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Some time in the next few weeks, my wife is planning to have her pregnancy terminated.
Now, lest anyone be scandalized that a Pro-Life Action League employee would say such a thing, let me clarify:
My wife, Jocelyn, and I are expecting our 8th child, and we’re well into the third trimester.
And, as babies growing and developing in the womb have a tendency of doing, our baby will, some time soon, be born. After this happens, suffice it to say, my wife will no longer be pregnant.
Thus, her pregnancy will have been terminated.
This occurred to me recently when I came across an article by Life Dynamics’ Mark Crutcher, who was writing about the “rhetorical fraud” on the part of many abortion advocates who have, for years, used the term “pregnancy termination” as a euphemism for the “medical procedure” that they so strenuously believe should remain legal:
The pro-life movement is not now, has never been, and will never be, opposed to pregnancy terminations. We are fully aware that all pregnancies terminate.
Remember this the next time [Continue reading ...]
This week the Pro-Life Action League published an article highlighting the latest tendency among abortion advocates to portray abortion not merely something to be tolerated, but as something “good” — or even “great.”
This new trend is due in part to a new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, in which author Katha Pollitt laments what she calls the “awfulization” of abortion.
In a review of Pollitt’s book published earlier this week at Slate, Hanna Rosin writes:
We shouldn’t need a book explaining why abortion rights are important. We should be over that by now.
The reason we’re not, according to Pollitt, is that we have all essentially been brainwashed by a small minority of pro-life activists. Only 7 to 20 percent of Americans tell pollsters they want to totally ban abortion, but that loud minority has beaten the rest of us into submission with their fetus posters and their absolutism and their infiltration of American politics. They have landed us in the era of the “awfulization” of abortion, Pollitt writes, where even pro-choicers are “falling all over themselves” to use words like “thorny,” “vexed,” “complex,” and “difficult” instead of doing what they should be doing, which is saying out loud that abortion is a positive social good.
Did you catch that line about “fetus posters” (otherwise known as pictures of abortion victims)? The loudest cheerleaders for abortion can’t stand them precisely because they can’t deny how utterly powerful they are. [Continue reading ...]
Abortion ≠ “great”
Recently on the website In These Times, writer Sady Doyle comes right out and says it: “I like abortion.”
Lest anyone think Doyle is being taken out of context, consider that the title of her article is, “Abortion Isn’t a Necessary Evil. It’s Great,” and the subtitle is, “Progressives should admit it: We like abortion.”
This comes on the heels of Janet Harris’ widely shared Washington Post column, “Stop Calling Abortion a Difficult Decision.”
To no one’s surprise, Slate (“My Year As an Abortion Doula”) and HuffPo have also recently had their own Let’s-present-abortion-as-sympathetically-as-we-possibly-can articles. And, very revealingly, America’s leading How to Get Used by a Man Manual—namely, Cosmo—has really been ratcheting up its cheerleading for abortion in 2014.
Dr. Anthony Caruso, OB/GYN was an expert in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF). For many years, he believed—along with most of the medical community—that IVF was a perfectly legitimate and morally acceptable way for infertile couples to become pregnant, despite the fact that embryos are created and destroyed or indefinitely frozen in the process.
Even the teaching of the Catholic Church, of which he was a committed member, and extensive discussions with his pastor were not enough to convince him that the procedure he excelled at providing was immoral.
Watch the video to find out what finally convinced him that even the tiniest human beings are worth protecting, and that God’s design for fertility is the best for mothers and babies!
Dr. Caruso is now in partnership with Dr. Robert Lawler, OB/GYN at Downers Grove OB/GYN, a fully pro-life medical practice located in Chicago’s Western Suburbs.
You can watch all the videos from the CONVERTED conference right here.
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A group of students at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts have just come out with the best video you’ll see today:
Joseph Duffy, president of IMH’s St. John the Baptist Pro-Life League, explains the purpose of the Prayer Vigil Challenge: “Our aim is simple: to close down the killing center of Worcester—Planned Parenthood—through peaceful witness and public prayer.”
One of the schools that was challenged by IHM has already accepted. Now, ask yourself: Are you willing to accept the challenge and pray for an hour or more outside your local abortion clinic?
Yes, you should definitely share this video. But even more importantly, you should take up the challenge yourself.
Find an abortion clinic near you where you can fulfill the Pro-Life Prayer Vigil Challenge here.
Not to be deterred by unpleasant weather conditions, a crowd of 50 pro-lifers gathered last night outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois to mark the seventh anniversary of the day the “Abortion Fortress” opened its doors.
Reflections were shared, songs were sung, candles were lit, and the faithful came together to mourn the babies and mothers hurt by abortion as well as to thank God for his ongoing kindness to the pro-life movement in our struggle against this facility.
Following introductory remarks by Pro-Life Action League executive director Eric Scheidler, Father Michael Miller of St. Therese Parish in Aurora offered a reflection, drawing particularly on words of Pope Francis in his encyclical letter Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”): [Continue reading ...]
The Chicago Tribune ran a column by columnist Robin Abcarian earlier this week in which she begins by asking, “Have you ever wondered what a world without abortion might look like?”
Abcarian falls into the all-too-common modern practice of equating women’s equality with a right to abortion. This attitude is disingenuous and, frankly, condescending to women. Women do not need the right to kill their own children in order to assume their proper role in society.
She reports on a study from Amnesty International, with a heartrending story of a woman pregnant with an anencephalic baby. All the attention is directed to the woman who has some health issues of her own and how abortion is the only solution to her problems. There is no thought of the poor baby with a condition that would result in his death—unless he can be killed first. [Continue reading ...]
Sandra Cano (left), Ann Scheidler, and Norma McCorvey at League-sponsored “Meet the Abortion Providers” conference, 1996
Sandra Cano, also known as Jane Doe from the Doe v. Bolton companion case to Roe v. Wade, which expanded legalized abortion to the full nine months, died today after a battle with cancer.
We at the Pro-Life Action League offer our prayers for the repose of Sandra’s soul. We believe she now knows the peace that she so ardently sought for the past forty years.
Sandra Cano was haunted by the fact that her case had brought about abortion on demand. She herself had never wanted an abortion. She never sought an abortion. What she sought was legal assistance to get her two children back from foster care.
In 1970 Sandra was poor, uneducated and, in her own words, ignorant. She was also pregnant. She went to Atlanta Legal Aid to get help for a divorce and the custody of her children. Instead they handed her off to attorney Margie Pitts Hames, who used Sandra’s situation to bring a lawsuit against Georgia Baptist Hospital and the state of Georgia in her effort to legalize abortion. [Continue reading ...]
Eric Scheidler and his six daughters in 2007
Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a new recommendation [PDF] that physicians promote the progestin implant and the intrauterine device (IUD) for teen girls. As the father of six girls—including three teenagers—I find this new recommendation particularly disturbing.
It’s not just that I bristle at the thought of a doctor asking my daughters a battery of questions about sex, as the AAP recommends. It’s that I know how upset they would be to hear sexual acts they’ve never given a thought to presented as perfectly normal, or even expected of them.
Some might accuse me of being naïve, but they don’t know my girls. And that points to the first of four reasons the new AAP recommendations are wrong-headed:
In the new AAP recommendation, doctors are strongly discouraged from involving parents in their daughters’ contraceptive use, even in states where the law doesn’t require such “confidentiality.” Though a nod is give to abstinence, moral questions about sex have no place in this private discussion between doctors and young girls, according to the AAP.
The message to teen girls is that—contrary to what their parents, church community and even their own well-formed consciences may have told them—there is no moral choice involved in whether or not to have sex. [Continue reading ...]
An article appeared recently on the Pro-Life Action League website encouraging anyone participating in 40 Days for Life to get a copy of our Life Witness Prayer Book, a resource to help make prayer time outside abortion facilities as constructive and focused as possible.
Since that time, we’re pleased to have filled orders for hundreds of these prayer books—and we hope to soon fill hundreds more.
The other day I was praying some of the prayers in the book outside of the Albany Medical/Surgical Center abortion facility near our office on Chicago’s Northwest Side, one of hundreds of abortion clinics across the country and around the world where 40 Days for Life vigils are currently being held. One prayer, the Litany of Humility, I found particularly hard to pray.
The first part of the prayer consists of several intercessions, each of which is followed by the plea, “Deliver me, Jesus”: [Continue reading ...]