“Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Your Lost Child”

Béatrice Fedor of 400 Words for Women posted this a year ago. It’s worth re-visiting, as a reflection from a woman who is post-abortive and has something to say to other women with the same experience.

I’m praying for healing, I’m praying for peace. I’m praying for a world where no woman is made to feel that she *has* to choose legal violence to solve her problems.

Read her full post: https://400wordsforwomen.com/2016/07/06/aborted-childrens-birthdays/

The French aversion to pro-life speech intensifies

The French government is doing its best to muzzle pro-life speech, apparently under the assumption that women are too delicate to hear it.

Recall news from a few weeks back: the French Conseil d’Etat (State Council) gave its blessing to a decision by a French broadcasting service not to show a video with the message that people with Down Syndrome can have happy lives. The video implied that abortion need not be the result of a prenatal diagnosis of a genetic problem. The Council concluded that such a message might be “inappropriate” since it was “likely to disturb the conscience of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices”. I wrote about that over at DaTechGuy Blog

Now, Béatrice Fedor at 400 Words for Women draws our attention to a recent expansion of a French law that forbids anyone from interfering with a woman’s decision to abort her child.

This new law is an extension of a 1993 law that forbids anyone to try to keep a woman from entering an abortion facility, talk to her, carry a sign, pass her a pamphlet, make any kind of contact with her in order to dissuade her from having an abortion including offering help. Now this law has been extended to any digital means but note that the text has been changed from ‘digital’ to ‘any means’. It could be about any website (or perhaps books or videos) contents that is considered as lies, misguiding, making women feel guilty, morally and psychologically pressuring them to keep their child, like telling them about possible consequences of abortion and such.

Fedor lives in the United States but is French by birth. She became pro-life after having had an abortion herself some time ago. She takes the newly-expanded French law personally. She talks about it in a video recorded in French, with an English translation provided on her blog.

My…question is about women who have aborted and suffer from abortion. Will we have the right to speak? Will we be allowed, from now on, to write our stories, to share our stories on the internet or maybe by publishing a book, maybe by making a video just like I’m doing now?

Read more of her questions about the French law. Think about how the land of her birth got to this position. How much (or how little) prolife activity will it take to trigger enforcement of the law? Will prosecutions ensue?

It’s worth working to keep the same kind of law from gaining a foothold here. Start with peaceful and persistent exercise of the First Amendment in defense of the right to life. Respond to any challenges with a vigorous legal defense. Make sure the French law is merely a cautionary tale, not a bellwether of what’s ahead for the USA.

See 400 Words for Women for a translation of Béatrice Fedor’s video, shown below. 


Weekend reading: making excuses for Sanger

I have but one suggestion for you for weekend reading. Béatrice Fedor recently outdid herself on 400 Words for Women.  I’m sending you over to her blog.

A bit of background: a few weeks back, an abortion advocacy outfit called ReproAction had a webinar on how it’s impossible [sic] to be a pro-life feminist. Among the speakers was one who bent over backwards to explain the racist views held by Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger.

I’ll let Béatrice take it from here. “Truth is truth whether it fits our agenda or not.” Read her full post. 

The Letters

Watch out for “quick fixes”; 40DFL campaign concludes; WMUR story of interest

Affirming life without “quick fixes”

Suggesting that a pregnant woman has to give up her child for adoption to make reparation for premarital sex is no different from the pro-choice mother imposing abortion on her daughter to make reparation for “unprotected sex”. Both attitudes are truly misogynistic and anti-life.

That’s from Béatrice Fodor in 400 Words for Women. In this thought-provoking post, she asks pro-lifers to take a fearless look at their own approach to women experiencing crisis pregnancies. Start your week by reading her short and challenging essay about the “quick-fix mentality.”

Another 40 Days for Life campaign wraps up …

Tune in next spring for the next 40DFL effort in your area. The international director, Shawn Carney, posted in an email this morning that 476 women are known to have chosen life for their children as a result of 40DFL prayer witnesses outside abortion facilities.

I hate seeing metrics used in this context. I hate scorecards and polls about pro-life work, as though standing up publicly for life should depend on whether the numbers keep going up. I understand why someone tracks the figures, though. In a way, those numbers force us to consider the actual women who make up that “476.” Each has her own story. The numbers may also provide a small measure of reassurance to the pro-lifers who ask if their participation makes any difference. Yes, your peaceful and patient witness matters.

Locally in southern New Hampshire, the Greenland and Manchester campaigns ended with special gatherings for the volunteers. My hat’s off to the 40DFL organizers in both places. Bob Melnyk and Jackie McCoy come to mind immediately, but I know there are many other dedicated people who kept the campaigns going. My thanks and respect go out to all of them.

… and there are still opportunities for prayerful witness

To stay up to date with the schedules for peaceful pro-life vigils outside abortion facilities in New Hampshire, the best source I know is NHRTL’s email alert list. You can email info@nhrtl.org and ask to be put on the list.

Tune in Wednesday for WMUR report on human trafficking in NH

I just saw a promotional spot on TV for this, and I’m sorry I have no further information – not even from the WMUR web site! WMUR-TV, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire, is presenting a locally-produced special report this Wednesday, November 6, on the 11 p.m. newscast. The subject: human trafficking in New Hampshire.

I haven’t previewed the report. In fact, I know nothing about it beyond what I saw in the brief promo. I’m pretty sure that I glimpsed Theresa Flores on the screen, as one of the people being interviewed. I have heard her speak about her own nightmarish experience as a victim of trafficking when she was a teenager. It was hard for me to believe that a teenager from a quiet suburb could be coerced into the sex industry without her parents’ knowledge, until I heard Theresa talk about what happened to her.

As a woman and a mother, few things make my skin crawl like realizing other women and other women’s children are caught up in human trafficking today, here in New Hampshire. I’d like to believe such things don’t happen, or if they do, that it’s only in big cities far away. Theresa ripped off my blinders. I’m going to watch WMUR’s report to hear what she and the other people interviewed – including local law enforcement officials – have to say about what’s happening.

I know that earlier special reports are available on the WMUR web site. Perhaps this one will be posted there as well after it airs.

I doubt WMUR’s report covers the nexus between human trafficking and the abortion industry. It’s left to reporters like the brave souls at Live Action to report on that.

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Why I can’t stand with Wendy Davis on Texas SB5 bill

“Surely we can do better for women.” This re-post from the blog 400 Words for Women is the best short answer I’ve found to the recent antics in Texas, where abortion advocates disrupted a legislative session in order to block a bill to stop post-20-week abortions.