Weekend update: College offers pro-life studies, born-alive bill in DC, assisted suicide spreads

Here are my three picks of the week from other blogs. Have an excellent weekend!

Anne Fox: Death comes to California (masscitizensforlife.org)

As California’s new assisted suicide law goes into effect, a Massachusetts legislative committee gets ready to vote on the same issue. Read the full post.

From the same blog:  Congress Discovers Evidence of Planned Parenthood Violation of HIPAA. “I’m sure this was in the mainstream media and we just missed it.”

Ben Sasse & Jill Stanek: Abortion survivors deserve our care (nationalreview.com)

The U.S. House has passed a Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Time for the U.S. Senate to get on board. Read the full post. 

Micaiah Bilger: Most Colleges are Training Grounds for Abortion Activists, But This One Offers Pro-Life Courses (lifenews.com)

“University spokeswoman Megan England said OKWU wants the program to train ‘leaders who are prepared to defend and protect the innocent in ways that are more than abstract.'” Read the full post. 


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Weekend reading, 4/15/16

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). 


Anika Smith on David Daleiden: “Courage is a good word when the abortion industry funds the campaign of the attorney general of your state.” (stream.org)

“Last year I met David Daleiden, the investigator behind the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of human body parts from aborted babies. He had just received an award from The Federalist for his courageous journalism and told his eager audience that this was only the beginning: Season 2 of CMP’s ‘Human Capital‘ web series would be on its way in 2016.

“What Daleiden was doing was brave, and we all knew it. He was already the subject of harassment and lawsuits. And he also understood the risks and took them with clear eyes.” Read the rest of the post…

Reggie Littlejohn on the Pregnancy Non-Discrimination Act: “Can we credibly say that we stand for women’s rights without standing against the sex-selective abortion of future women?” (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)

According to a U.N. expert, up to 200 million women are missing in the world today due to gendercide, sex-selective abortion.   This number is greater than all the casualties of all the wars of the twentieth century combined.  This is the true “war on women.”

Sex-selective abortion is the ultimate violence against females.  Aborting a baby just because she is a girl is the ultimate act of gender discrimination.  It says that females are so worthless we don’t deserve to be born, to draw breath on this earth.  Can we credibly say that we stand for women’s rights without standing against the sex-selective abortion of future women?

Sex-selective abortion is strongly related to forced abortion.  Some say sex-selective abortion is protected by a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy for any reason.  This view ignores the crushing social, economic, political and personal pressures that trample women carrying girls in cultures with a strong son preference.  All too often, women in these cultures do not choose to abort their daughters.  They are forced. Read the rest of the post…

Massachusetts Citizens for Life: Dr. Mark Rollo speaks on abortion pill reversal (masscitizensforlife.org)

One of the more technical, but also most hopeful, presentations at our 2016 convention came from Dr. Mark Rollo, who enlightened the audience to the latest developments concerning abortion pill reversal. Dr. Rollo described new protocols to help women reverse RU-486 chemical abortions, a technique which uses two drugs: mifepristone (AKA RU-486) and misoprostol. In many cases, Dr. Rollo said, if massive dosages of progesterone are given after the mifepristone, but before the misoprostol, it is possible that the mother can bear the baby to term with no ill effects. Read the rest of the post…


Four takeaways from Mass. Citizens for Life Convention ’16

The scene was Assumption College in Worcester for Massachusetts Citizens for Life’s 2016 convention on April 2. A packed program for seven hours meant some concurrent sessions. That made for difficult choices, but no bad ones. See photos of the event on the MCFL Facebook page.

A few observations:

A film called “Hush” is going to grab your attention.

The convention featured the screening of a film that you’re going to want to see and share. “Hush”


 

is from two filmmakers with opposing views of abortion who found that they shared  genuine, open curiosity about abortion’s effect on women’s health.

Pro-choice documentary filmmaker Punam Kumar Gill and pro-life producer Joses Martin explored that subject, not knowing where it would lead. What they found was clinical evidence of a link between abortion and breast cancer – a link that has been “hushed up.” They also saw how in different parts of the world, preborn girls are usually the ones targeted in sex-selection abortions. Gill and Martin saw the money-making side of the abortion industry and the effects of abortion on a woman’s later pregnancies.

“Hush” is the result. Gill remains pro-choice, but she doesn’t deny or turn away from her infuriating findings. She calls for open, honest dialogue.

The film’s web site includes a brief trailer and information on the crowdfunding effort that is making distribution possible.

We need to listen to former abortion workers who have turned their backs on the industry – and help them share their stories.

Catherine Adair, well-known to longtime readers of this blog, spoke at the convention about her time as a Planned Parenthood employee and about her pro-life conversion. I looked around the room during her presentation and saw the rapt faces of people who were obviously hearing a former abortion worker for the first time.

(Catherine’s story may be found on her blog The Harvest is Abundant.)

This was a pro-life crowd, and still, what Catherine had to say was new to many of the people in the room. I will never again assume that “everybody” already knows what goes on in the abortion industry.

I looked at Catherine while “Hush” was being screened, and saw her nodding as former abortion workers were interviewed in the documentary. She later affirmed that what she heard in the film was consistent with what she herself saw at PP.

Abby Johnson has written, “I have been told by several former workers that they will never come forward with their stories, because they are so scared of how they will be treated by us – by us, the supposed ‘Christian’ movement.” I thought of that as I listened to Catherine. In a way, in telling her own story, she’s speaking on behalf of those women and men who have left the abortion industry silently. They have yet to tell their own stories – and those stories won’t be easy to hear.

Let’s hear it for oratory contests (and the students who participate).

A high school student named Isabelle was named winner of MCFL’s Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson Oratory Contest, and she chose a topic that’s not on the radar of many students her age: assisted suicide and euthanasia, concentrating on the grim situation in parts of Europe where it’s legal to euthanize children. Let it be known that the rising generation sees what’s going on.

(MCFL is now raising money to send Isabelle and a chaperone to the National Right to Life convention, where she’ll compete with contest winners from other states.)

Isabelle’s presentation reminded me that a New Hampshire pro-life group used to sponsor a student oratory contest, long ago.  There’s an annual pro-life essay contest sponsored by the New Hampshire Knights of Columbus, and as a writer, I applaud that. Still…it sure would be nice to give budding speakers some encouragement, too. What do you think?

Flee the MOLST.

Just when you thought you had the advance-directive landscape all figured out for end-of-life care, along comes a new kind of document. Medical orders for life-sustaining treatment (MOLST) is here – a law authorizing them quietly passed in New Hampshire a couple of years ago – and they’re a problem.

Sandra Kucharski, R.N. began her presentation to the MCFL convention by asking her listeners to make a grocery list. No other guidelines – just a grocery list. After a few minutes, she announced,”You’ve just made a list for food enough to feed a bunch of people at a 4th of July barbecue in 2020.” Whaaaat? When we didn’t know what we were making a list for….aha. So it is with MOLST.

More about MOLST on this blog in a later post. For now, I intend to avoid signing one, while making sure my health care proxy and advance directive (which is NOT a living will, thank you very much) are still in place.

Etc.

I could go on: speakers on Silent No More, youth ministry, RU-486 reversal, sex education in Massachusetts and its link to the abortion industry, the Texas abortion regulations now at the Supreme Court, and effective use of social media left me with almost more information than I could take in at one sitting.  Well done, MCFL.

 

 

 

Encore: Two Women You Probably Haven’t Heard About During Black History Month

This post was originally published on Leaven for the Loaf on February 28, 2013.

Meet Mildred Jefferson and Alveda King. Either of these gifted women could have lived a quietly successful life. They chose to stand up for the right to life instead, which pretty much put an end to any hope for “quiet.”

Mildred Jefferson, M.D.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson (photo courtesy Massachusetts Citizens for Life)

I met Dr. Mildred Jefferson a couple of times, when she came to New Hampshire to testify in Concord on pro-life bills. She was petite, with a radiant smile, and she always dressed with elegance and simplicity and a hat to match. She looked quite unthreatening until she sat down and began to speak. Only then would everyone in the room realize what a powerhouse she was.

Born in 1926, she earned her bachelor’s degree at the age of 16, and went on to become the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She was made of stern stuff. This served her well in her years as a surgeon, and even more so as she became outspoken in her defense of life and her opposition to abortion. She helped to found Massachusetts Citizens for Life in the early 1970s and later served as president of the National Right to Life Committee. From about 1970 until her death in 2010, she was a nonstop pro-life advocate.

Both times when I heard her testify, I listened to her describe the medical facts about abortion, its effects on women, and the development of the preborn child. Both times, I was indignant to the point of anger as some of our state representatives dismissed her medical experience and judgment as being somehow “ideological.” I never heard Dr. Jefferson raise her voice or utter an impatient word in reply. She knew someone with medical credentials had to go on record, even if some of the reps didn’t want to hear her. She did the same thing in State Houses all over the country. To this day, I am in awe of her energy, intelligence, and persistence.

Alveda King

Dr. Alveda King (Facebook photo)

Dr. Alveda King grew up in the civil rights movement, and her biography says “she sees the prolife movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.” She is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Her doctorate, like his, is non-medical.) She is based in Georgia, although her work takes her all over the country. She is currently working with Priests for Life as pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach. A post-abortive woman herself, she is part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which encourages women who regret their abortions to speak up about the emotional and physical consequences they have endured.

I haven’t met her yet. I hope I will someday, just so I can thank her for what she’s doing.

This is all too brief a sketch of two women who deserve much more attention. They’re not in history books — not yet, anyway.

Two Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About During Black History Month

Meet Mildred Jefferson and Alveda King. Either of these gifted women could have lived a quietly successful life. They chose to stand up for the right to life instead, which pretty much put an end to any hope for “quiet.”

Mildred Jefferson, M.D.
MIldred Jefferson, M.D. (photo from masscitizensforlife.org)

 

I met Dr. Mildred Jefferson a couple of times, when she came to New Hampshire to testify in Concord on pro-life bills. She was petite, with a radiant smile, and she always dressed with elegance and simplicity and a hat to match. She looked quite unthreatening until she sat down and began to speak. Only then would everyone in the room realize what a powerhouse she was.

Born in 1926, she earned her bachelor’s degree at the age of 16, and went on to become the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. She was made of stern stuff. This served her well in her years as a surgeon, and even more so as she became outspoken in her defense of life and her opposition to abortion. She helped to found Massachusetts Citizens for Life in the early 1970s and later served as president of the National Right to Life Committee. From about 1970 until her death in 2010, she was a nonstop pro-life advocate.

Both times when I heard her testify, I listened to her describe the medical facts about abortion, its effects on women, and the development of the preborn child. Both times, I was indignant to the point of anger as some of our state representatives dismissed her medical experience and judgment as being somehow “ideological.” I never heard Dr. Jefferson raise her voice or utter an impatient word in reply. She knew someone with medical credentials had to go on record, even if some of the reps didn’t want to hear her. She did the same thing in State Houses all over the country. To this day, I am in awe of her energy, intelligence, and persistence.

Alveda King
Dr. Alveda King (photo from Facebook)

Dr. Alveda King grew up in the civil rights movement, and her biography says “she sees the prolife movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle.” She is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Her doctorate, like his, is non-medical.) She is based in Georgia, although her work takes her all over the country. She is currently working with Priests for Life as pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach. A post-abortive woman herself, she is part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which encourages women who regret their abortions to speak up about the emotional and physical consequences they have endured.

I haven’t met her yet. I hope I will someday, just so I can thank her for what she’s doing.

This is all too brief a sketch of two women who deserve much more attention. They’re not in history books — not yet, anyway.