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Brazilian journalist condemns push for Zika-related abortions

Latin America’s ongoing Zika epidemic has renewed abortion debates in several countries. The Zika virus, which is still somewhat of a mystery to experts in science and medicine, is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, and is believed to cause microcephaly in preborn babies.

El Salvador’s Health minister has recently argued that due to the dangers to preborn babies presented by the virus, abortion restrictions should be revised. Colombia and Brazil are also experiencing surges in support for abortion due to the epidemic. But is abortion really the answer?

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5 international pro-life celebrities share their stories

This year, as we march for life, voices around the world join ours in crying out for life. We cry out for every life, from womb to tomb, to be celebrated. We push on the ceiling to be lifted until the light of dawn will shine on every new life. And across the globe, world celebrities continue to speak out about the tragedy of abortion. Meet five of them – an actor, an Olympian, a politician, a humanitarian, and a musician – and hear their stories.

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“Mom, isn’t it more beautiful to have three of us, than just two?”

(Via Pregnancy Help News) Mihajlo turns a year old at the end of January. While he’s a few years away from grasping the reason, but he’ll have his sister to thank any time he celebrates his birthday.

If it weren’t for his sister and his mom’s encounter with a life-affirming pregnancy center in Novi Sad, Serbia, its likely Mihajlo wouldn’t have drawn his first breath.

Posted by Pregnancy Help News on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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Baby abandoned by parents because of her wrinkly skin saved by grandfather

A baby girl abandoned by her parents in Western India was rescued by her grandfather. Born at seven months and weighing less than two pounds, the baby girl’s parents reportedly decided to reject her when they saw her wrinkly skin.

The baby’s grandfather, Dilip Dode, told reporters that word of the girl’s wrinkly appearance spread throughout their village, and that her parents were embarrassed by their daughter. The parents refused to even feed the baby, so Grandpa Dilip stepped in. He fed the baby milk from a spoon for two weeks, before he was able to take her to a hospital. At last update, the baby girl (who had not been named yet) was still recovering in a hospital, accompanied by her grandfather. Her parents still refused to visit her.

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Scotland pro-life groups unify to oppose liberalization of abortion law

Fear of the potential liberalization of Scotland’s current abortion law has drawn together an alliance of Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim pro-lifers under an umbrella coalition known as “Don’t Stop A Beating Heart.”

Currently, abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks in the UK. But the pro-life group, spearheaded by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) Scotland, is concerned that a move to allow Scotland to decide its own abortion law will cause even those late-term restrictions to be eliminated.

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Former feminist leader who promoted abortion becomes pro-life

Sara Winter is a popular and controversial figure in Brazilian culture. In 2012, she founded the ultra-feminist organization Femen Brazil and began leading topless protests, gaining significant media attention.

In 2013, Winter left Femen, denouncing it for becoming a business, yet she continued protests with another group. But now, it appears Winter has had a change of heart. She is speaking out about her abortion, encouraging other women to choose life.

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China approves Two-Child Policy, but nothing has changed

Predictably, China’s rubber-stamp legislature has approved the new Two-Child Policy proposed last October.  Officially, all couples will be allowed a second child, beginning January 1, 2016.

Equally predictably, the mainstream media has mischaracterized this move as a major change.  One major media outlet, for example, announced that this modification “effectively dismantles the remnants of the country’s infamous one-child policy that has been eased in recent years.”

Under no circumstances does the move to a two-child policy “effectively dismantle[] the infamous one child policy.”

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UK man found guilty of killing his preborn son after mother refused an abortion

In tragic news from the United Kingdom, a preborn baby boy was stillborn after his father kicked his mother in the stomach. The boy’s mother had named him Joel.

Joel’s mother, Malorie Bantala, says she is not “the real victim,” insisting that her son is the one who suffered most.

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Sierra Leone removes abortion ban, legalizes abortion

On Tuesday, the African nation of Sierra Leone passed the Safe Abortion Act, which legalizes abortion for any reason up to 12 weeks, after which abortion is allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or risk to the health of mother or baby.

Girls under 18 can have an abortion only with the consent of a parent or legal guardian, and the law mandates a minimum four-year jail sentence for unqualified abortionists.

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Dominican Republic court upholds abortion ban

On Wednesday, the high court of the Dominican Republic ruled to block a law that legalized abortions in certain cases, including fetal deformity.

The Dominican Republic is one of several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean that bans abortions with no explicit exceptions, including Chile, El Salvador, Suriname, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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China: Desperate mom pays another pregnant woman to abort under her name

A two-month-old Chinese baby girl is alive and safe today in her grateful mother’s arms. But for this mother to save her child, another was not so lucky.

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China’s family planning “army” ensures population control will continue

“If China’s Family Planning Officials were an official army, they would tie with North Korea as the sixth largest in the world.”

Chinese government officials in Xinjiang last month killed 17 people, including women and children – in retaliation, they said, for a knife attack in a coal mine two months earlier. As usual, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) kept mum on the details.

The conflict is merely the latest in a trend of increasing civil unrest in China. Internal data showed “mass incidents,” ranging from sit-ins to riots, doubled from 2006 to 2010, when there were 180,000 such incidents. According to the Chinese Academy of Social Science in 2012, mass incidents now regularly exceed 100,000 per year.

How to handle this? A million-strong army helps — another reason China won’t abandon forced population control anytime soon: this army consists of Family Planning Officials.

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China denies rights to children born without permits, devastates families

China’s One-Child Policy has included forced abortion, forced sterilization, heavy fines and intimidation. But what isn’t often mentioned is that if Family Planning Officials fail on these fronts, any children who survive to be born and raised are denied hukou, or household registration. These children are essentially treated as non-citizens of China. Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, wrote in a press release today:

Children without hukou will have no birth certificate, no official existence. They will not be eligible for health care or education. They cannot get a passport or driver’s license.  They will not be able officially to marry or work. As far as the Chinese government is concerned, these children do not exist.

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MTV: Live-tweeting periods to protest Ireland’s pro-life laws is ‘hilarious’

Ireland is one of the few nations where abortion is mostly illegal. While this has abortion advocates up in arms, it’s refreshing to see a place where the lives of the preborn are protected. And, as a result, Ireland has been ranked one of the safest places to have a baby.

But abortion supporters choose not to focus on that latter point, naturally, because it would do nothing to help their cause. Instead, we see deflection like that of Irish comedian, Grainne Maguire, who live-tweeted her period to Prime Minister Enda Kenny, with whom the pro-life movement has had issues before.

Outlets like MTV are applauding Maguire’s stunt, calling it  “absolutely hilarious.”

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