Archive for May, 2011
Tennessee Right to Life (TRL) is announcing major legislative victories in the most recent Legislature. From TRL (edited by FAB for space):
Unprecedented Pro-Life Victories: SJR 127 Wins Place on 2014 Ballot, Public Gets Vote on Radical Pro-Abortion Ruling
More than a decade after the Tennessee Supreme Court issued a wrong and radical ruling claiming a ‘fundamental’ right to abortion in the Tennessee Constitution, bi-partisan super majorities in the General Assembly have sent the matter for Tennesseans to decide in a public vote during the next governor’s election in 2014. “At long last the people of Tennessee will have their say in this matter of life and death,” said Brian Harris, president of Tennessee Right to Life. “Should a handful of activist judges make Tennessee’s laws on abortion or should it be the people acting through their elected representatives in the state Legislature? We are confident that when it’s all said and done, the power for deciding such questions will be returned to the people,” Harris said.
As required for every proposed amendment to the state Constitution, SJR 127 passed for the first time in 2009 by votes of 77-21 in the state House and 23-9 in the state Senate. Requirement for super-majority during second passage was achieved in 2011 by votes of 76-18 in the state House and 24-8 in the state Senate.
SJR 127 calls for a public voters to approve inclusion of the following language in the Tennessee Constitution:
Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
As written the proposed amendment does not criminalize abortion but overturns the Court’s pro-abortion ruling, returns the Tennessee Constitution to a position of neutrality on abortion and allows the people of the state and their elected legislators to again enact meaningful protections for women and unborn children in our state.
While the Court’s 2000 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist makes it impossible to enforceprotections that violate the state’s newly discovered ‘right to abortion,’ Tennessee Right to Life has encouraged passage of policies which do not directly challenge the Court’s holding. Several such pro-life protections were passed by overwhelming bi-partisan majorities in the final days of the legislative session including:
- State Budget Amendment to Bar Funding for Planned Parenthood. Further tightens 2009 effort by requiring that federal Title X family planning funds shall be used fully by local, county or municipal health departments and that no funds shall be disbursed to private non-profit organizations or agencies. Diverts $1.2 million tax dollars from Planned Parenthood affiliates in Nashville and Memphis. Passed unanimously as part of final budget approval.
- Expansion of Tennessee’s Unborn Victims of Violence Act. Extends current state law to include unborn children prior to viability as victims of assault or homicide. Previous statute was only enforceable following establishment of child’s viability. Passed House 80-0 and Senate 26-0.
[Note: if you wish to read the remainder of the TRL announcement, click here.]
Hats off to TRL for their tireless work on behalf of these legislative victories. And hats off to pro-life people all over Tennessee who worked to elect pro-life candidates.
But some in the pro-life movement are not convinced that victories such as these are really a good thing. More about that later!
Here is the media coverage from our recent GAP excursion to Maryland and Delaware.
GAP at Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins News-Letter
True Blue Conservative
GAP at the University of Delaware
Chris Lefebvre was among the pro-life crowd that attended the Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Market Square on May 6. Here’s her story.
Hope for the Future
Seven bright-eyed high school students stood in Market Square on a recent Friday night. Some of them held colorful hand-made signs defending life; others held signs exposing death. They came to stand with a small group of adults, including at least one post abortive woman. Together they formed a solemn semi-circle facing the stage where Planned Parenthood was holding its youth photo fundraiser called Framing Choice: What Choice Means to Me.
This small group had made the decision that Planned Parenthood would be confronted wherever they tried to promote their deadly deceptions. It wasn’t easy to devote a Friday night to standing vigil; some of the folks who passed by made hostile remarks and some gave us disgusted looks. Many more stopped to inquire and some even thanked us for being there. Some of the people who browsed the display told us afterward that they had no idea it was a Planned Parenthood event; there were no signs indicating the name of the organization and they were surprised to learn the name from us!
Many of us who were there on Friday night face these kinds of events with a certain degree of trepidation, but it never fails that, when all is said and done, we find abundant blessings in being willing to take a stand. This event was no different; the questions we were able to answer, the truth that was told about life and death and the seeds planted by that truth will bear fruit in uncountable ways. The most wonderful blessing of all was the presence of those seven courageous young people. They give us great hope for the future.
Please pray that God will guard them and add to their number. Pray also that Planned Parenthood will not go unchallenged whenever and wherever they try to promote their deadly work in our city.
Check out the media coverage at Eastern Kentukcy and the Univesity of Kentucky. You think they knew we were there?
The Eastern Progress at Eastern Kentucky University:
- Abortion murals met with mixed reactions
- Debate looks into legality of abortion
- Abortion debate is a stalemate
The Kentucky Kernel at the University of Kentucky:
- Abortion display fuels debate
- Letter: Signs present inaccurate information
- Abortion signs depict genocide, breast cancer in false light
- Letter: In response to ..
- Offending social justice with social justice
- GAP uses shock tactics to effectively achieve goal
- Letter from Daniel Sparks
Blue Coast Live:
It’s one of the biggest obstacles to effective pro-life activism.
Perhaps the most important task for any pro-life campus group is choosing projects that are both strategic and effective. Unwise choices leave the most important work undone.
But the transition of leadership from one group of leaders to the next is also very big. In fact, we frequently encounter groups who have suffered greatly because the former leaders did not effectively pass the mantle of leadership on to the current crop. Poor project selection and poor execution have been the inevitable result.
But we aren’t doing nothing to help the current leaders identify and train the next crop of leaders. Each year, we co-host, along with the Students for Life of America (SFLA), our annual Pro-Life Student Leadership Conference.
SFLA has also been working very hard to improve the transition of pro-life leadership on campus. Here is a video by SFLA’s Mary Kate Cavazos:
The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”
If we shall suppose that American Slavery is one of those offences which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South, this terrible war, as the woe due to those by whom the offence came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a Living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope–fervently do we pray–that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue, until all the wealth piled by the bond-man’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash, shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord, are true and righteous altogether.”
(As an aside, notice that Lincoln was completely ignorant of “separation of church and state,” but that’s another topic for another day.)
Anyway, Rev. Hoye went on to apply this principle to present-day abortion in America:
If a conclusion is the best explanation one can come up with at a given time to account for a collection of observations, events, and/or other kinds of data, then as I consider the abortion battle raging in our country, the “wealth piled” by the shed blood of the most vulnerable members of our country and that is to say our women and children, how over the last thirty-eight (38) years both the Democratic and Republican parties have repeatedly failed to end abortion, how “we the people” have failed to hold each other accountable for the lost lives of over 53 million babies by legally induced taxpayer funded abortion alone, how Christians have failed to stand boldly, unapologetically and without exceptions and/or compromises on clearly biblical values, I wrestle with the question asked by the “Angel of the LORD” (i.e., the Pre-Incarnate Christ.) in Judges 2:2 (AMP), “Why Have You Done This?” and physically shudder as I inevitably come to the following unavoidable conclusions …
- Victory over abortion will come by the hands, feet and voices of those most devastated by abortion.
- The Cost of ending abortion will not be less than the price paid by the victims of abortion.
- The healing from the ravages of a rabid abortion industry will come by the heart of Christ in those most hurt by abortion.
Brothers, we really need to talk.
What do you think? Is Rev. Hoye correct? If so, how shall we respond?
Earlier today, Gallup published the results of their latest poll on abortion. What does it all mean?
- When given choices between none, few, most, and any circumstances, 61% said abortion should be legal only in a few or no circumstances, whereas 37% say it should be legal under any or most circumstances. These numbers are very much opposed to the status quo (i.e., abortion legal under any and all circumstances).
- Only 40% of younger people (18 – 34 years) believe that abortion should be legal under any/most circumstances, whereas 59% believe it should be legal under few/no circumstances. This is almost identical to the opinions of those in the 35 – 54 age group and the population at large. Again, a resounding defeat for the status quo.
- Most people believe aborton to be morally wrong (51%) as opposed to morally acceptable (39%). This is a 12% margin of victory for our side, but it is also puzzling. Apparently, there are many people out there, maybe 10%, who won’t say abortion is morally wrong, but still believe it should be generally restricted (i.e., available only under a few or no circumstances).
- The numbers aren’t changing much. On the main question (whether you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life), the results were 49% pro-choice and 45% pro-life. This isn’t radically different from the 1998 results, which were 48% pro-choice to 45% pro-life. Yes, the numbers bounce around, but it is hard to assert there are any consistent trends.
- Despite a lot of conflicting data that others have touted, this poll shows that younger people (18 – 34 years) are pro-choice by a margin of 51% pro-choice to 42% pro-life, almost the same as the 35 – 54 age group, but more pro-choice than the overall population (49% pro-choice to 45% pro-life). [Yet, as was detailed in item 2 under The Good, young people also believe abortion should be legal under only a few or no restrictions.]
- The poll did not differentiate between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester abortions. Attitudes change dramatically based on the age of the baby.
- People’s attitudes are inconsistent because most people simply don’t know much about it. You could see that in the 1998 Wirthlin poll, which found that 61% of the people said abortion should be legal in the 1st trimester, but also found that 58% oppose abortion after the onset of the heartbeat.
- Since 1998, the numbers have bounced around, with both sides claiming “trends” that could be expected to continue into the future. The latest data suggest no such trends, only sampling noise.
- Not much difference between genders, except that women tend to be more polarized. More women than men thought abortion should be illegal under all circumstances (24% of women vs 19% of men). But the women’s strong views also are evident at the other end of the spectrum, where more women than men also thought abortion should be legal under any circumstance (29% of women vs 24% of men). Looking at it another way, 53% of women held one of the two polar opposite opinions, whereas only 43% of men held one of them.
So, is this good news or bad news? Please comment!
We promised a detailed analysis of Harold Camping’s complex calculations that led him to declare that the world would end on May 21.
At FAB, we keep our promises. See if you can follow the logic here:
- Camping’s calculations were wrong.
There it is. Did we lose anybody?
We love this story that aired on Mark Crutcher’s LifeTalk show. In this interview, “Rachel” described how she has saved nearly 40 babies, and 40 moms, just in the last few months.
In this interview, she also describes how the clinics sometimes try to sell abortions to Rachel, even though she’s not pregnant, in order to defraud her insurance company.
CBR is pleased to announce the appointment of Darius Hardwick as the Regional Director for its Midwest Operations, based in Columbus, Ohio. Darius has been on the CBR staff for more than 6 years, having previously served as the Director of CBR’s Northwest Operations.
Darius and his wife Janet were first exposed to CBR’s abortion imagery 7 years ago. They were both nominally pro-life but not actively participating in the struggle for life.
Then they saw the pictures.
They could not sleep. Abortion pictures were all they thought of for weeks. They became monthly financial supporters and began to volunteer at GAPs.
The more he volunteered, the more he knew that he must make saving babies his full-time profession. The other side has made killing babies a full-time profession, but we have made saving them a part-time hobby. This is a huge problem, and Darius knew he had to be part of the solution.
Darius had owned his own construction business in Oregon for 10 years. He had a substantial client base and was always busy, regardless of economic conditions. But he was not at peace laying beautiful wood flooring, while babies were being killed every day. After serving in the Northwest for a time, he moved his family of to Columbus, Ohio, to serve as a Project Director in CBR’s Midwest Operations.
Having previously served as the Northwest Operations Director, Darius brings outstanding leadership skills to his new role in CBR. He has directed CBR’s Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) at some of America’s largest and most influential universities.
Darius and his family are dedicated to showing people the truth of abortion and are excited for the future and all that God has for them. We are excited that Darius and his family are on our team.
It has come to our attention that the world is set to end on May 21, only 2 days from now. This is based on a complex set of calulations that we will review on May 22 right here at FAB!
Apparently, there’s big money in predicting the end of the world. KGO-TV reports that Family Radio has spent million$ on their campaign. Does that mean they’ve raised millions as well? If their prediction doesn’t pan out, will they give refunds?
Hey, whatever works. If FAB predicts the world will end on August 15, you reckon we could raise million$ for our Fall GAP tour? Let’s get started!
Got a call from Michael Homula yesterday. He wanted me (and you) to know about their mobile pro-life ultrasound ministry.
Please comment: Where would you take this ultrasound bus? OK, the mall, but where else? People going to a clinic usually have already made up their minds. What about places where lots of newly pregnant young people are likely to be struggling with the decision to abort? Where do you suggest?
ICU Mobile – The Pioneer and Leader of Mobile Ultrasound Ministry
Globally, one in five pregnancies will end in an induced abortion.
One ministry plans to GO change that.
ICU Mobile (pronounced I See You), the pioneer and leader of mobile ultrasound ministry, is a non-profit ministry sharing love, grace and truth to serve women all over the world. Founded in Akron, Ohio in 2003, the ICU Mobile mission is simple: reveal life at the crossroads of decision. The approach is equally simple: reveal truth via ultrasound at a time when a woman is in the decision making process. They provide women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy the free opportunity to confirm that pregnancy via a limited obstetrical ultrasound and see her unborn child in order to make an informed life-affirming decision and hear the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As part of their core values, ICU Mobile delivers this free service without judgment, hate, coercion or politics.
The ICU Mobile fleet, currently at 15 across the country and growing rapidly, is made up of passionate and dedicated people brought together by a common goal to serve women in the name of Christ. As the very first mobile ultrasound ministry, more than 8 years of experience has refined their approach and defined a series of best practices to reach out to women who are confused, scared and unsure with love, grace and a message of hope. Revealing life, life knit together in the womb and eternal life through Jesus, they see hearts and minds change every day. Sure, the free ultrasound draws women to an ICU Mobile, but it’s the love and compassion while revealing life that gives women hope for a better future.
But the why behind ICU Mobile will always be Jesus Christ…God. Because of the unfair trade Christ made for us, our sin for his righteousness, ICU Mobile follows His command to GO (Matthew 28:19a).
GO to abortion-minded women. GO save the unborn. GO make disciples of all nations.
ICU Mobile Effectiveness
Since 2003, the Lord has used the ICU Mobile fleet to serve thousands of women, save thousands of babies and bring thousands to faith in Jesus Christ. In 2010 alone, 87% of women who were considering or planning to have an abortion chose life in the fleet of ICU Mobile. Of the people who heard the Gospel and were invited to follow Christ, 43% made a decision to commit their lives to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
ICU Mobile makes affiliation with their ministry simple, easy to access and provides a turnkey ready to deploy mobile solution for qualified pregnancy centers and ministries. As a non-profit ministry, the only goal is to deploy more mobiles to the mission so they have developed an affiliate plan that actually enables the deployment of the next mobile in the fleet. It is self-replicating.
While it may seem intuitive to park the mobile in front of abortion clinics, and ICU Mobile certainly does that, they have come to know it is better to be involved in the decision making process rather than trying to reverse a decision at the last minute. ICU Mobile credits their effectiveness to God and the fact they GO to where women are, where those who are likely to experience an unplanned pregnancy typically hang out. Leveraging their experience, research and neutral brand, they carefully place themselves where they can have the most effect on the decisions women make.
If you are a pregnancy center who would like to learn more about why mobile ultrasound ministry with ICU Mobile makes sense go to the Go Mobile page on their website.
If you would like to get involved with ICU Mobile please visit the Get Involved page.
We were pleased to work with CBR Maryland to bring GAP to the Baltimore Inner Harbor earlier in May. We know of one baby saved. Here’s the story, from Leslie Sneddon of CBR Maine!
Please comment: Other than a college campus and a downtown harbor, where do you suggest we take the GAP project? Please comment!
Baby Saved at the Baltimore Inner Harbor
I watched as she avoided the display, choosing to walk as far away as possible from the picture. But the Lord directed her steps and now she was face to face with the signs. I approached and asked her impression of the pictures.
“Oh God, that is disgusting,” she declared. “Is that an abortion?” We moved slowly down to the sign entitled “Things you can do with an unplanned baby.” This panel features a baby saved the first time GAP was done at the University of Tennessee.
“This baby pictured in the middle was saved from abortion because the mother decided against abortion after seeing these pictures. She gave the baby up for adoption,” I explained.
“I don’t think I could do that … give it up for adoption, that is.” she said. “I mean, if I could see my baby, I would want to keep and really love it. That’s for sure, but I can’t afford to take care of it. I have no job, no money.”
“Are you pregnant right now?” I asked.
“Lord make me an instrument of Your Peace.” That’s all I could think at that moment. I spoke of my own abortions and about the hurt that never goes away. I told her about the joy and the challenges that come with children. I called for reinforcements. Kurt Linnemann (CBR Maryland) and Jane Bullington (CBR Southeast) joined us. For the next 30 minutes, the battle raged for 2 souls, mother and child. “Michelle” was put in touch with a pregnancy resource center in her area and left with the assurance that the Lord hears our plea when we cry out to Him in our need.
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, he leaves the ninety-nine in the hills and goes to look for the one that has strayed, doesn’t he? Yes he does, and I thank the Lord that He let us take part in this rescue mission.
I got this from Michael Silva of Imagi-Motive in Magnolia, Texas. And you thought only Disney had imagineers!
A Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Center
Society is ever-changing. What worked yesterday may not work today, especially when it involves ministry. Of course the message, the truth, remains the same, but the vehicle that we use to deliver the truth often needs a fresh face.
Imagi-Motive is a family-owned company that has a reputation for being innovative in the vehicles they design for extreme tailgaters or companies looking for a mobile marketing solution. However, the Mims family also has a heart for the unborn, and they have put their talents to work in the battle to save lives.
As you may know, Houston, Texas, unfortunately, houses the largest Planned Parenthood facility in the world. However, what may be news to you is how the Houston Coalition for Life is impacting Planned Parenthood‘s efforts. How are they making a difference? With a Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle!
In mid-January of this year, Imagi-Motive completed the mobile crisis unit, and the Houston Coalition for Life increased their presence in the community. They began seeing dramatic results right away. Within the first twenty-two outings, nearly seventy women had been ministered to, counseled, and given pregnancy tests. And, those who were contemplating an abortion were provided the opportunity to have an ultrasound. Most importantly, the lives of seven babies, who were already scheduled for abortion, were saved. Seven!
But, that is not all. One lady, scared for many reason and struggling with her decision to abort, got up from the abortion table, went back outside to the Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle, and chose life! All I can say is thank God for this ministry tool!
Imagi-Motive is on a mission to let every crisis pregnancy center in America know about these units and how they help save lives.
In Matthew 28:16-20, we are given The Great Commission by Christ. He instruct us to go—that’s right, go—and make disciples. There are many ways to impact the communities in which we live, and the Mobile Crisis Pregnancy Vehicle helps us achieve this directive.
Praise the Lord for lives saved!
For more information on this ministry tool, contact us at email@example.com.
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