Be the change

Don’t like the way things are? Change them.

Do you want non-doctors performing abortions in our state? Heck no! AB 154 is an abortion expansion bill and will be voted on by the Assembly Committee on Health, Tuesday TOMORROW. It would expand abortion allowing nurses and midwives to perform this procedure. Voice your opinion NOW by calling the assemblymembers below (it doesn’t take long, I took 17 minutes to call them all).

This bill is not safe for women’s health. Californians deserve better.

Please contact the committee members listed below and urge them to vote “NO” on AB 154. Share this and get the word out!

Assemblymember Richard Pan (Chair)
916-319-2009 Fax: 916-319-2109

Assemblymember Dan Logue (Vice Chair)
916-319-2003 Fax: 916-319-2103

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
916-319-2017 Fax: 916-319-2117

Assemblymember Toni Atkins
916-319-2078 Fax: 916-319-2178

Assemblymember Susan Bonilla
916-319-2014 Fax: 916-319-2114

Assemblymember Rob Bonta
916-319-2018 Fax: 916-319-2118

Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro
916-319-2002 Fax: 916-319-2102

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
916-319-2051 Fax: 916-319-2151

Assemblymember Roger Hern√°ndez
916-319-2048 Fax: 916-319-2148

Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal
916-319-2070 Fax: 916-319-2170

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein
916-319-2077 Fax: 916-319-2177

Assemblymember Allan Mansoor
916-319-2074 Fax: 916-319-2174

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell
916-319-2054 Fax: 916-319-2154

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
916-319-2046 Fax: 916-319-2146

Assemblymember Brian Nestande
916-319-2042 Fax: 916-319-2142

Assemblymember V. Manuel
916-319-2056 Fax: 916-319-2156

Assemblymember Donald Wagner
916-319-2068 Fax: 916-319-2168

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski
916-319-2025 Fax: 916-319-2125

Assemblymember Scott Wilk
916-319-2038 Fax: 916-319-2138

My Mother was Aborted: Huh?

She won’t be happy for too long.

You might have already seen this article circulating across the internet. If not, go read it. It’s about a new “breakthrough” ability of science: the ability to take eggs from aborted girls to be used in IVF procedures.

This makes me so sick. We now have the ability to kill an unwanted child and use her remains to create a wanted child. Hello? Where did scientists sanity go?!?! I can’t even imagine the emotional and mental trauma a child created through one of these procedures would experience after realizing they were the biological child of an aborted woman…

Thankfully, this article said that the general reaction was negative. What is it going to take for people to stand up and say ENOUGH? The time is now people. Spread the word and start speaking out about this garbage.

 

Love doesn’t count chromosomes

 

Today is World Down Syndrome Day (3-21, cool, huh?). Check out my post for the occasion over at Live Action!

Thank You.

Every time I hear about someone who follows my blog, I am blown away at what this has turned into. I’ve only been active in the pro-life movement for about a year and a half, but it already feels like forever. In that short time, so much had happened: jobs, blogging, and so much more. Just a couple years ago, I could never have imagined anything like this happening. For goodness sakes, five years ago I wanted to be a Broadway star. God sure had other plans ūüôā

A funny thing about being in the pro-life movement in that you never, ever, know how many lives you have saved or touched. Whether you’re a faithful prayer warrior outside a clinic, a volunteer at a pro-life organization, or a leader of a big organization, you’ll never know. I can look at all the statistics from my blog, but I’ll never really know how many people read what I write. You guys inspire me every day to keep working harder in the pro-life movement.

I’ll never really know the impact of what trying to do God’s will has, but what I’ve already heard awes me. I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for caring. Thank you for being you.

March for Life News Coverage

Today it is estimated that well over half a million people gathered in Washington D.C. at the annual March for Life. In the snowy 20 degree weather, pro-lifers marched through terrible weather conditions showing the world the power of truth. I was one of them. It was my first time attending the March for Life in D.C. and it was an awesome experience. I could not even estimate the massive number of people because they just kept coming. It was so cool!

Throughout the day, I saw very few¬†protesters¬†(aka abortion supporters). As we came out of mass before the March, one man chanted “women’s rights”. As we marched, there were two people with a sign about communion who weren’t really doing much. Outside the supreme court there were maybe 10 people holding “abortion on demand & without apology” posters. I didn’t see any other¬†protesters¬†which was a huge difference from my experience at the Walk for Life last year.

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The protesters from this year – ooooooooh scary!
Here they are among us pro-lifers

Another huge difference was the weather. It was around 20 degrees in D.C. today and it snowed as we marched. The snow was rather beautiful, but it was otherwise a pitiful and gloomy day. Good thing we were there to light up the city!

Usually the media ignores pro-lifers (unless they find the occasional violent one), but I am pleased to find that this year there are several somewhat-fair articles out. ¬†Here’s a round-up of the news stories and pictures I’ve found:

CNN –¬†Santorum, Rand Paul lead abortion opposition March for Life

NYT –¬†40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Thousands March to Oppose Abortion

USA Today –¬†March for Life draws ardent protest against abortion

USA Today –¬†Pope sends support to abortion protesters in Washington

The Washington Post –¬†March for Life in front of Supreme Court decries landmark 1973 ruling

¬†Hiffington Post –¬†The Real, Global March for Life

¬†WTOP –¬†40th annual March for Life will draw crowd to Mall


Our movement is a movement of joy and love. It’s time to join the revolution!

Ask ’em what they mean by choice

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So you’re pro-choice. Great! So am I.

Being pro-choice means that you are in favor of choices. I think people generally shouldn’t be forced to do things – we are a free country after all. That’s why I’m pro-choice. I do believe, however, that some choices are wrong. That’s why I’m also pro-life.

You see, when most people think of ¬†the term “pro-choice”, they would conjure up images of people in favor of abortion and contraception on demand. When you think of the simple word choice, what comes to mind for you? Here’s what others responded when asked what choice meant to them:

If you are pro-choice, then what do you mean when you use “choice”? Do you only apply that belief to abortion and contraception, or do you apply your favor of choices to other areas of life? I found it fascinating that the people in this video, while claiming to be pro-choice, were generally not in favor of people making choices for themselves (ie. how big of a soda to buy, what kind of light bulbs to use) other than reproductive choices.

Now, let’s just be honest people. Even Planned Parenthood has recognized the¬†dilemma¬†of using and calling themselves “pro-choice” recently. It doesn’t make sense to call yourself pro-choice if what you’re really for is abortion and contraception: reproductive “rights” as you call them.

It’s incredibly sad how our society has redefined “choice”. When I think of what “pro-choice” means to most people now, I think of the 55 MILLION babies who have been killed by “choice”, the millions of mothers hurt by their “choice”, millions of families hurt by their “choice”, millions of children denied their siblings because of “choice”, millions of fathers who will never meet their children on earth because of a “choice”, and hundreds of clinic workers who have fallen victim to to the culture of death as they provide “choice” to women. When you think of “choice” do you think of young women living free lives? Or do you think of the reality this has created: depression, tears, broken relationships, dismembered children, hardened hearts, and families torn apart by a single choice?

We are better than the lies of the “pro-choice” euphemism. Women deserve to be told what choice really means, but we have to recognize what it actually means to be pro-choice first. It means that we support choice in general – not just reproductive choices. It doesn’t mean we think all choices are good or even right. Things like abortion are wrong in and of themselves.

Give it some thought, then comment below: What do you mean when you say “choice”?

When You are Your Own Worst Enemy

I believe we could end abortion in a year if the entire pro-life movement was completely united and worked seamlessly together with a common plan to accomplish that.

Unfortunately, we are our own worst enemy. When the in-fighting begins, we are pushing the day abortion ends farther and farther away like we have for the last 40 years. People have different opinions of how exactly we should end abortion. Some think we have to start graphic picture¬†campaigns,¬† others that we have to take over Planned Parenthood with pregnancy centers, others think we need to shut Planned Parenthood down, others that we need to spread the message of purity so our society does not “need” abortion anymore. Some people want to use the Gospel and Jesus to teach people the truth about life, others want to use science. So who’s right?

Here’s the thing: No one approach is right. No single approach will end abortion. We need all aspects of the pro-life movement to end abortion.

When people start getting up on their high horse claiming their way is the best, we start having issues. It makes me sad and disappointed every time I see this happen. You might have heard of the drama with the group Abolish Human Abortion (AHA) recently. They’ve come under fire from pro-lifers and many Catholics because of their strong anti-Catholic posts on Facebook.

I “liked” the AHA page a long time ago because I really liked some of their graphics. But then I started seeing posts I got angry about. When an abortion supporter made a rude comment on the AHA page, they would call out that person by name in a post. They were often rude in their posts and I was tired of it. How would that help our cause? After hiding¬†their¬†page from my newsfeed, I didn’t know about their anti-Catholic posts until friends of mine started commenting on their page and telling me about it. I looked into it more and was so sad to see a group causing such division withing the pro-life movement.

Here’s something they had to say about Catholics:

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When I first read it, I almost laughed. This AHA admin touched on pretty much all the common misconceptions about Catholicism in one little post. But then I was thinking “Why is the world is this even on this page?” If your goal is to abolish abortion, why start fights and bash other religions? So then I went to their “about” section to see if religion-basing was their goal. Here’s what I found:

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So basically, they could bash other religions, but other people are terrible people is they promote, debate, or discuss theirs? Wow. How wonderful is that for the pro-life movement?!?! Because I was so disappointed in this group, I decided to write to them and let them know I was completely withdrawing my support because of their divisive posts. I ended up having an interesting conversation with an admin which was (ironically) cut short by a March for Life meeting I had to attend. Here are snippets of the conversation with commentary from me:

ME: “You state in your “about” section that “our page is not a place for the promotion, debate and discussion of the supremacy of one Christian tradition over another, or the building up of one denomination over any other”. But then, you strongly state that your own religious beliefs are supreme. Isn’t that a contradiction of what you said?

AHA: “I don’t think we are “dividing” anything necessarily, but rather exposing division that was already there.

Please remember that Christ himself said he came not to bring peace but a sword. This is peculiar statement considering this Christ also prayed that believers would be one. What could this mean?

I take it to mean that Christ exposed division in order to attain true unity. That is all we desire. Real true unity. Instead of a house that is divided and only unified on the surface level.

It really isn’t a contradiction because we do not consider Catholicism to be a part of “Christian tradition”. Let me explain. I do not wish to say that all Catholics are necessarily going to Hell. I think the majority of protestants are on the broad way and headed toward destruction. It is important to remember that your own church anathematized Protestants in the Council of Trent some time after the reformation. This is to say the Catholic Church declared us outside of the bride of Christ and outside of salvation. The Catholic Church herself declared that she preaches a different Gospel than those who flow from reformation traditions. The reason I point this out is that it truly is a hypocrisy to be angry at protestants for saying the Roman Gospel is no Gospel at all when that is what Catholic teaching has said about protestants all along.”

Did that make sense to you? Hmmm…not really. What does the Council of Trent have to do with being divisive? Anyway, here’s the Bible verse he was referring to:

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foe will be those of his own household. He who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me, and he who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” Mt. 10: 34 – 38

Jesus is saying that his word (referred to as a “sword”) will set families against each other. It’s not always easy following Jesus, and that’s what he was saying when he said we’d have to take up our crosses to be worthy of him. Nowhere in this verse did Jesus indicate that a division among families already existed. He said truth would divide people. The truth about life will (and does) divide people, but it should not divide people who have the same belief about life.

The admin then went on to say…

“If we are “causing” division like Christ “cause” division then I would call it a good thing because my Lord is worthy of imitation.”

I think my God is worthy of imitation as well, go figure! The problem here is that sure, the teachings of Jesus caused a lot of division. Can that really be compared to what AHA is doing? AHA posting rude things about Catholics is not the equivalent of what Jesus did because their divisive posts are hurting the pro-life movement.

One of the most interesting things this admin told me is this:

“I think the pro-life movement is a largely secular movement that is not dependent on God for anything. And because of this I think it is doomed to failure. It actually creates the illusion that we (the prolife movement is winning/fighting) when in reality she is crippling herself with compromise. We seek to reform the pro-life movement but we don’t know if she will comply. She must return to God if she is going to succeed and right now things are not looking good.”

So this admin thinks the pro-life movement is doomed to failure….That’s encouraging. I agreed that I thought our largely secular society has real issues. However, I pointed out that the majority of pro-lifers are Christians.

AHA: “I think the majority of pro-life activist believe in God but cater to the rampant secularism in our culture and it is demonstrated in the way the speak about abortion and set out to fight it.

If you see the damage of secularism, which is a reason abortion on demand exists, why should we oppose abortion on the same grounds that seem to justify abortions legality?

It seems that religion should matter much more to us than it does right now.”

ME: “Religion certainly matter to me. However, rabid abortion supporters are not going to listen to religious zealots shoving Jesus down their throats. That’s why it’s also important to use science and common sense methods of showing people the truth about life. Can you give me some examples of how we’re opposing abortion on the same grounds others justify it so I know exactly what you’re talking about?”

AHA: “We could take your comment you just made as an example.

The naturalist worldview is a major destroyer of clear ethical thinking. Why ought we cater to a worldview that is completely mind numbing when brought to its logical conclusions? It seems that if we directed our focus against actual causes for abortion-mindedness (atheism, secularism, naturalism) we would actually deal more directly with the problem of the culture and effectively change it for the better.”

To sum up this persons position, he thinks that atheism, secularism  and naturalism are the causes of abortion, and the only way to solve that is to convert people to believers in Jesus. The last thing I asked (to wish I received no answer) was this:

“Can you explain, though, how there are Christians and other believers who support abortion? If using Jesus alone to end abortion is enough, why are they not pro-life?”

Do you see the problem here? Think about it. Like I said in the beginning, there is no one correct way to end abortion. Sure, having a secular society doesn’t help, but does shoving Jesus down people’s throats help? I don’t think so.

I loved reading The Crescat’s response to AHA and Calah’s view of the situation. Before converting to Catholicism, Calah was on the other side of the computer in AHA’s position and her insight was interesting.

“I came to the University of Dallas absolutely certain that I knew what these papists were about. And I told them so with predictable regularity. I‚Äôd ask some question, like, ‚Äúwhy do you think Mary was born without sin?‚ÄĚ and when they gave me their answer, I‚Äôd let them talk without listening and then explain to them what they really believed. No kidding, I actually did that. I told my friends that they worshiped graven images, followed a man instead of Christ, and had no idea what the Bible actually meant. God bless them, they took my incessant imperious apologetics in mostly incredulous silence and then changed the subject. It got old after a while and I gave it up.

What I thought then was conviction from the Holy Spirit about the Truth now seems to me suspiciously like fear. I clung to what I knew¬†desperately, because there were only two choices: saved or unsaved. Heaven or hell. Predestined for Christ or predestined for damnation. And I had to believe I was saved. That meant keeping an iron grasp on my belief system, shutting out anything that might encourage doubt lest the whole thing come tumbling down and I find myself cast out among the damned papists.”

I truly hope and pray that the leaders of AHA see how they have damaged the pro-life movement and stop their divisive posts. I also hope and pray that God gives them grace to be able to work with other pro-lifers (especially Catholics) in this fight for life.

In the end, people, the pro-life movement is about ending abortion, not religious fights. We need God back in our society, but force-feeding him to people is not the answer. Let’s put the past behind us and from this day forward vow to fight harder everyday to end abortion without letting anything get in our way.

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Do it for the babies.

On the past, present, and future

New Year’s has always been fun in my house. We used to gather pots and pans and bang them around outside after counting down the last seconds of one year. We ruined my mom’s baking pans one year, though ūüôā Now we do poppers and Martinelli’s apple stuff and scream our heads off at the stroke of midnight. It’s exciting, after all!

2012 was an incredible year for me. I graduated high school, worked the summer away, wrote my first big college check, celebrated my one-year anniversary of working for Live Action, and just ended my first college semester. I love having a month off around Christmastime to spend with my family, but it’s fast coming to a close…

In 2013, I am so excited to see where life takes me. My second semester at Benedictine College begins in just under a week and I’ll be taking challenging classes. My political science class is especially exciting as well as my intro to business. I got involved with our pro-life group on campus last semester and hope to help ramp things up a bit and get us working harder to defend life.

New years always make me think about the past. I was thinking recently how much my life has changed in being involved in the pro-life movement for just over a year now. Looking back on old diary entries, I laugh now at my dreams of being a broadway star. I don’t really know why I wanted that except for the fact that I love singing. Good thing, because it sure wasn’t what God had in store. Working in the pro-life movement isn’t something I dreamed of years ago, but it’s what drives me now. I LOVE hearing stories of women who have gone through tough situations and made it through. I love hearing stories of converted abortion workers, children saved from abortion, families healed from past abortions, and so much more.

I saw this video today talking about how how the pro-choice movement has been loosing ground since 1973. Watch it!

In other news, there’s my jumbled thoughts about the past, present, and future. Keep checking back here (and comment once in a while please)! I’ll be blogging more regularly both here and at Live Action. Enjoy your last bit of vacation and let’s come back to school (work, etc.) with fresh eyes and a renewed fervor for whatever we fight for.

See you around!

New Year’s Resolutions? Add these!

We are not militants. (Photo credit: Bethany Bolen)Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? I’ve tried before, but always made unrealistic ones I could never keep. I wrote up a list of ideas for easy pro-life resolutions for you to make this year. Take a look and see what you can do to help end abortion!