Lauren is a graduate of Ave Maria University, where she studied Classics. She married her best friend during college, and now goes by "mommy." In the past she's worked for pro-life organizations including Texas Right to Life and Students for Life of America. Today Lauren is a work-at-home mom, serving as a communications consultant who helps pro-life organizations increase their media presence.
American Idol winner turned pop superstar Kelly Clarkson released a song this week called “Heartbeat Song” as a teaser to her upcoming album, Piece by Piece. The song’s tempo is a slowed-down version of her daughter’s heartbeat in-utero. The beat “is actually River’s heartbeat slowed down from when she was in my tummy,” Clarkson told radio host Elvis Duran. The new mom experienced a difficult pregnancy – even involving hospitalization – but she now appears to be back to her busy self as a young mom continuing her pop career.
Elit Kirschenbaum was just trying to get her family of six back home to New Jersey in one piece when a United Airlines flight attended “humiliated” her for holding her daughter, who has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, in her lap before takeoff.
Elit explains that Ivy, whose condition was caused by a stroke she endured, is three years old. Federal regulations mandate that children over 24 months be in their own seats during certain parts of the flight, including takeoff. But Elit didn’t know of another solution that would guarantee her daughter’s safety during takeoff, since Ivy cannot move her arms or legs voluntarily and cannot hold her own head up.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has released its annual report for 2013-2014. The report summarizes the organization’s political and social activities over the last year, highlighting its involvement in promoting the Affordable Care Act and its opposition to the Supreme Court case in which Hobby Lobby won the right to not cover abortion-causing drugs in its insurance plan.
The letter takes issue with the Obama administration’s obfuscation of this coverage, as well as its unwillingness to move forward in an open and transparent manner to resolve the issue. The writers recall:
Practical experience has demonstrated that it is virtually impossible for even diligent researchers reviewing insurance coverage options on an ACA exchange to discover whether the
plans include abortion coverage.
Over the last 23 years, the number of surgical abortion mills operating in the United States has drastically decreased from 2,176 (in 1991) to 551. The total number of abortion mills today, including medication-only centers, is 739, according to ongoing research by pro-life group Operation Rescue.
This number is still devastating. In contrast with previous years, however, it represents the success of the pro-life movement in changing the landscape of abortion in the United States.
The Illinois abortion rate has fallen to its lowest number in 40 years, a new report reveals. The 2013 Illinois Abortion Statistics, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health, reported that the abortion rate has dropped by 5.7 percent. This decline represents nearly 2,500 babies who saw life instead of abortion last year. The abortion rate decreased in every age group except for those 45 years of age and above.
There was a very dramatic abortion decline among minors – 20 percent fewer young mothers choose abortion from September to December. Illinois Right to Life credits the decline to the implementation of a new parental involvement law:
CREDO, a wireless carrier with mobile, long-distance, and credit card services, is on a mission to fund abortion through donations to groups like Planned Parenthood. CREDO describes itself as a company for “progressive individuals” that effects “social change through everyday acts of commerce.” And they’re rounding out 2014 with a big fat check for the abortion giant.
Basically, CREDO works by providing phone service (via an arrangement with Sprint) to abortion supporters, and when one does business with the company, a portion of CREDO revenue goes toward three different “progressive nonprofits” each month. Members vote online for their favorite(s), and the group with the highest number of votes gets the largest portion of the month’s donations.
Say it with me: abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother.
No, really. It’s not. There is a lot of confusion, even among pro-life advocates, regarding so-called medically necessary abortions. But – like other semantics employed by abortion sympathizers – that term is a misnomer. Now, pro-life physicians are setting the record straight about measures that, at times, need to be taken to save the life of a pregnant mother. While these measures can lead to the death of her child, they are not abortions. Furthermore, abortion is never necessary to save the life of the mother.
Physicians are clear that separating mother and unborn child outside the context of full-term delivery can be necessary at times (this is called preterm parturition). In a statement entitled “Premature Delivery is Not Induced Abortion,” the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG) explains (emphasis added):
Legislative restrictions fundamentally interfere with the patient-provider relationship and decrease access to abortion for all women… The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists calls for advocacy to oppose and overturn restrictions, improve access, and mainstream abortion as an integral component of women’s health care.
When Planned Parenthood can’t bully its way to what it wants, it can still wish ill upon things that don’t go its way – like the Helms Amendment. In a tweet last week, the group used The Smiths and their song, “Unhappy Birthday,” as a mouthpiece to convey its sentiments toward the Helms Amendment:
Since 1973, the Helms Amendment has ensured that abortion stays out of US foreign aid appropriations. The amendment was the first major pro-life victory after Roe v. Wade, setting the tone for pro-life legislative efforts going forward. It ensures that the hard-earned dollars of U.S. taxpayers are not forced to pay for international abortion procedures, or to coerce any person into committing abortions.