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My new role at Susan B. Anthony List


SBA-20_logoOriginally posted June 23, 2015

Dear faithful readers of JillStanek.com:

First, the exciting news: I am honored to have accepted a position at Susan B. Anthony List as its National Campaign Chair! Read more at WorldNetDaily.com. Also read SBA’s press release and a a blurb in Politico’s Pulse.

I have been a long-time admirer of Marjorie Dannenfelser and the SBA List team, many of whom are friends. I partnered with the group during the 2012 election cycle for a bus tour exposing Barack Obama’s abortion/infanticide extremism.

This is a new position, for which I will travel the country on behalf of SBA List, speaking to pro-life activists, donors, and voters to promote SBA List’s aggressive campaign strategy to elect a pro-life president in 2016 and advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

This will be a permanent position. After the 2016 election there will be the need to conduct another national pro-life political campaign… and another… and another.

But of immediate importance to me, as you know, is passage of the Pain-Capable Act, because as an RN I witnessed the excruciating deaths of 20+ week abortion survivors who would have been saved had a 20-week abortion ban been in place.

Electing a pro-life president is the gateway to enacting this legislation into law. And, of course, a president also wields a tremendous amount of influence in other areas of importance to pro-lifers, such as funding abortion groups and the pro-death agenda, judicial nominations, and other pro-life/abortion legislation.

I witnessed firsthand how devastating pro-abortion legislators can be when I watched then-state Senator Barack Obama vote four times against the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and take a leadership role in seeing its defeat.

Now, the sad news. Because my position at SBA List will be full-time, I have made the difficult decision to grind almost all activities at JillStanek.com to a halt, after 10 years of blogging here. I will basically be keeping the blog open now for archival purposes, posting my own blogs very infrequently.

After this week we will be streamlining my blog to just those postings, which will also be published at Live Action News. This means no more quotes of the day, pro-life videos of the day, pro-life blog buzz, or pro-life news briefs. Also, there will be no more commenting. All comments will be directed to my Facebook page.

2009-06-04-MSNBC-StanekIt has been a great run. After all, were it not for my blog I would never have been named “Worst Person in the World” by Keith Olbermann!

That goofiness aside, we broke many stories of importance here, including information on late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s victims in 2013.

But times online have changed. The timing of all this is good – and God’s.

In the beginning (10 years online are like dog years), pro-lifers had to check several blog and web sources a day to get all the news they needed. Now, in combination with social media, Live Action News, LifeNews.com, LifeSiteNews.com, and StanekReport.com capture everything we need to know. And there are now many great pro-life writers.

11297838_10153274799331622_1900318693_nSpeaking of StanekReport.com, it will soon become HarmsReport.com. Pro-lifer Monte Harms has been the strongest contributor to SR.com behind the scenes and will be ably taking the helm. (Thanks also to Carole, Susie, and Josh for their help with SR.com.)

Monte has a rich pro-life background, having volunteered for Justice for All and Protest ABQ and done sidewalk counseling at abortion mills. He has also run the blogs Stand for Life and Pro-Life New Mexico.

And what about Kelli, our site’s glue? I’m happy to report she will begin working for Live Action News next week, doing much of the same work she did here. This blog would not have been held together were it not for Kelli, who has poured herself into it for over six years.

Kelli is but one dear friend I have made here. I can’t begin to name all the wonderful moderators and volunteers who have dedicated themselves on this blog, although I must highlight some special people who were here from the beginning, or nearly the beginning – Bethany, Carla, LauraLoo, and MK.

Special thanks to Carder, Hans, and Susie, who have steadfastly posted great stuff here, so helpful to our cause. And I’d also like to thank our current mods: Del, Sydney, and last but not least Bobby Bambino, who has also been a mod since we began having mods!

But most of all, I want to thank YOU, pro-life readers and activists, for your support of this blog but moreso the sanctity of life.

Prayers appreciated!

For Life Together,

Jill

Pro-life blog buzz 3-14-14

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Right to Life of Michigan is proud to bring transparency and peace of mind  despite the histrionics from Rachel Maddow  who claimed that beginning today the women of Michigan will have to purchase rape insurance (abortion insurance) to provide for their abortions:

    So what will happen when the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law takes effect on March 14? The sun will rise and Michigan will join 23 other states that have opted out of abortion being a standard part in health care policies offered through the national health care exchanges. Michigan will also join nine other states that have opted out of abortion as a standard part of private health care plans.

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  • Stand for Life does not intend to give up after the defeat of a 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last November:

    What is the answer to light a fire under the citizens of Albuquerque?  Protest ABQ is one. This new movement spearheaded by Father Stephen Imbarrato is to protest not only at abortion facilities but at businesses and residences that have close ties to them.  Abortion victim photography, or graphic images as some may call them, are a huge part of the protest, along with other pro-life text signs. Names of businesses affiliated with the abortion industry in Albuquerque are also highlighted in signs and literature.

  • Pro-Life Action League reminds us that Good Friday is the day for the Way of the Cross. PLAL has all the tools you need to bring this event to your city.
  • We hear  people say it was a “therapeutic” abortion, as if  that word makes it okay. Now Wesley J. Smith opines on the issue of “rational” suicide.  So if the psychiatrist has determined you are not mentally ill and can make rational decisions, go for it:

    Psychiatrists are sometimes the last bastion of protection for despairing self-destructive people. To succeed, the life-saving mission must be unequivocal. But rational suicide proponents believe that when the doctor agrees that the desire to die is “rational,” it should be “permitted.” Imagine being told by your doctor that self-killing makes sense.

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  • Pro Life in TN is proud that Tennessee Congresswomen Diane Black (right, top) and Marsha Blackburn (right, bottom) received special recognition from Susan B. Anthony List for their pro life legislation.
  • Pro Woman Pro Life lists a link to songs about abortion, some of which carry a subtle theme that need an explanation.
  • Amanda Marcotte may have gushed over the opening in Buffalo of a birth/abortion combo. calling it the “nation’s first.” But  Real Choice takes exception, reminding us of previous combos and their not so stellar track record:

    But the abortion/birthing combo in Buffalo is not breaking new ground. Others have dug that grave before, and buried many a child along with some mothers.

  • Secular Pro Life points to a recent poll indicating that only 36% of Millennials would describe themselves as religious as the reason why SPL is well situated to appeal to the this  generation:

    Because if you aren’t a “religious person,” prayer vigils, sermons, and sayings like, “Let God Plan Parenthood” are not going to get you involved in the pro-life movement. And heaven forbid (ha!) that you take such an approach with an average young Christian woman who is pregnant, terrified, and considering what looks like an “easy way out.” About 65% of abortions in the U.S. are performed on Christian mothers, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

Pro-life blog buzz 2-21-14

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • At New Wave Feminists, our latest blog addition, Destiny says that her son, for whom she chose life when she experienced an unplanned pregnancy as a teen, was “the best thing that ever happened” to her. Rather than ruining her life, he made her strong:

    Had I aborted him it would’ve been out of nothing but fear and panic. I would be living in bondage and regret to this day. Through bringing him into this world though I became a feminist, an activist, an advocate for women whose shoes I’ve traveled in. And because of that unplanned pregnancy I found out I was stronger than I ever knew I was. In my opinion, that’s what true feminism is all about.

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  • At thirtyone8, guest blogger Lydia Mead notes why Christians in particular should not wait to feel “called” to do something about abortion:

    The other day… I was asked what I’d been doing before our child arrived. There was a hushed silence and the conversation moved quickly on to other topics when I explained how I’d worked in a crisis pregnancy centre, receiving calls from abortion seeking women and girls. When you mention the A-word amongst your good Christian friends or church folk, you’ve overstepped: there isn’t any place for a verbal exchange on the brutal reality of abortion amongst polite, Christian people. The gut feeling you get from your church is – if you’re going to go out and do something awkward and uncomfortable, then it should be evangelism. We’ll pray for you to go and do that in India or an African country; we’ll even send you some money now and then. But abortion’s too horrible to entertain as a thought, let alone to discuss or do anything about….

So, yeah, it’s hard. It’s not a fun topic. It’s not much fun being out in the cold, praying about abortion. To you pre-born advocates out there – keep working and fighting, and remember that God will give you more love and courage as you persevere.

And to everyone else: don’t wait until you feel ‘called to the ministry’ of fighting for the pre-born, or to ‘feel in your heart’ that you care about abortion. That day won’t come if you’re waiting for it. Get out there and get involved – the passion will come to you on the job.

  • Priests for Life’s Fr. Frank Pavone asks pro-lifers to sign a letter addressing the “troubling contraditions” in comments made by President Obama at this year’s National Prayer Breakfast. He intends to personally deliver the letter to the White House:

    Among the troubling aspects of the speech, Fr. Pavone points out that the President, while upholding consistently a policy of abortion on demand, states, “the killing of the innocent is the ultimate betrayal of God’s will.”And, while trying to force Americans to violate their faith through the HHS mandate, the President states in his speech, “Central to [human] dignity is freedom of religion — the right of every person to practice their faith how they choose.”

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  • ProWomanProLife notices that even doctors are beginning to come out in opposition of using ultrasound to determine the sex of preborn children, due to gendercide:

    In a new joint policy statement, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists also say it could be considered unethical for private, commercial clinics to offer “entertainment” ultrasounds purely for the purpose of creating “keepsake” videos for expectant parents. The position statement comes amid mounting concerns that in Canada, people are using ultrasound to determine the sex of a fetus early in pregnancy and to have it aborted if it is a girl.

  • The Leading Edge points out how “[t]he circle of death is now almost complete in Belgium” beginning with the legalization of unfettered abortion and ending with the legalization of euthanasia for children – and New Zealand could be next.
  • Wesley J. Smith says a federal judge has blocked the use of a certain drug for lethal injection in one state, yet this is the same drug used in Oregon for assisted suicide. It makes one wonder how groups like the ACLU keep things straight. After all, they support abortion and assisted suicide but oppose capital punishment by lethal injection.
  • Stand for Life recommends The Discovery Institute’s documentary, The War on Humans, which “discusses the tremendous push for animal and plant legal rights while diminishing human exceptionalism”:
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Pro-life blog buzz 1-31-14

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • At thirtyone8, Andy Moore outlines some of the fundamental errors in the logic of Gary Gutting’s New York Times editorial entitled, “Should Pope Francis Rethink Abortion?”
  • Suzy B posts videos of the bipartisan men and women who spoke in favor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7), which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment. It passed in the House. Be sure to let your representatives know how you feel about their votes.

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  • Pro-life Action League proudly joins a nationwide boycott of Girl Scouts USA for their support for Planned Parenthood:

    As detailed at the official CookieCott 2014 website, both the national Girl Scouts USA and many local Girl Scout councils have supported and promoted the work of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, even encouraging girls to volunteer with Planned Parenthood.

  • Wesley J. Smith applauds a British Medical Journal article that points out the dangers of IVF to both women and the children conceived through IVF. However, Smith wonders if in our “me first” society, anyone really cares about the dangers – including the government:

    Our near-absolute sense of reproductive entitlement – mixed with the huge profits being made by the industry – make it far more likely that government will pay for IVF, thereby increasing use of the technology.

  • Reflections of a Paralytic discusses the many ethical and medical issues surrounding womb transplants, which currently also require IVF to conceive.
  • Secular Pro-Life presents an analogy in the hopes that pro-choicers will better understand their position in the case of Marlise Munoz and her preborn daughter Nicole. Munoz was removed from life support after her husband petitioned a judge to bypass a Texas law preventing life support from being removed from a pregnant patient. SPL applies the principles of the case to a different scenario in an attempt to “clarify the core issues, put to rest the accusations of misogyny, and help us to better understand one another.”
  • At National Review, Michael J. New discusses author and abortion supporter Sarah Kliff’s latest article at Wonkblog, which claims it is “unclear” how abortion restrictions affect abortion rates – ignoring a substantial body of evidence from the U.S. and abroad that pro-life laws are effective and that “the incidence of abortion is sensitive to its legal status.”
  • Stand for Life revisits what is happening with Lia Mills, a girl who became known at age 12 for a pro-life speech which was not allowed be entered in her school speech contest. Lia’s viral video received 1.3 million views, and some reactions were reportedly so negative that “she had to use a different last name for her safety.” Here is her latest video:
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[Photo via totustuusfamily.blogspot.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 11-12-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Secular Pro Life applauds abortion workers who outed the illegal operation of a notorious abortionist:

    Abortion workers in Philadelphia have done the right thing, likely saving the lives of unborn babies and, quite possibly, the lives of women as well.According to Operation Rescue, it was abortion workers who outed Steven Chase Brigham’s illegal operation of an abortion business in Philadelphia.

  • We are so used to celebrities being pro-abortion, but A Voice for Hope decided to list openly pro-life celebrities. She found 71. The list may surprise you. Did she miss anyone?
  • Stand for Life reports on anti-abortion “truth trucks” showing pictures of abortion victims in Albuquerque during early voting to ban late term abortions there. Voter turnout is high, according to reports. Local news covered reaction to the photos:

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  • Wesley J. Smith comments about New Jersey nurses being told that they would be fired for refusing to assist with elective abortions.  Their own union backed the hospital’s threat to terminate for their refusal to participate. Alliance Defending Freedom lawyers were able to prevail in their lawsuit, but what it  took to do so causes deeper concerns:

    I am convinced that cases like this are the opening stanza of a coming symphony of pressure against Hippocratic medical professionals. Indeed, very powerful forces in politics, culture, and medicine want to conscript medical professionals to participate or be complicit in abortion – and eventually, assisted suicide/euthanasia. (Victoria, Australia, already has such a law for doctors regarding abortion and Quebec’s new euthanasia legislation would force doctor complicity.)

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  • At Pro Life Action LeagueMonica Miller, Director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Societytells how chronicling a terrible finding saved another baby from abortion.  After a pro-life activist retrieved the remains of 17 aborted babies from a dumpster in LansingMichigan, as well as the names of the mothers who aborted them (talk about a HIPAA violation!), Monica painstakingly photographed the remains:

    One  of the photos was of a tiny arm and hand of a 7-week aborted baby, torn at the shoulder.

    This photo was printed in my book Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.

    How that photo saved another life is a touching read. You just never know.

  • Bryan Kemper of Stand True shares an incredible story of a harsh beginning for a young man whose  family members thought should have been aborted. The story of this life is hard to read but has an ending that makes you smile and agree taking the life in the womb is never the answer despite the circumstances surrounding the conception and birth. This is Bryan’s own story and shows that God has a plan for each life.

Pro-life blog buzz 8-23-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Stand for Life features a video about unsung hero, John Barros. His faithfulness to the cause of life has saved at least 1,000 children from death by abortion. This man is an angel in the flesh:

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  • Secular Pro-Life invites your participation in a Tweetfest, happening today, to counter a Feminist Majority Foundation’s effort to “encourage wider education on the procedure” and “normalize the conversation.” No doubt, as SPL comments, the FMF “blog carnival” would really just be a way to “spread pro-abortion propaganda.”
  • Christina at Real Choice is ready for today’s Tweetfest with some great tweet ideas and graphics ready for your use.
  • Right to Life of Michigan reports a happy ending to a lawsuit brought by an Ann Arbor pro-lifer who was harassed and ticketed for displaying pro-life signs in his vehicle, which was parked outside a Planned Parenthood. Kudos to the pro-lifer who stood up for his free speech rights. The City of Ann Arbor settled the suit for $7,000.

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  • John Smeaton applauds Obianuju (“Uju”) Ekeocha (pictured left), founder and president of Culture of Life Africa, for her “bold defence of Africa against the imposition of contraception by Western agencies….” Smeaton quotes Ekeocha:

    [W]hat Africa needs at this time is not a sexual revolution (which has not worked well in the Western world), rather what we need is authentic and sustainable development within the social and cultural frame work of our faith and family-oriented values.

  • Wesley J. Smith points out how the Baby Boomer generation will long be remembered for ushering in abortion and possibly assisted suicide:

    And now, according to Time, we are supposedly going to change “how we die.”…

    Boomers are not a great generation. To the contrary, we did shamefully little considering how much we were given. Too busy patting ourselves on the back, perhaps, and breaking the china. Frankly, I think we are going to leave quite a mess. And if we do open the spigots to assisted suicide, it will be to our everlasting shame.

  • Reflections of a Paralytic says a story she once shared about a young man with Down syndrome has been nominated for a Regional Emmy:

Giving The H from Tom Martin on Vimeo.

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Pro-life blog buzz 5-24-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights without Frontiers shows that violence in China isn’t limited to the preborn. It extends to men whose “crime” is fathering more than the allowable number of children.
  • Wesley J. Smith warns that the U.S. can expect to see in ten years under Obamacare what we currently see under the National Health Service in the UK. Quality of life medical decisions could mean more than just discrimination for the disabled.

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  • Bryan Kemper of Stand True reintroduces a t-shirt design that was very popular in the 1990’s but began to lose favor as pro-lifers became concerned about offending others. Kemper says we should “be offended that this act of homicide exists as a legally protected right in the first place.”
  • ProWomanProLife focuses on the beauty of adoption over the tragedy of abortion with the story of Ryan Bomberger, who was adopted after being conceived in rape. In defending abortion, the industry points to conception during rape as the ultimate tragedy justifying the need for abortion. Bomberger puts a human face on this issue.
  • Pro-Life Action League recently assisted pro-life citizens of Fairfax, Virginia, in battling an abortionist’s request to open a “mega mill” abortion facility. The swift action and pressure from the pro-life community caused the abortionist to withdraw his application the day before the city council meeting (which was nearly filled to capacity with citizens ready to voice their opposition). PLAL offers their expertise and assistance to all pro-lifers who are fighting to keep abortion clinics out of their communities.

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  • Secular Pro-Life says “facts are not gaffes” when it comes to the recent comments of E. W. Jackson (pictured right), candidate for Lt. Governor in Virginia. Jackson dared to state the fact that “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was”:

    In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions in the United States. Nationally, 37% of abortions are performed on black women, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. We can therefore surmise that in one year alone, Planned Parenthood killed approximately 123,567 unborn African-American children….

[T]he number of blacks killed by the KKK, in its entire history, does not approach 123,567.

 

  • Bud Shaver of Stand for Life wonders if the fear of losing their 501(c)(3) statuses (thanks to the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups) might cause churches to fear man more than they fear God. Shaver says we should look to the past for guidance:

    The most frustrating thing about all this is that it doesn’t have to be the legacy we leave for posterity! Our churches and pastors in 2013 should learn from the past and realize what the religious leadership of the Civil Rights Era accomplished! They peacefully took to the streets in protest and ended the greatest injustice of their generation! PROTEST is the key. Protest is what ended that injustice, and protest is what will end this injustice [abortion].

 

Pro-life blog buzz 3-19-13

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Coming Home says the ACLU certainly has fallen far from protecting civil liberties, as they are now defending sex-selective and eugenic abortion of the disabled:

    Having abandoned the protection of the weakest among us and championing the “rights” of those who prey upon the weak, the ACLU has gutted itself. In championing the right to murder little girls for being little girls, and for championing the murder of the genetically imperfect, the ACLU has become indistinguishable from the slaveholding and segregationist class it once despised and against whom it found its organizational identity.

    Such is the malevolent power of abortion to corrupt.

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  • Priests for Life calls for the investigation of New Woman All Women abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama (pictured left), which lost its license in May 2012 but continues to perform abortions in direct violation of state law. Fr. Frank Pavone writes:

    The abortion industry is again acting in character. When you kill babies, you don’t care when someone tells you to stop. You can’t practice vice virtuously…. The abortion lobby always thinks it is above the law. We therefore call for a thorough investigation of the New Woman All Women facility by the State of Alabama, and strong action to enforce the law.

  • Stand for Life shares a sidewalk counselor’s personal testimony, reminding us that our sacrifices can result in lives saved, even when it seems like no one is paying attention.
  • Secular Pro-Life publicizes a March Madness fundraiser organized by Students for Life of Illinois. Sign up at BracketsForBabies.org.
  • Pro-Life Action League analyzes a pro-choice article lamenting the lack of training for future abortionists and a current shortage of providers. The industry is not united in how to remedy this and is seemingly more concerned that publicity on the need for abortion training could result in more pro-life laws.

    Some in the industry, while fingering Planned Parenthood as their biggest competitor, have still seen fit to join the company in dropping “choice” and “abortion” as part of their namesakes, instead choosing to emphasize “providing healthcare.” Pro-life activism is having an impact.

  • A Voice for Hope joins the chorus of praise for AE’s Duck Dynasty with the news that business owner Phil Robertson, an evangelical Christian, is also pro-life:
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