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Pro-life blog buzz 6-16-15

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

  • Big Blue Wave takes exception to a San Francisco Chronicle headline that claims the courts are chipping away at abortion:

    When a law is legislated and a court upholds the law, the court is not chipping away at anything. The court is merely upholding a law that was democratically voted. American legislatures have passed very few pro-abortion laws. When a court decides to strike down a law that was democratically voted, in spite of the will of the people, in spite of previous jurisprudence, that’s when the court is effectively legislating from the bench and chipping away at whatever it is that it’s undermining.

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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 4-3-15

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

  • Right to Life of Michigan says Michigan abortionist Alberto Hodari, who is now retired and no longer licensed, “unlawfully left thousands of patient files unattended at [his] former abortion clinic in Flint.”
  • Pro-Life NZ believes New Zealand’s population decline can be attributed to the country’s legalized abortion rate:

    New Zealand is experiencing a demographic decline, which is a real problem confronting governments in Asia, Russia and Europe; an aging population and too few babies born to support them in the future.

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  • Wesley J. Smith recalls the agonizing death of Terri Schindler Schiavo ten years ago. Terri was not in the process of dying naturally when her nutrition and hydration were removed, and Smith takes issue with those who try to say her death was peaceful, not painful.
  • At Stand True, Bryan Kemper also recalls Terri Schiavo’s death and the wide range of people affected by her plight:

    I talked to many of the behind-the-scenes media people who were obviously shaken by this tragedy. I saw people from all different walks of life and political and religious backgrounds taking a stand. There were many non-Christian people there in support of Terri, and dozens of handicapped people from a group called Not Dead Yet. I even spent time in prayer with the Rev. Jesse Jackson as he came to help the family and speak out for Terri. I never in a million years would have believed that I would sit in a room praying with Randall Terry, Jesse Jackson and Sean Hannity.

  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life reports that a bill is once again being introduced to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions. After a similar bill passed in 2011, it was vetoed by Governor Mark Dayton:

    After 18 years of taxpayer-funded abortions, Minnesotans have funded more than 69,000 abortions at a cost of $21.5 million, according to a just-released report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Taxpayer-funded abortions numbered almost 3,400 in Minnesota in 2013; nearly all of those abortions were elective….

    Polls continue to show that most Minnesotans and most Americans are opposed to taxpayer funded abortions, yet they continue to be forced to pay for them.

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  • ProLifeBlogs links to Operation Rescue’s report on an ambulance call – the second one this year – to Family Planning Associates in Bakersfield, California.
  • Secular Pro-Life continues their series on abortion clinic websites, this time exposing The Downtown Women’s Center in Portland, Oregon, which appears to claim abortion is so safe that there has not been a single death from this procedure since it was legalized in 1973:

    Not a single death from abortion since it was legalized in 1973? That’s demonstrably false. Setting aside the deaths of the preborn, twelve women died from legal abortions in the U.S. in 2008 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    Perhaps Downtown Women’s Center’s ambiguous statement only meant to claim that there has never been a death due to legal abortion in Oregon. It didn’t take long for me to find one: Loretta Morton, a 16-year-old who died of an abortion-related pulmonary embolism in 1984. Although I’m unable to access her death certificate, she apparently died in Multnomah County, Oregon (which includes Portland). Several years later, her death was mentioned in a scholarly article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

[Photos via people.com, lifenews.com]

“Virtually no systems in place” for helping mom of disabled baby

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But in our race to find heroes and villains, we fall victim to a common and dangerous error: treating the event as entirely a matter of free choice made by independent individuals guided only by their own moral compass. There is no need for context. And we certainly don’t want to talk about the social structures that might make the mother’s choice predictable and even understandable.

Buried in the story is the fact that the mother is a native Armenian, and the father is from New Zealand. In other words, the mother is from a country where doctors and family members routinely assume that a disabled child should not and cannot be kept at home.

Even worse: throughout the post-Soviet world, there are virtually no systems in place for providing even a minimal amount of useful information, let alone support, to a mother who has just given birth to a DS (Down Syndrome) baby.

~ Eliot Borenstein explaining the possible reason behind a mother threatening to divorce her husband if he kept their newborn Down Syndrome baby, Huffington Post, February 6

Pro-life blog buzz 12-19-14

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

  • Bound4Life is praying for a pro-life start to 2015, and asks others to do the same as two important cases will come before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals:

    Both Arkansas and North Dakota’s State Legislatures have passed laws defining life as when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Now the appeals court will consider if the laws, passed by majority vote, are considered constitutional.

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  • The Leading Edge weighs in on the case of a New Zealand abortion provider who inserted an IUD without the consent of his patient. The woman was unaware of the IUD until three years later, when she was examined due to her difficulty becoming pregnant. Will there be an outcry from pro-choice advocates, as this woman was given no choice?
  • A Culture of Life also weighs in on the case, saying abortion is never truly safe – especially not if an abortionist can get away with performing surgery on a patient without permission:

    If doctors are inserting IUDs without patient consent, what other dodgy practices are happening within New Zealand abortion facilities? What complications occur that we never hear about?

  • The FRC Blog encourages the mayor of Washington, D.C., to veto the bill that would force all employers to cover abortions:

    Yesterday, the DC Council passed a bill called the “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014,” which could force employers in the District of Columbia (including the Family Research Council) to cover abortions….

    Aside from this injustice, there are a number of legal problems with the bill. As pointed out by Alliance Defending Freedom, the bill would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Weldon Amendment, and the First Amendment protections of Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Freedom of Association.

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    • ProLifeBlogs links to an Operation Rescue post on two emergency transports on the same day from Dr. Martin Haskell’s late-term abortion facility in Kettering, Ohio. On duty that day was Dr. Roslyn Kade (pictured right) who has no admitting privileges at any hospital. The facility also has no transfer agreement:

      “The Ohio Department of Health should refuse to renew the facility license of Haskell’s Kettering abortion clinic for the same reasons it shut down his Sharonville operation,” said [Troy] Newman. “Women continue to suffer life-threatening abortion complications without the guarantee that they will receive adequate or timely treatment. Ohio authorities shouldn’t wait until someone dies before taking action to protect women.”

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    [Photos via themirenaiudlawsuit.com and Operation Rescue]

    Pro-life blog buzz 11-11-14

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

    • Pro-Life Action League reports on the now-closed All Women’s Health in Chicago, run by abortionist Mandy Gittler (who was responsible for the death of Tonya Reaves at a Chicago Planned Parenthood). All Women’s has been accused of scamming women who visited for pap smears and health exams.
    • Real Choice chronicles one of over a dozen known deaths from National Abortion Federation clinics from 1970-2004. This case, from 1994, details the death of a high school senior who was 17 weeks pregnant. Records show that the abortionist did the entire second trimester abortion in three minutes, which (understandably) contributed to the young woman’s “safe and legal abortion” death.

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    • Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust profiles Andy Moore (pictured left) from New Zealand, now transplanted to the United States and married to the daughter of Jill Stanek. Andy’s commitment and talents show why the pro-life movement is winning.
    • ProWomanProLife says Canada could learn something from the UK about human rights:

      It remains appallingly controversial in Canada to state in Parliament that killing female pre-born children simply because they are female is wrong. Canada, we can learn something from the UK about human rights. Wake up and get with the times.

    • John Smeaton posts on the plight of Scottish midwives who are having to defend their refusal to participate in abortions.
    • Saynsumthn’s Blog posts a video of Steve Hofstetter, humor columnist for SportsIllustrated.com and other publications, joking about pushing a pregnant woman down a flight of stairs. Is this today’s version of gallows humor?
    • Hormonal contraception may be relatively cheap in dollars and cents, but ProLife365 counts the other costs of birth control which aren’t often discussed.
    • Wesley J. Smith points out how schizophrenic we have become in dealing with the issue of assisted suicide. The UK, which opposes the death penalty, is considering setting up suicide courts where a person could petition a judge for authorization to have a doctor prescribe a lethal dose to end his/her life. Smith quotes The Independent:

      Judges could routinely be given the power of life or death over patients who are determined to die to end their suffering. Proposals to use judges as the final arbiters of who can be helped to die go some way to satisfying opponents to Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. Lord Pannick QC proposed judicial oversight in amendments to the Bill which went before the House of Lords yesterday. The Lords, in the first Parliamentary vote on the Bill, gave it their approval.

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    • Live Action News profiles a non-denominational evangelical pastor from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in Southern California, who declared boldly that he will go to jail before funding abortion:

      Senior Pastor Jack Hibbs – a strong pro-life proponent – has encouraged his congregation to uphold religious values and fundamental liberties in the public square. Now, the church is opposing a California mandate egregiously imposed on religious institutions across the Golden State. The congregation is challenging a decision by the California Department of Managed Healthcare that forces all employers, including churches, to provide coverage for elective abortions in all health insurance plans.

      We have heard much about the power of the pulpits during the recent election. Could this be an awakening?

    [Photo of Andy Moore by Brice Griffin via Facebook; photo of Jack Hibbs via calvaryrevive.com]

    Pro-life blog buzz 10-14-14

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

    • American Life League’s Judie Brown contrasts the indifference toward the slaughter of 3,000 humans daily by abortion in America to the outcry over the euthanasia of an Ebola patient’s dog in Spain. Brown is a dog lover, but even she was shocked at the huge response to save the life of one animal:

      Here is the first sentence of a news report that came to my attention recently: “With more than 3,400 people dead in west Africa and 7,500 infected in the latest Ebola outbreak, 300,000 people sign a petition demanding action… to save an infected dog.” This was twice as many people as those who signed a petition demanding a cure be found for the deadly virus….

      As it turns out, the dog was “put down” Wednesday by Madrid’s regional government. But the fact of the matter is that the plight of this one pet generated more interest and involvement than a single preborn child threatened and then killed by the act of abortion.

      There is something dramatically wrong with this picture.

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    • Big Blue Wave shares another example of valuing animals more than humans: New Zealand’s former Green MP Sue Kedgley has declared dairy cow abortion “inhumane and cruel” while she and the NZ Green Party support the abortion of humans. What makes killing preborn cows “inhumane and cruel” while killing preborn humans is seen as a sacred right?
    • Down on the Pharm posts another story to be filed under, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” – Jonathan Dach, one of the White House volunteers who assisted with President Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia, and a son of a big Obama donor, kept a prostitute in his hotel room there. While Dach used to work with Michelle Obama on her “Let’s Move” campaign, he now has been assigned a new job at the State Department’s Office on Global Women’s Issues, “which focuses on such things as prostitution and human trafficking….

      The fox guarding the hens.”

    • At Life Training Institute, Clinton Wilcox responds to “the irrationality of the pro-choice mindset” in a woman’s open letter to the child she plans to abort:

      Abortion is often touted as a “religious issue,” but the religious underpinnings of the pro-choice mindset are often ignored. In this letter, she acknowledges that this is a child, yet she seems to believe in a form of reincarnation, that the child she kills now will come around again when she’s ready to be a mother, and this time she’ll keep the child….

      If this letter had been written by a parent wanting to kill her toddler, this would not be seen as “heartbreaking.” This would be seen as appalling, and rightly so. Yet because this is an unborn child, and pro-choice people tend to have a subtle reincarnation mindset, it’s not seen as appalling because she can just try again when she’s ready and this same child will come around again. This does not correspond to reality, but I can see how it would help some people sleep better at night.

      She also claims that she wants her child to be happy. I hear this a lot from pro-choice advocates, and it seems a good way to justify this act of abortion. But this claim seems a little hollow when you understand that the choice is between giving your child life, or killing your child in abortion. How does your fear that you won’t be able to give your child a good life justify killing the child through a gruesome procedure like abortion (or at all)? You can’t claim you love your child and subsequently claim that killing her is the best thing for her.

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    • Clinic Quotes shares a statement from Norma McCorvey (“Roe” of Roe vs. Wade; pictured right), once an abortion clinic worker but now a pro-life convert, who says the only way she and her fellow clinic workers coped with their jobs was to use drugs:

      A-Z… [the abortion clinic that Norma McCorvey worked at first, eventually shut down] drugs became a major tool to keep the peace. Drugs got us through the day, and when memories kept us awake, drugs helped us get to sleep. When we couldn’t bear the thought of going back for another day’s worth of work, drugs got us out of bed.

      We even used drugs with patients. Many times a young woman might say, “I’m not so sure I want to do this.”

      If the patient was holding things up, we knew just what to do. “Here, honey,” we’d say, offering some cocaine. “Have a little hit of this. You’ll be fine.”

      Our offer was not always accepted, but when it was, it worked wonders.”

    • Created Equal is accepting applications for the next Justice Ride to Florida from March 7-15. Click here to download an application or email contact@CreatedEqual.net. Completed applications are due Friday, December 12, 2014. Watch this video to get an idea of what a difference you can make:
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    [McCorvey photo via The Blaze]

    Pro-life blog buzz 9-9-14

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

    • Judie Brown of American Life League discusses an issue that sometimes separates pro-life activists. She believes pro-lifers should not waste time and resources fighting for laws that force abortionists to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. While many pro-lifers rightfully think abortionists fail to meet that standard, and this is a way to expose them and shut down abortion centers when no physician qualifies, Brown quotes ALL’s Jim Sedlak, who voices an alternative opinion:

      While pro-lifers get caught up in trying to argue for these kinds of laws, statements are made that you would never expect from a pro-life person. In fact, after the Alabama decision, one pro-life leader, who is one of the strongest fighters for life in the country, actually argued that these laws are needed to protect women who are choosing to have an abortion.

      This has brought us a long way from the days when it was clearly recognized that the energies of the pro-life movement were focused on saving the baby, praying for the woman, and finding a way to show women that abortion was not her only solution to her perceived problems.

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    • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life posted an op ed in Duluth News Tribune calling out MN Senator Al Franken for his support of the misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act, which “effectively would establish abortion on demand until birth nationwide.”

      This extremist, who is up for reelection this November, must be defeated! He only won in 2008 by 312 recounted votes, and at least one pundit considers him vulnerable.

    • The Leading Edge, a New Zealand blog, gives tips on how to talk to your “MP,” i.e., member of parliament, about issues that matter to you. The advice is sound for the U.S. as well!
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    • Clinic Quotes quotes Glamour magazine in 1973, which called abortion the “kiss of death” in the medical profession:

      “[Hospital administrators say] abortion is a sleazy and offensive procedure… The doctor who does abortions – even if they are only a small part of her practice – is known as an abortionist…. This label is the kiss of death for any professional hopes a doctor might have.”

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    • Live Action gives a high five to a Today Show story about Special Kneads Bakery, which employs special needs adults:

      “What they do is critical to our success,” says Mike, underscoring the fact that these jobs are not provided as charity or just to give adults with special needs something to do. They are earning an honest wage and contributing in a very real way to the success of the business.

      Mike says their love for repetition is a boon to the business: “They do a lot of the jobs that most people don’t even really think about, and don’t want to do.”