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Unity and Name Calling Within the Pro-Life Movement

Unity and Name Calling

In so many ways, the pro-life movement seems to be winning. We are passing multiple pro-life laws at the state level, attacking legalized abortion from many different angles. Abortion facilities are closing all over the country, while new pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, and pro-life women’s health clinics are popping up all over. We’re helping mothers in need, we’re reaching the youth (who are more likely to be pro-life than previous generations) and we’re helping abortion facility workers leave the industry in record numbers. We’re defunding Planned Parenthood and outlawing late-term abortion. Science is on our side too, with amazingly detailed sonograms, successful in-utero surgeries, and premature birth survival rates increasing everyday.

 

As Vice President Mike Pence declared at the 2017 March for Life, “Life is winning in America”.

 

So why does it often seem like we’re losing? I think one of the biggest obstacles to pro-life successes is our pro-life infighting. This is not only counter-productive to accomplishing our end goal of abolishing abortion, but it’s also scandalous.

 

There are all kinds of disagreements within the pro-life movement: should we take an incremental approach, or a complete abolition of abortion approach, or something in between? Should we focus on the unborn baby, or the mother, or on abortion facility regulations? Should we pass laws we know are constitutional and will be upheld in court, or should we push the envelope and pass laws that are currently unconstitutional, hoping the Court will rule differently and uphold them? Should we pass laws that contain exceptions for rape, incest, or life of the mother? Can one be a pro-life feminist or are the two mutually exclusive? Should we use images of aborted children in front of abortion facilities? What is the best approach to sidewalk counseling? Should we include other issues under the banner of being pro-life – euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and cloning usually count, but what about contraception, human trafficking, the death penalty, war, gun control, etc? What issues come under the umbrella pro-life? Who decides? We even argue over langue: abortion facilities or clinics or mills? Pregnancy resource centers or crisis pregnancy centers? The list goes on and on and on.

 

Discussions and disagreements about policy, about language, about our approach to this issue, have their place when they are constructive, and indeed can help us continue to evolve and move forward more effectively. The problem is when we let our policy disagreements turn personal. When we start attacking each other, we have lost sight of what we should be focusing on, and the enemy has won. I have seen this happen a lot in the pro-life movement: calling those we disagree with “fake pro-lifers”, as if there really were such a thing, or even worse, calling pro-life advocates “pro-abortion” just because you disagree on approach (this happened to me just a few weeks ago!). There have been recent discussions about who is pro-life enough and others have stated the need to “purg[e] the movement of the cancers” of those in the pro-life movement who they disagree with.

 

This is outrageous. We must stop this childish name calling, these petty personal attacks. We must stop putting each other down. I’m reminded of the old childhood adage: “if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Let’s apply this to others in the pro-life movement, even those we disagree with. Yes, lives are at stake, yes, we urgently must end abortion. I absolutely agree with that, but we won’t end it any faster by name calling and putting other pro-lifers down. Disagree and discuss policies, but don’t attack people.

 

Certainly, there are problematic approaches in the pro-life movement. There are absolutely anti-Catholic groups, groups approving of violence or breaking the law, and groups that are advocating for policies that will set the movement back. I’m not naive enough to think all approaches are equal and deserve the same consideration. Harmful groups and policies should be called out as such and avoided, but preferably without the personal attacks.

 

We fight so hard for the unborn because we recognize their human dignity, because we know they are made in the image of God and worthy of protection. So why can’t we see that Imago Dei in our fellow pro-life warriors? What kind of pro-life witness are we being to those who support abortion, if we claim to love the unborn child, the least among us, but we have hatred in our hearts for others within our own movement? What kind of example are we setting when we say ‘love them both’ but we can’t even love those fighting this good fight along with us?

 

There is, of course, a sense of urgency in the pro-life movement, as there should be. Children are dying. I don’t want abortion to be legal for one more second, forget another day or week or month while we debate approaches and tactics and language. But it is the law of the land, and we must find ways to work within the system and around the system, as so many have been doing. Calling names, belittling others, and misrepresenting facts is not of the Lord. That is not the way He is calling us to fight this battle, and it is not the way we will win. We cannot win the rights of one group by dehumanizing those we disagree with. This goes for those who support abortion, those who perform abortions, those who have had abortions, and yes those pro-lifers we disagree with on policy and tactics. Please, before you call another pro-lifer ‘fake’, or take part in personal attacks and putting others down, stop and say a prayer for them. Then ask yourself: is what I’m about to say kind, true, and necessary? Will it help bring awareness to the humanity of the unborn, or only lead to dehumanizing others? As adults, we should be able to have healthy debates about different policy approaches without name calling, distorting the truth, and putting others down. That doesn’t help the unborn babies and it certainly doesn’t help our souls.

The late, great, Justice Antonin Scalia once said, “If you can’t disagree ardently with your colleagues about some issues of law and yet personally still be friends, get another job, for Pete’s sake,”. While he was referring to disagreements on the interpretation of law, I think this applies to those in the pro-life movement as well. Debate policies and approaches. Leave the name calling and personal attacks out of it.

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Word-FILLED Wednesday: They Chanted HAIL SATAN

Ah, the raging liberal stereotypes were alive and well at the Capitol in Austin, Texas yesterday {and the day before} in response to the second session called by Governor Rick Perry. Now currently named HB2, the new bill is identical to the bill SB5 that mob, Cecile Richards, and Mizunos killed last week. As a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin myself, I understand the behavior I witnessed last night all too well. I would have simply called it a Tuesday on the south mall at UT. Mobs and rage and irrational anger are part and parcel to the UT scene. These are the people that Cecile wants representing her cause, the destruction of the unborn under the guise of “women’s health,” carried out by women who have bought the lie that in order to be equal to men, they need to shed their uteruses.

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Hail Satan was heard behind those giving witness to life – you can hear them here. Hail Satan even trended on Twitter last night, too.

Here is a small snapshot into the past two days at the Capitol in Austin.

Pray, friends. It’s about to get more intense in Texas.

Pray for hearts to be pierced by the love that only comes from God.

And pray for State Representative Jonathan Strickland and his family who were

threatened by pro-choicers who told him “I hope you’re raped” and “I hope your daughter’s raped.”

Many feminists insist that abortion is necessary for women to participate freely and equally in society. Anyone who disagrees, they argue, has merely adopted patriarchal standards and accepted women’s ‘place’ in society. Yet this argument demonstrates how deeply the roots of sexism run in our culture. Its premise is a sexist one—that women are inferior to men and that in order to be equal, we have to change our biology to become like men—wombless and unpregnant at will. What other oppressed group in history has had to undergo surgery in order to be equal?

The opposition were so flustered that TEXAS BLUE showed up on Tuesday at the correct time, that they pouted and

whined in the Twittersphere and created an embarrassing tactic against anyone wearing blue.

Fetology is the study of, diagnosis and treatment of a human fetus as a separate patient.

Read those words again. Separate Patient. Fetology didn’t exist in 1973 when Roe vs. Wade decision was made.

What’s beneath the surface level mantras? Watch the video and see.

An airplane with the message “STANDWITHWENDY”

Eyewitness account: I want to share my story from the rally on 7/1. I went to the Capitol grounds, found a shaded place on the sidewalk, and knelt down and started praying the rosary and the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. As I was praying, a women in orange came up to me and started to hassle me and tried to give me a metal clothes hanger. I ignored her and a courageous man came to my defense and she backed off.
However, what I found most disturbing was a man telling a mother of 3 (in the presence of her children), “Why don’t you put pictures of dead women who died from botched abortions in back alleyways?!” His tone was full of anger and hate. All the mother was doing was putting together a sign for her and her children to carry around in support of life. I was so inspired by this mother and her 3 children.
Those who understand how the process goes, know that you have to be prepared to drop everything and head to the Capitol once information is known. Originally planned to show up at noon on July 2, news changed abruptly and folks needed to get down there at 9 a.m. – on short notice, TEXAS BLUE folks made the trek to register their presence and sign up to give testimony.

If the fetus you save is gay, would you still fight for it?
Yes.

 

Here is video of what it sounded last night just before we left.

To keep up to date with what’s going on, please visit Texas Alliance for Life’s Facebook fan page. #Stand4Life, y’all!

SOUND OFF: If you were there, what was your experience like? Share with us, TEXAS blue!

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We Will Remember: How Being Chained to An Abortion Table Saved a Life

This month marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Once again on January 22nd, tens of thousands will march on Washington to commemorate the little ones whose blood drenches our poor country. We will march and pray for an end to the American holocaust – and we will remember. We must remember because memory is the gift future generations give to the martyred victims of the past.

In his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize lecture, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel emphasized the importance of remembering even when memories are so painful one longs to forget. He reminded his listeners of a Jewish historian, Shimon Dubnov who exhorted his companions in the Riga ghetto, most of whom were killed under the Third Reich’s policy of racial genocide, to “write it all down.” Wiesel tells us:

Overnight, countless victims became chroniclers and historians in the ghettos, even in the death camps. Even members of the Sonderkommandos, those inmates forced to burn their fellow inmates’ corpses before being burned in turn, left behind extraordinary documents. To testify became an obsession. They left us poems and letters, diaries and fragments of novels, some known throughout the world, others still unpublished.

The response to great atrocities, whether the Holocaust during World War II, the Rwandan massacres, or our own American Abortion Holocaust must be to remember. As Wiesel said, “We must remember the suffering…[and] struggle to invent a thousand and one reasons to hope.” The stories, especially those of hope,  not only respect the victims of the past, they give courage to new generations fighting to overcome the darkness of the present.

And so, I have a story to tell, a story of hope, a thirty-five year old story from the early days of the abortion holocaust when a handful of activists were trying to wake up the country, but primarily trying to save babies, one at a time, from the extermination camps on American soil.

My story begins on a hot July morning in 1977, a decade before the large protests of Operation Rescue in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Small groups of pro-lifers were “sitting in” at abortion mills around the country trying to save the babies in danger of imminent death. I was part of that early movement because, as a young mother of tiny children, my heart was wrenched by the murder of babies I considered siblings to my own. And so our little band went to the abortion mill of a man instrumental in overturning Washington, D.C.’s law against abortion, a man who set the stage and helped bring about Roe v. Wade.

Milan Vuitch was a Serbian immigrant, a member of the back alley butchers society who performed illegal abortions in his basement for years before legalization.While feminists portrayed illegal abortion with coat hangars, in reality many abortionists were doctors moonlighting on the side. Vuitch openly bragged about his actions and was arrested numerous times in D.C. without ever serving a  day in jail. After abortion was legalized, he simply moved his shingle from the back alley to an office building on I Street and named his mill the Laurel Clinic. But Vuitch continued to provide unsafe “back alley” services. After Roe guaranteed “safe legal abortions,” Vuitch killed two women, 17-year-old Wilma Harris in 1974 and 32-year-old Georgianna English in 1980 and he maimed many others. Vuitch, in fact, continued to be a controversial figure. In 1984, WDVM-TV won a Peabody Award for an expose by reporter Mark Feldstein showing numerous medical violations at the Laurel Clinic including filthy instruments, using questionable anesthesia drugs, and other dangerous practices. On one occasion Vuitch even sent a 17-year-old home with an incomplete abortion telling her to return with $400 before he would finish the procedure. He also instructed her not to go to the hospital, but she collapsed and was taken to the emergency room where she delivered a six-month-old premature baby who later died.

Vuitch always postured as a man holding the moral high ground claiming he only aborted for “medical reasons,” but it wasn’t true. He would abort for no reason or any reason. During the WDVM investigation, Feldstein had a female associate go for a pregnancy test using his urine. Vuitch staff told her she was, indeed, pregnant. It was all about the money!

Even before all this information came to light, Vuitch was notorious enough for our group to choose his facility for the sit-in. The plan that day included delaying our removal as long as possible giving pro-life counselors time to offer help and information to the mothers. How? By not only blocking the abortion rooms, but chaining ourselves to the tables.

We met at nearby St. Matthew’s Cathedral for Mass and prayed the mothers would choose life for their babies. Then we moved on to the “clinic” with chains and padlocks. Three women, myself included, were chained to operating tables in the abortion rooms. When asked later by media why we chained ourselves, I said the chains not only made it harder to remove us, but symbolized what abortion does to women, making them recyclable sex objects chained to the Playboy mentality.

During the sit-in one young woman left the clinic in tears. Her name was Linda and she met my friend Brigid among those picketing outside. Linda didn’t really want an abortion. Like many women, she felt forced by her circumstances. She told Brigid she knew the clinic staff were lying to her when they said the baby was “just a clump of cells.” Our presence and encouragement was all she needed to change her mind. Linda not only chose life for her baby that day, she later asked Brigid to be her little girl’s Godmother. And Baby Tee received a special gift from God. She was born on the fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22, 1978, a confirmation of life on an anniversary of death.

So on January 22nd, 2013, the 40th anniversary of one of the blackest days in American history, a blaze of birthday candles will light up a cake. Tee will be 35 years old. Her birth was the end of a chapter on the impact of the early sit-ins, but only the beginning of a chapter on life and hope. Baby Tee made visible the reason we risked arrest and went to jail. Her life was more than worth it. But that isn’t quite the end of the story. I had the privilege of babysitting for Tee one day and snapped a photo of her sitting on my son Neil’s lap, two little children beloved by God and their mothers.

A quote from the Talmud reads, “Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” The American abortion tragedy can be summed up in that quote. There are millions of stories of abortion, one for every baby killed and every baby who survives, one for every mother who chooses life and every mother who chooses death. There are stories for the abortionists and clinic workers who repent and there are stories for the pro-lifers who picket and counsel, who staff crisis pregnancy centers, and preach the truth to the culture of death.

We need to write those stories down and remember. As Elie Wiesel said, “I remember the killers, I remember the victims…. There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” And that’s why the pro-life movement will win in the end. Because those who stand for life will remember and protest. We will never give up or give in. We will never forget and we will never allow society to forget either, because to save one child is to save the whole world!

**Mary Ann Kreitzer is a co-founder of Les Femmes and the Catholic Media Coalition, organizations that defend the authentic Catholic Faith. She is a master catechist, a long-time pro-life activist, and a former Natural Family Planning teacher. She writes from the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia**

 

 

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Baby Drowned In Bucket After Failed Abortion

The new Internet outrage? A photo of a full term baby drowned in a bucket of water after a forced abortion in China. People are outraged and disgusted, as they should be. This photo has been shared countless thousands of times on facebook now and supposedly was shared at viral quantities over in China after the photo was released. You can read the full story HERE.
This is beyond disgusting. One word. Communism. This is only ONE case out of millions. Chinese mothers are being kidnapped, tied down and forced to abort their unborn. Read this woman’s story HERE.
Then if their baby still isn’t dead after all this, they drown them or shoot their heads full of poison or downright smash their skulls in and then throw them out into dumpsters like rotten garbage. Shocking isn’t it? Disgusting beyond belief? You bet. But why exactly are people so SHOCKED over this? Because that “fetus/clump of cells” is actually a BABY and not a clump of lifeless cells after all? This baby, this sweet innocent child finally put a face to this horror. Humans, being naturally compassionate, are horrified because they finally saw a snapshot of reality.
WTH people?! This is happening countless thousands of times a day all over the world. Babies, all the way to full term and even after birth are the victims of heinous crimes of violence. They are mutilated, chopped to pieces, sucked out of their mother’s wombs by vacuums, shot in the head with poison, drowned, their heads crushed, their body’s disposed of as though they were useless sacks of meat. Pro-CHOICE people are condoning this every.single.time they call themselves “pro-choice.” It’s apparently ok to murder unborn and even born children if they are inconvenient or unwanted by the parents. Infanticide is happening right now as you read this, all over the world. What do most people do? They turn a blind eye to it. They pretend like it’s not happening. They want to be politically correct and blend in with the liberal crowd who condone evil and so they call themselves “pro-choice.” More like “pro-murder-your-child-if-you-want.” They refuse to put faces to these children. They tell themselves they aren’t even human and don’t deserve the right to live. Why is it that our society of death is so shocked by this photo? A drowned baby in a bucket thrown into the corner does not even begin to show the reality of what’s really going on.

Chinese mothers can only have one child. If they get pregnant with a second the government tracks them down, kidnaps them and forcefully murders their child that they so desperately want. What do Americans do in general? They have their one or two token children and then refuse to have anymore because children are inconvenient and it means not buying that new car or house.
It means no more partying and coming home drunk and having sex with whoever you want. It means being a responsible adult.So what do they do? They convince themselves that they aren’t pregnant with a baby(even though it is scientifically proven that life begins at conception) and they go and volunteer their child’s life up for their own benefit. Some might say “the baby is only a couple weeks old…It can’t feel pain.” Umm…Can you prove that? And even if the child can’t feel pain, does that condone murder? Oh and just so you know, it is not uncommon for women in the USA to have abortions all the way into the third trimester.

The only difference between China and ourselves is that we are not YET forced to have an abortion – thank God! – but babies are still being murdered the same way and thrown into dumpsters, regardless. Don’t be fooled though because that is the path we are heading down very quickly. Obama has tricked so many fools. He is trying to get the HHS Mandate passed and it will be a huge step towards communism. The government is trying to force us all to pay for abortions, sterilization and birth control(which is also an abortifacient) because he has no morals and these children have no faces to him. He wants to be sure we have blood on our hands right along with him. This goes way beyond “affordable health-care for women.” This is just plain evil. Anyone who does not see this forces their eyes closed and covers their ears, screaming “it’s not true, it isn’t happening.” Obama is trying to force YOU to pay for that baby to be drowned. Obama is trying to force you to pay for that baby’s head to be injected with poison or his/her head smashed in. I, for one, would rather not have health-care at all then know that I knowingly put even a penny towards the murder of a child. I don’t want to face God and tell him that it was too “inconvenient” to stand up and fight for these children and that it was much easier to bow down, kiss Obama’s a** and pay for these demonic baby-slaying abortions. Yes, you’ve been horribly lied to. There is absolutely nothing in any way shape or form that is good about Obama-care. If you have any morals at all you will absolutely NOT support the HHS Mandate or any of the evil things our president and government are trying to force down our throats. Don’t turn a blind eye to what is really going on not only in our country but other’s like China. Be the first to stand up for the basic human rights of these children – LIFE!

Please do be horrified by this picture and please let this be a wake up call. This is happening in your own town, right down the street from you. Every time you call yourself “pro-choice” you are telling the world that you believe a woman has the right to choose whether her child lives or dies according to what she feels she wants or needs with no regard to the child. You are condoning the drowning of the full term baby in this picture. Either you are for what this picture represents or you aren’t. There is NO grey area here. DO NOT support abortion in any way, shape or form and that includes calling yourself pro-choice or giving your money to anybody/thing that supports abortion. Boycott the companies who donate any amount of money to Planned Parenthood (the biggest abortion slaughterhouse in the US) to name a few big ones: SGK – Susan G.Koman breast cancer foundation, Girl Scouts, PayPal and Ebay,etc. View the list to boycott HERE.

DO NOT support China! America is a HUGE consumer of Chinese products and that money is going towards the communist government, forced abortions and slave labor. Don’t buy Chinese cr**! Thirdly, for your own good and the good of our beloved country just STOP supporting Obama and his plans of suicide and destruction. Don’t vote for him. Don’t support the HHS Mandate which is a baby slaughtering move on the government’s big ole’ chessboard. They are using you as their pawns.
Be the first to stand up and say NO! Fight for the rights of unborn children! They cannot speak for themselves and they are the current victims of the biggest ever holocaust on earth. Their silent cries go unheard because too many people turn a blind eye to their deaths.Thousands of them being brutally murdered daily but it goes unnoticed by the majority because it’s not “politically correct” to fight for them. Educate yourself on what is REALLY going on in this world and don’t let the evil surrounding us fool you. Do not let this child’s death be in vain. If enough people stand up and fight this child will have died a martyr for many others who cannot defend themselves against this horror.