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.
Amanda Bernier, the Connecticut woman who was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) while pregnant, has given birth to a healthy baby girl. Amanda learned she had ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, just weeks after finding out she and her husband Chris were having their first child.
Amanda knew that she might not live long after her daughter was born but was determined to carry her baby to term and give birth. Both she and her husband are volunteer firefighters so they know a thing or two about bravery.
For Kayla, abortion was a topic that was easy to ignore; there were other, more interesting things to do and to talk about. Then someone she knew had an abortion. Witnessing the destruction of lives in the wake of the abortion (both the child’s and the parents’), and how no one spoke up in support of life, Kayla knew she could be silent on the issue no longer.
Newly-elected Texas House Representative Molly White is pro-life to the core, and unabashed in her beliefs. A post-abortive mother herself, White knows first-hand the heartache and aftermath that abortion inflicts on women. Molly underwent two abortions as a young woman, and since attending a post-abortion Bible study 22 years ago, she has been pro-life and speaking out about the negative impact those decisions had on her life.
I asked Molly why she thinks media are silent on stories like her own. She explained that the media have much to lose by reporting the whole truth on abortion:
On a Sunday morning, congregants fill the campus of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, a non-denominational evangelical church located in the heart of Southern California. Since the church’s inception, Senior Pastor Jack Hibbs – a strong pro-life proponent – has encouraged his congregation to uphold religious values and fundamental liberties in the public square. Now, the church is opposing a California mandate egregiously imposed on religious institutions across the Golden State. The congregation is challenging a decision by the California Department of Managed Healthcare that forces all employers, including churches, to provide coverage for elective abortions in all health insurance plans.
The class “in the middle of nowhere” continues making its mark on abortion, and is asking schools across the nation to join them for the second year in a row. Last year, St. John’s Catholic School, a tiny private school in Beloit, KS, drew national attention when it announced the national Catholic School Life Rally last year. The senior class of 10 invited students nationwide travel to their nearest abortion clinic and peacefully protest and pray for the ending of abortion. This year, they are doing the same.
On Dec. 2, St. John’s students will head three hours away to Wichita, the nearest abortion facility to the remote school. And they want students across the nation to join them.
Ninety percent of people diagnosed with Down syndrome are never allowed to be born. This is a staggering statistic that we hear quite often. Lives are struck down before they ever have a chance to fulfill their missions, succeed at their dreams, or even flash a smile at their parents.
This all started when people began to believe that those with Down syndrome are better off never being born. It’s the most judgmental action our society does – deciding that someone’s life isn’t worth living. It’s time we stop believing that lie. These nine individuals with Down syndrome prove that joy and success are attainable to anyone.
At a routine 10 week ultrasound, Ida Raymond was told something could be wrong with her baby. She and her husband, who also have a one year old son, were sent immediately to a different hospital for further testing. But according to Right to Life Michigan, which shares the story on their website, the doctors there only delivered heartbreaking news.
Ida and her husband Andy were told that their daughter had severe deformities. The doctors told them point blank that they should do what was smart and responsible – abort their baby. Andy told RTL Michigan:
They told us it looked like her intestines were outside of her body, her spine had a hole in it, there were cysts around her brain and her brain was surrounded by fluid. They said her heart would not make it, her legs would never work and she might have Down syndrome.
George Pascal Amemo grew up in Ghana. He now lives in Richmond, Virginia. He founded Students for Life of Ghana, and he works as an advocate for life in America and abroad. George is an inspiring example of someone who hasn’t let obstacles — geographical or otherwise — hamper the call to build a culture of life.
Cystic fibrosis is a condition close to my heart, as my daughter lives with it. CF is a chronic condition that affects the entire body but most specifically the lungs and pancreas. Life expectancy is currently 40 years old. When I learned that, according to a Kaiser Permanente study, at least 87% of those whose unborn children are diagnosed with CF abort their children, I was heartbroken.
When I was pregnant with my first child, there was a slight indication that I might be a carrier for a genetic condition called cystic fibrosis. But my doctor said that CF wasn’t a reason to terminate – not that I would have anyway – and that they test for it during newborn screening.
CF is a chronic condition that affects the entire body, but most specifically the lungs and pancreas. Life expectancy is currently 40 years old. But according to a Kaiser Permanente study, at least 87% of those whose unborn children are diagnosed with CF abort their children out of fear.
Abortion is never the answer for any child or parent, no matter the situation. In a previous post, I wrote about Matt Mitchell and his incredible life with CF. Now, I want to show you a different CF fighter who, unlike Mitchell, spends much of her time in the hospital. But that’s fine with her.
Claire Wineland is a high school student, and despite her hard work and strong fight against CF, Wineland says in a post for CNN that she has spent a quarter of her young life in the hospital. At just 13 years old, complications from a routine surgery left her in a medically induced coma with a 1% chance of surviving. But she fought her way back and continues to fight every day.