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"But I shall show you a still more excellent way" 1Cor12

"But I will show you a still more excellent way."
1 Corinthians 12.  
Oh yes, I’m starting off with the Bible! 

For years and years my favorite Bible verse has been—and continues to be—John 16:33:

"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

I have drawn upon my strength and perseverance, my peace and confidence from this verse.  When I was in spiritual turmoil, years ago, I stumbled across this verse while trying to read the Book of John in my dormitory at college.  It had a powerful impact upon me.  Whatever my troubles, my stresses and frustrations might currently be, Jesus has conquered them.  He has conquered the world.  And I should have peace in my heart, in my being because of it.  And because of these words, I do.  I have peace, courage, strength, perseverance and confidence in myself and what I believe.  It’s an amazing, AMAZING empowerment to carry.  And I thank God for this gift.  And I know I must use it. Somehow.  For years I have been praying and patiently waiting for the venue to present itself, and in the meantime, I’m studying.  I’m suiting-up in my armor of knowledge.  

Just so you know. 

This verse, 1 Corinthians 12 has also impacted me greatly.   It ties directly to John 16:33.  ”In the world you will have trouble…” “But I will show you a still more excellent way.”

This is where, for the faithful, it’s so important to be at peace and listen for God’s whisper, to be still and feel God’s hand guide us in our life.

Instead of saying “Oh no, what am I going to do!?  I just can’t go on like this anymore!! I am lost! I have no other choice! I’ve got to do SOMETHING! If I don’t take action, it’s not going to fix itself! I, I, I, me, me, me, you, you, YOU! woe, woe, woe! MISERY!!!”

Be at peace. 

In this world of fast food and instant gratification (iPhone, anyone?) it becomes EXTREMELY difficult to be at peace when something as stressful as a crisis pregnancy comes along, or a job is lost, or a car is crashed, or you get sick, or your family member tells lies about you.  We are made to feel like we must be in complete control of our situation because no one else is going to care, no one else is going to help.  

I’ve been right there with you.  I hate not being in control… right down to how my sons’ diapers are put on them.  (I’m serious.) 

That is where faith comes in.  Faith in something greater than yourself.  We are not a God, after all.  God is God.   We can only do so much.  We can only control so much.

My mom constantly reminds me that the only person I can change is myself.  ”You change yourself and you’ll start seeing things differently, a world will open up to you that you couldn’t see before.”   

So, that is why I am using 1 Cor 12 as my sub-header.  No matter what choice I don’t think I have anymore, there is ALWAYS a still more excellent way.  

Abortion, birth control, Planned Parenthood.  
There is a more excellent way. 
 And it begins and ends in Peace.  If we can only have the faith, there are others who would educate us about that more excellent way; the way that teaches women are better than what PP says we are, the way that says “Women deserve better”

Studies: Birth Control, Contraception Don’t Cut Abortions →

One study, based on Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity.

And more sex means more pregnancies. Why? Because contraception is far from 100% effective, and with mass distribution of contraception comes a commensurate increase in sexual activity. More pregnancies will result because contraception fails in predictable percentages.

It is noteworthy that failure rates are highest in Planned Parenthood’s customer base:

Failures are highest among cohabitating and other unmarried women, among low income, African-American and Hispanic women, among adolescents and women in their 20s. For example, adolescent women who are not married but cohabitating experience a failure rate of about 47% in the first year of contraceptive use.

"It is noteworthy that failure rates are the highest in Planned Parenthood’s customer base"

“We have to keep these people as patients” and “We must turn every call and visit into a revenue-generating client.”

How can one not see these connections to Planned Parenthood?  How can even the pro-choice advocate not be disgusted with Planned Parenthood?  Am I wrong in believing that a pro-choicer still believes that helping women in need is at the core of their advocacy?

How can we actually believe that contraception is good and healthy for a woman?  

Unless we believe that pregnancy is a DISEASE, then, yes contraception (sometimes) will cure us of that ailment.  And only SOMETIMES: 

Planned Parenthood concedes on their website that, “Being continuously abstinent is the only way to be absolutely sure that you won’t have an unintended pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted disease (STD)… abstinence is 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. It also prevents STDs.”14 On their chart comparing the effectiveness of different birth control methods, Planned Parenthood estimates that 2-9% of pill users will get pregnant in any given year and 15-24% of condom users will still wind up with an unplanned pregnancy.15 Abby Johnson makes a revealing observation concerning her own birth control history. “There’s an incredible irony,” she writes, “in the fact that I had a career in educating women about contraception and yet, for the third time, conceived while using contraceptives.”16 If you scoff at the CDC assertion that 12% of the women using birth control still wind up pregnant, consider that even a professional, sex-educator – the director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic wound up with three unplanned pregnancies – all while using contraceptives.  


(Source: http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/birth_control_and_abortion/)

  • But does chemical contraceptives prevent cancer? Umm, no. Chemical contraceptives actually increase the risks of Breast and Uterine cancer.    (#5.2, pg 169 from the World Health Organization)
  • What about AIDS? Sexually Transmitted Diseases??  Taken from the link at the title of this entry :
    One study, based on Centers for Disease Control data, established clear links between birth control and increases in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STD increases are a very reliable indicator of increased sexual activity and show that contraception is wrongly perceived as low-cost insurance — a perception that motivates increased sexual activity.”

How can we sanely rationalize that contraceptives are overall beneficial for a woman, unless the only —ONLY— benefit that an advocate has in his/her tunnel vision is to NOT BE PREGNANT?

 Are we so blinded by our desire to have consequence-free sex on demand that we will negate the other, much more life threatening issues as unimportant, so long as we don’t get pregnant?   

Pam Stenzel, an international speaker of chastity and abstinence, says in one of her talks that before she began speaking, she was a counselor for women in crisis for 15 years.  She says that many of the girls would heave a huge sigh of relief when they found out that their pregnancy test came back negative.  

Then Pam would ask, “but have you been tested for syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, chlamydia, trichinoma, vulvadema, urethritis, hepatitis B, HPV or HIV? You have a four times greater chance of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease than you do of becoming pregnant.” 

And Pam goes on to say that the girls will look at her, incredulous to the reality of something far worse than being PREGNANT.  (http://www.prolife.com/stenzel.htm)

"Pregnancy won’t kill you. But an STD… that’s a different story." she says.

This is why, when pro-choice advocates scoff at the idea of teaching our youth chastity and abstinence, I shake my head.  WHY NOT? 

Teach them how to “BE SAFE”???   Safe from what?
STD’s?  The data from above dispels that illusion. It even dispels the pregnancy illusion. 

 I don’t think that saying “they’re going to do it anyway” is a responsible way to teach our youth that there is such a thing as “safe” sex.  Because outside of a marriage that combines two people who’ve been abstinent up until that point, there is no such thing as safe sex.  No such thing.

 We need to have more faith that young people are more than just dogs or cats in heat.  They’re human, given their own free will.  The will to say, “No, I am worth more than that, and SO ARE YOU.”

It’s time to teach our youth the truth. 

"The producers of October Baby have assigned 10% of the profits of the movie to Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to frontline organizations helping women facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those caring for orphans."

The movie comes out March 23.  

Okay and so does The Hunger Games.  Make no mistake, I definitely want to see the Hunger Games.  But I am making the choice to see October Baby first.  Watching the trailers, it’s captured my heart already.  It looks to be a healing movie, one that will change hearts.  And what better cause, than life?!

Planned Parenthood is Accused of 6M Fraud →

Again, I continue to doubt that PP has women at the center of the core of their values.  

For the lazy reader (I know we all can be some days), here’s an excerpt:

However, owing to financial pressures of its own, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast leaders and staff collaborated to register all kinds of ineligible services — pregnancy tests, sexual-disease tests, Pap tests — for Medicaid reimbursement, the lawsuit claims, adding that the bosses admitted to Ms. Johnson and other clinic directors that these claims were not eligible for reimbursement, but told them, “We have to keep these people as patients” and “We must turn every call and visit into a revenue-generating client.”

Regarding abortion services, the lawsuit said that Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast was required by law to refer pregnant women to doctors or clinics that did not perform or promote or refer for elective abortion. But instead, Planned Parenthood referred pregnant women “to its own abortion clinics for performance of abortion, in violation of state law,” Mr. Norton said.” 

In addition, clinic staff “falsely notat[ed]” patients’ charts to “fix” and “cover up” the frauds before inspectors or auditors came, the lawsuit said.

I finished reading Abby Johnson’s book, Unplanned. 
I’ll start off by saying it wasn’t the Planned Parenthood-bashing style book I’d expected it to be.  This book affirmed many of the sentiments I’ve begun to feel and realizations I’ve begun to materialize over the past few years:  There are good, well-intentioned people on both sides of the fence.  Abby joined PP because she was driven by her passion to help women in need.  A very good cause, and one that I share.  But, BUT! The abortion issue.  To Abby, it was something she didn’t like to think about all the way through, she just believed it should be a right for women as simply another choice.  
However, she writes of the incidents in her life that forced her to LITERALLY look at things she never really wanted to consider.  After seeing, her heart changed.In a very small way, I experienced a very shallow “falling of the scales from my eyes” just today. I’ve never liked or supported animal abuse or killing for game, or to use as decoration.  But I never REALLY forced myself to look at the cruelty of it.  I knew it was wrong and that is all I let my mind process.  But today, I came across this photograph of a nice interior design.  I looked back at it throughout the day, and finally I closely examined the zebra striped rug.  Whether faux or not, it looked real to me.  The holes where the zebra’s eyes used to be made me sick to my stomach.  I continued to follow the striped lines to the zebra’s legs.  It struck me that if this was really the skin of a zebra, its skin was literally ALL right there! FOR ME TO WALK ON.  Just so I could walk on it. For convenience. I’d never really thought of it in that way before. 
And thus, the realization happened to Abby Johnson as she watched the life of an unborn human, needlessly sucked and twisted out of his/her mother’s womb.   She’d never really thought of it that way before.  It’s not easy to think about.  Because understanding it means we have to think about other things.  Like how we are currently living our life.  Like what things or way of living are we going to have to change or give up because it doesn’t agree with what we can no longer deny as cruel, immoral and not necessary. It means, maybe a change of job, like Abby had to go through, a loss of friends like Abby had to endure (though one may argue they never were true friends to begin with)…But while viewing an animal skin laying on the floor was disturbing to me, this, I assure everyone, is nothing —NOTHING— to watching an abortion of a human being, as Abby has, as I have.  One can be an advocate for helping women in need without supporting the killing of her daughter (also a woman in need, RIGHT?), can one not?  Death does not solve the problems of a woman in need.  So, to the advocates of abortion:  I dare you to watch what you support.  You should, after all.  Watch the video to the complete end. http://herestheblood.com/ 

I finished reading Abby Johnson’s book, Unplanned. 

Unplanned by Abby Johnson

I’ll start off by saying it wasn’t the Planned Parenthood-bashing style book I’d expected it to be.  This book affirmed many of the sentiments I’ve begun to feel and realizations I’ve begun to materialize over the past few years:  There are good, well-intentioned people on both sides of the fence.  

Abby joined PP because she was driven by her passion to help women in need.  A very good cause, and one that I share.  But, BUT! The abortion issue.  To Abby, it was something she didn’t like to think about all the way through, she just believed it should be a right for women as simply another choice.  

However, she writes of the incidents in her life that forced her to LITERALLY look at things she never really wanted to consider.  After seeing, her heart changed.

In a very small way, I experienced a very shallow “falling of the scales from my eyes” just today. 
I’ve never liked or supported animal abuse or killing for game, or to use as decoration.  But I never REALLY forced myself to look at the cruelty of it.  I knew it was wrong and that is all I let my mind process.  But today, I came across this photograph of a nice interior design.  

I looked back at it throughout the day, and finally I closely examined the zebra striped rug.  Whether faux or not, it looked real to me.  The holes where the zebra’s eyes used to be made me sick to my stomach.  I continued to follow the striped lines to the zebra’s legs.  It struck me that if this was really the skin of a zebra, its skin was literally ALL right there! FOR ME TO WALK ON.  
Just so I could walk on it. For convenience. 
I’d never really thought of it in that way before. 

And thus, the realization happened to Abby Johnson as she watched the life of an unborn human, needlessly sucked and twisted out of his/her mother’s womb.   
She’d never really thought of it that way before.  
It’s not easy to think about.  Because understanding it means we have to think about other things.  Like how we are currently living our life.  Like what things or way of living are we going to have to change or give up because it doesn’t agree with what we can no longer deny as cruel, immoral and not necessary. It means, maybe a change of job, like Abby had to go through, a loss of friends like Abby had to endure (though one may argue they never were true friends to begin with)…

But while viewing an animal skin laying on the floor was disturbing to me, this, I assure everyone, is nothing —NOTHING— to watching an abortion of a human being, as Abby has, as I have.  One can be an advocate for helping women in need without supporting the killing of her daughter (also a woman in need, RIGHT?), can one not?  Death does not solve the problems of a woman in need.  

So, to the advocates of abortion:  I dare you to watch what you support.  You should, after all.  Watch the video to the complete end

http://herestheblood.com/
 

Decoding what Komen REALLY says.  →

If anyone has been following the whole Komen-Planned Parenthood issue even remotely closely, they’ll have noticed that the media is having a trilling heyday over Komen flip-flopping and reversing its decision. But, again, if you’ve been watching and reading closely, Komen’s apparent “backtracking” is not so. Their “reversal” statement is no different than their original statement.

Please read Jill Stanek’s astute observation and then continue to watch Komen over the next year-year and a half. It’s now a waiting game.

And for goodness sakes! Before posting an article, READ it first, and thoroughly, before going (as my mom so accurately pointed out) completely Chicken Little and screaming that the SKY IS FALLING before even looking up. You’ll get eaten by the wolves.

I’d like to comment further on how Planned Parenthood has effectively bullied Komen and it’s supporters (they raised over $1 million in “emergency funds” knowing their grants would still be honored through the year!).

I have mommy stuff to do and I’ll try to post soon. As for now, the article above says pretty much what I’d like to write anyway.

And this one does too:

http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/want-to-know-what-is-actually-happening-with-komen-vs.-planned-parenth

So does this one:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/februaryweb-only/komen-silver-lining.html

That’s all!

On Matters of Opinion

I’ve been indirectly and many times directly hounded about my views. No problem there: any chance I have to be able to shed light on Truth is a good chance.

However I often get the individuals who say “I don’t agree with you, but everyone’s entitled to their opinion” Or, “I’m tired of hearing you projecting your political opinion on everyone!”

Here’s my quandary:
Aren’t there such strange and wondrous objects in this world called “facts”? Isn’t there such a thing as Truth? As right or wrong?

Cause if there’s not, then EVERYTHING is opinion.
Science, mathematics, anything that takes a precise calculation or anything that we see right in front of our faces may just be your opinion or mine. Nothing ever right, nothing ever wrong.

How mundane, blasé and confusing a world it must be to individuals who really believe “it’s all relative”!

Here’s a fact: on life and death, it’s not relative.

My ‘opinions’ I spew are supported with FACTS. many facts: 

Fact: A new Human Life starts at conception.
Fact: Abortion ends the life of a human being.  (Graphic Images)

Fact: So, also do medications which cause the lining of a uterine wall to shed after a conceived human being has begun to look for a home within the uterine’s walls. The Pill is capable of doing that: there’s no telling when, but an abortion can be caused by the pill. The Morning After Pill is MADE for abortion.
Fact: Contraceptives (the pill, morning after, IUD’s) all increase the risk of Breast Cancer according to the World Health Organization and are classified as a Type I Carcinogen. (#5.2 on page 169)
Fact: Planned Parenthoodprovides contraceptives: “emergency” and the Pill.
Fact: Planned Parenthood provides abortions.
Fact: Planned Parenthood does NOT provide life saving mammograms. 
Fact: Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation for aiding and abetting sex traffickers, covering up rape, under reporting abortions, falsely claiming to provide mammograms and not giving accurate, scientific information about life within the womb (“there is no heartbeat”, “it’s a clump of cells, not alive, not a human being”). 

So if I were a large, respectable organization dedicated to funding research to save women’s lives and fight Breast Cancer, why would I want to associate with such an organization as Planned Parenthood until I knew for certain that the allegations are not true?
I wouldn’t.

How can anyone blame Susan G Komen?

And how on earth can anyone be chalking all of this up to “conservative Christians and their moral opinions”?

I’m sorry but if you think that sex trafficking or rape being right or wrong is a matter of opinion, you cannot be fully sane.

Those are terribly serious allegations. Serious allegations that have been caught on tape.
These are facts. Not fabricated opinions based on “I just don’t feeeeeeel that it’s right in my heart!”

Instead it is BECAUSE of these facts that I KNOW it is wrong.

And for someone to say, “well, I’m sorry, that’s your opinion. …I just don’t agree with you,” says to me “I don’t want to agree with you because then I’ll have to admit that I have been wrong. I have been mislead.”
Stubbornness. Yikes.
OR:
There’s another reason that someone may chalk these facts up to a matter of opinion:

They are actually okay with killing an innocent human being.
That’s scarier.
Because it means they understand the truth and still reject it.

I pray for you, if that is your “opinion”.

Komen’s grant removal for Planned Parenthood in no way affects poor women’s availability to free mammograms or breast screenings. This is probably the section you need to copy and paste to all the angry people who accuse you of hating poor women (insert sigh). Here’s how this works. You go to Planned Parenthood and get your annual exam. Part of that includes a breast screening. It’s a Level 1, same as you do at home. A doctor does this as part of a routine annual exam Side note—any doctor who needs a grant from Komen to do a Level 1 exam should have his or her license removed. They aren’t going to suddenly say “I did your whole exam but I can’t check your breasts because Komen sends us money to check your breasts.” All that government funding they get, which is more in one day than Komen gave them in a year, covers a GYN doing the annual exam, which includes the breast exam.
If there is a suspicion that something could be wrong, PP then gives you a voucher to go to a local facility that does mammograms, since they don’t do them. So you have to make another appointment and go to the next facility. Yes, it may be free if they deem you qualify, but it takes longer.
Under new funding rules, now the money will be given directly to the actually mammogram facilities, eliminating the middle man and even, possibly, crucial time which could help save a life. There is not less money being given to breast cancer screenings. It’s redirected money to places that still serve poor women and help them, but without the middle man.
The angry mobs that have called Komen names and made all sorts of veiled threats, and even hacked the Komen website, prove that the priority isn’t women’s health. If we really care about the poor women we don’t start screaming, name calling and taking sides, but we love and help them. I have not seen a single post from anyone on Twitter, Facebook or comments on our blog that has offered help—just used emotionally charged rhetoric and name calling to draw battle lines. They’ve used this opportunity not to help women but to start their own political war. What Komen did was good business: eliminating the middle man.”

~http://bound4life.com/blog/2012/02/02/planned-parenthood-s-response-to-komen-reveals-culture-of-co-dependence

Please go to this article and read the truth about Susan G Komen severing financial ties with Planned Parenthood. What SGK has done is professional and in the best interest of women and Breast Cancer research.
Do not be frightened by the angry rhetoric being shouted from the adolescent-like groups who support only Planned Parenthood and their abortion agenda.

That’s all I have time to write today, but I’ll be back with a lot more, I promise. :)

http://bound4life.com/blog/2012/02/02/planned-parenthood-s-response-to-komen-reveals-culture-of-co-dependence
Oh, Planned Parenthood, what an all time low you’ve achieved.
I watched George Clooney’s The Ides of March over the weekend. [Spoiler alert, sorry] It’s about a democratic governor running in the primaries, hoping to get a bid for presidency. He impregnates a young intern. Ryan Gosling’s character, the advisor for the governor’s campaign, uses campaign money and some of his own to pay for the intern’s abortion. Intern ultimately kills herself under the immense weight of shame, regret and stress of having involved herself with the governor and the potential threat of the issue becoming public knowledge.This is what Planned Parenthood is proud of. Being a woman’s “Morning After”, “a sexual experience”. Planned Parenthood seems proud to cover up the tracks of a man that should not be running for office; in fact, to HELP HIM get there.
Where is the care for the woman in all of this?Where is the care that the pro-choice proponents seem to claw around for when defending Planned Parenthood?This, to me, seems like the fairly common occurrence when it comes to choice for abortion: the woman aborts for a social reason, is hushed up, shipped out, and forgotten. But what happens afterward? Where is Planned Parenthood for the TRUE morning after?
Granted, the woman in this story -and in so many others- has the responsibility to say NO to a situation that would put her in jeopardy of consequences she’s not willing to handle. And of course now we’re all thinking of an event where a woman may be inhibited from the ability to say no… To which I’ll give the statistic that only %1 abortions reported are due to rape or incest
And Planned Parenthood covers THAT up as well.
So here we are again, facing the Planned Parenthood who advertises that “Women are Watching” and claiming that the pro-lifers do not care about women, only the babies.
Clearly Planned Parenthood’s women aren’t watching the women whose stories are getting hushed up and swept under the rug by abortions. The women who have been sexually trafficked, who’ve been raped, who’ve been treated like a dispensable object by men because those men are enabled by Planned Parenthood to cover up their wrong-doings by getting rid of the evidence: a human life created.
"We’re Your Morning After"If there’s anyone who’s dealt with a “morning after”, think about how that morning after feels. Anyone proud of it? Honestly, proud?
Shame. Regret.
That’s what I know to be associated with the morning after.And that is what Planned Parenthood seems proud to represent: Shame and regret.

Oh, Planned Parenthood, what an all time low you’ve achieved.

I watched George Clooney’s The Ides of March over the weekend. [Spoiler alert, sorry]
It’s about a democratic governor running in the primaries, hoping to get a bid for presidency. He impregnates a young intern. Ryan Gosling’s character, the advisor for the governor’s campaign, uses campaign money and some of his own to pay for the intern’s abortion. Intern ultimately kills herself under the immense weight of shame, regret and stress of having involved herself with the governor and the potential threat of the issue becoming public knowledge.

This is what Planned Parenthood is proud of. Being a woman’s “Morning After”, “a sexual experience”.
Planned Parenthood seems proud to cover up the tracks of a man that should not be running for office; in fact, to HELP HIM get there.

Where is the care for the woman in all of this?
Where is the care that the pro-choice proponents seem to claw around for when defending Planned Parenthood?
This, to me, seems like the fairly common occurrence when it comes to choice for abortion: the woman aborts for a social reason, is hushed up, shipped out, and forgotten. But what happens afterward?
Where is Planned Parenthood for the TRUE morning after?

Granted, the woman in this story -and in so many others- has the responsibility to say NO to a situation that would put her in jeopardy of consequences she’s not willing to handle. And of course now we’re all thinking of an event where a woman may be inhibited from the ability to say no… To which I’ll give the statistic that only %1 abortions reported are due to rape or incest

And Planned Parenthood covers THAT up as well.

So here we are again, facing the Planned Parenthood who advertises that “Women are Watching” and claiming that the pro-lifers do not care about women, only the babies.

Clearly Planned Parenthood’s women aren’t watching the women whose stories are getting hushed up and swept under the rug by abortions. The women who have been sexually trafficked, who’ve been raped, who’ve been treated like a dispensable object by men because those men are enabled by Planned Parenthood to cover up their wrong-doings by getting rid of the evidence: a human life created.

"We’re Your Morning After"
If there’s anyone who’s dealt with a “morning after”, think about how that morning after feels. Anyone proud of it? Honestly, proud?

Shame. Regret.

That’s what I know to be associated with the morning after.

And that is what Planned Parenthood seems proud to represent: Shame and regret.

The Right Choice

Last year, I published a very unoriginal but modernized note on Facebook about a very special unplanned pregnancy.  I want to share it again, here:


One day, a young girl, who was engaged to her fiancé, became pregnant before she was married. She did not become pregnant by her fiancé either. There was someone else.

This woman did not become pregnant by her own choice. It came to her, unsuspecting and innocent, at a time in her life when everything seemed to be going just like she’d always dreamed and wanted.

But no. THIS had to ruin everything.

She was scared. Embarrassed. Shocked.

"Why me?" she must have wondered, "What are people going to say?! What will my fiancé think?"

Her fiancé, unable to fathom the woman he was about to marry shaming him in such a way, decided to leave her quietly without embarrassing her publicly.

Before the man left his pregnant fiancée, he had a crazy dream that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. And in his dream an angel told him not to leave his fiancé, but instead, to marry her.

This man, named Joseph, woke up and having great strength of trust, married his fiancée, despite what people would think of him: a whimp, a pushover, a weak unmasculine man.

This woman, was also visited by an angel who told her who the father was.

What did she say?

"No! It’s my body and my life! I want to do other things first! I’m not ready! This isn’t fair! I don’t want a baby right now, with all the trouble they bring. I need to get to know my husband and spend quality time alone with him for a few years before I have a whiny baby!"

No, this woman, named Mary, with immense strength of trust and courage, said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word. “(Luke 1:38)

Mary could have chosen to take a medication that would make the baby “go away”. And she definitely could have gone to see a doctor who could “take the small glob of nothingness” out of her belly, and solve all of her problems. No one would ever have to know.

There were ways to do this, even in her time.

But no, 2,000 years ago, a young, brave girl and her strong fiancé chose Life.

2,000 years ago, this couple chose Jesus Christ.

What would you do, especially if you didn’t feel ready?”

Steve Jobs was Adopted!? →

According to CNN’s article, Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder and creator of the iPhone, iPod iPad and many other technologically genius devices and applications, was adopted.

"Uhhh…okay. So…?" I’m hearing coming from the individuals who don’t want to think about my implications.

So…Umm If his mother had had an abortion, I wouldn’t be using the amazing device I hold in my hand right now to write this blog (to some, that may not sound so unfortunate— “stop~ hatin’s bad”). If Steve Jobs had been aborted, doctors may not have an easier way to store their data, schools might not have such a unique and engaging media through which their students are now able to learn, special education students may not have such a device through which they are able to better communicate. Imagine beyond your sphere, how one person can impact our world! 

If his mother had aborted her “non-human” fetus because she believed her son was a part of her body and she should be able to cut it out if she wanted to.. Or if she believed that he would contract a terrible disease (like..cancer!? Gasp!) and live a life of pain and suffering, she should go ahead and abort him as a sign of compassion… Or maybe Steve Jobs’s biological mother was raped. According to a pro-choicer, his mother should absolutely have aborted Steve.
Yikes.

How can we know, how can we make any sort of prejudgement, about a human life we have yet to even grant a chance to survive? I hear the pro-choice side saying that pro-lifers shouldn’t judge.
The side I see doing the judging is the side that has no faith in the brilliancy of human existence —the side that holds no value to every single human life on this planet: rich, poor, diseased, illegitimate, gay, straight or any color of the rainbow.
The pro-choice side only values the Human lives that are wanted.

The pro-life side, we value them all, we want them all.

Who else, I wonder, is not here today who could have impacted our world as greatly as Steve Jobs, because his or her mother did not know to choose life and adoption? Perhaps someone who could have the cure for cancer? We cannot know.
Choose to give Life to our world, not death.

The American Holocaust- when is it okay to kill a human being? →

I (only) have two babies and am in the process of moving to a new house- I took the 30 minutes to watch this documentary and was amazed at the change in these individual’s logic by simply being asked the right questions. It’s about the Holocaust. Yes, the Nazi Germany Holocaust… But also about the American Holocaust. It’s about discrimination. It’s about life. If there’s even a fraction of a percent of a chance that a human life might be ended by your action, would you take it? Do you value all human life? Or do you only value your human life?

This documentary has the power to change lives, and save them too.

FB reminded me of my status 2 years ago!

I’ve been to Planned Parenthood a handful of times.

The last time I went, I brought my son.
In Dayton, Ohio my mom goes to Planned Parenthood to pray for the workers, to pray for the women who feel they have no where else to go, and to pray for the unborn babies who enter the abortion mill. She and the others who pray outside that PP don’t yell at or harass the people entering and exiting the mill, they just pray, quietly.

It’s not pleasant to go. Not fun. Not enjoyable.
I’ve been with her a number of times, but the day I brought my then 3 month old son with me has remained forever in my heart. It was exactly two years ago today.

If you know me, or have read any of my blog entries that I’ve written about my first pregnancy, you’ll know I never wanted children growing up and hadn’t changed my mind until my last two years in college. You’ll also know that after my last year at UC, I became unexpectedly pregnant, out of wedlock. If you’ve read my writings, you’ll recall my first pregnancy was depressing and frightening.

But after I gave birth, as all parents know, my world was enlightened, changed- for the better, forever. So three months later, three months of getting to know my little boy’s vibrant, unique personality, his heart-filling smile, his beautiful, tiny little fingers which clung to me for comfort, I brought him to Dayton’s Planned Parenthood.

We stood outside, on the sidewalk off of the property. I carried him in my Moby Wrap and he fell asleep while I stood there looking at the front doors, swaying him back and forth, praying the Rosary. I wore big fat sunglasses because it was a gorgeous end of August day: the air was crisp with the oncoming Autumn but the sun was bright and warm.

I’m glad I had huge sunglasses on because as I stood there, the weight of the seriousness of making the decision to step into such a place as an abortion mill, such a place as Planned Parenthood, weighed on me immensely. Tears streamed silently down my cheeks behind my shades.

I watched the women- YOUNG women- often escorted by a boyfriend, and mostly their own parents (!?!?) walk in and out of that place. (we went on a known Abortion procedure day, all they do is abort all day) What was astounding to me is the people walking in and out of there didn’t look poor, or in need. They drove nice cars- I watched an escalade on rims pull in- the women wore Coach purses, they all walked up to the door with touch-screen smart phones in their hands.

I began to feel anger toward these individuals who claim to be “in NEED” but clearly have all the bells and whistles that everyone else has. I recoiled my emotions and remembered things are almost never what they seem, and then I felt immense regret for these people.
“they do not know”
That’s what came to my mind. How could they know? And why didn’t they know?? So I just prayed for them.

Whatever was happening, was happening, but the women and their parents and boyfriends (or potentially Pimps since PP aids in the sex-trade business) needed prayers. I simply prayed for them to feel loved.

One girl, who for some reason, I identified with, brought me to intense remorse and I breathlessly uttered, “you will regret not seeing your baby smile for the first time” wishing I could reach to her heart and take her hand, walk her away from the front door and across the street to The Elizabeth’s New Life women’s center for true, free health care.

What is more important in this life than seeing a child -that resembles you (has your eye color and same nose!) and clings to you for comfort- smile for the very first time? Are dogs more important? Are cell phones more important?  Is money more important? Is pride more important?

At one point in my very ignorant youth, I thought one or all of the above were more important. How very, very wrong of me to have ever imagined it to be so.

How can we educate the ignorant about true humanity? True humanity, true equality starts at conception. And that is when egg meets sperm, when a human life commences.
Choose Life. You will never regret it.

I have never once looked back.

 

Planned Parenthood is Against America

 



"Never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." -MLK Jr.

This is the frame of mind Americans should live with.

I have recently been enlightened with a very grave misunderstanding concerning those who believe that Planned Parenthood is a good organization.

There are a number of people who think that Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a company that provides affordable healthcare to women in need or crisis. This is an inadequate thought.

This same group of people believe that the current government interaction with PP- namely, the congressional vote of the Pence Ammendment to De-fund Planned Parenthood from receiving tax payer’s dollars- has something to do with violating the separation of Church and State. This is a grossly inadequate thought as well.

Let’s clarify the first inadequate thought indicated above: Planned Parenthood provides affordable healthcare for women in crisis or need. Wrong. It costs over $100 just to get tested for STD’s. Look it up.

In my life, I have been a woman in need. I would have cried with joy to be given $100, let alone blow it just to get tested to find out if I had an STD. That $100 would not even cover the bill to receive medical attention if in fact I happened to be carrying a disease.

And let’s not forget abortion! You need one? Planned Parenthood is charging you for it and making money off of it! If Planned Parenthood was any sort of a facility which served to truely help women, it would provide health care and more- all that may surround the topic of PARENTHOOD- for FREE. ESPECIALLY if this company is receiving government dollars (and millions of dollars in contributions from hundreds of big name businesses, look that up too.) to aid its business.

And wouldn’t you know it, there actually are thousands of local women’s centers across America that DO offer health care services for free. In my hometown, there is The Elizabeth’s New Life Center. They do all free testings, ultrasounds and counseling. The counseling ranges from prenatal counseling to parental counseling to healthy-relationship counseling to counseling for women and their families after they’ve suffered the loss of an abortion.

I know this because I’ve been there. I’ve watched one of the programs they offer. I’ve folded the baby clothes they give for free to a mother in need. I’ve stacked boxes of diapers given for free to families in need. Why doesn’t The Elizabeth’s New Life Center receive as much money from the government as PP to help these women in need? Because they don’t provide abortions as part of their “health care”? Suzanne Fortin tweeted: “Desperate women ready to kill themselves to end pregnancy need psychiatric care, not abortion.”

These local Women’s Centers do provide this help. Planned Parenthood does not. Planned Parenthood slings around condoms and other contraceptives, all in the name of Sexual Education and responsible parenting advice.

They make money off of their services! PP is a FOR-PROFIT organization! Anyone who wants to make a profit off of anything, does not have their consumers at the heart of their interest! Money is the heart of their interest.

Planned Parenthood touts itself as the understanding mother or father a young, poor woman in need never had. But if PP had the care and love of a parent, they wouldn’t want anything in return, least of all money. Did your mother ever ask you to pay her $100 for her advice or loving support when you felt scared or hurt in your youth? I’d hope not.

But that’s what Planned Parenthood does. “did you bring your checkbook with you?” they’ll say. Or, “we will take cash”. They’ll take your money, your baby, and the tax payer’s dollars. And you’ll never see them again.

Second inadequate statement:

I read a status from a Facebook friend of mine who posted an article saying “I STAND WITH PLANNED PARENTOOD.” this article calls to women to sign a petition in support of PP against the Pence Amendment. Under my friend’s post, someone else commented, “Separation of church and state, my a**.”

This is not the first time I’ve read this reaction to the argument against de-funding PP from government aid. But WHY this reaction? Wouldn’t you think it’s a totally ignorant argument? Apparently to many, I guess not. This whole issue with Planned Parenthood has nothing to do with separation of Church and State! What it has got something to do with is the killing of a defenseless human being.

AND THAT IS WRONG.

No matter how you cut it, no matter how you justify it, to KILL a human being -no matter if they’ll have to be forced to eat Ramen Noodles in their youth or not- is WRONG.

Who is anyone, least of all Planned Parenthood, to say they have the authority to decide if a human being should deserve to die? It is not my CHOICE to make. It is not your choice to make.

The argument that a woman has the right to choose what she does with her body is an old, rusty, worn-out, uneducated argument. We now KNOW that science tells us that a separate, unique HUMAN life is formed at the moment of conception. Look it up.

I don’t care if that unique, separate life is black, white, purple, green, crippled, diseased, forced to eat Ramen Noodles, rich or poor. That separate and unique HUMAN BEING has a right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! THE END!

Why would anybody have anything else to say about that? Because maybe the woman was raped? So it’s all of the sudden the fetus’s fault? Kill the human being inside the womb? That will sure teach the rapist a lesson.

An abortion would help the victim of the rape? Surely, an abortion would only traumatize the woman more.

It just so happens that the right side of the political wings do not support abortion nor do they support Planned Parenthood. Why? Not because of the church, but because it is written in our very beings that we should not kill our own kind at so vulnerable and innocent a stage of life! The church just so happens to have it exactly right!

Everyone else who does not value the dignity of a human life is a lost ball in tall weeds. Those people have lynched others because of their skin color. Those people have tortured others because of their religion. Those people have spat at others simply because of their poverty. Those people have killed others simply because they did not want them to live. I do not stand with those people. I do NOT stand with Planned Parenthood.

Some of our nation’s most beloved figures have come from a life of poverty, oppression or discrimination. Not that people should have to live a life of poverty or discrimination, but shouldn’t a human being be treated with the same dignity as you or I have been given? The chance to live?

The same group of people in support of PP are ignoring another terrifying fact: that we now know that in at least SEVEN different states, including the D.C. facility, PP managers and employees have been caught on tape aiding and abetting sexual traffickers. Planned Parenthood is involved in criminal operations! Planned Parenthood is aiding in the sexual exploitation of female CHILDREN. PP also accepts donations to perform abortions on specific races of people. Are you telling me that you want to sign a petition in SUPPORT of this organization?

The tapes are not hoaxes, they’re not fabricated, they’re not doctored. You can watch all of them, in full, at Liveaction.org.

Why would you still want to support such a company, such a business? “separation of church and state, my a**”? That argument is fully uneducated.

People, get your facts straight.

Don’t be stubbornly ignorant of Planned Parenthood and the business they run. Planned Parenthood does not support women in need: Planned Parenthood supports Planned Parenthood, and nothing more.



(Source: liveaction.org)