Friday, July 13, 2018

Life Issues Forum: When a Friend Is Considering Abortion











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When a Friend Is Considering Abortion                                             July 13, 2018   

USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities

If someone shared with you that she was pregnant and hadn't ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond? Although the first instinct may be to convince her that abortion ends a baby's life, hearing facts is not the first thing she needs. Research shows that many women in a pregnancy crisis think, "This is the end of my life as I know it." To face the challenges before her, your friend needs to know you care about her for her own sake and she is not alone.

First listening to your friend will help build trust and facilitate openness. Eventually, when she knows you truly care about her and she trusts you, you can share the truth in love. You can share facts about abortion, her own intrinsic worth, and the practical help and support available so she can choose life for herself and her baby.

Consider the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*: Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower.

Listen and Learn

First, prioritize listening over speaking. You don't have to worry about whether you may say something "wrong," and you don't need to have all the answers. Start by listening to her story.

Ask her about her feelings, thoughts, values, beliefs, and wants. Do not interrupt, except to ask her to expound, when appropriate. Ask open-ended questions, and confirm what you think you are hearing.

O Open Options

When her story is fully shared, it is your turn to provide factual information, always in a loving and caring way. You might share about the reality of abortion and the wounds that typically result. As they relate to her life, you might share experiences about having a baby, adoption, and marriage. It's most helpful to keep the focus on her.

V Vision and Value

Awaken a vision in her for a healthier life (a vision she may never have had, or that may have dimmed). Help her value herself differently. She is a special creation, worthy of love. Reassure her there is always hope and she is not alone. She can make positive, life-giving choices. She can do it.

E Extend and Empower

Provide practical help and support. Her local pregnancy help center (heartbeatinternational.org/worldwide-directory) can offer consultation, lists of community resources, and ultrasound services. Consider keeping such lists of resources in your car, purse, or wallet. Help her plan next steps.

The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is a way to bring Christ's love at a crucial life-saving and life-defining moment. We are created to walk with and support one another. May we not hesitate to reach out in love.
This issue of Life Issues Forum has been adapted and shortened from the 2017-2018 USCCB Respect Life Program brochure by the same name: www.usccb.org/l-o-v-e.
 
*The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is trademarked by Heartbeat International, Inc. and may not be adapted or modified. The L.O.V.E. Approach™ is used in "What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion" with permission from Heartbeat International, Inc.

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Evangelist Alveda King: Tide Turns in Crosshairs of Kavanaugh, Media and Roe V Wade Movie


 
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ATLANTA, July 13, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following is submitted by Evangelist Alveda King:
 
    Kudos to Jason L. Riley, a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, for his tide turning telling of the truth about the way abortion is decimating the black community, and for pointing out the hypocrisy of those who will not admit that black unborn lives matter too. Our film Roe V. Wade, of which I'm an Executive Producer, also highlights the truth about the hypocrisy behind the shroud that has hidden the misleading circumstances that have kept women and babies in bondage to the horrors of abortion for far too long.

    Talk about perfect timing. America is in the crosshairs of a perfect opportunity to correct a grievous injustice. President Trump's Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, our film, and the crack in the silence about the truth about abortion from the media can't all be coincidence.

    Roe V Wade which is currently in production reveals how a poor, uneducated woman was used as a pawn by abortion advocates determined to have the procedure legalized throughout the nation. At Civil Rights for the Unborn, which I direct for Priests for Life, we work very hard to educate communities around America and across the globe about the genocide of African-Americans led by the abortion cartel and Planned Parenthood.

    Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist who wanted to wipe out blacks, and 100 years later, Margaret Sanger's legacy continues. Abortion not only kills our children; too often, their mothers are dying as well. Many of the women who have died after botched abortions in recent years have been women of color: Cree Erwin; Tonya Reaves; Diamond Renee Williams; Jamie Lee Morales; Lakisha Wilson, and Maria Santiago, just to name a few. Did their lives matter?

    I'm post-abortive myself and I can tell you, there is nothing about abortion that resembles health care. Planned Parenthood told me the abortion would hurt about as much as having a tooth pulled, which was untrue. What they didn't tell me was that the pain would last forever.

    We need more people in mainstream media to tell the truth as Mr. Riley did. We need a breath of fresh air in our Supreme Court. We need to bring the Roe V Wade film to the screen. We ask for your prayers and support as we work to complete this important and honest film.

Americans Do Not Support Roe V. Wade







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Americans Do Not Support Roe v. Wade


July 13, 2018
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the polling results of two surveys on abortion:

As a social scientist who has analyzed and written about polling data for many years, I am always taken aback when I encounter dishonest surveys. The latest example of this is a survey done by Gallup on the subject of abortion; it follows a pattern established by the Pew Research Center on this subject.

The survey results on abortion taken by these two polling institutions, both of which enjoy a good reputation, were recently cited by those worried that Roe v. Wade may be overturned.

In a New York Times op-ed article published on July 12, Nation magazine  writer Katha Pollitt—she is known for saying abortion is a "positive social good"—cited a 2017 Pew survey showing that a large majority of Americans support Roe v. Wade's legalization of abortion.

Also on July 12, the Hill ran a headline, "Poll Finds Strong Support for Roe v. Wade," citing the results of a Gallup poll that was just released; similar headlines appeared in other media outlets on this survey.

Pew and Gallup dropped their standards in issuing these surveys. How?  By taking a simple-minded approach to a complex issue.

Any poll that offers only two choices on an issue that most Americans have very mixed feelings about is dishonest. The researchers at Pew and Gallup know this to be true—they have even done surveys in the past that accurately tap how conflicted the public is on abortion—yet they undertook a poll that made it impossible to reveal the nuances.

The Gallup poll that was released July 12 asked respondents, "Would you like to see the Supreme Court overturn its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision concerning abortion, or not?" It found that 64% believe the ruling should stand and 28% want it overturned. In January 2017, Pew released its findings showing that the figures were 69% and 28%, respectively.

Last month I wrote a news release titled, "Majority Oppose Roe v. Wade." According to the two polls I just cited, I must be wrong. But I am not. They are. To top things off, my proof comes by way of a Gallup poll released on June 11.

That poll found that 53% of Americans said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (35%) or in no circumstances (18%). This means that a majority of Americans reject abortion-on-demand, which is what Roe v. Wade rendered! Moreover, 48% said abortion is "morally wrong"; 43% disagreed.

My point is that by collapsing the survey responses to a "yes" or "no" on Roe does not get at the more nuanced responses that most Americans have about this issue. Most Americans do not think that abortion should be legal for any reason whatsoever, or for any time during pregnancy. Yet that is what Roe allows.

Just as misleading, the Pew survey mentioned by Pollitt shows that most Catholics think Roe should stand. But a more sophisticated survey shows the opposite.

In 2015, I commissioned a scientific survey of 1,000 Catholics; it was conducted by The Polling Company. I had a hand in crafting the questions (my doctorate is in sociology), all of which were designed to get at issues that the big survey houses refuse to query.

The survey found that 50% of Catholics identify as pro-life, and 38% as pro-choice. That was just the beginning. When the data were disaggregated, more revealing results were found.

For example, 17% of all Catholics said abortion should be prohibited in all circumstances; 17% said it should be legal only to save the life of the mother; and 27% said abortion should be legal only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. That's 61% who are mostly pro-life.

Among those who are pro-choice, only 5% said that abortion should be allowed for any reason and at any time. Another 4% said any reason was okay but there should be none after the first six months of pregnancy. And 17% said abortion should be legal for any reason, but not after the first three months of pregnancy. That's 26% who are mostly pro-choice.

Another way of looking at it is to consider how Catholics feel about the current law. Under Roe, abortion is effectively allowed for any reason and at any time. This makes us unique: No nation in the world has more liberalized abortion laws than the United States, including the Scandinavian countries. Now think about it: If only 5% agree with the current law, that means 95% of Catholics reject what Roe permits.

Pew and Gallup could also probe respondents more deeply on this issue—asking a series of related questions—so when they do not, they are dropping their standards, eliciting findings that distort the truth.

This is too serious an issue for polling houses not to dig deep, uncovering the qualified responses that most Americans have regarding abortion.

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