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September 5

In a CNN debate on September 4- the eve of today’s vote on Syria authorization – Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida argued with Republican Congressman Michael Burgess about the need for American intervention in the Syrian civil war. U.S. intervention is being considered because Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad is being suspected of having used chemical weapons on his own people. These people were civilians, and among them were hundreds of young children. The civil war has also created two million refugees, half of whom are children, according to the United Nations, who are calling these million children a “lost generation.”

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September 5

00adorable-baby-blue-blue-eye-blue-eyes-cap-favim-com-65142I believe being pro-life will give unborn children a chance to grow and mature and fulfill their dreams to their fullest. They deserve to live and have a heartbeat, to feel the emotions of love and of being wanted. Taking away an innocent, helpless miracle is the worst thing one could possibly do.

Being able to feel the butterflies in your stomach when you are just starting to feel your baby kick, being able to see your little one grow from a tiny little ball to seeing the mouth move and the bones form in the baby’s face, being able to finally hold him or her after just giving birth – these are the most incredible feelings you can ever experience.

I am pro-life, but I used to be pro-choice. I once believed that if you did not want to take care of a baby, you didn’t have to.

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September 4

cupcake-for-lifeBirthday cakes are the quintessential American celebration of life. We honor the year(s) of life that have already past, show gratitude for being given another one, and look to what the future holds (“Make a wish!”) with the sweet confections. Everyone deserves to have his or her existence acknowledged, and a birthday cake does just that.

It was with these convictions in mind that the creators of National Pro-Life Cupcake Day dreamed up the idea to honor the lives of those not yet born. Because they face a staggeringly high probability of not seeing a birthday due to the reality of abortion, pro-lifers who bake cupcakes in honor of the pre-born may be the only people who ever acknowledge the value of those children’s lives in the way that the vast majority of us have celebrated every year of our lives (with a cake).

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September 4

The New York Times “Vows” section is where newlyweds can publish the news of their marital bliss for all to see and read. Each week, one lucky couple hits the “Vows” jackpot, and their love story gets a multiple page article. On August 30, three pages were devoted to Udonis Haslem, an NBA player for the Miami Heat, and his new wife, Faith Rein. The two were college sweethearts who came from different backgrounds, all of which was of course covered in the wedding announcement. What made their announcement different, though, was the gushing over their choice to have an abortion.

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September 4

Questions (licenses from Dreamstime)When 18-year-old twins Bella and Angelica Ayala found out that the sexual harassment session in their freshman orientation program included a graphic sex-ed presentation, they decided to opt out. The pro-life Catholic students respectfully voiced their desire to not partake in the program prior to its start.

Bella told the pro-life group Survivors, “My sister actually contacted the orientation program beforehand to request that we be exempt from attending this part of orientation, but was given an ambiguous answer.” A week after Angelica called the orientation program, a mass e-mail was sent out from the New Student & Transition Programs citing UCLA’s policy codes and federal/state laws saying the presentation was mandated. Regardless, the Ayalas later received permission from their counselors to leave the program. The option to not partake in the sex-ed part of the program was not given to any other students.

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September 4

Columbus State Community CollegeSpencer Anderson is challenging Columbus State Community College’s limits on free speech. According to a lawsuit filed last week, the College has two small “speech zones” that students can obtain a permit to speak in, provided the permit is obtained 48 hours in advance. Students are then assigned to one of the zones and must stay in that zone. The two areas make up less than 1% of the Columbus campus. Additionally, the college has complete discretion to decide who can receive a permit and who cannot, giving it the power to stop certain topics from being discussed.

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September 3

gosnell-questionDr. Kermit Gosnell went to jail for killing babies born alive after abortions he performed at his filthy abortion clinic in Philadelphia. The testimony given at the trial was gruesome and disturbing. But was it representative of what normally happens at abortion clinics?

I have put together the following quiz. Some of these quotes are from testimony in the Gosnell case. Others are from the partial-birth abortion ban trials. In the partial-birth abortion ban trials, practicing abortionists were asked to describe what they do every day in their clinics. See if you can tell the difference between what went on a Gosnell’s clinic and what goes on legally, in our country, every day.

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September 3
Photo by Keith Allison

Photo by Keith Allison.

The New York Times on August 30 published a three-page article gushing over newlywed couple Udonis Haslem and Faith Rein. NBA star Haslem is a forward for the Miami Heat. He married his college sweetheart, Faith Rein, on August 24 this year. The couple was engaged for one year but has been together for fourteen, prompting the article’s title, “Taking Their Very Sweet Time.”

The article first chronicles the backgrounds of Haslem and Rein, who grew up in polar opposite environments: Haslem was raised in a rough Miami neighborhood surrounded by drugs and broken familial relationship, and Rein was raised in a stable family in suburban Virginia. Their attraction was initially prompted by how different the couple was. Nevertheless, they both shared a love for sports. At their shared alma mater, the University of Florida, Haslem was a basketball player, and Rein ran track.

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September 3

I know, I know…another one of those negative, depressed posts where someone goes off about all that’s wrong in the world. But stick around – this post will be different. I promise.

It seems like negativity and people’s bad opinions of other people surround us wherever we go. Is anything right? Is there anything good or positive to talk about?

You, yes you, can change the world.

You – yes, you – can change the world.

Well, yes. As a matter of fact, there’s plenty of right and good and positive. It’s all a matter of perspective and focus. And, I’d propose, it’s also a matter of what you do. If you sit around and talk about the things that are wrong with the world – and that’s all you do – then, yes, I suppose you would have plenty of negativity in your life.

But instead, if you minor on the talk and major on the action – actually doing your part to fix what’s wrong with the world – I wager you’ll be seeing a lot of positive. For, in the midst of pain and wrong and death and sadness, there are always stories of hope and love and joy and life. Find those stories, and never lose them. Find the rays of light in your bad experiences and focus on them when darkness begins to press in.

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September 3
Sarah Short and three of her children

Sarah Short and three of her children.

I miscarried two summers ago.

I was very newly pregnant. And, I knew something wasn’t right early on, and it was a few weeks of tests and good results and hope and then bad results and sadness and then the final words from my doctor telling me I had lost our baby.

I was heartbroken.

I confided in my sister and a few very close friends who had been through miscarriages while all of that was happening, but waited weeks before I could tell anyone else – even our families. I had so much going on in my head and heart and I wasn’t sure what to do with any of it. So I just didn’t. Do anything.

But, cry.

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September 3

I recently came across a post, complete with the video, with the shocking news that Iowa Democrats and gubernatorial candidates participated in an event praying for abortion.

It may be curious that pro-choicers and Democrats are praying to God, as noted by the The Iowa Republican:

They made the unusual decision, for Democrats, to begin the event with a prayer. This was likely in response to a prayer vigil being conducted by pro-life activists at the same time nearby.

However, despite that those leading or participating in a prayer belong to a party that struck God from their national party platform, and are praying for something no truly religious person should support, there may be hope.

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September 3

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, an image can sometimes leave one at a loss for words, as the former Hannah Montana recently demonstrated.

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Image via MTV.

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September 2

On Friday, the Iowa Board of Medicine decided to ban webcam abortions. In a letter to Mark Bowden, Executive Director of the Iowa Board of Medicine, members of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists and lawyers for Alliance Defending Freedom explain the process used for webcam abortions in Iowa:

A physician in another location, usually Des Moines, would ask the woman a few questions via an Internet webcam connection, then press a button to open a drawer in front of the woman whereupon the abortifacient drugs mifepristone and misoprostol were released to the woman.

After taking those pills and then another set a day or two later, the woman could end her pregnancy. However, if complications occurred, there would be no doctor at the abortion clinic to help; instead, the woman would have to report a “miscarriage” at the nearest emergency room.

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September 1

“He can’t hear you. He never will.”
Juror #8, Twelve Angry Men

pro-abortion1Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has vetoed the “Reproductive Health Care Facilities Access Act,” which would have censored pro-life protesters outside abortion clinics.  But perhaps the most revealing aspect of the failed legislation was its name: consider the terms, so fundamental to the pro-choice movement, “reproductive health” and “reproductive rights.”

Literally, your reproductive rights involve your right to create or not create offspring. The term “reproductive rights” does not refer to destroying offspring.

In America, about three hundred abortions a day are done in the second and third trimesters; children who could survive outside the womb are probably killed hundreds of times a week. Globally, thousands of viable children are likely killed a week. Late abortion at least is not reproductive rights; it’s not reproductive wrongs; it’s not reproduction, period. It’s homicide.

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August 31

Many abortion clinic workers have been ready to leave for some time - but they need help getting out.

Women who are considering abortion are at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Many of these women are ambivalent and uncertain, struggling to make the right decisions. It can be a scary and difficult time. It’s also a time when support from those around them can be very important. It is tragic for a woman to face the terrible decision of having an abortion alone.

Therefore,  it is disturbing that some pro-choice activists and clinic workers encourage women to keep their abortion dilemmas is to themselves, and, particularly, not speak to people who might give them life-affirming alternatives.

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August 31

NeuhausOver a year ago, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA) stripped Ann Kristin Neuhaus of her license to practice medicine. She’s been unsuccessfully fighting to get her license back ever since, but the board required her to pay the almost $100,000 in court costs for an appeal, effectively ending her appeal.

This, of course, has pro-aborts crying foul. Poor Dr. Neuhaus is being targeted by the mean old pro-lifers, and did absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever. One abortion advocate, Katha Pollitt, wrote a sympathy piece in The Nation where she even went so far as calling Neuhaus a “hero provider”.

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August 31

A friend once confided in me that she had had an abortion. She had two children and pregnancy hadn’t been easy on her. Her doctors told her that continuing her latest pregnancy was risking her life. I could tell she was in pain and I didn’t know what to say. No one had ever told me flat out about their abortion before. There is so much I should have said and done in that moment. But I didn’t. Here’s what you should do if your friend confides in you about her abortion.

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August 31

An adorable and surprising story is making its way through Facebook pages today. It’s the story of a Tulsa, Oklahoma couple – Andy and Sarah Justice, who had a longing in their heart to have children but struggled to conceive. After three and a half years, Andy and Sarah decided to go to a specialist, but the treatment was too expensive. Instead they went in a different direction and contacted an adoption agency connected to a faith-based Crisis Pregnancy Center.

In the adoption process, the birth mother got to choose the family she wanted her child to go to. Andy and Sarah were happy when they got a call from a mom letting them know she had selected them. Sarah began bonding with the mom by taking her to her doctor appointments. At an ultrasound appointment they all received an amazing surprise. The doctor told them the birth mom was carrying triplets.

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August 30

The Presidents remarks were spoken, thousands of people have returned home from D.C. and the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s, ‘I have a dream’ speech has been written about in hundreds of news publications.

Now what? It always seems like we celebrate something for a few days, get super excited about it and then go back to life as usual. It’s the way we are with New Years resolutions. We resolve to exercise, plant a garden, take a poetry class or make sure we pay our bills early every  month. Yet we rarely accomplish all the things we set out to do. We have so many dreams, but those dreams don’t always become a reality.

Maybe that’s why we love people like Dr. King. Martin turned his dreams into action. That action caused a chain reaction that literally changed the world as we know it. Pretty inspiring stuff came out of the life of a young black preacher from Georgia.

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August 30

priceless life, hands, babyI’ve been a part of some pretty incredible experiences in my life, but I’ve never been a part of something so surreal, so life affirming and so insanely beautiful as watching my son come into this world… It was this watershed moment where I knew that everything I valued before seems finite and temporary.

These were the words of Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Detective Deeks on the popular NCIS TV series. Olsen’s wife, Sarah Wright, gave birth to the couple’s first son, Wyatt, on August 16th.

Olsen joins a slew of famous men and women who recognize just how amazing a new child is.

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