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I am afraid of this indisputable pro-choice argument

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I couldn’t help but open an email with the subject line: “You’re afraid of this pro-choice argument”

Afraid? I’m afraid of a lot of things. Actually, five things: spiders, asteroids, ghosts, head lice, and malaria. But arguments? Especially pro-abortion arguments? Definitely not on the list.

I might be frustrated by them; annoyed, angered, even disturbed, but afraid? I don’t think so.

Here’s Rachel, trying to strike fear into my heart:

Dear Matt, ever since I first read your blog I knew you were a cowardly fake. It wasn’t until I started reading some of your anti-choice articles that my suspicions were truly confirmed. You spend a lot of time picking the low hanging fruit. You attack the weakest abortion rights arguments while ignoring the glaring weaknesses in your own position.

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CNN poll: Americans widely support abortion restrictions

pro life graphic i thought abortion safe babyA new CNN poll on abortion was released today, demonstrating that Americans widely support abortion restrictions.

CNN’s claim that there there is a “wide divide over abortion” doesn’t exactly hold true. In fact, strong limitations on abortion won the survey with an eighteen-point gap. Such a margin does not indicate a widely divided public.

Rather, these numbers illustrate that Americans are consistently realizing the holes – and lies – in the “choice” mentality that advocates for abortion on demand, at any stage of life and for any reason. Americans continue to agree that killing our innocent, helpless children is not the answer to our problems. (See why here.) Blatant disregard for the human rights of others only advances cruelty, inhumanity, and inequality – not exactly American values.

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Actually, Rep. Holmes, racism was a factor in legalizing abortion

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LifeNews covered the story of how an Alabama legislator Representative Alan Holmes, claimed that 99% of white people would have an abortion (or, particularly, tell their partners to have an abortion) if the father of the baby was African-American. He was  accusing Republicans who opposed abortion of being racist, claiming:

If you asked the people in here now to raise their hands, of those who are against abortion, 99 per cent of all of the white people in here gonna raise their hand that they are against abortion,’ Rep Holmes said during the debate.

On the other hand, 99 per cent of the whites that are sitting in here now, if they daughter got pregnant by a black man, they gonna make their daughter have an abortion. They ain’t gonna let her have the baby.

These outrageous comments are ironic, considering that some of the key players in the drive to legalize abortion, as well as one of Roe‘s top defenders, were white people who made racist statements.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for example, a strong proponent of Roe v. Wade, made a disturbing statement in the New York Times Magazine. She was commenting on a 1980 court case that dealt with whether or not Medicaid would pay for abortions for poor women. She said (1):

Frankly, I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth, and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

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District Court declines to block Madison’s new free speech limits, finds aspects “troubling”

advocate-magazineOn Friday, a judge in the Western District of Wisconsin ruled against a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit brought to stop a new ordinance that provides for restrictions of free speech within a 160-foot zone radius of health care facility. The ordinance does not allow anyone to come within 8 feet of someone within the 160-foot radius to “1. Pass a leaflet or handbill to the person.  2. Display a sign to the person. 3. Engage in oral protest, education or counseling with the person.”

According to the decision issued by Judge Conley:

The court concludes that plaintiffs are not entitled to a temporary restraining order with respect to the Ordinance, because they have not yet shown any likelihood of success on the merits of their case.

While the plaintiffs will not be granted a temporary restraining order, they still might be granted a preliminary injunction. The judge explained that he “finds certain aspects of the ordinance troubling” but will allow the City of Madison time to respond, and then the plaintiffs time to reply before he rules on the preliminary injunction.

According to Attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom:

The right to leaflet on a public sidewalk is a crown jewel of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, but the city stole that jewel with its anti-speech ordinance. That ordinance is highly unconstitutional, so we have asked the court to put a stop to it.

There is still hope.

Suicide prevention: a pro-life cause

sad woman girlThe pro-life movement has, for decades, worked to stop the willful taking of innocent human life: saving the unborn, helping their mothers who are desperately depressed after killing their children, and doing whatever it takes to stop abortionists from taking more than one life in every abortion.

In recent years, this fight has expanded to help individuals threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide. Or forced versions of these. Abortion kills someone who didn’t ask for death, so shouldn’t euthanasia be less of an ethical dilemma than abortion? Well, hopefully not.

The legalization and acceptance of assisted suicide and euthanasia are an inherent threat to the lives of suicidal and self-harming people. Because, once accepted, these decisions are seen as a choice every individual has the right to make. We who support the inherent dignity of human life have a duty to support suicidal people in need of comfort and care, and to offer them meaning in their lives. But this “choice” mentality eats away at caring in our health services.

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Why are pro-abortion activists so driven to censor pro-lifers?

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Pro-life and pro-abortion students clashed this week at the University of Georgia. Pro-life students erected a display, hosted by Justice for All, that included graphic images of aborted babies. Unsurprisingly, pro-abortion students were having none of that.

While pro-life students showed their peers the reality of abortion with graphic images, pro-choice students built a makeshift wall to block the images from view and held signs with statements like “Pussy Power” and “My Body, My Choice.”

In interviews with The College Fix, pro-abortion students called the graphic images – which showed bloody fetuses after late-term abortions – “hateful speech.” They said students shouldn’t be forced to look at them, and that most of the pictures showed “stillborns” and not abortions.

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Pro-life Greg Abbott wins Republican primary in Texas

220px-Abbott_(cropped)Last night, pro-lifers across the state were happy to hear that Greg Abbott won the Republican primary for governor of Texas. Abbott, who is the present attorney general of Texas, will be running his gubernatorial race against Democratic Senator Wendy Davis.

Davis, who rose to fame during her infamous filibuster of Texas’s biggest pro-life bill in 2013, is diametrically opposed to Abbott’s pro-life views. She rallies in favor of abortion at all costs, including after later-term babies have been scientifically proven to have the ability to feel pain during excruciating abortion procedures.

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35 churches help support women with unplanned pregnancies

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SOUTHLAKE, TX – Embrace Grace has released their new curriculum to support young women with unplanned pregnancies. Written by Embrace Grace cofounder Salina Duffy, the new curriculum offers hope to girls that may be desperate for it.

To date, thirty-five churches across the US and Canada have “embraced grace” by providing a support group for their community.  Thanks to recent publicity for the program by James Robison, Joni Lamb, and others, churches are starting to think differently and to be not only pro-life but “pro-love” too, partnering with pregnancy centers to love young women through the whole pregnancy and beyond.

Embrace Grace is a non-profit that exhorts the church to show greater love to single and pregnant young women. They believe that not just babies need to be saved, but mommies too. They are outspoken about how brave and courageous these women are for choosing life; whether they parent themselves or bless another family with an adopted child, they should be honored.

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Belgium’s King Philippe signs child euthanasia bill into law

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Yesterday, the Belgian king signed into law a controversial bill allowing for euthanasia of children. While it seemed unlikely that King Philippe would do anything but sign the bill, there was worldwide controversy surrounding the law, including harsh condemnation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which rightfully said that this law makes children expendable. None of the controversy and outrage from around the world mattered, though. Children can now legally be killed in Belgium, no matter their age.

Belgian newspapers reported that King Philippe signed the bill into law Sunday, putting to rest weeks of speculation on whether he would approve the law amid strong opposition from Catholic organizations throughout Europe.

The legislation, which grants children the right to request euthanasia if they are “in great pain” and there is no available treatment, makes Belgium the first country in the world where the age of the child is not taken into consideration. Similar legislation exists in the Netherlands, though only for children over the age of 12. In both countries, children are required to receive the consent of parents, doctors and psychiatrists.

The fact that the law “requires” the consent of parents, doctors, and psychiatrists is good enough for defenders of the euthanization of children, and of euthanasia in general. To them, if the law says that such things are required before a person is euthanized, then surely, that’s what will happen.

Those people are living in a fantasy.

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

Pro-choice substance abuse counselor admits that men and women suffer from abortion

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Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood insist that abortion does not cause depression, substance abuse, or any kind of mental health trauma. On the Planned Parenthood website, it says the following:

Research studies indicate that emotional responses to legally induced abortion are largely positive…. Anti-family planning activists, however, circulate unfounded claims that a majority of the 29 percent of pregnant American women who choose to terminate their pregnancies (Henshaw & Van Vort, 1990) suffer severe and long-lasting emotional trauma as a result. They call this nonexistent phenomenon “post-abortion trauma” or “post-abortion syndrome.” … For most women who have had abortions, the procedure represents a maturing experience, a successful coping with a personal crisis situation .. Up to 98 percent of the women who have abortions have no regrets and would make the same choice again in similar circumstances .

While a handful of studies do show that women do not regret their abortions, these studies are usually based on interviews with women conducted mere weeks or months after their abortions, or even on the actual day of their abortions. Many women are not ready to admit the emotional issues their abortions have caused them so soon, or they may not yet have come to realize exactly how their abortions have affected them.

In fact, a survey done by Doctor David Reardon found that, of women who regretted their abortions, 70% said that there was a time when they would’ve denied the existence of any negative reactions for their abortions.

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From my first breath to her last

sandyandI.1There are moments in our lives that define us–that push us, sometimes kicking and screaming, to be the person we are or to realize the person we could be. For some, it’s a series of life events, but for others, it’s a single, defining moment of clarity that hits you like lightning from the Heavens. For me, this single, defining moment was meeting my birth mother and discovering that I was a child conceived, not in love, but by a brutal act of violence.

I often wonder what my life would be like had I never went searching for her and never uncovered the truth of my birth. Would I still be attending church “some” Sundays and carving out exceptions for abortion if the child was conceived by rape?  My answer, happily, is no because, since I met my birth mother I have become a better person, a better daughter, and a better Christian.

When I got the call that my birth mother was in the hospital in Michigan and not doing well, I knew I needed to be there. At the age of 57, she had contracted a urinary tract infection that went septic. For seven days, she was on a ventilator fighting for her life, and for seven days, I was sitting beside her praying that God would give me more time with the woman who had given me life. Three years wasn’t long enough to get to know the woman who sacrificed so much for me.

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Staffer reflects on aborted children: “We would put them down a flushing toilet”

In the video “Meet the Abortion Providers” a former clinic worker named Kathy Sparks gave her testimony. In a February article, I quoted her description of how her clinic “counseled” women by lying to them about the development of the unborn baby and frightening them into having abortions. Here is more of her story.

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Kathy Sparks, who was raised Catholic, described her family as being in “bad financial shape” after her daughter was born. Sparks’ neighbor worked for an abortion clinic. The neighbor told Sparks that the clinic was hiring. As a teenager, Sparks had volunteered at a hospital and enjoyed being in a medical setting. She had been hoping to get a job in the medical field. Sparks asked her friend what the pay was like at the clinic, and her friend assured her that it was “excellent.”

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Healing from an abortion loss, through the eyes of faith

People’s babies don’t cease to exist when they die, whether in miscarriage or through the hand of an abortionist. They continue to exist. The life from Eden continues on even after the mortal frame returns to the earth from which we were taken.
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First Things recently published a story written by a Presbyterian pastor in Louisiana, whose mother had an abortion during World War II. The baby was his older sister, Nancy, and Bob’s mother was advised by her physician to let him abort the baby “for medical reasons.” To the end of her days, Bob’s mother questioned those “medical reasons,” and she mourned the loss of her daughter from the time of her abortion until her death:

What she felt when she knew she was pregnant was the presence of another human being. And when Dr. Bill aborted her baby, she felt her absence—a quiet but profound emptiness. And it never left.

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The Big Apple’s crime against black babies

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Barack Obama is the most abortion-friendly president to ever park his slippers in the private living quarters of the White House. No other president has supported not only abortion, but in addition to refusing to sign a bill that would mandate medical care for babies born alive in botched abortions, has called unwanted pregnancies a “punishment,” seems enamored with Planned Parenthood, and supports the brutal act of late-term partial-birth abortion.

When 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the black youth who was shot to death in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman in self-defense, Obama, as a father, identified with the boy and publicly said that Trayvon could have been his son.

It’s curious that the president viewed this young black man as someone who could have been his child, because as black babies are systematically slaughtered in abortion mills all over America, the president apparently doesn’t have the ability to see that any one of those innocent, helpless unborn infants could also have been his child.

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Pro-aborts vilify VA Republican for taking their own rhetoric to its logical conclusion

Hypocrisy MeterNothing makes pro-aborts happier than exploiting badly phrased statements from their enemies, and this week they found a new comment to freak out about in a Facebook post by Virginia Republican state Senator Steve Martin.

Most of the post is actually quite good, responding to a vile “Valentine” from the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition that, as Martin points out, hides the murder of our young under euphemisms about “raising healthy children” and “access to healthcare.”

But one ill-chosen word was enough to make the media reaction all about him rather than VPCC’s sick priorities:

You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing” an unintentional pregnancy.” I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it to remain alive. [Emphasis added.] Continue reading

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Primetime pro-life: Abortion victim images in ‘House of Cards’

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The popular Netflix drama, House of Cards, is a political thriller currently in its second season. The show is headlined by Kevin Spacey, who plays Democratic Congressman Francis Underwood, and Robin Wright, who plays his wife, Claire. The show’s tagline is, “Bad, for a greater good,” hinting at the vengeful attitude of Francis towards the White House that betrayed him, and the collateral damage that he and his wife are willing to leave in their wake as they climb the ladder to power.

The abortion issue was broached in the second episode of this season, when Claire tells CNN that she has had an abortion (and tells her publicist of more abortions in her past), which in turn opens floodgates for stereotypical portrayal of pro-life activists (picketers who take every opportunity to insult Claire in her post-abortive state — not characteristic of day-to-day pro-life outreach and demonstration). However, as Jill Stanek put it, “there is a point in the story line where fiction meets reality.”  This is when graphic victim images can be seen from the inside of a motorcage as the car passes by a group of pro-life demonstrators.

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Stephen Lobb: An example of abortion’s complicity in rape

stephenlobbLifeNews spotlighted a serial child rapist in England today, Stephen Lobb. Lobb had been arrested and jailed for impregnating an underage girl, but hours after being released, he found another target: a 14-year-old girl whom he proceeded to have sex with, and then pressured into an abortion.

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Outrageous: The link between Planned Parenthood and infanticide

Cecile+Richards+XLXU60gnrDtmThis week, Planned Parenthood’s president claimed that when life begins isn’t “really relevant” to “the conversation” surrounding abortion. (Watch the video here.) As Cassy Fiano aptly detailed, Planned Parenthood has pushed accurate science aside – tossed it out the window, stomped it to the ground.But even more damaging than Planned Parenthood’s treatment of modern science is its refusal to state a time at which it would protect helpless, innocent life. According to Cecile Richards, “every woman has to make her own decision.” The president of Planned Parenthood wasn’t even willing to state that life begins at birth.Interviewer Jorge Ramos asked Cecile Richards:

So for you, when does life start? When does a human being become a human being?

Richards responded:

This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries, and people come down on very different points of view on that -

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Cecile Richards: When life begins isn’t relevant to the conversation

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.

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Dr. Alveda King to speak at Yale this Saturday on abortion

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.

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