Weekend reading: Safe Havens; remembering children; Oregon’s assisted suicide data

A few links to recent online stories from other sources:

Baby safe havens exist so that every mother has life-affirming options (liveactionnews.org)

In the wake of a baby’s horrific death in Nebraska recently, here’s a timely reminder of Safe Haven laws. New Hampshire has one, allowing newborns to be safely surrendered at public safety facilities or hospitals.

“Please Help Me Remember The Children I Have Lost To Miscarriage” (thefederalist.com)

“Having lost three children to miscarriage, one of my biggest fears is that my children will be forgotten. I am not looking for me or my miscarriages to be remembered—I am looking for my children to be remembered.” Read the rest of the post here.

Oregon Assisted Suicide Report Shows Law is Rife with Abuse (lifenews.com)

Diane Coleman of Not Dead Yet, writing at LifeNews.com, notes that even with sketchy information, the official reporting about Oregon’s assisted suicide law is cause for alarm. “The Oregon assisted suicide data demonstrates that people who were not actually terminal received lethal prescriptions in all 18 reported years except the first, and that there is little or no substantive protection against coercion and abuse. Moreover, reasons for requesting assisted suicide that sound like a ‘cry for help’ with disability-related concerns are apparently ignored.” Read the rest of the post here.


9th Circuit upholds California law requiring pregnancy care centers to advertise abortion

Shannon Bream of Fox News has just reported that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a California law mandating that pro-life pregnancy care centers advertise abortion services.

The law that went into effect early this year requires pregnancy care centers to post a notice including this language: “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all FDA-approved methods of contraception), prenatal care, and abortion for eligible women.”

Alliance Defending Freedom represents the plaintiffs challenging the law in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Harris. ADF’s Matt Bowman said today,

“It’s bad enough if the government tells you what you can’t say, but a law that tells you what you must say—under threat of severe punishment—is even more unjust and dangerous. In this case, political allies of abortionists are seeking to punish pro-life pregnancy centers, which offer real hope and help to women. Forcing these centers to promote abortion and recite the government’s preferred views is a clear violation of their constitutionally protected First Amendment freedoms. That’s why other courts around the country have halted these kinds of measures and why we will be discussing the possibility of appeal with our clients.”

Charles Donovan of the Lozier Institute wrote about the law upon its passage.

“The new law’s text was reportedly written by a pro-abortion pressure group. It singles out pro-life facilities. The intent is clearly to put them out of business. Under penalty of crippling fines of $500 and $1,000 per “offense,” the law would make licensed pro-life medical clinics directly contradict their baby-saving mission, and violate their staffers’ consciences, by advertising for abortion providers.

“…What? you ask? No government body would dare impose such a totalitarian violation of Americans’ individual consciences? No lawmaker would dare coerce a group to do the exact opposite of what its whole purpose is? No politician would dare force private entities to refer clients to their competition? No law could tell selected private groups they must utter government-mandated speech, especially speech they regard as damaging to the person receiving it? And surely no court would uphold such an obviously unconstitutional trampling of individual liberty?

“But unbelievably, all this is exactly what has happened.”


Manchester & Greenland events this week

Reminder: as previously reported, there will be a #ProtestPP rally in Manchester, New Hampshire this Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. to mark Planned Parenthood’s 100th year. New Hampshire Right to Life has the details. This event is co-sponsored by  Manchester’s 40 Days for Life team.

In Greenland, the 40 Days for Life team will hold their midpoint rally for this campaign on Sunday, October 16, at 2 p.m. Gather at the Greenland town offices parking lot, which is next to the Lovering Center. You can sign up for 40DFL vigil hours with the Greenland campaign via the 40 Days for Life web site. (The Manchester vigil calendar has its own page.)

I’ll miss the #ProtestPP event since I’ll be participating in the Foley 5k in Rochester, in honor of the late photojournalist James Foley, who grew up in Rochester, NH.


“You know what changed my mind?…”

This is why I don’t want anything to do with bloody-baby pictures outside abortion facilities or on billboards or anywhere else.

Thank you, Leticia. Your tweets hit me where I need to be hit.

I was always squeamish about demonstrations showing the dead bodies left behind by abortion. The “ewwww” factor was overwhelming.

Then a few years ago I read Abby Johnson’s Unplanned, and her more recent The Walls are TalkingI met my near neighbor Catherine Adair. Together, they burst my bubble. Troublemakers, the pair of them.

Catherine has said, “The worst thing we can do [when meeting abortion workers] is be confrontational, antagonistic. I think the best thing we can do is smile, say hello – just be that peaceful, kind, loving presence they need.” This from a former worker at an abortion facility, who knows what a sidewalk looks like in the hands of people being antagonistic.

Surprise: it wasn’t the truth in bloody pictures that changed her heart, or Abby’s. It was the truth in relationships.  Patience, love, grace, and time were relevant, urgently so.

I need those reminders. Anyone who’s heard me testify at the State House (as has been my custom for the better part of 30 years, God help me) knows that patience is not my strong suit. Dang, some of those political types are dense. No names, please.

And yet…”You know what changed my mind? Grace.”

How did I pick one that out of this morning’s torrent of mostly-forgettable tweets? No matter. Twitter’s existence has been justified for another day. Carry on.

#ProtestPP 2016: October 15 in Manchester

Reblogged from New Hampshire Right to Life; note the contact information at the end for this event, co-sponsored by 40 Days for Life of Manchester.

In October 1916, Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League, later renamed the Planned Parenthood Federation. They performed their first abortion in 1970 and have since become the nation’s largest abortion chain and foremost advocate of abortion on demand. As Planned Parenthood turns 100, hundreds of prayer marches and candlelight vigils will be held across America to confront them with prayer.

On Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 AM, join New Hampshire Right to Life and 40 Days for Life Manchester in a walk seven times around Planned Parenthood to pray for an end to this organization that has done so much to harm American families. Bound4Life Manchester will also be having a Silent Siege at the same time.

For more information contact Paul at manchester@protestpp.com or visit protestpp.com.


The Walls Are Talking

a Granite State pro-life blog by Ellen Kolb