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Pro-life blog buzz 3-24-15

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  • 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]

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.

Infighting: Edgy abortion group flusters other abortion groups

Stop Patriarchy pro-choice pro-abortion rally

It’s too early to tell whether pro-abortion world is imploding, but there sure have been plenty of fireworks lately.

I’ve written two posts in recent days on a new phenomenon – abortion groups publicly challenging the big kahuna, Planned Parenthood, something heretofore unheard of.

In that case the charge was racism. Since then it appears the floodgate has opened. Now add a complaint by pro-abortion Exhale’s Aspen Baker, who singled out Planned Parenthood for its “narrow view” ignoring abortion regret, and a complaint by California NOW for Planned Parenthood getting sidetracked on voter ID laws.

I’ve simply never seen anything like this. Abortion groups are usually very good about keeping their fights internal.

In addition, abortion groups are now publicly uniting against one of their own, Stop Patriarchy. The group is being blackballed for a number of fascinating reasons, foremost that Stop Patriarchy opposes porn and prostitution as degrading to women (because everyone knows they’re not), and uses slavery language (saying “forced pregnancy is female enslavement” and hosting a “Freedom Ride” in Texas).

Stop Patriarchy pro-choice pro-abortion Freedom RideLed by Texans for Reproductive Justice, abortion proponents further complain that Stop Patriarchy is terrorizing them, boo-hoo, “us[ing] intimidation and disruption to upset and silence those who disagree with them,” and that Stop Patriarchy [warning: link vulgar] “hijack[ed] the Texas filibuster anniversary party” to siphon donations away from other groups.

Horrors, Stop Patriarchy is also Islamophobic (because being forced to don burqas – and having one’s nose cut off if giving any lip about it – is so worthy of feminist defense), homophobic and transphobic (for not making an exception in its opposition to porn for queer or alternative porn), and is affiliated with Communists (as if liberals don’t share the same beliefs, hello, Occupy Wall Street, although it is interesting that terrorist Bill Ayers signed Stop Patriarchy’s “Stop Forced Motherhood” petition).

Stop Patriarchy anti-porn as well as pro-choice pro-abortion

Whatever, I say have at it. The more infighting the better, obviously.

I will say as an objective observer that Stop Patriarchy rallies are a bit embarrassing. The group has an apparent penchant for the never-ending echo-chant…

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That video was shot at an August 7 Stop Patriarchy rally in Austin, Texas, with an epic counter-protest by Love of Truth Ministries and Created Equal.

All of these episodes point to another problem within the abortion movement, that of being forced by political correctness to take up an array of causes aside from abortion – LGBQT (note the other side no longer uses the term “pregnant woman,” which offends transgender folk, but instead says “pregnant person”), pro-defense of any religion not Christian, prostitution, porn, global warming, environmentalism, voter ID, fair wages, and tampon justice, to name just some.

Meanwhile, the pro-life movement remains focused like a laser beam on blocking the culture of death, the leading culprit of which is abortion.

Abortion advocates try their best to divert our attention away from abortion and life issues. Sure, most of us are personally involved in related issues, but as a movement we are not distracted.

Again, have at it, pro-aborts. Dissension and dilution are good.

[HT for petition: Saynsumthn’s Blog; top photo via Houston Press; second photo, of “Broadband Guerrilla Girls” performing at a Stop Patriarchy rally, via ggbb.org; bottom photo via revcom.us]

Does God want Noah to commit infanticide in the upcoming movie?

noahI’m reading the new book, Noah: The Real Story, my interest piqued on the topic in large part due to all the chatter about the upcoming movie, Noah, opening March 28.

The movie has a blockbuster budget of $130 million and features a stellar cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, and Emma Watson.

Very few people have read the script or seen the movie, but the book I’m reading includes a summary by movie critic Brian Godawa of a script he read in the fall of 2013.

Potential spoiler alert…

So in that version of the script there was an infanticide element. Quoting from the book:

Noah decides the only reason God preserved him and his family is to make sure the animals on the ark return to the earth safely. If mankind disappeared, “it would be a better world.” His family should have no more births so that humans will eventually die out and then “the creatures of the earth, the world itself, shall be safe.” But one of his daughters-in-law is pregnant. If it is a boy, Noah will let it live; but if it is a girl, it will be killed. The woman gives birth to twin girls and Noah sets out to kill them both while the animals on the ark help pin down his family. but he is too weak to carry out his task. ‘I can’t do it,’ he says to himself and to God. “I am sorry.”

This, of course, places God at the most extreme end of environmental whacko-ness, upends His plan of salvation, and reverses the real close of the Noah story, wherein God tells him, “be fruitful and multiply; populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it” ~ Genesis 9:7.

So we shall see if that blasphemous plot line made the final cut. I’ve read Paramount Pictures is quite nervous about Christian reaction to the movie. At this point, from what I’ve read and seen, it should be:

One viewer, who declined to give his name because Paramount required him to sign a nondisclosure agreement, echoed the sentiments of others by criticizing the depiction of Noah as a “crazy, irrational, religious nut” who is fixated on modern-day problems like overpopulation and environmental degradation.

Russell Crowe didn’t help:

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View the trailer here.

“Right to choose” is glaring exception to progressive ideology

by Kelli

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The truth hurts, but liberals need to hear it. One of progressivism’s — aka modern liberalism’s — greatest ironies is that abortion on demand is nigh impossible to reconcile with the rest of progressive theory. As I’ve written before here and elsewhere, the “right to choose” is the glaring exception to nearly everything the left believes.

In economics, health care, education, gun use, environmental regulation, and even religious faith and political speech, progressives make the individual’s choices and desires subservient to what they consider the greater good of those in need. Despite the rising popularity of the absolutist “bodily autonomy” defense these days, more often than not it’s the only form of autonomy its proponents recognize.

To believe in involuntary wealth redistribution for the poor and sick, forced subsidization of contraceptives, and compulsory participation in private ceremonies (just to name a few) — while not believing that a mother owes the neediest and most helpless of all the simple mercy of letting him or her live — is a sick joke. This “radically inclusive” ideology is “constantly looking” for new pockets of society the rest of us must sacrifice to assist, but thinks the deepest possible familial bond is meaningless.

~ Calvin Freiburger, Live Action News, February 10

[Comic (click to enlarge) via commonsenseevaluation.com]

(Prolifer)ations 3-30-12

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

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  • Welcome to our newest blog by University of Michigan Students for Life, which is celebrating the group’s first known baby saved in their Pregnant on Campus Campaign. The students used flyers, chalkings, and signage to acquaint students with resources available for them to choose life. Congratulations to them!

  • ProLife NZ shares news of an anti-euthanasia flash mob in France. The secretly planned event was in counter-protest to a public pro-euthanasia demonstration:

    Seven hundred people, young and old, holding red hearts with the slogan “Caring, not killing,” filled the esplanade facing the Eiffel Tower and danced to the sounds of Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die.”

    …Participants [turned] to show the other side of their paper hearts bearing the words: “Solidarity with those who are the most fragile,” after which they lay on the ground to symbolize victims of euthanasia.

  • Wesley J. Smith writes a tongue-in-cheek response to a recent article deriding the obese for driving up healthcare costs. Smith suggests if this lifestyle is to be punished, then the sexually promiscuous one should be as well:

    If that’s the kind of society we want, if we really intend to unleash the lifestyle police, then let’s also target the promiscuous. After all, under the LA Times’ logic… living promiscuously increases the likelihood of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, experiencing or causing an unintended pregnancy, suffering depression and other mental health problems, and so on. In fact, when you think about it, promiscuity leads directly to deadly and very expensive diseases such as AIDS — and in a much faster time frame than either smoking or overeating!

    Maybe this is an issue the First Lady would like to tackle as well. Then again, maybe not.

  • Pro-Life Wisconsin reports that liberal blog Think Progress is shocked – shocked -to find that a conservative summit had a booth that displayed pro-life literature. They write:

    The next room… featured a bevy of literature warning women about the supposed dangers of birth control and telling them that “Chastity is the best choice for single people.” One handout explained that contraception is unnecessary because “Saving yourself for your future spouse is guaranteed to prevent pregnancy before marriage.” Another answered the question “Is it safe?” with a simple “No.” The literature on emergency contraception warned that it could cause cancer before telling women simply, “Be good to yourself. Don’t use the morning-after pill.”

    We are so busted. Informing the public on chastity and on how birth control pills work? Oh the disgrace!

  • Soapbox Five examines abortion proponent Margie Kelly’s claim that fetal health is important – and that pro-lifers aren’t doing enough to address it:

    While glossing over the fact that she supports the idea of mothers killing their fetuses arbitrarily, Kelly blames pro-lifers for not doing enough to make the “fetal environment” healthier through environmental regulations which would lead to better health for mother and child….

    Is death at the hands of one’s mother preferable to being gestated in a potentially less-than-ideal environment? Clean water and air are hugely important for all human beings, but I have to ask: Abortion advocates… do you really want to say that pro-lifers aren’t doing enough to save fetuses because we aren’t focusing all our efforts on eradicating pollution?….

    Apparently Ms. Kelly has no problem with such a claim. Ms. Kelly believes women should be able to have their children scraped and suctioned from their wombs in pieces, but she also believes that fetuses should have the very best possible environment.

  • Stand for Life posts a frightening 911 call following an abortion, in which abortionist Martin Haskell is heard laughing. Just another day for the abortionist who lacks admitting privileges at nearby hospitals:
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Jivin J’s Life Links 9-19-11

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  • Here’s an article in the China Post about the rising trend in Taiwan for married couples to abort their first child. Taiwan’s total fertility rate in 2010 was 0.895.
  • A ballot proposal to legalize abortion in Liechtenstein failed:

    Opponents won the referendum with a majority of 514 votes, out of 11,510 ballots cast. The official count put no-votes at 52.3 percent, ahead of 47.7 percent who favored the plan to decriminalize abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy or if the child is severely disabled.

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(Prolifer)ations 4-15-11

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

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