Planned Parenthood tries very hard to keep the truth about fetal development from women. They’ve been caught manipulating the facts and giving women false information about their pregnancy. It makes sense, though. Planned Parenthood is the country’s largest abortion provider. If women were to know the truth about the inherent humanity of the unborn, it would likely put a big dent in their business.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, recently did an interview with Fusion TV’s America with Jorge Ramos. Interestingly, Ramos asked Richards when she felt that life began. The exchange was awkward, to say the least.
Black History month is coming to a close, but the fight for life in the black community carries on. This Saturday, March 1st, pro-life leader Dr. Alveda King will be speaking on campus at Yale University. An influential voice against the injustice of abortion in America, Dr. King is the Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. She is a speaker for the Silent No More Awareness campaign and regularly shares the pain she has faced as a post-abortive woman.
Rolling Stone’s Lauren Rankin recently wrote about “outright lies told by abortion opponents.” She claimed the goal of these “lies” is to “dissuade women out of seeking safe and legal abortion care.”
But just because something is “legal” does not make it wrong to convince someone not to do it. In Kenya, rape is widespread and treated as culturally legal. Would it be wrong to convince men to stop raping women?
Whenever an action violates basic, human rights, anyone can – and should – attempt to persuade people not to participate. Abortion violates the most basic human right – the right to live and remain alive without suffering cruel and undeserved harm. Civilized people should persuade others against abortion.
If there was ever a historical moment calling for politicians to take a strong stand, this last week was it: Bill 292 would have required Indiana abortionists to provide proof of having admitting privileges or an agreement with a doctor who did. The Bill failed to pass the Republican controlled House.
The recent case of Indiana abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer suggests why such laws requiring transparency are necessary. Dr. Klopfer was criminally charged for failure to report statutory rape in Fort Wayne. Klopfer also lacks the required transfer agreement with a Gary hospital and there is no record of admitting or transfer privileges in South Bend, Indiana.
J.D. Bridges of TowardLiberty.com and I have been having an ongoing debate about libertarianism and abortion. Bridges has consistently maintained that “a woman has a property right in her body” and so “abortion … is not murder but really eviction.” In both my responses, I’ve countered that, according to libertarianism, abortion is murder.
Bridges’ latest response tripled down on his argument. He objected to my concept of natural rights, which John Locke, a philosopher from the 1600s, originated. Although Locke declared that “every Man has a Property in his own Person,” Locke defined natural rights in terms of rights to life, liberty, and property. Bridges preferred the concept of natural rights that Murray Rothbard, a prominent libertarian thinker, originated in the mid-20th century. Rothbard defined all natural rights in terms of property rights. For instance, in The Ethics of Liberty (1982), Rothbard argued that, even with the freedom of speech, “there is only a man’s property right: the right to…[speak] as he wills with his own [property] or to make voluntary agreements with other property owners [to speak].” As I’ve discussed in a previous article, Rothbard claimed that during abortions, women are simply protecting their bodily property from unborn babies, who are “unwanted guests.”
According to El Salvador’s high court, “the rights of the mother are not privileged over those of the unborn child (who is to be born) and vice versa.” Every person has an equal right to life. Shouldn’t every country extend equal protection to all human beings?
Some abortion activists don’t think so. In last Friday’s Denver Post, Kathy Bougher vilified El Salvador’s pro-life laws and suggested that introducing a similar equal rights approach in Colorado would create an invasive regime where women are investigated for miscarriages on a whim.
Of course, these are scare tactics. The 2014 Brady Amendment is designed to protect pregnant women and their unborn children from criminal acts. It simply acknowledges that unborn children like 8 pound, 2 ounce Brady, who was killed by a drunk driver, deserve justice. The amendment would not seek out women who tragically experience miscarriage; rather, it would equip prosecutors to charge violent criminals who harm pregnant women and their children. Moreover, invasive police investigations for miscarriage did not occur prior to Roe v. Wade, when abortion was illegal.
On May 24, Choices4Life will host a televised, pro-life 5k run in Houston, Texas. They are seeking runners, walkers, sponsors, and volunteers to join their effort to bring support to rape victims and their children.
Choices4Life was founded in 2011 by Juda Myers, a women who discovered as an adult that she had been conceived during a gang rape. She created Choices4Life in order to provide support to rape victims, including safe housing, relocation, counseling, medical assistance, and legal support.
Juda Myers, founder of Choices4Life, discovered as an adult that she was conceived during a gang rape. Since meeting her birth mother and coming to terms with what happened, Juda has made it her mission to help rape victims and their children.
Because of Juda and Choices4Life, rape victims have been able to successfully find safe homes and raise their children. The group works hands on to help women – financially and emotionally – with the goal of educating the world about the value of each and every human life. It raises awareness of the multitudes of families living with sexual abuse. As Juda writes on the website:
On February 21, 2014, Cosmo printed an article called “6 Women on Their Terrifying, Infuriating Encounters With Abortion Protestors.” The article was intended to illustrate why “buffer zones” are supposedly necessary outside abortion clinics. Cosmo opposes the free speech rights of even peaceful protestors, apparently believing that women should be allowed to enter an abortion clinic without anyone nearby who could possibly change the women’s minds.
In three of Cosmo‘s stories, the protestors talk to the women entering the clinic. In two of the stories, the protestors only hold signs. Both of these actions should be – and are – protected by the First Amendment. People in the United States are indeed allowed to actively express a different opinion, and they are allowed to attempt to convince another person to change her mind.
In one of the stories, the protestors actually touch the women by throwing doll parts with red paint at them. If this actually occurred, it is assault and battery, and most protestors who engaged in this type of illegal action would be reported and arrested. This obviously goes beyond First Amendment rights and is a bit terrifying.
However, if we really want to talk about terrifying and infuriating, let’s talk about the following two encounters that women have had with abortion doctors. I’d say these doctors are a bit more terrifying – and much more harmful – than protestors holding signs showing the reality of abortion. These kind of stories illustrate why there are protestors outside of abortion clinics.
Care to side with equality and print these stories, Cosmo?
Black leaders in Illinois have closed ranks, calling for increased accountability and safety regulations for abortion mills after the death of Tonya Reaves, who bled to death after a botched abortion in a Chicago Planned Parenthood. Reverend Ceasar LeFlore, Bishop Lance Davis, and State Representative Tom Morrison are leading the crusade for legislative change in the state of Illinois to prevent future tragedies like Reaves’s.
Rev. LeFlore stated:
While Roe v. Wade provides a women with choice it does not guarantee the safety of her life nor set a standard for abortion clinics demanding due diligence for woman as the tragic death of Tonya Reaves has shown us. We pray Tonya’s death be not in vain. Across Illinois, people are joining together to protect women and girls so that the tragic story of Tonya Reaves will not be repeated.
Texas maintenance worker Carlos Michel heard faint whimpering sounds coming from a dumpster at a nearby apartment complex. Michel said that what he thought he heard were the muffled cries of a kitten or perhaps a dying animal. As he neared the dumpster, the man was sure that whoever or whatever was whimpering inside was struggling.
Leaning into the blue dumpster, Carlos grabbed hold of a white plastic trash bag, pulled it out, placed it on the ground, and ripped it open to find a newborn baby boy inside. The infant, with umbilical cord still attached, was cold and purple, but still alive. “I almost had a heart attack,” Michel said.
This week, The Daily Beast featured an interview with pro-abortion author and architect Lori Brown. Gabby Bess interviewed Brown about the architecture of abortion clinics; they talked about how it is so, so sad that states like Mississippi only have one abortion clinic, and how to use architecture to “outsmart” protestors and sidewalk counselors. But perhaps most sickeningly, Brown and Bess talked about how great it would be if there were more accessible abortion clinics…in places like churches, malls, and high schools.
On the heels of the recent bombshell reports showing that more black babies were aborted in New York City in 2012 than were born there, another report is now showing that in Mississippi, where the white population outnumbers the black population by more than 1.5 to 1, an astounding 71.67% of the babies aborted between 1995 and 2010 were black.
Based on data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 39,052 black babies were killed by abortions in Mississippi between 1995 and 2010. During that same time period, 14,529 white babies were aborted in the Magnolia State.
… Although black abortions comprised 72% of the total abortions between 1995 and 2010, in some years the percentage was higher. In 2009, for example, the percentage of black babies killed by abortion in Mississippi in relation to the total was 76.8%. In 2007, it was 77.8%; in 2005, 77.2%.
Charlotte Dawson, a model and TV star who achieved fame in Australia, tragically committed suicide earlier this month after a long battle with depression, which was first triggered by her 1999 abortion experience. Dawson said “it was decided” that she should abort her first child with Olympic swimmer husband Scott Miller because her due date coincided with the 2000 summer Olympics and Miller was so focused on his own pursuits that a child was not welcome in the picture at the time. Dawson says they planned to try to have children later, but the marriage ended shortly thereafter and she ultimately died without living children.
In her tell-all autobiography Air Kiss And Tell, she revealed she had an abortion because the pregnancy would interfere with Miller’s preparation for the 2000 Olympics – and blamed that for the start of her long battle with depression.
A recent report by the Orange County Register documents how Planned Parenthood is one of many organizations that participate in what are largely believed to be unethical fundraising campaigns. Planned Parenthood uses a commercial fundraising telemarketing firm to raise some of its donations, but donors are likely unaware that only a small percentage of their offering (if any at all) is going to Planned Parenthood (America’s abortion conglomerate). The rest of their money goes into the coffers of the for-profit fundraising firm. The author explains:
One campaign for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York had revenues of $2 million – but the nonprofit wound up losing $1.8 million nonetheless, for a return of minus 92.8 percent, according to data collected by the California attorney general.
Doug White, who teaches ethics and fundraising at Columbia University, says he doesn’t blame the for-profit fundraisers. “I blame the nonprofits [like Planned Parenthood] that use them over and over and over again,” he told the Register.
Hollywood is known for its liberal ideology and agenda, and few actors stand out as outspokenly pro-life. Celebrities who publicly oppose abortion are diamonds in the rough, and one of these — who has been an audacious pro-lifer for years — is Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton.
Once in a while, Heaton takes to Twitter to voice her pro-life convictions, like when she tweeted multiple times during the Gosnell trial in April about the horrors of his practice. She even called out network television for its silence on the matter (undeterred by the fact that she is employed by one such network — ABC — where she currently stars on its primetime comedy, The Middle).
Perhaps you’ve been curious about how Online for Life is able to cooperatively help rescue so many unborn babies and their families from abortion. We understand that the way in which we carry out our mission has some moving parts, so we decided to shed a little light on who we are and what we do at Online for Life.
In the four years since we founded Online for Life, we’ve discovered that each month in America, there are more than 2 million internet searches for the words such as abortion or abortion clinic. That’s approximately 70,000 internet searches every day! What this tells us is that the majority of women facing crisis pregnancies are turning to the internet first – an anonymous place where they can look for answers, their secrets are kept safe, and no one else has to know.
Paralympic swimmer Jessica Tatiana Long was born in Russia and lived there until she was adopted after she turned one. Her adoptive family was American, and Jessica was raised in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland, where she grew to love swimming from a young age. Jessica’s legs had to be amputated shortly after she came to the United States with her adoptive family, but that didn’t hold her back from pursuing sports growing up, and learning to love swimming. In 2004, at the age of 12, Jessica was the youngest member of the U.S. Paralympic Team at the games in Athens, Greece.
Some evil just refuses to go away. Like “Doctor” Robert Alexander, who ran Michigan’s very own “House of Horrors” abortion clinic, complete with blood-spattered walls, garbage strewn near unsterilized medical equipment, and a string of women suffering botched abortions and serious injury.
The clinic was shut down after inspections revealed the unsafe and unsanitary practices of the doctor and his facility, but Alexander’s medical license was never actually revoked. He retained the ability to practice “medicine” – a status that allowed him to be hired as the managing physician of a taxpayer-funded STD clinic in Detroit, MI, despite the allegations surrounding his competency as a physician, and despite his criminal record illegally selling prescriptions. The Detroit Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic, which Alexander was recently discovered to be managing, is operated by an agency called the “Institute for Population Health,” but the non-profit is actually funded by taxpayer dollars. It also functions as Detroit’s public health department.
Euthanasia advocates frequently tout all of the “rules” put in place by countries which allow assisted suicide. This, they claim, makes it A-OK to have legalized assisted suicide. Only the terminally ill can be euthanized, or those who are in extreme suffering. People who are depressed won’t be euthanized, the elderly can’t be pressured into it by their families and now, with Belgium legalizing child euthanasia, children will have to be terminally ill and ask to die. Because, you know, there are laws set up to prevent rampant abuse and corruption in assisted suicide.