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Stanek weekend Q: Is abortion your litmus test when voting?

voteprolife16Leslie at The Passionate Prolifer Turned Abolitionist took exception this week to KNUS talk show host Krista Kafer, also a fellow at Colorado Christian University, who said, according to Leslie, “she wouldn’t have a problem voting for a ‘pro-choice’ candidate since abortion is just one of a number of issues women care about.”

Leslie went on to list 10 reasons why such thinking is “deeply flawed.”

Are you a one-issue voter when it comes to abortion?

On a related issue, in an apparent violation of a 2004 USCCB resolution stating that “Catholic institutions should not honor pro-abortion politicians or provide them with a stage that would suggest support for their actions,” the Connecticut diocesan newspaper publicly praised pro-abortion Democrat Congressman Joe Courtney, who holds a 100% rating from NARAL, for his work giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Was this an example of laying down with dogs to wake up with fleas?

Can one vote for, work with, and publicly praise a pro-abortion politician?

[HT: Susie]

 

Pro-life blog buzz 6-13-14

pro-lifeby 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 Priests for Life, Fr. Frank Pavone calls for civil disobedience in response to the recently passed New Hampshire “bubble zone” law that bans pro-lifers from coming within 25 feet of an abortion facility:

    This is an unjust law, not only from the perspective of free speech, the regulation of which must be content-neutral in order to be Constitutional, but also from a perspective that is antecedent to the Constitution…. This law attempts to stop those who are trying to save human lives, and therefore violates natural justice.

    Because of its injustice, and because of the teaching of the Church that calls for conscientious objection to such laws, this law has no claim on conscience and should be directly disobeyed and violated.

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  • The Passionate Pro-Lifer says Oprah Winfrey has joined the list of billionaire philanthropists who are contributing to population control and family planning efforts worldwide through the Global Health Initiative (or “Obamacare on steroids”):

    Why Oprah Winfrey wants to stand shoulder to shoulder with people who… “support GHI projects, fund China’s brutal population control, but also engages in forced sterilization, coercion, bribery, and eugenics throughout the developing world” is a question she should be encouraged to answer.

  • At National Review, Michael J. New points out that Guttmacher’s latest numbers show a reduction in teen pregnancy rates. But predictably, they credit this reduction to increases in contraceptive use with no mention of the decrease in teen sexual activity rates. Among the factors that have likely contributed to the teen pregnancy decline are an increase in abstinence and an increase in the enactment of parental involvement laws.
  • ProLife360.com has a thought provoking post entitled, “10 Ways the Pill Kills Marriages”, which states that “divorce rates skyrocketed over 300% within three decades of the Pill being introduced”.
  • CEC for Life discusses the lies being told about pro-lifers by Alabama abortionists who hope to convince a judge that the real reason their clinics can’t seem to stay open isn’t because of unethical practices – it’s because of those “pesky (pro-life) protestors.”
  • ProWomanProLife wonders why Quebec just legalized euthanasia, linking to an article by Margaret Sommerville, in which she states:

    I predict history will see each society’s decision about euthanasia as its turning-point values decision of the 21st century.

    PWPL responds, “[I]s not legalizing killing of elderly and infirm on their choice a logical outcome of a society that has had legalized killing of babies for decades?”

  • Real Choice says there is no comparison – pregnancy resource centers are much safer for women than abortion clinics:

    No woman has ended up with a hysterectomy or a colostomy because she visited a CPC. No woman has ended up with her life in a tailspin because she visited a CPC. No woman has ended up in her grave because she trusted a CPC. Many have been helped, a few have been irritated. And that’s it.

  • Secular Pro-Life and The Vine both discuss the new People of Choice website, which draws attention to the vulgarity found in the pro-choice movement. Warning: not suitable for children.
  • Pro-Life Wisconsin shares their commercials produced through their educational True to Life Media campaign.
  • Pro-Life Action League launches a new video series featuring “eight former abortion workers [who] tell the stories of why they left the abortion industry and became advocates for life”:
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Pro-life blog buzz 3-21-14

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.

  • The Passionate Pro-Lifer tells the ending to a story that began over a year ago, when William Costello attacked and injured 69-year-old Everett Stadig, who was collecting signatures for a personhood petition. Stadig ended up with a broken hip, while Costello was arrested. His DNA was then linked to three unsolved sexual assault cases from 2008-2011. (One assault was on a 13-year-old.) Since it garnered little media attention, PPL obtained a press pass and attended all the hearings. The defendant was out on bail but failed to appear for his second day of his trial. He was subsequently found in his apartment of what authorities call an apparent suicide.

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  • Real Choice points out that Kermit Gosnell was not the inventor of “snipping” the necks of infants necks upon delivery to “ensure fetal demise”. The inventor was abortionist Dr. Martin Haskell, creator of the D&X, or “partial birth” abortion.
  • At New Wave Feminists, Destiny responds to a porn star who believes she is a feminist and that her “work” is liberating:

    Pornography dehumanizes those participating in it, especially women. Therefore, if the goal of feminism is to elevate women above a subhuman level, porn and feminism cannot co-exist.

  • Pro-Life in TN remarks on the recent stories about an 18-year-old Duke undergraduate who is proudly financing her way through college as a porn star. She claims she finds it “empowering” to do porn, because it enables her to “make choices” about her own body. In an appearance on The View (video at link), the young woman explains that she has been watching pornography online since age 12. The panel expresses shock, but only one – Sherri Shepherd – is brought near tears at this revelation. (As a side note, I found it odd that Jenny McCarthy, once a Playboy centerfold, would seem to be so curious about why this young woman would enter the world of porn.)
  • Reflections of a Paralytic asks “[w]hat’s with society’s split personality when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Milk from a cloned cow is unnatural and unsafe, but injecting a human being with stem cells from their own (dead) clone is positive scientific progress?” Good question. RP posts a video discussing this.
  • Pro-Life Wisconsin discusses the protests against a Mayo Clinic doctor who consults on high-risk pregnancies at Mayo-Franciscan Skemp, a Catholic hospital in LaCrosse, WI. This doctor does not hesitate to recommend abortion for children with Down syndrome:

    Lief and Karen Arvidson say they discovered this firsthand while receiving treatment for a high-risk pregnancy at Mayo-Franciscan. According to the Arvidsons, the doctor in question told them their child had a probability of Down syndrome, and he recommended they abort.If Mayo-Franciscan hospital is indeed employing an abortionist who refers high-risk pregnancies to himself to drive his abortion business, then they are materially cooperating in abortions. This would be a grave scandal for a Catholic hospital.

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  • Pro-Life Action League responds to a writer at Religion Dispatches and to Rev. Harry Knox of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, who believe PLAL’s call to pray for three abortion activists during Lent is actually a threat. Knox calls PLAL’s effort “hate in love’s clothing.” He also believes the graphic (pictured right) featuring the activists’ likenesses is really a “Wanted” poster. Eric Scheidler responds:

    … I can understand why our opponents beat this drum so loudly. It’s a lot easier to demonize pro-life activists than to defend abortion, which violently takes the lives of over 3,000 unborn children every single day.

It’s become a kind of knee-jerk response. It was prominently on display in January when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the McCullen v. Coakley Massachusetts buffer zone case. Never mind that someone willing to commit an act of violence would hardly be deterred by a buffer zone — or that not one arrest was made under a less restrictive law previously in place in the state.

But never are these rare acts of anti-abortion violence juxtaposed with the overwhelmingly peaceful pro-life activism taking place day in, day out throughout the United States: the hundreds of marches, rallies and protests, and the countless hours of prayer and outreach on the sidewalks outside America’s abortion clinics.

Given how much pro-life activism is going on, and how high we think the stakes are here—literally a matter of life and death — it’s remarkable how very peaceful this movement truly is.

And why is it so? Because we pray. Like we’re doing now for Robin Marty, Katie Klabusich and Cheryl Chastine.

Indeed, if “intimidation” were really our goal, this campaign would have to be considered pretty feckless. If this is really a “thinly veiled” call for violence, what, one wonders, would a “thickly veiled” one look like?

Pro-life blog buzz 10-22-13

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

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  • ProWomanProLife links to the story about two teenage girls who were caught last week with a dead baby in a shopping bag. According to the latest reports, the baby was “born alive and then asphyxiated.”
  • Wesley J. Smith comments on the horrific case of a child being trafficked to the UK – to have her organs harvested:

    The buyers should be asked: Is your own death really worse than having a child killed or maimed that you might live? Some would clearly say yes. If that isn’t evil, what is?

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  • The Passionate Pro-lifer describes a recent interaction at a Denver Planned Parenthood where a supposed man of faith (pictured left) defending an abortionist as a “good doctor” tries to tell protestors they don’t know the Bible:

    … [O]ur motley crew at the evil Planned Parenthood child sacrifice center were paid a visit by a businessman from Wyoming.

    Our short visit was peppered with lots of “christian” cliches as our friend thanked us for being there and spoke about our need to read the Bible more….

    [W]hen we started asking Chris about the abortionist in Jackson, Wyoming where several of us had protested the previous year, it turned out Chris knew Brent Blue. He’s a “really nice guy”….

    The three of us who were engaged I the conversation grew more incredulous by the minute. Chris benefits from a killer financially, sees him as a practitioner, thinks he’s a great guy and calls himself a “believing” Christian.

  • Live Action posts a self-professing pro-choice woman’s experience with RU-486:

    I bled for 14 days. A follow-up ultrasound confirmed that I’d aborted. And that’s when the problems really began.

    I had been prepared for the possibility that the pill wouldn’t work and I’d still need a surgical abortion – that happens in about 5 to 8 percent of cases. I also knew that I might bleed so heavily I’d need surgery to stop it… [But] what blindsided me, apart from being battered by the mifepristone, with a huge, cystic boils that soon covered my neck, shoulders, and back. I was also overcome by fatigue – an utter lack of ability to do anything more strenuous than sleep or lie on the couch…. On top of all that came depression; I sobbed constantly….

    It was only when I described my symptoms to my gynecologist that I discovered my experience wasn’t all that unusual. (The Mifeprex literature didn’t even mention it) “I think it’s underreported, but probably one in 3 women have dramatic side effects,” he told me…. “I’ve seen a lot of women go through it – I don’t want to call it postpartum, but post event melancholy that’s more dramatic than people want to admit.” He prescribed antidepressants. “One day, you’ll feel just like your old self.” It took 9 months.

  • Pro-Life New Mexico is happy to support the community baby shower, a project of Students for Life UNM, on October 26-27 in Albuquerque.
  • ProLife NZ shares the heartwarming story of a family of five who welcomed another member, despite a prenatal diagnosis of spina bifida. They believe “everyone deserves a chance at life, no matter how brief that life may be. That we do not, and should not, make the choice for another that their life is not worth living.”
  • Reflections of a Paralytic shares a new Population Research Institute video “using cartoons to break down the complexities of pregnancy, illustrating how the [Plan B] drug affects ovulation, conception, and implantation.”

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[Photo via The Passionate Pro-lifer]

Pro-life blog buzz 7-12-13

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

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  • Action Alert: Saynsumthn’s Blog reports that some Atlanta area hotels are offering discounts to patients of Atlanta Center for Women’s Choice, which is operated by an indicted doctor who aborts up to 24 weeks gestation. Feel free to contact these businesses to respectfully share your thoughts on the matter.

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  • Secular Pro-Life blogs about an attack on the free speech of pregnancy resource centers in New York City. NARAL objects to EMC Frontline’s ad (pictured left), calling it “intimidating” and “untruthful.” Not sure what exactly is intimidating or untruthful about the ad, but that hasn’t stopped NARAL pal, NY Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, from “introduc[ing] federal legislation that would call on the Federal Trade Commission to regulate such ads and prevent advertisers from making what Maloney is calling false promises.” Could the problem be that NARAL just can’t handle the truth?
  • At National Review, Michael J. New discusses the latest decision by the Illinois Supreme Court to allow a 1995 law to stand, requiring parental notification before a minor abortion may be performed. He writes:

    At least 17 academic studies, analyzing different states, have found that parental-involvement laws reduce minor abortion rates.

  • In our last blog buzz, we featured Josh Brahm’s reasons in support of incremental pro-life legislation. Today, The Passionate Pro-Lifer gives her reasons for opposing it:

    The babies that have been saved over the past 40 years have not been saved by legislative regulations or incremental abortion bans. They have been saved by faithful counselors calling out to women at the “clinics,” faithful family members and friends holding their loved ones back from the slaughter, and faithful warriors and debaters crying aloud in this culture of death in hopes of changing individual hearts and minds.

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  • Reflections of a Paralytic is happy to report that Germany is planning a memorial to honor victims of euthanasia under the Third Reich:

    Believe it or not, I’ve actually talked to people who think that the Holocaust was just about the extermination of the Jews. As physician assisted suicide of the terminally ill and disabled becomes increasingly more commonly accepted — and practiced — in our country and throughout the world, this is the part of the holocaust that people need much more education on.

  • At Reproductive Research Audit, Dr. Rebecca G. Oas shows that the Guttmacher Institute is ignoring Uganda’s anti-abortion, pro-family culture in order to push a flawed agenda of abortion and contraception on the country:

    If the Guttmacher Institute or the Center for Reproductive Rights were truly serious about saving women’s lives in Uganda, they would not rely on relatively unsubstantiated (and certainly debatable) numbers on abortion-related maternal mortality simply because they are the highest available estimates. To do so would be to risk underestimating the rates at which other complications occur, like hemorrhage or infection or underlying health problems caused by poor nutrition, such as anemia. Furthermore, promoting access to abortion would do nothing to improve the overall status of health care in Uganda, to say nothing of ensuring access to good roads and bridges that are crucial in ensuring prompt medical attention for everyone, including expectant mothers.

    Ultimately, the focus on Uganda from these pro-abortion groups comes down to one very important fact. As the Guttmacher report helpfully points out in its opening sentence:

    Uganda, a country of nearly 35 million (including 8 million women of reproductive age), has one of the highest rates of population growth in the world.

    And, what’s more, the Ugandan people don’t seem to share Guttmacher’s view that this is a bad thing.

  • Pro-Life Wisconsin supplies this uplifting video that estimates the pro-life crowd in Dublin, marching against anti-life legislation, at 60,000:

    What is interesting to note is that the pro-aborts in Ireland are not going for a Roe v. Wade, all-or-nothing approach. That would be far too controversial in such a pro-life country. Rather, they are seeking to open the door to abortion through a life of the mother exception — even though an international symposium of medical professionals declared that direct abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother (ironically, the symposium met in Dublin, Ireland).

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    Pro-life blog buzz 1-15-13

    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.

    • Big Blue Wave spots an article from the liberal Toronto Star, which states that the abortion issue is far from settled, thanks in part to “the rebranding of the anti-abortion position as a pro-woman, with-it, modern stance.” Could the largely publicized issue of sex-selective abortion also be playing a role?
    • The FRC Blog discusses the shrinking adoption pool, both domestic and internationally. The prevalence of abortion figures heavily in this picture.

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    • At Catholic Sistas, longtime pro-life activist Mary Ann Kreitzer recounts the boldness of early pro-lifers, who staged sit-ins and even chained themselves to examination tables at abortion clinics:

      We met at nearby St. Matthew’s Cathedral for Mass and prayed the mothers would choose life for their babies. Then we moved on to the “clinic” with chains and padlocks. Three women, myself included, were chained to operating tables in the abortion rooms. When asked later by media why we chained ourselves, I said the chains not only made it harder to remove us, but symbolized what abortion does to women, making them recyclable sex objects chained to the Playboy mentality.

    • Down on the Pharm points out the New York Times’ selective outrage over for-profit institutions – specifically, healthcare providers:

      It would, however, be a huge shock and surprise to see the leftie press calling for abortionists to provide their services at cost, and take no profits. There’s a fortune in abortion, and this is true for Planned Parenthood, which is excused from taxes as a supposed non-profit… as well as the multitudinous for-profit abortion industries.

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    • Fletcher Armstrong shares information about how pro-life groups can earn money for handing out cards (pictured right) at the upcoming March for Life.
    • Live Action was less than thrilled with the results of the Golden Globe Awards, which honored a movie, Amour, which glamorizes euthanasia. The film has also received numerous Academy Awards nominations.
    • At the LTI Blog, Serge takes exception to Time’s recent cover story which claimed the pro-life side is winning the abortion war. He says instead of congratulating ourselves, we must acknowledge that more hard work needs to be done.
    • According to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, a panel of three judges in Ireland have upheld the country’s ban on assisted suicide. However, the case will most likely be appealed to their Supreme Court.
    • Wesley J. Smith writes about the latest from Belgium, where 45-year-old deaf twins, upon learning they suffered from an illness that would render them blind, were voluntarily euthanized by lethal injection.
    • The Passionate Pro-Lifer writes about her experiences “attending the launch of Nebraska’s Abolitionist Society and participat[ing] in an amazing church protest at First Central Congregational Church in Omaha.” The pastor of the church, Scott Jones, is foster father to a 15-year-old boy and “husband” to a man who identified himself as a Planned Parenthood volunteer. In the video below, this pastor said he believes anyone who protests in front of a church is mentally ill. (Alert: profanity at beginning of video):

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    [Photos via Catholic Sistas and Fletcher Armstrong]

    Pro-life blog buzz 12-4-12

    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.

    • The Passionate Pro-Lifer discusses her civil attempts to communicate with a company who does business with Planned Parenthood, yet claims to be pro-life. Fr. Frank Pavone once said we could end abortion if everyone refused to do business with the abortion industry. Are we “just doing our jobs” when we do business with an industry who kills babies?

    • Stand for Life shares video of a newscast reporting abortionist Shelley Sella’s potential loss of medical license:
      The New Mexico Medical Board has alleged that an Albuquerque physician acted negligently when she performed an abortion last year that resulted in the patient’s transfer to a hospital. The board began the investigation after pro-life groups filed complaints based on 911 calls for emergency transports from clinics to hospitals.

    Pro-life groups appear to be the only ones doing the monitoring of the abortion industry.

    • ProLifeBlogs features Pro-Life in NJ’s post on the fallacy that men should have no voice in abortion:
      This is where we pro-lifers need to step up. We need to reach out to these men. We need to show them why such a belief is illogical…. Everybody has the duty to defend life when it is threatened, in any and all circumstances. This is the message that must reach these men and all others who question their role.

     

    • Pro-Life Action League reports that while Planned Parenthood claims to be for women’s health (naturally downplaying its abortion services), affiliates must agree to perform abortions or cease to be part of the conglomerate:
      Planned Parenthood of South Central New York, based in the New York cities of Binghamton and Oneonta is cutting ties with the nation’s largest abortion chain, not because they refuse to do pap tests or provide general health care, but because they don’t want to perform abortions.
    • American Life League says contraception – which was touted as a wonderful benefit to women – has instead done the opposite. ALL quotes Pope Paul VI, who said:
      A man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.
    • At Catholic Vote, Thomas Peters has the viral video of alleged “twins fighting in the womb.” But Peters says what the video really shows is not sibling rivalry but “that unborn human beings are… human beings who can feel cramped, human beings who like to spread out. Human beings who kick, wiggle and move about….. It’s a tragic tale about our culture’s choice to ignore the obvious”:

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    Pro-life blog buzz 8-31-12

    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.

    • Wesley J. Smith notes that the Democratic Party’s abortion platform is extreme, even for the majority of Democrats:

      While solid majorities of Democrats back some limitations on abortion — 59 percent would ban partial-birth abortions, for example, and 60 percent endorse a mandatory waiting period — the official position of their party is that even common-sense restrictions are unthinkable….

      If Obamacare remains in effect, eventually Congress will revoke the abortion restrictions currently in the law. Then, we’ll see a “Free Abortion Rule,” patterned after the Free Birth Control Rule.

    • Moral Outcry describes how Planned Parenthood reveals its true motive – money – in email fundraising campaigns to support its lobbying and highly-paid employees. Do PP’s supporters know they aren’t actually supporting “women’s health” when they give to the PP Action Fund?

    • Secular Pro-Life points to a rogue writer at the Huffington Post who apparently forgot to stick to the “Men are irrelevant after sex” meme:

      Most men, however, are not rapists and do not support rape. Most men are sons and brothers and fathers and friends; not only do they love the women in their lives, but they would go to great lengths to protect them. Their daily lives and very existence are deeply and inextricably intertwined with women around them. Including the men whose values don’t align with mine.

      These men deserve a place at the table, if not a veto, then at least a vote [on reproductive policy].

    • The Passionate Pro-Lifer notes America’s selective outrage when it comes to child sexual abuse. The Penn State and Catholic Bishops’ cover-ups are looked upon with disdain, while Planned Parenthood is paid “more than $1 million a day… [and] probably covers up more sexual abuse of children than any other institution in the United States. Evidence is overwhelming.”

    • ProWomanProLife comments on an eye-opening story in Slate that celebrates lust, selfishness, and abortion – Jewish-style:

      It’s a story of selfishness. It’s a story of how oxytocin changes abilities to reason. It’s a story of what we are told we can do. And then some women go out and do it. And some blog about it, and compare their choice to kill their lentil-sized baby with deeply significant religious events like Passover that do not celebrate what she thinks they celebrate. Then trendy magazines like Slate give a forum for such articles and the author feels satisfied that she is a real artist.

    • New Feminism writes about “ComKids,” or “commercially created children” and what their rights should be in a society that has turned children into creations to be obtained at any cost.

    • John Smeaton stands in defense of Northern Ireland politician Jim Wells (pictured left), who is waging the pro-life battle against the rape, conception, and abortion issues in his own country:

      Rape is traumatic, but to argue that aborting a child conceived through rape undoes that trauma ignores that abortion, too, is an act of violence. Of 200,000 babies aborted in Britain annually, less than 1% are conceived through rape…. Today, [I am] proud to work with Jim Wells and other politicians who believe a child’s right to exist does not depend on the circumstances of his, or her, conception.

    • Timmerie’s Blog rejoices at the Republican Party’s platform on the sanctity of human life:

      Opposition to the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm (YES!)”

    • Pro-Life Action League posts about two different grandmothers. One was falsely accused of touching someone during a prayer vigil outside Chicago’s Albany Medical/Surgical Center – on a day she wasn’t even there. The other is the mother of Tonya Reaves, who is suing after her daughter died aborting her second child at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.
    • ProLife NZ says New Zealand’s pro-abortion group, ALRANZ, is busy making public statements attempting to “[sell] the general public the myth that NZ desperately needs liberal abortion laws – definitely nothing that actually resembles a coherent logical argument for why aborting an unborn human being should be considered an ethically acceptable thing to endorse or carry out.”

    [Photos via agendani.com and The National Archives]