Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Baby Celeste lived for 22 weeks, but her short life is making an impact
first, I hadn’t planned on sharing Celeste’s story. At least not
publicly. As the days have gone on, though, my heart has changed. As
we’ve traveled the hard road of grief in the last week, I have been
blessed by the stories of other moms who have walked this walk. If
Celeste’s story can comfort another woman carrying this cross, I will
gladly put aside my pain for the blessings I pray our story holds.
A survey released Sunday by the Associated Press (AP) shows that
abortion rates are dropping nationwide: the overall decrease was roughly
12 percent. The survey shows in states with significant pro-life
legislation, such as Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma, the drop is
closer to 15 percent; however, pro-life states were not alone.
Abortion facilities across Texas are expected to shutter after a federal
appeals court upheld a state law requiring abortion facilities to meet
hospital safety standards. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
ruled Tuesday that Texas may enforce provisions of H.B. 2, a pro-life
law passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by former
Governor Rick Perry.
Rebekah Nancarrow had an ultrasound at Planned Parenthood (for which she
paid $80), but wasn’t allowed to see the image. She was told by a
Planned Parenthood worker that seeing the fetus on the screen “will
only make it harder on you.”
Nancarrow later went to a crisis pregnancy center and was given a free ultrasound. This time she was allowed to view it.
According to the timetable that I set for myself as a teenager 18 ½
years ago, I should now be able to have my life back. I had gotten
pregnant at the age of 17, and married my baby’s father so that the
child could be raised in a two-parent home.
Pro-life activist Linda Couri’s first experience with Planned Parenthood
was a lot like that of many young women. She turned to her local
Planned Parenthood for her first gynecological exam, and it continued to
be her clinic of choice for check-ups.
There are Americans who are pro-life without exception, myself included.
And it certainly is possible to be! Does that mean we let women die
when their pregnancy tragically, and in rare instances, threatens their
life? Of course not. We offer them life-saving, emergency treatment. It
is crucial to distinguish though that that is not an abortion.
A lawsuit filed in Dallas last week alleges that the popular Southern
restaurant Waffle House fired a manager-in-training because she was
pregnant with her fourth child. The suit alleges that when Tabitha
Handy told her supervisor late last year that she was pregnant, the
supervisor said, “You’re pregnant again? Don’t you already have three
In recent days, the nation has been shocked by the story coming out of
Texas: a 14-year-old girl was raped, her baby forcibly aborted through
pills and a lengthy, brutal beating, and then, the stillborn baby was
burned on a grill and later disposed of.
While this story couldn’t be more horrific, America needs to realize that forced abortions are not uncommon.
In 1988, the New England Journal of Medicine described a then-new
abortion procedure called selective reduction. This type of abortion is
performed when a woman has more than one preborn baby in her womb and
wants to kill one or more children, but not the other(s). It can be used
to “reduce” triplets to twins, or twins to a single baby.