Archive for July, 2011

North Carolina Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Informed Consent Law

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By a vote of 29-20, the North Carolina Senate today joined with the state’s House of Representatives to override Governor Beverly Perdue’s June 27 veto of the Women’s Right to Know bill. The vote comes one day after the North Carolina House voted 72-47 to override Perdue’s veto of the informed consent law.

“At long last, North Carolina has taken the necessary steps to ensure that mothers receive the factual, non judgmental, and scientifically accurate information they need to make an informed decision about a procedure that means life or death for their unborn children.” stated Barbara Holt, President of North Carolina Right to Life. “Many unborn children’s lives will be saved and their mothers will be spared much heartache when the law takes effect later this year.”

“This is a tremendous victory for the mothers of North Carolina,” said Mary Spaulding Balch, director of state legislation for the National Right to Life Committee.   “In overriding Governor Perdue’s veto, the legislature has empowered mothers across the state by ensuring that these women receive vital information before making this life or death decision.”

Balch added, “History and experience show that when mothers are empowered with information, they choose life for their unborn children. Knowing this, the abortion industry has worked ceaselessly against this law – protecting its financial bottom line at the expense of North Carolina’s mothers.  The legislature has said, ‘enough is enough.’”

The informed consent law provides that a booklet containing scientifically accurate information about risks, alternatives and information on the development of the unborn child, compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, be offered to the mother at least 24 hours prior to an abortion so that she might have the opportunity to read and understand the information.  It also provides that an ultrasound image of the unborn child be displayed at least four hours prior to an abortion so that the mother might view the image.

Above is a report from National Right To Life News on the North Carolina legislature overriding a veto from the governor on an informed consent law.

Dignity For All Life

Friday, July 29th, 2011

The foundation of our pro-life convictions is that all life is created in the image of God and deserving of dignity.  The lie that society wants us to believe is that some lives are less deserving, such as babies with Down’s Syndrome.   All life is precious, even if it isn’t perfect or what we always envisioned.

I recently read the story of a woman who was over 30 weeks pregnant and had an abortion because the child she was carrying would most likely die after birth or be severely disabled for life.  You can read the story here.  As I read the story my heart ached.  I couldn’t imagine the pain she was going through as she made that decision.  Her rationale in making the decision was that she wanted to save her child from pain and suffering.  Here is an excerpt from the article.

She was faced with the prospect of giving birth to a baby that was expected to suffer from nearly constant seizures, could have required feeding tubes to stay alive, and could have been in a vegetative state, if it survived at all. She decided to end the pregnancy rather than continuing for another two months and prolonging the suffering.

Abortions like this are rare, they only make up 1.4% of all abortions and shouldn’t be used as an argument to justify abortions after 20 weeks.  Abortions like this also prove why it is important to have a wholistic view of life.  This leads to the slippery slope of euthanasia and assisted suicide.  Many advocates say that euthanasia provides an opportunity for death with dignity, but the article above is not death with dignity as the unborn child never gets a chance at life.

In a society where it is survival of the fittest those in the womb have the least likely chance to survive.  Ultrasound technology has done a lot for the cause of life, but in this instance it made a woman decide that the struggles and challenges of raising a special needs child would be too much.  I can’t help but to wonder what her attitude toward her unborn daughter would have been if she wouldn’t have known the diagnosis.  I pray that all children will have the opportunity to live and be loved, even the ones that seem the most inconvenient because they all deserve dignity.

Speaking The Truth In Love

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The horrors of abortion make me angry.  Thinking about the fate of many unborn children who will never get to laugh, play and bring so much joy into the world grieves me.  The fact that Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, was founded on the basis of eugenics makes me sick at times.  With all of that said, I need to be careful how those emotions are expressed.  It is good to be passionate for the cause of the unborn, but when the way I express my beliefs makes women who have had an abortion or support abortion feel belittled or less dignified then I am doing no good if I am not speaking the truth in love.

I have a conviction that life at all stages is worthy of dignity.  That conviction also needs to be carried out to the way that I speak to women who are pro-choice.  They believe that by taking away their choice they lose their dignity.  I need to look at them less as the enemy and remember that abortion is never an easy decision.  If I do not give the pro-choice woman I am speaking to the same dignity and respect that I believe the unborn baby deserves then I need to reexamine why I am speaking up for the unborn.

As I examine why I am speaking up for the unborn, I need to develop a heart that weeps.  The shortest verse in the Bible is two words and states, “Jesus wept.”  Our hearts need to weep for women who are considering abortion and not be quick to react with arguments for the unborn.  Our hearts need to weep for women who have given into society’s lie that it is only a lump of cells or that abortion is the best option instead of being self-righteous that we know the truth.  Our heart needs to weep for our country as it is a poorer country then it was years ago, not because of unemployment or the debt ceiling, but because of the millions of children who are missing because of abortion.

Jesus did not come to judge and when we speak to women who are pro-choice their immediate reaction afterwards should be “this person did not judge me.” With a new election cycle coming up there will be more opportunities to share with others why we are pro-life and why that is the most important issue to vote on.  The way we share can either be condemning to the pro-choice movement or it can be one of compassion to women who have had abortions or are in full support of a woman’s choice.  Condemnation leads to death and if we lack compassion when speak then our hearts are treating our opposition the same way they treat the unborn.

Let us never forget that God cares for the unborn and babies infinitely more then we ever will.  He does not condemn and neither should we.  He is filled with grace and mercy to welcome those who are pro-choice and we should let that same love be in us towards them when we converse with them and share our heart for life.

All Life Is Worth Dignity, Even The Ones Least Likely to Live

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

I am continually thankful for modern medicine and that more babies have a chance to live who previously wouldn’t.  It saddens me sometimes that often times babies are not given that opportunity because of fear of if the medical technology doesn’t work.  I think the growing number of cases of premature babies surviving at younger and younger ages isn’t just a testament to how far medicine has come, but also, how much babies want to live.  Here is one such testimony from the UK.

Jacob McMahon became Britain’s most premature surviving twin after he was born on February 22, just 23 weeks into pregnancy, at a weight of 1lb 4oz

Five months later he has now been deemed healthy enough to leave hospital with his mother Sara Fisher, 25, and father Scott McMahon, 26.

Doctors had advised Miss Fisher to abort Jacob after his twin sister, Emie, died when she was born at 21 weeks and six days due to an infection.

But Jacob followed eight days later, twelve hours before doctors would have demanded a final decision from the family on whether to terminate the pregnancy.

The legal upper limit for abortion is 24 weeks, but Jacob is one of a growing list of babies who survived despite being born before the threshold

“We couldn’t believe it when doctors told us we had to consider abortion. They told us I had an infection and that he wouldn’t survive. They gave us 24 hours to decide whether we wanted to take a tablet that could stop his heart.

“We did not want to do that but luckily that decision was taken away from us when I went into labour at midnight.”

Consultant neonatologist Dr Sam Oddie at Bradford Royal Infirmary, who was heavily involved in Jacob’s care, said: “We have never had a baby survive at 23 weeks before.

You can read the full story here.  Please pray for the United States where most doctors wouldn’t give the parents the option, but would perform an abortion and say that’s the end of the story.

Interpreting Abortion Biblically

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The problem in American society when conservatives or liberals think about abortion is they think about the rights of women or the rights of the unborn.  Before any discussion about abortion happens, the first thought has to be about the rights of God.  John Piper has the following to say about the idea of God’s creator rights

The biblical mindset is not simply one that includes God somewhere in the universe and says that the Bible is true. The biblical mindset begins with a radically different starting point, namely, God. God is the basic given reality in the universe. He was there before we were in existence – or before anything was in existence. He is simply the most absolute reality.

And so the biblical mindset starts with the assumption that God is the center of reality. All thinking starts with the assumption that God has basic rights as the Creator of all things. He has goals that fit with his nature and perfect character. Then the biblical mindset moves out from this center and interprets the world, with God and his rights and goals as the measure of all things.

What the biblical mindset sees as basic problems in the universe are usually not the same problems that the secular mindset sees. The reason for this is that what makes a problem is not, first, that something doesn’t fit the rights and needs of man, but that it doesn’t fit the rights and goals of God. If you start with man and his rights and wants, rather than starting with the Creator and his rights and goals, the problems you see in the universe will be very different.

Is the basic riddle of the universe how to preserve man’s rights and solve his problems?(You can listen to or read the rest of that message here)

If you go here and here Focus on The Family has a great program on helping men heal who have lost children to abortion.  One of the great points that they made is that you can’t just ask for forgiveness for taking the life of the unborn.  Healing is not found until we are reconciled to God by asking God for forgiveness for taking the life of His Son.

As the hymn, “I will glory In My Redeemer” states, “Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails and hung Him on that judgement tree.”  Abortion can’t be rightly understood apart from the cross. The greatest offense isn’t an infringement upon a woman’s right or the loss of the unborn’s life.  The greatest offense is that God has been taken off of his throne so that we may live as we want with a disregard for His rule and way.

Once God is the starting point of the abortion debate, there is no middle ground or gray area.  He is the creator of life, all humans, born and unborn are made in His image.  Without the Bible as the standard of truth then there is no way to say if abortion is right or wrong.  If the cross is taken out of the equation then there is no healing for those who have chosen abortion.  A sovereign God who intends good has to be our guide or what reason is there to choose life?

Give Men Their Due As Fathers

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article on foxnews.com about men being allowed to veto abortion.  The article hits on an important part of the abortion debate that is left out.

The abortion debate has left one issue largely off the table: The proper rights of men to prevent the abortion of their children.

I believe that in those cases in which a man can make a credible claim that he is the father of a developing child in utero, in which he could be a proper custodian of that child, and in which he is willing to take full custody of that child upon its delivery, that the pregnant woman involved should not have the option to abort and should be civilly liable, and possibly criminally liable, for psychological suffering and wrongful death should she proceed to do so.

I have limited the scope of my argument intentionally, in order to focus on what I consider to be a question that puts fairness front and center: If a man has participated in creating a new life and is fully willing to parent his child (independently, if necessary), why should he not have any control over whether that life is ended?

We are ignoring the quiet message that current abortion policy conveys to every American male: You have no voice in, and, therefore, no responsibility for, the pregnancies which you help to create. Your descendants are disposable, at the whim of the women you choose to be intimate with.

Giving would-be fathers a lack of veto power over abortions is connected psychologically to the epidemic of absentee fathers in this country. We can’t, on the one hand, be credible in bemoaning the number of single mothers raising their children, while, on the other hand, giving men the clear message that bringing new lives to the planet is the exclusive domain, and under the exclusive control, of women.

Whether stated or not, the underlying message of withholding from men their proper rights to father the children they create is that they are not proper custodians, nor properly responsible, for their children.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/07/22/men-should-be-allowed-to-veto-abortions/#ixzz1T8WRf11o

Which Republican Presidential Candidates Are Truly Pro-Life

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Above is a video fro Majorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, talking about the anti-abortion pledge that her group is urging Republican presidential candidates to sign. So far Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain have refused to sign the pledge.

GOP presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Newt Gingrich, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.) have attached their names to a promise to nominate federal judges that do not “legislate from the bench” as the SBA List puts it; to appoint only “pro-life” cabinet members, particularly those who would head the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Justice and the Department of Health & Human Services; to advance “pro-life” legislation and defund Planned Parenthood; and to sign into federal law the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

You can read the rest of the article here.

Pro-Life Author Debates Abortion At Westmont College

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Here are a couple of great quotes from the embedded video below

“You need to answer the question, “What is the unborn’ before you answer the question ‘Can you kill the unborn?’ … The pro-choice movement needs to deal honestly with the question, ‘What is the unborn?’ rather than dismissing it, rather than explaining it away.”

“Here’s what the science of embryology teaches: from the earliest stages of development, you were a distinct, living, and whole human being.”

The video features Scott Klusendorf at Westmont college debating abortion. Scott is president of the Life Training Institute and author of the book, “The Case for Life,” which I would highly recommend.

Abortion Debate at Westmont College from Randy Alcorn on Vimeo.

(HT: Crossway

God Is At Work For The Unborn

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Just read the following on a pro-choice blog.

“So far this year, just 19 states have enacted a total of 162 new laws relating to reproductive health. Unsurprisingly, 49 percent of these work to restrict access to abortion services, smashing the already unsettling record of 34 legalized restrictions passed in 2005.”

Even though some of those restrictions may have been some form of compromise, they are still restrictions and a reason to press on!

Redefining Viability

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

On Monday when I posted about the new pro-life legislation in Ohio, I was very cautious not to call it a victory.  If personhood happens at conception, why would it be ok to abort a preborn before 20 weeks, but not after?  Nothing happens magical at 20 weeks that changes a preborn baby from a lump of tissues  to someone with intrinsic human value and dignity.

Recently, in Germany, a record-setting baby girl was born at 21 weeks, 5 days.  This is significant because in the US doctors make no attempt to save babies born before 22 weeks.  In Germany, this baby girl received immediate medical attention, but if the baby was born in America, she would have been two days to early and left to die.  You can read more about the baby here.

We must be careful of compromise and learn to respect life at all stages and not just the ones that politicians and doctors say have a best chance to live.