Monthly Archives: October 2014

You Can Watch the Film that Raised $6 million for Pregnancy Centers Online Now




Crescendo movie screenshot



You can watch the film that raised $6 million for pregnancy centers online now (video)

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By Thaddeus Baklinski

A short pro-life film that raised almost $6 million for crisis pregnancy centers and won 15 international film festival awards, is today being launched on YouTube and available free of charge.

Crescendo won Best Short Film at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival and following the premier was shown in venues across North America and Mexico, and eventually around the world.

“We originally made this film to release on YouTube to share and promote human dignity through social media. But the response of its showing at film festivals was overwhelmingly positive, so we decided to use it as a fundraiser for pregnancy centers. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for each center that sponsors a showing of Crescendo,” said Jason Scott Jones, one of the producers of the film, at a kick-off showing of the movie at San Diego’s Culture of Life Family Services in February, 2013.

The film was written and directed by Alonzo Alvarez, and produced by Jason Jones and Eduardo Verastegui, the producer of Bella.

“Our goal with this film was to create a monument to the incomparable dignity of the human person that would transcend time and culture,” said Jones.

Pattie Mallette, the mother of pop singer Justin Bieber, and president of Noble Pictures, served as the executive producer of the film.

Crescendo is a celebration of the strength, beauty, fortitude and dignity of women,” Mallette said.

Mallette became involved with the crisis pregnancy center fundraising potential of Crescendo due to her own experience of finding herself pregnant with Justin and being pressured to abort. But she rejected that pressure and turned to a crisis pregnancy center instead, saying that the compassion and help she received there “saved their lives.”

“My hope through this involvement is to encourage young women all over the world, just like me, to let them know that there is a place to go, people who will take care of you and a safe home to live in if you are pregnant and think you have nowhere else to turn,” Mallette said.

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“Professionally, a masterpiece…Morally and spiritually, one of the most powerful tools the pro-life movement has…I have made it a personal crusade to make sure people see Crescendo,” Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said after seeing the movie.

According to Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and a pro-life activist, Crescendo touches the heart and soul of life’s bittersweet song with a powerful promise that if the notes are left in God’s hand, He will create a masterpiece.”

More information about the movie is available at


Want Birth Control Without the Cancer? Try Natural Family Planning



Want birth control without the cancer? Try Natural Family Planning (video)

Dustin Siggins 

By Dustin Siggins

Remember Natural Family Planning (NFP)? It’s the old-timey thing the Catholic Church tells people to do if they want to space out their children, which has largely been abandoned in today’s culture of debauchery and contraceptives.

In a new video, however, the Population Research Institute points to how NFP provides more benefits than contraceptives, with none of the health effects and none of the financial costs. Best of all, of course, it encourages a couple to come closer — not have artificial separation between themselves during the unitive sexual act.

Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher told LifeSiteNews that “our video is meant to remind young-couples using NFP that they are not alone. We understand the method may be frustrating at times, but we seek to remind young couples that organic fertility management is free, without side-effects, secure from outside control, and has emotional relationship benefits.”

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Looks like “old-timey” is becoming “retro.”

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The Mid-Term Elections and Those Who are “Extremely” or “Very Likely” to Vote

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The mid-term elections and those who are “extremely” or “very likely” to vote

 By Dave Andrusko

motivatedtovote2In composing an absolutely withering column in which she crushed President Obama, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan started with this: “No one knows what’s going to happen next week, never mind Nov. 4.”

True enough, we don’t. But, then again, we could never know 11 days out whether there will be a huge turnover in Senate in any election. Too many races are going to be decided by a point or two and the winners of a couple (Louisiana and Georgia come to mind) may not reach the 50% threshold, thus requiring runoffs.

But that competitiveness means that the pro-life “increment” is more important than ever. You’d never know it by media accounts, but in most elections the advantage among single issue voters enjoyed by the pro-life candidate over the pro-abortion candidate is 2% to 4%. In close elections, this advantage is huge!

NRL News Today writes regularly about the dismal effect President Obama’s plummeting job approval numbers are having on Democrats. But the impact may be even more drastic that we might first imagine.

Yesterday, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote about a new AP-GfK poll. Not only did a meager 17% of likely voters in that survey say they “strongly approve” of Obama, just 9% said they are “enthusiastic” about the Obama administration.

This is part and parcel of the most famous idioms of this election cycle, the “enthusiasm gap.” Republicans are much more like to vote November 4 than are their Democratic counterparts.

But there’s an additional twist that came from Gallup today, talking about the extra enthusiasm of those who identify with the Tea Party. This is important, as Frank Newport tells us at the end, because “most Tea Party supporters are Republicans or Republican leaners” and it is “unlikely that they will be voting for anyone other than a Republican candidate.”

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Newport tells us that 73% of self-identifying Tea Party supporters are very or extremely motivated to vote in the midterms. This compares to 57% of other Republicans to only 42% of “non-Republicans,” which (to only state the obvious) presumably would include Democrats.

It would be interesting if Gallup both separated out pro- and anti-life likely voters and reported what percentage of each was “extremely or very motivated” to vote. I’m confident the results would bear out that pro-lifers are more motivated to vote and that post-election polling would reveal that indeed they did!

Contraceptive Chemicals in the Water Supply Nearly Made the Minnow Extinct: Study


Contraceptive chemicals in the water supply nearly made the minnow extinct: Study

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By Thaddeus Baklinski

Birth control does not just reduce the fertility of humans; it also saps the ability of fish to reproduce. So many birth control chemicals have ended up in Canadians waters that they may cause the fathead minnow to go extinct, researchers warn.

A new study, which was published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B on October 13, found that introducing the common birth control pill drug 17α-ethynyloestradiol (EE2) into a lake at a level similar to levels that have been found in treated sewage water, led to the near total extermination of the lake’s population of fathead minnows, because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.

A Canadian research team has published a report on a study they initiated in 2001 that provides conclusive evidence that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in already-treated municipal sewage directly affects the reproductive success of fish. They specifically mention the synthetic estrogen used in the birth control pill.

In 2001 to 2003, a group led by University of New Brunswick ecotoxicologist Karen Kidd spiked the water of a lake in the Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario.

The most alarming finding was that the lake’s population of the common fathead minnow plummeted from thousands to almost zero, because the estrogen so thoroughly disrupted the minnow’s reproductive abilities.

“Right away, the male fish started to respond to the estrogen exposure by producing egg yolk proteins and shortly after that they started to develop eggs,” Kidd said in a Canadian Press report. “They were being feminized.”

“It was really unexpected that they would react so quickly and so dramatically,” she said. “The crash in the population was very evident and very dramatic, and very rapid, and related directly to the estrogen addition.”

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While the study found that “algal, microbial, zooplankton and benthic invertebrate communities showed no declines in abundance during three summers of EE2 additions,” the research team observed that the body condition of male lake trout and of male and female white suckers declined as a direct effect of the introduction of the hormone

Once the minnow population crashed, the lake trout numbers also declined by more than 40 percent.

The study also noted that insect populations exploded when there were no more minnows to feed on the emerging larvae.

However, Dr. Kidd reported that once the synthetic estrogen – which scientists introduced at a level of six parts per trillion – was no longer present in the lake, the minnow population was able to recover.

The study concluded that while the introduction of estrogen into the small lake had disastrous effects on the ecosystem of the lake, the small scale of the research may lead to an underestimation of the true consequences of hormonal water pollution on the environment and on the people who use the water.

“Our results demonstrate that small-scale studies focusing solely on direct effects are likely to underestimate the true environmental impacts of estrogens in municipal wastewaters and provide further evidence of the value of whole-ecosystem experiments for understanding indirect effects of EDCs and other aquatic stressors,” the study report stated.

Numerous other studies have linked water pollution from hormonal contraceptives, which currently pass right through sewage treatment plants, to everything from the feminization of male fish to rising human male fertility problems.

Writing in Forbes magazine in 2012, British economist Tim Worstall suggested that the government should tax contraception to pay for the costs of upgrading and operating sewage treatment facilities to remove the hormones.

Using the “standard logic that the polluter should pay,” Worstall said that just as “BP has to pay to clean up the waters of the Gulf after Macondo … women who take the contraceptive pill should pay £1,000 ($1,500) a year more in tax. It is women taking the contraceptive pill who are causing this pollution…This really is pollution and yes, we do have this general assumption that the polluter should pay for having polluted.”

Worstall posited that, “We cannot charge BP for killing fishies through pollution if we don’t also charge others who kill fishies through pollution, can we?”

The pill pollutes; thus, those who use the pill should pay the costs of their pollution,” he concluded.

The abstract of the University of New Brunswick study by Dr. Karen Kidd titled “Direct and indirect responses of a freshwater food web to a potent synthetic oestrogen” is available here.


Kasich Works for Women – NOT Planned Parenthood

Kasich Works for Women – NOT Planned Parenthood

Katherine Franklin, Director of Communications

Gov. Kasich’s recent pro-woman commercial has ruffled the feathers of abortion advocates who believe that women have one narrow interest when it comes to voting: aborting children.

Really, Gov. Kasich’s commercial demonstrates the extraordinary lengths he has gone to ensure that women are empowered and healthy in our state.

John Kasich – “A Better Prescription for Women”

Whether by fighting human trafficking, ensuring that women have health insurance, or increasing funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings, Gov. Kasich exemplifies the compassion of a truly pro-life leader.

It’s no wonder women prefer Gov. Kasich to pro-abortion Ed FitzGerald by a double-digit lead.

But one pro-abortion group petulantly claims that this ad is “laughable.”  What’s so laughable about opposing human trafficking and supporting access to cancer screenings?

For the last year, the pro-abortion side has attempted to incite panic among women, insisting that women will be left without access to health care and important cancer screenings because taxpayer-funding to Planned Parenthood was cut last year.

But women aren’t buying it.

  1. Kasich works for women – NOT Big Abortion. NOT Planned Parenthood.

Our governor has continued to address women’s non-abortion-related health concerns while simultaneously standing by the health and safety of women and their children at abortion mills, undermining the false pro-abortion dichotomy that says one cannot be both pro-life and pro-woman.

We continue to thank Governor Kasich for standing behind the multiple Ohio Right to Life endorsed laws that have saved lives across our state in the last few years:

  • Late-term abortion ban

  • Judicial bypass revision
  • Ban on abortion in public hospitals
  • Ban on abortion insurance coverage for local employees
  • Federal abstinence grant application
  • Pro-life student group protection
  • Abortion insurance coverage prevention
  • Re-prioritization of family planning funding away from Planned Parenthood
  • Heartbeat Informed Consent
  • Ban on transfer agreements between abortion clinics and taxpayer-funded hospitals
  • Strengthening of abortion clinic regulations

Founded in 1967, Ohio Right to Life, with more than 45 local chapters, is Ohio’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement in Ohio, ORTL works through legislation and education to promote and defend innocent human life from conception to natural death.  


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Pro-life Grassroots army Knocked on their 300,000th door and made their 350,000th Live Phone Call.

I just wanted to let you know that today our pro-life grassroots army knocked on their 300,000th door and made their 350,000th live phone call. They’re not having conversations with just any voters – instead, we’re reaching pro-life voters who do not normally vote in mid-term election years.

These are pro-lifers who need an extra “push” to the polls.

This targeted, large-scale effort is unprecedented in the pro-life movement!

Pro-life candidates are climbing in the polls, but each of our key races is within the margin of error. And it is our efforts in the next 18 DAYS that can provide the margin needed to win.

On Tuesday night on Fox News’ Special Report, George Will emphasized that get-out-the-vote operations, like Women Speak Out PAC’s ground campaign, may be the most important element to winning in November given how close these races are.

>> Donate Now to the pro-life movement’s biggest “boots-on-the-ground” campaign so we can kick Harry Reid and his allies OUT of power… and replace them with strong pro-life leaders!

Together, we can elect pro-life champions so we can pass laws that save lives.

Please keep our efforts in your prayers. And donate now to keep our young, energetic pro-life grassroots army knocking on doors and engaging voters face-to-face to win essential Senate seats this November!

For life,

Marjorie Dannenfelser
Women Speak Out PAC

Donations can also be mailed to Women Speak Out PAC, 1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036

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The Tiny Heart that Beats in the Body of an Unborn Baby

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Your “Heart” for Our Cause Can Save a Baby’s Heart . . . and Her Life!

There is a miracle beating inside of you – your heart. 

If you live to an average age, it will beat almost three billion times, giving life, energy and vitality to your body and brain, an essential part of who you are.

But the tiny heart that beats in the body of an unborn baby?  Abortion advocates want to snuff it out.

Standard abortions don’t occur until after the heart starts to beat at 18 to 21 days, so literally every abortion stops a beating heart.

That beautiful heart is destroyed, crushed, or torn to pieces in every abortion, along with the innocent child who possesses it. 

The tiny heart that beats in the body of an unborn baby?  Abortion advocates want to snuff it out.

This fact has made the theme “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart” one of the most powerfully persuasive themes in the history of the Right to Life movement.  Now we have a tremendous opportunity to get that theme into millions of American households . . . but we need your help to do it!

National Right to Life is about to begin a nationwide run of educational radio ads on the theme “Abortion Stops a Beating Heart.”  You can hear this impactful ad here.

Literally millions of Americans will hear these ads – they will save lives! 


But right now, we need your help.  We’ve planned a radio buy of almost $300,000 to begin soon, but so far have raised only a little more than $100,000 of that.

But here’s the good news:  The ads are educational, so your gift to our education fund to run them is fully tax-deductible.  And we’re starting our drive for the remaining $180,000 we need with a $30,000 Challenge Grant given by a pro-life donor who gave that generous gift in the hope it will inspire others to match portions of that $30,000 and double the impact with more radio ads!

Because we’re airing coast to coast, the average cost per ad spot is less than $25, meaning your tax-deductible donation of $50 to the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund now will directly pay for two radio ads; if you can give $100, it would pay for four ads; and $500 would buy more than 20!

We very much want to run all these ads now – in an election cycle like this, citizens are much more aware of and willing to listen to current issues like the tragedy of abortion . . . we can impact so many people right now and save many, many lives if we can run the full campaign!

But our deadline to pay for the ads is Tuesday, so please help immediately.

Thank you very much for anything you can do.  Your gift today can touch the heart of a woman considering abortion, or teach a young person the truth about the developing unborn baby . . . but most important of all, it can help save a life!

Carol Tobias

National Right to Life


Joni Eareckson Tada to Brittany Maynard: doctor-assisted suicide is neither highly personal nor private

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Joni Eareckson Tada to Brittany Maynard: doctor-assisted suicide is neither highly personal nor private

By Dave Andrusko Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada

There are motivational speakers, and motivational speakers, and then there is Joni Eareckson Tada. Although it’s now 14 years, I remember like it was yesterday watching Joni speak to the 2000 convention in Crystal City, Virginia. Few people then or now can talk as Joni can about finding meaning even in the darkest times; about not succumbing when circumstances and, perhaps, many around you “understand” how giving up (suicide) an “understandable response.” is For those who may not know Joni’s story, in 1967 she was severely injured in a diving accident. She has lived—thrived– all these years as a quadriplegic. But those two sentences don’t begin to tell you what she’s been through. Joni is a remarkable woman, a disability rights activist whose ministry “Joni and Friends” has an inspiration to millions for decades. That’s why when Joni wrote to Brittany Maynard, in the form of an essay for Religious News Service, I paid attention. As most of you know, Maynard announced that she will be “assisted” to die November 1. She is simultaneously adamant that she is not committing suicide. As the Orange County Register put it so reassuringly, “She’ll be with her husband, mother, stepfather and best friends. At some point, she will drink a cup of water infused with a physician-prescribed drug and drift into a deep sleep from which she does not plan to wake.” It comes as absolutely no surprise that Compassion & Choices (in a previous life the Hemlock Society) has latched on to beautiful young woman diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor and given only a few months to live. The 29-year-old has already become the lovely “face” of the pro-assisted suicide movement, including on the cover of People Magazine. Maynard told the magazine that there is a six-minute online video that includes interviews with Brittany her mother, Debbie Ziegler, and Dan Diaz, her husband. “In mid-October, Maynard will videotape testimony to be played for California lawmakers and voters at the appropriate time,” Nicole Weisensee Egan wrote. There have been many eloquent, passionate, heart-felt pleas to Ms. Maynard to reconsider. Many, including us, have also tried to impress the wider implications of a glamorized “end” when suicide is already the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Writes San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders Marilyn Golden of the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund in Berkeley is concerned that Maynard’s story obscures the larger picture. “For every individual with a happy family who’s not at risk for abuse, there are many other individuals who may be subtly steered toward assisted suicide by their insurance company or pressured by their family.” For every Brittany Maynard, there are others who face serious illnesses — aging, maybe — without Maynard’s extraordinary support system. Golden worries lest “profit-driven managed health care” subtly steer the sick in the direction of — what’s the word? — dignity. Asks palliative care specialist Dr. B.J. Miller, will there still be a place for “people who are sick and beyond their utilitarian function” in this new world of choice? In reprinting Joni’s column, the Washington Post headlined it, “Why Brittany Maynard’s choice to die is not personal or private.” Joni writes Brittany may think her choice is a highly personal and private one, but it is not. Already, her decision has reignited hotly contested debates as to whether physician-assisted suicide should be expanded beyond the five states where it is legal. Proponents of Brittany’s decision are already using her story as a bully pulpit to advance their so-called death-with-dignity agendas. But Joni is a devout Christian, so her plea to Brittany also includes her relationship to God “The journey Brittany — for that matter, all of us — will undertake on the other side of death is the most important venture on which we will ever embark. So it must not be disregarded or brushed aside without thinking twice about the God who alone has the right to decide when life should begin and end. … “If I could spend a few moments with Brittany before she swallows that prescription she has already filled, I would tell her how I have felt the love of Jesus strengthen and comfort me through my own cancer, chronic pain and quadriplegia.” Joni returns repeatedly to the disintegrative impact of doctor-assisted suicide, best caught in this paragraph: “This is no way to strengthen care and nurturing in society; rather, such a decision further unravels the cords of compassion that have characterized our nation for so many decades. A right to privacy is radicalized by physician-assisted suicide — it does not strengthen the common good, but only alienates, separates and dismantles us as a people who truly care for one another.” Nobody, certainly not Joni nor I, would ever minimize the gravity of Ms. Maynard’s medical condition. We would hope, nonetheless, that she would reconsider her decision to make an already terrible tragedy many times worse.



Re-experience Prenatal Life in Pro-life Doctor’s Ambitious, High-tech Crawl-in Womb


Re-experience prenatal life in pro-life doctor’s ambitious, high-tech crawl-in womb

Steve Weatherbe
Dr. Ney’s ambitious project seeks to ‘rehumanize’ the unborn child.


You crawl in to something that is part-cave and part funhouse: dark, quiet. There is a small cavity you lie in on your side, on a shallow waterbed that is comfortingly warm.

A video begins to play before you as a rhythmic throbbing permeates your space. You watch a stream of images showing conception, cell splitting and reformation – the at-first slow, then more quick growth of a human being.

In addition to the heartbeat, you are treated to a song, “Awake! O Sleeper,” performed by Irish singer Joanea Hogg. By the end of your half hour you feel a fraternal affinity for the unborn baby pictured, with his innocent, open gaze, who is now turning sleepy summersaults in evident eagerness to take on the world.

This wheeled combination of fibreglass, steel and medium-high technology is CYRYB (Can You Remember Your Baby-days?).

It is the latest fruit of the many brainstorms of Dr. Philip Ney, a Victoria B.C. psychiatrist known for his pioneer work in the rehabilitation of  troubled youth, researching the link between child abuse and abortion, offering women cash for unborn babies they would otherwise abort, and now training counsellors in 27 countries in Christ-centred group psychotherapy for those psychologically and spiritually traumatized by abortion.

The idea is to give people at least a chance to remember their time in the womb and their birth.

“When people remember their preborn life, they discover the continuity of living,” Dr. Ney said.

The project dovetails neatly with his thinking on abortion, which puts it within a cycle of abuse and dehumanization. He argues that people who have been abused as children find it easier to abuse or abort their own children.

“When people are dehumanized it is so much easier to torture, enslave, murder, abandon, scapegoat and abort them,” he says.

But “because this experience [CYRYB] evokes memories of life and thought before birth, it rehumanizes the preborn baby.”

Not everyone will manage to recover prenatal memories, Dr. Ney admits, but everyone will come away from CYRYB with a greater appreciation of the beginning of human life. He sees newly pregnant women and their husbands and mothers and children going through (two can go in at the same time). “Couple bonding and parent-infant bonding is deepened when this remarkable experience is done in pairs.”

Housed in a 13-ft. by 8-ft. by 10-ft. trailer, CYRYB is designed to be easily towed behind a car or truck to a church or school parking lot, and to be built by handy pro-lifers around the world for a cost of $15,000 to $20,000 in parts.

Dr. Ney offers the plans to anyone for a nominal fee. “I want God to get the credit,” Dr. Ney told LifeSiteNews.

Among other projects Ney has ongoing are: Horizons Unbound Rehabilation and Training Society (HURTS), which helps teens recover from substance abuse while cruising aboard a 72-ft. schooner; Mount Joy College, for training counsellors and trainers in post-abortive psychotherapy; and the International Hope Alive Counsellors Association (IHACA), which is holding its 12th annual conference in Warsaw this week.


Lawsuit Seeks Human Rights for Chimps, While Unborn Babies Have None


Lawsuit Seeks Human Rights for Chimps, While Unborn Babies Have None

by Wesley J. Smith | Washington, DC | | 10/10/14 12:31 PM<!–


The New York case that seeks to morph chimps from higher mammals into persons has reached the Court of Appeals. (Imagine the laughter if I’d written that sentence twenty years ago. Never say, “It can’t happen here”!)

The case involves Tommy the Chimp, which–not who–is being kept in allegedly neglectful and abusive conditions by Tommy’s owner who–not which–runs a roadside zoo. If the chimp is not being cared for properly, the proper response is to alert authorities to remedy the wrong.

chimpBut animal rights attorney Steven Wise isn’t that interested in the abuse or neglect angle. From the Yahoo News story:

One of the judges said the state has laws to protect animals from mistreatment and suggested they might be a more appropriate avenue to ensure Tommy’s welfare.

But Wise said the case is not about well-being, but unlawful imprisonment.

“What about the detention makes it unlawful?” asked Presiding Justice Karen Peters.

“Keeping a legal person in solitary confinement in a cage is unlawful,” Wise replied.

Wise is exploiting Tommy just as much as those against whom he brings litigation; to serve his ideological blitzkrieg against human exceptionalism.

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Out of his own mouth: Proper welfare standards and care have nothing to do with it. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.