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Showing posts from May, 2023

13-year-old girl injured during abortion at dangerous Illinois facility

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser - Posted at Live Action: A 13-year-old girl was sent to the hospital with a perforated uterus after undergoing an abortion in Granite City, Illinois. The emergency raises numerous questions, including whether or not authorities have been notified about the rape of a child. The age of consent in Illinois is 17. Operation Rescue reported that Hope Clinic for Women had four emergencies within two months this year; the specific details were initially not available. But now more information has been uncovered about the fourth emergency, which took place on April 28. An abortion facility staff member called a private ambulance company, RuralMed EMS, which is located over an hour away. But because they have a contract through Effingham County, the 911 call is public record. During the call, obtained by Operation Rescue, the facility staffer asked for an ambulance to take the child to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, located approximately 20 minutes away in St. Louis, Missour

Speaking of Humanity: More than Matter and Chemistry

 By Heather Smith - Posted at The Lutheran Witness: As a new mother, I once had a friend and her daughter over for a playdate. After we set our babies down on a bright red and blue blanket I had spread on the floor, she commented, “I love this quilt. It’s so stimulating!” The comment arrested me. I suddenly felt as though my child were one of the microscopic crustaceans from my college physiology lab to be plied with caffeine so we could observe its heart rate. It has become commonplace for parenting books to describe infants’ need for stimulation, but the language has always seemed inhuman to me. A brightly-colored quilt might be beautiful or cheerful or even engaging, but to speak of it primarily as stimulating implies — however unintentionally — that the child is nothing more than a human animal, a physical being reacting by instinct to its environment. The words we use matter, and in many subtle ways the vocabulary of the world erodes the dignity and fullness of our created humanit