Changing the Face of Beauty, Melanie and Madeline

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Melanie and Madeline, changing the face of beauty


Two young women with Down syndrome present their special charm to the world

By Mary Le Rumeur

Mélanie Ségard

Mélanie Ségard

Two beautiful young girls – one in France and the other from Australia – are showing the world a new face of Down syndrome.

Mélanie had a dream; she wanted to present the weather report on television. So last month, 21-year-old Mélanie Ségard posted a message on FaceBook: “If I get 100,000 likes, I can be the weather girl.”

Within 10 days Mélanie had 200,000 likes, and several television channels contacted her. The choice was made to accept the spot offered by France 2 on its main evening news programme.

Mélanie spent four days at the TV channel’s studios in Paris, under the tuition of former weather girl Catherine Laborde. She had to learn her text by heart because she cannot read or write. The current weather girl Anaïs Baydemir took her under her wing and they worked as a team.

On March 14 the final preparations were made with Melanie choosing her clothes and make-up. Finally, at 8.35 pm, she was on screen, wearing a little black skirt, pretty pink top, chic earrings and a confident smile. Mélanie was telling the whole of France that Spring weather was arriving: “ Thursday, cloudy in the north, sunny near Marseille…. ”

And to finish, “Happy feastday tomorrow to all the Louises.” Anaïs and Mélanie hugged each other, a big happy smile on both faces.

This project was initiated to mark Down Syndrome Day, March 21. (The 21st of the third month represents the extra chromosome at the 21st pair that causes trisomy 21.) An association of families with DS children was looking for a way to overcome the “ invisibility ”of their children, especially on television. And they were very proud of Mélanie’s exploits.

“Mélanie was natural and spontaneous. Her presentation was happy and confident. Mélanie gave the message that if society helps these young people, they can achieve many things,” said the president of the association, Luc Gateau. “We hope that schools will become more inclusive of children with handicaps, and the next generation will be more familiar with different handicaps and able to interact more easily.”

Mélanie’s weather report gave France 2 a record audience of over 5 million and it was also watched more than 3 million times on internet. On Twitter, 12,000 people sent Melanie a message of congratulations.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles…

Madeline Stuart via Facebook

Madeline Stuart
via Facebook

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, Madeline Stuart was launching her own fashion label – in the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, no less! Since 2015 Madeline has made a special place for herself in the fashion world, modeling in New York, Birmingham, Dubai, Paris, Los Angeles, Melbourne, and China.

“ Exuberance ” is the word for this 20-year-old Australian who watched a fashion parade one day in her home town of Brisbane, and said to her mother, “Mum, me, model.”

Her mother Rosanne took up the challenge, first helping her daughter to lose 20 kilos, by dancing and going to the gym. Maddie’s new silhouette inspired people around the world.

Then in September 2015 Madeline was on the catwalk for the first time, during the New York Fashion Week. You can see the video of her first parade, in a stunning black dress, on her website. Colours and zazzy patterns are the trademark of Madeline’s casual but chic ready-to-wear collection. Her label: “21 Reasons Why.”

Madeline and her team assume with pride all her 21 chromosomes, and showcase a young woman who takes life full on, with her arms open wide, a toss of her long shiny hair, and a smile to reach your heart. In 2016 Madeline was nominated for the Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year.

In 2015 a United States group called Changing the Face of Beauty set out to find 15 retailers to commit to using models with disabilities in their advertisements – and wound up getting commitments from more than 100 companies. With television and fashion weeks coming to the party, the face of beauty is certainly changing.

Editor’s note. Mary O’Neill Le Remeur writes from Angers in France. This appeared at Mercatornet and is reposted with permission.


I Thought of My Child as a “Bunch of Cells”

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I thought of my child as a “bunch of cells”

By Sarah Terzo

The one person who can't fight back.One woman who had an abortion knew that she was pregnant with a child, but tried to convince herself it was just a bunch of cells:

“My whole world fell in around me as I tried to make the hardest decision I have ever faced. I had always said I didn’t want children. But there was a child growing inside me. My child….I tried every way possible not to think of it that way. I told myself it was nothing but a bunch of cells. It was just an accident I had to deal with.”

Quoted in JivinJehoshaphat.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

Urgent Action: Call Your Representative!

Ohio Right to Life

Friend —

Today the U.S. House is expected to vote on H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017–legislation which will eliminate the abortion-subsidizing provisions of Obamacare and cut hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.

We are urging you to call your Representative TODAY to urge them to vote for H.R. 1628! Click here to find your Representative.

H.R. 1628 includes the following pro-life provisions:

1) prevents credits from being used for plans that pay for abortions
2) eliminates about 85% of federal Planned Parenthood funding for the next year
3) preserves non-taxed employer provided health plans and
4) postpones the “Cadillac tax” until 2026

As you know, Obamacare contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion and abortion-expanding regulatory mandates. A 2014 GAO report revealed that over 1,000 federally subsidized plans nationwide were covering elective abortion.

H.R. 1628 would repeal the provisions of law that created this system, and prohibit any future federal tax credits from subsidizing the purchase of plans that cover elective abortion, thereby restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage.

Friend, this should be a TOP priority as the bill is likely to come up for a vote TODAY. Please call your Representative now, and help turn back the harmful mandates of Obamacare!

With you for Life,

Devin Scribner
Executive Director

P.S. Registration for Pro-life Legislative Day was originally set to close yesterday. Due to a massive outage experienced by our website service provider yesterday morning, we are extending the deadline to today, March 23. Register now to be a part of the statewide movement that is changing minds and saving lives!

Trump Calls Out Media For Failing To Report on March for Life

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BREAKING VIDEO: President Trump calls out mainstream media for failing to cover March for Life

By Claire Chretien

Trump called out the media for ignoring the March for Life: ‘What they do say is that the press doesn’t cover them.’


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BREAKING: White House confirms: VP Pence to speak at March for Life

By John-Henry Westen

Pence’s presence highlights what is expected to be an unprecedented turnout from a presidential administration.


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Women’s March 129 times More Networks Coverage Than March for Life

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By Katie Yoder

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at Newsbusters.

It’s called adding insult to injury: pro-life women (and men) have not only been rejected by the Women’s March on Washington but also by the liberal media.

This month, two similar events are happening in Washington, D.C. Both pertain to women. One attracted an estimated 500,000 Americans this year, the other boasts tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands marchers every year. But one main difference – a difference the media care about – is agenda: one is pro-abortion, the other is pro-life.

During their morning and evening news shows, the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) covered the women’s march 129 times more than they did the 2016 March for Life last year. And it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not they will cover the 2017 March for Life Friday.

Held the day after the inauguration, the women’s march brought hundreds of thousands together (millions worldwide) to tell the new administration that “women’s rights are human rights.” Except, according the march’s pro-abortion platform and its behavior towards pro-life organizations, “women” doesn’t include all women. That became even clearer when organizers removed pro-life group New Wave Feminists from its partner list.

As the largest annual march in Washington, D.C., the March for Life laments abortion and celebrates human life on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

ABC, CBS and NBC spent at least one hour, 15 minutes and 18 seconds on the women’s march. But for the 2016 March for Life, they devoted an embarrassing 35 seconds (22 seconds following the march, 13 before).

Before the women’s march even happened, the network news shows had devoted nearly 23 minutes to the event.

The networks first advertised the women’s march this year beginning on Jan. 6. NBC Today host Matt Lauer commented on an “embarrassing mistake” by the Washington Post’s Express for placing the male symbol on its cover for the women’s march.

By Jan. 19, all three networks had covered the women’s march, with NBC correspondent Stephanie Gosk predicting a “sea of pink” (a reference to women marchers planning to wear pink hats to protest President Donald Trump) at the march during Nightly News.

Even up until Tuesday morning, CBS covered the march by playing clips of late-night hosts talking about the protest during This Morning’s “eye openers.”

On Jan. 23, following the march, CBS This Morning still touted the event, with co-anchor Norah O’Donnell commenting that “Organizers of the women’s marches are taking steps to transform the energy from the weekend protest into action.” Her colleague, Charlie Rose added, “Could it take – begin there and become something larger in terms of the empowerment of women in terms of the whole range of issues that are crucial for women and their place and their opportunity to participate in the world that we live in?”

That same day, during Evening News, CBS anchor Scott Pelley called the marches “extraordinary” and wanted to know, “So, what happens next?”

Echoing CBS, ABC anchor David Muir asked about the march during World News Tonight “Can they sustain the momentum turning those marches into a movement?”

Not once did a network news show mention the exclusion of pro-life women from the women’s march. And while ABC, CBS and NBC hyped the march, multiple news shows blurred words on the signs the marchers carried because of the vulgar language on them.

Of the broadcast networks, ABC was the only one to report on the 2016 March for Life. In a casual reference to last year’s January blizzard, Good Morning America reported on a “group of high schoolers trying to get back to Kentucky after visiting D.C. for the March for Life.” That mention amounted to 22 seconds.

For that same show, the morning of Jan. 22, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos on the March for Life “set to take place today, despite the storm warnings” with an expected “tens of thousands” to “protest abortion.” That amounted to 13 seconds, or 35 seconds total. …

NewsBusters analyst Curtis Houck contributed to this report.


So How Will The Media Cover This Year’s March for Life?

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By Dave Andrusko

In less than two days, a crowd of at least 100,000–and more likely several multiples of 100,000–will arrive in our nation’s capital for the annual March for Life. As a grassroots type, I put equal stock in the valiant work of all those brave souls, whether they travel to Washington, DC, or attend their state and local rallies.

A perennial question is will the media notice that we are even here? There is reason to believe that contrary to the pitiful network coverage of the 2016 March for Life, this year’s annual pilgrimage from the Mall to the Supreme Court will garner appreciably more attention. Here’s why.

Starting with the most obvious, the March is a not-so-silent protest of the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that ignited a firestorm of resistance. Pro-life President Donald Trump, more than any of his pro-life predecessors, has flatly stated his nominees to the Supreme Court will be pro-life.

Roe and Doe were absurdly reasoned. They were grounded in non-sense, “penumbras” and “emanations” which Justice Harry Blackmun convinced himself were lurking unbeknownst somewhere in the interstices of Constitution.

But justices less wedded to results-oriented jurisprudence–finding what you want to find to justify the outcome you want to deliver all along–will look with less favor. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he would announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia next week.

What else? No one over the age of 5 believes you can shame the “legacy media” (primarily the heavyweight newspapers and ABC/NBC/CBS) into fair coverage. But because they paid such massive (and uncritical) attention to last Saturday’s pro-abortion, anti-Trump “Women’s March,” perhaps lurking in the back of their minds is the thought they should do something more than the absolute minimum.

Moreover, because they paid some attention to pro-life feminists who were rejected by the organizers of the Women’s March, newspapers and networks might use that as a hook to write (as they always do, but more) about the handful of pro-abortionists who will greet the March for Life on the steps of the Supreme Court.

Also, there are more disparate groups than ever who are part of the March for Life. The coalition has always been broader than the media acknowledges, but that is truer than ever in 2017.

And nothing is more certain to interest reporters than (a) pro-lifers who tell them they did not vote for pro-life Donald Trump, which gives them an excuse to run still another story bashing the 45th President; and (b)the reemergence of the “seamless garment” argument that weaves the thread of opposition to abortion into a much, much larger fabric of issues.

Any other reasons? To return to what is on the national political agenda, the March for Life takes places just a few days after the House passed the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” and President Trump issued a Memorandum restoring the Mexico City policy. Intended to turn off the federal spigot, these are key moves early in his administration to stop public funding of abortion.

I hope that many of you reading NRL News Today will be in Washington, DC this Friday. If not, I hope you’ve been able to attend your local commemorative activities.

It is a wonderful time to be a champion of unborn children.

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Men, It’s Time To Break Our Silence On The Slaughter Of The Unborn



Caleb Stephen

January 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — I stumbled across a challenging quote from renowned abortion survivor Gianna Gessen the other day. Here it is:

“Men, you are made for greatness.  You are made to stand up and be men.  You are made to defend women and children, not stand by, and turn your head, when you know murder is occurring and do nothing about it.  You are not made to use women and leave us alone.  You are made to be kind and great and gracious and strong and stand for something because men, listen to me, I am too tired to do your job.”

To be quite frank, today’s generation of men are nothing more than a bunch of weak, spineless, irresponsible, selfish individuals who still need their mommas to pick up their dirty underwear off their bedroom floors. Of course there are the odd exceptions, but in general, todays men are nothing more than little boys. It’s sad but true.

Who do I see at pro-life rallies and who constitute a large percentage of the activists in the pro-life movement? Answer: women!

Of course childbirth is a woman’s thing. I’m not denying that. However, married men play an instrumental part in producing babies and even that aside, it is the responsibility of every man – regardless single or married – to ensure that women and children are protected and the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves are defended

I believe that one of the greatest tests for any man is whether he is willing to stand up for the lives of the innocent.

The fact that few men today care about this issue is very disturbing to me, yet is not in the least surprising given how this generation of boys is brought up. My parents instilled in me from a young age the ethos of serving and protecting the innocent and vulnerable from a very young age. For that, I am grateful. Sadly, this doesn’t happen in many homes today.

The famous German pastor, spy and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer once wisely said: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Wow! What powerful and challenging words.

Bonhoeffer wrote this at a time when millions of innocent Jewish men, women and children were being mercilessly tortured and exterminated under Adolph Hitler’s Nazi regime.

He saw the atrocities that were happening in his day and realized that it was his duty to stand up for the rights of the innocent and to advocate on their behalf.  Because if he didn’t, who would? He understood that to keep silent when evil is happening all around you is evil in itself.

Bonhoeffer’s words have relevant implications for today’s generation of men. Today’s issue is no longer that of Jews being wiped out by the Nazi totalitarian state; it’s the barbaric practice of abortion – the slaughter of precious unborn human life, which is happening at similar proportions. Many have called it the “modern holocaust” and rightly so.

Bonhoeffer was a one man army. Just one man standing up against evil. A man who was determined to right a great wrong and to face the consequences for doing that which is right. A man who was determined to fulfil his role as a man: “to serve and protect.”

The silence from guys who know the truth about abortion is absolutely deafening. Their silence does not whisper, it cries out loud and indicts these very individuals who are more concerned about their self-esteem and pride than the rights of unborn human beings.

Do they not have the heart of God that they would let such despicable atrocities continue in society? We live in a generation that prides itself in enlightenment towards social justice issues, but somehow abortion isn’t one of them.  This silence, this apathy, this depraved indifference is nothing at all to be proud of. Instead it’s a badge of shame and dishonour.

The incredible silence on this issue speaks volumes about 21st century Christendom and the state of our culture in general. We have seen the very image of God – His beautiful and perfect creation – debased to the category of a sub-human species. We have also seen the devastating effect of silence in the face of these evils. We have seen this all too many times in the past when cultures and societies have allowed a lie to redefine the value and worth of a human person.

To think that those who have been redeemed by the blood of Christ and have so much in terms of Bible knowledge yet are silent in an hour that demands intervention and action, is just mind-boggling.

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What happened to God’s command to intervene and advocate on the behalf of the poor, the vulnerable and the innocent? Unborn babies fit that bill. Why is God’s directive to His followers being ignored?

I believe this apathy or depraved indifference has a lot to do with the fact that modern Christianity has created the concept of comfort zones. It’s all well and good to feed and clothe the poor because generally you won’t receive repercussions for doing so.  But when you touch the abortion issue, you open yourself up to be criticised, attacked, abused, threatened with death and even jailed for daring to speak up and stand up for these innocent lives. You step out of your comfort zone and that’s something many men aren’t willing to do.

But abortion is too important an issue to be silent on. God’s heart is grieved when no one is willing to stand up for His creation – your fellow human beings who are entitled to the same protection and rights as you! Everything you go through in the fight to save human life is totally worth it.

Let me use an example here. Let’s say that you’re jogging through a park one day and you see a girl being attacked by a sexual predator. As a decent human being, we’d all hope that you would stop and render assistance, right? You would not simply pass on by and act as if you saw nothing happen. You would instead be calling for help and making an effort at intervention. Any decent man would be enraged at the thought of rape, pedophilia, human slavery and child molestation.

The merciless cold-blooded massacre of innocent unborn lives is on that very same level. Tens of thousands of precious little ones are systematically murdered around the globe every single day. Just as you would be enraged at the thought of 6 million Jews being murdered by Hitler or a little child being molested by some pedophile, so should you at the very real slaughter of unborn babies that is happening right now. Their blood cries out from the ground for justice!

Friends, the hour is dark, yet this crucial moment in the history of the world presents the perfect opportunity for you to examine your commitment to God as one of His ambassadors representing His love for all of humanity and resolving to fight everything that He considers as unjust.

The question for is you is “will you stand up?” Will you resolve today to do your bit to put an end to this gross injustice? Will you?

Caleb Stephen is a widely-published Christian freelance journalist, columnist and the founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Caleb Report.