Monthly Archives: February 2014

Declared Dead Too Soon: Man Wakes Up in Body Bag in Funeral Home

Declared Dead Too Soon: Man Wakes Up in Body Bag in Funeral Home

by Steven Ertelt | Jackson, MS | LifeNews.com | 2/28/14 1:23 PM

LifeNews reported earlier this month about a man who doctors pronounced clinically dead came back to life 45 minutes after his death had been called. Now it’s happened again.

Workers at a Mississippi funeral home say they found a man alive and kicking when they opened a body bag.

As AP reports:

bodybagHolmes County Coroner Dexter Howard calls it a miracle that 78-year-old Walter Williams is alive.

The coroner was called to Williams’ home in Lexington, a community north of Jackson, where family members believed he had died.

Howard says Williams had no pulse and was pronounced dead Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Early Thursday, workers at Porter and Sons Funeral Home were preparing to embalm Williams when he started to kick in the body bag.

Family members were called and Williams was taken to a hospital. Howard says he believes Williams’ pacemaker stopped working, then started again.

Family members say Williams, a farmer, told them he’s happy to be alive.

This is also a cautionary tale for patients who are organ donors, where doctors may too quickly began cutting up patients who are not really dead to begin harvesting their organs for donations. These kinds of cases have happened before, as supposedly “brain dead” patients have come back to life just before having their vital organs taken from them after prematurely being declared dead.

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Life begins WHEN?

Susan B. Anthony List
 

Friend —

Wow.

Cecile Richards, president of America’s #1 abortion provider Planned Parenthood, was asked by a TV journalist when life begins.  Richards tried to dodge the question saying that it wasn’t “relevant”, but finally said: “I’m the mother of three children. For me, life began when I delivered them.”

Friend, I know I don’t have to tell you how insensitive and unfeeling that it is to any woman who has ever been pregnant – especially those women who have suffered the pain of miscarriage. Her statement not only defies science, but the everyday experiences of pregnant women and their families.

This is what we are up against, Friend.

This week Planned Parenthood also announced they plan to spend $18 MILLION in midterm elections.

We’ve got to fight back – and we need your help to do it right now. Your SBA List is poised to counter Planned Parenthood’s outrageous and vicious attacks on pro-life candidates and policies.

Please make an immediate donation to help us fund our aggressive 2014 Campaign Plan so we can defeat the extreme abortion lobby and their candidates this November.

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

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Christians Could End Abortion Now – But It’s Clear We Don’t Really Want to

Christians could end abortion now – but it’s clear we don’t really want to

BY ROLLEY HAGGARD

  • Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:04 EST

February 21, 2014 (BreakPoint) – Returning home from a recent business trip, I flew over the city purported to have more churches per square mile than any other in America. As I gazed down sleepily at the numberless steeples checkering the landscape and dimly pondered their equivocal significance, I was suddenly startled awake by a strange transformation occurring before my incredulous eyes: The spires of the church buildings had morphed into so many cruciform chimneys belching skyward an almost palpable, smoke-like darkness.

Only the darkness wasn’t smoke. What I saw ascending to heaven from each sanctuary was praise—the grotesquely incongruous praise of Christians worshiping a God they fancied demanded no remorse and no repentance for doing precious little to stop the extermination of the most vulnerable of His children.

* * *

If you’re as old as I am, you will recall: We swore we would never forget the German death camps. We swore we would never let them be rebuilt. We swore we would never let such a monstrously evil thing happen again. Not on our watch. No, not ever.

But, effectively, we did forget the death camps. We let their equivalent be rebuilt in America’s 850 abortion clinics. We let the monstrously evil thing happen again, in spades. History has repeated itself by powers of 10. For where the Nazis had their 6 million victims, we have on our hands the blood of 60 million.

Not a day passes that I don’t ask myself, how, in the name of all that is holy, have we let this happen? How, from week to week, are we able to assemble in houses of worship and, with ostensibly clear consciences, preach and hear sermons and sing songs about the love of God, when we are so fantastically out of touch with what the love of God is all about? What happened to caring for “the least of these”? Where is our love for them?

I know, you’re weary of hearing the now-almost-emptied-of-meaning comparison to Hitler’s systematic extermination of those he considered untermenschen: the “less than humans.” Believe me, I’m weary of drawing the comparison. Not because it doesn’t fit; it does. But because it no longer produces outrage. Witnessing Christian apathy on abortion makes me wonder if Auschwitz enraged us not so much for the depth as for the novelty of its evil. After all, we weren’t accustomed in the 1940s to mass-produced, assembly-line murder. These days we are.

I say “we,” because it is we—Christians—who could bring about a swift end to the abortion holocaust if we really wanted to. But 40-plus years of deafening pulpit silence argues we don’t really want to.

Christians are quick to say they believe in the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, but most do little, practically, to incarnate that belief and help change ours from a culture of death to a culture of life. Most are pro-life in belief but not in action. Most do little to actually help abolish abortion.

Remarking on the failure of the church to do little more than deal with the effects of great evil after the fact, Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We are not simply to bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

If we were serious about ending abortion, we could easily drive a spoke into the wheels of the machinery that drives Christian apathy and inaction. I’ve outlined an embarrassingly simple One- Minute Strategy to End Abortion that I believe would work—if only pastors would implement it.

But many American pastors and churchgoers are more offended that responsibility and blame should be laid at their feet than that 3,500 babies a day are being put to death. This, by itself, ought to be a potent wake-up call that there is something horribly wrong with a Christianity more upset by what it considers unfair defamation and wrongly placed blame than it is by the mass extermination of its little neighbors.

But is the blame wrongly placed?

In common jurisprudence, when you have a duty to prevent the commission of a crime but fail to make the effort, you are complicit in its commission. You are what’s known as an accomplice. Christ’s brother James put it this way: “The one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” We know the right thing to do.

Yet we persist in being willing accomplices to the evil of our age. We could end our silence on abortion, but we don’t want to pay the price for standing up and speaking out on behalf of those who can’t defend themselves. We prefer an “abundant life” Christianity that includes all the blessings but none of the suffering Christ promised His followers they would face if they were true to Him.

We have become expert at devising reasons why we can’t make the abolition of abortion a church priority. So expert, in fact, that if every baby aborted in America were Jewish, we would be the pride of Hitler’s SS for sanctioning their obscene “final solution” with our steadfast refusal to oppose it. What a testimony.

* * *

As my plane touched down on familiar soil, I found myself haunted by the opening words of a contemporary Christian song. I recalled, with no little irony, that it had been the theme song of the recent Missions Conference at my church, my own dear church:

Carry the light
Carry the light
Go and tell the children they are precious in His sight . . .

Suddenly, I was weeping bitterly for them.

But even more bitterly for the precious children.

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Are Babies Born With an Innate Sense of Morality?

Are Babies Born With an Innate Sense of Morality?

by Eric Metaxas | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/26/14 1:10 PM

New findings out of my alma mater, Yale University, would seem to suggest that humans are born with an innate sense of morality. Where have I heard that before?

In his 1689 “Essay Concerning Human Understanding,” the philosopher John Locke wrote that if “we will attentively consider new born children, we shall have little reason to think that they bring many ideas into the world with them.”

He proposed that we think of the newborn’s mind as a white piece of paper, “void of all characters, without any ideas.” Ideas, he posited, including the sense of right and wrong, are the product of the child’s experience.baby34This view, which came to be known as the “blank slate,” dominated the social sciences for the better part of three hundred years, despite accumulating evidence that it didn’t conform to, well, human experience.Now a recent finding from Yale might just put the final nail in the blank slate’s coffin.After a series of experiments over eight years, researchers at Yale’s Infant Cognition Center have concluded that “babies are in fact born with an innate sense of morality, and while parents and society can help develop a belief system in babies, they don’t create one.” Now that is amazing!

The most basic of these experiments involves showing a baby examples of good and bad behavior and observing which behavior the baby prefers. In the experiment, “a gray cat is seen trying to open a big plastic box. The cat tries repeatedly, but he just can’t open the lid all the way.”

Then, a “bunny in a green T-shirt comes along and helps open the box.” That is followed by a bunny in an orange shirt slamming the box before running away.

The baby is then presented with the two bunnies. Eighty percent of the time, the baby chooses the helpful bunny over the mean and unhelpful one. Among three-month-olds, the percentage rises to 87 percent.

Paul Bloom of Yale and the author of “Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil,” says the studies demonstrate that babies are born with a “rudimentary sense of justice” that allows them to judge the actions of others.

And even though he adds that this sense is “tragically limited,” the very fact that babies can grasp justice long before they can even speak says a lot about human nature. It also confirms a major claim of the Christian worldview. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans, the requirements of the law are “written on our hearts,” and when we violate them, our consciences accuse us, even if we have not been tutored in the law.

This aspect of human nature poses serious problems for other worldviews, especially secular materialism. If we’re nothing more than highly-evolved animals whose instincts were selected for survival value, how do we explain this impulse toward justice, especially when it places our survival in danger?

It turns out that this problem leads us back to one of the most vexing questions all worldviews seek to answer: Who is the human person? The secular, materialistic worldview might be able to explain us at our worst: We’re animals, and no one should be surprised when we act like it.  But that view cannot explain why we innately disapprove of such behavior—even from our infancy.

Christianity alone offers a complete picture of humanity—both our depravity and our unshakable sense of morality. Understanding this is the foundation of right thinking and living, and it’s why my BreakPoint co-host, John Stonestreet and theologian T. M. Moore have produced something called “In His Image,” a fantastic new DVD study series that answers the question, “who are we?”

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Martin Luther King would cringe…

 

Martin Luther King would cringe…

Dear Friend,

As Black History Month comes to a close, we at Live Action are thinking hard about a powerful quotation from one prominent voice in the black community:

“Those advocates of taking life prior to birth do not call it killing or murder; they call it abortion. They further never talk about aborting a baby because that would imply something human. Rather they talk about aborting the fetus. Fetus sounds less than human and therefore can be justified.”

This is no pro-life A-lister.  It’s not Dr. Alveda King, or Ryan Bomberger, or the National Black Pro-Life Union.  It’s Jesse Jackson, writing in 1977. 

Rev. Jackson is now a stalwart supporter of abortion on demand.  He might benefit from some information about the industry with whom he’s decided to throw in his lot – and how when Big Abortion looks at the black population, the only color it sees is green.

For the Planned Parenthood Racism Project, Live Action called Planned Parenthood abortion killing centers across the country.  Our investigator posed as a potential Planned Parenthood donor, asking if his money could go directly toward the killing of black babies in the womb.

“I don’t want my kids to be disadvantaged against black kids,” the investigator said in one call.  “[T]he less black kids out there, the better.”

The Planned Parenthood employee’s response?  “Understandable, understandable.”  And this was no low-level staffer; this was a director of development.

As sickening as this development director’s acceptance of racist donations is, possibly more revealing is the response from another representative in a different call: “For whatever reason, we’ll accept the money.”

That’s Planned Parenthood’s true ethos: Profit.  No matter what.  Even if it means pulling in blood money to destroy black babies in the womb.

Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke so eloquently about equality among all people, no matter their race.  Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, “understands” a racist’s desire to eliminate blacks from the gene pool.  Considering Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s devotion to weeding out those she deemed genetically “unfit,” this is not so surprising.

But it does deserve our condemnation, and our opposition.  Today, in New York City, more black babies are aborted than born.  In Mississippi, where whites outnumber blacks two to one, 72% of the babies aborted are black.  That a taxpayer-funded corporation – to the tune of $541 million in 2012 – accepts donations specifically for the destruction of black babies would make Dr. King cringe.  It should make every American cringe.

This is not a matter just for the month of February.  The call for true equality under the law, for every human being, of every color, must continue throughout the year.  We know that Martin Luther King, Jr. would join us in this effort.  We know that the Jesse Jackson of 1977 would join us against the Jesse Jackson of 2014.

We hope you’ll join us, too.

Yours in the fight for life,


Lila Rose
President
Live Action

                   

Patricia Heaton’s Gutsy Tweet About Margaret Sanger and Black Abortions

Patricia Heaton’s Gutsy Tweet About Margaret Sanger and Black Abortions

by Lauren Enriquez | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/26/14 4:10 PM

Hollywood, CA (LiveActionNews) – Hollywood is known for its liberal ideology and agenda, and few actors stand out as outspokenly pro-life. Celebrities who publicly oppose abortion are diamonds in the rough, and one of these — who has been an audacious pro-lifer for years — is Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton.

Once in a while, Heaton takes to Twitter to voice her pro-life convictions, like when she tweeted multiple times during the Gosnell trial in April about the horrors of his practice. She even called out network television for its silence on the matter (undeterred by the fact that she is employed by one such network — ABC —  where she currently stars on its primetime comedy, The Middle).

patriciaheatonLast week, Heaton hit social media once again, when she linked to a National Review article about the staggering reality that, in New York City (where laws ensure that abortion statistic data are well-documented), more black babies are aborted than born. The article says:

In 2012, black women in New York City aborted over 6,500 more children than they gave birth to. Data from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows that, among non-hispanic black women, there were 31,328 “induced terminations” to 24,758 live births, according to a CNS News report.

Heaton added the tagline, “Margaret Sanger gets her wish,” referring to the founder of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic belief in ethnic cleansing. Live Action has documented Planned Parenthood’s ongoing racism over the years, as it silently carries on the eugenic goals of its founder.

Margaret Sanger gets her wish: http://t.co/BJeHQXtJmY

— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) February 22, 2014

 

Heaton is part of a small cohort of pro-life celebrities in Hollywood, but we applaud her for utilizing her fame and reach to provide a platform for those who have no voice to speak up for themselves. You can become one of Patricia’s “tweetons” by following her here.

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Newborn Stuffed in Plastic Bag, Thrown Into Dumpster But Miraculously Survives

NRL News Today
February 26, 2014   Crime

Newborn stuffed in plastic bag, thrown into dumpster but miraculously survives

By Dave Andrusko

Construction worker Carlos Mitchel heard the infant while he was throwing trash out Tuesday morning. He cuddled the newborn boy to warm him up before authorities arrived.
Photo credit: Ricky Ramirez

Every morning, each maintenance worker at the Windmill Lakes Apartment complex in Houston is assigned to pick up trash in a certain area. Tuesday it was Carlos Michel’s turn to clean Building 25.

As he dumped the contents of a bucket into a big dumpster, he heard what “sounded like an animal dying, maybe a kitten, but he couldn’t tell for sure,” Mayra Beltran wrote for the Houston Chronicle.

All Michel knew for sure was that—whatever it was—it was struggling.

“Seconds later, Michel, 51, reached into the blue dumpster and, hunched over, grabbed a white trash bag. He placed the bag on the ground, ripping it open to find the source – a newborn boy, stuffed among trash and discarded school work. His tiny face and hands were purple, his umbilical cord still attached, his body cold. His soft cries were the only indication he was still alive.

“’I almost had a heart attack,’ Michel said.”

The word “miracle” is often casually tossed around. But that the newborn baby did not suffocate after being bundled into a plastic bag and flopped into a dumpster takes “miracle” to another level.

In riveting detail, Beltran explained what happened Tuesday morning.

When Michel heard the baby’s whimpers, Beltran wrote,

“He said he used the bucket as a stool and peered into the dumpster, scanning the pizza boxes, soda bottles and fast-food containers before he identified the bag from which the sounds were coming. As he pulled the bag out, Michel noticed the outline of the baby. The child was upside down.

“As soon as he rescued the boy from the trash bag, Michel took off his gray work shirt and swaddled the newborn in it. The baby’s dark hair was wet and sticky, possibly with placenta, and his body was cold.

“Michel brought the child to his chest, rubbing the baby’s back, trying to use his own body heat to warm the boy.

“A co-worker then came by in pickup, and Michel hopped inside the truck’s cab, turning up the heat to further warm the baby. The newborn’s cheeks turned rosy as his body warmed. Michel said he could see the newborn’s little chest bouncing with hiccups.

“As Michel rocked him, he thought of his own 2-month-old grandson, Gerardo. The baby’s whimpers reminded him of the cries Gerardo sometimes made. But not once did the newborn wail. He just lay still, cradled in Michel’s arms, not ever opening his eyes.”

“At some points, it even seemed as though the newborn was falling asleep. Afraid that the child was too weak, Michel poked him to keep him conscious while they waited for paramedics to arrive.

“’I didn’t want him to die in my arms,’ he said.”

Estella Olguin, a spokeswoman for Child Protection Services, said Michel undoubtedly saved the newborn’s life.

Authorities quickly located the baby’s 16-year-old mother and questioned her. As of yesterday, police had said nothing about her motivations.

“Once she has been released from the hospital, investigators will speak with officials at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to determine what, if any, charges will be filed,” Beltran wrote.

Texas has a “Baby Moses” law which allows parents to leave infants up to 60 days old and unharmed at a hospital, fire station or ambulance station without fear of prosecution. The law was created in 1999 so that newborns and infants would not be abandoned.

“Really, surrendering your baby to a safe haven site gives your baby a chance,” Olguin told Beltran.

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