05. February 2008 · 1 comment · Categories: Abortion · Tags:

Check out this Chart that shows you exactly where each Presidential candidate stands on the various abortion issues today.

29. January 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Abortion · Tags:

by Matt Kaufman

When I was in college, a friend of mine—a conservative columnist who wrote for a decidedly liberal student paper—was fired. The reasons given by the editors were unconvincing, and kept changing; the bottom line was that they just didn’t like his politics. But one claim they made still stands out in my memory. They accused him of fabricating a quote from a woman with a group called Women Exploited by Abortion (WEBA): “I killed my baby.” At first he was told “No woman would ever say that;” later, that it was “libelous.” The column was never published.

The fact is, though, lots of women say exactly what that woman did — and even more of them feel it, very deeply. If you have any doubts, read David Reardon’s Aborted Women, Silent No More, originally published in 1987 and just re-released by Acorn Books.

It may sound strange to speak of “aborted” women, since it’s actually their children who were aborted. But Reardon — who heads the Elliott Institute, specializing in post-abortion research — understands that the women have also been subjected to a type of violence, both physical and spiritual. So he spends some pages simply letting them tell their own stories. Listen, first, to their voices:

Alice: [After the abortion] I didn’t realize why I felt bad. My boyfriend took me home. It wasn’t long after I got home that I knew — it just hit me — that I had killed my baby. . . . I had six years of depression after my abortion. . . . I hated myself. . . . A lot of times I wanted to die. . . .

Carol: One night Jim’s band was playing at a local club and he insisted I go with him. Up to that point [since the abortion] I hadn’t left the house. . . . people still thought I was pregnant. One of the wives came up and said, “You must be thrilled! When’s the due date?” I about died and had to think fast. My emotions about it all were rushing again; and as I looked at Jim, I could honestly say that I hated him. First the abortion and now this! I knew I’d have to lie in order to protect his rapport with our peers. I sadly told her that I had miscarried. We left shortly thereafter because I couldn’t handle the sympathy these people were giving to me — me, a murderer!

Sarah: The thought of having a defective baby . . . was enough to drive me to kill. That says a lot about my morally bankrupt condition.

Those feelings are undeniably real. The most hardened feminists will say they’re misplaced, a product of religious propaganda. And in fact, the women quoted above have embraced Christianity — but after their abortions. Prior to that, and often for years afterward, many who now oppose abortion were active feminists, abortion-rights activists, even atheists. It wasn’t Christianity that first made them feel the guilt. It was personal experience.

Karen: I was twelve weeks pregnant, so they performed a suction abortion. They inserted dilators into my cervix, one after the other, until the largest one was as big around as my little finger. It was really, really painful. . . . They turned on the suction machine. I could feel the baby being torn from my insides. . . . three-quarters of the way through the operation, I sat up. To my right and down, I saw the tube that led out of me, from the vacuum aspirator, and it led into a little glass cylinder. In the cylinder I saw bits and pieces of my little child floating in a pool of blood. I screamed and jumped up off the table. They took me into another room and I started vomiting. They responded by offering me Seven-Up and cookies. It was all just repulsive to me, and I couldn’t stop throwing up.

How many women feel the same way? There’s no way to know; studies are hindered by the natural reluctance of many women to talk about their experience, and of abortionists to cooperate with all but the most sympathetic researchers. Yet even studies by abortion-rights supporters (Reardon cites specific examples) have found substantial numbers feeling “guilty” or “dirty,” confused, violated, sad, lost.

Several studies show one in 10 women who get abortions are subsequently hospitalized for clinical depression or other psychological consequences related to abortion. (Among WEBA women surveyed, the number rose: One in five reported a “nervous breakdown” or “complete mental breakdown.”) For each of those women, numerous others suffer untreated through a string of broken relationships, alternating promiscuity or sexual frigidity, heavy drinking, drugs — behaviors that often were nonexistent or far less pronounced prior to the abortion.

Most important, these problems don’t go away or lessen with the passage of time. On the contrary, Reardon says, they get worse. While abortion supporters say women’s primary feeling after abortion is relief, follow-up studies show that regrets, guilt and other emotional consequences grow more severe years down the line. In fact, Reardon writes after reviewing studies from sources with a variety of views on abortion,

The trend is clear to anyone who looks. The negative, WEBA-like abortion experience is the rule rather than the exception. Many aborted women will deny it by hiding their emotions and telling little or nothing of their experience. Others may hide it behind the anger and bitterness they feel toward other persons who were involved, especially the male. But most will admit they are troubled. They simply don’t know what to do other than to try to forget it and move on.

And forgetting it doesn’t work. Not even in sleep, where persistent nightmares about aborted children are common. The sight of a child is enough to spark deep sadness and tears. And then there are cases like Carol’s, while waiting for a doctor’s exam five years after her last abortion:

After the nurse left the room, I started looking around, checking things out. To my shock and complete loss of control, I saw, two feet from my left foot, a suction aspirator machine! I freaked out. I had a total flashback of my abortion experience. I began crying uncontrollably, got up, dressed, and ran out into the hall, hyperventilating. I found the nurse and was near hysteria as I explained why I couldn’t go back in there. She understood, and tried comforting me, reassuring me their office did not do abortions but that the machine was used for other purposes. She took the machine out of the room. I returned shaken and surprised at my lack of self-control. I wonder . . . will it ever end?

This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to recover from abortion. Thousands of pregnancy-care centers across the country help not only in giving women alternatives to abortion, but also in counseling those dealing with its aftermath. Healing, however, can’t come without first facing the reality of what abortion is. And that’s just what women are doing when they say “I killed my baby.”

It’s no mystery why people don’t want to face that: They can’t believe they could be forgiven. Yet here’s where Christianity comes in. Again, the Christian faith isn’t the source of guilt; that comes from what the Apostle Paul calls the law written on men’s hearts. But it is the source of healing — the only place where genuine forgiveness can be found. As Reardon has written elsewhere, before the abortion, Christ condemns it and Satan makes excuses for it. After the abortion, Satan is the one condemning it while Christ forgives it.

That redemptive theme recurs throughout Reardon’s book, making it — for all the ugliness he’s forced to depict — an ultimately uplifting work. Listen to one more voice:

Ila: The legalization of abortion and its rise to social acceptability did nothing to ease the loss and emptiness I felt. Eventually I became so lonely, guilt-ridden, and desperate, that I saw suicide as the only way out of my torment. I overdosed on Valium and Jack Daniels. When my suicide attempt failed, I was admitted to an alcohol rehabilitation program. . . . I prayed for the first time in years, and my prayer was answered. I suddenly realized there was a God out there, and he heard me. . . . My heart began to be filled with joy and hope. . . .

Today I know I must do all I can to help stop legal abortion in this country. I do this by speaking to groups and by reaching out to aborted women, helping them find the one answer to the emotional hell that follows abortions: forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Only in Him do I have hope for my babies who have died, and for my husband and son who live.

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29. January 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Abortion · Tags:

Born after a failed abortionby FIONA MACRAE

This picture is of Gianna Jessen: Born after a failed abortion

One in 30 babies aborted for medical reasons is born alive, a study has found.

They lived for an average of 80 minutes – although in some cases foetuses survived for over six hours.

Most of the babies were born between 20 and 24 weeks of pregnancy, but some had been in the womb for as little as 17 weeks.

The figures, based on a study of West Midlands hospitals, has reignited the abortion debate, with pro-life campaigners demanding the time limit for terminations be cut.

Researchers looked at the outcome of 3,189 abortions performed on seriously handicapped foetuses at 20 hospitals between 1995 and 2004.

It showed that 102 – or around one in 30 – aborted for reasons such as Down’s Syndrome and heart defects, were born alive.

Abortions are allowed to be carried out if the pregnancy is shown to have an adverse effect on the mental health and wellbeing of the mother up until the 24th week of pregnancy.

Beyond this point, the procedure is only sanctioned if the baby has a severe disability or if the mother’s life is at risk.

The latest study, carried out by experts from the West Midlands Perinatal Institute and published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, showed that three per cent of aborted disabled babies were born alive.

Most of the abortions studied were medical abortions. These involve a women being given a series of pills, taken in two doses two days apart.

The first dose, a single tablet of mifepristone, blocks the pregnancy hormones that normally ensure the womb’s lining holds on to the fertilised egg. The second dose, of four tablets containing hormone-like prostaglandins, triggers contractions and a miscarriage.

The death of the baby is a result of the trauma of the early birth, rather than the tablets itself, meaning, in rare occasions, some babies may survive the process.

From 22 weeks, the tablets should be preceded by a lethal injection into the baby’s heart to ensure the baby is dead before the procedure goes any further.

If these babies are born alive, it suggests they weren’t given the heart-stopping injection – perhaps because the doctor thought it would have been too traumatic for the mother. The figures follow several studies which show that babies born at 23 and 24 weeks are capable of surviving.

While there is no suggestion that any of the babies documented in the West Midlands study lived for more than a few hours, doctors in Norwich are currently treating a toddler born at 24 weeks after three botched terminations.

He was born three years ago and is still alive.

Campaigners said it was likely the Midlands figures were just the tip of the iceberg as the region only accounts for around a tenth of the babies born in the country each year.

In addition, the study only looked at babies whose lives were ended because of disability.

However, most abortions are carried out on ‘healthy’ babies for social reasons. Julia Millington of the pro-life group Alive and Kicking said: “This can’t just be happening in the West Midlands.

“It begs the question of how many healthy babies must be surviving? It would suggest the true figure must be much higher.

“With live births after abortion occurring in 18 out of the 20 maternity units in the West Midlands alone, it is difficult to comprehend the numbers of babies around the country left fighting for their lives.”

Babies born alive after abortion are entitled to medical care. However, anti-abortion campaigners claim that some are so unwanted, they are simply left to die.

The Department of Health said that key medical associations agreed that the time limit for abortion did not need to be changed.

• Thirty years ago, Gianna Jessen’s mother had an abortion when seven-and-a-half months pregnant.

The abortion failed and, 18 hours later, Gianna (pictured) was born alive.

She suffered cerebral palsy as a result of the botched abortion, yet has defied doctors’ predictions that she would never walk.

In fact she has run a marathon, is an accomplished singer and writer and travels the world to campaign against abortion.

Her mother was 17 when she decided to have the abortion. Weighing 2lbs when she was born, she spent several months in hospital fighting for her life, before being placed in a foster home.

Her cerebral palsy, which was caused by her brain being starved of oxygen during the abortion, was diagnosed at 17 months old. Doctors said she would never be able to crawl or even sit-up unaided, much less stand or walk.

Now, after several operations and years of physiotherapy she has proved them wrong. Gianna does not know why her natural mother chose to abort her.

She said: “If abortion is about women’s rights, then what were my rights?

“No decision is solely yours to make. All decisions affect another human being – whether it is for good or for ill.

“If people are going to talk about abortion, then it’s important for them to know that these babies can be born alive and survive.”

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I am saddened by the testimony left behind by the so-called “christian” today. My heart just aches that the cause of Christ has been so diluted by people who claim they are Christians yet live their lives as if there is no power behind Christ. No wonder the lost call Christians hypocrites. I would rather that those who professed but did not change would be quiet and never say they are Christian. I would rather they let those who really did become born again show the world the difference that Christ makes.

Have you been truly born again? If so, the Bible says your life will be changed. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor 5:17) The Greek word “are” implies a continuation – an on-going process. Therefore old things are continuing to pass away and all things are becoming new. Your old sinful nature is continuing to pass away and your new righteous nature is continuing to become new! You are sinning less and the things which are pleasing to God are becoming more prevalent in your life. Your desires in life lead toward God rather than away from God. Is this what has happened in your life?

So, are you a new creature? Does it bother you when you sin? Does the Holy Spirit of God “eat your lunch” when you sit and watch a movie that curses His name? Are you disturbed when those around you tell dirty jokes and you say nothing? My friend, if you are truly born again, the Holy Spirit of God will stir your spirit. 2 Cor. 5:17 says you are a new creature and old things are passing away and all things in your life are becoming new. If you are suppose to be “becoming new,” then why are you not changing?

I am so sick and tired of being compared to the person who says he is a “christian” yet is not any different than those who are not. At least the unsaved don’t boast about being born again. They don’t live a life of hypocrisy. But the one who says they got saved and have not changed nor have the desire to change, simply drag the name of Christ through the mud and the unsaved world looks at all of us as being part of the same group and they laugh at us – they consider all of us hypocrites. Sadly, many of those sitting in our very own churches are hypocrites. Just check out how many return for evening services and mid-week services.

The homosexuals hate us because of these hypocrites. The abortionists hate us because of these hypocrites. They claim that “christians” hate them and perform hate crimes toward them. The true born-again Christian loves the homosexual – the true born-again Christian loves the abortionist. The truth is that we hate the sin but we love the person. The homosexual or the abortionist cannot say this – that would mean that they hate the Christian but love the person. The homosexual and the abortionist hate the true Christian because we expose their sin – not in word but with our very lives. The true born-again Christian loves the sinner and desires that all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:6)

My friend, the Word of God is plain and simple. I have had a homosexual say that the New Testament does not deny homosexuality – I have read accounts of abortionists saying that all are equal in God’s eyes and that the woman has the choice over her body and He would not want her to suffer. The Bible says:

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (Rom 1:26) It is God’s design that women bear children – that is the natural use of the woman’s body. But the women of today are selfish – it’s all about me and what is convenient for me! The baby has become a convenience. It is also natural for a woman to be married to a man. But again, in these times of corrupt hearts, women have discarded the use of a man in their lives. So why do they strive to act as men, then? It makes no sense at all. Their sinful hearts will cause them to believe the lie that they were born this way. It is easier to believe a lie than to seek truth – especially God’s Truth. I once spoke to a homosexual woman about the Lord. She said she had to clean up her life before she could get saved. She knew deep down that her homosexuality was a sin – she was under conviction. But she did not wait to try to get out of the sin prior to salvation. She feared God more than she feared the harsh words from her friends. She was gloriously saved and immediately repented of her sinful lifestyle. Today, she is married and has four children!

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Rom 1:27) How can you homosexual men say that the New Testament does not state how sinful your life is? Here it is in plain black and white from the Scriptures. You are without excuse. Continue in this sin and you will receive payment for your error – whether it be in your body through AIDS (or whatever sickness) or for all eternity if you do not repent.

Are you any different than the straight person or the one who has never had an abortion? No, not at all. We are all sinners and are all without sin. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Rom 3:23) We are all guilty. The liar deserves hell just as much as the homosexual or the abortionist. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. (Jam 2:10)

Whether you want to admit it or not, we all live by a law of some kind. Whether we live in Germany, the United States or Canada (or wherever), we live by a civil law that keeps law and order in our country. Without this law of the land, chaos would ensue. It is the same for the spiritual law. Without spiritual laws guiding us, we would be neck deep in judgment. God has provided us with the spiritual laws of the Bible. These laws guide us and are the very foundation of civilization today. And we are neck deep in judgment because none of us can keep the whole law (as it is written in James 2:10, above). Anywhere you go in the civilized world, one knows that it is against the law not to kill – not to steal – not to lie. Where did the civilized world get this law? Any intelligent human being would want to know where this law began. Any intelligent human being would realize that the same one who placed this law in our hearts will require judgment some day.

My friend, I challenge you only to search your heart. The Bible says that God will judge you for what you know in your heart to be true. You cannot deny that you know better because the Bible says that you know better because it has been imprinted upon your heart by God.

Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (18 ) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (19) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (20) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (21)

Do not be the one whose foolish heart will be darkened. Confess your sin, repent and be saved. Jesus said, I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (
Luk 13:3)
Therefore, Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (Joh 3:3) The true-born again Christian will be truly sorry for his sin; he will repent and strive not to continue in his sin. That is the difference between the “so-called” christian and the true born-again Christian.

I felt led to write this today and I pray that the Lord uses it to draw someone to Him today. To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

Please write me if this has blessed you!

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