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.
Married with no plan of having children, Inga Wismer was very much pro-choice when she found out she was pregnant. Her husband, who was adamant about not having children, told her to make an appointment for an abortion, and Inga did. But while she was sitting in the waiting room, looking around at the other women, Inga realized that what she was doing was wrong.
“I realized I had no right to take another person’s life,” she recalls. “I got up and left.”
Because of her brave choice not to abort her son, Inga’s husband left her. Friends wondered why she would keep her baby if it meant losing her husband, but Inga was certain that her child’s life mattered and that he deserved a chance at life. Now, she and her second husband Michael have made another brave move in helping another child get his or her chance at life by adopting an embryo.
When Kari Williams and her family went in for Kari’s 20-week ultrasound on June 13, 2014, they were anxious to find out if the baby was a little girl like they had been hoping. They were elated at news that the child indeed was a baby girl. However, when the technician switched to the 3D ultrasound to get a closer look at the baby’s face, she quickly switched back, and Kari sensed that something was wrong.
When Nalida Besson was pregnant with her third child, she was told to abort. It seemed some people, including her midwife, didn’t think Nalida could handle a third child, especially one who had a 50/50 chance of inheriting congenital cataracts, a condition that makes the eyes small and leads to blindness. It’s a condition her husband Michael and both of their daughters were born with. However, Nalida and her husband Michael knew that their son was worthy of life.
The latest episode of Saturday Night Live featured rapper Nicki Minaj as its musical guest. While many may know Minaj for her more upbeat tracks, such as “Starships,” her performance on Saturday featured the incredibly personal “All Things Over.”
In the song Minaj sings about having been proposed to, as well as about a baby, who was either aborted or miscarried. Minaj likes to think of the baby as being an angel to her younger brother, Caiah:
“I want Caiah to go to college just to say we did it/My child with Aaron would have been 16, any minute / So in some ways I feel like Caiah is the both of them / It’s like he’s Caiah’s little angel, looking over him.”
More baby news from the 19 Kids and Counting family: Josh and Anna Duggar are now parents to a new little one, who is due next year. This is the couple’s fourth child. Josh and Anna have been married since 2008, and Josh currently works for the Family Research Council.
On Tuesday, Anna tweeted the announcement, saying, “We are so excited to announce… we’re pregnant! #4andCounting #BlessingfromTheLord @joshduggar #19Kids.”
Students for Life of America has just announced that Lila Rose has been added to the speakers roster for the SFLA 2015 National Conference in Washington, DC. The conference is held annually in conjunction with the March for Life, and will take place January 23.
Rose, who is the President of Live Action, will deliver a talk entitled, One Person Can Make a Difference. Rose, who founded Live Action after seeing the need for youth to stand up against the killing of preborn children, knows better than anyone in the pro-life movement how true that statement is.
Abortion activists in the UK are calling for laws to prohibit abortion protesters from being too close to clinics. But one woman, who herself was headed to abort her daughter, is praising pro-life activists and crediting them with saving her daughter’s life.
In an interview with BBC, Suzan Briggs, a 27 year old mother of four, said she is thankful that the pro-life group Abort67 was there when she headed to the abortion clinic while pregnant with her fourth child. Fearing that she couldn’t handle having another child, Briggs decided that abortion was the only choice so she scheduled the appointment. She told BBC:
Devonte Hart is touching the hearts of hundreds of thousands across the country. An image taken at a Ferguson Rally shows Devonte hugging a police officer with tears streaming down his face. As soon as the picture was posted this 12 year old boy from Portland, Oregon became a symbol of hope in the midst of a nation divided by racial tensions.
Devonte was at the rally with his mother, Jen Hart. As Devonte held a sign that said ‘Free Hugs’ a police officer came over to talk with him. After making general conversation Sgt. Bret Barnum asked Devonte why he was crying. Devonte expressed the concerns on this heart and the officer listened, empathized and asked him if could have a free hug. Devonte obliged, Johnny Nguyen, a freelance photographer captured the moment and it went viral after it was posted on social media.
We as a society are constantly bombarded with the pro-choice rhetoric that abortion is sometimes necessary. We also hear the words of post-abortive women like Cecile Richards who will say that their abortions were the right thing to do. But whether they are stuffing down their emotions or just plain lying, abortion is never a happy ending.
It kills a child and leaves a mother to live the rest of her life with the knowledge that she took her child’s life. Nothing brings that pain to light better than the words directly from the mouths of everyday post-abortive mothers who are ignored by the major media outlets. Unlike Richards, these women have nothing to gain from sharing their stories. They only hope to help other mothers choose life.
Lori Nerad, Former National President of Women Exploited by Abortion:
“Two weeks after the abortion, I went into labor. I staggered into the bathroom. And there, with my husband beside me, I delivered a part of my baby the doctor had missed. It was the head of my baby. . . I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, thinking I hear a baby crying. And I still have nightmares in which I am forced to watch my baby being ripped apart in front of me. I simply miss my baby. I constantly wake up wanting to nurse my child, wanting to hold my child. And that’s something the doctor never told me I would experience.”
Sea Change, a pro-abortion program with a focus on reducing the stigma surrounding abortion has released the results of a recent survey on the public sharing of abortion stories.
The aim of the study and report, called Saying Abortion Aloud, was to find out how post-abortive women feel about sharing their abortion stories publicly, and what pro-abortion organizations can do to help these women share their stories in order to make society even more supportive of abortion.
While the pro-life movement knows that abortion is a moral wrong and is working to make it a legal wrong, this survey from the pro-abortion side can help pro-lifers do a better job of listening to post-abortive women and helping them share their stories of pain, regret, and loss.
Both a sand sculpture and a baby in the womb are fragile masterpieces, which are both shown in a powerful sand sculpture called “Miracle of Life.” John Gowdy and Jan Zelinka won the People’s Choice award last week in the Siesta Key Crystal Classic, a Master Sand Sculpting Competition held annually in Florida. In the competition, sand sculpture artists create their work over a 7 day period.
The “Miracle of Life” sculpture is a reminder of the fragility and beauty of human life. The sculpture, a sleeping baby held safely in the hand of a master creator, reveals a picture of the miracle that life is. Yet its creation from sand that can be so easily destroyed, likewise, holds a reminder of the fragility of life which can itself be so easily destroyed by choices.
I waited in the next room as she took her pregnancy test. When the test came up negative, she came to me with a look of sheer gratitude. ‘I do not want to have a baby with this man,’ she said. ‘He’s a jerk.’ As we talked, I asked her a simple question. ‘Why are you involved in a sexual relationship with someone you don’t even respect?’
Tears welled up in her eyes throughout our conversation. Her boyfriend told her she had to abort if she got pregnant. He insisted men should be the ones to make pregnancy decisions. When I asked her why she was giving herself to someone she didn’t trust, the answer she gave was, ‘I don’t know.’
This teenage girl walked in to our Pregnancy Resource Center just to take a test. Since then we’ve been meeting to talk about love, sex and healthy relationships. I enjoy every visit with this beautiful and bright young woman.
“When people remember their preborn life, they discover the continuity of living,” says pro-life psychiatrist Dr. Philip Ney. This continuity was Dr. Ney’s impetus for creating CYRYB, a womb-like experience that combines physical and technological elements to simulate nascent development for those of us who have long since forgotten it.
Saturday, November 22 was National Adoption Day. For pro-lifers, adoption is an integral component in transforming the culture and ensuring that every life is cherished. Because of adoption, families are made whole, and mothers in unplanned pregnancy situations are able to make the best choice for themselves and for their children.
Last year, to celebrate National Adoption Month, the Radiance Foundation released the following spot featuring the Dunbars, a family made whole by adoption.
Earlier this week, a Florida man reported that an employee at Planet Fitness gym asked him to leave the premises after a fellow gym-goer complained about the pro-life t-shirt he was wearing. Mike Amoroso’s shirt read, “Abortion Kills a Person,” and the employee told him that if he did not change into something else, Mike would have to leave the premises. He went home. But, undeterred, Mike returned the next day wearing a shirt that he thought would be more palatable than the first. It simply read, “Pray to End Abortion.” Watch 70-year-old Mike Amoroso’s story below:
A day after Brandon and Brittany Buell heard that their dream of having a baby boy would be coming true, their doctor called with news that would end their celebration. There were concerns over the size and shape of the baby’s head. Unsure of an exact diagnosis, doctors discussed five different conditions that they thought might be causing the problem, sent the couple to genetic counseling, and gave them the option to terminate.
“I was irritated,” says Brittany, “It made me mad because they were so quick to offer [termination] without even knowing for sure what his diagnosis was. They gave up. We ran all the tests we could. We were 23 weeks along at that point and they told us we had one week left in Florida to terminate.”
Tommy Valentine grew up with a great model for pro-life advocacy: his mom. Today her work inspires him to be involved, fighting for the culture of life where ever he can. From political campaigns to school wide talks, Tommy is reaching people and making a difference. He’s a great example of zeal in defending life and for the many different ways one can make an impact.
A couple in Jacksonville, Florida had just welcomed a baby boy less than a year before when they discovered that they were pregnant again. Despite using birth control, they had conceived twins, and at first, they were thrilled about the unexpected additions to their family.
The University of California Santa Barbara and feminist studies professor Mireille Miller-Young are being sued by students who were attacked by Miller-Young over the summer.
Life Legal Defense Foundation is representing the pro-life students, who were demonstrating by holding up graphic images of abortion in a free-speech zone of the campus at the time of Miller-Young’s attack. “The civil suit,” announced by LLDF last week, “seeks compensation for physical battery, property theft and civil rights violations,” according to the organization.