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Today I mailed a package of 32 newborn diapers to Summit Medical Center, an abortion clinic in Detroit. Why? Because I promised to.
On Monday, I got a call from a phone number in Michigan from someone who had opened up the “care package” I sent to 569 abortion clinics on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which included a pair of plastic handcuffs. In my signed note in the package, I linked the handcuffs to abortionist Naresh Patel, arrested last month for fraud, and said to call me for help getting out of the abortion business.
The Michigan caller was angry about the package, and said I should be sending her diapers, not handcuffs, so she can help women coming for prenatal care. I said I would and asked for the address, which proved to be that of Summit Medical Center on McNichols Road in Detroit, Michigan.
We talked for 10 minutes. The caller offered the usual argument that she’s helping women by providing abortion. Several times she declared that this is a “cruel, ugly world.” The despair of that comment really struck me.
With help from Lynn Mills, a pro-life activist in Detroit, I was later able to identify the caller as Summit medical director Anise Burrell. Lynn also confirmed that Summit does see some women for prenatal care.
Today I sent the diapers to Ms. Burrell, along with a ironically appropriate greeting card—on the front, “A new baby changes everything”; inside: “Except its own diapers.” Here’s what I wrote inside:
Enclosed is the package of diapers I promised to send you when we spoke on the phone earlier this week.
I’m grateful that you took the trouble to call and talk to me for ten minutes about the issue of abortion and your part in it. What stands out to me most from our conversation is your calling this is a “cruel, ugly world.” You used that phrase at least twice, once in reference to the children you say you’re sparing from it.
I agree that there is much cruelty in the world, and much ugliness. But from my perspective, abortion only makes the world crueler and uglier.
Abortion itself is ugly; few can bear to look at the images of what abortion does to its unborn victims. And it’s cruel to the child, whose life is ended only weeks after it has begun.
But abortion is also cruel to women. It’s a cruel society that says to a woman, “To be free you must participate in the killing of your own child.”
I know that many women face a desperate situation when they turn to abortion. But I haven’t given up hope that we can make this world kinder and beautiful world by offering women something better than abortion, which too often leaves them trapped in the ugliness and cruelty you lament.
I hope you can put these 32 newborn diapers to use. But I also hope you will reflect on all those children—especially the next 32 scheduled to be aborted at Summit—who won’t live to have their diapers changed by someone who cares for them.
Yours for Life,
P. S. If you ever want to talk again, you’ve got my number.
I hope that Anise will call me back someday, and that we can talk about how she can get out of the abortion business and make this a kinder and more beautiful world by offering real help to women and their children.
Earlier this week I attended the funeral of one of the founding members of the small Romanian Rite Catholic parish my family and I belong to in Aurora, Illinois, a man named George Todas.
Among his many services to St. George Catholic Church, George had kept alive many of the hymns and prayers of the Romanian immigrants who had founded the parish—including the melodies of the very funeral service held for him this week. He had never married; the parish became his family.
Old George retired from cantoring about a year after my family joined the parish, by which time I had become a cantor myself. A holy and gracious man, George never ceased to express his appreciation that a younger man was carrying on the musical traditions that mattered so much to him. I was honored to celebrate his memory and pray for his eternal repose with my fellow parishioners.
After the burial service at the corner of a cemetery devoted to the departed of St. George, I (almost literally) stumbled upon the small gravestone of a child. In fact, it marked the grave of a newborn girl, Carol Jean, who had lived only a week: from December 28, 1947 to January 3, 1948. [Continue reading ...]
Bishops speaking at memorial services for the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, Saturday, Sep. 13
On Saturday, September 13, Americans will gather for the second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children at nearly 100 locations nationwide to remember the more than 50 million children who have been killed by legal abortion in the US since 1973.
Among those who will share reflections on the value of life and the horror of abortion on the Day of remembrance are ten Catholic Bishops.
Their presence at this event is truly an honor and puts on display the Church’s commitment to the necessity of proper burial for human remains, and the intrinsic value of all human life. [Continue reading ...]
National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill published an editorial on the Huffington Post today entitled, “Abortion, Like Contraception, Is Essential Health Care That Saves Lives.”
Let that sink in for a second. A procedure that’s taken over 50 million lives in the U.S. alone since 1973 . . . saves lives.
How does O’Neill get to the conclusion promised in the title, that “abortion care” saves lives? Easy! She ignores 50% of the people involved in every abortion.
The first place she looks for saved lives from abortion is high infant mortality rates. They’d be so much lower if more of those pesky underprivileged women would just get more abortions. That’s right, her solution to high infant mortality rates is to kill the babies before they get the chance to die! [Continue reading ...]
Last week the Telegraph reported that the remains of over 15,000 aborted babies have been incinerated as clinical waste over the past two years in the UK, with some of them having having been used in “waste-to-energy” plants that produce power for heat:
One of the country’s leading hospitals, Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge, incinerated 797 babies below 13 weeks gestation at their own ‘waste to energy’ plant. The mothers were told the remains had been ‘cremated.’
In response to the news, the ever outspoken P.Z. Myers wrote the following:
I’m not in the least disturbed by the fact that patients were not consulted on how their dead fetus was disposed. When you go in for an operation, are you concerned about what is done with the bloody towels afterwards, or how your appendix or tonsils or excised cyst are treated? Did you think there was some special room deep in the bowels of the institution where they were reverently interred, attended by a weeping chaplain who said a few kind words over your precious bodily fluids? Nope. They’re sealed up in a bag, dealt with according to appropriate protocols for medical waste, and incinerated.
Get over it.
Myers’ reaction is absolutely the right reaction to have—if the unborn are not human beings. [Continue reading ...]
My friend Tom Herring of the Anti-Choice Project (ACP) gave an outstanding interview yesterday to KIRO radio in Seattle about his group’s visit to Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. ACP volunteers brought a display of abortion victim photos to the school after learning that school officials had ordered the remove of some posters put up by the campus pro-life group.
In his interview with host Jason Rantz, Tom articulately defended the public display of abortion victim photos:
There are certain evils, words simply fail us when we try to communicate the gravity of the evil. So for example, I think the Holocaust itself would be an example of something that, if we were to limit ourselves to words to describe it, we would be doing an injustice to what actually happened.
In the same way, we use these pictures to show the true reality, the nature of what abortion does to a baby.
I was particularly impressed with Tom’s response to an objection often raised about these pictures: the mere fact that they upset people doesn’t mean that what they depict is wrong. [Continue reading ...]
Twenty week fetus in the womb [Photo courtesy of Life Issues Institute]
Today, Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation nationwide.
Sen. Graham acknowledges from the outset that the bill stands little chance of passing in the Senate at the moment, but stated that he believes it is important to promote debate on the topic among our nation’s leaders because, “the state, the government has a legitimate interest to protect the child at the 20-week period of development, because they can feel pain. That’s what a rational humane society should do.”
It’s great that Sen. Graham is kickstarting this debate, even if the bill’s passage is unlikely. One of the immediate fruits of the bill even being proposed is a face on the floor, kicking and screaming tantrum from pro-abortion forces. Always a good sign.
But some argue that using fetal pain as a benchmark for protecting babies is a bad idea, claiming if we protect babies on that basis, people will think that babies who can’t feel pain aren’t worth protecting. Is there anything to this? Does fetal pain matter? [Continue reading ...]
In September of 1988, over 1,200 children, victims of legal abortion, were laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On September 14, twenty-five years after that burial, their memory—and the memory of all the 55 million children killed by abortion under Roe v. Wade—will be honored at more than 85 gravesites and memorial sites nationwide on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
You can find a memorial service near you at AbortionMemorials.com.
There are over 40 known sites where aborted babies have been buried across the country and hundreds more memorial markers, plaques and statues in churches, cemeteries and even in public places. [Continue reading ...]
A column by William Saletan who covers science for Slate, appeared in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune as an attack on the U. S. House vote to outlaw abortion at 20 weeks.
His effort is to show that pro-lifers are subtly attempting to push back the cut-off date until we reach the very beginning of fetal life.
But in the attempt he does pro-life and the unborn a great service by trotting out the facts of fetal development that we are always trying to explain to the public.
He says while pain is felt before 20 weeks, this isn’t the point. It’s just a line drawn for the time being, and if pro-lifers can push it back closer to conception they will. [Continue reading ...]
The Pro-Life Action League, along with Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and Priests for Life has announced the “National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children” to take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013. It is meant to honor the unborn at the gravesites where they are buried.
The observance will be marked by simultaneous memorial services in cities from coast to coast at gravesites of aborted babies. This is the first time in the history of legalized abortion that such nationwide memorials will be conducted and thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate.
At over two dozen locations, babies have been buried after having been killed by abortion. Many of these were retrieved from the actual trash dumpsters of abortion clinics or pathology labs where the bodies of the aborted unborn were shipped. Some graves have hundreds of bodies buried in them. [Continue reading ...]