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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 ...]
Stephanie Gray, writing at LifeSiteNews:
Have you ever heard someone who supports abortion claim, “No one knows when life begins”? The funny thing is, these very individuals actually do claim to know when it begins. If they ban abortion at 3 months, then they are implicitly saying life begins at 3 months. If they ban abortion at 6 months, then they are implicitly saying life begins at 6 months. The question is this: Is where they draw the line based on fact or convenience?
Moreover, abortion advocates are making an even greater concession than they realize. Consider the labels “3 months” or “6 months”: these reveal the passage of time, and show that time is being “clocked” from a beginning point 3 or 6 months prior. So wherever abortion advocates draw a line, they are unwittingly making this major admission: that life began where they started clocking the passage of time that brought them to 3 or 6 months. So what happened 3 or 6 months prior? Fertilization. And that’s when life begins.
The Pro-Life Action League has just released the second installment in our web graphic series “From Annunciation to Nativity.”
The series follows the development of life we all go through in the womb, reflecting on the development that Jesus went through in the womb of Mary.
Today we see human life in utero at 44 days. Eyes, ears and fingers are developing and, under the surface, the circulatory and nervous systems are being built at a startling rate of speed.
It’s amazing to reflect that the Creator of the universe became a 1/2 inch long defenseless embryo for our sake, sanctifying each stage of human development as he passed through them.
Please share this (and all the Annunciation to Nativity graphics) on Facebook or wherever else you want to spread the pro-life message!
Inspired by my recent reflections on the “Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary”—with its moving lines about how Christ’s “Precious Blood first flowed through tiny arteries and veins in the womb of Mary”—the Pro-Life Action League today launches a new series of graphics, entitled From Annunciation to Nativity.
Each of the entries in this occasional series, to run from today, the Feast of the Annunciation, until Christmas, will highlight a stage of development in utero as experienced by Jesus Christ during his nine months of life in the womb of his mother, Mary.
These, of course, are stages of life that we have all experienced—a period of particular vulnerability that Christ shared with us in taking on our humanity.
These are also the various stages at which human lives are snuffed out by abortion. Having lived as zygote, embryo and fetus, Jesus signals his special sympathy with these victims of cruelty and injustice.
May our reflection on Christ’s incarnation, from Annunciation to Nativity, lead us all to deeper sympathy with unborn children and inspire us to raise our voices in defense of their precious lives, each made according to the image of God.
The other day while praying out at Planned Parenthood’s “Abortion Fortress” in Aurora, Illinois, I was touched anew by one of the prayers in the Pro-Life Action League’s Life Witness Prayer Book.
It’s one of the lesser known prayers in the book, which comprises four hours’ worth of scripture readings, hymns, chaplets, litanies and other prayers. This prayer is in the First Hour of the book, and it’s called the “Helpers’ Litany to Jesus in the Womb of Mary.” It was written by Marta Catalano, a member of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, a group founded by the heroic Msgr. Philip Reilly, who has been sidewalk counseling in New York City since the 1960s.
This litany reflects on the profound mystery of Jesus Christ—Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Redeemer of Mankind, He through Whom “all things were made”—living and growing in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
I’ve always appreciated this prayer, but it really hit me this time, especially this line:
Jesus, whose Precious Blood first flowed through tiny arteries and veins in the womb of Mary, Have mercy on us.
The following is a guest blog post by Monica Migliorino Miller Ph.D., director of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and author of Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars (St. Benedict Press, 2012).
On the 40th anniversary of Roe. v. Wade, Simcha Fisher posted an article at National Catholic Register online entitled “Eight Reasons Not to Use Graphic Images at the March for Life.” Simcha’s negative view of graphic images is part of a larger debate within the pro-life movement on the use of abortion victim photos, and I now offer this rebuttal.
Simcha prefaces her eight reasons by stating: “A public place is not the place to use these images — ever.” Simcha makes it clear that she does not oppose the use of graphic images in certain contexts, but she attempts to argue that they should never be used in a public forum.
Simcha contradicts her own position when she states that seeing the photos caused her to “be shaken out of a vague, fuzzy support for the pro-life cause into the realization that this is a life and death struggle — real life and real death.” If so, then why oppose the public display of the tragedy of abortion when others, too, may be shaken into the same realization? Here are Simcha’s reasons and my response to them. [Continue reading ...]
NOTE: This article is one of a series on the “top ten” accomplishments of the pro-life movement over the past 40 years since unborn children were stripped of their legal right to life by the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court rulings.
In a series of articles these past ten days, I’ve been discussing the concrete accomplishments of the pro-life movement since the U. S. Supreme Court stripped unborn children of their legal right to life in their Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton rulings, handed down 40 years ago today.
This series has been intended to serve two purposes. First, it offers a response to the criticism coming from some in the pro-life movement, mostly newcomers, that little has been accomplished since Roe. As I have shown, this is profoundly not the case.
Secondly, this series offers some perspective, both on what things might have looked like in the absence of all the pro-life Americans have done over the past 40 years, and on what a valuable legacy we have to build upon.
With the 40th anniversary of Roe and Doe upon us today, I offer here a wrap-up of my list. As we soberly, somberly reflect on the legacy of these rulings—over 55 million dead and a society deeply wounded—may this overview of our accomplishments give us courage and confidence moving forward: [Continue reading ...]