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Touching Japanese Pamper’s ad shows Dad’s celebrating motherhood

When’s the last time you cried watching a commercial for diapers? If you’ve never shed tears during a Pamper’s ad this one from Japan may cause you to do so. The theme of the ad is centered around the idea that a baby’s first birthday is also a mom’s first birthday. A mother who makes it to the milestone of that first birthday should be celebrated and thanked.

In the ad we see moms taking their one year old’s to the doctor for a checkup. While they are asking routine questions the fathers are outside in the hospital hallway setting up a surprise. I won’t give away the surprise but it’s pretty touching.

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Miss America chairman: winner’s Planned Parenthood job makes her a role model

Many Americans were disheartened over the weekend when Miss America judges chose Kira Kazantsev (Miss New York) as the 2014 winner of the pageant. Kira’s red cup “talent” was considered a lack thereof by many viewers. But it is Kira’s history of working with Planned Parenthood that has angered many Americans, who feel she is an out-of-touch representative of this country in her new capacity as Miss America.

In response to the outcry over Kazantsev’s abortion business ties, the Chariman of the Miss America Organization, Sam Haskell, issued a statement glorifying Kazantsev’s position.

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Artist exposes female sex-selective abortions with massive sculpting project

To raise awareness about the male gender preference and female sex-selective abortion wreaking havoc on demographics in China and India, French sculptor Prune Nourry created a huge exhibit of clay sculptures of Chinese girls.

The exhibit, on display at the China Institute in New York City, is called Terracotta Daughters. The display looks like an army of Chinese girls. It pays homage to the daughters lost to sex-selective abortions, and Nourry’s focus was on girls from the deep countryside of China, where sex-selective abortions on girls are at their highest numbers.

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Sister of two aborted babies says reach out to post-abortive women with mercy

Looking back, Laura believes she’s always known that something was wrong in her family. She felt what she later described as “survivor’s guilt.” When she discovered that her mother had aborted two of her siblings, she realized that her intuitions had been correct. In this interview, she answers a few questions about being the sister of aborted babies.

What were your feelings on abortion before you found out about losing a sibling?

I was pro-life. I hadn’t participated in anything like 40 Days for Life, but I absolutely believed that life begins at conception, and that abortion is murder.

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Aunt finds hope in suffering after death of infant niece

Early this month, the Managing Editor of America magazine, Kerry Weber, received a phone call from her mom telling her that her niece had been born. She knew that the joyful news of the birth brought with it a tragic overshadowing of imminent death. Usually there is so much more time in-between the birth and end of a life. But for little Marian Elizabeth, prenatal diagnoses had forewarned her family that her life would likely be a short one.

Marian Elizabeth’s life was brief — lasting just a few hours outside the womb — but has left a lasting impression on those who loved her. Kerry recalls seeing her niece for the first time, from afar, on a video chat:

Marian Elizabeth… is wearing a hat that is way too big for her tiny body, two months premature. My sister, Elizabeth, is holding her daughter both gingerly and with such strong love. And I just keep saying over and over again, “She’s so beautiful, I love you both so much. You are both so beautiful. I love you. I love you. She is beautiful,” even though I know my niece can’t fully comprehend it, while at the same time trying to understand it all myself.

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Bishop tells fathers: “claim your children!”

On September 13, a cool and cloudy morning in Metro Detroit, approximately 80 people gathered to honor the victims of abortion on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. The cemetery is the resting place of 23 unborn babies whose bodies had been retrieved from a dumpster outside the Lathrup Village abortion clinic, Woman Care, run by retired abortionist Alberto Hodari.

Speakers for the Memorial Service included event organizer, Dr. Monica Miller, Dr. Alveda King, pro-life leader Rebecca Kiessling and Bishop Michael Byrnes from the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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Doc said ‘terminate and try again’, parents chose life for their brave little warrior

On August 11, 2013 Hannah Katelyn Peters experienced the most unforgettable moment of her life. That late summer day, Hannah and her husband Sully fell in love all over again. That love came in the form of a precious boy named Jude. A boy who was born with a condition called Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata, a lethal form of skeletal dysplasia.

In her blog ‘Raising Jude’, Hannah tells of the challenges and joys she’s encountered through pregnancy and the birth of her son. In an entry Hannah shares the words she once spoke to her sister, words that would later prove to be prophetic.

‘I was at breakfast with my sister and her boyfriend and I was telling them that I had a huge heart for children with special needs, challenges, illnesses and disabilities. I was telling them that I wish I had the finances and the resources to adopt those children and to give them a life filled with love and happiness’.

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GoFundMe pulls abortion-funding campaign for 23-year-old who wants to “drink Rockstar,” not parent

Last week, Steven Ertelt at LifeNews broke the story of a woman who was crowd-funding donations to kill her baby in an abortion. Using GoFundMe, “Bailey” was on her way to procuring the $2,500 she would need for her late-term abortion.

Why did she “need” an abortion? According to the original GoFundMe page, the “Stop Bailey from Breeding Fund:”

Aside from having no desire to raise a child, she is economically unstable and can barely afford to support herself, which means having enough money to pay rent, smoke cigarettes, drink rockstar, support her friends in prison, and if she’s really busted her ass, maybe go to a show or two.

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Sister honors brother with Down Syndrome in touching video

In 2012, a young girl named Ace honored her brother with Down Syndrome by making a video for him. The video was released for National Down Syndrome Day, and Ace explains how her brother and best friend, Archie, was adopted from Bulgaria. In the video, Ace talks about Archie’s journey from Bulgaria to her family, how much she loves him, and how he sometimes gets on her nerves. The video garnered over a million views:

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Student Spotlight: Stephanie Schmitt

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Stephanie Schmitt is a 19-year-old student at Catholic University who is finding her voice – and speaking up in defense of the pre-born. From starting a parish pro-life newsletter in high school to encouraging her classmates to get involved and speak out, Stephanie is the picture of ingenuity and grassroots enthusiasm for defending life.

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Video: Man with cerebral palsy created incredible artwork with only a typewriter

Paul Smith, a man who suffered with severe cerebral palsy from an early age, created incredible works of art using nothing but a typewriter for decades. Paul used ten of the symbol keys on the typewriter, and compiled a portfolio of hundreds of masterpieces, including an astonishing replica of the Monalisa.

Smith could not use a pen or paint brushes, but thanks to his determination and his typewriter, Smith expressed his impressive artistic abilities.

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British royal family grows with new baby for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

St. James’ Palace has announced a new addition to the royal family. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, are expecting their second child following the birth of Prince George last April.

According to the royal family, Catherine is again suffering from severe early pregnancy symptoms with a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. She is receiving treatment for the condition, as she did with her first pregnancy.

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Special Kneads and Treats bakery creates jobs for adults with special needs

A bakery in Lawrenceville, GA is in the national spotlight this week thanks to its unique employee base. Most of Special Kneads’ employees are adults who have special needs themselves. And the bakery is in the black just six months after opening, proving that success and hard work are not mutually exclusive for adults with special needs.

Bakery founders Tempa and Mike Kohler were initially inspired to start the bakery to give their 24-year-old son Bradeley with special needs something to do. In an interview with the Today ShowBradley’s mother explained:

That was only the main thing going on in my mind: ‘What is he going to do when we’re gone? I’ve got to give him something to have, a place where he can go and be accepted.’ It means the world for us to be able to do this for him.

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California organization ensures disadvantaged babies are properly clothed

In 2005, Lisa Klein was inspired to  search Craigslist for someone who needed help. It was a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, and she found out about a church there where many displaced families were camping out. The ad said that about 50 families had nothing with them except the clothes on their backs, and Klein knew she would help. Among the needs were baby clothes

“Drop off your used baby clothes on my porch,” she told her friends, “and I will send them to the church.” Within days, Lisa had amassed more donated baby clothes than she could afford to mail from California to Louisiana. After sending about 200 pounds of clothing across the country for New Orleans babies in need, Klein sought a way to put the rest of the donations to use in her own neighborhood.

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‘Gosnell Movie’ signs best-selling screenwriter Andrew Klavan

The makers of the ‘Gosnell Movie‘ have announced that author and screenwriter Andrew Klavan has agreed to write the script for the film. The Gosnell Movie, which exceeded expectations by successfully crowd-funding $2.2 million for the film through Indiegogo after being rejected by Kickstarter, hopes to reach as large an audience as possible with a gritty expose on Kermit Gosnell as the world’s least-known serial killer.

Klavan is renowned for best-selling crime novels including True Crime, which was adapted for the film starring Clint Eastwood. Klavan also wrote the novel upon which the film Don’t Say a Word is based. Klavan is also known for his screenwriting of A Shock to the System, starring Michael Caine, among other films and novels.

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American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs to hold educational conference in February

In February, pro-life students at Georgetown University will be hosting the annual educational conference of The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). Co-sponsored by Georgetown Students for Life, the 2015 Annual Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference will be held at the Georgetown University Conference Center. Dr. Roland Warren of CareNet will give a special presentation on “The Fatherhood Initiative.” 

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Student Spotlight: Kyra Clark

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Kyra Clark.

Eighteen years ago, Kyra Clark survived a medical abortion. Now she works on her campus (Seminole State College in Florida) and in her community to defend  children facing the same dangers in the womb that she did, and to help women facing the same challenges her mother faced. When Kyra says she survived Roe v. Wade, but Roe v. Wade will not survive her, she means it literally.

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NFL Commissioner details sweeping domestic violence initative worth commending

In July, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, Ray Rice, was suspended for two games after striking his then fiancée. With many believing that the punishment was not severe enough, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell received much criticism.

In reaction, as well as in part because Goodell  “was affected more by people closer to him, including some owners,” the commissioner recently sent out a letter to all team owners regarding the domestic violence initiative under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The news was reported by ESPNW on Thursday.

While Rice may have received a two game suspension for his conduct, which ESPNW notes is “less than the suspensions given for most other infractions, such as substance abuse, steroid use or DUI offenses[,]” a different punishment is now in place.

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Meet the Right to Life League of Southern California, America’s oldest pro-life org

The Right to Life League of Southern California, located in Pasadena, boasts the distinction of being the oldest pro-life organization in the United States. The League was founded during Ronald Reagan’s governorship in California, and originally assembled in response to a 1960’s bill in the state.

Members of the League gathered and traveled to the capitol, where they were given fifteen minutes to speak with Reagan. The governor spent two hours with the pro-lifers, though, and emerged thoroughly convinced that supporting the bill in question was a bad idea, and his pro-life convictions gained momentum well into his presidency.

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Sister of three aborted babies: “Our grief is real”

Sara is one of many siblings of aborted babies who has struggled with the loss of their family members. She is different from Renee and Donna in that the babies she mourns were her father’s. 

She answers some questions below:

What were your feelings on abortions before you found out about losing siblings?

I was very pro-choice. I didn’t like that abortion existed, but understood that it had a place in this world and that it wasn’t my life and my place to judge another persons’ life, choice or circumstances.

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