Weekend Reading, 4/28/16: Johnson, Bomberger, French

Here’s a week’s-end selection of my three favorite recent posts from other blogs, to be sampled after you’re caught up on Leaven for the Loaf.

David French: In Tennessee, a Federal Judge Disenfranchises Pro-Life Voters (nationalreview.com)

“No one should ever doubt the Left’s commitment to abortion. For the sake of preserving the right to kill an unborn child, the Left will sacrifice democracy and even reason itself. Pro-life lawyers have a term for liberal judges’ tendency to twist the Constitution for the cause of death — the ‘abortion distortion.’ The latest example comes from Nashville, Tenn., where an Obama-appointee federal judge just wrote perhaps the least credible judicial opinion I’ve ever read.” Read the rest of the post…

Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation on the hostility he faced when he spoke at Harvard recently (townhall.com)

“It was surreal to hear the mocking laughter, jeers, and mistimed finger snapping from predominantly black students throughout my brief 15-minute presentation. I shared my personal story, dispelled the myth of the ‘unwanted’ child, talked about more black babies being aborted than born alive in NYC (1,180 aborted for every 1,000 born alive), highlighted the 330,000 unarmed black lives aborted each year, and provided historical and statistical context to the issue. It was obvious the more vocal ‘prochoice’ students didn’t want context; they wanted confusion.” Read the rest of the post… [Editor’s note: Mr. Bomberger’s post refers to “seven white men” on the Supreme Court who signed onto Roe v. Wade. In fact, six of those Justices were white; the seventh was Thurgood Marshall, first African-American Supreme Court Justice.]

Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students “No one is beyond conversion” (Matt Hadro, angelusnews.com)

“I just kept thinking you know, I believe that one day – I have faith – that one day it won’t be me standing here speaking and defending the sanctity of human life. I believe that one day it will be Cecile Richards standing here.” Read the rest of the post…


Weekend reading, 4/22/16

Every Friday, I’ll offer you links to three posts of the week from other blogs and news sources to take you into the weekend. My favorite writers, a fresh take on a familiar topic, or just plain interesting stuff: look for the cream of the week’s crop right here (after you read Leaven’s posts, of course). 

Mollie Hemingway: 11 Quick Takeaways From This Week’s U.S. House Hearing On Aborted Baby Parts Trafficking (thefederalist.com)
Mollie Hemingway (photo: thefederalist.com)
Mollie Hemingway (photo: thefederalist.com)

“Abortion clinics and the businesses that purchase aborted baby parts likely conspired to violate federal laws against fetal human organ trafficking, expert witnesses at a House hearing testified yesterday. Evidence of a widespread market for unborn baby parts — down to the tongue, scalp, eyes — was introduced at a testy hearing of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives.” Read the rest of the post…

Justine Worden: “To My Georgetown Sisters” (womenspeakforthemselves.com)

“Some of my peers may be very excited about [PPFA president Cecile Richards speaking at Georgetown]. However, as a Catholic, pro-life, female at Georgetown…[it] keeps me up at night to know that the face of the pro-abortion movement will be given an unchallenged platform to promote her agenda to a room full of my fellow Hoyas, whom I hold dear to my heart as my sisters and brothers. This concerns me primarily because this is a matter of life and death. Women and men who go into the event without a definitive stance on the issue, or who perhaps are facing an unintended pregnancy, will be exposed to a message that overwhelmingly encourages abortion, coming from a woman who treats it as nothing of consequence. This very event could lead audience members down the irreversibly devastating path of abortion.” Read the rest of the post…

Tod Worner: “The Day Solzhenitsyn Schooled Harvard on the Decline of the West” (aleteia.org)

[Quoting Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn] “We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life … [our life’s task] has to be the fulfillment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that [we] may leave life a better human than one started it.” Read the rest of the post…