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Judge Orders Hospital to Declare Pregnant Woman Dead and Withdraw Life Support by Monday

NRL News Today
January 24, 2014   Brain Death

Judge orders Hospital to declare pregnant woman dead and withdraw life support by Monday


By Dave Andrusko

Erick Muñoz walked into a packed Tarrant County courtroom for Friday's hearing. (Tom Fox/Staff Photographer)

Erick Muñoz walked into a packed Tarrant County courtroom for Friday’s hearing. (Tom Fox/Staff Photographer)

As National Right to Life News Today was about to be posted, the Dallas Morning News reported that Texas state District Judge R.H. Wallace “has sided with the family of Marlise Muñoz and ordered JPS [John Peter Smith] Hospital to declare her dead and withdraw life support by 5 p.m. Monday.”

Mrs. Muñoz, who is approximately 22 weeks pregnant, was 14 weeks pregnant when she collapsed on her kitchen floor in November. Her husband, Erick Munoz, tried to resuscitate his wife and called for an ambulance. Doctors restarted Mrs. Muñoz’s heart in the emergency room. She has been on life support since then.

The family has insisted that although she committed nothing to paper, Mrs. Muñoz had made clear that she never wish to be kept on life support.

Erick Muñoz had contended doctors told him that his wife “had lost all activity in her brain stem” and an accompanying chart stated that she was “brain dead.” Last week the family brought a lawsuit in Tarrant County civil court against JPS Health Network.

They requested the court to issue an order requiring John Peter Smith Hospital “to immediately cease conducting any further medical procedures and to remove Marlise from any respirators, ventilators or other ‘life support,’” the Star-Telegram newspaper reported.

The hospital has said consistently that it could not take Mrs. Muñoz, who is the mother of 15-month-old Mateo, off of life support, citing a provision of the Texas Advance Directives Act that reads “A person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment under this subchapter from a pregnant patient.”

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But there were two major developments since last we reported on the case. In court documents released late Thursday, the hospital acknowledged for the first time that Marlise Muñoz, “met the clinical criteria for brain death on Nov. 28, 2013.”

However while John Peter Smith Hospital agreed Mrs. Muñoz met the clinical criteria for brain death, “the hospital says she did not leave a written directive and withdrawing life support ‘would cause the death of the unborn child,’” the Dallas Morning News reported earlier today.

The second development was part of a post sent out mid-afternoon by the Morning News’ Diane Jennings, updating her earlier story:

Both sides also agree that the fetus is not viable, and the judge noted that the mother could elect to have an abortion if she were able to make such a decision.

“As I understand the ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that if this fetus were not viable [and] Ms. Muñoz were alive … she could abort the child.”

Wallace has ordered a brief recess, after which he could make a ruling in the case.

Of course just how badly the child may—or may not—have been injured is unknown. CNN closed one of its stories this afternoon with this:

For all the passions on both sides of the debate, others saw plenty of gray area — the kind of thing that might not be resolved until the baby is born and, perhaps, develops outside the womb.

“A lot depends, first of all, on how long the patient here was deprived of oxygen, or otherwise compromised,” said Dr. Jeffrey Ecker of Massachusetts General Hospital, who works on complicated pregnancies and prenatal diagnosis

“We can certainly use tools like ultrasound and MRI to sometimes see where there has been injury as a result of low blood pressure or low oxygen. But just seeing that things look well isn’t the same as saying that things will be well,” Ecker said.



Terrific Pro-Life Movie Gimme Shelter Opens in Theaters

Terrific Pro-Life Movie Gimme Shelter Opens in Theaters

by Eric Metaxas | Washington, DC | | 1/23/14 3:55 PM

There’s a new movie out tomorrow with big-time stars and a big-time pro-life message.

Christians who come to the aid of pregnant teenagers have taken a lot of heat over the years—mainly being accused of caring only about the fetus, while at the same time forcing our religion down the throats of the mothers.

But on Friday, a terrific movie opens across the country that will shed light instead of heat on pro-lifers.

The film is called “Gimme Shelter,” and it opens with a teenage girl named Apple (played by Vanessa Hudgens) running away from her vicious, drug-addict mother. Apple shows up at the home of the father she’s never met: a wealthy Wall Street broker, (played by Brendan Fraser) who lives in a mansion with his wife and two young children. The couple doesn’t know quite what to do with Apple, but one thing they’re certain about: Apple cannot keep her unborn baby. After all, her father gently explains to her, she’s homeless, jobless, and just plain too young to become a mother.

gimmeshelter2Apple reluctantly agrees. But at the abortion clinic, she pulls out the pictures of her unborn baby—the ones an ultrasound tech gave her when she was taken for a pregnancy test. She remembers the way the baby squirmed, and the sound of its heartbeat. And she simply cannot go through with it.

Apple runs out of the clinic, and begins living on the streets. A bad car accident lands her in the hospital, and this is where she encounters grace in the form of a priest, Father Frank McCarthy, played by James Earl Jones. Father McCarthy tries to help Apple, but she simply cannot bring herself to trust him—or his God.

“I don’t need a priest.” Apple declares. “God don’t care about me. Where was God when I was suffering and being abused all these years?”

“Maybe,” Father McCarthy responds, “You’re exactly where you’re meant to be. God put you here for a reason.”

The priest recommends that Apple stay at a home for pregnant teenagers, run by Kathy DiFiore, a devout Catholic who once worked with Mother Teresa. With no better options, Apple agrees to give it a try, and over the next few months as she is treated with kindness, she begins to learn how to trust.

One of the most poignant moments in the film is when several girls sneak into Kathy DiFiore’s office and read aloud what social workers have written about them. It’s a tragic story of physical abuse, prostitution, drug abuse and rape.

“Gimme Shelter” was written and directed by Ronald Krauss, an award-winning director who wrote his screenplay after spending a year in a shelter for pregnant teens. Several of the actresses who play Apple’s companions are real-life shelter moms.

Krauss’s experience and vision are a big part of what makes “Gimme Shelter” a great film. This is not a film that will only appeal to Christian audiences. It’s a film with big stars, top-notch production values, and a subtle message intended to appeal to a wide audience.

“Gimme Shelter” will provide an opportunity for many film-goers to see, perhaps for the first time, how richly Christians respond to people in need. Christians, in turn, will learn that some people who recommend abortion genuinely believe it’s the best solution for kids like Apple.

So I hope you’ll go see “Gimme Shelter” this weekend (it’s rated PG-13 for some violent content and language).

Come to, click on this commentary, and you’ll find out how to purchase group tickets for your church youth group. Better still, take along some friends who aren’t familiar with those who, like my wife, work with young women in crisis.

They will finally get the truth about those crazy pro-lifers: They’re the ones who present desperate women and girls with a REAL choice: One that not only saves their precious babies, but also offers hope and joy to their mothers.

LifeNews Note:  Eric Metaxas is best known for two biographies: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce. He also wrote books and videos for VeggieTales.



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Heroes from the past . . . heroes from today

British Member of Parliament William Wilberforce toiled for years – for many decades, actually – to end the scourge of slavery in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries.  At first, he was one of just a few voices to speak out.  But after years of dedication, he helped pass a ban on the slave trade – not the complete ban on slavery he and others wanted, but a law that shouted out that slavery was wrong, putting it on the path to abolition. 

Finally, after 40 years of service in the British Parliament and years more heading the Anti-Slavery Society in Britain, he finally saw his country ban slavery outright in 1833.  He died three days later, having seen the work of his life come to fruition.

Having commemorated the 41st anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S., we can take a lesson from Wilberforce.  He knew the institutions that supported slavery were strong – in Parliament, in the commercial sectors, among investors.  He knew the struggle would take decades.  But he knew if he and those he could persuade would continue to grow as a voice for the voiceless, they would win.

Our struggle in the United States to end another injustice has also gone on for more than four decades.  And we are growing in strength.  New data suggests that today there are between 25% and 30% fewer abortions each year than there were 20 years ago.  Polls show many more Americans consider themselves pro-life, with pro-life opinion especially strong among the young.  Painful late abortions are now being banned in states around the country, something impossible under the early interpretations of Roe v. Wade.

Historically, we are somewhere between Wilberforce’s ban on the horrific slave trade and the complete protection against slavery he and his colleagues finally achieved.  We’ve cut abortions substantially in the U.S.  We’re sensitizing a nation to the suffering abortion causes unborn babies and their mothers.  We’re moving the culture in our direction.

Just as Wilberforce couldn’t possibly give up after his first major victories, we can’t possibly give up now.  Please consider how you can help this great movement for the rights of the unborn.  Contact us to get involved.  Join a chapter of Right to Life.  Donate so we have the materials and resources needed to save lives, and as Wilberforce did . . . to change a culture.

One person can make an enormous difference!  On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, let that person be you!

If you can volunteer to help the Right to Life cause or join a local chapter, please email National Right to Life’s State Organizational Development Department with a brief note, including your contact information, at

We have many more volunteers than the pro-abortion side – you can imagine it’s not so easy for them to get volunteers for the kind of work they do and what they support!  But they massively outspend us – because they get huge corporate, foundation, and government grants that we simply don’t receive. 

That’s why we need your help.  People Power is our great advantage – that and knowing we fight for a just and selfless cause.  Maybe we don’t get multi-million dollar grants, but we have millions of potential pro-life supporters, who if they each gave $100, or $50, or $25 a month or as individual gifts, we could do so much to compete with – and defeat! – the pro-abortion forces in the United States.

Please click here to contribute generously to National Right to Life and to help continue building a pro-life America.  Think how much we can do – and how many more lives we can save – with your sacrificial support.  Thank you!

Carol Tobias,
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New Poll: 62% Americans See Abortion As ‘Morally Wrong’, 84% Support Restrictions

New poll: 62% Americans see abortion as ‘morally wrong’, 84% support restrictions


  • Wed Jan 22, 2014 12:09 EST

New Haven, CT, January 22, 2014 ( – As hundreds of thousands march today in Washington protesting 41 years of legal abortion, responsible for an estimated 56 million deaths, a new survey has found that a massive percentage of Americans support significant abortion restrictions.

The new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus reveals more than ever that an overwhelming majority of Americans are not satisfied with the current status quo on abortion. 

A staggering 84 percent believe abortion should be restricted. In this group belongs those who would restrict abortion to the first three months of pregnancy (28%), the cases of rape, incest (33%), or to save the life of the mother (12%), and those who would never permit abortion under any circumstance (11%).

The survey surprisingly found that 58 percent of strongly pro-choice Americans would support such limits.

Regardless of whether Americans think access to abortion should be legal or not, 62 percent said that abortion was “morally wrong”.

Only 9 percent believe that abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy, the survey found.

“Four decades after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains at odds with the conscience and common sense of the American people,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson in a press release.

“The American people understand that abortion is bad for everyone, and even those who strongly support abortion want it reduced significantly, so it is time that our lawmakers and our courts reflected this reality.”

The poll reveals that support for significant abortion restrictions is on the rise. A similar poll last year found that 83 percent of Americans favored significant restrictions, a one percent difference from this year.

The survey of 2,001 adults over 18 was conducted December. Results are expected to be accurate within ±2.2 percentage points.


Pope Francis Tweets Support For The U.S. March for Life

Pope Francis tweets support for the U.S. March for Life


  • Wed Jan 22, 2014 13:00 EST

ROME, January 22, 2014 ( – Pope Francis surprised U.S. pro-lifers this morning with a tweet signaling his support for them as hundreds of thousands of activists prepare to join the U.S. March for Life in Washington.

“I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable,” the Pope said from his @Pontifex feed.

This marks the second year that a pope has sent a personal message of support for U.S. marchers. Last year, Pope Benedict XVI tweeted that he “join[ed] all those marching for life from afar, and pray that political leaders will protect the unborn and promote a culture of life.”

Pope Francis also surprised Italian pro-lifers last May when he showed up for the Rome March for Life. His presence was particularly striking because the march is not yet well attended by cardinals and other prelates in the city.


Tens of Thousands March For End of Abortion in Washington on Roe Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Tens of thousands march for end of abortion in Washington on Roe anniversary (PHOTOS)


  • Wed Jan 22, 2014 13:00 EST

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2014 ( – Tens of thousands of pro-life activists endured frigid temperatures and a snow storm Wednesday as they gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to mark the 41st anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that has prepared the way for an estimated 56 million abortions.

In past years the march has drawn crowds estimated between 400,000 and 650,000. However, the winter storm that blew through Washington on Tuesday led to cancellations of numerous buses and planes, creating a visible drop in numbers at this year’s rally and march. The Philadelphia archdiocese, for instance, canceled all of their buses.

Famed Christian singer and songwriter Matt Maher was scheduled to lead music for a half hour before the rally, but his slot was cancelled because of the weather. Instead he opened and closed the rally beginning at noon.

Taking the stage to welcome the marchers shortly after noon, March for Life organizers insisted pro-lifers wouldn’t be daunted by the frigid weather in D.C. “We may be freezing, but we’re freezing for the best cause in the world,” said Patrick Kelly, chairman of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “No sacrifice is too great for this cause,” said Jeanne Monahan, the group’s newly minted president.

Speakers at the rally included Dr. James Dobson, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Washington State Democratic Legislator Roger Freeman.

“Your faces are cold but your hearts are on fire, right?” Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, asked the crowd. He related that in 1973 he was driving home on the freeway when he learned of the Roe v. Wade decision. “I grieved over it because I knew it meant millions of babies would die,” he said. “Who would’ve known it would be 56 million by this point 41 years later?”

Telling the story of a couple he counselled to choose life for their child, he told the crowd, “I say to you, if you’re facing a similar situation, … let your baby live!” He then marvelled at the youth of the crowd. “Look at the young people who are here!” he said. “You are the hope of the future and together we’re going to win this fight!”

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA, who changed his flight to Israel to attend the March, thanked those present for “braving these unbelievably cold temperatures” and “giving voice to our cause of protecting life.” “I believe that one day in the not too distance future our movement will be victorious because we will prevail in securing a culture of life,” he said.

“You are our movement’s not-so-secret weapon,” he added. “Those of us in public office are merely fortunate to stand on your shoulders.”

The majority leader also announced that next week, the House of Representatives “will vote once and for all to end taxpayer funding for abortions.”

Vicky Hartzler, R-MO, told marchers, “We are here today to remember the millions of lives devastated with abortion and to pledge ourselves anew to upholding the most fundamental” right, “the right to life.”

Noting there are 1.2 million abortion per year in the U.S., she said, “There are more babies who perish each year through abortion than people who live in an entire congressional district.”

An adoptive mother, Hartzler said, “Every life is valuable and has a god ordained purpose. All babies are wanted.”

Giovanna Romero of Latinas por la Vida told marchers that blacks and Hispanics are “systematically targeted by the culture of death.” “Who is with me to fight the good fight?” she asked. “We are the pro-life  generation and we will make a mark in history. … We will make an end to abortion!”

Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Ob/Gyns, said the front lines of the abortion battle are changing. It’s no longer the clinic and the hospital, but the dorm room and campus clinic because of the promotion of emergency contraceptive drugs, which act as abortifacients. She told the youth, “you’ve now become the frontline in the battle against abortion.”

After the noon rally on the Mall, participants marched to the Supreme Court, where post-abortion men and women from the Silent No More Awareness Campaign shared their testimony.

The rally schedule was shortened today because of the cold, with temperatures hovering around zero, the marchers are undaunted.

In a homily at Washington’s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Tuesday evening, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the cold weather is “just perfect, because the colder it is the better our witness. They will know we are serious. That is why we are here.”

“We absolutely will go on tomorrow. The March has never been canceled because of extreme temperatures, and it won’t be canceled tomorrow for that reason,” Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, told the Law of Life Summit on Tuesday.

March organizers highlighted the fact that members of both parties spoke, although Republicans made a stronger showing. The Republican National Committee has said they are delaying their annual winter meeting for the March this year and have chartered a bus to bring legislators to the Mall.

The theme for this year’s march is adoption, which Monahan called a “heroic decision” for women in crisis pregnancies. “We want to eliminate the stigma of adoption and encourage women to pursue this noble option,” she said in a press release.

The March for Life organizers are encouraging Twitter users to use the hashtags #whywemarch and #marchforlife throughout the day.

Tens of Thousands March For End of Abortion in Washington on Roe Anniversary 


Roe v. Wade: Unjust, Unconstitutional, and Undemocratic

Roe v. Wade: Unjust, Unconstitutional, and Undemocratic

by Paul Stark | Washington, DC | | 1/21/14 2:58 PM

On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade and its companion case, Doe v. Bolton. The Court ruled that abortion must be permitted for any reason before fetal viability—and that it must be permitted for “health” reasons, broadly defined in Doe (so as to encompass virtually any reason), all the way until birth. Roe and Doe legalized abortion on demand nationwide.

The New York Times proclaimed the verdict “a historic resolution of a fiercely controversial issue.” But now, 41 years later, abortion is as unresolved and controversial as ever. Three intractable problems will continue to plague the Court and its abortion jurisprudence until the day when, finally,Roe is overturned.

supremecourtFirst, and most importantly, the outcome of Roe is fundamentally harmful and unjust. Why? The facts of biology show that the human embryo or fetus (the being whose life is ended in abortion) is a distinct and living human organism at the earliest stages of development. This was established long before 1973, though subsequent scientific and technological advances have greatly improved our knowledge of life before birth. As Dr. Horatio R. Storer explained in a book published in 1866, “Physicians have now arrived at the unanimous opinion that the foetus in utero is alive from the very moment of conception.”

Justice requires that the law protect the equal dignity and basic rights of every member of the human family—irrespective of age, size, stage of development, condition of dependency, and the desires and decisions of others. This principle of human equality, affirmed in the Declaration of Independence and the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is the moral crux of western civilization. But the Roe Court ruled, to the contrary, that a particular class of innocent human beings (the unborn) must be excluded from the protection of the law and allowed to be dismembered and killed at the discretion of others. “The right created by the Supreme Court inRoe,” observes University of St. Thomas law professor Michael Stokes Paulsen, “is a constitutional right of some human beings to kill other human beings.”

After Roe, the incidence of abortion rose dramatically, quickly topping one million abortions per year and peaking at 1.6 million in 1990 before gradually declining to 1.2 million. Under the Roe regime, abortion is the leading cause of human death. More than 56 million human beings have now been legally killed. And abortion has significantly and detrimentally impacted the health and well-being of many women (and men). The moral gravity and scale of this injustice exceed that of any other issue or concern in American society today.

The second problem with Roe is that it is legally, constitutionally mistaken. Justice Harry Blackmun’s majority opinion claimed that the “liberty” protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment includes a “right of privacy” that is “broad enough to encompass” a right to abortion. “As a constitutional argument,” notes University of Pennsylvania law professor Kermit Roosevelt (who favors legalized abortion), “Roe is barely coherent. The Court pulled its fundamental right to choose more or less from the constitutional ether.”

The right alleged in Roe is blatantly contradicted by the history of abortion law in the United States. Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment roughly coincided with enactment of a wave of state laws prohibiting abortion from conception with the primary aim (according to clear and abundant historical evidence) of protecting unborn children. Most of these statutes were already on the books by the time the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted in 1868, and many of them remained unchanged untilRoe struck them down more than a century later. “To reach its result,” Justice William Rehnquist thus concluded in his dissenting opinion, “the Court necessarily has had to find within the scope of the Fourteenth Amendment a right that was apparently completely unknown to the drafters of the Amendment.”

Blackmun’s reasoning was ridiculous, his facts erroneous, his key historical claims demonstrably false. The process behind the decision was appallingly shoddyRoe and Doe constituted a full-blown exercise in policy-making—the arbitrary (untethered to the Constitution) invention of a new nationwide abortion policy to reflect the personal preferences of a majority of the justices.

Even pro-choice legal experts don’t try to defend Roe on its merits. “What is frightening about Roe is that this super-protected right is not inferable from the language of the Constitution, the framers’ thinking respecting the specific problem in issue, any general value derivable from the provisions they included, or the nation’s governmental structure,” wrote the eminent constitutional scholar and Yale law professor John Hart Ely. “It is bad because it is bad constitutional law, or rather because it isnot constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.”


 Since 1973 the Court has modified Roe while stubbornly clinging to its “essential holding.” But the Court’s abortion jurisprudence cannot forever withstand the weight of fact and reason.

Third, Roe is undemocratic. It struck down the democratically-decided abortion laws of all 50 states and imposed a nationwide policy of abortion on demand, whether the people like it or not. Because the Court lacked any constitutional warrant for this move, it usurped the rightful authority of the elected branches of government to determine abortion policy.

The radical extent of the Roe regime was not and has never been consistent with public opinion, which favors substantial legal limits on abortion. (Polling questions on Roe are often inaccurate, and ignorance of the extent of the decision is widespread). Roe has disenfranchised millions and millions of Americans, fostering divisive cultural and political battles. These Americans will not rest while Roe and abortion on demand persist. They want to have a say. The Court decided they could have none.

Overturning Roe would not make abortion illegal nationwide. It would not end the debate. It would return the question of abortion policy back to the people and their elected representatives, where it had been for almost 200 years, and where it always belonged.

So these are the intractable problems of Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court abused the Constitution to usurp the authority of the people by imposing a gravely unjust policy with breathtakingly disastrous results.

Unjust. Unconstitutional. Undemocratic. Together, these problems will lead, eventually, to Roe‘s collapse.


Amazing New Process Creates Printed 3-D Model of Your Unborn Child

Amazing New Process Creates Printed 3-D Model of Your Unborn Child

by Susan Tyrrell | Washington, DC | | 1/21/14 7:32 PM

“Imagine holding your baby before he or she is born,” says the headline.

No matter how hard they try, abortion advocates cannot hide from the technology that will continue to make their arguments moot. The latest business to capitalize on the advances in ultrasound technology may not be one every parent longs to patronize, but it is another reminder of the reality of life in the womb as a 3D printer will create a virtual baby for parents.

3D Babies, a California company, says it will create a fetal doll from the mother’s 3D/4D ultrasound pictures:

“We create an adorable baby figurine resembling your baby’s facial features and body position.  We use your 3D/4D ultrasound images or newborn baby pictures to create a unique artistic representation of your baby using the latest computer graphics and 3D printing technology.  This is a great way to share the excitement of your new baby with family and friends.  Your 3D Baby will be a treasured family remembrance of your pregnancy and new baby.”

fetusfigurinesThe pricey dolls are getting some media attention, and it’s not good attention for abortion advocates. The American Thinker observes:

“Of course, mothers planning an abortion are unlikely to commission a $600 model of the victim. But the existence of these models will surely become known, and they will eventually be seen by more and more people as the price comes down. At a minimum, it puts the lie to the gross euphemisms employed by the pro-abortion movement to disguise the nature of the act they support as a ‘right.’”

While a fetus figurine isn’t going to be everyone’s idea of a great investment, the fact that a fetal model can be crafted with accuracy is another blow to the abortion movement, which loses more ground every time something like this happens.

In 1973 when Roe V. Wade was ruled, we did not enjoy the technology that today is commonplace. Women were not able to get lifelike images of the baby in their womb. Deception is easier when the truth can’t be seen. In 2014, the ability to see a baby in utero is so simple that the arguments that it may not really be a “live person” fall to the floor quickly. Instead, technology has made it possible to see behind the wall and love a baby with a face well before the baby shows his or her face to the world.

3D Babies may or may not prove to be a successful business venture, but it has managed to remind a nation once again that the baby bump is actually a baby who is alive.


Premature Baby Survives: Born at 24 Weeks, Weighed Less Than a Bag of Flour

Premature Baby Survives: Born at 24 Weeks, Weighed Less Than a Bag of Flour

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 1/21/14 5:51 PM

Aiden McLaughlin is thriving now his parents say, but it wasn’t always that way. Born at 24 weeks and weighing less than a bag of flour, Aiden spent almost a year in hospital.

But now he has caught up to children his age and started to walk and talk. His rapid improvement gives rise to questions about abortion and time limits — with many nations like the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom allowing the abortion of babies at his age.

The Daily Express newspaper has the rest of the story:

aidenDad Sean McLaughlin told how wife Kelly’s pregnancy had been going well until Friday 13th, 2012.

She was rushed to hospital bleeding and doctors could not stop Aiden from arriving.

He was born weighing 680g – less than 1.5lbs – at 24 weeks and three days.

Under UK guidelines, 24 weeks into pregnancy is the legal abortion limit and between 23 and 24 weeks, the decision to provide support to a premature baby is down to clinicians.

Speaking of the drama, father Sean explained: “Kelly started bleeding and lost a clot and we actually thought it was the baby.”

It wasn’t until they were at the hospital that they were told the baby was still safe.

Kelly was given two lots of steroid injections to help develop Aiden’s lungs in case he made an early arrival.

“It was a massive relief to find out that the baby was OK,” said Sean.

But then Kelly went into labour and there was nothing the medics could do to stop little Aiden from arriving.

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U.S. Senators Are Back Home – Will You Contact Them?

They’re back home – will you contact them?

Susan B. Anthony List
Hi Pro-Life Friend —

Jan 22 marks the tragic 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and has resulted in the loss of over 50 million innocent lives.

Here in Washington, hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans will march from the Capitol to the Supreme Court in the 20-degree cold to speak up for those who have no voice, and demand action from our elected representatives – I can’t wait to march with them!

But I also know that not all pro-life Americans can attend the March for Life here in DC, and many are wondering what they  can do to make an impact.

If you cannot attend the march, you’ve got an incredible opportunity to influence your U.S. Senators, who are back home in their respective states this week.

You see, our pro-life champions in the U.S. Senate have introduced legislation – the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – that would protect unborn babies beginning at 20 weeks, or roughly halfway through pregnancy. This historic legislation has already passed the U.S. House.

Already, this bill is up to 40 co-sponsors – but we need even more to force a vote on this legislation, and get every single U.S. Senator on record.

With Senators on recess and back in their respective states this week, they need to hear from YOU, especially during the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The very first thing you need to do is find out whether or not your two U.S. Senators are co-sponsoring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: You can check where your two Senators stand by clicking here.

If they are co-sponsoring, they need to hear your praise. And if they are not, you need to ask them to become co-sponsors.

Here are four simple ways you can influence your two Senators on this important legislation:

  1. Visit the local offices of your two Senators. Set up an appointment, or just drop by to express your support for this bill. Click here to find your Senators’ district offices.
  2. Call the local offices of your two Senators. Tell them to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Click here for phone numbers and talking points.
  3. If you don’t have time to visit or call your two Senators, send them an email. Click here to send e-mails to your two Senators. Please keep in mind that visiting your Senators’ offices or calling has a higher impact than this option.
  4. Tweet your two Senators. Click here to find their Twitter handles, and sample tweets.

Remember, your two Senators are back home this week. This is a unique opportunity for them to hear from you during the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Once you’ve taken action, don’t forget to forward this email to all of your pro-life family and friends so they can take action too.

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

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