The story was stunning, but maybe it shouldn’t have been. Pope Francis, head of the church most known for its unwavering pro-life stance, proved that the issue of abortion is a responsibility for us all. Perhaps you have already read how this man, who surely has a full enough schedule called Ann Romano, the woman who had an affair and is pregnant out of wedlock—and exhibited the spiritual fatherhood he represents. One story’s headline called him “A Pope Who Knows How to Pope.”
The conversation has been widely reported:
He reassured me and said a child was a gift from God, a sign of Divine Providence and that I would never be left alone. He said that as Christians we should never be afraid.
‘He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child. I told him that I wanted to baptise the baby when it was born but I was afraid as I was divorced and a single mother but he said he would be my spiritual father and he would baptise my baby.
The story is notable, but it should be ordinary. As pro-lifers cry for life for the unborn, there must continue to be a cry inward to ask what role we have in assuming it is a realistic option for those facing the decision of bringing a baby to term.
A victory against Obama’s HHS mandate occurred last Friday when Judge Daniel granted an injunction in favor of business owner Stephen Briscoe and his companies. The judge had initially denied a similar motion back in February, but given the decision of the Tenth Circuit in the Hobby Lobby case and the subsequent granting of a preliminary injunction to Hobby Lobby by the district court, Briscoe asked the judge to reconsider.
The HHS mandate requires abortion-inducing drugs to be included in insurance plans provided by employers. Stephen Briscoe is an evangelical Christian who seeks to run his business in accordance with his convictions. According to the Complaint filed in February:
Mr. Briscoe sincerely holds religious beliefs that God mandates respect for the sanctity of each human life and that abortion and abortion-inducing drugs result in the wrongful taking of a human life. Mr. Briscoe seeks to run his businesses in accord with his sincerely held religious beliefs.
All Girls Allowed reports that in 2012, the dollar amount in fines that the Chinese government received from its citizens who had broken the One-Child Policy was over $2 billion. This number takes into account income from only fifteen provinces and does not include the other eight provinces, four municipality provinces, and five other regions.
The executive director of All Girls Allowed, Brian Lee, is asking the government to re-evaluate their policy:
We call on President Xi and Vice-President Li to order an independent investigation of the use of One-Child Policy fines, and to do what is right for the people by directing those funds for the benefit of the people. We pray that God would move the Chinese leadership to grant its people complete freedom from coercive family planning, that they may receive the full blessing of children that God desires to give them.
ABC’s The Chew co-host Daphne Oz surprised an enthusiastic audience and cast today on the show when she announced that she is pregnant with her first child. As the cast recapped each of their summers, Oz told co-hosts and the audience about how she and her husband had celebrated their third wedding anniversary over the summer break, and showed pictures from the vacation. Then she said nonchalantly, “And I actually have one other picture to show you guys, another fun picture from the summer… something else that happened,” before pulling out ultrasound photos to reveal news of her pregnancy, which was a surprise even to her fellow hosts (Michael Symon, Clinton Kelly, Mario Batali, and Carla Hall). You can view the video clip here – it’s sure to make you smile.
Daphne Oz, who is the beautiful daughter of TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, said:
When I got this [the set of ultrasound pictures] it was the weirdest feeling. Because it looks like a little human and its like you fall in love with this little person who you’ve never met.
The announcement was met by exuberant outbursts from each cast member. Michael Symon said he had known of the pregnancy when Oz refused coffee that morning, and Carla Hall said that the news was going to make her cry. Oz responded, saying, “You can’t do this to me, I cry about everything now, really you can’t do this to me!” Mario Batali, sarcastic as always, pointed out that he thought the baby looked like him.
So guess what? I’m a libertarian.
I know, I know. Take a minute. It’s gonna be okay.
Women’s rights clearly include their right to health and to make fully informed decisions regarding their bodies. Does a woman’s right to decide what she will and will not do with her body extend to actions affecting the fetus who may reside in her body? Does a woman’s right to control her own reproduction include a right to induced abortion?
Granting the notion that our bodies are our own property, does it follow that a pregnant women can choose to kill her fetuses because the fetus is also her own property? Or, if we grant that a fetus is a separate individual with a future of value like ours, does it follow that women can choose to kill fetuses on the ground that fetuses are trespassers?
Another lawsuit was filed last week against the secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Service in challenge to the HHS Mandate and its requirement for employees to provide abortion-inducing drugs to employees. This lawsuit was brought by Midwest Fastener Corp. and the owners of that company, the DeVries families. According to the Complaint:
Each of the members of the DeVries Plaintiffs are believing and practicing Christians and each believes the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and that the Holy Bible instructs that each human life, which begins at conception, is created in God’s image, that God mandates respect for the sanctity of each human life, and that abortion and abortion-inducing drugs result in the wrongful taking of a human life.
The DeVries found out in April of this year that “FDA-approved contraceptives” in their insurance coverage included abortion-inducing drugs. After instructing their insurance provider to exclude coverage of these drugs, they were informed that this could not happen without a court order. Given the short time frame they had to work with, the DeVries are temporarily complying with the HHS mandate but suing to request that the mandate not apply to their company, as it is a violation of their constitutional rights. The Complaint states:
Absent immediate injunctive relief from this Court, by virtue of the number of full- time employees employed by Plaintiffs, Plaintiffs must either continue to comply with the HHS Mandate by being illegally and unconstitutionally coerced into violating their sincerely held religious beliefs or face the threat of heavy fines and penalties.
Robb Krueger, co-counsel for the DeVries, believes that business owners should be allowed to let their faith dictate how they conduct business:
The cost of religious freedom for this family, as with other job creators across the country, could result in massive fines that would cripple family businesses and threaten jobs if the government ultimately has its way.
Lately it may not be as popular as purposely vague platitudes about “women’s health care” and indignant assertions of “bodily autonomy,” but thanks to its starring role in Roe v. Wade, the “right to privacy” remains one of abortion’s most important defenses, not to mention the alleged reason why voters cannot be allowed to decide on abortion’s legality at the ballot box.
But for its importance, privacy is also perhaps the most nonsensical of all arguments for allowing people to kill their babies.
Embryology denial and bodily autonomy don’t hold up to analytical scrutiny, but at least they seem kind of sensible if you aren’t familiar with the science behind the former or don’t stop to think too much about the latter.
Privacy, however, doesn’t even come close to justifying abortion on a superficial level. read more…
Yesterday, The Telegraph recapped events related to what is being called a double standard by members of both political parties. In an article entitled “Gender abortions: CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] accused of double standards after putting pro-life campaigners on trial,” The Telegraph explained that a string of charges have been systematically brought against pro-life activists who have used graphic abortion images, while two doctors who sanctioned sex-selection abortions (because the babies were girls) were not charged due to so-called “public interest.” According to the article:
There were growing calls for a judicial review of the decision, supported by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, not to charge two doctors exposed in an undercover Daily Telegraph investigation agreeing to arrange abortions because the babies were female.
The CPS confirmed this week that although there was enough evidence to charge Dr Prabha Sivaraman and Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan with a realistic prospect of conviction, it would not be in the “public interest” to do so.
Abortion providers see the bodies of aborted babies daily. They deal with the grief and heartache of seeing women through what is almost always a difficult and painful experience. Sometimes the stress of what they are doing comes out in disturbing ways. According to Father Frank Pavone from Priests for Life:
Former workers in the abortion industry have told us stories about playing games of toss with aborted babies in the hallway. Your mind has to invert what is going on: to make it a game, a joke, something positive. It’s the only way to keep from going crazy — and some of them do.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently released their report on induced abortions in the state of Wisconsin, complete with statistics from 2012. The report shows that the number of induced abortions in Wisconsin continues to decrease.
The report goes back to 1977, where 16,133 abortions were preformed in Wisconsin. For every 100 live births that occurred that year, 24 children were aborted. Abortion numbers in Wisconsin continued to climb for the next few years and peaked at 21,754 in 1980. Since that year, the numbers have been steadily declining:
1985 – 17,309
1990 – 16,848
1995 – 12,782
2000 – 11,040
2005 – 9,817
This brings us to 2012, where 6,927 induced abortions were reported. For every 100 live births, 10 children were aborted. The report states that the most recent national ratio (2009) was 23 abortions for 100 live births, putting Wisconsin well below the national average.
Planned Parenthood has repeatedly shown that they believe they are above the law, don’t have to follow rules, and can generally do whatever they want with no repercussions. But in Wisconsin, they’re actually getting called out for it.
WisconsinEye — the public affairs televison channel and website that essentially serves as Wisconsin’s own C-SPAN for the state Legislature — issued a statement Thursday slamming Planned Parenthood, saying the abortion rights group violated its user agreement with the network by featuring video footage it purchased from WisEye in an attack advertisement targeting Senate President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah.
A new advertisement for Guinness beer is making the rounds because of its shockingly different content. Typical beer ads feature pretty girls, sports, or hilarious man-humor (who doesn’t love Bud Light’s ‘Real Men of Genius‘?). But Guinness has taken its advertising to a new level with an ad that is as man-oriented as it is inspiring and thought-provoking. Take a look.
Your friend is 19-years-old. Life is fun and everything is going great. You both have enjoyed being young and single but everything changes in a moment. She comes over to your house because she says she has something very important to tell you. It seems serious. She sits down and fumbles around with the hem of her shirt. Her gaze is down. She can’t look you in the eyes. She hesitates, then say’s the words:
The abortion advocates at the RH Reality Check website, which describes its area of expertise as “Reproductive Sexual Health and Justice News, Analysis & Commentary,” are extremely concerned about the pro-life changes coming in the wake of Texas legislation that passed earlier this year (as evidenced by these RH Reality Check website searches of “Texas” and “HB-2,” respectively).
Some of the new requirements for abortion facilities in Texas will begin to take place on November 1 this year, while others will not be fully implemented until September 2014. The regulations that take effect in November include a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and a provision mandating that abortionists secure admitting privileges at a hospital.
The health department numbers don’t indicate how many out of state abortions occurred at each of Alabama’s five legally operating abortion facilities, but nearly 40% of all abortions in Alabama occurred at the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa. The West Alabama Women’s Center’s lone abortionist, Louis Payne, committed an astounding 3,503 abortions in 2012.
Anna Romano has not been lucky with men in her life. After suffering a tumultuous marriage and divorce at a young age, the 35-year-old was convinced she had found the man of her dreams earlier this year. In June, Anna became pregnant. Rather than reacting with excitement, the man revealed that he was already married and already had a child with his wife. He demanded that Anna terminate the pregnancy by having an abortion. Anna, in turn — exhibiting admirable courage and strength — refused, and told the man she had once loved to get out of her life.
In her turmoil, Anna wrote to Pope Francis and explained her struggle. She was suddenly and unexpectedly a single parent, and the person who should have been by her side (the father) was never coming back.
As the Daily Mail records,
Anna added how she was ‘in a desperate and anguished state’ and that she was writing to Pope Francis because she had ‘no-one else to turn to, after being left humiliated and betrayed.
Speaking from her home she added: ‘I addressed the letter simply to Pope Francis, the Vatican and put it in the post. I didn’t even send it recorded delivery. I didn’t really expect to get a reply…
Earlier this week, CNN reported that an anonymous customer at the Stag & Doe restaurant in China Grove, North Carolina, paid the bill of a family who was out to eat with their son, Riley England, who has special needs. The England family also brought younger son, Logan, and a grandparent and great-grandparent to dinner that night. During dinner, the family experienced the challenging but typical behavior that Riley, who is non-verbal and suffers from epilepsy, exhibits. Riley was frustrated and hungry, and as a result he was acting out. Being non-verbal, his frustration often leads to screaming and fits.
In a recent article of mine, I discussed the filth written by an author who goes by “bacon” for the site Return of Kings, in which he discusses three ways in which one can go about convincing a girl to get an abortion. As ridiculous as what he writes may sound, he is actually writing from his own experiences in some ways. Now, in the article I called out pro-choicers, at least pro-choice websites, for not doing more so to denounce what “bacon” wrote about, or what such a website puts forth.
I have come to the conclusion that deep down, even if more pro-choicers were to call out the kind of attitude “bacon” and others have towards women and abortion, the pro-choice movement as a whole still has something in common with such despicable contributors. And that is their support for an action which no matter how you dress it up, always causes the death of an innocent baby.
As I’ve mentioned before, my first major foray into the pro-life world was the 2008 Colorado Personhood campaign. As spokesperson, I had countless opportunities to present our message to the public – often through the media.
One of the most frustrating things was to pull up a newspaper article, after an interview that I thought had gone pretty well, and to see a headline that talked about protection or legal rights for “fertilized eggs.” Even I had to laugh. Protecting and recognizing eggs does sound pretty funny.
And that’s exactly the problem. Calling new, unique human beings “fertilized eggs” demeans, degrades, and dehumanizes them. It conjures up hillarious thoughts of an over-baked omelet prohibiting a waiting family from consuming their Saturday morning breakfast. Or, it beckons thoughts of chickens and eggs – which one did come first, anyway?
The last thing that the term “fertilized eggs” makes the average person think of is their mother, sister, son, or grandfather. And yet, what’s being referred to as a “fertilized egg” is equally human, unique, and deserving of rights as those other “real people” in our lives.