Posts Tagged ‘abortion’
by Nicole Cooley
As part-time staff for the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), I knew Molech would appear at the March for Life (MFL) this year. Marching with my oldest sons and pro-life friends from church, CBR’s latest MFL exhibit assaulted our eyes and our ears like nothing I’d ever experienced.
Unlike my CBR colleagues, I didn’t know what to expect. I was unprepared for the horrific Molech exhibit, just like everybody else. We had no idea what we were marching into.
Combined sign panels produced an image of a priest of Molech holding two screaming babies about to be placed in the outstretched, red hot arms and hands of the huge brass idol. The image was 12 feet high and 24 feet wide. I saw an aborted baby’s hand, blinked, and read the words, “Abortion is Child Sacrifice.” Then, another larger-than-life portrait, this one depicting Satan. This image was 15 feet high. My eyes looked away after a brief glance. Meanwhile, my ears recoiled from the sound of babies crying from CBR’s speakers on both ends of the exhibit.
A short time later, CBR’s Maggie Egger interviewed me on camera. She asked, “Is abortion child sacrifice?” My answer flowed easily, recapping my personal history of rape and abortion, and for the first time making the connection, with my own words, that I had sacrificed my child in order to be healed from rape. Believing a lie from my pastor who urged me to abort, I learned the hard way that abortion would not help me heal, but would compound the trauma and make healing infinitely more difficult.
In the days following the March, I rapidly struggled to make sense of it all. Perhaps more so than most, because Facebook acquaintances demanded an explanation, one that I didn’t have at first. In the early hours of Sunday morning, God woke me with the thought, “You have now marched to the altar of Molech.”
After searching the Scripture for references to Molech, and finding an article by Gregg Cunningham on the topic of child sacrifice, I began to understand. Had CBR not assaulted me, I doubt I would have ever done so otherwise. Even with the fourteen revisions of Gregg’s article in my email archives, nothing had compelled me to dig further until the MFL.
As a result of marching to Molech, I now have a deeper understanding of abortion as Biblical child sacrifice. I do not relish the path to this insight; I’m ashamed it took that much to make me want to really study Biblical child sacrifice for myself. I previously knew about Biblical child sacrifice on an intellectual level. Now my heart understood as well.
Consider this: Simon Sebag Montefiore, international best-selling author of the history text Jerusalem, says:
Most dreadful of all, … [Manasseh] encouraged the sacrifice of children at the roaster — the Tophet — in the Valley of Hinnom, south of the city [of Jerusalem]. Indeed “he made his own pass through the fire….” Children were said to be taken there as priests beat drums to hide the shrieks of the victims from their parents. (Vintage Books, 2011, p. 44)
Those of us who participated in the MFL this year have now seen Scripture revealed as plainly as possible.
God’s people in the Old Testament eventually tore down the altars to Molech at Tobeth (2 Kings 23:10). It’s far past time for His people in the United States to do the same to our altars to Molech, most notably our largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Instead of trying to justify their existence through Planned Parenthood’s imaginary “good” services, it’s time to tear them down once and for all. Eliminating over half a billion dollars in federal funding will be a great start towards that goal.
I’m told the MFL is supposed to be a celebration of life instead of a funeral for the lost. The other side doesn’t fear our celebration of life. They do fear our real mourning for the over 58 million lives lost to abortion, because that passion could mean their own demise. Which view would motivate pro-life people more to make a difference in the coming year for life?
Nicole Cooley is a CBR Project Director and a FAB contributor.
I saw Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, Hillary’s America, over the weekend. You must go and see it. This documentary exposes many deplorable aspects of Democratic Party history, including how Democrats have promoted abortion to reduce the numbers of Blacks and other “undesirables.”
Some of you are old enough to remember how the Clinton’s perpetrated and covered up sexual harassment/abuse during the 1980s and 1990s. Their crimes have gotten bigger and more lucrative. Hillary’s America exposes the formula used over and over again by the Clinton’s and career criminals at every level: When caught, deny, deny, deny. Then deny, deny, deny some more, until nobody cares or even remembers.
by Jacqueline Hawkins
Sibling rivalry. It happens. You can even say it’s natural. But with abortion, it can be dark and disturbing.
“If my mom didn’t have an abortion, I wouldn’t be here today!” We hear it all the time. Okie from Georgia Southern U said that because his father coerced the abortion of two older siblings, he was able to raise successful, productive sons later on, of which Okie was one. In other words, “I’m glad my big brother is dead. If he had lived, things sure would be different for me!” Kill or be killed. Dog eat dog.
As the sister of a dead brother (not because of abortion), this is disturbing to my very core. I can’t imagine being grateful he’s gone because his death makes my life somehow “better.” Statements like that ring cold and cruel in my ears.
There’s even a children’s book called Sister Apple, Sister Pig, written to help children rejoice over their sibling’s abortions. It’s about a boy who is looking for his sister in various places at his family’s farm. His sister was aborted, and according to the boy’s father,
“…You have some good reasons to not have a sister right here, right now. Maybe you will have another sister when there is more time, and there is more money.”
See kids, if your sibling hadn’t been murdered, there wouldn’t be enough time and money for you! In fact, that is the exact conclusion the young boy comes to in the story. He says,
“I’m not sad that my sister is a ghost! If you kept my sister, you would be tired, and sad, and mad! … Because we would be wild and loud and sometimes we would fight. Mama might be scared that she could not buy enough food for us. Mama might not have enough time to read to me, to paint with me, to play with me, to talk with me … Sister is a happy ghost!”
I’m starting to realize that this is a vital survival mechanism. How can a child process the news that his own mother or father murdered his own brother or sister, without going completely insane?
Sister Apple, Sister Pig isn’t a story about a boy who has come to healthy acceptance of his late sister’s death. This is a story about a little boy who rationalizes his sister’s murder to avoid completely losing his mind. The same can be said of the people we have met, on campus and elsewhere. When a parent turns against a child, it’s only natural for the remaining children to turn against the victim as well. This protects him from the shattering effects of cognitive dissonance. You can’t be pro-slaughtered-baby and pro-slaughtering-parent at the same time. This is especially true when you are related to both.
Jacqueline Hawkins is a CBR Project Director and a regular FAB contributor.
by Maggie Egger
During GAP at Oakland University (OU) in March, a young man approached our display, then quickly became very emotional. He stepped back from the crowd and started yelling that women should have the choice to abort, because they could be in really terrible situations, and we can’t judge their particular circumstances.
Then it became personal. He said when his mom was in college, with a promising career ahead of her, she became pregnant by a man who was not much more than a casual hook-up. She dropped out of school and sacrificed her career to care for him, the unplanned pregnancy. He said she was miserable because of it. She married his father, but they went on to have an abusive and dysfunctional marriage and family. By this point, the young man was crying and his voice started to shake. He said that he wished that his mom had aborted him, because then maybe she would have had a chance at a better, happier life.
Then Mirna Awrow, co-president of OU Students for Life, stepped forward. She said, “I’m sorry that you had to go through that as a kid, and that your mom had to go through that. But I’m so glad she didn’t abort you. I am so glad that you’re here today. We value your life, no matter how it came to be. You are valuable and you are loved.” They continued talking quietly for a little while. He calmed down significantly, and before he left I heard Mirna say, “Can I give you a hug?” He accepted.
I observed several interesting things in this encounter. First, Mirna’s demeanor was so calm and loving, it completely diffused a very emotionally charged situation. Second, she didn’t try to debate abortion. That’s not what this young man needed to hear at that moment. Third, the reaction of the pro-abortion protesters was perhaps the most depressing and disturbing thing that I’ve seen on campus in a while.
The young man started off with the slogan of “personal choice” and of course the pro-abortion protesters cheered this. However, when he said he wished his mother had aborted him, most of them took their reasoning to its logical conclusion and continued to agree with him. In essence they were saying to him, “We wouldn’t care if you were dead.” That’s the mindset that we encounter in people who have, for decades, reduced the preborn to mere clumps of cells, instead of whole, distinct, living, valuable, human persons. And while that mindset is depressing, when it is juxtaposed with the pro-life view, the result can be encouraging. After all, if everyone always valued all life from fertilization to natural death, it would be no big deal for Mirna to tell that young man that she values his life, not only in that moment, but from the very first moment of his existence.
Maggie Egger is a CBR Project Director in Virginia and a regular FAB(ulous) contributor.
by Kendra Wright
At Tennessee Tech, a Middle Eastern student told me that he is Muslim and in his country, killing the unborn is just like killing a born person. But he knew very little about abortion.
He was very shocked to hear that 1.2 million die every year in this country from abortion.
He asked why people get abortions and if “not wanting” the child is a frequent justification. I confirmed that this is often the case.
I started explaining the difference between a wanted child and an unwanted child. If a child is wanted, we call it a baby. If it is unwanted, we call it a clump of cells.
He was shocked. “A clump of cells?!”
He could see right away that a baby is not just a clump of cells and calling it such is ridiculous.
Kendra Wright is a CBR project director and a regular FAB contributor.
by Nicole W. Cooley
I got my first collegiate baseball cap at Liberty University in August 2011.
But at Liberty, we weren’t actually on the campus. Despite requests by Student Government and CBR, the Liberty Administration repeatedly denied permission for our GAP display. First Amendment rights don’t exist at private schools.
That is very creepy, I thought. But then I saw the fine print at the bottom of his sign.
But we came anyway. We used the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces just off campus. We displayed GAP signs at the campus entrances and drove Truth Trucks around the perimeter of campus. Five Truth Trucks. For an entire week.
I lost count how many times students asked me, “Why are you here? Everyone at Liberty is pro-life already. Why don’t you go somewhere else?” Many were annoyed at our presence.
Over and over I replied, “I’m so glad you are pro-life. What are you doing about it? Do you vote pro-life? Do you sidewalk counsel outside of abortion clinics? We’re here because you are attending the largest Christian university in the United States. If we can’t get Christians to care about abortion, we have no hope of ending it.”
One conversation stood out. On the fourth day, a young man came up to me in tears. “Why are you doing this? I can’t get those pictures out of my head!”
I gently replied to him in the same way as I did the others, “We had to break your heart about abortion – otherwise you’d continue in ignorant apathy like the rest of America.”
On the last day at Liberty, we finally got a protester … or so I thought. A student stood along the side of the road with his sign which read, “Looking at dead babies just makes me hungry.”
That is very creepy, I thought. But then I saw the fine print at the bottom of his sign, “…for change.” Because he saw the pictures, he was hungry for change.
Amen! So are we.
Nicole Cooley is a CBR project director and a FAB contributor. This is the second in a series of “hat blogs” about memorable conversations gleaned from her experiences with GAP.
by Kendra Wright
Sometimes people say we would be more effective if we “just passed out brochures.” One student at East Carolina University (ECU) suggested we “take it down a notch.”
Martin Luther King and William Wilberforce were not afraid to be bold … and they didn’t conquer social injustice with informational brochures. Several at ECU realized the effectiveness of our strategy and the need for boldness.
At ECU, one man stopped and faced the truth. He exclaimed, “Wow, I had no idea this is what abortion was! They are so tiny … and that is a hand!” He would not have known if we had not showed him.
Another student claimed that the display was “”too much.“” CBR’s Jane Bullington explained the history behind using pictures and how we focus on changing minds. He said, “I see what you are doing and respect your right to do it. If this had just been a brochure handed out, you and I wouldn’t be talking.”
A gentleman who regularly walks the ECU campus and prays scripture over it was so glad we were there. He too had used abortion photos and had stood his ground when told to stop. Other Christians and pro-lifers had told him to tamp it down, and he said NO!
CBR also says NO! We will not stop giving the unborn a voice!
Kendra Wright is a CBR project director and a regular FAB contributor.
by Kendra Wright
When we showed abortion victim photos at Georgia Southern University, students wanted to know more.
One student cried out, “Please, somebody, tell me what this is all about!” That is exactly what we want them to ask. The pictures create opportunities to bring life-saving information to students who know very little about abortion.
Another student exclaimed, “I don’t know how abortions are done. Please tell me!”
Yet another wanted more information about the local pro-life pregnancy help center.
A biology student told us that she knew the facts about the preborn. She said, “While this is hard to see, I am glad you are here. People need to see and people need to know what the word means.”
That’s why you sent us … to give life-saving information to the people who need it most. Please consider a generous investment in the lives of babies and moms.
Kendra Wright is a CBR project director and a regular FAB contributor.
The abortion industry has been gloating over a new Gallup poll that claims half of all Americans identify themselves as “pro-choice.” But the devil for the pro-aborts is in the details.
You don’t have to drill down very far to see that 55% of Americans agree that abortion should be completely illegal or legal only in a few circumstances. Only 42% say abortion should be legal under most or all circumstances.
Apparently, many Americans don’t know what they mean by “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” For example, 4% of those who described themselves as “pro-choice” said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Not sure what they were smoking. (Come to think of it, that 4% is roughly equal to the percentage of Americans who live where marijuana is legal; hmmmmm.)
Anyway, a full 23% of self-described “pro-choicers” said abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances. Hardly your classical “pro-choice” position.
Always look at the details.
For the first time in history, CBR exposed the horror at Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia. We were hosted by the CSU Advocates for Life (AFL), the student group we started earlier this year.
We were joined by five students from Liberty University in Virginia who spent their spring break winning hearts, changing minds, and saving lives. We pray for the day these students expose abortion on their own campus, without interference from the Liberty University staff.
The trip was funded by the Chattahoochee Valley United for Life (CVUL), a chapter of Georgia Right to Life (GRTL). Over the years, we have worked with many GRTL chapters to bring GAP to Georgia. This trip was a huge answer to prayer.
CBR and CVUL hosed our Pro-Life Training Academy (PLTA) to prepare members and students alike to articulate and defend the pro-life movement, even in a hostile environment.
Check out the local media coverage:
A middle-aged woman told us, “I am so glad you are here. Folks don’t understand what they are doing. I have 50 year-old friends who are still hurting from abortion. It goes so much deeper than people realize.” Indeed.
The Knoxville News Sentinel printed part of my letter, but here is the entire letter.
The abortion debate is usually quite polarized, so people are always asking me, “Isn’t there some room for common ground between pro-life and pro-choice?” I never thought so until now, but clearly, Amendment 1 is that common ground.
People on both sides agree that abortion facilities should be licensed and inspected. Amendment 1 allows that to happen.
People on both sides agree that women should never be coerced into having abortions, yet the Elliot Institute reports that as many as 60% of abortions are coerced (Forced Abortion in America, accessed online). Amendment 1 allows measures to curtail unwanted coercion.
People on both sides agree that women should be given all the information regarding medical risks and alternatives to abortion, yet the Elliot Institute reports that 79% of women were not told of available resources.
If you follow the money, the big money against Amendment 1 is coming from the abortion industry. Go figure. But most people agree that regulatory oversight is important and necessary to ensure women’s health.
by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey
Tennessee is one of the best-managed states in the nation. Our budget is balanced every year, we have cut taxes and our recent education reforms are the envy of other states.
Due to its many attractive qualities, Tennessee has become a great magnet: for retirees looking for a place to spend their golden years, for working people looking to escape states that bleed their earning through state income taxes and for entrepreneurs looking to take advantage of our business-friendly environment.
Unfortunately, there is another reason people come to Tennessee that is not cause for celebration: our liberal abortion laws.
In fact, just a few days ago, the New York Times asked in a headline whether Tennessee was the “abortion capital of the bible belt.” It is my hope that Tennesseans will go to the polls Nov. 4 and vote YES on Amendment 1 so that question will never be asked again — rhetorically or otherwise.
The origin of this amendment is rooted in a Tennessee Supreme Court decision which asserted Tennessee’s Constitution prevents the legislature from passing common-sense laws regarding abortion. Planned Parenthood v. Sundquist (2000) resulted in the removal of three protections passed by the General Assembly: informed consent, a 48-hour waiting period and a requirement that late term abortions be performed in a hospital setting. A fourth protection passed after the ruling that would have required state inspection of abortion facilities and licensure of providers was also struck down.
So in Tennessee, hairdressers and exterminators are licensed and inspected – but there is no oversight of people who perform abortions.
The lies told by those who oppose Amendment 1 are cynical and misleading. They insinuate the amendment could end legal abortion in Tennessee. It does no such thing. The amendment would merely allow the legislature to pass common sense laws regarding abortion that many, many other states have passed. Nothing more.
These measures have widespread support. While the extreme liberal activists at the Tennessee Democratic Party are spreading half-truths and conspiracy theories, the fact is Amendment 1 has support across ideological and party lines. Amendment 1 passed the legislature by wide margins.
That means legislators, Democrat and Republican, pro-life and pro-choice, believe Tennesseans should have the final say.
Those who support unrestricted, unregulated abortion on demand are trying to make Amendment 1 a litmus test on whether one believes in legal abortion. It is not.
This issue is beyond simplistic labels. Personally, I am pro-life and believe that abortion is the killing of an innocent human life. But even those who believe abortion should remain legal think the practice should be safe, legal and rare.
This amendment does not eliminate the right to choose; it simply allows us to join with other states to pass common sense laws that protect women and ensure their safety.
Many Tennesseans are decidedly pro-life and some are militantly pro-abortion but a plurality are somewhere in between. Polls indicate that nearly half of the electorate falls somewhere between the two polar extremes. This amendment not only brings us in line with a majority of other states, it allows us to put safeguards in place on which most reasonable people can agree.
According to the Department of Health, nearly one-fourth of women having abortions in Tennessee were from out of state. Tennessee should be known for its scenic vistas and pro-business economy, not for having the most liberal abortion laws in the southeast.
Vote Yes on Amendment 1 and bring common sense back to the abortion discussion in Tennessee.
FAB contributor Ron Ramsey also serves as the Tennessee Lt. Governor and Speaker of the Senate … in his spare time.
Pro-lifers voted for Gov. Haslam in 2010 and would do it again. But this year, many will skip the Tennessee governor’s race altogether. Why?
Because a vote for governor (any candidate) will be a half-vote against pro-life Amendment 1. The Tennessean explains in this article. According to the Tennessean … and have no fear, they are correct this time …:
That logic … hinges on a provision in the state constitution that outlines the threshold an amendment must get for it to succeed — a majority of the votes cast in the gubernatorial election regardless of the number of votes cast on the amendment.
Watch this video and pass it on!
A few days ago, a federal district judge in Asheville, North Carolina declared the state’s marriage amendment to be unconstitutional. This amendment to the North Carolina constitution, passed in 2012 by a margin of roughly 61 to 39% of those voting, affirmed marriage to be between a man and a woman. The judge acted under an implied directive from the U.S. Supreme Court when it refused to accept an appeal from a decision of the 4th Federal Circuit Court, which overturned Virginia’s marriage amendment. North Carolina falls under the 4th Circuit’s authority.
Asheville, then, is ground zero of the moment for our state on this issue. And Asheville City Council, cheerleaders for “marriage equality”, hung a giant rainbow flag on the exterior of City Hall in celebration of the supposed legalization of unnatural marriage. It created quite a stir here.
Some local conservatives claimed that City Council broke laws regarding requirements for public meetings, since the decision to hang the flag was made informally. Another conservative leader (a former City Councilman) posted on his Facebook page a photo of City Hall with the rainbow flag next to a photo of City Hall hung with a Nazi swastika flag. It got lots of attention.
I took a different approach and filed a formal request to hang a pro-life banner on the building. What follows is text of the letter I sent to the mayor:
October 14, 2014
Mayor Esther Manheimer
City of Asheville
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
Please consider this letter an application to display a Life Advocates banner on the side of Asheville City Hall on Friday, October 31, 2014, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The banner is approximately thirty feet long and four feet high. It is made of a durable vinyl fabric with a black background and white letters that say “STOP ABORTING CHILDREN!”
It is the same banner we carried in Asheville’s Sesquicentennial parade some years ago. Because abortion violently destroys the lives of millions of pre-natal human beings, and is government protected and sponsored, it is the foremost human rights issue of our day.
In an informal session, Asheville City Council recently designated the City Hall as a Limited Public Forum, making the exterior of the building accessible to the public for visual displays. Federal case law is consistently explicit that in these circumstances, government is prohibited from engaging in viewpoint discrimination.
We would like the banner displayed to the same extent and in the same position or higher on the west side of the building that a rainbow flag was displayed on Friday, October 10. With assistance and supervision of the City, we will ensure that the banner is affixed to the building in such a way as to be safe for the property and pedestrians.
The date for our requested use of the building coincides with a protest on the public sidewalks around Planned Parenthood’s proposed new killing site on 16 McDowell Street, which it expects to open within the next few months. The protest, which we call “A Presence of Truth and Prayer” will be Saturday, November 1, “All Saints Day” from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon.
Sincerely, Meredith Eugene Hunt
Copies sent to: City Councilmen and Vice Mayor, City Manager, Asheville Attorney, Parks and Recreation
LIFE ADVOCATES PO Box 19205 Asheville, NC 28815 828-575-7300
While a couple City Councilmen have expressed themselves on the matter, we have yet to receive an official response. A friend of mine made an inquiry and was told the City’s legal department is doing some research. I will file an update next week.
Note: a title for the monarch butterfly photo is “complexity in smallness”. I took it on the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall. Click to enlarge.
Mick Hunt is the Director of Life Advocates and a regular FAB contributor.
Liberal Alinskyites don’t have a monopoly on ridiculing political opponents.
If you need a refreshing break, watch the video below, as Evan Sayet asks (and answers) an all important question.
If the Modern Liberal is in fact as stupid as I believe him to be, then how is one to explain the fact that so many Liberals rise to the very pinnacle of their professions? If Nancy Pelosi is stupid, how did she become the Speaker of the House of Representatives? If Katie Couric is stupid, how did she become the most recent recipient of the Edward R Murrow award for “excellence” in television journalism. If Henry Gates and Ward Churchill are stupid, how did they become tenured professors?
Sayet explains the inexplicable, and the clip ends with:
…and they hate religious folk, the most… See, the idea of being a conservative is we try to better ourselves. Liberals spend their lives just being themselves. And you would think they would love the Catholics because you don’t even wait until you’re born to start being yourself. You were yourself in the womb. And you would think the liberals would love you for that, because, what is the womb? Basically, it’s a liberal paradise. Right? Basically, you’re sitting in a hot tub, feeding off of somebody else.
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