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.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calls Unlimited Abortions Up to Birth a Human Right

Life News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that Ireland should treat abortion as a “human rights” issue.

At a three-day meeting in Canada between Mr Trudeau and Leo Varadkar, the Irish taoiseach, the two leaders spoke about Mr Varadkar’s plan to hold a referendum next year to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution, which protects the right to life of the unborn child.
“We discussed the issue of abortion, which I know is an important issue for a lot of campaigners for women’s rights in Canada,” Mr Varadkar said. “I updated the prime minister on our plans to have a referendum next year to give the people of Ireland the opportunity to remove our constitutional ban on abortion, should they wish to do so.”
“Fundamental rights”

Asked whether he had any advice for Mr Varadkar, Mr Trudeau said so-called “reproductive rights” were fundamental human rights.
“On the issue of reproductive rights, I shared our perspective that reproductive rights for women are integral to women’s rights in general and women’s rights are human rights and I encouraged him to look at it as a question of fundamental rights for women and we had a good discussion on that,” he said.
Example to follow?

Canada has one of the most permissive abortion regimes in the world with abortion allowed up to birth and for any reason. Mr Trudeau has also made clear that all MPs in his Liberal Party are required to vote with the “pro-choice” side on any bills, regardless of their personal beliefs. In Britain abortion has traditionally been seen as a conscience issue.

Mr Varadkar did not seem to mind Mr Trudeau intervening in the debate on Ireland’s abortion laws, despite having recently rejected such interference by the UN. He dismissed criticism of Ireland’s abortion laws from the UN committee against torture, saying:
“One thing I would be very firm about is that whatever laws we have in Ireland, those laws should be determined by either the Irish people through a referendum or through the Oireachtas voting democratically.”
LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organziation in the United Kingdom.

Poland May Consider Measure to Ban Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

Pro-life advocates in Poland are calling on their country leaders to put an end to eugenic abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome and other special needs.

Radio Poland reports the Life and Family Foundation is leading the effort. The pro-life group referred to polls indicating that most people in Poland oppose eugenic abortions that kill unborn babies with disabilities.

Poland currently prohibits most abortions. Abortion is legal in cases of rape and incest, the life or health of the mother or severe fetal deformities – though “severe” is widely defined and unborn babies with disabilities like Down syndrome legally can be aborted under the current law.
“Such a change in the law, though a small one, would save many lives,” pro-life leader Kaja Godek said Thursday.
In 2015, about 1,000 unborn babies with fetal anomalies were aborted in Poland, according to the pro-life group. The country reported a total of 1,044 abortions that year.

Here’s more from the report:

A group known as the Life and Family Foundation has officially asked the country’s lower-house Speaker to register a citizens’ legislative initiative called the Stop Abortion Committee. The group aims to collect signatures of support for legislation to prohibit eugenic abortions.

According to the group, the possibility of having an abortion on account of foetal defects should be removed from Poland’s abortion law.

President Andrzej Duda previously said he would support a bill to prohibit abortions on unborn babies with special needs, according to the report. Last year, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo also said she would support a bill to protect unborn babies from abortion.

Woman Shares Her Story About Seeking Abortion Reversal

By Valerie Prichett
ABC 27 News

Lancaster, PA: One Pennsylvania college student took it and changed her mind.

She didn’t want us to use her real name, but she did want us to share her journey. We will call her Samantha.
“I had an unplanned pregnancy and I was thinking about abortion. I took the abortion pill and I had regret immediately, so I went to Google and started searching if there was any way to undo what I did, and I came across a reversal number and I contacted the number,” she said.
Samantha called Hope Within, a community health center in Elizabethtown.

Hope Within offers free primary care services to those in need.

Doctor’s used progesterone, the hormone that sustains a pregnancy, to reverse the drugs that induce an abortion.
“If we can inject large doses of progesterone into a woman that can overcome that blocking effect RU 486 such it prevents the detachment of the embryo from the wall of the uterus,” explained Dr. Eric Hussar with Hope Within Community Health Center.
Dr. Hussar says a woman must act fast, getting progesterone within 24 hours of taking RU 486.
“In the experience of the abortion pill reversal program, nobody has been able to carry a pregnancy more than 72 hours after taken the pill if they haven’t received progesterone,” said Dr. Matthew Weitzel with South East Lancaster Health Services.
As for Samantha, after taking progesterone and receiving an ultrasound she found out she was having twins, boy and a girl, both now 1 year old and healthy.
“I’m very happy I made the choice I did to continue the pregnancy,” Samantha said.
Doctors Hussar and Weitzel say progesterone seems to be very safe for use in pregnancy and side effects are rare. They say over 50 percent of women treated through the program delivered healthy children.

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.

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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. A decision many women have made is taking RU 486, an abortion-inducing drug.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Dark Day in Chile As Court Approves Abortion

Jonathan Abbamonte
Population Research Institute

A bill legalizing abortion in cases of rape, fetal disability, and life of the mother was upheld yesterday by Chile’s constitutional court, effectively securing the legalization of abortion in the South American country. It is widely expected that Chilean Socialist President Michelle Bachelet will sign the bill into law.

In a last-ditch effort to block the bill, eleven senators from the opposition Chile Vamos party had challenged the abortion bill on August 2nd, petitioning the constitutional court to throw out the provisions legalizing abortion in cases of rape and fetal disability on constitutional grounds. Chile’s constitution specifically protects the right to life for the unborn.

The court voted 6-4 to uphold the bill with ministers Iván Aróstica, Cristián Letelier, Marisol Peña, and Juan José Romero voting in support of the petition filed by Chile Vamos lawmakers. In opposition, María Luisa Brahm, Carlos Carmona, Gonzalo García, Domingo Hernández, Nelson Pozo and José Vásquezsupported the legalization of abortion.

Chile is one of only a few countries left in the world that still respects the right to life under all circumstances.

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Apple Will Donate $1 Million to Pro-Abortion Group

By Steven Ertelt
Life News

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook has announced that the tech company will make a $1 million donation to a pro-abortion organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center. However the organization not only supports abortion but was linked to a liberal activist who shot up the office of the pro-life group Family Research Council.

The donations were made supposedly to counter white supremacy.

Mr. Cook called the events in Charlottesville, Va., “repulsive” in an email to employees, saying he disagrees “with the president and others” who see a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis on one side and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights on the other.

“Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans,” Mr. Cook wrote in the email late Wednesday, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. He said he felt compelled to speak out on the events, which he found personally troubling, in part because he heard from many people at Apple “who are saddened, outraged or confused.”

“What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country,” he wrote. “We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”

But, in a chilling Federal Bureau of Investigation interrogation video, Floyd Lee Corkins, who shot up the offices of the Family Research Council on August 15, 2012, says that he picked his target from the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) website. 

Corkins entered the lobby armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol, 100 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches. He started firing at FRC’s building manager Leo Johnson who heroically tackled the shooter after a gunshot shattered his arm.

SPLC was the motivation behind the shooting. The shooting at the pro-life group’s office captured national attention and the Family Research Council, today, released the video. The partial transcript reads:

FBI: Now how did you . . . This building, this organization. Did you . . .
FBI: Did you, how did you find it earlier? Did you like look it up online?
Corkins: It was a uh, Southern Poverty Law, lists, uh anti-gay groups
Corkins: I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website

FRC president Tony Perkins said Corkins act of terrorism has put sunlight on SPLC, which has targeted a wide swath of Americans for standing up for traditional values, most often Christian and conservative.
“The SPLC’s reckless labeling has led to devastating consequences,” said FRC President Tony Perkins. “Because of its ‘hate group’ labeling, a deadly terrorist had a guidemap to FRC and other organizations.
Our team is still dealing with the fallout of the attack, that was intended to have a chilling effect on organizations that are simply fighting for their values.”

Twenty-First Century Progress Toward making Abortion Unthinkable

By Maria Galagher
National Right to Life

The Millennial Generation has grown up with an explosion of technology — the expansion of the Internet, the invention of the iPhone, the birth of social media, the advent of Skype.

But the 21st century could also be known as a time of great progress against abortion.

Real limits have been placed on abortion, thanks to the passage of the partial-birth abortion ban at the national level, late-term abortion bans, dismemberment abortion bans, and other legislation at the state level.
The Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, reports that abortion rates are at their lowest level since 1973, the year Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. The most recent recorded rate is 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, well below the record high of 29.3 per 1,000 women in 1981.

It’s been estimated that more than 3,500 pregnancy help centers are now in operation across the U.S. and, as the pro-abortion lobbying group NARAL ruefully notes, these centers vastly outnumber abortion facilities. 
Pregnancy centers provide comprehensive counseling and assistance to women facing unexpected pregnancies, offering everything from diapers to day care referrals. Women have even been known to request that pregnancy center volunteers serve as their companions during the birthing process.
Pro-life groups have grown exponentially on college campuses, and March for Life attendance has been boosted by the throngs of high school and college students who descend on Washington, D.C. each January 22.
4D ultrasound pictures have become prominent on Facebook and Twitter pages, websites and blogs. The humanity of the unborn child has been well-documented in these social media images.
Certainly, much work remains in making abortion unthinkable. More than 59 million Americans have died from legal abortion since it began nationwide in 1973. Pro-abortion groups continue their national assault on the rights of preborn children, while failing to recognize the devastation abortion has caused for generations of women.

Still, in just the first two decades of the 21st century, much headway has been made in scaling back abortion on demand. This should be the century when the disastrous era of Roe v. Wade finally comes to an end.

‘Calling Off the Abortion’: Single Mom Shares How Her Video Saved a Life

Jordan Encourages Fans to Use Social Media... 
 For Good...As She Did By Sharing Christian’s Story

By Danny David
Live Action News

As Live Action News previously reported, vlogger Jordan Cheyenne’s son Christian – who spent 100 days in the NICU after being born at just 24 weeks and weighing a single pound — is the joy of her life. Single mom Jordan’s story has already led to at least one life being saved, she says in a recent video.

Jordan explains how she had talked on video about life as a single mom. Towards the end of the video, she answered a question on how to recognize real love. In answering this question, Jordan says she immediately thought of Christian, now 4-1/2 years old, healthy, and very active (as can be seen in some of Jordan’s videos and in the photo at the top of this article). She says she knows that real love exists because she had a child and felt a kind of love that surpassed anything she’d felt before — the “purest form of love.”

Shortly after posting this video, Jordan says she received a message from a woman claiming that the video had saved a life. Jordan was initially confused, not sure how her video could have accomplished that. But as the woman continued, Jordan was deeply moved.

The woman explained that a friend of hers was pregnant; the father did not want the baby and was pressuring her to abort it. The woman said she sent Jordan’s video to her friend. The friend reportedly changed her mind and chose life after hearing about Christian and how much of a positive impact he has on those around him and the love between Jordan and her son. 
The friend reportedly said the deep love Jordan described having for Christian is a feeling she doesn’t want to miss out on, leading her to abandon her plans to abort her baby.

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 or text 610-626-4006  

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.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Planned Parenthood is Spending $500,000 to Create an Army of Pro-Abortion Activists

By Micaiah Bilger
Life News

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups have long envied the grassroots power of the pro-life movement.

Now, the nation’s largest abortion chain is trying to buy its own grassroots base, starting with half a million dollars.

BuzzFeed News reports Planned Parenthood just kicked off a campaign to set up 600 volunteer-led teams to promote abortion across the United States. Each team in the abortion group’s “pink army” will be located near one of its 600-plus facilities, according to the group.

Here’s more from the report:

The new organizing project, seeded with an initial $500,000, begins in September with four regional “bootcamps,” where 1,000 hand-picked volunteers will undergo intensive training, return home with new organizing tools, and form the basis of an effort that Planned Parenthood officials believe is “unlike any other than we’ve ever made.”

That’s how Planned Parenthood’s national organizing director Kelley Robinson described the decision to invest in a nationwide network led entirely by volunteers, focused on building “intersectional” local campaigns to “protect and promote” women’s health. (The $500,000 will be a joint investment made by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its linked political arm, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.)
According to the abortion group, these teams will be heavily involved in political advocacy at the local, state and national level. One pro-abortion organizer told the liberal news site that they are gearing up with “lots of pink materials, including shirts” to become a “pink army” of abortion activists.

Pro-Abortionists Resolute That Abortion is Trouble-Free and Devoid of Complications

By Dave Andrusko
Life News National Right to Life

Why do pro-abortionists come absolutely unhinged when the case is made that chemical abortions can be halted, provided the woman does not take the second of the two drugs that make up the chemical abortion regime (“RU-486” for short)?

Why must abortion reversal be (in their opinion) not just ineffective but dangerous?

These questions came to mind as I read, “Abortion ‘reversal’: the latest sham from anti-choice activists trying to end women’s rights,” written by Renee Bracey Sherman and Daniel Grossman and published Wednesday in the Guardian.
One obvious answer is money. The last Guttmacher Institute report concluded that for the year 2014, almost a third of the abortions performed (about 29.4% of the total) were chemical abortions (or, as Guttmacher likes to call them, “early medication abortions”). That was an increase of almost 14% in three years and no doubt the percentage is even higher now.
Even for the likes of the $1.3 billion Planned Parenthood, which bills itself as a “non-profit,” that is serious money.
Another answer is that it is an article of pro-abortion faith that anything that puts the slightest bump in the road leading to abortion must be “junk science.” It has to be or else women (and girls) might question whether abortion is good for anyone, their babies or themselves.
Which is why right out of the box Sherman and Grossman write, 
“For years, the anti-abortion movement has popularized the myth that patients regret their abortion, or are somehow coerced into having the procedure before they are ready.”
This is a “myth.” That unborn children by the 20th week will feel excruciating pain as they are torn apart is a “myth.” It’s a “myth” that parents have any useful contribution to make to their minor daughter’s abortion decision.

It’s a “myth” that the use of sharp instruments in the area of a woman’s reproductive organs the abortionist is associated with an increase in premature and very premature births.

It’s a “myth” that there is a clear association between having an induced abortion and increasing the risk for breast cancer, although the biological basis for that conclusion is obvious. 
And so on and so on.
Pro-abortionists must deny that there are any negative aftershocks–physical, psychological, or emotional–from abortion. To admit even one is to concede that killing your unborn child may not be the trouble-free “solution” the Abortion Industry advertises it to be. And that could spell serious trouble.

Wife Tells Husband to Choose Between Giving up Baby with Down syndrome, or Divorce: He Chose the Baby

'He's beautiful. He's perfect, and I'm absolutely keeping him.'

By Ben Johnson
Life Site News

Families are meant to grow together, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way. After his son was born with Down syndrome, Samuel Forrest had to live through a heart-wrenching choice: either put him up for adoption or watch his wife walk out of his life.

Forrest, who hails from Auckland in New Zealand, was overjoyed when his wife gave birth to their son in an Armenian hospital on January 21. But then he learned that not everyone was as excited about the birth of Leo.

“When the doctor came out, he said 'there’s a real problem with your son,'" Forrest told ABC News. “When I walked into the room they all turned to me and said, 'Leo has Down syndrome.'”
In Armenian hospitals, Forrest said, the hospitals allow parents of children with Down syndrome to give their children up for adoption without taking them home.
"My wife had already decided, so all of this was done behind my back,” he said.
His wife, Ruzan Badalyan, demanded it, telling him to give up their child or she would divorce him, according to Forrest's account.
“They took me in to see him and I looked at this guy and I said, 'He's beautiful. He's perfect, and I'm absolutely keeping him,'" he said.
Badalyan confirmed to ABC News that she has, in fact, filed for divorce from her husband.

To cope with the new expenditures, and being a single father, Forrest has started a GoFundMe page. “The goal is to raise enough for a year, so I can get a part-time job so Leo doesn't have to be in daycare and I can help care for him."

As of this writing, Samuel has raised $340,194 – far exceeding his $60,000 goal.

“Nine days after we started our campaign, Leo and I found out in the wee hours of morning that we had crossed our target! He is a lucky guy to have the support of thousands of friends like you around the world,” wrote the proud father.

He said the extra money will be used to give Leo “a good home and school.”

But it won't all be used for his own family needs. “After what I've been through with Leo, I'm not going to sit back and watch babies be sent to orphanages," he said.
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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 or text 610-626-4006  

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.