Archive for August, 2011

Tell Congress to Protect Conscience Rights Act

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The following is taken from an email sent out by the Americans United For Life

This is a call for action: the conscience rights of Americans are under attack.  We must urge Congress to protect our conscience rights by supporting the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) by the 111th Congress in March 2010 created unparalleled threats to the conscience rights of insurers and purchasers of insurance.  The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act, introduced by Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) in the House and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) in the Senate, amends the PPACA to protect individual rights of conscience, including the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health care coverage that is consistent with one’s religious beliefs and moral convictions.

The recent regulation issued by the Department of Health and Human Services mandating that all insurance plans provide coverage of all FDA-approved contraceptives—including the abortion-inducing drug ella—marks perhaps the greatest attack on conscience rights in American history.  This mandate forces Americans to subsidize abortion-inducing drugs and devices with their insurance premiums, thereby violating the conscience rights of countless Americans.  The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act prohibits the PPACA from mandating that health plans offer coverage for items or services contrary to the sponsor, issuer, or other entity’s religious beliefs or moral convictions, and ensures that health plan issuers or health care providers are not forced to provide coverage for items or services contrary to their conscience.

Follow this link to contact your representatives while they are home in their districts during the August recess.  Ask them to co-sponsor the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act to ensure the conscience rights of Americans are protected.

Importantly, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act also safeguards health care providers from being coerced to participate in, provide, or refer for a specific item or service contrary to the provider’s religious beliefs or moral convictions.  Passage of this bill is essential to preserve the conscience rights that form the bedrock of American freedom.

 

Biden Supports China’s One Child Policy And What You Should Do

Friday, August 26th, 2011

As you may have already heard, during a recent trip to China, Vice President Joe Biden affirmed China’s policy to allow families to only have one child.  “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family,” stated Biden.

In China, women are forced to abort if they are pregnant and already have one child.  Please read this heartbreaking account that was distributed by the SBA List

One couple – Liang Yage and his wife Wei Linrong, told NPR in an interview that they thought they could keep their second child if they paid a fine. But when Wei was seven months pregnant, ten “family planning officials” showed up at their house and told her “If you don’t go [to the hospital], we’ll carry you.”

Wei told NPR:

“I was scared. The hospital was full of women who’d been brought in forcibly. There wasn’t a single spare bed. The family planning people said forced abortions and forced sterilizations were both being carried out. We saw women being pulled in one by one.”

The officials then gave Wei three injections in her lower abdomen, and after 16 hours of contractions, she gave birth to a stillborn baby boy.

“The nurses dealt with the body like it was rubbish,” Wei said. “They wrapped it up in a black plastic bag and threw it in the trash.”

Some women in China, after having a first child, choose sterilization to avoid this scenario.

Congressman Chris Smith went on record as saying:

[The One-Child Policy] is hideous. Women are hunted down if they evade these family planning cadres into the ninth month. They are forcibly brought into a clinic and aborted…this is the most pervasive act of violence against women anywhere in the world. It is systematic and state-sponsored, and the United States, under Obama, Hilary Clinton – and now Vice President Biden in this outrageous statement –  is showing the world that we do not care about Chinese women and babies.

The SBA List has an email template set up where you can email both Biden and Obama encouraging them to publicly condemn China’s one-child policy and U.S. taxpayer dollars going to fund the United Nations Population Fund.  Please take time soon to follow this link and send that email to speak up for Chinese women and the pre-born there.


How To Write A Protest Letter to Whole Foods and Other Organizations that Support Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Earlier this month we posted a condensed list of some businesses and organizations that support Planned Parenthood.  On the VitalSigns blog they have an example of a letter that you can send if you want to contact any of these organizations about no longer supporting until they no longer make donations to Planned Parenthood.  I have posted the letter below.

Dear Whole Foods Market,
Whole Foods Market, Inc.
550 Bowie Street
Austin, TX 78703-4644

I write to ask if your company will be continuing to support Planned Parenthood even though the mega-abortion business has been scandalized in recent months through numerous undercover video tapes. These tapes have revealed numerous Planned Parenthood staffers around the country illegally covering up statutory rape and even advising sex traffickers how to escape the law.  In addition, Planned Parenthood has been caught making alarmingly misleading claims about the health services they provide.

And, oh yes, there’s that little matter of the missing millions of American taxpayer funds which Planned Parenthood refuses to explain.

In light of these very disturbing reports (not to mention the tragic fact that Planned Parenthood is the nation’s number one abortionist with nearly 350,000 preborn babies being killed by surgical abortion every year), I urge you to completely sever ties with this nefarious business.

Until you do, I must respectfully announce I will not be doing business with Whole Foods Market.  I will also share the news of this regrettable partnership with friends, family, my church members and the visitors to my blog and networking sites.

Please do the right thing.  And soon.

An Amazing Story of Love

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

On March 31, 2010, Kameron and Kaydon Hayes were born to Brianna Manns at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago.

They were identical twins—closer than most. Kameron and Kaydon were conjoined twins, joined at the thorax and sharing a heart and liver. From the beginning their mother and medical professionals knew that their lives would be short and fraught with difficulties.

But Kameron and Kaydon defied odds. Everyone was surprised that they survived to celebrate their first birthday. But on Friday, August 13, they finally lost the battle they had fiercely fought. Their heart was beating erratically, and there was nothing more that the medical team could do.

When doctors discovered the complication during Brianna Manns’ pregnancy they talked to her about aborting them. But their mother said abortion was never an option… “They are my babies. I had the feelings that any mother would have,” I wanted my children to experience life to the fullest, to whatever extent that it might be.”

You can read of this story at the Pro-Life Action League blog.

Some people might say that these twins should have been aborted so they wouldn’t suffer.  Others might believe that the health care costs of keeping them alive for as long as they were isn’t justifiable.  The question we ultimately have to ask ourselves is what does it looks like to unconditionally love and care for the sick and helpless.  It is easy to do this when there is little cost or inconvenience, but true love and care is sacrificial.  At the end of the day, every human life is worth honor and dignity.  Even the most inconvenient and sickest babies are knit together by God made in His image.

Why Electing A Pro-Life President Is Important

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

The following is an excerpt from a book called, “After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice and Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes.”  My words are inserted in bold:

In 1837, Andrew Jackson’s nominee for Chief Justice of the United States was confirmed, a man named Roger Taney.

This is important, because when a president leaves office his influence lives on through the rulings made by the justices he’s placed on our highest court. So now you’ve got to look into the life of Chief Justice Taney. And the most thing Justice Taney ever did was write the majority opinion in a single case.

The case was Dred Scott v. Sanford, in 1857. In this case, the court ruled that people of African ancestry – slaves as well as free men – could never become citizens of the United States.

Taney wrote that Negroes “had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race.”

As far as “all men being created equal” in the Declaration of Independence? Well, Taney reasoned that “the enslaved African race (pre-born babies) were not intended to be included, and formed no part of the people who framed and adopt this declaration…”

And the framers of the constitution, Taney went on, certainly believed that blacks (pre-born babies) “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro (pre-born babies) might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery (aborted) for his benefit.”

Let continue to pray for president Obama, that God would change his heart toward the pre-born.  It is definitely not too early to pray for the upcoming 2012 election that the president which is elected will be one that respects and honor life no matter the stage is at.  The tide is turning, this is seen in how states are having more pro-life initiatives.  It is only a matter of time before the Supreme Court does the same thing.  Do not lose hope.  It was a long process in the slaves being free and African-Americans receiving civil rights, but it eventually did happen.  Let us hope that if not in our lifetime then our kids will see a day where the pre-born have an inalienable right to life.

Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum On The Cause For life

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Michele Bachmann
“I believe you can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong.” – FOX/Examiner Presidential Debate, 8/11/11

Ron Paul
“The prime reason that government exists in a free society is to protect liberty, but also to protect life, and I mean all life…all Life is precious.” – Ames Straw Poll speech, 8/13/11

Rick Santorum
“The child [concieved in rape] is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice is a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life, genetically human from the moment of conception and is a human life…we should help women in those terrible situations that have been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion is too much to ask…one violence is enough.” – FOX/Examiner Presidential Debate, 8/11/11

The above quotes are taken from an email sent out by the SBA list.

Why Is Abortion Different

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

In South Dakota an Informed Consent Law was passed which requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a consultation with a fully trained staff person of a Pregnancy Care Center before making her decision.  Any woman’s decision for an abortion “must be voluntary, uncoerced and informed.”

Planned Parenthood is currently suing the state of South Dakota to have this law overturned.  This is just another example of how abortion unjustly uses taxpayer dollars.

The thing that struck me about this is that it brings elective abortion into compliance with the South Dakota State Medical Association’s accepted sound principles of practice.  Why does Planned Parenthood find it a bad thing that abortion follows accepted sound principles of practice?  If abortion really is only removing tissue, like any other surgery, then why it not comply like any other medical procedure?

Read more: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/columnists/local/planned-parenthood-lawsuit-costs-taxpayers/article_232ebb7e-c379-11e0-8ca4-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1VKDeIBIS
You can read more on the story here: http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/opinion/columnists/local/planned-parenthood-lawsuit-costs-taxpayers/article_232ebb7e-c379-11e0-8ca4-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1VDme6Z1B

Down’s Syndrome Is Beautiful

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Our culture currently has a war on Down’s Syndrome.  Most people would say that diversity is beautiful except for when disabilities are involved.  Babies with Down’s Syndrome are precious and beautiful and deserving of the same dignity as all other babies.

Consider the following about babies with Down syndrome:

  • Of women who choose to have prenatal testing, approximately 90% of those who discover their child has Down syndrome choose to abort.
  • Two companies are racing to provide new prenatal diagnostic tests that could detect Down syndrome as early as the ninth week of pregnancy, without the dangers of current tests.
  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expanded the clinical standard of care to include giving all women regardless of age the opportunity for Down syndrome screening.
  • We are already seeing a decline in the number of children with Down syndrome being born.
  • Women routinely report that doctors paint a negative, inaccurate picture of the quality of lives of children with Down syndrome and their families

You can read more here.

Is Birth Control A Good Way To Prevent Unintended Pregnancy and Thoughts On The Affordable Care Act

Monday, August 15th, 2011

About a week ago it was announced that through the Affordable Care Act the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring that all insurance plans cover contraceptive methods (including birth control) that have been approved by the Food and Drugs Administration.  Not all birth control is a bad thing.  Some birth control does induce abortion, so I’d advise that if you are taking the pill that you are aware of how your birth control work.  Here is how WebMD defines how birth control works (the emphasis is mine):

Hormonal contraceptives (the pill, the patch, and the vaginal ring) all contain a small amount of synthetic estrogen and progestin hormones. These hormones work to inhibit the body’s natural cyclical hormones to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy is prevented by a combination of factors. The hormonal contraceptive usually stops the body from releasing an egg from the ovary. Hormonal contraceptives also change the cervical mucus to make it difficult for the sperm to find an egg. Hormonal contraceptives can also prevent pregnancy by making the lining of the womb inhospitable for implantation.

A new option for hormonal contraceptives is extended-cycle pill use; the first one approved is called Seasonale. Seasonale contains the same hormones as in other birth control pills, but they are taken in a longer cycle to reduce the number of yearly menstrual periods from 13 periods a year to only four periods a year. Therefore, women menstruate only once each season.

Any birth control that makes the lining of the womb inhospitable for implantation is inducing abortion.  What WebMD misses in its definition is that it leads the reader to assume that it is a clump of cells or tissue that is being implanted.  What is being implanted is an embryo, a fetus, the first stages of life of a pre-born baby.  Birth control which stops implantation is stopping a life that has already started to form.

I strongly applaud 95% of the pro-life work that the Catholic church is doing.  On this issue I find disagreement.  The Catholic church would condemn the use of all birth control.  I believe that birth control can be a blessing and be used in a way to honor God as long it isn’t doesn’t induce abortion and as long as children are still viewed as a blessing.  I will post more about this later.  For now, I would highly encourage you to check out Mark Driscoll’s message on birth control.

On Friday, Christianity Today posted an amazing piece of commentary on insurance plans covering abortion-inducing birth control.  I have posted an excerpt below and you can read the rest here.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that beginning next year, all insurance plans must provide a wider range of services to women, including coverage for all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved contraceptives. These include drugs that pro-life groups call “abortion-inducing drugs.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land called the decision “an abomination.” However, since 29 states already require contraception coverage, many Americans already belong to insurance prescription plans that cover these medications.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed last year will expand the requirement to the entire country, requiring that all insurance policies provide preventative services. As in the states that already require coverage, preventative services would include all FDA-approved contraceptive methods. The Health and Human Services ruling would go further, however, since insurance companies would be required to provide contraception with no copayment.

The controversy over the ruling mostly revolves around two contraceptives approved by the FDA, ella (ulipristal acetate) and Plan B (levonorgestre). These drugs work by making it unlikely that an embryo will be able to attach to the wall of the uterus.

For pro-life groups, such medications are morally (if not medically) abortifacients, drugs that cause an abortion. They are not abortifacients legally, however. According to medical definitions:

— Pregnancy is a condition of the mother, beginning when the embryo attaches to the uterine wall.

— Contraception lowers the chances of pregnancy; it includes medication that blocks fertilization, but also drugs that prohibit a pregnancy after conception.

— Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. A drug that works before the embryo attaches to mother is contraception; one that occurs after pregnancy starts is an abortifacient.

Drugs such as ella and Plan B are approved for contraceptive use because they prevent pregnancy. According to the FDA, the drugs are emergency contraceptives that should be taken within five days of “a contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse.” They are not intended as routine contraceptives. Women who suspect that they are pregnant are advised to not take the drug.

Richard Land from the SBC dismissed such definitions. The issue, said Land, was the ending of the embryo, not the pregnancy.

Why African Americans Should Be Pro-Life

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I recently read an article by Veronica Byrd, director of African America media for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, entitled, “Why African Americans Support Abortion Rights”  I am African American and do not agree with this article.

In her article Ms. Byrd states many true facts, but does not cohesively tie them together to support the cause for African American support for abortion.

Byrd’s premise is that the high abortion rate among African American women reflects a high rate of unintended pregnancy and this is due to poverty and unaffordable and inaccessible health care.  Unfortunately abortion does nothing to relive poverty among African American women and is the antithesis of health care.

Since Planned Parenthood targets low income areas “Black genocide” is a term that many pro-lifers use to refer to abortion. Byrd believes this is “nonsense.”  When presented with the idea the African American community has been robbed of its children and that women shouldn’t have the right to choose abortion, Byrd goes on to call this “illogical” and “offensive.”  Byrd is good at giving her personal opinion, but never wrestles with statistics such as these

On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.  This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated “Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America’s Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member. (You can read more at http://www.blackgenocide.org/black.html)

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, started the organization with roots firmly planted in eugenics.  Some pro-choice supporters may say that Sanger didn’t want to exterminate minorities but used “The Negro Project” to help the socio-economic standards of the African American community.  Regardless, it hard to deny the following statements from Sanger:

On blacks, immigrants and indigents:
“…human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders,’ ‘spawning… human beings who never should have been born.”  Margaret Sanger, Pivot of Civilization, referring to immigrants and poor people

On sterilization & racial purification:

Sanger believed that, for the purpose of racial “purification,” couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.

On the extermination of blacks:

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon
http://www.dianedew.com/sanger.htm

My biggest complain with the article is that at no point does Byrd talk about adoption being a viable option for the African American women found in crisis pregnancy situations. On August 12th I asked Ms. Byrd on twitter her thoughts on adoption, but have yet to recieve a response.  Adoption is a great alternative that gives homes and family to kids in less fortunate situations. Many women have had fertility problems and adoption can make a barren woman’s dream come true. Often times when a couple adopts they will pay the birth mother’s hospital bills and other expenses. The need for adoption is one that is continually growing:

In 2001 the Child Welfare Information Gateway found that there were 127,407 adoptions in the United States. The state of New York had the highest amount of domestic adoptions (10,209). Delaware was the state with the least amount of adoptions (235). Shortly after this time states stopped having to report the numbers of adoptions so there is no accurate reporting. What we do know for sure is that adoption numbers are always increasing. (You can read more here http://adoptionstatistics.us/articles1.html)

For more information you can read an excellent sermon by John Piper called, “When Abortion is Racism”