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With 6 Other States, Alabama Doesn't Protect Rape Victim Moms and their Children

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By Rebecca Kiessling - Posted at Save the 1 : Alabama urgently needs to pass The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, to terminate the parental rights of rapists and to suspend any custody or visitation. Last week, a rape survivor mom from our network, J.C., published her story in our Save The 1 blog, " From Age 13, My Uncle Raped and Impregnated Me, But The Judge Said It's Irrelevant. " In her custody case for her two surviving children conceived in rape-incest, DeKalb County, Alabama Judge Steven Whitmire told her that their conception was irrelevant, and granted her rapist uncle visits over Christmas. Determined to protect her children, she's sought protection from the County Sheriff's office, imploring them to file charges against him for the years of rape. All four of her children were conceived in rape-incest -- the first two were conceived when she was under "the age of consent" in Alabama. J.C. miscarried her first child, and her third chi

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Closes Their Quad Cities Clinic

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By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced on Wednesday that they closed their clinic located in Bettendorf, Iowa after 18-years of operation. They announced the Bettendorf clinic would close, along with the Burlington, Keokuk, and Sioux City clinics last May . The closing, the abortion giant said in a press release on Wednesday, was due to “defunding by extreme Iowa lawmakers.” Last May former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill last week that reallocated over half of state funding away from abortion providers like Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to federally qualified health centers. “Gov. Kim Reynolds and anti-woman lawmakers forced us to make some extremely difficult changes this year in order to continue providing care for as many patients as possible. It is as devastating today as it was last spring to announce that we are no longer able to serve our patients in Bettendorf,” Suzanna de Baca, President and C

Surrogate who refused abortion speaks to WFAA-TV

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Image Source: WFAA-TV By Monica Hernandez - Posted at WFAA-TV:   "This was, of course, a difficult decision, especially because he’s not my baby. I understood how scared the biological parents must have been. I remembered how scared and confused I was when I got pregnant with my own twins. I was twenty years old, had not planned for the prospect of having one, yet alone two children and was frightened. I remember thinking, how much easier it would all be if there were easy answers. I did not consider an abortion even if, at that moment, it would have made things a-lot [sic] easier. Instead, at twenty years old and with no idea how I could afford or care for twins, I chose to provide them life. That decision was the best decision I’ve ever made. My children have been my biggest blessings and my greatest treasures." A baby at the center of a legal battle and national debate will receive life-saving surgery after a lengthy showdown between his biological parents and the

India Recorded an Astounding 15.6 Million Abortions in 2015

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By Dave Bohon - Posted at The New American: A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that India was responsible for an estimated 15.6 million abortions in 2015, putting the country close to China's record in the number of pre-born baby killings. The Guttmacher Institute reported that the astounding number “translates to an abortion rate of 47 per 1,000 women aged 15–49,” with the majority of the deaths (81 percent) coming through “medication abortion,” followed by surgical abortions performed in “health facilities” (14 percent), with the remaining five percent “performed outside of health facilities using other, typically unsafe, methods.” According to the study, which Guttmacher conducted in conjunction with India's own International Institute for Population Sciences in Mumbai and the Population Council in New Delhi, of the estimated 48.1 million pregnancies in India during 2015, “about half were unintended — meaning they were wanted later or not at all.” Trans

Longest-frozen-embryo baby 'from the Lord,' mother says

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By Diana Chandler - Posted at Baptist Press: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A 26-year-old mother gives all credit to the Lord after she gave birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo frozen more than 24 years, considered a record in cryopreservation births. "People say it's science. No, I say it's purely the Lord," Tina Gibson told the NBC affiliate WBIR in a Dec. 19 video posted on Facebook. "This is a gift from the Lord for sure." The Christian-based National Embryo Donation Center (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tenn., announced the birth Dec. 19, noting it as a historical record of the longest-frozen embryo to lead to a healthy birth. Emma was born to Tina and Benjamin Gibson Nov. 25, weighing 6 lbs., 8 ounces, and measuring 20 inches long. "That's just the kind of God that we serve that He would do something like that for us. It's just precious," the mother said. "She's precious, She's perfect." Continue reading here. 

Judge Orders Trump Admin to Allow Two More Illegal Immigrant Teens to Obtain an Abortion

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : WASHINGTON — A federal judge in the nation’s capital has ordered the Trump administration to allow two more illegal immigrant teenagers to obtain an abortion, but has briefly stayed her ruling to allow the government a day to appeal. “[Defendants are] required to transport J.R. and J.P.—or allow J.R. and J.P. to be transported—promptly and without delay, on such dates, to an abortion provider, in order to obtain any pregnancy or abortion-related medical care and to obtain the abortion procedure itself, in accordance with the abortion providers’ availability and any medical requirements,” the order , written by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, reads in part. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had filed on behalf of the two 17-year-old girls, who were detained at the border and transported to shelters. They learned after their entrance into the United States that they were pregnant and decided to abort. One teen is

The Pro-Life Movement Shouldn’t Embrace Surrogacy

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Posted at the National Review : But this issue is an opportunity for finding common ground on ways to protect women. On Thursday, Arizona Republican congressman Trent Franks announced he would resign in the face of an ethics investigation, after having asked women on his staff to be gestational surrogates for him and his wife, who had been struggling with infertility. In his statement, he described the surrogacy approach they ultimately did take as “pro-life.” Jennifer Lahl, a nurse, has been working with broad coalitions against surrogacy for years as the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network . She talks with National Review about the problems of surrogacy and why pro-lifers — and anyone else concerned with human rights and women’s health and freedom — should never embrace it. Kathryn Jean Lopez : Would you ever describe surrogacy as a “pro-life” option? Jennifer Lahl: I would never, ever describe surrogacy as pro-life. Surrogacy necessaril

Illinois: Hearing held on lawsuit to stop taxpayer-funded abortions

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Posted at iB2 News : A law firm representing religious liberty concerns has filed a lawsuit to stop the implementation of taxpayer-funded abortions through House Bill 40 (HB40) in Illinois on Jan. 1. The Chicago-based Thomas More Society suit argue that the General Assembly has not set aside funds in the state’s budget to pay for the abortions and remain within the Balanced Budget requirements of the Illinois Constitution. It also contends, according to the Thomas More Society, that the law cannot become effective until June 1 because it missed a May 31 cut-off date for General Assembly action. “We’ve got $1.7 billion more appropriations than we’ve got revenue coming in,” said Peter Breen, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society. “I don’t see how we’re going to find the money to pay for these elective abortions.” Initial arguments were heard in the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court December 6 at the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield. Breen asked when the state planned to

The Sanctity of Human Life Proclamation President Trump Should Issue Immediately

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Posted at GreggJackson.com : “At my inauguration, I swore on the Holy Bible to uphold the Supreme Law of the Land, The United States Constitution. The 5th and 14th amendments both guarantee that no state shall deprive any innocent person of their life without due process of the law and equal protection of the laws. As president, I will enforce these vital provisions of the United States Constitution as I am morally and constitutionally required to do. Today, I am calling on every individual state Governor to enforce the imperative and explicit provisions of the 5th and 14th amendments by closing down all abortion centers and related activities including distribution of chemical abortion pills in their state. ... Continue reading here.

Un-Sacred Spaces: Theology to Justify Abortion

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By Pastor Jim Jenkins - Posted at Herescope : “In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told the news outlet. “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.” Later, she said pro-lifers “tried to separate those of us working on or supporting the right of women to choose a from a sense of deep spirituality . So today is a shift in that narrative .”[1] [emphasis added] Clergy blessing Planned Parenthood [2] “...the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (1 John 5:19b) The occasion for my controversial remarks to a group of pastors happened shortly after the grand opening of the new Planned Parenthood facility in Eugene, Oregon. The mayor (the former head of the local Planned Parenthood organization) had been effusive in her praise of the work of Planned Parenthood. The ceremony was replete with all the trappings one might expect at the opening of a hospita

New Study Finds Hormonal Birth Control Triples Women’s Risk Of Suicide

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By Kelsey Harkness - Posted at The Federalist : When today’s feminists say “reproductive rights,” they’re usually referring to the “right” to taxpayer-funded abortion and contraceptives. But many feminists conveniently ignore a far more basic “reproductive right”: the right of a woman to know whether the prescriptions she takes may increase her chances of committing suicide. According to a new study, some do. “In a study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers in Denmark report that women taking hormonal contraceptives — like birth control pills, the patch, the ring and hormonal IUDs — have up to tripled the risk of suicide as women who never took hormonal birth control,” Time reports, adding: Among women who used hormonal contraceptives currently or recently, the risk of attempting suicide was nearly double that of women who had never used contraceptives. The risk was triple for suicide. The patch was linked to the highest risk of suicide attempts, followe

What’s Wrong with Wrongful Birth?

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By Sandy Salmon - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts : On June 2nd of this year, the Iowa Supreme Court recognized for the first time that parents have a right to a “wrongful birth” claim. In the case before them, they ruled that parents of a child born with severe disabilities may bring a medical negligence lawsuit based on the doctors’ failure to inform them of prenatal test results showing abnormalities that would have allowed them to exercise their option to abort their child. This particular lawsuit is known as a wrongful birth claim. The parents did not argue, as would be typical in a tort case, that the doctors’ negligent care caused their child’s disability and that therefore they were seeking damages to remedy that. Instead, their argument centered on this: that had the doctors properly counseled them about the test results; they would have chosen to abort their baby. This complaint is the essence of a wrongful birth claim. Earlier, in this case, a lower court judge had

'Ask Diamond Springs to stop serving this baby killing business.'

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From Life & Liberty Ministries : Please contact these Planned Parenthood supporters The abortion industry stays in business due to the complicity of other neighborhood businesses. Plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc. keep the baby killing centers operational. Please consider contacting Diamond Springs by mail, phone or e-mail. On Thursday morning (November 30, 2017) one of their trucks and worker were at the Richmond Planned Parenthood to ensure that the business continues to operate smoothly. Ask Diamond Springs to stop serving this baby killing business. "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Ephesians 5:11 Diamond Springs 1200 Charles City Road Henrico, VA, 23231 804-222-5100 https://www.diamondsprings.com/page/Contact_Form.html (contact Diamond Springs through their website) http://www.diamondsprings.com Dennis Green Life and Liberty Ministries P.O. Box 862 Powhatan, VA 23139

Sexual Misconduct among Planned Parenthood abortion docs and staffers – will media demand tax dollars be defunded?

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By Carole Novielli - Posted at saynsumthn's blog : Child porn, harassment, and rape: Is Planned Parenthood a haven for sex offenders? Planned Parenthood’s political organizer president Cecile Richards recently expressed concern about accusations brought by women claiming to have been sexually harassed by men in power. While these accusations and admissions are greatly concerning, it seems Richards has overlooked her own back yard, so to speak. Plenty of Planned Parenthood employees have had their own share of troubles in this arena. Read more here.

Judge Strikes Down Ban on Dismemberment Abortions as ‘Undue Burden’ on ‘Right of a Woman’ to Kill Her Child

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush has struck down a Texas ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions, also known as dismemberment abortions, finding the prohibition to be an “undue burden” on the “right of a woman” to her child. “An abortion always results in the death of the fetus. The extraction of the fetus from the womb occurs in every abortion. Dismemberment of the fetus is the inevitable result. The evidence before the court is graphic and distasteful,” U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel acknowledged , but nonetheless added, “But this evidence is germane only to the state’s interest in the dignity of fetal life and is weighed on the State’s side of the scale. It does not remove weight from the woman’s side. And it does not add weight to tip the balance in the state’s favor.” “The State’s valid interest in promoting respect for the life of the unborn, although legi

Phoenix woman gives birth to baby she carried outside of womb

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Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic Victor Perfecto of Phoenix gently caresses his new son Azelan Cruz Perfecto at PCH in Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. On Monday, Nicolette Soto gave birth to the baby, whom she carried in her abdomen, not in her womb. By Richard Ruelas - Posted at azcentral.com : In a pregnancy that defied the odds, a Phoenix woman gave birth Monday to a baby she had carried just outside her uterus, a feat so rare that doctors couldn't say for sure whether such a birth had ever occurred before. Azelan Cruz Perfecto began the day in a precarious position, surrounded by a thin wall of membrane and muscle just outside the safety of his mother's womb. Doctors knew they needed to operate to get him out, fearing that if they waited too long, his protective bubble would burst. His mother, Nicollete Soto, 27, of Phoenix, had been advised by doctors that carrying the baby brought risk to both his life and hers, but she wanted to see the pregnancy through, sa

Why the Conscience Protection Act is critical

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By Jeff Pickering - Posted at ERLC : The freedom to live according to one’s own deeply held beliefs is one of the best promises of America. Conscience freedom is known as America’s first freedom because it is enshrined in the First Amendment’s first clause, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In a recent concurring opinion, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that this Clause, “guarantees the free exercise of religion, not just the right to inward belief.” Dr. Russell Moore, president of the ERLC, often notes that, “A government that can pave over the consciences of some can steamroll over dissent everywhere.” The U.S. government’s responsibility is to protect constitutional freedoms. Government seeks to protect the consciences rights of all Americans through the Weldon Amendment and other provisions in U.S. law. Yet the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the previous administration

Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More

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By Antonio Regalado - Posted at MIT Technology Review: Will you be among the first to pick your kids’ IQ? As machine learning unlocks predictions from DNA databases, scientists say parents could have choices never before possible. Nathan Treff was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 24. It’s a disease that runs in families, but it has complex causes. More than one gene is involved. And the environment plays a role too. So you don’t know who will get it. Treff’s grandfather had it, and lost a leg. But Treff’s three young kids are fine, so far. He’s crossing his fingers they won’t develop it later. Now Treff, an in vitro fertilization specialist, is working on a radical way to change the odds. Using a combination of computer models and DNA tests, the startup company he’s working with, Genomic Prediction , thinks it has a way of predicting which IVF embryos in a laboratory dish would be most likely to develop type 1 diabetes or other complex diseases. Armed with such statistical sco

Group that brought abortion pill to US has eugenics history

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Image Source: Saynsumthn's Blog By Carole Novielli - Posted at Saynsumthn's Blog : The Population Council has a shocking 65-year history, and it’s nothing to celebrate The Population Council, the eugenics organization credited with bringing the abortion pill RU-486 to the United States, turns 65 this month — but it is nothing to celebrate. In 1952, John D. Rockefeller III founded the Population Council and served as the organization’s first president. According to the Rockefeller Foundation , the Population Council, Inc., was incorporated following Rockefeller’s Conference on Population Problems , “…to stimulate, encourage, promote, conduct and support significant activities in the broad field of population.” Like its founder, the Population Council’s other members were concerned about population issues — and, like other population organizations such as Planned Parenthood , high ranking Population Council leaders were well connected to the eugenics movement. Rea

BEYOND SLAVERY AMERICAN POLITICS AT WAR WITH BLACK LIVES

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By Jake MacAulay - The American View Despite being a culture of death, Americans have uncompromisingly (or so we think) done away with slavery in a pursuit of liberty for all men and women. YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgEpDmRAe7o

From Victimhood to Motherhood, I Chose Joy

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By Paula K. Peyton - Posted at Save the 1 : During my pregnancy, I read stories of other women who had become pregnant by rape, sometimes twice daily. Those stories were a source of hope and made me feel like I wasn't alone and reaffirmed that it was normal to love my child. I'm writing my story now in the hope that other woman will know that they are not alone, but I also feel that I owe it to my son to advocate for babies like him. Six years ago, through some friends who worked there, I took a volunteer position with Planned Parenthood as an outreach HIV tester and counselor, so I was out in the community and really never spent time at the clinic, except for the certification training. Being in the abortion clinic made me uncomfortable to know that in another room down the hallway there is a baby dying. I took the position because I wanted to help people know their status with HIV. At that point in time, I described myself as “personally pro-life, but politically

Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

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By Tom Strode - Posted at Baptist Press : WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion. The high court announced Monday (Nov. 13) it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere. The justices are expected to hear oral arguments in the case in this term and issue an opinion before they adjourn next summer. The FACT Act, as it is known, is part of an ongoing effort by abortion-rights advocates and their lawmaking allies in cities and states to limit the impact of pro-life centers that provide free services to pregnant women. With the aid of ultrasound machines that demonstrate the humanity of the unborn child, pro-life centers are helping women decide to give birth. The centers' services also include medical consultations, baby clothing and diapers, job training, ment

Conscience, Corruption, and the Abortion Business Cover-Up

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By David Fiorazo As I drove by what may be the only Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin yesterday, on the sidewalk out front was a woman holding a “Defend Life” sign with a photo of a baby. God bless her and all those who have taken action, prayed, or raise awareness about the ongoing slaughter of life in mother’s wombs across the land. Most of us know what the Bible teaches about the value of every human life. Heck, even the animal kingdom knows how to protect their own. And yet, according to our laws, eliminating life in the womb for any reason is legal and acceptable including late term, partial-birth abortion. This regardless of the fact science and biology now confirm a baby’s heart starts beating 22 days after conception, and they can feel pain by at least 20 weeks. But do we really know when life begins? This question was asked during legal arguments in the Supreme Court case, Roe V. Wade in 1972-73. Granted, they did not have the advances in technology we do today incl

‘Amazing’ 1lb baby could have been legally aborted

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Posted at The Christian Institute : Baby Flynn weighed just 1lb 1oz when he was born at 23 weeks (file photo). A mother has shared how her “amazing” son is now prospering after being born one week before the legal abortion limit. Baby Flynn weighed just 1lb 1oz when he was born at 23 weeks and doctors predicted that he might not even live one day. Mum Hoda Ali said that he “fought every day” to survive. Read more here.

Russell Moore: GOP’s Removal of the Adoption Tax Credit Is Not Pro-Life

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Posted at Relevant Magazine : The President of the Ethics and Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention had strong words for Senate Republican leaders for a new tax bill that would eliminate a credit for the parents of adopted children. He Tweeted the following, calling the move “insane” and counter to pro-life values, noting that Planned Parenthood still gets funding. Read more here. UPDATE : It is being reported that both the House and Senate Republicans have agreed to save the adoption tax credit. Read more here.

But it’s not a child!

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By Béatrice Fedor - Posted at 400 Words for Women : The premise of virtually all pro-abortion arguments is that the little one in the womb isn’t a human being. We hear: “But it’s not a child! We are talking about a non-[ insert feat an 8 week old human being can’t perform ] clump of cells!”. So, let’s settle this once and for all. It’s not a child! Or is it? Are pro-lifers saying that the unborn is a three year old child or a ten year old? Of course not! We use the terms child, unborn child or child in the womb because of the mother/child relationship. If you are a parent, whether your child is growing in utero, a fifth grader or a College student, he/she is your progeny; your offspring, your descendant, the flesh of your flesh. We are talking about *your child* regardless of age, location or ability. Read more here.

FOREKNOWN: an Abortion Story

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Details: FOREKNOWN: an Abortion Story is a counter-culture documentary short-film proclaiming the truth about life and the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. Length: 13:47 minutes Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=iOavs1IYva4 HT: Christian News Network

Judge Rules California Can’t Require Pregnancy Centers to Provide Information on Govt Abortion Programs

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : Published 10.31.2017 RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A superior court judge in California has ruled that a state law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to provide information about government abortion programs runs afoul of the California Constitution. “Here, the State commands clinics to post specific directions for whom to contact to obtain an abortion. It forces the clinic to point the way to the abortion clinic and can leave patients with the belief they were referred to an abortion provider by that clinic. … In Scharpen’s case that would be inaccurate, profoundly inaccurate,” wrote Judge Gloria Trask. She said that there are other ways for the government to get its message out besides forcing those who are opposed to abortion to provide the information. “Compelled speech must be subject to reasonable limitation,” Trask said. “The statute compels the clinic to speak words with which it profoundly disagrees when the state h

US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation

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Christians for Personhood ( CP ) Columbia, South Carolina November 5, 2017 New York Times : US Roman Catholic Bishops and National Right to Life*** do NOT support Personhood legislation _________________________________ _________________________________ ***Note: Vatican – proxy National Right to Life was formed under the auspices of the then-National Conference of (Roman) Catholic Bishops in 1968 – five years BEFORE ( !? ) Roe v. Wade in 1973, and just three years AFTER the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, with Vatican II’s major emphasis on Ecumenism ; which is one major reason why Rome’s Hierarchy is PERPETUATING “abortion” in America; i.e., to PERPETUATE the “Pro-Life Movement” which has been for years such a fruitful platform for Rome to promote its anti-Bible, anti-Christ, ecumenism. Rome is first and foremost about promoting Rome. Rome’s goal is to make the formerly majority Protestant United States of America more Roman Catholic . ( And

No Better (or Worse) Time To Be Disabled

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By Tim Challies - Posted at Challies.com: There is literally no worse place for a disabled child to be right now than inside his mother. I acknowledge this is a bit of a weird question, but bear with me for just a minute: Has there ever been a better time to be disabled? I don’t mean to be smart, and I don’t mean to be cute. What I mean to say is that I am not aware of any society that has ever taken better care of its disabled members. And here I am thinking particularly of people with cognitive disabilities, though I’m sure we could extend the rule to every other form of disability. Historically, people with cognitive disabilities have been treated in the most inhumane ways possible. The bar has been set horrifically low. However, at this point in time, here in the Western world, we place great value on those who are disabled. I have disabled people in my family, in my church, and in my neighborhood, and I am often amazed at the incredible programs that are available to them.

Planned Parenthood Tells Black Women Abortion Is Safer Than Live Birth

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Photo credit: Shane Vander Hart By Shane Vander Hart - Posted at Caffeinated Thoughts : Published 11.01.2017 On Tuesday in recognition of Halloween Planned Parenthood targeted black women with “#ScaryStats” through their @PPBlackComm Twitter account. In their leading tweet they said, “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats .” If you're a Black woman in America, it's statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth #ScaryStats — PP Black Community (@PPBlackComm) October 31, 2017 They follow-up with the statistics. “Between 1998-2015, 16.1mil women accessed abortion care, 108 died. Btwn 2011–’13, BW accounted for 43.5 deaths of every 100,000 live births,” they tweeted . Read more here.

Facebook Censors Pro-Life Group’s Ads: “We Don’t Support Ads for Your Business Model”

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By Micaiah Bilger - Posted at Life News : Another pro-life group had its ads shut down on Facebook this month, adding to growing concerns about censorship on popular social media sites. The Wexford/Missaukee Right to Life, an affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan, noticed on Oct. 4 that its advertising account on Facebook had been shut down. The group said it still is not sure why. “I have heard that Facebook is run and managed by a group of biased liberals under the management of Mark Zuckerberg,” said Don Hoitenga , who manages the pro-life group’s Facebook page. “I can now believe the rumors as I have been banned from advertising on Facebook.” When the group asked for an explanation, it received this response: “There’s no further action you may take here. We don’t support ads for your business model.” The email from Facebook also said its decision is final. The Michigan pro-life group said Facebook did not directly inform them that their ad account was being shut dow

Texas Abortion Clinics Still Open Despite Numerous Safety Violations

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By Michael Tennant - Posted at The New American : A chain of Texas abortion clinics that fought stricter safety regulations all the way to the Supreme Court is guilty of “dozens of violations of health and safety standards,” reported the Washington Free Beacon . The pro-life organization And Then There Were None (ATTWN) obtained detailed inspection reports of the Whole Woman’s Health (WWH) abortion-clinic chain from the Texas Department of State Health Services. ATTWN seeks “to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry,” while WWH’s raison d’être is “changing the culture around abortion stigma.” The reports, which cover the years 2011 to 2017, reveal “a widespread problem of health violations at WWH clinics,” wrote the Free Beacon. Equipment was not properly disinfected or sterilized, and staff members had not been properly trained to sterilize surgical instruments. The Beaumont clinic had no registered nurse on staff despite state law requiring one, and its suctio

To Mend a Birth Defect, Surgeons Operate on the Patient Within the Patient

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Photo Credit: Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times Posted at The New York Times : HOUSTON (New York Times) — The patient, still inside his mother’s womb, came into focus on flat screens in a darkened operating room. Fingers, toes, the soles of his feet — all exquisite, all perfectly formed. But not so his lower back. Smooth skin gave way to an opening that should not have been there, a bare oval exposing a white rim of bone and the nerves of the spinal cord. “All right, it’s the real deal,” said Dr. Michael A. Belfort, the chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital. Read more here. HT: Christian News Network

'Abortifacients, Health Risks, Societal Factors'

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Posted at Purely Presbyterian : Contraception pt. 1: Abortifacients, Health Risks, Societal Factors In this series we will evaluate the use of birth control in light of Scripture. Additionally, we will demonstrate that the unanimous position of the Church as a whole down through history has been one of opposition to birth control until very recently in the west. We will examine the dominion mandate, the purposes and duties of marriage, lawful and unlawful reasons for abstaining from sexual intercourse within marriage, and lastly the sin known as onanism. We will look at these things not just exegetically, but we will also consider how the Church has always understood these concepts. We will start with the possibility of some forms of birth control to cause an abortion, as well as health risks associated with birth control, societal impacts of birth control, and a brief history of the ancient use of birth control. Abortifacients At the outset, before we get into the biblical tea

Illegal Immigrant Teen Obtains Abortion After Full DC Court of Appeals Allows Killing to Proceed

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : WASHINGTON — A teenager who is in the country illegally has obtained an abortion after the full, or en banc, Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration must allow the girl to go through with the procedure, reviving a lower court order that the girl have the abortion “promptly and without delay.” “More than a month after she made her decision, Jane Doe was able to obtain an abortion this morning,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote on Wednesday. She was nearly 16 weeks (four months) pregnant. The 17-year-old girl herself released a statement, remarking that she was thankful to obtain the abortion without her parents’ permission. Read more here. See also: Illegal immigrant teen has court-approved abortion  (Baptist Press)

US Abortion History

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Amazon Link Posted at Abort73.com : The 200-year history of abortion in America goes back way beyond 1973. For those who support abortion, there is a tendency to argue that it has always been widely practiced and broadly accepted. Those who oppose abortion, however, generally argue that its permissive and widespread use is a recent phenomena. The truth probably lies somewhere in between. Anyone who is honestly interested in the history of abortion in the United States, and is willing to put in the time to get it, need look no further than Marvin Olasky's Abortion Rites . It is thorough, honest, meticulously well-researched, and will defy the over-simplified history that people on both sides of the debate often give it. For those who support legal abortion, there is a tendency to argue that abortion has always been widely practiced and broadly accepted in America. Those who oppose abortion generally argue that the permissive and widespread use of abortion is a recent phen

The sanctity of life and the defense of the abused

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By Persis - Posted at Tried With Fire : (In light of the #MeToo hashtag and October being domestic violence awareness month, this is an update of a post from 2 years ago with a few edits and additions.) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 If you asked me to define the sanctity of life, here it is: Since all human beings are made in the image of God, all human beings should receive dignity, respect, and the right to life. This applies to the born and unborn. This applies to male and female. This applies to all people regardless of their race or ethnicity. The sanctity of life is not based on the ability to function independently or even the value with which a person contributes to society at large. The sanctity of life is an issue of personhood because identity is individual and never subsumed by another person regardless of the relationship. I think this definition covers what most evan

Conception to birth -- visualized

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Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic images.) (9.37 Minutes) Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=fKyljukBE70

Notorious Late-Term Abortionist Opens ‘Advanced Gestation’ Abortion Facility in Maryland

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By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : Published 10.17.2017 BETHESDA, Md. — A notorious late-term abortionist plans to open an “advanced gestation” abortion facility in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday—an announcement that has been met with opposition from pro-life groups nationwide. Leroy Carhart will perform abortions in a suite of the Wildwood Medical Center on Georgetown Road, notes the website AbortionClinics.org. “Offering advanced gestation abortion care starting Tuesday, October 17th!” it reads. Abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy in Maryland. Read more here.

An Absurd Fate: What Happens to Abandoned Embryos?

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By Jennifer Lahl - Posted at The Public Discourse : A recent embryo custody battle highlights the plight of the hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos in the United States today. I’ve said it before , and I’ll say it again: it almost always starts with an emotional story. The latest situation is an embryo custody battle in Arizona. It highlights the depth of real human emotions connected to having children and building a family, and the ways in which human lives are affected by a justice system that seeks to do what is right in the midst of a true ethical mess. As with all embryo custody battles, there are never any winners. There are plenty of losers, though, and the embryos have the most to lose by far. This case , of course, tugs at our heartstrings. In 2014, at the age of thirty-three, Ruby Torres was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer —a very aggressive breast cancer that has the lowest five-year survival rate of all breast cancers. Torres was engaged at the

RU-486: The Real Story

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Posted at Illinois Right to Life : Glamour Magazine calls it the DIY abortion. Planned Parenthood makes it look like it’s as easy as popping two pills. The striking number of medication abortions in our state and its growing popularity nationwide forecast the possibility this may be an up-and-coming trend. It turns out, 21% of abortions in Illinois in 2015 were chemical/medical abortions. That’s 8,460 abortions. 41% of those abortions took place in the city of Chicago. But what’s the real story behind the abortion pill? Is it really as simple as 1, 2, 3? Here are the facts: Former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who performed over 1,200 abortions, explained in a special interview the reality of the medication abortion/abortion pill. Read more here.