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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 .



Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-27-13

from Jill
by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
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Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights without Frontiers addresses claims that China’s one-child policy has ended as “false.” This is the 33rd anniversary of the barbaric policy.
Politico is claiming that the pink running shoes-wearing, peace sign-waving, late-term abortion defender from Texas, State Senator Wendy Davis, intends to run for governor next year: State and national Democrats have wooed Davis over the past few months for the uphill campaign against Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee.

Secular Pro-Life has some volunteer opportunities, as well as one paid part-time opening. See the link for details.

Stand True discusses the upcoming Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which was birthed in 2004 by students who asked what they could do help end abortion. Register for this year’s event on Tuesday, Oct 15th at

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life are closely watching the abortion front in Finland:
Nearly a quarter of all Minnesotans can trace Finnish ancestry in their heritage and 23 percent are Lutherans in faith….
Earlier this summer Dr. Rasanen, who is also head of the Christian Democratic Party in Finland, caused a stir in Europe when she boldly used a speech at a Lutheran Church conference to call for a discussion on abortion in her country. In her speech she highlighted the fact that Finland and Sweden are the only two western European countries that do not allow health care workers the right to refuse to participate in an abortion. Dr. Rasanen also noted that Finnish law provides that animals must be slaughtered painlessly, but unborn human beings have no protections from the excruciating pain of an abortion.

Life News notes that a recent Jezebel article titled “I Help Desperate Women and I could go to Jail for It” lauds the fact that an unlicensed, untrained illegal abortionist in America acts like the “reproductive rights fairy,” doling out chemical abortion pills by mail. The criminal writes:
I send women what I can — misoprostol, or mifepristone/misoprostol in combination when I have some stocked. I know, when I do it, that it could be a devil’s bargain — that this could be the envelope that gets traced back to me. This could be the one that lands me in prison. Or, even worse, it could be the one that kills someone. The abortion drugs rarely cause major complications (less often than birth), but they do happen. I don’t know what I would do with that on my conscience. I haven’t had to find out yet.

The Lost Generation discusses some of the reasons women will choose abortion… fear of rejection:
Often, women choose abortion because they are convinced they will be alone if they do not. They believe that their parents will reject them and throw them out. They believe their boyfriend or husband will leave them. They believe their friends will scorn them or make fun of them. They believe they will become an outcast in their family, at school, or in society. They fear loneliness and rejection, but in their fear, they do not realize that abortion itself is the ultimate loneliness.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-24-13

from Jill

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

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Big Blue Wave finds it rich that NARAL is now putting out the appeal for men to be more active in promoting abortion – not only at the legislative level, but grassroots as well. I guess “my body, my choice,” was only valid when the pro-choice side wasn’t in a panic.

Kansans for Life says the recent uptick in passage of state pain-capable laws is causing real angst among media elite. The New York Times publishes a piece attempting to show that these legislative victories are just “wishful thinking on the part of zealots.” Citing abortion providers and ardent supporters, the authors still had to pick and choose the experts’ works carefully to omit any published evidence that contradicted the intent of the article. If that weren’t bad enough, they chose to claim late-term abortions are so rare (2%) that they’re not a big deal – but that 2% translates to 20,000 children per year.

The Leading Edge noticed a Facebook post from pro-abortion New Zealand association ALRANZ, which defended gender-selective abortions. The interesting thing about the post, though, was that a picture of a preborn child was posted with their link – for which they felt the need to apologize (click to enlarge screenshot at left).

The Guiding Star Project posts a thought-provoking piece about how we discuss pregnancy. In the pre-ultra sound era, it was often stated that “we don’t care what we’re having as long as it’s healthy.” But the author, a mother of a child with significant health issues, says the better response would be, “we are just happy to have this child.” We wouldn’t consider abandoning our born children due to medical issues, so why should we do so with our preborn children?

40 Days for Life says another clinic prayer vigil site – this time in Montana – is closing its doors:
Local Montana 40 Days for Life leaders pointed out that this 41st clinic will close in the 41st year following the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that imposed abortion on America… in the 41st state to be admitted to the Union.

At Live Action, Sarah Terzo discusses the misperception that somehow pro-life counseling is inherently biased, while abortion clinic “counseling” is non-biased. Author of the book Lovejoy: A Year in the Life of an Abortion Clinic by Peter Korn spent a year “observing abortions and interviewing patients at an abortion clinic” and tends to paint abortion workers in a “sympathetic” light. Yet in his detail of the counseling sessions, he reveals misinformation and pressure used by the counselors (salespeople):

Tiffany is reluctant to abort her baby. She tells Anneke [the counselor] she thinks she wants to have her child. Korn describes what the counselor says next:
“I’m not here to change your mind. I’m not here to force your opinion. But I’m sitting here seeing this beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her, and you have so many other things you can do right now. Why don’t you go ahead with your dreams and have kids later?” Tiffany had no answer so Anneke continued, “We’re always here for you.”… Before ending the session Anneke left Tiffany with some figures that she recently had learned from Carye: One in ten high school girls who become pregnant finish high school, and one in ten thousand girls who have babies during high school finish college. And a third statistic: Over 80 percent of the men in this country don’t pay their child support. “The statistics are stacked against you,” Anneke said….

Reluctantly, Tiffany agrees to abort her baby. By this time, the baby’s father has arrived at the clinic to talk her out of the abortion. The clinic workers call the police and have him thrown out before he can see her.

Tiffany goes through with the procedure alone. The clinic makes another $400. Another baby is dead.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-20-13

from Jill

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

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Jivin J comments on a recent Washington Post editorial asserting – without any evidence – that if Ken Cuccinelli wins the gubernatorial election, abortion clinics in Virginia will shut down. The editorial makes this leap because Cuccinelli favors clinic regulations and inspections. The editorial also ignores the results of last year’s announced inspections, which revealed “widespread deficiencies” and asserts there is “no evidence that women are at risk in Virginia’s abortion clinics.”

Wesley J. Smith explores the dark side of Big Fertility that “has also helped create a destructive view that people not only have a right to a child, but to the child they want.” Besides ethical concerns and the health risks associated with this industry, the failure rate of IVF in the US is almost 70%:
It is time to rein in the hype and take a more realistic look at the taboos and myths surrounding infertility and science’s ability to “cure” it.
Smith recommends instead focusing on the “parentless children” waiting for adoption and a forever home.

John Smeaton posts some timely statements from the Pope:
Pope Francis has sent a strong pro-life and pro-family message to the participants in the annual Social Week for Italian Catholics, held this past weekend in Turin on the theme of “The Family: Hope and Future for Italian Society”. He said: “A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise”. He also said that the family based on opposite-sex marriage open to life is the basis of society.

The Christian Science Monitor has published Michael J. New’s response to Marymount College student Elizabeth Jahr’s assertions that “Pro-Life Groups Don’t Really Protect The Unborn” and that political pro-life efforts (and the March for Life) would be better spent assisting women facing crisis pregnancies.

Secular Pro-Life compares the downplaying of child abuse experienced by an orphan to society’s 
downplaying of abortion: So we either do something about it… or we look the other way. We question the situation’s veracity. Or we ignore the topic entirely, using polite terms like “choice” and “personal issue.” After all, if we can’t see it — if we insist that it can’t really be that bad — then it’s not real, right? Like the local Germans who lived directly outside WWII-era concentration camps yet didn’t know its horrors until forced to see, we ignore what is happening in orphanages across the world, homes on our block, and Planned Parenthood offices in our town.

ProWomanProLife asks readers to encourage pro-life hero/activist Linda Gibbons who sits in a jail for protesting outside an abortion clinic. While in jail her daughter passed away. Letters are encouraged – info at the link.

Pro-Life Wisconsin features a song and video about a true story that ends with adoption:
John Elefante, the former lead singer of the rock band Kansas, has made a pro-life music video in honor of his adopted daughter, Sami. ”I can’t imagine life without my daughter, Sami, and it just breaks my heart that pregnant young women much like her birth mother, instead of choosing life for their babies, are denying them the chance to be born,” Elefante said. “If our song can in any way bring attention to this issue and encourage those who are considering abortion to choose life through options such as adoption, then we couldn’t be happier.”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-17-13

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
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Live Action News compares the passage of legislation regulating tattoos in Washington D.C. to the capital’s lack of abortion regulation: Consider the 66 new pages of regulations the District of Columbia is thinking about imposing on tattoo parlors, which include prohibitions on minors getting tattoos, limits on the kind of body piercings minors can get, mandatory informed consent for health risks, and a 24-hour waiting period.
Yes, that would be the same Washington, DC which is run by pro-aborts, has no parental consent or notification requirements for minors seeking abortion, and no waiting period for abortion, all of which adds up to one of the country’s highest abortion rates.
They are for regulating everything except the right to end the developing life in the womb. Amazing.

Clinic Quotes shows that Planned Parenthood has never had a problem with sex-selective abortions. From PP spokesperson Lisa Andrusko (1985):
… [O]nce the state of the fetal diagnostic art moves from second to first trimester, so abortion falls within the menstrual extraction…. Planned Parenthood will increasingly connote planning the sex as well as the spacing of offspring.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition reports on the efforts to sell assisted suicide to the Australian public.

At Abortion Pill Risks, Monty Patterson (father of RU-486 victim Holly Patterson) discusses an Oklahoma case coming before the US Supreme Court on the use of RU-486 without regard for FDA recommendations of use. While the abortion industry contends that the off-label use of the drug is done all the time, women’s safety is put at risk by doing so: The Oklahoma law does not ban the use of the Mifeprex regimen, nor does it ban any abortion before or after 49 days gestation. It simply requires that the medical abortion regimen be administered in the way deemed safest by the FDA. The Act imposes no obstacle or undue burden to women seeking access to an abortion….As part of this Supreme Court case, I submitted an “Affidavit of Monty Patterson, father of Holly Patterson” in support of the “Brief of Women and Families Hurt by RU-486.”

Abstinence Clearinghouse links to a blog which warns parents to be aware of the Snapchat social media app, which “was based on a lie” and “was created as a ‘safe’ way to SEXT.” Hmm… sounds like it could be something that Planned Parenthood might eventually use to market themselves to teens.

[Snapchat meme via]

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-13-13

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

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Reflections of a Paralytic recommends a “must read” article by Jennifer Lahl of The Center for Bioethics in Culture, who asks, “Why don’t Christians see IVF and surrogacy as moral issues?”: The fact that so many people fail to consider the moral implications of IVF suggests that in the age of fertility treatments, surrogates, and modern family-building via parenting partnerships, a woman’s womb has come to be seen as a somewhat arbitrary location. NBC’s The New Normal quips that women are “Easy-Bake Ovens” and children are “cupcakes.”

Wesley J. Smith notes the “topsy turvy” values of our nation, when new legislation in Washington, D.C. mandates a 24-hour waiting period (as well as an age and parental consent restriction) before getting a tattoo – but not an abortion.

ProWomanProLife gives us an update on Canadian pro-life hero Linda Gibbons (pictured left), who was given the maximum sentence – six months and 29 days – for protesting abortion inside the bubble zone: It appears the judge sentenced her more harshly based on a personal bias against her: “She has indicated no remorse to the court,” [Madam Justice Feroza] Bhabha said angrily. “She believes in the rightness of her cause… (but) abortions are legal. Miss Gibbons does not appreciate that it’s a legal right.”
Obviously Gibbons honors a higher authority than the local judge.

SPUC’s John Smeaton speaks out against the decision of the Crown’s Prosecution Service not to prosecute UK doctors caught committing sex-selective abortions. His letter was published in the Telegraph, as well.

Pro-Life Wisconsin announces their new association with Personhood USA.

Right to Life of Michigan reports that Detroit has 7% of the state’s population but accounts for 25% of the state’s abortions.

Saynsumthn’s Blog posts the close ties between abortion giant Planned Parenthood and Obamacare. PP is “helping” to get people signed up for the healthcare monstrosity. And naturally, “all this ‘help’ from Planned Parenthood will translate into BIG Bucks into their coffers in abortions and birth control, despite their abysmal record on medicaid fraud!”

At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal pens an open letter to Elizabeth Jahr for her criticism of the pro-life movement’s annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.. Jahr claims that “[p]ro-life groups funnel tremendous resources into a legal war against abortion in the US without providing adequate practical support for women to maintain pregnancies” and that the money spent to hold the March would be better spent elsewhere. Nadal responds:
"Your claims that the money spent on travel to the Annual March on Washington could be better spent by serving the actual needs of women in crisis pregnancies is so far beyond the pale that you should blush for having said so. Certainly in your scholarly research for the article you looked at the 3,000+ pregnancy centers in this nation whose daily work includes getting housing, prenatal care, delivery services, food, clothing, diapers, supplies, employment, etc for women in crisis pregnancies….It takes money to keep the maternity homes and pregnancy centers open. Millions and millions of dollars are needed. The March each year continues to grow, and with that growth comes the great enthusiasm, the great fervor that drives the raising of far more money than is spent on the March. Beyond that utilitarian analysis there is something more fundamental that you missed in your hit piece.
Published so close to the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and “I have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, your article misses the fact that sometimes it just doesn't matter the cost of calling attention to fundamental injustice and inhumanity. There have been some 57 million babies slaughtered in my lifetime in this country. You would have 600,000 marchers stay home? Really?"

Pro-Life New Mexico rolls out Project 52, an initiative for 52 churches to focus for 52 weeks on one abortion clinic with the idea of “Saving One Woman, One Child, One Week, And One Church At A Time.” Watch their video here:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pro-life blog buzz 9-3-13

from Jill

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

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Clinic Quotes pulls a quote from the wayback machine (1976) showing the mindset of the people who make their living performing abortions. A director of nursing from an abortion facility is quoted:
"In some ways it is very boring, these abortions — the same thing day after day. In fact the nurses are excited about complications because it’s something different."

Abolitionist Society has a new poster in response to President Obama’s voiced concern that the Syrian government is murdering its own people with chemical weapons (pictured left).

The Guiding Star Project discusses NaPro Technology as a better, more ethical treatment for infertility, as compared to IVF:
Many couples are completely unaware of a fast-growing technology for achieving pregnancy called NaPro Technology. This innovative technology is an approach to fertility that adheres to the guidelines provided by a woman’s natural cycles. The Creighton Model of fertility care is the foundation for this approach, monitoring the bio-markers which showcase hormonal changes in a woman’s cycle.

Coupled with natural supplements, and sometimes laparoscopic surgery, NaPro Technology has a very high success rate when used to achieve pregnancy. Because NaPro is a fertility-care based approach and not just a fertility-control approach, many women who achieve pregnancy through this method may find it to be less stressful, more inclusive and a better option overall in catering to the needs of their entire person – mind, body and soul.
Josh Brahm was interviewed by his “new favorite Christian organization Soulation… about how pro-lifers can love pro-choice people better while discussing an emotional issue like abortion”