Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Planned Parenthood Sought $1.5 Million From George Soros After Exposed Selling Baby Parts

New documents released today show the Planned Parenthood abortion business sought $1.5 million form liberal billionaire George Soros to help respond to the avalanche of negative publicity following the reseals of multiple videos showing the abortion company selling the body parts of aborted babies.

After the Planned Parenthood abortion company was caught in multiple states selling aborted babies and their body parts,several states took steps to defund the abortion corporation and they and Congress launched investigations.

Now, a report by The Free Beacon reveals George Soros’ dark money group planned a seven-figure cash infusion for the Planned Parenthood abortion giant in its efforts to stave off the bad press and defend its taxpayer funding. . . .

The report indicates Soros was looking at pouring as much as $8 million into Planned Parenthood’s coffers and that the money was to be used for “resources and staff time” to counter the opposition. . . . Read More

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Decapitating Children in Abortion is The Same as ISIS Brutalizing People

A liberal news outlet bashed pro-life Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver this week after he exposed the brutality of abortion by likening it to terrorists.

Staver recently spoke during a pro-life event in April for the Pennsylvania group People Concerned for the Unborn Child, and some of his remarks were videotaped and published on YouTube.

A lawyer and professor, Staver discussed the horrific human rights abuse of abortion. He explained how some abortion procedures decapitate and dismember unborn children in the womb in painful, gruesome ways.

Staver compared these horrendous abuses to those being perpetrated by ISIS and other terrorist groups.

“Because we’re decapitating children, we’re breaking off their arms and legs, we’re brutalizing them in the same way that these larger people are being brutalized by ISIS,” Staver said.

“God cannot continue to allow this country to exist under those kinds of circumstances,” he continued. “He cannot bless America under those kinds of circumstances. I want God’s blessing on this country, but He cannot bless this country when we’re going down this path of destruction of the people who are created in his very image.” . . . Read More

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Facility Closes -- Can’t Find Anyone to Kill Babies in Abortions

A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic is closing in Wisconsin. The reason? One state pro-life group says the abortion giant has had problems locating an abortion practitioner for the facility and fewer women are seeking abortions.

Today Pro-Life Wisconsin told LifeNews it is celebrating the permanent closure of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Grand Chute, Wisconsin. The group informed LifeNews: “Pro-Life Wisconsin believes the closure is due to lack of clients and lack of abortionists.”

“Today, we have a cause for great celebration,” Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Dan Miller said. “We morn the lost of each and every baby killed in that facility.”

Miller recognized the strong pro-life supporters who were praying daily for the facility to close. . . . Read More

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Abortion Is America's Great Sin

 Jim Caviezel
by Judie Brown: A couple of years ago Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel told a Rock Church audience in San Diego that abortion is America’s great sin. Speaking to his audience, he challenged them as individuals, saying that “many people are a part of this great sin in this country.” His message on that day was that God is all loving. He told them, “You have to take Jesus Christ into your life every day.”

When Live Action News repeated this story a couple of days ago, it struck me that it was no accident that we are reminded of Caviezel’s words of hope in the same week that Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has unabashedly proclaimed that she and her organization are all-in during this election year to make certain that every abortion that anyone ever thought of acquiring is available at taxpayer expense.

When the Supreme Court handed down the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision striking down anti-abortion provisions in the Texas law earlier this year, Richards’ program for the future of the abortion industry took on a whole new look. As she said in her comments celebrating the decision, “This is a win for women.” Assuring Planned Parenthood followers that they would “fight like hell” for the right of every woman to have an abortion, she is echoing the sentiments that have permeated the actual war-on-women cartel for a very long time.

But there is much that we can and must do to unravel the twisted agenda that creates this kind of devotion to the act of killing an innocent child before birth. Richards has labelled the act a humanizing event for the expectant mother whose baby is about to die. She says, “‘This is the most personal decision that many people will make in their lifetime,’ and the thought that anyone other than that person would make that decision, and that you would put that in the hands of government, is just unthinkable.”

But what is truly unthinkable is the result of the act that is the death of an innocent person who has no say in the matter at all because every human right has been denied that preborn child.

As Father John Hollowell of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Indiana, said in a video message for Cecile Richards that appears on the website Roman Catholic Man: “We have no doubt that in 20 or 50 or 100 years, other societies and other civilizations will look back and will lump your organization in with the slave traders, the Nazis, the communists, all those groups that have always sought to oppress people.”

This brave priest challenged Richards, saying:

You better knock us out now. You and the president, in seeking to silence the Church, seeking to silence those who also believe that they have a say—you and the president better knock us out right now. Because Cecile, I can promise you, here comes the Catholic Church.

Our seminaries and our convents are bursting at the seams, at least those convents that have not bought in to your agenda of the culture of death and the lies that you seek to spread.
These words should become the challenge for each and every one of us in our battle to save the children. We know this in the same way that Jim Caviezel knows that abortion is indeed America’s great sin.

This sin will not be eradicated with an election, but it will be with confidence and a desire to be the hands and the feet of Christ.

We know that the antidote to abortion is to be truth-tellers with love in our hearts and education on our minds. We have the tools to teach truth. All we have to do is use them in a way that assures that aborting children is no longer America’s great sin.

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Gender Ideology Leads to Child Abuse: Pediatricians

by Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D: “Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children.

“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the physicians said, “Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.”

The group, which aims at getting parents involved in their children’s health and education about health, said, “Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one,” and that, “A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.”

To the contrary, the group maintained that human sexuality is a “binary trait” and said the XY and XX chromosomes that determine female or male sex are “genetic markers of health” not “genetic markers of a disorder.”

“No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex,” the statement said.

The American Academy of Pediatricians, the larger professional society from which the ACP broke away in 2002, has surgical and medical interventions in youth to suppress the hormones that naturally cause girls to grow into women and boys to men.

The ACP says this change in position has put American teens at higher risk for physical and mental illness. “Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous…as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty,” the ACP pointed out, and noted that children who use puberty blockers to “impersonate the opposite sex” will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence that in turn can cause dangerous health risks such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

One of the statement’s authors is psychologist Paul McHugh. Drawing upon his clinical work with LGBTQ persons as chief psychologist at Johns Hopkins hospital and research as distinguished professor at the university’s medical school, McHugh has criticized what he sees as the American Psychological Association’s embracing of gender ideology at the expense of sound medical practice. McHugh authored an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned man-woman marriage laws in the U.S. last year.

Pro-LGBT groups criticized the ACP statement saying it would incite discrimination; one group called it an “attack on transgender children”. A public interest law firm labeled the ACP a “hate group” when it filed an amicus brief with the Alabama Supreme Court which favored exceptions to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling knocking down U.S. laws protecting marriage as between a man and a woman.

Activists similarly criticized Pope Francis’ recent remarks to Polish bishops where he identified gender “ideology” as a form of “ideological colonization” and linked it to government corruption. He said, “Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this is terrible!”
Susan Fink Yoshihara, PH.D., is C-Fam Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the International Organizations Research Group (IORG)

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How a Formerly Pro-Choice Nursing Instructor Discusses Abortion with her Students

by Cynthia Isabell: I have been a labor and delivery nurse since 1980. During my thirty-six year nursing career, I have also worked in medical units and for hospice. Being a nurse has allowed me to be present with people through their early beginnings of intrauterine life, and with others through their last breaths. It has been an amazing and rewarding journey. Life is precious and life is fleeting, and life should be respected. I am pro-life.

I am also a nursing instructor and have taught obstetrics to hundreds of young men and women, our future nurses. My students often ask me what my opinion is regarding abortion. “Are you pro-life or pro-choice?” they ask me. I do not ask them the same, as I don’t want them to fear that their position might affect how I grade them.

When I answer that I am pro-life, the students often assume that my position is based on my religious beliefs, and so they respond that “you can’t force your religious beliefs on everyone else.” I explain that my argument against abortion is based on the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, and on logical reasoning.

I was not always pro-life. In the past I considered myself pro-choice. During my career I have even assisted with abortions which were considered to be therapeutic, done through inducing labor, and frequently done for Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome. It is my understanding of human biology and embryology as well as my own experiences with abortion and thousands of pregnant patients which have shaped my current position on abortion.

Without fail, my students ask me the questions that they hear argued in the media. My students ask these questions even though they, having studied biology, human anatomy, and physiology, already know the answers.

They ask, “When does life begin?” I respond with, “You know the answer to this question. How do you tell if something, such as a cell, is alive or not?” The students answer correctly that “living cells grow and multiply.” And so of course I must remind them of what they already know: that growth and multiplication is exactly what is happening after the egg and the sperm join to form the zygote. Within twenty-four hours of conception the zygote is dividing rapidly into many cells which will differentiate to form different parts of the human body.

Dead things do not do this. Dead cells do not replicate their DNA and multiply into more cells. They do not differentiate to become a brain, a heart, the liver, the skin, muscle and bone. Life begins at conception, when the fertilized egg begins to grow.

The next question they ask is “When can it be considered a human?” I answer, “What determines whether we are a human, rather than a bird or a zucchini?” The answer to this is simple and they correctly reply that it is “our genetics, our DNA.” When the egg and the sperm join, this is the beginning of a new human, with its own set of DNA which also includes hair color, eye color, skin tone, fingerprints, and a multitude of other individual characteristics. The baby is genetically different from the mother, having only half of the DNA coming from her, and half from the father; a distinct human being.

“So now we all can agree that we have established that abortion is killing a living human.”

Of course, the conversation is not complete without “Why shouldn’t a woman be able to do what she wants with her body?”

“The woman has every right to be in control of and responsible for her body,” I answer. She has the right and responsibility to use methods to prevent conception if she does not want to become pregnant. Being in control also would include not engaging in activity which is known to lead to pregnancy, which is sexual intercourse. There are a variety of other, easily accessible methods which can be used to prevent conception from occurring.

“However, once a pregnancy occurs, it is no longer only the woman’s body that is in question, as the baby is not a part of her body,” I explain. “Tell me how we know that the baby is not a part of the woman’s body.”

The students then explain to me that the placenta and the umbilical cord are what separate the baby from the mother. This is important, as most people would view the placenta and the umbilical cord as a means by which the baby is connected to its mother and so make the fetus “part of her body.” While it is true on the surface, a better and more truthful understanding is that it’s the placenta and umbilical cord which separate the mother from the baby and prove that the fetus was never part of its mother’s body. This is because the placenta and umbilical cord exist precisely because the baby has a different and separate circulatory system from the mother and their blood must not intermingle. If something happens, such as a traumatic injury, that causes their blood to mix, it can cause serious complications.

If the fetus were not a separate human being but were only another part of its mother’s body, it would not need a placenta and umbilical cord to separate them. It could simply grow inside one of her body cavities like a tumor without any barriers between the two to protect each of them.

“Now you have established that even though the baby and the placenta are in the uterus, they are not a part of the woman’s body. And even though the placenta is attached to the uterus, it is no more a part of her body than an earring or a watch is when you wear them. So now we have determined that the baby is a genetically distinct human, not a part of the woman’s body, and that it is alive, growing, and developing.”

“What about cases of pregnancy that result from rape?” my students then ask.

According to research, 75-80% of women who become pregnant after rape choose to keep their babies rather than having an abortion. Abortion is not an easy, consequence-free escape hatch. It is not a delete button or reset switch. It is an action all its own, with its own implications and consequences. As such, it cannot undo a rape and erase the pain and trauma for the rape victim. Abortion is the ending of a human life, a life which is as much the child of its mother as it is of its father. It is an additional trauma for the woman, and so it compounds rather than ameliorates the trauma of rape.

Women who are pregnant from rape often choose to carry the pregnancy because they recognize that the baby is still their baby despite the circumstances of its conception. They also feel that having an abortion would be undoing the only positive thing (the baby) that resulted from the rape, as it cannot “undo” the rape. While abortion exacerbates the pain of the rape victim, many find that having the child is a source of healing for them.

Additionally, many rape victims state that they do not want to punish an innocent baby because of the crime of the rapist. If they were to do that, they would feel like they were as bad as the rapist. Victims of rape already suffer from feelings of guilt and shame over what happened to them, and part of the healing process involves releasing those feelings and recognizing that they are not responsible for what someone else did to them. However, if they become pregnant from the rape and have an abortion, they are now burdened with actual rather than imagined guilt – actual guilt for having committed a crime against an innocent victim – which makes healing tremendously more difficult. Women who have had abortions report suffering from immense guilt afterwards, and they become more burdened by the abortion than by the rape itself because they now feel like a perpetrator and a worse criminal than even the rapist.

My students also ask, “What about abortion in cases to save the mother’s life?” There are statistics reported that less than 1% of abortions are performed to save the life or reduce health risks of the mother. This statistic is unreliable because it includes ectopic pregnancies which would not survive regardless because of where the placenta is implanted. The definition of an abortion is the termination of a human pregnancy to cause the death of a fetus, which is another reason why the removal of an ectopic pregnancy cannot be considered the same as an abortion. It is not performed for the sole purpose of ending the life of the fetus. This statistic also includes abortions done for the mother’s mental health, because she allegedly cannot handle the stress of a baby born with a genetic abnormality such as Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome). Subtracting “abortions” to remove ectopic pregnancies and those which are performed for preserving a woman’s mental health, we find that statistic dwindle down to zero. As the Association of Pro-Life Physicians states, an abortion is never needed to save the life of a mother and this argument should not be used as a support for abortion.

The argument that all abortions should be legal anytime for any reason because sometimes it is performed to save a mother’s life does not hold up under further scrutiny. If you say that sometimes shooting a person can save the life of another, as in self-defense, can you then conclude that it should be okay to shoot people anytime, for any reason?

In the past when I have assisted with abortions, I believed that it was acceptable because I was not actually performing the abortion and I was only taking care of the mother while the physician performed the abortion. One day, I witnessed a saline abortion. I watched the baby through the ultrasound as the doctor injected saline solution into the uterus. Immediately the baby recoiled in pain as the saline started burning its skin. I started crying and had to leave the room. Later, when the doctor reprimanded me for my reaction, I told her that the abortion was barbaric and that I would never help with one again.

I continued to care for the women who were having medical, “therapeutic” abortions. With these abortions, the labor is induced and the woman delivers an intact baby which will then slowly die by suffocation. We wrap the baby in a blanket and the parents often want to hold the baby they are killing and bond with it while it slowly suffocates, believing the lie they were told that the baby is not suffering. There was one that was performed for what were dubious reasons, but the patient and her family were adamant that it needed to be done. I arrived to work after the baby had already been born and had died. I was supposed to take the baby to wrap it to go to the morgue, but I took the baby to another room and held it while I cried. I never helped with another abortion after that.

When I tell my students this story, it is always with great difficulty and they can tell that it still upsets me to this day. I can still see that sweet little face of the dead baby. I am crying while I am writing this, because I helped kill babies.

Although I was personally against abortion and believed that it is murder, I also felt that I could not impose my opinion on others. I eventually realized that this makes no logical sense. If I truly believe that abortion is wrong, that it kills an innocent person, and if I understand the facts of science that prove it is murder, then how can I say that it is ever okay for anyone to have the right to make that decision? That is like saying that I think it is wrong to shoot the guy at the gas station, and I would not do it, but I cannot impose those beliefs on anyone else. It’s like saying that even though I think it would be wrong to hold a pillow over the face of the stroke patient in the acute care facility, I shouldn’t impose my beliefs on anyone else.

Who do we think we are that we can decide that the preborn baby matters less than any other living human? Is it okay to kill a person for convenience? Is this really the kind of society in which we want to live?

I once attended a town hall meeting held by an elected state representative who was strongly pro-choice. During the meeting she brought up the abortion issue and declared how proud she was of her support for women to have control of their own bodies and reproductive rights. I thanked her for bringing up the topic and proceeded to explain to her the information I have discussed with my nursing students. Many in attendance voiced agreement with my statements, and many also indicated they were not aware that the mother’s and baby’s blood do not mix and that the baby really is never a part of the woman’s body.

At this point, the representative told me that not everyone is a Christian and agrees with my opinion and that there is separation of church and state. I told her that I am a nurse who values human life, and my views are based in biology, human anatomy and physiology, and not a particular religion. The representative, now entirely frustrated, abruptly ended the meeting. Afterwards, several people approached me simply to tell me that they had learned a lot and consequently had changed their minds about being pro-choice.

I have come to the realization that Roe v. Wade of 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey of 1992 will likely never be overturned. Abortion is a surgery, it has risks. At the hospitals where I have worked there have been many patients who come to the ER, hemorrhaging and infected after having abortions in clinics. It is obvious from the ruling of the Supreme Court, which undermined the efforts in Texas to improve patient safety by requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as an outpatient surgical center, that the real motivation behind the legalization of abortion is not to protect women from bad doctors and unsafe conditions. Kermit Gosnell, after all, still had plenty of patients. Neither is the motivation genuinely “for reproductive rights,” as the Left proclaims. Rather it is, above all, a money making venture.

So what is a pro-life person to do to try to protect the pre-born child from being murdered by its own mother when abortion is legal, easily accessible, and actually applauded as it was at the Democratic National Convention? I believe we need to become advocates of the preborn through educating people, even if it is one at a time. Every time you can educate one person, hopefully they in turn will educate another about the realities of what abortion is.

From my experiences at the town hall meeting and from teaching my students, I have realized that the majority of people who are pro-choice have taken that position because society has told them that it’s the reasonable, civilized position. It tells them that there is no logical conflict between being personally against abortion and not willing to “impose” your feelings on anyone else. Their positions have not been well thought-out or researched. Their positions are based on ignorance at the personal level and trust in a system which they believe to be morally upright and scientifically objective. However, once people become educated in the facts of biology and fetal development and they think about them rationally, they will more often than not come to change their attitudes towards abortion.

I have had numerous students tell me that they were very comfortable being pro-choice even though they were personally opposed to abortion. They say that after our conversation they realize how illogical that is, and that they are now pro-life. Other students were involved in school debates in which they were told they had to represent the pro-choice side of the abortion argument. This was their motivation for asking me what my position is. They said they were no longer pro-choice and could not argue for pro-choice because now they recognized that it is wrong.

What I’d like you to learn from this if you are pro-life is that you need not be afraid of speaking about abortion and your pro-life position with those who are pro-choice. The internet is full of vocal and volatile abortion advocates who want to intimidate you into silencing your voice, but do not be deceived into thinking that the majority of pro-choice people will be verbally abusive and hostile toward you. Most of them are actually reasonable people who can be reached and persuaded by the facts, but you have to be willing to present them with your well-reasoned arguments.

You can find similar opportunities to teach people as I do. Be prepared to answer questions with facts, and be polite and calm. You, too, can attend town hall meetings held by elected representatives. Regardless of what party the elected official belongs to, she is there to represent everyone, not just the members of the same party.

Pro-life advocates have been too focused on the legality of abortion – on the supply – and not focused enough on the demand. I have had patients, who had been planning on having abortions, but developed cramping and bleeding at 16 or 20 weeks and went to the emergency department. They are sent to labor and delivery where we treat them as we do all of our patients, with efforts to preserve the pregnancy. Part of the care includes a lot of teaching about what is going on, listening to the heart beat, and doing ultrasounds. We talk about their baby and what we are doing to make sure the baby is okay. These women will confide that they had been planning on getting an abortion but now that they have seen and heard their baby and see how much we cared about them and their baby, and treated the pregnancy as being important and special, they no longer want to get an abortion.

We can combat the abortion industry through education, through conversation with our friends and coworkers. It will not matter that abortion is legal if there is a dwindling demand, if the people have decided that they do not want what their progressive government is peddling. Our friends and family members and coworkers are listening, so it’s time we start offering a different message than the one that the media bombards them with.
Cynthia Isabell, DNP, ACNS-BC, is a registered nurse with twenty-eight years experience working in low and high risk obstetrics, and eight years working medical surgical and hospice nursing. Cynthia has also been a nursing instructor for seventeen years. She holds a masters degree in adult health nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice with a certificate in nursing education. H/T The Touch blog

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Friday, August 19, 2016

If Hillary Clinton Overturns Hyde Amendment, 33,000 More Babies Will be Aborted Every Year

The Guttmacher Institute is the abortion industry’s think tank, formerly a “special research affiliate” of Planned Parenthood, whose analyses the media treats reverentially.

If you go to the Guttmacher Policy Review dated September 13, 2013, you’ll learn a primary reason that Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party are determined to repeal the Hyde Amendment, an annually enacted law that prohibits federal Medicaid funding for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

In the Review, you’ll find the conclusion that if the Hyde Amendment were repealed, “The number of abortions among Medicaid-eligible women nationwide would be expected to increase by approximately 33,000 [annually].”

Guttmacher sniffs that this would represent “only a 2.5% increase in the number of abortions performed nationwide,” although to anyone who does not draw a paycheck from the Abortion Industry or who has a heart, that is a lot of additional dead babies.

In fact, the impact would be even worse. As NRLC’s Federal Legislation Director Douglas Johnson noted, “It should be kept in mind that the 33,000 projection applies only to Medicaid, but the actual effects of losing the Hyde Amendment would be broader, because some other federal health programs (e.g., Indian Health Service) track the Hyde Amendment policy as well, either by law or as a political matter.”

NRL News and NRL News Today have written a dozen or more stories about Hillary Clinton and her party’s steely determination to end a 40-year-old policy that is supported overwhelmingly by a strong majority of the public. Clinton brought it up when she was endorsed last January by Planned Parenthood’s political arm and a call to repeal Hyde is now in the platform of the Democratic National Committee. . . . Read More

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Student Whose Parents Were Told to Abort Becomes Ms. Wheelchair America

A young Utah woman whose parents were told to abort her because she would be a “vegetable” just proved that every life deserves a chance.

Eliza McIntosh, a 21-year-old wheelchair-bound college student from Salt Lake City, recently was named Ms. Wheelchair America after she broke a world record in athletics . . .

McIntosh has spinal dysgenesis and is paralyzed from the waist down, according to the report. She hopes her life story will encourage other people with disabilities to see themselves as valuable and to pursue their dreams.

It’s what her parents did for her. Before she was born, doctors advised McIntosh’s parents to abort her because of her diagnosis. The family’s doctors predicted that Eliza would be in “a vegetative state” and have “no quality of life.”

“But my parents are very religious, so are against abortions regardless, and their attitude was ‘this is the hand we’ve been dealt with, so we’ll play it as well as we can’,” the young woman said. “They weren’t going to let me die, they decided to modify our home to make it more accessible and have never treated me any differently.”

The doctors were wrong. McIntosh has used a wheelchair for her whole life, but her condition is much less severe than the doctors predicted.

McIntosh said her parents never let her mope and always encouraged her to challenge herself.

“They instilled in me that I should know the difference between having a disability and being disabled,” she said. “Having a disability is something you’re born with, but being disabled means you let it stop you.”

Because of her parents’ encouragement and her determination, in 2011 McIntosh broke the Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled while doing a wheelie. She held herself up for more than 12 miles, according to the report. The young athlete also plays wheelchair basketball for the USA Paralympic team. . . .

Stephanie Deible, director of Ms. Wheelchair America, said McIntosh is a strong example to people with disabilities.

“She’s broken a Guinness World Record, is an avid wheelchair basketball player and is out there trying to show people that life with a disability can be just as fulfilling as life without one,” Deible said.

And her story is showing people that every unborn baby deserves a chance at life. . . . Read More

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Doctor Told Interns to Suffocate to Death Any Baby Who Survived an Abortion

Live Action News reported on a European physician who provided a heartbreaking narrative of a senior gynecologist telling her interns to suffocate a baby if it happens to be born alive after an abortion.

Dr. D.F. claims to have been a student at the time. She StatedAt the guard in the delivery room, a woman was in labor as part of an abortion on medical grounds at 5 months pregnant. The birth was imminent, and the gynecology interns were prepared. The senior gynecologist of the guard who is about to return to her bed, approaches the interns and said in a low voice, but loud enough for me to hear: “If the child is breathing on arrival, you press hard here on the trachea until it completely stops breathing,” and turning to me: “And you, you did not hear anything.”Her testimony is included among many others in a petition to the Council of Europe to protect babies born alive from failed abortions. It asks the Assembly to “investigate and report on the situation of children born alive during their abortion” and “to reaffirm that all human beings born alive have the same right to life and must benefit from appropriate and necessary health care. . . . Read More

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Donald Trump Will Address National Pro-Life Conference Next Month

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will address a major national pro-life conference next month — the annual Values Voter Summit, an event that draws thousands of grassroots pro-life activists to the nation’s capital.

Trump is scheduled to speak Friday, September 9 — just 59 days before Election Day. This is the first time a Republican nominee for president has addressed the Values Voter Summit since its inception in 2006.

Both major party nominees have been invited to make their case to social conservative voters, but pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton is not expected to attend. . . .

At the Values Voters Summit, confirmed speakers also include Senators Tom Cotton, Tim Scott, and James Lankford along with Governors Doug Ducey, Matt Bevin, and U.S. Reps. Diane Black and Louie Gohmert. Additionally, North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Dr. James Dobson, Kirk Cameron, Star Parker, Lt. Col. Oliver North, Duck Dynasty’s Al Robertson, Allen West, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are among many other speakers to address attendees.

The 11th annual Values Voter Summit will be held from September 9-11 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. FRC Action’s Values Voter Summit is cosponsored by AFA Action, American Values, First Liberty Institute, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, United in Purpose, 2nd Vote, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Family Research Council.  . . . .Read More

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Animal Rights Activists Oppose Fishing Because Fish Feel Pain . . .

. . . What About Babies in Abortions?
by Wesley Smith: Animal rights activists don’t want us eating fish or catching them recreationally. Fish may feel pain, don’t you know. Thus fishing is too cruel,

When the usual suspects advocate destroying a trillion dollar industry, it is one thing. But when an outdoors magazine sympathizes, attention must be paid. From, “Fish Have Feelings: Does That Mean We Are Torturing Them?,” published in Outside magazine:If fish feel pain, then many of us may have to rethink our life choices. We catch and eat nearly a thousand times more fish than terrestrial animals, and fishing practices in much of the world are barbaric. Conventional fishing kills millions of fish unnecessarily and most certainly subjects the animals to pain. “It really can’t be considered humane,” says Mary Finelli of Fish Feel.

Why do some folks abstain from eating land animals but shovel down pounds of cod? Finelli’s not sure. The Humane Society Institute’s Balcombe is equally puzzled by pescatarians who forgo livestock for moral reasons. “There isn’t any justification for eating a fish instead of chicken,” he says.
Like hunters are prime targets of animal rights activists, sports fishermen are now in the target zoneWhen it comes to sportfishing, researchers who study fish pain are less understanding. “You’re talking about piercing an animal through the face,” says Balcombe. “Sometimes through the eye. Probably a sensitive part of the body—they need those organs to sense things and find food. Then you reel it in by its weight, and it gets hauled out by its weight if you don’t have a net, then there’s asphyxiation if it’s not put back into the water.”

“It’s not necessarily intentionally cruel, but from the fish’s perspective, it involves pain,” he says. Brown, the Australian researcher, agrees. “I think most people would be horrified of a picture of someone standing triumphantly on top of an elephant. But fishing is no different. You see trophy pictures of fish all the time. It’s just not treated the same way.”
Remember, this is an outdoors magazine. And note, the story does not present a strong “pro-fishing” perspective.

The irony here is rich. Sharks could care less about the pain of the flounder, the seal, or the bitten human swimmer, for that matter.

Yet, animal rights activists deny human exceptionalism. Then they turn around and promote the idea that only we are not allowed to cause suffering in the way to fauna, no matter how much that might harm human thriving.

The issue of our moral obligations toward animal as unique and exceptional humans is important. But increasingly in the popular media, the arguments against eating meat, hunting, fishing, and all animal husbandry are all going in one direction.
Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exceptionalism.

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Study Reveals: God is Good for Your Kids

by Susan L.M. Goldberg: According to recent neurological and psychological research, if you want your children to be happy, positive individuals who are resilient in the face of trauma, you should raise them with “healthy spiritual habits.”

Given recent statistics that show up to 25% of 13- to 18-year-olds are plagued with anxiety disorders, even the most non-religious parents should heed to this advice.
Columbia University psychologist and author Lisa Miller explains that there is a direct link between fostering a child’s spirituality and the neurological development of both intuition and perception during the challenging teen years. As a result, she advises parents to foster a strong spirituality in their children:“We can see the crisis in the making when spiritual development is neglected or when a child’s individual spiritual curiosity and exploration is denied,” she wrote. “In a culture where often enormous amounts of money, empty fame, and cynicism have become toxic dominant values, our children need us to support their quest for a spiritually grounded life at every age.”While community-based practices are edifying, the home is the primary source through which a child learns about God:Spiritual traditions in the home are also important. Research shows that family-based practices, such as bedtime prayers, family Bible studies, lighting Shabbos candles on Friday nights, and celebrating religious holidays, have an even greater impact on a child’s spirituality than time spent at Sunday school, youth group, catechism classes or other faith-based group programs.In other words, kids develop a healthy relationship with God through individual interaction, first with their parents, and also with extended family members and community groups. Don’t think you’re going to chalk your kid’s faith off to a teacher or an app. It’s one thing to decide not to join a church or a synagogue, but it’s an entirely different thing to raise your child in a home without God:The kids whose parents regularly attended religious services—especially when both parents did so frequently—and talked with their kids about religion were rated by both parents and teachers as having better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than kids with non-religious parents.

But when parents argued frequently about religion, the children were more likely to have problems. “Religion can hurt if faith is a source of conflict or tension in the family.”
Parents should be careful not to confuse or replace a personal relationship with God with organized religion or religious practice. Another recent study concluded that while children's participation in a religious community edified their moral core, it is their personal connection to God that makes them truly happy.
Susan L.M. Goldberg (@SLMGoldberg) is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Her article was shared with this site by PJMedia.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Donald Trump Names Pro-Life Advocate Kellyanne Conway as Campaign Manager

Kellyanne Conway 
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign today made major shakeups in an attempt to catch pro-abortion Hillary Clinton, who is leading both national polls as well as surveys of voters in key battleground states. Trump has appointed Kellyanne Conway as Campaign Manager and Steve Bannon as Campaign CEO.

. . . “I have known and trusted Kellyanne Conway my entire professional life,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com today. “No one is better at understanding what real people are thinking and how to connect with them than Kellyanne. She and Steve both understand the importance of effectively communicating the pro-life position and leveraging the passion of the pro-life grassroots in winning elections. No two could be better positioned to help Donald Trump to take on and expose Hillary Clinton’s extremism in this general election.”

Dannenfelser said Donald Trump has pledged, if elected, to advance and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to defund Planned Parenthood, and to appoint pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court.

. . . . In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise:

David Brody: “As a President Trump, if a bill came to your desk that would defund Planned Parenthood you would support that, you would sign that?”

Donald Trump: “Yes, because as long as they do the abortion I am not for funding Planned Parenthood… As long as they’re involved with abortion, as far as I’m concerned forget it, I wouldn’t fund them regardless. I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion…. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”

As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.

Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned. . . . Read More

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Sisters Who Chose Life

When “Shannon” learned she was pregnant, she considered all of her options. As a high school student, Shannon was basically still a child herself. She had plans to graduate and maybe go to college. But having a baby at her age was definitely not a part of the future she’d mapped out for herself.

However, in Shannon’s mother’s mind, abortion was never an option for her daughter. Why? Six years earlier, she’d walked a similar path with Shannon’s older sister who was single and pregnant. Together, they’d visited our women’s care clinic in Pittsburgh, where the staff had lavished them with love and support. The clinic’s staff not only helped Shannon’s sister choose life, but also walked alongside her throughout the pregnancy, providing material support and spiritual guidance.

Thanks to our support, Shannon’s sister was able to go to veterinary school and was now preparing to graduate. And her six-year-old son was the joy of their family.

Now Shannon was facing a similar crisis. She considered getting an abortion, but her mother remembered how our clinic had supported her oldest daughter. She hoped we could also be there for Shannon, and we are.

With her boyfriend by her side, Shannon received a complimentary ultrasound and met her baby girl for the first time. The tiny translucent body with a strong heartbeat captured her mother and father’s hearts. Although she was still feeling scared about her future, Shannon knew from her sister’s experience that she could parent her child and fulfill her dreams.

Today, Shannon has a beautiful baby girl who is the center of her family’s life. Shannon’s mother and sister have rallied around her, and the family has never been closer.

Every so often, we get a glimpse of the generational impact that our support and prayers make in the lives of the women who visit one of our women’s care clinics. And in Shannon’s case, we had that privilege.
It’s worth remembering that every donation you make to Human Coalition and every prayer you say on behalf of our clients can be multiplied, rescuing children and families for many generations to come. . . . Read More

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Touching Moment: 3 Days Before She Died, Terminally Ill Woman Watches Daughter’s Ultrasound

Just three days before she died, a terminally ill grandmother was given the opportunity to meet her unborn grandchild over a Colorado hospital’s ultrasound screen. . . . aylor Masilotti of Westminster, Colorado and her mother, Donna Callender, had planned to go to Taylor’s 20-week ultrasound appointment together; but before the date arrived, Donna was hospitalized with stage 4 brain and lung cancer.

Too weak to attend her daughter’s appointment, Donna had the ultrasound brought to her. Taylor arranged for her 20-week ultrasound to be done in her mother’s hospital room, according to the report. A video of the family shows Donna and Taylor side by side on a hospital bed as the ultrasound is performed.

The video shows them watching the baby move on the ultrasound screen as the medical staffer points out hands, eyes and the umbilical cord. At one point, they can see the baby smiling. Then comes the news of the baby’s sex.

“Are you ready? You have a daughter,” the staffer tells the family.

“No way!” Donna responds and then pats her daughter lovingly.

Three days later, Donna died from her battle with cancer, the report states. Afterward, Taylor posted the video on Facebook with this message:
“Wednesday afternoon was one of my forever favorite memories I got to share with my mom. I got to lay next to her, hold her hand and cry happy tears while we found out the gender of the baby. I can’t thank the hospital enough for allowing this to happen. For allowing me to create my last memory with my mom !! I am forever grateful ! I love you so much xoxo”More than 2.4 million people have watched the heartbreaking video online. Taylor said she named her baby Stella Kay, sharing the same middle name as Donna.. . . Read More & View Video

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