In Sunday’s episode of the hugely popular British series, Sherlock, John Watson got married – with Sherlock Holmes as his best man.
PBS describes the episode:
Sherlock faces his biggest challenge of all – delivering a Best Man’s speech on John’s wedding day. But all isn’t quite as it seems. Mortal danger stalks the reception – and someone might not make it to the happy couple’s first dance. Sherlock must thank the bridesmaids, solve the case and stop a killer.
Britain has a massively liberal abortion policy – one which, much like the United States’, allows for abortions at essentially any point in pregnancy to preserve the “mental health” of the mother. This is a broad term that can mean essentially whatever the abortionist wants it to mean, without any need for specifics.
Just recently, analysis of Britain’s 2011 census data offers strong evidence that one of the things most risky to a mother’s mental health is a daughter.
Normal male-to-female birth ratio is approximately 1.06, meaning that there are approximately 106 boys born for every 100 girls born. Generally, when the birth ratio exceeds 1.08, this is due to some outside factor or cause, not a result of the natural reproductive process. In China, for example, census data from 2010 showed more than 118 boys born for every 100 girls – a figure well outside what is possible through natural reproduction, and one believed to be brought about through sex-selective abortions and infanticide.
Abortion activists love to try to paint the pro-life movement as a “war on women.” There is evidently a God-given right for a woman to kill her unborn child, and to question that – or, God forbid, try to prevent it – is an all-out attack on women. Deep down, all women just can’t wait for the day when they can kill their unborn babies, after all.
In that vein, Sally Kohn wrote a column attempting to link limits on abortion and domestic violence. There is absolutely no evidence for this, which she even admits, but no matter. The link is there somewhere!
In June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether to strike down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics where pro-life activists were banned from approaching women seeking abortions. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called abortion protestors “counselors,” saying, “What these people want to do is to speak quietly and in a friendly manner, not in a hostile manner, because that would frustrate their purpose, with the people going into the clinic.”
Having dissected both the facts and the reasoning behind pro-abortion writer Bob Seidensticker’s characterization of the pro-life movement as dominated by insensitive males, I’d like to take one last post to examine his central theory of pre-born life, the “spectrum argument.”
It’s basically a repackaging of philosophical fallacies pro-lifers are well-acquainted with, but it still highlights some useful opportunities to clarify the important concepts involved. Continue reading →
It was less than 250 words, but it has riveted a nation on the issue of life. Former White House correspondent and news veteran Brit Hume offered a commentary on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade which managed to capture the heart of the issue of life in a minute and a half. The video has already received over 140,000 views, and the number is growing.
Hume, a reporter since even before the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, offered an indictment against the ruling last week on the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion in the nation. He said:
This is the 41st anniversary of the day the Supreme Court found that a generalized right to privacy it had basically invented, meant that a woman has a constitutional right to snuff out an unborn life, a human being with a beating heart. That’s what a fetus as young as six weeks is.
Yesterday, one of the newspapers in my area printed an article too beautiful not to share. Titled “What is the Value of Human Life? Incalculable,” the piece, written by Pocono Record reporter Howard Frank, tells the story of 65-year-young Linda Albertson, who “was born legally blind and with intellectual disabilities.”
Rather than assume her life of little value, however, her parents “wanted to make her life meaningful.”
Parents like Linda’s led to the creation of Burnley in 1964. Burnley is a vocational rehabilitation facility that provides training and employment, all focused on giving individuals with disabilities opportunities for a meaningful, purposeful life.
Linda was among the original employees in 1965, when the workshop received its first major contract, to solder parts of a tiny amplifier for the Army.
After forty-one years of living under Roe v. Wade, the cancerous Supreme Court ruling that declared open season on 56 million innocent lives in the decades since, how well are pro-lifers really faring in our efforts to set things right?
On January 9, Slate came out with an article about a study that was published in Obstetrics & Gynecology which addressed the question of whether or not women who viewed ultrasounds at abortion clinics were less likely to go through with the procedure. The study claimed that the vast majority (over 95%) of women who elected to see the sonogram (they had a choice whether or not to see it) chose to have abortions anyway.
This seems to fly in the face of everything that pro-lifers have experienced. Crisis pregnancy centers around the country have written about the difference that ultrasound makes. For example, the Washington Times published a survey done by pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that said that 20%-30% of the “abortion minded” women who came to them prior to their acquiring ultrasound machines chose to have their babies rather than have abortions. When the ultrasound machines were incorporated into the services the crisis pregnancy centers offered, that number skyrocketed to 80 – 90%.(1)
Kristan Hawkins, the 28-year-old president of Students for Life of America, has had a busy week. She and her team organized the world’s largest student pro-life gathering in history, which took place on Tuesday. The next day, she led tens of thousands of youth in the March for Life in Washington. Oh, and did we mention that she just gave birth to her third son a few weeks ago? There is no question that feminism is alive, and it’s personified in Kristan Hawkins.
A new video provides what is possibly the most unique perspective on the approximately 3,315 lives taken every day by abortion in America thus far. The video, Listen to the Beat, from ProLiferation on YouTube, features a speech given to the 3,315 drumbeats that represent the babies killed in abortion every day. The speech speaks from the perspective of one of those lives:
I once heard a story about a man who asked God a question, “Why haven’t we found the cure for Cancer?” To this question God replied,”The person who would have discovered it was aborted.” That story always stuck with me. I can’t say whether the story is true or false. I wouldn’t try to prove the existence of God or confirm that he uttered those words to a questioning man. The only thing I can and will do is ponder that interesting question. For that question does what many a good question should do; it causes you to think.
What if the person who could have discovered Cancer’s cure lost their life before they were born? What if the man or woman who grew up to find the answer for Aids, never had a chance to grow? 55 million babies have been aborted in the U.S since 1973 and billions worldwide. While statistics and data can tell us their race and gender, so many other things will never be known. Namely the mystery of who these children would have become if the natural process of life hadn’t been tampered with.
In a 1994 editorial in the Los Angeles Times, an abortionist named Dr. George Flesh wrote about how he left the abortion business. Many former abortionists and clinic workers describe an “aha moment” when they first realized abortion was wrong. For Abby Johnson, for example, it was when she saw a 13-week-old unborn baby being aborted via ultrasound. For Dr. Yvonne Moore , it was when she became pregnant herself and saw her baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound screen. Dr. Flesh also had an experience that opened his eyes to how wrong abortion is:
“… a married couple came to me and requested an abortion. Because the patient’s cervix was rigid, I was unable to dilate it and perform the procedure. I asked her to return in a week, when the cervix would be softer.
The couple returned and told me that they had changed their minds and wanted to “keep the baby.” I delivered the baby seven months later. Years later, I played with little Jeffrey in the pool at the tennis club where his parents and I were members. He was happy and beautiful. I was horrified to think that only a technical obstacle had prevented me from terminating Jeffrey’s potential life. The connection between the six-week-old human embryo and a laughing child stopped being an abstraction for me. While hugging my sons each morning, I started to think of the vacuum aspirator that I would use two hours later.”
On Wednesday, the City of Elgin and The Life Center, Inc., a mobile pregnancy center, entered into a settlement agreement to resolve a lawsuit that was filed last year. The lawsuit arose after zoning restrictions were passed to stop the mobile pregnancy center from operating. In August, 2013, the district court found the zoning restriction in violation of the First Amendment and entered a permanent injunction. The City of Elgin appealed the decision to the Seventh Circuit, but a settlement was reached before the Seventh Circuit issued a decision.
The settlement will allow The Life Center to continue to offer services to the people of Elgin, and the zoning ordinance will be amended to allow charitable mobile services to run without paying for a permit. Additionally, the City will pay The Life Center $280,000 to cover part of the attorneys’ fees occurred as a result of this lawsuit.
Our main concern was always having the freedom to park TLC’s ultrasound mobile unit in Elgin where the need is the greatest. … We now look ahead to serving the women and families in our community with the support of the leadership in the city of Elgin.
One of the biggest sporting events in the United States will be taking place on February 2nd. With it will come all the things that make the Superbowl famous – team spirit, athleticism, commercials actually worth watching, and of course, the massive revenue that comes with such a highly-publicized event. The sales of commercial slots and tickets alone generate millions of dollars, not to mention the sales of food and beer, or the bonuses and salaries doled out to star athletes and coaches.
There’s a dark side to this American tradition however, and the public corporations aren’t the only organizations looking to make a profit off everything that surrounds America’s sports obsession. Human trafficking reaches epic proportions in the days preceding the game too, as an influx of pleasure-craving football fans creates a massive spike in the demand for, and thus the supply of, sex slaves. The Superbowl isn’t just the biggest day for football, it’s also the biggest day for sexual slavery.
Texas Right to Life has assembled an all-star lineup for its Boots on the Ground Pro-Life student conference taking place Saturday in conjunction with the annual Texas March for Life. Nearly 100 students from across the state pre-registered for the conference and more may be admitted at the door.
The schedule of speakers includes Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo; Arland Nichols, the Director of Education and Evangelization at Human Life international; John Seago, Texas Right to Life’s Legislative Director; Jennifer Rumpf, a pro-life medical student; and Dorothy Richardson of the Houston Coalition for Life. Each speaker has a unique message to bring to students, and the talks will range from information about Planned Parenthood’s underhanded targeting of the youth to how students can get involved in end-of-life issues (like Marlise Munoz’s), which are unjustly ravaging Texas.
“This story is several years old now. When I first wrote these pages, I was still in the midst of the pain after losing a child in the womb. Now that so many years have passed, some of the experiences described in this story—my story—almost feel foreign to me… like they happened to someone else.
I decided to revisit this story and to publish this short memoir because I find its message to be incredibly valuable in our society today.”
So opens Michel Sauret’s gripping memoir, Child, Hold Me. And Sauret is right — the message of his little book is indeed valuable and relevant to our society. In a culture that promotes an almost wanton disregard for life, this memoir stands out as a literary work that treats life with great reverence. Continue reading →
The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion is a survey research center that conducts independent research on public priorities, elections, and a wide variety of social issues. MIPO creates polls that are recognized throughout the world for their reliability and accuracy. The Marist College Institute just released the results of their January 2014 poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, titled, “Abortion in America.” The poll results came from a survey of 2,001 adults residing in the United States. The adults were selected randomly by their landline telephone numbers and various regions of the country were represented.
The survey questions covered abortion related topics such as abortion restrictions, protecting women’s rights and freedom of religion. The results that were gathered give us an interesting window into the way Americans view the issue of abortion.
The Marist Poll results show that 46% of Americans identify as pro-life and 50% consider themselves pro-choice. When a follow up question was asked questioning the strength of those positions three in ten Americans or 29% said they were strongly pro-life and 27% consider themselves strong pro-choice. Interestingly enough a majority of Americans, 44% don’t consider themselves strongly positioned on either side of the issue.
Forty-six-year-old Jim Gaffigan is one of the most sought-after touring comedians in the United States. He appeals to a wide audience, as he identifies with the average American (most of his acts are about raising a family, or food). In an interview with CBS, Gaffigan opened up about his day-to-day life living in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where he and his wife are raising five small children. The comedian doesn’t mince words when it comes to the realities of parenting:
There’s something very un-sexy about parenting. I mean let’s be serious. First of all, it’s like, your parents did it.
In his token candid way, Gaffigan chronicles life as a father of five:
There’s no equation where parenting makes sense. It’s like all right, there’s no sleep, the pay’s horrible, yet people… like it?