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Mom of two girls with microcephaly: ‘We love our life’

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Lola, Cal, and Claire Hartley. Photo courtesy of TheHartleyHooligans.com.

Two sisters recently made their local Eyewitness News 12 as the biggest fans of their brother’s high school basketball team, or perhaps it’s the opposite. The sisters, Claire and Lola Hartley, both have microcephaly, a condition in which the brain doesn’t grow properly leading to developmental issues. But to her brother, Cal Hartley, and his teammates, the girls are just a part of the team.

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College student: The only option Planned Parenthood gave me was abortion

Students for Life of America sends groups to college campuses around the nation. These groups educate students about the true work of Planned Parenthood and the human tragedy of abortion. Students for Life often comes into contact with college students who have already had their own experiences with Planned Parenthood. And sometimes, these students are willing to be videotaped.

One girl – Erin, from South Dakota State University – went on tape about her shocking experience with Planned Parenthood. She had been told she was unable to have a child, and yet, she believed she might be pregnant. Without knowing that Planned Parenthood pushes an abortion agenda, Erin went in to get a free pregnancy test. She says that she was very happy when the result was positive, but the Planned Parenthood worker offered her one thing: abortion.

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Parents of twins, one with skull disorder, decide to choose life for both

Christopher and Eli Byrum. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Christopher and Eli Byrum. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.)

In September, 2014, Christina and Shawn Byrum, parents to seven children, were surprised and excited to discover that Christina was pregnant with identical twin boys.

They thought their biggest concerns would center on finding a bigger home. However, at 12 weeks gestation, they were told that one of the babies had acrania, which means his skull didn’t fully form.

Unlike anencephaly, their son’s brain did develop, but due to its exposure to amniotic fluid, the brain would become damaged and deteriorate throughout the course of the pregnancy. The couple scheduled a meeting with a genetic counselor and a social worker to discuss their options.

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Twitter responses to Starbucks race discussion campaign seek to educate on abortion

There are strong opinions regarding Starbucks encouraging their employees to discuss the issue of race with customers, while serving them their cup of coffee.

As Saynsumthn Blog notes, pro-lifers have taken to Twitter and used the hashtag #RaceTogether to discuss race, abortion, and Planned Parenthood.

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I was conceived in rape. Should I have been aborted?

It’s hard to know where to start with my story — I guess from the beginning.  I was conceived when my mom was raped by an encyclopedia salesman who forced his way into my mom’s mobile home, while my three-year-old brother was asleep. He raped her, and then left. She was in shock and didn’t know what to do. She was on assistance and had a wonderful social worker, but was afraid to even tell her.

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Pregnant mother fears for child’s life after she is wrongly given abortion pill

A UK mother is now terrified for her child’s life and health after doctors wrongly gave her the abortion pill. According to the Daily Mirror, at eight weeks, Rachel Nicholson visited the hospital to obtain advice on pregnancy. Nicholson, 23, was required to have an ultrasound to confirm that she was pregnant, but during the procedure, the nurse gave her heartbreaking news.

“She said to me that she couldn’t find a heartbeat and that the baby had shrunk in size,” explained Nicholson.

Since Nicholson had a previous miscarriage, she felt that a similar tragedy was taking place once again.  Nicholson did what the doctor recommended and took a pill to expedite the miscarriage – the same one that women seeking first-trimester abortions often take.

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New book series aims to teach children the value of life

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Pro-life parents may wonder how to instill pro-life values into their children in an easy to understand and age-appropriate way – and a new book series does just that.

Pat the Gnat is the feature character in the series, an adorable little bug who is curious about the world around him, and spends his time learning about Christian and pro-life themes of kindness, forgiveness, and respect for life. Pat goes on adventures which help teach children life-affirming, Biblically-based lessons. Attendees of the 2015 March for Life may have seen books for sale there, and the adorable books pack a big punch for both kids and parents alike.

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Petrol bomb thrown at pro-lifers outside Austin Planned Parenthood

A group of Central Texas Coalition for Life volunteers were praying outside an Austin Planned Parenthood facility when a woman threw a homemade bomb into their midst.

Central Texas Coalition for Life notes that the bomb was a Molotov cocktail, also known as a petrol bomb, made by filling a bottle with highly flammable liquid,  soaking a rag in that liquid – usually gasoline or high-proof alcohol – then lighting the rag on fire before throwing the bomb at its intended target.  This type of bomb can be extremely dangerous.

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Photos of 19-week miscarried baby are changing minds about abortion

It took a long time for Michayla, age seven, to deal with the loss of her baby brother, Walter. Michayla still proudly speaks of him, telling strangers that she has two sisters here, and a baby brother in heaven.

At 19 weeks gestation, Michayla’s mother, Lexi Fretz, miscarried Walter. At the time, Fretz, her husband, Joshua, and their two daughters were hundreds of miles away from home. They had traveled for a wedding where they were both guests, as well as photographers. Then the unthinkable happened – Fretz went into labor.

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10 people who changed their minds about abortion – and changed history

Some of us start off as pro-life, but not all. Those who converted offer a certain kind of perspective. They saw the truth and the light, and they became pro-life! Here’s a list of just some who have been on the incredible journey towards accepting life.

1) Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director

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Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director, is now pro-life without exception – but she wasn’t always. Johnson had two abortions, and even helped assist in one. As she wrote in her book, Unplanned, this paved the way to her rejecting abortion, but it wasn’t a short or simple journey.

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Brittany Maynard’s husband vows to help pass ‘right-to-die’ laws in every state

Dan Diaz, widower of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer who took her own life on November 1, 2014, recently shared details of her death with Oprah Winfrey. Diaz is working on fulfilling a promise he made to his wife – to help pass so called “right-to-die” legislation in every state. In the interview, Diaz tells Oprah about Maynard’s last day of life.

Maynard had a mild seizure that morning. Her parents, family and friends were there. They took a walk with the dogs and shared their favorite memories with Brittany. Diaz told Oprah:

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