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Texas Abortion Clinics Still Open Despite Numerous Safety Violations

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

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'

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

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

Amazon Link Posted at : 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

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

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:

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

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 “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?

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

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.

‘Traveling Abortionist’ James Pendergraft Pleads Guilty to Illegal Drug Charges

Abortionist James Pendergraft By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Florida abortionist who was arrested in South Carolina in 2015 on drug charges pleaded guilty this week and has been sentenced to five years probation and over $26,000 in fines. James Pendergraft, who is known for his ownership of several abortion facilities in Florida, pleaded guilty on Monday to ten criminal counts, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession or distribution of prescription drugs without a prescription, and manufacturing or possession of Schedule I & II substances. According to the Ocala Star Banner and Operation Rescue, as well as court records, he was sentenced to varying punishments—depending on the crime—including jail time of up to five years. However, the time behind bars was suspended and Pendergraft was placed on five years probation. He is also required to pay a cumulative fine of $26,342.25. Read mor

SC Governor Henry McMaster Signs Personhood Pledge!

Posted at Christians for Personhood : Personhood SC has secured the commitment of SC Governor to sign the Personhood Act of SC ( S.719 / H .3530 ) into South Carolina Law ! Presently S.719 is in the SC Senate Judiciary Committee after passing a  SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee favorably April 26, 2017 _________________________ _________________________ SC Governor Henry McMaster’s letter of commitment to sign Personhood Act of SC ( H.3530/S.719) into SC Law: SC Governor Henry McMaster (R): “Please know that I strongly support the Personhood Act (H.3530 and S.217) and look forward to signing it into law. Read more here.

Hoosiers for Life Promotes Incremental Action

By Amy Schlichter - Posted at Hoosiers for Life : We support incremental action except with legislation that regulates the murder of babies. Incremental action and incremental legislation is NOT the same thing! Incrementalism, a strategy of taking little steps forward to achieve a bigger feat, is a common tactic used when a task is deemed too large to handle all at once. Finding a way to inch towards the goal can be heroic and honorable. Brave men and women throughout time have used incremental action as a way to make a difference in the lives of others. During the Lincoln Administration people risked their lives and died for freedom, just as they do now. Harriet Tubman was a prime example of this. Harriet was a determined and fearless woman. She traveled back and forth thousands of miles, mostly on foot, from Canada to the Carolina’s to rescue people from the bondage of slavery. Read more here.

"180" Movie

Details: Published on Sep 21, 2011 Abortion. Is it a woman’s choice? Or is it murder? ”180” has been called a half-hour of “video adrenaline,” an “emotional rollercoaster,” and “mind-blowing.” This riveting, award-winning documentary carries a unique message in which you will see eight people change their minds on abortion in a matter of seconds…because they were asked one question. (Approximately 33 minutes) Learn more: Link: Get the DVD here.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Life Begins at Conception, Improving Healthcare Includes Unborn

By Garrett Haley - Posted at Christian News Network : WASHINGTON – In a development that has drawn ire from abortion supporters and praise from pro-life groups, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has affirmed in a new document that life begins at conception and that improving healthcare in America includes the unborn. The Department’s recently-released draft of the agency’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022 includes language expressing a commitment to caring for unborn children. “The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services,” the plan’s introduction says. Read more here.

How one photo of a preborn baby helped to make future generations pro-life

By Carole Novielli - Posted at Saynsumthn's Blog : Many of us have worn it, and others have surely seen it — the iconic pro-life “Precious Feet” pin. But what’s the story behind this symbol? In the early 1970’s, Dr. Russell Sacco, a urologist from Oregon at the time, was aware of abortion prior to Roe v. Wade because of those who were speaking out on the topic. “I knew as a doctor that abortion kills children; they kill human beings,” he stated in an interview published on Vimeo. Dr. Sacco said he began reading “anatomical books,” and when the Supreme Court ruled that murdering the preborn was “legal,” the doctor became, in his words, “furious.” It was shortly after this that Sacco met a pathologist who was also anti-abortion. This pathologist “… was supposed to take the children that had been killed and destroy the bodies. But he told me that he didn’t do that; he just didn’t like to do that.” Dr. Sacco’s image of aborted baby Read more here.

Woman who survives abortion at 8 months finds birth mother

By Claudia Tanner - Posted at Daily Mail Online : Woman who survived being aborted at EIGHT MONTHS after a nurse heard her cries from the medical trashcan spent 17 years tracing her birth mother and reveals how she learnt to forgive. Melissa Ohden, 40, from Missouri, was born despite her mother’s 5-day saline infusion abortion in 1977 when she was eight months pregnant. Weighing 2Ib 14oz, she suffered jaundice, respiratory distress and seizures Her 17-year search for answers about her past turned her world upside down  She found out she owes her life to the 'angel' nurse who saw her wriggle But she would have been dead if another nurse - her grandmother - had had her way Melissa had a tearful reunion with her birth mother and has now written a book ‘It’s been a painful journey from shame and anger to forgiveness,’ she says. ‘I discovered that my birth mother, aged 19, had been forced into the abortion by her own mother, who was an educational nurse at the h

Kentucky Lawmaker Files Bill to Abolish Elective Abortions in State

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian Heritage News : FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has filed a bill that would abolish elective abortions in the state, leaving an exception for those recommended by a physician for medical reasons. “Whereas an average of more than nine unborn children are killed via abortion in Kentucky each day, an emergency is declared to exist, and this Act takes effect upon its passage and approval by the governor or upon its otherwise becoming a law,” reads the “Abolition of Abortion in Kentucky Act” submitted by Rep. Dan Johnson of Mt. Washington. The bill would remove language from existing law exempting abortionists from criminal prosecution, and add text requiring prosecutors to apply fetal homicide laws “to abortion facilities, or any other provisions of the law relating to an abortion, regardless of the identity of the actor.” Abortions recommended by a physician for medical reasons, however, would not be prosecuted. Read mo

How Amy Mendoza Reversed Her Abortion Then Gave Birth To A Beautiful Boy

By Kristi Burton Brown - Posted at The Federalist : When Amy Mendoza had a change of heart the day after she swallowed an abortion pill, a word she’d seen on Facebook flashed through her mind: “reversal.” She recalled a story she’d read on social media about another woman who had saved her baby’s life using abortion reversal . Amy couldn’t remember all the details and didn’t even know if she could try abortion reversal, but she knew she had to find out. She also knew she couldn’t turn to Planned Parenthood. The Planned Parenthood facility in Boulder, Colorado, had already instructed Amy that once she took the first abortion pill, her decision couldn’t be changed. She says Planned Parenthood told her she had to take the second pill. How a Chemical Abortion Reversal Works The abortion pill, also known as medication abortion or chemical abortion—and very different from the “morning after pill”—is a two-step process. The first pill in the process stops a woman’s body from producing

Do Rapists Have Parental Rights in Your State?

By Lesley Eischen The issue of rape has become a lightening rod during this political season. The topic is uncomfortable and messy and definitely painful for those who have been a victim. Nonetheless, the dialogue is long overdue. Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. ~ Isaiah 1:17 Do you know that rape is considered the most under-reported violent crime in our country? Perhaps it doesn't seem that way because of the coverage of cases like the Duke Lacrosse team with the conclusion that the team members were falsely accused. Could part of the reason be that rape is under-reported is because of women crying wolf? Further back in history, there was a landmark US Supreme Court case that was based on a claim of rape and not just any rape, but gang rape. Although we would learn that it too was a false claim, its implications continue to this very day. That case was Roe vs. Wade . ‘Jane Roe' of that c

Making Abortion 'Safer'

By Danny E. Lee - Posted at Hoosiers for Life : On October 1, 2017, a man perched from the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas shot and killed fifty-eight people who were enjoying a country music concert. The injuries from this event are more than five hundred. When someone loses sight of the intrinsic value of human life, unspeakable things like this happen. These acts of senseless violence are a serious issue in our nation. Imagine if a governing official proposed a plan such as this: The Mandalay Bay shooter didn’t need to die. What we need to do is legalize murder. These murders will happen anyway, and all of the shooters are ending up dead. We want to make the killing safe for the killers. We should establish a program where people with homicidal tendencies can shoot selected citizens, as long as they follow our rules. No one would agree to legalize mass murder in order to save the murderer. However, this is a common mentality concerning abortion laws... Read

my birthday and the rest of the story

Lois Jean  (Source: ) By Karen Allen Campbell -  Posted at : I shared part of this story here a year ago. Today I am sharing “the rest of the story.” I have written about my own adoption several times on this blog and even shared my thoughts about my birthmother on a Mother’ Day podcast. Though I had not ever made any serious attempts to do an adoption search for her, she was in my heart and mind through the years I was growing up, especially during my first pregnancy. I wondered what my daughter would look like and spent many hours pondering how painful it must have been to carry a baby and give her up for adoption. Several times I spoke with those who kept records at Crittenton Home where I was born but since they were only able to give me what they called “non-identifying information,” there was really little for me to go on to begin any sort of real search. Three years ago, in November, adoption law in Illinois changed to allow adoptees born du

Judge Grants Parenting Time and Joint Legal Custody to Convicted Sex Offender Who Raped Child's Mother

SANILAC COUNTY JUDGE GRANTS PARENTING TIME AND JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY TO CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER WHO SHOULD BE SERVING A MINIMUM OF 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR RAPING MOTHER OF CHILD CONCEIVED IN RAPE After DNA testing established paternity, on Sept. 22, 2017, Judge Gregory S. Ross, 24th Circuit Court Family Division of Sanilac County, MI awarded parenting time and joint legal custody to a convicted sex offender, Christopher Mirasolo, who forcibly raped and threatened to kill the minor child’s mother 9 years ago when she was 12 years of age and Mirasolo was 19 years of age. The child conceived in rape is now 8 years old. The Judge also restricted the child’s domicile and residence, disclosed the rape victim’s home address to her rapist, and ordered his name on the birth certificate — all without the mother’s consent or any opportunity to be heard. Just by the age of the rape victim alone, Mirasolo’s actions — penetration of a minor under the age of 13 — constitutes 1st degree Crim

Trump Admin Expands Exemptions for Religious Groups Opposed to Obamacare Abortion Pill Mandate

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network : WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued “interim final rules” that would expand protections for religious employers who are opposed to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare, also known as the “abortion pill mandate.” “Upon further examination of the relevant provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the administrative record on which the mandate was based, the departments have concluded that the application of the mandate to entities with sincerely-held religious objections to it does not serve a compelling governmental interest,” the document reads. It provides numerous reasons as to why the government believes that religious organizations should be granted relief from the requirement, including that many religious employers that had challenged the mandate are not opposed to all contraceptives, but only those that are considered to be potential abortifacients. Read more here. See a

20 Reasons Why the 20 Week Abortion Ban is Not Good

By Kevan Myers - Posted at   There's Still Time to Win a Battle Before the Sun Goes Down: I cannot celebrate the 20 week abortion ban because I love my neighbor. The Bible describes true agape love (called charity) in "the Love Chapter", saying, "Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth" (I Corinthians 13:6). 20 REASONS why the ban is bad. 1. It is ageist in nature. Judging an individual, less human, and less worthy of protection based on their age, size, level of development, location, etc. Ageism is judging " according to appearance " violating Christ's command: " Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment " (John 7:24). Ageism is evil. It must be repented of and forsaken. 2. It is completely arbitrary, moved by personal whim rather than truth. We know (Biblically, scientifically, medically) that a human's life begins at conception. To say "We will only protect you from mur

Study Shows Link between Abortion and Breast Cancer in China

Posted at Christian Headlines : Abortion is widespread in China, due to the country’s One Child Policy, and now the updated, but hardly less restrictive, Two Child Policy. Reports have emerged of Chinese women being forced to undergo abortions or face harsh consequences, but to make matters worse, a study has now been released that shows a link between abortions and breast cancer in women, according to Read more here.

Standing up or Standing by

Source: Hoosiers for Life Posted at Hoosiers for Life : In 1964, one of the most famous murders in America took place. Twenty-eight year old Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death while her neighbors watched through their windows and did nothing. At one point, she managed to make it to the bottom of a stairwell, and her neighbor saw her and turned away. In psychological terms, her neighbors were affected by what is known as the bystander effect. When a group of people witnesses an event, they feel as though their moral obligation to act is diminished by the presence of other witnesses. Why should you act when all these other people are merely standing by? Nobody wants to be the odd one out and go against the crowd, and the larger the crowd, the larger the effect. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood’s “Blueprint” to force taxpayers to pay for birth control began under Guttmacher

Alan Frank Guttmacher, M.D. (1898-1974) Source: By Carole Novielli - Posted at Saynsumthn's Blog: In 1966, Planned Parenthood ‘s medical director, Alan Guttmacher (a former VP for the American Eugenics Society and founder of the Guttmacher Institute ), proposed a blueprint to force taxpayers to pay for birth control access for the poor. Elected to Planned Parenthood’s national board in 1962, Guttmacher believed (as did many eugenicists) that the poor needed access to birth control. But while publicly, the messaging was one of empowering others to make “choices,” the real motivation was population control. Guttmacher once told the New York Times, “The main goal of our program is not just to limit population, but to give everyone the same opportunity for quality medical care.” Note that Guttmacher acknowledged population control as one of the goals, but clothed it in the same type of messaging used by modern-day Planned Parenthood: the language of access t

Baptists lament Ill. governor's reversal on abortion

By Tom Strode - Posted at Baptist Press : WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders reacted with deep disappointment to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's change of mind in support of groundbreaking abortion-funding legislation. Rauner, a Republican, signed into law Sept. 28 a bill that requires taxpayers to fund abortions for low-income women through the state's Medicaid program, even though he had said in April he opposed it. The new law also provides abortion funding for women covered by state employee insurance. In signing the legislation, Rauner also apparently established a precedent in state funding of abortion. Illinois becomes the first state in which the legislature and governor have acted to approve Medicaid funds for abortion, according to pro-life researcher Michael J. New. Previously, New reported, Medicaid funds for abortion were legal in 15 states -- 11 by judicial decision and four by health department action. Read more here.