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My last post included an article about some pretty horrific crimes committed by a man named Kermit Gosnell. In my mind, the crime doesn’t stop with him. The Pennsylvania bureaucrats who allowed the gruesome slaughter of the unborn babies to go on for so many years have a share of the blame. Please go back and read the article if you haven’t either on this Blog or at LifeSiteNews.com.

I am truly sorry that we had to wait for the uncovering of such horrors before the liberals of our country would wake up and take some action. Gosnell and some coworkers have been charged with murder. But will this put an end to the abortion industry? No, it will not. But there have been some positive things happening in the last few days. We can rejoice that God is answering our prayers. A few “baby steps” (pardon the pun) have been taken to roll back the evil.

We can be thankful that on several fronts the tide seems to be reversed in favor of right to life for the unborn. Please continue to keep the following situations in your prayers:

1.  The House of Representatives voted to strike down federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Every year Planned Parenthood receives 350 million dollars in funding from our taxes. Yet, as a supposed “non-profit” organization it makes $63 million a year performing over 300,00 abortions. A spokesperson from the American Center for Law and Justice reported that their office heard from over 55.000 people during the week before the Congressional vote, urging them to defund Planned Parenthood.

Though this is good news, we must not stop praying. It is uncertain what will happen to the bill when it goes to the Senate. And of course, President Obama has vowed to veto it.

2.  This spring the largest “40 Days for Life” campaign will be gearing up – March 9 through April 17. Pro-life advocates from around the world will be committing to 40 days of constant prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigils outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices. They will also be doing community outreach. Their efforts have resulted in the closure of nine abortion centers, and at least 43 abortion industry employees have quit their jobs. The best news – 3599 children – and their mothers- were spared from abortion. These are the ones they know about. If you would like to participate this year, you can find more information at the 40daysforlife.com website.

3.  In North Dakota, lawmakers passed a bill making it illegal to murder any human being from the moment of conception. Called “The Defense of Human Life Act” it gives protection to every human being at any stage of development. Pro-lifers in North Dakota are optimistic about the bill passing when it gets to the Senate, around March 10. If you live in N.D., call your senator. And pray fervently in the meantime.

Even more good news on top of that!!  Five more states have “personhood” bills and amendments that they are working on. If you live in Georgia, Montana, Texas, Oklahoma, or Iowa, get in touch with your representatives and urge them on!!

This seems hard to believe that states are having to define “personhood”, but a key issue in the debate over whether or not the unborn child has a right to live is whether or not it is a human being. The pro-death group has done a good job of brainwashing the American public into thinking of the unborn baby as a “fetus”, something not quite human, or maybe just a blob of unwanted flesh.

But now, thanks to technology, millions of women are seeing pictures of their children in their wombs. The lie has been exposed. Unfortunately, at the present time, abortion is legal. A good way to stop it is to affirm that the child in the womb is a human being, and therefore killing it is murder.

Can this be having an affect on the pro-abortion forces? Yes! Consider the following:

1.  Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richards sent out an email on February 14, calling the possible defunding of their organization, “the worst attack – ever.” She is worried that the bill could “shut down every Planned Parenthood health center in America.”  I don’t know if she is really afraid or exaggerating, but I hope she is getting the message that people are tired of funding an organization that aids and abets in the sexual exploitation of minors and young women.

2.  In an interview reported on February 22, Frances Kissling, an abortion-rights activist has admitted that, “We can no longer pretend the fetus is invisible. The fetus is more visible than ever before, and the abortion-rights movement needs to accept its existence and its value. It may not have a right to life, and its value may not be equal to that of the pregnant woman, but ending the life of a fetus is not a morally insignificant event.” (Italics mine)

I believe that there may be a shift occurring now in the debate. Pro-abortion advocates will not be able to argue about the personhood of the “fetus” so they will shift the argument. They will now claim that the “fetus” does not have the right to live if the mother doesn’t want it.

Without an outpouring of God’s love, changing their hearts, we won’t be able to convince them. But I am happy that at least some babies will be spared now, thanks to the states with the courage to enact this “personhood” legislation. It isn’t all we could wish, but it’s a step in the right direction. Many babies will be spared when young women are told that the child is a human being from conception, and thanks to technology, can see a picture of the child in their womb and know that Planned Parenthood lied to them.

And so, to summarize, here are some things to do:
1.  Thank God for the minor victories for the babies.

2.  Continue to pray for the unborn and the women who may be making the worst decision of their lives. Pray for the women in the abortion industry and all pro-death legislators.

3.  Pray for all of those people, especially the ones who are in the front lines for the fight for life, who give of their time and money that their efforts will be successful.

4.  If you live in a state that is working on a “personhood” bill, pray specifically for it and encourage your representative to support it.. If you live in a different state, why not contact your legislator and give him or her this information and ask him or her to sponsor a bill in your state?

5.  Consider participating in the 40 Days for Life. Even if your city does not have a vigil planned, you can participate in other ways.

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Respect For Life

In the last few postings on this Blog we have been discussing just how fast our freedoms are slipping away from us. This is occurring in many areas – travel, health, religion, purchasing power, and speech just to name a few.

It can seem overwhelming. The temptation is to just give up. There are many fronts to fight the battle for our freedoms on, but everyone should just pick one and do the best you can there. If you have a favorite candidate that you want to see elected, then get behind him or her and help out. Even if you are a busy, young, mother you can send money. If everyone in our country would just do one thing, and do it consistently and well, think what a difference it would make.

I have chosen to spend my energy in the area of the Right to Life. I believe that what you say about life says a lot about you. How our country treats people, even unborn people, says a lot about our country. If our government does not respect helpless unborn babies, why do you expect it to respect you?

In many cultures throughout history genocide has been deemed acceptable at one time or another. In the 1930’s and 40’s, in Germany, for example, the Jewish people were considered to be “not quite human”. This made it all right to murder millions of them.

Today, all around the world, the unborn are labeled “not human” and the death toll since Margaret Sanger started Planned Parenthood is in the billions.
A society that has decided that a whole group of people can just be wiped out is a selfish, ungodly society. Ungodly people can do horrible things. Why should we expect anything else from such arrogance?

I’m sure by now you have read about the horrible things taking place at the abortion clinic of Kermit Gosnell in Pennsylvania. The government in Pennsylvania had to choose between protecting women and children or protecting the abortion industry. They chose to leave the clinics alone.

I am attaching a story carried on the LifeSiteNews.com website. I support their work, and if this is an area you would like to have a impact in, I hope that you will support them, too.

As an old-fashioned, Bible believing Christian, I do not believe that God is going to continue to bless our nation if we keep on allowing these things to happen. There are some great things happening for the Pro-Life movement, such as the coalition which will be protesting at the Planned Parenthood clinics. I pray that they will be successful, especially in the area of awareness around our country of the plight of the unborn. I hope to post an update on the vigils they are planning soon.

In the meantime, read the following story. If it doesn’t make you cry or get angry at our government, then I don’t know what will. Remember, this and other stories can be found on LifeSiteNews.com. The author says everything I wanted to say and much more, so I am reprinting the whole article.

“If it’s wrong to kill children, their age shouldn’t matter. But the law is perverse – and has warped morality to the point where the horror inflicted by people like Gosnell becomes inevitable.”

BY  : Niamh Ui Bhriain

(Note: Niamh Ui Bhriain is an Irish pro-life activist with the Life Institute)

February 7, 2011 (Life Institute) – It takes a particularly horrific crime to make a U.S. District Attorney describe the scene of the felony as a ‘house of horrors’. But, given what has now emerged about the carnage that took place in Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic, it seems that the DA, Seth Williams, may actually have been restrained in his choice of words.

The 281-page report from the Grand Jury investigation into Gosnell’s Philadelphia practice makes for difficult reading. I’ve been a pro-life activist most of my life, but the descriptions of how babies and mothers were butchered in this filthy abortion clinic were so disturbing, I literally couldn’t sleep that night. The photographs accompanying the report show the aborted children who were left lying about the clinic. They are simply heartbreaking.

It’s the kind of evil that makes you hug your own children closer; a litany of horror beyond our understanding. How much cruelty exists in the heart of a human being who can carry out such monstrous acts?

Dr Kermit Gosnell opened his abortion clinic in 1979. He made millions from killing babies. The Grand Jury used stark, simple language to describe his practise.

“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women,” they wrote. “What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.”

The investigators heard evidence from a clinic worker, Tina Baldwin, who said that Gosnell once joked about a baby who was writhing as he cut its neck: “That’s what you call a chicken with its head cut off.” There are many, many other such horror stories.

But the Grand Jury report is explicit in other ways too: it spells out that Gosnell was allowed to continue with decades of gruesome killing because a political decision was made to abandon regulation of abortion clinics. So the failure to protect mother and babies wasn’t just about lack of regulation or poor co-ordination between various agencies. This was a political decision taken in order to protect the abortion industry.

The report states that in 1993 “… the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

It’s difficult to read that paragraph without concluding that those politicians who made this appalling decision – most likely behind closed doors and without informing the public – should not be tried alongside Gosnell and charged with reckless endangerment. What they did was downright criminal, and they must shoulder their part of the blame. As more than one commentator has pointed out, on the watch of pro-abortion politicians, beauty salons and hairdressers were better regulated than abortion clinics.

The U.S. media has, of course, downplayed or ignored the involvement of pro-abortion ideologues in causing this house of horrors to happen. (The Irish media, for their part, have just ignored the Gosnell story, not wishing to let the truth about the abortion industry negatively impact on their push to have abortion legalised in this country.)

The Grand Jury report pulls no punches, and the anger and disgust of the investigators is evident in every line. But, while their revulsion is doubtlessly sincere, there is a confused morality underpinning it, because the investigators, despite all they had seen and heard, found it necessary to re-affirm a ‘right’ to abortion.

This is clearly contradictory and illogical. If it’s wrong to kill children, their age
shouldn’t matter. But the law is perverse – and has warped morality to the point where the horror inflicted by people like Gosnell becomes inevitable.

Gosnell was killing babies in a filthy clinic – and he breached the legal time limit for child-killing in the state of Pennsylvania – but for most of the thousands of children that died at Gosnell’s hands, the law was fully behind him. Gosnell sought out the most lucrative part of the abortion business; late-term abortions. And while he broke the letter of the law, the spirit of the law had established his right to kill babies for profit. For Gosnell, it was then just a matter of bending the rules.

The report details how large, born-alive babies – at seven and eight months gestation – breathed and moved before Gosnell slit their necks or severed their spinal cords. It describes in sickening detail how Gosnell and others joked about the size of the babies they were about to execute, and sometimes even played with them before they killed them. Anyone with any sense of morality would be appalled by this sickening revelation.

But yet a great many people have allowed themselves to be persuaded that abortion is morally justified, and placate their consciences by pointing to time-limits and so-called restrictions. This is a perverse morality, because it’s nonsense to argue that at five months and thirty days a child can be killed – and that one day later it’s murder to kill that same human being.

The truth is that the only way we can ensure that the law never again turns a blind eye to the horror revealed in Philadelphia is to restore the right to life of all unborn children and to bring an immediate halt to legal abortion.

Meanwhile, the abortion industry has not been called to task for what happened in Gosnell’s clinic for more than thirty years – even though the Grand Jury found that the National Abortion Federation had visited the practice, and that, while its inspector had found it to be filthy and inadequate, she didn’t share that information with the authorities. So mother and babies continued to die, in conditions that would literally make your heart weep.

In the same week that Gosnell and his co-workers were charged with murder, U.S. President Obama spoke of his continued support for legal abortion. It should have come as no surprise to seasoned observers – this is the man who talks up compassion while supporting late-term abortion and voting against the Born Alive Act. He supports the abortion industry, who support late-term abortionists like Gosnell, and who are now attacking Ireland’s pro-life laws with everything they’ve got. Their greatest ally is the Irish media who are pathetically eager to publish Planned Parenthood’s demands for ‘safe, legal abortion’ which they claim is a woman’s ‘right’.

They conveniently overlook that Gosnell is being charged with the botched-abortion death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a Nepalese refugee, and that the Grand Jury also heard evidence that he caused the death of at least one other woman and caused serious injury – including perforation of the cervix and the uterus – to many others. Former clinic workers have also accused him of performing abortions on “underage children” against their will if their mothers asked him to, and of performing other abortions without consent forms.

And these are the people who are meant to be supporting women’s rights?

The charade – and the carnage – needs to end now.

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The effective prayer of a righteous man  (or woman) can accomplish much.”
James 5:16

At this time in our country when it seems that things are getting worse and worse and we don’t know how to turn the tide, let us remember that God is still on His throne. We can pray for His forgiveness and mercy as individuals and we can encourage our friends and families to pray as a nation for God to forgive us. We have been neglectful of the poor and needy in our society. I know that I have been selfish and spent most of my time pursuing my own interests. I believe that as the church has stopped following the example of Jesus as He ministered to the needs of others, we have been guilty of bringing God’s anger on ourselves. I believe that we would not be losing our freedoms right now if we had been praying for and electing good leaders. We don’t have them because we haven’t been vigilant. We only care about who’s going to win the big game this weekend. Oppression and abuse are going on all around us and we don’t care. God is trying to wake us up with things like the visual rape machines at the airports. We must do something now. We must start by getting down on our knees and praying.

One special woman in history shows us a good example of how we ought to pray.

Many have heard the story of the miraculous conversion of St. Augustine. By all accounts he was a very hard-hearted and profligate man. Had we known him when he was a young man, we probably would have said that there was no hope of his ever turning to God. But his loving mother believed that God could save him. She never gave up during many long years, praying for his salvation with earnestness and tears.

MONICA, the mother of St. Augustine, was born in 332.  She was raised to be a pious and devout Christian. When she was old enough to marry, she was given to a man named Patritius, who was a pagan. She at once devoted herself to his conversion. She spent her life always praying for him. She was rewarded for her efforts when he became a Christian and was baptized only a year before his death.

Of course we know that Monica was also devoted to prayer for her son Augustine, who led a very irreligious life. He especially struggled with the sin of lust, preferring to have mistresses rather than get married.

Monica tried to get a learned Christian bishop to talk to her son in order to teach him the right way to live, but the bishop declined. He knew Augustine well and he didn’t think he could have any success with a man who was so headstrong.

However, on witnessing Monica’s prayers and tears, he told her to be of good courage; for it might be that God would spare the child of those tears. And so Monica devoted every day of her life to entreating God for her son.

One day, when Augustine went to Italy, he thought he was getting away from his mother’s constant well-meaning encouragements. But he could not escape from her prayers, which God heard and was ready to answer.

Monica followed him to Italy, and there Augustine was marvelously converted. Monica’s sorrow was turned into joy.

At a town called Ostia, on their homeward journey, as Augustine and his mother sat at a window talking about the Christian life, she turned to him and said, “My son, for my part I find no further pleasure in this life. What I am still to do or why I am here in the world, I do not know, for I have no more to hope for on this earth. There was one reason, and one alone, why I wished to remain a little longer in this life, and that was to see you a Christian before I died. God has granted my wish and more besides, for I now see you as his servant, spurning such happiness as the world can give. What is left for me to do in this world?”

A few days afterwards, she had an attack of fever, and died in the year 387. She was 56 years old. She had lived long enough to see the answer to her prayers for both her son and her husband.

Upon reflecting on this, we remember that It is impossible to set any bounds to what persevering prayer may do. Augustine’s soul seemed bound for hell due to his heresy and impurity, both of which were very strong because of his many years of practicing sin. These chains were broken when God graciously answered his mother’s prayers. Monica is a wonderful example to us of a devout, persevering, praying, Christian mother.

But that is just one person, you say. What about our nation? What about all of the millions of people who have strayed from obeying God?

Remember the story of Jonah and Nineveh, the capitol of Assyria. The Assyrians were hated enemies of the Israelites. They were a wicked and cruel people. Who would have ever thought that they would repent? But they did. The whole city of Nineveh repented. The king of Assyria came down from his throne, put off his royal robes, and sat in sackcloth and ashes. He ordered everyone else to do the same. That would be like our president getting down on his knees and repenting and asking our whole country to follow suit. Not possible you say? Why? This is still a Christian country. We have had National Prayer Days before. If you think we can’t now, then what is that saying about how far we have strayed from God?

We can still pray that God would cause the people in our country to turn back to Him. I believe that we need to do this. Not just to get our freedoms back. That would be nice. But God is our Creator and He deserves our worship and allegiance. No nation can go on shaking its fist in God’s face and not expect to be judged for it. We are experiencing that now. It does not have to be.

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Ladies, we are living in frightening times. I have mentioned in previous posts that the enemies of truth and freedom seem to be winning. Who would have imagined even one generation ago that so many truths would have been exchanged for lies. Consider:

– Women have been told that the tiny baby in the womb is now only a blob of tissue that can be terminated at will.

– The government must humiliate you by mechanically undressing you in front of strangers at airports in order to “protect” you.

– The government has the right to seize your property and give it to someone else for whatever reason they feel is good. You are supposed to believe that this is not because that shopping mall will pay more property taxes than you do.

– The government is now watching everything you eat in order to help you not get obese. Of course, this has nothing to do with the huge corporations like Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland who want to control the entire food supply of the world.

– The bank executives who took million of dollars in bonuses earned them. You are supposed to believe that they were not being paid off by Obama for getting him elected. In fact, your government took a trillion of your tax dollars to “bail them out” but now that money has disappeared and no one can get a mortgage. This was supposed to fix the housing market. Right.

– Somehow, raising taxes was supposed to repair the bad economy. Instead we have twenty-five percent unemployment in some places. But, unemployed people don’t pay taxes. Why can’t your government get this figured out?

– Every kook that goes on a shooting spree is a right-wing conservative.

In coming Blog postings, I will discuss each of these areas in turn. If you want to better understand how the government has gotten women to believe these lies, you should watch the video at the following link:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6718420906413643126#

This video is entitled, “Century of the Self” and explains how the enemy gets women to do things that are against their own best interests.

In spite of all of this I am an optimist. I believe that good people have had enough. The internet is full of people with good Websites that have much valuable information. There are patriots out there who are fighting to keep our freedoms. I believe that we can still turn the tide around the other way.

One area where I see some hope is in the area of the fight for the right to life for unborn babies.

In 1996, there was a Gallup Poll released that confirmed what many pro-life activists already suspected, but nonetheless hoped wasn’t true – They found that 47% of women said they were pro-life when they entered college, but by the time they graduated, a whopping 73% said they were now pro-choice. The Pro-life movement seemed to be losing 26% of young women every year to the university programs. Even at that time there was a group called American Collegians for Life already in existence, valiantly fighting for the babies, but it seemed that the battle was being lost.

But, in 2006 the American Collegians for Life received a grant and changed their name to Students for Life of America. They hired some professional staff and opened their first headquarters in Arllington, VA. They launched their historic Pro-Life Field Program. There were only 180 pro-life college groups at that time. Now there are over 500.

The executive director, Kristan Hawkins, was only 21 when she was handed the reins. Now she is a young mother, but she is excited about the things that are happening. Her goal is to see at least 1000 campus groups in the near future.

This is exciting for us older women to see. It is great when the young women take over. And they have so much going for them with the new technology. We now have 3D and 4D ultrasounds, something we’ve never had before in previous generations. A girl can go to Google, type in “abortion” and see a picture of a baby in the womb.  These technologies are educating young women about life, what it really is, and they’re showing these students that there’s unborn life in that womb. Many crisis pregnancy centers are getting these machines now and the reduction in abortions is dramatic. For many years now, girls have believed the lie that the unborn child is just an unwanted blob of tissue. Now they can see with their own eyes that that is not so.

I would encourage you to support your local Crisis Pregnancy Centers.

I would encourage you to visit the Website for the SFLA, studentsforlife.org.

Another Website that has daily news about what is happening around the country, and the world, for the protection of the right to life is LifeSiteNews.com.  You can receive their newsletter for free, but I would encourage you to make an online donation of whatever you can afford. The more people who are able to work on the behalf of the unborn, the sooner we may see the horrible Roe vs. Wade decision overturned.

Convincing women that the life in their womb is an unborn baby is a worthwhile task. I believe that it will end a huge number of abortions. Of course, there will always be those selfish women that believe that their own lives are more important, and they are willing to take the lives of these babies for their own convenience. We must pray for them all. Thanks to modern technology this lie is being shown for what it is. Young girls can no longer deny that it is a baby in their womb.

As a strong, courageous woman, you can start by educating yourself, then spreading the word to others. Do you have any friends in college? Why not send them the link to the Students for Life of America Website? Are you a college student? Pray about starting a group on your campus if there is not already one in existence. Join it if there is. If every concerned person would just do one thing, think what a difference it would make!

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