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Driven by pro-life beliefs, missionary in Thailand shares true love with sex trafficking victims

In a nation where women and children are sold for sexual exploitation, one mother and her family have become agents of change—living out a message of unconditional love. “The quest for love is really driving this degrading market,” says Christine Anasco, who has served for 12 years in international missions work with her husband David and their four children. “Our aim is show these women they are valued.”

Since moving to Thailand in 2014, the Anascos have come to know firsthand the faces of human trafficking. Every year, innocent people are trafficked worldwide by the tens of millions; the U.S. State Department includes Thailand on its Tier 2 watch list, one of many nations not fully complying with anti-trafficking policies though making progress.

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Pregnant women in China coerced to abort, accused of “deliberately” breaking law

“Pregnancy is natural and innocent. That the Chinese Communist Party would treat pregnant women as criminals and tell them they ‘deliberately broke the law’ by becoming pregnant is madness.”

So writes Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn today in an email press release about yet another woman who has been forced to abort her baby in China, a country long known for it’s One-Child Policy (recently revised as a Two-Child Policy), which has led to countless forced and coerced abortions.

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Pro-abortion liberal in Ireland struggles with morality of abortion

While many people may believe that abortion should be legal — albeit under limited circumstances — it doesn’t change how they feel about the morality of abortion. The majority of Americans feel that abortion is morally wrong. And as we continue to have incredible advances in medicine and science, the humanity of preborn babies becomes more and more indisputable. It’s only to be expected that it will become harder and harder to accept abortion.

It’s for these very reasons that a self-described pro-abortion liberal in Ireland is struggling. As Ireland’s pro-life laws have come under attack from pro-abortion extremists, liberals like Donal Lynch have to grapple with the realities of abortion. In an op-ed for the Independent, Lynch asks, I’m liberal, so why does abortion make me uneasy?

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Chinese family told to abort at 8 months or they’ll be fired

A Chinese woman who is 8 months pregnant claims she has been ordered to have an abortion by her employer, a government-owned institution. The woman, who is surnamed Zhong but does not wish to provide her full name, is a resident of Guangdong Province in Southern China. According to Sixth Tone, a Chinese online news group, Zhong was told that if she does not obey the order to abort, she will be fired. Her husband, who also works for a government-owned institution, was reportedly handed the same ultimatum.

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Australian pro-life activist fined for protesting near abortion center

Pro-life activist John Preston of Queensland was fined $3,000 earlier this week after being convicted on charges stemming from an April pro-life protest in the Australian state of Tasmania. Preston, along with Raymond and Penny Stallard, were charged with violating a 2013 state law which declared protesting within 150 metres of an abortion clinic illegal.

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U.N. strongly urges Philippines to legalize abortion “without delay”

In a report released last Friday, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) urged lawmakers in the Philippines to legalize abortion “without delay.” Abortion is currently banned in the Philippines with no explicit exceptions.

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Pro-lifers don’t respect women? Not so, says pro-lifer from Ireland

Following last week’s pro-life victory in the Irish parliament, which saw the defeat of a bill legalizing abortion in cases of “fatal fetal abnormality,” Seán MacGiollarnáth, a friar in Dublin city, defended the pro-life position in the Irish Times.

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UK parents call new Down syndrome testing ‘state-sponsored eugenics’

Dominic Lawson is the father of Domenica, a beautiful, 21 year old woman living with Down syndrome. He is also a columnist for the UK Daily Mail, who recently wrote a piece strongly against a new screening process that detects Down’s syndrome. He wrote:

The Department of Health is about to approve a scheme designed to bring about a world in which people like my youngest daughter will cease to exist.

Dawson is referring to a new non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT) called ‘cell-free DNA’ or ‘cfDNA’. Cell-free DNA works by analyzing fetal cells in the mother’s blood and genetically testing them for signs of abnormalities. A pilot study (RAPID) commissioned by the  United Kingdom National Screening committee concluded that if implemented, cfDNA would lead to 102 more babies with Down syndrome being detected every year.

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Victim of sexual abuse euthanized in the Netherlands

The legalization of euthanasia always starts off in a seemingly benign manner: a case is made that people who are suffering from incurable illnesses and are dying anyway and should be allowed to choose “death with dignity” and without pain. But this quickly descends down a slippery slope.

Europe has become more and more accepting of euthanasia over the years. The Netherlands has been one of the most extreme countries on this front, with people being euthanized without their consent, and 1 in 3 Dutch doctors have said that they’re willing to euthanize people who are mentally ill.

Now, a 20-year-old Dutch woman is the latest victim of this flawed substitute for real medicine.

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Health Minister of Trinidad and Tobago defends pro-life laws following Zika outbreak

Recent outbreaks of the Zika virus, which has been linked to microcephaly in infants, have served as arguing points for abortion advocates in several nations around the world. As Live Action News’ Cassy Fiano reported:

As soon as the Zika virus hit the news, abortion advocates rushed in to exploit the crisis…The virus causes only mild symptoms in most people, but in pregnant women, it might cause birth defects. It’s believed to cause microcephaly in preborn babies whose mothers have the virus, thus the “need” for abortion.

Following the first confirmed case of Zika in a pregnant woman in Trinidad and Tobago, the Family Planning Association, an affiliate of Planned Parenthood, issued a statement calling on government officials to liberalize abortion laws…

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African woman to UN: Pushing abortion on Africa is colonization

For decades, organizations such as the United Nations and Amnesty International have sought to push abortion “reform” on less developed countries, including several nations in Latin America and Africa. While pro-abortion citizens of the Western world may view this activism as liberation, some natives of the target nations find it to be neo-colonization.

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Former addict, abortionist rescuing children in Mongolia

The last thing on Mitchell Tillman’s mind 15 years ago was the idea of becoming a missionary to Mongolia. Although he was raised in a Christian home in Birmingham, Ala., Tillman rebelled against his roots and moved out at the age of 17.

After the death of his first wife, and a following marriage that ended in divorce, Tillman spiraled into a lifestyle of drinking and crack cocaine addiction.

“I was a car painter living in the body shop,” Tillman said. “I was making $1,000 a week and spending all that on drugs. When some friends of mine overdosed, I started thinking about where you go when you die.”

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Ten million more abortions annually in China than previously reported

Forced abortion, sterilization and other abuses were still commonly used to enforce China’s population control policy through 2015, the U.S. State Department has confirmed.  In addition, the number of abortions in China appears to be a staggering 10 million higher than the commonly quoted figure of 13 million per year.

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Poland: Abortion activist compares babies to cancer

Polish officials were spurred to act after a baby with Down syndrome survived an abortion, yet was left to die alone after crying for an hour in the hospital. Abortion is illegal in Poland except for a few rare instances: if the mother’s life is in danger, if the pregnancy is a result of rape, or if the baby has birth defects or disabilities. But after international outrage in response to the abortion survivor being left to die, Poland government officials are considering banning all abortions.

Abortion activists are, unsurprisingly, furious, and have been staging protests in response. This weekend, thousands of people showed up, some with children, to protest the potential measure in front of the parliament building in Warsaw. The protest was organized by a coalition of 60 pro-abortion groups that claim abortion is a woman’s right. One protester, Anna Jakobic, brought her 10-month-old baby to the rally, and compared a preborn baby to cancer…

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