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January 29, 2007

Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome

Earlier this mother the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that all pregnant women be offered screening for Down syndrome in their unborn babies. The announcement marks a major shift in "prenatal care" and illicited an understanble outcry among pro-lifers and groups that serve individuals with Down syndrome. George...
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January 9, 2007

Designer Babies?

The Family Research Council's Washington Briefing draws attention to the rising practice and acceptance of eugenics as reflect in a recentABC News article:Imagine a baby that was made-to-order, with eye color, hair color and other characteristics predetermined. Thanks to a controversial new embryo bank, these "designer babies," as critics describe...
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January 5, 2007

Attending the Annual March for Life?

If you are, consider attending Blogs4Life. The one day conference is located just a few blocks from the March and features noted pro-life leaders Bobby Schindler, Jill Stanek, Ramesh Ponnuru, and Joe Scheidler. In addition, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KA) is set to appear....
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November 7, 2006

Vote Pro-Life

Arizona Right to Life's endorsements, Source: Pro-Life Blogs, More pro-life cartoons at Faithmouse...
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June 13, 2006

The Miracle of Life

Photo: A baby the size of a mobile phone. The child, named Ruby Angel Dunn, was born at 25 weeks and weighed a mere 12.5 ounces at birth:Weighing less than a 1lb at birth, doctors warned her parents Kerry and Craig that she may not survive. And even if Ruby...
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February 14, 2006

Not so graphic after all

The Herald reversed its prior decision to reject pro-life advertisements:After re-examining the ads that were submitted by Will County Right To Life, The Herald News has decided that the ads will be allowed to run should this group decide to do so. For the record, the original decision to not...
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February 9, 2006

Embryo Images too Graphic for Newspaper

CNSNews - A pro-life group in Illinois said a local newspaper refused to publish advertisements featuring sonogram images because executives at the paper considered the ads to be "too graphic." When contacted by Cybercast News Service, the advertising manager of the Joliet-based Herald News did not deny using that...
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December 16, 2005

Blogs4Life Conference!

Blogs4Life is coming on January 23rd, in the morning just before the March for Life in Washington, D.C.! Yes, this is the first annual conference of pro-life bloggers and will feature none other than noted syndicated columnist and NRO Blogger Kathryn Jean Lopez. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals...
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August 3, 2005

Susan Torres Gives Birth

Susan Torres, who has been on life support since May 7, gave birth to a baby girl today. Despite being born 14 weeks early, there were no complications during delivery and the baby "is doing well," Justin Torres, Susan's brother-in-law, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. The baby,...
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June 20, 2005

A Lesson from the Life and Death of Terri Schiavo

Amid the ongoing controversies that surround the death of Terri Schiavo is the lesson that our courts and society have taken a low view of human life, one that measures a person’s worth by the scale of the young and healthy [HT: Captain Ed]. The core values of this death...
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June 14, 2005

United Nations Population Fund May Receive U.S. Funding - Vote Set for Today

The U.S. House could hold a floor vote as early as tonight on an amendment to restore funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Population Research Institute has repeatedly documented the UNFPA's involvement with China's one-child policy. Contact your congressman and let him know what you think...
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March 31, 2005

Next time it will be easier (that's how it works)

Next time it will be easier. It always is. The tolerance of early-term abortion made it possible to tolerate partial-birth abortion, and to give advanced thinkers a hearing when they advocate outright infanticide. Letting the courts decide such life-and-death issues made it possible for us to let them decide others,...
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Terri Schindler Schiavo has just died - message from family

According to the Schindler family, Terri Schindler Schiavo has just passed away. The long battle for her life has ended with the United States standing impugned before God that a disabled woman could be publicly starved to death by order of the court. Source: Blogsforterri...
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March 28, 2005

Most Recent Report from The Hospital Bed: Terry Continues to Communicate

After three visits to Terri Schiavo's hospital bed in the last 24 hours, Sherry Payne, close friend of Terri Shiavo, appeared on MSNBC's Abrahm's Report Monday night. Mrs. Payne indicated that Terri recognized her, interacted with her, tried to speak, was very loud and was the most communicative she had...
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March 26, 2005

Terri Schiavo Expresses Her Wishes; Attorney and Sister Testify in Court

The following are Terri Schiavo's sister, Suzanne Vitadamo's and Attorney Barbara Weller's sworn testimony submitted to Judge Greer in Pinellas County Court today. Barbara Weller, Esq., is putting her entire professional reputation as an officer of the court on the line. If she is not telling the truth she would...
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Report: Jeb Bush Tried to Intervene but BACKED DOWN

The Sydney Daily Herald and Miami Herald are reporting that Gov. Jeb Bush tried to seize Terri Schiavo but abandoned the effort when it became clear that local law enforcement officers would resist his efforts. The article states (registration required):...
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Terri Schiavo Has Not Given Up, Neither Are We, says Attorneys and Family

An All-Writs Petition to the Florida Supreme Court will be filed by David Gibbs on behalf of Bob and Mary Schindler this afternoon. This is an appeal of today's decision by Judge Greer. Source: Schindler press release...
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March 25, 2005

Gov. Bush Delays, Terri Continues to Starve

Those hoping Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will step forward to save Terri Schiavo from imminent, court-ordered starvation death are likely to be disappointed, based on his comments to a group of reporters following county court Judge George Greer's ruling against the state's effort to take custody of the brain-injured woman...
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Kennedy Tells Bush to Step-In

The Governor may not disregard that obligation even if a member of the judiciary has ordered otherwise. He is not bound by a court order that is at odds with a constitutional guarantee

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Bush Called to Rescue Schiavo

Just to burnish my reputation as a bomb thrower, I think Jeb Bush should give serious thought to storming the Bastille. By that I mean he should think about telling his cops to go over to Terri Schiavo's hospice, go inside, put her on a gurney and load her into...
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March 24, 2005

The Supreme Court Says 'No' to Terri Schiavo

From the Associated Press:The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted, rejecting a desperate appeal by her parents to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive. The decision, announced in a terse one-page order, marked the end of a dramatic and disheartening four-day dash through the...
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March 23, 2005

Doctor says Terri is Aware and Feels Pain - Updated

From the NRO: A doctor who has seen Terri Schiavo this month says she seems to be aware of what's going on and appears to feel pain. [pdf file] William Polk Cheshire, Jr., M.D,. M.A, F.A.A.N.is a neurologist practicing the State of Florida who believes that it can be ethically...
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CSI MEDBLOGS: CODEBLUEBLOG ANALYZES TERRI SCHIAVO'S CT OF THE BRAIN

How could they gage serial brain degeneration without serial follow-up? And by what mechanism would her brain CONTINUE to atrophy? Second, Terri's cerebral cortex has not been replaced by fluid. That is inaccurate. The cortex is thinned and the sulci are enlarged. There is a difference.

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Starvation - Approaching Five Days for Terri

As her family petitions a federal appelate court, it is worth remembering that Terri Schiavo has been without sustenance now for over 100 hours and is likely experiencing the effects of starvation described by St. Louis neurologist William Burke.A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or...
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BREAKING: COURT RULES AGAINST TERRI

"The Schindlers will be filing an appropriate appeal to save their daughter's life," said Rex Sparklin, an attorney with the law firm representing the parents.

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March 22, 2005

Whittemore Declines Schindler Request

Fox News: Judge Whittemore has declined to order reinsertion of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, as requested by the Schindlers. No further information is available at this time. Update: U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the...
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March 21, 2005

Florida Legislature is Still Able to Help Terri

Hugh Hewitt writes that the Florida legislature still has an opportunity to come to the aid of Terri Schiavo:A relief bill was blocked by the state Senate, and at least six Republicans voted against it. Here's a link with the information on the senators who have voted against the measure...
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NYT Misrepresents Terri Schiavo Legislation

Carl Hulse and David Kirkpatrick report on the Congressional action taken yesterday to allow Terri Schiavo's parents access to the federal courts for a new trial. Unfortunately but predictably, this "news" report contains half-truths, loaded language, and a flat-out falsehood, all of which reveal the biases of the reporters. -...
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Feed Terri Schiavo Hearing Set for 3pm

See blogsforterri for more information....
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March 20, 2005

Hang On Terri! Help is on the Way

After a dramatic weekend of numerous ups and downs, the congress passed a bill that could save Terri Schiavo's life... here is the roll call. The Miami Herald Reports,President Bush stood ready at the White House, lawyers stood ready at a Florida courthouse and nurses stood ready at Terri Schiavo's...
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March 19, 2005

A Must Read - ATTORNEY’S LAST VISIT WITH TERRI SCHIAVO - Updated

The following are Terri Schiavo's sister, Suzanne Vitadamo's and Attorney Barbara Weller's sworn testimony submitted to Judge Greer in Pinellas County Court today. Barbara Weller, Esq., is putting her entire professional reputation as an officer of the court on the line. If she is not telling the truth she would...
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Urgent Terri Schiavo Action Alert - March 19

This is an urgent congressional action alert from the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) in Washington, D.C., issued Friday, March 18, 2005, at noon EST. For further information, visit the NRLC website. Please forward this message to your own lists. URGE SENATORS, REPRESENTATIVES TO RESOLVE DIFFERENCES, PASS 'TERRI'S LAW'...
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Medical Facts About Terri Schiavo

Many people have referred to the "medical evidence" that Terri has little to no brain matter remaining. FACT: The only way to determine such a thing accurately is with an MRI or PET scan. Neither have been done, and they have been disallowed in her case per Michael Schiavo's instructions....
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March 18, 2005

Terri Schiavo Starvation Began Today

Earlier today efforts by the U.S. Congress to delay the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube failed and, per the order of Florida Judge George Geer, her health care providers began to withhold food and water. It was Jodie Centonze who informed the media that Terri's tube was been removed....
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Congressional Probe Called As Schiavo Death Deadline Looms

In an extraordinary move just hours before the court-imposed death order of Terri Schindler-Schiavo is to take effect, a Congressional investigation into the case has been opened and members of Congress were asking a U.S. Attorney in Washington for a temporary restraining order to be issued by a federal judge...
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Terri Schiavo Update March 18

By court order, the forced starvation of Terri Schiavo is scheduled to begin today at 1 pm est. Although there are many different organizations and government officials who are working around the clock to intervene, Terri is in imminent danger. BlogsforTerri provides two main action items for Terri's supporters: Call...
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Legal Maneuvering to Save Terri Schiavo

In a last-ditch effort to save Terri Schiavo's life, a House committee plans to issue subpoenas Friday to stop doctors from removing the severely brain-damaged woman's feeding tube.

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March 17, 2005

Fast and Pray for Terri Schiavo - March 18

Bryan at The Narrow posts a reminder that tomorrow March 18th is a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Terri. He writes, "Whether or not the Legislation before Congress passes and her life is spared, I feel we should continue with everything as planned. It would then of course change...
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DCA Says No, Lawmakers Prepare to Save Schiavo

As Florida legislators compromised on a bill aimed at saving the life of Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland refused to grant a stay in the death order issued by Sixth Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer.

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March 16, 2005

Why Hasn’t an MRI been done for Terri?

Almost 50 neurologists all say the same thing: Terri should be reevaluated, Terri should be reexamined, and there are grave doubts as to the accuracy of Terri’s diagnosis of PVS

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Starvation, Torture and Terri Schiavo

Last night Michael Schiavo and his attorney, George Felos, appeared on Nightline to discuss their bid to withhold nourishment and hydration from Terri Schiavo for the purpose of ending her life. Michael’s statements included the following assertionsTerry will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken...
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March 15, 2005

Population Research Institute's Statement on Terri Schiavo

By Joseph A. D'Agostino It’s an odd world in which a disabled Florida woman can be killed by a method outlawed as too cruel for animals, and in which she is not covered by the habeas corpus protections granted to murderers. When it comes to federal legal protection, Terri Schiavo...
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Kate Adamson and Terri Schiavo

Yesterday I wrote about Kate Adamson, a woman who at one time was in a coma and had her feeding tube "removed" similar to what is planned for Terri Schiavo this Friday. Instead of being unconscious as the doctors believed she was aware of everything and lived to write a...
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March 14, 2005

A Call to Prayer and Fasting by The Narrow

Byran's latest call to prayer and fasting for Terri Schiavo follows....
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Kate Adamson Fights for Terri Schiavo

Kate Adamson is the mother of two who suffered a double brain stem stroke and was in a coma for 70 days. She was completely unresponsive to stimuli and was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. Doctors finally pulled her feeding tube and, for eight days, she lay...
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March 7, 2005

Day of Fasting for Terri Schiavo

I'm joining Bryan at The Narrow and Stacy at MediaSoul for a day of fasting and prayer for Terri Schiavo [click here]. Bryan writes, "This could be very powerful if we all participate. This Friday, March 11th will mark one week until the feeding tube is to be removed. Let's...
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March 3, 2005

Congress, Save Terri Schindler-Schiavo!

The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is calling on Congress to enact a bill to be introduced by Representative Dave Weldon, M.D. (R-Fl-15) that would give the Schindler family access to a federal court to argue for the life of their daughter, Terri Schindler-Schiavo....
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February 28, 2005

Michael Reagan and Legalized Murder

Unless Florida courts or the U.S. Supreme Court reverse themselves, Michael Schiavo will be allowed to kill his wife, Terri, and do it in the most horrific way....
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The Next Step: Terri Schiavo Ad in USA Today

From: BlogsForTerri Having just completed our first fire across the bow of the mainstream media via our BlogsforTerri ad in the Tampa Tribune, we are now preparing to place an ad in the "USA Today" on Friday week. That day has been chosen for both maximum readership and also timing...
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February 26, 2005

St. Petersburg Times Endorses Starving Terri

The St. Petersburg Times published an editorial today calling for Florida officials to stay out of the case involving Terri Schiavo. In doing so, the paper has callously endorsed the purposeful starvation of a living, responsive and otherwise healthy individual who has suffered brain damage. The Times labels those it...
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February 23, 2005

Video Shows Terri Schiavo Laughing, Responding

Is Terri Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state? Is she brain dead? You decide If you remain unconvinced here are video clips clearly showing that Terri Schiavo is responsive and not in a "permanent vegetative state" as claimed by her husband, Michael and his attorney: Terri watching a balloon Terri's...
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February 21, 2005

Terri Schiavo - Action is Needed

St. Petersburg Times -- The dramatic legal battle over the life of a severely disabled woman hinges Tuesday on what, if any, instructions a Florida appeals court gives on when her feeding tube can be removed and her death can begin. Tomorrow (Feb. 22), at 1 pm est, Terri Schiavo's...
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February 19, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Value is God Given

The story of Terri Schiavo, a Florida woman who suffered brain damage in 1990, has been sensationalized following the efforts of her husband to euthanize her through starvation. Many bloggers, including me, are swarming to her defense and writing substantial, influential and beneficial articles that generally fall into the following...
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February 17, 2005

Try Seeing through Terri Schiavo's Eyes

"I see a flash of colors and the vague outlines of faces. I hear the voices of Mom and Dad as they talk to me, trying to get me to respond. Oh, God, I’m trying so hard to respond. I feel like I’m floating in a murky bubble with no...
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February 15, 2005

Does Michael Schiavo Know What Terri Wanted? Does He Care?

Michael Schiavo has publicly stated that his goal in withholding treatment from his wife and removing her feeding tube (leading to death-by-starvation) is in accord with her wishes. He has testified that he loves his wife and is doing what she wanted. However, both legal records and Michael’s actions seem...
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Why Blog for Terri Schiavo?

Late last year, Hugh Hewitt wrote in The Blog,There was no shared plan of attack among the blogs. There was no coordination between them and their allies in talk radio and a few corners of MSM such as FOX News. There was, however, a network and there was an understanding...
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When the Strong Protect the Weak

It is time for the strong to support the family of Terri Schiavo in the quest to keep her from a court-mandated death. It is time for the strong to provide a vocal and public bulwark of defense against the death culture that undergirds and finances Mr. Schiavo in his quest to kill his wife.

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February 14, 2005

The Real Terri Schiavo

If you have only read the Mainstream Media accounts about Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose husband wants to Euthanasize, Dory at Wittenburg Gate has just published an excellent overview that articulates Terri's humanity (no, she is not in a coma) and the injustice of her husband and the judicial...
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February 13, 2005

A Call to Blogs for Terri Schiavo

A major novel blog - media event is in the planning stages and will be announced very soon [Terri Schiavo Blogburst - Update 3]. In preparation, Hyscience is calling for a minimum of 100 blogs to join Terri's Blogroll and write about Terri Schiavo every day with encouragement to readers...
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February 11, 2005

Updates on Terri Schiavo and the Battle for Her Life

The danger to Terri Schiavo's life has become critical after the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland one week ago denied a handful of motions filed by her parents. This means, according to Michael Schiavo's attorney, that their son-in-law soon will be free to remove the feeding tube...
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February 10, 2005

Important Terri Schiavo News

Hysience continues its lead in publishing information about the Terri Schiavo crisis. His latest is an op-ed titled, "Johnny got his gun but Terri Schiavo just had Michael!". Here are a couple of excerpts: She has helped all of us wake-up to the fact that an ethically-corrupt judge and a...
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February 8, 2005

Terri Schiavo Situation Critical

As pro-life groups rally to support Terri Schiavo, the danger to her life has become critical after the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland late Friday denied a handful of motions filed by her parents. This means, according to Michael Schiavo's attorney, that their son-in-law soon will be free...
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February 5, 2005

Terri Schiavo is in Need of Help

Update: see the Terri Schiavo aggregator for the latests posts from around the blogosphere. Breaking news about Terri Schiavo from Hyscience. [Note: for those unfamiliar with Terri, she is a Florida woman who suffered brain damage following a mysterious collapse. Although she is responsive, her husband, who is living with...
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Destroyed Embryo Deemed Human

A frozen embryo destroyed in a Chicago fertility clinic was a human being whose parents are entitled to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, a Cook County judge ruled Friday. Judge Jeffrey Lawrence II said "a pre-embryo is a 'human being' ... whether or not it is implanted in its mother's womb"...
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January 28, 2005

The Intrinsic Value of Humans

Imago Dei has had a number of posts covering the value of humans related to the topics of embryonic stem cell research and abortion. In a recent entry the two different ways entities receive value are considered. Something that is intrinsically valuable has an inherent worth based upon what it...
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January 25, 2005

Bush Supports Pro-Life Legislation

President Bush supports congressional proposals requiring abortionists to warn some women that their unborn children will feel pain and banning adults from helping pregnant minors cross state lines to circumvent abortion laws requiring parental notification, the White House said last night. [more HT: BlogsforBush] Four thousand abortions are committed each...
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January 18, 2005

Perspectives on the Humanity of the Pre-Born

Pre-born at 19-WeeksNote: In the United States, over 45 million pre-born humans have been killed since the Jan. 22, 1973 Supreme Court Decision that legalized surgical abortion. Each year, nearly 20,000 abortions are performed after the 21st week of pregnancy. Recently I summarized an argument by Robert George and Patrick...
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January 8, 2005

Adult Stem Cells and Liver Disease

I'm not sure what stage this research has progressed to but the report is that adult stem cells may be used to treat cirrhosis of the liver. The increasing number of middle-aged patients with chronic liver disease caused by heavy drinking is forcing doctors to look at new ways of...
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January 7, 2005

Chinese Woman Tortured After Coerced Abortion Faces More Jail Time

Anyone who is uncertain about China's human rights policies should consider the plight of this poor Chinese citizen whose crime was getting pregnant. The response of the government was/is re-education (torture) and coerced abortion....
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January 6, 2005

Adult Stem Cell Research Success Continues to Grow

From Every Thought Captive - Stem Cell Update: Adult Stem Cells Still Doing Most of the Real Work - The world of stem cell research continues to spin, and the successes of non-embryonic stem cells continue to grow. Check out Stem Cell Conspiracy as well as my pro-life posts....
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January 4, 2005

Teen Charged in Death of His Unborn Child

A juvenile is being charged for aborting his child after he chose to use blunt force trauma to the abdomen of his willing girlfried (HT: Drudge)PRNewswire - Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith authorized criminal charges today against a sixteen-year-old Richmond male accused of terminating his girlfriend's pregnancy with a souvenir...
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December 30, 2004

Court Denies Schiavo Euthanasia Appeal

LifeNews - In a decision released Wednesday with no written opinion, Florida's Second District Court of Appeal denied an appeal filed by the parents of disabled woman Terri Schiavo saying that starving her to death would be a violation of her religious liberties. Bob and Mary Schindler argue that euthanizing...
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December 26, 2004

Dutch Defend Newborn Euthanasia

Officials from the Dutch Ministry of Justice say the legislature of the Netherlands is preparing a new protocol designed to protect doctors who euthanize newborns with severe disabilities, according to Dr. Eduard Verhagen, the head of pediatrics at Groningen Hospital. - WorldNetDaily Currently, Dutch law permits doctors to administer a...
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December 23, 2004

Democrats Rethink Abortion Strategy

After long defining itself as an undisputed defender of abortion rights, the Democratic Party is suddenly locked in an internal struggle over whether to redefine its position to appeal to a broader array of voters. [LA Times] While a change in the Democratic position on abortion is long overdue, a...
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December 21, 2004

Smallest Baby Was Delivered at 25 Weeks

Delivered at a gestational age of 25 weeks, Rumaisa Rahman weighed only 8.6 ounces and is the smallest baby ever to survive, according to her very proud doctors at Loyola University Medical Center. [Sun Times]...
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December 17, 2004

Skull Repaired with Non-Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy

Another successful therapeutic application of stem cells without destroying a humon embryo. SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2004--MacroPore Biosurgery, Inc. (Frankfurt: XMP), and The University of Giessen today announced the publication of a case report from Europe using adipose derived stem cells to treat a damaged region in a skull of...
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December 16, 2004

Poor Parenthood

Planned Parenthood's newest annual report is out and no one is surprised that the number of abortions performed at Planned Parenthood clinics went up again. In 2003, they performed 244,628 abortions. That's up 6.1% from last year and up a whopping 48.1% from 1997 when they performed 165,174 abortions. -...
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December 5, 2004

Voter Demographics and Abortion

According to Phillip Longman, a demographer at the New America Foundation, Bush states had a 13 percent higher fertility rate than their blue counterparts, whose base, as he puts it, is essentially "non-replicating." [Joel Kotkin via Michelle Malkin] What defect would limit the blue state voters from replicating? Kotkin seems...
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December 2, 2004

Fired for Quoting Gibson on Stem Cell Research

Julianne Thompson, a NY school bus driver, states that she was fired after sharing with students an article about stem cell research without giving her opinion [Reuters]. It would seem her mistake was quoting actor Mel Gibson, who asserted that the 20 years of embryonic stem cell research have not...
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November 14, 2004

Vast Majority Support Peterson Verdict

I ran across an interesting post at the Furnace Journal, a new member of Pro-Life Blogs, regarding the verdict against Scott Peterson. Here is an excerpt, Consider the results of this poll by Fox News/Opinon Dynamics on April 22-23, 2003 (MOE +/-3%). In this poll, 900 registered voters were queried...
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November 13, 2004

Americans United for Life Response to Peterson Verdict

Press Release, November 12, 2004 – Today's conviction of Scott Peterson for the double homicide of both Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, shows that fetal homicide laws make good sense to juries said Americans United for Life (AUL). "This very public case shows that juries are certainly willing...
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November 12, 2004

Peterson Found Guilty of Murdering Wife and Son

Scott Peterson was found guilty today of murdering his wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn child. [sfgate, CNN]. I'm grateful that this jury has taken a stand for justice and for life by convicting Peterson of both murders. My prayers are for Connor and Laci's family, may they find closure...
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November 10, 2004

Regulating Assisted Suicide in Oregon?

The Bush administration on Tuesday appealed a federal appellate court's decision preventing it from restricting the use of federally controlled drugs in assisted suicides in Oregon. Attorney General Ashcroft ruled that the drugs used in assisted suicides in Oregon violate the Controlled Substances Act because killing a patient does not...
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November 7, 2004

Specter and Judge Bork

The controversy surrounding Sen. Arlen Specter's remarks has led many pro-lifers to call for a fight against his appointment as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Others, notably Hugh Hewitt, urge caution and Specter disagrees with the way the now controversial interview has been reported. David Limbaugh takes the debate...
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Hugh Hewitt Advises Pro-Lifers About Arlen Specter

Hugh Hewitt, a conservative and pro-life advocate, writes on the brewing controversy surrounding Sen. Arlen Specter: I understand that Senator Specter voted against Robert Bork, and that Senator Specter is not a friend of the pro-life movement. But genuine progress in the fight to return American public opinion to an...
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Do Pro-Life Laws Make a Difference?

A recent analysis by political scientist Michael New for the Heritage Foundation suggests that pro-life legislation, passed in the states, led to a drop in abortion rates in the 1990s. No surprise, pro-life politicians were behind these laws. -- Andrew Grossman via Hispanic Pundit....
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November 5, 2004

Finding Liberals who Oppose Abortion

Recently Serge on Imago Dei posted an interesting article on liberalism and pro-life beliefs. It seems that one of his liberal friends, who is pro-life, has had difficulty finding an acceptable pro-life candidate. Serge asks, Is the Pro-Life View Consistent with Liberalism?. Apparently Serge's friend is not alone. A pro-life...
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November 4, 2004

American Life League Responds to Bush's Election

Many pro-life groups are gleefully declaring victory following George W. Bush's apparent re-election, but I cannot share in their enthusiasm. It is true that Mr. Bush defeated one of the most solidly pro-abortion candidates to ever seek the White House. However, the Bush administration's first term has been less than sterling in terms of total commitment to the pro-life effort.

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Pro-Life Judges Opposed by Moderate Republicans

With "moderate" Republicans supporting abortion, pro-life advocates will continue to face an uphill battle in congress. Although many assume that President Bush will appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, he has plainly stated that he does not have a litmus test for judicial nominees. This position may be motivated...
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November 1, 2004

Pro-Life Advocates: Vote for President Bush

Steve Ertelt, editor of Pro-Life News, writes: For pro-life advocates, the choice in this November's presidential elections is clear: President George W. Bush deserves your vote. President Bush has compiled a record during his first term in office that can only be described as extraordinarily pro-life. And, when it comes...
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October 27, 2004

Jane Roe, of Roe vs. Wade, Endorses Bush

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Norma McCorvey, the former plaintiff in the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion, has endorsed President Bush for re-election. McCorvey became a pro-life Christian in 1995 and renounced her role in the landmark Court decision. She now works full-time to get...
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October 22, 2004

Bush and Vatican Take Resolute Stands Against Human Cloning

Bush irks allies with call for human cloning ban WASHINGTON, October 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An open letter to John Kerry from over 35 of the brightest and most influential non-clergy Catholic leaders in the United States has been published in major newspapers across the country. The letter calls Kerry...
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October 21, 2004

Pro-Lifers Divided over Bush's Record and Claims of Abortion Increase

There is significant controversy regarding the pro-life record of President Bush. Recently, Rose, among others, suggested that Bush is not pro-life. Countering this are other pro-life blogs and organizations who have endorsed the president (see also Pro-Lifers Favor Bush)....
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Faith without Deeds in the Politics of Abortion

Lisa Fabrizio writes an excellent editorial about John Kerry's belief in faith and works....
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Abortion Survivors Tell Their Story

In the early 90s I heard two young ladies speak about their lives as abortion survivors. One was badly burned by the saline solution that was injected into her mother's womb but by God's grace she didn't die. Both had remarkable testimonies. Here is a site with stories from others...
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October 20, 2004

Silent No More Speaks About the Pain of Abortion

Women across our nation have found the real cost of abortion to be high and long-lasting. Dedicated to be silent no more, they have found their voice and are crying out to America through cutting edge media projects....
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October 18, 2004

Imminent Excommunication for Kerry, Kennedy and Company?

If you claim "faith" and IF your church declares that you are "faithless" it is a big deal. While many media outlets report that John Kerry has been excommunicated Washington Dispatch editor, Shane Cory, says "not so fast." She interviewed Fr. Basil Cole, the letter's author. He revealed that he does not speak for the Vatican but unofficially provided his personal opinion (that Kerry is a heretic).

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Kerry Campaign Accepts Blood Money from Abortionists

Here are three doctors who have a hideous practice in common: Dr. Martin Haskell, based in Ohio and owner of three abortion clinics, pioneered the gruesome partial birth abortion procedure. [Haskell's manual is published here] Dr. George Tiller runs an abortion facility in Wichita, Kansas. He achieved notoriety for performing...
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Iowa City Abortion Protest Draws 250

About 250 people lined Dubuque Street on Sunday from Jefferson Street to Park Road to protest abortion. It was the first such protest for Johnson County Right to Life, a group made up of local churches and families. [more]...
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October 15, 2004

Florida Right to Know Bill Struck Down

Abortion rights advocates hailed an appellate court ruling against a law that would have required doctors to tell pregnant women seeking abortion about its alternatives. The law, also known as the ''Women's Right to Know Act,'' also would have compelled doctors to give patients a state-produced flier on alternatives to...
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President Bush Refuses to Sign Pro-Abortion United Nations Statement

President Bush is getting heat from abortion advocates because his administration is refusing to sign on to a United Nations document that reaffirms support for a population control plan that vaguely endorses abortion. Though he is drawing criticism, only 85 nations around the world have signed onto a statement endorsing...
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October 13, 2004

Motivating Stem Cell Research ... and the Election

In a remarkable response to Christopher Reeve's death, Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards promised that the Kerry administration has a plan to cure paralysis through federally funded embryonic stem cells....
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Pro-Life Blogs Launches

One of the truly great aspects of being part of the Blogdom of God is the networking and publicity that excellent bloggers are getting. The weekly Christian Carnival is a must read and the League of Reformed Bloggers and Evangelical Aggregator are providing more opportunities for Christians bloggers to interact...
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October 4, 2004

Kerry Attacks Bush on Embryonic Stem Cell Stand

"The hard truth is that when it comes to stem cell research, our president is stifling science for ideology and playing politics with people who need cures," Kerry said in remarks prepared for the meeting with voters [more]. After noting that cures are at our fingertips for Parkinson's and other...
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October 3, 2004

Who is the Pro-Life Candidate?

An interesting poll reveals that a substantial percentage of voters do not know the stances of President Bush and Sen. Kerry on the issues of abortion and stem cell research. Incredibly, voters were able to correctly identify the right stance with the right candidate only 51 percent of the time....
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September 30, 2004

Pro-Life Blogs?

Are you pro-life and at least occasionally blog on pro-life issues? List your blog here....
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Pro-Life Pharmacist Faces Charges

Every pharmacist knows the hormonal birth control pills act, at times, as an abortificient. Here is one who decided to do something about it....
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September 27, 2004

Forced Abortion by the Chinese Government Enables Death Penalty

Chinese criminal code prevents giving the death penalty to pregnant criminals. Since Ma was “unwilling to cooperate,” they knocked her out and aborted the fetus. Now they are free to execute this first-time offender and former mom-to-be for carrying a couple of pounds of heroin. [more]...
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Do You LifeChain?

Sunday, October 3, in its annual event, National Life Chain will occupy public sidewalks in more than 1,000 North American cities and towns. With firm commitment to the sanctity of human life, participants will stand silently and pray, while holding signs that include Abortion Kills Children; Adoption: The Loving Option;...
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September 24, 2004

Know Your Liberals - an Easy Self-Test

What founder of a well-known and widely publicized U.S. based organization said the following: “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it” “[aboriginal Australians are] the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the...
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September 23, 2004

Judge In Norma McCorvey Case Blasts Roe v. Wade Abortion Decision

Most people have heard of Roe v. Wade - it is a court case that has become almost synonymous with abortion. The "Jane Roe" of the case sued for the "right" of elective abortion and won in 1973 (after giving birth). Subsequently, courts have continued to protect the practice of...
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September 21, 2004

Catholic Hospitals Perform Live Birth Abortions on Handicapped Newborns

A most horrific report from Lifenews: A reporter named Tom Szyszkiewicz, who writes for the Catholic publications Our Sunday Visitor and the National Catholic Register, was calling to tell me he had discovered two Catholic hospital systems were committing the induced-labor abortion procedure - live-birth abortion - on handicapped babies....
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September 10, 2004

National Women's Group Shares Pain, Regret Over Abortions

Previously I wrote about the pain children feel during abortions [here and here] - this should be obvious. A national women's group is now being vocal about the post-traumatic pain experienced by women who have had abortions....
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September 7, 2004

God's Grace on an Abortion Advocate and Provider

I've heard several individuals speak who formerly worked for abortion clinics, including one that witnessed abortions in the third term. Their testimony powerfully exposes the calloused and financially driven nature of this gruesome business that exploits, for profit, the weak and defenseless. It also makes me wonder about the responsibility...
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September 3, 2004

Law Would Tell Mothers Abortion is Painful (to the child)

[Source: LifeNews]A leading pro-life organization says that the recent decision by a federal judge in New York calling the ban on partial-birth abortions unconstitutional points to the need for a bill to help women considering abortion understand the pain such abortions cause unborn children [more]....
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August 28, 2004

Planned Parenthood Connection to John Kerry Campaign Subject of Complaint

Temecula, CA (LifeNews.com) -- A California attorney has filed a legal complaint with the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice alleging that Planned Parenthood employees were violating the nonprofit tax status of the abortion business by appearing on stage at a rally promoting Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry....
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August 24, 2004

John Kerry's Pro-Life Record

Sen. John Kerry puzzled Democrats and other pro-abortion voters by stating he believes that life begins at conception (report). This despite the fact that he voted at least six times against the ban on partial birth abortions and voted to allow federal money to distribute morning-after abortion pills in America's...
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August 23, 2004

Depo-Provera - Dangerous and Deadly

Depo-provera is dangerous to women and, because it is likely to act as an abortifacient, is deadly to newly conceived children. The article linked to above indicates that those on Depo-provera are three times more likely to contract an STD than those on other oral birth control drugs....
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August 18, 2004

Forcing Birth Control Coverage is Forcing Abortion Coverage

In reaction to (Wisconsin) Attorney General Lautenschlager's recent legal opinion on contraceptive coverage, some have argued that mandating employer insurance coverage of birth control would be a slippery slope ending in mandated abortion coverage. "The truth of the matter is that most if not all hormonal birth control drugs and...
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August 17, 2004

Brief Note on Exaggeration and Stem Cell Research

Who should we believe about the potential medical benefits of embryonic stem-cell research: hundreds of Nobel Prize scientists at renowned medical institutions, or Laura Bush on a stage with several people in lab coats? (editorial) - actually it was only 48 Nobel Prize winners who signed the statement saying that...
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July 14, 2004

Life, the Bible and the Preborn

The following is taken from this article. The primary point of conflict in the entire abortion debate is the question of when life begins. If indeed life begins in the womb, then no one could disagree that the fetus (latin for `little one') is a human being, and is subject...
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July 8, 2004

LifeNews Celebrates One-Year

Congratulations to Lifenews on their one year anniversary. Great job Steve! In just one year, our staff writers have written more than 1,600 original news stories covering international, national, state and local pro-life issues. We've tackled abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, stem cell research, human cloning and much more....
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July 1, 2004

Momentous Victory for Innocent Human Life

Deliver those who are being taken away to death, And those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. Proverbs 24:11 ¶ Among the most obviously evil and gruesome abortion practices is the partial-birth abortion. According to Lifenews, an Ohio abortion practitioner has dropped his challenge to a state...
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June 30, 2004

Saddam, Genocide and Abortion

Saddam Hussein has been accused of genocide, ordering the murder of as many as 180,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers (what war investigators have found about Saddam's crimes). His debauchery has ended and he has been brought to trial. Saddam deserves condemnation. Consider the ongoing campaign that, since 1973, has claimed...
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June 28, 2004

Early Images of Pre-Born Children

Incredible images of pre-born children show complex activity at 12 weeks old. A new type of ultrasound scan has produced the vivid pictures of a 12 week-old fetus "walking" in the womb. Babies produce a motion approximating to yawning from as early as 12 weeks' pregnancy. Maybe this is...
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June 11, 2004

Presbyterians (PCUSA) and Abortion

The issue of abortion is likely to take center stage at a meeting of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Richmond, Virginia, June 26. A number of presbyteries, or district governing bodies, have submitted abortion-related resolutions to this year's General Assembly. The Protestant denomination has been criticized in the past for...
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May 31, 2004

British Olympic Star Opts Against Having an Abortion

According to LifeNews, British hurdler Tasha Danvers-Smith had her life centered on her Olympic dream, when she was shocked to discover she was pregnant. As the unplanned pregnancy devastated her hopes, she briefly considered an abortion, before deciding that she could not kill her child....
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May 28, 2004

An Abortion Free America by January 2005

Introducing third party presidential candidate Michael A. Peroutka whose campaign themes include: "Honor God", "Defend the Family", and "Restore the Republic". Worldnetdaily published an article on Peroutka's promise to end abortion the day he is sworn into office. Would you vote a third party candidate - specifically Peroutka? At present,...
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May 27, 2004

Upholding the Ban on Partial-Birth Abortion

The American Center for Law and Justice, which specializes in constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief on behalf of members of Congress asking a federal district court in New York to uphold the constitutionality of the national ban on partial-birth abortion. The brief supports the position of the Department...
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May 25, 2004

Single Issue Politics and Abortion

Single "issues" can disqualify individuals from a variety of roles within society. Infidelity is looked upon as a disqualification for marriage and dishonesity is a black mark against individuals applying for a job. These "issues" are related to the character of the individual and call into question an individuals suitability...
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May 21, 2004

Communion, Salvation, Abortion and Sin

Remarkable statements were made by Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan (quoted by Lifenews): "Any Catholic politicians who advocate for abortion, for illicit stem cell research or for any form of euthanasia ipso facto place themselves outside full communion with the Church and so jeopardize their salvation," Colorado Springs Bishop Michael...
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May 15, 2004

Abortion is a Political Litmus Test for Kerry

In the political arena, abortion rightfully continues to be the litmus test for political candiates, including those on the left. Presidential candidate John Kerry has aspirations to create a bipartisan ticket including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). There is a catch. "Senator McCain would not have to leave his party," Mr....
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May 11, 2004

Rejecting Wisdom and Cultural Decline

Doug Wilson provides sobering insight into the impact of abortion on education and society. In the book of Proverbs, Wisdom speaks and says that all who hate her love death (8:36). We live in a culture that has rejected wisdom, and is therefore industriously pursuing a death culture. The secularists...
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May 9, 2004

Pre-Born Protected by Law

In an applaudable decision, a jury in Milwaukee County convicted a man under Wisconsin's fetal homicide law for the murder of a pre-born child. Madison, WI (LifeNews.com) -- Wisconsin's fetal homicide law has been put to the test in a case reminiscent of California's "Laci and Conner Peterson" murder case....
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May 8, 2004

Emergency Contraception Denied but Still a Threat

Great news came out about the rejection of an abortion drug by the FDA. However, the decision is related to labeling and intended use rather than the threat to the pre-born. Press Release from Pro-Life Wisconsin: The news that Plan B (so-called "emergency contraception") would not presently receive over-the-counter status...
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May 7, 2004

Second Chance for Chinese Forced Abortion Foe

Does "choice" exist in China? This woman was imprisoned in China for trying to help a woman escape being forced into an abortion. New York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- A Chinese woman who was jailed for trying to prevent a woman from having a forced abortion. She now has a second...
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April 29, 2004

Cynical, ugly and mean-spirited

In an interview on CNN, Karen Hughes, an advisor to President Bush, implied that people who support reproductive rights have the same values as terrorists. Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority, is requesting a clarification and/or retraction and an apology for this "cynical, ugly and mean-spirited partisan rhetoric." --...
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Freedom of Speech?

Here is a revealing story about the removal of four pro-life advocates from a John Kerry event by individuals described as members of the National Abortion Rights Action League. Linking arms, the alleged NARAL members encapsulated the pro-lifers and dragged them away; injuring one in the process. In a later...
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April 27, 2004

Majority of Americans are Pro-Life

A recent article by Steve Erfelt of Lifenews describes most Americans as "pro-life". The definition of "pro-life" appears broader than what many pro-life groups might find acceptable. For example, see FAQs from Pro-Life Wisconsin. Nevertheless, this is still good news and shows what I wrote earlier - the tide is...
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April 26, 2004

March For Abortion Attracts Lower Numbers Than Expected

Pro-abortion advocates rallied in Washington last weekend amid public opinion that is shifting against their cause. While organizers of the rally claimed a national record of 1,000,000 protestors, others were significantly less optimistic. In particular, Lifenews.com reports that the crowd was dismally lower than expectations (see below). Perception is important...
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