Andi DuPre, the winner of Live Action’s March for Life contest, has always been strong in her pro-life convictions. It’s what led her to join FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as a missionary volunteering weekly at a pregnancy care center, and it’s also what led her to the March for Life not once, but several times. The March for Life holds a special place in her heart, not just because of how inspiring and spirit-lifting it is to walk with 500,000 other pro-lifers, but because the March is where Andi met her husband Sean as a FOCUS missionary in 2010.
The idea came to Heidi Boos on a day just like any other. Having recently attended her Oregon church’s Sanctity of Human Life Service, she was troubled by the lost lives of babies killed through abortion.
In an article for Eternal Perspectives, she writes that as she was on her usual run, she asked God what she could do. And as clear as day He told her: you can run, and you can pray.
Heidi told her husband Nathan about this new calling. Then she told a few others, including friends in her Community Life group. The more people she told, the more she felt she would have to follow through. Heidi had a plan – to run in races in order to raise money for pro-life causes. But as she spoke to more people, it became clear that God’s plan was even bigger.
When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he became very ill. After two years of illness, spending most of his time sleeping, he became so sick that he lost his ability to move. Then he lost his ability to make eye contact, and finally his ability to speak. He was left in a coma. The family finally received a diagnosis of cryptococal meningitis, and now they are sharing their story.
His parents, Rodney and Joan, told National Public Radio (NPR) that the doctors sent Martin home with the instructions to simply keep him comfortable. As far as anyone knew, Martin was simply not there anymore, and his parents were told he had zero intelligence. The doctors said he wouldn’t live long.
Shane Idleman, founder and pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, California, recently opened up in a blog post about the abortion of his child and the years of suffering and regret he still endures because of it.
The abortion took place twenty-three years ago, when Idleman agreed that his girlfriend should abort their child when she was just over a month pregnant. Since that day, Idleman says he envisions what it would have been like to parent that child. He imagines watching his child learn to walk, comforting him or her in times of sadness, and celebrating together his or her successes in life. He writes:
But these are just dreams in my mind; dreams that often leave me heartbroken. Regret is one of the hardest pains to deal with because it is a constant reminder that we failed…failed God, others, and the aborted child.
Dominic and Emily Balli were excited to find out they were expecting baby number four in January 2015. But at a routine ultrasound, they found out that their son had anencephaly, a condition in which the skull and brain do not develop properly. Most children born with anencephaly live outside of the womb for only a few moments to hours. The couple was devastated, but they chose life for little Nehemiah.
“Our hearts were broken,” explains Dominic in a video on YouTube. “We were pretty destroyed. You know, we sat there and wept.”
Aaron and Amy Vawter were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their second bundle of joy. Already parents to Micah, then 18 months, the couple went to have the routine 20-week ultrasound for baby number two when doctors discovered some frightening problems with their baby’s heart. They were referred to a specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where the prognosis for their baby only worsened.
“They could only see three chambers of his heart,” explains Amy, “three days of testing, hours of ultrasounds head to toe with three hours spent just on his heart. And at the end of it all they were telling us that this baby had so many problems, there was a zero percent chance of survival.”
The Vawters’ unborn son had severe heart defects including hypoplastic left heart, which means the left side of his heart was too small to support life. He also had a hole between the top chambers of his heart (complete atrioventricular canal) and a hole between the bottom chambers. The two valves in the middle of his heart were fused into one leaky valve. His aorta was also underdeveloped, and doctors said it was too small to supply enough blood to his body. But in addition to his heart problems, the baby had two clubbed feat, a missing nasal bone, fluid around his kidneys, and enlarged ventricles in his brain.
Abortion supporters in the media like Mother Jones are telling pro-abortion folks to brace themselves for 2015 – and with good reason. In 2014, 73 abortion clinics closed their doors. New abortion laws enacted over the last few years, including ultrasound laws, hospital admitting privileges, and limits on how late into pregnancy abortions can occur, have shuttered clinics and saved countless lives. In addition, Republicans won 11 legislative chambers held by Democrats in 2014 – and that has abortion advocates scared of what’s to come in 2015.
Mother Jones is predicting that the abortion battle will “get a lot uglier,” in its list of pro-life bills that have been filed in nine states. These include banning physicians from performing “Skype” abortions, also known as “telemedicine,” in which the abortionist and the woman meet via webcam. In addition, there’s the hope of a 20-week abortion ban in Wisconsin, mandatory parental consent for abortions in Missouri, and a sex-selective abortion ban in Texas.
It stands to reason that if abortion is viewed as morally and legally correct, other immoral acts will become socially acceptable as well. Now, according to a judge in Australia, incest is one of those acts.
During the trial of a brother charged with raping his younger sister, Judge Garry Neilson said that incest may no longer be morally unacceptable because the only reason it is criminal is due to the potential for abnormalities in any conceived children. Neilson said that thanks to contraception and abortion, there is no longer that risk.
The man on trial had raped his sister beginning when she was as young as 10 or 11 and pleaded guilty to that. However, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him for the incest that occurred after the sister turned 18.
We’ve all heard a lawyer joke or two, but when it comes down to it, most lawyers see their career as a calling. They feel compelled to help others – and the Texas Center for Defense of Life was founded by two such people.
On January 22, 2011, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL) was incorporated as a pro-life nonprofit legal organization by Greg Terra and Stephen Casey.
After filing and winning a lawsuit on behalf of a sixteen-year-old Austin, TX girl who was being pressured to abort by her parents, Terra and Casey saw the need for an organization that would be able to help fight for the right to life from conception until natural death. The teen was able to give birth to her baby girl, and Terra and Casey were able to move forward to help others.
When Katie Buck signed an online sympathy card for cancer patient Brittany Maynard, she had no idea her name would be placed on a petition supporting physician-assisted suicide, and she had no reason to.
Buck thought that by entering her e-mail address, she would receive updates about Maynard, but the next day she received an e-mail from Compassion and Choices, a group dedicated to legalizing physician-assisted suicide in all 50 states. Buck quickly discovered not only that her name and e-mail were being used by Compassion and Choices for their own marketing purposes, but that her name was being used for the petition as well.
Prenatal testing has come a long way in recent years with the introduction of a simple blood test that promises to determine if your unborn child has a genetic or chromosomal condition. Many people see this is as a great achievement, and in some ways it is. But achievements in science should be made in order to help people, not kill them. Yet that’s just what advanced prenatal testing is doing.
What expectant parents, and even some doctors, don’t realize is that these tests are often not meant to be used to diagnose, and they have accuracy issues. The tests are meant to signal that the unborn child might be at risk for certain conditions and that more advanced testing, such as an amniocentesis, should be performed. But that isn’t how the stories always go.
The Boston Globe recently published an article on just how inaccurate these prenatal screenings can be and how that inaccuracy has led to the deaths of many healthy children, and countless children with disabilities, through abortion.
The March for Life takes place on January 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Millions will march on the capital in support of the right to life, but millions of pro-lifers won’t be able to make the trip. If you’re one of them, you can still make a difference right at home.