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Pro Life thoughts in a pro choice world through the eyes of a convert. I took early retirement after working in the social work and Human Resources fields but remain active by being involved in pro life education, lobbying and speaking .



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-26-14

by Susie Allen, host of the blog,Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
At First ThingsJ.D. Flynnpens a beautiful response to noted atheist Richard Dawkins’ controversial Tweet about the “immorality” of allowing children with Down syndrome to be born. As an adoptive father of two children with Down syndrome, Flynn’s post is a must read: 
You've often said that people who disagree with you should “go away, and learn how to think.” I"ve tried to learn to think, over the years, but perhaps I am naive in some ways. But one of things I’ve concluded is that ethical philosophy can’t be done in a sterile environment — that our humanity, our intuition, our empathy, in fact, must be recognized as a source of ethical insight if we want to think well. Perhaps you believe that your position on abortion and down syndrome is logically valid. But I wonder if you’re kept awake at night by the revulsion that comes with being the champion of killing.

At Live Action News, secular pro-lifer Sarah Terzoalso responds to Dawkins by pointing to studies affirming the overall positive attitudes of children with Ds, along with their parents and siblings. Terzo contrasts these attitudes with those of people who were surveyed when they sought amniocentesis to detect Down syndrome (some of their responses pictured, left). Nearly all decided that if their child had the condition, they would abort:
You have to wonder how these parents would react if their “normal” child turned out to have a learning disability or just is less of an overachiever- not as perfect as they want him to be. The sanctity of human life has been defeated by a consumer culture where women have amniocentesis in order to decide whether or not a baby is acceptable to be born, as if they were purchasing a pair of shoes and looking for the most comfortable and attractive ones.

After a defeat by Republicans this past April, Pro-Life Wisconsin has enlisted new pro-life help to try and make Choose Life license plates available to Wisconsinites. PLW is hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court will “take on a lower court case that addresses the free speech rights of Americans who want to purchase ‘Choose Life’ license plates.”

Ethika Politika shows an example of media being called out on their distortion and misinformation with regards to life issues.

In a similar vein, Right to Life of Michigan spanks the editorial board of the Traverse City Record Eagle for their inaccurate editorial and lack of research on “citizen-initiated abortion insurance legislation” which was promoted by RTL MI.

At Life Site News, Jason Jones reviews the new movie The Giver with impassioned words about the sterile, emotionless, engineered utopia: 

The_Giver_lifeThe world of The Giver is what people seek when they vote for men like Barack Obama, send checks to Planned Parenthood, and slap “Coexist” bumper stickers on their Volvos. It’s theirMecca, their Shangri-La, their New Jerusalem.

No wonder liberal critics are trashing The Giver. It tips their hand. It reveals too much, too soon, about the dream of the Culture of Death — whose goal isn’t really death, per se. Our enemies don’t want to kill babies and old people, cripples and retarded children, out of a sheer homicidal glee. Were we facing foes like Genghis Khan whose only plan was to heap up pyramids of skulls, our task would be far simpler.

Instead, we fight a set of people with no sharp edges or pointy helmets. They do not love death. They’re afraid of life. They see human existence as nothing more than a drawn-out tale of suffering and disappointment, that ends in an unmarked grave and eternal oblivion.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-22-14

 from Jill

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

Americans United for Life remarks on the Iowa court win upholding the ban on webcam abortions in the state. The ban was put in place by the Iowa Board of Medicine: During the litigation, Planned Parenthood admitted that, under its preferred method of chemical abortion, a physician never physically meets with a woman. Moreover, staff members — such as certified medical assistants (CMAs) — conduct physical exams or ultrasounds instead of doctors or other licensed healthcare providers.

Big Blue Wave caught President Obama’s recent press conference addressing the massacre of innocents. Consider Obama’s statements in light of his support for the nation’s largest abortion chain as well as his defense of partial birth- and live birth abortion, and they are stunning.

A Culture of Life has some strong words for a new website in New Zealand created not to expose doctors who perform abortions, but to harass medical professionals who express pro-life views:
On Sunday, ALRANZ launched a new website called “My Decision” which aims to intimidate and bully pro-life doctors through naming them and publishing women’s stories about their experiences with “hostile or unhelpful health professionals.”
Through the website ALRANZ wants to take options away from women by publishing the names of these individuals and organisations. By doing this, it is being inferred that they are archaic, putting their own beliefs over and above good medicine, good science. But these pro-life health professionals and crisis pregnancy centres are being honest, not only about their beliefs, but the science and medical evidence which shows that human life begins at the moment of fertilization and that some so-called contraceptives are abortifacient.

At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal responds to the viral news about noted atheist Richard Dawkins (pictured above) who recently claimed on Twitter that it is “immoral” not to abort a child with Down syndrome:
One can scarce envision a population more given to unconditional love than the Down Syndrome community. Those such as Dawkins, who reject the very idea that there is a God who is love itself, who advocate the slaughter of babies for want of something that approximates normal function, are those most in need of love themselves. There is something in them that was frustrated along the way, perhaps the perception that their love was not welcome in those to whom it should have flowed, and from whom they should have received that love which could have completed what was lacking in them.

Live Action News and Operation Rescue share the news that today, notorious creator of partial birth abortion Dr. Martin Haskell, will perform his last surgical abortion at his Sharonville, Ohio, clinic.

Bound4Life posts the testimony of a post-abortive mother, meant to encourage pro-lifers to continue praying and witnessing for life.

Pro-Life in TN has video of a recent meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly in which it is revealed that the TN Department of Health does not license or regularly inspect abortion clinics – unlike surgical centers. This leads to a “let the buyer beware” situation for women seeking abortions who enter under the false assumption that they have some assurance of safety:

Pro-life blog buzz 8-22-14

Pro-life blog buzz 8-22-14

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Video from DOH testimony... no licensing requirement for abortion facilites in TN

 The battle lines are heating up in TN. In November there will be a amendment on the ballot known as Amendment One. This seeks to restore to the people of Tennessee the right to once again the  right to speak through their elected legislators and put regulations around abortion.

 Planned Parenthood and the ACLU had sued the state to remove the restrictions, such as informed consent, waiting periods, and requiring later term abortions to be done in hospital settings. Based on the precedent an abortionist who operates two facilities in Tennessee went to court  and successfully sued to strike down the requirement that abortion facilities be licensed as other sane day surgery centers and submit to annual inspections. As a result, half of those businesses in Tennessee which advertise and provide abortion services, are not licensed by the Tennessee Department of Health.

In the PR battle, abortion facilities are claiming this is not true but thanks to the filming of our General Assembly committee meetings as well as sessions, citizens have the opportunity to hear it for themselves.

State Representative  Dr. Joey Hensley, is asking a simple question of the representative from the Department of Health testifying on the issue.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-19-14

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

Wesley J. Smith responds to the recent Washington Post opinion piece opposing the use of the phrase “difficult decision” to describe abortion:
With this kind of advocacy increasing, it is clear now that pro-abortionists also want Roe v. Wade overturned. Why? Roe permitted limits.
In contrast – as I have written – a ruling that protects abortion as necessary to protect sexual equality would permit abortion through the ninth month – if not beyond – with the only regulations permitted being those required for basic sanitation.
After that, the next step would be to require free abortion, either paid by the state or required as coverage under Obamacare. Pro-abortionists believe that women won’t really be free until they are guaranteed the right to a dead fetus.

At Priests for Life, Kevin Burke, who has a men’s post-abortion ministry, clarifies his controversial post about the late Robin Williams (pictured above) as a post-abortive father: 
My previous blog focused on the possible relationship between Robin Williams’s very public struggle with addiction and a previous abortion loss. I have since learned that some saw this as an exploitation of his tragic death.
How did I come to write this piece? As I read of Williams’s death, his addiction struggle was prominent in many articles I was reading… but with no mention of his abortion loss in the 1970’s. I saw this as an opportunity to draw attention to something I have learned in my 20 years’ experience in after-abortion recovery ministry; people often self-medicate the very painful and complex emotions and memories of their abortion experience with drugs and alcohol. This sometimes leads to serious addiction issues at great personal cost and also brings pain and suffering upon their loved ones.
At Bound4Life, Josh Shepherd contrasts the stiff penalties imposed on pro-lifers’ free speech with the lack of penalties received by abortionists who flout the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (like Kermit Gosnell). Star Parker of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) “is laser-focused on getting Congress to give the Born Alive Infants Protection Act a second look, most recently meeting with key leaders on Capitol Hill.”

At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla posts his six reasons why pro-lifers should stop ceding the hard cases as reasons to allow abortion – for instance, in the case of rape, which is one of the most compelling.

Secular Pro-Life has a post about the hijacking of the term “feminism” by radical abortion supporters: 
I’ll close with a personal confession, which I’ve been wanting to write about for a while, and now seems like a good opportunity: when I see an organization or campaign about “women’s health,” I always dig to see if it’s an abortion group before expressing any support. And that disgusts me. I’m a woman. Women’s health is my health!! How did we get to the point where I have to be suspicious of my health?! But my suspicions are justified, because the phrase “women’s health,” like “feminism,” has been hijacked by people with values that are starkly opposed to those of 57% of the female population of the United States.
Yes, it’s beyond frustrating, and I understand why some people just throw their hands in the air and reject feminism. But I’m convinced that the better response is to reclaim it!
Pro-Life Action League posts one of the videos from the recent Converted Conference which features Catherine Adair. Adair had an abortion and became a radical feminist, working for Planned Parenthood. In this 45-minute video, she discusses what she witnessed as a PP employee, along with the heart and mind conversion that took place in her life after leaving the abortion industry.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-12-14

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

Culture Campaign reports on a new study from Northwestern University which “compar[ed] the birth rates of abortion advocates to the rest of Americans” and “conclude[d] that the shift in public opinion from pro-choice to pro-life since Roe v. Wade is the result of a demographic shift: Pro-abortion women don’t have as many children, or perhaps none.”

Big Blue Wave says Canadian pro-life sidewalk counselor Linda Gibbons has again been arrested for standing on the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic holding her sign and pamphlets. Apparently, this action warranted an over-the-top response from police, who arrived “in four cruisers, as well as three Garda World security cars and [with] two sheriff’s officers, to take the diminutive grandmother into custody at around 11:30 a.m., some two-and-a-half hours after she first appeared at the site, pacing back and forth with pamphlets in hand.” BBW responds to the arrest: 

That so many police officers and security were needed to arrest this little old lady is laughable. What, they expected a riot? Has she ever resisted arrest? Has she ever made a fuss? You’re a joke, Pro-Choice. Your injunction is a joke. Your fear of free speech is a joke. I’m glad Linda Gibbons is making a laughing stock out of you.

American Life League’s Judie Brown has some strong words for a society that would have the audacity to support a pro-abortion ad featuring a mother and her child

The young mother and her daughter look lovingly into the camera as the mother explains that she wants her daughter to have the same “choices” she has had in her lifetime. This young mother wants her daughter to be able to decide to choose the abortion of a child in the future because she, the mother, could have aborted her daughter if that had been her decision. The choice is what is important, she is saying, not what the result of the choice could be — life or death of a human being.

My question is this: How have we as a society come to a point in our cultural attitudes where aborting a baby is something so commonplace that opposition — even politically motivated, weak opposition — is viewed as radical, extreme, and out of step with mainstream America?…
If this is what we have become as a society, how can we rail against the atrocities of groups such as ISIL. Are we any better?

Live Action revisits Planned Parenthood’s “Take Care Down There” website in light of the new information about the organization’s questionable encouragement of risky sexual behavior and BDSM practices among teens.

Clinic Quotes shares remarks from abortionist and OB/GYN, Marciana Wilkerson (who apparently retired well; pictured above with husband Dwight Ford). Wilkerson reveals how she deliberately hid her abortion practice from people:
What we did to protect me in private practice was, if someone called and asked for an abortion on the phone and she wasn’t one of our patients, the staff politely told her that I didn’t perform that service…. But if they knew who she was, they bring her in and I’d speak to her face-to-face. There was a big need for it; women would usually come and say “can you refer me to someone?” And they were thrilled when they found out I could offer the service and not send them out.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition posts a timely anti-euthanasia commentary by Wesley J. Smith. To literally die of thirst – as in the case of the Yazidi in Iraq at the hands of ISIS, or in the case of Terri Schindler Schiavo – is, says Smith, “an awful, horrific death.” He quotes Washington Post health writer Larry Bernstein:
The body is about 60 percent water, and… if it’s not replaced over time and dehydration becomes severe, cells throughout the body will begin to shrink as water moves out of them and into the blood stream, part of the body’s efforts to keep the organs in fluid….
Changes in mental status will follow, including confusion and ultimately coma…. As the brain becomes smaller, it takes up less room in the skull and blood vessels connecting it to the inside of the cranium can pull away and rupture. Without water… [k]idney failure will soon lead to disastrous consequences and ultimately death as blood volume continues to fall and waste products that should be eliminated from the body remain.

Smith remarks that in light of this information, we should think of those like Terri Schiavo: 

Oh, and notice what [Dr. Jeffrey] Berns said about the size of the brain after dehydration: Terri’s shrunken brain was touted as proof she could feel nothing. Remember?

People in cognitively disabled conditions may not be able to cry out and beg for food–although I know of at least one case where that happened – because they don’t have the ability. But that doesn't mean on the inside, unless given powerful drugs – Terri Schiavo wasn’t given that courtesy – they aren’t feeling the same pain as those poor people on the Iraq mountain.

[Gibbons photo via LifeSiteNews; Wilkerson/Ford photo via Facebook]

Friday, August 8, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-8-14

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

Wesley J. Smith says the bioethics community is finally beginning to criticize artificial reproduction techniques like IVF – but not for the reasons you might think:
"But now, in the ever more radical Journal of Medical Ethics, Cristina Richie, of Boston College’s Department of Theology, argues that these technologies should be regulated to limit the number of children – called “carbon legacies,” as a means of fighting climate change."
Smith opines:
"I don’t know if Richie coined the term, but it is ridiculous. Children are children, not bundles of carbon producers…. No, grim is the exploitation of surrogates in biological colonialism and the eugenic impetus that has sunk its fangs deep into the heart of the industry. In the face of such human objectification, sorry, I can’t get upset about global warming."

Reflections of a Paralytic highlights a growing craze from GoFundMe – funding IVF treatments with prizes attached for each level. The New York Post noted two of the campaigns, with one (prizes pictured left)
standing out as a perfect example of exploiting children even before they are conceived.

ProWomanProLife quotes research linking certain types of birth control pills to an increased risk of breast cancer. What pesky timing, when the abortion industry is pivoting from abortion talk to contraception talk: 
Women taking newer formulations of birth control pills could face a 50 percent or higher increased risk of breast cancer than those not using oral contraceptives, according to a study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists.
Pro-Life Wisconsin is happy to announce the rescinding of a free speech restriction in the capital city:
Citing a lawsuit by Madison pro-life advocates, and reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCullen v. Coakley striking down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life witnesses and sidewalk counselors in the public way to remain 35 feet from the entrance to an abortion clinic, the Madison Common Council last night unanimously repealed their own anti-speech zones created by an ordinance passed in March.
At National Review, Michael J. New discusses the pro-choice movement’s effort to rebrand themselves as something other than “pro-choice.” New believes the reason for this is that they are “struggling to find messaging that will engage young voters, while pro-lifers continue to make quiet inroads among young adults.”

Saynsumthn’s Blog comments on the announced winners of the Excellence in Media “Maggie Award” from Planned Parenthood, named after their eugenicist founder, Margaret Sanger. One winner, pro-choice feminist writer and NARAL board member Jessica Valenti, called for a “safe sex f***-in” inside Hobby Lobby’s “glitter aisle[s]” (photo and tweet pictured right) following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the company’s right to refuse providing abortifacient drugs in employee insurance packages.

Another winner? Cosmopolitan, that paragon of feminist empowerment, with their plethora of articles on how to sexually please men. (Standards for the award must be pretty low.)

At our newest blogroll addition, the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, Jonathon Van Maren debunks an article written by the aforementioned “safe sex Hobby Lobby f***-in” supporter Jessica Valenti (who has time to tweet but apparently no time for research), in which she claims the pro-life movement is dying:
"Basically, Valenti claims every pro-life tactic—from sidewalk counselling (which features evil bullies that, if you listen to her, closely resemble Disney villains), to Crisis Pregnancy Centres (where quack science such as embryology is used), to legislation restricting abortion clinics (because we don’t care for butcher shops like Gosnell’s House of Horrors, or any other dead-baby-producing establishment) — is a sign of demented desperation.
Actually, based on our track record thus far, it is simply a sign of smart strategy combined with a helpful thing called “the truth,” which in regards to abortion, can be found in any embryology textbook which Valenti has not read. If she wants to write about the pro-life movement, she might want to actually take a closer look at our movement so she knows what’s going on. She’d still be outraged, sure. But she’d be less bewildered.
One final point: The only way the anti-abortion movement will “end” is if abortion “ends” and our culture stops glorifying as a right this barbaric version of in-utero infanticide. Which isn't all bad for Ms. Valenti, I suppose. She will have occasion to write many more such columns."

[Valenti photo via, Tweet via ]

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-5-14

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

Bound4Life writes about Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the state of Arizona in which they are seeking to prevent the enforcement of legislation that would require them to prescribe the chemical abortion pill RU-486 according FDA safety guidelines. So much for caring about women’s safety.

ProLifeBlogs links to a story from Soconvivium about an Ohio Planned Parenthood abortion clinic that was fined $25K for “shocking” health violations. These stories are becoming more and more common – and less and less shocking:
"These stories are no longer all that shocking because freestanding abortion facilities often slum it in terms of adhering to medical regulations. As the Kermit Gosnell story illustrates, state regulators often ignore abortion mill violations."
At First Things, Michael J. New says there are reasons for optimism, despite a judge’s recent ruling striking down Alabama’s admitting privileges law: 
"The 11th circuit may look to the 5th circuit for guidance, as they have recently considered the constitutionality of two similar laws. They upheld a Texas law requiring admitting privileges for abortion doctors, but struck down a similar law in Mississippi. However, the fact that the Mississippi law would have likely resulted in the closing of the lone abortion center in the state weighed heavily on the judges. However, since there are abortion doctors with admitting privileges in Alabama, this law would not close every clinic in the state. Furthermore, in their ruling on the Texas law, the 5th circuit did not find that increasing the travel distance to obtain an abortion posed an undue burden. Time will tell."
Kansans for Life notes that a recently closed abortion facility blames the state law requiring informed consent – that medically accurate information must be given to women and girls considering abortion. However, on their website, the facility went so far as to insult Republicans (“They are stupid. Let’s vote them out of office.”) in the introductory paragraph before posting the required information. They also posted screed that would make Amanda Marcotte proud: 
"Aid for Women so hated having to post the statement, “The abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being” on their website’s consent form, that they added this ‘commentary’:
This [statement] is untruthful because the fetus is quite dependent upon, not separate from, the maternal placental oxygen and nutrient acquisition and kidney’s waste disposal. The word “whole” implies “complete” but the fetus is not truly completed until birth. Also, cancer is unique, human and living, yet not deserving of life."
So much for expecting an abortion facility to provide medically accurate information.

Clinic Quotes shares a 2004 statement from former Planned Parenthood President, Gloria Feldt, who refused to participate in a TV interview discussing the murder of abortionist Bernard Slepian after the program host asked a National Right to Life representative to join the discussion: 
"But by air time, the host had found a representative from the National Right to Life committee to oppose me. “To be fair,” she explained… Fairness, my eye. Would you have gay bashers on to “debate” the murder of Matthew Shepard? Give Al Qaeda operatives airtime to present their views in defense of the bombing of the World Trade Center? Sociopaths don’t deserve this kind of attention."
At Live Action, Becky Yeh says Planned Parenthood should be turning 50 shades of pink over their promotion of abuse – romanticized in the novel 50 Shades of Grey – to teens as sex education:
"Like Christian Grey, Planned Parenthood whisks away naive, inexperienced young girls like Anastasia Steele through charisma and curiosity. Though Steele is punished and abused through the BDSM relationship, Grey has no intention of loving her. Teens are tricked to hand over their virginity, like Steele, in order to be subjected to torture and abuse in the name of pleasure. The crux of 50 Shades affirms that.
Consider how Planned Parenthood caters its sex education materials to young people. Under guise of safety, the organization’s promotion of abortion-inducing drugs, BDSM and other controversial sexual practices, is anything but safe. The organization continues to push the normalcy of dangerous sexual practices through its printed materials, education and through a panel of sexperts who encourage teens in dangerous 50 Shades type relationships. Not only does the organization have an ironclad grip on children at a local level, Planned Parenthood’s pen pals in the White House and state legislatures continue to enforce the institution’s pro-abortion ideology through legislation and funding. In fact, Planned Parenthood was a key sponsor of a seminar for educators of teenagers titled “50 Shades of Safe,” which promotes BDSM relationships as safe and normal.
Live Action‘s latest SEXED investigations further expose Planned Parenthood’s dangerous sex advice for kids. The series under covers Planned Parenthood counselors teaching teens how to whip and torture their partner, visit local adult sex shops and view pornography secretly. Teens are counseled to use handcuffs, watch “educational pornos,” tie their partner to a bed or tree, and even defecate on each other for sexual pleasure…."

[Photos via and]

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 8-1-14

from Jill

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

Suzy B links to an article in the New York Times discussing their efforts to teach politicians and pro-lifers in the public eye how to frame discussions on abortion and life issues.

ProLifeBlogs features Operation Rescue’s post regarding Planned Parenthood of St. Louis’ choice to make ambulance calls to a private service (despite slower response time than 911) in order to prevent pro-lifers from obtaining 911 call information under the Freedom of Information Act. Prior to this, Operation Rescue had been given a heavily redacted report of a PP ambulance call from the St. Louis Fire Department, which resulted in OR filing a lawsuit. Planned Parenthood’s decision puts the safety of women second to protecting their own supposedly “safe” image, as this particular clinic has had 26 known incidents in the past five years.

Saynsumthn’s Blog says Life Dynamics, Inc. has launched a national litigation plan “to educate attorneys on how they can help stop the scandal of family planning centers covering up for men who rape children.”

At The Vine, Breeanne Howe writes about her experience attending a forum entitled, “Does God Love Women Who Get Abortions?” at a Netroots Nation convention. Netroots is known as a “progressive” online and in-person forum for using technology to influence public debate. Given that Democrats booed the idea of any inclusion of God in their official platform, Howe thought the topic would be interesting – and it was. She says the forum’s title question was the only thing the panel seemed to get right: yes, God loves women who have abortions. Howe also exposes the less-than-Christian views espoused by the purported Christians on the panel, along with the fact that abortion advocates are finding it necessary to change their euphemisms for supporting abortion:

"When I arrived, panelist Carolyn Meagher (who isn’t sure she buys the resurrection story!), of First Congregational United Church of Christ (a self-described progressive, inclusive, spiritually alive servant community), was speaking about how churches seek to keep women down. She called it “Kitchen, Church, Kids” which she for some reason shortened to KKK and then equated with Nazi Germany. So to recap, five minutes into the panel the traditional church had been compared to Nazis. We were obviously at the start of an interesting ride….
My suspicion about Meagher was confirmed at the close of the panel. Democrats have a habit of changing their language when the current language is found out by the majority. In other words, once people understand they are talking about killing babies they need to use different words – as if saying it another way makes it something different. So in ending, Meagher reminded the audience that the term “reproductive justice” should be used instead of pro-choice. In that way they can justify baby murder as a human right."

[Photos via Operation Rescue, The Vine]

Friday, July 18, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-18-14

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

The Catholic View for Women says “CNN is reporting that, according to a study published in the journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (LNG-IUS) or progesterone-releasing IUD, may be associated with a higher than expected incidence of breast cancer.” The jury still appears to be out on this one, but CVW wonders if women will be given this information of potential risk:
What caught my eye, though, is that levonorgestrel, a hormone that regulates ovulation, is also the used in the Plan B contraceptive, better known as the morning after pill. Millions of American women are now going to receive the IUD and Plan B free, thanks to Obamacare, and most of them will have no idea they could be increasing their risk of breast cancer.
Is it possible that most women are unaware of the health risks associated with hormonal contraception in general?

A Drop in the Ocean notes a growing anti-child mentality among Americans, citing articles like “I’m Not Prejudiced, I Just Don’t Like 25% of Humanity”? and “26 Important Reminders Why Birth Control Exists.” In a world that denounces prejudices of all kinds, it appears that being prejudiced against children is considered acceptable. Perhaps it is true, as the author says, that “[h]ating kids doesn’t say anything about them, but it says a lot about you.”It seems odd to hate a people group to which all of us once belonged.

At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn says the tweaking of China’s One-Child Policy to occasionally allow a second child is a technical modification at best and does nothing to prevent sex trafficking: Allowing a relatively small number of families to have a second child will not end gendercide or sexual slavery in China. The selective abortion and abandonment of baby girls is most prevalent in the countryside, where couples already can have a second child if the first child is a girl. Even if the most recent modification were to improve gender ratios at birth, the impact on sexual slavery would not be felt for decades to come. What about all the women and girls who are being trafficked now? The TIP Report does not cite any effective new initiatives by the CCP to help current victims of sexual slavery.

Wesley J. Smith reports that the ACLU is currently “trolling for clients to become litigants in lawsuits aimed at breaking the backs of people who withhold ‘medical’ services based on their religion”. Since the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is federal law, the ACLU has instead decided to take the battle to the states: 

[T]he ACLU intends to force religious objectors to participate in… Abortions; Information about Washington’s Death with Dignity Act; Referral to support organizations or cooperating providers to assist a patient in using Washington’s Death with Dignity Act; Allow medical providers to participate in Washington’s Death with Dignity Act… Palliative care/nursing support for patients who choose to stop eating and drinking to allow natural death[e.g., participation in suicide by starvation, not a natural death]. Pharmacy dispensary [e.g, forced dispensing of drugs used in assisted suicide, RU 486 abortions, etc.]…

But the RFRA does not apply to state law! The ACLU troll for clients shows that we are about to see a concerted attack on religious freedom at the state level – with the intent to drive certain religious, pro life, and/or Hippocratic medical professionals out of medicine altogether, and break the spine of religious liberty in the name of reigning secular moral agendas imposed through the medical context.

[Cartoon via]

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-15-14

from Jill

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

The FRC Blog explains how Democrat Sen. Patty Murray’s hasty “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014″ bill is actually anti-civil rights, anti-constitutional, anti-business, anti-religion, anti-woman, and just downright discriminatory.

At National Review, Michael J. New says a new poll from Rasmussen – though it records greater pro-choice sentiment than pro-life – actually suggests that “pro-life sentiment has reached an all-time high”. He also writes that despite mainstream media’s effort to spin this year’s decrease in pro-life legislation in favor of abortion supporters, “2014 ranks as the tenth-most-productive year on record in terms of the number such laws passed” since Guttmacher began tracking the laws in the mid-80′s.
Expose Abortion shares a 2004 quote from abortionist Marilynn C. Frederiksen (pictured left), who admits that live-birth abortions can and do happen, despite abortionists’ efforts to end the life of the child in utero:
I have been unable in certain cases to actually put a needle into the heart for technical reasons or because the mother is obese or the fetus is in a particularly difficult position to gain access to the heart. When you put these agents not in the heart or near the heart, you can’t guarantee fetal death.
So the question is: what happens to the child in such cases? Does the abortionist then “guarantee neonate death” by committing infanticide?
Clinic Quotes shares a statement which demonstrates the odd mental gymnastics abortion advocates must perform when they choose not to value human life at all stages. Abortion supporter Lana Clarke Phelan is quoted:
Another cliche [used by doctors to refuse to do abortions] is the timeworn “life has begun and I cannot play god” bit, yet daily each doctor sees nothing unethical in excising a cancer, performing a vasectomy on a requesting male without question, or using antibiotics to frustrate the will of god regarding life and death.
Though this statement was made in 1968, we hear the same rhetoric today among many in the abortion advocacy camp. Knowing how far we have come in our ultrasound technology, it is startling that human life is still compared to a cancer.

At Live Action, Monica Kelsey (pictured right) says that as an adoptee, she did not learn of the circumstances surrounding her conception until she was an adult. Her story is a challenge to all those who consider themselves “pro-life with exceptions”:
This idea of every life having value is rejected by the pro-abortion movement, but you may be surprised to learn that it’s a common attitude of some pro-lifers as well. As a child conceived in rape, I am constantly reminded by some in the pro-life movement that I am expendable, an exception. As a result, I am compelled to prove my worth professionally and personally every day of my life as if I’m a less valuable member of society due to the nature of my conception. My question is simple: Why?
Why should I base my value on what others believe about the circumstances surrounding my creation? The answer equally is simple: I shouldn’t! But some in the pro-life movement have turned children conceived through rape into second class citizens for more than 41 years. This is an everyday struggle for me and others conceived in rape. It comes with its own set of challenges, which include the dehumanization of our very existence.
At Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Dr. William Toffler of Physicians for Compassionate Care writes that when a patient requests assisted suicide, it is really a cry for help and affirmation – not a request for death:
The truth is that we are not islands. How physicians respond to the patient’s request has a profound effect, not only on a patient’s choices, but also on their view of themselves and their inherent worth.
Abstinence Clearinghouse adds a benefit to abstinence that isn’t often mentioned – a greater likelihood of marital faithfulness:
Multiple studies have shown that individuals who remain abstinent before marriage have a better chance of remaining faithful in their marriage. When spouses are faithful within marriage, it allows the couple, and specifically the male, to build, save, protect, plan and prosper. So abstinence before marriage and faithfulness within marriage have historically protected the individual and society.

Big Blue Wave links to an Express article from the UK which exposes the practice of aborting disabled babies mere days before their due dates. Some MPs have expressed outrage at the news:
Conservative MP Fiona Bruce [pictured top left], co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group, said: “I do not understand how we can have a law which allows the life of a baby with a disability to be ended at full term. It is a graphic illustration of society’s inconsistency on disability.
After birth we work hard to ensure equality, but before birth we have laws to prevent the disabled taking their first breath. This medieval, cruel, discriminatory law must change.”
Labour MP Rob Flello [pictured bottom left] added: “We have a Jekyll and Hyde approach to disability. One one hand the entire country can be united in praise of paralympians. On the other we can permit the abortion of children at nine months simply for the crime of having a disability.”…
Last year a parliamentary commission called for change in the law after hearing rules even allowed abortions at 40 weeks on grounds of disability.
It learned that abortions can be carried out on babies with a cleft lip or club foot, conditions that can be rectified after birth. One doctor reported that on some occasions a wrong diagnosis had been given and the dead foetus was found to have no disability.

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