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Wednesday, November 27,
7. Duck Dynasty. Yes, we said it. The popularity of Duck Dynasty went viral after the stars spoke out against abortion and highlighted their Christian family values. The skyrocketing popularity and success of their television show represents an American society that chooses to welcome a culture of life into their homes.
6. Prolife volunteers. In 2013 we saw over 600,000 volunteers of every age actively and regularly engage in pro-life work to bring a message of life and hope to mothers and their unborn child.
5. Secret abortions on minors are now illegal
4. Abortion restrictions are increasing
across the country. In the wake of the Gosnell trial, waves of restrictions on
abortion clinics have been put into effect across the country. Just this month, the U.S.
Supreme Court refused to hear arguments against the abortion restriction
leaders refusing to fund abortion-inducing drugs. The Obama Administration's HHS
Abortion Mandate backfired when over 200 plaintiffs sued the government for
forcing them to pay for abortion causing drugs in their healthcare plans. Just this month,
2. In 2013, 40 Days for Lifes Spring and Fall campaign saved at least 1,030 babies from abortion. This was all through the efforts of local churches and communities praying, fasting, and providing loving outreach to women in crisis pregnancies.
mothers choose life. Regardless of their situation or the amount of sacrifice,
our mothers choose the gift of life. As a testament to being fully pro-life we strive to
love every bit of the life we were given and share that joy and thanksgiving for life with
all those around us. Happy Thanksgiving from
Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 -- Financial impact of ObamaCare next nightmare if web site ever fixed
News is beginning to creep out about what is in store for U.S. citizens who need to seek health insurance through the insurance exchanges that are supposed to offer the health insurance choices established under ObamaCare. For those lucky(?) few who have managed to enroll between the web site failures, they have discovered both high premiums (a Florida woman will pay 10 times more) and skyrocketing deductibles (often $6,000-10,000 or more).
Now that many citizens, especially holders of individual health insurance policies, are receiving cancellation notices, they have no choice but to find a new policy structured to comply with regulations established by ObamaCare, or go uninsured and pay a fine (called a tax and collected by the IRS). But many recall that President Obama promised that if you like your health insurance and your doctors, you can keep them. It is becoming very clear that such a promise is not true.
The financial nightmare for citizens appears to be a double wammy. Monthly premiums are jumping by huge percentages compared to the policies they were told they could keep, but cannot, and the annual deductible amount required by these new high-priced policies is also a tremendous jump in out-of-pocket costs.
Does anyone remember the other promise -- that health insurance was supposed to cost less? Apparently, that promise only applies for citizens whose incomes are low enough to qualify for the expansion of Medicaid? Lower cost is another promise that is not true. Welcome to the financial nightmare called the Affordable Care Act, but known as ObamaCare. It certainly did not establish affordable health insurance!
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 -- Music video "Unborn" was an inspired creation
Singer Caitlin Jane always considered herself Pro-Life, but she developed a false impression of the Pro-Life movement, "thinking it was kind of negative people, and I saw how the mainstream media portrayed Pro-Lifers and I said, Hey, I dont want to get involved with this."
Her perspective changed when she watched a friend go through an unplanned pregnancy during her senior year of college. Reflecting on the day she learned that her friend had chosen life for her baby, Caitlin said, "I think the whole issue just really hit me in a very strong way, and that night I couldnt sleep, and I scribbled these notes of lyrics while lying in bed." Those notes were the first draft of "Unborn."
Caitlin continued, "When I woke up the next morning, I came up with the music. As a songwriter, that was sort of extraordinary, because often it takes a lot of work crafting a song, and I really felt like the Holy Spirit just gave me this song."
Even with this divine inspiration, Caitlin was hesitant to share her creation with the world because of her concern about the negative image of anything Pro-Life. But when she told her father about the song, he urged her to take it public. Caitlin observed, "My dad is a man of character and loves truth, and he said, you know, God gave you this, and you need to sing it, and you need to record it. Now." The moving result can be seen and heard here.
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 -- Maintaining vigil outside abortion facilities saves babies from abortion
As of the 28th day of the current 40 Days for Life campaign, God has greatly blessed many people! So far, there are reports of 323 babies saved from abortion (that we know of) all across the world!
Here is how one of those babies was saved right here in Chicago. A young college woman was told by her campus doctor that she had been pregnant and miscarried, but he thought she might have some of the baby still inside, so he told her to go to the Albany abortion clinic. When they did the ultrasound, they told her she was 14 weeks along and the fetus was still alive, so it would be a 2 day procedure and a lot of money. Feeling very confused, she left the clinic and approached the sidewalk counselors and 40 Days for Life prayer warriors for help. They brought her to The Women's Center, where her 14-week viable pregnancy was confirmed. She was counseled and provided with assistance, assuring the counselor that she would keep her baby!
Abby Johnson, former director of a Texas Planned Parenthood, observed, "You may wonder if your presence outside an abortion clinic makes a difference. Well, let me tell you what Planned Parenthood announced at the last national conference I attended. They said this: 'Our no-show rate goes up to 75% when people are outside our clinics praying.' You see, when you come to pray, you are saving lives even if you dont know it. Women see you and instead of pulling in the parking lot, they drive right by. When you are on the sidewalk, women see you as an outward sign of their inward conscience. Your presence shows them that the decision they are making is morally objectionable. Doesnt it feel good to know that you can save a baby from abortion? But you have to show up. You have to be present."
To join a 40 Days for Life vigil in Illinois, check these locations: Aurora, Champaign, Chicago, Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Ottawa, Peoria. 40 Days for Life continues through November 3rd. Your participation will help save babies lives and their mothers from a lifetime of regret.
Monday, Oct 21, 2013 -- Planned Parenthood's latest deception: claims to offer prenatal care
You should remember the controversy over whether Planned Parenthood offers mammograms. Both they and some of their supporters have claimed that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms, but overwhelming evidence shows that this claim is false. The closest Plannned Parenthood gets to a mammogram is making a referral to another provider who does.
Now Planned Parenthood is claiming to offer prenatal care when they do not. Planned Parenthood has been caught misleading Ohio residents with claims saying it offers prenatal care when none of its facilities in the state of Ohio offer women prenatal care. This claim is being used as a means to fight loss of government funding in Ohio by suggesting that the lost funding deprives women of basic health care, especially low-income women who depend on Planned Parenthood for prenatal care.
I checked the Planned Parenthood of Illinois web site to find any evidence they offered prenatal care in Illinois. For each of their 18 locations in Illinois, here is the list of services offered under the title "Pregnancy Testing and Services": pregnancy testing, abortion services (for those locations committing abortions), abortion referrals, adoption referrals, fertility awareness education, pregnancy planning services, and trained staff to discuss your options with you if you are pregnant (e.g. abortion, abortion, abortion).
Certainly, none of those services sound like anything close to prenatal care to me. Other than adoption referrals (FYI: Planned Parenthood commits 392 abortions for every one adoption referral), their pregnancy services are focused on pregnancy prevention and abortion. It is safe to say that Planned Parenthood of Illinois does not offer prenatal care. They do not even mention referrals for prenatal care. In comparison, under "Women's Health Care" they include "mammogram referrals" as a service.
Friday, Oct 18, 2013 -- In judicial travesty Kansas Supreme Court suspends law license of Phill Kline
A contrived ethics case against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has received an unjust and outrageous decision from the Kansas Supreme Court. In a lengthy 154-page decision, the Court upheld six of 11 ethics violations brought against Kline, the only prosecutor in U.S. history to successfully file charges against the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008.
Even though Phill Kline was vindicated of ethical violations several times over a 10-year period, a politically motivated witch-hunt by Kansas politicians with close ties to the abortion industry led to "piecing things together and calling it evidence," as Jenn Giroux who attended the trial described it. Kline will appeal this outrageous decision from the Kansas Supreme Court that indefinitely suspends his law license, his attorney said.
Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 -- The dangers of the HPV vaccine ore recognized in Japan, but not in the USA
Serious complications attributed to the HPV vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, continue to be written off by health professionals in the United States. Most Western nations continue to promote the HPV vaccine, but the Japanese government has pulled its support of the controversial drug and sent formal notifications to local health officials indicating that it should not be administered until safety concerns are investigated.
Japan acted on a report by Japanese internist and cardiologist, Dr. Sataro Sato, who revealed that since the vaccine was introduced in 2010, almost 2,000 adverse events were reported to the nations Vaccine Adverse Reactions Review Committee, including 358 cases that were evaluated as serious. Dr. Sato noted that the manufacturers of Gardasil and Cervarix state in their own documentation that their vaccines may cause seizures and/or brain damage.
The Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines are intended to combat Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), thought to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. HPV is known to cause multiple types of cancers, including cervical, anal, penile, and throat cancer. However, the vaccines do not prevent cancer cells from forming in the body, but purport to prevent the four most common strains of HPV, out of an estimated 150 strains.
In Japan, parents of vaccine victims began calling the health minister and furnishing videos in which girls who had received the HPV vaccine suffered from walking disturbances, body tics and seizures. Some girls lost consciousness after receiving the vaccine and fell to the floor, suffering head or face injuries. Some girls fractured their jaws and teeth in those falls.
As evidence mounted of the serious adverse reactions to the drugs, including seizures, blindness, paralysis, speech problems, pancreatitis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and death, a national organization, the Nationwide Liaison Association of Cervical Cancer Vaccine Victims and Parents, was formed to stop the distribution of the drugs to children of unsuspecting families in Japan. Fortunately, the Japanese government responded in an active manner to these efforts.
Children in the USA should be given the same protection from Gardasil and Cervarix, because a similar pattern of adverse results has been recorded here. It is an outrage that our children are being placed in danger by drugs whose effectiveness is still under serious debate. Parents need to just say NO when confronted with efforts to inject their children with this dangerous vaccine.
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 -- More evidence of the Girl Scout link to Planned Parenthood
Ann Saladin is the mother of a former 4th generation Girl Scout, and the creator of MyGirlScoutCouncil.com, a website documenting Pro-Life concerns about the Girl Scouts, council by council. For example, learn how the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) is inextricably intertwined with and supports GSUSA and WAGGGS, including their advocacy for "sexual and reproductive rights" (code words for abortion), starting with adolescent girls. This advocacy intersects with the agenda of Planned Parenthood. In fact, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) boasts about its close ties to WAGGGS.
Check this analysis for details on the connections between Girl Scout councils and the GSUSA / WAGGGS promotion of casual sex, contraception, and abortion. GSUSA sponsors events that feature women who share their pro-contraception and pro-abortion perspectives. WAGGGS even invites Girl Scout councils and girls to be delegates to lobby at United Nations events to push sexual rights for all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and decriminalization of prostitution (which they call sex work). Are these the values that parents want their daughters to learn from Girl Scout membership?
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 -- The reality of abortion impacts at least some workers and supporters
Most people try to ignore the reality of abortion, the violent destruction of a baby hidden in the womb of its mother. They try to change the subject by talking about the "reproductive rights" of the woman and her health, as if abortion contributes to the health of the woman. Of course, they justify that premise by making the inaccurate claim that abortion is safer than childbirth.
Sometimes, these attempts to ignore abortion fail to overcome the reality of abortion when abortion workers and other abortion advocates actually witness what abortion is. One "pro-choice" medical student, after witnessing a suction abortion, wrote:
I have not been able to think of anything since yesterday at 10:30 besides what that baby boy might have been. I dont think that people realize what an abortion actually is until they see it happen. I have been tortured by these images so real and so vivid for two days now and I was just a spectator. Never again will I be pro-choice, and never again will I support the murder of any human being, no matter their stage in life.
One abortion worker wrote, I quit this morning. Effective immediately no two week stuff. Im done. Never to step foot in there again. That woman is now part of the ministry called And Then There Were None (ATTWN) founded by Abby Johnson. ATTWN helps abortion workers leave the abortion industry because they often feel trapped, even if they want to leave.
After 15 months of operation, ATTWN has helped 84 workers leave the abortion industry, offering financial support during transition, help in finding new jobs, and psychological support. ATTWN also holds healing retreats to assist former abortion workers to overcome flashbacks, nightmares, and visions of aborted babies and baby parts that are common, even after leaving the abortion industry. Pray that more abortion workers will find ATTWN.
Friday, Oct 11, 2013 -- Revealing more falsehoods on which the Roe v. Wade decision was based
Supreme Court decisions in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton issued together on January 22, 1973 legalized abortion in all 50 states. The plaintiffs in those cases have both revealed how the cases were based on lies (e.g. false claims of rape, etc.) after they each became Pro-Life.
Clarke D. Forsythe has written the book Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. This book reveals much more about many other faulty premises used to justify these deadly decisions. The cases were mostly decided on the inaccurate notion that abortion is safer than childbirth.
Clarke refers to this notion, this medical mantra that abortion is safer than childbirth throughout his book. However, there were no records supporting this claim, and although the claim had been entered in by public interest groups, it never had been seen in the lower courts. Yet, it was the essential medical premise that drove the case. It not only drove the right to an abortion, but unfortunately the lack of health and safety regulations for abortions performed in the first trimester.
Learn more about this and other aspects of how the decision to legalize abortion developed by obtaining the book Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade.
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 -- Children's rights violated when parent unknown through IVF
The focus of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is on adults who want to have children. As the source of sperm and eggs for IVF has expanded beyond a man and a woman who are married, children created through IVF are finding that they have no connection to at least one, or even both, of their biological parents.
Some people do not think lack of biological parents should be a problem. Ironically, efforts to make it easier in Illinois for adopted children to locate their biological parents was passed and became law a few years ago based on the argument that many adopted children want to find and connect with their biological parents. That desire was supported by liberal legislators and media.
However, when children who are created by IVF find that one of their biological parents is "donor" and express concern about having no means to connect to their biological parent, those of liberal persuasion seem much less receptive to their concerns. It seems that raising concerns about adoption are acceptable, but raising concerns about IVF are not.
However, the situation for the children is exactly the same -- they feel disconnected with their heritage since they have no knowledge of one or both biological parents. This situation occurs in even more cases as single adults and adults living together decide to have IVF children, compounded further when these adults are of the same sex.
The focus needs to switch from the desire of adults for children to the rights of children to a father and a mother that are being violated by the various possibilities created using IVF which intentionally separate children from any connection with their biological parent(s). As these (ab)uses of IVF continue to expand, another huge violation of the human rights of children is growing right along with it.
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 -- Safety for women versus cover for abortionists
Webcam abortions were first introduced by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland at their Iowa locations back in 2008. They have 15 smaller clinics scattered around Iowa that have used this telemedicine system since 2008 and have dispensed at least 3,000 RU-486 pills so far. They initially received approval from the Iowa Board of Medicine for these webcam abortions.
With a webcam abortion the woman seeking the abortion never sees the abortionist in person. After a webcam discussion, the abortionist dispenses the RU-486 abortion pill and the woman is effectively on her own. She is told to go to the local emergency room and tell them she is having a miscarriage, if she has difficulties with the RU-486 abortion. If you think this approach seems dangerous, you are not alone. Once you hear some of the horror stories about experiences with RU-486 abortions, you will be more convinced than ever that webcam abortions are dangerous and should be banned.
Earlier this year a petition was filed with the Iowa Board of Medicine by 14 doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals from across Iowa, pointing out that webcam abortions are inconsistent with the protocol approved by the FDA, and explicitly stating that Webcam abortions are not consistent with the standards of practice for medicine.
This petition encouraged the Iowa Board of Medicine to re-evaluate the earlier decision to allow webcam abortions. In August they voted 8-2 to adopt a rule effectively ending webcam abortion in Iowa. That rule was recently affirmed on a 5-4 vote by the Iowa Legislatures Administrative Rules Review Committee. This decision rejects Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's (PPH) request to delay the new rule, leaving PPH was no options beyond their already filed lawsuit against the ban.
The 5-4 vote means, absent quick action on PPHs lawsuit, that abortionists will be required as of November 6th to see women, rather than communicating with them via teleconferencing, which is at the heart of webcam abortions. This rule is expected to stop all abortions at most of the smaller PPH locations in Iowa, cutting into PPH's very profitable abortion business..
At the same time that Iowa is attempting to reduce some of the dangers presented by abortions done with RU-486, California is moving in the opposite direction. California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed two bills, one allowing nurses and midwives to perform suction aspiration abortions and the second reducing health standards for abortion facilities.
Ironically, Governor Brown said the new laws support the health and well-being of women. This comment suggests that he and other abortion supporters actually think that abortion is so vital to the "health and well-being of women" that any risk of the abortion caused by non-skilled providers or lowered health standards for abortion facilities is acceptable as long as it increases access to abortions. This perspective translates into allowing abortion at any cost to those women who happen to experience complications. Their view of the "health and well-being of women" is flawed and dangerous.
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 -- The latest "protocol" intended to harvest more organs
I just encountered the "kidney donation protocol" described below. It sounds like another stretch to get more organs that will lead to more killing of patients to get their organs. How will they determine that a patient has a "severe, irreversible brain injury " so they can justify taking the kidneys while the patient remains alive? James L. Bernat, M.D. made the following statements:
Another innovative strategy is the kidney-donation protocol recently proposed by Paul Morrissey of Brown University.1 This protocol permits a lawful surrogate decision maker for a patient with a severe, irreversible brain injury (but who is not brain dead) to authorize withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and premortem donation of both kidneys. Whereas DCDD protocols entail removal of organs after the cessation of life-sustaining therapy and the subsequent declaration of death, the Morrissey protocol provides for procuring organs while the patient remains alive. Life-sustaining treatment is withdrawn after the donation has been accomplished. The patient dies of the respiratory complications of the original brain injury, which is fatal in the absence of life-sustaining treatment.
Some commentators have claimed that Morrissey's protocol violates the dead-donor rule (DDR). The DDR is not a law but an informal, succinct standard highlighting the relationship between the two most relevant laws governing organ donation from deceased donors: the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act and state homicide law. The DDR states that organ donation must not kill the donor; thus, the donor must first be declared dead. It applies only to organ donation from deceased donors, not to living donation, such as that of one kidney or a partial liver. Morrissey's protocol does not violate the DDR because it is a type of living organ donation that does not kill the donor. The donor dies not as a result of the azotemic consequences of the donation of both kidneys but earlier, of respiratory arrest.
It is unclear how common this "kidney donation protocol" has become at this point, but it is likely to become more common as time passes. This protocol is another reason to be concerned about organ donation. If you want to protect yourself from the organ vultures, you need to declare your intentions using either your advance directive (e.g. IRLC's Patient Self-Protection Document) or with an organ donor opt-out card.
Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 -- Push to increase organ donations gets louder: why wait for death and why not mandatory?
Some recent headlines regarding organ donation include "Patients Dont Need to be Dead Before We Harvest Their Organs" and "Government Should Take Organs for Donation, No Opt-Out Allowed." The former headline reflects the perspective of Robert D. Truog, M.D., Franklin G. Miller, Ph.D., and Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D., who wrote an article appearing in The New England Journal of Medicine that claims the current criteria for establishing death before organ donation are not truly death, so there is no need to endanger the viability of the organs by going through such "medical charades."
The latter headline reflects the opinion of American columnistt Ted Rall, who suggests that "When you die, the government should take your organs. .... If the government can save 18 people a day by harvesting every available organ, why doesnt it pass a law making it so?" Rall's proposal is even more radical than the ongoing movement seeking to make organ donation opt-out instead of opt-in where doctors presume consent unless otherwise specified and family members have no say in the matter.
There is a growing body of "ethicists" and other organ donation advocates who see anyone near death as simply a bag of organs that could be used better elsewhere. Of course, that view leaves no allowance for the many recoveries that occur after patients have been declared beyond hope. Apparently, such patients are just collateral damage to the "greater good" of saving anyone who needs an organ transplant. If you want to protect yourself from the organ vultures, you need to declare your intentions using either your advance directive (e.g. IRLC's Patient Self-Protection Document) or with an organ donor opt-out card.
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 -- Watch out for abortion coverage under ObamaCare health plans
With the ObamaCare health insurance exchanges opening for business today, the possibility of paying for abortions through your health insurance increases if you need to select a health insurance plan from the exchange. In some states that did not opt-out of abortion coverage (just 23 states did opt-out), no current insurance plans may be available that do not pay for abortion.
The Federal government will establish multi-state plans that include at least one plan that does not cover abortion, but at least for some states such plans will not be available until as late as 2017. For now, if all state plans cover abortion in any of the 27 states that did not opt-out, which includes Illinois, there will be no options available for people who do not want their insurance premiums to help pay for abortions.
There are two organizations that have been exempted from ObamaCare that offer a means for Christians to help other Christians with medical expenses. These organizations are Medi-Share and Samaritan Ministries. Medi-Share can be found at www.mychristiancare.org/medi-share and Samaritan Ministries is at www.samaritanministries.org.
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