The baby, who will be welcomed by an older brother Micah Emmanuel, is due in December. “We can’t wait to introduce Micah to his little brother or sister,” she told People Magazine. And apparently, art imitates life for Drew, whose character on Grey‘s is also pregnant.
In the following video, Drew recounts her connection with her role in Mom’s Night Out — a stressed-out mom struggling with perfectionism. “If we could just let go of it [perfectionism] and be present, there’s going to be so much joy,” she said. “Not necessarily circumstantial happiness, but joy — deep joy.”
Kurt Kondrich isn’t shy about standing up for the rights of his daughter, Chloe, or anyone else, who, like Chloe, has Down syndrome. Together with Chloe, he has become an advocate for those with the condition, even heading back to school to earn his Master’s degree in Early Intervention. But Kondrich says his mission is still the same today as it was when he was a police officer – to protect and serve. That is what he does for the Down syndrome community.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) has been in the news a lot lately, mostly because of a little girl named Sarah and her mom Janet and how they changed the transplant rules for children. Also because of new drug therapies that are paving the way to giving people with CF a normal life expectancy. And finally, because a large amount of babies diagnosed with CF are aborted. Some statistics point to over 90%. That’s heartbreaking to me. I’m the mom of a little girl with cystic fibrosis.
Brad Baumgarten works as a LIFEChoice intern with the Coalition for Life in St. Louis, MO. Also, he serves as a sidewalk counselor every week near the Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, the last abortion-performing facility in Missouri. During college he co-founded the Students for Life group of Lindenwood University.
This week a peer-reviewed study in the journal Contraception examines the effects of HB2, the Texas abortion law that has resulted in a close in clinics for not meeting medical and safety standards for women. The article, entitled, “Change in abortion services after implementation of a restrictive law in Texas,” sought data from abortions at all gestational ages from all Texas abortion clinics between November 2012 and April 2014.
Earlier this year, the authors of the study estimated that Texas would see a 10-15% reduction in abortions from the law. The study, recently completed and in press now, shows that the abortion decline has been 13%, a dramatic reduction with the implementation of some safety laws.
Earlier this year, Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D, was working as an associate professor of feminist studies at University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in “race, gender and sexuality in visual culture and sex industries in the United States” — basically, she studies black women in pornography and prostitution. She claims to want to expose the inequalities and biases that black women face in the adult industry… and of course, she’s rabidly pro-abortion.
In the investigation, an actress posing as a 15-year-old tells various Planned Parenthood workers across the country that “her boyfriend” wants to “try new things” sexually. In all three videos that have been released so far (there is more to come), Planned Parenthood sex counselors barely wait for the young girl to finish explaining her situation before excitedly jumping in with a slew of inappropriate — and sometimes illegal — advice.
Planned Parenthood recently purchased a property in central Florida where they expected to be able to set up an abortion mill. The organization made this assumption despite the fact that they purchased the property fully apprised of the property’s deed restrictions, which prohibit surgical procedures from being performed.
Concerned physicians in their shared medical park sought an injunction against Planned Parenthood, which would enforce existing rules and prevent them from assuming abortion practices. Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando’s CEO, Jenna Tosh, laughably argued that the mill would not actually be performing surgeries since no incision is involved in the committing of an abortion (a statement which, taken on its own, is inaccurate). The judge didn’t buy her argument, pointing out the fact that Planned Parenthood purchased the property fully aware of the deed restrictions and “proceeded at its own peril.”
We Live Action interns recently finished our third Advocate distribution in Washington, D.C. Since my previous post, “Advocate Adventures,” Claire, Erin, and I have taken The Advocate to the Capitol South Metro and the Folklife Festival at the National Mall. These two locations presented very different scenarios — the metro area being fast-paced, with individual conversations nearly impossible as folks scuttled to catch a train, and the festival being relaxed, with groups of people not only willing to talk, but also able to pose for a picture with The Advocate! Our encounters with the people in these contrasting locales taught us how to more effectively engage passersby and get The Advocate out to as many of them as possible.
Each scenario came with its own challenges as well as its own benefits. At the metro, where people are impatiently bustling about, the issue is that while numerous people may take our pro-life periodical, there is little time for any serious discussion on abortion. At the festival, people are easy-going and sociable, but although conversations come easier, fewer people receive The Advocate if we distributors are caught up in conversation with overly talkative folk. However, these challenges can be countered and converted into pro-life victories with some planning, perseverance, passion, peace, and personability.
Delaware native Caitlin Jane continues to raise awareness for the vulnerable with the release of her new single “Sing Over Us” from her second album Coming Season. In addition to her love for the unborn, Caitlin is a proud advocate for children living in poverty, and her new single is a powerful testimony to that.
After the success of her pro-life anthem “Unborn” in 2010, the singer/songwriter hopes “Sing Over Us” will encourage others to “say yes to investing in LIFE” and will raise awareness for the need to build personal relationships with those who are less privileged.
Claire Chretien is not your average 20-year-old student at the University of Alabama. Claire has been an outspoken advocate not only for the pre-born, but for the rights of students to speak about abortion in one of the places it is needed most: on campus. As president of the campus’s pro-life club, Bama Students for Life, she worked with Alliance Defending Freedom when the university threatened the First Amendment rights of the pro-life students on campus.
Everyday thousands of unborn humans are killed through abortion. They will never meet their mother. And they will never get the chance to tell the abortionist who killed them that he is forgiven. It isn’t every day that a person survives an attempt on her life, but surviving an abortion isn’t as uncommon or impossible as people think.
People who survive abortion are often full of questions and pain. Knowing that their own mother tried to have them killed is a heavy weight to carry throughout their lives. And knowing that the person who tried to kill them is probably out there killing other children on daily basis just adds to that pain. That’s why one abortion survivor took matters into her own hands, tracking down the abortionist who tried to kill her, and telling him exactly how she feels.
One useful way to measure fundamentalism is to look at what price someone is willing to pay for his or her desire. Can they recognize when they’re doing more harm than good? Is there any can of worms their dream isn’t worth opening?
For the Cult of Contraception, the answer is a resounding no. The latest example is a new project bankrolled by Bill Gates:
A single smart capsule could release drugs into a patient’s body over the span of years, and respond to remote wireless signals if doctors want to alter or halt the treatment […]
It isn’t every day that a self-proclaimed pro-choicer makes a valid argument against abortion. Yet that’s just what Jay Sun did in his essay posted on ThoughtCatalog.com.
The essay, “The Disconnect Between Feminists and Abortion,” was inspired by Jimmy Carter’s appearance on Bill Maher’s show in order to promote former president Carter’s new book. In the interview, Carter mentioned a shocking statistic – that more girls have been killed because of the fact that they are girls in the past hundred years than the combined deaths of all the wars of the 20th century.
These killings are due to sex-selective abortion and infanticide.
LifeNews recently published an article by Mark Leach about what happened when his baby was born with Down syndrome. Leach describes how he and his wife felt abandoned by the medical establishment and how the hospital gave them outdated and scant information about Down syndrome.
In response to his experience, and the experiences of many other Down syndrome parents, he has become the bioethics specialist at the National Center for Prenatal & Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources, and works to get positive, life-affirming information into the hands of new Down syndrome parents and those who go through prenatal testing for Down syndrome. Leach says:
Parents have long described receiving the [Down syndrome] diagnosis negatively. A study of moms reported awful stories both pre- and post-natally. A study just last year reported that parents have a negative experience by a ratio of 2.5 to 1–so for every 100 sets of parents who had a positive experience with their health team, there were 250 who had a negative one.
A few weeks ago, a photo from Planned Parenthood went viral. It was a certificate awarded by Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to their Aurora, CO office for exceeding abortion visits in 2013 from 2012 – a certificate celebrating death.
Some people questioned whether the award was real, because how could Planned Parenthood possibly be that clueless? Well, wonder no longer, because Planned Parenthood has decided to speak up, confirming not only that the award is real, but defending it as well.
Images released by a pro-life group show Planned Parenthood employees holding a sheet to shield a victim of a botched abortion from public view. The victim was rushed to the emergency room around 10 a.m. July 10 following an injury at the abortion clinic. The incident was reported by Coalition for Life , a group that regularly advocates for the unborn outside Planned Parenthood in St Louis.
A few months ago, I had the privilege of interviewing and writing an article about a ministry called Showers of Grace. If you have not read it yet, click here.
Showers of Grace is a ministry founded and run by two teen girls, Judah and Annika Cleveland, in New Mexico. They throw baby showers for pregnant mothers, showing love and support in a time of need. After the article was published, Judah sent a “thank you” letter saying that, thanks to Live Action News and the published article, they were put in contact with a couple from Oklahoma who make commercials professionally.