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(04/07/2015) "My abortion was 36 years ago and yet sometimes it seems like yesterday. …. During the 1970's I had bought into the Women's Liberation Movement after having been a very conservative and traditional young girl, and eventually a wife and mother. This is where the severe disconnect happened. Roe vs. Wade had become legal in 1973, and I bought into the lie of the times. I was Pro-Choice until I made the wrong choice for myself."

Source: “The Cost,” by Toni. Silent No More Testimony, Accessed 4/7/15

(03/31/2015) "The embryonic period consists of the first eight weeks after the last ovulation. During this time, the overwhelming majority ( several thousand) of the named human structures appear, and the embryo is about 30 millimeters in length."

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, c.2002, Accessed 3/31/15

(03/24/2015) The next General Conference of The United Methodist Church will meet at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on May 10-20, 2016. Petitions and resolutions can be submitted beginning April 1, 2015.

Sources: who-we-are 2016 and instructions-for-submitting-petitions, Accessed 3/24/15.

(03/17/2015) "This year – the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Women’s Conference – thousands of delegates and civil society representatives are gathered in New York to assess 20 years of progress on women’s issues. Rather than haggle late into the nights as is done each year at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, countries adopted a political declaration on the first day of the two-week conference. It makes no mention of sexual and reproductive health or rights, terms linked to abortion and sexual issues. …. In their opening statement, African nations emphasized they 'reject abortion to be promoted as a method of family planning' while welcoming the 'consensual understanding between partners' on the number and spacing of children. Yet they are also 'concerned by the spread and use of harmful contraceptives for African women' and want methods 'that are not detrimental to women’s health.'"

Source: "Countries avoid controversy, reject abortion at UN women's conference," by Wendy Wright, 3/16/15,
Accessed 3/17/15

(03/10/2015) Under the headline, "Recent News," the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, RCRC (of which the United Methodist Women and the General Board of Church & Society are members) quotes Dr. David Grimes as saying, “Abortion is good for you, your family and society …. It’s a win-win-win."

Sources: RCRC coalition members, accessed 3/10/15.

RCRC-linked article, 
“No regrets: Reclaiming abortion as a force for social good,” by Robin Abcarian, 3/9/15. accessed through RCRC website, 3/10/15.

(03/03/2015) "As the founder of America’s largest abortion chain, Margaret Sanger’s ideology for Planned Parenthood was cemented in eugenics, the belief and practice that aims to eliminate certain groups of people.  …. Below is [one] of seven shocking quotes from Sanger, a famed eugenicist who birthed America’s largest abortion-on-demand corporation. …. 'We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.'"

Source: "7 Incredibly Shocking Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger," by Becky Yeh, 2/23/15,
Accessed 3/3/15

(02/24/2015) “And our men do what they know is not good: they kill their own children. And our women do what they know is not good: they kill the child before it is born. Therefore He that is above does not send us the Good Book.”

Source: John Wesley’s July 1, 1736 journal entry quoting a Native American chief, accessed 2/24/15

(02/17/2015) "At eight weeks after conception, everything that will be found in the fully developed human being has been formed. All that is needed now is time to grow."

Source: "“What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.

(02/10/2015) "In 2015, 34% of Americans say they are satisfied with current U.S. abortion policies. This is the lowest percentage since Gallup first asked the question in 2001. …. Americans who say they are dissatisfied with current abortion policies were asked a follow-up question to learn if they are dissatisfied because they want current abortion laws to be stricter or less strict. This year, of those who are dissatisfied, twice as many prefer stricter rather than less strict laws: 24% want stricter laws, while 12% want current abortion laws to be less strict."

Source: "Fewest Americans Satisfied With Abortion Policies Since 2001," Gallup poll, by Rebecca Riffkin, 2/9/15, Accessed 2/10/15

(02/02/2015) The "Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter [on January 22] mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford ... ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.” Following the uproar, he apologized on his Twitter account the next day - and then deleted the account.

 METHODIST HEAD OF “HUMAN RIGHTS” MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS, by Matthew Schmitz, 1/23/15; accessed 2/2/15; and Methodist Human Rights director mocks kids at March for Life
, by Streiff, 1/24/15, accessed 2/2/15

(01/27/2015) "Pro-choice leaders ... maintain that legal abortion is now a fact of life, and that one in three women will seek the procedure at least once in their life. But pro-life leaders cite fresh polling data from Marist College in New York as more evidence that most young Americans do not favor abortion and will not sustain the status quo. According to SFLA [Students for Life of America], the Marist poll data on millennials shows that 59 percent think abortion is 'morally wrong,' 58 percent think abortion 'does more harm than good,' and 64 percent think the abortion rate is 'higher than it should be.'"

Source: "Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval," by Cheryl Wetzstein, 1/25/15, accessed 1/26/15. Marist Poll

(01/20/2015) "Revelations of NARAL’s latest alliance with local government to eliminate all options besides abortion in Montgomery County [Maryland] illustrates abortion’s allegiance to a vision centered on the almighty self. …. But that’s not the reason NARAL and their political friends are trying to shut down and discredit pregnancy help organizations. NARAL’s main mission is to protect the abortion industry’s bottom line—their profit margin. And, since the “goods and services” they are peddling are deadly to at least half who enter their facilities, any sort of competition poses a real and imminent threat. …. And this is why we pose such a threat to NARAL and company. It’s not just that we are their competition. It’s that we are winning."

Source: "Why do abortionists go to such lengths to eliminate pregnancy centers? Because we threaten their bottom line," by Peggy Hartshorn, 1/13/15, Accessed 1/17/15
(01/13/2015) "When the topic of abortion is covered in the media, it generally tends to play into the liberal theme of “a woman’s right to choose” or circumstances where abortions may be deemed “necessary” – which makes this [December 14, 2014] Boston Globe story on prenatal screening inaccuracy leading to unnecessary abortions all the more interesting. …. as Beth Daley of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting relayed in the Globe, those prenatal screening tests that so many doctors, physicians, and women rely on, are oftentimes inaccurate. As a result, these inaccuracies are causing many women to seek abortions for babies that have no chromosomal or genetic condition."

Source: "Boston Globe on Perils of 'Pro-Choice': Prenatal Tests Can Be Wrong About Birth Defects," by Melissa Mullins, 12/16/14,. Accessed 12/21/14.

(01/06/2015) You are invited to attend the ANNUAL LIFEWATCH WORSHIP SERVICE at 9:30 am on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Washington, DC. Dr. Edgardo Colon-Emeric, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at Duke University Divinity School, will be preaching.

Following the March for Life, please join us again later the same day, at 3:00 pm in the UM Building, for our Lifewatch Board meeting.

All are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!


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