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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Why International Adoptions by Americans Have Hit a 35-Year Low

An Orphanage in Russia

By Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
Christianity Today Gleanings


In 2004, Americans adopted 22,884 children from foreign countries—an all-time high.

Twelve years later, that number has dropped to 5,648 children—the lowest level in 35 years, according to recently released statistics from the US State Department on fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015).

The sharp decline isn’t limited to the United States; global adoptions to the top 24 receiving countries dropped by 75 percent during the same 12 years.

Foreign adoptions have been in short supply while demand has surged among American evangelicals, prompted by Russell Moore and other leaders.

Last year, Americans adopted the most children from China, Ethiopia, South Korea, Ukraine, and Uganda. Most of these adoptive US parents lived in Texas, California, New York, Florida, and Georgia.

American adoptions from all countries

American Adoptions from All Countries

While reasons for the steady decline are multiple and complex, 80 percent of the drop in American adoptions can be traced back to three countries: China, Russia, and Guatemala, according to the State Department.
The Russian government banned Americans from adopting Russian children in 2012,  leaving in limbo thousands of children and dropping the number of Russian adoptions from a high of 5,682 in 2004 to zero last year.American Adoptions from All Countries.

American adoptions from Russia

American Adoptions from Russia

Guatemala suspended foreign adoptions to all countries while it works to clean up a system full of fraud and corruption. The 3,251 adoptions of Guatemalan children in 2004 dropped to 13 in 2015.

Read more about the drop in adoptions of China and other countries: http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2016



Evangelical Pastor Opens First Annual Planned Parenthood Prayer Rally With Powerful Message


Pastor Chuck Wilson (far right)
New Hope Community Church

By Terry Noble
Voices for the Unborn

First National Annual Planned Parenthood Prayerful Protest 

It was a cold, rainy Saturday when the faithful gathered at the corner of Street Road and Louis Drive near the site of Warminster Planned Parenthood. There were 53 pro-life warriors huddled together under a small tent to hear Pastor Chuck Wilson from New Hope Community Church open with a powerful Spirit-filled message and prayer. 


Pastor Chuck's Message and Prayer:

It’s hard to believe....  
We are the same country, that just a generation ago, helped free the holocaust survivors from the death camps where they were being killed and their body parts used for profit. 

It’s hard to believe....
We are the same country that sat in judgment in Nuremberg over the Nazis for their atrocities. 

And yet we stand here today in front of a building that receives federal funding to kill unborn babies and profits from selling their body parts.


We have far surpassed what Hitler and and Stalin did combined.  We have killed almost 60 million of our own people. 

And not only that, when this grisly practice was exposed, the government didn’t go after Planned Parenthood, but the people who exposed this evil. 

I believe the USA has crossed the line of mercy and grace.  It’s not a matter of if we will be judged, but when it will happen. 

So why am I standing out here in the rain....which is symbolic....of God’s tears for these dying babies?

Because we are called to be faithful…to be salt and light....to slow the rotting of the corpse which is the USA today.

We are called to reach out with the love of Jesus to one mom and baby at a time…to save every life we can....both physically and spiritually.

We are like the Israelites marching around Jericho....day after day when nothing was happening.

But something was happening....they were being faithful....until God knocked the wall down.

And whether God knocks down the walls of this evil called abortion....or he takes our country down, our job is the same....faithfulness.


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Oh, God forgive us for this great sin....wake up your church because we know until we are revived there is no hope for our country.  Amen

Rev. Chuck Wilson is pastor of New Hope Community Church, New Hope, PA. Pastor Chuck and his wife Kim are the proud and loving parents of 13 children. Visit the church's website at: www.newhopechurchpa.org

Video of Pro-Life Speech by Brave Woman With Down Syndrome Goes Viral


heidicrowter
“All life is precious … we deserve to live”

Life News

The video of a brave young woman with Down’s syndrome speaking out against a new genetic screening test has gone viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of views and even catching the attention of mainstream media.

Heidi Crowter is a 20-year-old woman from Coventry who happens to have Down’s syndrome. She lives independently, works in a hair salon and loves to laugh.

Last week she attended a rally outside Parliament organised by ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’, protesting against the potential introduction of a controversial new pre-natal test for Down’s syndrome and urging Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, to join their cause.

A video captured of Heidi talking at the rally has gone viral since it was uploaded to social media, gathering nearly 200,000 views. In it, she calls for equal protection of unborn children with disabilities and asks Jeremy Hunt not to introduce the new test, which campaigners believe is likely to lead to an increase of 92 abortions for Down’s syndrome annually.

A source at the rally told SPUC: “It was so emotionally powerful being at the rally. I was there chanting ‘don’t screen them out’, but Heidi was next to me saying ‘don’t screen us out’ – and that really hit home. It’s not abstract for her – in different circumstances she could have been killed because of this pre-natal screening.”

Now the BBC has picked up on the story too. In the video below, Heidi explains why she’s speaking out:  http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/29“  I wanted to get across that all life is precious and it doesn’t matter if you have a disability. And I want to get across to Jeremy Hunt: ‘don’t screen us out’; that we are precious and that we deserve to live.”

Heidi’s mum Liz explained further: At the moment, when a baby is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome, after an amniocentesis, which is at about 20 weeks, over 90% of mothers choose to terminate. So there are already fewer babies with Down’s syndrome being born.”

Supporters of the UK’s abortion law will argue that abortion needs to remain legal up to birth because people born with Down’s syndrome and other ‘severe’ disabilities – such as spina bifida, cleft palate and club foot – are not capable of living fulfilling lives.

But Heidi’s view is clear: “I live life to the full, I don’t ever let it hold me back, and I love every day.”

Website: http://www.lifenews.com/2016/04/29/

Human Beings are Gifts, Not Products




By Charles D. Dern, Ph.D.

The Doylestown Intelligencer's  April 4 front page expose’ extolling the wonders of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) did not really present arguments against IVF itself, although it did examine the negative side of genetically screening embryos. Additionally, it left out a fundamentally important principle which one must understand absolutely if one is to make a truly informed judgment on IVF, and indeed, any other biomedical ethical issue.

Let us establish up front that no ethicist of note, secular or religious, denies that once sperm and ovum combine, there is a distinct human life. Legal quandaries surrounding the unborn, such as abortion and Roe v. Wade, are mired in debate over whether or not the unborn are “persons,” an ephemeral topic for another time.

Now, there are in the end only two possible foundational views of human life. Human beings either have intrinsic value or they have relative value. The latter view always devolves into utilitarianism wherein an individual human, at any stage in life, is valued only insofar as he or she is of use to society or “wanted” by another individual.

The opposite of this point of view is valuing the human person without considering the particular attributes of that person (which is the definition of true love). That is, all human beings have intrinsic worth regardless of usefulness or desirability to others. This means that the genetically “imperfect” embryo, the baby with Down’s syndrome, the terminally sick child, the mentally handicapped teenager, the severely disabled adult, the elderly woman who has no clue who she is, all must be treated with an inherent respect, no different than the most accomplished and productive among us.

Note well that to claim that an embryo (or any other human being) only has relative value is not to make a scientific claim. It is a value judgment no different than ascribing intrinsic worth to the embryo. One cannot perform an experiment to prove either position. One can adjudicate between the two positions, however, by thinking through the type of society each creates when followed logically and consistently. On this, consider that utilitarians argue that infanticide (Princeton’s Peter Singer) or euthanasia of the demented against their will (Briton’s Baroness von Warnock) are perfectly ethical choices.

Utilitarianism also is at the root of the case noted in the article where eight out of nine embryos were discarded because of a certain disease. As a former embryo with a birth defect myself, I take personal umbrage at the callow disregard that all concerned had for the lives of the eight “imperfect” embryos.

Pope John Paul II anticipated this mentality over twenty years ago in “The Gospel of Life”: “Prenatal diagnosis … all too often becomes an opportunity for proposing and procuring an abortion. This is eugenic abortion, justified in public opinion on the basis of a mentality … which accepts life only under certain conditions and rejects it when it is affected by any limitation, handicap or illness.”

The article also did not cover some unpleasant facts of the IVF process. First, it has a mere 22.4% live birth rate according to Web MD. Second, as feminist theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill writes, IVF “is often given momentum by a rhetoric of ‘desperation’ surrounding the couple and their need to bear a child.” Women “speak of profound personal humiliation, as the intimacy of one’s sexual and procreative capacities is invaded, one’s person is objectified into a set of body parts and reproductive processes and one’s success or failure as a person is equated with the capacity to conceive.”

The Catholic Church is not against using technology to help one become pregnant. Its latest document on reproductive ethics, “Dignitas Personae,” encourages all procedures that remediate one’s ability to conceive naturally. There is even the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, NE dedicated to helping infertile couples using a method called NaPRO and it will help one adopt if treatment fails.

Finally, the moral problem with IVF is that it foments the idea, even if tacitly, that human life is a mere commodity. As Dignitas Personae states: “The blithe acceptance of the enormous number of abortions involved in the process of in vitro fertilization vividly illustrates how the replacement of the conjugal act by a technical procedure … leads to a weakening of the respect owed to every human being.” Human beings must be a gift received. Not a product made at will.

Charles D. Dern, Ph.D. is an adjunct teacher of theology and philosophy and wrote his doctoral thesis on the moral issues surrounding IVF.



First Safe Haven Baby Box in the US Unveiled in Indiana



from Safe Haven Baby Boxes
and Patty's Page

There are currently two locations in Indiana that are equipped with safe haven baby boxes where you can safely surrender your newborn under the safe haven law in one of our electronically monitored boxes! 


 Even though there are only two safe haven baby boxes currently in Indiana every fire station, police station and hospital is a safe haven surrender site where you can hand over your infant to a worker.

​If you need help finding a safe haven location or to speak to a licensed counselor call our hotline at 1-866-99BABY1.


In the video below, provided by Patty Hunter, producer and host of Patty's Page, you will witness the unveiling that took place on April 26, 2016 of the first baby box in the United States at the Woodburn, Indiana fire station.

Safe Haven Baby Boxes provide a way for women who want to give up their babies for adoption to do so without having to go face to face with anyone else.





You can also view this video on Youtube by using this link.  



Safe Haven Baby Boxes Inc. is a 501(c)3 that was founded by Monica Kelsey who was abandoned as an infant. Monica has made it her personal mission to educate others on the Safe Haven Law and to do whatever it takes to save the lives of innocent babies from being abandoned. The Baby Boxes have been very successful in 3rd world countries and Monica believes that the reason it is is because it takes the face to face interaction out of the surrender. These women love their children and they want to do what's best for the child but they don't want to have their faces seen. The baby boxes takes the face to face interaction out of the surrender and protects the mother from being seen.  

The Safe Haven Law provides No Shame, No Blame, No Names. 

For more information or to contact this organization to learn how to establish Save Haven Baby Boxes in your area, please use this link.  
   
                                        
  



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