Please join us every Saturday morning, (the busiest time for abortion mills) as we gather to pray the Rosary
From 7 to 8 at Planned Parenthood NE on Comly Rd. just south of Roosevelt Blvd.(across from Nabisco)
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A Former Abortion Doctor Tells His Story A letter from Abby Johnson, direcror of ATTWN.org
Just a couple days ago, I had to honor of speaking to an abortion doctor as they walked out of the clinic where they had worked for the last time. Through our conversations, he shared with me that he really wanted to tell a short clip of his story. He said he wanted to help people understand how
vital our work was at ATTWN.
As a warning, this story contains a very graphic description of an abortion procedure that helped lead to his conversion.
'People have asked me why I became a doctor who performed abortions. If I'm honest, the original draw was the money. I didn't have to take call. I didn't have to work any emergencies. There were no overnights. I walked into the clinic, worked a few hours and walked out with a paycheck for
several thousand dollars.
Over time, I convinced myself that I was part of a noble mission to help women in their time of need. After all, if it wasn't for me, these women would be self-aborting and that's what we were trying to prevent.
I never talked about what I did when asked by my colleagues or even family members. They knew I was a doctor and that was really all I disclosed. If I was really helping women, I couldn't figure out why I was ashamed of my work. I felt like I should be proud if I was
living the narrative I had worked out in my mind. Yet, the shame was there.
No one in my family dared breach the subject of my employment. All of my immediate family knew, of course. But there were differences in opinion, so everyone stayed silent. Well, almost everyone. One of my close family members started inviting me to church. I went because I was
proud of them and of the role they had taken on in ministry. I had grown up in church, but had fallen away from my faith in college. I didn't know what to expect, but surprisingly enjoyed the service. So when they asked me to come again, I agreed. And again. And again.
One Sunday after church, this particular family member took me to lunch and confronted me about my work. I could tell it made them very uncomfortable, but I really admired their courage. And to be perfectly honest, I felt challenged. I realized during our talk that I had brought shame
and embarrassment to my family. I had taken this job because the money enticed me. I wanted to be able to provide for my family with 'things.' What I realized is that there were no amount of 'things' I could buy that would make up for the shame I had caused them.
So then what? I was in a contract with my current employer and I didn't think there was any way I could give up my job. I figured I would just keep doing what I was doing until my contract ran out.
Life changed for me during a 16-17 week abortion. I was performing a D&E procedure and had already pulled off both legs of this small human being. Every once in a while, you begin to pull out the fetus and the majority of the body will come out intact. I began to pull on
the torso and the rest of the body came out whole. The arms, head, and torso were all still attached. I was moving the body to the tray for disposal and a slight movement caught my eye. I looked at this tiny chest and saw it moving up and down. Life was outside that woman's womb, even just for a few seconds.
And there I was. I was holding this tiny body. An overwhelming remorse flooded my body. I had violently removed this child's legs while she was still alive. I did that. She felt it. I was the last person to hold her alive, yet I was the person who ended her life. In that moment,
I was thankful that she didn't have the ability to open her eyes. I wouldn't have wanted my face to be the first one she would have seen. Now I have hope that the first face she saw was the face of Jesus.
That was when I knew I had to leave, no matter the consequences. I would be breaking my contract and I knew that would be financially devastating. I didn't know if I would be able to work as a doctor again. I honestly didn't know if I would ever be able to recover from what I had done.
Then I talked to Abby at And Then There Were None and I knew there was hope. There was more than hope. I knew this change in my life would soon be a reality.
I have since left my job and am soon starting a new position at a facility that upholds the sacredness of human life. I have a long way to go. I still have a lot of things to work through, a lot of beliefs that are being challenged. I have a lifetime of healing to do, but knowing that
I'm not doing it alone, that I have the support of Abby and her ministry is helping me put one foot in front of the other.
Thank you to everyone who supports this organization. I ask for your prayers during this time and thank you for helping me and people in similar situations find healing and hope.'
He has not asked us to help with the cost of his contract, but we would like to be able to provide some support. It is costing his $50,000 to get out of the contract with the hospital system. We would like to be able to support him by covering at least half of that cost.
If you can help us meet this goal, please visit our donation page by clicking here.
I know we say it all the time, but you guys are seriously changing and saving lives every day. We are so thankful for all of your support.
Until there are none,
ATTWN.org(And Then There Were None), founded by former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, helps abortion workers to leave the industry and begin new lives.
An Interview With Former Abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levantino
Dr. Anthony Levantino, a former abortionist, has set up a website, AbortionProcedures.com, in which he describes, through the use of animations, the most common abortion procedures, as well as their potential dangers to the mother.
One video, describing a D&E abortion, is hown here:
Dr. Levantino's story and videos are available here
How abortion opponents secretly bought a Virginia abortion clinic
This is pretty awesome. Kudos to these pro-lifers. The Washington Post doesn't seem very happy about it but hey, when are they happy with anything pro-lifers do.
Pat Lohman owned a crisis pregnancy center right next door to an abortion clinic in Manassas, Va. When the abortionist retired, he swept in and bought the place.
Never mind that the writer obviously hates Lohman. Actually, that just adds to the awesomeness:
Nothing indicates that the abortion clinic is closed, except a locked door. The clinic's Google ads still pop up and the phone number still works. When women dial the closed abortion clinic, the call is forwarded straight to the pregnancy center. Everything remains in place to lure women to the clinic and hope they try the door, figure they made a mistake, then go right next door to the carefully named A-A-A Women for Choice.
Hundreds of Pro-Life Students Stuck in Massive Blizzard Hold Service at Altar Made of Snow
Friday was the 43rd annual March for Life, and drew hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to march through Washington, D.C. to protest abortion.
Due to the massive blizzard that struck the city as the march drew to a close, hundreds of pilgrims (including National Review's Kathryn Lopez, who live-tweeted the experience) wound up stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for nearly a full day as traffic was completely stopped by the storm.
One group of pilgrims, however, did not let the intense conditions stop them from celebrating Mass on the side of the road, complete with an altar built out of snow.
According to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Norfolk, NE, the Mass drew about 500 attendees and was celebrated by six priests. One priest had 300 hosts on him that were consecrated for the Mass.
Good News To End The Year - 2015 Abortion Clinic Survey Reveals 81% of Abortion Clinics Closed Since 1991
Washington, DC - The total number abortion clinics in America continues to decline, following nationwide trend extending back to 1991. In 2015, abortion clinics closed at a rate of more than one per week with 53 abortion clinics shutting down or halting all abortion services.
Operation Rescue surveyed by telephone all abortion facilities in the U.S. from December 1-15, 2015 and found the following:
* 42 Surgical abortion clinics halted all abortion services.
* 11 Medical abortion clinics halted all abortion services.
In addition, a number of abortion facilities reduced services:
* 16 abortion clinics halted surgeries and now offer only medication abortions.
* 12 abortion clinics stopped dispensing abortion drugs and now only offer surgical abortions, noting that the abortion pill was 'ineffective' or 'too dangerous.'
In all, 81 abortion clinics closed or reduced services in 2015.
Currently, there are 517 surgical abortion clinics and 213 medication abortion clinics remaining active in the U.S., the lowest numbers in decades.
In 1991, which is considered the high water mark for the number of abortion clinics, there were 2,176 surgical facilities offering abortions. Since then, 81% have closed.;
NFL Player Who Refused to Meet Pro-Abortion President Obama Will Headline March for Life
A former NFL football player for the Baltimore Ravens, who once refused to meet President Barack Obama because he;s pro-abortion, will headline this year's March for Life. The March for Life is an annual event with more than half a million people going to the nation's capital to memorialized the 57 million unborn babies who have been victimized since Roe v. Wade was handed down in January 1973.
Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Matt Birk is pro-life - so when it came time for the Ravens to visit President Barack Obama for the annual congratulations ceremony for the Super Bowl winners , he decided not to go.
'I wasn't there,' Birk said in 2013 when he refused to meet with Obama. 'I would say this, I would say that I have great respect for the office of the Presidency but about five or six weeks ago, our president made a comment in a speech and he said, 'God bless
Birk is a Catholic and indicated that he took offense to Obama's comments.
Now, Birk has been announced as one of the top speakers for the March for Life.
'We are delighted to have Matt Birk speak at the March for Life this year,' Jeanne Mancini, the President of the March for Life Education & Defense Fund, told CNS News. 'His experience and personal story are inspiring, and on top of that he's a great speaker.'
RU-486 Reversal Treatment Saves More than 100 Babies
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A North Carolina doctor has developed a treatment that can reverse chemical abortions, providing an option for women who regret taking the abortion pill.
Since Dr. Matthew Harrison developed the Emergency Abortion Pill Reversal Kit, he has saved over 137 babies who were born without any complications,
Fox 46's Bill Melugin reported. Currently, there are 76 pregnant mothers who were able to stay pregnant after using the kit.
According to the organizations website, the mission of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA is to provide care, advocacy, and research for people with genetic
intellectual disabilities, like Down Syndrome. As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013 the Jerome Lejeune Foundation joined with other disabilities groups in opposing the practice
of disability discrimination abortion.
The abortion pill (also known as RU486, or mifepristone) starves the child in utero of progesterone, the hormone it needs to grow. After 48-72 hours, this procedure is followed by a labor-inducing drug, Cyotec, to expel the baby's dead body from the mother's womb.
If you or someone you know is considering an abortion or is in need immediate assistance, abortionpillreversal.com can be reached at their 24/7 hotline: 877-558-0333.
WATCHING the doctor perform is like observing miracles.
He has restored eyesight to more than 100,000 people, perhaps more than any doctor in history, and still his patients come. They stagger and grope their way to him along mountain trails from remote villages, hoping to go under his scalpel and see loved ones again.
A day after he operates to remove cataracts, he pulls off the bandages - and, lo! They can see clearly. At first tentatively, then jubilantly, they gaze about. A few hours later, they walk home, radiating an ineffable bliss.
Dr. Sanduk Ruit, a Nepali ophthalmologist, may be the world champion in the war on blindness. Some 39 million people worldwide are blind - about half because of cataracts - and another 246 million have impaired vision, according to the World Health Organization.
If you're a blind person in a poor country, then traditionally you have no hope. But Dr. Ruit has pioneered a simple cataract microsurgery technique that costs only $25 per patient and is virtually always successful. Indeed, his 'Nepal method' is now taught in United States medical schools.
Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions to Sell Baby Parts
Second Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices, Changes Abortion Methods
A phlebotomist hired to draw blood ends up dissecting the bodies of aborted children to harvest parts for sale.
Planned Parenthood VP Says Fetuses May Come Out Intact, Agrees Payments Specific to the Specimen
Intact Fetuses 'Just a Matter of Line Items' for Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center
A former 'Procurement Technician' shares her story
Go through the face to harvest the brain
'Make Sure The Eyes Are Closed...'
Planned Parenthood Sells Intact Aborted Babies, One 'Just Fell Out' of the Womb
We Sell 'Fresh' Aborted Baby Eyes, Hearts and 'Gonads'
These videos by The Center for Medical Progress in its 'Human Capital' series, a nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study of Planned Parenthood's
illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: 'Planned Parenthood's criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to
the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to
stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.'
In the first video, Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA's Medical Services department,
Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.
A second undercover video shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Medical Directors' Council President, Dr. Mary Gatter, haggling over payments
for intact fetal specimens and offering to use a 'less crunchy technique' to get more intact body parts. It is similar to last week's viral video showing PPFA Senior Director
of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola admitting to using partial-birth abortions to get intact parts and suggesting a price range of $30 to $100 per specimen. Gatter is a
senior official within Planned Parenthood and is President of the Medical Directors' Council, the central committee of all Planned Parenthood affiliate medical directors.
In the third video, a phlebotomist hired to draw blood ends up dissecting the bodies of aborted children to harvest parts for sale.
In the fourth video, a Planned Parenthood director talks about calling it 'research' to avoid saying 'selling body parts'. Then you see the actual organs they're talking about.
Not for the squeamish.
The fifth video shows the Director of Research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, advertising the Texas Planned Parenthood branch's track record of fetal
tissue sales, including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.
Best Father's Day Video Ever! Watch This Son With Down Syndrome Thank His Dad
In a new video from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation, a son who has Down syndrome talks to his father in a special Father's Day
tribute. In the priceless video, he thanks his papa
for always taking care of him ever since he was little boy. He also says, 'You are good at a lot of things even if you sometimes get it wrong. When we play hide and seek, you are as bad
at hiding as you are at finding me...even though my hiding places are really easy to find.'
According to the organizations website, the mission of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA is to provide care, advocacy, and research for people with genetic
intellectual disabilities, like Down Syndrome. As LifeNews previously reported, in 2013 the Jerome Lejeune Foundation joined with other disabilities groups in opposing the practice
of disability discrimination abortion.
In a court brief regarding Arizona's 20-week ban, they wrote: '[T]he numbers of pregnancy terminations following a prenatal diagnosis of certain disabilities are
alarmingly high. Though some abortions of children with disabilities involve diagnoses that are likely to be fatal, many involve non-fatal conditions such as
Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and spina bifida. It is now widely reported that the increase in prenatal screening has resulted in sharply declining numbers
of living persons with disabilities such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and spina bifida.'
Tragically, 90% of women who are given the prenatal diagnosis that their baby will have Down syndrome end the life of their unborn child through abortion.
This unnerving statistic reminds us that babies with disabilities are killed at an alarming rate. Countless people see children with conditions like Down syndrome
as less valuable than the rest of us, which is why the pro-life community needs to help protect the rights of the disabled.
Please watch this heartwarming video and share it with your friends and family. On Twitter and Facebook, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation asks people to use the hashtag #MyDearDad.
How Christianity invented children by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at The Week.com
We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply
take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.
Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize
children - their beauty, their joy, their liveliness. Our culture encourages us to let ourselves fall prey to our gooey feelings whenever we look at baby pictures. What could be more
In fact, this view of children is a historical oddity. If you disagree, just go back to the view of children that prevailed in Europe's ancient pagan world.
As the historian O.M. Bakke points out in his invaluable book When Children Became People, in ancient Greece and Rome, children were considered nonpersons.
Back then, the entire social worldview was undergirded by a universally-held, if implicit, view: Society was organized in concentric circles, with the circle at the center containing
the highest value people, and the people in the outside circles having little-to-no value. At the center was the freeborn, adult male, and other persons were valued depending on how
similar they were to the freeborn, adult male. Such was the lot of foreigners, slaves, women...and children.
High infant mortality rates created a cultural pressure to not develop emotional attachments to children. This cultural pressure was exacerbated by the fact that women were more
likely to develop emotional attachments to children - which, according to the worldview of the day, meant it had to be a sign of weakness and vulgarity.
Various pagan authors describe children as being more like plants than human beings. And this had concrete consequences.
Well-to-do parents typically did not interact with their children, leaving them up to the care of slaves. Children were rudely brought up, and very strong beatings were a normal part
of education. In Rome, a child's father had the right to kill him for whatever reason until he came of age.
One of the most notorious ancient practices that Christianity rebelled against was the frequent practice of expositio, basically the abandonment of unwanted infants.
(Of course, girls were abandoned much more often than boys, which meant, as the historical sociologist Rodney Stark has pointed out, that Roman society had an extremely lopsided gender
ratio, contributing to its violence and permanent tension.)
Another notorious practice in the ancient world was the sexual exploitation of children. It is sometimes pointed to paganism's greater tolerance (though by no means full acceptance)
of homosexuality than Christianity as evidence for its higher moral virtue. But this is to look at a very different world through distorting lenses. The key thing to understand about
sexuality in the pagan world is the ever-present notion of concentric circles of worth. The ancient world did not have fewer taboos, it had different ones. Namely, most sexual acts were
permissible, as long as they involved a person of higher status being active against or dominating a person of lower status. This meant that, according to all the evidence we have,
the sexual abuse of children (particularly boys) was rife.
Think back on expositio. According to our sources, most abandoned children died - but some were 'rescued,' almost inevitably into slavery. And the most profitable way for a
small child slave to earn money was as a sex slave. Brothels specializing in child sex slaves, particularly boys, were established, legal, and thriving businesses in ancient Rome. One
source reports that sex with castrated boys was regarded as a particular delicacy, and that foundlings were castrated as infants for that purpose.
Of course, the rich didn't have to bother with brothels - they had all the rights to abuse their slaves (and even their children) as they pleased. And, again, this was perfectly licit.
When Suetonius condemns Tiberius because he 'taught children of the most tender years, whom he called his little fishes, to play between his legs while he was in his bath' and 'those who
had not yet been weaned, but were strong and hearty, he set at fellatio,' he is not writing with shock and horror; instead, he is essentially mocking the emperor for his lack of
self-restraint and enjoying too much of a good thing.
This is the world into which Christianity came, condemning abortion and infanticide as loudly and as early as it could.
This is the world into which Christianity came, calling attention to children and ascribing special worth to them. Church leaders meditated on Jesus' instruction to imitate children
and proposed ways that Christians should look up to and become more like them.
Like everything else about Christianity's revolution, it was incomplete. For example, Christians endorsed corporal punishment for far too long. (Though even in the fourth century,
the great teacher St John Chrysostom preached against it, on the grounds of the victim's innocence and dignity, using language that would have been incomprehensible to, say, Cicero.)
But really, Christianity's invention of children - that is, its invention of the cultural idea of children as treasured human beings - was really an outgrowth of its most stupendous
and revolutionary idea: the radical equality, and the infinite value, of every single human being as a beloved child of God. If the God who made heaven and Earth chose to reveal himself,
not as an emperor, but as a slave punished on the cross, then no one could claim higher dignity than anyone else on the basis of earthly status.
That was indeed a revolutionary idea, and it changed our culture so much that we no longer even recognize it.
Serbian abortionist who performed over 40,000 abortions becomes pro-life activist by Sarah Terzo at Live Action News
Stojan Adasevic, who is now a pro-life leader in Serbia, had performed over 48,000 abortions before doubts about the procedure made him stop -
other sources claim that number is closer to 60,000.
Adasevic credits his pro-life conversion to two things: an unusual series of dreams, and this particularly disturbing experience he had while performing what should have been a routine abortion.
Adasevic credits his pro-life conversion to two things: an unusual series of dreams, and this particularly disturbing experience he had while performing what should have been a routine abortion. He describes the procedure:
I opened up the womb, tore the placenta, the birth waters flowed out, and I got to work on the inside with my abortion forceps. I grabbed something, crushed it a little,
removed it, and threw it onto a cloth. I look, and I see a hand - quite a large hand. The child was 3, perhaps 4 months old. I had no tape to measure it.
At three months, a preborn baby is fully formed with fingers and toes. All of the organs and body systems are present. The baby has fingerprints, and breathes amniotic fluid in
preparation for life outside the womb. Adasevic goes on to say:
Someone had spilled some iodine on a part of the table and the hand fell in such a way that the nerve endings came in contact with the iodine. And what happened?
I look and I say, 'my God, the hand is moving by itself.' I nevertheless carry on with my forceps, and again catch something, crush it, and pull it out. I think to myself, 'let it
not be a leg.' I pull, and look. A leg.
I want to put the leg on the table, carefully, so that it isn't near the moving hand. As my arm falls, I hear a bang behind my back. I jumped, and automatically, my grip on the
forceps loosened. At this very moment, the leg completed a somersault and fell next to the hand.
I look - both hand and leg are moving by themselves. I nevertheless, once again, direct my instrument into the womb, and begin to crush everything inside. I think to myself that all I
need to complete the picture is the heart. I continue to crush, and crush, and crush, and till I am sure that I have ground everything inside into a pulp, and once again pull out the
As I pull out the mess, thinking it will be bone fragments I lay it on the cloth, I look, and I see a human heart, contracting and expanding and beating, beating, beating. I thought
I would go mad. I can see that the heartbeat is slowing, ever more slowly, and more slowly still, until it finally stops completely. Nobody could've seen what I had seen with my
very own eyes, and be more convinced than I was - I had killed a human being.
This strange and terrible experience opened Adasevic's eyes to the horror of what he was doing. This powerful encounter with the humanity of the preborn was stark in contrast to the training he received. In the documentary, Adasevic describes his daily work as an abortionist:
There were times when I used to carry out 20, 25, 30 or even 35 abortions every day. We used to work five days a week….
Adasevic said he first began to question abortion when he began having unusual dreams.
He dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear.
A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence.
The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night, he asked the man in black and white who he was. “My name is Thomas Aquinas.”
'Why don't you ask me who these children are?' St. Thomas asked me in my dream.
'They are the ones you killed with your abortions,” St. Thomas told me.
Thomas Aquinas would be a strange figure to appear in an anti-abortion dream. He didn’t address abortion directly in his writings and did not believe life began at conception.
He believed that the soul did not enter the preborn baby until 40 days after conception (for a boy) or 80 days (for a girl).
Ultrasound had recently become available, and it showed moving pictures of preborn babies. The new technology did not sway Adasevic - but he started having the series of dreams.
After the disturbing dreams and the horrific abortion experience, Adasevic told the hospital where he worked that he would no longer do abortions. His pro-life conversion came at great
Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut my salary in half, fired my daughter from her job, and did not allow my son to enter the
Adasevic has worked to change hearts and minds. He was responsible for the airing of a pro-life documentary on Serbian television. His dramatic conversion story is chilling,
but also inspiring. A dedicated abortionist has become a pro-life hero.
Reflections of a Sidewalk Counselor by Mary Proffit Kimmel
Every Friday morning, my mother and I visit the local abortion clinic. Women travel from three neighboring states to terminate their pregnancies. The doctor flies in from New Jersey
because abortionists are so hard to find. As the sun rises, my mom and I kneel, pray, and sing hymns. This practice sobers and sanctifies our Friday mornings.
Our words have the power to give life and to convey forgiveness. Effective counseling cares for the woman, listens to her fears, her struggles, her motherhood. She needs to hear that
someone cares and that there are people willing to walk alongside her. The prayers, fasting, and counseling of 40 Days for Life Pensacola saved fifty-three mothers from abortion last year. Two thousand were lost. Out of such darkness each of the lives saved shines as a flicker of hope, a soul who can change the world. During Lent, the clinic double-books its appointments because of the number of no-shows. Spiritual warfare is a powerful weapon. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jesus gives us the words to pray, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.' Pope St. Gregory the Great asks, 'Is it possible to offer, or even to imagine,
a purer kind of prayer than that which shows mercy to one's torturers by making intercession for them?' Humility and sorrow for our own sin antidote the temptation to
self-righteousness. Like Father Zossima in TheBrothers Karamazov we must claim, 'I am guilty for the sins of the whole world, and I more than anyone else.'
True pity and true charity demand that we see others as ignorant, deceived by Satan. The situation calls for utmost charity in our thoughts, words, and deeds. There is only one who
ever suffered truly innocently, and he interceded for his persecutors.
I have met the perseverance and compassion of Jesus in the counselors who come on Friday mornings: A husband and wife team sing praise songs, hand out pamphlets, and bring their
six children. A Latino woman cries out to each girl getting out of her car, 'Chica, chica, don't go in there.' Bundled in a fur hat and coat, a quiet, elderly, Russian woman
wanders around praying a rosary that reaches to her knees. Lustania, a third order Franciscan, brings coffee or hot chocolate for the group on cold mornings. She holds a picture of
the Sacred Heart of Jesus and prays to St. Joseph. She lives the words of St. Francis: 'It is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying
that we are born to eternal life.' Any grace which we impart on others flows from the grace we have received from the fountain of life. We love the poor and helpless because we
see Christ in them.
A woman with lines of pain and wisdom on her face holds a sign bearing, 'I regret my abortion.' She explained to me that a woman's conversion often comes at the moment
of her abortion. Unable to descend any lower, she feels her conscience stir. In the words of Alice von Hildebrand, 'To be conscious of one's weakness and to trust in God's
is the way to authentic strength and victory.' Often, only in the throes of darkness and pain can we realize our need for light and healing. The greatest saints are born out of
repentance for the greatest sin. The centurion at the foot of the cross confessed, 'Truly this man was the Son of God.' Hope, with perseverance, never disappoints, and God can
soften hearts beyond our power to imagine.
The birth of a child has the power to transform each mother and father. Motherhood gives women the opportunity to, like Mary, say yes. 'Yet she will be saved through
childbearing - if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.' The call of motherhood is a call of sanctification, one of the highest vocations a woman can accept
during her life, the opportunity to evangelize one's own child. Mary tells the Angel Gabriel, 'Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.'
Ecce ancilla Domini. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. Mary accepts the divine plan and plays a role in the salvation of mankind. God also uses our small expressions of humility,
our own fiats, in conjunction with His great purpose of redemption.
The figure of Mary and the season of Advent provide a fitting framework to consider the tragedy of abortion. I first began going to the abortion facility during Advent with a local
church who sang Christmas carols outside. As we consider Jesus's birth, we also remember Herod's slaughter of the innocents, the massacre of all male children under two years old. Matthew calls this event the fulfillment of the prophecy, 'A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.'
As the blood of the innocents cries out from the ground, so the blood of Jesus calls out from the chalice. To begin Lent, we held a candlelight vigil on Ash Wednesday in which we
prayed a Divine Mercy Chaplet, entreating God the Father, 'For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.' The world needs mercy, and we
channel that mercy. Through repentance and sorrow for our sin, we prepare ourselves to go out and to tend the Good Shepherd's sheep. Whatever we do to the least of Christ's
brethren, we do unto Christ. The more dejected and hopeless the recipients, the more brightly His grace will shine.
Woman Didn't Get Proper Anesthesia Before Abortion, Woke Up Screaming Halfway Through
Once she was in the procedure room, she was administered 'laughing gas' and left alone. She had to hold the gas mask over her own mouth because it had no strap or any way to attach it to her head.
Once she began to relax, her arm dropped, the mask fell off her face, and the effects of the gas began to wear off.
She had to wait longer than she thought was right for abortionist Malana Moshesh to come in and begin her abortion procedure.
By then, the gas had worn off completely. Moshesh continued on with the abortion despite the fact that the woman had no pain relief whatsoever.
When the agony became unbearable, she began to scream.
Moshesh told her to be quiet and to cover her mouth with her hand so the other women waiting wouldn't hear her. She felt she had no choice but to comply....
New Pro-Life Sort Film Offers Unique View on the Reality of Abortion
'You have to do what's best for you,' an interrogator says in a room that looks like a police station.
With this opening, viewers are in for a surprise in this new pro-life short film, 'The Appointment - a mother's choice,' both directed and partly produced by filmmaker Brandon Rice.
We see the prisoner, bound in cuffs, behind the screen, but the interrogator says, 'What's in that room is irrelevant... The only significance he has is what you decide to give him.'
The words sound like a pro-abortion argument, but the film uses a twist that will cause viewers to see abortion in a new light. When it comes to controversial issues, it is often difficult to say something new which keeps people from tuning out. That's the power of this film; it makes people look at abortion differently. And that was the goal...
A book about a man's agonizing descent into Alzheimer's disease could easily be steeped in negativity.
Tucked into O'Brien's narrative is a subtle, nonpolemical account of how faith nurtured in a large Irish-American Catholic family has helped three generations solidify to cope with the dementia in some of its members. 'We've got your back,' the younger generation often tells the elders.
O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's when he was 61 and wrote the book while his memory still functioned, even if in slow-motion. He combines factual information about Alzheimer's with his practical experiences of living with the disease.
A 38-year-old Bulgarian man is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from a complete severing of the spinal nerves, thanks to a pioneering transplant treatment that took cells from his nose. Note: these are not embryonic stem cells, meaning no matter how amazing Darek Fidyka's recovery is, it will not receive the publicity it warrants.
Following 19 months of treatment, Fidyak can now walk with braces. He has been able 'to resume an independent life, even to the extent of driving a car, while sensation has returned to his lower limbs,' according to Reuters.
'We believe that this procedure is the breakthrough which, as it is further developed, will result in a historic change in the currently hopeless outlook for people disabled by spinal cord injury,' explained Geoff Raisman, chair of neural regeneration at University College London's Institute of Neurology, who led the British research team working on the joint project.
'What we've done is establish a principle - nerve fibers can grow back and restore function - provided we give them a bridge,' he told Agence France-Presse. 'To me, this is more impressive than a man walking on the moon.'
Pregnancy centers, not politics - the future of the pro-life movement from EWTNNews.com
Amid the chilling dark chaos of a woman's unwanted and unexpected pregnancy, a group of pro-life Catholics try to be a light to both the mother and the unborn child.
Their mission is in an unassuming plot in a modest town well outside the sprawling Washington, D.C. suburbs. Not much car traffic passes through town other than tourists on their way to see the mountain leaves turn every October.
Seventy miles outside the nation's capital in northern Virginia, there is no national pro-life headquarters, army of lobbyists, or melodramatic political battle being waged. The Front Royal Pregnancy Center is simply part of a national chain of crisis pregnancy centers, 'the real future of the pro-life movement,' as board member Mary Brand put it.
And this future is carried out in a drab brick building on South Royal Avenue, ministering to pregnant women from town and from the surrounding area. Walk through the door, however, and one will meet a disarmingly festive atmosphere. Decorations festoon the ceiling and walls. A joyful, peaceful intoxication pervades the place.
'Its liberating to work in a place like this where every life is precious. Every life is important. Planned or unplanned,' said head nurse Rosemary Antunes, RN.
If there's any gravitas over a battle for the life of an unborn child, the volunteers aren't showing it. There's no grim reminder of what's at stake, no guilt-trip ready for an anxious mother who is not sure what to do with her baby. The focus here is simply on the goodness of life and the Gospel.
Pro-Life Student Saves Her Own Sibling, Her Mom Had Abortion Appointment The Next Day from LifeNews.com
Sometimes, the baby you save might be your own sibling.
Preparing for the 10th anniversary of the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Oct. 21, Priests for Life Youth Outreach Director Bryan Kemper received an email from a young woman who took part in the silent protest last year.
'One young student e-mailed me about when she participated in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity for the first time, and was excited to get to school and be a voice,' Kemper said. 'She walked downstairs with the LIFE tape on her mouth and her mother asked her what she was doing.
'She took off the tape to explain she was taking a stand for those being killed by abortion every day in this country. She was shocked when her mother started crying. Her mother then explained how she was pregnant and had an appointment for an abortion the next day. They talked for a while and her mother changed her mind and kept her baby.'
For the day, or even a portion of the day, student groups, individuals, businesses and ministries take a vow of silence, and pass out informational fliers to anyone who asks what they're doing.
'Not everyone who pledges to give up their voice for a day in solidarity with the unborn will see such a tangible result as the girl who saved her own sibling from abortion, but we know that hearts and minds are changed and awareness is raised about the truth about abortion,' Kemper said. 'And the truth is, we do hear from a fair number of participants that abortion-minded women and girls do approach them to ask for help. This is a very powerful thing that everyone can do.'
To find out more information, find resources on how to make the day a success and to register, go to www.SilentDay.org Kemper asks participants to spread word of the day on all their social media outlets.
Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, challenged people of all ages to get involved with the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity: 'Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice,' he asked. 'Can you do it for the least of our brothers and sisters?'
'I wish I could have prevented my girlfriend's abortion'
The decision to have an abortion can have a devastating effect on men when they would prefer their partner to continue a pregnancy, writes Tony Perry of the London Telegraph
' It (abortion) is also a choice that has an impact on men as well as women, even though the media rarely presents the experience of abortion from a male point of view. Perhaps the general assumption is that abortion doesn't really affect men. Perhaps I would have shared that assumption had I not lived through it myself.'
She Was Going to 'Get Rid of the Problem' With an Abortion, Then Someone Helped Her from LifeNews.com
Kathy was scared and confused the day she came to the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills searching for help regarding her unplanned pregnancy. Thoughts swirled through her head
- about her father who had abandoned her - her mother who struggled to put food on the table - her grandparents who were already burdened with their own financial challenges. How disappointed they all would be in her.
The first search result for abortion-related terms led Kathy to the Online for Life helpline number. Online for Life uses the Internet to connect with abortion-determined women and help guide them to the Pregnancy Resource Center of the South Hills, which is a division of Online for Life, and other participating life-affirming pregnancy centers. Kathy dialed the number, and what happened next changed everything...
How Can They Do That?
There is a temptation to see abortion workers in black and white. Many of them are motivated by sincere, if midirected, compassion. It helps to hear the humanity of the other side. Here is a predentation from a former Planned Parenthood counselor. You can see more personal stories here.
Ohio diocese discourages ALS ice bucket challenge from Philly.com
CINCINNATI (AP) - A Roman Catholic diocese in Ohio is discouraging its 113 schools from participating in the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS Association, saying the group's funding of embryonic stem cell research is 'in direct conflict with Catholic teaching.'
Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, told the schools in a letter Tuesday to 'immediately cease' any plans to raise funds for the association and to instead direct donations to another organization that combats ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease that causes paralysis and almost certain death.
The Catholic Church relates the use of embryonic stem cells in research to abortion and says it violates the sanctity of human life. The use of adult stem cells in research is not forbidden by Catholic teaching.
'We certainly appreciate the compassion that has caused people all over the country, certainly including many Catholics, to be interacting and engaging in a fun way to support ALS research,' diocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said Thursday. 'But it's a well-established moral principle that not only the ends be good, but the means must be good, too.'
Judges in Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and now Palm Beach counties have ruled that the amendment to the Florida Constitution passed in 2008 defending traditional marriage is 'unconstitutional.'
These exercises of raw judicial activism have been stayed pending appeal. Yet, in light of these rulings, self-appointed 'progressive' elites - including the presumptive Democratic candidate for governor - are telling the majority of Florida citizens, along with millions of Americans who still support marriage as it has been understood for millennia, as a union of one man and one woman, 'to get with the program.' Those who characterize themselves as proponents of tolerance will not tolerate their fellow citizens who oppose both the erosion of democratic self-government by aggressively activist judges legislating from the bench, and the further erosion of their freedoms of conscience and religion.
Those who promote same-sex 'marriage' in effect wish to consolidate the hollow victories of the 'sexual revolution.' To promote what they deem 'marriage equality,' the understanding of marriage as a conjugal union of a male and a female, in a permanent and exclusive commitment, conducive to welcoming and raising the children born from such a union, must be 'deconstructed' and 'redefined.' In much the same way that abortion and 'safe sex' are promoted to protect one from the inevitable consequences of sexual activity, seen now as merely a 'recreational activity' without any moral significance, the advocacy of same-sex 'marriage' renders the idea of all marriages meaningless.
Indeed, the argument that allowing same-sex partners to marry is about 'marriage equality' is fallacious: Enacting same-sex marriage does not expand the institution of marriage to a once 'excluded' class; rather it reduces marriage to being just about the emotional gratification of two - and why just two? - people.
Such a redefinition defies the true nature of marriage as a comprehensive 'two-in-one-flesh' union capable of uniting children with their mothers and fathers, a union that only a man and a woman are biologically capable of forming.
Common sense - increasingly uncommon today - understands traditional marriage between one man and one woman as a natural fact rooted in procreation and sexual difference. As Abraham Lincoln famously said: 'If you call a tail a leg, then how many legs does a cow have? Four, because calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one.' He understood better than many people today the relationship between truth and reality.
'Marriage equality' today is the 'poster child' of those who hold for a radical autonomy that believes that anyone can essentially create his or her reality by one's individual will without reference to the truth of things. An individual who would believe that he could, by the force of his will, defy gravity is setting himself up for a disastrous fall. Likewise, society invites disaster if it pursues the folly of 'calling a tail a leg' by redefining marriage.
To impose same-sex 'marriage' would open up a Pandora's Box of unintended consequences that bode ill for the advancement of the common good and human flourishing in all of society.
Families need to be built upon more solid foundations than emotional and or sexual gratification. Children deserve to be raised by the mom and dad who procreated them and who, with disinterested and sacrificial love, commit themselves as man and woman to a mutual and exclusive relationship that will provide them with stable and nurturing homes.
Recently the results of inspections [PDF] conducted recently at the Philadelphia Women's Center (PWC) abortion facility were released, and like so many other abortion clinic inspections, they really throw a spanner in the works of the 'pro-choice' movement's claims that heightened oversight of abortion clinics is 'onerous' and 'unnecessary.'
In order to give the appearance of complying with the law, PWC used photocopied signatures of the physician on the consent forms, and state inspectors caught them.
On January 30, 2014, PWC passed its annual registration inspection, but did not pass its full State Licensure survey. Narcotics were being stored with other medications, not under double lock and key as is required by law. Aside from being improperly stored, narcotics and other medications were expired, yet still available for patient use.
1.The crash cart was parked in the hall and unlocked, allowing for the unauthorized use of essential emergency medicines;
2.The cleaning bucket and chemicals were stored in the patient recovery room next to the clean linens; and
3.The recovery room had holes in the ceiling, stains, and peeling paint.
Is that what any patient would like to stare at after an operation?
In the midst of all that our team is fighting for on campuses right now, sometimes we have to stop and remind ourselves what victory looks like...a precious baby boy.
After viewing this short video, I hope you will consider investing in Students for Life's ground-breaking Pregnant on Campus and Regional Coordinator programs at SFLA, which are creating real change on
campuses across the nation and saving moms and babies from the tragedy of abortion.
Lia Mills is a student pro-life activist who surprised her class with a moving speech on abortion that is so good it's gone viral on the Internet.
'My daughter prepared and delivered this speech for her grade 7 class. Even those who didn't agree with her loved it,' he mother says in a note accompanying the video on YouTube.
Lia, who is now 17, has since blossomed into an articulate pro-life advocate, penning an article taking on euthanasia that ran at LifeNews last year and was very well-received.
Here is how she describes herself on her Twitter account: 'Lover of Jesus. Daughter of the Most High. Human Rights Activist. Public Speaker. Pro-life. Survivor. Revivalist. Nation shaker. World changer.'
Judge for yourself here.
Medicine Without Mercy by Stepnen Brown at American Thinker 3/23/2014
In October, 1939, Adolf Hitler signed an authorization on his own personal stationery allowing German doctors to murder ill and physically and mentally handicapped children. This authorization launched the infamous Nazi euthanasia
program T-4 (for Tiergarten 4, tthe office address) in which several hundred thousand disabled minors and grownups, classified as 'leben lebensunwert' (life unworthy of life), were killed simply because of the way they were born. Their murder was the beginning of the Nazi genocide and was to be followed by the Jewish Holocaust. More than seven decades later, modern-day Belgium is reviving the Nazi nightmare of state-sponsored child murder and has even gone Hitler one better.
In another major, destructive blow to Western civilization's Judeo-Christian moral order, and one that represents a steep plunge downwards toward another holocaust of its own making, Belgium's King Philippe signed into
law early in March a bill allowing euthanasia for children and dementia sufferers upon request. It is this inclusion of children, however, and the barbarism of permitting them to request their own deaths, that the legislation's opponents most deplore.
Former Planned Parenthood worker: 'It was a money-grubbing, evil, very sad, sad place to work' by Kirsten Anderson at LifeSiteNews 2/14/2014
A Roman Catholic former Planned Parenthood worker has opened up to her diocesan newspaper in a gripping tell-all interview, saying she was shocked at the horrors she witnessed during the two years she worked in Indiana's largest abortion facility.
Marianne Anderson is a nurse who assisted Planned Parenthood abortionists by partially sedating women who paid extra for that luxury. She told The Criterion newspaper that she saw many women pressured into abortions they did not want, including minor girls.
'One young girl came in with her mom,' Anderson told the paper. 'She was about 16. Her mom had made the appointment. That's not supposed to be how it works. It's supposed to only be the patient who makes the appointment. I checked her in, and she thought she was there for a prenatal checkup. The mom was pushing it. She blindsided her own daughter.'
Another time, said Anderson, 'This guy brought in a Korean girl. I had no doubt in my mind this girl was a sex slave. This guy would not leave her side. They could barely communicate. He wanted to make all the arrangements. During the ultrasound, she told one of the nurses that there were lots of girls in the house, and that the man hits them. She never came back for the abortion. I always wondered what happened to her. One of my co-workers said, 'You're better off to just let it go.''
Lily's Gift Helps Ease The Pain When A New Baby's Diagnosis Is Grim
A new ministry of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, a collaboration of pastoral care, pro-life and social service workers, helps parents who decide not to abort their baby who receives a poor prenatal diagnosis. Volunteers counsel and support families during and after the baby's birth and natural death.
Lily's Gift, a pastoral initiative named for the flowers of Scripture and an infant who never took her first breath, offers support to parents who receive poor prenatal diagnoses (PPD) including a variety of conditions such as genetic syndromes, heart problems and spina bifida.
The organization was conceived last fall and is modeled after Be Not Afraid, a private non-profit corporation that supports families who receive a PPD and trains local organizations to do the same. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Persons with Disabilities, Office for Life and Family and Catholic Social Services are partnering in this ministry.
Lily's Gift offers a free service focusing on meeting the needs of expectant parents who have received a PPD by connecting them with trained volunteer peer ministers and professionals. They provide care with birth plans, referrals to community support systems, compassionate guidance through anticipated grief, neonatal and stillbirth care, and medical decision making.
According to the ProLife Union, notorious abortionist Steven Brigham is opening a new abortion mill on Bustleton Ave. in the pink office building next to Firestone near Grant. There will be a public prayer and protest this Wednesday(11/27) at 11am.
Steve Brigham has been barred from medical practice in Pennsylvania, but it seems he's returning to Philadelphia-and that the Pennsylvania Department of Health is happy to let him despite his decades-long record of Kermit Gosnell-style abortion practices.
Even the New York Times covered Bringham earlier this year, spotlighting his tragic record that have left girls in emergency rooms. What are the facts?
-Steve Brigham's 'Integrity Family Health' was granted a license by PA's Department of Health on Sept. 11, 2013.
-Integrity Family Health is already in violation of the Abortion Control Act, which requires counseling before abortion. Integrity providing 'counseling' via pre-recorded message.
-Steve Brigham has a lengthy and sordid record of malpractice and criminal activity. He has lost or surrendered his medical license in five states.
-In 2012, the PA Department of Health wrote that it 'has long witnessed a chronic inability to comply - even with the most basic requirements of the law established to assure the health and safety of patients.'
We don't deserve another Gosnell. Join the Pro-Life Union in urging Michael Wolf, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to ensure Philadelphia doesn't allow Brigham or any clinic connected to him in our city.
To sign a petition against this new horror coming to our neighborhood, go here
UPDATE 11/27 - Great news! The new abortion mill on Bustleton Ave. - Integrity Family Health - slated to open today has already been shut down. The state Dept. of Health gave them a license, but somebody got to Governor Corbett.
As soon as he heard about it, he got it shut down. They are officially out of the abortion business on Friday.
Instead of prayer and protest, we had a prayer of thanksgiving. One more thing to be thankful for tomorrow.
Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Closes in Texas as Real Women's Clinic Takes Over from LifeNews.com (11/8/13)
A Planned Parenthood abortion business is closing up shop in Lubbock, Texas as a women's clinic that actually offers women legitimate health care is taking over.
Lubbock's abortion clinic at 67th Street and Indiana Avenue has been taken over by a non-profit group called Generation Healthcare and will no longer offer abortions.
In response to questions from EverythingLubbock.com, Generation Healthcare said, 'Upon the completion of the transfer of all assets to Generation Healthcare, Planned Parenthood will no longer exist in Lubbock Texas.'
Generation Healthcare, a division of Generation Covenant, announced they will begin providing comprehensive health services to women across the South Plains. The announcement comes on the heels of the Lubbock-based nonprofit group's recent acquisition of two properties formerly owned by Planned Parenthood.
'Our mission is to make certain that preventive screenings and routine health care services are available to all women,' said Generation Healthcare CEO Merinda K. Condra.
The moral challenges of abortion coverage, birth-control mandates and medical rationing posed by the ACA have prompted many to look at alternatives to the insurance system. The ACA carved out an exception that allowed medical cost-sharing cooperatives to fulfill the law's insurance requirements.
Three major Christian medical-sharing ministries are Samaritan Ministries, Christian Medi-Share and Christian Healthcare Ministries, and each has its own way of helping families meet their health-care needs, sharing in their burdens and praying for one another.
At Samaritan Ministries, the largest Christian health-care sharing ministry, members share the burden of costs for needs over $300. Each member commits to sending a set 'share' amount each month based on household size. These 'share' amounts are matched through Samaritan's database to a household in need and then are sent directly to that household to pay medical bills.
Christian Medi-Share has a variety of sharing options with monthly fees that vary based on what it calls the Annual Household Portion (AHP), the dollar amount that a family will be responsible for, before it can publish its medical bills for sharing. So a household with an AHP level of $1,250 would pay its annual medical bills up to $1,250. After that, all other household medical bills up to $1 million for the entire year are then shared among its membership.
Christian Healthcare Ministries has three sharing plans: gold, silver and bronze. The gold plan has a higher monthly participation fee, but the amount of personal responsibility for bills is lower, and the number of eligible bills for sharing (including maternity) is greater. Bronze has the lowest monthly cost, but a person in that plan only submits bills for inpatient and outpatient hospital treatments and surgery.
James Lansberry, executive director of Samaritan Ministries, said the ACA has made sharing ministries like Samaritan more widely known, and the company has seen a lot of growth from people looking for an alternative to health insurance that fits their practice of faith.
The Surprising Ingredient To Creating A Pro-Life Culture An insightful and important look at the mindset behind so many decisions to abort, by Tristyn Bloom. The entire article (from The Federalist.com) is reprinted here:
I want to try and get at what the actual problem is here, because I don't think it's that we don't have sufficiently compelling apologetics. I don't think it's that we don't do a rigorous enough job of getting our message out there. I don't think it's that people can't conceive of something they can't see as human. I think the actual problem here, I think the reason people continue to defend abortion is because, essentially, of existential terror: fear of what will happen when something unexpected, uninvited, unplanned bursts into our lives demanding action. I think that is a crippling psychological problem that doesn't even rise to the level of morality, that we can't just tell people to suck up and get over.
We often hear that a problem with young people today is that we are irresponsible. We don't have a sense of duty. We don't have a sense of order. We're immature. I think that the problem is actually the opposite.
We are pathologically terrified of risk and enslaved to our own ideas of respectability
I think that we are pathologically terrified of risk and I think that we have this enslavement to our own ideas of respectability, our own ideas of our life plan, our commitments, our existing duties such that something as radically changing as a new life doesn't fit in with those existing duties. To accept that life would be the irresponsible choice, and that's the framework from which a lot of people are operating. They see themselves as accepting consequences, as responsible. They have a semblance of a moral framework and we can't ignore that just because it's completely the opposite of our own. And this isn't just about whether or not you accept a child. I think that we are so enslaved to a plan, and a routine, and a vision of our lives, we can't embrace the unsettledness, openness, flexibility, and folly it takes to have an actually pro-life culture in every instance.
If you look at even the language used - 'unplanned pregnancy' because that is the strange case. The normal case is the planned pregnancy. And this is understandable in two ways. One, it's a concession to comfort and the economy of family. Not everyone in the pro-life movement is against contraception, for example. But the other, I think, is a psychological necessity because two, in a certain sense we are very unwilling to admit that we are all essentially accidents.
Especially for secular people, or people with different theological assumptions, that is what the creation of life kind of amounts to. Scientific materialism seems to force us to admit this. And I feel that on some level modern parents compensate for this meaninglessness by investing their child with meaning through planning. You were chosen. You were fated. You were designated. They are compensating for the meaninglessness of the way conception happens by choosing it on their own and by actively bestowing that significance upon them. We are the little gods of our own children. And we extend this to everything in our lives. In our education. Where we live. What we do. How we eat. Everything imbued with meaning by the fact of being chosen. And these choices, in turn, define us back to ourselves.
So, when we have something unchosen, unplanned, uninvited, it's a direct attack against the very core of our being. And that's why I started out with existential terror. It is a violent feeling thing and when confronted with the possibility of such a rupture in our lives it becomes this monstrous, almost apocalyptic force and that's very mistaken. It's a cowardice inbred in this way of thinking about life. I had a somewhat similar experience. I got kicked out of Yale in 2010. It's actually not an exciting story, so I won't bore you with it. But, you know, young undergraduate Ivy League student, first generation college student gets kicked out, that's a terrifying experience. It seems like it's going to be life ending. It seems like it's going to be damning. It seems like it's going to be apocalyptic. But then, of course, as many here know, apocalypse doesn't mean destruction, it means uncovering.
And so I think that these little apocalypses in our lives, whether they come in the form of an unplanned pregnancy or some other risk that we are called to take in the course of our lives, reveal the insignificance of all these other forces that we are shielding ourselves with - their fragility, their utter shallow importance in the grand scheme of things - but also the incredible, radical, bigness of life all around us. We do need limitations, we do need structure. We can't wrap our heads around just how big and insane life can be. We need to render life intelligible in some way, but we can't so utterly depend on these relatively insignificant duties and commitments that we sacrifice joy, and spontaneity, and life itself, to maintain the fiction that life is a small as we've told ourselves it is.
We have this idea that the word 'risk' is inherently bad. If someone is risky that is a bad person, which makes absolutely no sense to me because, To settle back in a slightly Christian mode, certainly Christians are not people who live their lives avoiding risk. They are not the responsible, safe people who are doing sensible things. The best Christians look like madmen in many senses, and they are plenty of secular examples of this, too.
We need to get over this bourgeois bohemian obsession with order and plans, and open ourselves up to risk in many ways.
Zorba the Greek, which is one of my favorite novels, is full of stories of this, about how fully and vibrantly one can embrace life when one runs off and has a wild adventure. Zorba himself has this quote 'Life means undoing your pants and looking for trouble.' Which in the context of this conference sounds like a terrible pun, but I think that essentially what this means on a practical level is that we need to get over this bourgeois bohemian obsession with order and plans, and open ourselves up to risk in many ways. Not just when it comes to contraception and conceiving a child.
I am probably more libertarian than most people in this room and something that we do in our camp is encourage the young people to sort of break small laws once in a while, just so they go and overcome this terror of the government and so they actually have to confront the choices that they are making and which laws they need to follow and which ones are kind of nonsensical. So they can think critically about their environment.
I think that a similar thing here is conditioning ourselves to be welcoming of risk, and welcoming of interruptions to our plans, and not taking our plans very seriously to begin with. This can obviously be taken to stupid extremes, which is why this isn't really a system, but sort of an attitude adjustment. So, yeah, basically I think it's important, I think when we talk about a pro-life culture I actually think in some ways that does mean a pro-risk, pro-flexibility culture.
Teen pregnancy drops as Planned Parenthood vanishes from WND.com (10/12/13)
Communities looking to reduce their teen pregnancy rates perhaps should consider one move before all the others: closing down any Planned Parenthood business.
That's because a new study of one region of the country shows that as Planned Parenthood operations shut down and moved out, the teen pregnancy rate plunged by almost half.
The study comes from the pro-life American Life League, but it uses government figures to reach its conclusions. It analyzed one section of the nation - the Texas Panhandle region - where over the course of several years 19 Planned Parenthood businesses closed or left.
The result? Teen pregnancies dropped from 43.6 per 1,000 girls to 24.1 among a stable population of about 13,000 teen girls aged 13-17.
Repentant Abortionist Lays His Surgical Instruments At The Feet Of The Pope from ProLife.Org.Uk (9/26/13)
On September 20th, during a Papal Audience, a man drew close to Pope Francis, carrying with him a somewhat suspicious looking bag. Inside were half a dozen surgical instruments of various types and sizes which he, Dr Antonio Oriente from Messina, ex-abortion gynaecologist, wanted to deliver at all costs to the Holy Father.
This luggage had already created problems as he boarded the plane from Palermo. He then became the central protagonist in an event, that despite being unscheduled on the programme of the Mater Care International Conference in Rome had an enormous symbolic impact on the participants.
These were the surgical instruments which, until 1986, Dr Oriente had used to break apart tiny developing human lives before they had a chance to be born; scalpels and forceps used by him, before his conversion, before he had embraced with courage and conviction the pro-life pathway.
Dr Oriente is now vice-President of the Italian Association of Catholic Gynaecologists and Obstetricians.
How to Communicate to a Friend Considering an Abortion by Stephanie Gray from LifeNews.com (9/16/13)
'I'm pregnant, and I want an abortion.'
How should one react when a friend says those words?
My colleagues and I are routinely (and as recently as the day I write this) contacted by friends (and strangers!) who have friends who are considering abortion. 'What should I do?' they ask. 'What should I say?' they wonder.
Their concern is the well-being of their friend and her pre-born child; they don't want her to go ahead with the abortion, but they come to us because they recognize a noble desire, while necessary, is not sufficient to save a life. How do they actually achieve their mind-changing goal? They follow these four steps:
1.Seek to Understand
Let's look at each in more detail, with practical tools to get the message out:
Seven Moms Who Rejected Abortion, Chose Life in Risky Birth Situations by Steven Ertelt from LifeNews.com (9/11/13)
The pro-life movement has actively engaged in promoting pro-life lists at the popular Buzzfeed social media web site. Joining the National Right to Life Committee in bringing the pro-life message to its community forum today is Live Action.
Lila Rose"s organization posted a list of seven moms who either rejected abortion or courageously chose life in risky birth situations.
'Nailed it! With the help of their awesome moms, these awesome babies blew raspberries at death,' Live Action said.
It's Buzzfeed list follows:
7. Even without Uterine Lining, Mom Delivers Her Baby Unscathed
Without a uterine lining, babies in the womb don't have anything to grab onto. This makes their lives extremely dangerous from the get-go.
But Paula Rivett wasn't having any of that; lining or not, she was going to fight for her baby. And little Lennon clearly takes after his mom: he latched onto a muscle in his mother's womb and held tight until his birthday.
42nd Abortion Clinic Closed This Year! by Cheryl Sullenger from LifeNews.com (8/1/13)
This is the 42nd abortion clinic to close nationally in 2013. Clinic safety regulations have contributed to many of the closings. This number far eclipses the 24 abortion clinics that closed in 2012. Since 1991, over 70% of all abortion clinics in the U.S. have closed.
Former Gosnell Abortion Worker is Finding God, Becoming Pro-Life from LifeNews.com (7/16/13)
The former employee of the late-term abortion clinic Kermit Gosnell ran saw the worst of the worst in the abortion industry.
From dilapidated conditions, to late-term abortions and from infanticide of babies born alive to the killing and injuring of patients, the employees at the Philadelphia-based abortion business likely have a significant amount of emotional distress and mental and spiritual health issues they are dealing with now.
But Abby Johnson, herself a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic who is now a Christian and pro-life, says a former Gosnell worker is rediscovering a relationship with God and may be converting to the pro-life perspective.
"For many months, we have been praying for Kermit Gosnell and all of the men and women who worked in his facility. We prayed for them by name. We reached out to them many times. We had not received any response util last week, " Johnson says.
The found of the pro-life ministry And Then There Were None, which reaches out to current and former abortion clinic workers, adds: "We are so excited to tell you that we are now working with one of Gosnell's former workers! We are not giving out personal information at this time, but we wanted all of you to know so you can be praying."
About the specific Gosnell employee, Johnson says: "We know that her road to healing will be a long one. Many in the pro-life movement will reject her because of her work in Gosnell's clinic. But we are certain that God is thrilled that one of His children has come back to Him, and we know all of you are, too!"
"I wanted to share something with you that she told me when we first talked," Johnson continues. "She said, "When the police came to arrest me, I was filled with a peace that I had never experienced before. I knew that it was over. I knew that I no longer had to work with that man ever again. I knew I would finally be free." This woman has been on a long journey out of Gosnell's clinic, rediscovering Christ, now working with us."
"We are asking that you pray for this woman. Please pray for her family. She is eager to share her story with the pro-life community, and I can tell you that it is a beautiful story of redemption. We will continue to keep you updated," Johnson concludes.
Johnson's update comes a day after another former Gosnell employee, who worked at the House of Horrors abortion clinic was sentenced to house arrest.
Doctor Who Did 1,200 Abortions Tells Congress to Ban Them
Dr. Anthony Levatino is a pro-life physician from New Mexico but, before having a change of heart on the issue of abortion he was an OBGYN who also performed abortions.
Levatino did as many as 1,200 abortions - some of them after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Then, after his daughter died in a tragic automobile accident, he re-evaluated his position on abortion and stopped doing abortions.
On May 23rd, Dr. Levatino told members of a Congressional committee that they should support a bill sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks that would ban abortions nationwide aft 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Douglas Karpen,Texas abortionist, twisted heads off living babies, say nurses
Houston, TX - After the conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell on murder charges, Operation Rescue has been repeatedly asked if there is any evidence that similar practices exist at abortion clinics elsewhere in the nation. That documentation has now been released
The three informants, Deborah Edge, Gigi Aguliar, and Krystal Rodriguez, have come forward to tell of their horrific experiences working for abortionist Douglas Karpen, at one of three of his Texas abortion clinics, the Aaron Women's Clinic in Houston. A fourth informant has co-operated with Operation Rescue, filing an affidavit about her experiences, but remains at this time anonymous.
The video interview of the three informants verified the worst.
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Maternity BVM's Respect Life Committee
In keeping with the consistent teaching of the universal Church, our committee exists to promote the respect of all human life from conception to natural death.
We do this by:
- Prayer, both individual and as a group, at home, in church, and in front of abortion mills.
- Raising money and collecting supplies for crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes to provide practical help, so women can really have a chance to choose life.
- Maintaining this website and distributing pro-life literature.
- Co-operating with other local pasishes in the SE Pa. Pro-Life Union.
Our meetings are every other month and are announced in the parish bulletin. We welcome your ideas, your faith, and your enthusiasm, and invite you to attend.