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My daughter, Cystic Fibrosis, and stem cell research

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The media spins everything we see and read these days. I bolded and italicized the worst and most horrible portion of the story.

Spin: NARAL dubs parental consent abortion bill the "Arrest Grandma" act

by Kathleen Gilbert
Tue Apr 24, 2012 17:04 EST

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) The nation's top abortion lobby has attacked a federal bill that would ban secret abortions on minors whisked across state lines to avoid parental consent or notification laws, nicknaming it the "arrest grandma" act.

The abortion group slammed the measure for preventing "loving" relatives other than a girl's parents, or a "member of the clergy," from helping girls get interstate abortions.

The Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), H.R. 2299, would make it illegal to transport a minor across a state line in circumvention of a state law requiring parental involvement. It mandates that abortionists comply with parental consent laws in the minor's home state, by giving notice or obtaining consent for the abortion from the minor's parents.

CIANA passed the House Judiciary Committee last month.

In an email Tuesday, NARAL leader Nancy Keenan urged supporters to urge House leaders to vote against the "arrest grandma" act, and questioned, "Shouldn't a teen in this situation get all the family and community support that she needs - especially if she chooses abortion?"

"Isn't this what 'family values' is all about?" she asked.

Parental notification laws for minors obtaining abortions are among the most popular pro-life laws in America, with national opinion polls finding 70% in favor. Over 30 U.S. states have enacted such laws. By way of comparison, in states where minors can obtain an abortion without parental consent, almost all require the consent of a parent or legal guardian for the same minor to receive a tattoo.

Parental consent laws are typically billed as a way to protect underage girls from being taken advantage of by sexual predators, who otherwise would be able to bring their underage victim in for a secret abortion to hide their crime in the case of pregnancy.

In opening remarks at CIANA's markup last month, Rep. Trent Franks (R-TX) said the widespread enactment of such laws has "made it clear thorough leg that parents have a right to know whether their daughters are trying to undergo abortions."

"Parents play a critical role in the well being of their daughter, particularly in the abortion context," he said.

Teresa Collett, a Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law, recently observed, "There is no other elective surgery that minors can obtain while keeping their parents in the dark, and the controversy surrounding this Act shows just how severely the judicial creation of abortion rights has distorted American law."

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5 Male Celebrities I Support, And Why
By Kristen Walker, Published December 16th, 2011

Recently [she] wrote about five male celebrities [she] boycott for their pro-abortion views. Today, [she]'ll tell you about five famous men whose careers [she] can feel good about supporting, because they believe in and profess the sanctity of life.

Keep in mind [she] may disagree with them on other issues. But because [she] believe['s] abortion is the ultimate moral litmus test, if they recognize the evil of abortion, [she] know['s] their moral compass is pointed in the right direction.

5. Mel Gibson - Let's kick things off with controversy! [She] want['s] to be clear: there are things about Mel Gibson [she does] not like. He has made racist comments, and pleaded "no contest" to a domestic abuse charge. But he has also been dragged through the mud in the press, and not always fairly. The validity of the famous taped conversation with his girlfriend has been questioned by forensic experts, and his wife of 26 years claims she never experienced abuse. He has said his "no contest" plea was a way of ending the legal matter before it did more harm to his family, and he has maintained that he never harmed his girlfriend.

Still, Gibson himself admits he is a flawed man, and that's one of the reasons why [she] support['s] him. Because despite being a troubled, broken human being with a failed marriage, a failing career, and an ongoing legal battle with the girlfriend who bore his child, Gibson has never wavered on the issue of life.

In a Barbara Walters interview in 1990, at the height of his fame, Gibson said:

"One can't decide for oneself who comes into this world and who doesn't. That decision doesn't belong to us."

Later, he vocally spoke out against life destroying embryonic stem cell research. He said this on a television commercial:
"[I]n 23 years embryonic stem cell research has not produced a single human cure. All it has yielded is tumors, rejection, and mutations. See bad science doesn't attract venture capital. So why should the taxpayers be bled dry? This is Mel Gibson and I'm voting NO on Prop 71. Creating life simply to destroy it is wrong."

In 2010, cast and crew members of the film The Hangover II objected to Gibson's involvement in the film, so the producers rescinded his offer. The same cast and crew did not object - at least not loudly enough to make a difference - to the involvement of Mike Tyson in the film's prequel. Mel Gibson has used strong, offensive words and pleaded "no contest" to threatening his girlfriend. Mike Tyson was convicted of and served time in prison for rape. It's obvious the problem wasn't that Gibson did something wrong, but the political and religious flavor of his opinions and offenses. Apparently, according to the Hollywood elite, it is more morally offensive to call someone non-politically-correct names than to rape a woman.

I support Mel Gibson not because I agree with everything he's ever done, but because on the most important issue there is - whether or not it should be legal to kill innocent human beings, namely unborn babies - he has it figured out. That lets me know there is a good heart inside him. Maybe flawed, but good. And it lets me know that there is hope for him. So I choose to support him and his career. Because of the voice he has provided for the voiceless, I think he deserves it.

4. Jack Nicholson - Here's another guy with whom [she] probably [doesn't] agree on every issue. A living legend in the cinema, Nicholson's politics are full of contradictions. He called Sean Penn "the greatest living American," but he refused to criticize President Bush, saying, "I support every president." He calls himself a "lifelong Irish Democrat" and once spoke fondly of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Nicholson's opinions on abortion were formed by personal experience. He was a grown man when he discovered the woman he thought was his sister was actually his mother, and the woman he knew as his mother was his grandmother. His mother became pregnant as a teenager and was encouraged to have an abortion, even back in 1937, but she chose life for her son. The revelation that his sister was his mom was understandably difficult for Nicholson, and had a profound affect on him. For one, it made him pro-life:

I'm very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I'm positively against it. I don't have the right to any other view. My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life."

This short statement is full of humility, wisdom, and courage. Note that he says, "I don't have the right to any other view." He has understood, thanks to the knowledge that his own life almost never happened, that life is a gift for which we should all feel gratitude. His willingness to vocally oppose abortion in the face of Hollywood and his own political party is inspiring and should be encouraged.

3. Ben Stein - You may not recognize the name right away, but you'd know the voice. The familiar drone of "Bueller, Bueller" introduced him to Generation X, but before that he was a speechwriter for Nixon and Ford, Columbia honors graduate, and valedictorian of Yale Law School. Later he went on to have his own show on Comedy Central, "Win Ben Stein's Money," and to teach law, appear in films, and speak and write on various issues, including the sanctity of life. Here he is in 2009:

[Personally my favorite quote] "Every baby that is conceived has the right to be; that is a basic. And I will tell you something that I never felt before in my heart until this year: I feel strongly that the tide is turning in our favor - one of the best, most important ways to give your life meaning and to live a decent life is to value life when it's old, when it's infirm, when it's a different skin color, when it's a different race, when it's a different sex, when it's a different religion, whether it's born or unborn - and if you value life when it's unborn, you set a standard for valuing life and for giving dignity to life that will stick with you and the society forever."

In 2008, Stein was involved in a controversial documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, that accused members of the U.S. scientific and academic elite of blind allegiance to Darwinism and unscientific rejection of theories of Intelligent Design which have been put forward by respected scientists such as those at the Discovery Institute.

The documentary sought to show how a materialistic view of the world "in the philosophical sense" leads to treating human beings as expendable. Denying the innate worth of human life led to Nazi eugenics and concentration camps. According to Stein, only in recognizing the God-given worth of every human being, born and pre-born, can we guarantee each other liberty and be truly free.

Ben Stein is a remarkable and gifted man and an unapologetic warrior for life. I'm proud to support him however I can.

2. James Caviezel - Caviezel became the favorite actor of just about every Christian in the world in 2006 when he played Jesus of Nazareth in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. Like Gibson a Traditionalist Catholic, Caviezel told Catholic Digest he was challenged by a pro-choice colleague to act with the courage of his pro-life convictions and adopt a child with special needs. So in 2009, Caviezel and his wife adopted their second child, a five-year-old Chinese girl with a brain tumor. Caviezel said it didn't change the colleague's mind, but it did strengthen his own convictions that every life is precious.

"I was listening to Johnny Mathis the other day and I said, 'What an amazing voice.' I have yet to hear another person sound like Johnny Mathis - Look, I am for helping women. I just don't see abortion as helping women. And I don't love my career that much to say, 'I'm going to remain silent on this.' I'm defending every single baby who has never been born. And every voice that would have been unique like Johnny Mathis'. How do we know that we didn't kill the very child who could have created a particular type of medicine that saves other lives?"

According to LifeSite News, he has "compared the injustice of abortion to the mistreatment of women in some Arab countries." One of his recent films, The Stoning of Soraya M., is based on the true story of an Iranian woman stoned to death for adultery.

For living his convictions, in his art and his life, I proudly see every movie featuring James Caviezel, even if I don't particularly want to see the movie.

1. Eduardo Verastegui - You may not have heard of him yet, but give him a break; he's had to go it alone. This Mexican actor refused to accept roles that conflicted with his strong Christian, pro-life beliefs. He was told he would never work, so he decided to create his own work. Along with Alejandro Monteverde and others, he founded the production company Metanoia, and their first film, Bella, took the world by storm in 2006.

Winning the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007, Bella was a beautiful film with a pro-life message of subtlety and spirit that surprised the world with its success. With a budget of only $3 million, it made about $40 million worldwide and put Metanoia on the map.

In January of this year, Verastegui pledged to build the largest pro-life women's clinic in the U.S. His organization, Mantle of Guadalupe, raises funds for a pro-life pregnancy resource center of the same name in east Los Angeles, just miles from ten abortion clinics. A devout Catholic, he also promised, "I will not use my talents except to elevate my Christian, pro-life and Hispanic values."

This year, Verastegui launched a website, IAmViable.com, which celebrates the lives and unique abilities of people born disabled. His production company Metanoia is currently working on several important projects with uplifting messages that affirm the dignity of all human life.

It may be safe to say that even in the few short years of his career, no actor has done more to promote the cause of the unborn than Eduardo Verastegui and his Metanoia Films. [She] will make it a point to support their work.



We shouldn't let the trends or prejudices of celebrity affect our lives. None of us should make any decisions based on what the Kardashians do. But every time we turn on the TV or go see a movie we choose to support the actors and artists who created it. What we spend money on makes a powerful statement. [She] make[s] sure to further, in any way [she] can, the careers of these men, because [she] want[s] them to keep working and keep speaking out for life.

Who do you choose to support, and why?

http://liveaction.org/...upport-and-why/

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It's estimated that upwards of 90% of babies who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome through a prenatal test are aborted. That sad fact inspired John to create this video about his adorable son, Brandon. John says "Every child deserves a chance to live!"



Upon learning my unborn son had Down Syndrome I learned the heartbreaking truth about the fate of most children with his condition. Even more disturbing is the fact that some children are misdiagnosed and suffer the same tragic fate: abortion.

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Watching this old hag dance around trying to answer her 'right' to force religious institutions do anything is funny!

by Patrick B. Craine

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the battle continues against the Obama administration's contraception mandate, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visibly clashed in a hearing Thursday with pro-life House lawmakers, who compelled the secretary to admit she hadn't reviewed case law on religious liberty before issuing the rule.

Sebelius appeared before the House Education and Workforce Committee where she was grilled by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) on the mandate, which requires religious employers to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs.

Rep. Gowdy quoted Sebelius - previous remark that the mandate "strikes the appropriate balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services."

The Congressman, a former solicitor for South Carolina's Seventh Judicial Court, said there are three legal tests used to balance competing issues, the third being "strict scrutiny" in the case of "fundamental rights" like religious liberty.

Asked which test she used, Sebelius said: "I'm not a lawyer and I don't pretend to understand the nuances of the constitutional balancing tests. I am not going to wade into constitutional law."

The Congressman then asked: "Before this rule was promulgated, did you read any of the Supreme Court cases on religious liberty?"

"I did not," she replied.

Rep. Gowdy cited a series of Supreme Court rulings in which the high court upheld religious liberty even where it involved cases of animal sacrifice and gender discrimination.

But Sec. Sebelius was unfamiliar with the cases and again referred the constitutional questions to her legal staff.

"Is there a legal memo that you relied on?" he asked regarding the mandate.

"I relied on discussions," she said.

Thomas Peters of CatholicVote.org wrote on his blog that the exchange made two things "very evident very quickly."

"First, '[how] ignorant Sebelius actually is about the history of religious liberty in this country.' And second, 'how uncaring she is about the whole concept of religious liberty to begin with."

"A third thing becomes very apparent observing this exchange: hubris," he added. "It's not just that Sebelius clearly doesn't know the first thing about religious liberty, and doesn't care about preserving it - she also comes across as believing it is beneath her to know or care about it."

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Again. my favorite portions quoted are bolded, italicized and underlined.

Denver priest "pulls out the big guns" on Planned Parenthood: says Mass on the street outside clinic

by Christine Dhanagom


DENVER, CO, April 23, 2012 - Prayerbooks, rosaries, and pro-life pamphlets are a common sight outside Planned Parenthood's massive facility in downtown Denver, but this year, local organizers of this spring's Forty Days for Life campaign decided that one last piece was missing to bring the light of Christ to the country's second largest abortion facility: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The idea to celebrate the Catholic Mass in front of Planned Parenthood came from Fr. Joseph Hearty, Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in nearby Littleton, who felt that it was time to "pull out the big guns." It was, he told LifeSiteNews, an inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

"If we can pray the rosary, why not offer the Mass, why not use the Mass and the Eucharist as a means of fighting this tragedy," he said. "Why not use the most powerful means that we have?"

As it turned out, the idea energized the local pro-life community far beyond what organizers had expected. Fr. Hearty planned for thirty attendees at his first Mass on March 3rd, and got a hundred.

Providentially, an empty parking lot right across the street from the Planned Parenthood owned by a pro-life couple was big enough to accommodate the crowd.

As a member of the traditional Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Hearty celebrated the traditional Latin Mass, known as the Tridentine Mass. Diocesan priests have also gotten in on the action, though, with six different Masses offered in the parking lot during the Forty Day campaign in English and Spanish. All six Masses were well attended, averaging between fifty and a hundred persons.

A March 31st closing rally kicked off with a Spanish Mass, followed by a rosary led by Bishop James Conley, apostolic administrator for the Denver Archdiocese. In comments at the rally, Bishop Conley urged pro-lifers to vigilance as Planned Parenthood continues to build "megaplex death mills" across the country, the Denver Catholic Register reports.

According to the Register, over 300 people attended the rally, which ended with a second Latin Mass celebrated by Fr. Hearty. There were so many at the final Mass that the priest returned to the altar four times to break up the hosts for distribution before finally running out.

The popularity of the idea, says Fr. Hearty, is a sign that "people really want to do something." He hopes the idea will spread, and in particular that clergy in other parts of the country will be inspired to become more involved in pro-life work.

"That's our vocation," he said. "We're there to mediate, and we're there to lead, and we're there to encourage."

As for the effort in Denver, organizers are hoping to build on the momentum and establish a regular schedule of Masses in front of the clinic, continuing to wage spiritual warfare against the nation's largest abortion provider.

"Our fight is not against the world, it's against principalities and darkness, it's against evil, it is against the devil," says Fr. Hearty. "Why not make a few demons quake?"

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Again. my favorite portions quoted are bolded, italicized and underlined.

Denver priest "pulls out the big guns" on Planned Parenthood: says Mass on the street outside clinic

by Christine Dhanagom


DENVER, CO, April 23, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Prayerbooks, rosaries, and pro-life pamphlets are a common sight outside Planned Parenthood's massive facility in downtown Denver, but this year, local organizers of this spring's Forty Days for Life campaign decided that one last piece was missing to bring the light of Christ to the country's second largest abortion facility: the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The idea to celebrate the Catholic Mass in front of Planned Parenthood came from Fr. Joseph Hearty, Assistant Pastor at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in nearby Littleton, who felt that it was time to "pull out the big guns." It was, he told LifeSiteNews, an inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

"If we can pray the rosary, why not offer the Mass, why not use the Mass and the Eucharist as a means of fighting this tragedy," he said. "Why not use the most powerful means that we have?"

As it turned out, the idea energized the local pro-life community far beyond what organizers had expected. Fr. Hearty planned for thirty attendees at his first Mass on March 3rd, and got a hundred.

Providentially, an empty parking lot right across the street from the Planned Parenthood owned by a pro-life couple was big enough to accommodate the crowd.

As a member of the traditional Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Hearty celebrated the traditional Latin Mass, known as the Tridentine Mass. Diocesan priests have also gotten in on the action, though, with six different Masses offered in the parking lot during the Forty Day campaign in English and Spanish. All six Masses were well attended, averaging between fifty and a hundred persons.

A March 31st closing rally kicked off with a Spanish Mass, followed by a rosary led by Bishop James Conley, apostolic administrator for the Denver Archdiocese. In comments at the rally, Bishop Conley urged pro-lifers to vigilance as Planned Parenthood continues to build "megaplex death mills" across the country, the Denver Catholic Register reports.

According to the Register, over 300 people attended the rally, which ended with a second Latin Mass celebrated by Fr. Hearty. There were so many at the final Mass that the priest returned to the altar four times to break up the hosts for distribution before finally running out.

The popularity of the idea, says Fr. Hearty, is a sign that "people really want to do something." He hopes the idea will spread, and in particular that clergy in other parts of the country will be inspired to become more involved in pro-life work.

"That's our vocation," he said. "We're there to mediate, and we're there to lead, and we're there to encourage."

As for the effort in Denver, organizers are hoping to build on the momentum and establish a regular schedule of Masses in front of the clinic, continuing to wage spiritual warfare against the nation's largest abortion provider.

"Our fight is not against the world, it's against principalities and darkness, it's against evil, it is against the devil," says Fr. Hearty. "Why not make a few demons quake?"

http://www.lifesitenews.com/...ays-mass-on-the
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After saying Obama on â??similar pathâ?? as Hitler/Stalin, Illinois bishop hit with IRS complaint

by Patrick B. Craine
photo: Bishop Daniel Jenky

PEORIA, Illinois, April 20, 2012 - After a fiery homily last weekend urging the faithful to oppose President Obama's "radical pro-abortion and extreme secularist agenda" at the ballot box in November, Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria has been hit with an IRS complaint from a national secularist lobby group.

At a gathering of Catholic men on Saturday, the Illinois prelate had slammed Obama's mandate forcing religious employers to cover contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-inducing drugs. The unprecedented attack on religious freedom, he said, signaled that the president "seems intent on following a similar path" as past dictators such as Hitler, Stalin, and Otto von Bismarck.

"This fall, every practicing Catholic must vote, and must vote their Catholic consciences, or by the following fall our Catholic schools, our Catholic hospitals, our Catholic Newman Centers, all our public ministries - only excepting our church buildings - could easily be shut down," he said.

On Thursday, the Washington-based Americans United for Separation of Church and State claimed the homily violated federal law by taking sides in a political campaign.

"No rational person could believe the bishop was doing anything but saying vote against Obama," said Barry Lynn, the group's executive director.

"Bishop Jenky's intervention in the election wasn't just extreme and mean-spirited, it also seems to be a clear violation of federal law," said Lynn. "Churches are tax-exempt institutions, and they aren't allowed to intervene in partisan politics."

"To be sure, Jenky never utters the words 'Do not vote for Obama,'" Lynn wrote in his complaint. "But the Internal Revenue Code makes it clear that statements need not be this explicit to run afoul of the law."

Bishop Jenky's remarks have also been denounced by the Anti-Defamation League, which demanded an apology. Lonnie Nasatir, regional director for the Chicago branch, told the Chicago Tribune that his statements were "outrageous, offensive and completely over the top."

In response to the criticism, the Diocese of Peoria told local media that the bishops' comments were misunderstood outside their context.

â??Based upon the current government's threatened infringement upon the Church's religious exercise of its ministry, Bishop Jenky offered historical context and comparisons as a means to prevent a repetition of historical attacks upon the Catholic Church and other religions,â?? said diocesan chancellor Patricia Gibson.

"Bishop Jenky gave several examples of times in history in which religious groups were persecuted because of what they believed," she added. "We certainly have not reached the same level of persecution. However, history teaches us to be cautious once we start down the path of limiting religious liberty."

LifeSiteNews did not hear back from the diocese by press time.

In his remarks on Saturday, Bishop Jenky had insisted that Catholics must oppose Obama's mandate because "no Catholic institution, under any circumstance, can ever cooperate with the intrinsic evil of killing innocent human life in the womb."

The bishop acknowledged that Christians could lose the battle against the mandate, but said that "before the awesome judgement seat of Almighty God this is not a war where any believing Catholic may remain neutral."

The faithful, he said, "can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead be Catholics by conviction."

"The days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism," he added.

Above article pulled from LifeSiteNews.com - http://www.lifesitenews.com/...-bishop-hit-wit

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The posters here on these boards *such as makavali, tiggertime, ironcross, rohnyn or ANY pro death person punching the keyboard* should understand where Emily Rapp is coming from. Everyone else will share my hostility towards her views. How could being torn apart, literally limb from limb ever be BETTER than a death from something like spina bifida? That is right, I would take the latter any day.

How does Sara Carpenter know the doctor/s had it right the first time? They are human and screw up regularly. My friend Adriano is a perfect example of someone who was supposed to kill his mother. That was thirty six years ago and she passed away last year, from natural causes.

Or you can just read the article and decide for yourselves. I will bold and italicize my favorite portions ; )

"I wish he'd never been born": The misguided view of abortion as "mercy-killing"

by Christina Martin
April 24, 2012 - Emily Rapp is a writer, a devoted mother, and a left-leg amputee who was once a poster child for the March of Dimes. Her son Ronan is living with Tay-Sachs, a devastating rare genetic disease. I first heard of Emily in a disheartening Time magazine article titled "Why a Mother would have aborted her son."

It sprang from a Slate article Emily wrote where she said, "I'm so grateful that Ronan is my child. I also wish he'd never been born; no person should suffer in this way - daily seizures, blindness, lack of movement, inability to swallow, a devastated brain - with no hope for a cure. Both of these statements are categorically true; neither one is mutually exclusive." She continues later, "I love Ronan, and I believe it would have been an act of love to abort him, knowing that his life would be primarily one of intense suffering."

I don't question Emily's love for her son. Her writings reveal a brave, caring mother who is deeply committed to her child. I sympathize with her family in their pain. At the same time, I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that abortion can ever be an act of love. "Sparing" a child from suffering by taking his life is a popular but dangerous idea. Abortion is never a merciful or compassionate act. Although a parent may feel motivated to end her child's pain, it doesn't justify the violence and cruelty of abortion.

This push toward abortion as a form of "mercy-killing" reminds me of African mothers who killed their children so they wouldn't have to endure the torment of enslavement. Slavery was atrocious, but can you imagine the loss if Fredrick Douglas' or Harriet Tubman's mother had chosen to "spare" her child from the agony of life? Their endurance through suffering is what inspires us all.

Sara Carpenter was devastated when her doctor told her that the baby in her womb had spina bifida. She told Mail Online, "I tried to shake away the image I conjured in my head of a little boy, lonely and friendless, robbed of the most basic human functions." After wrestling over her decision, Sara chose abortion stating, "I realized I couldn't bring this child into the world, knowing the extent to which he would suffer. Andrew [my partner] and I talked long into the night, and finally agreed that ending the pregnancy was the kindest thing we could do for our son."

Sara's story caused me to think back to my college years. I was an assistant and friend to a young lady with spina bifida. We had interesting adventures together. I was just one of the people in her life who loved her. Though she faced physical difficulties, she was remarkably strong, determined, and personable. In some ways she had more experiences than I did. While I was single through most of college, she had more than one significant romantic relationship. She was not the picture of a "lonely and friendless" person. The kindest things her mother did were give birth to her and care for her with love.

Ninety percent of Down syndrome babies are murdered in the womb. Children are aborted for things as treatable as a cleft palate. Some doctors even argue that post-natal abortion and infanticide are merciful and morally acceptable. How far do we want to take this?

There are questions we must ask ourselves. What measure of suffering could ever warrant a babies death? What messages are we believing and communicating when we agree with aborting the weak? What is our definition of love, and how does that include suffering? How do disabled children bring beauty into our lives? What do we think of the children who were given a wrong prognosis or the ones who overcame negative ones?

Aimee Mullins' legs were amputated at birth. The doctor who delivered her told her parents that she would never walk. With the help of prosthetic legs, Aimee became an NCAA track star and a runway model. She travels the world speaking and is a spokesperson for L'Oreal makeup. She was named one of People Magazine's 50 most beautiful people.

Later in life, Amy ran into the doctor who gave her parents the tragic news. Over the years, he'd saved newspaper clips of all her accomplishments. He proudly told her, "You've made a liar outta me."

Some babies will never accomplish what Aimee has, but they are still valuable simply because they are human. Tripp Roth was one of those little boys. His mother Courtney was a Reader's Digest Hero of 2011. Tripp recently passed away from epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, a rare skin disease that caused him to be covered in blisters and sores. His disease wasn't detected until after birth, but his case was so horrific that some encouraged her to "put him out of his misery."

In an excerpt from her blog, Courtney wrote:

Tripp taught me love. He taught me love like I've never known it before. What I've learned most from him is unconditional love. A love so strong that nothing can break it, not even death. A love that shines through pain, anger, and exhaustion, but also through times of complete joy and trust. Tripp taught me that every day counts and every minute matters. He loved me with his whole tired little heart every minute he was alive. Never once while he was alive did I think that my job as a mom was hard. I was doing what I was supposed to be doing- all I knew how to do, and all I wanted to do. He led me through every day and every hour by showering me with love like I've never known before.

In a message to her son, she wrote, "I love you, my sweet little man and no one knows your heart like Mommy. And NO ONE knows when you are ready to leave this Earth, except God." Tripp's life has ended, but Courtney is determined to keep fighting for a cure for EB.

The human experience is intermingled with pain. It's necessary to show compassion towards those facing challenging and traumatic situations. We also must uphold our value for life, even in the face of grave suffering. The dignity of life should be protected at all costs. Accusing and judging parents as selfish is not the route we should take. Rather, we seek to call others to a truer understanding of mercy and a greater reality of loving kindness.

http://www.lifesitenews.com/...s-mercy-killing
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Interesting how the placement of a single word changes the entire syntax of a sentence. Take the following example -

Obviously you agree that an unborn baby isn't a "potential" human being, but rather a human being with potential!!

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Georgia Bans Assisted Suicide And Late-Term Abortions

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Making a major stand for the defenseless unborn, the sick and the elderly, the state of Georgia has banned abortion after 20 weeks and assisted suicide. From Reuters:

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law two pieces of legislation on Tuesday to restrict late-term abortions and outlaw assisted suicide in the state. The first law banned most abortions after 20 weeks' pregnancy, making Georgia the eighth U.S. state to outlaw most late-term abortions based on controversial research that a fetus can feel pain by that stage of development. Georgia already prohibits most abortions starting in the third trimester. The second law signed by Deal made it a felony to help people take their own lives. The Georgia Supreme Court in February struck down as unconstitutional a previous law that outlawed the advertising of assisted-suicide services. The court ruled the old law was a violation of the right to free speech. The abortion measure passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in late March included exceptions to save the life of the mother and if the fetus has extreme defects that make survival unlikely. "This legislation provides humane protection to innocents capable of feeling pain, while making an important exception for in the case of medically-futile pregnancies," Deal, a Republican, said in a statement. Georgia Right to Life, which opposes abortion, has called the new legislation "a step in the right direction," but expressed disappointment at the exemption for "medically futile" pregnancies in which the fetus is likely to die after birth. Abortion opponents said the exception left the door open for a doctor to recommend abortion of fetuses that are less than completely healthy. Planned Parenthood, which provides women's health services and is the nation's largest abortion provider, said the bill would limit women's access to healthcare. The organization said in a statement that the bill "calls into question every woman who makes a deeply personal, private medical decision." Georgia joins Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, and North Carolina in banning most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Arizona bans most abortions after 18 weeks. The U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortions in 1973 but allowed states to ban the procedure after the time when the fetus could potentially survive outside the womb, except where a woman's health was at risk. The assisted suicide ban was welcomed by Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker, who said "stopping the immoral and barbaric practice of killing in the name of compassion is the right thing to do."

True social justice does not advocate for the murder of defenseless human being created in the image of God, but rather it comes to their aid. Be cautious when someone talks about reproductive or health care justice. That means someone's life is going to be deemed unworthy of life.

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Hundreds gather at UW to hear controversial pro-life speaker

May 3, 2012

*video at the linked site*
SEATTLE -- A divisive Thursday night lecture on the subject of reproductive rights brought both sides of the issue to the University of Washington, and some attendees ended their night with a trip to the police station.

On a college campus where writing is a requirement and lively debate is the norm, it's not surprising that Thursday's visit from Abby Johnson created controversy.

As she spoke, Johnson couldn't help but notice the signs and slurs and incessant interruptions from those who disagree with her views.

She knows where the protestors are coming from, because before she began touring the country as a pro-life advocate, Johnson walked on the other side of the controversial issue.

"I used to be pro-choice," she said. "I used to be a person that would be outside, picketing."

Johnson spoke to the packed house about her time working at Planned Parenthood.

"I saw a lot of corruption inside the abortion industry," she said.

She spent eight years with the organization before her outlook on abortion changed.

"If we're really going to say that we're pro-woman, how can we not be pro-life?" she said.

But in a city that's typically more pro-liberal than pro-life, the debate was divisive. Some of the attendees stood their ground and were led away in handcuffs.

As for Johnson, she said she just wants her message to stick.

"My hope is that something I say -- it may make them angry -- but something I say will stick with them," she said.

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Former abortion clinic worker breaks silence, speaks out for life

by Kristen Walker
This article is a little dated, yet still relevant to this year. Thu Jul 21, 2011

Note: One of the most powerful weapons in the pro-life arsenal is the authentic testimony of those who have advocated for and helped provide abortions, and later seen the light. People like Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Carol Everett, and Abby Johnson have information and insight that will help us win the fight against the abortion industry.

Allentown, Pennsylvania native and mother of three Jewels Green has made the courageous decision to finally speak up for life. In her first public pro-life testimony, she told Live Action about suffering the pain of abortion as a teenager and later spending several years working in an abortion clinic.


This is her story:

â??My first baby would be 22 this week.

I was a 17-year-old drug-using high school drop-out, but when the lady wearing scrubs told me I was pregnant, I already thought of myself as a new mother.

Everyone wanted me to get an abortion- except me.

I actually stopped using drugs, went to the library and checked out a book called Under 18 and Pregnant and started to read it to prepare. I scheduled my first prenatal check-up. My boyfriend was relentless. I am deliberately omitting the details of the violence, both real and threatened, but I finally caved in to my boyfriend's insistence to not have our baby.

On January 4, 1989, he took me to the abortion clinic, but I literally ran out in the hope of saving my baby.

Two days later, on January 6, 1989, at 9 1/2 weeks gestation, I had an abortion. It nearly killed me. No, not the surgical procedure, the psychological aftermath. I attempted suicide three times after my abortion and finally ended up in an adolescent psychiatric ward of a community hospital for a month to recover.

I was coerced into having an abortion and thought that by becoming a counselor at an abortion clinic, I could help others like me really talk out their feelings on the issue, truly explore their options, and help them make an honest, informed decision-or help them leave an abusive situation.

I worked at an abortion clinic for five years (from age 18 to 23)â??not the same one where I had my abortion. I started out on the phone, then at the front desk checking in patients and accepting payments, then I learned medical assisting and helped in the laboratory, took vital signs in the recovery room, and did "dishes" in the autoclave area. (I'll come back to this). Then, after two years working at the clinic and starting college as a psychology major, I was trained as a counselor.

The "counseling" experience was not what I had hoped. Nearly every pregnant woman coming to an abortion clinic for "options counseling" had already made up her mind, but just wanted to check out the facility and have her questions answered and perhaps her fears allayed. And most of the women coming in felt they had no other choice. A few were truly ambivalent.

This is where the pro-choice movement and clinics fail. Sure, we had a little notebook with the names and numbers of two local adoption agencies, but we were never trained or taught how the adoption process works so we could explain it to women. We had the phone number of the local WIC office, public assistance, etc., but again, knew nothing about the process should anyone ever ask for details. If a pregnant woman wanted to learn more about these other choices, the best the "options counselor" could offer was a post-it note with a phone number hastily scribbled on it.

During my time at the clinic, I was a staunch supporter of abortion rights, while all the time knowing in my heart that I felt that what I did was wrong, that I missed my baby, and that I wished things could be different for me. In hindsight, I can see that by surrounding myself with people who believed it was OK to abort babies, I was hoping that someday I would be OK with aborting my baby. This never happened-

I have marched twice in Washington, D.C., in support of abortion rights. I have lobbied inHarrisburg (the capital of Pennsylvania). I have joined David Gunn, Jr., in lobbying Congress for stronger sanctions against militant anti-abortion activists who harass pregnant women, bomb abortion clinics, intimidate clinic staff, and murder physicians (like David's dad, Dr. David Gunn, who was killed by an anti-abortion "activist") - but even then I never agreed with rallying cries such as "Abortion on demand and without apology!" chanted at such gatherings. It was-and is-so much more complicated than that.

After graduating from college with a degree in psychology I left my job at the clinic to work the overnight shift at a teen crisis hotline for a year before moving to New York City to attend graduate school. After earning my Master's in psychology, I moved back to my hometown and worked part-time at the clinic through much of my next pregnancy.

I remember one Saturday morning (a big "procedure day" when more than 20 abortions were scheduled and at least a dozen protestors were outside, standing along the long driveway that led into the clinic parking lot) when I was about six months along and very visibly pregnant-much farther along than the 16 week abortion limit of the clinic-when a protestor shouted to me, "Your baby loves you!"

I smiled to myself. When I got inside and started to help the nurse set up the recovery room, I told her this, and she was angry and appalled. Even then-as an active employee at the clinic-telling a pregnant woman her baby loves her did not seem like such an objectionable thing to say, or even to shout, at an obviously pregnant woman.

Identifying myself as pro-life, though, did not come until many years later. After finally forgiving myself for aborting my first child I was able to see the world differently. After two failed marriages I was able to finally commit and my husband and I have been married for eleven years. After giving birth to three sons and feeling the life grow inside me and knowing the fierce overwhelming love a mother can feel for a child, I have been able to finally acknowledge that yes, life begins at conception.

But it wasn't until stumbling upon links to Abby Johnson's YouTube videos, and then reading her book Unplanned, that I could say out loud that I was pro-life. It was Abby's amazing story, and her courageous and honest testimony, that helped me to openly join the ranks of the pro-life movement.

And although I now consider myself pro-life, I simply cannot abide by the extremists within the movement's ranks who often act without censure by many of the position's vocal leadership. I was at the front desk when the clinic was invaded on July 22, 1992, which we later dubbed "The Wednesday From Hell." Six people ran into the waiting room with a huge metal contraption with multiple pipes attached that we all assumed was a bomb until they slid their arms inside of it and started singing. They were in the waiting room "attached" to that thing for seven hours while local and state police and FBI agents attempted to negotiate with and extract them from the device. They peed on the carpet. The clinic's daily functions continued in other parts of the facility.

Not one woman changed her mind as a result of this invasion.

I was also working the front desk on the day two Boston clinics were attacked by an armed anti-abortion gunman who wounded five people and killed two. The gunman remained at large for many hours before being apprehended. Boston is a five-hour drive from where I worked and I remained at the front desk. (My uncle, a police sergeant, insisted I wear a bulletproof vest to work for a full week following that event, and I did.) One of the former directors of the clinic I worked for had her home broken into twice, another director routinely has her home picketed and has been followed home from work by suspicious vehicles on several occasions. There has to be a better way to further the cause of life.

Speaking of which: abortion ends life. Period. This is not in question nor should it be. This is a fundamental truth. I worked in the autoclave room where the "products of conception" (as so many pro-choice proponents-and abortion clinic counselors-call the fetus and placenta) were rearranged and counted to make sure "we got everything." For early abortions, this meant floating the contents of the jar in water to visualize the chorionic villi. For abortions from about 8 1/2 - 12 weeks, this meant counting hands and feet, making sure the spine and ribcage and skull were present, you get the idea. For the abortions where the gestational age of the fetus was in question, especially if there was a chance it was an "oops," meaning a pregnancy terminated beyond the clinic's legal limit of 14 weeks LMP (from last menstrual period), the feet were measured to determine a more accurate gestational age.

Working in the autoclave room was never, ever easy. I saw my lost child in every jar of aborted baby parts. One night after working autoclave my nightmares about dead babies were so gruesome and terrifying and intense I met with the clinic's director to talk about my feelings.

She was very understanding, open and honest, and painfully forthright when she told me, â"What we do here is end a life. Pure and simple. There is no disputing this fact. You need to be OK with this to work here." After a few days rotated out of the autoclave room, I felt I was OK with this, and God help me, I went back.

When in my fourth year at the clinic they won approval to do abortions up to 16 weeks LMP, one woman quit and two staff members "myself included" refused to work on the "late days." My boss was very understanding and scheduled me to work with the non-pregnant GYN patients those days.

For myself, I know in my heart that I would never again terminate a pregnancy - EVER - nor would I ever work at an abortion clinic again. If someone I love was facing an unplanned pregnancy, I would do my very best to help her find a way to stay pregnant and give that baby a chance-whether it be by becoming a parent, or by offering up the child for adoption.

There are far too many innocent lives being snuffed out in our country before they have the opportunity to take their first breath, and as a nation we should be doing better. We need to do better. We need to provide real resources to pregnant mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy. The women and babies of our country deserve better. After all, sometimes the best things in life aren't planned.

Happy Nobirthday, Unbaby. I miss you every day. Love & tears, Mom."

Reprinted from the Live Action blog.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/...s-out-for-life/

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Personal testimonies from women (and men) who have gone through an abortion.

I had an abortion a little over two years ago. I wasn't crazy in love, we weren't getting married, I had just recently met the guy. We went out on a couple dates, he totally swept me off my feet. That was short lived. About two weeks after we had ended what little we had, I found out I was pregnant. I was DEVASTATED. I didn't know what to do, where to go, or who to talk to. I didn't want to talk to him, so I called my mom and my best friend. It wasn't something I wanted, but I wasn't ready for a child. I didn't understand my options, and some people made it sound like this was my only choice. I had to drive an hour and a half to the clinic, alone. I was far from home, going to college and no one else could know. I held together pretty well on the way there, but the way back it was all I could do to stay on the road, I was crying so hard.

To be honest, it's painful. Emotionally, physically, mentally exhausting and painful, and I had to suffer alone. After that day, I pretty much cut myself off. I didn't want to feel the guilt and pain, so I shut down, didn't feel anything for a long time. This wasn't hard because I kept pretty busy, until one day it hit me and I was a colossal mess. I stayed that way for a while. It ruined friendships, broke my heart, and made it hard just to live. I was angry for a long time too. The one thing no one tells you is the effect it will have on your entire life. No one shares their story and tells you that they regret it every day or that they were emotionally shattered. They talk about how their lives moved on. Life moved on, but there's always a period of time where you are pretty sure the world is ending. Someone, anyone needs to share that. I still carry that horrified feeling that I'm going to be judged or that everyone knows. I still face my decision every day. More people know now and I'm not as afraid to talk about it or share with others, it's all part of how I got to where I am, but the best way to fight for the unborn and help these women is to educate them. They need to know the full effect of their decision, on them, the child, and everyone else involved because it does effect everyone. And that support needs to be there without judgement. Regardless of the decision, your life is changed FOREVER, so they need to know the weight of that decision.

Age: 23
Location: Missouri
Date: May 4, 2012

http://www.abort73.com/...testimony/1388/

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Irony: Obama admin requires visitors at White House to register unborn babies as separate guests

ASHINGTON, May 8, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The strongly pro-abortion Obama White House caused a kerfluffle today when it sent out a newsletter outlining the fact that it requires unborn babies to be registered as separate guests when pregnant women register for tours of the building, according to an official communiqu?© cited by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC).

NRLC cited a newsletter from Ellie Shafer, Director of the White House Visitor's Office, which confirmed that, "crazy as it may sound," a "baby that has not yet been born" must be included in the overall count of guests in a White House tour.

Shafer wrote that "the baby's security information should be entered" into the White House system, including whether it is a boy or a girl, and which should be updated "once the baby is born."

A spokesman for the Secret Service told the Washington Times that the policy exists in light of the fact that an unborn child might be born in between the time that the mother registers for the tour, and the time when the tour actually takes place.

Registering the unborn child "serves as a placeholder" and helps "to expedite the process" when parents with a newborn child arrvies at the White House, Max Milien told the Times.

The newsletter goes on to state: "Once, the baby is born, you should send an email to the VO inbox with the tour request ID number, the baby's given name, their actual birthday and gender."

President Obama is famously protective of abortion rights: as an Illinois senator, Obama voted against language to protect children from being killed outside the womb following a botched abortion, citing a possibility that abortion rights would be curtailed.

"It is ironic that President Obama's staff recognizes the existence of unborn babies for purposes of providing security within the White House - yet, there is no indication that President Obama has any problem with the fact that throughout the District of Columbia, abortion is now legal for any reason up to the moment of birth," said Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life legislative director.

"Notably, the newsletter provides no guidance on what the staff should do if an unborn baby is first registered for security purposes, but then aborted."

Johnson pointed out that a House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803) on May 17, which would generally prohibit abortion later than the sixth month in the District.

"If the President wants to provide for the security of the unborn child immediately outside of the White House gates, as well as inside, he should endorse this bill," said Johnson.

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"Mommy had an abortion": the words I never thought I would say to my children

by Kelly Clinger

May 8, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - "Mommy had an abortion." Those are words I never thought I would say to my children. In fact, I was never going to tell them. I didn't want to explain what abortion was much less tell them that their own mother had made such a terrible, sinful choice- TWICE.

When I was asked to be a spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign toward the end of 2010, they wanted to be sure that my immediate family knew my past before I began traveling the country talking about it. Of course my husband knew most of the details (although more things surface as time goes on), but how was I going to tell my kids that I killed two of their siblings?

My daughter was 14 and my son was 8 at the time. I didn't want them to be disappointed in me. I didn't want them to hate me. I didn't want them to feel about me the way I felt about myself.

I sat the kids down on the couch and took a deep breath. I asked them if they knew what abortion was. My daughter said she had heard the word before but wasn't sure what it was. My son was clueless. As I began to explain it, the horror was all over their faces. "How could anyone do that" my son asked. He kept asking questions, but my daughter's silence told me that she knew there was a reason I was talking to them about abortion.

I began to cry and said, "Mommy had two abortions 10 years ago. You have 2 siblings in heaven."

I am crying now thinking about the shock and the disappointment on their little faces. It felt like the Mommy they knew wasn't who they thought she was. I wonder about all of the questions that raced through their heads during those few seconds-all of the things that they may be able to articulate years from now, but can't process in their young minds now.

My daughter scooted closer to me and threw her arms around me. "I forgive you, Mom-it's ok", she said. "I do too", my son said, "and when I get older I'm never going to let my wife do that." We all cried together.

I went on to tell them about praying and asking God if the babies were boys or girls and what He would like me to name them. I told them about how God said they were both girls and we had named them Goodness and Mercy. "Like the Bible verse!" my son shouted.

That was almost two years ago, and they've heard Mommy talk about Goodness and Mercy a lot now. Anytime we hear a song with Psalm 23 in it or someone reads that scripture, my son will proudly announce, "Those are my sisters!" Abortion is a common topic around our dinner table. I joined the fight for life by myself, but we now fight together as a family.

As Mother's Day approaches, many feel the sting of loss, but along with the sting, I feel the guilt. I will have two Mother's Day cards missing-my breakfast in bed will be prepared by two children instead of four. There is a void that will not be filled until I see Jesus face to face, but until then my hope remains in this: "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life."

Kelly Clinger has been singing and playing piano for many years. Once an extra on the Mickey Mouse Club and a background vocalist for Britney Spears, Kelly turned her life over to the Lord in 2003 after years of heartache and pain caused by the music industry, divorce, addiction and abortion. Now she is a spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family and is part of the International House of Prayer Atlanta. For more information, please visit: www.kellyclinger.com.

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I was in the country in 2010 and I can attest to the facts presented in this article.

New Chile study challenges the "safe abortion" myth
by Carolyn Moynihan

May 8, 2012 (Mercatornet.com) - One of the great scandals of today's global village is the deaths of hundreds of thousands of mothers each year simply because they are carrying or giving birth to a child. The last reliable estimate, from 2008, indicated nearly 343,000 of these maternal deaths. The scandal lies in the fact that most of them are easily preventible with basic health care, as the West discovered more than a century ago.

The West, as we know from many statements from the World Health Organization and reproductive health groups, is anxious to reduce this awful statistic, which is an important aim of the Millennium Development Goals. Unfortunately, this altogether worthy goal is entangled with another: the reduction of fertility in the developing countries, by the quickest means possible. This means that, often before other basic medical and social improvements are in place, there must be universal access to birth control technology-not only contraception but abortion.

Abortion, however, must be safe for the woman-that is, provided by medically qualified people or by medically certified means-and to be safe it must be legal. Where it is illegal it will happen anyway but it will be unsafe, and often lethal. States which persist in keeping abortion illegal or severely restricted (and not the agents who are pushing this form of birth control) are thus contributing to the dire maternal mortality statistics. And states which ban abortion after it has been legal are similarly putting women's lives at risk. That, as they say, is the narrative.

There's just one problem with the drift of this story: there is no proof that it is true. The only hard evidence that we have on the subject of restrictive abortion laws and maternal mortality rates (MMR) is very new and it points in the opposite direction.

Research from Chile published a few days ago shows that, when therapeutic abortion was banned in 1989 after a long period when it had been legal in that country, there was no increase in maternal mortality. None at all. On the contrary, maternal deaths continued to decline. Chile today has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world (16 per 100,000 live births), outstripping the United States (18) and, within the Americas, second only to Canada (9). Rather than the rogue violator of women's reproductive health that the UN makes it out to be, Chile is looking this week like a model for countries that really want to save the lives of mothers.

It's important to note here what the study, Women's Education Level, Maternal Health Facilities, Abortion Legislation and Maternal Deaths: A Natural Experiment in Chile from 1957 to 2007, does not claim. It does not say that making abortion illegal caused a decline in maternal deaths. But it shows, importantly, that the 1989 law did not increase mortality. It continued to decline substantially, although other factors were at work in the decline-notably, the education of women and their ability to shape their own reproductive behavior. (The latter does not mean quite what birth control fundamentalists mean, as we shall see.)

The study, published in the open access online journal PLoS One, is the work of Chilean and American researchers led by Dr Elard Koch, epidemiologist and a professor at the University of Chile and Universidad Cat?³lica de la Sant?­sima Concepci?³n (UCSC). The group, who formed the Chilean Maternal Mortality Research Initiative (CMMRI) for the purpose of the study, had access to exceptionally good data: 50 years of official records from Chile's National Institute of Statistics, 1957 to 2007. These provide the basis of what the authors call a "natural experiment" in fertility and abortion policy.

What these records show is a dramatic decline in MMR from 1965, when abortions were numerous and abortion was the main cause of mortality, through to 1981; a continuing but slower reduction from 1981 to 2003; and a steady state from 2003 to 2007. To explain this pattern the researchers analyzed social policies and trends likely to influence maternal mortality. Here are the key ones, especially for the first phase:

* Delivery by skilled birth attendants. For each 1 per cent increase in the number of deliveries performed by skilled attendants there was an estimated decrease of 4.58 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. Clean water and other sanitary improvements also played a part.

* Access to maternal healthcare services. Nutrition programs for mother and child, coupled with the distribution of fortified milk at primary care clinics created new opportunities for pregnancy and birth care for both mother and child. This strategy practically eradicated malnutrition, increased birth weight and contributed to the noteworthy reduction in infant mortality observed in Chile, 3.1/1000 live births for infants 28 days to 1 year of age.

* Women's educational level. This, says Koch, is the most important factor, and the one which increased the effect of all other factors. Educating women enhances a woman's ability to access existing health care resources and directly leads to a reduction in her risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Data showed that for every additional year of maternal education in Chile there was a corresponding decrease in the MMR of 29.3/100,000 live births.

Boosting female education did something else: it brought down the fertility rate (currently the TFR is 1.87). To return to a point mentioned earlier, the authors point out that "education promotes higher autonomy in women, allowing them to take control of their own fertility" using the method they prefer. Interestingly, a majority of Chilean women do not prefer artificial contraceptives. The authors note:

"Although the primary care system currently provides universal access to a variety of contraceptives methods, actual use of hormonal contraceptives and intrauterine devices in Chile reaches approximately 36% of women of reproductive age. Therefore, as in developed nations, other factors not limited to the use of artificial contraceptives seem to be contributing to the reduction in TFR in Chile. One such factor could be women's increasing level of education."

And here the news stops being good. At this point Chilean woman meets North American and European and Antipodean woman in a pattern of delayed motherhood-and pathologies associated with that delay. Koch and colleagues describe this "fertility paradox" as follows:

Although a strong correlation did exist between the decline on the MMR and the reduction on total fertility rate (i.e. the average number of children that would have been born to a woman over her reproductive lifetime), the increase in the number of first pregnancies at advanced ages was directly associated with an increase on maternal deaths. For every 1% increment in primiparous women giving birth older than 30 years of age, an increase of 30 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births was estimated. Thus, when the total fertility decreases and produces a delayed motherhood it can also provoke a deleterious effect on maternal health via an increase of the obstetric risk associated with childbearing at advanced ages.

Before 1980 the causes of MMR in Chile were on the whole directly related to pregnancy and birth. From then on the underlying health problems of "aging pregnancy" began to take over in the mortality stakes: hypertension, diabetes and obesity among others. The problem now, there and here in the developed world, "is not a matter of how many children a mother has, but a matter of when."

Did the reproductive health brigade get that? Delayed motherhood can be literally deadly. At a certain point, the gains of education and good health and social services are taken too far and recoil upon the modern woman. With the greater part of the world, including many developing countries, now below replacement TFR, maternal mortality from social progress is set to climb before deaths from deprivation have been thoroughly, and one could say properly, addressed.

Koch's study shows that the custodians of reproductive health profoundly misunderstand the remedy for maternal mortality in developing countries. Will they do any better when they try to come to grips with the fertility paradox?

http://www.lifesitenews.com/...e-abortion-myth

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How I lost two unborn children: a Muslim looks at respect for life
by Suzy Ismail Thu May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 (PublicDiscourse.com) - In a world preoccupied with material wealth and convenience, the gift of life is often minimized and sometimes forgotten altogether. Modernity encourages us to view "unwanted" life as a burden that will hold us back. For Muslims, however, just as for many in other faith traditions, life must be acknowledged, always and everywhere, as a true blessing.

In the pre-Islamic period, the practice of female infanticide was widespread in much of Arabia, but it was immediately forbidden through Islamic injunctions. Several verses of the Quran were revealed that prohibited this practice to protect the rights of the unborn and of the newborn child: "When the female infant, buried alive, is questioned for what crime was she killed; when the scrolls are laid open; when the World on High is unveiled; when the Blazing Fire is kindled to fierce heat; and when the Garden is brought near; Then shall each soul know what it has put forward. So verily I call" (81: 8-15). Indeed, there are many verses in the Quran that remind us of the sanctity of life. We are told that "Wealth and children are an adornment of this life" (18:46), and we are commanded to "Kill not your children for fear of want: We shall provide sustenance for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin" (17:31).

While the religious injunctions reverberate through faith on a spiritual level, the blessings of life touch us daily on a worldly level, as well. As the mother of three beautiful children, I can truly attest to and appreciate the gift of life. But I also understand how heartbreaking it is to lose it.

I want to share with you the story of how I came to realize life's fragility and the importance of making the most of our spiritual journeys here on earth. Over thirteen years ago, my husband and I were eager to start our family. We were ecstatic when, a few months shy of our first anniversary, we found out that we were expecting. Very early on, we began playing the "new parent" planning game, picking out names and nursery colors even before our first doctor's appointment.

A few months into the pregnancy, the doctor scheduled a routine ultrasound. Giddy with excitement, we entered the darkened room and waited in great anticipation to see our child. There on the screen -fuzzy, yet discernible- we could see our baby's outline. We imagined the features and jokingly guessed who the baby might look like. But the ultrasound technician did not laugh with us. As she solemnly stared at the screen, we followed her gaze. As inexperienced as we were, we could tell that something was not right: our baby had no heartbeat.

After losing my first child, I truly began to understand the meaning of life. When the heartbeat we'd heard so clearly on the Doppler suddenly ceased, our baby's life ended in the womb, before he or she even had a chance to begin in the outside world.

But strong faith and an unshakeable belief in a just God is a great formula for filling any emotional void. As the Quran states in Verse 156 of Surat Al-Baqara, there are great blessings for those "who, when a misfortune overtakes them, say: 'Surely we belong to God and to Him shall we return.'" Losing our first baby led to a deeper appreciation of God's magnificence and the miracle of His creation.

Several months later, we found out we were expecting again. This time, the excitement was tempered with worry. Our first ultrasound came much earlier in the pregnancy, and we eagerly scanned the screen for the telltale beating before glancing at fingers and toes or eyes and nose. And there it was, strong and steady! We breathed a sigh of relief. Our baby was alive.

As the months of this second pregnancy progressed and the baby bump grew larger, we began to hope. Each ultrasound revealed a little more of our child and each kick confirmed that this time we were really going to begin our family. As the due date quickly approached, we felt more confident in choosing baby items and room colors. We even chose the name for our baby girl. Her name would be Jennah, which means Heaven in Arabic.

With just a few weeks left before my scheduled delivery date, I went into labor. As we sped to the hospital and I was wheeled into the darkened ultrasound room, out of habit, my eyes went directly to the heart area on the screen that I knew all too well by now. That tiny heart, which I had sought out so many times in the previous ultrasounds, had stopped beating.

That day, so many years ago, I delivered Jennah, my stillborn daughter; and that day we buried Jennah. We hadn't known how fitting her name would really be. As the infection that had ended the pregnancy sped through my blood in the days that followed, I recognized just how delicate life really is. Nothing can bring life into perspective as much as loss. And nothing can affirm faith as much as life.

Today, as I look at my three beautiful children, I know that God is good. No, God is great, or in Arabic, Allahu Akbar. And what gives me the greatest solace in times of trial is the verse in the Quran that states: "It may be that you detest something which is good for you; while perhaps you love something even though it is bad for you. God knows, while you do not know" (2:216).

As Muslims, we believe in the power of life to change others, and we believe even more in the power of God. In any disaster, in any calamity, and in the face of any death, we are urged to repeat "inna lilah wa inna ilayhee raji'un' To God we belong and to Him we return." In the end, only He knows what is best for us.

I could share with you so many stories from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran that illustrate the power of God in our lives: the creation of Adam, the patience of Job, the perseverance of Noah, the purity of Joseph, the judiciousness of Solomon, the trials of Jonah, the obedience of Abraham, the wisdom of Moses, the devotion of Jesus, and the inspiration of Mohamed. I could share these stories with you, but they are available to all in the Holy Scriptures.

Instead, I want to share with you the story of an amazing woman whom I met recently at a conference. This woman truly exemplifies the spirit of respecting life. Melinda Weekes had recently returned from a trip to the Sudan, where she was helping to enact a policy of slave redemption. For years and years, a rampant genocide was perpetrated in southern Sudan by the wealthy slave traders of the north. They would pillage and torch the mud huts of the villagers, and then capture the women and children to sell them into slavery.

Heartbroken by what was happening in Sudan, this woman traveled across the world to help free these slaves by buying them back from the traders and returning them to their villages. Upon their return, she helped them rebuild their lives by establishing schools and educating their girls so that they could break free from oppression. Describing the strength of these women in the face of modern-day slavery, Melinda shared story after story of the things she had seen on her trips to Sudan. She spoke of one of the most powerful experiences she had had, when she sat with a woman who had lost her home, her husband, and her children, and had suffered incredible harm at the hands of her slave master. She asked the woman, "How do you survive? How do you manage to continue living?" The woman responded, "When the world pushed me down to my knees, I knew that it was time to pray. I am blessed to still have these old knees that allow me to kneel, blessed to be able to prostrate, blessed to be able to pray. And I am blessed because I have God."

I ask you today to reflect on women like these, to reflect on their inner strength, and to reflect on your own life as you know it. I ask you to accept life as a gift and to understand that your life belongs to a greater power, to a higher authority that breathed life into your soul at your beginning and decreed that you should live it with good morals, good ethics, and a good heart that can truly make a difference in the lives of those around you.

In the memorable words of Mother Theresa:

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

I'd like to end with a prayer, a Muslim ayah (verse 286 from Suratul Baqara) from the Quran:

On no soul doth God place a burden greater than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns. (Pray:) Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us; Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; help us against those who stand against faith.

I ask you today once again to respect life, for there is no greater gift. Respect life, yours and the lives around you. For when we lose respect for life, we lose respect for humanity, and when we lose respect for humanity, we lose respect for God's creation, and when we lose that, we have lost everything.

Suzy Ismail is a Visiting Professor at DeVry University in North Brunswick, New Jersey and is the author of When Muslim Marriage Fails: Divorce Chronicles and Commentaries. This article has been adapted from remarks made in the Princeton University Chapel for Respect Life Sunday. It was originally published in Public Discourse.

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Nuns issue statement defending billionaire contraceptive campaigner Melinda Gates
by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman Thu May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A group of Ursuline nuns whom billionaire Melinda Gates had claimed in a recent speech supports her campaign to inject tens of millions of women in impoverished countries with Depo-Provera and other contraceptive drugs, has issued a statement defending Gates and the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, while simultaneously claiming to support Catholic moral teaching.

Gates recently told Newsweek that the nuns at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas, where she once attended school, were delighted to hear about her plans to initiate a global contraceptive campaign and contacted her to tell her: "We're all for you. We know this is a difficult issue to speak on, but we absolutely believe that you're living under Catholic values."

"It was just so heartening," Gates said of the phone call, which she says the Ursuline nuns made to her hotel room in Berlin, where she had just announced her intentions at a TEDxChange conference in early April.

In a statement on the matter issued yesterday to "employees, parents, students, alumnae, and other members of our school community" and obtained by LifeSiteNews.com, Academy President Margaret Ann Moser says that the nuns are "proud of Melinda French Gates, her dedication to social justice, her compassion for the underserved, and the great work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."

"Melinda Gates leads from her conscience, and acts on her beliefs as a concerned citizen of our world," adds Moser, explaining, "The mission of Ursuline Academy of Dallas is to educate young women for such leadership."

While claiming that "Ursuline is committed to the moral and doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church" and recognizing that "Melinda's beliefs on birth control are different from those of the Catholic Church," the sisters nonetheless say they "respect her right" to "speak from her research and experience of the world we live in."

The nuns do not address Gates' claim that they endorsed her contraceptive campaign. A spokeswoman for the Ursuline Academy of Dallas told LifeSiteNews.com that "Ursuline Academy is not participating in interviews or other discussion of Ms. Gates' remarks or the statement. The attached statement is the extent of Ursuline's comment at this time."

As LifeSiteNews.com reported on Tuesday, Gates says her goal is to make contraceptives available to 120 million women by 2020, using a $4 billion budget.

The injectable contraceptive favored by the Gates Foundation is Depo-Provera, which can cause early abortions by preventing a newly-conceived embryo from attaching to the uterine wall. It is also associated with numerous dangerous medical conditions, including bone loss, increased risk of blood clots, breast cancer, cervical cancer, increased herpes susceptibility, memory loss, and other disorders, many of which are acknowledged by the U.S. Food and Drug administration.

In her Newsweek interview and in her April speech at the TEDxChange conference, Gates claimed that women in Africa are clamoring to be injected with contraceptive drugs. She also says she wants to develop a class of non-hormonal contraceptive implants that permanently reside in the woman's body and can be activated and deactivated at will. She denies she is engaging in population control and claims that her agenda has nothing to do with abortion.

When an interviewer at the Berlin TEDxChange conference asked Gates if the Ursuline nuns "are going to be horrified, or are they cheering you on?" regarding her campaign, Gates responded: "Well, I know they're going see the TED Talk, because they know that I'm doing it, and I plan to send it to them. And, you know, the nuns who taught me were incredibly progressive."

Contact information:

Diocese of Dallas
3725 Blackburn St.
Dallas, Texas 75219
Phone: (214) 528-2240
Fax: (214) 526-1743
info@cathdal.[email protected]

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Late-term healthy twins counted as "severe fetal anomaly" for abortionist Tiller: former prosecutor
by Kathleen Gilbert Wed May 09, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Phill Kline may know more about the dark underbelly of the abortion business than any other man in America.

The only prosecutor ever to bring charges against Planned Parenthood, Kline, a former Attorney General of Kansas and D.A. of Johnson County, started by investigating child rape, but found more than he bargained for as he dug deeper into the records of Kansas late-term abortionist George Tiller and the local Planned Parenthood affiliate.

"The evidence I found is not unique. It's just that no one is looking," Kline said during a talk in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

The attorney described how late-term abortionist George Tiller, whose career ended with his murder three years ago, would contort the meanings of legal restrictions on late-term abortions beyond recognition.

"We had at one point an exception that allowed late-term abortions on viable children if there was a severe fetal anomaly. Dr. Tiller found a 'severe fetal anomaly' in instances involving cleft palate, Down Syndrome, and healthy twins," he said.

'The logic of it is clear: twins are an anomaly, are they not? And they can have a severe economic impact on the family. That's what happens to the law when you don't believe in truth."

Tiller also had an unorthodox application for an exception for when a pregnancy imposes "severe and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function."

"We have him on tape explaining this," said the lawyer. "The mind is a substantial part of the body. The child will likely outlive the mother in life expectancy. Since the mother will worry about the child, affecting the mind most likely for the remainder of her life, she is suffering from severe and irreversible damage to a major bodily function, that of the mind."

Tiller once claimed to have aborted at least 60,000 unborn children.

The Tiller discoveries came as part of Kline's child rape investigations against Planned Parenthood in 2007, when he filed 107 charges, including 23 felonies, against the local affiliate. Kline says that out of 166 records of girls impregnated under 13 years old, abortion clinics had reported only two as instances of child rape, when the law required that all be reported. The two that were reported, he said, had already hit the media at the time.

Kline described his shock he felt as his investigations deepend and both the judicial system and local media turned on him, in tandem with Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant poured millions into defending itself, said Kline, because a conviction would mean the loss of $350 million in federal taxpayer funds.

Now, Kline is fighting an attempt to have his law license indefinitely suspended. One argument being used against him, he said, is that it was "unethical" to investigate child rape without the victim asking for one - and another is based on his "conflict of interest"? for being personally pro-life while investigating abortion.

"It's Alice through the looking glass. It only gets curiouser and curiouser, where up is down and down is up, and then law becomes about brute power," he said.

"And that's why those who can't be seen because they're in the womb, those who don't count in electoral votes, those who can't write checks, are forgotten in our society and neglected - just as the raped woman or the exploited woman who feels she has no choice but to have an abortion."

Kline emphasized the critical need to elect local prosecutors willing to take on unregulated abortion businesses.

He referred to the "House of Horrors" Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was only prosecuted because of a DEA search warrant on drug abuse based on his sale of scrips. Gosnell's is now on trial for the murder of several babies killed with scissors to the back of the neck after being born alive during abortions.

"There are more Doctor Gosnells than the one being prosecuted," said Kline.

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"I did the right thing by not aborting": video of young mom with disabled baby goes viral
by John Jalsevac Thu May 10, 2012

May 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) ?¢?? A seven-minute video of a young mother who says she knows she did the right thing by not choosing to abort her handicapped son, has gone viral, spreading a powerful pro-life message across the internet.

When Rebecca Downs, a pro-life activist who writes for LiveActionNews.com, saw the video on Youtube several days ago, she said it had 90,000 views: now it has over 260,000, and that number is climbing fast. Another version on Godtube has been viewed 62,000 times.

The mother's name is Lacey Buchanan, who hails from Woodbury, Tennessee. In the low-key video Lacey hugs her sons, Christian, while holding up a series of written messages to the camera, which tell her and her baby's story.

Lacey explains that a couple years after she got married at the age of 21, she learned she was expecting. But soon after her first ultrasound, she and her husband got a telephone call telling them that something was wrong with their baby.

While doctors weren't even sure if Christian would live until birth, he did survive: but things were even worse than they anticipated.

Christian, who was born in February 2011, suffered from Tessier cleft lip and palate, which prevented him from closing his mouth, as well as cleft eyes, meaning that he was completely blind. Lacey says the condition affects only 50 in the world, and requires extensive surgery.

"We didn't know what to do, or how to raise a child who couldn't see," she says.

But even worse, she continues, were the judgmental comments and stares that she received every time she brought her son out in public.

"One girl even told me I was a horrible person for not aborting Christian in utero," she writes.

But, she explains, as Christian grew older he started to laugh and play and giggle. "When people would stare, Christian would start giggling. And they would giggle too," she says.

As time passed, things have gotten a lot easier, she says. People who heard about Christian started reaching out to her. "People started telling me how Christian inspired them. And how beautiful he is."

Now, she says, "Christian is growing and gealthy."

Lacey writes on her blog that she has been completely taken aback by the attention her video has received.

"I'm absolutely blown away by the response that the video has had. I never imagined it would be this big," she writes, "but I have definitely learned a lesson in not underestimating God's ability to use people."

"I'm humbled and awestruck with the fact that God is using my son to fulfill His purpose! I just can't wait to see how He uses Christian in the future!"

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I was wondering just how the Hell this thread has managed to stay out of the crypt. Now I see that this is just a matter of this thread's mama going nuts with the defibrillator.

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Please remind me tigger how your opinion even matters? Unless you want to try and justify their slaughter again. Or tell me they are not alive. Those are pretty much your only two choices. Unless you go for the mother gets a second option on her choices.

TigerTime wrote:
I was wondering just how the Hell this thread has managed to stay out of the crypt. Now I see that this is just a matter of this thread's mama going nuts with the defibrillator.


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TigerTime wrote:
I was wondering just how the Hell this thread has managed to stay out of the crypt. Now I see that this is just a matter of this thread's mama going nuts with the defibrillator.



Propaganda machine, away!

*superhero music*

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