— Posted by John (May 13, 2014 at 9:00 am)
A 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!
— Posted by Christine (May 7, 2014 at 8:05 am)
When 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. [Continue reading this entry »]
— Posted by John (March 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm)
When 16-year old Thrin Short joined Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust for a peaceful campus outreach at the University of California-Santa Barbara earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be assaulted—by a professor—after the professor incited two students to steal one of the group’s signs showing a photo of an abortion victim.
But that’s exactly what happened (language warning):
It didn’t take long before this story became national news.
Last week, Thrin and her older sister Joan appeared on Fox News to talk about the incident, and Thrin knocked it out of the park with this quote:
Iâ€™m sorry if these signs offended her in any way but, after all, she does…show porn to her students so sheâ€™s not really the one to talk about offending images â€¦. The pictures, yes, show violence after it happened, but what is so much worse than the pictures is the violence itself. And if we have to show what is happening out there to stop it then we have to go there and show it.
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— Posted by John (February 19, 2014 at 4:19 pm)
Take a look at the four flyers below.
Two of them were displayed by an extracurricular club at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, and the administration had no problem with them.
Another extracurricular club at the same school attempted to display the other two flyers, but the administration said no:
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— Posted by Grant (February 19, 2014 at 9:00 am)
Can pro-lifers learn something from vegetarians—perhaps a means of swaying public opinion?
According to the results of a recent NPR Intelligence Squared Debate, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.
In the two-on-two competition, Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, argued for the elimination of meat from global diets, stating, â€œWhen the animals are seen as commodities, and as edibles, they are not treated with respect. That is bad for the animals, and I would also suggest it is bad for us.â€
After beginning with half of the audience against him, Gene and his co-debater managed to sway an additional fifth of the crowd to their side. If wantonly killing animals can change the minds of so many people so quickly, could it have the same impact coming from a pro-life speaker?
Imagine Gene standing in front of a group of American voters, testifying to a similar notion, but with slightly different words: â€œWhen children—born or unborn—are seen as commodities, and as annoyances, they are not treated with respect. That is bad for the children, and I would suggest it is bad for us.â€ [Continue reading this entry »]
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— Posted by John (February 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm)
“Fascinating!” “Awesome!” “I loved it!”
These are just some of the comments that sum up the reaction of the dozens of teens and adults who attended our TeenSpeak 2014 conference on February 1 in Rosemont, Illinois. The day began with an eye-opening talk entitled “The Biochemistry of Attachment and Bonding” by Vicki Thorn, the founder of the international post-abortion outreach Project Rachel.
In her talk, Vicki discussed some of the key differences between the thought processes of men and women generally, and of young men and young women in particular. Among many topics—including the dangers of pornography and the very real harms (both physical and psychological) that women suffer as a result of chemical contraception—Vicki also talked about the biology of abortion, explaining how both the mother and father of an aborted child are haunted by the absence of that child, and how even other children born after an abortion can be affected by the loss of one of their siblings. [Continue reading this entry »]
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— Posted by John (December 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm)
I was really excited to hear about the first annual Catholic School Life Rally held earlier this month outside the South Wind Women’s Center abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas.
The idea for the rally was conceived by the 10-member senior class at St. John’s Catholic High School in Beloit, Kansas. One of the highlights of the rally was an impressive and heartfelt speech given by one member of the class, 17-year old Katie Greenwood.
Here are some of the highlights of Katie’s speech:
I am the oldest of 13 kids. I love each of my brothers and sisters so much, I couldnâ€™t live without them. But, I do have three siblings that I have to live without. Iâ€™ve actually never met them. My mom has had three miscarriages; the most recent miscarriage was actually confirmed two nights ago. Do you have any idea the heart-wrenching experience I went through the night my parents told our family what happened? I want you to picture 10 kids, ranging in ages from 17 to 2 years old, so excited for a new baby brother or sister. We were so happy. I was going to get to be the godmother to this child, we were already having the sibling wars on whether the baby should be a boy or girl, we already had the names picked out. We could not wait for this baby. Picture that joy. Now can you imagine the sorrow in my family when we were told that our baby brother or sister died before we ever got to meet him or her? That we will never, ever get to see this child grow up? Never get to show him our world? We would have cherished this child, just as we would cherish any other child in the womb of any other person. Children are a blessing. They are precious and sacred. They are loved by God, and we acknowledge the love and value that God places on every, single one of them. [Continue reading this entry »]
— Posted by John (December 6, 2013 at 11:00 am)
On August 15, 2012, Mary Wagner was arrested after she entered the waiting room of a Toronto abortion clinic and offered help to any woman who would consider changing her mind.
She has been in jail ever since on charges of “mischief: interference with lawful enjoyment/operation of a business,” and and breach of a probation order that prohibits her from being within 200 meters of any place where abortions are performed in Ontario.
This was the sixth time Mary had been arrested since she began her campaign of civil disobedience in March 2010. Since then, she has spent nearly three years in prison.
To support Mary, her friends and supporters at Campaign Life Coalition Youth have organized a campaign to send her Christmas cards and letters: [Continue reading this entry »]
— Posted by John (November 25, 2013 at 3:16 pm)
The National Catholic Youth Conference was huge. Total attendance was over 23,000!
This was our third NCYC, and we’re so glad we came!Â Our display table was in a great location in the thematic park, so we had a steady stream of visitors over the course of all three days, and we were thrilled at the response we got from everyone who stopped by.
Our “YOUR MOM Chose Life” pins were a huge hit!Â We gave away over 1,000 of them, along with over 500 “I’m Pro-Life. Ask Me Why!” buttons.
We also gave out hundreds of pro-life drop cards and postcards provided by Stand True, and pro-life magazines provided by Human Life Alliance.Â And even more importantly, we had countless inspiring conversations with numerous teens from all across the country, including many who are interested in starting their own pro-life clubs.
We’re already looking forward to the next NCYC in 2015!
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— Posted by John (November 4, 2013 at 9:00 am)
At our first National Catholic Youth Conference, held in Kansas City in 2009, we handed out over 1,000 pro-life buttons, stickers and pieces of pro-life literature.
Then, at NCYC 2011, in Indianapolis, we knew we needed to bring even more stuff to give away.Â And we did!
Two years ago we handed out well over 1,500 buttons, including 1,000 “Your Mom Chose Life” buttons, along with hundreds of other items.
Now we’re getting ready to head back to Indianapolis in a few weeks for NCYC 2013, from November 21-23.
Because they were such a big hit last time, we’ll have even more “Your Mom Chose Life” buttons to give away, along with lots of other items.
We’ll be in booth 564 in the thematic park.Â Stop by and see us!
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— Posted by John (September 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm)
Tuesday, October 15th is the 10th annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.
For one day, people all over the world will give up their voices in solidarity with babies who have had their voices silenced by abortion.
It’s just under three weeks away, and already, students from 444 schools, along with thousands of others in over 40 countries worldwide, have registered to participate!
Are you willing to give up your voice for a day for those who will never have a voice?
For more information and to register, go here.
— Posted by John (September 4, 2013 at 9:11 am)
Last week on the Pro-Life Action League blog, my co-worker Ann Scheidler wrote about a bill in the California state legislature that would allow nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and physicians’ assistants to perform abortions.
In it she wrote:
There seems to be a general consensus among the medical community in favor of easy â€œaccessâ€ to abortion, but when it comes to actually performing the abortions, most doctors want respectability among their peers and their friends, and so they donâ€™t want to stoop to that level.
With that in mind, check out this postcard that recently appeared on the website PostSecret: [Continue reading this entry »]
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— Posted by John (August 29, 2013 at 8:02 am)
Jonathan van Maren of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform has an excellent article this week about sexting.
Here’s an excerpt:
Girls: If a guy asks you for explicit pictures, he’s implicitly told you what he wants from you. The answer is it’s not you. He wants your body, and in this scenario he doesn’t even want you physically present. By sending him these pictures you’re voluntarily reducing yourself to a one-dimensional sex object, without a personality, without aspirations or intellect or even a voice. You are a person with a body, not a body with a person. If the boy you’re talking to doesn’t recognize that, then drop him hard, and wait for someone who does. There will be guys who want to spend time with you, not just your body.
Guys: If you’re asking for these pictures, think for a minute about what you’re saying about girls and women in general. You’re revealing something about yourself that’s pretty distasteful: Namely, that the relationship you want is one defined by your particular sexual wants rather than the presence of another person who demands—or should demand—mutual respect and understanding. If you’re asking for these pictures, you’re not acting the way a man should, by respecting (and in some cases protecting) the women in your life. You are acting like a predator, and a cannibalistic one to boot. And if the pictures are sent to you unsolicited, you should delete them and tell her she’s worth more than that.
Read the whole thing.
— Posted by Grant (August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am)
Two individuals stroll down a dusky street: one tall, one small.
The woman, slim and wearing a fashionable red dress, is the mother, Kim. The short, wide-eyed girl holding her hand is her daughter, Liza.
The two live in the heart of New York, on the edge of a bad neighborhood, an area which they normally ignore and avoid. Tonight, however, Kimâ€™s husband has gotten two front-row tickets to Evita, and since the familyâ€™s usual sitter is on vacation, Kim is dragging her ten-year-old through the grimy streets toward an acquaintanceâ€™s home, which is actually outside of the rundown district; but, for several reasons—including their car being in for repairs, this route being a short-cut, and Kimâ€™s unwillingness to pay for a cab—here they are.
While rushing through, Kim is dreaming of the delightful dancing and marvelous musical numbers that await at the Marquis Theatre, much too busy to pay any attention to the tragic poverty around her.
This explains why, when Liza tugs on her motherâ€™s sleeve to say, â€œMommy, a bad man is hurting that woman,â€ Kim reacts as she does: turning away from the unshaven fellow—who happens to be waving a blade at a teenaged girl—and continuing to walk away as if nothing were the matter, dragging Liza with. â€œWe canâ€™t leave her,â€ insists Liza, â€œWe have to help. Thatâ€™s bad.â€ [Continue reading this entry »]
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