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Posted on: 02/06/11
Today is Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. Overshadowing this historical moment is today's Super Bowl festivities. No doubt the Gipper would understand, as he was in all things, proudly American.
But Reagan was more than a patriot. He was America's first pro-Life president. He was the first to take office in the wake of Roe v. Wade with a heartfelt commitment to protecting innocent life in the womb.
It was not always so. Reagan went through a period, while governor of California, in which he proved vulnerable to the propaganda and charms of the Abortion Lobby. But as Reagan matured, so did his fear of legalized abortion.
By 1984, Reagan actually authored a powerful little book, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation.
Here's a prime quote:
"Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution....As an act of ‘raw judicial power' ... the decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court's decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead, Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.
"We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life - the unborn - without diminishing the value of all human life."
Happy Birthday, Mr. President.
Posted on: 01/11/11
A very challenging commentary appeared last month in the journal, First Things
. Written by Lord Nicholas Windsor, great-grandson of King George V, the article decries the moral state of modern Europe. Of particular concern to the nobleman is the massive abortion rate in England and the old Christendom, which he calls "a mortal wound in Europe's heart".
We have become accustomed to hearing only dribble from the old royalty of England (e.g., the coming wedding or Prince Charles' vapid enthusiasm for global climate management). Perhaps that is why it is so stunning to read something like this coming from the Court of St. James:
"[Abortion] is a historically unprecedented cascade of destruction wrought on individuals: on sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, future spouses and friends, mothers and fathers 0 destroyed in the form of those to whom we owe, quite simply and certainly, the greatest solidarity and duty of care because they are the weakest and most dependent of our fellow humans."
Lord Nicholas goes on to declare the industrialized destruction of human life now rooted across Western Civilization "one of the most egregious abuses of human rights that society has ever tolerated."
"The practice of abortion is a mortal wound in Europe's heart, in the centre of Hellenic and Judeo-Christian culture."
Refreshing words from a very influential member of Europe's high society. May the Lord cause his words to pierce the hearts of leaders in a disintegrating culture.
It is worth reading his whole commentary - follow the link.
Posted on: 02/26/10
By a vote of 21-13, the Idaho State Senate gave its approval to SB1353 this morning following lengthy debate.
In contrast to the committee hearing, much of the debate this morning was focused on the consequences of acknowledging the conscience rights of providers in end-of-life situations. Sen. Les Bock (D-Boise) made one of the more emotional arguments against the bill by describing the decision-making of his family when faced with the challenge of creating a “peaceful resolution” for their mother’s life. He lamented the notion that a doctor or nurse might impose their moral or ethical concerns into a family’s plans for administering legal procedures designed to hasten death. Bock contended that acknowledging the conscience rights of medical professionals would only complicate already-difficult situations for families.
But, of course, what Bock failed to acknowledge is that families in such difficult circumstances do not have the right to forcibly implicate another – even their doctor -- in immoral actions. Moreover, his argument failed to recognize that SB1353 only protects the right of a nurse or pharmacist or doctor to withdraw from treatments they find morally challenging.
Sen. Russ Fulcher responded by noting that it was the medical community itself which offered the language referring to “end of life treatment and care”, and that this broader definition would afford medical professionals an opportunity to exercise their moral and scientific judgment when faced with difficult situations.
Sen. Chuck Winder skillfully led the debate on behalf of the legislation, arguing that it struck a practical balance between the rights of medical providers, employers and patients.
Sen. Shirley McKague joined in defense of the legislation by reminding senators of the constitutional principles at stake in safe-guarding liberty. She offered a quote from Thomas Jefferson which featured conscience rights as our most precious liberty.
Republicans John Andreason, Joyce Broadsword, Chuck Coiner, Tim Corder, Shawn Keough, Joe Stegner and Gary Schroeder joined Senate Democrats in opposing the legislation.SB1353 now goes to the House for a committee hearing.
Posted on: 06/09/06
The Alabama Health Department has shut down an abortion clinic after finding that many women received illegal abortions at the hands of unqualified practitioners. Alabama law, like Idaho, requires abortions to be performed only by licensed medical doctors. They found that 4-of-10 patients interviewed underwent abortions without a doctor being present.
They also discovered that women were being given RU-486 without ultrasound tests to determine the age of the prenatal child. One woman turned out to be six months pregnant, and had to go to an emergency room with life-threatening blood pressure. She delivered a dead, six pound baby.
This is a blatant violation of federal rules surrounding the use of the abortion drug.
So why do we care? The case convincingly demonstrates that abortion is a business – not a matter of protecting women’s health.
Posted on: 03/09/06
LifeNews.Com made a startling report this week about a U.N. report on abortion. It is a news bit which may help right the great wrong of legalized abortion.
The United Nations Population Division – a hotbed for abortion politics – has released a study of the impact legalized abortion has on maternal deaths. In short, nations with legalized abortion have not produced lower mortality rates than those nations which have held the line on legalizing abortion.
The data is part of a larger report called “World Mortality Report: 2005”. It is the first report of its kind, and details infant and maternal deaths for each country.
In the United States for example, there are about 17 maternal deaths for each 100,000 live births. But the rate is actually lower in Ireland and Poland, for example, which have remained hostile to legalized abortion.
And the point of this data?
Let’s remember one of the primary selling-points of the Abortion Lobby: Criminalizing abortion drives women to commit abortions on themselves, or to seek “back-alley abortions” which are lethal to women. Back in the ‘60s, groups like NARAL claimed 5000 women died each year because abortion was illegal. We know from the testimony of an insider, Dr. Bernard Nathanson, that those numbers were just made up.
Now we have hard numbers to prove Nathanson’s claim. After all, if the theories of the abortion crowd were true – we would expect to see much higher rates of maternal death in nations without legalized abortion.
As the debate over Roe v. Wade intensifies, as new court cases come before a more conservative Supreme Court – you can bet big money that Planned Parenthood and the rest of the Abortion Lobby will hold up coat hangers and peddle fear. This U.N. report gives us data to carry the day; in fact, it may even help persuade the Supreme Court that its blind belief that abortion is necessary to protect women’s health is just plain wrong.
Posted on: 03/09/06
Here is a very creepy glimpse into our potential future:
A health official in the Netherlands has publicly called for laws allowing forced abortion, sterilization and contraception as part of an intensified campaign to eliminate unwanted children.
As if that were not bad enough, Marianne van den Anker is particularly interested in targeting two ethnic minorities in her nation – the Antilleans and the Arubans – because she believes they have the most serious problem with unwanted children. Ms. Van den Anker is a mother of two children and the official in charge of Rotterdam’s health and security ministries. In an interview with a Dutch paper, she also contended that her approach was a viable strategy for reducing child abuse.
As a public official, she says, she has done everything she can think of to reduce child abuse and neglect; but “I fail, I fail,” she says.
To sweeten the pot, this woman argues that forced abortions in targeted communities would also help solve the growing problem of youth gangs.
Hopefully this kind of thinking shocks you. But what should really disturb you is not the rantings of some Dutch official. It is the fact that this kind of talk appears to be part of a larger resurgence of the eugenics movement. Much of the embryonic stem cell debate, human engineering, cloning and even legalized abortion have deep roots in a philosophy once dominant in America. Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger was among the most notorious apostles of human engineering to solve social problems.
Many important people in America – like the Rockefeller family – wholeheartedly embraced her philosophy as the key to a perfect society. Under pressure by such notables, many states actually adopted forced sterilization for targeted populations deemed unfit.
While van den Anker’s statements would repulse the vast majority of Americans, we are on the path, with our continued tolerance for legalized abortion, to a day when such talk will be delivered by credible American policy makers.
Posted on: 03/09/06
Planned Parenthood had a big party yesterday at its new abortuary in Boise. In a flier distributed through campuses and emails, Planned Parenthood invited all comers to join them in celebrating the 1st anniversary of its elegant new building on State Street.
They passed out bags of free condoms, and free “Morning After Pills” to all the party goers. There was a raffle to win free birth control pills for a year!
We can’t tell you whether they offered tours of their killing rooms – but we can assure you that there was a gala cake-cutting ceremony at noon.
It is difficult to imagine having a party to celebrate the birth of a new killing center in Idaho, but, then, we’re not them. I know the folks at Planned Parenthood will take great offense at the suggestion, but I can’t help but think of the Auschwitz commandant offering to bring the local citizens in for a tour.
We must pray for those running Planned Parenthood – and for those in the community who blindly support their mission of destruction.
Posted on: 03/09/06
As national pro-abortion groups come into Idaho to campaign for Sheila Sorensen in the Congressional race – it is important to fully grasp what these groups stand for.
Sorensen claims she is not “pro-abortion” – but, rather, “pro-choice”. This has been the mantra of the Abortion Industry since the ‘60s. But is that true?
A troubling situation in Michigan throws the light on their true agenda. Pro-abortion forces, led by the ACLU, oppose legislation to protect women and girls from forced abortions. The proposed law would simply require abortionists to ask a woman if she was being pressured by a third party into getting an abortion. If so, the abortionist would be required to inform the woman that such pressure is illegal.
Pro-choice? Or just pro-abortion and pro-profit?
Yet another example that the Abortion Industry is no friend to women. And politicians like Sorensen who continue to press “abortion rights” are selling other women down the river.
Posted on: 03/09/06
Planned Parenthood is leading efforts across the nation to shut-down government funding for any educational programs which stress abstinence. According to LifeNews.Com, they have been joined by some 200 organizations in a systematic attack on abstinence programs.
Planned Parenthood has actually labeled abstinence programs “harmful”.
Yet a study published by Adolescent and Family Health magazine in 2004 found that abstinence programs were primarily responsible for a substantial decline in teenage pregnancy rates among teenage girls.
So where is the danger? I believe it is the threat to Planned Parenthood’s profits which drive their irrational attack on encouraging children to abstain from premature sexual activity. But there is more: Abstinence runs counter to Planned Parenthood’s free sex social agenda for our children.
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