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The Hewlett Foundation's answer to global warming? Abort babies
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Sydney Abortionist spared jail
.. and she wouldn't even spare the unborn child's life when she could. *sigh*
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Marigolds, apples, pumpkins... it's that time of the year again. A time for change, for remembering the ones who have gone before us. The best time for past-life regression and seance. Also the only time when I'll make time to make colcannon, pumpkin pie, Teddy's orange n' pumpkin spice cake.. and have some close ones over for a simple feast and cider. Heh.
Merry Samhain, everyone!
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Charges expected in the case of the baby that was born alive at Hialeah abortion business in Florida
; Deputy police chief confirms decision should be announced in weeks
"My goal is to see that charges are filed," said Hialeah Deputy Chief Mark Overton yesterday. "The evidence reflects that this was a homicide. We're moving forward with that mindset. I believe our evidence has indicated (and) I think we have probable cause to bring charges."
The investigation was launched in July after investigators, on a tip, went to the "A Gynecologists Diagnostic Center" abortion business and discovered the remains of a baby in a red biohazard bag.
A search warrant issued in support of that case noted that the tipster provided the name of the little girl's mother, who had intended to have an abortion, and police officers met with her.
"The complainant advised on Thursday, 20 July 2006, at approximately 9:30 a.m. she arrived at the clinic for a pre-scheduled abortion. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the Complainant gave birth in the recovery room of the clinic. The complainant observed the baby moving and gasping for air for approximately five (5) minutes.
"The staff began screaming that the baby was alive; at which time. Ms. Belkis Gonzales cut the umbilical cord, threw it into a red bag with black printing. Ms. Gonzales then swept the baby, with her hands, into the same red bag along with the gauze used during the procedure," the search warrant said.
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New British figures show women having fourth abortions
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Nation's first all pro-life radio network make its debut November 6
"National Pro-Life Radio.Net is the first ever 24/7 radio network devoted to the pro-life cause," said Dr. Paul Schenck, who is CEO of the internet radio network and Executive Director of NPLAC on Capitol Hill. "You will hear from all the movers and shakers in the pro-life movement because NPLR.Net is the place where all the pro-life voices meet."
On the program roster is veteran pro-life attorney Stephen Peroutka, who is heard coast to coast as host of "Face the Truth", Fr. Frank Pavone, host of radio and television programs including "Life on the Line" and "Gospel of Life" and Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late MLK, Jr. Other program personalities include Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics, Kimberly Zenarolla, Executive Vice President of National Pro-Life Action Center, Michael Peroutka of Institute on the Constitution and Rev. Rob Schenck of Faith and Action.
"One of the most exciting components has got to be the Daily Life News program, anchored by Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union," said Dr. Paul Schenck. "This news program also spotlights every major development in the pro-life movement and includes a LifeNews.Com update radio broadcast with Jim Anderson."
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Baby Charlotte's blog censored!
According to Pro-life Blogs, an order was put out on the 20th of October by the British courts and Google's Blogger.com has deleted the website.
A new website has been set-up here
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Abortion don't hurt women?Part of me was destroyed
When I destroyed my own child, there is a very real part of me that was destroyed also. Something more than my own flesh and blood was taken at that time. My own personhood, the deepest part of who I am, had been seized, stolen from, killed, and destroyed as well. I sensed I had taken my child’s life as well as my own, but I was the one still left behind. In addition, now the fresh reality of being a murderer would surface. Now the mourning of my child would grieve and haunt me. This bondage of blood guiltiness and destruction is huge and affected not only me, but my relationships, especially that with my husband.
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'I'm sorry there wasn't a law in place that forced me to tell my parents'
"At the time, I did not want to be a mother, and I was terrified of pain.
"I was 24 to 26 weeks along when I had an ultrasound. I thought I was already too far along. I said to my friends: 'I don't want my parents to find out. I don't want my parents to know.'
"But the nurse put her hand on mine and said: 'Don't worry, we can still help you. Show up on Saturday downtown at the hospital, and we will help you.'
"It was still dark when I got to the hospital that morning. There were others. We went to the basement where they injected saline into my womb. All of us were in the room together. All of us going through labor. I asked the nurse: 'What do I do?' She said: 'You just stay there until you abort.'
"I was there all day. It was dark when I was driving home.
"I believe that any woman dealing with abortion does so in one of three ways: You compartmentalize, pretend they you did nothing wrong, or you seek forgiveness.
"After my abortion, I put a wall up. I continued to make mistakes. Abortion is so secretive that it allows you to do that.
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The Pill causes breast cancer
, say new study from Mayo Clinic
'Measurable and statistically significant' connection confirmed..
The study is available here
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Coat hangers painted on South Dakota's pro-life signs
"The people who did this do not stand up for women like me," said Kayla Brandt, a VoteYesForLife.com spokeswoman. "Vandalism like that reminds me that the pro-abortion movement didn't care about me when I was facing an unplanned pregnancy. And they still don't care about women like me now."
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Our sad time: British hospital burn bodies of aborted babies in trash furnace
Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has admitted using the hospital's incinerator to burn the bodies and says its because it can't afford the fees charged by a local crematorium.
An unnamed woman who had an abortion there learned about the hospital's policy and said she was appalled after finding out how Addenbrooke disposed of her baby's body.
The hospital told her it had a policy of "sensitive disposal" and said it did not burn bodies of babies from abortions at the same time as it incinerated trash.
"I am furious and very hurt," the woman told the Cambridge Evening News. "Imagine my horror when I discovered that my baby was incinerated in the same furnace as the hospital rubbish."
"Why should people like me and my partner suffer more because of this dreadful policy?" she asked.
Pro-life advocates interviewed by the Cambridge newspaper were shocked to learn what is taking place at the hospital.
"The fact they are now disposing of human remains like they would any other waste product shows what society and this hospital has come to," Michaela Aston, spokesman for pro-life charity Life, said.
"It is just so disgusting. What has happened to the dignity of the human being? It reflects increasingly certain people in society's attitudes to the unborn child just flushing them away, or burning them like any other waste," Aston told the newspaper.
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A new study at University of Rochester Medical Center have shown that embryonic stem cells cause tumors
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If you have positive experiences with pregnancy help centers, then share your stories with LDI's Project Fight Back! Project Fight Back!
would also like to hear your stories if you have negative experiences with Planned Parenthood. Were you once a Planned Parenthood customer or employee and had a personal experience that left you frightened, hurt or scared? Were your needs met? Were lies told?
Share you stories by sending an email
to Project Fight Back!
today. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2007.
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tells us why abortion in cases of rape is justifiable:
I think abortion is legitimized when the reason for the abortion is because of rape or incest. If you had a relation with a family member then, your unborn child would more then likely have serious mental or physical problems. This is because of genetic make-up, there are to many chromosomes that are alike in the sperm and the egg of relatives, so it causes deformation in the child. This just causes another problem in society if we let this baby live and the baby would be struggling everyday of its' life, abortion would solve this problem.
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"A woman died in my arms in 1963 with a wire coat hanger embedded in her uterus. And I vowed as she lay dying that I would fight these laws""Father of abortion movement" Bill Baird addresses NOW
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Feminism denigrates motherhood
, Archbishop warns
Commenting on the celebration of Mother's Day in Argentina, Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata said this week "the culture of extreme feminism, which is a culture of death and destruction of the family and of the natural order" strips motherhood of its true meaning.
Archbishop Aguer warned that "ultra-feminist ideologies" distort cultural traditions by treating motherhood as a burden and a problem, ignoring mothers who confront burdens and problems with joy.
He noted that feminism treats motherhood almost like a "curse in which the woman must free herself from the slavery of being a mother in order to live in authentic freedom, in accord with the impulses of her whims."
The true meaning of motherhood, he countered, is to discover its meaning for the woman, who initiates a special relationship with her baby long before birth, "long before seeing his face or holding him in her arms." For this reason, he went on, "the role of mothers is essential for the formation of the human person."
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Abortion and homosexual marriage "one and the same issue"
, says Alan Keyes
"Abortion does at the physical level what homosexual marriage does at the institutional level," he said, explaining that both go against what God intended.
Keyes, who was preceded by former Houston pastor Rick Scarborough and Pastor Laurence White of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, talked about numerous issues but focused mainly on the upcoming issues of Referred Law 6, which would ban almost all abortions in the state, and Amendment C, which would ban gay marriages, civil unions and "quasi-marital" relationships.
He said the court's ruling in Roe. v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision which affirmed women's right to have abortions, was unconstitutional.
"When the court touched the issue, they violated the constitution," he said.
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Florida appeals court has approved a teenager's request to have a secret abortion without her parents knowing
. The ruling, which overturns a local judge's decision, is exposing a problem in the state where virtually all of the waivers request to bypass parental notification are granted.
The unnamed teenager is about nine weeks pregnant and her parents don't know yet. She wants to get an abortion without her parents knowing, but she doesn't meet the intent of the judicial bypass.
The bypass is meant to be a provision that allows teenagers in problematic home situations involving abuse or potential abuse to get abortions without subjecting themselves to a threatening parent.
In this case, the teenager simply says she doesn't want to have her baby because she fears it will derail her future education plans.
Tallahassee before Circuit Judge Angela Dempsey ruled that the teen was not mature enough to determine on her own if an abortion was in her best interest and said she may not be aware of the risks abortion poses. In a 2-1 decision the 1st District Court of Appeal overturned that ruling Wednesday on appeal, the St. Petersburg Times reported.
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Abortion debate boils down to compelling individual stories
According to Ms., the women "signed to save lives and to spare other women the pain of socially imposed guilt ... to repeal archaic and inhuman laws ... (and) to help eliminate the stigma."
In an Associated Press story by David Crary, two of the petition signers tell their stories. One was a 17-year-old girl at the time of her abortion who, because of her decision, was able to finish high school and college and now aspires to go to law school. The other is a wife and mother of a 5-year-old who chose to have an abortion a year ago when she learned her child would grow up having Down syndrome. Neither woman says she regrets her decision. Their stories are certainly compelling. But so is this one.
The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., explores the topic of abortion in his book "Confronting the Controversies," based on a sermon series he preached. While preparing for his sermon on abortion, Hamilton invited members of his congregation to e-mail him personal accounts of how their lives had been affected by abortion.
One letter touched his heart more than the others. This woman got pregnant at 17. Her father made arrangements for her to get an abortion, and threatened to disown her if she didn't agree. The young woman defied her father, and moved to another state to get married and have her child. The family struggled financially and emotionally, and the couple eventually split. The woman raised her son as a single mother. Instead of regretting her decision, she shared how proud she was of the man her son had become. She called him a blessing to not only her, but to thousands. She signed the e-mail to Rev. Hamilton, "I love you, Mom."
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Parents grateful they chose life
Upon hearing the news that their 22-week-old unborn baby had a heart defect and showed signs of Down syndrome, Dennis and Sue Clark were asked just how heroic they wanted to be. More
The radiologist who looked at the ultrasound said their little baby might not make it to term, or if she did, she would only live about three hours.
The Omaha couple said they were in shock, but knew there was no choice but to carry their baby to full term and love her like they loved their other two children.
"I"'m sure what they were thinking is that they could do the abortion right then and there," Sue Clark said. "We told them that abortion was not an option."
The Clarks, parishioners at St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Omaha, knew raising a child with a disability would be challenging, but instead of giving up, they put their trust in God and looked forward to becoming parents again.
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WorldNetDaily's Jane Chastain on Ms. Magazine's stunning
"We had abortions" campaign..Ms. Mstakes
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"Abortion stops a beating heart"
130 South Dakota doctors endorsed Referred Law 6
Check out the VoteYesforLife.com TV ad here
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An abortion practitioner in Canada faces lawsuit from a woman who says an abortion he did on her went horribly wrong
. Karin Smith says Garson Romalis did an abortion on her in 2004 that caused her a stroke that left her with brain damage and other physical problems.
Smith was 18 weeks pregnant when she went to the British Columbia Women's Hospital in November 2004. Her baby was diagnosed with trisomy 13, a syndrome with multiple abnormalities that causes most babies to die shortly after birth.
In her lawsuit, Smith says Romalis said she needed a "three-day therapeutic termination procedure."
According to a report in The Province newspaper, the abortion was done on November 4 but Smith was in severe pain the next morning.
She "was awakened by severe pain in her lower back and her night and bedclothes were wet from perspiration, and [Smith] was unable to get out of bed without assistance," her lawsuit said.
Smith had intense pain for two weeks before doctors eventually diagnosed her with meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes usually due to the spread of an infection. She eventually had a stroke, which required open-heart surgery.
The events left her with permanent brain damage, arthritic pain, numbness in her fingers and toes, severe migraines, nausea, depression and anxiety, The Province newspaper reported.
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The abortion question: Do we have to right to harm the innocent, even if it's legal?
The "pro-choice" voices have done an incredible job of planting doubt in the minds of even the most level-headed people. They have turned the crime of murder into a political issue of individual rights. Many folks are now afraid of infringing on someone's "right to choose". My friends, listen. We have not the true right to choose to harm or kill the innocent. Period. Even if our misguided United States Supreme Court makes it legal to do so. Murder, by any other name, is still murder.
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Abortion. How can they call it a choice?
Elliot Institute's new unchoice campaign
exposes the lie..More here
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South Dakota abortion law parallels scientific understanding
, say CMA doctors
Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the 17,000-member Christian Medical Association and a family physician, said, "From a medical and ethical perspective, this law gets it right on every point. Some may challenge the law on ideological or political grounds, but when it comes to the law's scientific and ethical foundations, it is above reproach.
"The law confirms, for example, the indisputable biological fact that 'life begins at the time of conception.' The law confirms the embryological reality that pregnancy means a woman having a 'living unborn human being within her body throughout the entire embryonic and fetal ages of the unborn child from fertilization to full gestation and child birth.' These are basic scientific facts, and the only way around them is to attempt redefinition on ideological grounds. Unfortunately, some of our colleagues have resorted to redefining the facts in order to advance their political abortion agenda.
"Thanks to advances in medical science, we know today so much more about developing babies than doctors knew when the Supreme Court relied on their testimony in Roe v Wade. The development of advanced ultrasound technology and increased understanding of genetics and fetal pain have heightened our appreciation for the breathtaking complexity and vulnerabilities of the developing human being.
"We now know, for example, that a baby feels pain early in fetal development and at a much higher intensity than adults experience. We also know that infants can also survive at a much earlier age than was ever thought possible in 1973 when Roe v Wade was decided.
"Over two millennia ago, Hippocrates established the foundational principle of medical ethics that a doctor must only heal -- never kill. That's why doctors who take the Hippocratic oath plainly pledge, 'I will not perform abortions.' The South Dakota law simply returns medicine to these proven ethical principles that protect patients."
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Awesome.. with music by Nick Cannon
Hat tip: Jean Marie
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Pro-life pharmacy owners put God first in lives
As devout Catholics, they practice what they preach. When they got married in 1969, they did not use contraception, but followed natural family planning, David, 61, said. In the years that followed, three sons became part of their family.
When David became a pharmacist, he worked for several companies, but the couple decided in the mid-1970s to start their business. As owners, the couple decided not to sell birth control pills or other contraceptives, a practice to which they have kept for about 30 years now.
"We wanted to please God first before men," David said. "God's laws and our faith meant more than anything else."
The couple, who were born in Cuba and met each other in Tampa, do not know how many lives they have touched because of their pro-life witness, which is offered in English and in Spanish.
"Only God knows," David said.
But Carmen recalls one woman who came into the store who considered the fetus growing inside her as "real and alive," but her friends kept telling her to have an abortion because, if she didn't, she would be "crazy." The woman happened to see one of the pro-life signs at David's Pharmacy, Carmen said, and told her friends, "Somebody else doesn't think I'm crazy." And she decided to keep the baby.
"Because this issue has crossed the line into chemical abortion, which is the birth control pill, Depo-Provera, Norplant, RU-486, I consider it a privilege from God to stand up as a light among the darkness in this world," Carmen said. "Politically, I might not be able to changes these laws, but I can educate people."
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The man who killed his pregnant girlfriend, LaToyia Figueroa because she refused to succumb to his demands for an abortion has been convicted
In a nonjury trial, Judge Teresa Sarmina found Stephen Poaches guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Figueroa and her unborn child. Poaches was given a sentence of life prison without the possibility of parole.
Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega said Poaches wanted Figueroa to have an abortion and planned the killing in advance.
"He did not want this child to be born," Vega said, according to an AP report. "He planned it. He did it. And he almost got away with it."
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Catholics who won't perform abortions face pressure
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No abortion/breast cancer link
, says new Oxford study
A new study published in the October issue of the International Journal of Cancer
claims that induced abortions do not have any effect on a woman's risk of contracting breast cancer. However the article confirms previous research showing that carrying a pregnancy to term reduces a woman's risk.
Conducted by Dr. Gillian K. Reeves, of the University of Oxford, the study also found that having a baby has a protective effect for women.
"It is well established that pregnancies that end in a full-term birth ultimately confer a protective effect on breast cancer risk," Reeves wrote in the IJC research article.
At the same time, Reeves said that "the effect of incomplete pregnancies on the risk of breast cancer has been less clear" despite numerous research studies showing induced abortions increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.
"Overall, the findings provide further unbiased evidence of the lack of an adverse effect of induced abortion on breast cancer risk," Reeves concluded in the article.
The study contradicts numerous others
that have shown induced abortions clearly increase the risk of contracting breast cancer.
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The Daily Mail
reports that Baby Charlotte
faces foster care!
A severely disabled child whose parents fought a long legal battle to ensure she was kept alive is to be placed in foster care because her parents have been judged unfit to look after her.
Brain-damaged Charlotte Wyatt has confounded the predictions of doctors who wanted permission to switch off her life support machine and will turn three on Saturday.
Her parents Darren, 34, and Debbie, 25, ran up a £500,000 legal bill for the taxpayer as they fought for two years in the courts to force the hospital looking after her to ensure she was resuscitated.
Eventually, the Wyatts argued, she could be looked after at home. Their successful legal battle was hailed as a moral triumph by those who believe cost should be no object in keeping a child alive even if they require a lifetime of intensive care.
But despite now being well enough to leave hospital, doctors say she cannot go home to her mother or father as there is no stable two-parent home for her to go to.
Doctors say that neither Mr nor Mrs Wyatt, who both survive on benefits, would on their own be able to provide their daughter with the 24-hour care she needs.
And since February it is understood that social workers have been seeking foster parents willing to take on the heavy responsibility of looking after little Charlotte, who has the mental ability of the average 12-week-old baby. So far no-one has been willing do so.
This is really sad. Please keep Baby Charlotte in your prayers.
Hat tip: Marlowe's Shade
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States help pregnant teens avoid abortion
Three states give money directly to pregnancy resource centers so they can meet the practical needs of women dealing with unexpected pregnancy, thanks to the Positive Alternatives program.
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A rape survivor chooses life over abortion
Some people struggle with the abortion ban because they feel it has no compassion for rape victims. I am here to say that true compassion does not come from the choice to kill, but in the right to life. I chose life for my baby and I am convinced that she was meant to be here. There would be no one who could look her in the eyes and believe that she doesn't deserve life due to the choice of a man we never even knew.
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A father's reflections
Please accept my apologies, wonder what would have been
Would you've been a little angel or an angel of sin?
Tom-boy running around, hanging with all the guys.
Or a little tough boy with beautiful brown eyes?
I payed for the murder before they determined the sex
Choosing our life over your life meant your death
And you never got a chance to even open your eyes
Sometimes I wonder as a fetus if you faught for your life?
Would you have been a little genius in love with math?
Would you have played in your schoolclothes and made me mad?
Would you have been a little rapper like your papa da Piper?
Would you have made me quit smokin' by finding one of my lighters?
I wonder about your skintone and shape of your nose?
And the way you would have laughed and talked fast or slow?
Think about it every year, so I picked up a pen
Happy birthday, love you whoever you woulda been
All I thought was a dream (make a wish)
Was as real as it seemed (happy birthday)
All I thought was a dream (make a wish)
Was as real as it seemed
I made a mistake
I've got a millon excuses to why you died
Bet the people got their own reasons for homicide
Who's to say it woulda worked, and who's to say it wouldn't have?
I was young and strugglin' but old enough to be your dad
The fear of being a father has never disappeared
Pondering frequently while I'm zippin' on my beer
My vision of a family was artificial and fake
So when it came time to create I made a mistake
Now you've got a little brother maybe he's really you?
Maybe you really forgave us knowin' we was confused?
Maybe everytime that he smiles it's you proudly knowin' that your father's doin' the right thing now?
I never tell a woman what to do with her body
But if she don't love children then we can't party
Think about it every year, so I picked up a pen
Happy birthday, love you whoever you woulda been
Hat tip: Ashli
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Grandmother in Puerto Rico requests custody of pregnant granddaughter and her unborn child
.. saying that "life is from God" and that she does not agree that the Department of the Family - which currently has custody of her - should force her to have an abortion. The 10-year-old girl became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather.
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Abortion has a face
The first story is about a friend of mine that I will call Amanda (not her real name by the way) this happened last year so she was 17 and I was 16. She had been with her boyfriend on and off for a while and they were sexually active. One day I was over her house and she basically said she hoped she wasn't pregnant. It turned out that she and Jason (not real name) had had unprotected sex on more than one occasion and she was late. I wasn't shocked that they were having unprotected sex but I wanted to believe that she was smarter than that. After taking the test, it confirmed what we both knew. She was indeed pregnant. After telling Jason they decided that, as much as it would hurt them, she would get an abortion. Every day her stomach grew bigger and everyday her tears got heavier and heavier. After a long talk and a lot of tears they decided that they wanted to keep the baby. After a few break ups this quickly changed. In order for them to get one they had to get the permission legally since neither of their parents were aware of what was going on. They got permission to get it done and the date was set. Even though she was a junior in high school, with no job, and no way of providing for this baby I somehow thought she would keep this baby. I was over her house one day and her mother came in and asked about a pregnancy test she had found in her room. After trying to cover up the truth she was forced to take the test and of course it came up positive. Her mother told her that she would get an abortion the next day. After hours of hearing her plead to her mother to let her keep it, I too was emotionally exhausted. That night she called Jason who swore he would be there for her. When the time came for them to leave he wouldn't even answer the phone. I sat at their house and waited until I saw the car pull up. Upon reaching her I just held her as tight as I could. Her eyes were glazed over and hollow somehow as if there was no emotion whatsoever behind them. She told me about all the videos they made her watch and the papers that they made her sign but it could never be enough. "Nothing can prepare you to watch someone kill your child", she said. The only sign that she was even still alive were her moans in pain. No one had told her about the unbearable pain that the abortion was. She had passed out twice. To this day I don't think she ever recovered from it. The initials of what she had planned to name her child can be seen in small ways throughout her room. I never bring up what happened because it still causes tears.... even a year after.
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Reflections from a former anti-abortion activist
In my women's studies classes I learned about poverty and racism, about misogyny, about the history of birth control (or rather, control of birth control). I learned that for many women there are several important questions that come before whether or not a fetus is a life--questions such as, "Will this pregnancy cost me my life? Who will feed this child? Where is one person who will provide me with some support if I have this child?" I learned that two out of three women who have abortions say they cannot afford a child and half do not have a dependable partner with earning potential. In one study, Glen Stassen and Lewis B. Smedes, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, found a clear correlation between unemployment rates, healthcare costs, and abortion rates.
The more I learned the more I began to let go of my carefully held certainties. After my worldview took on a few more shades of gray, my friends started telling me about their abortions. I had to come to terms with the fact that the women against whom I had so emphatically protested in high school were good people, people I knew, people I would want for my friends. What to do with that? Love the sinner, hate the sin? Fairly easy to say in Christian theory, but my friends didn't seem like sinners. They seemed like girls who had fallen in love, or been taken advantage of, or even raped.
I started to wonder about sin, and why so much sin in the Christian tradition falls on women, centers around women's bodies.
By the end of college, my former certainty about abortion had completely deserted me. I had arrived at a place where I couldn't identify myself as pro-life any longer. I now believed in choice, but without advocating abortion. I still believed a fetus was a life--but I had come to understand there were other issues at stake, too. Was mine a pro-choice position? None of the pro-choice rhetoric with which I was familiar led me to believe it was; having once been a true believer in the pro-life movement, I found nothing in the rhetoric of the pro-choice movement that appealed to me or adequately stated my position.
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New York Daily News
publishes photos of unborn children through the lens of scientific photographer Lennart Nilsson. Titled "Life," the collection of oversize color images from Nilsson magnifies the wonders of the human body like never before. The article's author, Julian Kesner, suggests:
While such images won't quell the abortion debate anytime soon, their beauty alone deserves pause and admiration.
Hat tip: ProLifeBlogs
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American Life League disgusted with Ms. Magazine's "We had abortions" campaign
"It is beyond tragic that Ms. Magazine is encouraging women to celebrate an act of violence that has proven traumatic for millions of mothers and deadly for their innocent preborn children," said Judie Brown, president of American Life League
"Abortion does nothing positive for women. Each abortion kills a living, human being. It is disgusting that these abortion proponents are using the deaths of children in an attempt to make a statement."
The campaign waged by Ms. Magazine encourages women who have had abortions to sign a petition in order to "change the public debate" about the gruesome procedure. The petition is published in the October issue of the magazine which hits stands today. The "We Had Abortions" petition campaign takes specific aim at the South Dakota law that prohibits surgical and medical abortions in that state.
The South Dakota abortion law banning medical and surgical abortions, which is set for a referendum vote on November 7, has been a major source of contention for the pro-abortion movement. "This law speaks volumes about the fact that abortion takes the life of an innocent preborn baby and is always wrong," said Brown. "The facts are undeniable. Abortion kills preborn children - period."
"How ironic that Eleanor Smeal (president of Ms. Magazine's publisher, the Feminist Majority Foundation) calls the situation in South Dakota 'dire,'" said Brown. "The real dire situation is when the abortionist finishes his job, it leaves a dead baby and a traumatized woman," she said, noting that the campaign also tries to diminish the physical and psychological impact abortion has had on millions of women.
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The Chinese government has arrested and filed charges against the attorney
who tried to help blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who exposed China's brutal forced abortions and sterilizations
A lawyer for Gao Zhisheng indicated that the Chinese government filed subversion charges against him on Thursday. The charges are the latest in the Communist nation's efforts to crack down on dissidents.
Attorney Mo Shaoping told Reuters that Gao was arrested on September 21 "on suspicion of inciting subversion of state power." He said he has been trying to for weeks to get notification of the arrest and charges.
"In fact, it should be the public security bureau that notifies us. But I asked them repeatedly and got no reply, and only then went to the prosecutors," Mo told Reuters.
Mo said Chinese officials refused to provide him with the exact charges but said that anyone convicted of "inciting subversion" could be jailed for as long as five years.
Gao, in his 40s, has taken up numerous cases of people persecuted by the Chinese government, including Chen's.
How preposterous is this???
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Abortion regret: Haunted by the image of a child
I remember when I walked into that office many years ago being with four other girls who were just as nervous and scared as I was. They did not look up as I came in the room. I think we did not look each other in the eye for the same reason. We were all going to kill our children that we had growing inside of each of us. These children were conceived at the "wrong time', and we had found a way to fix this "problem." My eyes searched out this room for someone who knew what was going to happen. But no one would look up, so I sat alone again in my thoughts. The sad thing is I was not thinking of this child inside of me, no, only what was going on in the next room and would it take long? Would it hurt? I ignorantly assumed it would be over when I walked out of the door. My problem would be solved. I could go on with my life as if I had never been a girl with a small helpless infant, a child, a human being, my child, my gift from God, inside of me. I could conceal this from my family now, but not from God.
Some girl came out from behind a partition and told me to go to the restroom and then come get my blood sample taken. Afterwards she informed me I would be next and motioned for me to return to my seat. When my name was called, I got up and was ushered into a very small room with tan painted walls. There was a surgical type of bed in the center of this room, a large glass bottle with tubing coming from it to the right of the medical bed and a lighted table with a tray holding some medical looking items on it to the left of the bed. The only other thing in the room was the man who was to perform this procedure, his word, and I will be honest with you he did not seem real. He had only a couple of words to say to me, and I will never forget them. He uttered them just after he had given me several injections waited a few minutes and then began to use this tool and begin the procedure.
I flinched my abdominal muscles because of the pain and his response was a cold stern comment, "Unless you want to end up paralyzed or worse I advise you to not move another muscle." That terrified me. That moment is when I looked over to the bottle in the corner. Up to that time I had kept my face pointing toward the ceiling with my eyes closed. I remember the sound that resembles a vacuum cleaner was so loud and that I was getting cold. I decided to open my eyes and looked in the direction of the bottle. What I saw will never leave me.
How could this be happening? I was a 17-year-old girl from a city in a country that boasts of championing the rights of the helpless. But here I was destroying any chance this little helpless individual would ever have of a life. I killed my child. Yes, my Child. Not my tissue, my cells, or whatever the catch phrases of the day was used to discount a human life. This is my child in pieces in a jar in the corner of this room at Planned Parenthood.
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Hat tip: Dan Lacey
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Matt Abbott on the contraception controversy
"The pro-abortion side uses deceptive rhetoric and sometimes downright lies to make the case that contraception reduces the need for abortion, but we can counter their lies very easily with some common sense," says Father Euteneuer.
"If contraception reduces the need for abortion, then a contracepting society would have few or no abortions, right? Well, we are that society, so why do we still have 1.3 million surgical abortions per year? The answer is very simple: Contraception is abortion's best friend because it fails.
"Face the facts: 60% of women going into abortion mills admit they are there because of failed contraception. That is a shocking statistic if you think about it, and it comes from the abortion industry, not any pro-life source."
But what about those in the abortion industry who continue to assert that contraception reduces the number of abortions?
"They are lying - as usual," says Father Euteneuer.
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Vietnam to impose fine on sex selection abortion
The maximal fine level from VND 7 to 15 millionwill be imposed on those who, on gender reason, use force or threaten to use force to push expectant mothers to abort, and those who conduct abortions in understanding that pregnant mothers want the abortion on gender reason.
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Father of an 11-year-old rape victim does not allow abortion of his grandchild
After hearing the heartbeats of his yet unborn grandson, and seeing him in an ultrasound image, the father of an 11-year-old girl and rape victim decided against insisting on an abortion. Members of an indigenous community in Colombia, the humble family from the town of Popayán had broad coverage in various media. The girl had been raped by a neighbor.
The father of the rape victim had requested an abortion for her at the hospital at Popayán where she had been scheduled for the procedure on October 6. However, after seeing the sonogram that had been done on his daughter, who was still in the first trimester of pregnancy, changed his mind and decided to do everything necessary to ease the birth of the baby.
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Pro-life march in Nicaragua leads Congress to propose ban on all abortions
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California women who decide to seek an abortion are finding logistics can be as limiting as laws
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Pro-life Coalition seeks permit to display pre-born child at memorial service to be held in front of the Supreme Court during partial birth arguments Nov 8
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, comments, "On November 8, during the Supreme Court's oral arguments on the ban on partial-birth abortion, America will hear from advocates on both sides of the issue. However, it is imperative that the most important voice be heard at the court regarding abortion, and that is the innocent pre-born children themselves.
America needs to see that the victim of this barbaric and violent procedure is not a 'lump of cells' or 'fetal tissue'. Rather, it is a viable innocent child whose skull was crushed just moments before being born. We plan to have a memorial service at the United States Supreme Court with one of these innocent children so the entire world may see the reality of partial-birth abortion."
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Minnesota Positive Alternatives program help women avoid abortions
When young, pregnant Minneapolis resident Jayme Bakkenstuen's drivers license was suspended because of an unpaid ticket, she was worried about getting to her doctor's appointment.
She also couldn't afford to purchase new baby items for after her baby's birth.
But Nancy Kiolbasa, director of St. Croix Valley Life Care, came to the rescue. She paid for the ticket and gave her a voucher to buy a new crib.
"We're trying to reduce the stress in her life," Kiolbasa told McClatchy Newspapers. She told Bakkenstuen: "I don't want the (new) baby to sink your little boat."
The center is able to help because of a $266,600 grant from the state through its new Positive Alternatives program.
Pennsylvania and Texas have similar programs, which rework the state's family planning funding and provides funds for crisis pregnancy centers to help women who may be considering an abortion or who might have one because of financial or other pressures.
The Minnesota program includes $15 million in state funding and about $5 million in grants to crisis pregnancy centers around the state. The goal is to reduce the 13,362 abortions that took place in the state last year.
Scott Fischbach, executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, which proposed the program, says he thinks it's working well.
"When a woman is facing a crisis pregnancy -- a pregnancy that possibly won't be carried to term -- they need to know that there is help," he told McClatchy. When women get help, they're less likely to have an abortion -- "And that's our goal."
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More reactions to Ms. Magazine's "We had abortions" campaign..
"Pathetic", says Operation RescueOperation Outcry
says it's unfair to women who have had abortions
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Supreme Court rejects Doe v. Bolton abortion case that allowed abortions for virtually any "health" reason
Sandra Cano, one of the women behind the legalization of abortion, who had sought to reverse the victory she won 33 years ago.
Cano says she never wanted an abortion and that her difficult early life resulted in her becoming the anonymous plaintiff in Doe v. Bolton, the lesser-known case which the justices ruled on the same day in 1973 as the landmark Roe v. Wade.
"We're very disappointed that the Supreme Court has not decided to protect women and children from the harm of abortion," said Allan Parker, one of Cano's attorneys. "The court has aborted the normal regulation of medicine in this area."
Cano says she was a 22-year-old victim of an abusive husband and that her children were in foster care when she sought legal assistance in getting a divorce and in getting her children back.
She said an aggressive attorney pushed her into the abortion case.
"What I received was something I never requested - the legal right to abort my child," Cano said in an affidavit six years ago.
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Embryonic stem cell research is nowhere close to helping patients
, says Professor James Sherley, a stem cell researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sherley said that embryonic stem cells cause tumors and cancers when injected into human tissue and, as a result, they can't be used to treat patients with various diseases. He said the tumors form because embryonic stem cells have the potential to turn into various other kinds of tissues -- including the wrong ones.
"When you put them in an environment where they can grow and develop, they make lots of different kind of tissues," Sherley said, according to a Courier Mail newspaper report.
Sherley said that the "tumor formation property is an inherent feature of the cells" and warned that the possibility of overcoming it is likely very far into the future.
"And although some might say we can solve the tumor problem down the road, that's equivalent to saying we can solve the cancer problem and we may, but that's a long time coming," he explained.
According to the Courier Mail, the MIT professor said that the tumors embryonic stem cells cause are mostly benign but they could metastasize or produce chemicals that can adversely affect parts of the body.
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Choosing not to abort - the fallacy of "poor women need abortions"
Of all the proabortion arguments, I think "poor women need abortions" is among the most evil and destructive. It nearly destroyed my son, nearly deprived us of the joy of his love and companionship. Every day I thank God there was an "anti-choicer" there to help me get what I really needed.
"Poor women need abortions" is a cop-out uttered by people too lazy to offer real soloutions to the real problems. It offers a cookie-cutter, "one size fits all" soloution so that nobody has to trouble themselves with her. The women of Fortress International put it very well when they said, "Give us love, not abortions."
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Abortion and babies of rape: Are they an exception?
Jenni who was conceived as a result of a rape shares her story
Hat tip: YODAVATER
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Another abandoned newborn baby found; hours-old baby boy said to be in critical condition
The baby, with umbilical cord and placenta attached, was breathing when neighbors found him yesterday morning in a grassy yard littered with tires and broken glass off Bradeen Street.
Paramedics called to the scene by police took him to Children's Hospital in Boston, where authorities last night described his condition as "very critical."
About 11 a.m., from her house next door, Graciela Avendano heard what sounded like the mewling of an injured kitten. She went into her backyard, saw the black bag next to a chain-link fence, and heard more distinct crying.
She called her son, Edwin, who opened the bag and found the cold body wrapped in a light-blue towel. "It's a baby! It's a baby!" her son screamed in Spanish, Avendano said. "He's still breathing."
Avendano and her son called police, who last night urged anyone who knows a woman who was nearing the end of her pregnancy and whose baby is unaccounted for to call them.
Authorities also asked that the mother -- who may need medical attention -- come forward with her medical history, which may be needed to help save the baby's life.
Denise Monteiro, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Social Services, said her agency has taken custody of the boy and named him Jordan. She said the name was chosen to avoid giving the infant something generic.
"We're taking emergency custody because someone needs to make decisions on his health," Monteiro said.
Officials at Children's Hospital, where the infant was in the intensive care unit, declined to comment.
The boy is the second baby to have been abandoned in Massachusetts since the baby safe-haven law took effect in October 2004, said Michael Morrisey, founder of Baby Safe Haven New England.
The law allows parents to bring their newborns to a police station, fire station, or hospital without fear of prosecution.
He said three babies have been legally surrendered in Massachusetts since the law went on the books, and 20 women have used his organization's hotline to enter a parenting or adoption plan.
Pregnant woman with questions can call the hotline at 866-814-SAFE (7233) for information.
Last night, Avendano said she couldn't imagine how a mother could have abandoned her newborn. Her husband said their next-door neighbor is renovating his house, which is why it has been empty about a year.
"It's an innocent angel," said Avendano, 66, who has lived with her husband on Bradeen Street for five years. "This is a very bad mother. Who would do that? Who would throw out a baby?"
If the mother does not come forward, and the baby recovers, Avendano said, her family hopes to adopt him.
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Here's an article
about NAF and how abortion funds get so many applicants that they can only help a tiny fraction...
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To hope that babies who die without being baptized will go to heaven makes more sense than the idea that they go to limbo
, says a group of papally appointed theologians.
While no one can be certain of the fate of unbaptized babies who die, Christians can and should trust that God will welcome those babies into heaven, said members of the International Theological Commission.
The commission, a Vatican advisory board, met Oct. 2-6 to continue work on a statement explaining why the concept of limbo entered the common teaching of the church, why it was never officially defined as Catholic doctrine, and why hope for their salvation makes more sense, said Father Paul McPartlan, a member of the commission and a professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington.
"We cannot say we know with certainty what will happen" to unbaptized babies, Father McPartlan said, "but we have good grounds to hope that God in his mercy and love looks after these children and brings them to salvation." More
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Amy Pawlak at Modern Commentaries
is creating a petition to counter Ms. Magazine's "We had abortions" campaign
Email Amy here
to support the petition and tell Congress that women and their unborn children deserve better than an abortion
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Pro-life display in Brookings, SD, vandalized again
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at Townhall on Ms. Magazine's campaign: Abortion chic
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Check out Annie's letter
(and AP's David Crary's reply) in response to the AP story on Ms. Magazine and their list of women who had abortions
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Wife of Chinese blind activist who exposed China's forced abortions, Chen Guangcheng, hauled in for 9 hours of questioning
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NARAL wish list calls for more abortions if Congress change hands
In a fundraising email NARAL sent to its members that LifeNews.com obtained, the group asked them to "imagine a Congress in pro-choice hands."
"With a House or Senate under pro-choice leadership, we will turn pro-choice values into pro-choice policies," the group warned.
With abortion advocates running the show, NARAL says it would "control the powerful Judiciary committee and stop George Bush from placing new anti-choice judges on the Supreme Court and other federal courts."
Moreover, NARAL celebrates that pro-abortion lawmakers "would control key committees" and "instantly become a majority on every panel."
"Rather than sitting through anti-choice hearing after hearing, called by anti-choice committee chairs, new committee chairs could spend their time promoting" abortion, NARAL wrote.
Pro-life lawmakers would "no longer have a forum to spread propaganda on the "myths and effects" of Roe v. Wade, nonexistent syndromes like "post-abortion trauma" or allegations that RU 486 is dangerous for women."
"Pro-choice forces would control the Senate and House floor schedules," the group added.
As a result, pro-life legislation would likely not receive committee hearings or be voted down if it is ever brought up.
The prospect presents significant concerns for pro-life advocates who worried about not only stacked panels promoting abortion, but abortion advocates launching one-sided investigations to revoke funding for or shut down crisis pregnancy centers or abstinence programs.
NARAL promised to force taxpayers to pay for family planning policies that include the morning after pill, which may cause an abortion in certain instances and has been proven to not reduce abortions or teen pregnancies.
The group also wants to pass legislation forcing pharmacists to dispense any drug such as the morning after pill. That requirement could later wind up covering drugs used in assisted suicides or the dangerous RU 486 abortion pill.
NARAL also said it would urge pro-abortion lawmakers to hold hearings on the Bush administration's pro-life views designed to discredit such policies and making sure taxpayer funds aren't used to promote or pay for abortions in other nations.
In its agenda, if its allies gain control of Congress, NARAL promises to restore funding for the UNFPA, has been involved in China's one-child, forced abortion family planning policies. It will also force hospitals, including pro-life religious or private ones, to give the morning after pill to victims of rape or incest.
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Pro-life students at more than 1,000 college and high school campuses across the nation will take a silent stand for life
later this month. They will participate in the third annual Students' Day of Silent Solidarity
on Tuesday, October 24
by taking a vow of silence during their classes as a way of protesting abortion.
"Thousands of American babies are permanently silenced every day by the violent act of abortion," said Bryan Kemper, president of Stand True Ministries
. "This day is in honor of those children, and we will stay silent as an act of solidarity with these innocent victims."
Students will not only remain silent, but will also wear red armbands and or red duct tape on their mouths and distribute educational flyers to anyone who asks why they are silent. Many home-schooled students will also participate in the event by visiting local malls and other public areas to distribute flyers.
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In the twelve years of the Holocaust, from 1933-1945, approximately 9 million people were systematically targeted and killed. But in only six years (1990-1996), and only in the United States, 10,354,400 babies were killed by abortion. That's 1 million more than the Holocaust in only half the time. Many more babies have been aborted since that time.
Planned Parenthood says their mission is to preserve and protect the rights of each individual, yet they do not consider the rights of the unborn they are taking away. They say they want to preserve and protect privacy but "privacy" cannot be allowed to mask the abuse of rights.
People are outraged by acts of genocide like the Holocaust, and rightfully so. Yet the world is silent about abortion. We are silent while approximately 1.4 million babies are killed each year in the US. We were silent when 39,430,810 babies were killed from 1973 to 2004. And we are silent with approximately 46 million abortions in the world each year. When does the silence end? It's time to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
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says abandonment of GOP could spell high-court disaster..Cut and run pro-lifers
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A memorial sculpture for Terri Schindler Schiavo..
Commissioned by Stephen G. Peroutka, chairman of the National Pro-Life Action Center
(NPLAC), and created by artist Ron Berry, this beautiful sculpture represents the compassion Terri Schiavo received during her last moments. An angel comforts and shields Terri with one wing and motions heavenward with the other in anticipation of the final outcome. The four cherubs perched around the base face away from Terri toward the four corners of the earth, charged with the judgment on humanity for allowing such a travesty to happen.
"If we are to ever heal the deep wound in our country that has been caused by the callous, calculating methodology of the proponents of the culture of death, then we must never forget the horrible, painful and undignified way that Terri was put to death," said Peroutka. "It is our sincere hope that this memorial will inspire others to take up the mantle of defending the disabled, the infirmed and the innocent unborn of this world who have been so targeted."
Hat tip: Peter
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Teachers' group attacks abstinence education programs in new report
The National Education Association (NEA) and the anti-abstinence group SIECUS co-sponsored the new report, its fourth annual one attacking abstinence programs. The attack is designed to persuade Congressional lawmakers to cut funding for abstinence education, which studies have shown is achieving its intended results in reducing sex and teen pregnancies.
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Women who regret their abortions to speak on NYC streets Oct 4
Participants in the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will stand on 6th Avenue between 49th and 50th Street at 12:30 PM,, holding signs that say "I Regret My Abortion" and speaking about their abortion experience.
The Campaign, a joint project of NOEL (The National Organization of Episcopalians for Life) and Priests for Life, seeks to raise awareness about the harm abortion does to women and their families, and about the many healing programs available. Actress, model and author, Jennifer O'Neill, who had an abortion, is the national celebrity spokesperson for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.
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is releasing its fall issue next week
with a cover story titled "We Had Abortions," accompanied by the names of thousands of women nationwide who signed a petition making that declaration...
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Plan B will not reduce abortions and pregnancies
, says FDA advisory doctor in Utah
Dr. Joseph Stanford, associate professor of family and preventative medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, said the morning after pill won't be as effective as its maker claims.
He told the Deseret News that studies he and fellow researchers have done show a lower effectiveness rate than the 89% Barr Laboratories claims.
"We did more a precise meta-analysis that shows it's effective only 72% of the time, and even that number is optimistic," he indicated.
Stanford explained that earlier studies, which gave Barr its 89% figure, did not take into account normal variations in the timing of ovulation.
He also told the newspaper that studies from Europe, China and the United States show that the morning after pill does not reduce abortions. In fact, new abortion figures in England and Scotland show that abortions have reached their highest point ever despite over the counter sales of Plan B.
"In all cases, they found there was no effect on abortion rates and unintended pregnancy rates," he says.
Stanford also told the Deseret News that the Plan B drug can act as an "abortifacient" by preventing implantation of a unique human being and killing him or her before the rest of the pregnancy process begins.
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British neonatal experts: Moving ultrasound images showing 12-week-old unborn children
sucking their thumbs and appearing to "walk" do not prove they have feelings and provide no scientific evidence for lowering the age limit for abortion
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Feminists for Life offers pro-woman perspective on the abortion debate
Feminists for Life has launched a national campaign to register people for its new e-course, an online educational effort to get people to think a little different about abortion.
Feminists for Life president Serrin Foster told LifeNews.com about the conundrum and what her group hopes to do.
"Since 1973, it's been the same thing. One side of the hotly contested abortion wars yells, 'What about the woman?' Instead of yelling back, 'What about the baby?' Feminists for Life answers the question," Foster explained.
"It's hard to talk when there's all that distance," Foster added.
The new e-course, Pro-Woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions, begins on October 5 and is free to all who sign up.
Foster says it will answer such common questions--and real quandaries--as "What about in the case of rape?", "What about poor women who are without resources?", and "Is it fair to ask a girl to give up her education to have a baby she doesn't want?"
Find out more about FFL's national web campaign here
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Hmm. Talk about conduct unbecoming
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Debra Saunders: A parent's right to know
It's also not right when the law tells kids they can make all the wrong moves -- sex without contraception -- and enjoy the right to hide it from their parents. [..]
I asked Planned Parenthood Golden Gate President Dian Harrison if she could think of a parental notification law her group could support. Her answer: "It's hard to envision the need for such a law when the majority of teens are already talking to their parents." And: "Notification laws can't mandate family communication, but they can put teens at risk."
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A letter to the editor at the Aberdeen American News, SD:
If you don't think abortion hurts women, you should read the plaques post-abortive women mounted on the "Memorial Wall" at the pregnancy care center in Sioux Falls. In an effort to aid in their emotional healing, most of the women named the baby that they aborted. Some of the messages inscribed to their babies are:
I am so sorry.
Forgive me, I'm sorry.
Destroyed by me.
We drove your mother.
Forever deep pain.
My greatest loss.
We were lied to.
My most selfish act.
Still hiding, so ashamed.
Abortion kills babies. Abortion hurts women and families. Vote yes for life on Referred Law 6 on Nov. 7.
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Masses in reparation for abortion celebrated in Madrid
In the Spanish capital of Madrid a special Mass in reparation for the victims of abortion and for mothers and doctors who have committed such acts will be celebrated September 29 at the parish of Our Lady of Wonders.
Organizers of the Mass have issued an invitation to attend to "all people who desire to make an act of reparation for abortion, and especially to mothers and family members who have lost children, either as a result of abortion or miscarriage or stillbirth."
Likewise they underscored that this work "is not an NGO but rather an apostolate of reparation for the recuperation of mothers who are victims of abortion" and its purpose is to provide "spiritual support for the different groups that work with mothers."
During the Mass a list with the names mothers wish to give to their deceased unborn children, "in order to entrust them with hope to the Father and His mercy" will be presented during the offertory. Afterwards the list will be given to a community of cloistered nuns who will pray for the mothers and their unborn children.
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Eight Senate Democrats flip, kill Parental Notification bill
A bill to generally require notification of one parent before a minor obtains an out-of-state abortion died Friday when Senate Democrats voted overwhelmingly to block it.
Hours before Congress adjourned for pre-election campaigning, 57 senators voted to remove the final procedural obstacle to S. 403, which would have cleared the bill for transmission to President Bush for his signature. But 57 was three votes short of the 60 required under Senate rules to break through a procedural roadblock erected by the Senate Democratic leadership.
The Senate Democratic leadership had been obstructing the progress of the legislation for months. This week, pro-life Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tn.) made a bold attempt to overcome the minority's obstructionism by forcing the decisive cloture vote.
The cloture motion was supported by 51 of the chamber's 55 Republicans (93%), but by only six of the 45 members of the Democratic caucus (13%). The complete roll call can be viewed here.
The bill, S. 403, the Child Custody Protection Act, as it initially passed the Senate on July 25 by a vote of 65-34, would have prohibited transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, if this abridged the parents' right to be notified under the home-state law. However, the Senate Democratic leadership subsequently raised unusual procedural barriers that prevented the bill from going to a House-Senate conference committee. On September 26, the House took up the Senate-passed bill, added a provision to require an abortionist in any state to notify one parent before performing an abortion on a minor from another state (with certain exceptions), and sent the bill back to the Senate by a vote of 264-153 (under the title "Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act," or CIANA). It was this amended bill that the Senate voted on last night.
Of the 14 Democrats who initially voted in favor of S. 403 on July 25, yesterday eight flipped and voted to kill the parental notification requirement: Ken Salazar (Co.), Tom Carper (De.), Bill Nelson (Fl.), Daniel Inouye (Hi.), Evan Bayh (In.), Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan (both ND), and Herb Kohl (Wi).
The six Democrats who voted in favor of the bill on both occasions were Mark Pryor (Ar.), Ben Nelson (Ne.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Harry Reid (Nv.), Tim Johnson (SD), and Robert Byrd (WV). The four Republicans who opposed the bill were Lincoln Chafee (RI), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both Maine), and Arlen Specter (Pa.).
"It is remarkable that only six out of 45 Senate Democrats voted to require a parent to be notified before an abortion is performed on a young daughter in some other state," commented NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson, who noted that the bill had exceptions for cases involving abuse, medical emergency, and judicial waiver of notification. "We commend Majority Leader Bill Frist for fighting to the end to free this legislation from the grip of a Senate minority, a minority that has preserved the ability of profiteering abortionists to keep parents in the dark."
The chief sponsors of the legislation are Sen. John Ensign (R-Nv.) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.).
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