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Friday, March 28, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 3-28-14

from Jill Stanek.com


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 Susie@jillstanek.com.

ProWomanProLife recommends a blog post by pro-lifer Matt Walsh entitled, “I paid to have babies murdered and all I got was this coat hanger necklace?” Walsh writes:
Sure, we’d like to give to every worthy charity and needy neighbor, but alas our resources are finite. So… [d]o we concentrate on nurturing, sheltering, clothing, protecting, blessing, and loving our fellow human beings? Or do we negate the need for such things by opting to fund the extermination of the very sorts of humans that might end up requiring our charity, should they be permitted to exist in the first place? Do we feed them, treating them like hungry friends, or do we fumigate, treating them like swarming cockroaches?
If the ease and efficiency of the latter option appeal to you, The DC Abortion Fund is here to help….
[They like] to keep it classy. That’s why they offer a gift to anyone who chooses to donate to their organization: A coat hanger pendant….
I’m not sure what they were going for, but to me it symbolizes the myth of the “safe” abortion. We pretend that the clinics provide a less hazardous experience than back alleys and coat hangers, but it’s all a charade. A show. A merciless ploy, and women are the victims.
“Safe” abortions have killed at least 400 women…. A peer reviewed study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that women who’ve had abortions suffer from an 81 percent higher risk of mental health problems. Worst of all, the suicide rate among these women is tragic and startling.
Safe? Safe for who, exactly? Safe for the abortionists, I guess.


Pro-Life New Mexico discusses how pro-life activist Bud Shaver and Protest ABQ appear to have the UNM Center for Reproductive Health on the run. Apparently, their persistent witness has had an impact:
Well, lo and behold, the baby killers on 1701 Moon CLOSED their doors this past week, and a source said that it was because of Bud’s daily visits in front of their facility. They decided to relocate to an office park near the airport, but Protest ABQ has made several visits to the location and have notified other businesses in the area about their new neighbor. Bud Shaver along with others now make a daily visit to this site.
Real Choice posts a disturbing video from Operation Rescue, detailing an ambulance call for a patient not breathing following an abortion at a Cleveland facility. The video shows no resuscitation attempts by medical personnel as they are wheeling her out to the ambulance.

Pro-Life Wisconsin posts audio of an ambulance call for a “safe” and legal abortion at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood which perforated a patient’s uterus. The PP caller requested that an ambulance come without lights and sirens.

At Pro-Life Action League, Eric Scheidler posts about the group’s activities outside the Supreme Court in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga this week. Scheidler also shares links to several interviews he gave to news outlets.

At Reproductive Research Audit, Dr. Jacqueline Harvey has an interesting and timely article on the Hobby Lobby case:
Reproductive Research Audit (RRA) recently submitted this amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby for which oral arguments begin today. It is often glossed-over in the media that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood provide coverage for 16 out of 20 forms of prescription contraceptives, and object to merely drugs and devices that they believe cause early abortions (one of which, Plan B, is available over-the-counter). Prior research at RRA had determined that these methods are actually among the least-popular, which lead us to determine how many women are truly affected by the plaintiff’s moral objection to abortion.
How many women? Harvey says it’s about 330.
Priests for Life posts a stirring video of Fr. Frank Pavone speaking about the HHS mandate from the steps of the Supreme Court:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 3-25-14

from Jill Stanek.com
by Susie Allen, host of the blog,Pro-Life in TN, and KelliWe welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! EmailSusie@jillstanek.com.

At the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Alex Schadenberg says an Australian high court has decided that a man who helped his friend commit suicide cannot inherit from the will of his deceased friend. Until this ruling, Schadenberg notes:
Only those convicted of murder or manslaughter had previously been barred from benefiting from an estate if named as executors or beneficiaries in their victim’s will. Hopefully this decision will further protect people who are at the lowest point in their life.


Live Action News highlights the remarkable story of Mindy Tran, a mother who threw her body under a rolling car to prevent it – with her twins buckled inside – from going into traffic. She is expected to recover from her injuries.Mindy’s example should cause our nation to ponder the true meaning of motherhood. Deep down we want mothers to do everything they can to protect, nurture and care for their children. We praise them when they sacrifice because we know it’s the right thing to do. Where would we be as a nation if all mothers sought to protect their children’s lives at any cost?

At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal pens a letter “addressed to every physician, scientist, and genetic counselor who believes in a eugenic agenda that targets the unborn specifically because of diagnosed genetic anomalies”: 

Who taught you in medical school or graduate school that we doctors of science and medicine are the custodians of the human gene pool? Who was it that told you it was your job to keep that pool “clean?”…
How have we progressed from that understanding to where we are today?…
What is it that you believe you have been entrusted with that leads to this neo-eugenics?…
When was it that we stopped looking for cures and enhanced therapies, and started taking the cheap way out? When did death and non-existence become the answer, rather than healing and wholeness? When did we receive a mandate to kill every baby we could in order to aid the patient in avoidance of suffering?


Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Lifereminds us that today, March 25, is theInternational Day of the Unborn Child. To promote this, share the graphic (above) on social media.

Big Blue Wave wonders if, in the future, euthanasia has the potential to begin to disproportionately affect minorities like abortion has.

At The Leading Edge, Brendan Malone counters an attempt to glamorize the “work” of notorious New Zealand back-alley abortionist Flo Radcliffe(1904-1975). Far from being admirable, Radcliffe charged well for her services – $2500 per abortion – and was certainly no charity worker. She was known to have injured some abortion clients and even ran a brothel out of her home. Malone notes, “If this is what passes for a pioneering women’s advocate then I’d really hate to see what these people consider to be the exploitation of women.”

[Tran photo via knue.com/ABCNews.com]

Friday, March 21, 2014

Decisions, Choices and Options....facts about teen pregnancy talks $$ to teens



Amy Lafayette brings it home to teens in Sumner County TN in this pilot program as she discusses  the cost of raising a child in the first year of life. Sponsored by Decisions, Choices and Options ,this program uses the Personal Finance class, a required class,  for all  students in Tennessee.  

Lafayette, discusses her impressions  of the program after two years in the schools. Listen here.

Cost of teen pregnancy...pilot program in Sumner County TN is a success

Juniors and Seniors in Personal Finance Class at White House High School listen intently in this  Personal Finance class.  It is a requirement to graduate and  full of practical advice. 

 At the request of educators, Decisions, Choices and Options, was invited to  bring their teen pregnancy prevention advice to the students in  a class designed to work with  finances.  Amy Lafayette, an experienced educator, and  Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace facilitator was the perfect person for this pilot program.

The feedback from teachers and students showcase the success.  The teens are fully engaged in interactive assignments as they calculate the cost of pregnancy, delivery and caring for an infant in the first year of life. 

Most of these students  already have part time jobs and  meet some of their personal expenses such as cell phones, car insurance, clothing and gas. They understand paychecks and taxes.  The assignments  in class help them see the direct consequences of  other life  choices.

The  hour and a half class was fast moving and never boring.  It was very compelling  in the middle of the lesson to hear one young man say...."is it worth it to have a baby at this age?"  This statement prompted Mrs. Lafayette to ask what is the only 100% method of preventing pregnancy.
To which the class answered in unison...abstinence!  Give teens facts and they will draw the correct conclusion.


Now for some interactive group work. Notice how the class is mainly boys but they are into it.

Pro-life blog buzz 3-21-14



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 Susie@jillstanek.com.

The Passionate Pro-Lifer tells the ending to a story that began over a year ago, when William Costello attacked and injured 69-year-old Everett Stadig, who was collecting signatures for a personhood petition. Stadig ended up with a broken hip, while Costello was arrested. His DNA was then linked to three unsolved sexual assault cases from 2008-2011. (One assault was on a 13-year-old.) Since it garnered little media attention, PPL obtained a press pass and attended all the hearings. The defendant was out on bail but failed to appear for his second day of his trial. He was subsequently found in his apartment of what authorities call an apparent suicide.



Real Choice points out that Kermit Gosnell was not the inventor of “snipping” the necks of infants necks upon delivery to “ensure fetal demise”. The inventor was abortionist Dr. Martin Haskell, creator of the D&X, or “partial birth” abortion.

At New Wave Feminists, Destiny responds to a porn star who believes she is a feminist and that her “work” is liberating: Pornography dehumanizes those participating in it, especially women. Therefore, if the goal of feminism is to elevate women above a subhuman level, porn and feminism cannot co-exist.

Pro-Life in TN remarks on the recent stories about an 18-year-old Duke undergraduate who is proudly financing her way through college as a porn star. She claims she finds it “empowering” to do porn, because it enables her to “make choices” about her own body. In an appearance on The View (video at link), the young woman explains that she has been watching pornography online since age 12. The panel expresses shock, but only one – Sherri Shepherd – is brought near tears at this revelation. (As a side note, I found it odd that Jenny McCarthy, once a Playboy centerfold, would seem to be so curious about why this young woman would enter the world of porn.)

Reflections of a Paralytic asks “[w]hat’s with society’s split personality when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs)? Milk from a cloned cow is unnatural and unsafe, but injecting a human being with stem cells from their own (dead) clone is positive scientific progress?” Good question. RP posts a video discussing this.

Pro-Life Wisconsin discusses the protests against a Mayo Clinic doctor who consults on high-risk pregnancies at Mayo-Franciscan Skemp, a Catholic hospital in LaCrosse, WI. This doctor does not hesitate to recommend abortion for children with Down syndrome: Lief and Karen Arvidson say they discovered this firsthand while receiving treatment for a high-risk pregnancy at Mayo-Franciscan. According to the Arvidsons, the doctor in question told them their child had a probability of Down syndrome, and he recommended they abort.
If Mayo-Franciscan hospital is indeed employing an abortionist who refers high-risk pregnancies to himself to drive his abortion business, then they are materially cooperating in abortions. This would be a grave scandal for a Catholic hospital.


Pro-Life Action League responds to a writer at Religion Dispatches and to Rev. Harry Knox of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, who believe PLAL’s call to pray for three abortion activists during Lent is actually a threat. Knox calls PLAL’s effort “hate in love’s clothing.” He also believes the graphic (pictured above) featuring the activists’ likenesses is really a “Wanted” poster. Eric Scheidler responds:
… I can understand why our opponents beat this drum so loudly. It’s a lot easier to demonize pro-life activists than to defend abortion, which violently takes the lives of over 3,000 unborn children every single day.
It’s become a kind of knee-jerk response. It was prominently on display in January when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the McCullen v. Coakley Massachusetts buffer zone case. Never mind that someone willing to commit an act of violence would hardly be deterred by a buffer zone — or that not one arrest was made under a less restrictive law previously in place in the state.
But never are these rare acts of anti-abortion violence juxtaposed with the overwhelmingly peaceful pro-life activism taking place day in, day out throughout the United States: the hundreds of marches, rallies and protests, and the countless hours of prayer and outreach on the sidewalks outside America’s abortion clinics.
Given how much pro-life activism is going on, and how high we think the stakes are here—literally a matter of life and death — it’s remarkable how very peaceful this movement truly is.
And why is it so? Because we pray. Like we’re doing now for Robin Marty, Katie Klabusich and Cheryl Chastine.
Indeed, if “intimidation” were really our goal, this campaign would have to be considered pretty feckless. If this is really a “thinly veiled” call for violence, what, one wonders, would a “thickly veiled” one look like?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Harmless porn ??...this 18 yr. old college porn star started watching porn at age 12

If you  think porn is harmless, this young woman has been watching porn online since the age of 12. She now finances her college education at Duke (60K tuition/yr) moonlighting as a porn star. She aspires  to be a lawyer for women's rights upon graduation. She finds doing porn empowering and  loves the ability to make choices concerning her own body. Her parents, unaware, until she was outed by a fellow student are now supportive....so she says. 

Although her father is a doctor, the tuition is more than he can afford. Where did they think she was getting the money? Does anyone who is interviewing her ask her about sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy? Nope, they are too busy being titillating.

Some of the quotes from her interview tell the tale.... she loves rough sex. The Playboy interview is adult reading for sure. 

So Internet porn is grabbing the girls, not just the guys. According to this 18 yr. old....girls love porn just as much as guys.  This girl needs help, not stardom. And  the cheering audience ??? What about that?? I guess we lost our ability to be shocked. 


I'd like to be a lawyer," she told the creepy guy behind the camera in her first ever scene for the porn site Facial Abuse, moments before a male actor begins choking her.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FLOTUS to China...will not address forced abortions, sterilizations in favor of youth empowerment

Why should we be surprised that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, will not address the one child policy, forced abortions and forced sterilizations on her upcoming trip to China.

“We don’t think that the first lady should make this a focus at all of her trip,” Rhodes said. “This is a very different purpose. This is the purpose, again, of building those people-to-people connections; of reaching out to young people in China, broadening the ties between our two countries. So we’ll continue to raise those issues in all of our diplomatic contacts with the Chinese. I think the first lady’s message and I think her — the nature of her visit is quite different.”
Rhodes told the conference call that Mrs. Obama’s visit to China will “focus on people-to-people relations” as well as education and “youth empowerment.”

It would be laughable for her to abandon her radical support of abortion on demand to lecture China on their policies when her and her husband's abortion support is just as extreme. Besides they depend too heavily on the campaign contributions from the nation's promoter and provider of abortions....Planned Parenthood. However, I choke on the youth empowerment lingo.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 3-18-14

from Jill Stanek.com

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 Susie@jillstanek.com.

Clinic Quotes shares something that might make your blood boil: This is truly blood money...
In one year alone, the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood clergy consultation service received $250,000 in kickbacks from clinics to which they referred women for abortions.
The Clergy Consultation Service for Planned Parenthood has been around for more than 40 years.

At Catholic Vote, Michael New says the real controversy at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) wasn’t about the decision to exclude the American Atheists from displaying a booth – it was the lack of representation of certain social issues that have always been considered conservative:
This year’s CPAC includes more than 20 panels on a range of interesting topics including the IRS, gun rights, and Obamacare. However, during the three day conference there are no panels specifically dealing with the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, or religious liberty issues.

Americans United for Life encourages Governor Ray Tomblin of West Virginia to sign a late-term abortion ban which was passed by the Democratically-led state House and Senate:
A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (5 months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she was in the first trimester. At 21 weeks or more, she is 91 times more likely to die from an abortion than she was in the first trimester.


At Coming Home, Dr. Gerard Nadal has a strong statement about Planned Parenthood’s intention to bestow their Margaret Sanger Award upon Nancy Pelosi (pictured left with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and sex therapist Ruth Westheimer).
Pelosi presents herself as an ardent, practicing Catholic while at the same time wholeheartedly supporting abortion on demand. Nadal wonders how the bishops will respond: 

We are beyond conversation about reception of the Eucharist at this point. The question is why we cannot acknowledge that legislators who vote specifically for abortion funding (not general budgets containing abortion funding) but specific legislation for protecting, funding, and facilitating abortion are formal cooperators in abortion, and as such have already incurred automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication as such? On the consequences of this there can be no more doubt or debate. None of the Catholics in the party of death have defended the Church against the Obama administration’s war on religion. They are all in, all the way.
We have nothing to lose that we have not already lost, or will lose soon enough. That said, what is most frightfully at stake is the very moral authority of the bishops themselves. Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion Catholic legislators are celebrating a lifetime of malignant success in the middle of Lent. The time has come for the bishops to recognize that milestone with a pronouncement of their own, one that is long overdue.
Down on the Pharm may have coined a new term: fetophobia – the irrational fear of biological human development. Perhaps this was the reason that pro-life high school students were prevented from displaying accurate fetal models during lunch break at their school.

Abolish Human Abortion responds to the assertion that their drop cards, which are designed for public distribution, are “hate mail”:
So, are you more angry with finding the card or the fact that what it depicts is legally protected and nearly universally ignored by good people like yourself? I am more angry at the latter.
Big Blue Wave posts 8 simple rules for debating abortion. It is important for us to communicate effectively on this human atrocity.

Live Action shares a video in which a child lauds her hero. This video, along with many other life-affirming videos, was created by VirtueMedia, whose “‘pregnancy help ads’ focus on topics such as post abortion help, humanity of the unborn, statistics on abortion, resources for pregnant moms and more. The videos from VirtueMedia have received national awards for creativity in broadcast commercial production”:
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Hero: Rebekka from VirtueMedia on Vimeo.

Buffett Foundation hires architect of CA's nonphysician abortion law

Buffett Foundation hires architect of CA's nonphysician abortion law

Monday, March 17, 2014

Abortion movement sends letters to the editor using scare tactics and misinformation



This is how they are going to spin it....letter today in Memphis Commercial Appeal...

First they are going to ignore federal law and lead with the scare....


"amendment one would allow legislators to ban abortions even in the cases of rape, incest and life of the mother."
Scare tactics....truth does not matter. Legalized abortion is federal law and state law cannot supersede federal law. What they really fear is that Roe Vs. Wade may fall some day and they are wanting to prepare for that. Actually the abortion industry holds TN as a model for other states on how to achieve unregulated abortion on demand at any stage of the pregnancy.

"These regulations and laws the other side wants seek to shame,stigmatize and deter women from choosing abortion."

Really ? Requiring abortion facilities to be inspected and regulated and meet the same standards as other outpatient surgery centers is intended to shame? Having late term abortions done in hospitals is a stigma? Informed consent is a deterrent?

"It’s perplexing that the writer suggests Tennessee has become an “abortion destination”

Latest stats from CDC says that Tennessee is 3rd in the states  for doing abortions on girls and women who reside out of state.  Most Tennesseans would not see this as a source of pride.

"In fact, a requirement passed by the General Assembly in 2012 led to the closure of several clinics and forced some physicians to stop providing abortions." 

This administrative regulation by our pro life governor states that abortionists must have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Is it a bad thing, that doctors who cannot meet these minimal standards cannot provide abortions at these uninspected and unregulated centers? 

"....most Tennesseans treasure their right to privacy."

Friday, March 14, 2014

Houston Abortion Doctor Douglas Karpen’s Legal Troubles Continue

from News 92fm  Houston

HOUSTON – A Houston abortion doctor who was investigated by a Harris County grand jury last year is now being sued.  A former patient claims she suffered a torn uterus, bleeding and extensive pain. Doctor Douglas Karpen was not indicted in 2013 and the new lawsuit is unrelated.

The law suit claims medical negligence on the part of Karpen who runs the Aaron Woman’s Clinic.
The suit cliams “permanent injuries” were caused by Karpen and the patient “continues to suffer as a result of medical negligence.”  The legal document says her injuries were discovered by another doctor who also found internal bleeding.

Because of the nature of the case News 92 FM is not revealing the name of the woman who filed the suit.
A woman who claims she is a former employee of Karpin says there are a lot of woman injured at the Aaron Clinic and they are not treated well.  She says when Karpin injures a woman he never tells her.
“Never telling the woman hey I ripped your cervix you need to get that looked at,” Edge said.
According to the suit the abortion was performed during the third trimester when the patient was 22 weeks pregnant.
She also revealed that Karpin charges $4,000 to $5,000 for a late term abortion.
News 92 FM attempted to contact both sides in this law suit and our calls have not been returned.

Pro-life blog buzz 3-14-14

from Jill Stanek,com
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 Susie@jillstanek.com.

Right to Life Michigan is proud to bring transparency and peace of mind despite the histrionics from Rachel Maddow who claimed that beginning today the women of Michigan will have to purchase rape insurance to provide for their abortions:
So what will happen when the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out law takes effect on March 14? The sun will rise and Michigan will join 23 other states that have opted out of abortion being a standard part in health care policies offered through the national health care exchanges. Michigan will also join nine other states that have opted out of abortion as a standard part of private health care plans.


Stand for Life does not intend to give up after the defeat of a 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last November:
What is the answer to light a fire under the citizens of Albuquerque? Protest ABQ is one. This new movement spearheaded by Father Stephen Imbarrato is to protest not only at abortion facilities but at businesses and residences that have close ties to them. Abortion victim photography, or graphic images as some may call them, are a huge part of the protest, along with other pro-life text signs. Names of businesses affiliated with the abortion industry in Albuquerque are also highlighted in signs and literature.

Pro Life Action League reminds us that Good Friday is the day for the Way of the Cross. PLAL has all the tools you need to bring this event to your city.

We hear people say it was a “therapeutic” abortion, as if that word makes it okay. Now Wesley J. Smith opines on the issue of “rational” suicide. So if the psychiatrist has determined you are not mentally ill and can make rational decisions, go for it:
Psychiatrists are sometimes the last bastion of protection for despairing self-destructive people. To succeed, the life-saving mission must be unequivocal. But rational suicide proponents believe that when the doctor agrees that the desire to die is “rational,” it should be “permitted.” Imagine being told by your doctor that self-killing makes sense.
Pro Life in TN is proud that Tennessee Congresswomen Diane Black (right, top) and Marsha Blackburn (right, bottom) received special recognition from Susan B. Anthony List for their pro life legislation.

Pro Woman Pro Life lists a link to songs about abortion, some of which carry a subtle theme that need an explanation.

Amanda Marcotte may have gushed over the opening in Buffalo of a birth/abortion combo. calling it the “nation’s first.” But Real Choice takes exception, reminding us of previous combos and their not so stellar track record:
But the abortion/birthing combo in Buffalo is not breaking new ground. Others have dug that grave before, and buried many a child along with some mothers.
Secular Pro Life points to a recent poll indicating that only 36% of Millennials would describe themselves as religious as the reason why SPL is well situated to appeal to the this generation:
Because if you aren’t a “religious person,” prayer vigils, sermons, and sayings like, “Let God Plan Parenthood” are not going to get you involved in the pro-life movement. And heaven forbid (ha!) that you take such an approach with an average young Christian woman who is pregnant, terrified, and considering what looks like an “easy way out.” About 65% of abortions in the U.S. are performed on Christian mothers, according to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tennessean Congressman Blackburn and Black receive recognition from Susan B Anthony

The Tennessean recognized two middle Tennessee pro life Congressman....Marsha Blackburn and Diane Black who were recognized by Susan B. Anthony for their stand for life in Washington DC.

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WASHINGTON — One of the leading interest groups opposing abortion rights honored U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn on Wednesday for her work on measures to restrict the practice.
The award comes as Blackburn, R-Brentwood, and Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, continue to sponsor and co-sponsor numerous bills in the 113th Congress that take aim at the procedure.
Blackburn received the Distinguished Leader Award from Susan B. Anthony List, a Washington organization dedicated to funding women candidates who oppose abortion. The award was to be presented at the group’s annual gala Wednesday night.
The group cited Blackburn for leading the House floor debate in June on a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. The measure passed the Republican-controlled body 228-196, although it failed to advance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
“Representative Blackburn is already recognized as one of the foremost and fearless leaders of the pro-life caucus here in Washington,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the SBA List. “She is never afraid to go on offense for the unborn and women, whether she is debating opposing members of Congress or media pundits.”
Dannenfelser added, “Her leadership spurred several states to take action and continues to inspire change in the hearts and minds of Americans across the nation.”
The group also praised Black, who spoke at a panel discussion it held Wednesday morning. “She is another of our amazing women in the House. We love her,” said spokeswoman Mallory Quigley.
The two members began the 113th Congress in January by each introducing a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.
Together or separately, they also have co-sponsored a number of other abortion-related bills. Among them are proposals to:
• Prohibit transporting a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion.
• Keep health insurance plans offered under President Barack Obama’s health care law from offering abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother.
• Prohibit funding of state and local education agencies unless they certify that any health services they offer students do not cover abortions.
• Ban federal funds from paying for any health benefits that include abortion services. The bill passed the House but has yet to make it out of the Senate Finance Committee.
• Prohibit abortions in cases in which the unborn child is more than 20 weeks old and capable of feeling pain.
• Allow individuals who have a moral or religious objection to abortion to refuse insurance under Obama’s health care law that provides such coverage. It passed the House but not the Senate.
Both also co-sponsored a House resolution calling for Congress and the states to gather information about those offering “abusive, unsanitary or illegal abortion practices.” It passed the House.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Outrage and protection for dogs but not for babies....what is wrong with us??

At Live Action, Isaac Latterell notes an animal protection bill that passed the South Dakota Senate without opposition, and wonders why humans can’t seem to extend such protections to preborn humans: 

Last week, SB 46 passed unanimously…. It is a bill that would make it a felony to “intentionally, willfully, and maliciously inflict gross physical abuse on an animal that causes prolonged pain, that causes serious physical injury, or that results in the death of the animal.”…
It saddens me to have to write about this. But I will not sit silently by as our children’s lives are devalued to a place lower than dogs. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

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This from the latest blog buzz brought back to my mind an incident that happened in Tennessee. In 2007, a local TV station showed an undercover  video  showing a local vet who was contracted by the local humane shelter to euthanize dogs and cats. The proper method is to sedate the dog and then give them the lethal injection. In the video, one man was holding up the dog and the vet was giving the lethal injection straight to the heart causing almost instantaneous death. 

The video ignited a fire storm. Members of the state legislature made speeches from the floor. One legislator started drafting legislation making this method a felony. Letters to the editor, editorials, protests in front of the vet's home and clinic showed the public outrage. The local District Attorney started an investigation, the local veterinarian board held a meeting  and suspended his license for a year. He ended up being fined $5,000, 200 hours of community service, seek psychological counseling and placed on probation for five years.

Okay, this was awful, but as I watched this unfold, all I could think of is this is the manner they use for late term abortions on human babies. An injection straight to the heart of the innocent baby is the method that replaced partial birth abortion when this method was exposed to the public and subsequently banned.

Where is the outrage, editorials, District Attorney, license lifted, protests and speeches from the floor of the legislature. Where are the fines, probation and required psychological counseling.


Yes, let's love the dogs and cats but what about the babies???

Pro-life blog buzz 3-11-14


from Jill Stanek.com

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 Susie@jillstanek.com. 

Big Blue Wave says a new study acknowledges that “widespread and increased availability of oral emergency contraception (EC) over the past 10-14 years has made little difference to rates of unintended pregnancy, abortion and repeat abortion amongst teenagers.” However, the conclusion from this is that teens must now try another form of birth control – the IUD.



Culture Campaign reports that “in his 2015 budget proposal to Congress, President Obama has eliminated grants for abstinence education funding.” And who would applaud this action more than the “non-partisan” abortion pimp Planned Parenthood, which benefits heavily from taxpayer dollars? The group’s president, Cecile Richards reacted, saying, “We are pleased that the budget eliminates funding for abstinence-only sex education…. We look forward to working with Congress to see [the president's alternative sex education] investments protected.”
Yes, Cecile. We have no doubt that you do. 

The Leading Edge has a good article about why parents should be the providers of sex education for their children – not schools:
Late last week the issue of sex education made national headlines after it was revealed that a New Zealand primary school had held a sex education class for “eleven, 12 and 13 year olds where students were told about oral and anal sex, flavoured condoms, and pleasure points” – despite parents being told in writing beforehand that pupils would only be taught the basics.
These are the basics? 

Josh Brahm describes the human atrocities – including forced abortion and infantide – occurring in North Korea, and challenges pro-lifers to use these stories in the right way:
How would I use this story in a conversation with a pro-abortion-choice advocate?… If a moral relativist says he doesn’t like this story, I’m going to ask…: “When you say you don’t like the sound of infanticide being performed that way, are you describing your personal feelings about it or are you describing the act itself?” Those are not the same thing. When I say that “rape is wrong,” I’m describing the act itself, not just how I feel about rape.
I’ve found that, while it can be very difficult to make headway with some relativists, telling stories about horrific atrocities like this can shock them out of that apathy, so that their conscience can trigger them into seeing what they should have seen all along: Some things are objectively wrong.


 

At Life Training Institute, Clinton Wax challenges an article written by Jon Speed of Babies Are Murdered Here documentary fame, in which he criticizes 40 Days for Life, claiming it opposes the preaching of the Gospel at its events and is therefore not a Christian organization: 

The pro-life movement will never succeed as long as there are extremists who are trying to drive a wedge into the pro-life movement, dividing us, and playing into the hands of the pro-choice movement by embodying all of their stereotypes (that pro-life people are only interested in condemning women for having abortions, that they are just belligerent loudmouths, and that abortion is a religious issue). We need a better way to operate, and we need to be united. 

Clinic Quotes shares a quote which states “amniocentesis is frequently done to identify Down syndrome children so parents have the option of abortion. The risk of miscarriage as a result of amniocentesis is almost exactly the same as the risk for Down syndrome.” 

At Live Action, Isaac Latterell notes an animal protection bill that passed the South Dakota Senate without opposition, and wonders why humans can’t seem to extend such protections to preborn humans:
Last week, SB 46 passed unanimously…. It is a bill that would make it a felony to “intentionally, willfully, and maliciously inflict gross physical abuse on an animal that causes prolonged pain, that causes serious physical injury, or that results in the death of the animal.”…
It saddens me to have to write about this. But I will not sit silently by as our children’s lives are devalued to a place lower than dogs. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”


[Photos via engagefamilyminute.com and airocross.com]




Connecticut high school’s pro-life censorship makes national news

from Jill Stanek.com


Another week, another case of censorship of student pro-lifers.

Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, from the long view. Battles like this get the abortion issue much more attention than were they never waged. And they give students real life lessons in the First Amendment right of free speech, which isn’t needed for pleasant topics we all agree on.

But I know it’s hard on the personal level, and I give pro-life students all the kudos in the world for sticking to their guns in the face of adversity on behalf of the babies.

So this time the censor is the administration of Branford High School in Branford, Connecticut, the mission of which is ironically, “to prepare students to be independent and collaborative learners who are responsible, informed, and contributing members of society.”

The back story, according to Students for Life of America:


Since February of last year, the Branford High School administration has attempted to censor and limit the effectiveness of the Students for Life club at their public school, telling them they could not have life-like fetal models on their education table and making it difficult for them to form and sustain the club.

This February, the administration denied the pro-life club the ability to invite others to join the group in the form of clip boarding and handing out literature to students during lunch. The school has also told the Branford High School Students for Life club that they can only host events after school, a restriction not imposed on other student groups.

Last week, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to Branford High School and Branford Public Schools on behalf of Branford High School Students for Life requesting that they end their discriminatory behavior against the group. The letter asked for written confirmation by March 12th notifying Sam that her club’s rights will be respected.

“Sam” would be Sam Bailey-Loomis, the pro-life group’s president, and coincidentally the editor of the school newspaper this year. Sam gave a sterling interview to NBC News yesterday.

Students for Life has action items for us:
Students for Life of America is asking all pro-life activists to contact the Superintendent of Branford Public Schools, Mr. Hamlet Hernandez by email at hhernandez@branfordschools.org, or phone at (203) 488-7276, to express their support for Branford High School Students for Life and ask that Branford Public Schools resolve this situation immediately by assuring Sam and Branford High School Students for Life that their constitutional rights will be respected.

Other recent issues of school censorship that were quickly resolved in our favor once the public was alerted include Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, and the University of Alabama.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 3-7-14


from Jill Stanek.com

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 Susie@jillstanek.com.
Right to Life of Michigan reports that one of President Obama’s supporters and one of the world’s wealthiest men, Warren Buffett (pictured left, receiving the Medal of Freedom from the President in 2010), recently gave $40 million to Planned Parenthood. This should come as no great surprise, however, as Buffett has been a longtime supporter of numerous population control efforts worldwide: 

The Buffett Foundation’s 990 for 2012 wasn’t available. But in 2011, it gave or pledged more than $40 million to Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions as part of its range of services. It gave more than $1 million to the Abortion Access Project and many other pro-abortion groups.

Secular Pro-Life has a well-written article delving into the art of analyzing polling data with a critical eye. Can pollsters manipulate emotions, and therefore results, by wording questions in a certain manner? The short answer is yes:
By name? Roe v. Wade is popular. By effect? It’s toxic. The key is to make defenders own the toxicity. (Related: It’s also important to help Americans realize how many of them already oppose abortion, because media bias causes us to significantly over-estimate the popularity of the pro-choice movement.)
And that’s really all you need to know about American opinion on abortion. When they see the facts, Americans still make the right choice.

ProLife NZ has an interesting post looking at the abortion views of the three largest world religions – Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

Reflections of a Paralytic links to a radio podcast on the issue of three-parent embryos and genetic engineering.


Pro-Life Action League suggests that a good way pro-lifers might spend season of Lent is by praying and fasting for three specific abortion supporters: abortionist Cheryl Chastine, journalist Robin Marty, and clinic escort Katie Klabusich:

We’re asking you to pray every day and offer the sacrifice of one meal a week for them during the season of Lent….

ProLifeBlogs links to a happy announcement from 40 Days for Life: a Columbia, Missouri, abortion facility – the site of many prayer vigils – has closed. This leaves one licensed abortuary in Missouri, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis. Be encouraged!

At Eternal Perspective Ministries, Randy Alcorn links to a blog by Rachel Lewis on the importance of being consistent in our response to prenatal loss. Lewis makes the case that among pro-lifers, losing a child to miscarriage is often downplayed and seen as “part of life”, whereas abortion is viewed as the opposite. But the end result is the same: a real child has died, and his parents have a right to their grief:
To be perfectly honest, before my losses, I didn't quite understand that the way we pro-lifers treat miscarriage is important.
And yet after we lost Olivia, it didn't take long for me to realize that in this Christian microcosm of ours, somehow an aborted baby had so much more to offer the world than a miscarried one.
Both babies may have died at the same gestation—one by choice, the other by chance. But the value attached to each child completely depended on how that child died.


[Photos via money.cnn.com and Pro-Life Action League]

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Abortion or birth: Same building but different rooms... life and death

Just be sure you don't get in the wrong room or  the midwife does not have your chart mixed up.

If you have ever gone in for  surgery, you know how they mark the body part that is intended to go under the knife to prevent mix ups.  When I recently had knee surgery, the dr. came in with his magic marker and asked me what knee we were doing. When I pointed to my right knee, he agreed and wrote yes across my knee and initialed it.  Well in this facility in Buffalo, NY mix ups could really be deadly.

They are touting the opening of the first birthing center that will also be an abortion mill.

"The owner of the practice has a clear understanding of this fact:To those behind the facility, the location of the birthing center makes sense for philosophical and practical reasons."
“I see a connection between respecting a woman’s right to decide to end a pregnancy and her right to determine how she has her baby,” said Dr. Katharine Morrison, the obstetrician-gynecologist who has owned Buffalo Women services since 2005."
So in this facility they are treating life and death as a simple choice of rooms....chilling!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Heart of Tennessee Pro Life at Pro Life Women's Day on the Hill

Pro Life Day on the Hill held in Nashville, TN today was another success. The crowds were enthusiastic and the issue couldn't be more important. The focus was solely on Yes on One, the amendment that will appear on the ballot in November of 2014. It must be passed by 50% plus 1 of all voters who will vote in the Governor's election. Only when this passes, stating the our state constitution is silent on the issue on abortion, will our elected legislators be once again be able to pass commonsense regulations around abortion.

Today I  talked with  two pro life warriors who have recently started their own pro life ministry and  are eager to help with the  Vote Yes on One cause. Listen here to Amanda Lapetri and Lacey Buchanan.

Sue Thayer headlines Pro Life Day on the Hill in Nashville

Wonderful crowd today at Pro Life Day on the Hill. Honored to have Governor and Mrs. Haslam stop by to show support and many legislators. Enthusiasm is high and we are united in communicating to all Tennesseans the importance of voting  YES ON ONE in November.

I had the opportunity to interview the guest speaker, Sue Thayer out of Storm Lake, IA. She shared a compelling story  of 18 years of managing a Planned Parenthood facility and leaving the abortion industry.  Now a voice in the pro life movement, she is the director of a Pregnancy Resource Center but also had the distinction of leading the first 40 Days for Life in front of the Planned Parenthood facility she managed. That center closed down! Listen here to her comments. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 3-4-14

from Jill Stanek.com



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 Susie@jillstanek.com.

Abolitionist Society exposes abortion’s role in society’s eugenic attitude toward children with special needs. But the average family choosing to abort a special needs child does so for one of two reasons unrelated to eugenics:
The argument from the desire to eliminate pain…. [and] [t]he argument from the desire to preserve a personal level of living.
A Culture of Life explains how the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed their definition of pregnancy to accommodate potentially abortifacient birth control pills. However, they calculate due dates by last menstrual period, which is about two weeks prior to conception. Hmm.

Clinic Quotes posts a quote from abortionist Dr. Maureen Paul which explains why she chose her profession – because carrying her child to term and placing him/her for adoption was so painful for her: 
I confided in a family friend and asked to borrow the $300. But he told my parents, who immediately pulled me out of school. They took me to a local hospital, where I went before a committee that had to decide whether there was a valid medical reason to give me an abortion.

When my request was turned down, I had no other option but to carry the baby to term and put [it] up for adoption. It was the most painful experience of my life. Though I wanted to have children one day – and years later had a daughter as the result of an intended pregnancy – I bitterly resented being forced to have a baby against my will. I consider that an act of violence against women.


The Guiding Star Project asks if population control by way of contraceptives (the Melinda Gates philosophy) is the new “white man’s burden” and questions the motivations behind this movement:

Although the post is titled the “New” White Man’s Burden, to be accurate, the West imposing population control on others is not new. Indeed, the then top-secret government report that first highlighted the “necessity” of telling other people how many kids they can have was written 40 years ago already, having been written in 1974. This report, called The Kissinger Report, outlines the increasing need for minerals and fuel from developing nations and categorizes their increasing populations as a threat to US interests.

It proposes population control as the means in which we will have continued access to their resources that we want. Thirteen counties were considered of particular threat to US interests: Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, and Turkey. Since the initial report, many agencies have contributed and fought for the cause of population control. Though many agencies claim they want women to have “access” to birth control, time and again, abuses occur that shows that they don’t want women to have mere access; they want the vulnerable poor to do as we tell them and stop having children.

40 Days for Life shares a video that contain some amazing statistics – the staggering number of abortions worldwide (42 million), along with some good numbers about babies saved and abortion workers leaving the industry through maintaining a pro-life presence outside abortion facilities. A new 40 Days campaign starts in one week.

House of Cards (Claire) shows abortion regret followed by defiance

I have recently started watching House of Cards via my Netflex account. I like the political intrigue, the tension between reporters and politicians. Yes this is very adult fare with blue language and, of course,  the mandatory gratuitous sex scene.

Claire Underwood played by Robin Wright is not quite as ruthless as her husband but a close second. In the 13th episode of season 1, we see a glimpse of abortion regret. Claire and Frank have been married 27 years and no children. We don't immediately know why,  but Claire starts to have dreams about children, specifically a girl, being caught in vines and she is unable to reach her. Who is she talking about? They don't have children. Then she wonders aloud to Frank what they will leave behind.  You know she is talking about children.

There are brief mentions of her starting to go through menopause. A few scenes later, she is consulting with a doctor and you get the impression she is discussing the possibility of having children at her  age. Is this a fertility doc or an IVF clinic?  Here we find out that she has had three abortions. No further explanation but she looks sad as she relays that information to the dr. 
Abortion regret....it sure looks that way.

On to season two we find out more about the abortions. During an interview she gives into the pesky reporter  who keeps pressing her on the issue of why no children. Claire finally acknowledges an  abortion.  The reporter is questioning her about a report from their opponents that said she was pregnant during the campaign.  Have you ever been pregnant, she asks? Claire is adept at parsing her words and she says yes I have been pregnant and finally says she had an abortion. You are left with the impression at that point that she is talking about the allegation that she was pregnant in her marriage to Frank. They quickly call a break.

 Her handlers  discuss  during the break how she can do damage control. Claire tells them the truth....two abortions as a "reckless teenager" and one while married to Frank because their birth control failed. They were in the middle of a campaign and she was  16 weeks pregnant and they decided they did not want a baby and needed to focus on the campaign.  So that was the third abortion. 

 True  to form, Claire goes back into the interview and says that she was date raped in college and even names the alleged rapist who is now a public figure. It apparently is true that Claire was the victim of date rape and she allows the viewers to think that is when she got pregnant and had an abortion.  Claire obviously panicked and is in full damage control at this point. Given her end justifies the means mentality,  she has just lied and said that she aborted as a result of rape which is not true but will sell to the public.  

The earlier abortion regret is now replaced with a defiant attitude when threatened. The roller coaster emotions is not uncommon but when not being pressured, the abortion regret comes through.


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