Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Medical Miracle; 12-Ounce Baby Born 4 Months Premature Gets to Go Home

Emily Rose Hollins
Emily Rose Hollins arrived home from the hospital on Friday for the first time since her premature birth five months ago.

Emily is one of the smallest babies to survive outside the womb. She was born four months prematurely, weighing just 12 ounces, . . .

She is the tiniest baby ever to survive at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“Just knowing what she’s gone through and where she is today, … that’s a miracle,” her mother, Melanie Hollins, said.

Emily’s life is a miracle for more than one reason.

Before Melanie Hollins knew she was pregnant, she said she was diagnosed with stage four kidney failure. She was undergoing tests and hoping to get on an organ transplant list when she found out that she was pregnant with Emily — something she did not think was possible.

Under such circumstances, some women may have chosen abortion, but Melanie chose life for little Emily.When Emily arrived four months early, Melanie thought her tiny daughter might die. Doctors warned her that Emily had just a slim chance of surviving. But Melanie said the nurses encouraged her so much as they cared for her baby girl. . . . Read More - Miracles Happen!

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Abortion Activists: The Most Effective Way to Fight Global Warming? Don’t Have Kids

A radical solution is being proposed by those promoting the theory that man is to blame for climate change. Their solution? Have fewer children. Humankind is where the problem lie…supposedly.

Writing for The Washington Times (7/13/17), Valerie Richardson notes, “Those who want to get serious about tackling climate change should forget about recycling and have fewer babies, based on the results of a newly released study.”

Citing a paper published in Environmental Research Letters, Richardson summarizes the conclusion that “the most effective ‘lifestyle choice’ for reducing personal greenhouse-gas emissions is having ‘one fewer child,’ followed by living car-free, avoiding airline travel, and eating a plant-based diet… for many women, bearing ‘one fewer child’ would mean having no kids.”

Imagine young couples and young women taking this message seriously and forgoing the incredible privilege to bring children into this world based on their belief that this is gospel truth. Man-made climate change is believed by, supposedly, 97 percent of scientists—that is, that human activity is what causes global warming/climate change.

It seems as if some on the left are very anti-child these days. Perhaps this is a reflection of the abortion ethic. Perhaps that’s why a million abortions annually in America don’t seem to trouble them.

I remember reading a story from Gary Bauer in the book, Children At Risk, that he co-wrote with Dr. James Dobson a quarter of a century ago. The anecdote reflects the anti-children bias among some in our culture.

As I recall, he described a young family with many young children at a fancy mall. The children got a little unruly at one point, and a disapproving lady passing by—perhaps a feminist—shouted at the young family an epitaph along the lines of: “You breeders!”—as if that were some cosmic insult. . . . Read More.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Abortion Activist Complains About Large Families: “Cats Take Up Way Less Room” Than Kids

Patrick Madrid
Abortion activists cried, “Save the planet!” on social media this past week as they called for the abortion of unborn babies.

Preserving the planet for future generations is important, but in the same breath, abortion activists are advocating for killing babies who are the future generation.

Pro-abortion writer Jill Filipovic kicked off the debate on Twitter last week by claiming families should have fewer children.

Townhall’s Courtney O’Brien responded:

Does Filipovic want us to emulate China, where women are often forced to have abortions or cough up major fines to fall in line with the cruel two-child policy? The one-child policy was enforced until last year, when the government announced it would let families have two children. As many as 7 million abortions were recorded annually, according to China’s Health Ministry.

In the Guardian piece Filipovic tweeted, Environment Editor Damian Carrington cited a study published by Environmental Research Letters. One fewer child, the researchers determined, would save 58.6 tons of CO2 per year.

Filipovic’s tweet received strong backlash from pro-life advocates, among them conservative radio host Patrick Madrid.

Madrid used a personal example to explain how terrible Filipovic’s argument is:
. . . Read More

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Nigerian Pro-life Leader Speaks Out Against Melinda Gates for Pushing Population Control in Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha, a Nigerian-born biomedical scientist and the founder of Culture of Life Africa, a U.K.-based pro-life group, argued on BBC’s Sunday Morning Live that the Gates Foundation’s push for contraception in Africa might be “an insidious way of moving the agenda of population control” since in many African countries the “desired number of children is actually quite high.”


. . . Ekeocha clarified that she was not saying family planning programs were “bad in and of themselves” but that “there is a real problem with a multi-billionaire from a Western country coming in to tell African governments what to do or how to control populations.”

Malenda Gates
Mairo Mandara, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Country Representative for Nigeria, said at a World Population Day (WPD) event that “Family Planning should be declared a National Emergency,” adding, “it is not about stopping people from giving birth, but seeking to control the process. The WPD is meant to draw attention to population explosion in the coming years. In Nigeria, the WPD 2017 provides opportunity to discuss ways of checking possible population explosion.”

French President Emmanuel Macron drew criticism last week for saying that Africa has a “civilizational” problem and women are having “seven or eight children.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Minister of International Development, Marie-Claude Bibeau, recently defended Canada’s increase in funds toward abortion and contraception overseas by calling abortion and contraception a “tool to end poverty.” . . . Read More

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Alveda King: President Trump is Fighting for Civil Rights Because He Protects Unborn Children

Alveda King, the niece of famous civil rights advocate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., spoke up for President Donald Trump this week as she defended the rights of unborn babies.

King, a civil rights and pro-life advocate herself, appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss remarks by Congressman John Lewis, a Democrat from Georgia, according to The Wrap.

On Friday, Lewis told CNN that Trump does not care about the civil rights movement and “knows very, very little” about it.

King disagreed, saying Trump has been an active civil rights advocate for babies in the womb. Just as the government has wrongly denied rights to certain groups of human beings in the past, it now denies rights to babies before birth and allows them to be killed in abortions.

“The president is certainly fighting for civil rights today … leading the charge for civil rights today for the little unborn persons in the womb who have a right to live,” King said.

“Trump himself is a brilliant man. I believe he’s compassionate,” she continued. “If you go back and look at all of the executive orders, the things for women and science, for African American education… there are so many things that he’s doing.”

Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in America. African American women in New York City have more abortions than lives births. It is estimated that more than 16 million African-American babies were not born in the United States because they were aborted.

Black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. According to census data, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of the abortions. . . . Read More

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Senators Should Vote for Better Care Reconciliation Act to Defund Planned Parenthood

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations, supports H.R. 1628, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and urges the Senate to vote to begin debate on this bill next week. The Better Care Reconciliation Act reduces the devastating impact on life brought by the abortion-subsidizing and abortion-expanding provisions of the Obama Health Care Law.

The Better Care Reconciliation Act contains several essential elements that mark a substantial improvement from the Obama Health Care Law.

The bill creates a “State Stability and Innovation Program” which will bring many changes to both the private market and to plans eligible for tax credits. The “State Stability and Innovation Program” contains protections wherein plans that utilize these important dollars cannot cover elective abortion.

“National Right to Life believes that this bill makes substantial progress towards reducing the amount of federal dollars flowing to plans that cover elective abortion,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Abortion is not healthcare, and the Senate has the chance to protect life by advancing this legislation.”

National Right to Life also strongly supports the language in the bill that would block, for one year, most federal payments to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). It would close the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood – Medicaid – and apply as well to the CHIP and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs, thus covering roughly 89% of all federal funds to Planned Parenthood. . . . Read More

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Walk with me: A post-abortion journey

by Dave Andrusko: Life gets in the way, but I try as often as I can to carve out time one night during the week to meet with members of my adult Sunday school class. Most of the time, our gatherings are just fun times to get to know each other better.

Recently, however, one of my class asked if I could meet them for morning coffee. I did, not having a clue what they wanted to get together separately.

When we got together a few days later, one look at their face told me this would going to be serious. They wanted to talk about their sister’s abortion.

This is not the first time I have talked with someone about an abortion, theirs or someone close to them. That took place in the late 1970s when over wine and cheese a young woman told me about her multiple abortions, largely (I’m guessing) to see how I would respond. She knew I was very pro-life.

She dropped the fact of her abortions so casually it threw me off-balance. Schooled in how to debate the abortion issue I was new to dealing one-on-one with something who’d actually had an abortion, or, in her case, three. I can only hope and pray what I said was of help to her.

I say all that because that conversation of a couple of weeks back reminded me not only of my first experience navigating the minefield of trying to help a post-abortion woman (or man), but of something I once read and then commented on in this space.

It appeared at postabortionwalk.blogspot.com. The headline was “Postabortion journey, walk with me: A story of hope and healing after abortion.”

Bluntly she informs us, “At the tender age of 17 I walked across this bridge, alone, into Downtown Pittsburgh, with $300 in my pocket that my mother had given me to get an abortion.” You could write volumes just unpacking that one sentence.

As you read the accounts of women reflecting back on a decision they would give anything to take back, often they are grappling with two convictions at war with each other: that God has forgiven them but their own inability to accept that forgiveness. Your heart goes out to them as they tip toe right up to full acceptance of that divine forgiveness but then retreat. At some level they are unable to believe that they can forgiven—or, perhaps more accurately to their way of thinking, should be forgiven.

When I first read the blog entry, it was on a 4th of July which turned out to be the one-year anniversary of when she “began this online journal of my journey.” She told us of how so many people “stumbled” across her blog as they looked for information on a whole host of subjects.

Everything from those “looking for ultrasound pictures and how to tell male from female in utero, and down’s syndrome in utero, and malformations in utero” to those “searching for ways to help a post abortive woman, preaching on abortion, and similar search phrases” to those having trouble conceiving.

As it happens the “odds were certainly against” her becoming pregnant, but she did—three times.

In this July 4th entry she began, “I’m not sure why I’m moved this morning to tell it, maybe because it’s Independence Day and this will be another step toward my independence of the impact this story has on my life today.”

Clearly, as you read subsequent entries, there are still steps to go.

But we can pray for her–and all the other women who suffer from the aftershocks of that tragic decision–that they will each one day feel fully independent.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Alveda King: “Let’s Pray for America to End Abortion”

Alvita King: Celebrities — you either have to love them, hate them, or don’t care one way or the other. One interesting truth about “celebrity” men and women is that abortions have affected many of them.

I could also include cases of men celebrities, because some of them have post-abortion testimonies as well. We’ll save that one for part two.

I include myself in the mix because I became post-abortive in 1970 and was still hiding my pain in deep denial back then.

Yes, even celebrities and civil rights activists like me have had abortions. Thank goodness people are talking more about abortions these days.

At Civil Rights for the Unborn we uncover the injustice of abortion. Abortion isn’t a civil right; it’s a crime against humanity. At Priests for Life we work hard to end abortion. See Silent No More Awareness and Rachel’s Vineyard and find out why men and women truly regret our abortions. . . .

1. Why must a woman choose between health, safety, and security or abortion?

2. How can taking an innocent life save a life?

3. Does the truth really matter?

“Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth?” — Galatians 4:16 NLT

Let’s pray for America to end abortion and return to God. . . . Read More

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Media Stunned by Image of Trump Praying with Christian Leaders in the Oval Office

Religion in politics is seemingly so far removed from the media’s idea of normalcy that a picture of the President praying left one CNN anchor struggling to find words, Wednesday.

Monday, several evangelical leaders were invited to the White House to discuss several issues including repealing ObamaCare and religious freedom. During the meeting, the pastors and Christian leaders also prayed over President Trump. One guest posted a picture of the group praying over Trump with their hands laid on him, to social media. For some reason this image stunned CNN anchor Erin Burnett, who couldn’t hide her shocked reaction at the photo during her Wednesday night show Erin Burnett OutFront.

Teasing the next report, Burnett began:

“Something we don’t see everyday here. The image of Donald Trump praying in the Oval Office and…all of those…hands, on him,” she struggled to find words to describe what was happening in the picture.

During another tease of the report on the meeting, Burnett was more overt on how shocked she was by the image.

“And next, a pretty stunning image, let me just give you a quick peek of it,” she gushed.

Burnett then described the scene as if it were something she had never seen before in the White House: . . . Read More

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Media Smear Alliance Defending Freedom

by Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) does some of the best legal work in the United States defending religious liberty. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at one of its meetings on July 11, and some in the media treated it as if he spoke before the Klan.

ABC News released a story headlined, "Jeff Sessions Addresses 'Anti-LGBT Hate Group,' but DOJ Won't Release His Remarks." It referred to ADF as "an alleged hate group," citing as its source the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing activist group.

NBC News was worse. It not only repeated the accusation made by SPLC, it sought a comment from the Democratic National Committee. It was not disappointed: it branded ADF a "hate group." NBC also asked a prominent gay outfit, the Human Rights Campaign, for a statement, and it repeated the smear that ADF is a "hate group." Not to be outdone, NBC attacked ADF co-founder, Dr. James Dobson, as anti-gay.

CNN won first prize. It began its news story referring to ADF as "a self-described Christian religious freedom advocacy group known for its anti-gay stance." [Question: Would not CNN object if it were called "a self-described media outlet known for its anti-conservative stance"?] It then offered a quote by someone from the National Center for Lesbian Rights that was priceless. She accused ADF of being "so extreme that it does not concede even that gay or transgender people should be permitted to exist as such."

NBC, ABC, and CNN treat SPLC as if it were some kind of gospel source of information. Yet no serious observer would give credence to an organization that lumps ADF, and the Family Research Council (FRC), with the Westboro Baptist Church. ADF and FRC are prominent and well respected organizations that defend traditional moral values and religious liberty. Westboro Baptist Church is a bona-fide hate group: it unambiguously hates Catholics and gays.

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, is a decent and courageous defender of Christianity. He is not a hateful man. NBC owes him an apology.

CNN should fire Laura Jarrett, the reporter who quoted an activist for contending that ADF believes gays have no right to exist. She should be fired not for smearing ADF, but for incompetence.

On July 10, a Pew survey was published on the public's perception of major institutions. The media fared the worst: most Democrats say the media have a negative impact "on the way things are going in the country," and only ten percent of Republicans think it has a positive effect.

It is biased stories such as the Sessions-ADF one that give rise to public mistrust of the media. This is beyond "fake news"—it is a mean-spirited and ideologically driven assault on Christian activist organizations.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Feminist Tells Readers Having Children Is the “Worst” Thing for the Planet

It’s been a heck of a day for feminist nonsense. Katie wrote about how Joan Walsh questioned Ivanka Trump’s “girlie” wardrobe, while Reagan relayed Chelsea Handler’s comparing Capitol Hill to Abu Dhabi, thanks to a dress code that has been the norm for a century.

Their idiotic remarks were just surpassed by the stupidest tweet of the day (so far).
. . . . Does Filipovic want us to emulate China, where women are often forced to have abortions or cough up major fines to fall in line with the cruel two-child policy? The one-child policy was enforced until last year, when the government announced it would let families have two children. As many as 7 million abortions were recorded annually, according to China’s Health Ministry.

In the Guardian piece Filipovic tweeted, Environment Editor Damian Carrington cited a study published by Environmental Research Letters. One fewer child, the researchers determined, would save 58.6 tons of CO2 per year. . . . Read More

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The Fight over Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood Continues in the Senate

American Life League - STOPP: As crazy as it may seem, the fight over taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood continues in the Unites States Senate.

The senators return from their Independence Day recess this week, and a new version of the reconciliation bill may be introduced later in the week. All indications are that the Senate may vote on the bill next week. So, once again, we need you to act.

The bill in the Senate (H.B. 1628), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, will take $400 million away from Planned Parenthood for the next year. It needs 50 senators to vote for it. VP Mike Pence would then cast the deciding 51st vote for passage.

There are 52 Republican senators in Congress. We have heard that there are four or five Republican senators who may not support the bill, so we either need three of them to change their minds or three or more Democrats to vote for the bill.

To make that happen, YOU must talk to your senators and let them know YOU want two things:

1. Removal of federal dollars from Planned Parenthood

2. Assurance that the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 does not allow any healthcare money to pay for abortions

Immediate action:

1. Call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request. If you don’t know your senator’s name, just tell the person which state you are from and he will give you the two names.

2. Tell the senator you live in his state and want all taxpayer money taken away from Planned Parenthood.

3. Encourage your friends and family to also make these calls.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Melinda Gates Will Spend $375 Million Pushing Population Control and Abortion

Melinda Gates will dedicate another huge chunk of money to population control and abortion across the world.

This week, Gates said her family’s foundation will increase donations by 60 percent to global family planning, according to Marie Claire. That amounts to an additional $375 million in the next four years, with about two-thirds of that specifically allocated for teen programs.

Gates said the funding will go to contraception and sex education; but the money also will indirectly fund abortions, too. The billionaire family already gives money to some of the largest abortion chains in the world, including Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International.

“This is a difficult political climate for family planning,” Gates said at The Global Family Planning Summit this week in London. “I’m deeply troubled, as I’m sure you are, by the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts.”

One focus of the summit was the Mexico City Policy, which President Donald Trump reinstated in January. The policy prohibits United States taxpayer dollars from funding international groups that provide or promote abortions. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas.

The Gates’ foundation was just one of several groups that announced plans to give money to family planning and abortion at the summit. The United Kingdom Department of International Development said it also will dedicate more than 1 billion British pounds to family planning and abortion. . . . read more

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Franklin Graham Slams Horrific Treatment of Charlie Gard & His Parents: “This is a Danger of Socialized Medicine”

Rev. Franklin Graham
Pastor Franklin Graham took to Facebook to voice his opinion concerning the situation related to Charlie Gard and his parents. Graham minced no words when it came to the horrific treatment Gard and his parents have received from a hospital that is supposed to care for him and a court system that is supposed to protect his life.

Charlie suffers from a rare genetic disorder, mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which can cause weakened muscles and organ dysfunction, among other symptoms, and though his parents have raised money for additional treatment and hospitals around the world have volunteered their services, hospital officials have refused to allow the infant to be released to his parents.

Graham posted on Facebook:
As a parent and a grandparent, this is so alarming. Little Charlie Gard’s parents deserve the right to bring him to the U.S. to try to find treatment for him—that shouldn’t even have to be discussed! It’s their prerogative. That the U.K. hospital or the government would not allow them to make the decisions about Charlie’s life and medical care is unfathomable. Days and days have passed that he could’ve been being treated here in America—this is a tragedy. They have now delivered a petition with 350,000 signatures to the hospital, saying that they should release Charlie as the parents request.

This is one of the dangers of socialized medicine. We need to stay as far away from this as possible here in the United States as healthcare is reorganized! Charlie’s case may be back in court today, so join me in praying for him and for his mom and dad, Connie Yates and Chris Gard. Let them know you’re praying
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Mother Tried to Abort But the Abortion Failed, Now She Absolutely Loves Her Son

Kirsten Hay wants struggling young moms to know that there are people willing to help when they feel all alone.

Hay, who became pregnant at age 19, knows from personal experience. She said she tried to abort her son and, when her son survived, struggled with severe postpartum depression . . .

But today, the Scottish mom said she loves her son, Oscar, so much and cannot imagine life without him. She said she and Oscar are doing well because they received good support from people around them.

Hay said she learned she was pregnant with Oscar when she was just 19 years old and not ready to parent. At about 12 weeks of pregnancy, Hay said she had an abortion; but the procedure failed and Oscar survived. . . .

She described having dark thoughts throughout her pregnancy and into the first few years of Oscar’s life. Hay said she did not bond with her son when he was born, and her doctor diagnosed her with postpartum psychosis.

“I started to have these hallucinations and really vivid dreams about jumping off a cliff and I’d be holding Oscar,” she said. “The worst one was I would jump off a bridge and then hold Oscar under the water. I tried to kill myself once. Just thinking about it now makes me feel sick.”

Hay said she was hospitalized twice when Oscar was an infant. But because she sought help, she eventually recovered. Now, she said she feels “so awful and so guilty” for ever thinking about killing her son.

“I can’t imagine my life without him. He’s a happy wee boy, and his imagination is absolutely wild,” Hay said.

She shared her story publicly to encourage other struggling moms to find help.

“I never ever thought I would get to where I am but that’s why I would encourage any mum feeling even a little bit of what I was to not just dismiss it as baby blues, speak to someone. …”

Hay said women need to know that there is support available for them and their babies. . . . Read More

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