Tag Archives: Huffington Post

Man’s blood saves more than two million babies

Blood donorby Carder

Never once have I watched the needle go in my arm. I can’t stand the sight of blood, and I can’t stand pain…

A number of mothers have come up to me and said, “Thank you very much for what you’ve done, because I now I have one, two, three healthy children.”

~ James Harrison, a 78-year-old Australian man “who has donated blood almost every week for about 60 years, saving more than 2 million babies in the process,” as quoted by the Huffington Post, June 9

Wisconsin bill would allow fathers to sue late-term abortionists

postabortion menby Kelli

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 237 would ban abortions after 20 weeks “postfertilization,” which doctors would measure as 22 weeks of pregnancy since pregnancies are usually measured from the woman’s last menstrual period. If the bill becomes law, doctors who perform an abortion after this time could be charged with a felony and fined up to $10,000, or face up to three and a half years in prison.

In addition to those penalties, the bill would allow the father to sue the doctor for damages, “including damages for personal injury and emotional and psychological distress,” if the doctor performs or attempts to perform an abortion after the 20-week limit. The man does not need to be married to the woman or even in a relationship with her to sue her doctor, as long as the pregnancy is not a result of sexual assault or incest. The bill also says the woman can sue.

~ Laura Bassett, describing a proposed WI bill that would allow expectant fathers to sue an abortionist for the emotional distress of a partner’s late-term abortion, Huffington Post, June 3

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Nick Loeb on IVF embryos: “The ability to create life is special”

Sofia-Vergara-and-Nick-Loebby Carder

When I was in my 20s, I had a girlfriend who had an abortion, and the decision was entirely out of my hands. Ever since, I have dreamed about a boy at the age he would be now.

Later, I was married for four years to a woman with whom I tried to have children, with help from a fertility specialist. The difficulties we had made me feel, more than ever, that the ability to create life was special. When she left me, as I was running for a seat in the Florida State Senate, my dreams of a family were shattered.

~ Businessman Nick Loeb making the case for why he should be able to use his frozen embryos created with ex-fiancee Sofia Vergara in a New York Times op-ed titled, “Our Embryos Have a Right to Live,” via The Huffington Post, April 30

Pro-choice poet: Women in Medieval times had it better

mcclureby Carder

I started writing poems with an intentionally flippant treatment of abortion around that scary time before Obama’s second election when Todd Akin was talking about legitimate rape. I was still working on them when Hobby Lobby denied its employees birth control coverage and when Texas Senator Wendy Davis heroically opposed a Republican attack on women’s health clinics.

You know. The horror of it all continues to our current moment. Everyone likes to compare this right wing faux religious extremist push to medieval times, but I wonder if Medieval times were not better for women….

It’s a fundamental human good for a civilization that depends on women in the workforce and as managers of households (which are micro-economies) and agents of their own sexuality have access to safe, medical abortions. If we claim to be a sexually egalitarian society, then duh.

~ Poet Monica McClure, describing how she feels Medieval times were better for women than they are now, in an interview with the Huffington Post, April 16

[Photo via thethepoetry.com]

Rand Paul challenges Hillary Clinton on accepting Saudi money

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In remarks for delivery to Republican activists Friday night at the Carroll County Lincoln Day Dinner in North Conway, N.H., [Rand] Paul will say: “There has been much talk of a war on women. There is indeed a war on women – in Saudi Arabia. When Hillary Clinton claims she will support women’s rights, ask her why she accepted millions of dollars from” – and then he plans to mention specific countries.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night that the Clinton Foundation received $7.3 million from Saudi Arabians from 1999 to 2014, based on contributions of more than $50,000. The Clinton Foundation says the money has gone to good projects that are “improving the lives of millions of people around the globe.”

~ Politico,  March 20

[Photo via Huffington Post]

TX GOP lawmaker hangs “Former Fetus” sign outside office

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In honor of their visit, I put this sign up on my office door. Organizations that murder children are not welcome in my office.

~ Republican Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, preempting visits from Planned Parenthood reps who might want to dissuade him from voting for a bill to place the abortion giant at the bottom of the list to receive funding for cancer screenings, via Huffington Post, March 11

Pro-life blog buzz 3-6-15

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

  • At Bound4Life, Marisa Lengor Kwaning draws attention to the real war on women, which is happening on a global scale – from Boko Haram to gendercide:

    Perhaps, unfortunately, we have gotten used to the fact that girls are going missing in huge numbers all around the world. Because the real war on women begins in the womb.

    In India alone, one million girls are intentionally aborted each year because of their gender…. As a result, 50 million girls are missing in India today.

    The lack of women has caused a drastic rise in sex trafficking and kidnapping of girls as brides to unwed men….

    It would be flawed, however, to dismiss gendercide as an Asian or communist countries’ problem. From 1995-2005, fifteen hundred girls went missing among Indian communities in England and Wales. Topic experts agree that sex-selective abortions was the only viable explanation for this steep decline of girls….

    And the issue persists today. It’s no wonder women and girls are kidnapped and attacked at alarming rates globally.

  • Dr. Michael New gives kudos to New York Times pro-choice columnist Linda Greenhouse for her “surprisingly fair tribute” to Dr. John C. Willke, a pro-life pioneer.

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  • Live Action News features the story of Ellis Rodriguez, born after her father passed away from cancer at age 35. The joy of Ellis’ birth quickly turned to tragedy, however, as she developed bacterial meningitis and was deemed by doctors to be “incompatible with life.” As Ellis’ mother Sarah removed her from the ventilator and rocked her while saying her goodbyes, Ellis started breathing on her own. She also shows no signs of the profound brain damage she was expected to have. Read more about Sarah, her late husband Joel, Ellis and Ellis’ big brother, Milo, here.
  • Father Frank Pavone uses Scripture to show that in God’s eyes, the preborn child is just as valuable as his mother.
  • Culture Campaign discusses yet another potential pro-life ethical dilemma – that of implanting aborted human fetal tissue into animals to grow organs for human transplant:

    As the technology has advanced, researchers have begun developing a technique that could get more kidneys to people who need transplants. But the method is controversial: It is now feasible to remove a kidney from an aborted human fetus and implant the organ into a rat, where the kidney can grow to a larger size. It’s possible that further work could find a way to grow kidneys large enough that they could be transplanted into a person, the researchers said, although much more research is needed to determine whether this could be done.

  • Big Blue Wave examines the complaints of a Huffington Post writer who feels she is mistreated because of her desire to remain child-free. But BBW wonders if it is the reasoning behind the decision to remain child-free that is the real issue:

    Is it perhaps that childfree people often admit to selfish tendencies, aren’t embarrassed about them, and then declare that we’re supposed to not judge them for not wanting children based on their own admission of selfishness?

    Do you think that might have something to do with it? Or maybe their own admitted disdain for a certain demographic of humanity?

    Imagine if she had said that she didn’t like blacks or gays and didn’t want to interact with them, especially after having admitted not having interacted with them.

    She would have zero credibility among progressives. But because it’s about children, that’s okay.

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  • Students for Life reports that during yesterday’s Pro-Life Chalk Day, in which pro-lifers are encouraged to share pro-life messages with sidewalk chalk, some pro-“choice” women – naturally, in the true spirit of freedom of choice – decided that free pro-life speech must be stamped out. They vandalized a display created by Mizzou Students for Life and then bragged about it on Twitter (click to enlarge image):

    Around 8am this morning, one of our members discovered that many of the messages had been destroyed. Later in the morning we were mentioned on Twitter by @MissJuBooty who said “Women deserve better than being told how to make decisions with their own body as they walk home” (mocking one of our quotes “Women deserve better than abortion”)….

    What strikes me the most is that they even destroyed the messages with the local pregnancy help clinic number. Several of these were accompanied with the words “You have options”. If they truly cared about women and true choice, they would allow as many people as possible to see that number and hopefully call it to receive guidance on their options- which means more than just an abortion referral from Planned Parenthood.

Woman says she owes her life to her mother’s abortion

by Carder

mother daughterI should note here that I am unequivocally, adamantly pro-choice. But I’ve never reacted with outrage at people who are anti-abortion. Unlike those who, say, oppose gay marriage, I don’t think anti-abortion advocates are acting from a place of closed-minded hate. I think that, in addition to ignorance on women’s rights, they are looking at abortion as a simple moral choice: for life or against it.

But my mother’s choice, and the choice of those like her, complicates this simple paradigm. But as complicated as it is, it has, in many ways, deepened my relationship and understanding of her.

Just how many people, like me, owe our lives to abortion?

~ Anonymous coming to terms with the news of her mother’s abortion prior to her birth, Huffington Post, February 20