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From UPI today comes news that a team of researchers, including the Guttmacher Institute, are looking into the issue of abortion’s stigma. Here is a new front in the abortion war. In many ways, it is the vulgar inverse of post-abortion healing ministries such as Lumina and Rachel’s Vineyard.

CINCINNATI, June 29 (UPI) — U.S. and British researchers say they are examining the social issues surrounding abortion and the stigma sometimes associated with terminating a pregnancy.

Danielle Bessett, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Cincinnati, and colleagues at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University of Cincinnati, the University of California, San Francisco, the Guttmacher Institute in New York, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles, say there is little research on abortion stigma.

“What does exist focused on women who have had abortions and on their experiences,” Bessett says in a statement. “We’re looking at stigma in a broader context.”

Each researcher is exploring a specific group that could be affected by stigma, such as healthcare providers who perform abortions, supporters of women who have had abortions, the male partner of a woman who had an abortion, women’s experience in pregnancy after previously having had an abortion and women’s self stigma after suffering miscarriage, Bessett say.

“This is new territory into research around the social issues surrounding abortion,” says Bessett, who adds the research will be conducted in both national and international settings, including the United States, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, Brazil and countries in Europe.

“Understanding abortion stigma will inform strategies to reduce it, which has direct implications for improving access to care and better health for those whom stigma affects,” the study authors say.

It will be interesting to see what their data have to say. The intent, however, is pretty dark, and is contained in the last line of the report. The researchers wish to reduce stigma with an eye toward improving access to “care,” which is proabort-speak for “abortion.” The goal here is to identify the stigma and then embark on a new campaign of verbal engineering in order to preemptively deaden the collective conscience.

This new campaign will be the most perniciously evil to date. The first wave of verbal engineering sought to distort and deny the scientific truth of the embryo’s development. Sonogram technology has since demolished those lies and shifted the momentum to the pro-life side. Post-abortion healing ministries such as Lumina, Rachel’s Vineyard, and Silent No More have similarly done severe damage to proaborts through the ever-increasing numbers of post-abortive women and men flocking to them for healing.

The cat is out of the bag.

Since the proaborts can no longer deny or suppress the truth, they can only acknowledge that abortion does indeed hurt women, and then begin to spin like mad in the newest attempt at distortion. Knowing their evil, it should come out sounding something like this:

There has been confusion surrounding the stigma of abortion. Abortion is nothing more than a medical procedure that terminates a pregnancy. While it is true that the human embryo is indeed a human animal in its earliest stages of development, much of the stigma comes from the mistaken notion that the human embryo is somehow to be equated with a sentient human being, that is to say, a human person. Reinforcing these notions are religious belief systems which claim that there is no distinction between the single-celled zygote and the newborn baby at its mother’s breast.

In a world increasingly overpopulated, with an environment increasingly devastated by human activity, with climate change accelerating out of control, with famines and wars over economic resources, it is worth pointing out that institutions such as the Catholic Church that encourage indiscriminate reproduction by stigmatizing access to reproductive freedom (contraception and abortion) should be held up to appropriate criticism. Those who advance the cause of responsible reproduction and a greener planet need to be lauded as the true heros and responsible individuals.

The stigma, then, is a misplaced sense of responsibility, both personal and global. The role of the counselor is to reorient the focus of the pregnant woman and abortion clinic staff.

If that sounds too far-fetched, consider this week’s quote from that scientific luminary, former Vice President, Al Gore:

“One of the principle ways of [stabilizing the population] is to empower and educate girls and women,” he said, as reported by the Daily Caller. “You have to have ubiquitous availability of fertility management so women can choose how many children to have, the spacing of the children.”

“You have to lift child survival rates so that parents feel comfortable having small families and most important — you have to educate girls and empower women,” he continued. “And that’s the most powerful leveraging factor, and when that happens, then the population begins to stabilize and societies begin to make better choices and more balanced choices.”

Get the rest of Gore’s story here.

Lost in all of this is the truth of the human person, the truth of who we are. The stigma of abortion will never be programmed out of the human soul. At best, all that will be accomplished is that the researchers will add to people’s confusion, but in the end, the pieces just won’t fit together. We are either integrated, or disintegrated as humans. These folks will add to the disintegration, but will never kill the conscience.

They can’t. We’re made in the image and likeness of God.

Thoughts?

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The Catholic Church has certainly taken its lumps for speaking out consistently against contraception and where it naturally leads. Today we contrast two quotes. They speak to very different visions of the same human reality, and point to a validation of Rome’s visionaries.. The first is from the Church’s Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The second is from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s statistician. Both excerpts speak for themselves.

SACRED CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

DECLARATION ON PROCURED ABORTION

15. The movement for the emancipation of women, insofar as it seeks essentially to free them from all unjust discrimination, is on perfectly sound ground.[22] In the different forms of cultural background there is a great deal to be done in this regard. But one cannot change nature. Nor can one exempt women, any more than men, from what nature demands of them. Furthermore, all publicly recognized freedom is always limited by the certain rights of others.

16. The same must be said of the claim to sexual freedom. If by this expression one is to understand the mastery progressively acquired by reason and by authentic love over instinctive impulse, without diminishing pleasure but keeping it in its proper place – and in this sphere this is the only authentic freedom – then there is nothing to object to. But this kind of freedom will always be careful not to violate justice. If; on the contrary, one is to understand that men and women are “free” to seek sexual pleasure to the point of satiety, without taking into account any law or the essential orientation of sexual life to its fruits of fertility,[23] then this idea has nothing Christian in it. It is even unworthy of man. In any case it does not confer any right to dispose of human life – even if embryonic- or to suppress it on the pretext that it is burdensome.

18. We know what seriousness the problem of birth control can assume for some families and for some countries. That is why the last Council and subsequently the encyclical “Humanae Vitae” of July 25, 1968, spoke of “responsible parenthood.”[24] What we wish to say again with emphasis, as was pointed out in the conciliar constitution “Gaudium et Spes,” in the encyclical “Populorum Progressio” and in other papal documents, is that never, under any pretext, may abortion be resorted to, either by a family or by the political authority, as a legitimate means of regulating births.[25] The damage to moral values is always a greater evil for the common good than any disadvantage in the economic or demographic order.

{The Bishops warned us that contraception took us one long walk down the road to abortion. They were ridiculed as clueless old celibates.}

Then, there is this from Guttmacher:

Contraceptive use is a key predictor of women’s recourse to abortion. The very small group of American women who are at risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy but are not using contraceptives account for almost half of all abortions. Many of these women did not think they would get pregnant or had concerns about contraceptive methods. The remainder of abortions occur among the much larger group of women who were using contraceptives in the month they became pregnant. Many of these women report difficulty using contraceptives consistently.

This is quite an admission by Guttmacher. The people who hand out the birth control pills like candy indicate elsewhere that 54% of all women presenting for abortion were using contraception in the month in which they became pregnant. In the face of their colossal failure, they claim that what is needed is more contraception.

I love my Bishops.

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Yesterday Intro 371, the bill seeking to muzzle pregnancy resource centers in NYC, was passed by a resounding 39-9 vote with one abstention. I was there in the Council chamber and witnessed history being made. I’ll be blogging on this over the course of a few posts. There are myriad angles to this story and I’ll only touch on a few.

First, the true target in all of this was not Chris Slattery and EMC Pregnancy Centers, as some have been writing. Nor have the other CPC directors been the inspiration for this legislation. Chris has been around the longest in NYC, and while he is a hero to many and reviled by the other side, this was NOT a personal vendetta by the City Council. To suggest as much is extremely myopic and clouds our vision to the truth, a truth much more sinister than a mere grudge-fest.

In reality, similar legislation already exists in other cities, and is part of a nationwide concerted effort by NARAL and Planed Parenthood. New York City was chosen for a few reasons.

First, because we have a radical, proabort lesbian City Council Speaker who has been bought and paid for by NARAL and Planned Parenthood.

Second, because New Yorkers accept abortion rather blithely. There is not much substantial opposition in this town, where 41% of babies are aborted, so NYC was low-hanging fruit that was easy picking.

Third, New York prides itself on its liberalism. The protection of all civil rights (which is how abortion has been marketed) is a big deal here in NYC.

But all of this is undergirded by a deeper driving force for the national campaign against pregnancy centers. In a word:

Sonograms.

They’re inexpensive, and come in laptop form.

Yesterday at the City Council session, the bill’s proponents were nearly unanimous in pointing to the sonograms as ‘evidence’ that PRC’s were masquerading as doctor’s offices. That’s the cover story for the legislation, and a pathetic one at best. We are being asked to believe that a woman entering a PRC does not know that she is not in an abortion center, because there is a sonogram technician with a machine showing the young woman images of what is within her womb.

They fear the sonogram, because the technology is so overwhelmingly convincing for mothers, as it was for Dr. Bernard Nathanson. So the new strategy is to erect barriers between abortion-minded women and the machines posing an existential threat to the abortion industry, in the form of forced disclaimers at the door, in the waiting rooms, on advertising, and on the phone.

Yesterday was the other side’s most desperate hour. This piece of legislation will now go on to the courts where it will face almost certain defeat.

At yesterday’s City Council session, Speaker Quinn announced that the reason the bill was being moved up a few weeks for a vote was to enable the bill’s sponsor, Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, the privilege of being present when her pet project was passed…

… before Lappin delivers her own baby in a few weeks.

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The Billboard erected on Wednesday by Life Always, telling the message that the most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb, was taken down the very next day.

Gone in a New York Minute.

Al Sharpton crawled out of his sewer to provide the appropriate faux outrage. The company that erected the billboard claimed as their rationale for removing the sign that restaurant employees in the building hosting the sign were being harassed, and that they were concerned that violence might ensue.

That’s right. The people who proclaim CHOICE will harass waitresses just trying to scrape out a living, and threaten violence unless theirs is the only voice heard. These are the same people who are going to pass a bill on Wednesday of next week which will effectively shut down crisis pregnancy centers in New York City.

Abortion MUST be the ONLY act in town.

Obviously, the proabort crowd in NYC does not think that 60% of all African American pregnancies ending in abortion is too many. Their revulsion and disgust were saved for those who tried to bring this atrocity to light, So it begs the questions:

If 60% of all African Americans who come into existence never make it out of their mother’s wombs, what was so untruthful or offensive about that billboard?

If 60% doesn’t make the bile rise in the back of their throats, then 60% is an acceptable number to them, no?

Since 60% is not an objectionable number, what is?

70% ?
80% ?
90% ?
95% ?

So, at least we now have Council Speaker Christine Quinn on record as not objecting to such appalling numbers. The same for Public Advocate Bill De Blasio, and Al Sharpton.

These are not liberals. Liberalism has always looked at poverty and tried to ameliorate it. It has tried to do all that it could to keep families intact, to lift them up when poverty threatened them with death and dissolution. As a young man, I was proudly liberal, because liberalism was taken up with the corporal works of mercy. Many liberals back then detested abortion, and regarded it as extremist and monstrous.

Times have changed.

Today, liberalism sees death as the sole solution to life’s vexing problems. If killing 60% of African Americans in the womb were the necessary pre-condition for young women to advance economically, unencumbered by a child, then Harlem and East New York ought to resemble Scarsdale and Beverly Hills. Black neighborhoods ought to be awash with college degrees and economic prosperity.

In truth, they are more desperate and dismal than at any time before legalized abortion.

In Brooklyn, NY, we call that a clue.

Bitches and Ho’s are how young black women have been celebrated in rap music for decades.

That, too, is a clue.

When we remove responsibility for the consequences of sexual behavior, the body becomes nothing more than a plaything. When Planned Parenthood operates 78% of their operation in inner-city neighborhoods and facilitates this understanding of the body, the predictable disaster of a 60% abortion rate necessarily follows.

This is big business, and the abortion industry has its hands firmly on the levers of power here in New York. Tragically, most of our leaders have so completely sold out that 60% of black pregnancies ending in abortion is to them, like water rolling off a duck’s back.

It was a great effort, Life Always. The targeting of your billboard by the abortion industry mirrors the targeting of the very black babies on whose blood they feed, and whom you are trying to save.

The babies, the billboard, all gone in a New York Minute.

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Remember Joe Camel? Remember the furor over Camel brand cigarettes and their cartoon icon being used to market something dangerous and deadly to children? We were concerned that something children were doing in the present moment might well come back to bite them three or four decades later in the form of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Rightfully so.

How would the debate have played out if children suffered these diseases within days or weeks of their first cigarette? How might we have responded under those circumstances? More vociferously, for certain. And if these diseases struck our children in their prime, maiming them for life, or even killing them, what sort of legislation would we demand regarding those who sell to minors?

Now let’s consider Planned Parenthood and how they have managed to strong arm our legislatures into doing their bidding, in being able to dispense contraceptives to children twelve and older without parental knowledge or consent, how they have fought against parental notification and consent laws regarding surgical and medical abortions on children, and how they circumvent these laws where they do exist with judicial bypasses.

Let’s consider how Planned Parenthood has their own cartoon character, Superhero for Choice, who kills Christian protesters in a promotional video targeting children. See the sick video here.

Planned Parenthood Superhero for Choice

We need to consider some Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data that shows the plight of our children, the staggering rates of their affliction with STD’s, how CDC says condoms don’t work very well at all in preventing disease transmission, and then we need to discuss the timing for some class action suits.

Consider:

Here are the CDC data that show what a horrifically effective job Planned Parenthood and their fellow travelers have done in destroying the lives of our young people, corrupting them in their innocence and fertility.

The data are from the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance, 2008. These data are presented as a follow-up to an earlier post on Planned Parenthood In New Initiative Targets 10 Year-Old Children With Condoms That Don’t Work. This is the new initiative by PP to finish off our children, pushing all-out for comprehensive sex education down to age ten.

A glance at the data tells the story. Children 10-14 have the lowest rates of STD’s as well as pregnancies. Recall how former PP center Director Abby Johnson t reported how PP is pushing hard for abortions, as they are the principle source of income.

Now link to the post linked above, and look at the data on STD’s and condom efficacy. Condoms don’t work. Even CDC and Planned Parenthood’s own contraceptive bible state as much.

Now consider how much higher condom failure rates and early teen pregnancies would rise after PP gets done completing the corruption of our youth.

As we say in the lab, the data don’t lie. The age groups are in the center of the graphs with the incidence per 100,000 for men and women going to the left and right respectively. The disease being reported is at the bottom of each graph.

Chlamydia — Age- and sex-specific rates: United States, 2008


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Gonorrhea — Age- and sex-specific rates: United States, 2008


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Primary and secondary syphilis — Age- and sex-specific rates: United States, 2008


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Human papillomavirus (HPV) — Prevalence of high-risk and low-risk types among females 14 to 59 years of age from a national survey, 2003–2004


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Genital herpes — Herpes simplex virus, type 2, seroprevalence in non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks by age group from national surveys, 1976–1980, 1988–1994, 1999–2004


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Ectopic pregnancy — Hospitalizations of women 15 to 44 years of age: United States, 1997–2006


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Finally, the abortion data. These data are from Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2006, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, November 27, 2009 / 58(SS08);1-35

White Bars=Number of abortions per 1,000 live births.
Blue Bars=Number of abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 years.
Black Bars=percentage of total abortions, by age group of women who obtained an abortion — selected states, United States, 2006§

§Data from 48 reporting areas; excludes California, Florida, Louisiana, and New Hampshire.

The age groups may not be so visible along the bottom of the graph. They are, from left to right:

Under 15
15-19
20-24
25-29
30-34
35-39
Over 40

These numbers fail to describe the numbers of cases of cervical cancer that will result from HPV, the numbers of ectopic pregnancies from PID, the numbers of future miscarriages from damaged cervixes in abortion, the horror of children contracting lifetime herpes infections.

Why do we not demand warning labels on condoms? Why do we not demand more stringent laws to protect our children when it comes to sex, especially when the consequences are so much more dire, so much more immediate, so much more life-altering at such earlier ages, than cigarette smoking?

The time has come for the adults to get serious about the savagery of our children by Planned Parenthood. It’s time to defund and dismantle this criminal enterprise once and for all.

We did it to Joe Camel.

We can do it again.

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It hasn’t been a very good week for New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Planned Parenthood’s lap dog on the New York City Council has been helping fellow council member, Jessica Lappin drive through the legislative body a bill targeting New York’s Pregnancy Resource Centers with sign restrictions that meet with Planned Parenthood and NARAL approval. The bill would also constrain PRC’s from notifying law enforcement in the case of a child who is the victim of rape, incest, or sex trafficking unless that frightened and bewildered child is suddenly possessed with the objectivity, wisdom, and fortitude of a grown adult.

Last week, a judge in Baltimore ruled that city’s law (similar to bill 0371) to be unconstitutional on the grounds that the free speech rights of PRC’s were violated by pro-choice advocates determining the speech of pro-lifers. A permanent injunction was to be instituted today.

Then today, Lila Rose released the first of another series of sting operations against PP, this time showing a PP center in NYC’s backyard (Perth Amboy, NJ) where the nurse office manager encouraged what she thought was a pimp and a prostitute running a child sex-trafficking ring. The manager gave advice on everything from how to lie about the very young girl’s ages to make them seem older, to advising that they have girls who just had abortions just do oral sex in the two weeks afterward, to how to avoid parental notification in general. See the video here.

Quinn and her fellow traveler Lappin have the data on the genocidal numbers in NYC’s abortion industry, and have not rescinded the bill.

They have seen the Baltimore law struck down and have not rescinded the bill.

They have had their financial ties to Planned Parenthood and NARAL exposed in the New York Media, and have not rescinded this NARAL and PP-sponsored bill.

Now comes Lila Rose.

These are evil, wicked women for whom the Constitution means nothing, Public Health data mean nothing, parental rights mean nothing, and the rights of children to be protected from predators means even less.

Speaker Quinn wants to be the next Mayor of New York. If Bill 0371 is driven through the Council, in spite of all of the above, she will suffer a blistering two years in the run-up to the primaries. We need leaders who side with parents, and not the predators in Planned Parenthood. As it is shaping up, Speaker Quinn’s refusal thus far to rescind a bill aimed at crushing those who are the only decent alternative to NARAL and Planned Parenthood makes her unfit for public office. This is a representative democracy, where leaders do the bidding of the decent families who are the backbone of society, and not the bidding of the child predators.

It’s put up or shut up time for the Speaker.

Of course, if she doesn’t win the mayoral nod, she may still get “Best in Show” from Planned Parenthood.

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To think that New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has been driving proposed legislation that would muzzle Pregnancy Resource Centers, binding them to confidentiality even in the cases of minors who are being raped at home, school, or victims of sex-trafficking rings (which exist here in NYC). Such confidentiality would make it a criminal offense to contact law enforcement. Now we know why. Planned Parenthood supports, aids and abets sex-trafficking of minors. They are cold, callous, heartless, and loveless; and Quinn takes their money and does their legislative bidding.

The newest Planned Parenthood in NYC opened this January in the borough of Staten Island, whose shores lie directly across the Kill Van Kull (estuary) from Perth Amboy, New Jersey where this Planned Parenthood center in the film is located.

The following video is the first of a powerful series in the most recent sting by Lila Rose and LiveAction.org. In the film “Joe” and “Gia” pose as a pimp and his prostitute. seeking to arrange contraception, STD testing and treatment, and abortions for their underage prostitutes.

What follows is the office manager, a Licensed Practical Nurse by the name of Amy Woodruff, telling them how to lie and cover the girl’s ages, agreeing to take bribe money to “streamline” the process, declaring that Planned Parenthood conspires against parent knowledge or consent, and telling the “pimp” to have the prostitutes work from the “waist up” in the two weeks following an abortion.

This is disgusting and barbaric.

This is Planned Parenthood.

Laws broken or manipulated:
1. Sexual Abuse Cover up
2. Aiding and abetting statutory rape
3. Aiding and abetting minor prositution
4. Aiding and abetting human trafficking
5. RICO/conspiracy/racketeering

Big Tip ‘O the Hat to Jill Stanek

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Jill Stanek reports a stunner on her blog today:

Revelations about the dangerous and dastardly practices of late-term abortionists, particularly on the East Coast (Brigham, Carhart, Gosnell), continue.

Today Operation Rescue exposed yet another new way they are circumventing the system – this time only by killing babies by lethal injection and nothing more. This will force many pro-life obstetricians and hospitals into complicity by completing the abortion.

Notorious late-term abortionist James Pendergraft, a convicted felon whose FL license is currently running concurrent 3rd and 4th suspensions, has set up practice in an undisclosed DC-area office where he will solely kill preborn babies by lethal injection and then send mothers off to complete the abortions wherever/however they can. According to Pendergraft’s website, LateTermAbortions.net:

“We perform the intracardiac injection of medication into the fetal heart in our private facility in the Washington, D.C. area. Once the fetal heart beat has stopped, the patient can elect to return back to her private physician to complete the induction of labor with delivery of the fetus, or they may elect to go to another facility to have the termination process completed.”

While some mothers will skip across town to Carhart to complete the abortion, others will force their own good doctors to finish them, perhaps unwittingly.

Under this scenario a mother would make an emergency appointment with her obstetrician, or go to the ER, stating she can no longer feel her baby move. When ultrasound confirms the baby is dead, labor and delivery will be induced. My guess is the cause of death will often never be admitted or determined. And the mother will need help – or die. According to Pendergraft’s FAQs:

Read the Rest Here.

A few thoughts occur to me. The insurance industry needs to look into this as a potential manifestation of insurance fraud on the part of the patient and the abortion doctor. If an insurance company will not pay for a late term abortion, then a woman procuring a lethal injection who shows at her doctor’s office or hospital is essentially committing fraud.

If this is to be the case, then the insurance industry would be right to push for legislation that would require post-mortem analysis of the babies who die in utero to determine cause of death. It is hard to imagine anything more difficult than a loving couple being made to suffer the autopsy of their baby because of this sort of slime coming from the abortion industry, but the insurers and physicians have rights as well. It is the one case where I would support prosecution of the mother as well as the abortionist on charges of insurance fraud.

Decent doctors should not be forced to incur the cost and burden associated with the most challenging dimensions of late-term abortions.

Policy holders of insurance companies should not shoulder the burden of incurring higher cost of healthcare because their company is being duped into providing high-risk procedures that they normally wouldn’t cover.

Also, what would prevent a woman from having her baby executed in this manner, dupe her own physician into believing that the child inexplicably died, then sue her OB for malpractice?

This is criminal fraud and should be outlawed and prosecuted as such.

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I’ve met people who have discovered that their mothers have had abortions, and it fills them with horror, doubt, confusion, fear, dread, regret, guilt, and a host of other emotions. Theresa Bonopartis of Lumina has developed a powerful weekend of healing for these siblings. Today I received the following from her. Please distribute this with your friends and coworkers in the pro-life movement:

This past January 15, we were blessed to have EWTN air a prayer service, live from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, “A Morning of Prayerful Remembrance“, which I created with The Sisters of Life,

The Morning or Remembrance is a chance for our entire nation to join in prayer and reparation about abortion while showing, through the use of true testimonies, the impact of abortion on mothers, fathers, grandparents, friends, professionals and siblings, all in the light of God’s mercy and love. The response from everywhere across the country has been phenomenal. One set of grandparents wrote me: “I have to say, both my husband and I cried throughout most of the service (so, in a way I was glad to be home). The grandparents could easily have been us and after almost 25 years, we still find it very difficult to talk about. God bless you and the Sisters for the good work you are doing to bring about an awareness of the need for healing and forgiveness.”

In keeping with the manifestation of Gods mercy, we will be offering our 2nd Retreat Day for Siblings of Aborted Babies on Saturday, March 5th, in the Bronx. Last year, people from across the country came to participate in this grace filled day.

I have attached a flier for the day in the hope that you will spread the word so those suffering would know about this extraordinary retreat, that brought hope and healing to those who came last year.

here is a blurb you can use:

An “Entering Canaan” retreat day for those who are suffering as a result of losing a sibling to abortion will take place Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Our Lady of New York in the Bronx. The day will be hosted by Lumina and The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. For further information and confidential reservations please call: Theresa Bonopartis at Lumina/Hope & Healing after abortion: 1-877-586-4621, or email at Lumina@postabortionhelp.org

Thank you for all you do.

In His Mercy,

Theresa Bonopartis

Director, Lumina/Hope & Healing after Abortion

Co-developer, Entering Canaan Post Abortion Ministry

www.postabortionhelp.org

1-877-586-4621

lumina@postabortionhelp.org

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Yesterday I participated in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. It was a day of solemnity and joy, of sorrowful remembrance and youthful optimism. The number of young people present was staggering, and the pro-choice world shudders at what they are seeing. They have good reason to stay up nights, with visages such as yesterday’s.

These young people are militating for an end to abortion, which is quite remarkable considering their age and where they are in their developmental trajectory. Many in my generation saw abortion as the escape hatch from an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. In tandem with the birth control pill, it caused the sexual revolution to become the wildfire that has raged out of control. And here these young people, at least 100,000, were militating for the government to seal their escape hatch shut with them on the inside.

That is what is so remarkable.

The pro-abort slur is that the pro-life movement is predominantly old people, which is code for “people who are beyond the protective benefit of abortion.” This is simply not the case. The beauty here in D.C. is that there is a new generation that has grown up in a world that my Baby Boomer peers and I never knew, and want to reset the social and moral clock to where it was in our childhood.

I grew up in a world where most Catholic families were large, with lots of children; and Catholic schools filled to overflowing with three classes per grade. Most kids waited much longer before having sex; nationally 69% of the class of 1979 were self-reported virgins. HIV/AIDS was unknown, and herpes hadn’t made its national debut. We roamed the streets freely in our neighborhoods without fears of abduction by perverts fueled by a multi-billion dollar per year porn industry that was only in its infancy.

This generation of young people are the post-Roe generation, children who know that they are the result of a deliberate choice by their mothers, who know that one out of every three pregnancies ends in abortion. They know they are the lucky survivors of the holocaust that has claimed 53 million of their peers. What an unbelievable psychological and spiritual reality to carry through one’s life.

These are the children who are growing up in a sex-fueled culture that makes the 1960s and 1970s seem Disney-esque by comparison. They attend schools that are half-filled at best and are witnessing the rampant closures of Catholic schools built around the family sizes of their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

Their presence here, in so many ways, is a rebuke of my generation and the rupture that we have made with our past. More than any other generation, the Boomers have benefited from the hard work of their forebears and then struck out on a new moral road. That road has brought unimaginable suffering into the world and changed the landscape our children have been born into.

Now the young are speaking out, a counter counterculture. Unlike the lie of “free love” that so many in their parents’ generation bought into, they are speaking up for authentic love. Unlike the narcissistic roots of “free love,” this authentic love of which Pope John Paul the Great spoke is sacrificial in nature. They may be callow, but they know what they are saying, what they are asking the government to do.

They want an end to abortion, and for marriage to be between one man and one woman.

They want an end to the manufacturing of peers in laboratories rather than being conceived in a conjugal embrace.

They want to be relieved of my generation shoving condoms and pills across the table at them, and they hunger for someone to tell them that they are capable of the self-control that comes with their human dignity.

The girls want to be free to be girls instead of scaled down sex-symbols with the expectation to be “hot.”

I believe that they will get much for which they came and marched. The pro-abort leadership in my generation are the actual anachronisms. When over 100,000 young people march on behalf of authentic love and an authentic bioethic, that’s powerful. If they wish to have their escape hatch sealed shut, perhaps we should give them what they want. It didn’t all work out the way my generation thought it would. “Free love” enslaved us, gave us AIDS, rampant STDs, 53 million abortions, shattered lives and shattered families.

These young ones are wise beyond their years.

Being here and witnessing their joyful spirit and vision of the world as they would have it, I have a refreshing sense of optimism and hope for the future. It will all take time and effort to bring into fruition, but these young people are on the right track and are renewing the face of the nation.

God bless them all.

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Joyful Warriors

” How beautiful on the mountains
are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
‘Your God reigns!’ “

~Isaiah 52:7

They’re all here in Washington DC. Hundreds of thousands of happy feet attached to hundreds of thousands of joyful warriors, bringing the joyful news that every human life has great purpose, great dignity, having been made in the image and likeness of God.

They’ve come from every corner of the country, and they’re so very, very young.

The other side is aging, and bitter. And angry. And hobbled by fear.

The good news of salvation being proclaimed here in the nation’s capital, that God loves us in spite of ourselves, and because of ourselves.

Every human being ever murdered was killed because they were perceived in some way to be a threat to someone else.

Fear.

Every baby killed in the womb has been killed because they were perceived by their mother or father to be a threat to life as the parent knew it.

Fear.

And so, once again, hundreds of thousands of citizens have come to the nation’s capital to call for an end to the slaughter. They come joyfully and in peace in the hopes that perhaps this year a few more hearts will be touched, a few more lives saved, and to announce that for so long as this slaughter grinds on, grinds our nation’s decency to dust, we will be here in greater and greater numbers speaking for the ever-increasing voices who’ll never be heard–until this national tragedy ends.

And it will end one day, not with a bang, but with an exhausted whimper.

But for now, these joyful feet are taking me over to the Mall for the March.

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Today I wish to speak of two very different men, both of whom are African-Americans, both of whom are warriors, one of whom has gone to jail, and the other who may very well spend his remaining years rotting behind bars.

One is a hero to me, and a mentor.

The other is so twisted with evil that his actions rocket me past revulsion and leave me almost numb with bewilderment.

Kermit Gosnell

First up is Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the newly infamous butcher of Philadelphia whose four decades of infanticide performed on countless hundreds, perhaps even thousands of babies born alive during botched, illegal third trimester abortions has seared the consciousness of the nation. Much more on the story here.

His filthy, squalid office went by the deceptively bloated title of Women’s Medical Society, which conjures visions of participation in something larger than the lives of the desperately poor African-American and immigrant women who turned to Gosnell. It sounds so establishmentarian, so thoroughly professional. As with all evil, it was a lie.

Gosnell gorged himself on the desperation and misery of women from his own community. At 69, this is a man who knew the pre-civil rights era, and all that was fought for, and all that has been lost thanks to men such as himself. He gorged on misery and made millions in the process. Not even the KKK killed as many African-Americans as Gosnell, and seldom as gruesomely. Certainly none ever cut off their victims feet and kept them as trophies.

Gosnell has done the Klan proud.

The other man is Reverend Walter Hoye, who was arrested for the crime of approaching women entering an abortion clinic and in his humble soft-spokenness offered them the opportunity to explore their options before making an irrevocable decision. Pastor Hoye spent time in jail for his efforts.

Last week Pastor Hoye came to New York to help rally the communities of color to resist the butchers like Gosnell. Listen to his three-minute witness, especially the last 45 seconds.

I was moved to tears as Pastor Hoye described how he began to behold his son, behold the tiny details of the 1.5 pound body when he thought he was holding him for the last time, how he grasped the enormity of the humanity contained within that tiny, frail, and failing body.

Can there be any greater difference between these two men, between the choice faced by the community most ravaged by Gosnell and his peers? Gosnell is not only a depraved butcher, he lived through the worst period of racism in America and received a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical School. And this is what he did with that great opportunity and sacred trust.

Pastor Hoye is a living saint among us. He would suffer jail rather than stand by silently and see his community wiped out through Planned Parenthood’s genocidal agenda, shared by many others in the abortion community. Gosnell would risk prison rather than abandon his complicity in his people’s genocide, performed in the most heartless, cruel and illegal manner.

Today, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I pray especially for the African-American community, and their 60% abortion rate here in New York. I pray for courageous and holy pastors such as Walter Hoye whose love transcends their own fears of imprisonment and death. Such pastors are desperately trying to protect their flocks from being torn apart by wolves such as Gosnell.

In the coming year, may we turn an extra measure of attention and support toward the black and Hispanic pastors as they rally their fellow pastors to stanch the genocide that is raging out of control?

God bless them all.

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For those who may not have heard of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the notorious late term abortionist in Philadelphia (City of Brotherly Love) was arrested and charged with eight counts of first degree murder. One was a mother and the others were very late term babies, beyond the 24-week limit under law, who were born alive, and who were dispatched by digging scissors into their cervical spines and having their spinal cords cut.

This same man cut off their feet and saved them in jars, rows and rows of jars containing his macabre trophies. Gosnell’s staff were arrested for administering anesthetics without medical training or licensure, most often while the doctor was not in the office. One of his employees admits to having dispatched over 100 born-alive infants by “snipping” their spinal cords. The office was filthy, not surprisingly.

Read the grand jury report here.

It is understandable that Gosnell and his wretched staff have sickened all who have read of their atrocities. It is also alarming.

Why are we so shocked and horrified?

On one level, even the most ardent pro-abort takes pause. Infants as long as 19 inches and in their eighth month writhe in agony as their calcified spinal columns are crushed before the cord is severed. Even then, death is not immediate. Having decapitated dozens of rats in spinal cord research, I can testify to the fact that the brain remains perfused with oxygen for a time, and is therefore sensate. As Gosnell severed the spinal cord, and as the heart is supplied by autonomic nerves outside of the spinal column, it is doubtless that the heart continued to beat for a time, keeping the brain perfused with oxygen and able to sense hearing, sight, and touch from the neck up for an indeterminate period of time. The severing of the cord would have paralyzed the muscles involved in breathing, but the residual oxygen in the lung, combined with a beating heart could only combine for an agonizing death. That’s why prisoners executed by lethal injection are first rendered unconscious.

Similarly, we reel from the thought of untrained personnel administering anesthesia, delivering the babies, and an office that was as filthy as a sewer.

The outrage is understandable.

But for the pro-lifer, the outrage begs the question: Why are we outraged at this? Have we come to expect some minimal standard of decency and medical professionalism in an abortion clinic?

Which is the more frightening reality, a mentally and spiritually diseased pig like Gosnell, or a cool, crisp professional who is neat and clean in their dismemberment of the child in the womb?

Have we come to expect some minimum standard of decorum and antisepsis in our children’s executioners?

Does ridding the industry of Gosnells not at once make society feel as though it has done something positive about abortion, while at the same time selecting for those who are more deadly efficient in plying their barbaric trade? What makes Gosnell a worse mass murderer than the doctor who does abortions up to the legal developmental limit?

Is it not the mass murder that is the true pathology? Is not collecting feet just a kinky twist on that foundational pathology?

What Gosnell did sickens me. That his case will be the clarion call for greater oversight leading to more clinical efficiency in the ongoing mass murder of babies frightens me.

We have lost our moorings. God have mercy on us that so many will take from this story that there is such a thing as a “good” abortionist and seek such a standard in the future.

That may well be Gosnell’s deadliest legacy.

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Today, NARAL is hosting a “Blogging for Choice Day”. So, my friend Jill Stanek is countering with a “Ask Them What They Mean By ‘Choice’” Blog Day Read the link at Jill’s if you want to get in on disrupting their day on twitter and FB by asking them what exactly it means to “choose”.

When Jill put out the call to pro-life bloggers, I answered immediately. 99 pro-life bloggers have rallied around Jill’s call. She is the Founding Mother of the pro-life blogosphere, and days such as today with the graphic she designed and shown here illustrate why she continues to command the respect and admiration of pro-life bloggers.

First, we should all begin this day with a serious and solemn prayer for NARAL’s members. It is one thing to be a frightened young girl in an unexpected pregnancy and to seek abortion as the escape from the fog of fear and uncertainty. It’s quite another to make it one’s life’s work to see to it that the floodgates are wedged open as wide as possible for the wholesale slaughter of infants in the womb.

53 Million and counting.

So we pray for the Holy Spirit of God to open their eyes to the humanity of the unborn, to accept the imperfections of their own lives in order that they may accept the imperfections of other’s lives. We pray that they are led to abandon the hopelessness and despair that drives their behavior, their nihilistic vision, and to be filled with a spirit of hopefulness, of optimism, of charitable forbearance. We pray that their hearts of stone are healed and turned to hearts of flesh, that they commit their energy, time, and resources to helping frightened women bring to fruition their budding motherhood, rather than pandering to the doubts and fears that grip even the best of parents.

We pray that these women of NARAL see that the child of the womb is not the enemy, that handicapped babies are a blessing that call their parents, siblings, and extended family to depths of love hitherto unimagined by spouses; and that they see the true enemy of domestic peace and prosperity is the combined effects of fear and faithlessness.

It was through Adam and Eve’s faithlessness that death entered into the world. It was through Jesus submission to the Father’s will that we were restored to life. And so we pray today for the restoration of NARAL’s members. Amen.

Now, to business.

Some observations and questions for NARAL. Large scale atrocities, such as the NAZI Holocaust, which killed 14 million Jews, Catholics, and other undesirables, are NOT, I repeat, NOT solely the results of the will of a tyranical dictator such as Hitler. One deranged art school flunkie can’t murder that many people on his own. He needs help.

Atrocities grow in proportion to the number of individuals who CHOOSE to participate in them. When the body count climbs into the millions, an entire nation has been complicit. Germany was a great example, the gold standard, actually.

Judges, physicians, nurses, police, the military, teachers, all played a part through their respective roles. Each CHOSE to do so. Many chose not to, and became a part of the body count. And so, a few questions for NARAL. So how many such choices are the difference between bad policy and human atrocity?

How are the eugenic physicians of the Third Reich different from the eugenic obstetricians today who screen genetic differences, label them as “imperfections”, and then categorize such perceived imperfection as so severe as to make the human individual unworthy of continued life?

How is the concept of the “Master Race” in Germany seventy years ago at all different from our eugenic screening of babies in the womb, sex-selective abortions, and desire for genetic engineering and human cloning?

The choice to terminate a life ought to carry with it some set of grave criteria. What constitutes sufficient criteria to literally pull a baby apart, limb by limb?

In what system of jurisprudence, anywhere in the world, are babies put to death because of their father’s status as a rapist, or because their mother fears an uncertain future?

That’s enough for now.

More questions later.

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On March 4, 1865, Abraham Lincoln gave his Second Inaugural Address. The Civil War had raged all throughout his first term, and was winding down. Over 600,000 men died in that war, more than any other in American history before or since. Addressing its causes, purpose, and God’s role in the affairs of the nation, Lincoln said:

…Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether”.

It was the great tragedy in the middle of the Nineteenth Century, and it defined us as a nation. It also left a toxic residue of racism, of bitter recriminations that persist to this day, 146 years later.

Indeed, given the appalling casualties, it seems that every drop of blood drawn from the slaves by the lash was replaced by one drawn by the sword in the war to free them.

Today, we are in another civil war. The political climate nationally has become poisoned over the issue of abortion. For both major political parties, it defines who they are. It’s the great litmus test for judicial nominees. It poisons families, churches, friendships, and civics in general. It is our abolitionist movement. And it seems that we can borrow from Lincoln on what to expect going forward.

Divine recompense will not allow us to have butchered 53 million babies without paying in kind. A shooting war will not be how this butcher bill is paid. The bill will be paid in euthanizing the Baby Boomer generation, because we’re broke.

For forty years the Boomers have pushed abortion and contraception, small families and easy living. We have prevented the births of the very workers we’ll need to sustain us in our golden years, to pay for social security and medicare, as well as medicaid which funds nursing home care. Two workers per retiree in ten years is simply impractical. Bringing in increasing foreign workers isn’t the answer. They send too much money home and don’t float the economy.

For twenty years I have strained to hear someone, anyone, propose a workable solution.

Silence.

Lincoln seems to be the only one who comes closest. He paraphrased scripture in his address that seems pertinent to us:

“Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.”

Those younger than my generation have been thoroughly steeped in the narcissistic language of my peers, in the philosophy that says economic considerations are sufficient grounds to cut the bonds of love and love’s duty between mother and child, sufficient grounds to employ a physician to murder the baby in cold blood.

Now, should we be at all surprised when our children turn the tables on us, when they use the same economic considerations to sever the bonds of love and love’s duty between parent and child, and give the nod to physicians to murder us in cold blood? It’s de rigueur in the Netherlands and gaining traction in all the nations where abortion has raged like a forest fire out of control.

No doubt the Boomers will all appeal to the ending of Lincoln’s address:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves…”

It would be nice if this story had a happy ending. But ideas have consequences, and my generation, if we are to stand any chance at all in our frailty, had better come around on abortion, and quick.

But I just don’t know…

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