Friday, November 06, 2009
The CEO of the Christian Medical Association says government-run healthcare will mean the end of right of conscience for physicians.
The House promises a vote on healthcare reform by Saturday, although a version of the bill would still need to be approved by the Senate. Dr. David Stevens warns if that happens, many will feel inclined to leave the medical profession.
"It's going to damage right of conscience for faith-based healthcare professionals. We actually surveyed 2,800 faith-based doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, and 95 percent of them said they will leave healthcare if it came down to violating their conscience on abortion, human cloning, physician-assisted suicide, and other issues," Stevens reports. "And this bill, particularly the one in the Senate, provides absolutely no protection, even though it's guaranteed to us in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights."
Patients and medical professionals can learn more about this issue and what to do about it at http://www.Freedom2Care.org
International (MNN) ― Over 143 million orphans worldwide long for the love of a real family.
According to the United Nations, there are 80 million orphans in Africa alone, a number that is only rising. Even in the United States, 122,000 foster children are legally eligible for adoption, waiting for a family to love them enough to adopt them.
When surveyed, over 50 percent of people said that if they were looking to adopt, they would go to their church for information. Unfortunately, most churches don't know where to direct people when asked. This Sunday, their questions may finally be answered.
November 8 is Orphan Sunday. Orphan Sunday is a day set aside for churches to recognize the needs of orphans internationally, to begin thinking of ways to implement adoption information into their congregation, and to learn more about adoption.
It's a day "to get as many churches and pastors as possible to really focus on the need that's out there, educate our congregations, and then of course give them some action steps to be able to move forward in the future," says Johnny Carr, National Director of Church Partnerships for Bethany Christian Services. Carr helps churches to establish orphan care and adoption ministries to educate and engage the church in adoption and orphan awareness year round. Read more.
(OneNewsNow.com) - Perhaps your local school's sex ed is taught as part of health class. That would be ironic, since in most cases, teaching sex education has less to do with health than indoctrination. In fact, much of what's taught under the heading of sex ed actually allows for practices that are distinctly un-healthy. Read more.
By Gwen Smith
November 6, 2009
Today's Truth "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." Psalm 34:5
Friend to Friend,
I remember the phone call to my college boyfriend. Through sobs, I managed to tell him I was pregnant.
There was a long pause on the other end of the phone ... and then came the speed round of questions and comments: "What are we going to do? Do you think we should get married? Oh, my gosh ... Oh, my gosh...what are we going to do? Do you want to have this baby? What are we going to do? What about volleyball? What will your parents say? What will my parents say? Oh, my gosh!"
Like trapped animals, we were frantically looking for a way out. Then we made our decision. We would take care of it. It wasn't time for us to have a baby yet.God wasn't consulted. He wasn't invited into our decision.
Adam and Eve hid in the garden after eating the forbidden fruit. My boyfriend and I hid from God and did what we considered to be our only option. We made a plan. He would pick me up and take me to a clinic that I read about in the yellow pages.
When the day came, we drove in icy silence. I was Fort Knox. No one was going to break through the emotional walls I had constructed for protection.
You see there was never a moment that I believed having an abortion was the right thing to do. I only stubbornly and naively believed that my choice was the only ladder to grab out of the horrible pit I had dug for myself. I was wrong. Dead wrong. There, in the sterile room of that stale clinic, I used an alias. I wasn't Gwen. My charts did not say that I was Gwen, the girl who was raised by good parents, the girl who was raised in the Word of God to know right from wrong. The counselor I had met with said that using my name could have made me feel uncomfortable with the "harmless and legal procedure" I was having done that day. Nobody else needed to know. I was anonymous.
It was my secret. A secret of chains that bound me in silence for the ensuing fifteen years - a secret kept because I mistakenly assumed that no one else could handle the ugly truth of my sinfulness with grace and forgiveness. I was a Christian girl. Christians don't get pregnant when they aren't married, and Christians don't have abortions, right? It was all too scandalous, and I was crazy afraid of the consequences.
Most of that day was a blur. It was a dark, cold January day. Though the clinic was lit with bright fluorescent lights, the flame of dignity and hope in my heart had grown dim. I blocked out all the voices in my head as they contested what I was doing. I was desperate and scared.
I was Peter. Simon Peter was a fisherman Jesus had called to be a fisher of men. His relationship with Christ was passionate and intimate, but far from perfect. He was a disciple, one of Jesus' closest friends. Jesus called Peter "the rock," and he would eventually go on to build the foundation of the Christian church.
But before he did, the Bible shows us, in Luke 22:54-60, that the night Jesus was arrested, Peter "followed at a distance," sat in a courtyard with enemies of Jesus, and denied the Lord he loved three times. Remarkably, Jesus knew Peter would betray Him, yet still extended advanced mercy as He said to him, "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers" (Luke 22:32).
I imagine that when Peter betrayed Jesus on that long, dark night preceding the crucifixion, he must have felt a physical illness and emotional angst similar to the one that shattered my life the day I said yes to death and betrayed my Lord. Luke 22:62 tells us that after he had disowned Jesus three times, Peter "went outside and wept bitterly."Peter knew Jesus, yet still betrayed Him. He loved Jesus. I knew Jesus, yet still betrayed Him. I loved Jesus too.
But that love was tucked into the icy trunk of my heart on that snowy winter afternoon.
For weeks following my abortion, I went through each day under a dark cloud of despair. I couldn't reconcile what I had done with who I was, and who I was supposed to be. My heart was broken. I felt hopeless and was horribly ashamed. I hated what I had done, and I hated myself for doing it. I was responsible for the death of my baby. It was my fault. I knew it, and it haunted me.
Voices of accusation used to scream in my head. They shouted things like: Murderer! Baby killer! Hypocrite! You can never tell a soul about this! Condemnation kept me shackled. Without realizing it, I was a captive to my own acceptance of those words. I was guilty. A wretch. No excuses. My heart was paralyzed by death. Words just can't express the depth of anguish my soul experienced.
The dark days turned into weeks, which turned into months. Although I could turn on the fake charm like water from a faucet...oh, how my plastic smile served me well in those days...I was dying inside! At night, my pillow soaked up rivers of tears. I would lie awake, wondering if my baby was a boy or girl, or if my baby had felt any pain as she was being sucked from my body.
I wept. I wept for both my baby and for myself. It was necessary. It felt right to cry. And though the tears helped my soul grieve, none were as healing as the ones I cried to Jesus when I finally turned back to Him.
Like Peter after the rooster crowed, I wept bitterly at the feet of Jesus in raw repentance. Then, as the psalmist did, I "waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God" (Psalm 40:1-3).
Although I didn't deserve His mercy, Jesus forgave me. My forgiveness was immediate and complete, but the healing took time. He gave me a new song. Hallelujah! I've been forgiven and transformed by the unconditional love of God. I was dead in my sins, but am now alive in Christ! I am free and it is my privilege to encourage you towards that same freedom in Christ. God longs for you to experience His perfect healing and hope too - no matter what you've done, no matter where you've been, no matter what has left you broken.
What's your story? Jesus came that we would have life abundantly (John 10:10). Not because of anything that we have done to deserve it, but because of what He has done. His grace is sufficient. The guilt, pain, and shame of our pasts tell us we are disqualified to move on, to serve God, to be free, and to know peace. But to believe this lie is to believe that your sin is outside the scope of God's grace. Nothing could be further from the truth. You have purpose in this life. And though you may have gone through a season of hurt, rejection, or pain, God can and will pick you up and place you back on track. I'm living proof.
There is no condemnation for those in Christ. While the enemy loves to cast false guilt, our Lord loves to extend grace and forgiveness, which is the remedy that restores all your broken pieces. Don't hold onto those pieces. Don't hide them behind a plastic smile. Bring them into the light, lay them at the feet of Jesus, and let go. Allow your wounds to be healed today.
Holy Father, today I come to You with the broken pieces in my life that I have been hesitant to deal with. Take my hand and lead as I walk past my fears and doubts to the refuge of Your forgiving arms. Please take what is broken and transform it into beautiful. Please free me from the lies that have me shackled in silence and that keep me from believing that Your forgiveness can be mine. Help me to trust that You can redeem and restore every area of my life.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Now It's Your Turn.
Ask yourself these questions:
What secrets or lies am I allowing to hold me captive?
How could God use my story for His glory?
Am I willing to share my experiences and failures for the transformation power of Christ to be seen by others?
Then, read Luke 7:36-50. Consider the secrets in your life. Place them at the feet of Jesus, repent and pray that God will forgive you, restore you and reveal to you how those secrets can be used for His good. Step out of the darkness of secrecy and into the light of unconcealed freedom. Share your story with a close friend. Allow God to use your life for His purposes...the good, the bad and the ugly. Ok...take a deep breath with me! Some of you may feel disturbed that a locked door in your heart has been nudged open this morning. I also know that 30-40% of you that are reading this devotion share my experience of abortion. There is healing and forgiveness for you, too.
Through the help of my local Pregnancy Care Center, I went through a post-abortive Bible study that helped me to know complete healing. If you have not taken that step toward healing, I encourage you to contact the Abortion Recovery CARE line at 1-866-4-My-Recovery (1-866-469-7326) - visit www.abortionrecovery.org - or call your local Pregnancy Care Center today to sign up for a post-abortive Bible study or retreat.
Abortion Recovery InterNational http://www.abortionrecovery.org/
Visit Gwen Smith's web site at http://www.gwensmith.net
On Saturday, November 7, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans to attempt to ram a massive pro-abortion bill (H.R. 3962, previously H.R. 3200) through the House under a no-amendments procedure called a "closed rule." This strong-arm procedural tactic would shut out the only real prolife amendment being offered by Michigan's prolife Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak. The Stupak-Pitts Amendment will remove the abortion-funding provisions from H.R. 3962.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to insert into the bill phony compromise language with the Ellsworth Amendment. The Ellsworth Amendment is intended to cloak the bill's pro-abortion provisions in legislative smokescreens. The time is NOW to take a stand and overwhelm members of Congress with calls and e-mails insisting that they vote against using federal dollars for abortion funding. This afternoon, House Leaders are expected to put forward a "Rule" which blocks the only prolife amendment on the table, the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, from receiving a vote.
TAKE ACTION NOW! (it doesn't matter if you have already called and sent an e-mail message, call and e-mail again today and Saturday!) Call your U.S. House Representative in Washington, D.C., and call the local district office with this message:
"I am strongly opposed to any attempt to pass the health care bill, H.R. 3962, under a 'closed rule,' and I urge you to vote 'No' on the anticipated closed rule. I support the Stupak Amendment (pronounced STEW-pak), which would remove the abortion-funding provisions from the bill."
Find your U.S. House of Representative's contact information here: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Just two days before a possible vote on their healthcare bill, Democratic leaders in the House have still refused to include a provision in the legislation that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion under a new public health insurance program.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is hoping to begin floor debate on Democrats' healthcare bill (H.R. 3692) Friday night, with the goal of holding a vote as early as Saturday. Meantime, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is warning that the Senate may be unable to help President Obama make good on his repeated promise to pass healthcare legislation before the end of the year.
Blue Dog Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak (Michigan) said in a statement Wednesday he "will oppose bringing the bill to the floor until an amendment can be offered or language agreed that will prevent public funding for abortion." Fellow Blue Dog Travis Childers (D-Mississippi) has voiced similar intent, for the same reason. Stupak also said he will continue to encourage his other pro-life Democratic colleagues to block the bill "until there is satisfactory language to prevent public funding for abortion."
Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) notes that the Capps Amendment, which allows federal funding of abortion, was incorporated into the healthcare bill. "The way that [Democrats] are trying to characterize it is saying that direct federal taxpayer dollars will not be used -- but premium dollars will be used," she explains. "And these premium dollars are coming from basically the taxpayers, so it is a nuanced argument -- it is incorrect. Yes indeed, people will be able to get publicly funded abortions in the bill." Read more.
A legal opinion is sought in Texas concerning use of RU-486 for abortions.
Republican State Representative Frank Corte asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for an opinion on whether facilities that dispense RU-486 should be licensed by the state. Corte notes that the issue is considered a "gray area," as the drug accomplishes the same end result as a surgical process. Joe Pojman, director of Texas Alliance for Life, explains the current issue with the dispersion of RU-486, the drug that has taken the lives of 13 U.S. women and injured more than 1,000 others. Read more.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Wednesday November 4, 2009
By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C. November 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-life lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have slammed purported compromise language on abortion in healthcare reform as a "sham." The language was proposed in an amendment known as the "Ellsworth amendment" by Democrats desperate to overcome a bloc within their own party that will attempt to bring down the abortion-expanding bill if it is not changed.
The development comes just two days after Rep. Chris Smith warned thousands of listeners on a pro-life webcast that House leadership was likely to come up with language that would appear to lessen the bill's abortion threat. But, as Smith and other leaders on the webcast insisted, Democrats in the House are not about to give up the "abortion industry bailout" in the bill.
"Today we see yet another phony amendment designed to subsidize and expand the abortion industry cloaked in deceptive language," Smith said following the introduction of the Ellsworth amendment.
"Under the new arrangement, instead of an HHS employee issuing blood money checks for elective abortions, HHS will pay a contractor to issue checks for abortion on demand," Smith explained. "It is a distinction without a difference. The public should not be fooled nor should any pro-life Democrat."
In the Ellsworth plan, the government-run public health insurance option would still cover abortion, but would have to contract with private contractors to carry out the administrative functions related to paying for elective abortion.
Congressional pro-life leaders insisted that only Stupak and Pitts' Hyde language would suffice to end the bill's threat. Read more.
William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, a Christian philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. His work inspires many in the modern pro-life movement.
That means pro-life advocates need to continue turning out phone calls and emails to lawmakers every day until all of the votes have been cast.
Two steps remain before lawmakers will actually take a vote on the pro-abortion health care bill itself, HR 3962. Read more.
Take Action! Tell Congress that you oppose HR 3962 without Rep. Bart Stupak's pro-life amendment which would exclude taxpayer funding of abortion. Visit http://www.house.gov to get contact information for your representative.
Monday, November 02, 2009
June 24, 2009
The lines of disagreement in the philosophical debate over abortion have never been clearer. While the politics of abortion remain as tumultuous and contested as they have ever been, the underlying philosophical, ethical, and scientific issues have been clarified to the extent that any careful person can examine the arguments of both sides and come to a principled and informed position.
This has not always been the case. Before the Supreme Court thrust the issue onto the national stage more than thirty-six years ago, pro-choice philosophers like Judith-Jarvis Thompson and pro-life philosophers like Germain Grisez were contributing to a debate that became more politically contentious even as the underlying scientific and philosophical issues were becoming clearer. Read more.
Posted: 11:23 PM Nov 1, 2009
Reporter: Ashlea Sigman, KBTX.com
Planned Parenthood has been a part of Abby Johnson's life for the past eight years; that is until last month, when Abby resigned. Johnson said she realized she wanted to leave, after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure.
"I just thought I can't do this anymore, and it was just like a flash that hit me and I thought that's it," said Johnson.
She handed in her resignation October 6. Johnson worked as the Bryan Planned Parenthood Director for two years.
According to Johnson, the non-profit was struggling under the weight of a tough economy, and changing it's business model from one that pushed prevention, to one that focused on abortion.
"It seemed like maybe that's not what a lot of people were believing any more because that's not where the money was. The money wasn't in family planning, the money wasn't in prevention, the money was in abortion and so I had a problem with that," said Johnson. Read more.
Learn how you can be a part of 40 Days for Life at www.40DaysForLife.com
“This may be the last chance to block the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade…”
Join the URGENT nationwide webcast event this Monday, November 2, to prevent Washington D.C. bureaucrats and abortion industry lobbyists from forcing YOU to pay for abortions
**BREAKING NEWS** Abortion industry lobbyists and their allies in Congress are about to ram through mandated government funding of abortion in health care reform legislation THIS WEEK in the U.S. House of Representatives.
To respond swiftly to this crisis, the pro-life movement is unifying TONIGHT on a huge nationwide webcast — and your attendance at this live event is crucial.
Simply stated, if this abortion mandate is not stopped, it will result in the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.
We must act — before it’s too late!
The 70+ pro-life and pro-family organizations that make up the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition invite you to attend an urgent educational webcast:
- WHAT: Stop the Abortion Mandate Urgent Webcast
- DATE: TONIGHT, Monday, November 2
- TIME: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific
During the live webcast, you’ll hear the latest breaking news from nationally respected leaders. Invited presenters include:
- REP. CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives
- MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List
- CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life
- KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America
- DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life
- KELLYANNE CONWAY, The Polling Company
- WENDY WRIGHT, Concerned Women for America
- DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee
- KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life
- DR. DAVID STEVENS, Christian Medical & Dental Associations
During the event, you will:
- Hear the LATEST UPDATES straight from our nation’s capital…
- Learn exactly how abortion IS mandated in the proposed health care reform bills…
- …And discover what YOU can do about it!
Posted: October 31, 2009
11:35 pm Eastern
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily
A pro-life movement seeking to guarantee basic human rights to unborn babies is exploding in 32 states – and leaders say it could be just the key to nullifying abortion provisions in President Obama's health-care "reform."
While abortion was not specifically mentioned in earlier bills under consideration, H.R.3962, unveiled by Nancy Pelosi this week, does in fact state abortion is to be covered. Concerns are mounting that whatever the final form of the legislation, the procedure will become more accessible, requiring health insurance companies to fund abortions.
Gualberto Garcia Jones is director of Personhood Colorado and a legal analyst for Personhood USA, a grassroots Christian organization that seeks to legally define every unborn baby as a "person" protected by God-given and constitutionally protected rights, including the right to life. His organization was set up to support personhood efforts across America through legislation and constitutional amendments.
"We're trying to end abortion right now," Garcia Jones told WND. "All of our laws that we're promoting are direct challenges to Roe v. Wade. If we can get a challenge up to the Supreme Court, then that's the ideal thing. That's what we're trying to do." Read more.
A new generation of anti-abortion activists pushes for laws that define personhood as beginning at conception.
Just about a year ago, volunteer pro-life activist Kristi Brown's life revolved around Amendment 48. The amendment, if passed, would have revised Colorado's state constitution to define a fertilized egg as a person, thereby outlawing abortion. While activists in other states had pursued similar initiatives, Brown (then Burton; she recently married) was the first to collect the requisite number of signatures needed for a spot on a state ballot. She worked 12-, 16-, sometimes 18-hour days and collected nearly double the 76,000 signatures she needed. In the days leading up to the vote on Nov. 4, 2008, Brown had 2,000 volunteers in 500 churches working to pass Amendment 48.
But Amendment 48 did not come anywhere near passing. Coloradans voted definitively against the measure, 73 to 27 percent. Which makes it surprising that, a year later, Brown describes herself as "very happy" with the outcome. She remembers the atmosphere at campaign headquarters on the night of the loss as optimistic, almost unfazed by a 46-point margin of defeat. "When we saw the final numbers and realized that we had lost," she explains, "the main thing going through a lot of our heads was: this is a start, and now we need to keep going. One defeat isn't going to stop anything. This isn't the end."
When you survey the landscape a year later, Brown's prediction seems spot on: despite Amendment 48's failure at the polls, it triggered a national push for personhood ballot initiatives. There are now seven state-level personhood groups gathering signatures for 2010 ballots, compared with three in 2008. New campaigns kick off regularly, many with leaders who cite Amendment 48 as their inspiration. They're working under the umbrella of a new anti-abortion-rights organization, Personhood USA, founded a year ago, the day after the Amendment 48 vote, to coordinate all the personhood activism happening across the country. Even in Colorado, there's now a 2010 initiative moving forward with full force. "We have to do it again here because Colorado was a catalyst for the country," says Gualberto Garcia Jones, director of Personhood Colorado. Brown advises the campaign but is mostly focused on finishing her law degree. "If we just gave up after one try, it would be discouraging to the rest of the country.
The idea that life begins at conception has always been at the center of anti-abortion-rights ideology but rarely pursued as a legislative goal. Instead, activists set their sights on smaller, more obtainable restrictions on abortion, such as requiring ultrasounds or parental consent for minors. The personhood amendment can be understood as a backlash to that approach. "We're saying let's get down to business," says Cal Zastrow, cofounder of Personhood USA. "We don't want restrictions. We want to abolish the murder of children, and a personhood amendment does that." The rise of personhood as a political strategy reflects a rising frustration among activists, who say the incremental approach has done little to reduce abortions in the United States. Read more.