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Truth is Always Greater than the Illusion of Truth

NRL News Today

Truth is always greater than the illusion of truth

By Jean Garton

Editor’s note. This appears in the newest digital edition of National Right to Life News. You can read the entire issue at







Christmas is in the air … and in shop windows … and in hotel lobbies. Wreathes decorate doors, Santa posters are everywhere, life size wooden reindeer grace front yards filled with cotton snow, and familiar Christmas hymns play in shops and restaurants.

That probably sounds like the same old, same old, that we see in American neighborhoods every year … except it isn’t.

All of this is happening in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, a Communist and Buddhist country. Such decorations began to appear only four or five years ago, and they grow bigger and better each holiday season.

Of course, there is something missing from the decorations: there are no mangers, no creches, no Baby. The Birthday Boy is not part of the celebration.

As I have observed here first hand (and in the U.S.) the growing acceptance of Christmas without the Christ Child, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the acceptance of abortion in the U.S. In the nearly 43 year discussion about abortion, too often the human being with the most at stake – the innocent, defenseless baby – is left out of the picture.

Unborn babies are missing in slogans, such as the one that says, “Black Lives Matter.” The truth is, to the abortion industry, “Only Some Black Lives Matter.” The Black population is targeted by the abortion movement so that, for instance, in New York City more black babies are aborted than are born. Countrywide the percentage of abortions in the Black Community far outweighs the percentage of Blacks in the general population.

Unborn babies are missing in ads, such as the one that played worldwide at the time of the Conference on Climate Change that says: “The most important number you’ve never heard about is – 2 degrees.” (That is the aim of some for reducing the planet’s temperature by “2 degrees.”) The most important number most Americans have never heard about is that the population of the U.S. has been reduced by the abortion of more than 57 million unborn children since abortion was made legal in all 50 States in 1973.

Unborn babies are missing in common sense appeals to Americans that say, “If you see something, say something.” That is a wise reminder after the current terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino. However, if pro-lifers “say something” about the humanity of the unborn child, they are accused of racism, sexism, and, of denying women their constitutional right.

Unborn babies are missing in rhetoric, such as the so-called “War on Women.” It claims that any pro-life attempt to protect unborn children places an “undue burden” on women’s freedom and women’s choice. Yet, increasingly sex-selection abortions are performed with females chosen for destruction more often than are males.

Despite all of this, the Pro-Life movement has, indeed, “moved mountains.”

* The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tell us that the number of abortions are continuing to drop–by 4.2% in 2012.

* The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a major abortion case — Whole Women’s Health v. Cole.

* The abortion rate has halved since 1974 according to the Centers for Disease Control.

* Pro-life legislators in the Congress have become more vocal and active in seeking change relating to abortions.

* Individual states have enacted over 200 regulations in the past four years alone which protect the well-being of women and recognize the ability of unborn children to experience pain.

* A large number of Republican presidential candidates are well-informed and outspoken on the life issues.

* Even our well-financed opposition concedes that younger Americans are more pro-life than ever before.

After nearly 43 years of legalized abortion, while the numbers have changed, the victims have changed, the procedures have changed, so, too, have millions of minds been changed by the work, witness and education of pro-life citizens in every state of the Union.

The evidence is in: Truth is always greater than the illusion of truth.

Editor’s note. Jean Garton is author of the pro-life classic, Who Broke the Baby?


National Right to Life Academy Empowers Pro-life College Students to Make a Difference

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National Right to Life Academy empowers pro-life college students to make a difference

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Recently, we marked 60 years since Rosa Parks boldly refused to give up her bus seat. Her courageous act had a tremendous ripple effect nationwide, changing hearts and minds and inspiring others to get involved in the cause for civil rights. Her story reminds each of us that one person’s activism can have a huge impact.

The National Right to Life Academy, a five-week summer program held at NRLC’s DC headquarters, trains pro-life student activists to become effective advocates for life. The ripple effect of the program’s graduates can be felt across the country.

Over the five weeks of the program, pro-life students learn from the foremost leaders in the pro-life movement on a variety of topics, including abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, Planned Parenthood, legislative strategy, lobbying, politics, communication, grassroots organizing, social media, and more.

Graduates of the program are currently working for state pro-life groups, starting local right-to-life chapters, aiding in the efforts of crisis pregnancy centers and bringing a pro-life perspective to their workplaces in the medical, legal, and social work fields.

Notable graduates include John Seago, the legislative director for Texas Right to Life. John was instrumental in the passage of the Texas pro-life omnibus bill HB-2.

Chelsea Shields currently serves as the legislative/PAC director for Wisconsin Right to Life. She testified before a legislative committee on Wisconsin’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was ultimately passed and signed into law.

Since his graduation from the program in 2014, Brock Schmeling went on to become the executive director of North Dakota Right to Life. Brock also serves on the National Right to Life Board of Directors representing North Dakota.

Lacey Dent serves on the board of West Virginians for Life and heads up a county chapter in Tucker County, West Virginia. Lacey is also a frequent pro-life speaker in her home state.







Students interested in participating in the 2016 summer program, which will run July 7th through August 12th, should email the Program Director Andrew Bair at or call 202-626-8809. More information is also available at

Tuition for the program is $3,600 and includes the cost of the program itself, housing in downtown Washington, DC, and registration/lodging at the National Right to Life Convention. Scholarships may be available!

The National Right to Life Academy is focused on equipping young pro-life leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to put their pro-life passion to work. The efforts of just one person can make an incredible difference. And with an estimated 58 million lives lost since 1973, now is the time for each one of us to stand up and be a voice for the voiceless.

Apply Today!


Day of Prayer & Healing Retreat

         Entering Canaan

     Day of Prayer & Healing Retreat

 For women suffering from a past abortion


Saturday, January 16, 2016

“…and in the desert people of faith are needed who, with their own lives, point out the way to the Promised Land and keep hope alive.” Pope Benedict XVI


Come begin your healing journey and experience

God’s hope and mercy!

 $25 (includes lunch); scholarships available

Pre-registration required

For further information and confidential registration:

Email:           Phone: 419-260-5811


One Hour for the Christ Child This Saturday 12/19!

Friends for Life:


What a wonderful time of year Advent is! For many of you I’m sure you may feel busy and maybe even a little stressed getting ready for all things Christmas, but for just one moment – close your eyes and reflect: God became man. God became a baby.

While we reflect on that awesome, amazing, life-changing, world-altering reality of God becoming a vulnerable child I pray that you might consider joining me as we stand to protect other vulnerable children this Advent Season.

This Saturday December 19 at 12:30 p.m. we’ll gather at 1160 W. Sylvania Ave., Toledo to pray for an hour in honor of the Christ Child at Capital Care, Toledo’s last remaining abortion facility. Nick De La Torre from OF THE TOWER will join us to lead us in song, and Fr. Jeff Walker from St. Rose in Perrysburg will also join us to lead us in prayer.

Please consider joining us to pray and honor the dignity of every human life there – from the abortion doctor, to the nurses, to the unborn children in danger of abortion. We especially pray for “D” who we encountered this week who is planning on having an abortion on Saturday. Pray that our pro-life, pro-peace, pro-joy witness may convince her to choose life!!! Join us to pray!

Let His Kingdom Come,



For more information contact Respect Life Program Coordinator Peter Range at:


Join Fr. Frank in Washington, DC for Planned Parenthood Rally, January 21

Planned Parenthood #PrayPP Rally

Join Fr. Frank in Washington DC on Thursday, January 21


December 16, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Every year, on the day before the March for Life, I am joined by other national leaders in organizing a prayer rally at the Washington, DC Planned Parenthood.

This year, it’s at a new location.

Please join me and other leaders to pray from 9am to 10:30 am on Thursday, January 21. Please spread the word on social media using the hashtags #PrayPP and #ProtestPP.

Event: #PrayPP and #ProtestPP Rally

Where: Planned Parenthood construction site, 1225 4th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

When: Thursday, January 21, 9:00 a.m.

Prior to and after that date, please join in the prayer campaign against the evils of Planned Parenthood. See for the texts of those prayers.

Let’s show Planned Parenthood and our nation’s lawmakers that we will intensify and sustain our protest against the evils of which Planned Parenthood is guilty. At the rally we will talk about how to have sustained protests against Planned Parenthood throughout the year in your local communities!


Fr. Frank Pavone


Priests for Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: 888-PFL-3448
Fax: 718-980-6515

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Jahi McMath’s Father Sues Hospital for Trying to Kill his Daughter


Jahi McMath’s father sues hospital for trying to kill his daughter


Fr. Mark Hodges

OAKLAND, California, December 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – 13-year-old Jahi McMath went into cardiac arrest after a routine tonsillectomy in 2013. Jahi was in oxygen-deprived cardiac arrest for two hours, causing brain damage. Though Jahi lived, her doctors said she was “brain-dead,” and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Alameda County officials issued a death certificate.

Since Jahi has been declared “dead,” insurance no longer covers her health care.

Jahi’s mother, Nailah Winkfield, sued Jahi’s doctor, Dr. Frederick Rosen, for failing to tell her that Jahi’s surgery would be “complex and risky” due to Jahi’s susceptibility to heavy bleeding and for failing to share that risk with nurses taking care of her recovery after surgery.

Jahi began coughing up blood the morning after the surgery; the nurses didn’t know she had a risk of serious hemorrhage. The nurses told Nailah Winkfield that Jahi’s bleeding was “normal.” One nurse even used a suction device to clear the bleeding. Eventually, Jahi’s heart stopped, causing brain damage.

Now, Jahi’s biological father, Milton McMath, has sued as well.

Jahi caught the attention of the media when her mother refused to take her off life support. The Winkfields removed Jahi from Oakland to New Jersey, where she continues to live and her vitals are strong.

The Winkfields note that Jahi’s heart is beating on its own, and her organs are not failing, as would be the case if she were brain-dead. They have released several videos showing Jahi moving and reacting to stimuli.

In October, a judge ruled that Jahi’s family could present evidence to determine if she is alive or dead. If dead, the suit would be for wrongful death, with a maximum of $250,000 for damages.

If Jahi is declared legally alive, the lawsuit could be for many millions of dollars.