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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, July 18, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-18-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-15-14

from Jill

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Pro Life Blog Buzz for 7-11-14

from Jill

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

At ProLife365, Kevin Kukla shows how the redefinition of “pregnancy” and “conception” have changed over the years, by a deliberate choice on the part of contraception proponents. Kukla writes, “Did you know that the moment your life began depends on which decade you were born in?”

Pro-Life in TN discusses the left’s newest hero, rising Democrat star Lucy Flores, who is running for lieutenant governor of Nevada. A young Hispanic, raised in poverty as one of 13 children, Flores reached her newfound fame by disclosing that she once had an abortion and has no regrets. But Slate, reports:
Her eyes welled up and her voice caught as she described how she’d convinced her father to pay the $200 cost for the procedure.
Sounds like Flores might need to work on her “I’m not sorry” demeanor.

Suzy B unearths two decades-old videos in which NFL players boldly encourage women to choose life for their babies instead of abortion. Wow, how things have changed!

ProLife NZ cross posts an article from Christian Answers, responding to the claim that pro-lifers are unjustly trying to impose their morality on others:
Although it does not seriously damage their entire position, it is interesting to note that many abortion-rights advocates do not hesitate to impose their moral perspective on others when they call for the use of other people’s tax dollars (many of whom do not approve of this use of funds) to help pay for the abortions of poor women.

With the increased use of surrogacy and IVF, children seem to have become another commodity. Wesley J. Smith discusses how The View host Sherri Shepherd (pictured right, with estranged husband Lamar Sally) has decided she wants nothing to do with the preborn child who was conceived using a donor egg and her husband’s sperm – because her marriage is falling apart. She has appealed to the judge to release her from the contract, as she has no biological connection to the baby. Smith writes:

This is the culture we are allowing to emerge. If she wanted the baby, it’s hers by right of contract.
She doesn’t want the baby? Well, it’s only a purchased product anyway.
Per an article in the Daily Mail, Shepherd has booked herself for a gospel festival on the due date. She has also admitted to having “a lot of abortions” in her past.

Stand True shares the heartwarming story of pro-life activist Brice Griffin, who kept the secret of her past abortion from her children. With the help and encouragement of pro-life leaders, she was able to release the secret and share her testimony with her children.

On their YouTube page, CitizenLink shares a video in which they counter the liberal “Does this look like a person?” meme against the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby:

[Photos via Lucy Flores Democrat for Lt. Governor/Facebook; Daily Mail]

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Left's New Hero...Lucy Flores discloses abortion with no regrets

Lucy Flores

There might be a challenge to Wendy Davis' claim to fame as the darling of the left, a.k.a abortion Barbie. She may have stood and filibustered for  infanticide; but now may be outdone by what the left is calling their new hero .  Lucy Flores, who not only talked the talk  about supporting abortion, she walked the walk and had one.

Flores (D) running for Lt. Governor of NV has a resume of overcoming many obstacles...growing up poor, one of 13 children, high school drop out, doing  time in prison, getting  an ankle tattoo and oh abortion.

According to Salon, the closest they had  to disclosing an abortion was Rep. Jackie Speier (D) CA.  Hers was not an abortion, as they like to call it, but a miscarriage at 17 weeks. Now they have a young, attractive Hispanic woman who discloses an abortion at age 16, AND, here is the icing on the cake , says she has no regrets. But I note that the articles about it describe her disclosure the same way as abortion supporting Slate.

"Her eyes welled up and her voice caught as she described how she’d convinced her father to pay the $200 cost for the procedure."
Does that sound like some regret? She reports that all six sisters got pregnant as teens and she did not want to be like them. She is  just like them,except they chose life. She disclosed this in 2012, as she was championing for more  sex ed. We have had sex ed is schools in schools for years along with biology classes!  Did they really not know how pregnancy occurred and did  anyone ever consider the other A word...abstinence. 

 But that may be another matter, back to the new hero threatening Davis. This was truly an elective abortion, forget that she was a minor, she knew what she wanted and that was no baby and heck yeah...she did it with the help of her father's finances. Now... if she can repeat the tale without the eyes welling up and the catch in her voice, she will be PERFECT!!!

This is what the abortion supporting crowd wants and needs to counter all those pesky women and men  from post abortion ministries like Rachel's Vineyard, Silent No More and Save One ,  who stand with their placards that say...I regret my abortion. Ask me about it.  Powerful testimonies....

Abortion supporters are hoping that Flores is the first of many. As the Salon article states... 

   "If pro-choice lawmakers want to regain control of the abortion debate, they may have to get personal." 
"Lucy Flores was willing to step up. Who’s next?"

Top photo: Courtesy of Lucy Flores Democrat for Lt. Governor/Facebook

Silent No More photo: Live Action News

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pro Life Blog Buzz for July 8, 2014

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog,Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life saysMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appears to value dogs and cats more than the women of his state who procure abortions:
A measure to license and inspect commercial dog and cat breeders — passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton earlier this year — went into effect on July 1. The new regulations throw into sharp relief Dayton’s refusal to accept any state licensing or inspection of abortion facilities, which perform thousands of surgical procedures on Minnesota women each year.

Fletcher Armstrong seeks to educate voters about the misleading and inaccurate statements being spread by abortion supporters regarding an amendment to the Tennessee state constitution which will be on the ballot in November.Amendment 1, if successful, would allow state legislators to again regulate abortion:
Amendment 1 returns the Tennessee Constitution to neutral after a 2000 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court which claimed a broader right to abortion in the Tennessee Constitution than Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution. It restores the rights of Tennesseans to decide what abortion law should be in our state rather than leaving policy decisions to the Judiciary.
Culture Campaign says despite all the hype, the Planned Parenthood-promoted, happy abortion comedy Obvious Child has been a box-office flop. I guess America just can’t take a joke about child murder. Better luck next time, Hollywood.

Big Blue Wave points out that calling oneself “pro-choice” might not mean what you think it means:

“Pro-choice” means you support the legal right of a woman to have an abortion under any circumstance, for any reason, at any time, without apology, full stop… if you oppose such abortions, you are anti-choice.
Not necessarily pro-life, but you’re not pro-choice. You’re anti-choice….
Just remember that any time an abortion advocate uses the word “anti-choice”. If you support any legal restriction on abortion, whatsoever, you are anti-choice. If you think that there should be restrictions on sex-selection abortion, you’re anti-choice.

Bound4Life asks why “pro-choicers” get so angry when choices other than abortion are promoted, such as is the case inPennsylvania. TheAlternatives to Abortion program there is having a very positive effect: 
RH Reality Check, an online apologist for the abortion industry, is bemoaning the fact that the program — which is administered by Real Alternatives, Inc. — has received a vote of confidence by state leaders in the form of additional proposed funding…. 
The landmark program has now served more than 200,000 clients and their families.…
The program was the brain child of former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey [a pro-life Democrat] and it enjoys the support of currentGovernor Tom Corbett, along with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers….
And the program has had phenomenal success throughout the Commonwealth. Consider these figures from the 2010-11 fiscal year:
64% of women entering the program who were considering abortion chose childbirth
88% of women who were pressured by others to abort chose childbirth
67% of women who were pressured by others AND considering abortion chose childbirth
Why do abortion advocates support using tax dollars to promote abortion, but object to using tax dollars to promote life? And it’s not just the funding of life to which they object, as we have seen in their attacks on pregnancy resource centers. It seems to be the very existence of organizations offering alternatives to abortion.

American Life  Brown shares parts one and two of her analysis on the Hobby Lobby decision and the true meaning of religious freedom:
The question of religious freedom, then, is the basis for the Supreme Court decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case. Yet on this weekend when we celebrate America’s Independence Day, the real meaning of freedom remains fragile at best.
Independence Day celebrates the United States’ freedom from tyranny…. But freedom from tyranny should not include the right to kill innocent persons because of their age, health, or condition of dependency. Such a circumstance is a contradiction, pure and simple. In fact, freedom of religion itself cannot truly be taken seriously when such a situation exists.
Today, Americans live in a nation that defines heinous acts like abortion by chemical, medical, or surgical means as an honest interpretation of justice for all.
Thus my caution is simply this: While some celebrate the Hobby Lobby decision, we must realize that far more than the religious freedom ofChristian companies is at stake if true freedom is to be celebrated.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

America does not think abortion is a punch line.Obvious Child is a box office flop.

Obvious Child, obvious murder, obvious flop.

Life News reports  that despite all the hype, Obvious Child is a box-office flop. What....can't you take a joke America? Not about child murder obviously. Better luck next time trying to make a positive abortion film, Hollywood. Some things just are not funny.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-4-14

from Jill

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

Right to Life of Michigan reminds Hillary Clinton – as she rambles incoherently about the Hobby Lobby decision that she opposes – that her own version of a 1994 health care bill included conscience protections:
The 1994 legislation gave “any employer” an exemption from purchasing health care that covered “abortion or other services” if “the employer objects to such services on the basis of a religious belief or moral conviction.”

At Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, Reggie Littlejohn tells how a WRWF undercover field worker learned of the potential coercive abortion of a full-term baby girl. They were able to tell the mother of their “Save a Girl” program:
Our fieldworker reassured her that we are helping other families keep their girls too because we believe that girls matter just as much as boys. We offered to give the family a monthly stipend for a year, to help them support their new daughter. With our help, Bao Yu’s mother was able to stand against the cultural tide of son-preference and give birth to precious baby Bao Yu [pictured above].
Real Choice recalls her history with journalist Diane Sawyer, who once labeled a bombshell of a story about an abortionist as a “non-story”:
After the allegations of patient A.A. became public, a warrant was issued for [Dr. Lawson] Akpulonu’s arrest on charges of rape. He fled. His whereabouts are still unknown. He and his facility remain “a non-story,” very much like the way the “house of horrors” Kermit Gosnell was running in Pennsylvania was dismissed by Sawyer-caliber journalists as just “a local story” and not worth a second glance on their part.
Diane Sawyer, if she’d had a shred of journalistic integrity, would have skulked off in vile disgrace after the Akpulonu story broke no thanks to her. Instead, she continued to pick and choose what the public should know about for decades. Her departure from the newsroom is a long overdue good riddance to bad rubbish.
Secular Pro-Life points out that the real war on women is happening with the help of Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, which are supporting two Wisconsin abortionists who can’t manage to obtain admitting privileges. Abortionists Dennis Christensen and Bernard Smith (both pictured) deserve to be poster-children for the necessity of abortion facility inspections:
Christensen’s Rockford, Illinois… was inspected on September 15, 2011, when inspectors found that all three of the abortion rooms “failed to ensure a sanitary environment.” Surgical instruments were not sanitized, and “brown substances” were found on surgical equipment and gloves. Inspectors also discovered that Christensen had no hospital privileges and failed to have a registered nurse present during invasive procedures as required in that state. The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a closure order five days later….
[Smith] was involved in two medical emergencies on the same day in April, 2011. A previous complaint lodged in 2007 concerning other medical emergencies at AMS involving Smith went unheeded.
Students for Life comments on the shameless award Planned Parenthood gave their facility in Aurora, Colorado, for exceeding their abortion quota.

John Smeaton advertises three paid internships in London this summer, which will “provide[] an excellent induction for those seeking to ‘learn the ropes’ of a leading pro-life organisation. Many interns have gone on to work in the pro-life or political sphere.”

A Voice for Hope posts a sobering picture (left)with a thought provoking question: Are you like him?

Wesley J. Smith says a “new study reports that women who use donated eggs in IVF have a greater likelihood of dying”. It can also be dangerous for the donors themselves: Women who have IVF babies using donor eggs could be much more at risk for a common but potentially dangerous complication of pregnancy, warn researchers. A new study shows a threefold higher risk of hypertension – high blood pressure – and an even higher risk of pre-eclampsia.
Pre-eclampsia is a severe disorder of high blood pressure in pregnancy that is potentially fatal for the mother and baby and the only cure is to deliver the baby surgically. The use of donor eggs in IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is increasingly common among older women trying for a baby who have no eggs of their own.
But French researchers say the pregnancies of egg donation patients are at a higher risk of disorders caused by high blood pressure, than the pregnancies of IVF patients using their own eggs. They found almost one in five pregnant women using a donated egg developed hypertension, compared with one in 20 women using their own eggs during IVF.
Altogether 11 per cent of women using donor eggs suffered pre-eclampsia, compared with less than three per cent of women using their own eggs.

[Abortionist photos via Illinois Review]

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 7-1-14

from Jill

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

Americans United for Life praises yesterday’s Supreme Court decision, with CEO Charmaine Yoest remarking that it was “a victory for common-sense as pro-life Americans do not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they open a family business or when they value unborn life”. But the battle is far from over, as “[a]bortion is woven into the healthcare law at multiple levels, making repeal of the law a pro-life necessity.”

Fletcher Armstrong has two excellent posts discussing pro-choicers’ attempts to use misdirection and propaganda to stifle free pro-life speech.

Big Blue Wave links to an article in The Atlantic about the rise of black market abortion pills, with a prediction that this will be the new front for abortion activists.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is happy to report that New Jersey has withdrawn its assisted suicide bill due to lack of support.

American Life League’s Judie Brown gives examples of how different organizations in our culture – like Planned Parenthood – are successfully instilling their “values” of sexual immorality into our children.

Abstinence Clearinghouse highlights Janice Crouse’s excellent article on the myths of recreational sex. Crouse writes:
The harsh realities of casual, drunken sex should make the choice of abstinence very simple. If there were more honest discussion of the pain caused by promiscuity, the market value of virginity would dramatically increase. Young people need to choose carefully. Sex can never be free; choices always have consequences. We cannot expect young people to act responsibly when neither adults nor the culture is providing the best possible information to encourage self-discipline and self-control, which are the surest keys to young people’s long-term well-being.
Live Action shares a video that clearly explains how Hobby Lobby’s refusal to embrace abortion-inducing drugs is not just about religion, but is based in science:
The case may seem confusing, because Obamacare (aka the Affordable Care Act) is confusing. But believe it or not, the science behind Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit is not confusing. In fact this simplistic video explains in under 3 minutes why the company’s owners have a problem with being forced to cover free emergency contraception in their employees’ benefits packages.