This week California state representative Dr. Linda Halderman blasted Senate Bill 1501 which was introduced by Sen. Christine Kehoe, (D-San Diego). The bill will permit non-doctors such as midwives and physicians assistants to perform surgical termination procedures. Pro-life representative Dr. Halderman shared her concerns about the bill in an almost 30 minute radio appearance on the Ray Appleton radio program. You can hear the audio here. The Ray Appleton show is one of the most listened to talk programs in central California.
As Pro-lifers, I think it’s important to be well informed. We should have a good idea of what exactly we’re fighting against, and have a good knowledge that will better equip us to fight it. That’s probably the reason why you’re reading anything on this website in the first place. The more we know about the issue, the more informed we are, the better we can explain it to the rest of our nation and our world. The following are a number of Pro-life books that I’ve enjoyed and found very helpful.
Shawn Carney shows this video on Day 8 of 40 Days for Life of an inspiring speech from 40 Days for Life National Director David Bereit.
Keep up the good work with 40 Days for Life! 92 babies saved so far!!
I like blog posts telling people what not to do. So when I saw a link to one entitled 10 Things You Should Never Say to a Miscarriage Survivor, I clicked. I read. I smiled. Author Devan McGuinness is straight on about the insensitive statements often used in an attempt to comfort someone who has suffered a miscarriage, but what is most inspiring to me was just how pro-life the post is.
McGuinness contributes to the being pregnant section of the popular web site Babble. In the February 24 post regarding miscarriage, the number 5 thing you shouldn’t say is, “It was not a real baby just a fetus.” Her reasoning:
“A ‘fetus’ is a baby. The mom will feel changes from very early on, making the transition to motherhood already there in her mind. It was a real baby.”
I can’t really explain how happy this made me. Yes, I love that she’s standing up for people who have miscarried, which is tremendous because too many of these women (and their partners) are made to feel as though their loss is no big deal. But here is this contributor on a major web site stating without hesitation that a fetus is a baby.
While I was pregnant I would sit on my bed and look at Riley’s name printed on the wall. I felt that something was a little off. Nothing was wrong, but something wasn’t right. How neat it was that I knew she was special before I even met her…
Jennifer peaks her head into the living room where her three daughters are playing house. Sarah and Jaimee giggle as they push their little six month old sister, Riley, around in a carriage that is supposed to be for their baby dolls. Riley simply smiles at all the attention. “Mom, come look at Riley!” they suddenly exclaim, “she is smiling!” From the doorway, Jennifer can’t help but smile herself at the scene. In her eyes it is nothing less than picture perfect. Her children are right where they should be… with her. But, if some people had it their way Riley wouldn’t be here. Why? She has Down- Syndrome; Trisomy 21 to be exact. Which somehow labels her as less deserving of life by many in today’s society. What a loss for them. They have no idea of the joy that comes from having a child with “special needs”, but Jennifer does.
This is her story…
We tried for nine months straight, after just having a miscarriage two months prior. Then, it happened. I knew I was pregnant because of the dreams I was having. I’m a very vivid dreamer and I find out many things in my dreams. On December 23, 2010 at 12:30 AM, I got out of bed to use the bathroom. I then decided to take a pregnancy test, because I was a few days late. Read more A Mother Speaks Out On Down Syndrome: “There’s Nothing Down About It!”
Great new video from Abort73 on the personhood of the fetus in the case against abortion.
Check out their website here: Abort73.com / Abortion Unfiltered
Recently I told you all about a fantastic organization here in Dallas called Council for Life. They raise money for crisis pregnancy centers and other organizations that provide essential services to women in need. Abortion advocates are always accusing us of not caring about women, or abandoning children once they’re born. Council for Life is one of many organizations that proves this false.
I was honored to attend their Celebrating Life Luncheon back in November. In case you’ve forgotten, this is the event where I became, to my surprise and quite against my will, a major Kathy Ireland fan. This event raised — get ready! — $569,000 for CFL’s 14 beneficiaries. That money will provide ultrasound machines, hire sonographers, pay administrative staff, and in various ways provide resources for the people who work every day to save the lives of the unborn and help mothers choose life for their children.
This semester, the Pro-Life Aggies at Texas A&M Univeristy in College Station, Texas, will award their first-ever Pregnant and Parenting Student Scholarship to a fellow student on their campus.
Inspired by the pro-life group at Stephen F. Austin University, which started the Lumberjacks for Life Scholarship, the Pro-Life Aggies began fundraising to raise money for their own scholarship last year.
“We desire to live out our Pro-Life convictions by supporting families that have chosen life in the difficult circumstance of being a college student,” said Jennifer Rumpf, current president of the Pro-Life Aggies. “The hope is that the recipient will have the resources to pay for the extra expenses of the combined challenge of attending college and raising a child. We simply want to help and support them.”
Shawn Carney writes on the 40 Days for Life website that the Planned Parenthood facility in Storm Lake, Iowa is due to close on March 1 of this year. The leader of the 40 days for Life campaign there, Sue Theyer, was once manager of the clinic. She had been fired from her clinic in 2008. She claims this was done due to questions she had raised concerning ‘telemed abortions’. An article in the Des Moines Register recently recounted her story.
Carney notes that:
Just days after that article appeared — and less than three months after Sue finished leading the 40 Days for Life campaign outside the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood — the closure was announced.
40 Days for Life is due to start up again on February 22. You can find information on what locations are participating here.
This is my attempt to shut up for a minute and let pictures do the talking. It goes against my every natural instinct to run my mouth, but I will try. Here we go!
Curtain up: The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas, Texas, broods under a cloudy sky. Except it was actually not very broody but kind of festive. And it wasn’t really cloudy either. It was, however, so cold my hands could barely work my iPhone.