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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 .



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pro Life Blog Buzz for December 19, 2014

from Jill

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli
Bound4Life is praying for a pro-life start to 2015, and asks others to do the same as two important cases will come before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals:
Both Arkansas and North Dakota’s State Legislatures have passed laws defining life as when a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Now the appeals court will consider if the laws, passed by majority vote, are considered constitutional.

The Leading Edge weighs in on the case of a New Zealand abortion provider who inserted an IUD without the consent of his patient. The woman was unaware of the IUD until three years later, when she was examined due to her difficulty becoming pregnant. Will there be an outcry from pro-choice advocates, as this woman was given no choice?

A Culture of Life also weighs in on the case, saying abortion is never truly safe – especially not if an abortionist can get away with performing surgery on a patient without permission:

If doctors are inserting IUDs without patient consent, what other dodgy practices are happening within New Zealand abortion facilities? What complications occur that we never hear about?

The FRC Blog encourages the mayor of Washington, D.C., to veto the bill that would force all employers to cover abortions:
Yesterday, the DC Council passed a bill called the “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act of 2014,” which could force employers in the District of Columbia (including the Family Research Council) to cover abortions….Aside from this injustice, there are a number of legal problems with the bill. As pointed out by Alliance Defending Freedom, the bill would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Weldon Amendment, and the First Amendment protections of Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Freedom of Association.

ProLifeBlogs links to an Operation Rescue post on two emergency transports on the same day from Dr. Martin Haskell’s late-term abortion facility in Kettering, Ohio. On duty that day was Dr. Roslyn Kade (pictured right) who has no admitting privileges at any hospital. The facility also has no transfer agreement:

“The Ohio Department of Health should refuse to renew the facility license of Haskell’s Kettering abortion clinic for the same reasons it shut down his Sharonville operation,” said [Troy] Newman. “Women continue to suffer life-threatening abortion complications without the guarantee that they will receive adequate or timely treatment. Ohio authorities shouldn’t wait until someone dies before taking action to protect women.”

[Photos via and Operation Rescue]

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pro-life blog buzz 12-16-14

from Jill

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

ProLife NZ laments the story of a woman choosing abortion at 28 weeks gestation when she found out her child had a deformed left hand. She stated her decision to abort rested upon not wanting her child to be discriminated against due to this disability (oh, the irony). The media felt it unfortunate that the deformity was not identified earlier in pregnancy, as if that would have made the abortion more acceptable. (I wonder what would happen if children had the right to terminate less than perfect parents….)

Saynsumthn’s Blog shows that as always, Planned Parenthood brings a lack of tact to the holidays with PP of Maryland’s Sex Trivia: Holiday Edition “beauty” of a “grand prize” – a glitter-covered penis to (as PP puts it) “accompany your tree or menorah.” Yes, nothing says Christmas like a glittery phallus and some condom stocking stuffers.

Wesley J. Smith writes again about Jahi McMath, the young girl who was declared brain dead a year ago. Originally, Smith accepted McMath’s brain death diagnosis from three physicians, but a year has passed on a ventilator, and her body has not deteriorated. He now believes there is cause for concern and thinks that the scientific community should be open to investigating the case again given the possibility that they were wrong:
The unprecedented nature of a brain dead person recovering function – which may have happened with Jahi – makes this a very important case. If she has come back, that opens a whole new area of scientific inquiry. From that perspective alone, why fight taking a thorough new look to see if it happened?I strongly believe this case needs to be reopened – for Jahi, for her family, for the integrity of the system, and for the good of science.The harder the “establishment” resists, the more I think their objections are ideological, reflecting deep concerns about how a finding that she is alive would rock their world.
They are right: It would. But that’s no reason to force her to remain among the dead if that is not where she belongs.

At The Vine, Breeanne Howe offers some suggestions for pro-life gift-giving this holiday season.

Pro-Life in TN comments on a recent traffic stop involving two Muslim men who were transporting the remains of a miscarried baby at 15 weeks for proper burial. Media reports used changing verbiage to describe the child – son, child, baby – with one outlet finally changing the term to “fetus” once the circumstances of the child’s death were clarified.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers gives us good news this Christmas season:

On International Human Rights Day… Anni and Ruli Zhang have been granted political asylum in the United States. Detained overnight as a 10-year-old, Anni is known as “China’s youngest prisoner of conscience.” She and her older sister, Ruli, are the daughters of veteran activist Zhang Lin, who is currently serving a three-and-a-half year jail sentence for standing up for Anni’s right to go to school. With the help of brave activists in China and the U.S., WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn was able to secure safe passage to the U.S. for the girls. She and her husband Robert have taken the girls into their home and are raising them as their own daughters.

Secular Pro-Life is calling on students to help with Students for Life’s Pregnant On Campus Initiative. College students are at the highest risk for abortions:
Students for Life of America (SFLA)… launched The aim of the site is to provide local, campus-specific information for students at hundreds of schools across the nation. It will also allow for a greater degree of continuity, so that students don’t have to worry about website maintenance after they graduate.
SFLA is counting on pro-life students to crowdsource the information. Right now, because the site is brand new, most of the campus pages contain only generic information about nationwide resources (e.g., the WIC program). To really make PregnantOnCampus shine, SFLA needs you to step up and submit information about local resources that can help mothers at your school.

[Photos via Saynsumthn’s Blog and Women’s Rights Without Frontiers]

Friday, December 12, 2014

TN: traffic stop brings to light Muslim / state burial laws for miscarried 15 wk old baby …confuses police/community

There was a strange story in the Nashville news yesterday regarding a routine traffic stop made by a police officer for a license tag violation. The car was driven by two Muslim men with Saudi driver's licenses. They advised they were transporting a deceased child in their trunk for proper Muslim burial. The officer asked to see the body, but the men said that it would against their faith to disrupt the body. Confused, the officer made the decision to let them go on. He then reported it to his chief who  thought that he should have insisted on seeing the body.  The chief put out an alert for the car and it was carried on all the news channels.

The police chief decided to further investigate and contact nearby mosques.. There was a mosque south of Nashville that had a member whose wife had miscarried a baby  at 15 weeks gestation in Bowling Green KY. With proper documentation from the KY coroner, he was transporting  the remains for proper burial at their mosque cemetery.   The men tried to explain that to the officer but there was a problem communicating due to the language barrier. So the news outlets  ran an update on the story. What is interesting is the verbiage used to describe the remains of the baby miscarried at 15 weeks gestation. One reporter  commented that there  typically is not a birth or death certificate issued for a miscarriage, nor is there a burial of the remains.

Years ago I was part of a pro life demonstration at a nearby college. Two Muslim women came up and  talked to me. They discussed how their faith was firmly against abortion and it was strictly prohibited. When they walked away one of the leaders of the demonstration made the comment that the Muslims will soon outnumber us because they are strictly pro life and we permit abortion. Interesting point. I also have been in Muslim countries and know their faith demands burial of the remains within 24 hours of the death. Obviously the Muslims considered a miscarriage at 15 weeks gestation a person that deserves proper burial and not medical waste. Think about it.

As the news outlets updated the story, only  one changed the wording to fetus. The rest continued to say baby, child or son. Another interesting point. Maybe we can learn something from them.

Pro-life blog buzz 12-12-14

from Jill

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

At Life Training Institute, The Failed Atheist links to his excellent response to the viral UK video of a pregnant pro-choicer chastising Abort 67 pro-lifers for holding abortion victim images in front of an abortion facility. TFA responds to the woman’s arguments, such as, “It’s wrong to show abortion imagery because we don’t know why they are having an abortion,” “You’re a hypocrite because you’ve had an abortion,” and “Some of the women wanting an abortion may have been abused.”

Abstinence Clearinghouse says a Minnesota school is under fire for allowing a Catholic speaker to give a non-religious abstinence presentation.

Big Blue Wave points out more of the pro-choice side’s faux concern for babies by quoting from an article that questions the stopping of a chemical abortion once it has been initiated:

I think our main concern here should be for the children we’re supposedly “saving.” Will “reverse abortion” babies be healthy? Will they suffer from side-effects of the treatment? Will they suffer brain damage? Will they develop normally? Those answers should be available already. And they’re not, which is terrifying and unacceptable.

To the pro-death culture, death is a better choice than a life with the potential to be anything other than perfectly healthy.

Bound4Life updates readers on the battle between the Little Sisters of the Poor and Obamacare’s HHS Mandate:Mother Loraine puts a fine point on her group’s dilemma:
“The government forces us to either violate our conscience — or take millions of dollars for the care of the elderly poor, that we raise by begging, and instead pay fines to the IRS.”

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition congratulates Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick and Not Dead Yet from the UK “for their part in defeating the assisted suicide vote” in Wales.

Live Action News comments on why Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is headed for future election night disappointments as she bucks the views of pro-life people, who make up half the population. Richards stated, “[W]e want to make it completely unacceptable to run for office as someone who opposes women’s rights or wants to take us backward.”

Kansans for Life gives the back story on Planned Parenthood’s objections to certain state informed consent weblink requirements, and why they lost the fight.

American Life League’s Judie Brown notes the media’s recent fixation with “use of excessive force” in connection with recent deaths in Missouri and New York. Brown can’t help but notice the selective outrage:
We are told that these recent cases of men rendered dead by the use of force allegedly perpetrated by policemen are examples of acts of discrimination and brutality. Reporters argue that these acts were committed against those who some say are innocent of any wrongdoing. But as these cases unfold and we hear the rhetoric — much of which is bravado — some of us are left with a very bad taste in our mouths.

So I will say it again. And again. The innocent baby from the beginning of his biological life is not guilty of any wrongdoing. This child has not carried out even the smallest crime. In spite of these facts, a heinous act of murder is committed against babies hundreds of times daily as the public — including the justice system — looks on.

Obviously there is a legal distinction. The direct killing of a living, breathing human being who has survived the womb is always an act that should be investigated to the full extent of the law. That is what justice requires. But of course, the justice of which I speak is not applicable to a child whose mother has been given a legal right to pay a third party to kill him as long as he is not yet fully born.

Excessive force should never be used against an innocent preborn, but it is every day….

On the one hand man’s law is used to protect those who are accused of a crime, but on the other hand the law protects deadly crimes committed against the innocent prior to birth.
40 Days for Life features a video from Brazil, where they just hosted their first 40 DFL campaign:

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