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Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood

Christians for Personhood ( CP ) Columbia, South Carolina January 28, 2018 Personhood Report: In Law, No Exceptions to Human Personhood ________________________________ ________________________________ In both Webster’s Dictionary and Black’s Law Dictionary used by attorneys, the first definition for “Person” is: “A human being.” Black’s Law Dictionary (2009): Person = “A Human Being” “person. … 1. A human being. – Also termed natural person.” So Is or Is Not the developing preborn baby in the womb of a human mother, “A human being.” ? Yes, of course. The answer is obvious: living unborn baby at eight weeks ________________________________________ This page [ below ] shows pictures of abortion at 7 weeks. First, here are some pictures of living unborn babies at 7 weeks:

Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood

Christians for Personhood ( CP ) Columbia, South Carolina January 27, 2018 Personhood Report: No Exceptions to Personhood __________________________________ __________________________________ No Exceptions Dr. Patrick Johnston, Abortion and Healthcare Video – 6:18 Dr. Patrick Johnston discusses why doctors might proscribe abortion in cases where the life or health of the mother is in danger. ____________________________________ ____________________________________ Pro-Life Without Exception [ Video documentary of multiple testimonies ] Video – 58:33 Is abortion helpful in cases of rape or incest? What about fetal deformity? What about threats to the life or health of the mother? Hear the stories of those who have actually been involved in these difficult circumstances. ______________________________________ ______________________________________ South Carolina Senate Judiciary Subcommittee H

Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

Image Source: Institute of Neuroscience of Chinese Academy of Sciences By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press: SHANGHAI (BP) -- The first-ever primates cloned through a technique that produced Dolly the sheep have been cited by Christian bioethicists as a potentially valuable development in animal research. But they warned that two monkeys engineered by Chinese researchers must not become a step toward cloning humans. The cloning method used by the Chinese scientists "should not become a test case for the perfection of human cloning techniques," said Raymond Johnson, a Pennsylvania pastor who received a financial award from Trinity International University last year to help him study the relationship between Christianity and science. "While lauded as a valuable scientific breakthrough," Johnson, pastor of The Journey Church in West Chester, Pa., told Baptist Press, "even a quiet inference fortified by this experiment that human li

"Pro-life" v. "Anti-abortion"

By Steve Griffin - Posted at Just Thinking (and writing): I worry about the recent surge of power among U.S. Christians, who seem to be focusing more and more on political means. . . . When I ask a stranger, “What is an evangelical Christian?” I get an answer something like this: “Someone who supports family values and opposes homosexual rights and abortion.”  If a century from now all that historians can say about evangelicals of the 1990s is that they stood for family values, then we will have failed in the mission Jesus gave us to accomplish: to communicate God’s reconciling love to sinners.1 Philip Yancey penned those poignant words in 1995. Well, it ain’t the 1990s but one thing is certain: nobody—with a straight face—associates evangelicals with “family values” today. That ship has sailed. Or sank. That being said, the Christian Right still opposes gay rights and abortion. With “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday 2018” in our rearview mirror, I’d like for you to think w

A Woman With Birth Defects Looks At Abortion

The Outspoken TULIP Posted at The Outspoken TULIP: When doctors discovered that I had serious birth defects, they advised my mother to put me in an institution and forget she ever had me. According to them, I’d be a vegetable my entire life. (Thus John refers to me as his spicy little tomato.) Thankfully, Mom rejected their counsel, put me through college and lived to see me get married a month before my 49th birthday. My mother didn’t raise a turnip, thank you very much! All joking aside, I understand that the doctors sincerely believed they made a humane recommendation. Certainly, because they doubted that I had cognitive function, they concluded that I couldn’t possibly tell the difference between a loving home and an institution. And, more importantly (from their perspective), my parents would be spared the anguish of having a severely disabled child. Continue reading here.

Gospel Thoughts on a Dark Anniversary

By Nathan Eshelman - Posted at Gentle Reformation: Posted January 21, 2018 Below is a bulletin insert that I wrote for Lord's Day, January 21, 2018, in remembrance of the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized human abortion in all 50 of the United States. Monday, January 22nd is that anniversary:  On Monday, January 22, 2018, Americans in the US will wake up and go to work and about the day as usual. Looming as the backdrop of that day sits an anniversary that some celebrate as a victory of women’s reproductive rights and others lament as one of the darkest stains on our national conscience. On this day, in 1973, 45 years ago, under the so-called right of privacy, the Supreme Court declared abortion legal in all 50 States. As the national median age is 37; more than half of Americans, including myself, have always lived with this so-called right to privacy—human abortion. The psalmist reminds us that there is no privacy before God when it comes to

Why Has the Abortion Rate Declined?

By Joe Carter - Posted at The Gospel Coalition: Published January 20, 2018 Since the annual March for Life was yesterday and Sanctity of Life Sunday is tomorrow, let’s take time today to consider an important pro-life data point: the abortion rate. The abortion rate is calculated by taking the number of pregnancies terminated by an abortion, multiplying by 1,000, and dividing by the female population ages of between 15 and 44 years. The reported abortion rate in the United States has been declining for decades and declined 25 percent between 2008 and 2014, the last year data is available. That’s good news—if it’s true. But the reality is that we don’t know the real abortion rate. And we can only guess at what is causing a decline in the reported rate. TWO FLAWED STATS Statistics on national abortion rates are collected and provided from two sources, one public—the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)—and one private—the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute. The problem with the CDC

Personhood bill on the agenda as abortion rights debate looms in Iowa Legislature

By William Petroski - Posted at the Des Moines Register: "I am very optimistic we will be able to have a personhood bill and very optimistic we can get something passed on this issue," said Chapman, who has been joined by 20 co-sponsors for the legislation. The bill states it would not prohibit the use of contraception and it would not impose civil or criminal liability on a woman receiving an abortion. Large, spirited crowds of activists on both sides of the abortion issue repeatedly jammed the Iowa Capitol during the 2017 legislative session, and lawmakers are again bracing for battles over reproductive rights as the Iowa Legislature's 2018 session approaches. Abortion opponents plan to focus on three key measures: So-called "personhood" legislation that declares life begins at conception; further efforts to cut the state's ties to Planned Parenthood; and moves to outlaw the sale of fetal body parts. The personhood bill — which was two votes short

Hospital Refuses Care for Premature Baby

Posted at Hoosiers for Life: The Millers were told there was no plan to help him live. No matter what, because he was not yet 23 weeks gestation, the plan was to let River die. Without an advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Ball Memorial, the doctors said they could not and would not try to save River. Dear Friend, A tiny baby boy named River is someone who will be ingrained in my memory forever. His life was short, his story tragic. I met his family this summer and promised to help them share his life and story with the world. Andrew and Mackenzie Miller’s first baby, River, was born early and left to die. Once River was born, the doctors and nurses at Ball Memorial Hospital refused any type of medical intervention, despite pleas from his family to help. Mackenzie Miller was admitted to Ball Memorial hospital in preterm labor at only 22 weeks and 1 day gestation. In order for her baby to even have a chance to survive, medical intervention was a must. “Please,

Indiana Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Ban Abortion in State

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network: INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A lawmaker in Indiana has introduced a bill that would ban abortion in the state by declaring that life begins at conception, and that any governmental attempt to violate the inalienable right to life is null and void. “Any act, law, treaty, order, rule, or regulation of the United States government that fails to protect a person’s inalienable right to life is null, void, and unenforceable in Indiana,” H.B. 1097 reads in part. “The courts of the United States have no jurisdiction to interfere with Indiana’s interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins.” The bill says that its authority to protect life from conception is derived from the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says that the powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved for the states, as well as the Declaration of Independence, which notes that men have been endowed by t

Newsletter: Personhood Act of SC – S.217 (Dec. 29, 2017)

Christians for Personhood P.O. Box 12222, Columbia, S.C. 29211 * God says: “Thou shalt not kill (murder).” Exodus 20:13, KJV Dec. 29, 2017 PERSONHOOD ACT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Dear Pro-Life, Pro-Personhood Christians, The Personhood Act of SC ( S.217 ) favorably passed a five-man SC Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on April 26, 2017 by a vote of 3 Yeas ( Rice , Gambrell , Talley ) to 2 Nays ( Bright Matthews , McLeod ). Although S.217 was listed ninth ( Letter I ) on the Agenda of the full Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2, 2017, as S.217 was coming up for deliberation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Luke Rankin (R-Horry) effectively unilaterally “carried over” ( with no vote by the committee members ) another bill and S.217 , to take up other bills ( view Senator Rankin ’s maneuver at: SC Legislature Video Archives – begin at 1:16:45 ). Then at the very end of the committee meeting, Senator Rankin returned to S.217 ; however, the mee

What Advice Should Clergy Give To a Woman Pregnant By Rape?

By Rebecca Kiessling - Posted at Save the 1: Clergy need to get this one right! Save The 1 has published two recent stories in which the pregnant rape victims' clergy not only advised them that's it's acceptable to abort, but actually encouraged them to do so. One rape victim went through with the abortion, and the other did not. In other words, a pastor was responsible for the death of an innocent unborn child. Nicole W. Cooley, in her story, A Tale of Two Mothers Who Were Pregnant By Rape , writes: "Unfortunately, the only specific advice came from my pastor. She told me, 'Let me put your heart at ease. In the eyes of the church, any decision, prayerfully considered, is okay. In your case, I think you should have an abortion. You need to be able to move past this. You should have an abortion.' "She went on to tell me about her two daughters who had also faced unplanned pregnancies. One had chosen adoption, the other abortion, and both wer

PBS Frontline Investigates Black Genocide By Abortion

Posted at Nationwide — FRONTLINE , the award-winning documentary series on PBS, has endeavored to probe into the African American anti-abortion movement in the United States ( Click here to watch the episode online ). The Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr was highly featured in this short documentary by PBS which attempted to investigate and understand the argument presented by both sides of the abortion debate. “I was somewhat reluctant to open our doors to the secular liberal leaning media, but I know how important it is to have our message be heard by a broad audience that we have great difficulty reaching,” Childress stated.  “Much of the reporting of the issue of abortion in the Black community has always produced censorship and extreme bias, but I must say this report was pretty objective,” he went on to say. “PBS is far from a conservative source and normally has a left leaning political slant but this was well towards the middle and I appreciate that. Still I

9 Bible Verses That Teach That Sex Before Marriage Is a Sin

By Nicholas Davis - Posted at Core Christianity: Does the Bible teach that sex before marriage is a sin? A lot of people aren’t sure. This is because we live in a world of tweets and quick soundbites where people rarely have enough time for context. The thinking often goes: If there is no Bible verse that answers my question, then the Bible must not have an answer to my question. I used to get asked this question often when I did college campus ministry, and I still hear it as a pastor. Where exactly does the Bible call sex before marriage a sin ? Here are several verses to consider.  Continue reading here.

Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: 321,384 Abortions Performed by Organization in 2016-2017

By Heather Clark - Posted at Christian News Network: WASHINGTON — The abortion and contraception giant Planned Parenthood has released its annual report, which shows that while the number of abortions it performed last year are the lowest in a decade, still over 321,000 babies were murdered in their mother’s womb during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. “As we enter our 101st year, providing access to expert health care and education remains at the center of what we do. We continue to drive innovations in health care delivery by leveraging new technology to get patients the care and information they need to live healthy lives and build the futures they want,” the organization wrote in its report , which outlines the services provided over the past year, most centering on sexual activity. Planned Parenthood reported 321,384 abortions for the year, down from the 328,348 performed abortions during the 2015-2016 fiscal year—or 6,964 fewer murdered children. However, the number still equa

Begging The Question, Abortion, And Slavery

By Dr. R. Scott Clark - Posted at The Heidelblog: Given America’s sad history with slavery and the shame with which it is regarded today one might think that defenders of Roe v Wade (1973) would be a little more cautious about the rhetoric they use in defense of what they regard as an absolute right to abortion. The two are connected. Recently, defenders of Roe v Wade (1973) submitted enough requests to the State of Nebraska to justify a license plate that reads, “My Body, My Choice.” They did so in response to a pro-life plate that said, “Choose Life.” The rhetoric “My Body, My Choice” is essentially identical to one of the defenses for chattel slavery as practiced by Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries. Slave owners argued that slaves were their property and it is no one else’s business what they did with their property. Paul Finkelman writes, “[th]roughout the Revolution, southern politicians argued that slaves were property, not persons” (p. 113). Were human beings capa