Archive for the ‘Pro Life’ Category
Until now, we in Tennessee have always believed that the best two things ever to come out of Alabama were (1) Dreamland Ribs and (2) I-59.* But now you can add a third item to that list: Bama Students for Life (BSFL).
BSFL was recently awarded the Students for Life of America (SFLA) Student Group of the Year. Perhaps their biggest project of the year was to host the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) last Spring. The privilege of working with such a committed, intelligent group of young people was truly a gift from God. BSFL’s media work was the best we have ever seen, and we learned quite a lot, just by watching them.
[We have noted that many of the student groups recognized by SFLA have hosted GAP or some other graphic image display. We wonder if there is any connection? But anyway ...]
BSFL has created another firestorm on campus, this one making national news! They went up against the University of Alabama (UA) … and they won! Earlier this month, a UA official removed the BSFL’s pro-life display from a hallway display case after a few students claimed it was offensive.
What was offensive, you say? Abortion photos from CBR.
But now FAB has learned that UA has apologized for removing the display and will allow BSFL to set up their display once again. Praise the Lord for courageous young people!
Here is BSFL’s Claire Chretien on Fox News:
Here is Claire confronting the UA official who removed the display:
*NOTE: FAB has learned that another famous invention originated in Alabama. We’re not sure exactly when or where the toothbrush was invented, but it had to come from Alabama because if it were invented anywhere else, it would have been called a “teethbrush.”
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ruby Nicdao as our newest Project Director in Virginia.
Ruby started pro-life activism as an engineering student at the University of Florida, when she was invited by a friend to pray near a local abortion mill. Soon, she was counseling women on the sidewalk. After graduating, Ruby continued sidewalk counseling on Saturdays while working full-time as an electronics engineer for the Department of Defense.
Ruby moved to Northern Virginia to study theology at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and worked as a systems engineer on missile defense systems. She told FAB
It’s ironic that while our country spends billions to protect our people from ballistic missile attacks, millions of children are unjustly killed in the womb, under the radar.
Beginning in 2009, Ruby led 40 Days for Life campaigns at NOVA Women’s Healthcare, the largest abortion mill in Virginia. The campaigners at this mill not only prayed to end abortion, they also exposed abortion using CBR “Choice” signs.
As a result of Ruby’s leadership, the number of abortions at NOVA dropped by 28 percent over four years. In 2013, this abortion mill close forever! Her most memorable pro-life experience came in 2014, when she held for the first time a baby she helped rescue from this death camp.
A resident of Fairfax, Ruby will work in close collaboration with Nicole Cooley of Churchville and Maggie Egger of Front Royal, CBR’s other Project Directors in Virginia.
If you’d like to support Ruby (or any of our staff members), it’s quick, easy, and secure to support CBR online. Whatever you can do will make a huge difference. To support Ruby’s work in Virginia, designate your gift for “Virginia Projects (SE-RMN).”
Somebody sent me this. Wish I had written it.
Why Carry a Gun?
I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Police protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.
Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’
— Author unknown, but obviously brilliant
We know that Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion routinely help child rapists get away with their crimes, in such a way that the abuse can continue undetected. We first became aware of this when Life Dynamics reported on the scandal about 10 years ago.
More recently, Live Action has reported video evidence that Planned Parenthood is still more than willing to help child sexual abusers and even sex traffickers commit and continue their crimes.
Big Abortion’s criminal cover-up continues. Just two recent examples:
In the video report below, produced earlier this year by Life Dynamics, the following statements jumped out:
… girls between 10 and 15 years old are now more likely to be impregnated by adult males than they are by boys near their own ages.
Life Dynamics has documented that virtually no mandatory reporting is being done by the clinics that provide these services. In fact, not only are the people at these facilities almost universally ignoring their states mandatory reporting laws, they often take an active role in circumventing them.
You wonder how this can happen? It’s not just the profit motive. And it’s not just your basic extremist ideological commitment to a woman’s “right” to a safe, legal, and rare abortion. No, it’s even more sinister than that (if that’s even possible). Some … not all, but some … of the people who populate Planned Parenthood and Big Abortion are wholly committed to the notion that any limitation on sexual behavior is unjust, so long as the act is consented to by both … check that … all parties. Even pre-teen children should have unlimited discretion to have sex with whomever they choose, including dirty old men. In their view, anything short of forcible rape is not abuse.
Pro-life singer Tori Harris is making her mark in Nashville. I met Tori in Nashville a few weeks back. After overhearing my conversation with a CBR supporter at a Panera Bread (my office on the road), she came over and let me know of her heart for the preborn. In fact, she had recently returned from the March for Life in DC!
Pray that God will give Tori songs to help end the abortion holocaust. Here she is, in a video also featuring up-and-comer Brian Campbell.
One of my nieces asked me a few weeks back how ObamaCare would be different from the status quo of health care in America. Good question. Certainly the status quo isn’t optimal. But it’s still the best health care system on the planet. And ObamaCare will make it much worse. Here’s a partial answer to her question.
The status quo is this:
- If somebody needs medical attention, they can show up at the emergency room, the hospital is legally required to render assistance, and the cost is borne by the paying customers, and
- Low-income people can apply for and receive needs-based assistance from Medicaid or one of its state substitutes, e.g., TennCare.
I have some second-hand experience with health-care delivery to a low-income person. A friend of mine did not have insurance to cover needed cancer treatments. He received the treatments anyway, as needed, and now he pays a little bit each month toward his bills. He will never completely pay off those bills, but he will do what he can. He is thankful for the life-saving medical care he received. He has since qualified for Medicare.
I’m not arguing for the status quo. I believe that for most Americans, the dominance of the third-party payers (either the Government for those on Medicare or insurance companies for everybody else) has driven the cost of health care much higher (in fact, many times higher) than it should be. There are two big reasons for this.
- First, there is zero cost competitiveness in the health-care delivery system. If I wanted to look for a low-cost provider, I couldn’t do it. The system wouldn’t let me. When our son was one year old, we were told (falsely, it turns out) that he needed a test to confirm reflux disease, but they wouldn’t tell me what it would cost. I needed to know, because insurance coverage for his condition was limited under a preexisting condition clause. But they still wouldn’t tell me. Is there anything else we buy where the supplier steadfastly refuses to tell us the cost before we buy it? They get away with it because too few people have the slightest motivation to even ask, “What will it cost?”
- Second, the nearly universal customer disinterest in the cost of medical care means that most of us will buy as much of it as is offered. I have myself purchased several unnecessary and overly expensive tests because (a) the tests were offered and (b) I had no incentive to pass them up. I guarantee that I would not have had those tests had I been required to put down a 20% co-pay. We must find a way to reinstate cost incentives/competition back into medical care, but still provide health care to people who truly cannot afford to pay. By health care, I mean health care, not wealth insurance for people who choose to forego health insurance premiums in order to purchase beer, cigarettes, cable TV, cell phones, etc.
Now, back to your question. Here are just a few of the ways that ObamaCare will be different from the status quo:
First, it will hasten our decline into financial insolvency. We don’t have the money in the Federal treasury to pay for it. We know it will cost hundreds of billions of additional dollars to implement, and it does nothing to reinstate cost incentives back into the system. Let’s step away from health care and look at the big picture. Every election cycle, one political party makes it a point to claim that an ever-growing number of Americans are entitled — entitled, mind you — to a laundry list of free stuff. Each election year, the number of “entitled” people grows larger and the list of free stuff gets longer. And who is going to pay for all that “free” stuff? It is to be paid for by an ever-smaller, ever more despised — despised, mind you — group of producers. Can this continue? Consult your own common sense. If you need an example, see what’s been happening to Greece.
The ever-smaller group of producers couldn’t keep up with all of the Government spending even during the good economic times. In the early to mid 2000s, the Government revenues were setting record levels, and we still had deficits. During the more normal times, we have no hope of keeping up with spending. And even less hope during the inevitable recessions that cycle around. The cost of ObamaCare will only grow our debt even more, making our next recession even deeper and more painful.
As much as we would like to wipe away every human need in this country, there is simply not enough money to do it. In the 1960s, it was estimated that if we “invested” 60 billion dollars into poverty programs, that poverty could be wiped out. Trillions of dollars later, I could argue that the problem is worse now than then. In fact, the Government instituted expensive programs that actually made poverty worse. I have no reason to believe that ObamaCare won’t make health care worse than it is now.
Second, the implementation of ObamaCare will reinforce the belief that some people are “entitled” to the wealth created by others. Without any incentives to limit their medical “needs,” they will demand more and more “free” services … “free” to them but not to those of us who will be paying the bill. What is President Obama’s plan to deal with all the new demand for limitless health care? Hire new doctors? No. His plan is to hire 10,000 new IRS agents. (The CBO has said that the IRS would spend $0.5 billion to $1.0 billion to enforce the ObamaCare law.)
Third, it will create a new bureaucracy to administer all the rules. The law itself was 1,000 – 2,400 pages (depending on who’s counting and what’s counted) of stuff that few, if any, members of Congress even bothered to read. The final regulations will be tens of thousands of pages. In fact, bureaucrats had generated 13,000 pages of new regulations as of July 2012, and they’re not done yet. Who will be tasked with making sure all those regulations are complied with? Just to simply stay out of jail, medical providers will be forced to hire additional compliance staff. (Medical providers are already being forced to hire new staff to meet the ObamaCare electronic medical record requirements.) Of course, the Government will have to hire their own army of enforcement officers. After all, what good are regulations if they are not enforced? And guess who will pay for all of that!
Fourth, you mentioned that you have yourself benefitted from the ObamaCare law, because it forced your parents to pay for the cost of your insurance for more years than would otherwise have been the case. There was no net benefit here; there was only a shift in the costs from one person to another. Plus, it only reinforced the idea that Government action could create “free” stuff for your benefit. If you are getting “free” stuff, then others will line up to receive it as well. I’m not criticizing you for taking advantage of the free stuff that you will eventually have to pay for — with interest payments and bureaucrat labor costs added on, you and perhaps your children will be forced to pay for it many times over — but I’m merely pointing out that “free” benefits aren’t really free at all. You will pay dearly.
Fifth, ObamaCare drives up costs by mandating that all insurance coverage includes everything imaginable, even free contraceptives. (The very idea that the guy down the street should be forced to pay for my contraceptives is foreign to me.) The Government is deciding that you should have an unlimited list of free services, and they make it palatable for you by pretending that somebody else will actually pay for it. Apply the same kind of thinking to your auto insurance policy. Imagine that you could buy car insurance that paid for every imaginable automotive expense, including oil changes, new tires, minor repairs, major repairs, etc. Would you buy it? No way! You would never buy that policy because it would be prohibitively expensive. It would be great for the automotive repair shops, because you and all your friends would be lined up around the corner, demanding that the scratch on your door and the little rust spot on your fender be fixed, but this would drive up the cost of insurance so high, you would not buy it (unless you were forced to do so by law). A free person acting in a free market would almost always choose a reasonably-priced automobile insurance policy to cover only the catastrophic losses, and accept personal responsibility to pay for everything else. Most people would agree to pay for such nonsense only if they were forced to do so under threat of incarceration. It is just as true for health insurance; the only way they can force this system upon us is to (a) lie to us by saying that “somebody else” is actually paying for it, and (b) force us to pay for it under threat of incarceration. That’s what all those new IRS agents are all about.
Sixth, ObamaCare forces people — employees are people, too — to purchase abortions and contraceptives, a clear violation of conscience for many Americans. People shouldn’t have to choose between closing their businesses (i.e., firing their employees) and violating their consciences.
Seventh, when this is all over, it will create a gigantic transfer of wealth to the abortion industry. At $450 per abortion, the industry generates revenues of roughly $550 million (not including premiums for late-term abortions). I’m convinced that ObamaCare will be manipulated to force that number up to more than $7 billion. (Link here for an explanation.) Keep in mind that the abortion industry sells abortions at $450 apiece, not $5,472 apiece (the cost of a similar non-abortive procedure), because abortions, unlike every other medical procedure, are paid for directly by the consumer and thus are subject to the normal pressures of consumer economics. When cost competition in the abortion market is gone, prices will rise accordingly.
Eighth, the cost burden to employers will incentivize them to hire fewer people, thus increasing the unemployment rate. Who pays for that? The greatest burden will fall on minorities and young people, because they suffer the greatest rates of unemployment. But we will all pay a price, because the fewer people working, the more the rest of us have to pay to keep the ship of state afloat. Worse than the financial cost of unemployment is the human cost: unrealized personal growth and development. People who are not working lose the opportunity to learn, grow, and increase their value to some future employer. They are stuck.
Ninth, by decoupling bad behavior from its costs, you only incentivize more bad behavior. There will never be any shortage of human needs around us. Some are due to circumstances beyond people’s control, but most are the result of bad behavior. In this case, bad behavior can include laziness … simply deciding not to work and letting somebody else pay the freight. When you make it easier for people to leave the ranks of the producers and join the ranks of the “entitled,” you can be sure that more of them will do it. We all pay for that. We all lose. Such people lose their self-respect. Their children learn dependency instead of self-sufficiency. We lose their participation in the economy. Our culture degrades. We see the victims of degraded culture all around us.
Bad behavior also includes health-destroying activities like drug abuse, overeating, drinking, smoking, etc. If we really wanted to improve the health of American citizens, perhaps we should spend the extra money (the trillions of dollars of money we don’t have) on programs designed to improve moral fitness.
Anyway, that’s all I have for now, just off the top of my head. I suspect I have just scratched the surface.
Your loving but fearful uncle,
The video below captures Carhart explaining to a patient on how he will kill her “baby” (his term).
Patient: I feel it moving now.
Carhart: After 20 weeks, it should be. … Within an hour of the injection [into the baby's heart], you shouldn’t feel it moving anymore.
Patient: What do you use to break [the baby] up [into pieces]?
Carhart: A pickaxe, a drill bit … (laughter).
Abortion doctor Cesare Santangelo claims that his standard procedure is to kill the baby by severing the umbilical cord first and then waiting on the baby to die.
Hopefully we’ll get the pregnancy out intact … I cut the umbilical cord first, wait for the baby to expire, and then we do it that way.
Despite Federal law which that requires doctors to provide life-saving medical care to any born baby that survives a failed abortion attempt, Santangelo admits on tape that he will do nothing and that the baby “will expire shortly after birth.” If born alive:
We would not help it [survive].
Santangelo works at the Washington Surgi-Clinic in Washington, DC. See it for yourself:
They used to hide the fact that they are killing a baby. More and more, they don’t bother. Here is a video from Live Action.
NOTE: This video was recorded December 10th, 2012 not April 20th, 2012 as indicated in the video timestamp. The video recorder at time of recording carried the wrong internal date setting.
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Maggie Egger as our newest Project Director in Virginia.
Maggie currently resides in Front Royal, but once her support team is in place, she plans to relocate to Richmond. She will be working in close collaboration with Nicole Cooley of Churchville, CBR’s other Project Director in Virginia.
Maggie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Richmond (UR) in 2012, majoring in political science and minoring in dance.
[Political science and dance? We suppose it’s multidisciplinary program for politicians ... they learn how to dance around the truth! But we don’t want to get into that. Anyway ... ]
Maggie has been active in the pro-life movement since childhood, when her mother took her to pray outside abortion facilities. Her father was a rescuer in the 1980s and 90s. At UR, she founded and led the UR Spiders for Life. In the summers, she directed Face the Truth tours for Defend Life. In her final semester at UR, she hosted a CBR Choice Chain on campus.
Maggie spent the summer of 2012 as an intern at Expectant Mother Care, a chain of crisis pregnancy centers in New York City. By counseling women and girls in crisis, many of whom had aborted children in the past, Maggie saw their pain and suffering. She saw how ignorance left them vulnerable to the lies of Satan; most of them were completely unaware what abortion is and does. But once they came face to face with the truth of abortion, many choose life for their children, even amid difficult circumstances.
After seeing what the truth can do, Maggie is very excited to be joining the team at CBR Southeast. She told FAB:
If everyone knew that the result of abortion is the bloody, dismembered little babies on the pictures that we show, they would be talking about it and telling others about it, and hopefully doing something to end it. But, if one is never told the truth (or, in this case, never shown the truth), how will they know any different? They will continue to believe abortion is just another safe, medical procedure, until we show them differently. As William Wilberforce said during his struggle against the slave trade, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know.”
Welcome aboard, Maggie! We’re expecting great things from you and Nicole!
If you’d like to support Maggie (or any of our staff members), it’s quick, easy, and secure to support CBR online. Whatever you can do will make a huge difference. To support Maggie’s work in Virginia, designate your gift for “Virginia Projects (SE-MTE).”
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Renee Kling of of Cold Spring, Kentucky, as our newest Project Director, primarily responsible for projects in Kentucky.
Renee is a recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), where she was a founding member and later president of the EKU Students for Life. During her junior year, the Students for Life hosted CBR’s Genocide Awareness Project (GAP). She saw how effective it is to simply show people the truth about abortion.
Some of her priorities for the Commonwealth will include
- GAP displays at Kentucky’s largest unviersities,
- Choice Chains all over the state,
- leadership training/mentoring for the next generation of pro-life leaders.
Renee has always been active in Christian and pro-life ministry. At EKU, she was a leader in the Newman Center campus ministry, and from there joined the effort to rejuvenate pro-life activism on campus. In addition to hosting GAP, EKU Students for Life hosted CBR’s Pro-Life Training Academy, created a Cemetery of the Innocents (cross display), hosted a debate between CBR Southeast Director Fletcher Armstrong and a pro-abortion faculty member on campus, and conducted many other projects.
Even as a high-school student, Renee was active in pro-life work, participating in such projects as the March for Life and the Cemetery of the Innocents.
She is excited to start her ministry with CBR, but not as thrilled as we are to have her join our staff. Welcome aboard, Renee! We’re expecting GREAT!
If you’d like to support Renee (or any of our new staff members), it’s quick, easy, and secure to support CBR online. Whatever you can do will make a huge difference. To support Renee’s work in Kentucky, designate your gift for “Kentucky Projects (SE-RMK).”
Check out our new Facebook page for CBR Carolinas! It’s only been up less than 2 days, and already there are 460 likes!
Kudos to Brooke McGowan, our Project Director for the Carolinas!
The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), Southeast Region Operations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brooke McGowan of Charlotte, North Carolina, as our newest Project Director, primarily responsible for projects in North and South Carolina!
Brooke is a recent graduate of New Life Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where she majored in urban ministry, with a concentration in Christian counseling.
As a child of a teenage mother who chose life for Brooke, despite a failed first marriage, she understands how easily she could have been another abortion statistic. Raised by her mother and stepfather to always protect those who cannot protect themselves, she sensed a calling to devote herself to pro-life work in response to God’s command, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven … In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:10,14)
Brooke has been an active protester, sidewalk counselor, and prayer warrior in Charlotte. She even ministered to visiting attendees of the Democratic National Convention in September. She is already seeing fruit in the responses of those to whom she has ministered in the past several months alone.
Originally from Choctaw, Oklahoma (near Oklahoma City), Brooke has lived in Charlotte for 8 years. Before joining CBR, she was a clinic director for an infectious disease medical practice and an assistant real estate acquisitions manager. She is the mother to two girls, Shelby and Savannah. Brooke’s husband Sean is an accomplished author, schoolteacher, and chaplain.
Welcome aboard, Brooke! We’re expecting GREAT!