What about my free speech?

So let’s talk about free speech rights. Under the First Amendment of our Constitution, our freedom of speech rights as United States citizens are guaranteed: “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” On Constitution Day last week, as I’m sure many of you know, there was a free speech board set up outside Centennial, one of the academic buildings on my college campus.

As a United States citizen celebrating my free speech rights, I wrote a pro-life message about how I believe Planned Parenthood should be defunded. The next day, as I walked by the board, I saw that my post had been crossed out. So much for a free speech board.

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Laughing at dead children is wrong. What’s worse? Helping them get that way.

Last month, Sarah Terzo wrote about  abortion activist Bunnie Riedel. Riedel composed the foreword for a book called Abortion: My Choice, God’s Grace. Written by Anne Eggebroten, it presents a number of moral arguments for abortion, such as:

Usually, the news of beginning pregnancy is a time of celebration, but when it is not, a safe and legal way of ending the pregnancy should be available. Jesus can speak to the zygote or even fertilized egg, bless it, and call it back to God’s presence.

As Terzo pointed out, they’re not the most convincing. Yet despite spending decades supporting the abortion industry, Riedel recently found herself troubled by it.

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Abortion clinics skip counseling, coerce vulnerable women into political activism

Many post-abortive women have talked about the lack of thorough counseling in the clinics where they had their abortions.  Women have described the abortion process as an “assembly line.”  Stories of rushed, biased, and nonexistent counseling are sadly common.

Even abortion clinic workers have admitted that they spend very little time counseling women. A big reason for this is that counseling takes up time and slows patient flow at the clinics. Slower patient flow means fewer abortions, which means less profit for the clinic.

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Baby girl delivered 14 weeks early turns 11, has ‘fighting spirit’

When she was 26 weeks pregnant, Norelle Smith was diagnosed with toxic pre-eclampsia, a condition that includes symptoms such as high blood pressure and swelling. It can lead to eclampsia, which can put pregnant women at risk of stroke, seizure, placental abruption, and in some cases, death.  Doctors told Smith that she must have an abortion in order to save her own life. But Smith refused, and doctors induced labor 14 weeks early.

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Woman gives birth to Baby Jeremy, adopted as an embryo

Before his birth this summer, Baby Jeremy sat frozen in liquid nitrogen for four years. Jeremy was created by a couple who used in vitro fertilization to have children, and he was still a tiny embryo. Rather than destroy him as a ‘left over’ however, his biological parents chose to allow him to be adopted by another couple.

Last year, Michael and Inga Wismer contacted that fertility clinic in hopes of adopting an embryo. They already had three children, the eldest from Mrs. Wismer’s first marriage, and hoped for more, but circumstances and life decisions led them to down the path of embryo adoption – an option that is growing in popularity.

They were able to adopt one embryo, Jeremy.

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New Mexico pro-life group uses ‘truth truck’ to educate public on pro-abortion candidate

New Mexico pro-life group ProtestABQ is taking their “truth truck” into the neighborhood of pro-abortion Albuquerque city council candidate Pat Davis to show the truth of abortion, which he supports.

The council hopeful called the tactic ‘intimidation,’ adding, “I don’t believe for a minute that City Hall has any business getting between a woman and her doctor on medical issues, so we’ll just have to agree to disagree.”

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My story of miscarriage: “I have eternal life and so does my baby”

Audra Wray

I woke up with the worst headache on February 7th. I am used to dealing with headaches, but this one was different. I just felt completely off. I stayed in bed all weekend, even missing church. Monday rolled around and I was somewhat better, but still just off. My husband Kyle was home that day and a man came by about updating our landscaping. I told him I wanted lots of bright flowers near the entryway. Then I went inside and took a pregnancy test, confirming that the “off” feeling was pregnancy.

We hadn’t been trying to conceive, but I knew I wanted another baby and was thrilled.

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He used to be an abortionist; now, he fights to save the lives of the preborn

In 1976, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN, graduated from medical school and was, without a doubt, pro-abortion. He strongly supported abortion “rights” and believed abortion was a decision to be made between a woman and her doctor.

“A lot of people identify themselves as pro-life or pro-choice, but for so many people, it doesn’t really touch them personally; it doesn’t impact their lives in the way that I wish it would. If nothing more than in the voting booth, if nowhere else,” said Levatino in a speech for the Pro-Life Action League. “But when you’re an obstetrician / gynecologist and you say I’m pro-choice – well, that becomes rather a more personal thing because you’re the one who does the abortions and you have to make the decision of whether you’ll do that or not.”

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Pressured to abort her baby, one mother fights for an end to discrimination

Rachel Mullen (via The Federalist)
Rachel Mullen (via The Federalist)

Rachel Mullen is fighting hard for the right to life for children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome. She knows firsthand how preborn babies with the condition are discriminated against, targeted for death simply for existing. Mullen lives in Ohio, where a proposed bill to ban abortion in cases of Down syndrome is on the line, along with countless lives.

90% of children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome are aborted. Mullen learned why this number is so high after she received a phone call telling her that her own preborn child likely had Down syndrome. In an article for The Federalist she wrote:

I was sent to a high-risk obstetrician seemingly immediately. The first thing I said to this doctor was that I would never abort my child, and I didn’t want her to even suggest this. She either found this to be a challenge she wanted to win or she just didn’t care about what I said.

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Ohio Department of Health rejects abortion facilities’ exemption requests, licenses revoked

The Ohio Department of Health has rejected variance requests from both Women’s Med Center in Kettering and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, asking that they be exempted from a law requiring abortion clinics to have written transfer agreements with a local hospital. They have been notified that their licenses will be revoked.  The clinics, which perform 5,800 abortions per year, have 30 days to appeal.

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