World Down Syndrome Day: Dear Future Mom

So if you guys were not aware, March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day! I love when this day rolls around. You see my brother is autistic. His life has been joyous and brought about its own difficulties but all in all, he is a blessing! He also has gotten us rather involved in Special Olympics and some of his closest friends are autistic or have down syndrome. As a result, I have gotten to know some amazing human beings who are classified as having Downs. So when this day comes around, I just love celebrating.

Why celebrate? Because life is amazing and I want this day to be a happy day where I can educate others about the love and preciousness of individuals with Down syndrome. I cannot do it quite as well as this video though. I love it’s positive message. It is a video directed towards a scared new mom whose child will have downs. Check it out!

The statistics can be found here.  It’s clear children who are diagnosed with down-syndrome are in drastic danger.  But I want to make this point: What is more tragic? A massive number of deaths? Or the concept itself, that someone with a mental disability is worth less than the “normal” or “average” person? When did we become such tyrants deciding to end life because it doesn’t match out perfect or ideal picture of happiness? Watch that video again and consider this fact: ALL life is worthy of dignity and love. Happy World Down Syndrome Day. Celebrate Life.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards doesn’t know when life begins…or doesn’t care.

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So on Thursday the big pink president Cecile Richards appeared on America with Jorge Ramos. On the show she was asked when life starts. Her reply?

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She claimed to not know. For reals, this is the first part of what she said:
“This is a question that I think will be debated through the centuries,”

So the beginning of life is, according to Cece, a huge mystery! It’s likely going to keep the philosophers busy!

All joking aside, let’s pause here for a moment. The leader of the biggest abortion provider is claiming she DOESN’T know when life begins. Does that sound crazy to anyone else who uses common sense?

Hold on. Maybe I need to let you read what she went on to say:

“It is not something that I feel like is really part of this conversation,” she said, stuttering and clearly shaken. “I think every woman needs to make her own decision.”

Wait, what?
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Let’s stop again folks. So NOW the PP Prez is saying that it does not matter when life begins. Ok, this is a whole new level of nuts. Let me lay it out for you (because my brain is rather sporadic. Blame it on the caffeine.) Ok,so let’s say that’s true. Let’s say science doesn’t exist and we don’t know when human life begins. I’m going to use a good analogy I once heard. Let’s say you’re driving down a road late at night. You’re tired and it’s been a long trip. Ahead of you, you see what seems to just be an old coat someone dropped on the road. HOWEVER, there is a possibility that inside that coat there is a man! A human being! Now would you A) Drive around the coat? or B) Shrug your shoulders and barrel on ahead because there’s no way you could know for sure that a person is inside that coat? I don’t know about you but I’d play it safe and drive around.

But Cecile wasn’t finished. She finally confirmed for us when life begins! STOP THE PHILOSOPHERS! She’s got this:

“I’m the mother of three children,” she finally said. “For me, life began when I delivered them…”

Wait for it,

“…But that was my own personal, that’s my own personal decision.” End quote.

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Back to square one, folks.

Wait, do all of you believe in facts!?

Then we have no problem here. Let me throw some knowledge at you:

Knowing when life begins is not a mystery. It’s science. Embryology specifically. Let’s start with just two non-biased medical textbooks.

“[The Zygote] results from the union of an oocyte and a sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.”

– The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th ed. Keith L. Moore, Ph.D. & T.V.N. Persaud, Md., (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1998), 2-18

“[The zygote], formed by the union of an oocyte and a sperm, is the beginning of a new human being.” – Keith L. Moore, Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, 2008. p. 2:

And there is more where that came from!. It seems we really can’t dance our way around that. Science is clear. A unique human being begins at conception. We may plead with facts. We may wish they were different in order to suit our own beliefs and wishes. But facts don’t give a crap about your wishes and dreams. They are facts!

I could go on and on but it really is that simple. Cecile Richards is being a silly goose. Because truth is: Life happens at conception. Protect it.

Ok?
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It’s ok to be pro-life.

CalmYourselfHey guys, Lisa here. I want to let you in on a secret. 

Come closer.

Closer! I don’t bite.

Ok. Ready?

It’s ok to be pro-life.

Yeah, shock of the century but being pro-life isn’t controversial. Or at least, it shouldn’t be.

It’s something that just kind of hit me mentally recently. Even I have had moments where I have been hesitant or slow to mention what my views on abortion are when it comes up in conversation. If I want to get my groceries or pump my gas peacefully, sometimes I just thought it was easier to keep my mouth shut. But the fact is, it shouldn’t be some shocking thing we are afraid to say.

I have two points to make. First of all, we should not be ashamed of our belief that human beings deserve protection regardless of their size, level of development, or whether they are wanted or not. That should not be a thing that is looked down upon. But some people will do just that. They will make you feel small or silly for believing such a simple fact. We have numerous items of merchandise at rock for life that explains just how simple and logical it is to be pro-life. In case you aren’t familiar with it, here it is!

I am a human being.
I believe that other human beings,
no matter what age
deserve the right
to live, to love,
to be loved,
to be 
happy,
to be safe,
to experience every aspect of life,
both 
before & after birth.
I am pro-life.

This is a concept that should be accepted by all. Sadly, it isn’t. That is why Rock for Life exists. We educate. We explain. We make it ok to be pro-life.

The second point I wanted to make is that while there will always be pro-choice people, we are the pro-life generation! Our generation is more pro-life than generations before us that accepted abortion as a social norm. Our generation is tired of our brothers, sisters, best friends, and countless other would-be loved ones who are not here because “choice” came before love. We are tired and we are fighting back. So I wanted you guys to know it is ok to be pro-life. It’s ok to want hope for our generation instead of death. It’s ok to fight for hope too. Join us. Fight back.

Life-affirming video alert! We’re looking at you, Coca-cola.

So I came across an adorable, funny ad by Coca Cola in my facebook feed. It was this glorious video:

This video is just perfect. Yeah, parenthood isn’t a cakewalk. It’s hard work and has its ups and downs. BUT, it is a journey full of joy and adventure. Love life! It’s worth loving. Pass it on!

“He killed my baby!” A sad story of how abortion stole a man’s fatherhood.

One of my heroes in the pro-life movement is Jason Jones. I have had the pleasure of meeting this man and besides just being a very gregarious, funny and kind individual, he has made it his mission to further the pro-life cause, mainly in Hollywood through films. At Rock for Life, we love the idea of impacting culture from within. Jason is helping to do just that. (You should check out the movies he has been involved with, if you haven’t already:  Bella, Crescendo, and The Stoning of Soraya M.)

The thing though that made Jason stand out to me is his heart-wrenching story which was posted on Lifesite News today. You can read it here.

I will give you the basic highlights. Jason was in highschool when he found out his girlfriend was pregnant. Instead of making a rash decision, they both began to plan how to take care of this new life that had come into their lives. Jason decided to go into the military to make a better life for his new family.

“So here’s what we decided: I could drop out of high school to join the army (a friend of mine had just done the same). My girlfriend would keep things secret, wear baggy sweaters and take vitamins until I got back from basic training and then we would be together—and I’d take care of all three of us.”

Their new plan seemed to go into motion without any problems. Jason went through basic training and waited for the day he would come back to take care of his girlfriend and their new child.

Then, one day, Jason got a call from his girlfriend. She was almost inconsolable, crying desperately for a reason Jason couldn’t immediately understand. When she did speak, her apologies overflowed,

“…she was crying, as I have never heard a woman cry before. Ever. The only way that I can explain it is that her soul was crying. And she kept saying over and over and over again, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. It wasn’t me.”

Another voice which belonged to Jason’s girlfriend’s father was then heard on the line. He informed Jason that his girlfriend had gotten an abortion.

Jason was hysterical and once he was able to speak coherently, he informed his captain of the crime that had been committed,
“They pulled me into my captain’s office and threw me in a chair. At the sight of me falling apart like this, my captain—a big army ranger—looked pretty broken up himself. I managed to form some sentences: “Sir, call the police, my girlfriend’s father killed my child.” And he asked me to explain what happened. And as I did he looked confused and he said, “Private. Why would I call the police? Don’t you know that abortion is legal?”

Jason had not known that. He hadn’t known someone could get away with murder so easily. And he was demolished by his unjust loss,
“The thought of that baby had kept me going, every grueling day of basic training. My heart was broken.”

When Jason talked to his girlfriend again, he made a promise. A promise he still intends to keep today, ““I promise you, that even if no one else cares about abortion, and if it takes me the rest of my life, I will end abortion for our daughter Jessica” (we knew that our child was a girl because the abortionist said to my girlfriend afterward, “By the way, your baby was a little girl”). And I know now that no one person can defeat the Culture of Death. But I really meant it at seventeen, that I would through my own will end abortion. And I believed it.”

I urge you to read Jason’s complete story. Ever since I have read it, it has imprinted itself onto my heart. We so very rarely hear the stories of the father’s who lose their children to the tragedy of abortion. Lost fatherhood is a terrible, terrible thing. At the very moment of knowing of his child’s existence, Jason’s instinct was to protect and care for his family. Then that family was ripped away from him.

Tis is why we, as compassionate pro-lifers, must make a pledge similar to Jason. We know that one person cannot defeat a culture of death that has killed millions of little lives. But we need to believe that we can end abortion. We need to fight for those lives lost and defend those yet to be taken away.

Jason said it best,
“I know that if all of us commit our lives and resources to this, the greatest human rights cause of our age, we will see full legal protection for the human person, from the child in the womb to the child in her mother’s arms, from the embryo to the elderly, in our lifetime. ”

Fight with us for the preborn, Love those touched by abortion, and we will change lives.

Rock for Life Maryland Conference Recap!

Hello lovely beautiful people,

It has been some time since I blogged with y’all but the time has come! I am back and ready to blast your faces off with brilliant blog recap love of the Rock for Life Maryland conference! (cue crowd noise.)

So in case you were not aware, Rock for Life had an amazing conference Nov. 17th that had all the important things needed for a great pro-life time: Awesome passionate speakers (I was one of them! They just let me up on the stage! It was great!), great music (The Revived! They were awesome!) and free merch! (You totally should have been there! You could have gotten free stuff!)

Ok, toning down the excitement just a notch.  I have pictures!

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Our lovely lady of ceremonies, Erica Valenstein!

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The Revived!!

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Michele Henrickson!! Laying down the facts.

 

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Me!

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Erik, Michele and Andy Moore chilling like bosses.

So clearly it was AMAZING and I, as well as the rest of the RFL team, cannot wait to do it again. The evening, besides being fun, was an energizing conference complete with a thorough scientifically-sound pro-life presentation from Michele Hendrickson. She laid out the pro-life case passionately and showed us that we are the side with the facts and we will not be silenced. I spoke on my story as an adopted child and my intro into activism. Finally, our fearless director, Erik Whittington, explained how he got involved in fighting the tragedy of abortion. Our message was simple: Abortion is wrong, we have the tools to stop it and we want YOU to join us.

So will you?

Give them dignity: Naming the 45 babies babies recovered from Gosnell’s clinic.

Kermit Gosnell’s story is no longer being ignored (for the most part.) The late-term abortionist currently is on trial for lives lost at his clinic, women and children, as well as having to answer for the disgusting conditions of his Pennsylvania clinic. If you haven’t heard of this man yet, please google him. Educate yourself. Don’t close your ears.

The whole ordeal is heart-wrenching. It shines a spotlight on the horrific effects of not only one man but of the ignorance of the media when it comes to the abortion industry. This particular story, originally from LifeSite News, gives a small note of good to a saddening series of events.

Forty five precious babies were found at Gosnell’s clinic. They had no names because they were deemed “unwanted.” But those of us who value life, we recognized that these children were important, they deserved life. Since they were denied the right to live, we agree with the sentiment that Father Frank Pavone holds: they all deserve names.

We here at Rock for Life, out of respect for these children, will list their names below:

Names of the Gosnell Babies

From the Grand Jury Report: “The Philadelphia medical examiner analyzed the remains of 45 fetuses seized from the clinic. Of these, 16 were first-trimester; 25 were second-trimester, ranging from 12 to 21 weeks; 2 were 22 weeks; 1 was 26 weeks; and 1 was 28 weeks.”

Baby Adam (Baby Boy A, aborted at seven and a half months, six pounds weight)

Baby Michael (Baby Boy B, killed at 28 weeks)

Baby Alex (Baby C, breathed for 20 minutes after delivery.)

Baby Chris (Baby D — Was delivered into the toilet and was seen swimming there.)

Baby Andy (Baby E — This baby was heard to whine.)

Baby Lou (Baby F — This baby’s leg jerked and moved after being delivered.)

Baby Pat (Baby G)

Baby Joshua
Baby David
Baby Ashley
Baby Sal
Baby Terry
Baby Sam
Baby Val
Baby Tony
Baby Ronnie
Baby Sarah
Baby Melanie
Baby Sandy
Baby Corey
Baby Drew
Baby Ryan
Baby Toby
Baby Sean
Baby Kelly
Baby Carroll
Baby Joseph
Baby Benjamin
Baby Stacey
Baby Gabriel
Baby Brett
Baby Julian
Baby Taylor
Baby Courtney
Baby Danny
Baby Kim
Baby Mandy
Baby Robin
Baby Austin
Baby Abel
Baby Michelle
Baby Lisa
Baby Shannon
Baby Nevin
Baby Connor

It is our duty to do this. As pro-lifers, as human beings. In America, the nameless dead are always tragic. We feel a special kind of loss when we are unaware of the identity of the victim of a crime. It is always a tragedy for someone to suffer violence, but to have their name and their identity forgotten adds a bitter note. For these children, this is one way to give them respect, dignity and to love them. Obviously, we should aim for this body count to be unthinkable. We lose around 4,000 little lives like these every day in America. Little Connors, Little Kims, and Little Taylors. Think of them and oppose abortion. Think of them and stand up for life today.

For the full article, written by Fr. Pavone, go here.

Ohio Mother Sues Abortion Clinic Over Failed Abortion.

Miracle baby: Ariel Knights, pictured left with her fiance, he son and the 'miracle baby' girl she delivered in September

An Ohio mother of two has decided to sue an abortion clinic over the failed abortion of her daughter, a child she and her fiance have since called “miracle baby.”

Last year, when 22-year-old Ariel Knights was told by doctors that her pregnancy could be life-endangering, she made a decision to schedule an abortion. In March 2012, Knights scheduled an abortion through Akron Women’s Medical Group.In an interview with the Beacon Journal, Knights said the clinic’s atmosphere was dark, “Every seat was full. People were standing…It was pretty much like a slaughterhouse; it was like OK, next, next.” Knights full detail’s of the experience, found here, are rather shady and scary. She was dealt with in a very cold way, the deed was done and she was sent on her way. But a few days later, she began feeling ill and going through some serious physical pain. She eventually ended up going to the ER, where a doctor had some startling news for her and her fiance.

She was still pregnant.

Knights got in touch with the clinic where the abortion had occurred and the clinic denied her claims but suggested she could go to their other office in Cleveland. Knights decided to try a different clinic but they refused to perform the abortion, stating, they wouldn’t treat her for “somebody else’s mistake.” Knights decided to carry her baby to term after that.

It wouldn’t be an easy pregnancy. Knights had a medical condition that Knights said made the process risky and stressful. She was worried the failed abortion had weakened the baby and might mean the child’s death.

Knights had multiple hospital visits and bi-weekly ultrasound visits with a doctor who specialized in high-risk pregnancies. But Knights’ miracle baby, a little baby girl, was born in September.

Cutie: Knights and her fiance are thrilled to have their healthy baby girl, pictured

Knights and her daughter suffered no complications during delivery. Knights is pursuing a lawsuit of 25,000 dollars for pain, suffering, and emotional distress. She said she is also hoping to find answers through the lawsuit. She and her fiance are happy to have their “miracle baby” though she is still suing for malpractice.  She told the Becon Journal, “I mean, it’s just hard, thinking she’s here and thinking, if they would have done their job… It’s just something I don’t like to think about.”

My commentary: The health of the mother is a very hard consideration to deal with when we are talking about abortion. When most people say they support abortion only in cases of the mother’s health, my experience has been that they don’t understand the difference between a life-saving operation and one that aims to end a life. Knights believed she was acting in her own life’s interest as well as that of the family she might leave behind. But an operation that saves a mother’s life and result’s in the baby’s death is one thing. An abortion, which tears apart and dismembers a baby’s body because of a health risk, is another thing. We need to keep that in mind when doctors encourage us (speaking as a woman, here) to abort our children. While I agree with Knights’ quest to find answers from a shady abortion clinic, money will not be able to fix the fact that her daughter was almost killed and clearly was meant to live. As pro-lifers though we must be careful when dealing with such a story. If anything, we need to be researching options for high-risk pregnancies and educating scared women on how they can save their life and their child’s life as well.

 

Pro-Life Apologetics Rundown: Rape

Being pro-life is awesome isn’t it? We are the side with hope, we love babies, love their mothers and love life! But just loving life isn’t going to help us explain why abortion is unjust. True, it should be common sense that babies deserve a right to live and women deserve better than abortion. Sadly though, our culture has become bogged down by bad reasoning to make their “choices” seem rational and compassionate.

I hope to help explain why there is NO excuse that makes abortion seem ok or acceptable. I will do this by providing you guys with a shortened version of how to defend common pro-choice arguments/questions about abortion.

I figured I would start with the most common objection pro-lifers hear.

Sure. Abortion is bad but what about rape? You wouldn’t force a woman to carry a child that was forced on her, would you?

Don’t panic.

Rape is a very emotionally charged subject and therefore it is often brought up as an issue when you say you are pro-life. Rape is a horrific attack on a woman and before I tell you all the talking points, I want you to keep this in mind: be gentle. You don’t know who you may be talking to! They could have been raped or known a loved one who has been raped. Regardless, make sure to use kindness as you speak and be sensitive to this person.

Now, when I am faced with this, I usually start out with common ground with the person. Rape IS horrible. Rape IS the violation of a woman. And women who have been raped deserve the best medical care and counseling that is available. And yes, carrying a child who is a result of rape won’t be a happy experience for the mother.

BUT. This child who resulted from this violent crime has done nothing to deserve the death penalty. Heck, we don’t even punish rapists with the death penalty! This innocent, fully human precious child is innocent. Are we allowed to kill people who remind us of a traumatic event? I would hope not.

My second point is that abortion is additional trauma for an already traumatized woman. This woman has already been violated. Abortion is not going to change that. Instead, it will further traumatize her. I will let you in on a secret: Abortion is not a natural procedure. It’s not a heart transplant, its not the removal of a kidney. It’s an incredibly invasive procedure that is aimed to harm, not heal. There are plenty of studies on post-abortive women who say that their abortion did not make things better, it was another violation of their body. Abortion makes rape worse. It doesn’t make it go away.

So that is a quick run-down of some counterpoints to the rape exception argument. We could go into further detail but I think that is a good start for you to talk to your friends, family and classmates about being totally pro-life no exceptions. We are the side who cares about women and their children. That is why we should not permit women in tragic situations to suffer another tragedy. Check out our website and please email us! We would love to hear your questions and pro-life stories.

Surrogate mother refuses to abort baby with health complications.

A story reported this Wednesday on CNN has shocked many with the dramatic tale of a surrogate mother who was threatened with legal action when she refused to abort the baby she was carrying for another couple. Crystal Kelley was looking for a chance to help a family have a child and improve her financial situation so she offered to be a surrogate for a couple in need. Kelley could never have expected that she would eventually be offered 10,000 dollars by that same couple to abort the child she was carrying when it was discovered that the baby girl would suffer from extreme health issues.

The whole story can be read in detail here.

This was a story that had a happy ending but still contains a saddening fact. This couple, who employed Kelley, didn’t seem like bad parents. From all appearances, they seem to be very good parents to the children they already have. This might make it all the more shocking that they ask their unborn child to be terminated. From the story, it seems they felt this was the more “merciful” option.

But is it their call?

When it comes down to it, choosing to take a life should not be in our hands. Kelley saw this as a fact. It may seem merciful at first glance to end a child’s suffering before they enter this world. But the hard facts are these: That child had no control over how they developed and they deserve a chance at life just like any other human being. We have no way of knowing what one child’s life may turn out to be like. Sure, it could be hard and tragic. Or it could be full of love, laughter and joy. We must be the ones who have hope. Instead of taking the “easy” solution of snuffing out a child’s life prematurely, instead we should be looking for ways to make their life better.

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