Guys, this is sick. Absolutely sick. I know I’m saying that word a lot today, but in the context of what I’m about to share with you, it can’t be said enough. During the week of Easter, the New York Times made a series of emails public. These emails were between an abortion clinic and a fetal parts buyer. You can read all about it here, at my original article for Live Action News. And don’t skip this one…we have to face the facts and experience with our hearts what is going on all around our nation.
Read below what I posted on Facebook about it, and then GO READ THE LIVE ACTION NEWS ARTICLE. We can’t hide our faces from reality anymore. It’s easier, it’s happier – absolutely – but it isn’t okay.
If you haven’t yet, go check out AbortionProcedures.com and spread it around to your friends. Post the videos on Facebook, please. This is a tangible thing you can do to help show America what abortion is. These things – abortion and baby body part harvesting – are happening in other countries, too, all across the globe. So no matter where you live, share this info, and help put an end to these extreme human rights violations.
Although this movie has a strong Christian influence, the director – Bruce Marchiano – says that secular distributors are the ones who are interested in getting Alison’s Choice out. In fact, one of the distributors usually markets horror films. Marchiano exclaims: “Just imagine, a pro-life film championed by a guy who sells horror movies. It’s hilarious!”
The feature-length film centers around Alison, who is inside an abortion clinic. She’s already made her decision, but then, Jesus – in the form of a janitor – comes to talk to her.
It’s amazing, it’s powerful, and it’s different than you might expect.
For information on how to purchase the film (which is available on DVD) and how to request it in your own theatre, go here. You can also go to the same article to read some amazing stories of hearts changed and lives saved ALREADY by Alison’s Choice.
While it’s hard cold winter in most parts of the U.S. these days, I can’t quite let go of autumn. While some see autumn as the season of death, I see it as the season that reminds us new life is always coming. And when we think of abortion and life and choices, let us remember to reject death; to let a choice for death fall away from us, rejected.
Let us embrace new life in all its wonder and worry and anticipation. Let us wait eagerly and patiently for its arrival, knowing that when new life comes, it is always, always a gift that we will never regret accepting with open arms.
For years, I have treasured the verse, that reads, “Behold, I make all things new.” And in the changing seasons of life – be they beautiful or just plain ugly – I want to hold this verse close to my heart. I want to be willing to let my choices, my preferences, and my desires – when they add up to selfishness – fall away.
Come, Lord Jesus. Make all things new.
For more specific information on making a choice for life (or helping someone else make this choice), please see these resources:
From the article: “Popular photoblog Humans of New York recently shared two true stories about people who chose life instead of abortion. Facebook users responded in droves, with over one million likes and more than 29,500 shares between the two stories.
The comments have exploded, passing 13,000 – many with people sharing their own choices for life and the children they were blessed with as a result.”
NOTE: If you are unable to view the photos throughout this article, click on the links associated with each image – for example, the date, February 28, 2015 – and you will be able to see Mindy’s pictures.
(Via Live ActionNews) – Mindy Raelynne Danison has suffered through two tragic miscarriages – one with the baby at seven weeks, and the other at eight weeks and five days. In response, Mindy created a Facebook photo album for each child, where she publicly celebrates their short, but much-loved lives. Mindy’s photos – especially one of Annabelle – have been shared on social media, and Mindy has expressed her desire for many to see her tiny babies. Their humanity could not be more obvious.
For more information on the development of babies at this stage – including amazing videos, ultrasounds, and photos – see The Endowment for Human Development. Eighty nine percent of abortions occur in the first trimester, when many babies look just like Riley and Annabelle. At only seven to eight weeks old, babies can touch their faces and their feet. At this stage of gestation, preborn babies can squint and roll over, and their hindbrain “presents striking resemblance to that of the newborn.”
You know you don’t want an abortion. Maybe you know in your heart that your child is a real, live person (you’re right!). Maybe you know your science and facts already. Maybe you can’t bear to be a part of killing an innocent human being. Maybe you already love your child. Maybe you or someone you know has had an abortion, and you know the physical and emotional pain that comes with it.
Whatever your reason, you do not have to get an abortion. It is against the law for anyone to force or coerce you to get one. You are your child’s mother, and no one – not your boyfriend, husband, parents, pimp, teacher, or lady at the grocery store – can make you get an abortion.
Let your “no!” mean “no!” – no matter what anyone else tells you. Your baby is a new, unique person who deserves a chance at life. Period.
If you ever need to be reminded why you don’t want an abortion, read real stories from real women who have had abortions.
Parenting website Mommyish recently published an article advocating ten reasons (well, actually nine) to have an abortion. In response, I wrote a piece debunking the author’s arguments. Today, I will discuss ten reasons not to have an abortion.
1) It compounds tragedy.
Sometimes the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy are tragic. Perhaps the woman was raped. Maybe the baby has been diagnosed with a defect. Or the woman’s health might be at risk. However, one tragedy is not answered with another. We do not erase a rape by killing a child. We do not cure a baby by taking his life. And we do not avoid all health issues by avoiding the reality of another human being.
Women who have been raped must be compassionately cared for. But compassionate care does not include executing a woman’s child. Parents facing a difficult prenatal diagnosis must be given real facts and directed to others with helpfulexperiences. They must not be forced into a quick choice for abortion or urged to take the life of their child instead of giving her a chance to defy the odds. Women with high-risk pregnancies must be treated by real medical professionals. But treatment does not include intentionally killing a child. (If a child dies during the course of treating the woman – i.e., during chemotherapy for cancer, removal of an ectopic pregnancy, etc. – this is not an abortion.)
Even as I type the title of my article here, I cringe at the shower of outrage that’s about to come my way. No, seriously, I know that many well-meaning people believe that it is possible to be personally pro-life. I’ve been thinking about this recently, and I have to disagree. I’m talking about the people who say, “I wouldn’t personally have an abortion, but it’s not my place to tell others what to do.” Or something like that. Let’s run through some of the ideas and thoughts behind a “personally pro-life” viewpoint.
Would it be okay with you if I made any of the following statements? (Ignore your personal thoughts on these issues. Just take the statements at face value.)
I wouldn’t personally shoot a Mexican crossing the border into the United States, but it’s not my place to tell a Texas landowner what to do.
I wouldn’t personally drink and drive, but it’s not my job to tell you what to do.
I wouldn’t personally rape anyone, but hey, it’s not my business what you do in your own private life.
I wouldn’t personally hold up a bank at gunpoint for a joke, but I’m not going to tell you what’s ok and what’s not.
I wouldn’t personally leave my kid with an abusive babysitter, but I won’t tell you what you should do with your kid.
Thoughts, anyone? Let’s just say that personally, I think those statements are full of junk. Kudos to me if I wouldn’t personally do bad things that would make me a nasty person, a murderer, or an absolutely horrible parent. Should I just pat myself on the back now?
The point in a civilized society isn’t so much what we wouldn’t personally do, though I admit that if everyone would stop personally doing bad things, we’d live in a perfect world. But guess what: that’s not gonna happen in this world, despite our best hopes. There will always be people among us who will personally choose to do wrong things. Therefore the question becomes not what we personally won’t do, but what is wrong for all of society.
I think we can all agree with the following statements:
It’s wrong to shoot an illegal immigrant.
It’s wrong to stab a gas station cashier.
It’s wrong to smother a newborn baby.
It’s wrong to run over a black child with a car.
It’s wrong to strangle an adolescent with Down Syndrome.
It’s wrong to kidnap a woman and kill her.
It’s wrong to end a man’s life because we don’t like him.
It’s wrong to poison an elderly person because we don’t want them around anymore.
Basically, it’s wrong to kill innocent human beings. It doesn’t matter who they are or what position in life they have or what race or gender they are or what environment they came from. It doesn’t matter how old or young or developed or not developed they are. It doesn’t matter if we love them or hate them. It doesn’t matter if they’re convenient or expensive or hard to deal with. All that matters is that they’re human and we do not have the right to kill them. Civilized society agrees with this.
Except. Except in the cases of the unborn humans in our midst. The only differences they have from us are 1) their environment, 2) their level of dependency, 3) their development, and 4) their size and physical appearance. Since when are those qualifiers for the right to life?
Plenty of people live in different environments – think of people in other countries, in hospitals, or on the street. We don’t have the right to kill any of them. Plenty of people have differing degrees of dependence. What about a person on a ventilator, a newborn baby, a disabled adult, or a regular five-year-old? When does someone become “too dependent” – so much so that we have the right to kill them?
Plenty of people are at different developmental stages – whether you’re talking about mental or physical development. Human life is, in a way, development. Plenty of people are different sizes with different physical appearances. Think of men, women, dwarves, giants, three-year-olds, and people born with a cleft lip. Do any of those things affect our “right” to kill them? Clearly, they don’t in any case we can think of – except the unborn. This is an illogical, unfounded, and entirely unjust exception.
The gravity of this injustice should force us to take a public stand. We cannot afford to be “personally pro-life.” While it’s great if you wouldn’t have an abortion yourself, it’s not enough. Babies are being put to death in horrific waysevery single day in our nation and throughout the world. If your only opinion is that you wouldn’t have an abortion, than you’re not actually pro-life. You simply wouldn’t personally have an abortion. I congratulate you on this decision – it’s an excellent one.
But being pro-life means that you think no baby should be sentenced to die in this way. It means that you’re willing to take a stand and say, “Every life is precious, not just the life of my own child. Every baby deserves a chance to live. Every baby has the equal right to life. And I will stand up for that life.” When you can say that, my friend, then you are truly pro-life.
Editor’s Note: This article was first printed at Live Action News on October 3, 2012, and is reprinted here with permission.
Note: There are no graphic images of abortion in the videos included below.
In today’s modern age, it’s difficult to avoid the fact that unborn human beings are alive, growing, unique individuals – from the very first moment they come into existence. Yet some still manage to close their eyes to reality. It’s important to understand the things we claim to support. It’s essential to be aware of all the facts, not just the ones that seem to support our position.
And so, for anyone involved in the abortion debate – and for all those who are unsure exactly where they stand – here are five important videos. These short videos show just what that unborn baby in his mother’s womb looks like, at various stages of development. Modern scientific videos like these demonstrate that unborn babies are not:
This was first published at Live Action News on March 26, 2014, and is reprinted with permission.
As another election cycle begins in earnest, some pro-life candidates are playing political games.
One common argument making the rounds is that campaigns are not “focused on social issues.” The all-important economy is the focus.
Where do a focus on the economy and a neglect of vital social issues get us? In the past, they’ve gotten us slavery and discrimination. They gave Germany the Holocaust. When moral people focus on the economy and put their blinders on for social issues, do we think our opposition ignores the social issues?
No. That’s why slavery continued and the Holocaust began. The opposition doesn’t let up. They don’t ignore social issues for the sake of the economy. They claim that their side of the social issues is imperative to the success of the economy. They use pro-lifers’ social-issue blindness to advance their own cause. They don’t hold up a white flag and say, “Sure, let’s all just forget about abortion for awhile.” Instead, they laugh at our folly and floor the gas pedal on their own advance.
Kinda, maybe, sorta pro-life candidates are emerging where true leaders once stood. Instead of finding a concise, courageous way to explain their convictions, they deny they ever had them.