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Reproductive justice: When prenatal diagnosis makes children disappear

Editor’s Note: Live Action News believes that parents need to receive full information about any disability or disease their preborn child is diagnosed with. Many diseases initially called “fatal,” “terminal,” or “incompatible with life” are actually quite different. Sadly, many doctors give worst case information to parents, and fail to inform parents of life-giving options such as in-utero surgeries, the benefit of waiting to see the real facts and the condition of the baby, support organizations, and hospice care. For true stories illustrating this, read about Grayson, Titus, Angela, Cayden, and Bella.

Recognizing that the majority of Americans are not comfortable with our abortion-on-demand jurisprudence, the mantra of abortion advocates is almost always tempered.  The former catch-phrase “safe, legal, and rare” has recently morphed into “reducing the need for abortion.”  (The Obama Administration made it clear that it was need not numbers of abortion that they are looking to reduce.)  Yet, when we talk about making abortion “rare” and “reducing the need” for abortion, I always wonder where do the babies who are aborted because of a prenatal diagnosis fit in?

What I have come to realize is, for those that subscribe to this rhetoric, they don’t.

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President Obama: ‘We are people who believe every child is entitled to life’ (but not for the preborn)

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling which legalized same-sex marriage across the nation. President Barack Obama, who has supported same-sex marriage since 2012, issued a statement commending the Court.

The regardless of one’s view of the decision, the overall theme of equality is quite notable. The following excerpts, with added emphasis, are as well:

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Baby born alive during abortion: ‘It lived for several days,’ abortionist says

Former abortionist Dr. Paul Jarrett gave his testimony at a conference held by the Pro-Life Action League called “Meet the Abortion Providers.” In a speech reproduced on the Priests for Life website, he talks about his experiences with late-term abortion.

An OB/GYN, Dr. Jarrett did his residency between 1970 and 1973 in Indiana. Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the United States, was decided in 1973, but in the first year of Dr. Jarrett’s residency, some abortions were being done legally. In Indiana at the time, a woman could get an abortion legally if she went to two psychiatrist and had them certify that her pregnancy was a threat to her mental health. According to Jarrett:

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British abortionist is ‘elated’ about her job

The British publication The Guardian just published an article entitled, “Being an abortion doctor has taught me a lot about life.” In the article, a British abortionist explained how happy she is to be doing abortions. Right after mentioning the blisters on her “operating” hand caused by the friction of the forceps as she tears apart late late-term preborn children, she says:

I can’t say this is exactly what I had in mind when I was 17 and writing my Ucas application, full of idealism and pride to be applying for such a noble profession. Probably not what my parents were thinking of either – it doesn’t make for great dinner party conversation having an abortion doctor for a daughter.

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Video: Alveda King, Star Parker and Catherine Davis speak against illegal abortion activity in Selma, Alabama

I recently returned home after taking a powerful trip to Selma, Alabama.  I went to that historic city with Black pro-life leaders such as Alveda King, Catherine Davis, Star Parker, Dean Nelson, Will Ford and more for a special event called the Selma Project.

The Selma Project was a two day event focused on calling attention to the illegal activity of a medical clinic in Selma, AL. The Central Alabama Women’s Clinic run by Dr. Samuel G. Lett is a medical facility that is believed to be exceeding the number of abortions allowed for a facility that is not a licensed abortion clinic.  A phone  investigation by CEC for Life, Operation Rescue and Life Legal Defense Foundation lead to an investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

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Real ‘reproductive justice': Why it should never include abortion

Editor’s Note: Over the next three weeks, we will be sharing with you a series of articles on Reproductive Justice, written by Americans United for Life in March of 2010. They have kindly granted us permission to reprint here.

Americans United for Life is committed to the principle of reproductive justice. If that seems strange from a pro-life perspective, it is because the abortion lobby has usurped the phrase “reproductive justice” to mean its antithesis.

The National Organization of Women (NOW) defines “reproductive justice” as the recognition “that reproductive oppression is a result of the intersection of multiple oppressions and is inherently connected to the struggle for social justice and human rights. Women of low economic means suffer consequences from the lack of access to complete health care (for example, the high rate of cervical cancers among women of color).”

One does not have to dig deep to find NOW’s definition of “complete health care” is not limited to cancer screenings but includes, and largely focuses on, abortion.

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Pro-abortion advocate refuses to believe picture of preborn child is real

Pro-life author Randy Alcorn talks about how pictures show the humanity of preborn children, and how pro-choicers don’t like to face that reality:

[D]enial remains surprisingly strong. When I showed an intrauterine photograph of an eight-week unborn child to a pro-choice advocate—an intelligent college graduate—she asked me, “Do you really think you’re going to fool anyone with this trick photography?”

I told her she could go to Harvard University Medical School textbooks, Life magazine  or Nilsson’s A Child Is Born and find exactly the same pictures. She didn’t want to hear it. Why? Because she was really saying, “That’s obviously a child in this photograph, and because I don’t want to believe abortion kills a child, I refuse to believe that’s a real photograph.

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Women rejects abortion after she sees her baby on ultrasound

Rebekah Nancarrow had an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood (for which she paid $80), but wasn’t allowed to see the image. She was told by a Planned Parenthood worker that seeing the fetus on the screen  “will only make it harder on you.”

Nancarrow later went to a crisis pregnancy center and was given a free ultrasound. This time she was allowed to view it. Nancarrow was so moved by what she saw on the ultrasound screen that she changed her mind about having an abortion and decided to have her baby. She says:

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New England Journal of Medicine describes piercing unborn babies’ hearts with needles

In 1988, the New England Journal of Medicine described a then-new abortion procedure called selective reduction.  This type of abortion is performed when a woman has more than one preborn baby in her womb and wants to kill one or more children, but not the other(s). It can be used to “reduce” triplets to twins, or twins to a single baby.

Often this type of abortion is done on women who have undergone in vitro fertilization. In these cases, the woman has multiple babies in her womb, and doctors will usually suggest her to abort one or more of her children. The doctors urge selective reduction because they say carrying multiple babies to term is very risky, and may lead to the woman miscarrying the entire pregnancy. Doctors then suggest that the life of one(s) sacrificed to abortion is far better than the deaths of all the children.

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Waffle House allegedly tells pregnant woman she has enough kids, fires her

A lawsuit filed in Dallas last week alleges that the popular Southern restaurant Waffle House fired a manager-in-training because she was pregnant with her fourth child.

The suit alleges that when Tabitha Handy told her supervisor late last year that she was pregnant, the supervisor said, “You’re pregnant again? Don’t you already have three kids?”

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Stories of forced abortion in America all too common

In recent days, the nation has been shocked by the story coming out of Texas: a 14-year-old girl was raped, her baby forcibly aborted through pills and a lengthy, brutal beating, and then, the stillborn baby was burned on a grill and later disposed of.

While this story couldn’t be more horrific, America needs to realize that forced abortions are not uncommon. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has been accused of forcing women to end the lives of their own children.

Take, for example, the court case of Ayanna Byer.

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Alveda King challenges Planned Parenthood president to abortion dialogue

“Name a time and place,” said Dr. Alveda King, pro-life activist and niece of civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King, to Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood. King’s challenge to Richards came after Richards penned an article, urging for a public dialogue about abortion:

“Recently, in a Time article, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said that America needs to talk – really talk – about abortion.

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