramids of skulls, our task would be far simpler.

Instead, we fight a set of people with no sharp edges or pointy helmets. They do not love death. They’re afraid of life. They see human existence as nothing more than a drawn-out tale of suffering and disappointment, that ends in an unmarked grave and eternal oblivion.

Voris: Some at March for Life part of “culture of death”

gay pride flagby Carder

The culture of death is too well represented here at the March for Life – another one of those realities that many people will want to kill the messenger for saying out loud and other people will want to deny and spin and stick their heads in the sand about.

In fact, many will probably say – oh, there goes ChurchMilitant.TV with all their doom and gloom again.

Shout out to the Church of Nice gang – we didn’t create the conditions of the doom and gloom.

We just trap and expose it.

~ Michael Voris reporting that his (admittedly “nonscientific”) poll of March for Life attendees showed 1/3 supported the use of contraception and 20% supported homosexual relationships, ChurchMilitant.TV, January 24