Voices For Life

Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. We cover issues from conception until natural death, as well as all family life issues.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Frank Stephens' : POWERFUL Speech On Down Syndrome




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Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  


National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org

Please Participate in the 2018 Lenten Program of Prayer & Witness at the Warminster, Pa. Planned Parenthood




2018 Lenten Program of Prayer and Public Witness
Lent - February 14 - March 31, 2018
Planned Parenthood Abortion Chamber
610 Louis Drive
Warminster, Pa 18974 (map)


For most Christians, Lent is a special time of prayer, fasting and penance. This Lent pro-life leaders from Bucks County, Pennsylvania have put together a program of prayer and public witness and they are asking, as part of our Lenten sacrifice, to commit to join in this program.

The program consists of recruiting parish or church pro-life contacts to schedule two people each hour to pray at the Warminster Planned Parenthood on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and on Fridays (abortion days) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Lent 2018 occurs from Ash Wednesday, February 14th to Holy Saturday, March 31st.

You can  participate in the 2018 Lenten Program at the Warminster Planned Parenthood by contacting Mary Paris, who is serving as the Coordinator for this 2018 Lenten Program, and identify which Tuesday or Friday you will commit to cover on behalf of your parish or church.  As an individual, you can commit to cover specific hours on a specific day.  Please call Mary at 215-348-7480 or e-mail her at me@parisherd.com.

Please pray for the success of this program and for and end to all abortions in our country and the world.



 
Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  


National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  



Raising a Banner to Save Baby Girls in China at March for Life D.C.



National Right to Life

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers will carry an 8-foot banner to “End Gendercide” – the sex-selective abortion of baby girls — in China, at the March for Life today in Washington, D.C.
“The United States has about one million abortions a year,” Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, stated. “For every abortion we have in the United States, China as 23. China has an incomprehensible 23 million abortions a year – many of them forced, mostly of baby girls. The greatest hemorrhage of human life in the world today is flowing out of China.”
Women are still pressured to abort or abandon baby girls, even under China’s Two-Child Policy. For example, it was reported that a Chinese woman from Anhui Province died after her husband pressured her into aborting four pregnancies in a year, because he wanted a son. The couple already had a four-year-old daughter.

After the Two-Child Policy was instituted on January 1, 2016, they decided to have a second child, which the husband determined would be a boy. When the woman became ill because of the repeated abortions, her husband divorced her. She used the divorce settlement money (approximately U.S. $2500) to seek hospital treatment, but then died. Her husband did not visit her in the hospital and was planning on marrying another woman at the time of the report.

Littlejohn continued, “My heart breaks for this woman, pressured into four abortions by her husband, then left to die from the trauma – all because he wanted a son! Brutal son preference remains in China, and as I had predicted, the sex-selective abortion of baby girls continues under the Two-Child Policy. Second daughters are still aborted or abandoned.”

According to one U.N. estimate, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today because of sex-selective abortion. This gendercide has created a gender imbalance in China, where there are an estimated 37 million more males living than females. This gender imbalance is in turn driving human trafficking and sexual slavery, within China and from the surrounding countries.
“This should be an issue about which pro-life and pro-choice can agree,” Littlejohn stated. “No one supports forced abortion, because it’s not a choice. And what serious women’s rights advocate can defend the sex-selective abortion of girls?”
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Former Pro-Choice Atheist Tells Evangelicals for Life How God Transformed Her

"God takes dead people and gives them resurrection life."

Trillia Newbell speaks at the 2018 Evangelicals for Life conference 
hosted at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 19, 2018


By Samuel Smith
Christian Post

Trillia Newbell is a former atheist who considered children a "nuisance."

"What is funny is that I am here at a pro-life event talking about the love of children. It's crazy. Why? There was a time when I would have thought that children were a nuisance, a bother, expendable," she shared at the third annual Evangelicals for Life conference on Friday.

"There was a time when I thought that children didn't matter and all that mattered where those of us that were adults and teens walking around. I was pro-choice. But, I wasn't just pro-choice. I was pro-choice to an extreme. Go to the extreme and there I was. I also wasn't a Christian."

Newbell explained that although she grew up in a loving home and was taught by her father the importance of loving people of all races and backgrounds, she never fully grasped the concept of personhood in the womb because she didn't believe that babies in the womb were people.
"My views became more and more radical throughout my teen years and into my early 20s," she said.
While working at a summer camp when she was just 19 years old, Newbell explained that God was "gracious" enough to put her in a room with a girl that she recalls being "on fire for Jesus."

"I was 19 and I was teaching a private camp. She was my assistant and we happened to be in this room by ourselves together. I will never forget when she sat on the bed to open her Bible during quiet time. I immediately got incredibly defensive and asked her, 'What are you doing?' She said, 'Having quiet time,'" Newbell said, as she tried to mimic her assistant's cheerful voice.

"I thought Christians were crazy and I thought, 'If you are about to take that Bible and say something with it, I am going to take that Bible and smack you,'" she continued. "That's where I was, which is so hard for people to think of if you know me now because the Lord did amazing work."

Newbell explained that by the end of the night, she was crying, confessing her sins, and telling her assistant her life story.

Despite the powerful experience that night, Newbell said that she did not give her life to Christ that night because she had a boyfriend that she "did not want to give up at that time."

It was at the age of 22, Newbell stated, that she was "humbled" after suffering from two broken engagements to be married.

"I remember going to her church and hearing that hymn 'Rock of Ages.' There is a line — 'Wash me Saviour or I'll die,'" she recalled. "I knew at that moment that I needed a savior. My life was transformed immediately. The Lord radically transformed my life."

Newbell told the audience that Ephesians 2 sums up her testimony.

"At the beginning it says, 'I was dead following the prince of the power of the air, following the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. We all live there too in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body in mind, children of wrath.' That was me," she told the crowd. "Verse 4, 'But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together with Christ.' By grace, I was saved. It was grace that I wasn't looking for, grace that I didn't know that I needed. God miraculously saved me.

"God takes dead people and gives them resurrection life. That's what He did. He took a dead girl and gave her resurrection life. God radically transformed everything about me, all of me. He transformed my heart and He also transformed my mind. He transformed my worldview."


Sunday, January 21, 2018

How Will Pro-Abortion Democrats Explain Voting Against The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act?

Kudos to House Republicans for the vote, a fitting present on the day of the March for Life to our Movement.


By Dave Andrusko
Life News

With all Republicans supporting and all but six Democrats opposing, the House of Representatives today passed The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act(H.R. 4712) by a vote of 241-183.

Looking ahead, NRLC President Carol Tobias cut to the chase when she commented, “The 183 House Democrats who voted against the bill will need to try to explain why they voted against making it a crime to treat a born-alive human person as medical waste, as a source for organ harvesting, or as a creature who may be subjected to lethal violence with impunity.”

As is always the case, Democrats insisted all is well and that there is no reason to pass a law that simply says if a baby survives an abortion attempt, he or she will receive “the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.” Not more but not less medical care.
“This bill is a solution in search of a problem,” huffed Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif. “It’s unnecessary, redundant, and part of a broader attack on women’s health and reproductive health from the chamber and the Trump administration.”
To begin with, to all but a handful of Democrats, everything—everything—is always and forever a “part of a broader attack on women’s health and reproductive health.”

In this case they insist either that no baby is ever born alive during an abortion attempt; that if they are they would have died anyway soon after; or that there already is The Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002 so there is no need for H.R. 4712; and if all else fails, change the subject by telling us that most babies are aborted long before they could survive an abortion when the question is what medical care do you extend to those babies who do survive?

What really annoyed the 183 Democrats is that H.R. 4712 has enforcement teeth. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.) explained, 
“doctors who fail to provide medical care to newborns will be held criminally accountable. There is absolutely no ambiguity here. This is about protecting babies who are born and alive, and nobody should be against that.”
What about the idea that nobody would fail to give medical treatment to abortion survivors? Watch the undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress and ask yourself would this crew be the least bit interested in helping born-alive abortion survivors?

And remember, these babies were not being treated prior to the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA), passed without a dissenting vote, subsequently signed into law by President George W. Bush and codified as 1 U.S.C. §8. The law stated that “every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development” is a “person” for all federal law purposes.

In addition to those abortion “practitioners” who still evade the law, there is the specter of abortionists changing their abortion procedures because “many researchers want tissue from late-gestation infants ‘untainted by feticidal agents,’” according to the final report of The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives issued in January 2017.



Every Year We Abort 1.5 Million Babies While Over 3 Million Families Are in Line to Adopt


By Megan West
Christian Post


Learning that my husband and I were infertile was devastating. After struggling with this reality for eight years we felt like our dreams of having children were shattered. We turned to adoption, thinking it would be a quick and easy solution. What we discovered was that it was time-consuming with a lot of paperwork and hoops to jump through. After all that we had to wait to be selected by a birth mom.

We persevered, and our lives changed forever after adopting two children at birth. They are our joy and their birth moms are the very definition of courage.

When faced with unexpected and difficult life situations, they each made the selfless choice to carry their babies to term and place them for adoption. There can be profound feelings of loss for mothers who make that hard choice, so it's hard to fully express the deep gratitude and humility I carry as an adoptive parent. Our children's birth mothers made that hard choice, and now we have the incredible responsibility and joy of raising two precious kids.

Yet, too many expecting mothers make a different choice. Despite the rapid change in public opinion related to abortion largely influenced by modern science, in the United States alone we still abort 1.2 million babies annually. 


At the same time, there are four to five million couples waiting to adopt a baby. In fact, statistics tell us that for every baby placed for adoption there are 36 couples waiting for their turn to adopt. Think about that: we could literally adopt every single baby destined to be aborted in 2018.

I wonder how many women wrestling with the decision to abort might choose life if they knew there was already a home awaiting their baby even before it was born?

As a Christian, I believe that a person's value is not determined by ethnicity, race, gender, age, ability, citizenship, or any other identifying factor. Our dignity is not based on our abilities, whether we are able to care for ourselves or our competence to perform tasks.

Instead, a person's value is based on being made in the likeness of God; it is a divine and irrevocable membership in the human family. All men, women and children (including preborn children in the womb) should be respected, regardless of their mental capacity, physical ability or social position.



What If I Weren’t Here?


By Faith
Shared with permission by the March for Life 


When my mother was pregnant with me, she thought she had miscarried several times. Upon running some prenatal diagnostic tests, her doctor revealed that I had a high likelihood of being born with a chromosomal disorder, such as Down Syndrome.

Delivery itself, the doctor cautioned my mom, could kill her. Why risk leaving 2 healthy kids motherless? Why cause her husband this pain…for a defect like me? Abortion was clearly the only “smart choice.”

My mom named me Faith because she chose life. She recognized my inherent dignity. She trusted God had a plan for me, regardless of my abilities or disabilities. And thank God she did.

Twenty years later, I can’t help but wonder if anyone would have noticed if I weren’t here. Twenty years later, I’m able to speak for the silent who never got their chance.

The pro-life movement is a chance to reflect on that “what if.” What if I weren’t here? What if YOU weren’t here? I can’t help but think about the countless people I could’ve known, but don’t–and how close I was to joining their ranks. I’m glad to be here. I’m glad to have been the exception.

I mourn for those like me who never had the chance to share a story with a happy ending. I march for them. I march because I could have been them. I march because I’m here…and they’re not.




Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  


National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  



How Abortion Pills Upend the Politics and Practice of Abortion





by Rebecca Oas, Ph.D.
Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam)

NEW YORK, January 12 (C-Fam) Since the dawn of the abortion movement, activists insisted that abortion should be solely the concern of a woman and her doctor. But as the method of abortion worldwide has shifted from surgery to medication, abortion advocates are increasingly regarding the doctor as unnecessary—and, in some cases, counterproductive.



 
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Voices for Life is an e-publication dedicated to informing and educating the public on pro-life and pro-family issues. To read our Mission Statement, use this link.  Follow us on FacebookGoogle, and Pinterest.  Help us spread the pro-life message by sharing our articles on your favorite social networks.

Pregnant, need help or know someone who does?  


National Hotline: Call 1-800-712-HELP or Text 'HELPLINE' to 313131.
In Southeast Penna:  Call the Community Women's Center at  215-826-8090

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available.  Call Project Rachel's national toll-free number 888-456-HOPE (4673) or visit hopeafterabortion.org.  





Saturday, January 20, 2018

Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life and Mourn 60 Million Abortions


By Milcaiah Bilger
Live News

The 2018 March for Life was full of enthusiasm Friday as hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates gathered in the capital to celebrate the value of human life and the victories for life that have been achieved.

Kicking off the event, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini told the crowd that they were participating in the largest human rights demonstration in the world.

“We have persevered to become the largest annual human rights demonstration in the world,” Mancini said. “Your love is saving lives!”
The march began 44 years ago on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade. The decision legalized abortion on demand in all 50 states and made America one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks.
“Since [1973], abortion has claimed the lives of over 60 million Americans, and we grieve their loss,” Mancini said.
She went on to praise the dedication of pro-lifers who have worked for four decades and continue to work to protect babies from abortion. As a result, abortions are at a 40-year low and abortion facilities are closing at a rapid pace.

Joining her in praise were President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, the first sitting president and vice president to address the march live, along with numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives, and pro-life leaders.

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan marveled at the number of young people in the crowd and spoke of the hope that they give him.
“It tells us this is a movement that is on the rise,” Paul said, noting their “infectious” energy.
“And you know one thing that gets lost in this controversy is how compassionate the pro-life movement really is,” he continued. “How much this movement helps women – women who have been through the pain of abortion. … I’m so proud of how this movement provides resources to mothers through thousands of pregnancy centers. This is true compassion. This is real love.”
Speakers encouraged the pro-life advocates to keep up their enthusiasm throughout the year. Many people used the hashtag #whywemarch on social media to explain why they fight for the rights of unborn babies.



U.S. House Passes Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

 

By Kelli
Live Action News


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4712, also known as the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, by a vote of 241-183. 235 Republicans voted in favor of the bill, along with six Democrats (Cartwright, Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, Peterson, and Walz). According to Congress.gov, this bill had 131 co-sponsors and “amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital.”

Democrats in opposition to the bill, such as Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) — both of whom have received campaign funding from the abortion industry and who immediately demanded an end to the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which eventually resulted in several criminal referrals against various members of the abortion industry — rose and claimed that the bill was not necessary, and that the 2002 Born Alive Infants Protection Act already prohibits the killing of abortion survivors. But in the reading of the text of that Act (BAIPA), it lists few penalties, or “teeth,” so to speak, should an abortionist violate the Act.

Detractors also claimed that H.R. 4712 is a back-door attempt to somehow restrict ‘abortion rights.’ However, the text of the resolution does not restrict abortion. It reads:

The term “born alive” means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut.

Also, a health care practitioner or other employee who has knowledge of a failure to comply with these requirements must immediately report such failure to an appropriate law enforcement agency.

An individual who violates the provisions of this bill is subject to a criminal fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

An individual who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder.

The bill bars the criminal prosecution of a mother of a child born alive for conspiracy to violate these provisions, for being an accessory after the fact, or for concealment of felony.

A woman who undergoes an abortion or attempted abortion may file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill.

Live Action’s 2013 InHuman investigation revealed that the abortion industry does not help abortion survivors, despite the Born Alive Infants Protection Act having been in place for over a decade. In the following video, Washington, D.C. abortionist Cesare Santangelo tells an undercover investigator that if her baby was accidentally born alive, he would not offer assistance to the child to help him or her survive:

Clearly, a law that has few ‘teeth’ is an ineffective law, and the abortion industry’s friends in Congress and the media consistently shield the industry from accountability. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act should now advance to the Senate for a vote.