Monthly Archives: July 2014

Former clinic worker on how pro-choicers view women who regret their abortions

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Former clinic worker on how pro-choicers view women who regret their abortions

 By Sarah Terzo

“The pro-abortion movement makes a lot of noise about respecting a woman’s heartfelt and well-considered “choice” to have an abortion—but only if she remains quietly pro-choice and regret-free afterwards. That same woman becomes a “traitor” to her gender, a mindless follower of dogma, or an object of cartoonish ridicule if she admits her abortion was a mistake and now wants to help others avoid the same pain, guilt, sadness, and remorse she—WE—experience as a result of making an irreversible error so grave as killing our children…..

“It is sadly (but tellingly) incongruous that pro-abortion supporters equate their cause for the ”right” to murder our unborn children to women’s equality, women’s rights, and caring for women when it seems obvious that women hurting after an abortion are pretty much left to fend for themselves. This is intellectual dishonesty in blind service to keeping the lucrative abortion industry in business at the expense of not only the helpless children killed, but also their customers: the pregnant mothers seeking their grisly services.

“It is shameful that the pro-abortion side mocks or ignores our pain, regret, and remorse—and refuses to warn women about these inherent psychological risks.”

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes. The quotes are from Jewels Green’s “Clinic Mocked Post-Abortion Women Who Are Now Pro-Life

Let”s go sled riding!

Right to Life of Northeast Ohio

Dear Friend:

        No, I’m not nuts! I know it’s the middle of summer. It’s been a pretty hectic summer so far, too! In just the last two weeks alone, I met with a major Planned Parenthood supporter to try and change his mind, was the speaker at a meeting focusing on life and traditional family values, travelled to Washington DC to be part of a pro-life youth coalition summit meeting, was a guest on a national radio show while in DC, met with Ohio state legislators about support for current and future pro-life legislation, had a meeting with a local pregnancy help center to coordinate our efforts, worked with a group on plans to shore up our defense against euthanasia as it tries to slip into Ohio, and a whole lot more!!! There has been so much going on that sometimes you have to remind yourself that you need to get back to the basics, so it’s time to go for a sled ride!

        I’m still not nuts! The letters S, L, E, and D are an acronym which stands for a simple way to pick apart the characteristics that abortion advocates use to say that unborn babies should not be valued as human life. You can use this simple technique to help you teach others:


 All of the DNA that makes us a human being deserving of the right to life is present at the moment of conception at our tiniest of sizes. This is a scientific fact, not a “religious” opinion. SIZE SIMPLY DOESN’T AFFECT VALUE.

Level of Development

 A baby is less physically developed then a toddler, a toddler is less physically developed than an adult, someone with Down’s Syndrome is less developed mentally than those without it, someone with autism is less developed socially than those without it….you get the picture. Should a person’s rights exist only if they achieve a certain level of development?   If so, than many people could be legally killed AFTER birth!

E nvironment

Is the value of your human life different if you live in cold Siberia from those that live on a warm tropical island? What about if you are homeless? If you live in a mansion, is your life more valuable than if you live in a tiny apartment? Why should a mother’s womb be the only environment where human life has no value?

D ependence

 Civil societies take care of the less able. We protect those who are dependent on others for survival. We do not execute them because they are “inconvenient”, like abortion does for the dependent child in the womb. Should we kill those who are dependent on life saving drugs for diabetes, high blood pressure, organ rejection, or others?  Should we execute those who are dependent on social welfare or social security?

     Pro abortion advocates usually use ONE of the above situations to try and justify the killing of an unborn child, and usually always turn it away from being about the child into being about the rights of the mother to her “reproductive” health. Don’t let them do it! Go SLED riding!

     Our work goes on.

For Life,

Denise Leipold

Executive Director


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Camp Joshua Virginia: “An awesome pro-life camp”

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July 30, 2014   Pro-Lifers

Camp Joshua Virginia: “An awesome pro-life camp”

By Colin Kearney

Editor’s note. The following essay was written by a participant in Camp Joshua Virginia 2014. Camp Joshua Virginia is sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL). Colin is a rising junior.

Camp Joshua 2014

Camp Joshua 2014 was my third Camp Joshua and I can honestly say that I get more out of it every year. Not only has it provided me with another opportunity to hear amazing testimonies by equally amazing speakers, but also to connect with a group of about seventy teens who I know I can count on for support through even the hardest of ordeals as we fight together to end abortion.

When I think about Camp Joshua I don’t think of it as some random camp where I spend a weekend, eat lots of food, sit in on some classes, and do what you would do in any ordinary camp. Instead, if I were asked to describe a weekend at Camp Joshua, my reply would be something along the lines of “It’s this awesome pro-life camp that consists of and hosts the most amazing and inspiring group of people that I could ever hope to meet.” In the course of a single weekend I got to meet more people who I now call friends, bros and fellow pro-lifers then I have met anywhere else in the past year!

Then there’s the message that were fighting for, the pro-life message. To be able to fight for anything is fantastic, and to know that what you’re fighting for is the truth makes it all the more amazing. But to think that what you’re fighting for is in fact the lives of unborn, yet fully living and fully human babies, it make our fight all the more awesome and amazing! And even if you know absolutely nothing about the pro-life ministry, by the time the weekend is over you’ll have enough facts, ideas, and knowledge to go out and to make a difference and to change people minds and hearts about this issue.

More than anything else though this year’s camp brought up an essential point that we often tend to overlook; and that is that now that we have attended this awesome camp, we must now put our knowledge to use and to go out and make our mark in the pro-life movement, to end the greatest injustice that our generation has ever known. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to most sincerely thank the Camp Joshua volunteer team, and all the speakers, for their most generous contribution of both their time and knowledge that have given us the inspiration and the knowledge that we need to go out and become pro-life leaders.

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Planned Parenthood in trouble:


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Planned Parenthood in trouble:

Dear Friend,   More state authorities are taking our shocking new investigative releases seriously.
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has announced that his office will review our footage from Denver – footage of two Planned Parenthood facilities encouraging what they think are teenagers to engage in dangerous pseudo-sexual practices like breaking skin, whipping, and autoerotic asphyxiation.
Keep in mind that this same Planned Parenthood affiliate is being sued for sending a thirteen-year-old sexual abuse victim back to her abuser.  It’s also the same Planned Parenthood affiliate that gave one of its facilities an award for exceeding its abortion quotas.
But here’s the catch: “Suthers … lacks jurisdiction to do much about it in the event he suspects criminal activity on the part of Planned Parenthood.”  The issue needs to be handled by Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler.
So this is where you come in.
We see the letters going through the system.  We know that concerned parents are contacting their legislators, their local papers, and their school superintendents.  Now it’s your turn.  Please send a letter (or a few) no matter where you live.  As nice as it would be for public figures to take action on this crucial issue on their own, sometimes they just need a push from us. Make your voice heard.
Are you a Colorado resident?  Take action and let your local officials know that you won’t stand for Planned Parenthood’s dangerous agenda in your schools.  (Brauchler’s contact info, for example, is here.)
Edmund Burke would agree that one of the biggest roadblocks against a society that protects our children from predators like Planned Parenthood is the apathy of the everyday citizen.  If we had even ten percent of Americans engaged on this issue, just think of how fast we’d see lasting changes!
We’re aiming for bigger than ten percent, though.  In fact, Live Action won’t rest until we’ve engaged every one of the growing pro-life majority in our nation.  Be the first in your community to make a difference, and set a fire in your neighbors’ hearts.   Yours in the fight for life,   Drew Belsky Communications Director Live Action

PS: Don’t waste another minute!  We’ve put together letters for you to send to your local legislators, local papers, and local superintendents.  Emphasis on local.  Take ten minutes and fight for the children of your community!

TODAY Show’s pro-life surprise

Susan B Anthony List

TODAY Show’s pro-life surprise
Hi —

We in the pro-life movement have long known there is no difference between the humanity of an unborn baby and a newborn. Inside the womb or out, a baby is a human worthy of life.

But as you know, the pro-abortion lobby and mainstream media try to dehumanize the unborn baby, pretending the unique human life in the womb is just another part of the mother’s body, easily discarded via abortion.

So it was enormously refreshing this morning to watch the TODAY Show affirm the humanity of the unborn child in their segment “The Secret Lives of Babies.” As soon as I watched it I knew I had to share it with you and every SBA List member. Click here to watch the video.

On the show Dr. Bill Fifer, an expert on fetal learning, says, “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has…done already.” Science affirms what the pro-life movement has always known: there is no difference between the humanity of an unborn baby and a newborn.

The entire TODAY Show segment was a beautiful window into the womb. But it was about halfway through the video when I really caught my breath – at 1:35 Dr. Fifer explains that babies at 12 weeks “are exquisitely able to sense information over all parts of their body, although some are more sensitive than others – around the mouth, around the feet, around the hands.”

That’s right. The TODAY Show proclaimed to millions of viewers that unborn babies can feel pain as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy. Just like when TIME Magazine featured extremely premature babies on their front cover, this TODAY Show segment is a powerful sign that Americans know unborn babies feel pain and want to defend them from excruciatingly painful abortions.

Science has created a breathtaking window into the womb. This generation has been called the “ultrasound generation;” our youth have seen their unborn brothers and sisters and are passionate to defend them.

The abortion lobby cannot win. American voters, with this picture of a learning, moving, feeling unborn baby in their hearts, will kick out Obama’s pro-abortion allies in Congress this November and elect pro-life leaders who will defend unborn children.

Onward to victory!

For Life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List

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Moms can teach their unborn babies nursery rhymes, study shows

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Moms can teach their unborn babies nursery rhymes, study shows

 By Dave Andrusko

nurseryrhymes2What an incredible coincidence. Just this morning (as is my habit) I scanned both today’s Washington Post and a couple of stories from a few days ago. I came across this fascinating article, dated July 19, written by Meeri Kim headlined “Babies grasp speech before they utter their first word, a study finds.”

In one paragraph, here’s the gist:

“A new study has found that a key part of the brain involved in forming speech is firing away in babies as they listen to voices around them. This may represent a sort of mental rehearsal leading up to the true milestone that occurs after only a year of life: baby’s first words.”

Honestly, I thought to myself, this is great but wouldn’t it also be helpful if a story ran about some of the latest research documenting what unborn babies can learn. Lo and behold…

From a section on the TODAY Show blog, here’s a story by Linda Carroll: “Fetuses can learn nursery rhymes from mom’s voice, study finds.” Here’s Carroll’s lead sentences:

“Even before they are born, babies [note, babies, not “fetuses”] are learning from experience, especially if it’s directly related to their moms, new research is shows. For example, while in the womb babies can learn to recognize a nursery rhyme if the mom repeats the verses between weeks 28 and 34, according a study published in Infant Behavior and Development.”

Thirty-two moms of babies who were in their 28th week were recruited. They recited a nursery rhyme twice a day until the 34th week. Four weeks later the mothers returned to the University of Florida.

Carroll answers an obvious but intriguing question: how do you record an unborn baby’s brain activity? It’s not as difficult as you might think.

Researchers already knew that the heartbeat of a baby later in pregnancy will slow down when she hears something familiar. Carroll wrote

“So, while the moms wore headphones playing Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons,’ a female stranger’s voice recited either the familiar rhyme or a completely different one. The headphones kept the moms from actually hearing when or what their fetuses were being exposed to.

“The heart rates of fetuses who heard a stranger read the familiar rhyme slowed down. The heart rates of those who heard the stranger reading a different rhyme essentially stayed the same.”

The study’s lead author, Charlene Krueger, an associate professor in nursing, told Carroll, “We were basically asking the fetus, if your mother says this repeatedly, will you remember it?” Krueger’s “take away message”?

“I would want mothers to understand is that their speech is very important to the developing fetus. When a mother speaks, not only does the fetus hear, but also the whole spine vibrates.”

Not until late in the story is the reader reminded that speech is not the only thing unborn babies “absorb” in the womb. “Studies have shown that around the 20th week of pregnancy the sensory systems for taste and smell have developed,” Carroll writes. “And that allows the baby to experience some of mom’s favorite foods as nutrients pass into the womb.”

Krueger actually had another takeaway, only this time it was for medical personnel taking care of preterm infants. They should consider playing recordings of moms talking to their babies.

“My goal really is to identify experimentally the benefits of providing this kind of exposure to the preterm infant who has largely lost hearing a very important voice – the mother’s.”

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New video! YET ANOTHER Planned Parenthood exposed!

Dear Friend,   We’re at the point where you can take a map of the United States, throw a dart at it…and you’ll be in a Planned Parenthood violation state.   Planned Parenthood’s dangerous and deadly agenda against children, both inside the womb, and out, is a nationwide problem.  The body of research is only growing: BDSM training videos, workshops to train teens in how to practice BDSM, and other dangerous programs and messages.   Can you guess where our NEW undercover video takes place?  (Fortunately, there are no Planned Parenthood facilities in North Dakota, so you have a 1 in 49 chance of being right.)   The answer: Live Action’s third investigative video in the SexEd series shows a Planned Parenthood counselor in Portland, Oregon advising our investigator – who the staffer thinks is a fifteen-year-old girl – on how to engage in dangerous BDSM sex practices.  “Some people like to get spanked, or hit, or whipped,” the counselor says.  “Being tied to a bed or tied to a tree” is okay, too.   And if you wanted to keep your 15-year-old daughter away from books like The Joys of Sex and internet pornography, that’s too bad, according to Planned Parenthood.  These tax-funded “counseling” sessions cover those, too.   You need to see this video to believe it.  Watch now, and share it with everyone you know.  It’s only when people take local, individualized action that we’ll see some change – namely, our representatives really fighting to cut off Planned Parenthood’s unacceptable influence on our kids.
Yours in the fight for life,

Lila Rose President Live Action

P.S. It’s thanks to your generosity that we can make these shocking investigative video releases happen!  Please send a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Live Action today, and help us continue the push-back against Planned Parenthood’s dangerous sexual agenda for America’s kids!

I was pro-choice to the core and then everything changed… I had an abortion.

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I was pro-choice to the core and then everything changed… I had an abortion.

 By Star Tucker

Every morning, the faithfulness of the sun touches our eyelids. Unfortunately, the faithfulness of the alarm clock also reaches our ears. We slowly rise from the pillow, sneak out from under the sheets, and begin the tasks for that day. For most people, there is a passion that gives us the encouragement to live each day. It might be a job, a child, a spouse, a religion.

My passion is being pro-life. It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was a time in my life when you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to truthfully and passionately say the statement above. I used to be pro-choice. Pro-choice to my very core and then everything changed…

I had an abortion.

From that moment, my life has never been the same. I instantly realized that I lost something very special to me, my child. I instantly knew that I never wished this pain upon anyone.

I’ll never forget the moment that I realized I was pregnant. I had morning sickness and deep down I knew it wasn’t just a hangover. The positive pregnancy test was just confirmation of my terrifying reality. My college applications were submitted, and I was anxiously awaiting acceptance letters. I worked incredibly hard in community college to get into my dream school, and a positive pregnancy test seemed to rob me of my efforts. The youth director at my church recently gave birth to her first child. When she found out that she was pregnant, she said, “Being a mother is a dream come true. It was everything that I wanted in life, but when I found out that I was pregnant, I’ve never been more scared in my life.” I felt that same fear when I discovered that I was pregnant, but being a single mother wasn’t anything close to my dreams. My fear blinded me from considering other options, but I never knew that this option of getting an abortion would bring so much pain. 

From that moment, my life has never been the same. I instantly realized that I lost something very special to me, my child. I instantly knew that I never wished this pain upon anyone.

The abortion procedure was mildly painful, but emotionally mortal. The voice of the abortionist telling me to relax, the touch of the assistant holding my hand, and the abortion counselor “guiding” me through the process. After the procedure, I went to lunch with the friend that accompanied me then, she took me home. I was lifeless. I remained in the comfort of my bed for the remainder of the day. In that moment, there was no reason to get out of bed. No desire. No motivation. Nothing. I used to get angry when thinking about that day, but, now it’s just a reminder as to why I’m pro-life. If the choice of abortion was truly the best choice for me, then why did everything feel so wrong?

My abortion became my deep dark secret. Carrying the burden certainly wasn’t easy. I felt as though I had a sickness and if I were to say, “I’m sick and I need to be healed,” then I’d quickly be reinforced that I made the right choice. My moral intuition and the emptiness in my heart told me that my decision was wrong.

I continued to suppress the hurt. Rather than seeking a “doctor,” I used vices of this world to sooth the great pain. At that time, I couldn’t label myself as pro-life even though I wanted to. Wouldn’t that just make me a hypocrite? After all, the difference between pro-life and prochoice was like butter and margarine. Was there really that big of a difference? The label didn’t necessarily matter to me, but I knew that I would never support a friend in getting an abortion. I can recall times when friends would joke about abortion. Saying if they ever found themselves pregnant they would have an abortion, and inside I’d say, “I’d never let you do that!” It wasn’t a joking matter for me. How could it be? It was the biggest mistake I have ever made. 

I struggled to make the connection from my head to my heart as to why my abortion was wrong. The turning point for me was seeing an ultrasound of my niece. The image was projected on the wall, and I watched her dance in the womb as soft music played. As the ultrasound focused on her heart, the music was replaced with the sound of her healthy heartbeat. My world stopped. The sound of her heartbeat was the loudest thing I’ve ever heard. I cried in sorrow and regret. It was at that moment that I understood that life in the womb is, in fact, life!

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I eventually met “a doctor” to heal my pain. I had no desire to meet him. It happened more by accident. I casually heard his name a few times, and quite frankly, I didn’t like him. He seemed bossy, but he does have great birthday celebrations! His name, Jesus Christ. I unexpectedly fell in love with Him at the altar. My abortion made me pro-life, and the love of Christ has healed me.

For so many years, I shamed myself for the mistakes. I viewed myself as unworthy and undeserving, and everything in my life showed that I was constantly settling for less. Although my sin was large, Jesus was still longing for me. He desired me and patiently waited for me so that He could comfort me. He has poured tremendous amounts of grace and mercy into my life. Although the journey has been difficult, I have opened myself up to Him and allowed Him to work within my life, and make me the woman that He has created me to be. A woman made in His image and likeness. 

God has been so faithful in this healing process. An underserved gift is the community of women I have met that are also healing from their abortions. I often reflect on the fact that I’ve never heard a mother say, “I wish I had an abortion.” But I know countless women that have said, “I regret my abortion.” Unfortunately, I’m not the only woman that has been hurt by abortion.

Throughout this journey, I have heard every justification for my abortion and it’s insulting. “It’s your body, your choice.” No, it was the body of my child. “I would’ve done the same thing if I were in your shoes.” Thanks, you just took the knife and twisted it. “You weren’t ready to be a mother.” Who are you to determine if I’m capable of handling motherhood? “You have reproductive rights.” So did my child. “It’s not a life.” Yes, it is. What I’m getting at is that there is not a justification for abortion. Tim Scheidler, a great friend said, “It’s not the little babies that we need to worry about. They are happy in heaven. It’s the mommas’ that we need to worry about.” When you meet a woman who is hurting from her abortion, do not feed her an ignorant justification. Comfort her, and love her. She is mourning the loss of her child. 

Abby Johnson, pro-life advocate and former Planned Parenthood director, said, “Telling a woman that abortion is the ’empowering’ response to a crisis pregnancy is really telling her that she is not strong enough to handle motherhood. What a terrible and unrealistic way to view women.” I might have been strong enough to handle motherhood. I certainly wasn’t strong enough to handle the abortion. 

In January, I attended March for Life in Washington, D.C. It was a blessing to take part of this courageous, chilling, and powerful event. Considering my past, I never imagined that I’d be in a crowd of 10,000 people praying for an end to abortion. March for Life is more than an annual event in Washington, D.C. It is my life. It’s the reason why I wake up every morning. All for God’s glory, I will continue to march every day of my life to bring truth to the harms of abortion and prevent women from repeating my biggest mistake. I want to be the voice that I didn’t hear, the voice that says, “I know that you’re scared, and I promise that there is a better option.” I will continue to share the truth of life in the womb. By God’s grace, I will be an example to all women and men (yes, men too) who are suffering an abortion that healing is part of God’s plan.

Photo: The woman in the picture is my best friend, my little sister. She found herself in an unplanned pregnancy while completing her junior year of college. Although the timing was not ideal for her, she carried out her pregnancy while earning a 4.0 GPA. She gave birth two weeks ago to a beautiful and healthy baby girl.

P.S. You are enough.

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A Saint in the Cause of Life



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 July 22, 2014   NRLC

A Saint in the Cause of Life

 By Don Parker

A life well lived is a life you could recount in a sermon.

Lorenza Arqueza

Lorenza Arqueza lived that life.

First, let me tell you who Lorenza Arqueza was, because her brand of service to the unborn was so quiet and humble that few of you would know she was one of those who kept the wheels of NRLC running for so many years.

Lorenza was the first person we hired when I came to National Right to Life 17 years ago to work in our Development Department. She was already in her upper 60s, retired, and didn’t need the work.

But the work needed her. It needed a Saint.

When I came to Washington, some of the staff suggested I might like a church near my new home, a church Lorenza had attended before moving to suburban Maryland.

At that church, I heard the most impact sermon (for me at least, because sermons can speak to us so personally) I have ever heard.

It challenged us not to just aspire to be Saints in heaven, God’s ultimate wish for us, but to strive to live as Saints—to be Saints—here on earth, as well. And even while saying this, the pastor knew, and everyone in the sanctuary knew, that living such a life perfectly would be impossible for mere humans, but in the striving we would approach what God wanted for us, now and in our eternal futures.

I don’t know if I’ve ever met anyone who so closely approached that ideal as Lorenza Arqueza. Her life was that ideal.

She was a Saint on earth.

Lorenza handled most of the high volume of correspondence that an office like ours generates. If you called the office with a need or complaint, she faithfully took care of you. Whether a caller was friendly or not, her demeanor was the same. She saw the face of Jesus in every person, even if it was an abortion proponent calling to harass.

When others in the office were ill or couldn’t complete a task, Lorenza did it without drawing attention to herself. And as she herself began to grow ill, she didn’t want to retire from her pro-life service, but merely cut back first to four, then three days a week, then helping occasionally as she could. But she worked—efficiently and with devotion—even when tiring or when it became hard for her to see.

The doctors had found a spot on her lung, which later went to her liver. That’s when one doctor suggested it might be “too hard on her” to continue treatments. “Nonsense” thought those of us in the office who’d seen Lorenza out-work people one-third her age. A co-worker helped her find another doctor, who said additional treatments could give her another two years of good life, which is exactly what they did.

(A plug here that Lorenza herself—pro-life to the core as she was—would want me to make. With more and more people in the medical field willing to give up on their patients, it’s important to have a pro-life living will, called a “Will to Live,” which you can obtain free of charge from National Right to Life at It could literally save your or a loved one’s life.)

In a little more than a month, Lorenza would have turned 85, gaining the gift of more than those two extra years of life the extra treatments brought. But she began to lose her battle with cancer and last Saturday friends gathered with her to reminisce, to laugh, to share, to pray. Lorenza showed some of the joy that she exhibited when she first volunteered for National Right to Life, way back at the huge Rally for Life, 1990. She loved that event, the hundreds of thousands of pro-life people who came to Washington, DC, and especially all the young folks, the ones who would win the future for the cause she treasured.

Lorenza left to be with her Lord on Sunday, but that joyful gathering Saturday reflected so well how she led a life of love for people, a life of the deepest faith, a life of total sacrifice and service to others.

A life right out of a sermon.

Basic dos-and-don’ts men should know when helping women face an unplanned pregnancy


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Basic dos-and-don’ts men should know when helping women face an unplanned pregnancy

By Dave Andrusko

men-and-abortion-recovery-2In our culture, equipped with a gazillion cell phone cameras and a multiplicity of recording devices, every once in a while when an unhinged pro-abortionist goes off on a pro-lifer, it’s get captured and makes its way onto the internet.

An opinion piece appearing in an Alabama newspaper over the weekend reminded me of this truism. However what made J. Pepper Bryars’ argument particularly helpful is that he used one of those harangues as a way of addressing the question of men and abortion.

We all know that being the good liberals that pro-abortion feminists are, they insist that the voices of men should be censored. (They are not big on diversity of opinion to begin with.)

And it’s not just that abortion is “a woman’s issue” (as we are told incessantly) and therefore men have no voice. It’s that men have nothing to contribute to the conversation (other than perhaps to affirm that they will go along with whatever her decision is). They are the equivalent of potted plants.

Bryars’ opinion piece reminds us that many, if not nearly all men, who are a party to a crisis pregnancy, have bought this lie. Consequently they say (or imply) that whichever direction she is headed, they will follow.

Which, of course, misses the crucial other reason the Abortion Establishment is so loathe to allow men to utter a peep. Women in the midst of a crisis pregnancy understandably see passivity as a sign either of indifference or (worse) a signal that everyone would be “better off” if she eliminated the “problem.”

But if the man speaks up on behalf of his baby and the mother of their child, it can make all the difference in the world.

“The man has a huge influence in the woman’s decision to choose life,” Susan Baldwin, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center, which operates crisis pregnancy centers in Mobile and Saraland, told Bryars. “If he is 100-percent for the baby and offers to support their child, then we almost never see the woman choose abortion.”

Bryars asked her what if the father resorts to the “I’ll-support-her-decision” line?

“If he says that he doesn’t care what she does, or it’s her decision and he doesn’t want to interfere, she takes that as quite a negative and then the chances are 50-percent,” Baldwin said. “If he wants nothing to do with her or ‘her’ baby…then the woman is extremely vulnerable.”

Bryars then brought up something I’m embarrassed to admit I’d never considered. Let’s say the father wants to do the right thing, not the convenient thing.

What exactly does he say?

“Baldwin said that her counselors and medical staff have observed that men don’t know how to talk to women about pregnancy, birth, their needs as mothers and alternatives such as adoption,” Bryars writes. “Her center’s website shares a list of basic dos-and-don’ts men should know when facing an unplanned pregnancy.”

Kathy Hall is executive director of Choose Life of North Alabama, a crisis pregnancy center in Huntsville, Alabama. They run a program called “MENistry.”

Its target audience is men who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. A dozen trained men serve as counselors and mentors “to show fathers how important they are in the decision-making process and how they can grow to become the strong men that their situation requires,” Bryars writes. “They also offer post-abortion healing to men who have had a child aborted in their past – an untold yet painful part of the overall abortion tragedy.”

While men are still largely on the outside looking in, an author of a book about men and abortion sees hope.

“Today, many fathers facing an unplanned pregnancy are still shrugging their shoulders,” Kirk Walden wrote. “But…at pregnancy help centers everywhere, dads are making a comeback.”