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I Win, You Lose

—Posted by Christine (June 24, 2014 at 10:48 am)

Screwtape“To be” means “to be in competition” – thus C.S. Lewis articulates the philosophy of hell in one of my favorite books of all time, The Screwtape Letters. Writing from the perspective of senior devil Screwtape addressing his amateur nephew Wormwood, Lewis explains, “My good is my good and your good is yours. What one gains another loses.”

I don’t mean to belittle the value of a healthy spirit of competition. When I get out on the bike path to ride with some of the other members of Team Dallas, sometimes the competition is the only thing that keeps us going. But C.S. Lewis refers to an unhealthy form of competition that goes so deep as to damage the bonds of charity by which we support and encourage one another. Regardless of whether you believe in the existence of evil spirits who write witty letters and conspire against humanity, there are many ways in which Screwtape’s philosophy infiltrates human society and erodes the culture of life.

Many societal distinctions are based on comparisons among individuals. Identifying one person as rich assumes that others have less. Declaring one athlete to be the fastest assumes that others are slower. Labeling one student as smart assumes that others must be less so. In my own field of education, teachers strive to unlock the unique potential of each child, yet this goal is often obscured by the endless comparisons of standardized tests and percentile rankings.

We often confuse intrinsic value with instrumental value. In the pro-life movement, you may hear people say something like, “What if we already aborted the person who was going to find a cure for cancer?” (more…)

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“Why Can’t I Be Happy?”

—Posted by Christine (June 12, 2014 at 8:25 am)

baby showerLast month, I was at Chicago’s Navy Pier with the Pro-Life Action League to protest Planned Parenthood’s Generations Gala. With over 50 million children aborted in our country since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 and Planned Parenthood currently performing 40 percent of those abortions, we stood as witness to the violence against women and children that PP promotes in the act of abortion.

Nearing the end of the protest, I was approached by a young woman wearing a homemade sign pinned to her shirt that said, “Proud Teen Mom. Young girls deserve better than Planned Murderhood.” Lilliana explained that she had chosen life for her son Jay after finding out that she was pregnant at the age of 16. A few weeks later, I had the incredible opportunity to meet with Lilliana and hear her story.

Among the many insights I gained from her story, the most poignant was this question, “Why can’t I be happy?” Faced with the myriad of social stigmas associated with teen pregnancy, Lilliana felt that the privilege of being happy was denied to her. She described an instinctive burst of joy upon finding out that she was pregnant, knowing that she was bearing a new life inside of her, but that joy was quickly eclipsed by the harsh reality of her situation.

While pregnant women in stable, respectable situations are entitled to proudly announce the news, plan charming baby showers, and make a fuss over how to decorate the baby’s room, Lilliana wore baggy sweaters and deflected judgmental glances from passers-by on the sidewalks. She felt tremendous pressure to abort her child, and even called Planned Parenthood only to learn that she could pay $300 to lose the child that she already loved. (more…)

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Why Be Vulnerable?

—Posted by Christine (June 2, 2014 at 8:25 am)

baby holding fingerIn the realm of pro-life work, we often talk about the unborn child as the most vulnerable member of society. Indeed, with 21 percent of pregnancies ending in abortion, a person is more likely to die from abortion than from car accidents, homicide, and cancer combined.

The baby in the womb is not the only vulnerable one, though. The woman who chooses to carry an unexpected pregnancy to term also makes herself vulnerable to the hardships and fears that Mike spoke about in his recent post at Biking for Babies.

We often address suffering by trying to alleviate it. We try to alleviate hunger by volunteering in soup kitchens; we try to alleviate pain by prescribing medication; we try to alleviate sorrow with a smile. All these efforts are worthy and essential, but perhaps one of the most powerful ways to address suffering is to embrace vulnerability, to walk alongside someone and take on their suffering as our own. (more…)

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Bring a Baby Item to This Saturday’s Monthly Protest outside Planned Parenthood in Aurora, Illinois

—Posted by John (May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am)

baby shower at planned parenthood auroraA few years ago, four brothers—all under age 10—raised hundreds of dollars for our parent organization, the Pro-Life Action League, by pooling all their Halloween candy and giving it away for donations.

Now their big sister, 15-year old Jessica, has come up with her own creative way to support the pro-life cause.

Jessica is throwing a Mother’s Day “Baby Shower” for pregnancy centers in Aurora to coincide with the monthly protest outside Aurora Planned Parenthood this Saturday:

  • Event: “Baby Shower” and Planned Parenthood protest
  • When: Saturday, May 17th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Where: New York St. and Oakhurst Dr. [Map]

The biggest needs are for diapers and gift cards to stores like Target, Jewel, or Babies “R” Us for moms in need.

Other items to bring would include neutral-colored clothes like onesies or sleepers, rattles, bibs, and stuffed animals.

Everything Jessica collects will be donated to Waterleaf Women’s Center and the Pregnancy Information Center, both in Aurora, so they can offer women the help they need to choose life.

Please join Jessica at Planned Parenthood Aurora this Saturday to pray, protest, and raise items for the needy mothers helped by our local pregnancy centers!

 

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“The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Done”

—Posted by Christine (May 7, 2014 at 8:05 am)

challenges ahead signWhen I was in grade school, my younger brothers always had less homework than I did. I would look back on the previous year’s homework load and think to myself, “Wow, last year was so easy compared to this year. Why didn’t I appreciate it more then?”

Every time I turn a new page in my life, I encounter the next challenge and I again wonder, “How will I ever get through this?” With a few rare exceptions, like the semester I did my student teaching and the Lent that I decided to take cold showers and forego listening to music in the car, any new challenge that I take on predictably becomes “the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

Training for the Biking for Babies ride has certainly fit that general rule. Last week, I was out on the road with a bicycle club and two guys decided to break off from the rest of the group and get in some extra miles. Considering that I am training to ride 140 miles per day, I thought that sounded like a good idea, so I naively asked if I could join them.

It was only my fourth time on a road bike, but I was feeling pretty good. My longest ride of the year had been 40 miles earlier that week. They were planning to go 50 or 60. Bring it on. (more…)

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“Punished with a Baby”?

—Posted by John (April 1, 2008 at 10:45 am)

At a campaign stop in Johnstown, PA this Saturday, Barack Obama was asked, if he were elected president, how his administration would deal with HIV/AIDS and preventing STDs in young girls.

Obama responded:

– or we give them really expensive surgery and we don’t spend money on the front end keeping people healthy in the first place. So when it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include — which should include abstinence education and teaching the children — teaching children, you know, that sex is not something casual. But it should also include — it should also include other, you know, information about contraception because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.

But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.

First, regarding this last part: If Obama really is interested in not withholding information from teenagers that will help them avoid getting an STD, what kind of information is he talking about? (more…)

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