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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 .



Friday, August 31, 2012

Pro LIfe Blog Buzz August 31, 2012

from Jill
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • Wesley J. Smith notes that the Democratic Party’s abortion platform is extreme, even for the majority of Democrats:
    While solid majorities of Democrats back some limitations on abortion — 59 percent would ban partial-birth abortions, for example, and 60 percent endorse a mandatory waiting period — the official position of their party is that even common-sense restrictions are unthinkable….
    If Obamacare remains in effect, eventually Congress will revoke the abortion restrictions currently in the law. Then, we’ll see a “Free Abortion Rule,” patterned after the Free Birth Control Rule.
  • Moral Outcry describes how Planned Parenthood reveals its true motive – money – in email fundraising campaigns to support its lobbying and highly-paid employees. Do PP’s supporters know they aren’t actually supporting “women’s health” when they give to the PP Action Fund?

  • Secular Pro-Life points to a rogue writer at the Huffington Post who apparently forgot to stick to the “Men are irrelevant after sex” meme:
    Most men, however, are not rapists and do not support rape. Most men are sons and brothers and fathers and friends; not only do they love the women in their lives, but they would go to great lengths to protect them. Their daily lives and very existence are deeply and inextricably intertwined with women around them. Including the men whose values don’t align with mine.
    These men deserve a place at the table, if not a veto, then at least a vote [on reproductive policy].
  • The Passionate Pro-Lifer notes America’s selective outrage when it comes to child sexual abuse. The Penn State and Catholic Bishops’ cover-ups are looked upon with disdain, while Planned Parenthood is paid “more than $1 million a day… [and] probably covers up more sexual abuse of children than any other institution in the United States. Evidence is overwhelming.”
  • New Feminism writes about “ComKids,” or “commercially created children” and what their rights should be in a society that has turned children into creations to be obtained at any cost.

  • John Smeaton stands in defense of Northern Ireland politician Jim Wells (pictured left), who is waging the pro-life battle against the rape, conception, and abortion issues in his own country:
    Rape is traumatic, but to argue that aborting a child conceived through rape undoes that trauma ignores that abortion, too, is an act of violence. Of 200,000 babies aborted in Britain annually, less than 1% are conceived through rape…. Today, [I am] proud to work with Jim Wells and other politicians who believe a child’s right to exist does not depend on the circumstances of his, or her, conception.
  • Timmerie’s Blog rejoices at the Republican Party’s platform on the sanctity of human life:
    Opposition to the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm (YES!)”
  • Pro-Life Action League posts about two different grandmothers. One was falsely accused of touching someone during a prayer vigil outside Chicago’s Albany Medical/Surgical Center – on a day she wasn’t even there. The other is the mother of Tonya Reaves, who is suing after her daughter died aborting her second child at a Chicago Planned Parenthood.
  • ProLife NZ says New Zealand’s pro-abortion group, ALRANZ, is busy making public statements attempting to “[sell] the general public the myth that NZ desperately needs liberal abortion laws – definitely nothing that actually resembles a coherent logical argument for why aborting an unborn human being should be considered an ethically acceptable thing to endorse or carry out.”
[Photos via and The National Archives]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Salon writer celebrates her freedoms but leaves a stone of truth in her subconscious shoe....

 I was writing my semi weekly bit for Jill Stanek, Pro Life Blog Buzz and this story stayed with me. 

Salon is a liberal artsy type of place where bloggers pretend they are some kind of artist when they blog about their sex life. In this piece a self obsessed woman tells the tale of meeting a younger man boy at a Passover celebration. At first she does not find him at all attractive but in a subsequent meeting at her apt. they sit on her bed to have a conversation and this leads to kissing and no surprise to sex.  There wasn't much going on in her life at the time so she says...why not. Then they indulge in a series of no strings attached sexual trysts where they both focus on their own needs. No mention of no surprise when  pregnancy appears.

 Shriek....she takes prenatal vitamins as she goes to the doctor to confirm what the drug store tests says....comments that her skin is clear and her body is responding favorably thus far. But alas, the dr. brings her back to reality with his comment that he knows she will do the sensible thing.

Her hippie friend says....hey, I will get pregnant too and we will move to a commune and raise our kids together but the bed partner shares a bowl of ice cream with her and says he is not into this. Truth peaks through this piece that is meant to celebrate the choice of abortion to fix the pbl started with sitting on the bed .....
"Our baby was the size of a lentil, with a poppy-seed heart that beat 167 times per minute, twice the rate of mine. It had veins, brainwaves, arm and leg buds. I was becoming a nicer person. I was nauseous all of the time. The doctor said my uterus was roughly the size of a lemon. There were rational things to consider and then there was the surprising passion of life. There were logistics and then there were miracles. Who could help me to know?"
She picks the time of Passover to abort...the abortionist assures her that it was just a blob but she remarks, but it had a heart beat. She then goes onto celebrate Passover and remarks...
"Passover, festival of freedom, slaying of the first-born--these ides swam through my thoughts as I regained my regular body and hormone levels. I felt lucky to live in a place and at a time when I could make decisions about the destiny of my own life and about whom I would couple with-and when and why. I ate bowls of red beet brosht, globs of fuchsia horseradish on thick slices of gefilte fish. The festival of freedom. Moses in his basket, saved on a river that would soon become blood. "
Some time  later she runs into the same man boy and they go to lunch together and  split the bill.
Truth peeks out doesn't it??  She may blog and get her piece in the Salon but there is a stone in her shoe now. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz for August 28,2012

 From Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • The Anti-Abortion Gang displays the lack of logic among abortion proponents, who can’t seem to figure out that the opposite of choosing life for one’s preborn child is… choosing what, exactly?

  • Americans United for Life reports on the insidious court decision to allow taxpayer funding of (unsuccessful) embryonic stem cell research instead of successful adult stem cell research, despite the fact that the Dickey-Wicker Amendment “expressly prohibits NIH from funding research in which human embryos ‘are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.’” The court got around this by saying, essentially, “the government [can] fund any research using human embryos, as long as the researchers kill or harm the embryos before getting the money.”
  • FRC Blog adds Biola University to the growing list of evangelical colleges filing lawsuits against Obama’s HHS abortifacient contraception mandate.

  • Down on the Pharm reminds us of liberal, pro-abortion Whoopi Goldberg, who used her talk time on The View to defend Hollywood producer and pedophile Roman Polanski for sodomizing a thirteen year old girl, claiming it wasn’t “rape-rape,” but “statutory rape.” Pharmer shows this to be a symptom of a larger issue:
    The left has been supporting numerous government programs which are going to make life as difficult for U.S. females as it is for women in China.
    After the HHS mandate and Obamacare complete the intended purpose of removing the pro-lifers from health care, females will lose autonomy over their bodies. The government, with its planned parenthood, will continue the “educational” programs of grooming them for early sex, and it will decide when and if they have babies, birth control, abortion or sterilization. That the males are also being groomed for this is going to exacerbate the problem.
  • Generations for Life says September 6 is Pro-Life Chalk Day:
    The idea is simple:
    Pick up some sidewalk chalk
    Find an area that has a lot of foot traffic
    Use your chalk to write pro-life messages

    Find ideas here.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 8-24-12

from Jill

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

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
 •Secular Pro-Life dissects arguments of a pro-abortion, former Planned Parenthood employee in a recent article which asks, “Are atheist pro-life groups promoting sound science?” SPL says he “addresses four topics on which he believes that secular right to life groups have been unscientific: abortion and breast cancer; post-abortion psychological problems; ultrasounds before abortion; and fetal pain.”

•Stand True relays information on the real war on women at the hands of the abortion industry. As usual, the mainstream media would rather focus on Republicans’ verbal mishaps than on women injured and killed as a result of abortion:

This is the fourth medical emergency recently documented at [Martin] Haskell abortion clinics. In February, a woman was transported from Haskell’s Kettering clinic to a local hospital. In March, Haskell personally placed a 911 call from his clinic located in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville and was heard laughing at the dispatcher who offered emergency information. A fourth woman was once again hospitalized in March, 2009, after abortion injuries received at Haskell’s Kettering clinic, the site of the most recent incident.

Earlier this year, Operation Rescue filed a formal complaint against Haskell with the Ohio Medical Board, which currently has Haskell under investigation.

Haskell holds no active hospital privileges as required by law and has been allowed to keep his clinics open on two variances, or legal waivers, issued by the Ohio Department of Health.

No hospital privileges, multiple injuries to women, and pro-lifers are the ones who don’t care about women?

•Fr. Frank Pavone mourns the death of pro-lifer Joan Appleton (pictured right), a “former abortion facility nurse who went on to found and lead the Society of Centurions of America, a group that provides counseling and financial aid to those who leave work in the abortion industry.” She finished well. May she rest in peace.
 •Wesley J. Smith tells readers of another “death by dehydration” case in which a DNR order and removal of nutrients were the chosen methods of “care” given to a 12-year-old gunshot victim just ten days after his injury:
On August 6, a 12-year-old boy was shot in the head. Even though a reliable diagnosis and prognosis for persistent unconsciousness requires at least 3 months, hospital personnel reportedly went in rapid succession from “donate his organs” to “end his life” mode.

•ProLife NZ notes the downturn in our culture, beginning with the sexual revolution of the 60′s and continuing along the path toward justifying infanticide à la Peter Singer:
Philosophy and culture are inextricably connected, but it is usually only when a man like Peter Singer writes his ideas out loud in a daily newspaper [in an article entitled, "Just being human doesn’t give you a right to live"] that the general public starts to become aware of the origins of our current cultural sickness. But these new ideas have slowly grown their poisoned tendrils into every corner of human endeavor and strangled the basic notions upon which our civilization was built.

•Pro-Life Action League found out about a planned stop of the “Women are Watching” Planned Parenthood “pepto bus,” and with only a few days notice and the help of social media, they mobilized the grassroots to come to the event, outnumbering abortion supporters 2 to 1.
 •Stand for Life features a clip from Scott Klusendorf discussing the best and worst scriptures to use in defending life. Some surprising no-no’s: Psalm 139, Jeremiah 1:5, and Job 3:3. Instead, Klusendorf says Genesis 1, James 3, Exodus 23:9, and Proverbs 6:16-19 are the ones to use:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz 8/21/2012

 from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • Wesley J. Smith reports that Pat Robertson is in the news again for making outrageous comments – this time, against adoption!
  • Abolitionist Society of OK discusses how, even if we are unable to personally adopt, we can help international orphans.
  • Abstinence Clearinghouse has information on a “recent study performed by the Ruth Institute [which] showed that teenagers that watch the sex scenes of popular movies are more likely to engage in sexual activity. The study is great proof of how the media truly affects the development and decision making of adolescents.”

  • Live Action posts an excellent response to the often-used argument from abortion advocates (represented in the image at left) that embryos and fetuses are “not human beings” or “not people.”
  • The Anti-Abortion Gang shows how abortion proponents are, naturally, blaming pro-life laws for the death of a pregnant teen with leukemia in the Dominican Republic. Doctors said the girl’s prognosis was poor regardless, because of her type of leukemia. And, as AAG notes, the girl could have received chemotherapy despite her pregnancy. (Recent studies have also shown that chemotherapy does not harm preborn children.)
  • LaShawn Barber discusses recent news of an Oregon law which allows “free” teenage sterilizations to be performed on willing children – without parental consent.
  • Fletcher Armstrong says the pro-life truth trucks are busy this election season, and are receiving quite a bit of media attention. Those involved say they are prepared to answer the usual “I don’t want my kids to see this” objections.
  • Culture Campaign reports that Planned Parenthood’s push to encourage oral sex to teens as a means of pregnancy prevention is unsafe, thanks to the possibility of transmitting chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
  • Kelly Clinger follows up on her viral post and photo of a young woman aborting twins at 20 weeks for reasons of gender bias. Kelly was verbally attacked after the post because even some abortion advocates refused to believe the context of the photo. But there is also good news:
    The majority of the responses have been ones of eyes opened. Many pro-choicers surprisingly responded with shock and horror that this was happening and said they were completely unaware. Some of them said they could no longer support abortion because of what they now know.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life posts a must-see video of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, describing second trimester abortions before a House committee:
    Dr. Levatino later says: “Some people think the doctor waves his hand and the baby disappears. It just doesn’t happen that way.” He calls D&E abortion “absolutely gut-wrenching for the physician… to literally tear a human being apart with your own hands.” He explains why he changed his mind about abortion toward the end (beginning at about 2:50) of this clip.

Monday, August 20, 2012

New regs allows minors to get free sterilizations...really??

Interesting article from LaShawn Barber  that appeared in PJ Media. You almost can't make this stuff up.
" A story on  CNSNews  goes into detail about an Obamacare regulation that took effect on August 1 that requires health care plans in the U. S. to provide tax-funded (or free, in liberal terminology) contraceptive methods that include sterilization for "for women with reproductive capacity. "
When you think of it, it almost boggles your mind. Pelosi's dodge is almost laughable if she wasn't in a position to shape public policy. 
"In Oregon, a 15-year-old cannot obtain a driver’s license or legally drink alcohol, but she can ask a doctor to make her infertile. In Oregon, a 15-year-old cannot consent to sex, but she can consent to a procedure that will ensure she won’t get pregnant. Ever.
CNSNews asked House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the regulation:
“You mentioned the preventive services mandate. One of the services that health care plans have to offer free of charge are sterilizations. And I was wondering do you agree with the federal government mandating—”
Pelosi said: “You know what, I told you before, let’s go to church and talk about our religion…Right here we’re talking about public policy as it affects women and we’re not, you know that this bill is—” asked: “No, it has nothing to do with the religious views but do you—”

Pelosi said: “No, it does.”
So now we are paying for  minors to get sterilized without parental consent and Pelosi thinks we are talking about religion?? 

Stanek: Akin’s opposition to rape exception vs. Obama’s support of infanticide

From Jill

Jill is off on tour...prayers for her success...telling people about the most pro abortion president in history who defended live birth abortions on the floor of the IL Senate. This time he did not vote present. He is dangerous....Jill has battled him and seen him up close and personal.  For such a time as this......Jill has been called. Proud to do my small part by writing Pro Life Blog Buzz twice a week.


(HT to Erick Erickson at for the headline. I’ll get to Erick’s excellent post in a sec.)
Right now I am in Sioux City, Iowa, preparing to begin a 10 day, 30 city, 6 state bus tour today with the Susan B. Anthony List team.
My entire focus and role on the tour is to expose Barack Obama’s radical support of infanticide as part and parcel of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, as he saw it and said it. As Illinois state senator Obama opposed the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, designed to give abortion survivors constitutional rights. Obama said giving premature born babies rights would be unconstitutional. Period. That’s what he said. Read page 86 of the senate floor transcript, when Obama was the only senator to speak against Born Alive. Read what Obama said very carefully:
Whenever we define a pre-viable fetus as a person that is protected by the Equal Protection Clause or other elements of the Constitution, what we’re really saying is, in fact, that they are persons that are entitled to the kinds of protections that would be provided to a – a child, a 9-month-old – child that was delivered to term.
That determination then, essentially, if it was accepted by a court, would forbid abortions to take place. I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the Equal Protection Clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional.
Obama’s support of abortion to the point of condoning infanticide could not be clearer. It is grotesque, barbaric, sick and yes, crazy. It is the radical belief of our current president of the United States.
And the press continues to minimize, distort, rationalize, or ignore it, because the press is pro-abortion and likes Obama.
But the press will take a guy who believes babies shouldn’t be murdered because their fathers are rapists and call that guy grotesque, barbaric, sick, and crazy.
Which brings us to Missouri U.S. Senate Republican hopeful Todd Akin, who admirably opposes a rape/incest exception for abortion but who explained his position Sunday in a way that appeared calloused toward rape victims. Wrote Erickson in a great piece this morning:
Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, made an inarticulate and rather dumb statement about rape and abortion on television in Missouri. He subsequently clarified his remarks. Congressman Akin, like many devout Christians, does not believe in a rape exception for abortion.
Naturally, the very same left that gave Joe Biden a pass on his “put y’all back in chains” comment is horri[fie]d by Todd Akin’s remarks.
Todd Akin was inarticulate. Some are now accusing him of being pro-rape. The people horri[fie]d by Todd Akin’s remarks are, I’m sure, thrilled to have a President who defended infanticide. I’ll take Todd Akin’s inarticulate remarks over an infanticide supporter any day of the week.






Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pat Robertson dissess are the weird one Pat...time for you to go...

I am still stewing about this...I couldn't agree more with Russell Moore in this piece. I know this is a pro life blog but this IS on topic. Many abortion advocates say who is going to adopt these children and we say we will . Well this man  wouldn't and guess what...... he has a TV show and calls himself Christian. As an grandmother by adoption who welcomed two toddlers from an orphanage in Russia, I say to them....we won't get upset if you are not perfect if you won't get upset that we are not perfect either. We love you and are so glad you are in our family.
From Russell Moore....

 "Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil. The last go round, Robertson “clarified” his statements on a man leaving his sick wife. Didn’t mean to say it was right, he said, just that the man’s got to have some companionship and a divorce is better than adultery. Please. Robertson’s defenders said to me in letters and calls and emails that Robertson is just not what he used to be mentally and that you ought to hold him to a lower standard. That would be true if people were tapping his phone, or going to his house and recording conversations. However, the man is on television, representing to millions of people what Christianity is about. The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough." 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 8-17-12

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email

  • Pro-Life in TN applauds the closing of the Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic in Knoxville – evidence of the impact of incremental pro-life laws at the state level. The Life Defense Act of 2012, which went into effect in Tennessee on July 1, stipulates that abortionists must have admitting privileges at a local hospital for the safety of patients. Since many abortionists drive or fly in from another state for the day to perform abortions and offer no follow-up with patients, causing them to seek any post-abortion care at an ER. The clinic director penned a revealing farewell letter, showing how vital their abortion revenue stream was. 
  • Secular Pro-Life examines the personhood debate as it relates to viability:
    In other words, a fetus gestating in the United States, whose mother has access to advanced medical technologies, may be able to survive outside the womb at an earlier gestational age than if the exact same fetus were gestating in Rwanda.
    If personhood depends on viability, the fetus is a person while in the US, and ceases to be a person if the mother travels to Rwanda…. This makes no sense. No definition of personhood should boil down to geographic location.

  • At The Public Discourse, Michael New reviews a book about largely unknown 70′s pro-life pioneer Ellen McCormack (pictured left), a Democrat whose admirable political work has impacted the strategies of today’s pro-life movement.
  • John Smeaton links to articles keeping us updated on the push to legalize abortion in Ireland.
  • ProWomanProLife comments on an article about the Canadian Medical Association’s vote to protect abortion by saying that “life begins when the baby emerges from it’s mother’s womb.” While this political claim would no doubt be ridiculous to doctors who perform surgery on prenatal patients, the CMA also made statements which appeared to acknowledge that certain contraceptives are actually abortifacients.

  • Moral Outcry laments the Salvation Army’s abandonment of their stated Christian principles in embracing the idea that abortion is sometimes acceptable. They reason that rape is considered a weapon of war so aborting the innocent life is an acceptable remedy. We may want to consider this at red kettle collection time.
  • Priests for Life’s Alveda King lambasts resistance to the biblical mandate to be fruitful and multiply, stating, “What’s really sad is that when we protect these positions with “misplaced compassion,” and try to call these moral wrongs civil rights, we hurt society and humanity.”
  • At The New Feminism, Margaret Sommerville discusses “genetic orphans” resulting from the use of certain types of reproductive technology, and their right to know their biological parents:
    The basic questions raised in all cases where all the attributes of parenthood do not reside in the two biological parents are whether all children (except, perhaps, those who are naturally conceived and born into an opposite-sex marriage) have, first, a right to know who their biological parents are, and, second, where possible to have some reasonable contact with them.
    I propose that the response to both questions should be in the affirmative, unless that is clearly contrary to the “best interests” of a particular child, and that to decide otherwise is a breach of children’s fundamental human rights.
[Photo via NY Times]

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Abortion industry sad attempt...I wish I had been aborted even though I am now happy and successful....

This sad tale is the attempt of the abortion industry to refute the damage done by real life testimonies of people who were targeted for abortion but lived. People like Rebecca Kiessling or Gianna Jessen. You have heard these names.....Rebecca was conceived as a result of gang rape and Gianna survived a late term abortion attempt. Their stories are compelling. You cannot look into their human faces and say should be dead because of the circumstances of your conception or the plight of the birth mother. Your life is less important than hers. We can do without you. 

So the pitiful answer to these human faces is to trot out a story from someone who wishes he/she had been aborted. First I note that the writer maintains a pseudonym. When someone is not ready to attache their own/real name to an article, it makes me suspicious or doubt the credibility right away.  

First argument is that I probably never would have felt a mother would finish college and find "feminism" and not made such bad choices in her life....or fallen into poverty. She would have been professors like her parents. He/she then recounts how he/she suffered at the hands of an abusive poor choosing mother and ends with this summary.
"Before the age of 14, I had never been to a sleep-over, been allowed to talk to a friend on the phone, eaten in a restaurant, watched a television show, listened to the radio, read a non-Christian book. or even wear a pair of jeans."
 However, he/she later recounts that despite the bad beginning....
"It is true that in the past 12 years, I have been able to rise above the circumstances of my birth and build a life that I truly love. But no one should have to make such a Herculean struggle for simple normalcy. Even given the happiness and success I now enjoy, if I could go back in time and make the choice for my mother, it would be abortion."
 In case you think he/she is making a pro life point; , he/she is quick to end with ...anything I did in this world could be done by someone else....I should be dead and that would be best. 

"But my attitude is that as long as I am already here, I might as well do all I can to make the world a better place, to ease the suffering of others, and to experience love and life to its fullest.
Kind of convoluted thinking....advocate abortion so that others can be disposed of by dismemberment  and  not experience love and life to its fullest.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 8-14-12

from Jill 

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email
  • Big Blue Wave reprints an essay on abortion entitled, “The Cause of Life Can’t be Severed from the Cause of Freedom,” written by WI Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s pick for Republican VP candidate. Pro-lifers, we need to get busy supporting this ticket.
  • Father Frank Pavone discusses the reasons why he believes the Catholic Church’s invitation to President Obama to attend the Al Smith Dinner in October is “not appropriate at this time.”

  • Kelly Clinger discusses a recent viral photo (pictured left) of a woman waiting to abort her 20-week twin girls (because she wanted boys) at the Orlando Women’s Center. The photo has received mixed reactions – mostly disbelief and horror that procedures like it are legal and occurring every day here in America. Perhaps this horror is a starting point to help people understand that early abortion is no different – it’s just a matter of size.
  • At The Road to Roe, Clarke Forsythe has information on “one of the earliest pieces of evidence in [Justice Blackmun's] papers that viability was being considered as a gestational marker in defining the abortion right.”
  • Michael New shares his thoughts on the legacy of March for Life founder Nellie Gray, who passed away this week at the age of 88.
  • The Anti-Abortion Gang points out how ultra-liberal Rachel “I usually love the AP” Maddow is shocked by a mainstream media article which includes quotes from a pro-life leader and fails to keep the usual pro-abortion slant.
  • FRC Blog has a must-read post discussing whether religious freedom is necessary for our other freedoms to exist. The attacks on our religious freedoms/conscience rights are front and center with the passing of Obamacare:
    Dr. Tom Farr… states the core of his argument eloquently in two essential points: (1) Our duty to God precedes any duty we have to the state, and thus (2) it is the duty of the state to protect this foundational right to religious liberty and the exercise of conscience.

  • Moral Outcry explains what cancer and abortion have in common and what you need to know before participating in fundraisers for the American Cancer Society:
    The American Cancer Society is not considered a pro-life organization for the following reasons:
    1. Support for human embryonic stem cell research
    2. Grant funding at facilities known prominently for human embryonic stem cell research
    3. Grant funding for morally questionable research
    4. Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
    5. Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
    6. Donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign
    7. Failure to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer
    8. Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy
    The problem with agencies like ACS is that we don’t want to speak out against places helping people with cancer. Cancer is evil. It kills people prematurely.
    And so does abortion.
  • Kansans for Life shares the good news of pro-life victories in Kansas state primaries:
    This continued pattern of electing pro-life legislators is inspired by more than a decade of frustration with the failure to prosecute fraudulent late-term abortions, the Senate resistance to toughening abortion laws, the shameless shredding of evidence of criminal abortion by the Sebelius administration, and the failure of the Senate to throw out the worst state judicial process in the nation, as we watch newly-passed pro-life bills sit in court or head to our extremely liberal state Supreme Court.

Knoxville, TN safety regs close abortion doc with hospital privileges

Knoxville, TN home of the TN  Vols will have one less abortion mill now.  A State law making abortion centers install an important safety regulation  passed last session and went into effect July 1. The impact of having abortions docs hold credentials good enough to have admitting privileges  at a nearby hospital proved too much for the Volunteer Women's Clinic in Knoxville and they closed their doors. The manger penned a farewell pity letter and shopped it to friendly pro abort sites. It is amazing to read her remembrance of 30 years of bloodshed and her acknowledgement that abortion was the revenue driver. Most amazing to me is her remembering an abortion of a full term pregnancy of a lady about to begin labor...remembered with pride!!

This blog recently wrote about their troubles with health violations and the impact of the new law here and here.

Here is a beautiful sight. 

August 10th, 2012

I found out last night that I will have to close Volunteer Women's Medical Clinic in Knoxville TN, effective today. A law that went into effect July 1st 2012 called "The Life Defense Act", made it illegal for our local, Board Certified OB-GYN physician to perform abortions in our fully licensed Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center. The law requires Drs. who perform abortions to have local hospital admitting privileges. The law applies exclusively to abortion. One of our Drs., Morris Campbell, was actually able to reinstate his privileges a few weeks before the law went into effect. Sadly, he had a stroke and died a few days after receiving the news about his hospital privileges.

I've been able to keep the doors open and the phone staff working up until this week. We've been working on legal remedies, injunction, etc., but I was unable to bridge the financial gap of paying the monthly lease and operating expenses without knowing when we could resume seeing patients.

I'm supposed to be out of the building (5000+sq.ft.) before Monday morning and I plan to somehow achieve that. I have visions of carting all the furniture and equipment across the street to the Crisis Pregnancy Center and piling it up on their lawn rather than going through the tedious task of finding a place for everything.

The clinic has been open for 38 years and I have worked there for over 30 years. I still remember the name of the first patient I took care of on the day I started, and I remember the answer an eleven year old girl gave when, after days of counseling, I asked her what she wanted to do. She said "I just want to go ride my new bicycle". No kidding baby girl. So many images remain of the strength of women.......the day we looked out the front window and saw an Appalachian woman we'd just discharged pushing an electric blue Corvette Sting Ray fast enough that her husband could pop the clutch and start the engine.......the coal miner's daughter that was full term and about to go into labor but swore it couldn't be true because no one had ever been "up on" her.......the sorority girl that said she got pregnant by trying on her friend's diaphragm that "must have had sperm on it"......the woman I brought back to life when she stopped breathing who later told us she had withheld critical medical history from us because she was afraid we wouldn't let her have an abortion if she told us the truth......all the Catholic women who had abortions over and over again because taking a birth control pill every day added up to more sins than a few abortions a year.

I'm so angry about this, also sad, and I'm grateful for whatever wisdom I possess that keeps me from feeling like a victim.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with kind words during this nightmare. Now, I've got to get back to packing. Imagine it all working perfectly.

Deb Walsh

Friday, August 10, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz for August10, 2012

 from Jill
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
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  • Pro-Life Action League reports on the audacity of one abortion clinic: After being fined $36K for violations related to the death of a woman and their first inspection in 15 years, the clinic changed its name and location to avoid the fine.
  • Secular Pro-Life discusses the report of a Louisiana charter school which “reserves the right” to give a pregnancy test to any of their female students, and if the student refuses, will assume she is pregnant and place her on home study. SPL rightly points out policies like this “stigmatize pregnancy” and in essence, encourage abortion. The latest reports suggest that the school may now be re-evaluating the rule.

  • Timmerie’s Blog notices that the thought police are out with the difficult-to-miss mantra of “You need birth control!”:
    The advertisements for artificial contraception that I am personally inundated with are maddening. Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion organizations are successfully doing everything they can to indoctrinate people to the mindset that:
    1. They need birth control
    2. Catholics are proponents of artificial contraception and abortion
    Needless to say, they are reaching their audience, and consistently. On my 5 minute drive to school I see at least five signs saying, “Someone you know needs birth control.” Every day, I am targeted with digital advertising for artificial contraception and “family planning services.”
  • Pro-Life in TN highlights three ardent Planned Parenthood supporters – all incumbents who were defeated in their primaries in liberal Memphis, Tennessee. Could their support for PP have contributed to their defeat?
  • Fr. Frank Pavone reminds people of faith that our goal is not only about changing hearts and minds but laws and public policy. He offers an excellent brochure, available in both English and Spanish, to teach the “relationship between the civil law and the moral law, and the responsibilities of public officials to defend human life.”

  • The New Feminism heralds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (pictured right) veto of “legislation that would have allowed commercial surrogacy in the state… without protections for women who serve as surrogates and no regulation of the fertility industry.” The legislation was opposed by both pro-choice and pro-life groups.
  • At National Review Online, Michael New notes reasons why a recent New York Times article misleads readers regarding young Republicans and their views on social issues like abortion.
  • Real Choice comments on the CDC’s release of their latest abortion death numbers, which are from 2007.
  • The University of Michigan Students for Life group has once again had its on-campus dialogue board stolen. So much for tolerance at a university that supposedly “regards open-mindedness, progressivism, critical thinking, and intellectual honesty as its four cardinal virtues!”
  • Moral Outcry’s Matt Lockett discusses his call to focus his pro-life ministry on the Hispanic community.
  • Wesley J. Smith remarks on an opinion piece in the New York Times that pushes back against anti-human exceptionalism:
    Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles – a pro human exceptionalism opinion piece in the New York Times blog – the newspaper in which we have previously been told that plants are ethical and peas are persons – and by a philosophy professor, no less!
[Photos via and]

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 8-7-12

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN and Kelli
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  • Americans United for Life notes that FL Rep. Cliff Stearns is leading the congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood, despite major stalling on PP’s part. Stearns says that while PP has supplied him with 8,000 documents over the past 10 months, none of them are the ones requested. His goal is to put PP officials under oath to answer key questions of their audits, expenditures and safety aspects. Just as Planned Parenthood shows no regard for life, including that of the late Tonya Reaves of Chicago, the abortion giant also shows no regard for the law.
  • At National Review Online, Michael New demolishes Harvard law professor I. Glenn Cohen’s published claims that fetal pain abortion laws are “flawed” and not based in science.
  • American Life League’s Judie Brown reviews a book tracing President Obama’s community organizing days where he formed his ideals of “replacing loyalty to government [that] trumps even loyalty to God” as evidenced by the HHS mandate which “marginalizes religious freedom in favor of government ideology.”
  • Down on the Pharm links to a post discussing Cuba’s open door invitation to the Catholic Church to help in ending the “plague of abortion.” 60% of the pregnancies in Cuba are aborted, and all on the government’s dime.

  • Silent No More’s Kelly Clinger (pictured left) writes of her frustration with Congress’ failure to pass D.C.’s 20-week fetal pain abortion restriction:
    This is personal for me as well. The man who owns the abortion clinic I went to so many years ago has a clinic in DC. He does abortions up to 36 weeks (if not longer) with a suspended medical license. Thanks to the Democrats’ vote today, he can continue to do this.
    His website very clearly explains the process of injecting the baby’s heart with something to stop the heartbeat. Then a woman will labor to give birth to a dead baby, only they can’t guarantee the baby will be dead. He can’t do these abortions in Florida because of the laws. How kind of him since he also doesn’t have a valid medical license there.
  • The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition refutes the charges leveled against them by pro-euthanasia group, Death With Dignity, following their debate in April.
  • Ethika Politika compares pregnancy, childbirth and parenting trends in Sweden and the United States.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life points out that the late Hubert Humphrey will be remembered and lauded by Democrats at a memorial but there is one aspect of his life that will be ignored – his opposition to abortion.
  • Former pro-choice atheist Jay Watts of the Life Training Institute, shares some good talking points and the correct way to frame arguments for life.

  • At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal notes the good that could result from more “accurate, sensitive, and inexpensive” early prenatal testing. While many pro-lifers believe the tests could result in search and destroy missions, Dr. Nadal says the “glass is half full”:
    First, letting parents know much earlier takes from the more eugenic Ob/Gyn’s the leverage that comes with the more traditional (and later) amniocentesis. Women often receive those tests results within days to a couple of weeks of the legal limit for having an abortion. It doesn’t give the woman time to emotionally digest the diagnosis, leaving her vulnerable to coercive pressure from genetic counselors, doctors and family.
    Next, the earlier blood tests allow more time for women to sit with their decision, and to seek out and receive alternative advice without the deadline for abortion looming large on the horizon. Contrary to arguments that say the abortion rate will skyrocket with such testing, as early term abortions are easier to have, one need only consider that research from Harvard University shows that 93% of all Ds babies diagnosed are being aborted; so there’s little margin for any skyrocketing of abortions.
    By itself, the technology is morally neutral. This technology can alert an Obstetrician to the need for more sonograms and the need for bringing onboard a perinatologist. Some Ds babies have anomalies that require immediate surgical intervention at birth. Early diagnostics can help to determine whether the birth should be vaginal or C-section, and whether or not a surgical team needs to be on standby.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

Memphis TN....supporting Planned Parenthood could be your death knell at the voting booth....

What do all three of these have in common? Hint: three things in common and maybe more....
(L-R)  Rep.  Mike Kernell (D) ,  Rep. Jeanne Richardson (D)   and Senator Beverly Marrero (D) all are from Shelby County TN.  They all are strong advocates of  the nation's largest promoter and abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and they all will have more time for picnicking with the abortion provider  because they all were defeated in their primaries on August  2nd.
Senator Marrero has always stood with Planned Parenthood but now the voters in Shelby county feel she should continue to picket in Memphis and not represent them in Nashville.
This is my personal favorite loser.....former Rep. Jeanne Richardson  who never lets the facts get in the way of her strident advocacy of the nation's largest promoter and provider of abortions.

PP of Memphis posted this pix on  their Facebook page of their Educational Director...she is headed to DC and poses next to this dress made of condoms.  Perhaps Ms. Marrerro or Ms. Richardson would be interested in joining her and making a similar fashion statement.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pro-life blog buzz 8-3-12

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
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  • University of MI Students for Life reflects on a sad day in America on August 1, when the HHS mandate went into effect mandating violating our consciences: Today, the religious liberties of all Americans have been thrown in the trash. And it’s the same trash can where the 3,300 precious babies that will be legally aborted today will be thrown.
  • Timmerie’s Blog has a fact filled post responding to an August 1 email by Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood, asking the question,  “Can one little pill change the world?” Timmerie shows how small actions can indeed change the world, and in this case, not for the better. She discusses how history has proven that the admonitions against the pill are true, both physically and spiritually.
  • Secular ProLife is pleased with the response to its latest project,, particularly with the visibility Google is bringing to the topic of abortion and malpractice. Through SPL’s targeted advertising, a search for abortion clinics now brings up its ad, with 2,000+ subsequent hits to the site.t Congratulations on SPL’s hard work and clever use of media to cover this important niche.
  • Moral Outcry has a particularly relevant post up, explaining the difference between the Chick-Fi-A boycott and pro-life boycotts.
  • John Smeaton, SPUC says powerful incentives will keep China’s one-child policy from ending any time soon: It is a source of income for many officials: Officials lose points for every out-of-quota birth in their area and earn cash bonuses for every abortion and sterilisation they enforce … [D]esperate officials resort to forced abortions and sterilisations.

  • Isn’t it interesting to know that sidewalk counseling now its own training conferences? And what better group to train than Pro Life Action League, which made a presentation in Minneapolis in July. Joe Scheidler pointed out that Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, could have been written by pro-life activists, because they use the same tactics.  He also read from a book by pro-abort Patricia Ireland about how paranoid clinic workers are to see sidewalk counselors.  Abortion clinics now configure their structure to discourage interaction.
Big Blue Wave has a post up I’d like to shout from the rooftops.  It details how a Catholic priest asked a parishioner to step down from the parish council after he told the Chicago Tribune he helped lesbian couples conceive via IVF: That might have been the first salvo,” Caruso said. “I wasn’t angry. I really took what he had to say to heart.”
Bottom line: The parishioner repented and stopped his work that violated Catholic doctrine.
Clergy have great influence over people in their church, but many still fear the rejection of man so much they keep silent

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Another intimidation attempt by abortion industry and their friends in high places....


Do you know how dangerous 64 year old grandmothers can be?  Pro lifers on watch lists...intimidation by govt. officials? Here is a grandmother who is arrested in Chicago for allegedly "touching" someone the day before the arrest even though she had not be in front of the abortion mill counseling for a week. A worker told police that she had "touched" someone the day before and they led her away in handcuff. Read the account and see the video here.

A few days back Jill Stanek wrote that her  daughter and son in law received a surprise visit from the FBI as they were caring for their newborn baby. Andy and his wife are pro life and have prayed, counseled and protested in front of abortion mills in Dallas. They are aware of the law and abide by it and with no evidence to the contrary.  They were asked some pointed questions about their faith, belief systems, how long they had been married and were especially interested in the fact that his mother in law was a prominent pro life blogger. They said they were a special unit that investigated Hate Crimes and White Supremacy. They seemed to know quite a bit about him including where he was from. The point of the visit seemed to be intimidation.

Andy Moore and the Chicago grandmother will not be intimidated... and neither will we. The abortion industry and their friends in high places  are wasting the time.

pix: jill

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pro Life Blog Buzz 8/1/2012

 from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
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  • Yesterday, although a simple majority of the House (220Y-154N-2P-55A) voted in favor of the D. C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, it still failed to pass, since 2/3 majority was needed under suspension of the rules. In National Review Online, Professor Michael New explains why calling for the vote was “shrewd politics and shrewd policy for the pro-life movement.”

  • Culture Campaign  reports on the preliminary outcome in Colorado of Catholic-family owned business that was in effect told by the Department of Justice to violate their beliefs or close their business. But U. S. District  Judge John Kane  said not so fast. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder put on unhappy faces after his ruling, because this – albeit round one – pro–life victory was critical to showing cracks in the Obamacare Mandate, which would secularize the workplace by preventing small business owners from operating their for-profit entities according to their religious beliefs.
  • Down on the Pharm looks at the ratio of 30:1 and asks if creating 30 embryos to get one successful birth outweighs the thousands destroyed in IVF and those stuck  in frozen limbo. Pharm recommends considering this alternative: American Life League has been touting NaPro Technology as an ethical alternative to the more invasive and abortive IVF.
    It focuses on addressing and solving the physical causes of infertility to assist couples in conceiving a child, and boasts a success rate above that of the IVF technologies.

  • Coming Home tells us why  abortion advocates in the blue state of New York cannot not claim, “My body, my choice,” with a straight face anymore.  Their pro-abortion mayor has issued another dictum.  After banning the Big Gulp and taxing cigarettes to the hilt, Bloomberg is now going after mothers who choose bottle feeding. Quoting Fox News:

    Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed…. Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won’t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications.
    With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she’ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead.
  • Kristi Burton Brown of Students for Life writes an article at Live Action News outlining what they learned in their recent survey of young Americans age 18-24 on the issues surrounding abortion.  They find the youth approach is much more commonsense and less radical, but what be most troubling is the information gap, showing where our educational endeavors need to focus. Click to enlarge…