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Small Targets: How abortion survivors are being put to death

The Council of Europe is an international human rights body comprised of 47 nations. In order to join, a country must sign a treaty known as the European Convention On Human Rights. Protocol 6 of that treaty prohibits signatories from using the death penalty… on criminals. Letting a newborn die is apparently fine.

On January 31, Angel Pintado, a Spanish member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,  submitted a question to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Mr. Pintado was curious as to “what specific steps will the Committee of Ministers take in order to guarantee that fetuses who survive abortions are not deprived of the medical treatment that they are entitled to – as human persons born alive – according to the European Convention on Human Rights?” The answer was less than inspiring.

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Opposing clinic inspections protects the abortion industry. Women? Not so much.

President Obama has been accused of trying to silence his critics. Apparently he’s silencing his supporters now, too.

That was Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience, anyway. Obama was attending a Democratic fundraiser organized by the Hollywood star when he allegedly robbed Paltrow of her ability to communicate. After describing herself as one of the president’s “biggest fans,” Ms. Paltrow went on to declare, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

As a heterosexual man, I’m probably not the most qualified person to evaluate President Obama’s physical attractiveness. What I can say is that no matter how handsome someone might be, there are some things that pro-lifers just shouldn’t stay silent about. That includes supporting sensible rules to protect women from negligent and malicious doctors. The good news is that Arizona and other states have passed laws allowing surprise inspections of abortion clinics. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board.

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For Apple and Facebook, babies are a road block to success

Ignore your biological clock, ladies, Facebook and Apple have announced that they will now be covering the cost of freezing your eggs. Both companies are willing to dish out up to $20,000 per woman for this technology, enough to cover two elective rounds of egg harvesting.

Egg freezing isn’t health care

Just like abortion, egg freezing isn’t necessary for maintaining a woman’s health. And pregnancy and childbirth at later ages can lead to more complications. Paying for this new technology is not about supporting women’s health, it’s about getting more work out of women to benefit their companies.

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The pro-choice myth of “forced pregnancy”

When a woman falls pregnant against her desire, pro-abortion advocates argue that restricting her right to abortion condemns her to “forced pregnancy” or, in even more radical terms, “gestational slavery.”

By their logic, a woman unable to attain an abortion is enslaved both to the burgeoning life within her uterus, and to those who, by restricting access to abortion, oblige her to remain pregnant.

But the idea that government, men, or any other outside source can force a woman to remain pregnant implies that they take an active role in gestation, one that enables them to control it in some way. The idea implies that outside forces possess the power to dictate when, how, and for how long a woman will be pregnant. The truth is, however, that neither men nor even women ultimately control when and for how long a uterus gestates.

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Adoption is the kind, loving choice for everyone involved.

Is adoption a reasonable alternative to pregnancy?

Here’s a common objection to adoption: “Adoption isn’t a reasonable alternative to pregnancy! Adoption doesn’t make a woman un-pregnant!”

Of course, only one thing is a real alternative to being pregnant: being “un-pregnant”. If you’re not ready to be pregnant, it’s good to make your choice before you’re pregnant – either by abstaining from sex or by using contraception that doesn’t end the life of a baby by stopping her implantation.

But still, many women get pregnant before they think they’re “ready.” Often, they want to consider their options.

There are only two: #1 stay pregnant, #2 make yourself un-pregnant.

It’s pretty obvious how #1 is accomplished. But let’s be honest with ourselves about #2. A woman doesn’t magically become un-pregnant.

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Feminists lamenting “sexist” contraception culture should look in the mirror

The Cult of Contraception doesn’t exactly enjoy an overabundance of brain power, but when it comes to truly insipid commentary, PolicyMic has always been in a league of its own. This weekend, Marcie Bianco wrote that the birth control market is—what else?—even more sexist than you think.

She opens with a comedy video from Buzzfeed (now there’s a font of deep cultural analysis) that purports to illustrate that “society places the burden of birth control on women rather than men,” whose condoms just don’t come with the cost and “cultural stigmas” of female birth-control options: Continue reading

My son with Down syndrome is not a burden to his family

brothers3It’s not unusual to hear people talk about aborting their baby with Down syndrome because it is the “merciful” thing to do. One woman wrote about her decision to abort her baby with Down syndrome because of the “suffering” the baby and her family would be forced to endure, and somehow still has the audacity to claim that she “loves” her son.

To her, she was making some kind of noble choice because he otherwise would have had a miserable, empty, meaningless life. Richard Dawkins caused a huge controversy when he argued that it was immoral to knowingly give birth to a baby with Down syndrome — he claimed that the moral and ethical thing to do would be to have an abortion.

In a similar vein, one mother has opened up about her reasons for aborting her son with Down syndrome: he just would have been too much of a burden on their family.

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New student group at Fordham tries to get university to change Catholic values

A new student group, formed but not yet officially recognized by Fordham University, is certainly making quite the name for itself. It seems that the group doesn’t fully recognize that by being at Fordham, they are at a private, religiously affiliated university. Perhaps it’s that they just don’t care. Either way, it must be noted that they are trying to strip the university of its defining values.

The group is known as the Sex and Gender Equity Safety Students (S.A.G.E.S) Coalition. LifeSiteNews.com recently wrote of how the group distributed condoms to students at events, which is in direct violation of Fordham’s policy. If you’re a group which is not yet recognized but wishes to become recognized in the future, it may not bode well to violate policies.

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Nun too helpful: Why giving money to Planned Parenthood doesn’t protect women

Like most people, I occasionally put my foot in my mouth. That can involve calling a friend by the wrong name, making a double entendre, or realizing that I’ve just asked out a nun. Well, technically she was a sister.

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And she was a bit younger than this.

Last year, I visited Aquinas College (a Catholic university in Tennessee) to watch a friend receive an award for a paper he’d written. There were other students up for awards that night, and more than a few of them were wearing habits.

The sisters gave informed talks on a number of issues, including religious freedom in Vietnam and the relationship between suffering and free will. One was particularly well spoken, so I approached her after the event concluded. She proved to be a fascinating conversationalist, and at some point I simply forgot that this woman belonged to a religious order. After about twenty minutes, I inquired if she was on Facebook. When she said that she wasn’t, I noted that I would “be in the area for a while, so if you want to meet up for coffee…”

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USA Today accuses Texas of removing abortion rights

USA Today accuses pro-lifers of essentially eliminating the right to abortion in Texas because of the recent safety restrictions enforced in abortion facilities. It’s the second newspaper in less than a month to engage its entire editorial board in taking a pro-abortion stand and resorting to a sort of editorial bullying in the name of supporting abortion.

The editorial argues that the enforcement of HB2 in Texas essentially eliminates a woman’s right to choose abortion, claiming:

“[W]hen states use safety as a pretext to put providers out of business, they make abortion riskier for all women and deny some a right guaranteed four decades ago.”

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Grief after abortion is common.

Pro-choice feminist thinks women having abortions is comparable to men having sex

Jessica Valenti, a radical feminist blogger at the Guardian and Feministing, routinely raises the eyebrows of critical thinkers with her long-winded rants on gender relations and sexual inequality. She reached a new low, however, with her recent opinion piece meant to expose the unequal treatment of men and women in the United States.

In an attempt at satire, Valenti depicts a dystopia in which men are treated just as badly as women. As part of her portrayal, she refers to the 72-hour waiting period for abortions that Missouri recently mandated and imagines what she believes to be an equivalent scenario for men.

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Jennifer Lawrence is wrong: Men don’t need porn, and women don’t need to give it to them

Today, Jennifer Lawrence’s exclusive cover story with Vanity Fair hits the stands. The popular Hunger Games’ star speaks openly about the internet scandal involving the stolen nude photos of her. She calls it a “sex crime,” and says that anyone who purposely looked at the photos of her is guilty.

Lawrence is right that, just because someone is a public figure, it doesn’t give the general public – or anyone in particular – a right to view stolen photos of them.

But Lawrence also got it deeply wrong. In explaining why the nude photos were taken of her in the first place, she said:

I was in a loving, healthy, great relationship for four years. It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.

Whoa, whoa, J.Law. Wait a minute, there. “Either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you”? And this is a “healthy” relationship?

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TIME evaluates the Mommy Wars: What’s really a “natural” birth?

On October 6, Mehera Bonner wrote an article for TIME, called “Why Having an Epidural Should Count as Having a Natural Birth.” Welcome to another episode in the Mommy Wars.

We each have our unique reasons for the choices we make while we’re giving birth to our children. I haven’t lived your story, and you haven’t lived mine.

Yet, some moms insist that the only definition of natural is no medication whatsoever. They argue that they earned the right to call their births “natural” because they refused all medication and all intervention that they consider unnecessary.

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A pro-life idenity

For those of you who have read my writer’s bio, you may have noticed that I’ve mentioned I plan to “impact the movement from a legal/political level.”

I applied to law school with the goal in mind to affect abortion laws in this country. This was actually the focus of my application essay.

On the first day of Christian Foundations of Law (CFL) class, I was a student who volunteered to answer why I had chosen to come to law school. And now ever since that first day, whenever abortion comes up, the class gets a chuckle to think of me. Now it is in good fun, especially considering I’m one who likes attention. But it’s not just about the attention. I’m proud of being known for having something to say whenever abortion comes up.

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Women don’t need Planned Parenthood for breast exams

Planned Parenthood has a very important message for you this October in Breast Cancer Awareness Month: While they don’t do any mammograms despite what their CEO says, they do perform manual breast exams.

Every year about this time the number one provider of abortions in the nation tries to show its “health care” side and convince women across the nation its services are priceless because they can feel your breasts and find lumps that may save your life.

So can you.

That’s right. Time and again, we learn that what Planned Parenthood does in its breast exam is what you can do in a self-breast exam. The abortion giant isn’t even licensed to provide imaging; therefore, it couldn’t do a mammogram if it wanted to.

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The disturbing influence Planned Parenthood has on our schools

Last month, parents were shocked to see the sex education guidelines being considered in Clark County, Nevada, schools.  In a closed-door deliberation with some parents, the Las Vegas school district considered curriculum that recommends children as young as five be taught about abortion and masturbation– with pro-abortion propaganda scheduled to continue through every single grade level.

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Former Obama health care adviser: I want to die at 75

The euthanasia and assisted suicide movement is growing, especially in Europe. While euthanasia is illegal in the United States, assisted suicide is allowed in five states. It’s problematic for a lot of reasons — legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia leads to rampant abuses, from euthanizing the elderly and disabled, people with mental illnesses, people who have been abused, and even children.

What kind of attitude makes people find these horrific actions acceptable? Former health care adviser to President Obama, Ezekiel Emanuel, demonstrated it perfectly when he penned a column saying that he wanted to die at 75.

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Want to live like Tucker Max? Some Senate Democrats are ready to help

It’s said that laughter is the best medicine. For medical comedy star Mindy Kaling, there isn’t much to laugh about when it comes to abortion.

Previously known as Kelly Kapoor on NBC’s The Office, Kaling now plays Dr. Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN on The Mindy Project. During a recent interview, Kaling was asked by Stephen Colbert why she didn’t mention abortion on her show. The actress seemed skeptical about abortion’s comedic potential, contending that “it’s not a hilarious topic.”

That seems like a reasonable observation; after all, thoughts of a little girl being forced through a suction catheter or dismembered with a set of forceps don’t usually appeal to decent human beings. Fans of Tucker Max, on the other hand, just can’t seem to get enough of them.

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“Too poor for an abortion?”

An anonymous story on XoJane relates the account of a married college student who was “too poor for an abortion.” She writes she was also “too poor to have a baby.”

There is one thing she was not too poor for – even by her own standards. Adoption.

And before everyone jumps on the band wagon of, “you can’t force a woman to carry a baby for nine months for someone else!” and “adoption is hard; you can’t expect any woman to do that!” let me say something.

Yes, adoption is hard. Yes, carrying a baby for nine months is hard. But killing that baby is cruel. Not just hard, but inhumane. Mothers should be willing to do hard things so cruelty and murder aren’t inflicted on the children they helped to create.

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Pro-Life reflections on Rosh Hashanah

On sundown Sept 24th, the Jewish New Year celebration known as Rosh Hashanah began. As a Christian I believe it’s important to honor the Jewish roots of my faith. I’ve celebrated Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles before and this is my first year for Rosh Hashanah. Thankfully I have a wonderful synagogue and a very welcoming Rabbi in my community.

As I began to research Rosh Hashanah, I was intrigued by the deep significance it holds for me as a Christian and a pro-lifer. Rosh Hashanah is a time to celebrate the birth of the world and the anniversary of creation. In the Hebrew calendar the world is now 5775 years old.

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