Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pro-Life News< March 26, 2015

Meet 10 People Who Changed Their Mind About Abortion Some of us start off as pro-life, but not all. Those who converted offer a certain kind of perspective. They saw the truth and the light, and they became pro-life! Here’s a list of just some who have been on the incredible journey towards accepting life. Read More


NAACP Continues Battle to Silence Black Pro-Lifer Who Bashed It’s Pro-Abortion Stance The NAACP is continuing its battle to silence a black pro-life writer who parodied it’s pro-abortion stance by referring to the NAACP as the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People.” Read More

CBS Promotes Putting Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger on $20 Bill The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday promoted as uncontroversial the idea that Andrew Jackson should be removed from the $20 bill and substituted with the likes of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger or radical environmentalist Rachel Carson. Read More

He Tried to Convince His Girlfriend to Abort. When She Didn’t, He Threw Her Daughter Off a Cliff Prosecutors are trying for a third time to convince a jury that Cameron John Brown threw his 4-year-old daughter off a 120-foot cliff in Rancho Palos Verdes nearly 15 years ago. Brown’s attorney said Lauren Sarene Key’s death was an accident. Read More

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 37: There goes the neighborhood

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Many people are unaware that abortions happen on their own streets ... until 40 Days for Life campaigns shed light on this reality.

As more people find out ... the abortion business is not always viewed as a welcome neighbor.

Here’s one 40 Days for Life location where Planned Parenthood’s facility is becoming more and more isolated.

Vancouver, Washington
The 40 Days for Life vigil in Vancouver takes place outside a Planned Parenthood center in a small shopping center. This business is practically surrounded by empty storefronts with “for lease” signs in their windows.

One morning recently … the Planned Parenthood office was unoccupied as well. “I arrived about 7:30,” said Ed, the local leader in Vancouver. “Usually, the Planned Parenthood staff arrives about the same time.”

But on this day, a small sign was posted on the door: “Sorry for the inconvenience, but our health center is closed.” The sign listed shortened office hours later in the day.

“We are hoping and praying hard that this is an indication that they might be considering closing this facility permanently,” Ed said.

Tampico, Mexico
Abortion is not legal in Tampico ... and the volunteers there are praying and working hard so it remains that way.

“We have had more people each day,” said Carla, the local leader. They are raising awareness, she said, “and finally people in Tampico are starting to speak and are willing to defend life.”

They’ve heard about a local woman who was considering abortion (it’s legal only in Mexico City), but has now changed her mind. “We have several people that have had abortions years ago and they told us they feel they have started to heal.”

On a personal level, Carla said, “I can tell you my life can be divided before and after 40 Days for Life. I can’t even describe what I’m feeling right know. I’m really, really thankful for the opportunity to be doing this.

Norman, Oklahoma
“We had a miracle today!” said Connie in Norman. “A young mother was at the abortion clinic with her toddler son … and proved to be the perfect testament.”

As this mom prayed, she watched as a young couple went in and out of the abortion center several times. This all ended when the woman came storming out. The volunteer saw an opportunity to talk to her, and asked if she needed assistance.

After a bit of discussion, the mom drove an emotional young woman to the pregnancy help center. After talking with the counselors there, she decided to keep the baby.

“The girl left without the guy,” Connie said, “and the volunteer drove her about two hours to meet her family so she could move back home.” The baby is safe, but this is a difficult situation. Please keep this family in your prayers!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pro-Life News, March 25, 2015

Report Shows Americans Forced to Send $1.5 Billion to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business A new governmental report shows American taxpayers have been forced to send $1.5 billion in federal funds to the nation’s biggest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. Read More at LifeNews.com

Pro-Lifers Arrested as They Demand Congress Vote to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks A group of pro-life advocates went to the halls of Congress today to ask members of the House of Representatives to hurry their work on repairing a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The measure has the strong support of Speaker John Boehner and pro-life groups but more than a dozen members of the use sabotaged the bill back in January when Boehner attempted to bring it up for a vote. Read More at LifeNews.com

Pregnant After I Was Raped, I Hated My Baby and Wanted an Abortion. But Something Changed "I was raped on my way to a professional exam. After the incident, I kept telling myself that it didn’t happen and I had to move on. I almost believed myself — until I found out a month later that I was PREGNANT, then everything that happened came rushing back." Read More at LifeNews.com

New York House Passes Bill Allowing Shooting Babies Through the Heart With Poison to Kill Them The New York state House proved that promoting the best interest of women doesn’t include pushing late-term abortions. Read More at LifeNews.com

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OFL’s Facebook page helped rescue an unborn baby in West Africa

A young mother in West Africa was contemplating abortion…until she came upon our page.

Brian Fischer, Online for Life: When Online for Life launched its Facebook page, we never imagined that in just a little over four years we’d grow to nearly 635,000 followers. All we knew is we had a unique pro-life message to share—a message that by and large was not being presented.

From day one, we wanted to be known as a nonprofit organization that presents the raw truth about abortion, but does so in a compassionate and loving manner. As a result, the Online for Life Facebook page has become one of the most active social media sites in the pro-life space. Our formula is simple: we pair beautiful graphics with powerful truths and post them to our page every day. The result is a dynamic and active page where people of all backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities freely respond with their thoughts and ideas. Our Facebook posts often garner at least 5,000 Likes, with more provocative posts reaching as many as 15,000 Likes!

But we’re not about achieving big numbers. Our ultimate goal is to move the pro-life conversation forward so we can change hearts and minds. Just recently, we heard from a young mother in West Africa who was contemplating abortion…until she came upon our Facebook page. This is her story:
“Bali” contacted Online for Life via Facebook on February 12. In her final year as a university student, “Bali” discovered she was pregnant. Unfortunately, her boyfriend of four years denied any responsibility for their child and pressured her to abort. With no family or friends willing to support her, “Bali” felt completely alone and believed abortion was her only solution.

While searching online for abortion-related information, an ad guided “Bali” to the Online for Life Facebook page. Captivated by the stories of abortion-determined women who ultimately chose life for their children, “Bali’s” heart began to soften toward choosing life as well. “I began to think that maybe I could have the baby on my own.”

After hours spent sitting in front of her computer, reading stories and studying the Facebook graphics, “Bali” decided to keep her baby. She immediately emailed our team and described the impact our Facebook page had made in her decision to choose life for her child. Inspired by the life-saved stories featured on the Online for Life wall, “Bali” was able to stand up to her friends, family, and boyfriend who were pressuring her to abort.

“Even though my boyfriend and my family have turned their backs on me, I know I could never abort this baby.” With firm conviction, “Bali” added, “I know God will see me through.”
Online for Life has remained in constant communication with “Bali,” doing what we can to support her in her courageous decision. After making several calls to local charities, we were able to find her housing and employment after she graduates in May.

“Bali’s” story reminds us of the power of social media in changing hearts and minds regarding life. Regardless of time zone or continent, Online for Life can reach people all over the world with the compassionate message of life.

We invite you to join our Facebook page and become a part of this important conversation that’s changing the face of the pro-life community on social media.

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 36,

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: At the beginning of a 40 Days for Life campaign, those driving by are often judging the prayer vigil.

At first, the reactions vary from supportive honks to perhaps a distasteful shout or gesture. As the campaign goes on, those passing by see you in all sorts of weather conditions ... and even if they disagree with you, over time they come to respect you.

Their attention may turn from you ... to the reality of abortion in their community. We have seen people who mock the vigil during the first week of the campaign actually join the prayer participants in the final week.

Here are some stories from three different countries.

Auckland, New Zealand

“The majority of the time we will not know the fruit of our prayer or work to promote and save lives,” said one of the leaders in Auckland. But occasionally, God will reveal His blessings.

A woman approached the prayer team outside the abortion center. They recognized her. At last year’s 40 Days for Life vigil, she was one of the most vocal opponents.

“But here’s the thing,” said the 40 Days for Life team member. “Our presence affected her so much that she realised she needed healing!

They learned that her vocal abuse was a manifestation of the deep hurt she experienced after being forced to abort three children. Finally, this mother went to God in prayer. Today she is praying for the 40 Days for Life effort, with plans to join the vigil if she is able.

“From vocal abuser … to healing … to praying in solidarity with us,” the volunteer said. “God is so good!

Calgary, Alberta
Michele in Calgary was a bit concerned. She was alone at the 40 Days for Life vigil, holding a sign with the message “Women need support, not abortion.” As she prayed for the women entering the abortion center, she cried and wondered if her prayers were making a difference.

The police had been called earlier in the day after someone complained about a sign. Now, Michele saw a woman outside the building, talking on her phone. She stopped in the driveway and pointed directly at Michele.

“I thought she was calling the police again,” she said. “Then she crossed the street and came towards me. I braced myself for a tongue lashing.”

But that was not what happened! “She hugged me and said, ‘Thank you, just thank you!’ Then she immediately walked away,” Michele said. “I was stunned. I then cried even harder in thanksgiving.”

Michele said she really didn’t do anything. “I just stood there with a sign, praying … I was just privileged to be a witness to God’s love and mercy. Our presence and prayers do make a difference ... and we must keep doing it.”

Baltimore, Maryland
“God uses every encounter we have at the abortion clinic,” said Julia in Baltimore, “no matter how seemingly small.” Such was the case in an exchange between one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers and a passing driver.

The vigil participant was holding a sign with the message, “My heart was beating 18 days from conception.”

“A woman got out of her car, approached me and handed me a dollar,” the volunteer explained. “She pointed to the sign and indicated that it was for the baby. I asked if she wanted me to donate it to Pregnancy Center West, and she nodded her head.”

She isn’t completely sure the woman understood her. “But I’ve got that dollar in a Pregnancy Center West envelope that I’m about to send out,” she said. “God is at work!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pro-Life News, March 24, 2015

Democrats in Congress Would Rather Fund Abortions Than Help the Poor The pro-abortion lobby loves to call pro-lifers who support abortion regulations extremists; however, we’re not the ones filibustering late-term abortion bans and bipartisan legislation to stop human trafficking, or throwing fits about the non-controversial Hyde amendment Read More at LifeNews.com

Abortion Activist Throws Firebomb at Pro-Lifers Praying at Texas Abortion Clinic An abortion activist drove by a group of pro-life people peacefully praying at a local Austin, Texas abortion clinic and threw a firebomb at them. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. Read More at LifeNews.com

Bill Maher Tells Guest She’s “Super Selfish” for Having Five Children Schlapp, incredulous — “That’s horrible, Bill. …. I’m the mother of five kids!” Maher — “Well, you shouldn’t be!” (huge reaction from the audience). Schlapp — “My poor children! They’re awesome!” Maher — “Well, that’s super selfish in a world …” Read More at LifeNews.com

CNN Host Sally Kohn is Raising Funds to Pay for Abortions in the Most Disgusting Way Not content to simply hold a position in favor of abortion on demand, CNN host Sally Kohn is going out of her way to spearhead a fundraiser for pregnant women. No, the fundraising event isn’t going to help pay for baby clothes or bottles or even support delivery costs or education for women after having their baby. Read More at LifeNews.com

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 35, It's no coincidence

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: This has been a cold 40 Days for Life campaign in northern climates -- especially in Moscow, where volunteers are hosting their third vigil.

Despite the cold, the campaign in Moscow continues to grow ... and save lives from abortion. Whether it’s in the cold of Russia or the warmth of Florida, God is answering prayer ... and sometimes in suprising ways.

Yesterday, we shared the video celebrating 10,000 babies saved from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns. That video shows there are no coincidences. When you have faith, when you trust God and when you defend what is good ... God responds. And that’s not a coincidence!

Every life is sacred in God’s eyes. And He created each of us out of love, not by coincidence. Here are a few examples …

Moscow, Russia
Some unexpected events unfolded at the 40 Days for Life campaign in Moscow. We sometimes hear complaints about vigil participants’ signs. But in this case, there were complaints about the abortion center’s sign.

Arevik, one of the leaders in Moscow, said city employees arrived at the MedService facility … and took down the sign advertising the business! “It turned out,” she said, “the banner had not been registered.”

No one knows who initiated the removal – or why. “But we do realize that this is the work of our prayers,” Arevik said, adding that the campaign has seen several other “amazing results.”

The volunteers heard the abortion center’s doctors no longer do abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy – a change from previous practices. That’s at least a step.

The team also knows of two babies saved so far. One was the child of a married couple. “They already have a 4-year-old,” Arevik said. “The father didn’t want the abortion, but the mother did.” She didn’t think she could raise two young children.

Another woman spoke to one of the prayer volunteers … and she too changed her mind.

College Park, Maryland
Tom in College Park reminded the 40 Days for Life volunteers that they themselves are often a sign – a sign to the women arriving for abortions, of course.

But they also “join fellow Christians in group prayer as a sign to the community that what goes on inside Metropolitan Family Planning … begs the community’s action to see the place shut down.”

The campaign has set aside special vigil hours where local clergy lead the volunteers in prayer. Tom put out the call for as many people as possible to “renew your hope and vision for the days to come. Pray more frequently and more fervently for an end to abortion in our time!”

Lakeland, Florida
A prayer volunteer told Maryanne, the local leader in Lakeland, that as she and her daughter were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Lakeland, they watched a car drive up to the abortion center – with another mother and daughter inside.

The younger woman went into the building for a while … then came back out. She and her mother sat talking for some time.

Eventually, the young woman called out, “I’m going to have a baby!” There was a lot of noise and traffic … and the volunteer wasn’t sure she’d heard correctly. So she spoke a bit louder: “I’m having a baby!”

She had tears in her eyes as she told her story and explained her decision. The volunteer recommended the local pregnancy help center, which could offer just the sort of assistance she was looking for.

“This is our first save of the campaign,” Maryanne said. “Praised be God!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Pro-Life News, March 23, 2015

Pro-Life Ted Cruz Launches Campaign for Republican Nomination for President With a rousing speech today at Liberty University, Ted Cruz is announcing is bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. The strongly pro-life U.S. senator from Texas has been an articulate defender of life and has had a consistent pro-life voting record in Congress. Read More at LifeNews.com

Will Woman Who Cut 7-Month-Old Baby Out of Mother’s Womb be Charged With Murder? Formal charges against the woman who cut out a 7-month-old unborn baby from a mother’s stomach will be delayed until Friday. Boulder County courts indicated today that the filing of formal charges will be pushed back until Friday pending a closer look at the autopsy of the baby girl. Read More at LifeNews.com

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 34, Video - - 10,000 Lives Saved!

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: We start off the final week of this 40 Days for Life campaign with HUGE news!
Since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign in 2007, we have now received cumulative reports of 10,000 babies who are alive today because their mothers rejected abortion and chose life!

10,000!! To God be the glory … great things He has done!

Watch this beautiful two-minute video to see many of the children who have been saved by the grace of God … and through your prayers and efforts

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Tempe, Arizona
A young couple had just left Planned Parenthood when a 40 Days for Life prayer volunteer caught their attention. As they talked, they explained that they didn’t think they could afford another child.

It turns out they couldn’t even afford the $75 Planned Parenthood wanted to charge them for an ultrasound.

That’s when the vigil participant said they could get a free ultrasound at a nearby pregnancy help center. When the center’s director heard this couple was on the way, she dropped everything and headed back to arrange the ultrasound.

All this time, the young man and woman smiled as they read a brochure about the development of the baby – and talked about what they were seeing.

As they left for the pregnancy center, the woman said, “We hope it’s a boy.”

Houston, Texas
The Houston team tells of a woman who was going to Planned Parenthood to schedule an abortion. But when she got there, the place was closed.

But even though Planned Parenthood was locked up for the day, there was a man praying on the sidewalk. She spoke to him, and he gave her a coupon for free services at the Big Blue Bus – the mobile pregnancy help center that spends many hours every week parked outside the abortion center.

A few days later, she returned and told the counselors on the bus she was there to redeem her coupon. She had changed her mind and chosen life for her unborn child!

“When she saw her baby on the ultrasound,” said one of the volunteers, “she called this man an angel sent from God. If we hadn’t been there with our Big Blue Bus, chances are she would have gone into Planned Parenthood.”

Sharonville, Ohio
The 40 Days for Life vigil in Sharonville takes place outside a business that stopped doing surgical abortions … but still offers chemical abortions.

“From what we understand,” said Mary Jo in Sharonville, “the cost of this is close to what an early-term surgical abortion costs. The abortion clinic continues to make a lot of money even though it is not doing surgical abortions.”

So the volunteers keep praying … and learning that their prayers are being answered.

A young woman who was entering the abortion center accepted some information from volunteers, but went inside anyway. She left … and returned a few days later. But this time, when she came out, she told the volunteers she had changed her mind and was keeping her baby.

“The weather is getting better,” Mary Jo said. “Please consider coming to pray!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 33, Abortion is a civil right?

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Among the 20 countries where 40 Days for Life vigils are currently in progress are Australia and New Zealand.

Volunteers have an uphill battle in these nations. Abortion seems to be deeply embedded in the culture … and in many cases, it is government-funded.

But 40 Days for Life is shining light where it is so greatly needed. Here are a few examples.

Brisbane, Australia
The 40 Days for Life team in Brisbane has seen more than its share of opposition in front of the abortion facility. They’ve even had people holding a sign that says “abortion is a civil right.”

“We know it’s not easy or comfortable to pray outside the Bowen Hills abortion clinic,” said one of the volunteers, “but we continue to hear amazing stories from those who courageously take part.”

“I prayed last night outside Marie Stopes,” said another participant. “Lots of opposition ... but also had some support from a friendly passerby at the end of the night.”

There’s support from the clergy as well. “It is profoundly contradictory that a culture like ours, which is so concerned with human rights, seems so often unconcerned about the most basic right of all upon which all others depend – the right to life,” said Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

“That is why it is important to have people like those involved in 40 Days for Life who are prepared not only to speak up for life, but to act in defence of life.”

Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide’s state, South Australia, legalized abortion in 1969. Abortions are free – covered by Medicare. Most of the abortions take place in a government-run facility that is set far back from the road, making it difficult to speak to women arriving for appointments.

But there are still ways of reaching out. One of the volunteers runs a café near the abortion center. And a pregnancy help center operates a shop next door to the café that’s called Reborn Baby Gear.

“With Australia being so secular and abortion so well entrenched, it is a difficult battle,” said Alan, the leader in Adelaide. “Nevertheless, it is heartening to see many denominations coming together and we are inspired reading of campaigns held in the snow and sleet in the northern hemisphere.”

Alan reports one confirmed baby saved this campaign … and another young woman who now seems likely to choose life “after a long discussion with one of our most enthusiastic volunteers. “

Wellington, New Zealand
The 40 Days for Life vigil takes place outside Wellington Hospital, which performs more than 2,000 abortions every year.

“The hospital advises its clients to avoid us, so our sidewalk counselling efforts are thwarted before we begin,” said Clare, the local campaign leader, “so it is the public we get to share with, offering the pro-life view for consideration.”

She is amazed at the number of new people joining the vigil this year. Over a third of the participants are new to 40 Days for Life.

One woman offered encouraging words. “She related the story of her past abortions and the anger she felt at having being told her babies were nothing but a bit of mucus,” Clare said. “She hopes we get to meet and help young women in similar situations to hers.”

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Congress could Stop Tax-Funded Abortion. But will they?

by Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD : Congress is debating a bill that could permanently ban tax-payer funding of abortion.

Mary E. Harned writes in The Hill: "When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act' on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — a critical bill that would comprehensively and permanently restrict federal taxpayer funding and insurance coverage for abortion as a matter of federal law — many media outlets joined the bill’s opponents in scoffing at the effort. After all, they reasoned, the bill has passed the House before, and only received a vote because another pro-life bill was held back in the eleventh hour. They claimed the bill was a 'consolation prize' for pro-life Americans.

"In reality, it is difficult to overstate the significance of this lifesaving measure, making opponents’ spin about the bill—and about the nature of existing restrictions on federal taxpayer funding for abortion—all the more exasperating."

"The 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act' is significant because it would eliminate the need for Congress every year to pass the Hyde Amendment and similar appropriations riders.  In addition to making existing riders permanent in law, it would apply across the entire federal government.

"For example, the bill would close abortion-funding loopholes created by the 'Affordable Care Act' (ACA) that have opened the door to direct taxpayer funding for abortion. 

"Ultimately, why is restricting taxpayer funding for abortion important to millions of Americans?   Americans personally opposed to abortion do not want their tax dollars paying for the procedure, but more importantly, abortion funding restrictions save lives."

 It's time we permanently ban tax-funded child-killing.  It's bad enough they kill innocent children, but must we pay them to do that?

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 32,

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Your prayer presence is effective – but not everyone is happy about it.

Some will go to great lengths to try to shut down a 40 Days for Life vigil. But this is hard to do when vigil participants are peaceful volunteers ... including moms with small kids, college students and retired veterans.

Tactics range from demonstrators trying to shout over the prayers to abortion center staff calling the police with complaints about “aggressive protesters.” The irony is that the police get frustrated ... once they see the peaceful nature of the vigil.

In other places, opponents post official-looking signs that try to intimidate participants. That’s happening right now in Milwaukee. Here’s the story.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
It seems that at some expense, a business near the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Milwaukee has had a sign professionally painted … as a way to discourage peaceful prayer volunteers.

Patrick, the local leader, said the sign cites two local ordinances … one dealing with disorderly conduct and the other with trespassing.

Vigil participants are warned against “bullying” (the sign’s word) the clients of Wisconsin’s largest abortion center… or even inadvertently wandering onto the business owner’s property with any “protest signage or paraphernalia.”

“They do have video cameras – pointed in many different directions,” Patrick observed. He described this as just the “latest attempt to dissuade us from our work for our wee little brothers and sisters.”

Las Cruces, New Mexico
As part of their outreach, the 40 Days for Life team in Las Cruces staged the March of the Crosses. More than 100 people gathered to walk and hold crosses, as well as signs with life-affirming messages.

Bishop Oscar Cantu spoke to the group, telling them “the 40 Days for Life campaign is an international movement. It’s a prayerful, peaceful demonstration of support for life in the womb. It’s an effort to open the conscience of people in our society to the reality that we’re dealing with a distinct human life in the womb, and it deserves to be respected.”

“We don’t feel like this is a protest,” local leader Mark Cavaliere explained to a reporter from the Las Cruces Sun-News. “This is a prayer vigil. We came up with this particular event in tribute to our city, Las Cruces, the city of the crosses.”

One of the rally participants told the newspaper, “We pray for the clinic workers, the owner of the clinic and every person going in there.”

The March of the Crosses ended with prayer in front of the abortion center.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

“Sneaky” Tactics in UN Negotiations Fail To Advance Abortion Rights

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D, Center for Human Rights: NEW YORK, March 20 (C-Fam) - A new strategy to manufacture international abortion rights failed at UN headquarters this week as thousands of delegates and women’s advocates gathered on the 20th anniversary of a landmark UN agreement on women.

Abortion groups and their supporters at the UN had hoped to pass a resolution to transform an annual UN women’s commission in ways that would increase their influence.

A Swiss delegate who led the negotiations first presented a draft resolution on the working methods of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) last month. She said it simply “mainstreamed” previous resolutions. But delegates were in for a surprise.

The proposed draft declared CSW to be a “norm-setting” body, something that has never been contemplated previously. Out of 193 UN member states, only 45 are members of CSW, and can only recommend policies to the wider membership. A delegate described the tactics used during negotiations as “sneaky.”

Since 1996 CSW has been charged with the “follow-up and review” of the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference. This is done through general debates and panel discussions—a familiar format where each country can present what they are doing to fulfill their political promises.

The draft proposed by Switzerland would have changed the follow-up and review and made it more like a peer review mechanism where any of the CSW members, as well as non-governmental organizations, could comment and make recommendations on how individual countries should implement CSW resolutions.

Powerful and resourceful countries use such procedures in the UN system to pressure countries to legalize abortion, and to promote the notion of sexual orientation and gender identity as a ground of discrimination in international law.

The expanded role for non-governmental organizations envisioned by the Swiss facilitators went beyond any previous UN agreement. Despite many calls to delete it from the resolution, the facilitator insisted until Tuesday night that a select representation of groups be allowed to directly participate in negotiations.

Far from creating transparency and democratic legitimacy, it would have multiplied the voices of powerful countries that promote abortion and subsidize organizations that merely echo their positions at the United Nations.

Abortion is not a human right, and global political consensus deems it a subject to be dealt with in national legislation. For abortion groups, changing this political consensus is the first necessary step toward establishing abortion as an international right. This has proven impossible among the whole 193 members of the General Assembly, and abortion proponents have been trying to move things along in the commission, with a smaller representation and limited mandate.

The commission adopted the resolution on how it will carry out its work for possibly the next decade today, without the novelties from the Swiss draft.

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Radicals Lose Once More at UN

Austin Ruse, President, Center for Family and Human Rights: The sexual left are so eager to enshrine abortion as a human right, they continuously try ways to sneak it past the General Assembly. The latest gambit, proposed by Switzerland, at the concluding radical feminist jamboree called the Commission on the Status of Women, was to promote the notion that this body can set “norms.” The smart delegates were having none of this. The proposition was rejected. Note to radical feminists: abortion is never ever going to be made a human right by the United Nations. Move on.

We report on a real human rights violation that the radical feminists seem utterly indifferent to, the buying and selling of human eggs and the renting of women’s wombs. Filmmaker Jennifer Lahl came to the UN under the auspices of C-Fam to present her movies about the human rights violations inherent in assisted reproductive technologies and to appear on a panel about the same issue. Her movies drew big crowds, and her panel, held with our friends from WOOMB, was standing room only.

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40 Days for Life, Mar 2015, 1st Campaign, Day 31, When you show up ... they don't!

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Here’s a fact to keep in the front of your mind – your prayer presence at abortion facilities saves lives.

Former Planned Parenthood workers have said that the no-show rate for abortion appointments goes as high as 75% when people are peacefully praying outside. That’s 3 out of 4 moms who never make it to their appointments because of your presence!

For the abortion industry, this means fewer customers and less money. Without income, the abortion centers eventually go out of business.

If you’re hesitant to go out and pray ... think of that 75% statistic. How encouraging it is to know that overcoming your reluctance could just possibly save a life from abortion!

Marietta, Georgia
There was just one person praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Marietta as nightfall approached – it was just Grisselle, her sign and a candle.

A teenaged boy walked up and asked if he could take a picture of her sign. She said yes … “if you’ll say a prayer with me for babies in danger of abortion.”

He said he wanted the picture because he knows of such a baby. His girlfriend is five weeks pregnant and scheduled to have an abortion. He wanted to take a picture of the sign that reads “women need support, not abortion” … and text it to his girlfriend.

When they talked again, the young man told Grisselle that his girlfriend had canceled her abortion appointment … and the baby was saved!

Grand Rapids, Michigan
Lisa in Grand Rapids tells of a young woman who stopped to speak to a sidewalk counselor at the 40 Days for Life vigil.

“She had a young baby already, no job, an unreliable boyfriend who wanted her to abort … and felt she had no support system,” Lisa said. It was good news when she skipped her abortion appointment and agreed to go to a nearby pregnancy help center for an ultrasound.

But later that day, she was on the phone with the counselor … and said that she had rescheduled the abortion for the following day. She still thought abortion was her best option.

“But she clearly couldn’t ignore God’s voice speaking to her heart,” Lisa said, “because she contacted the counselor again as she was preparing to leave home for the abortion appointment.”

They talked about the many forms of assistance available for her and her baby. After she was able to consider all of this, she announced, “I have decided against it!

Coyoacan, Mexico
Volunteers are keeping a close eye on the Marie Stopes abortion center in Coyoacan, which is part of the Mexico City metropolitan area.

The 40 Days for Life vigil is on the sidewalk outside. For more than a week now, staff has been going in and out, but they are not open for appointments. The Marie Stopes website had listed six Mexico City locations. Now there are five ... and the Coyoacan office isn’t on that list.

No one knows whether the closure is permanent ... and the 40 Days for Life vigil will continue as planned through March 29.

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