Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

Greater Love Has No Man…Choosing Life

In Abortion, motherhood on March 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

Newborn 5Jenifer Moss and Diane Robertson


The high-powered and overwhelming Commission on the Status of Women is taking place this week at UN headquarters in New York.  While political groups’ pressure delegates to introduce a document that would include abortion as “reproductive right” for women, I want to share a continuing, beautiful story about faith and choosing life. I am honored to introduce the lovely, Jenifer Moss.


Hello! My name is Jenifer and I am a stay-at-home mother to seven, wonderful children (2 boys and 5 girls).  I am currently pregnant with my eighth child (A BOY!!) and was diagnosed with Complete Placenta Previa (CPP) and Placenta Percreta.  I also have Beta Thalassemia Minor which contributes to severe anemia.  Two of my previous births were emergency C-sections, I had one prior D&C after an incomplete miscarriage, and a surgery on my small intestines when I was in middle school.  (Previous uterine surgeries do increase your risk of Placenta Accreta.)

My placenta is on the anterior wall of my uterus adhered to the myometrium, directly over my previous C-section scars, and has spread (like a cancer) to other organs in my abdomen.  Doctors also note that my Percreta covers almost my whole placenta, not a small portion.


With this severe pregnancy condition, Jenifer is well aware of the 10% maternal mortality rate.  Despite being pressured to choose an abortion, Jenifer is choosing life for her son.


This afternoon I was talking with a family member.  I said that things don’t look good for my insides, but that the baby looks perfect.  They replied.  “I don’t care about the baby.  I’m worried about you.  You already have seven children.  You have to take care of yourself and them.”  From the rest of the conversation and previous conversations, I get the impression that some people think I should abort this baby.  Not only that, I feel that they think I’m stupid for not considering abortion more seriously

At 18 weeks gestation Jenifer wrote: This time I got the VERY direct abortion talk.  (It felt much like the “how babies are made” talks of my youth.)  My new doctor wanted me to understand that we were not talking about aborting a baby because it might not be born “perfect”; we were talking about aborting a baby, to save my life– for my other seven children.  She specifically said that this surgery WAS much less dangerous at 19 weeks than it would be as my baby and placenta grows.  She wanted to be sure that if I was considering terminating this pregnancy (i.e. killing the perfectly healthy baby that I had just spent an HOUR watching suck his thumb and kick in our ultrasound) we needed to decide NOW not LATER.  I wanted the doctor to understand that I was very aware of the CHOICE I was making and it was a decision that we had not made lightly.

The last two cases that were similar to mine ended up almost dying in the OR.  The last case, the mother needed over 40 units of blood.  She said, “If you are not scared, I have not done my job.”

I wish I would have said, “The last two cases, the mother and babies both lived!!”  Scary, yes… but I still have a 90% chance of living!!!  I can handle 40 units of blood to save the life of my baby.  I am not ignorant.  I am CHOOSING this dangerous surgery to bring this baby into this world.  I understand the risk; I am willing to take this risk… NOW, let’s talk about how we’re going to WIN this battle.


Jenifer has found peace and courage in her faith.


I am grateful for modern-day medicine and I completely believe in a God of miracles and a Great Plan of Happiness that includes sickness, sorrow and death.  I find joy in the sometimes difficult journey of life.  Finding peace in the midst the uncertainty is going to be my mental struggle.

Sure, I let myself grieve and be afraid and be angry.  But ultimately, I feel the best when I get to the place of just taking one day at a time.  I know that I am known.  There is a God and He has a specific plan for me.  Whatever happens, it will be alright.  I live in America, I have great insurance and incredibly skilled doctors, this is the 21st century and I’m grateful for this experience, no matter the outcome.


You can continue following Jenifer’s journey on her blog:  Moss Moments.

Abortion’s Dark Storm: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

In Abortion, Families, Human Rights on January 30, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Obama, pointing fingerDear Mr. President:

I understand that you’re making 2013 a year to highlight and legislate against gun violence in America. Well, I was thinking that maybe at the same time, you could spotlight and issue some executive orders against scalpel violence. The small scalpels abortion business practitioners use to cut up fragile preborn babies as they are removed from their mothers in tiny pieces could be included in your attempt to reduce BOTH violences:   a joint guns and scalpels awareness campaign. And since scalpels kill over a million children a year in the US, curbing scalpel violence would be a huge victory for the kids—and us all!

When you became President, I often heard you being compared to Abraham Lincoln. I was reminded of this during your speech last summer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte when you mentioned that you knew “exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’” Actually, Lincoln/Obama comparisons started me wondering if you, like President Lincoln, might use your influence to abolish another peculiar institution.

You see, although God requires human governments to execute guilty murderers, I applauded when you signed an executive order early in your first term restoring the “no torture or inhumane treatment” policy for terrorists during interrogation or imprisonment.  Then the thought came to me that it would be so amazing if another of your legacies turned out to be extending the same civility to millions of pre-born American children. They would definitely “rise up and call you blessed!” However, your January 22, 2013 Barack Obama blog on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade reaffirming your support for “reproductive freedom” and for the right of women “to make their own choices about their bodies” and your comments at last year’s DNC Convention, made me wonder what information, if any, would cause you to reconsider your pro-abortion position.

As you youself put it in a 2005 speech at the Lincoln Presidential Library,

“What separates Lincoln from the other great men has to do with something else. It’s an issue of character that speaks to us, of moral resolve . . . when it came time to confront the greatest moral challenge this nation has ever faced, Lincoln did not flinch. He did not equivocate or duck or pass the challenge on to future generations . . . In the midst of slavery’s dark storm and the complexities of governing a house divided, he kept his moral compass pointed firm and true.”

compassRecalibrate Your Moral Compass

Wouldn’t it be great if one of your successors could say of you one day, “In the midst of abortion’s dark storm, President Barack Obama recalibrated his moral compass”?  According to Lincoln, his compass was the Bible, the same one that you both used for your oath of office.

During your first inaugural speech when you talked about how your father might not have been served in a DC restaurant less than 60 years ago, I was glad that so much has changed.  Now, your dad’s rights would be protected and celebrated.  Hopefully, less than 60 years from now, the dangers and injustice an unborn child faces today in DC will also be just as shameful a memory!  But in your Roe v. Wade blog last year you stated: “I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose…” And on July 24, 2012, during a 4 pm campaign speech at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, you said that your opponent wanted “to get rid of funding for Planned Parenthood.  I think that is a bad idea.  I’ve got two daughters.  I want them to control their own healthcare choices.”

In a Denver, Colorado speech on August 8, 2012, when you talked about “a woman’s right to make her own healthcare choices,” you didn’t mention the other person affected by an abortion decision.  How profoundly sad that made me! Consider this, Mr. President: About 50 million combatants and non-combatants died in the Second World War, while in the Second American Civil War, since Roe v. Wade abortionists have killed about 50 million preborn children who should have had the right to live. Horrific tragedies, but unlike WWII, which ended when the Allied forces overcame concentrated evil, this latest “house-divided” civil war doesn’t have an end in sight. Yet.

Abraham LincolnPresident Lincoln and a Pro-Life Speech

Researching the subject of our inalienable rights, not just to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but also to life, I was amazed to discover a pro-life speech that President Lincoln delivered. I admit that it sounds remarkably like his great anti-slavery speech of 1854. Just a coincidence!
“The doctrine of self-government is right, absolutely and eternally right, but it has no justification as here attempted. Or perhaps I should rather say that whether it has such just application depends upon whether a pre-born baby is not – or is – a person. If the pre-born boy or girl is not a person, in that case, a woman may as a matter of self-government do just what she pleases with her pre-born baby. But if her pre-born baby is a person, is it not to that extent a total destruction of self-government to say that her pre-born baby, too, shall not have the right to life? When the woman chooses for herself and in so doing deprives her pre-born son or daughter of life, that is more than self-government. It is despotism and death and self-destruction. We began by declaring that all are created equal, but now from that beginning we have sunk to the depraved declaration that a woman’s choice to kill her unborn child is a sacred right of self-government. These principles cannot stand together. They are as opposite as God and Satan.”

I know you said in your State of the Union speech last year “No more bailouts!” but now that you are in your second term do you think you might be able to find a little subsidy or something for abortion doctors? These hired baby killers receive only a few hundred dollars for each tiny victim they do away with! While I understand that hospital abortionists don’t have the extra expense that street-side clinic doctors do – for all those umbrellas to shield their paying customers from human eyes – I still think they deserve a raise; a few hundred bucks doesn’t seem like very much money for a contract killing, especially with the danger involved. After all, pre-born babies have been known to fight back when they’re being “procedured.” Of course we don’t torture terrorists, but babies are an exception.

Mr. President, a healthcare worker I know walked into a laundry room in a certain hospital and saw a tiny baby boy in a glass jar that had been left there momentarily by a busy nurse on her way to another errand; the adjacent abortion consent form with the mother’s name in plain sight made for a sad reminder that one more child would never know a mother’s love; never experience a birthday party or a Christmas holiday; never make small talk while taking a walk with Mommy or Daddy. All the little guy rated was a see-through casket!

It takes a brave man or woman to “take out” a little girl or boy that size, but the bravest thing these adults are doing isn’t killing babies, it’s defying the God who created them, the One whom they will bow before someday and give an account. According to the Bible, Gods unleashes His anger on those who “call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Even Lincoln in his second inaugural address, quoting scripture, warned, “Offenses will come, but woe to the one by whom the offense comes.” Check out what God says about hands that shed innocent blood. One day the pro-choice illusion will be exposed as a procedure from hell.

But there is hope. According to God’s Word, even a hired baby killer can enter into eternity cleansed and forgiven.

It is interesting to note that as early as 1834, when the young Abraham Lincoln, like you, was a member of the Illinois Legislative Assembly, he was repeatedly warned not to get involved in the anti-slavery debate if he valued his political career. Aren’t you glad he didn’t heed that advice? Aren’t you glad Lincoln didn’t equivocate or say that while he was against slavery, of course, and was in favor of abolition, of course, there were a few situations that would merit an exception?

Perhaps just a little slavery might be permitted if the slave-owner believed his life would be in danger without a slave or two, or his health negatively affected, or his mental health reduced, or his wealth diminished, etc. But we can all thank God for a President who said: “No slavery, no way!” Lincoln understood that there would be as many exceptions, if allowed by law, as there were creative slave-owners.

The same logic can be applied to the abortion debate. Just a few exceptions, for the mother’s mental or physical or financial health, or for some undesirable circumstances of conception, and the ban on abortion would be honored, as one historian noted about another subject, “more in the breach than in the observance.” Mr. President, I know a sweet, pretty, well-adjusted schoolgirl who was conceived by rape. She loves life, and her mother adores her. Could you look her in the eye and tell her that she should have been aborted? There have been many similar true stories with equally happy endings in the years since Roe v. Wade entered the national lexicon.

Newborn babyTime for Courage

May we never forget, as the old hymn puts it, “[that] though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet!” Respectfully, Mr. President, if you were to reverse your pro-abortion position and come down on the side of goodness and mercy, who cares what the critics would say? Truman didn’t worry about the armchair quarterbacks when it came to some of the courageous decisions he had to make. Won’t you do the same? Then, when you’re an ex-President, sitting in your rocking chair someday, you can have peace with yourself, knowing that you championed the cause of the innocent!

But you say that Roe v. Wade is settled law! Well, didn’t slavery’s justifiers use that same argument? Why, when you were editor of the Harvard Law Review, you made a video praising lawyer Charles Houston for spending his career fighting to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. He accomplished that goal with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education.

God bless you, Mr. President — like Lincoln — “with malice toward none, with charity for all, [and] with firmness in the right as God gives [you] to see the right.” Back in 2009 you said, “There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being” when you and Tony Blair spoke at the National Day of Prayer. Perhaps, as the Bible puts it, you are “come to the kingdom for such a time as this.” Won’t you re-examine your support of the culture of death? Like God advised Joshua when Joshua became Israel’s leader, taking the people of The Book into the Promised Land: “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid. I will help you.”

Please, Mr. President, please choose life!

Kind regards,

John Hansen
Greenville, South Carolina

Clever and Witty or Crass and Disgusting

In Abortion, father, motherhood, Sanctity of Life on January 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Mehcad BrooksA video created by Center for Reproductive Rights has been making the rounds in cyberspace.  It has met with accolades from the pro-abortion world and jeers of disgust from everyone else.

“Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby” features an actor sitting in a chair in a well-appointed room with a fire place crackling in the background.  The handsome actor smiles and winks seductively as he delivers his monologue.

“Oh, hey baby, Did you think I forgot?” he says, as he sips from his glass.  “How could I ever forget our anniversary?” he continues as he talks to the camera as though the viewer were his lover.

This comment from one viewer sums it up nicely:

Honestly, disgusting on so many levels. For a black man to be celebrating – does he understand that today black children are aborted at five times the rate of white children? Does he understand that a black child is more at risk in his mother’s womb than at any other time in his life? Thought this was a sick joke – like a man celebrating that he could impregnate women freely knowing that he could just abort his offspring when necessary. And of all the tag lines – “Hey BABY”. BABY?

We won’t do anymore editorializing.  You watch it and decide for yourself.

It’s All About Me

In Abortion, adoption, motherhood, Parenting on January 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Young Mom kissing babyMari Anderson & Marcy Cooper

“I found out I was pregnant on my 21st birthday. It was not planned and, in fact, I never really planned on having children in the future. I am now eight weeks pregnant and so confused. I am very pro-life; I just can’t bring myself to go through with an abortion. I have visited abortion clinics and the thought of going through with it sickens me. I feel I have no support from my family or my boyfriend. Everyone has been telling me my only choice is abortion—I need someone to talk to, someone to just listen to me and not tell me what to do. I feel so lonely lately, my relationship of two years is going down the drain and my family is just as confused as I am.” Josie[i]

Many women are faced with the unexpected news that they are having a baby and do not know how to handle the situation. They turn to abortion because they see it as the only option when; in fact, there are many other choices.  In the United States alone there were 1,200,000 abortions in the country in 2011.[ii]

As alternatives to abortion, here are several choices one can make. One option is to consider raising the child with the help of others such as the father, immediate family, or relatives. Another option is to place the child in temporary foster care. This is a great choice if the biological parent isn’t able to raise a child at that point in time of their life, but could raise the child after a year or so. One final possibility is to put the child up for adoption. But the choice is ultimately the mothers and fathers have no legal rights to determine the destiny of the pre-born child.

Many mothers come up with the excuse that just getting an abortion is the easiest way to fix the problem.   Mothers often rationalize getting an abortion because of the following excuses:

  • Right now the timing is bad to have a child.
  • Finances are tight and neither of the parents can afford a baby right now.
  • The mother doesn’t want to be a single mother raising a child.
  • Having a baby would interfere with school or having a successful career.

Since 1973 and the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision, women’s “right to choose” has led to the loss of 55 million pre-born lives.  That number represents one-sixth of the current U.S. population.   Abortion is the leading cause of (unnatural) death in America.

Who has abortions?

  • In 2009, women aged 20-29 years had the highest abortion rates (27.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20-24 years and 20.4 abortions per 1,000 women aged 25-29 years) (Centers for Disease Control).
  • In 2009, adolescents under 15 years obtained .05% of all abortions, but had the highest abortion ratio, 785 abortions for every 1,000 live births (Centers for Disease Control).
  • Black women are more than 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have an abortion, and Hispanic women are 2.7 times as likely (Guttmacher Institute).
  • The abortion rate of non-metropolitan women is about half that of women who live in metropolitan counties (National Abortion Federation).
  • The abortion rate of women with Medicaid coverage is three times as high as that of other women (National Abortion Federation).
  • At current rates, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion  (Guttmacher Institute).

As abortion rates rise perhaps more time should be given to its effects upon women and their families.  Having an abortion has many side effects, both emotional and physical.  The emotional side effects include post partum depression and feelings of guilt. Most people believe post partum depression will only happen after a person delivers the baby, but, it happens any time a pregnancy is ended—no matter what stage the pregnancy ended in. Many times it can be very traumatic for the mother to feel a sense of loss or abandonment.

The physical effects of abortion can last two to four weeks after the procedure has been completed. These include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, spotting and bleeding. More serious complications that could arise are infection, damage to organs including the uterus and cervix, and even death.[iii] These complications are serious to the health of the mother and should be thought about before any decision is made.

I regret my abortionHow does having an abortion impact future births?

According to the Mayo Clinic, having an abortion does not cause infertility issues or complications, but a person runs the risk of developing the following complications: vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, preterm birth, low birth rate, and placenta previa (the placenta detaches from the uterus wall). Would we want mothers to suffer theses complications when it is preventable with choices other than abortion?

By not having an abortion, a woman will save not only a child’s life, but also maybe her own. It is always a question whether the child who died could have been the next president of the United States or invented the cure for cancer.

Josie’s story is just one of many examples of women who face the decision of whether or not to have an abortion. She concludes her story by saying:

In January, I found out on my 21st birthday that I was pregnant; at that time I was confused and had no idea what to do. It is now March and I am four months pregnant.   I decided to keep my baby and raise it with my boyfriend and with the help of my family. I  am very happy with my decision; I know I couldn’t have done it any other way. I found out it’s a boy and he’s due in September.[iv]

For many women it can be extremely scary when they are in the situation of having to decide a child’s future. That decision, however, has ultimately been placed in the mother’s hands.  She can never ignore the life that would be terminated by that one decision; a decision that could negatively impact her life, her family’s life and rob her (or adoptive parents) of the blessing of a wonderful, precious baby.


Mari AndersonMari Anderson is adopted from Peru. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelors Degree in Child Development.

Marcy Cooper

Marcy Cooper is from Roy, Utah. She is studying Child Development at Brigham Young University-Idaho and will be graduating in April 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree.

Holy Cow

In Abortion, Families, motherhood, Parenting on January 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Bull ElkDiane Robertson

Last week in Boulder, Colorado a police officer shot a bull elk. The police officers involved in the shooting of the elk have been put on administrative leave and are under criminal investigation. On Sunday, hundreds of citizens in Boulder, Colorado held a candle light vigil in honor of the elk.

Some comments from the neighbors were:

“I know a lot of us have had a lot of anger, a lot of questions, a lot of uncertainty,” said Vigil organizer Jim Riemersma. “Tonight’s a celebration, a celebration of the elk. We loved him. But I think he loved us, too, because he returned to this neighborhood.”

“People live here because we love the wildlife,” said Esther Parson, who lives in the foothills west of Boulder. “To murder an animal who feels like he’s part of the neighborhood is despicable.”

“He was a beautiful animal,” said Nancy Platt, of Boulder. “He was hurting nobody. He didn’t deserve what he got.”

Boulder, Colorado is not only the setting for a lot of wildlife, but the setting for a late term abortion clinic, Boulder Abortion Clinic, P.C. . On any Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm, women can come and kill their babies. The neighbor’s are not holding candlelight vigils in honor of the babies that will never even get to take their first breath or brighten someone’s day with their precious smile. On the clinic’s website, one can find comments from the mothers who have aborted their babies.

“I am so glad this facility is here.”

“Everyone was friendly and caring, as well as comfortable with and professional at what they’re doing.”

“I would just like to say thank you for being so kind and treating me with such respect.”

“The doctor is not only a wonderful and caring man, he’s got a great sense about himself, almost as if he “knows” what your feelings [are]. Truly a wonderful man.”

“Dr. Hern was very funny and enjoyable. The procedure was just what the staff said it would be.”

“The doctor puts his heart into his work and that makes me feel good.”

Woodland creatures are held in higher esteem than human life.  A community has allowed the killing of their own unborn children and at the same time lit candles, mourned, and criminalized the killing of an elk. The breakdown of the family and the legalizing of practices that support sexual activity outside of marriage has brought us to a time where neighbor’s will get together to mourn the loss of a wild animal, but turn a blind eye when a women wants to  rid herself of the responsibility of her own children.

In most states, the state legislature will begin the 2013 session. Most of these states will have bills to help protect children from abortion. Please find out what the bills are and contact your legislatures or lobby at your state capitol to help curb the loss of precious human lives through abortion. Our own children are infinitely more precious than beautiful and interesting wildlife. They need legal protection too.


Auschwitz, Abortion and Connecticut

In Abortion, Bioethics, Eugenics on January 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Service for Shooting VictimsGordon Jones

This past summer my wife and I had the opportunity of traveling through much of Europe. We saw many cities, churches and museums. Of all that we saw, our visit to Auschwitz made the deepest impression. To walk on the grounds where millions of men, women and children were murdered and tortured was an overpowering experience. Their blood and suffering have consecrated those grounds and anyone who walks those paths can feel a small portion of the pain and anguish of those poor souls who were so unfairly hated and killed. There was not pretext that this was just punishment. This had nothing to do with what they did, it was simply who they were.

It was Dr. Mengele who watched the prisoners get off the train and to each he would signal the officers either a thumb up or a thumb down. The thumbs down meant they went immediately to the gas chamber. The others went to the camp where they were slowly starved and worked to death. It was here and at the nearby camp of Birkenau that Dr. Mengele conducted his horrific experiments involving the torture of twins among other atrocities. While listening to his cruel and perverse experiments I was deeply troubled to hear of one story in particular.   After visiting the children’s block Mengele drew an arbitrary line on the wall. He then instructed the guards to go through the camp and any infants and children who were shorter than the line were taken immediately to gas chamber. More than five hundred children were killed as a result.

The evil that took place at Auschwitz haunts me still because of the cruelty and the random torture and murder of the innocent children is such a painful thought. As I pondered these horrific images it began to dawn on me that I own a portion of guilt for the murder of innocent children. It became much more real to me that we, as a society, have drawn an arbitrary line on the wall and have killed millions of innocent children because they were less than 22 weeks old. We are killing more than one million babies a year. We are making the atrocities of Dr. Mengele look small by comparison.

I cannot escape the guilt that I am part of the society that not only tolerates these atrocities, but encourages it in many ways. I feel a great empathy with Lincoln’s words at his second inaugural address where he placed equal blame for the sin of slavery on the North who had been complicit in the slave trade until a few decades before the Civil war. He viewed the war was just punishment to both the North and the South for those sins. In reality, we find our country in wars and with atrocities on all sides. How is it possible that the massacre of 20 innocent children in Connecticut could bring the entire nation to their feet while the killing three thousand children every day with the surgeon’s blade goes completely unnoticed?

“Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man (or nation) by whom the offense cometh.” –“we shall suppose that American slavery (abortion) is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God,– He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war (atrocities) as the woe due to those by whom the offense came.

Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war (abortion) and senseless killings may speedily pass away.”  –Abraham Lincoln


Increased Contraception = Increased Abortion: Who knew?

In Abortion, Abstinence, Cohabitation, Family Planning, Marriage, Research on November 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Ann Bailey

Increased use of contraceptives results in increased abortion…who knew!  Seems counter-intuitive, but it is true.  Recently, the media and the Obama spin masters have been all over a study that  supposedly shows that if you hand out free birth control (under Obamacare) you’ll have fewer abortions.  They’re hoping this type of research will convince the general public that forcing employers to pay for their employees’ contraception is a good idea.

The problem for the pro-contraception/pro-abortion team is that the research from countries like Spain, Sweden, England, and Wales tell a completely different story – when you increase contraceptive use you get higher pregnancy and higher abortion rates.  Not to mention that the new Obamacare-supporting study is full of some significant research flaws and invalid assumptions.

Research coming to us from The Guttmacher Institute (a Planned Parenthood affiliate and no friend of the pro-life movement) shows that increased used of contraceptive in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Singapore, and South Korea also brought about an increased rate of abortion.

Despite an increase in the use of contraceptives in England and Wales, the number of abortions increased from 175,542 in 2009 to 189,574 in the year 2010.  Commenting on this increase in the abortion rates, Paula Franklin, director of Marie Stopes International, states:

“with improvements in contraception rates last year, these figures come as a surprise… Although the rise is small, these abortion figures send a warning for the government’s family planning strategy.”

Since Marie Stopes International is one of the largest abortion providers in the UK, it leaves one wondering just how concerned about that news they could actually be.

Why does increased contraception = increased abortion?   When contraceptives are flowing people will engage in more sex acts and in riskier sexual behavior – often outside of marriage which provides a stabilizing influence to human sexual behavior.   You get more pregnancies because contraception (even when consistently used) is far from 100 percent effective and contraception fails in predictable percentages.   By the way, the highest rate of abortion occurs in cohabiting relationships – a fact that this writer finds shocking and disturbing considering the massive increases in the cohabitation rates over the past few decades.

Now stop and think about the increase use of contraception accompanied by increased sexual activity and what that is going to do to the rate of sexually transmitted disease/infection.  With the exception of limited protections provided by barrier methods such as condoms, contraceptives provide zero protection from sexually transmitted diseases.  The Centers for Disease Control provide supporting data, but there should be no surprise to anyone that there’s a clear link between birth control and increases in STDs.

You don’t have to oppose contraception because of religious reasons to have serious misgivings about the efficacy and the wisdom of flooding the world with contraceptives.

Another UN Treaty that Needs to Go Away

In Abortion, Parental Rights, UN on July 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Another UN treaty that would put the U.S. in the cross-hairs of unelected international bureaucrats was passed out of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week.  Supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) hope that the Senate vote to ratify this treaty will take place by the end of this coming week (by August 3).

As with virtually all UN treaties that emanate from the Economic and Social Division of the United Nations system, a country gives up a lot and gets nothing in return. Although the name of this treaty would make you believe it is worthy of U.S. ratification, the devil is in the details.

United Families International was at the UN in New York during final negotiations of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (December 2006) and we can testify that this treaty has all the problems and ideological baggage of the numerous other treaties that have been created by the UN and then never ratified by the U.S.

Here’s a brief list of the reasons why the United States should not ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

  • The U.S. does not need to compromise their sovereignty to supposedly stand in solidarity with other nations on the issue of fair treatment for persons with disabilities.
  • The U.S. has already enacted some of the strongest disability legislation in the world.
  • The U.S. doesn’t need to sign onto this treat in order to provide leadership on this issue.
  • This treaty compromises parents’ right to direct the education of their disabled children.  The language of “best interests of the child” is the language of those who would like to wrest control from parents.  Does the parent or the government know what is best for a child?  This document puts the power in the hands of government.
  • This document contains language that can be easily misconstrued and misinterpreted to support reproductive health rights (code words for abortion).  As was mentioned earlier, UFI was there advocating for the family during the final negotiations of this convention and the reproductive language was highly controversial and hotly contested.
  • A UN compliance committee (unelected international bureaucrats) is given the authority to monitor and issue edicts as to whether or not a signatory country is complying with the mandates of this convention.  Sovereignty would be compromised.

The U.S. is already a leader in its treatment and policies related to people with disabilities.  The ratification of this treaty does nothing to further the interests of the good people who struggle with disabilities.  Senators James Inhofe and Jim DeMint explain it best:

The globalist ideologues behind these treaties are either ignorant of or hostile to the universal human experience that problems are best solved by the people and institutions closest to them. So assured are these masters of their mandate to direct the lives and wealth of other people that they see their routine failures to do so efficiently at the local, state and national level merely as reason to ascend to new heights of international command and control.

Contact your senators today and let them know that you don’t support another meaningless UN treaty.  Tell the UN bureaucrats “NO.”




Choosing a Casket instead of a Crib

In Abortion, motherhood, Sanctity of Life on May 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

 Ann Bailey

What’s it like for a mother to be planning a funeral when she should be choosing paint colors for her newborn’s nursery?  My neighbor and dear friend, *Sarah, knows the answer to that question.   When her pregnancy reached the five month mark, she was told that her unborn baby had a terminal condition and would die within a few hours of being born.  Worse yet, doctors told her that carrying the baby to term could be dangerous to her own health.  They recommended that she abort the baby.

Sarah’s husband was panicked that he would lose his wife and the mother of their other children; he agreed with the doctors’ recommendation and pushed Sarah to abort the baby.   She refused, stating that she was going to give her child every chance to survive.  If the little guy didn’t make it, then she would cradle him and love him until he drew his last breathe, but she would never take the life of her child.

I’ve always said that Sarah’s one of the bravest people I know and she epitomizes the selfless love of a mother.  She sought out a doctor who would help her safely bring her unborn child to term, and spent the next four months teaching and preparing her other children for the birth – and the death – of this very special child.  Her husband was so distressed over the situation that his way of dealing with it was to pretend it wasn’t happening – he never engaged nor spoke of Sarah’s pregnancy during those long, anxious, and strained remaining four months.

In the last few weeks of Sarah’s pregnancy, I went with her to the mortuary to make the plans for the baby’s burial.  I was struggling to get my mind around the injustice of choosing a casket instead of a crib, but Sarah’s calm and gracious soul never wavered.  In spite of the endless doctor visits, little support at home and concern for her other children, Sarah remained unflappable and at peace with her decision.  She understood her role as the mother to all of her children – including to her unborn child.

When the baby was born, he lived just a few minutes.  Sarah’s children were there to meet their new little brother – as was her husband.   That was some 15 years ago, and when I saw this video, I felt a sense of relief and elation that this type of service exists and the medical community has advanced to the point that they can provide this kind of support to a mother, father and family.

And I wished this type of service – and understanding – had been there for Sarah.  This video will make you cry, but watch it.  I think it will expand your understanding on the importance of all human life.

*Sarah is not her actual name.

Celebrating Jon

In Abortion, Down Syndrome, Eugenics, Parenting on May 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

The number tells the story.  More than ninety percent of unborn children who are diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.  There is no better indicator of the “better dead than have downs” attitude that exists in our culture.  But one man, columnist George Will, tells a different story.  His son, Jon, turns 40 years old this week and Mr. Will is a powerful witness to the goodness and contributions that those with Down Syndrome can -and do – make to the world.

Will’s tribute to his son, Jon, also touches on something that unfortunately too often goes unmentioned in the disability dialogue – parents and families that share the gift of an individual with Down Syndrome feel happy and feel blessed.  Dr. Brian Skotko, a geneticist at Children’s Hospital Boston, studied these families.  His work was published last fall in the American Journal of Medical Genetics.

Skotko found that among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome. A third study evaluating how adults with Down syndrome felt about themselves reports 99 percent responded they were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are, and 96 percent liked how they looked.

Take a minute and read George Will’s article.  You’ll feel a little better about humanity.


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