Monday, July 24, 2017

BREAKING: Charlie Gard’s Parents End Legal Fight To Save Baby’s Life

Charlie Gard’s parents are ending their legal fight to give their baby a chance at life.

After their five-month legal battle with London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and the European court system, Chris Gard and Connie Yates say it is now “too late” for any experimental treatment to help their 11-month-old recover.

"Sadly time has run out. For Charlie it is too late," says the parents’ lawyer, Grant Armstrong. "The parents' worst fears have been confirmed."

Charlie has a rare mitochondrial disease. His parents raised more than $1.5 million to transfer him to the U.S. for experimental treatment, but British and European courts ruled that his hospital can block his parents' wishes and pull the 11-month-old's life support.

U.S. expert Dr. Michio Hirano examined Charlie for five hours last week. But Armstrong told a UK court this morning that Hirano could no longer offer Charlie experimental therapy after seeing the latest MRI scan.

The parents, said Armstrong, are setting up a new charity to help other children with Charlie's condition. Through that effort they hope his voice "continues to be heard," he said.

“Had Charlie been given the treatment sooner he would have had the potential to be a normal, healthy little boy,” Connie Yates told the court today.

The parents insisted, based on consultation with Dr. Hirano, that Charlie had normal brain function in January and could have largely recovered. But, they say, the hospital wasted precious months fighting them in court while Charlie’s muscles deteriorated to the point that treatment was no longer possible.

“There is one simple reason for Charlie's muscles deteriorating to the extent they are in now - TIME. A whole lot of wasted time,” they said.

“This is one of the hardest things that we will ever have to say and we are about to do the hardest thing that we'll ever have to do which is to let our beautiful little Charlie go.” . . . Read More

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Senate Casts First Vote Tuesday on Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Senate will cast its first vote on Tuesday on legislation to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Republicans will find out tomorrow which of their members oppose moving forward on the bill that also repeals Obamacare.

The legislation has been pending for many weeks and even months as Republicans have been attempting to come up with a version that would please both conservative lawmakers as well as pro-abortion Republicans who are resistant to defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company.

The Senate will move forward on the bill to repeal Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company if they receive more than 50 votes tomorrow.

“The only way we’ll have an opportunity to consider ideas is if senators have an opportunity to offer and debate them and that means kicking off debate, it means voting to proceed,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor. “And that will occur tomorrow.”

“When the vote comes up, I’ll keep my commitment to move beyond the failures of Obamacare,” McConnell said. “I will vote yes on the motion to proceed and I would urge all of my colleagues to do the same.”

The vote has been complicated by the absence of Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who is home after surgery to remove a blood clot, and was later diagnosed with brain cancer. McCain is expected to vote for defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare if he is able to fly to Washington for the vote to proceed.

Also complicating efforts is the news that the Senate parliamentarian may have killed the Senate bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

Senate Republicans have been using the reconciliation Bill to get around a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrats who oppose defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company and repealing prohibition Obamacare that has included taxpayer-financed abortions.

The parliamentarian issued guidance saying that key portions of the defunding measure require 60 votes to pass. That’s a departure from the ruling the parliamentarian issued in 2015 concerning the same bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The ruling then paved the way for a 50-vote passage and sending the bill to pro-abortion President Barack Obama, who vetoed it.

Getting 50 votes for the bill to defund Planned Parenthood has been a difficult enough prospect because three pro-abortion Republican women oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Requiring 60 votes for ultimate passage of the legislation would essentially kill it.

But there could be a solution.

As the Washington Times reports, “Some conservatives argue that Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, can overrule the parliamentarian while presiding over the chamber, though many Republicans are leery of making such a bold move.”

The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the parliamentarian’s guidance is not a ruling and there is time to tweak the language, though the roadblock further clouds plans to vote Tuesday to take up a House-passed bill, work through amendments and reach for final passage.

It’s unclear whether enough senators will take leadership’s advice and vote to act on the bill this week or risk pushing members of the Republican base to link arms with Democrats to block debate.

With Sen. John McCain of Arizona absent because of his sudden cancer diagnosis, Republican leaders cannot afford more than one defection and still proceed with the bill or pass a plan.

“We are going to vote this week, and I think until the vote is actually on the floor of the Senate, some people may not tell you what they’re actually going to do,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, told CBS’ “Face the Nation. “We all got elected to legislate, and that’s why we’re here.”

The White House is imploring senators to start debate so they can throw Obamacare into the dustbin, saying they are just a few votes shy of fulfilling their seven-year promise.

“ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction. It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators!” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
Three pro-abortion Republicans have announced they will prevent the Senate from debating the bill. That includes Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska who have been thorns in the side of the pro-life movement for years.

But it also includes Senator Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia — who voted for the exact same legislation previously. Her flip-flop prevents Republicans from getting the 50 votes they need to allow pro-life vice president Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of the bill. Capito announced her opposition to the bill, the same piece of legislation she voted to pass in 2015 under former President Barack Obama, who vetoed the measure. . . . Read More

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NRLC Open Scorecard Letter To U.S. Sentors . . .

. . . on motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 on Obamacare repeal

Dear Senator:

Majority Leader McConnell has indicated that on Tuesday, July 25, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to vote yes on this motion. We intend to include the roll call in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 115th Congress.

NRLC vigorously opposed enactment of the Obamacare law in 2009-2010, because of its multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion insurance, multiple provisions allowing abortion-expansive federal mandates. According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office in September 2014, approximately 1,000 federally subsidized health plans nationwide currently cover elective abortion.

Additionally, NRLC opposed the multiple provisions that will result in involuntary denial of life-saving medical treatment by placing unacceptable limits on the right of vulnerable Americans to use their own money, if they choose, to obtain both health care and health insurance less likely to deny needed health care.

In both of these areas, NRLC’s objections have been presented to Congress in great detail over the past seven years. For more details about the abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare please see NRLC’s 2011 testimony in support of the Protect Life Act.

Abortion is not healthcare. The Senate has the chance to protect life by moving away from multiple destructive abortion provisions of Obamacare. If the motion to proceed fails, Obamacare remains, along with its abortion-expanding provisions.

NRLC urges you to vote in favor of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, and intends to include the roll call in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 115th Congress.  . . . Read More

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Joe Manchin is a Traitor to Unborn Babies Because He Will Fund Planned Parenthood

Sen. Joe Manchin
A traitor is defined as one who “betrays a friend, country or principle” or defined as a “sellout to the enemy.”

Has Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sold out to the enemy?

Are Manchin’s votes to support using taxpayer funds for the nation’s largest abortion provider a betrayal of his former pro-life views?

Is Manchin pandering to both sides of the abortion issue?

Let’s explore these questions.

West Virginia’s Senator Joe Manchin has long claimed to be pro-life. What is his voting record in the 115th Congress? A dismal 33%.

Sen. Manchin consistently votes to allow hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider that performs 900 abortions every single day.

Manchin’s response to this? “Not one dime of that money goes for abortion.”

We don’t care Senator.

Money is fungible. Planned Parenthood receives more than a million dollars a day in federal dollars. They can use that money to build more buildings, hire more staff and do more advertising. As a result, more little girls walk through their doors seeking abortions.

By voting against defunding Planned Parenthood, Sen. Manchin is keeping money from actual health care providers who will offer comprehensive health care for more women and girls, closer to home.

Depending on the pundit, Manchin’s 2018 re-election race is considered a tossup, lean, and likely. Polling indicates West Virginia’s pro-life Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Congressman Evan Jenkins are already in striking distance.

West Virginia is a solidly pro-life state. In 2016, President Trump carried the Mountain State 69% to 27% — that’s an advantage of 42 points! Democrats ignore pro-lifers at their political peril, and not just in West Virginia. . . . . Read More

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Abortion Supporters Protest Silence On “Reproductive Rights”

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. (C-Fam): At a high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council this week, the council’s president had to reassure abortion supporters that the UN remains committed to achieving targets on universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in the ministerial declaration it adopted on UN development goals.

Zimbabwean Ambassador Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava said Wednesday, “The draft ministerial declaration does not encroach upon the primacy of the 2030 Agenda, with its goals and targets, which remains the foundation of our commitment.” The 2030 Agenda includes “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” in its target on gender equality which were being reviewed by the Council this year.

UN member states that promote abortion and homosexual rights complained that language about “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights” was kept out of this year’s declaration about the UN development goals.

“By leaving out sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights we are making a disservice to women and girls,” said a representative of the European Union.

Canada and Australia made a last-ditch attempt to include this language in the declaration adopted by ministers of UN member states in a letter to Ambassador Shava last week. In the letter, they explained that the language was directly taken from Agenda 2030, but he did not accommodate their request, opting to give oral assurances instead.

During adoption of the document, Canada said it was “very concerned” about this exclusion.

“Women and girls have the right to decide freely on their sexual and reproductive health and rights,” the Canadian representative said, adding that they were relieved by Shava’s assurances.

Australia was also appeased by Ambassador Shava’s opening remarks but said that the missing target was “critically important” and that their commitment to achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights would not weaken.

The United Kingdom joined in complaining that the amendment was not included saying they were “extremely disappointed.”

The declaration still mentions “universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services,” another controversial target of the 2030 Agenda.

While UN consensual agreements on this terminology include access to abortion as a health service, they do not include abortion as a right in any circumstance. Abortion supporters exploit this ambiguity to promote access to abortion in UN programming.

The United Nations Population Fund measures international progress on the Agenda 2030 target on “universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services” by looking at the prevalence of contraceptive use in countries. It also looks at the adolescent birth rate in countries, which can implicate access to abortion.

The implementation of this target is less controversial than the Agenda 2030 target about “universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.” The indicators proposed to measure progress on this target include sexual autonomy, access to abortion and contraception for minors without parental consent, and the availability of comprehensive sexuality education. This indicator still hasn’t been finalized by statisticians and UN agencies, but the General Assembly relinquished any prerogative in reviewing the indicators earlier this month.

The Holy See, alone among delegations that negotiated and adopted the ministerial declaration, repeated its reservation to the use of any language with regards to “sexual and reproductive health” in UN resolutions, and that it does not count “access to abortion or to abortifacient drugs” to be within the meaning of this terminology.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Abortion Clinic Closes Where Abortionist Would Twist the Heads Off Babies to Kill Them

Douglas Karpen
Earlier this week, we reported about the impending closure of the infamous Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center abortion business in Houston, Texas.

This closure is a significant one.

That facility is owned and operated by Douglas Karpen, who was accused of his own employees publicly of twisting the heads off or cutting the necks of late-term babies born alive during possibly illegal abortions at the very clinic that is set to “wind down” business at the end of the month.

The description of Karpen’s modus operandi is eerily similar to what was testified to during the 2013 murder trial of Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first degree murder – and hundreds of other crimes – for killing large babies who survived his shoddy brand of abortion.

You may remember that it was Operation Rescue’s 2013 report with images of some of these aborted babies taken by a clinic worker on her cell phone that first exposed Karpen’s alleged crimes – right on the heels of Gosnell’s conviction, which earned Karpen the nickname #TexasGosnell. . . . Read More

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Senator Shelly Moore Capito Opposing Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senator Shelly Moore Capito
Senator Shelly Moore Capito is one of three Republicans in the Senate who opposes the Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. She has flip-flopped from suporting the bill to opposing it — but her political calculations are not playing well at home.

The junior senator from West Virginia previously voted to repeal the failing ObamaCare legislation but did so expecting a certain veto from then President Obama. Now, it appears that Capito may be the deciding vote determining if the funding stays. Her reluctance to make the exact same pro-life vote, now that passage would mean an immediate signature by President Trump, calls her level of commitment to protecting the unborn into question.

West Virginians for Life President Wanda Franz, said, “West Virginians for Life and the Family Policy Council of West Virginia will stand together in condemning that failure if Senator Capito sticks to this course. She made promises as a senatorial candidate and our organizations endorsed her and then West Virginia voters gave their support to her and other Republicans in part because of their opposition to ObamaCare. Her failure to support repeal would be an abandonment of those voters.” . . . . . . Read More

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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 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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