Archive for November, 2010
From the Elliot Institute:
Children whose mothers had a previous abortion were more likely to be born prematurely, putting them at greater risk for problems such as low-birth weight (which has been linked to physical and developmental problems), epilepsy, autism, mental retardation and cerebral palsy. A research team looking at data from 2002 estimated that prior abortions led to 1,096 cases of cerebral palsy among babies born prematurely that year.
Here’s the new GAP sign we have been using to highlight this link:
When I started this blog earlier this year, one goal was to give you the very best pro-life information and analysis. Not the daily news that will be forgotten in a month or so, but the stuff that really matters. As a measure of our success, FAB was recently recognized as the best pro-life blog in all of Karns!
But this is more than a pro-life blog. As politically active patriots, we share many interests that FAB touches on every now and then. As it turns out, FAB provides expert economic analysis as well as pro-life commentary. You are really getting two experts for the price of one! On September 9, FAB wrote:
The ultimate cause of the economic conflagration was the widespread belief that this economic gravy train—25+ years of Reagan-Bush recovery—would never end. This belief caused people throw caution to the wind. They took on way too much debt to buy bigger and bigger houses and other stuff they didn’t need and couldn’t afford. Lenders lent money to people who couldn’t afford to pay it back. Corporations focused on short-term profits at the expense of long-term stability. It’s very tempting to throw your money around at the casino if you get the stupid idea that the game won’t let you lose.
To elaborate, the crisis wasn’t created by just one culprit, but by the cumulative effects of more and more greed that manifested itself as risky economic behaviors, especially excess debt, at all levels of society, from the household to the state house (e.g., California and New Jersey) to the halls of Congress.
Well, it appears that the New York Times has finally caught up. In Gold Fever: Pondering the Causes, NYT chief financial correspondent Floyd Norris observes:
… the problem seems to be perpetual weakness in rich economies that have been hobbled by debt foolishly taken on by people from bankers to subprime home buyers who had one thing in common: a belief that the risk of something going very wrong was all but nonexistent. (emphasis added)
My mom always said she’d rather be right than rich. Well, it seems I’ve gotten her wish.
Want some good investment advice? FAB actually stole this from Somebody Else:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)
More on the way. By the way, I’m also a Tennessee sports fan, and when we start winning football games, you’ll hear more about that as well.
The Kennesaw University Sentinel:
The University of Georgia Red and Black:
- Anti-abortion display an offensive spectacle (letter)
- Freedom of speech prevails in Tate Plaza
- Tate Plaza Abortion Display
- Abortion display offensive (letter)
- Abortions do not equal Holocaust
- Display violates University Code of Conduct
- Abortion display shows the truth (letter)
The Student Free Press
The Students for Life of America announces it’s Annual Conference:
On January 23, 2011 CBR will be at the Students for Life of America National Conference in Bethesda, Maryland. This is the largest pro-life youth conference in the nation!
The SFLA 2011 National Conference is only a few months away and we want to invite you to come out to listen to Fletcher Armstrong’s workshop and get energized and activated in your own pro-life efforts! Thanks to the generous support of Alliance Defense Fund, **from now until December 1st student registration is only $40** (after that it goes back up to $50). That is for an entire day of training given by national leaders in the pro-life movement, networking with people from your communities and across the nation as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This is an unbelievable price for a conference with this much to offer.
Even though this conference is hosted by Students for Life it is not only for students but for adults as well. Adult registration is $60 and also includes the same great training and meals.
You won’t want to miss such great speakers as Scott Klusendorf, Life Training Institute; David French, Alliance Defense Fund; Alveda King, Priests for Life; David Bereit, 40 Days for Life; former Planned Parenthood Director turned Pro-Life activist, Abby Johnson and so many more. To see the schedule go here http://studentsforlife.org/conference/conferenceschedule/
For more information about the conference go to http://studentsforlife.org/conference/ and to register go to http://www.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?e=525341b0-9616-42cd-95a4-b377c23c41b5
This is from Jane Bullington, CBR Southeast Project Director. Please pray for mom, dad, and baby.
Three Lives Saved
She walked over the hill and down the walkway, stopping to gaze at the pictures. A typical student on her way to class, or so I thought. I asked if she had any questions. “Evelyn” looked at me with teary eyes, “I’ve just come from the health clinic; I’m pregnant. I was asking for a big RED sign to tell me what to do. I almost never walk to class this way, but I did today, and here are your signs.” I hugged her and said “I think this is just the sign you are looking for; can we talk?” As we I talked, she told me her friend (on the phone) was encouraging her to keep the baby, but her boyfriend was leaning toward abortion. I asked what her parents would say. “They will be disappointed,” was the answer. I suggested to her that disappointment is often a short-lived emotion and when they hold their grand baby, it will be very different. I told her that at 6 weeks, her baby has a heartbeat, brain waves, and all his systems in place. We talked about what abortion could do to her. I gave her our papers on psychological and physical effects of abortion, so she could be well-armed when she spoke with her parents. I also gave her the phone number for the Hope Resource Center (HRC) near the campus. My parting comments were very personal. I told Evelyn I would be honored to walk with her through this pregnancy if she kept her baby and if she stayed in Knoxville throughout the pregnancy. (I later asked God to allow me this privilege.) She cried, we hugged, and she walked away.
About half an hour later, Evelyn came back and told me her boyfriend was coming to see the pictures, and she would like me to talk with him. I saw “George” approaching and introduced myself, saying I realized this was not what he expected when he woke up this morning. He grinned slightly.
I left them alone to look at the photos and talk, but I kept my eye on him the whole time. He was distant and talkative, but would not look at the pictures in any great detail. After a few minutes, they came back to me. I asked George if he had time and would he allow me to talk with him for a few minutes. He agreed and we sat down. “George, you are already a father; you have a baby. It is a tiny baby, but it is your baby.” The lines on his face immediately softened and he visibly relaxed. I basically shared all that I had told Evelyn, and said to him, “George, I don’t think Evelyn is asking you to marry her; she just wants emotional support from you. I have already told her I will be here for her the entire way, if she wants or needs my help, and I will be here for you too.” He smiled, thanked me, and said “we will be calling you a lot of times.” He stood up, took my hand, and then walked off with Evelyn, arm in arm.
The next day, I took Evelyn a copy of The Biology of Prenatal Development, a wonderful DVD showing the growth of the baby in the womb, produced by The Endowment for Human Development (www.ehd.org). She promised to view it with her surrogate dad the next weekend and seek his support. She and George had already scheduled a counseling session with an on-campus ministry chaplain, and were going to inquire about putting “their baby” in on-campus childcare next fall where she works. She hopes they can get in to see someone at HRC the next Monday, before the Thanksgiving holiday. My parting advice: “There will be ups and downs in the next few weeks, and you may have thoughts of changing your mind, but don’t do anything in a hurry. Call me before you do anything different from we have talked about, please.” She agreed, but said “George is in baby mode, and while I am still in a muddle, I know what we are going to do.” We hugged and cried again, and off she went.
Do the pictures work? Oh, yes they do! For the unborn child, for the scared mother, and for the doubtful dad.
We were saddened last week to learn of the passing of our dear friend and saint Peggy LaFreniere. Many of you may remember her as Peggy Espinda, as she was known before her recent marriage to Paul LaFreniere.
Peggy has long been a passionate defender of preborn children. She was one of the very first people in Georgia to embrace our work at CBR. For many years, we counted on Peggy to be a member of our traveling team as we took our GAP project to college campuses all over the country. In fact, she was always the first person we called, because she was always up for a road trip. She earned the respect of the students with whom she spoke, because she was both smart and compassionate. She was a joy for us as well; she never complained about the hard work nor the long hours.
There are many children alive today and families still together because of Peggy’s tireless work.
Peggy, we are much richer for knowing you. We look forward to seeing you again, in a place where “there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away (Rev. 21:4).”
CBR is flying a huge photo of abortion over Liberty University this week, so that Liberty students can learn the truth. For many of them, it will be the first time. WSET-TV has the story. Watch the video!
Most people have abortions simply because they don’t know who the unborn child is, nor do they know what abortion does. Christian youth are just as vulnerable, because “pro-life” churches are covering up the truth as effectively as everyone else. If your church is not showing abortion photos or video, babies are being lost that could have been saved.
The coverup at Christian schools is just as egregious, if not more so. The most striking examples are Notre Dame University and Liberty University, arguably the flagship universities of the Catholic and Protestant worlds, respectively. Both have prevented the display of abortion photos on their campuses. The First Amendment protects pro-life education at public universities, but not at private schools. It is mind-blowing to think that public university students know more about abortion than Christian university students.
Just a year ago, I showed abortion to a small group of maybe five Liberty University students. None had seen abortion before. One of them later wrote,
Seeing all those graphic photos and that video brought me to tears and showed me [abortion] is murder; it is wrong. I want to now fight for their lives.
I witnessed my first abortion through the images and clips by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. That has changed my view on abortion. … [After] actually seeing the results of this murder, I am pro-life because abortion is bluntly murder and should be outlawed!! I believe these pictures should be shown to change the minds of people on abortion.
Fortunately, the airspace over these universities is still free. Last year, we flew abortion photos over the Notre Dame campus.
Expect us to be more and more aggressive in educating Christians in the public spaces around their schools and churches. If abortion is to be stopped, three adverse conditions must be corrected:
- Christian people must know what abortion is and does. (They don’t.)
- Christian people must act in proportion to the injustice. (We don’t.)
- The Church must lead. (It doesn’t.)
By ourselves, we can’t do much about #2 and #3, but we will do everything we can to correct the lack of knowledge.
One of our favorite places to carry the pro-life message is the University of Georgia. We always get huge crowds, and today was no different.
The center-piece and magnet for our presentation was obviously the Pro Life on Campus GAP display on Tate Plaza. But that was just the beginning.
Add to that a poll table, in this case staffed by Toby Tatum of Georgia Right to Life. Using a simple question, “Should abortion remain legal?”, Toby was able to engage a steady stream of students
Add to that a table-top display by the Athens Pregnancy Center. Add to that a table-top display by Deeper Still, a post-abortion counseling ministry.
Add to that our Free Speech Board, where students are invited to write their comments. We (along with other students) write responses. For example, a student wrote, “Don’t judge people! You never know why they decided abortion was right for them.” I responded, “Let’s see if this works … ‘Don’t judge people. You never know why they decided owning slaves was right for them.”
Catherine Davis of Georgia Right to Life, Director of Minority Outreach at GRTL, drew huge crowds as she described how abortion providers target minoirity communities.
Great day at Kennesaw State University. This is the 3rd largest university in all of Georgia. We were priviledged to be joined by several of our friends from Georgia Right to Life who joined us for the entire day.
It’s Sunday afternoon and we are conducting our Pro Life Training Academy (PLTA) at the University of Georgia (UGa). We are encouraged by the students and community members who are attending this training.
PLTA students learn how to articulate and respectfully defend the pro-life position. On Wednesday and Thursday, PLTA students will have a unique opportunity for on-the-job training by helping staff our GAP display at Tate Plaza in the heart of the UGa campus.
In addition to training pro-life advocates, the PLTA seeks to unite pro-lifers behind common goals of education, training, and outreach. We appreciate so much the efforts of the Georgia Right to Life, Athens Area Right to Life, UGa Students for Life, the Athens Pregnancy Center, and the University Church (in Athens) to make this event a huge success!
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ProLifeTraining.
It’s Saturday morning and we are conducting our Pro Life Training Academy (PLTA) at Kennesaw State University (KSU). It’s a huge success. We’re almost standing-room-only and people are still pouring in!
Today, PLTA students (ranging in age from teenager to granny) are learning how to articulate and respectfully defend the pro-life position. Role-playing will prepare students for real encounters.
In addition to training pro-life advocates, the PLTA seeks to unite pro-lifers behind common goals of education, training, and outreach. We appreciate so much the efforts of the Georgia Right to Life, the KSU Pro-Life Ambassadors, and Cobb Pregnancy Services to make this event a huge success!
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ProLifeTraining.
This is too funny.
BTW, UT fans may note that Hitler’s respons to the GOP takeover was uncannily similar to his reaction when Lane Kiffin bolted for USC, but I don’t want to get into that.
Georgia Right to Life (GRTL) has announced that of the 104 candidates they endorsed for the November 2 elections, a whopping 90 of them won their elections. This achievement is made even more remarkable when you consider the very strict endorsement criteria employed by GRTL.
All 9 of the statewide constitutional offices on the ballot won their races. They were:
- Governor – Nathan Deal
- Lt. Governor – Casey Cagle
- Secretary of State – Brian Kemp
- Attorney General – Sam Olens
- State School Superintendent – John D. Barge
- Commissioner of Insurance – Ralph T. Hudgens
- Commissioner of Agriculture – Gary Black
- Commissioner of Labor – Mark Butler
- Public Service Commission, District 2 – Tim Echols
On average, there was a full 15% advantage given to GRTL-endorsed candidate over the next nearest pro-abortion candidate in each prospective statewide race.
We congratulate GRTL on their victories!
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