Did You Know?
||(03/21/2017) The following quote from
RCRC illustrates the attitude the pro-life community must deal with
on a daily basis: "Reproductive [justice] also requires us to oppose
teaching abstinence-only-until-marriage in place of comprehensive
sex education. Many abstinence-only-until-marriage programs,
promulgated by religious conservatives, present this approach as the
only moral choice for young people. These programs also often rely
on outdated gender expectations, emphasizing “modesty” for girls and
attributing to boys the role of sexual aggressors.
"Reproductive Justice and Sex Education" page, 3/21/17,
||(03/14/2017) "The pro-life women's
movement is the authentic women's movement of the 21st century. ....
What people don't realize is that the early feminists were pro-life;
the suffragists who gave women the right to vote were pro-life."
Source: Sue Ellen Browder,
"She Was a Pro-Abortion Columnist for Cosmo, But Something Made
Her Pro-Life," Life News, 1/22/16, accessed 11/22/16
||(03/07/2017)"Just as we were once
used, without our consent, to gratify the sexual desires of others,
so we continue to be used, without our consent, to gratify the
political goals of others."
Statement from "Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual
Assault" (WPSA), 6/23/04. . Accessed 3/6/17.
Note: Although this committee met and the report was issued in
2004, the same problems remain! CE
||(02/28/2017) New life [begins] ... at
conception. Natural conception can also be called fertilization.
Fertilization occurs when a sperm and ovum join to form a single
cell, full of life and bearing the unique genetic imprint of a human
being who has never existed before.
Life, by Geraldine Lux Flanagan, Houghton Mifflin, 1996, p. 23-23
||(02/21/2017) "Norma McCorvey, who was
the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case
legalizing virtually unlimited abortions, passed away [February 18].
McCorvey never had an abortion and eventually became pro-life and
dedicated her life to overturning the horrible Supreme Court
decision that bared her pseudonym. McCorvey died [Saturday] at an
assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69."
"Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never
Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life," by Steven
Ertelt,2/18/17, accessed 2/20/17
||(02/14/2017) " 'A new command I give
you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one
another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you
love one another.' "
Source: John 13:34-35 (NIV)
||(02/07/2017) "Americans overwhelmingly
oppose the use of tax dollars to support abortion in other countries
(83 percent). More than six in 10 Americans (61 percent) also oppose
the use of tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States. This
includes almost nine in 10 supporters of President Donald Trump (87
percent) and nearly four in 10 supporters of his presidential
opponent, Hillary Clinton (39 percent)."
"Americans Support Supreme Court Ruling to Restrict Abortion,
Oppose Taxpayer Funding," K of C - Marist poll
conducted December 12-19, 2016, accessed 1/26/17
||(01/31/2017) "I am pro-choice, but I
find that abortion is a failure of the feminist establishment. With
every kind of birth control available in the world, abortion is not
something to be proud of. If you need an abortion, you've failed."
Source: TAMMY BRUCE, speech at Columbia University, Apr.
||(01/24/2017) “… one key aspect of
abortion in the United States is so outdated that only five
other nations ON EARTHagree with our position (and one of those
nations is the forward-thinking paradise of North Korea). …. The
policy of which I am referring is America’s insistence on allowing
elective abortions twenty-weeks post-fertilization. Science has
demonstrated that children
can feel the pain of being aborted at that age and, due to the
wonderful advancements of neo-natal medicine, a child can survive
outside the womb as young as
twenty weeks post-fertilization. Even the liberal Huffington
Post published a poll in 2013 that showed Americans favor a
twenty-week limit on abortion two-to-one.”
"America's Science-Denying, Antiquated Abortion Law," by Ardee
Coolidge, 1/19/17, accessed 1/24/17
||(01/17/2017) "2016 was a
record-breaking year for pro-life legislation, with 43 states
proposing more than 360 abortion restrictions, including tax funding
for women's health centers that perform abortions, limits on
late-term abortions of viable babies, informed consent and
ultrasound requirements, outlawing abortions on handicapped babies,
banning aborted baby tissue trafficking, and prohibitions on
sex-selection or race-selection abortions. .... The most devastating
blow to pro-life laws in 2016 was the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that
overturned Texas' safety regulations for abortion clinics, requiring
emergency access, and hospital admission privileges. [AUL Vice
President of Legal Affairs Denise] Burke says, however, that the
high court's ruling is not insurmountable. 'When the Supreme Court
rejected Texas’ abortion safety standards, abortion advocates
celebrated, but they ignored the fine print,' she said. 'In fact,
the Court found that such laws could survive a legal challenge if
well-supported by medical evidence.'"
"REVEALED: The most pro-life and most pro-abortion U.S. states.
Where does your state rank?" by Fr. Mark Hodges,
1/10/17. Accessed 1/17/17.
||(01/10/17) Following the 2015
undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal
body parts, "The [US] House Select Investigative Panel has concluded
its yearlong investigation and released its Final Report which can
be read in full here. The
report details many of the disturbing practices the Panel uncovered
in the abortion industry with the selling of fetal tissue along with
information regarding our public hearings, subpoenas, criminal and
regulatory referrals. Also included is the listing of
recommendations for improving access to appropriate scientific
models, including human fetal tissue when warranted, in order to
promote the advancement of science and the development of novel
Source: Press Release,
"The Select Investigative Panel Releases Final Report," US
Congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn (TN), chairman.,
1/4/17, acessed 1/8/17.
||(01/03/17) Because the 2017
Presidential Inauguration (Jan. 20, 2017) overlaps so closely with
the annual March for Life date (Jan 22), the 2017 March for Life has
been postponed one week. The 2017 Lifewatch Worship Service
(9:30 am) and Lifewatch Board meeting (3:00 pm) will all take place
on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the United Methodist Building, 100
Maryland Avenue, NE in Washington, DC. The morning's sermon
will be given by Dr. Steve Rankin, Southern Methodist University
Chaplain and minister. All are invited and welcome to attend either
or both gatherings.
||(12/20/16) "At that time Mary got
ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she
entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard
Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was
filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: 'Blessed
are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why
am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As
soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my
womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the
Lord has said to her will be accomplished!'"
||(12/13/16) "Your little one's heart
has been beating furiously for weeks, but it's only just become loud
enough to hear. A fetus's heart beats twice as fast as yours,
anywhere between 120 to 140 beats per minute. The heart has become a
proper four-chambered structure over the past month, although some
of the dividing walls won't be complete until after birth."
Source: "11 Weeks Pregnant: What's Going On" www.pampers.com
- 11 weeks pregnant - what to expect, accessed 12/6/16
||(12/06/16) "...LeRoy Carhart will no
longer be conducting abortions at Germantown Reproductive Health
Services (GRHS), an abortion facility in Germantown, Maryland, that
has until now provided abortions throughout all nine months of
pregnancy. According to local sources, Carhart’s last abortions in
Maryland took place during the week of October 30, 2016. He returned
to GRHS on November 8, but stayed only a few hours, sending several
very late-term patients home without abortions. He left later in the
afternoon and never returned."
"Thankful: Late-term Abortionist Carhart Calls it Quits in
Maryland!" by Operation Rescue, 11/24/16, accessed
11/28/16 and 12/6/16
||(11/29/16) "A new poll indicates that
a strong majority of Americans support legislation to protect unborn
babies from abortions after 20 weeks when scientific evidence
indicates they can feel pain. ... 64 percent of voters support the
Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, according to the poll from
the Polling Company Inc./WomenTrend. Support was even stronger among
women and Millennials: 67 percent of women and 78 percent of young
voters said they would support the legislation. In addition, 70
percent of blacks and 57 percent of Hispanic voters said they would
support the 20-week abortion limit...."
"New Poll: 64% Support Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks. 78% of
Millennials and 67% of Women Do Too," by Micaiah
Bilger,11/22/16, accessed 11/22/16 and 11/29/16
||(11/22/16) "I believe God has blessed
America through the years. I also believe with Thomas Jefferson’s
view, when he said in another context, 'I tremble for my country
when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep
forever.' How can God continue to bless us when we have now killed
up to 60 million of preborn children since Roe v. Wade?"
Source: Jerry Newcombe,
"Trump's Victory and the Religious Right,"
11/17/16, accessed 11/21/16
||(11/15/16) “The 18-hour ultrasound
requirement gives women more information about their health and
pregnancy before they have an abortion.... Planned Parenthood should
support the ideal that women have increased information. What is
Planned Parenthood so afraid of?"
Source: Mike Fichter,
President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.
"Planned Parenthood, ACLU Try to Block Law Allowing Women to See
Ultrasound of Baby Before Abortion," 11/10/16, accessed
(11/02/16) PARTY PLATFORMS:
2016 Democratic Party Platform: "Democrats are committed to
protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice.
We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every
woman should have access to quality reproductive health care
services, including safe and legal abortion — regardless of where
she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We
believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and
young people’s health and wellbeing. We will continue to stand up to
Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers,
which provide critical health services to millions of people. We
will continue to oppose — and seek to overturn — federal and state
laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion,
including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. We condemn and will
combat any acts of violence, harassment, and intimidation of
reproductive health providers, patients, and staff. We will defend
the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women,
including no-cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in
health care based on gender
Democratic Party Platform, page 37, 7/21/16. .
Republican Party Platform 2016: "The
Constitution’s guarantee that no one can “be deprived of life,
liberty or property” deliberately echoes the Declaration of
Independence’s proclamation that “all” are “endowed by their
Creator” with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert
the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a
fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a
human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make
clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to children
before birth. We oppose the use of public funds to perform or
promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood,
so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell
fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states
and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal
tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on
Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. In the
meantime, we call on Congress to ban the practice of misleading
women on so-called fetal harvesting consent forms, a fact revealed
by a 2015 investigation. We will not fund or subsidize healthcare
that includes abortion coverage. ...."
Platform 2016, page 13, July 8-9, 2016. . Accessed 11/1/16
||10/26/16) "As a nurse, I want to be
absolutely clear: If a mother’s life is in danger at any time after
24 weeks, let alone in the 9th month, the infant can be delivered
via c-section to save the mother. The infant is given a chance at
life. It does not need to be killed to save the mother. Never in the
9th month would that ever be a thought for most healthcare
professionals. That’s not healthcare. That’s murder."
"Before Applauding Hillary's Abortion Remarks, Know The One Fact
She Ignored," by Christy Lee Parker, 10/20/16.
Accessed 10/23/16.[Note: article includes drawings of a
partial-birth abortion procedure]
||(10/19/16) "Since its inception,
Planned Parenthood has been directly responsible for the deaths of
nearly seven million unborn children. It was founded upon Margaret
Sanger’s reprehensible belief that the human race could somehow be
'improved' by ridding the world of less fortunate minorities. Never
heard that? The media don’t report it."
"The only birthday Planned Parenthood cares about,"
by Ted Cruz and Marjorie Dannenfelser, 10/16/16, accessed 10/19/16
||(10/12/16) “What I can’t understand is
with Hillary Clinton, and now Senator Kaine at her side, is to
support a practice like partial-birth abortion. And to hold to the
view, and I know Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally,
but the very idea that a child that is almost born into the world
could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me.
And I can't conscience about a party that supports that or that, I
know that you've historically opposed taxpayer funding of abortion,
but Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the long-standing provision in
the law where we said we wouldn't use tax-payer dollars to fund
abortion. .... It all for me begins with cherishing the dignity, the
worth, the value of every human life.”
Gov. Mike Pence, Republican Candidate for Vice President, during
Vice-Presidential Debate, 10/4/16, accessed
10/11/16. (Gov. Pence's comments begin at the 3:00-minute mark and
continue throughout this 9-minute video.)
||(10/05/16) "The International Planned
Parenthood Federation cautions activists to avoid the 'p' word. It’s
not a person until it’s born or, as Senator Barbara Boxer (D.,
Calif.) once suggested, until you bring it home from the hospital.
Until then, it’s a fetus or uterine 'contents.' Planned Parenthood
advises that activists not say 'abort a child,' preferring
'terminate a pregnancy' or some such."
"TV, Abortion, and the Contradictions of Liberalism,"
by Jonah Goldberg, 4/15/16, accessed 10/4/16
||(09/20/16) "The baby’s blood may be a
completely different blood type from the mother’s own blood type.
The baby never shares the mother’s circulatory system."
Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure,
published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross,
||(09/13/16) As of Tuesday, September
13, the names of the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) and
the United Methodist Women (UMW) are still listed on the
"Organizational Brochure" of the Religious Coalition for
Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Requests to have the names removed
from the brochure have, thus far, been ignored. (Both organizations
have been removed from RCRC's list of
"Coalition Members" -
A page called
Together for Reproductive Justice: RCRC and Methodists of Conscience
- RCRC Welcomes You" encourages United Methodist laity and
clergy to attend RCRC's online events, donate to RCRC, and post
one's support of RCRC on Facebook and Twitter. While individual UM's
are free to associate, or not, with RCRC, why does the organization
exclude the full title from the online sign-up sheet? What are they
trying to hide?!
||(09/06/16) "Any country that accepts
abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence
to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love
and peace is abortion."
Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, 2/3/1994.
Audio and transcript, accessed 9/5/16
||(08/30/16) “'Marriage has historic,
religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time,
and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a
man and a woman,' said [Hillary] Clinton in White Plains, New York
on the 2000 campaign trail. .... This all dramatically changed on
March 18, 2013, when ... she came out for same-sex 'marriage.' 'LGBT
Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our
friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and
deserve the rights of citizenship,' said Mrs. Clinton. 'That
includes gay marriage.'"
"The Changing Faith of Hillary Clinton," by Paul
Kengor, 8/15/16, accessed 8/31/16
This article speaks to all three issues which Lifewatch/TUMAS
emphasizes: abortion and the sanctity of life, sanctity of
traditional marriage, and religious liberty.
||08/23/16) "The UMC
position on abortion says, 'Our belief in the sanctity of unborn
human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.' However, the
denomination also 'recognize[s] tragic conflicts of life with life
that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal
option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified
medical providers.' The [America Magazine] said the UMC position
matches more closely to former president Bill Clinton, who often
said that abortion should be 'safe, legal and rare.' Hillary Clinton
no longer uses the term 'rare' to describe her abortion position.
Abortion activists who support Clinton say the term 'rare'
stigmatizes women who have abortions."
"Hillary Clinton is a 'Lifelong' Christian Who 'Reads Scripture'
'Daily' But Still Supports Abortion," by Micaiah
Bilger, 8/22/16. . Accessed 8/23/16.
Note: The LifeNews
article includes a link to the full
"America Magazine" article, "The private faith life of Hillary
Clinton," by Michael O'Loughlin and published 8/15/16.
||(08/16/16) "Kansan Cindy Schroeder
describes how she and her family thought she was given a death
sentence when diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer with a
median survival rate of just over five years that had migrated from
her bone marrow to vital organs. Then, Schroeder says, an adult stem
cell transplant gave her a new lease on life."
"Given Just 5 Years to Live, Woman's Deadly Blood Cancer Treated
With Her Own Cells," by Mallory Quigley, 8/12/16,
accessed 8/12/16 and 8/16/16
||(08/09/16) "In a speech last year,
[United Methodist] Hillary
Clinton lamented that too many women are supposedly denied abortions.
The Democratic presidential candidate came under fire for that ...
comment, but she also drew widespread condemnation for another
remark in the speech. The [second] comment had Clinton essentially
saying that Christians must be forced to change their religious
views to accommodate abortions."
"Hillary Clinton: Make Christians Change Their Religious Views
to Support Abortion," by Steven Ertelt, 8/8/16,
||(08/02/16) Four months after
conception, the baby’s heart pumped 6-1/2 gallons of blood each day
through the baby’s body. The baby never shares the mother’s
Source: “What They Never Told You
About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human
Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001. www.hdrc.org
||(07/26/16) "Americans remain strongly
supportive of abortion restrictions, despite this summer's Supreme
Court decision overturning a Texas law that mandated that doctors
have admitting privileges at a local hospital and that abortion
clinics be held to the same standards as other outpatient surgery
"New K of C-Marist Poll Finds Americans Strongly Support
Abortion Restrictions", 7/25/16, accessed 7/26/16
||(07/19/16) In compliance with the will
of the 2016 General Conference, the General Board of Church &
Society (GBCS) and the United Methodist Women (UMW) organizations
are no longer listed on the membership page of the Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) website. However, both
organizations are still listed on the RCRC's introductory brochure.
We appreciate RCRC for honoring GC decisions made and urge
completion of the directive.
website, and RCRC-Brochure.pdf,
||(07/12/16) "... 'what would you do if
we took all that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’
way? .... Could we love each other without that? If you can really
love somebody without that, then you can really love somebody,'
Source: Russell Wilson to Ciara.
"After Abstaining Until Marriage, NFL Star Russell Wilson and
Ciara Get Married: 'We Did It Jesus' Way,'" by Micaiah
Bilger, 7/7/16, accessed 7/10/16
||(07/05/16) "Less than a week after the
U.S. Supreme Court nullified certain abortion safety laws, a medical
emergency at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in St. Louis,
MO, has illustrated how women have been left in jeopardy by the
nation’s High Court. It happened on Saturday, July 2, 2016, a heavy
abortion day. Paramedics were photographed by pro-life activists as
they removed a Planned Parenthood patient from the abortion facility
and loaded her into an awaiting ambulance. Abortion workers and an
armed security guard attempted to conceal the incident by holding up
large brown tarps."
"St. Louis Planned Parenthood Sends 60th Patient to Emergency
Room, Illustrating Need for Oversight," by Cheryl
Sullenger, 7/4/16, accessed 7/4/16
||(06/27/16) Despite yesterday's Supreme Court
ruling in the case of "Whole
Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt", there is good news. "When they
filed a lawsuit against the Texas law, the abortion businesses
behind the suit and Planned Parenthood did not challenge the law’s
prohibition on abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later, a
provision based on evidence that demonstrates the baby can feel pain
at that stage. The good news is that that abortion ban, despite
today’s Supreme Court ruling, still stands."
"Despite Supreme Court Decision, Texas Law Banning Abortions
After 20 Weeks Still Intact," 6/27/16, accessed 6/28/16
||(06/22/16) "By the fifth month of
pregnancy, the baby may jump/startle in response to a loud noise."
Source: "Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy"
brochure. Published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994
||(06/15/16) As of today (June 14,
2016), the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) and United
Methodist Women (UMW) are both still listed as coalition members of
the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, despite the May 19
General Conference vote requiring both organizations to withdraw
their membership from RCRC.
RCRC website, accessed 6/14/16
Action Note: "To voice your concern, please contact Rev. Dr.
Susan Henry-Crowe, GBCS General Secretary, email@example.com and
Harriett Olson, Executive Head for UMW
||(06/08/16) “I did have some secret
abortions myself, which I repented from when I was born again in
1983.... I drank the abortion Kool-Aid temporarily because I thought
it was the answer.”
Alveda King. Taken from article published 6/6/2016,
||(06/01/16) "A hospital in Rzeszów,
Poland has stopped doing abortions after its doctors signed a clause
that allows them to opt out because of conscience. .... In the U.S.
regarding doctors and abortions, the
Obama Administration looks like it’s on a mission to trample
religious and conscience protections and force as many people as
it can to promote and pay for abortions."
"Hospital Stops Abortions After Every Single Doctor Signs Pledge
Refusing to Do Them," by Steven Ertelt, 5/31/16. .
Accessed 6/1/16. Note: Attempts by the Obama administration to
promote and require abortions through Obamacare mandates are also
reported in this article.
(05/24/16) On May 19, 2016 - by a vote of 425 for and 268
against - the United Methodist General Conference voted that two
United Methodist entities (General Board of Church and
Society and United Methodist Women) withdraw immediately from
membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive
"General Conference votes to withdraw from Religious
Coalition for Reproductive Choice," by Jessica
Brodie, 5/19/16, accessed 5/24/16
(05/20/16) Portland, OR—United Methodists have voted to require
church boards and agencies to withdraw immediately from an
organization that advocates for abortion on demand.
United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition | Anglican Ink
2016 © ANGLICAN.INK, accessed 05/20/16
(05/03/16) The Lifewatch office will close Friday afternoon, May
6, so we can attend - and report on - the 2016 General
Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The office will re-open on
May 23, 2016.
The June issue of the Lifewatch newsletter
will be published late and will include Rev. Stallsworth's
reports and observations from the General Conference. Please
watch for it to be posted online as soon as it is available.
(04/26/16) "Forty-three years after Roe v. Wade, it does not
violate any federal law to kill an unborn human being by
abortion, with the consent of the mother, in any state, at any
moment prior to live birth. However, the use of one specific
method of abortion, partial-birth abortion, has been banned
nationwide under a federal law, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
Act (18 U.S.C. §1531), that was enacted in 2003 and upheld by
the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. Partial-birth abortion, which is
explicitly defined in the law, was a method used in the fifth
month and later (i.e., both before and after “viability”), in
which the baby was partly delivered alive before the skull was
breached and the brain destroyed. Abortion performed with
consent of the mother by any other method, up to the moment of
birth, does not violate any federal law."
"The State of Abortion In the United States: January 2016,"
National Right to Life, accessed 4/25/16
(04/20/16) "... if we're talking about maternal health, you
cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And
reproductive health includes contraception and family planning
and access to legal, safe abortion."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
"Clinton to Canada: Abortion Access Must be Included in G8
Initiative," Center for Reproductive Rights,
4/7/10, acessed 4/19/16
(04/19/16) "The General Board of Church and Society is a general
agency of the United Methodist Church. It is one of four
international general program boards of The United Methodist
Church as set out the UMC
Book of Discipline. The General Board has headquarters on
Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and at the Interchurch
Center in New York City. There are five divisions within the
GBCS: Public Witness and Advocacy, Administration, Ministry of
Resourcing Congregational Life, United Nations Ministry and
Wikipedia, accessed 4/19/16
(04/12/16) "The child’s sex is determined at the moment of
conception and is determined by the X or Y chromosome
contributed by the father’s sperm. (An X chromosome from the
father produces a girl; a Y chromosome produces a boy.)"
Source: "A Child is Born", published by Delacorte
Press/Seymour Lawrence, New York, NY. c.1966; Eighth Printing
1980, page 37
(04/04/16) “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional
United Methodist Hillary Clinton on "Face the Nation,"
April 3,2016, accessed 4/4/16
(03/29/16) "As soon as I saw that ultrasound, I realized that I
was carrying a human life inside of me. No matter what, I did
not have it in my heart to terminate this human life, regardless
of the heinous, barbaric crime that had been perpetrated upon
me. I never associated my unborn baby as being responsible."
"Brutally Raped by a Relative, I Never Considered Abortion.
She's Not the Rapist's Baby, She's Mine," by Wendi
Lubin, 3/28/16, accessed 3/28/16
(03/22/16) "Cosmo and abstinence make strange bedfellows. The
magazine, which since the mid-sixties has glorified guilt-free
promiscuity, is the antithesis of the values held by men and
women who save sex for marriage. Nevertheless, Cosmopolitan's
over three million readers got something unexpected last week:
an article on
Cosmo's website featuring three single, dating women who
"Sexually abstinent women featured in Cosmopolitan
magazine?" LifeSiteNews, 3/18/16, accessed 3/21/16
(03/15/16) "Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (“RCRC”)
is a non-profit organization which educates religious leaders
and communities around a range of reproductive health issues.
Issues include access to family planning and contraception,
comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education, and access to
safe and legal abortion services. RCRC is supported primarily
through foundation grants, bequests, donor contributions and the
Combined Federal Campaign."
"Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Financial
Statements Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013,"
Note 1 on page 8, accessed 3/14/16
(03/08/16) A Marist Institute for Public Opinion/Knights of
Columbus survey of 1,686 adults conducted last November and
released in January, 2016, found that "A hefty majority of
Americans - including a majority of those who consider
themselves pro-choice - support 'substantial abortion
restrictions' .... The survey found that 81 percent of Americans
and 66 percent of those who identify as pro-choice would
restrict abortion to - at most - the first three months of
"81% Americans, 66% pro-choice advocates support
'substantial abortion restrictions' says Marist Poll,"
by Jennifer Harper, 1/19/16, accessed 3/7/16
(03/01/16) "By the 7th week of the pregnancy, the embryo begins
to move spontaneously."
Source: "The First Nine
Months" brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado
Springs, CO., c. 1980.
(02/23/16) "According to Wisconsin Right to Life, based on the
numbers from Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s
2013-2014 Annual Report, 19 out of every 20 pregnant women who
walk through their doors are sold abortion, and abortion
outnumbers adoption referrals by a ratio of 174 to one. Planned
Parenthood’s claim that abortion makes up '3 percent' of its
services is conjured up by parceling out each individual service
it does, from a pregnancy test to a pap smear, even if all of
these services are done at one visit, with one client, which is
a gross manipulation of their numbers."
"Wisconsin Fob. Scott Walker Signs Bills to De-Fund Planned
Parenthood, Takes Away $8 Million," by Steven
Ertelt, 2/18/16, accessed 2/22/16
(02/16/16) "Humanity is endowed by the Creator, not computers.
Freddy was not 'humanized' by the post-production effects, he
was simply portrayed to have a precocious taste for Doritos
chips! .... How cool is it that Freddy can say his acting debut
was in utero?"
"What NARAL missed: Doritos 'Ultrasound' ad features
filmmaker's preborn son," by Amanda Read, 2/9/16,
(02/09/16) "Embryoscopy can directly visualize the embryo/fetus
during the first trimester, paving the way to improved early
prenatal diagnosis and treatment. Utilizing high-resolution
fiberoptic endoscopy, testing can be done as early as 3 weeks
after conception. The face can be visualized as early as 4
weeks. Numerous diagnoses have already been done but these just
scratch the surface of the technology's potential."
Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F.
Cogan, 5/4/2002, accessed 2/9/16
(02/02/16) "Missouri appellate courts ... [heard] what will be a
landmark case of its kind, involving the future of frozen
Right to Life ... filed an amicus brief, on behalf Jalesia
McQueen in her pursuit to gain custody of the frozen embryos she
and her ex husband created before their divorce."
"Missouri Right to Life files amicus brief in landmark
frozen embryo case" by Lisa Payne-Naeger, 12/27/15,
A video report about the case is available here.
(01/26/16) "We are here at Lifewatch to watch over those most
vulnerable. We are here to stand before the Lord to pray for
those most vulnerable. We are here to stand before the Lord to
pray for those who are being led to death, to repent for our
callousness, and to pray for grace to do all we can to protect
those who need our protection."
Dr. Thomas Oden's words at last Friday's Lifewatch Worship
Service in Washington, DC., as quoted by Mark Tooley,
1/23/16, accessed 1/24/16.
(Note: The complete text
of Dr. Oden's sermon will be posted on the Lifewatch website.)
(01/19/16) "As a pro-life advocate, I want to defend the right
of the unborn child to experience life. But I also advocate for
the right of women to be free from the documented dangers of
abortion: sterility, a perforated uterus, depression, subsequent
drug and alcohol abuse. These hazards have been written about in
studies published in well-established medical journals."
"Why This Pro-Choice Feminist in Now a Pro-Life Activist,"
by Maria Vitale, 1/6/12, accessed 1/19/16
(01/12/16) "Abortion is the only surgical procedure where its
success is dependent on the death of another human being."
Source: Abby Johnson, founder of "And Then There Were
None" - a nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion
clinic workers leave the abortion industry. You can visit their
website at abortionworker.com/.
(01/05/16) The ANNUAL LIFEWATCH WORSHIP SERVICE will
be held at 9:30 am on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the
United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in
Washington, DC. (As you face the US Supreme Court, the UM
Building stands directly to the left.) The service will feature
a sermon by Dr. Thomas C. Oden, General Editor of the Ancient
Christian Commentary on Scripture, former Professor of Theology
and Ethics at Drew University Theological School, and Lifewatch
Advisory Board member. Later the same day, following the March
for Life, please join us again at 3:00 pm in the UM Building for
our Lifewatch Board meeting. All are invited to attend. We
hope to see you there!
Source: Lifewatch/TUMAS. For
questions, please call our office, 636-294-2344.
(12/22/15) An angel said to Joseph, "Joseph son of David, do not
be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is
conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to
a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will
save his people from their sins."
(12/15/15) The ANNUAL LIFEWATCH WORSHIP SERVICE will
be held at 9:30 am on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the
United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in
Washington, DC. (As you face the US Supreme Court, the UM
Building stands directly to the left.) The service will feature
a sermon by Dr. Thomas C. Oden, General Editor of the Ancient
Christian Commentary on Scripture, former Professor of Theology
and Ethics at Drew University Theological School, and Lifewatch
Advisory Board member. 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
Source: Lifewatch/Taskforce of United
Methodists on Abortion & Sexuality
(12/08/15) "I’m daily reminded of being saved from abortion. I
was conceived in rape, yet given the incredible opportunity,
through adoption, to love and be loved..... Words could not even
begin to express how grateful I am to my birthmom and her
self-sacrifice. .... So, I share my
story. I share others’ stories. .... One of those examples
is the Watts family. I love these people. They truly are a
reflection of God’s heart."
"Watts Love Got To Do With It? Everything,", by Ryan
Bomberger, 11/26/15, accessed 12/7/15
(12/01/15) "The number of reported abortions dropped 4 percent
in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
reported. About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal
government that year. That's about 31,000 fewer than the year
before. .... In 2012, the abortion rate fell 5 percent to 13
abortions per 1,000 women of child-bearing age. That is about
half what it was in 1974, the year after the landmark Supreme
Court decision that established a nationwide right to abortion."
"Report: US abortions continue to decline, down 4 pct in
2012," by Mike Stobbe, 11/25/15, accessed 12/1/15
(Note: the article includes a link to the full CDC report.)
(11/24/15) "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with
singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath
made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep
of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into
his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his
name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting, and his
truth endureth to all generations."
HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND GOD'S BLESSINGS TO YOU
AND YOUR FAMILY!
(11/17/15) "A study recently published in the New England
Journal of Medicine (NEJM) ... found that premature babies are
surviving earlier outside of the womb -- specifically, at just
22 weeks. Furthermore, it was discovered that some of these
children, with proper medical treatment, can go on to survive
and live completely healthy lives."
"Babies can live outside the womb as early as 22 weeks,
science shows" by Jennifer Lilley, 6/26/15,
(11/10/15) "The Planned Parenthood facility where abortion
center manager-turned pro-life advocate Abby Johnson worked is
now a functioning pro-life pregnancy center. Hope Pregnancy
Centers of Brazos Valley purchased the Bryan, Texas Planned
Parenthood building last year after the abortion center closed.
The pro-life organization remodeled the facility and opened in
according to the Christian News Network."
"Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Re-Opens as a
Pro-Life Pregnancy Center," by Micaiah Bilger,
11/9/15, accessed 11/10/15
(11/03/15) "Faith groups are speaking out about their support
for Planned Parenthood.... .... Rev. Harry Knox, the head of the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and one of the
signers of the letter, .... blasted both the intent and tactics
of the Center for Medical Progress, the group responsible for
making the inflammatory videos geared towards defaming Planned
Parenthood. 'As a Christian, I believe that God trusts and
empowers each of us to make the decisions that are best for
ourselves and our families,' Knox wrote in an email."
"Faith Leaders: 'A World Without Planned Parenthood Would Be
Disastrous,'" by Jack Jenkins, 8/14/15,
Note: The article includes a link
to the letter these organizations sent to US Senators in August.
(10/27/15) "At 19 weeks gestation, baby Branson died as the
result of a twisted umbilical cord. In September, his mother
Haleigh shared photos of Branson’s hands on Facebook because
the thought of her son was weighing heavily on her. '[…] it
completely amazes me how perfectly formed and how absolutely
beautiful this child was,' she wrote. 'I am so blessed to have
gotten to hold him and tell him how much I loved and adored him.
In a way, it was closure for me that I got to console him. I
wanted to make sure that even though, I would never get to hear
him cry, change his poopy diapers, or stumble out of bed at 3
am to make him a bottle, that he knew he would always be my baby
and hold a special place in my heart.'"
Branson miscarried at 19 weeks. Now his mom has released these
stunning photos," by Nancy Flanders, 10/26/15,
(10/20/2015) "By 9 weeks after conception, all the structures
necessary for pain sensation are functioning; the unborn baby
feels pain for the first time."
"What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life"
brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council,
Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.www.hdrc.org
(10/13/2015) “IPSCs [induced pluripotent stem cells], discovered
by Shinya Yamaka’s group at Kyoto University in 2006, are
embryonic-like stem cells produced by artificially reprogramming
ordinary adult cells in the laboratory. …. The IPSC approach is
... ethically neutral. The big pharmaceutical corporations and
the biotechnology sector, which had been shying away from large
investment in conventional embryonic stem cell therapy research
because of slow progress, are now starting to invest in this new
“Stem-cell research gets new horizon,” by William Reville,
5/5/11, accessed 10/13/15
(10/06/2015) “It is [Cecile] Richards and her fellow
pro-abortionists who are obsessed -- obsessed with maximizing
the killing of babies for profit yet representing themselves as
a philanthropic organization dedicated to women's health. At
least one former official of Planned Parenthood claims that it
provided bonuses to employees for "selling" a certain number of
abortions. And our society looks down on barbaric ancient
cultures for practicing child sacrifice?”
"Planned Parenthood Can't Handle the Truth," by
David Limbaugh, 10/2/15, accessed 10/3/15
(09/29/2015) "During the 2014 state legislative session,
lawmakers introduced 335 provisions aimed at restricting access
to abortion. By the end of the year, 15 states had enacted 26
new abortion restrictions. Including these new provisions,
states have adopted 231 new abortion restrictions since the 2010
midterm elections swept abortion opponents into power in state
capitals across the country. .... Major action in 2014 includes
bans on abortions performed after a certain gestational age or
for purposes of sex selection, buffer zones around abortion
facilities, abortion counseling and waiting period requirements,
restrictions on medication abortion, restrictions on minors’
access to abortion services, targeted regulation of abortion
providers (TRAP) and restrictions on public and private
insurance coverage for abortion. See the full
analysis for more details."
"In Just the Last Four Years, States Have Enacted 231
Abortion Restrictions," Alan Guttmacher Institute's "News in
Context" report dated 1/5/15. . Accessed 9/29/15.
NOTE: Presented from a "pro-choice" perspective and
vocabulary, the information presented in this report is good
news for pro-life people and organizations! Charts and graphs
are also included.
(09/23/2015) Petitions and resolutions are now being accepted to
be considered by the 2016 General Conference. Instructions and
deadlines are available
HERE. Anyone willing to submit a petition for Lifewatch
should contact our office.
for Petitions to the 2016 General Conference, The United
Methodist Church." accessed 9/21/15
(09/16/2015) "There is evidence that the baby hears outside
noise–music, traffic, TV, people talking, and his/her mother’s
voice–by 18 weeks after conception."
They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published
by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA.
(09/02/2015) "On August 27, Planned Parenthood released what
they claimed was a 'forensic analysis' report on
CMP’s published investigative footage. In reality, the report is
a pseudoscientific production by Fusion GPS, a political
opposition-research company that has no forensic certifications.
While the report, which contains multiple errors, set out to
delegitimize CMP’s video evidence, it only provides evidence of
the opposite: the report admits that 'This analysis
did not reveal widespread evidence of substantive video
manipulation' and that it 'shows no evidence of audio
The Center for Medical Progress, August 31, 2015,
(08/26/2015) "Do most Americans really support federal funds
going to Planned Parenthood? That’s what the results of a recent
poll seem to suggest at first glance, but a deeper analysis of a
new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows
that Americans’ support for Planned Parenthood dropped
significantly following the release of videos that unmasked the
organization’s organ-harvesting scheme. .... It also shows why
the virtual mainstream media blackout on the entire ordeal is
one of the worst abuses of journalistic integrity. Seventy
percent of Americans don’t know about
the videos or about Planned Parenthood’s organs-for-cash
"Poll: Undercover Videos Lead To Lower Support For Planned Parenthood,"
by Bre Payton, 8/20/15,
(08/19/2015) Beginning Saturday, August 22, pro-lifers are urged
to participate in eight days of fasting and prayer to end the
evils of abortion and Planned Parenthood. The campaign of prayer
and fasting, headed by Priests for Life, is co-sponsored by the
National Pro-Life Religious Council (of which Lifewatch is a
member) and several other organizations. The prayer to the left
is one of several suggested prayers to be lifted up. Lifewatch
invites all pro-life United Methodists to join others in prayer
and fasting to end abortion!
Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life, .
(08/12/2015) "Groups such as Planned Parenthood say that there
are little, if any emotional scars for the women involved… the
baby is just tissue. This is very deceptive—the emotional scars
can last a lifetime. And it’s not just women who feel the pain,
the men often carry tremendous guilt as well."
Rev. Shane Idleman, as told to Susan Michelle Tyrrell, 8/6/15.
(08/05/2015) "In a tiny room with a ‘Biohazard’ sign on the
door, I met God. …. There I sat face to face with about twenty
people. Twenty people who you couldn't see walk through the
door, twenty people who didn't get to plead their case in the
counseling room, twenty people whose little hearts were barely
able to beat, twenty people who didn't get a choice, twenty
people who would be tossed in a freezer at the end of the day to
wait and be carted off to a burn site as medical waste. ‘Medical
Waste’ or ‘Product of Conception’ were the only names these
people would ever be given inside our clinic. I left work that
day with such a heavy sorrow in my heart. I have never felt
those types of intense emotions before. I prayed to God that
night to show me a way out."
"Horrified abortion worker couldn't believe what she saw in
the petri dishes. That's when she called me," by
Abby Johnson. 4/13/15, accessed 4/15/15 and 8/6/15
(07/29/2015) "The fetal period begins on day 57 after
fertilization and ends at birth. The tissues and organs that
were formed during the embryonic period continue to grow during
the fetal period, but the changes aren't as pronounced.
Ultrasonic measurements are used to measure embryonic growth.
.... Physicians can now measure how the fetus is growing and
what its state of health is with a very high degree of accuracy.
Through advanced surgical procedures, doctors can operate on the
fetus without leaving a scar."
Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, c.2002. (page
49) and (page
85). Accessed 7/27/15.
(07/22/2015) Within the past few weeks, two undercover videos of
Planned Parenthood representatives selling body parts of aborted
babies have been released. Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director
of Medical Services, PPFA, and Mary Gatter, Medical Director of
Planned Parenthood in Pasadena, CA, described in graphic detail
how to procure specific fetal organs and how much Planned
Parenthood would charge buyers for the purchase of those organs.
(The full footage of both videos - 2 hours, 42 minutes and 1
hour, 13.5 minutes, respectively - is included at the end of the
July 14, 2015 and
second-shock-video, July 21, 2015. Both
accessed July 22, 2015.
(07/15/2015) "The United Methodist Church will
gather for its next General Conference in May, 2016, but work
behind the scenes is well underway. [More than 860 delegates
from 130 annual conferences will be part of the event at the
Oregon Convention Center in Portland.] It is a time of prayer
and planning to guide the denomination for years to come, and a
huge undertaking. Members of the Commission on General
Conference recently visited the General Conference site...."
"General Conference 2016: Portland Venue Tour,"
by United Methodist News Service, accessed 7/14/15. (Article
includes a 2-minute video of the facility)
(07/07/2015) "... Tamesha Means, who miscarried in
2010, was represented by the ACLU and ACLU Michigan with her
lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop and three
chairs of Catholic Health Ministries. She did not, however, sue
the hospital Mercy Health, or its parent, Trinity Health Corp.
Judge Robert Holmes Bell dismissed the case. .... Bell noted
that Means still had recourse in the courts to sue doctors or
hospitals for medical malpractice if she received inadequate
medical care – but not, the judge concluded, to sue a religious
organization or officials for their religious doctrine."
"ACLU Loses Lawsuit in Attempt to Force Catholic Hospital to
Do Abortions," by Rebecca Downs, 7/6/15, accessed
(06/30/2015) "...[A]ccording to the Guttmacher Institute, as of
May 1, 2015, 23 states had ultrasound laws in place; they are
common. The shared element of each law is that a woman seeking
an abortion first obtains an ultrasound. There are different
nuances in each state, including the kind of ultrasound required
(abdominal verses transvaginal) and if/how the woman seeking the
abortion will view the image. Ultrasound laws fall in the
category of “informed consent laws” because they provide the
woman with factual (and pictorial) information to help her make
what could be the most significant decision of her life."
"The 'pro-choice' lobby should be supporting ultrasound
bills, not mocking governors who do," by Jeanne
Mancini, 6/25/15, accessed 6/30/15
(06/23/2015) "It just occurred to me that being
pro-life is being pro-other-people's-lives. Everyone is
Jennifer Fulwiler's husband, "Why my support for abortion
was based on love…and lies," 1/24/13, accessed
1/25/13 and 6/20/15
(06/09/2015) "Headlines are screaming that
Americans who hold they are pro-choice now outnumber those who
say they are pro-life, 50 percent to 44 percent respectively.
The media is reporting that this is the first time since 2008
that more Americans have identified themselves as pro-choice
than pro-life. But there’s more to it. Looking closer at the
numbers, 19 percent of respondents said abortion should be
illegal in all circumstances and 36 percent said it should be
legal in only a few circumstances. Those two groups make up 55
percent of respondents, while people who said abortion should be
legal in all and most circumstances amount to 42 percent."
"Americans are Mislabeling Themselves on Abortion,"
by Kristan Hawkins, 5/30/15, Accessed 6/5/15
(06/03/2015) "An embryo, or a new human, comes into existence
when a zygote is produced at fertilization by the combination of
a sperm with an ovum. The sperm has 23 chromosomes and so does
the ovum, but the zygote has 46 chromosomes. Although half of
its chromosomes come from each parent, the zygote is genetically
different than either of them, and is, in fact, genetically
Development of the Unborn Child's Body," Science
Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life, by John F. Cogan, 5/4/02, page
92, accessed 6/3/15.
(05/19/2015) “Abortion doesn’t advance people of color,”....
“The NAACP is on the wrong side of this human rights issue, and
they are wrong to try to silence our free speech, too.”
Ryan Bomberger. "NAACP Loses Battle to Silence Black
Pro-Lifer Who Bashed Its Pro-Abortion Stance," by
Steven Ertelt. 5/19/15, accessed 5/19/15 (and 5/22/15)
(05/05/2015) "Hillary Clinton and her presidential
campaign staff are dodging questions about whether she would
support any limits on abortion whatsoever. …. [She] has a long
history of pushing abortion, even on a global scale. Most
Clinton pushed abortion at a fundraising event in March. ….
… she applauded the work of the abortion activists, who strongly
support taxpayer funding of abortions and strongly oppose
banning late-term abortions."
"Hillary Clinton Refuses to Say if She Would Support Any
Limits on Late-Term Abortions," by Steven Ertelt,
4/13/15, accessed 5/5/15.
UNITED METHODIST PARAGRAPH ON ABORTION: "Our belief in the
sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve
abortion. …. We cannot affirm abortion as an acceptable means of
birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of
gender selection or eugenics (see Resolution 3184). We oppose
the use of late-term abortion known as dilation and extraction
(partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice
except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no
other medical procedure is available, or in the case of severe
fetal anomalies incompatible with life."
(04/28/2015) "… same-sex love is not, in fact, the
problem. Same-sex sex is the problem. We're all called to
practice same-sex love, as well as opposite-sex love, because
Christ's command is that we love one another - that we
love everyone. It's not easy to do, and perhaps he's the only
person who has succeeded at it, but that's the standard to
"Why I Haven't Spoken Out -- More Thoughts," by
Frederica Mathewes-Green, 4/23/15, accessed 4/25/15
(04/21/2015) April is Abortion Recovery Month. "Abortion
Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the emotional
and psychological complications that are often experienced after
an abortion. Recovery is often free, always confidential and is
available to ANYONE impacted by the loss of a child by
abortion." For more information, visit the ARIN website.
ARIN - Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc. 4/21/15, Accessed
(04/14/2015) "I was a senior in high school when I
found out my girlfriend was pregnant. …. I can't explain it, but
somehow I put a wall up around my heart that prevented me from
looking at the baby as anything but a "thing". As long as I
thought of it as a thing, we could get rid of it. That wall was
firmly in place when I drove her to the clinic that morning. I
had basically convinced myself that it really wasn't a baby, and
that after this day I would have my life back. I did feel bad
for what my girlfriend went through. I could see the look in
her eyes and the pain she was in....but I still thought it was
the right thing to do and that she would agree as life went on.
It is laughable now at how wrong I was on all accounts."
“Reflection from a father,” by Kevin. Silent No
More Testimony, Accessed 4/7/15
(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
“The Cost,” by Toni. Silent No More Testimony,
(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
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.
2016 and instructions-for-submitting-petitions,
(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.'"
"Countries avoid controversy, reject abortion at UN women's
conference," by Wendy Wright, 3/16/15, Accessed,
(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
Sources: RCRC coalition members,
“No regrets: Reclaiming abortion as a force for social
good,” by Robin Abcarian, 3/9/15. accessed through
(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.'"
"7 Incredibly Shocking Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder
Margaret Sanger," by Becky Yeh, 2/23/15,
(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.”
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. www.hdrc.org
(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."
"Fewest Americans Satisfied With Abortion Policies Since
2001," Gallup poll, by Rebecca Riffkin, 2/9/15,
(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.
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
"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.'"
"Millennials bucking trends on abortion approval,"
by Cheryl Wetzstein, 1/25/15, accessed 1/26/15.
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."
"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
"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
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
(12/23/2014) "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The
virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will
call him Immanuel."
Source: Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) MERRY
CHRISTMAS and Happy New Year from everyone at Lifewatch.
(12/16/2014) "By week 9 of the woman’s pregnancy, all internal
organs are present and functioning in the unborn baby."
Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy” brochure.
published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994.
(12/09/2014) "The U.S. Supreme Court has the uncommon opportunity to
please both pro-life and pro-choice advocates at the same time. The
justices struggled ... during oral arguments Dec. 3 in a case that
has united representatives of both sides of the abortion debate. The
protection of mothers in the workplace has brought together at least
this time ... such pro-life organizations as the Southern Baptist
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), Americans United for
Life (AUL) and Bethany Christian Services with such pro-choice
advocates as the ACLU, National Education Association and the
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. These organizations
urged the justices in various friend-of-the-court briefs to find
that United Parcel Service (UPS) violated a 1978 law, the Pregnancy
Discrimination Act (PDA), in its refusal to allow Peggy Young to
take on lighter duty during her pregnancy. Young sued UPS in
response to a policy by the package delivery company that resulted
in her taking unpaid leave and losing her medical coverage while
pregnant. …. An opinion in the case, Young v. UPS, is expected to be
announced before the court adjourns early next summer."
"Pro-life, pro-choice groups agree in pregnancy case,"
by Tom Strode, 12/5/14. Accessed 12/9/14
(12/04/2014) "Despite being vastly outspent by pro-abortion
organizations such as Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List, pro-life
candidates won Tuesday [November 4] by significant margins. There
were 26 races in which a candidate supported by National Right to
Life was running against a candidate supported by the pro-abortion
PAC EMILY’s List. Nineteen (73%) of the National Right to
Life-supported candidates won.
“The abortion issue has played
a key role in every major election since Ronald Reagan won the
presidency in 1980,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life
president. “As we witnessed Tuesday [November 4], in election after
election, National Right to Life and its network of 50 state
affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters help provide the
margin of victory for pro-life candidates.”
"Polling Shows Impact of Abortion Issue in Mid-Term Election,"
Nov. 6, 2014. , accessed 12/4/14
(11/25/2014) "I wanted to meet [my birth mother] mostly to see if
she was OK and to thank her, because I didn't end up as an abortion.
She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me."
Source: Steve Jobs
(11/18/2014) 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 Colono-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
the Lifewatch Board meeting. All are invited to attend!
(11/11/2014) "On October 24th, Sergeant John Vorrath watched the
birth of his daughter via Facetime. John was deployed to the Middle
East with the Iowa National Guard and couldn’t be there for his
wife’s delivery. However, while he was watching the birth, he
received a message from his commander that said his request to leave
had been granted. The very next day he met his one-day old daughter,
who they named Charlotte, and was able to surprise his wife at the
"Watch This Soldier Surprise His Wife When He Returns Home to
Meet His Newborn Baby Girl," by Sarah Zagorski,
11/10/14. . Accessed 11/11/14
AND TO ALL THOSE WHO
SERVE, OR HAVE SERVED ---THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
(11/04/2014) One of the issues that passed in the 2014 midterm
elections was Tennessee's Amendment 1, which gives state lawmakers
more power to restrict and regulate abortions.
Post-election report -The Tennessean newspaper: About the issue,
by Nashville NPR, dated 11/3/14 (before the election): Amendment
(10/28/2014) "By the 8th week
of pregnancy, the developing life is now called a fetus–Latin for “young one” or
“offspring.” Everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed
adult. Only time to grow is needed."
First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs,
(10/14/2014) "After that day, things
changed and I was not able to continue to do what I was doing. I
finally knew for certain that abortions were never performed on a
blob of tissue, as they want the world to believe, but a real
person. This baby was 12 weeks old before he/she was murdered."
Source: Merilida Aguilar, former abortion clinic employee.
"Former Abortion Clinic Worker: I Saw Tiny Arms and Hands Floating
in Blood," by Carole Novielli. 10/13/14, Accessed 10/14/14
WARNING: Some of the descriptions of abortions in this
account are unsettling and may not be suitable for younger readers.
(10/07/2014) "At their semi-annual board of directors meeting, which
concluded last weekend [Sept 20-21], the General Board of Church and
Society (GBCS) committed itself, among other things, to dramatically
rolling back respect for human embryos and similarly rolling back
resistance to the 'new eugenics,' first within the United Methodist
Church and ultimately within societies around the world."
“UMC Lobby Office Targets Human Embryos, OK with ‘New Eugenics,’” by
John Lomperis, 9/25/14, Accessed 10/6/14
(09/30/2014) "By the end of the eighth week the overwhelming
majority (several thousand) of the body's organs, structures and
systems have already begun to develop. Few, if any, new structures
begin to form after this time. …. Key changes that do occur past the
eighth week, however, include the appearance of hair follicles on
the eyebrows, eyelids, upper lip and chin at the end of the second
month. In addition, fingernails and toenails begin to develop about
the tenth week after conception and scattered rudiments of hair also
form at this time. External genitalia start to appear at the end of
this week which will indicate to the naked eye whether the child is
a boy or a girl."
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn
Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, Appendix 1. c.2002, page 6 of print
version. www.sfuhl.org chapter,
"Unborn Child Develops So Rapidly!" accessed 9/30/14.
(09/23/2014) "There is no difference between a first trimester,
a second trimester, a third trimester abortion or infanticide.
It's all the same human being in different stages of
development. I finally got to the point I couldn't look at those
little bodies anymore." - by Dr. Arnold Halpern, former director
of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
"Abortion Quotes: What Goes On in an Abortion Clinic?"
compiled by Sarah Terzo and posted with permission by Carolyn
Gargaro, Accessed 9/23/14
"Late in the evening on September 10, the Missouri legislature
gave final approval to override Governor Nixon's veto of two very
important pro-life bills….The override of HB 1307 [Waiting Period
for Abortions] was passed with strong bi-partisan support by votes
of 117 to 44 in the House and by 23 to 7 in the Senate. The override
of HB 1132 [Tax Credits to Pro-Life Organizations] also received
bi-partisan support and was passed in the House by 123 to 36 and in
the Senate by 27 to 2." Missouri joins South Dakota and Utah as the
three states in the union with the longest waiting period before a
woman can have an abortion.
Missouri Right To Life press release, 9/11/14,
accessed 9/15/14; and "From Three Days to a Lifetime: A Synopsis of HB 1307," by
Daniel DeFonce, 6/18/14 ,
"Over the most recent decade for which data are available (2001–2011), the
overall U.S. abortion rate, calculated as the annual number of abortions per
1,000 women of childbearing age (15 to 44), has dropped, continuing a trend that
first appeared in 1980. The decline has been steeper since 1990, with a brief
plateau in the middle of the past decade. The 2011 rate for the nation is the
lowest since 1973. …. Between 2001 and 2011, the U.S. abortion rate, based on
Guttmacher Institute data, declined by 19.1 percent from 20.9 abortions per
1,000 women ages 15 to 44, to 16.9 per 1,000, the lowest rate since 1973 when it
"Why the Abortion Rate Is Declining," by Chuck Donovan, 9/1/14. Accessed
"My basic human rights
were violated when I was raped during his violent attack years ago as I plead
for my dignity and humanity, but I think that one of the things I am still
having to advocate for is the basic human rights of my child, and other innocent
children like mine. Not only am I not an object for use by a rapist, but my
child is also not to be reduced to a mere product of a violent criminal act
simply because of how her conception took place."
Megison, "People Look at Me in Horror When They Learn My Daughter Was Conceived
in Rape," 8/20/14, Accessed 8/25/14
"… when the pro-choice community frames abortion as a difficult decision, it
implies that women need help deciding, which opens the door to paternalistic and
demeaning 'informed consent' laws. It also stigmatizes abortion and the women
who need it. …. But there's a more pernicious result when pro-choice advocates
use such language: It is a tacit acknowledgment that terminating a pregnancy is
a moral issue requiring an ethical debate. To say that deciding to have an
abortion is a 'hard choice' implies a debate about whether the fetus should
live, thereby endowing it with a status of being. It puts the focus on the fetus
rather than the woman."
calling abortion a 'difficult decision,'" by Janet Harris, The Washington Post,
it’s interesting that we sit around and call other ancient
civilizations heathen because of human sacrifice but aren’t we
actually guilty of the same thing? The good thing is the American
populace is moving closer and closer to understanding that abortion
is murder. Every year we’re getting better on that regard.”
Dr. Ben Carson, 8/5/14, Accessed 8/7/14 and
8/11/14. (Audio also embedded in article.)
11 weeks after conception, the baby is about 2-1/2 inches long and
weighs about ½ ounce. By the time a woman’s pregnancy “shows,” the
baby is fully formed. All that is necessary now is time to grow and
mature in preparation for birth.
Source: “What They Never
Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human
Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.www.hdrc.org.
||(07/29/2014) "My passion is being pro-life.
It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the
unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was
a time in my life when you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars
to truthfully and passionately say the statement above. I used to be
pro-choice. Pro-choice to my very core and then everything changed…
I had an abortion."
"I Used to be Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice to the Core, Then I Had an
Abortion," by Star Tucker, 7/21/14, Accessed 7/22/14
most common symptoms we see of abortion trauma in men include anger,
rage, workaholism, pornography addictions, drug abuse, and alcohol
abuse. These are just the most common. But when we recognize these
symptoms, isn't it mind-blowing to think how many ailments of our
society can be traced back to this one choice? Our jails are full,
our rehabs have waiting lists, our marriages are destroyed because
of domestic violence. How many of these issues can we fully and
squarely lay at the feet of 'choice'? This has to stop. We can no
longer allow fathers to be stripped of their rights and emasculated
as our providers and protectors."
Source: Sheila Harper, Is there not a
CAUSE? c. 2014, ISBN #978-0-9742051-5-1, page 87. (Contact
more information or to purchase a copy.)
"According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, some 30% of all
abortions in the United States are performed on black women, and
another 25% are performed on Hispanic women. Rev. John J. Raphael of
Howard University has calculated that approximately 13 million black
children have been killed before birth since Roe v. Wade,
representing a population decrease in the black community of nearly
one quarter. Almost 40% of all black pregnancies currently end in
"Eugenicists Rejoice: More Black Babies Aborted Than Born In NYC,"
by Ben Shapiro, 2/21/14, Accessed 7/15/14
"Fifty-five million dead children notwithstanding, forty years of
legalized abortion-on-demand have done nothing else if not objectify
women. That objectification has now been so fully ingrained into our
popular culture that a sitting American president successfully
campaigned for reelection asking women to vote with “their lady
"Abortion is Sexism at Its Worst, Does Nothing for Women," by
Raimundo Rojas, 11/19/12, Accessed 7/8/14
||(07/01/2014) Two recent United States Supreme
Court decisions affirmed free speech and religious liberty rights
for all Americans. On June 26 in McCullen v. Coakley, the Supreme
Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law restricting free
speech within 35 feet of an abortion clinic; and on June 30, the
USSC upheld Hobby Lobby's right to refuse to fund some
abortifacients as part of the health-care insurance they provide
their employees based on their religious beliefs.
"Supreme Court unanimously strikes down Massachusetts abortion
buffer zone law" by Ben Johnson. Written 6/26/14, and accessed
Hobby Lobby ruling: Why Supreme Court got it right by Dr. Robert
Jeffress, Written 6//30/14, and accessed 7/1/14
and Brielle Jackson were born on October 17, 1995, a full 12 weeks
ahead of their due date. …. On November 12, tiny Brielle went into
critical condition. …. Nurse Gayle Kasparian, after exhausting all
the conventional remedies … placed the twins in the same bed. No
sooner had she closed the incubator door, Brielle snuggled up to
Kyrie and began to calm down. Within minutes, her blood-oxygen
readings improved. As she dozed, Kyrie wrapped her left arm around
her smaller sister. Brielle’s heart rate stabilized and her
temperature rose to normal. …. Today, they’re all grown up."
"Their 'Rescuing Hug' Stunned the World, Now the Twins Are All Grown
Up," by Steven Ertelt, 6/20/14, Accessed 6/24/14
||(06/17/2014) "An embryo, or a new human,
comes into existence when a zygote is produced at fertilization by
the combination of a sperm with an ovum. The sperm has 23
chromosomes and so does the ovum, but the zygote has 46 chromosomes.
Although half of its chromosomes come from each parent, the zygote
is genetically different than either of them, and is, in fact,
genetically unique. The sex of the embryo is determined
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F.
Cogan, Appendix 1. c.2002. www.sfuhl.org. Accessed 6/17/14.
||(06/10/2014) "Valerie Gatto was crowned Miss
Pennsylvania 2014 in December of last year. She has made a central
platform in her competition the need to provide greater support for
victims of sexual assault. Gatto has revealed that her mother was
raped at knife-point when she was 19 years old. …. While her mother
originally intended to give Valerie up for adoption, she then
decided to set aside her plans for law school and raise her
"Pro-Life Miss USA Contestant Was Conceived in Brutal Rape, Glad She
Wasn't Aborted," by Joe Ortwerth, 6/6/14, Accessed 6/9/14
||(06/03/2014) "It is morally and ethically
wrong to do abortions without acknowledging what it means to do
them. I performed abortions, I have had an abortion and I am in
favor of women having abortions when we choose to do so. But we
should never disregard the fact that being pregnant means there is a
baby growing inside of a woman, a baby whose life is ended. We ought
not to pretend this is not happening."
Source: British abortionist Judith Arcana, as quoted in
"Abortionists Agree - Abortion is Killing," by Sarah Terzo.
3/15/13, Accessed 6/3/14
||(05/27/2014) "[Maya] Angelou had one son Guy,
whose birth was described in her first autobiography, one grandson,
and two great-grandchildren. She became pregnant as a teenager and
could have sought an illegal abortion but, instead, decided to keep
her baby. In an essay that originally appeared in Family Circle
magazine, Angelou called that the best decision of her life. That
essay [follows in its entirety]."
"Maya Angelou: The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby,"
by Steven Ertelt, 5/28/14, Accessed 5/29/14
||(May 20, 2014) Jim
Caviezel (the actor who played Christ in "The Passion of the
Christ") spoke at a San Diego church and spent a few minutes on
abortion. Please post that video portion on the Lifewatch website as
soon as possible. It is a powerful witness!
Jim Caviezel in front of the congregation at Rock Church in San
Diego, posted on Facebook today, May 14, 2014
average duration of a pregnancy is 280 days, calculated from the
first day of the last menstrual period."
Source: A Child is Born, published by Delacorte Press/Seymour
Lawrence, New York, NY. c.1966; Eighth Printing 1980, page 75.
very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I’m
positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view. My
only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life."
Source: Jack Nicholson,
"Americans United for Life" Facebook page, 4/27/14. Accessed
4/28/14 and 5/7/14.
||(04/22/2014) "Former Secretary of State [and
life-long United Methodist] Hillary Clinton, who is expected to be
the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016,
believes it is a “bedrock truth” that abortion restrictions hamper
human progress, and any efforts to improve women’s rights must begin
with increased access to contraception and abortion.
Addressing the United Nations for International Women’s Day, Clinton
told her audience, 'There is one lesson from the past, in
particular, that we cannot afford to ignore: You cannot make
progress on gender equality or broader human development, without
safeguarding women’s reproductive health and rights. That is a
"Hillary Clinton tells UN: No human progress without
abortion-on-demand," by Kirsten Andersen, 3/13/14, Accessed
||(04/15/2014) "Methodist Health Care
Ministries ... is giving money to the nation’s top abortion provider
Planned Parenthood. …. According to their website, they donated
$443,750 to Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas in 2014."
"United Methodist Church Group Sends $443,750 to Planned Parenthood
Abortion Business," by Carole Novielli, 4/9/14, Accessed 4/10/14
“…if liberal social policies really led inexorably to fewer
unplanned pregnancies and thus fewer abortions, you would expect
‘blue’ regions of the country to have lower teen pregnancy rates and
fewer abortions per capita than demographically similar ‘red’
regions. But that isn’t what the data show. Instead, abortion rates
are frequently higher in more liberal states, where access is often
largely unrestricted, than in more conservative states, which are
more likely to have parental consent laws, waiting periods, and so
on. ‘Safe, legal and rare’ is a nice slogan, but liberal policies
don’t always seem to deliver the ‘rare’ part.”
“Ross Douthat: The ‘safe, legal, rare’ illusion,” by Ross
Douthat, 2/21/12, , accessed 2/22/12 and 4/6/14.
Hillary Clinton will speak to UMW Assembly in Louisville, KY on
April 26, 2014.
Methodist News Service (UMNS), 3/6/14, . Accessed 3/25/14.
Note: Hillary Clinton, a life-long
United Methodist, received Planned Parenthood's
"Margaret Sanger Award" in 2009.
||(03/25/2014) "Blood vessels start to form
very early, about 13-18 days after fertilization. Then, on about the
20th day–nearly the end of the third week–the foundation of the
brain, the spinal cord, and the entire nervous system is
Source: “Science Sheds
Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.
www.sfuhl.org, page 5.
||(03/18/2014) "Kim, 32, was frantic when she
left the Planned Parenthood clinic in Fort Collins Saturday
afternoon. As soon as she took the first dose of the abortion pill,
she knew she’d made a mistake. She pulled over in a nearby church
parking lot. …. 'I started trying to throw up right away,' she said,
struggling to speak as she recalled the traumatic day last September
when she was grappling with how to proceed with her pregnancy. …. At
the same time, she searched the Internet for 'abortion reversal' on
her smartphone. That search landed her at
www.abortionpillreversal.com and their 24-7 hotline. Her call
ultimately connected her with Dr. Edwin Anselmi…."
"Abortion interrupted," by Julie Filby, 3/13/14, Accessed
||(03/11/2014) "According to the [recent CNN/ORC
International] poll, 27% say that abortion should be legal in all
circumstances, 13% say it should be legal in most circumstances, 38%
say that it should be legal in few circumstances, and 20% say
abortion should always be illegal. …. Most Americans have never
favored using public funds for abortions for women who cannot afford
them. According to the survey, 56% remain opposed, with only 39%
favoring public funding for abortions."
[Note: If you add the percentages, 40% favor legal abortion in all
or most circumstances, while 58% say it should be legal in few or no
"CNN Poll: Wide divide over abortion," 3/6/14., accessed
||(03/04/2014) "African-American pro-life
groups also seek to raise awareness of Planned Parenthood’s racist
roots. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, has a
dubious racial record that includes speaking at KKK meetings and
permitting racist authors to contribute to her publication. Part of
her motivation to legalize birth control was to cut down on births
among the “unfit,” which included the black population."
"The racist underpinnings of the abortion movement," by Sarah
Terzo, 3/26/13, Accessed 2/26/14
the 40 years since Roe, while blacks represent only 14 percent of
the population, we represent over 30 percent of all abortions
committed in America. …. I cannot sit by and just be silent. Today,
for every 100 black babies born alive, there are another 77 black
babies killed by abortion. According to the Tuskegee Institute, in
86 years, the Ku Klux Klan lynched and killed about 3,600 blacks.
Today, abortion-mills kill more blacks in three days than the KKK
did in 86 years."
"No more silence about abortion in minority communities," by
Ayesha Kreutz [post-abortive black woman], 1/24/14, . Accessed
||(02/17/2014) "We have a different kind of
silent abuse going on in the Black community associated with
domestic abuse that no one wants to talk about. Therefore, being the
truth deliverer, I shall. The sister was 21 years old, four months
pregnant, and was killed by a hit man [April 29, 2013] for refusing
to have an abortion. A courageous Black woman identified as Shamari
Jenkins refused to meet the demands of her boyfriend to have an
"Young Black woman killed for refusing to have an abortion," by
Lucky Rosenbloom, 7/17/13, . Accessed 2/16/14
||(02/11/2014) “Planned Parenthood has been
working our hard-hit communities for some time, pushing a lie that a
way to escape poverty is to kill your offspring — and people have
bought this lie. It wasn’t until after the fourth time I went into
one of their so-called ‘safe, legal, rare’ abortion clinics that I
had a gut-instinct way down deep inside that there has to be
something wrong with killing your offspring. But the message was:
There’s nothing wrong with killing your offspring.”
Star Parker, founder and President of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal
and Education) 2013, Accessed 2/10/14
||(02/04/2014) "The U.S. abortion rate declined
to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by
13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national
survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research
The Guttmacher Institute, which supports legal access to abortion,
said in a report being issued Monday that there were about 1.06
million abortions in 2011 — down from about 1.2 million in 2008.
Guttmacher's figures are of interest on both sides of the abortion
debate because they are more up-to-date and in some ways more
comprehensive than abortion statistics compiled by the federal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
"Report: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973," by David Crary,
AP, 2/2/14, Accessed 2/3/14
||(01/28/2014) [At the US Supreme Court steps
last Wednesday afternoon,] "a group of about 30 women began to
assemble, all carrying signs of their own that read, 'I regret my
These women had gathered at the court's steps to put a human face on
the tragedy of abortion – not just for the babies who died having
never felt their mothers’ touch, but for the mothers themselves.
These women came together armed with nothing more than a microphone
and their life stories to present a single, unified message: When it
comes to post-abortion trauma and regret, 'We will be silent no
"'An emptiness inside me that was unexplainable': Women share
abortion reg[r]ets on Roe anniversary," Kirsten Andersen,
1/24/14, Accessed 1/25/14
||(01/21/2014) EWTN, the first and only
television network to air complete live coverage of the March for
Life, has announced dramatically expanded coverage!
This year, thanks to a new wireless camera unit, EWTN will be able
to walk alongside the crowd from the National Mall, all the way down
Constitution Avenue, and right up the steps of the U.S. Supreme
Court itself! You will see
the March as only those who actually walk the route will see it!
March For Life - Live Coverage (Jan. 21 - 22)
EWTN | FreeRepublic.com January 16, 2014
"A premature newborn in Australia, born along with his twin
sister at just 27 weeks’ gestation and weighing in at only two
pounds, was pronounced dead by his physician after medical staff
tried for twenty minutes to revive him. Jamie Ogg, now a little over
three years old, is alive today only because of the undying love and
affection of his mother."
"Premature newborn was pronounced dead: but then doctors gave him to
his mother to hold," by Lauren Enriquez, 5/31/13, Accessed
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 (the day of the Annual “March for
Life” in Washington, DC.), the
Annual Lifewatch Service of Worship will be held at 9:30 am
in the United Methodist Building next door to the US Supreme
Court. Bishop Kenneth H.
Carter, Jr., who presides over the Florida Episcopal Area of The
United Methodist Church, will deliver the message.
held in the United Methodist Building following the worship service
and "March for Life," the Annual
Lifewatch Board meeting commences at 3:00 pm.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events of the day.
||(12/24/13) "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in
the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing
was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the
light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has
not overcome it. …. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling
among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who
came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Source: John 1:1-5,14 (NIV)
commonly used term, 'fertilized egg,' is especially very misleading,
since there is really no longer an egg (or oocyte) once
fertilization has begun. A 'fertilized egg' is a human being."
do human beings begin? 'Scientific' myths and scientific facts,"
by Dianne N. Irving, M.A., PhD, c. 1999, page 5.
||(12/10/13) "Started in 2010 through
a generous grant from the United Nations Foundation, Healthy
Families, Healthy Planet works to educate and mobilize people of
faith on the importance of improving global maternal health and
ensuring universal access to family planning. The project is
housed in the United Methodist General Board of Church &
Society. The goal of this single session [Bible] study is to
connect our the [sic] stories of our biblical mothers, focusing
specifically on Mary the mother of Jesus, with the realities
that mothers around the world continue to face today."
Source: Introduction to
"Poor, Young, and Pregnant: Mary's Advent: An Advent Devotion
and Mission Project," by Healthy Families, Healthy Planet
Project of GBCS, . Accessed 12/3/13.
||(12/03/13) "The holiday season is upon us.
Almost inevitably that means that as Americans turn their attention
to family and friends, significant rules, regulations, and reports
will be released in the hope that they will go largely unnoticed and
generally uncommented upon. …. As we wait for Planned Parenthood to
release its latest income and other figures, [t]here are five things
that happened between October 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012 (the
“services” year it is expected to report for), that Planned
Parenthood is unlikely to include in any report: 1. Tonya Reaves, a
24-year-old mother with a young son, bled to death after her uterus
was lacerated during an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic on
Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. …."
"Five Things Planned Parenthood Won't Tell You About Its Abortion
Business," by Anna Franzonello, 11/26/13. , accessed 11/2813.
||(11/26/13) "The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday
to … [decide] whether businesses can use religious objections to
escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees. …. The
cases center on a provision of the [Affordable] health care law that
requires most employers that offer health insurance to their workers
to provide a range of preventive health benefits, including
contraception. In both instances, the Christian families that own
the companies say that insuring some forms of contraception violates
their religious beliefs."
Court Will Hear Health Law Dispute Involving Hobby Lobby," by
Associated Press, 11/26/13, . Accessed 11/26/13.
||(11/19/13) "The Bible says that you can judge
a tree by its fruits. A good tree will bear good fruit and a bad
tree will bear bad fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).
A fig tree should by all means bear figs and not apples; the
principle is the same as anything else. From the seed of Thomas
Jefferson came the Declaration of Independence, inventions and
innumerable written works of wisdom. From the seed of Margaret
Sanger came abortion centers in the heart of minority and low-income
neighborhoods, birth control distributed to minors without parental
consent, cover ups for statutory rape, funding for pro-death
legislation, widespread distribution of birth control and condoms to
teenagers, rampant sexual immorality, commercials celebrating
irresponsibility and bastardization, an “easy out” of any
consequence of sexual flippancy and the list goes on. The fruit we
reap today from Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood comes from a
seed of hatred, sin and death– you cannot separate the fruit of this
tree from it’s [sic] seed. Call it “progress,” “freedom,” or
“pioneering” all you want, eugenics by any other name is still
"Eugenics by any other name," by Stacie Kuhns, 2/11/13, .
Accessed 2/19/13 and 11/12/13.
||(11/12/13) “Each post-abortive woman is
unique, … ‘but most women no matter the degree of acknowledgement
live with the deep secret that she has had an abortion. She will
judge herself, feeling guilty, ashamed, measure how people treat her
by her view of herself, hating what she did and believing she
doesn’t deserve a future or there will be a pay back time for the
decision she made.’”
Source: Margaret Cuthill, a post-abortive counselor, as told to
“Abortion can kick-start ‘vicious cycle’ of repeat pregnancies,
abortions: UK expert,” 6/4/12,accessed 6/25/12 and 11/12/13
"Abortion is a medieval solution to a crisis pregnancy, and we can
do better for our mothers and babies than abortion."
Clare Molloy, spokeswoman for Youth Defense, 11/2/13.
(10/29/13)"In 1973, Roe V. Wade, the landmark
Supreme Court case, ruled that a woman’s reproductive decisions
are a matter of personal privacy, protected by the constitution.
This decision was built upon a series of earlier cases that
affirmed non-procreative sexual relations to be equally valid
and sacred expressions of human sexuality. Subsequently, if sex
serves purposes beyond reproduction, then a woman has the legal
right to both prevent and interrupt a pregnancy."
Source: "Access to
Abortion Care," Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,
||(10/22/13) "A man who was told by doctors he
would never walk again is now taking steps after a treatment in
Maryland. The 42-year-old Utah man has surprised doctors and
become the face of a new treatment using "stem cells" not
"embryonic" stem cells but "adult" stem cells. The treatment is
giving hope to disease-prone people."
"Adult Stem Cell Treatment Gives Once-Paralyzed Man New Lease on
Life," 10/8/13. Accessed 10/18/13.
||(10/15/13) "At one month old, the embryo is
10,000 times larger than the original fertilized egg–and developing
rapidly. The placenta forms a unique barrier that keeps the mother’s
blood separate while allowing food and oxygen to pass through to the
Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on
the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
many things factor into the teen pregnancy rate (TPR), the fact that
the TPR continually declined as Planned Parenthood facilities
closed, and reached its lowest point in recorded history two years
after disaffiliation of the last two remaining facilities, was a
significant confirmation that Planned Parenthood’s presence and its
“evidence based” sex education programs are not a necessary
component to reducing teen pregnancy."
"Study shows dramatic drop in teen pregnancy rate as Planned
Parenthood leaves communities," by Rita Diller, 10/4/13 Accessed
||(09/24/13) "The British newspaper The
Telegraph secretly taped doctors in two separate abortion clinics
who agreed to abort baby girls for being the wrong gender.
Gendercide or sex-selective abortion is against the law in Britain.
However, the CPS said that while there was enough evidence to charge
and likely convict the abortionists involved, it would not be in the
'public interest' to do so."
"The Message is Girls are Worthless and the Silence From Feminists
is Deafening," by Niamh Ui Bhriain, 9/23/13. . Accessed 9/24/13
"It was extremely painful and no one prepares you for that. There
was nothing kind or compassionate about it. It was an assembly line
procedure. And it was extremely painful physically and in an
emotional and spiritual sense. I didn’t feel like anyone cared that
I had tears streaming down my face. It was in and out. And I have
really come to recognize that this is big business."
Jill Marquis, as quoted by Nancy Flanders, 8/22/13. Accessed
Note: After her own personal healing through the "Surrender the
Secret" program, Jill led a class for Knock TV.
here for more details.
"At least 58 U.S. abortion clinics — almost 1 in 10 — have shut down
or stopped providing the life-ending procedure since 2011."
"Did You Know Abortion Clinics Are Closing Like Crazy?" by
Cortney O'Brien, 9/9/13, Accessed 9/10/13
friend once confided in me that she had had an abortion. …. I could
tell she was in pain and I didn’t know what to say. No one had ever
told me flat out about their abortion before. There is so much I
should have said and done in that moment. But I didn’t."
[Continue reading to learn] "what you should do if your friend
confides in you about her abortion."
"What to Say When a Friend Tells You She Has Had an Abortion,"
by Nancy Flanders, 9/2/13, Accessed 9/3/13
||(08/20/13) "To begin with, scientifically
something very dramatic occurs between the processes of
gametogenesis and fertilization - the change from two simple PARTS
of a human being, i.e., a sperm and an oocyte ["egg"] … into a new,
genetically unique, newly existing, individual, live human BEING, an
embryonic single-cell human zygote. …. During this process, the
sperm and the oocyte cease to exist, and a new human being is
human beings begin? 'Scientific' myths and scientific facts," by
Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D, c. 1999, page 2
"According to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, 'Almost
three-quarters of women obtaining abortions in 2008 reported a
religious affiliation. The largest proportion were Protestant (37
percent), and most of the rest said that they were Catholic (28
percent) or that they had no religious affiliation (27 percent). One
in five abortion patients identified themselves as born-again,
evangelical, charismatic or fundamentalist; 75 percent of these were
"Why Do So Many Churchgoers Have Abortions?" by Brian Fisher,
8/6/13 Accessed 8/11/13.
The RCRC website has a petition asking people to
public officials" to increase "U.S. funding for family planning and
reproductive health services."
RCRC, Accessed 8/6/13
"Speaking wisely about
requires the pastor to do three things. First, he must speak
truthfully, heralding the sanctity of human life and clearly
declaring abortion sin. Second, he must speak redemptively,
pointing those who have participated in abortion to Jesus
Christ, the only One who can provide forgiveness and freedom
from the penalty and guilt of sin. Third, he must speak
intelligently, equipping his flock with sound arguments and
compelling reasons to be pro-life."
"Wisdom Calling," by Michael Spencer. .
||(07/22/13) "… it is
false to say the women who choose late-term abortion do so because
of medical reasons. We referred hundreds of women to abort their
babies after 24 weeks…not one was for medical reasons."
Source: Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director, as
"Why do women get late-term abortions?" by Sarah Terzo. 7/14/13,
Americans would favor sweeping new national restrictions on abortion
after the 20th week of pregnancy, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov
poll. …. By a margin of 59 percent to 30 percent, respondents to the
new poll said they would favor a federal law banning abortion after
20 weeks of pregnancy."
"Abortion Poll Finds Support For 20-Week Ban," by Emily Swanson and
Mark Blumenthal, Posted: 07/11/2013. Accessed 7/11/13 and
||(07/08/13) "Humans develop continuously,
starting at conception, but the changes don’t stop at birth. Obvious
examples of further growth are the development of teeth and female
breasts. In addition, the brain triples in weight between birth and
age 16 years. By age 25, most developmental changes are finished."
“Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan,
||(07/01/13) "If I see a case…after twenty
weeks, where it frankly is a child to me, I really agonize over it
because the potential is so imminently there…On the other hand, I
have another position, which I think is superior in the hierarchy of
questions, and that is 'who owns this child?' It's got to be the
Statement by Dr. James T. McMahon, abortionsit, American Medical
News, July 5, 1993, accessed 7/2/13
has noted recently that Planned Parenthood is jumping through
several semantic hoops trying desperately to rebrand itself in the
eyes of the public. It has been changing the names of all its
facilities. It no longer, according to the new thrust, operates
'clinics,' but now is calling them 'health centers.' In addition, it
is now abandoning its 'pro-choice' moniker.
It is interesting that all of this verbal gymnastics is being done
at a time when Planned Parenthood released a report saying it has
done more abortions in a single year than at any time in its
history. It also coincides with the implementation of its internal
mandate that every one of its affiliates must have at least one
'health center' that performs surgical or medical abortions."
"Planned Parenthood May Change It's Language, But We Won't," by
Jim Sedlak, 1/14/13, Accessed 6/25/13.
"Kermit Gosnell isn't an exception; he's the face of so-called safe,
- The Face of Abortion in America," by Bradley Mattes, MBS, June
2013, Accessed 6/18/13
||(06/11/13) By the
time a woman confirms that she is pregnant, at five weeks, the baby
is already 1/3 inch tall, with a steadily beating heart, a
developing brain and nervous system. The first brain waves can be
detected during the 6thweek of pregnancy.
Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts
of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource
Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001. http://www.hdrc.org
||(06/04/13) "From a Christian moral
perspective, what is the difference between Gosnell’s snipping the
spinal cord of a baby within minutes or hours after his birth and
Gosnell performing the same 'procedure' on a baby at the exact same
stage of development but still in utero? What are the logical,
ethical, and principled relationships between a culture of disregard
for the life and dignity of unborn, and even partially-born,
'unwanted' children — a culture which the GBCS has reflexively
championed for years — and similar treatment of newly born,
physically identical 'unwanted' babies? How does one draw the line
in a morally consistent and logically coherent way? What does the
GBCS think of how some of its abortion-defending allies have become
increasingly open in defending infanticide?"
"United Methodist Lobby Office Takes Three Steps Forward, Several
Steps Back on Gosnell," by John Lomperis, 6/2/13, Accessed
||(05/28/13) "Abortion not only increases the
rate of child battering at present; it will increase the tendency to
batter and abort in succeeding generations."
Source: Prof. Philip G. Ney, founder of
"The Society of
Centurions," through Priests for Life, accessed 5/29/13.
||(05/21/13) "Only a
tiny percentage of Americans - 7% - [followed] the sensational
Gosnell trial 'very closely' according to a new poll by Gallup.
Another 18% said they were following it 'somewhat closely.' But
according to Gallup even the combined total of Americans following
the story at all - 25% - 'is well below the 61 percent average level
of attention Americans have paid to the more than 200 news stories
Gallup has measured since 1991.'"
"Only 7% of Americans following Gosnell case 'very closely': Gallop
poll," by Kirsten Anderson, 5/10/13. . Accessed 5/17/13.
(Note: On May 13, 2013 Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of murdering
3 babies who survived his abortions. He was also found guilty of
involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 41-year-old woman who
sought an abortion at his clinic.)
"Michelle Knight ... teaches us a great lesson about children
conceived in rape. Such children are a balm on the wounds of their
mothers, not a blight. We need to support women who conceive
children as a result of rape by responding with love for both them
and their children. We need to let them, and all women, know that
the love that they have for these children is natural and, as such,
can be healing for them in the process of healing from rape."
"Cleveland Kidnap Victim Wants to Reunite With Son Conceived in Gang
Rape," by Lisa Graas, 5/13/13. . Accessed 5/15/13.
Methodists are supposed to be the people who speak up for those who
have no voice, who take up the case of the marginalized, the abused
and the victimized. If we want to be faithful to that heritage today
and in the days to come, we must be the voice both of the preborn
and the newly born, and so must our denominational agencies and
Social Principles. We should be able to count on them to defend the
defenseless and care for the destitute. This is our opportunity to
stand for righteousness and against injustice. We must not miss it."
"How will United Methodists respond to the Gosnell horror?" by
Rev. Matt O'Reilly, 5/6/13. . Accessed 5/6/13.
||(04/30/13) Week 20:
The earliest stage at which Partial birth abortions are performed.
At 20 weeks the baby recognizes its' mothers voice.
"Fetal Development: From conception to birth," Accessed 4/30/13
||(04/23/13) "Sometimes silence is deafening.
In the case of major media silence on the trial of Dr. Kermit
Gosnell, who is charged with mass murder of defenseless
newborns, it is also sickening. The horror is only amplified as
it comes on the heels of the defense of infanticide by a Planned
Parenthood representative in testimony before the Florida House
of Representatives, a story that also received little coverage.
Despite the lack of media coverage, word has spread about these
events by means of social media sharing and commentary."
"The Gospel and Dr. Gosnell, What Church Must Learn from Media
Silence on Abortion Horrors," by Rev. Matt O'Reilly,
4/14/13, . Accessed 4/22/13.
||(04/16/13) April is Abortion Recovery Month.
"Abortion Recovery helps individuals and families overcome the
emotional and psychological complications that are often
experienced after an abortion. Recovery is often free, always
confidential and is available to ANYONE impacted by the loss of
a child by abortion. Abortion Recovery changes your life
forever. It gives you a sense of personal peace which heals
internal brokenness, repairs relationships and brings back
intimate friendships. Recovery gives a new beginning to life
following an abortion."
Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc., accessed 4/16/13
"Not once in her testimony did the Planned Parenthood
representative say the newborn baby has a right to life. Not
once did she say anyone has a duty to care for the child.
Whether the living, breathing child survives is up to the adults
in the room because, as we now know, Planned Parenthood doesn’t
believe the baby has rights."
"Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood's Support
for Infanticide," by Reince Priebus, 4/3/13, . Accessed
Note: links to the video and portions of the Planned Parenthood
representative's comments are included in the article.
didn’t completely dislike my job as an
director when I left. However, I certainly had reservations about
the work we were doing. Those reservations grew stronger after I was
called in to assist with an abortion."
"They Can Quit Too: A Way Out for Abortion Clinic Workers," by
Abby Johnson, 4/1/13,
April is Abortion Recovery Month. Help and healing is available. For
more information, please contact Abortion Recovery InterNational,
located in Irvine, California and online at
Someone is there to listen and to help.
Source: Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc.
"As defined by Simpson of SisterSong (a health group for women of
color that has promoted the new phrasing), reproductive justice
means 'the right to have a child, the right not to have a child and
the right to parent your children and control your birthing and
childrearing options.' This term encompasses not just the
stand-alone subject of abortion, but the greater socioeconomic,
political and racial context surrounding it."
“Activists connect choice to reproductive justice,” by Molly M.
Ginty, 3/12/13, Accessed 3/15/13
||(03/12/13) "The unborn baby’s
heart begins to beat on the 21st day after conception."
Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on
the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
"They [the women] are never allowed to look at the ultrasound
because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they
wouldn't want to have an abortion."
Statement by Dr. Randall, former abortionist as quoted in the
article, 'Pro-Choice 1990: Skeletons in the Closet' by David
Kuperlain and Mark Masters in the October "New Dimensions" magazine,
"The Gallup polling organization conducted a poll on abortion to
coincide with the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. The results were
quite different from the headline-grabbing NBC News/Wall Street
Journal poll that purported to show the first-ever majority support
for abortion on demand."
"Gallup Poll Contradicts NBC/Wall Street Journal on Abortion,"
by John Hayward, 1/23/13, Accessed 2/26/13.
Note: This article demonstrates why the
wording of poll questions is so important. Anyone can get a desired
response to any question simply by how the question is worded.
Please be aware of this when reading polls and/or articles about
polls. - CE
"A married couple's decision to stay together is more influential in
lowering the number of teenage out-of-wedlock births, unemployed
dads, and Americans on the welfare dole than any other factor,
according to a new study. …. Compared to other variables like
education, income, and ethnicity, a family's decision to stay
together had a greater positive impact on social outcomes."
"Intact families the leading factor reducing future illegitimacy,
welfare use: New study," by Ben Johnson, 2/13/13, Accessed
"Although the embryo begins developing immediately after conception,
the most visible advances occur during the third to eighth weeks.
The most important features of the body's future form are determined
at this time because of the many organs that are formed during this
period. Most major organs and organ systems are formed during the
embryonic period. The mother may not be aware of her pregnancy
during this critical period, especially in the third and fourth
weeks when the embryo is quite vulnerable."
Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, 5/4/02,
http://www.sfuhl.org/ Accessed 2/11/13
fact, it was Our Lord who said 'There is no greater love than to lay
down one's life for one's friends.' Abortion is the opposite of
Christopher Henderson, posted comment on LifeSiteNews, January
2013, by Jennifer Fulwiler, 1/24/13 . Accessed 1/31/13
||(01/29/13) "I would put the life of a mother
over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to
acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life
Mary Elizabeth Williams, "So what if abortion ends life?" 1/23/13,
. Accessed 1/26/13.
reason why the pro-life movement puts so much time and energy into
ending abortion in particular is because denying someone the “right
to life” is the gravest injustice. The right to life is the basis
for the enjoyment of all other rights. When this right is taken away
from the most vulnerable among us, then no one’s rights are secure.
There is no real justice, just the domination of the weaker by the
stronger, the survival of the fittest. Abortion is really the
deadliest kind of bullying."
Source: Peter Baklinski,
"'What the heck does homosexuality have to do with the pro-life
movement?'" 11/27/12, accessed 11/28/12 and 1/17/13.
||(01/15/13) "The [Time Magazine] cover article
makes the case that the pro-abortion side is losing the abortion
debate, saying, '40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic
Victory With Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.' The
article makes the pro-abortion case that, while abortion is still
legal, it is increasingly difficult to access thanks to the closing
of so many abortion clinics and pro-life laws that help women by
giving them additional information and alternatives."
"Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists
Losing," by Steven Ertelt, 1/3/13, . Accessed 1/7/13.
Lifewatch will mark the 40th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's
Roe v. Wade decision by joining with the National Pro-Life Religious
Council for its 2013 Annual Service of Worship. Please join us: NPRC/Lifewatch
Service of Worship, 8:30 am on Friday, January 25, 2013, DAR
Constitution Hall, 1776 D. Street NW, Washington, DC.
(The Annual Lifewatch Board Meeting will be held at 3:00 pm that
afternoon in the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue NE,
Washington, DC. Visitors welcome.)
there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring
you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the
town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great company of the heavenly
host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God
in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.'
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds
said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that
has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'"
Source: Luke 2:8-15 (NIV)
||(12/11/12) "I am
pro-life because of information. I was pro-choice because of lack of
Source: Kristen Walker Hatten,
"Why I Will Never Go Back to Being Pro-Choice on Abortion,"
11/16/12. , accessed 11/21/12 and 12/11/12.
||(12/05/12) "We heard a lot this election
about abortion in the case of rape, incest or to protect the life of
the mother—three cases. …. Speculation aside, we know some of the
cases in which majorities believe abortion should be illegal: - When
the patient is a minor whose parents have not been informed of or
involved in the decision to abort: 71%; - When the abortionist does
not accurately inform a woman about abortion risks and how abortions
are performed: 87%; - Whenever performed using the D & X or “partial
birth abortion” procedure: 64%"
"A solid majority of voters disagree with Obama on abortion. So why
did they vote for him?" by Eric Scheidler, 11/22/12, accessed
||(11/27/12) “People argue over when a fetus is
viable. They assume the murder of a child at six months is more
repulsive or morally incomprehensible than the killing of a child at
eight weeks. I don’t play the numbers game. If my mother had aborted
me at eight weeks, I wouldn’t be here. If she had aborted me at six
months, the result would be the same. The bottom line is that they
are gone. They should be with us, and they are not. Unto this end,
we give our time, money, talents, and strength – in hopes that
others, like myself, can escape the impending sentence of death and
experience the glorious gift of life.”
“’Do you want to have this baby?’ – The ‘YES’ that changed
everything!” by Christina Martin, 4/10/12, . Accessed
4/12/12 and 11/20/12.
||(11/20/12) "For a
way to express their thankfulness for survival and the first
harvest, the deeply religious Pilgrims looked to the Bible. They
found the celebrated Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), or Feast of
Ingathering. The ingathering of Israelites (delivered from the
desert of Sinai) and their harvest were celebrated in this feast and
is the most joyous of all feasts still today (Leviticus 23). …. All
early celebrations had one common theme -- God. Thanksgiving was
directed toward God, their Creator, Protector, and Provider. They
believed that all good things ultimately came from Him as they do
today. Other verses that include thanks can be read in Psalm 100:4,
Psalm 105:1 and 1 Corinthians 15:57. "
About Prayer - Thanksgiving Prayer - Truly Thankful to God,",
||(11/13/12) "One in
every five pregnancies is terminated before birth. No other group is
as likely not to survive the next nine months as are the unborn. Not
the poor. Not the homeless. Not persons with cancer. Not AIDs
patients. No one. One in five. That means you have a better chance
of surviving a round of Russian Roulette than you have of surviving
conception in the USA."
"Missed opportunity to vote for life," by Rev. Rob Renfroe,
9/27/12, accessed 10/11/12.
"Ultrasonic imaging is standard practice for measuring a child's
progress during most stages of pregnancy. However, an emerging
technology called embryoscopy is very promising for use early in
pregnancy. Through it, physicians can directly visualize the child
during the first trimester, paving the way to improved early
prenatal diagnosis and treatment. Taking advantage of
high-resolution fiberoptic endoscopy, embryoscopic testing can be
done as early as three weeks after conception. The face can be
visualized as early as four weeks. Numerous diagnoses have already
been done, but these just scratch the surface of the technology's
Sheds Light On Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, 5/4/02, p.7
of print edition, accessed 11/5/12.
||(10/30/12) "How do
abortionists talk when they get together? We went undercover at the
International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception
Associates (FIAPAC) annual meeting of abortionists, clinic workers
and champions of abortion-on-demand to find out. This year’s FIAPAC
Congress, in October in Edinburgh, Scotland, brought together 460
delegates from 45 countries."
"Undercover Reporter Infiltrates World Abortion Biz Conference,"
by Population Research Institute, 10/29/12. , accessed
Visit their website,
to learn more about FIAPAC (their title is in French). CE]
"According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, approximately 45
percent of abortions are repeat abortions. Two new studies released
last month have found increased risks for women who undergo multiple
"Did You Know? 45 Percent of Abortions are Repeat Abortions," by
Amy Sobie, 10/21/12, Accessed 10/22/12.
"Unmarried U.S. men living with female partners say they would
prefer to have input on decisions about aborting an unexpected
pregnancy, researchers say."
"Men prefer input on partner's abortion," BIG NEWS NETWORK,
10/14/12, . Accessed 10/15/12.
||(10/09/12) “’It is one of those twists of
history that I’ve yet to understand and how when you look at
something like the NAACP siding up with an organization like Planned
Parenthood that has as part of its history and its charter and its
existence — you know, the use of abortion to eliminate and limit the
number of African-Americans and other minorities in this country, to
me it’s just beyond the pale,’ [Michael] Steele said. … ‘I think
again, it creates an opening for our voice to be a part of the
conversation within the community to a) set the record straight on
the history, and b) speak to those values that I know you hear every
Sunday in church and that those folks try to live out every day of
“Former GOP Party Chair: Planned Parenthood Targets Blacks,” by
Steven Ertelt, 5/22/12, accessed 9/25/12
||(10/02/12) "As I begin my new duties
as President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive
Choice (RCRC), I am trying to keep Deuteronomy 16:20 constantly
before me. It seems a good practice, not only spiritually and
personally, but also because RCRC recently adopted a policy that
calls for all of its future programming to be carried out within a
framework of 'reproductive justice.'”
"A call to reproductive justice,"
by Rev. Harry Knox, CEO of
RCRC, 9/18/12, accessed 9/25/12
||(09/25/12) "Between the time the human being
begins as a single fertilized cell to the time it becomes an adult
(from fusion to maturity), 45 generations of cell division occur, 41
of which occur before birth."
“The ‘Hard Cases’ of Abortion: A Pro-life Response,” Pocket Policy
#4, Family Research Council, c.2000.
news coverage of abortion-related issues tends to focus on
developments at the federal level. Judicial nominees, federal
legislation, and Supreme Court decisions constitute a large
percentage of abortion-related coverage.
However, [Labor Day weekend], the CBS evening
ran a segment about the substantial gains that pro-lifers are
making at the state level.
The segment discusses a recent Guttmacher
report which found that 2011 and 2012 were record-setting years in
terms of the amount of state-level pro-life legislation that was
Since 2010, 32 states have enacted over 100 pro-life laws."
"Since 2010, 32 States Have Enacted Over 100 Pro-Life Laws," by
Michael New, 9/4/1, . Accessed 9/5/12.
||(09/11/12) "Making a decision about
legislating for abortion is never easy, because heart-breaking hard
cases do exist. It is never easy, because every decision about
abortion involves human beings at the earliest and most vulnerable
stage of life. This reality is increasingly recognised even by
"Ireland must resist following the herd on abortion issue," by
Breda O'Brien, 8/4/12, Accessed 9/3/12.
||(09/04/12) "What happens in an
abortion? A woman’s body is penetrated by instruments, usually
in the hands of a man. The woman will have signed a consent form
– but all too often because she felt she had 'no choice.' The
procedure is painful and bloody. Occasionally, serious physical
injury occurs, sometimes even causing death of the mother.
Judging from the million or so postings on the nonjudgmental
website http://afterabortion.com, long-term emotional consequences
are not uncommon, whatever official medical publications might
"Akin Not Far Off Base in Rape Comment", by Dr. Jane M.
Orient, MD, 8/27/12, Accessed 9/2/12.
out about sex-selection abortions, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
said, “It’s hypocrisy to say you are pro-woman and that it’s okay to
end the life of an unborn child because of its gender. Since when
did America subscribe to the idea that males are worth more than
females? It’s sick, it’s sexist, it’s discriminatory, and it’s
blatantly anti-woman and anti-human.”
Source: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), chastising
colleagues who voted against HR3541, the
“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act,” Missouri Family Policy Council
Jeff City Update, 6/12/12, Accessed 6/12/12.
||(08/07/12) The new 2012 Social Principles
paragraph on abortion is available to read on the "We Affirm" thread
of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) website.
website thread, "We Affirm." Scroll down to "United Methodist
Church, 2012." . Accessed 8/6/12.
||(07/31/12) A June 2012 Students for
Life of America poll found:
* 89% favored requiring abortionists to follow the same medical
and safety protocols as other surgical clinics
* 84% favored requiring abortion facilities to warn women of
seeking abortions of potential health risks
* 76% favored allowing pregnant women to view sonograms before
undergoing an abortion
* 74% support making sex-selection abortions illegal in United
* 70% agreed with offering a woman the opportunity to
anesthetize her child before the abortion procedure
* 60% ... believe that the ["morning after pill"] medication
should be available via vending machines, meaning no human
interaction or counseling would be needed before obtaining it.
* 48% said they did not know whether or not Planned Parenthood
"Polling Data Shows Next Generation Doesn't Endorse Abortion,"
by Kristan Hawkins, 7/23/12. Accessed 7/29/12.
||(07/24/12) "Pro-life protesters at
the Family Planning Summit in London last week signaled that
opposition to the multi-billion dollar campaign is not going
away. .... At the Summit, Pfizer announced plans to develop a
new device for Depo-Provera that can be delivered by less
skilled health workers. The new injectable contraceptive will be
tested on women in Senegal and Uganda. Merck pledged up to $25
million to advertise and distribute family planning services to
address maternal mortality. These pharmaceutical companies will
reportedly see profits rise to $17 billion from contraceptives."
"'You may have the best intentions, but you don't seem to
understand what young women really need ... better schools,
better hospitals, better roads ... help us build a culture of
respect for women,' say women in the "No Controversy?" video
response to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's newest
program to provide "family planning" around the world.
"Pro-Life Opposition to Melinda Gates Population Summit Not
Fading," by Wendy Wright, 7/20/12, ; and
"No Controversy?" video . Both sites were accessed 7/23/12.
||(07/17/12) “85% to 95% of babies are born
somewhere between 266 and 294 days. By this time the infant normally
weighs six to nine pounds and the heart is pumping 300 gallons of blood
per day. The child is fully capable of life outside the womb.”
Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure,
published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
||(07/10/12) “The Healthy Families, Healthy
Planet initiative, funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation,
works to educate and mobilize United Methodists in the United States on
the importance of maternal health and international family planning.
Through grassroots education with targeted annual conferences and
advocacy efforts with policy makers, the goal of the project is to
achieve higher levels of foreign aid for international family planning
through the U.S. government.”
Applications to participate in one of two
upcoming training sessions, available from the General Board of Church
and Society website, are due July 15.
“Maternal Health Advocacy Trainings,” 6/29/12, accessed 7/9/12.
[Note: you may also call the Lifewatch office for additional
||(07/03/12) “I value
women enough to know that they are being used to line the pockets of
abortion providers. If facilities truly felt the right to abortion must
be protected because it’s best for women, why don’t these
philanthropic-appearing organizations use their government funding and
private donations to terminate pregnancies for free? According to
statistics compiled in 2011 by the Guttmacher Institute, the research
branch of Planned Parenthood, women obtained abortions because of
concern for being responsible for another person, for financial reasons,
fear the baby would interfere with work or school or because they didn’t
want to be a single parent.”
“I used to be pro-choice, but then the partial-birth abortion debate
happened,” by Carol Maxwell, Jan. 25, 2012, accessed 1/25/12 and
support of partial-birth abortion is demonstrated by their Gonzales v. Carhart amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court, dated
September 20, 2006.
RCRC amicus brief, Gonzales v. Carhart, accessed 6/24/12.
||(06/19/12) The General
Board of Church and Society and the General Board of Global Ministries,
Women’s Division, are member organizations of the Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice.
www.rcrc.org/about/members.cfm, accessed 6/19/12.
Protestant and Jewish leaders meet at the United Methodist Building in
Washington , DC , to discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s pledge to
overturn the new U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This meeting,
called by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, leads to the
formation of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR).”
www.rcrc.org/about/history.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
||(06/05/12) Prior to
May, 2012, RCRC’s mission statement read, “The Religious Coalition for
Reproductive Choice was founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won
constitutional right to abortion” (emphasis added). A paper copy of this
statement is available upon request from the Lifewatch office.
Today, that same mission statement reads, “RCRC was
founded in 1973 to safeguard the newly won constitutional right to
privacy in decisions about abortion.”
www.rcrc.org/about/index.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
||(05/29/12) A record-low
41% of Americans now self-identify as “pro-choice.”
“The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as
"pro-choice" is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point
below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009.
Fifty percent now call themselves "pro-life," one point shy of the
record high, also from May 2009.”
“‘Pro-Choice’ Americans at Record-Low 41%,” by Lydia Saad, Gallup
Poll 5/23/12, , accessed 5/23/12.
||(05/22/12) “As a materialist, I think it has been demonstrated
that an embryo is a separate body and entity, and not merely (as some
really did used to argue) a growth on or in the female body. There used
to be feminists who would say that it was more like an appendix or even
– this was seriously maintained – a tumor. That nonsense seems to have
stopped. Of the considerations that have stopped it, one is the
fascinating and moving view provided by the sonogram, and another is the
survival of ‘premature’ babies of feather-like weight, who have achieved
‘viability’ outside the womb. … The words ‘unborn child,’ even when used
in a politicized manner, describe a material reality.”
Source: Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great (pp.220-221)
(05/15/12) “At the
end of this year, Nancy Keenan will step down from her post as president
of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the country’s oldest abortion-rights
advocacy group. …. In recent years, Keenan has worried about an
‘intensity gap’ on abortion rights among millennials, which the group
considers to be the generation of Americans born between 1980 and 1991.
While most young, antiabortion voters see abortion as a crucial
political issue, NARAL’s own internal research does not find similar
passion among abortion-rights supporters.”
“Exclusive: NARAL President Nancy Keenan to step down,” by Sarah Kliff,
5/10/12, accessed 5/12/12.
||(05/08/12) 2012 General
Conference Report: For the first time ever, legislation to sever United
Methodist ties to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
passed out of the Church & Society committee by a majority vote of 42 –
32 on Saturday, April 28, the last day of committee meetings. With a
full week of plenary sessions ahead, odds appeared good for passage.
Unfortunately, the May 4 adjournment arrived without consideration of
the RCRC legislation. A last-minute attempt by a young female delegate
to have the legislation brought to the floor for debate at 10:15 pm on
Friday evening failed when only 48% of delegates voted for the motion.
(A motion to change the agenda required a 2/3 majority.) The vote likely
reflected a desire to go home rather than a rejection of the petition.
Therefore, the General Board of Church & Society and the Women’s
Division/UMW will remain members of RCRC for another four years, and we
will need to repeat the entire process at the 2016 General Conference in
Source: Cindy Evans,
Lifewatch Administrator and observer of the entire 2012 General
||(04/17/12) The Lifewatch office will be
closed from April 21 through May 7 while we travel to and attend the
2012 General Conference in Tampa , FL. To follow the GC proceedings, go
to UMC website or
Good News website).
Our office will reopen on May 8. Please keep General
Conference in your prayers.
pregnancies end in spontaneous miscarriage. …. Common themes for women
after miscarriage are anger and frustration, guilt, feeling alone or
that no one can really comprehend the depth of the sorrow, and feeling
numb with grief. …. After an induced abortion, many women suffer these
same feelings with even greater intensity and over a much longer time –
ten, twenty, thirty, forty years or even an entire lifetime. After all,
unlike women who have miscarried, women who have had abortions feel
guilty because what happened to them was due to choice.”
Source: “The Psychological Aftermath of Three Decades
of Abortion,” by E. Joanne Angelo,MD, The Cost of ‘Choice:’ Women
Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi, Encounter
Books, San Francisco, c. 2004, p.88-89.
||(04/03/12) “If you are
currently facing an unintended pregnancy, know that God chooses to make
every single baby inside each pregnant womb and He makes no mistakes.
All conceived children have meaning and purpose, regardless if the
timing is right for you or not. …. I don’t know how many of you will
remember my story, but if I can positively impact the life of only one
person, then it was not written in vain. Remember that it is never too
late to start over. It is never too late to turn around and decide to
make the right choices going forward. It is never too late to come to
God and decide to walk the right path, even if the one you’ve been on
isn’t the best.”
“I Can’t Undo My Mistake: A Post-Abortive Woman’s Letter,” by Arland
Nichols, 2/9/12, , accessed 2/19/12.
||(03/27/12) “Nestled within the “individual
mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every
American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty —
is an “abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons
enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to
pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a
result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that
violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not
meet their health needs.”
“It’s Official…Despite Obama’s Many, Many Promises, Obamacare Funds
Abortion After All,” by Jim Hoft, 3/12/12, accessed 3/26/12
||(03/20/12) “By the 22nd day of your existence
you had built your own heart from scratch and had started to do test
runs with it, pumping your own blood around your tiny body. On or about
the 25th day after your conception your heart was beating regularly to
keep your body supplied with blood. From that day on, your heart has
never had a day’s rest.”
Science and Scripture are saying to us About the Child Before Birth,” by
David Logan , Corner House, Mohill Town , County Leitrim , Ireland . c.
December, 2011, page 2-3.
||(03/13/12) “I may not always agree with
pro-lifers, but at least their position is an honest one. They believe
life begins at conception. You can’t kill children once they leave the
womb, so why should you be allowed to kill them when they’re still
inside it? I don’t have to agree with every link in the chain to see
that this is a cogent and persuasive argument. The pro-choice argument
involves many more nods and winks and evasions. Too much is deliberately
left unsaid. They won’t even be pinned down on when ‘life’ begins.
That’s why the pro-life lobby generally adopts a Not An Inch to changes
in abortion law, because pro-choicers can’t be trusted to stick to an
agreement. Once they have it in law that abortions can be carried out
where the mother’s life is at risk, they immediately start redefining
the definition of risk until it becomes meaningless.”
Sunday Independent columnist Eilis O’Hanlon, 2/26/12, accessed
||(03/06/12) “In good
news for many of America ’s unborn babies and their mothers, several
notorious abortion businesses that killed babies for decades have
finally shut down or been forced to close in recent weeks.”
Source: “Five Abortion Businesses Shut Down
Personal Update [Pro-Life Ireland ] Issue 115, Feb. 7, 2012, ,
pictures pro-life activists flash are real…. That is what a fetus looks
like when its head is crushed. When you see the procedure, you must
decide, as a pro-choice person, whether you are in or out.”
Source: Mary Mahoney, co-founder of “The Doula
Project,” as told to Rachel White on page 3 of the “The New York
“The Rise of the Abortion Doula,” 11/14/11 (Accessed 2/28/12)
development: “The penis begins to develop on about the 42nd day after
conception, the same day that the beginnings of the toes are evident.
Nipples and the first hair follicles appear on the 44th day after
conception. On the 46th day, microscopic examination can identify the
child's sex because the ovaries and testes have differentiated.”
Source: “The Unborn Child Develops So Rapidly!”
Science for Unborn Life,
www.sfuhl.org , accessed 2/19/12.
||(02/14/12) The Upper
Room has organized a 50-day prayer support effort for the 2012 General
Conference. Learn more here.
You can participate by
downloading and sharing the pdf here.
Please be in prayer for the 2012 General Conference.
The Upper Room, accessed 1/31/12.
truths, in particular, should be obvious to everyone reporting on the
Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy. First, that the fight against
breast cancer is unifying and completely uncontroversial, while the
provision of abortion may be the most polarizing issue in the United
States today. Second, that it’s more ‘political’ to disassociate oneself
from the nation’s largest abortion provider than it is to associate with
it in the first place. Third, that for every American who greeted
Komen’s shift with ‘anger and outrage’ (as Andrea Mitchell put it),
there was probably an American who was relieved and gratified. Indeed,
that sense of relief was quantifiable: the day after the controversy
broke, Komen reported that its daily donations had risen dramatically.”
“The Media’s Abortion Blinders,” by Ross Douthat, The New York
Times, 2/4/12. Accessed 2/5/12.
||(01/31/12) “Just before she became pregnant,
Pam [Tebow] fell into a coma after contracting amoebic dysentery, a
bacteria transmitted through contaminated drinking water. Her treatment
required a series of strong medications. As a result of those
medications, doctors told Pam the fetus had been irreversibly damaged,
and they strongly advised her to have an abortion. She refused because
of her faith, she said. Pam spent the last two months of her pregnancy
on bed rest, and on her due date – August 14, 1987 – she gave birth to a
healthy baby boy [Tim Tebow]….”
“Tebow’s family ties,” by Suzy A. Richardson, 12/6/07, accessed
||(01/24/12) “By almost
any measure, issues related to reproductive health and rights at the
state level received unprecedented attention in 2011. …. The 92 new
abortion restrictions enacted in 2011 shattered the previous record of
34 adopted in 2005.”
Guttmacher Institute year-end report, January 2, 2012. [Note:
Although the terms used come from the “other side” of the abortion
debate, the results they report are very encouraging to all pro-life
people. Please continue praying and working for life.]
pointed out that Canada ’s definition of human being was formulated more
than 400 years ago and says that a child is not a human being in Canada
until the moment of complete birth…. Those are the plain words of
Section 223, and no one is allowed fundamental human rights if they are
not a human being. If that isn’t true, prove it. I’ve concluded that
21st Century modern medical science informs us that children are
certainly human beings before the moment of complete birth.”
Source: Canadian MP Stephen Woodworth,
“Prove Unborn Aren’t Human Says Canadian MP in Challenge to Abortion
Supporters,” Jan. 12, 2012, Accessed 1/13/12
||(01/10/12) “Like every other person who reads …, you began your
life’s journey as a small speck about the size of the dot at the end of
this sentence. Your origins came from two microscopic donations that
your parents made to you before your creation to get you started. Your
father’s gift to you was smaller than the human eye could see. This
gift, called a sperm cell, had the strength, the knowledge and the
willingness to launch out into uncharted waters in order to find
fulfillment and new life. …. Your mother’s gift to you was an entirely
different matter. …. While she was developing as an unborn baby in her
mother’s womb she created a unique collection of egg cells, or ova,
within her tiny body….”
Science and Scripture are saying to us About the Child Before Birth,” by
David Logan, Corner House, Mohill Town , County Leitrim , Ireland . c.
December, 2011, page 1.
||(01/03/12) Plan now to attend the
Annual Lifewatch Service of Worship
which will be held at 9:30 am on
Monday, January 23, 2012 in the
United Methodist Building in Washington, DC, located
at 100 Maryland Ave. NE, right next door to the US Supreme Court
Building. The sermon will be given by
Rev. Dr. James V. Heidinger II,
the President and Publisher Emeritus of
“Good News: The Magazine of United
Methodist Renewal,” and Leader/President/Publisher of
Good News for 28 years prior
to his 2009 retirement.
||(12/22/11) “For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Source: Isaiah 9:6 (NIV).
||(12/15/11) “From the fifth week after conception onward, pain
pathways are running from sensory receptors in the skin to those in the
brain. These nerve endings are at least as dense in the skin of a
newborn as in an adult. Such receptors appear around the mouth during
the fifth week after conception and are present in the face, palms, and
soles of the feet by the ninth week, spreading to the trunk, arms and
legs by the thirteenth weeks and to all areas of the skin by the
The development of the neocortex, the largest part of the brain, begins
six weeks after conception and a full complement of nerve cells is
present by the eighteenth week. At this time the pieces are in place to
complete the pain circuitry. The evidence thus indicates that the child
has developed sufficiently to sense pain late in gestation.”
“Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, 4/4/02
||(12/08/11) “The facts are in now… communities of color have been
targeted and it’s clear now what abortion is and what abortion does.
Genocide by definition is ‘the policy of deliberately killing a
nationality.’ Herman Cain is right, Planned Parenthood is Planned
Genocide and the sooner America wakes up the more lives will be saved.”
Walter Hoye, pro-life African-American pastor from California, as
quoted by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com, 11/3/11
||(12/01/11) “A federal judge [heard] oral arguments [November 18,
2011] in a case involving a group of hospital nurses in New Jersey who
were ordered to assist in abortions or be fired. U.S. District Judge
Jose Linares [heard] the lawsuit filed by twelve nurses employed by the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark .”
Missouri Family Policy Council, Joe Ortwerth, Nov. 15, 2011
||(11/24/11) “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my
prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your
partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident
of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Source: Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from everyone at Lifewatch.
May God’s blessings pour down upon you!
||(11/18/11) “… abortion polls can be read any number of ways –
which is why people on opposing sides of the abortion issue so often
celebrate the same polling data. We see what we want to see. And while
I'm encouraged that the number of Americans who believe abortion should
be illegal is on the rise – an average of 21.2% since 2005 … versus
16.7% [10 years prior to that], we must not read into these numbers more
than we ought. There is still [a lot] of education to be done.”
“CNN Abortion Poll: Good News. Bad News.”
By Mike Spielman, 9/20/11,
||(11/02/11) “… what of rape and incest? Horrible crimes both,
there certainly is pressure to accept abortion in such cases. Yet to do
so is to lose the abortion debate. This is because the pro-life position
hinges on two simple principles:
1. Human life begins at conception.
2. Every human has a right to life.
If we say that it’s moral, however, to have an abortion in certain
situations, it implies that one or both of the above statements are
untrue. And if it’s number two that we question and say there is no
inherent right to life, then what determines whether a baby may live?
“Herman Cain Gets into Trouble on Abortion,”
by Selwyn Duke,
“Proponents of abortion claim that abortion for the pregnant sexual
assault victim will somehow benefit her psychological recovery. …. [t]his
presumption is offered without any supporting documentation and is
contradicted by the findings of two independent studies [Dr. Sandra
Mahkorn, 1979, and Elliot Institute, 2000] that the majority of women
pregnant from rape actually choose to carry to term.”
Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions, and Children
Resulting from Sexual Assault, Reardon, David C., Makimaa, Julie,
and Sobie, Amy, editors, published by Acorn Books, Springfield, IL, c.
2000, p. 40. For more information,
||(10/18/11) “A multimedia company that uses
powerful videos to share the pro-life message … crafted a new video that
coincide[d] with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist
attacks to promote respect for all human life.” The video can be
“Incredible 9/11 Commercial Promotes Pro-Life Message,” by Steven
of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live
which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question
whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is
merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly
intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has
been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.”
From the Fonana Library edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics, the
chapter “Last and Penultimate Things,” pp. 175-176, as posted on
Presbyterians Pro-Life, accessed 10/5/11
||(09/29/11) “Laws often alter attitudes,
inducing people to accept things -- such as racial integration -- they
once rejected. But sometimes, attitudes move in the opposite direction,
as people see the consequences of the change. That's the case with
abortion. The news that the abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level
in 30 years elicits various explanations, from increased use of
contraceptives to lack of access to abortion clinics. But maybe the
chief reason is that the great majority of Americans, even many who see
themselves as pro-choice, are deeply uncomfortable with it.”
“The Growing Aversion to Abortion,” by Steve Chapman, 9/25/11
||(09/22/11) “’Babies can distinguish painful
stimuli as different from general touch from around 35 to 37 weeks
gestation – just before an infant would normally be born,’ Lorenzo Fabrizi, lead author of the study, told ABC News about the study
published in the journal Current Biology.”
“Study: Unborn Babies Can Differentiate Touch, Pain in Womb,” by
Steven Ertelt, 9/9/11, accessed 9/14/11
||(09/15/11) According to the General Board of
Church & Society website, Linda Bales is the GBCS representative to the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) and the Sexuality
Information & Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Both
organizations advocate for “reproductive choice” and “family planning,”
including abortion, and in opposition to parental notification and
consent. The positions of RCRC and SIECUS are in direction opposition to
paragraph 161.J of The United Methodist Book of Discipline.
General Board of Church & Society website, and The United
Methodist Book of Discipline
||(09/06/11) “Women who
have abortions are 81 percent more likely to experience subsequent
mental health problems, according to a new study published byBritain’s
Royal College of Psychiatrists. The greatest increases were seen in
relation to suicidal behaviors and substance abuse. …. Using a
standardized statistical technique for combining the results of multiple
studies, the meta-analysis revealed that women with a history of
abortion face higher rates of anxiety (34 percent higher) and depression
(37 percent higher), heavier alcohol use (110 percent higher) and
marijuana use (230 percent higher), and higher rates of suicidal
behavior (155 percent higher).”
“Most Studies Show Abortion Linked To Increased Mental Health Problems,”
||(08/30/11) “… pro-choicers have lost the
argument on the scientific level—and so they are repudiating science.”
“Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science,” by Nancy Pearcey, 8/6/11,
||(08/23/11) “… as I was
talking to some of your leaders, you share a similar concern here in
China . You have no safety net…. Your policy has been one which I fully
understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The
result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be
taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.”
Vice President Joe Biden in Chengdu , China , 8/21/11 Accessed
||(08/16/11) “… Sara
McLanahan at Princeton University and her colleagues have found that
boys who are raised by single mothers are twice as likely to end up in
prison by age 32, that girls who are born outside of marriage are three
times as likely to have a teenage pregnancy, and that teens born outside
of marriage are about twice as likely to drop out of high school,
compared with their peers who are raised in intact, married families.”
Real Pregnancy Crisis,” by W. Bradford Wilcox, 5/22/09 accessed
||(08/09/11) “In Baltimore , a recently enacted
ordinance requires that pregnancy centers post signs alerting clients
that the centers do not provide or refer for abortion. A federal
district court in Maryland already has found the forced abortion
messages to be unconstitutional violations of the free-speech rights of
the centers. …. The abortion lobby does not want women to know they have
choices. When women receive truthful information about their choices,
abortion profits decrease.”
“The abortion industry’s war on choice,” by Mailee Smith, 6/14/11
legal and rare’ has long been the pro-choice mantra, but these days it
applies less and less to the reality of abortion. In New York City ,
officials reported this year that 41% of pregnancies end in
abortion—double the national rate. In the black community, the figure is
60%. Numbers like these motivate the Sisters of Life, a small order of
nuns…. The sisters take traditional vows of poverty, chastity and
obedience, but they also take a fourth vow ‘to protect and enhance the
sacredness of human life.’ According to Archbishop Timothy Dolan, once
the sisters connect with unwed pregnant women in need, ‘the battle is
“Life and Faith in Hell’s Kitchen,” by William McGowan, 7/29/11
||(07/26/11) “After over 30 years of embryonic
stem cell research, first with mouse and then human embryonic stem
cells, not a single patient has been helped. …. Embryonic stem cells
fail on both ethical and practical aspects, and have contributed only
hype to the debate and false hope to patients. Adult stem cells are both
successful and ethical.”
“Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now,” by David
cell nuclear transfer [SCNT] – a term researchers use to avoid the more
incendiary word cloning, even though it is the same technology that
created Dolly the sheep.”
“The Politics of Science,” by Karen Tulmulty, Time Magazine, July
31, 2006, p.2, accessed 7/6/11
||(07/05/11) “Stem cells
can be derived from aborted fetuses, from embryos created through IVF
for the sole purpose of research, from embryos created through IVF but
not implanted in women being treated for infertility and through a
cloning technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer.”
“Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Old Controversy; New Debate,” by
Rachel Benson Gold, chart on page 5. The Guttmacher Report on Public
Policy, October 2004, Vol. 7, No. 4, accessed 7/6/11
||(06/28/11) According to their own 2010
report, Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics performed 324,008
abortions and provided prenatal care for 9,433 women during 2008.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America Fact Sheet, September 2010,
, page 2. Accessed 6/21/11
||(06/21/11) “A statewide pro-life group in
Missouri has a message for pro-life residents considering participating
in the upcoming Race for the Cure this weekend in St. Louis sponsored by
the Komen foundation. …. Komen spokesman John Hammarley, in an interview
in late 2009, disclosed that 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made
donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions
totaled $731,303. The Komen spokesman also confirmed Komen affiliates
contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009.”
“Pro-Life Group: Think Twice Before Joining Komen Race for Cure,” by
Steven Ertelt, 6/10/11
||(06/14/11) “A new
pro-life website set up by two teen siblings exposes the links and
connections between the Girl Scouts of American and the Planned
Parenthood abortion business.”
“New Pro-Life Web Site Links Girl Scouts With Planned Parenthood,”
by Steven Ertelt, 5/18/11
||(06/07/11) “’While the
abortion industry saw declines among most demographic groups, it just
happened to see growth among women for whom states were covering
abortion costs,’ observed [Randall K] O’Bannon. ‘The fact is, when tax
dollars pay for abortion, you get more abortion.’ The Planned Parenthood
Federation of America (PPFA), according to their own 2008-2009 annual
report, showed over $1 billion in revenues, including $363.3 million in
“Government Grants & Contracts” - an increase from $165 million in
“NRTL on Guttmacher Report: ‘When tax dollars pay for abortion, you get
more abortion,” by Rebecca Millette, 5/27/11
||(05/31/11) “Gallup released its annual
abortion poll [on 5/23/11] showing Americans want all or most abortions
made illegal and saying they believe abortion to be morally wrong, but
the poll found Americans split on what they call their abortion
position. …. By a 24 percent margin, 61-37 percent, Americans take the
pro-life view that abortions should either be legal under no
circumstances or legal only under a few circumstances.”
Gallup Poll: Americans Want All or Most Abortions Illegal” by Steven
Ertelt, 5/23/11, accessed 5/24/11. (This article includes a link to the
||(05/24/11) “The Healthy Families, Healthy
Planet initiative, funded by a grant from the United Nations Foundation,
works to educate and mobilize United Methodists in the U.S. on the
importance of maternal health and international family planning”
[emphasis added]. The Healthy Families, Healthy Planet program is “an
iniative of the General Board of Church and Society” (GBCS), [and] “is
working with GBGM to bring reproductive health [emphasis added] experts
from around the world to the U.S. to share their stories and
recommendations from their work in the field, and to meet with U.S.
General Board of Church and Society website for the “Healthy Families,
Healthy Planet” initiative, accessed 3/8/11
Petitions and resolutions to be
considered by the 2012 General Conference are currently be accepted.
Petitions submitted digitally or electronically are due September 27,
2011. Written and mailed petitions are due July 1, 2011 (to allow time
for transcription and translation).
Instructions available here
Two model resolutions are ready to be adapted for use at your annual
||(05/03/11) ¶507. Petitions to General
Conference – Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The
United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference in the
following manner: [sections 1 through 9 ]. (Petitions submitted
digitally or electronically are due September 27, 2011. Written and
mailed petitions are due July 1, 2011 to allow time for transcription
Sources: 2008 Book of
Discipline, p. 327.
Available online here
||(04/26/11) “[Recently] … the U.K.'s [United
Kingdom’s] Department of Health lost the battle in the High Court to
keep the details of late term abortions performed on babies based on the
diagnosis that the child has a "serious" physical or mental abnormality
secret. This decision will force the Government to publish individual
figures on how many abortions are carried out after 24 weeks on foetuses
with physical abnormalities, including some relatively minor problems
such as a cleft palate or clubfoot."
“ UK High Court Rules to Expose Eugenic Abortion Statistics,”
||(04/19/11) “Too many people in our churches
remain unaware that most abortions are unwanted or coerced, that forced
abortions happen here, and of so many other struggles before or after
abortion facing the women and men sitting in the pews next to them – or
their families, friends and loved ones in the larger community. Too
often, people haven’t heard that there is another way.”
Church Awareness Project, Elliot Institute, accessed 4/7/11.
||(04/12/11) “Maybe it was 25 years ago. Maybe
it was last year. Or last month. But you, or someone you know, may have
been struggling with one or more past abortions. Regrets of a past
‘choice’ are not just ‘all in your head.’ Abortion may have affected
your life in ways you could have never expected. If you're tired of
trying to just ‘get over it’, pretend it never happened or if you just
wish the painful emotions would stop - we're here to give you support
and give you hope.”
Abortion Recovery InterNational Care Directory, accessed 4/4/11.
||(04/05/11) April is Abortion Recovery
Awareness Month. For more information about how you can get involved
and/or for personal healing following an abortion, contact ARIN –
Abortion Recovery InterNational.
ARIN, accessed 4/4/11.
||(03/29/11) “The church
must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state,
but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the
critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not
recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club
without moral or spiritual authority.”
Source: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
||(03/22/11) “I was doing
the abortions because I believed it was the lesser of two evils, ... yet
I realized that people were just more broken after the procedure. There
might have been a brief respite from the stress and strain, but most
relationships broke up after the abortion.”
Former abortionist Dr. John Bruchalski, as told to Patrick B. Craine,
||(03/15/11) “In medical practice, there are
few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in
its potential hazard as abortion. It is a commonly held view that
complications are inevitable.”
Source: Abortionist Dr. Warren M.
Hern, Abortion Practice, p. 101.
||(03/08/11) Knowing that if a true poll
were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the
results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that we had taken
polls and that 60 percent of Americans were in favor of permissive
abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie.”
Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL who later became pro-life
||(03/01/11) “Planned Parenthood’s mission, on
paper, is to give women quality and affordable health care and to
protect women’s rights. In reality, their mission is to increase their
abortion numbers and in turn increase their revenue.”
Abby Johnson, former Director of Bryan , TX Planned Parenthood clinic,
as told to Kathryn Jean Lozez, 2/18/11
||(02/23/11) “The development of the
neocortex, the largest part of the brain, begins six weeks after
conception and a full complement of nerve cells is present by the
eighteenth week. At this time the pieces are in place to complete the
pain circuitry. The evidence thus indicates that the child has developed
sufficiently to sense pain late in gestation.”
“Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by
John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, p. 10
||(02/15/11) “From the fifth week after
conception onward, pain pathways are running from sensory receptors in
the skin to those in the brain. These nerve endings are at least as
dense in the skin of a newborn as in an adult. Such receptors appear
around the mouth during the fifth week after conception and are present
in the face, palms, and soles of the feet by the ninth week, spreading
to the trunk, arms and legs by the thirteenth seeks and to all areas of
the skin by the eighteenth week.”
“Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.
www.sfuhl.org, page 9.
||(02/08/11) “At eight weeks after conception,
local stimuli can induce partial closing of the fingers, opening of the
mouth, and squinting. And during the eleventh week, if the region around
the mouth is stimulated, the child will open its mouth and suck a
Source: “Science Sheds Light on
Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, page 9.
||(02/01/11) Tongue movements begin during the
ninth week after conception. Yawning starts from the middle of the ninth
week to the middle of the thirteenth week. Finger movements first occur
during the tenth week after conception when opening and closing of one
or more fingers can be seen.
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org,
||(01/25/11) [In mid-December], “the Washington
Post ran an article about a new study disputing the contention that
abortions increase the risk of mental-health problems among women. ….
Unfortunately, the Post failed to report that [their] study has some
methodological shortcomings of its own. Most importantly, [their study]
use[s] a much shorter time frame with which to analyze women’s
psychological health. …30-day prevalence.”
“More Faulty Research on the Mental-Health Effects of Abortion,” by
Michael New, 12/17/10
||(01/18/11) “The way the
child moves before birth is similar to the way a newborn baby moves.
Prenatal movement patterns are easily recognizable to persons familiar
with the kinds of movements made by pre-term and full-term infants. It’s
amazing that the pattern of yawns and stretches seen in the first
trimester remains the same throughout life. The child is engaged in all
kinds of movements as early as the sixth week after conception. At this
time, periods of inactivity typically last no more than about 260
Source: “Science Sheds Light on
Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, c. 2002, page 7,
||(01/11/11) Everyone is invited to attend the
Annual Lifewatch Service of Worship
9:30 am on Monday, January 24, 2011 in the
United Methodist Building in
Washington, DC, located at 100 Maryland Ave. NE ,
right next door to the
US Supreme Court Building. This year’s sermon will be given by
Rev. Dr. Edwin King, a
Lifewatch supporter and veteran
Civil Rights activist. Dr. King is a Professor of Sociology and
Medical Ethics at the
University of Mississippi Medical Center. Please plan to attend
and be inspired!
||(01/04/11) “U.S. Reps.
Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Dan Lipinski (IL-03) … will serve as Co-Chairs
of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-life Caucus in the 112th Congress.
…. The Pro-life Caucus ‘is a bipartisan organization of House Members
which provides information to Members of Congress on legislation and
issues related to pro-life concerns. We understand that the taking of
innocent human life must be stopped and that all persons–regardless of
age, health, sex, race, stage of development or condition of
dependence–must be guaranteed their full constitutional safe guards.’
(from the Pro-life Caucus Statement of Purpose)”
Source: Press Release, “Co-Chairs for Congressional
Pro-Life Caucus for 112th Congress Announced,” 12/8/10.
||(12/21/10) “… Joseph also went up from the
town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David ,
because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to
register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was
expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to
be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in
cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in
Source: Luke 2:4-7 , NIV .
||(12/14/10) “In the brief span of two months,
the baby grows from a single cell at conception to a tiny human with all
organs present and functioning.”
“What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published
by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001
||(12/07/10) “Birth control itself, often
denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than
the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing
the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives. So, in
compliance with nature’s working plan, we must permit womanhood its full
development before we can expect of it efficient motherhood. If we are
to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede
motherhood in every individual woman.”
Woman and the New Race, Part XVIII “The Goal,” c.1920,
abortion providers to offer an unbiased and valid synopsis of the
scientific literature on increased risks of abortion, the information
must include depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders,
including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as suicide
ideation and behaviors. Over 30 studies have been published in just the
last 5 years and they add to a body of literature comprised of hundreds
of studies published in major medicine and psychology journals
throughout the world.”
Studies in Five Years Show Abortion Hurts Women’s Mental Health,” by
Steven Ertelt, 11/12/10. (Note: the article lists all 30 studies.)
||(11/23/10) “Even though
the mother still has not felt movement, the unborn baby has perfected
somersaults, backflips and scissor kicks by 12 weeks after conception.”
They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by
the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross , GA. 2001.
(11/16/10) “A woman has an assumed right to
choose…. However, she apparently has no right whatever to any
information on which to make that choice.”
Nadine Dorries, Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire , UK
(who believes abortion should remain legal), 11/12/10 .
(11/09/10) Results from the November 2, 2010
elections reveal that:
- in the US House of Representatives, 248 of
the members will now be pro-life, well above the 218 needed for a simply
majority. That, plus another 33 Congressman who are supportive of at
least some restrictions on abortion leaves us just 11 seats (out of 435)
short of the 292 we would need in the house for a two-thirds majority
for passing pro-life legislation over President Obama's veto pen; and
- in the US Senate, there are now 46 solidly pro-life seats, plus 14
additional Senators who support some restrictions on abortion, which
just barely meets the bare minimum of a 60-vote filibuster-proof
majority for at least some abortion restrictions, but still 7 senate
seats short of overriding Obama's veto pen.
Source: Lifewatch Advisory Board member John
Lomperis’ analysis of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s “Blog for Choice”
report on the 2010 elections, 11/3/10.
Full report available here. (Disclaimer: be forewarned of some
offensive language in the comment section.)
(11/02/10) The next General Conference of The
United Methodist Church will be held in Tampa , Florida from April
25-May 4, 2012.
The 2012 General Conference website is now active. Please bookmark
it, and check it often for information and instructions pertaining to
the 2012 General Conference.
The United Methodist Church website , 11/1/10.
||(10/26/10) “Humans develop continuously,
starting at conception, but the changes don’t stop at birth. Obvious
examples of further growth are the development of teeth and female
breasts. In addition, the brain triples in weight between birth and age
16 years. By age 25, most developmental changes are finished.”
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org,
(10/19/10) “A new study conducted by
researchers at the University of Manitoba finds women who have had
abortions are about four times more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as
those who carried their pregnancy to term. The authors confirmed a link
between abortion and the substance abuse issues. …. The study appeared
in the April issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry and it showed
women having abortions were 3.8 times more likely to have substance
abuse disorders. That was the case even when other factors such as
exposure to violence were included that could have raised the risk
outside of abortion.”
“Women Who Have Abortions
Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol” by Steven Ertelt,
||(10/12/10) “Some people
wonder why I sometimes post on the topic of homosexuality on my pro-life
blog. It's because the abortion and homosexual movement are flip sides
of the same coin. Both want illicit sex without consequences. Both want
to stop social conservatives from educating about the consequences. And
both want taxpayers to pay for the inevitable consequences when they
and Consequences,” by Jill Stanek. 9/29/10
(10/05/10) “Women are hard-wired for
relationships—and a woman’s relationship to her baby is one of the most
powerful of all, whether she realizes it or not. The hard-wiring of the
brain may explain many women’s disturbing post-abortion feelings. ….
What is particularly striking is that most of the women who have these
powerful emotional reactions to their abortion are stunned by them. They
were not opposed to abortion; many were actively pro-choice. They were
blind-sided by their own reaction. One woman lamented—and thousands of
others echo her mystified anguish—‘If this was the right decision, why
do I feel so terrible?’”
Abortion, and the Brain,” by Evelyn Birge Vitz and Paul C. Vitz,
(09/28/10) “… [T]he Republican ‘Pledge to
America’ says ‘Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to using tax dollars
to pay for abortion, and the executive order issued by President Obama
in conjunction with congressional passage of the health care law is
inadequate to ensure taxpayer funds are not used in this manner.’ The
pledge document calls for a bill to ‘Permanently Prohibit Taxpayer
Funding of Abortion.’ ‘We will permanently end taxpayer funding of
abortion and codify the Hyde Amendment,’ the document promises.”
“New GOP ‘Pledge to
America ’ Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban, HCR Repeal,” by Steven
(09/21/10) “During my pregnancy, I came to
realize that this process was not about me. I was just a spectator to
the metamorphosis that was happening inside my womb so that another life
could be born. It came down to an act of self-sacrifice, especially for
me, as a woman. But both of us were fully involved, not just for that
moment, but for the rest of our lives. And it's scary. You may think you
can skirt around the issue and dodge the decision, but I've never known
anyone who could.”
Rachel Welch, 5/8/10
(09/14/10) Brain function, as measured by EEG
waves, has been recorded as early as 45 days after conception.
Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts
of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council,
Inc., Norcross , GA. 2001.
(09/07/10) “A study of women who had
abortions has found that women undergoing later abortions face increased
psychological risks, are more likely to be ambivalent about having an
abortion and are more likely to need counseling and support. ….
Ambivalence about the abortion, unwanted abortion and poor pre-abortion
counseling were also commonly reported in the late-term abortion group.
Nearly 40 percent said they desired the pregnancy and only 30 percent
said both they and their partner supported the abortion, while less than
14 percent said they received adequate pre-abortion counseling or
information on alternatives or physical and emotional risks.”
“Later Abortions More Likely to Be Unwanted, Are Linked to Psychological
Problems,” Elliot Institute Press Release, August 27, 2010
(08/31/10) “The Administration for Children
and Families (ACF), a division of HHS, funded a survey of 1,000
adolescents 12-18 years-old in order to measure parent-adolescent
communication and adolescent attitudes toward sex and abstinence. ….
Looking at the study, the National Survey of Adolescents and Their
Parents, a nationally representative sample of 1,000 adolescents and
their “most knowledgeable parent” measured parent/adolescent attitudes
and communication for youth who received classes or programs which
delivered messages about waiting until marriage to engage in sex.”
“Obama Admin Relents, Posts Pro-Abstinence Education Study After
Complaints,” by Steven Ertelt, 8/24/10. (A pdf link to the study is
included at the end of the article.)
(08/24/10) “Nearly half (48%) of U.S. voters
continue to believe that an abortion is too easy to obtain in this
country, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
…. Women (53%) feel more strongly than men (42%) that abortions are too
easy to get. …. Again, 58% of women believe that abortion is morally
wrong in most cases, compared to 49% of men.”
“48% Say It’s Too Easy To Get An Abortion in America ,” Rasmussen
(08/17/10) “Infertility … is defined as
failure to conceive a child after one year of well-timed, unprotected
intercourse, or after six months if the woman is over 35 years old.
Inability to carry a child to term after conception is also defined as
infertility. Approximately 40% of cases of infertility are female
factors, 40% male, 10% a combination of male and female problems, and
10% unexplained. Potential problems include inability to produce an egg
or adequate numbers of sperm, poor quality of the egg or sperm,
inability of the fertilized egg [zygote] to pass through the fallopian
tube from the ovary to the uterus, or hormone problems that prevent
implantation of the fertilized egg [zygote] into the uterine lining
where the embryo develops.”
“An ARTful discussion on childbirth,” by Barbara Lukert, MD, 8/6/10
NOTE: Medically speaking, there is no such
thing as a “fertilized egg.” Upon conception, when the egg and sperm
unite, a new human being is formed. The proper medical term for this
first cell is “zygote.” If allowed to grow to maturity, a new baby will
be born (approximately) 280 days after conception. (
– scroll down.)
||(08/10/10) “This coming
school year, students at the University of North Carolina who do not
have or cannot afford their own private health insurance will be
required to buy into a state-selected health insurance plan that funds
University of North Carolina to Force Students to Pay for
Abortion-Providing Insurance,” by James Tillman, 8/10/10
||(07/27/10) “The heart
begins to beat on about the 22nd day after conception, circulating blood
throughout the child. The arms begin to form on about day 26, followed
by the beginnings of the legs on day 28, the same day that the mouth
opens for the first time.”
“Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, c. 2002,
page 5. www.sfuhl.org.
(07/20/10) “… despite media hype and sweeping
promises of hope, ESCR [Embryonic Stem Cell Research] has yielded no
therapies; it is only the field of adult stem cell research that has
been on the cutting edge of developing the “miracle cures” demanded by
the public. Even better, the adult stem cells derived from patients are
completely compatible with the body, and do not carry the risk of
rejection or need drugs to prevent rejection, as is the case with
therapies using embryonic stem cells.”
Adult Stem Cell Advance Gives Sight to the Blind,” by Peter J.
||(07/13/10) “Human life
is sacred because, from its beginning until its natural end, it involves
the creative action of God. The Fifth Commandment forbids direct and
intentional killing as gravely sinful. God alone is the Lord of life. No
one has the right to end arbitrarily what God has begun, and sustained,
through the gift of His love. …. People who are casual about the sin of
abortion and who choose to view it as a political issue rather than the
serious moral issue that it is are guilty of violating the Fifth
“Before the Cross: Good Catholics cannot be pro-choice; The Fifth
Commandment demands respect for life as God’s most precious gift,”
by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, 7/6/10
(07/06/10) “If I had my way, the Church would
stop feeding the illusion that a wedding is the boundary between moral
and immoral sex, between good sex and bad.”
“Sex and the church – An ordained single woman and The Discipline,”
by Anonymous, General Board of Church & Society, 6/7/10
NOTE: For a more scriptural interpretation
of marriage and sex, read
Cindy’s report from a
spring 2010 NAE forum, here
(06/29/10) “Need help after abortion? Call
National Helpline for
(06/22/10) “Blood vessels begin to form about
13-18 days after fertilization. On about the 20th day, the foundation of
the brain, the spinal cord, and the entire nervous system is
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org.
(06/15/10) “ … a recent study from the Barna
Group examines a major fault line in American social life: abortion. ….
The Barna study revealed five insights about abortion-related public
“New Barna Study Explores Current Views on Abortion,” June 14, 2010.
pro-life journalists have released another hard-hitting expose showing
an abortion facility not only hiding child sexual abuse, but offering to
circumvent parental consent laws in order to keep a minor’s abortion
secret from her parents. …. A nationwide undercover investigation into
abortion clinics’ cover-up of statutory rape … revealed that ninety-one
percent of abortion facilities agreed to hide the age of the minor
victim. The group recorded over 800 calls to abortion clinics in which
female callers posed as a 13-year-old girl pregnant by an adult and
trying to hide the relationship.”
“Another Undercover Video Shows Kentucky Abortuary Failing to Report
Child Sex Abuse,” by Peter J. Smith, 4/21/10
||(06/01/10) “One significant, and enduring,
effect of The Pill on female sexual attitudes during the 60's, was: "Now
we can have sex anytime we want, without the consequences. Hallelujah,
…. Seriously, folks, if an aging sex symbol like me starts waving the
red flag of caution over how low moral standards have plummeted, you
know it's gotta be pretty bad. In fact, it's precisely because of the
sexy image I've had that it's important for me to speak up and say: Come
on girls! Time to pull up our socks! We're capable of so much better.”
Rachel Welch, 5/8/10
||(05/25/10) “Far from an empowering option
… the abortion seemed forced upon her by her budding career – and that
it was a choice she didn’t really want to make.”
Singer Chilli Describes Abortion Grief: ‘I Cried Almost Every Day for 9
Years’” by Kathleen Gilbert, 5/14/10
||(05/18/10) “Slightly more Americans call
themselves ‘pro-life’ than ‘pro-choice,’ 47% vs. 45%, according to a May
3-6 Gallup poll. …. All age groups have become more attached to the
pro-life label since 2005…. Both genders have also become more likely to
identify as pro-life, with the increase among women coming mainly since
2008, whereas the increase in men started after 2006. …. Results are
based on telephone interviews with 1,029 national adults, aged 18 and
older, conducted May 3-6, 2010.”
“The New Normal on Abortion: Americans More ‘Pro-Life.’” by Lydia
||(05/11/10) “The phrase ‘legalized
abortion’ could easily lead respondents to believe that the effect of
overturning Roe would be to make abortion illegal, when it would in fact
be to restore abortion policy to the democratic processes.”
Ed Whelan, 4/30/10
||(05/04/10) On April 22, 2010 Rep. Joe
Pitts (R-PA) introduced H.R. 5111, the “Protect Life Act” in response to
concerns about the recently-passed health care bill. The bill, which was
introduced with 50 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, incorporates
permanent, bill-wide statutory language to prevent federal funding for
abortion or abortion coverage through government-related exchanges,
community health centers, or any other program authorized or
appropriated by the health-care bill.
Press release from Rep. Pitts, 4/22/10
||(04/27/10) “The pro-life movement in
America is growing in leaps and bounds, attracting young, zealous women
to defend the unborn in droves - a fact that even the president of NARAL
has now admitted.
NARAL's Nancy Keenan told Newsweek … that she
considers herself a member of the "postmenopausal militia" – a phrase
that captures the situation of pro-abortion leaders who are aging across
the board, including the leadership of Planned Parenthood, and the
National Organization for Women. …. In addition, Newsweek revealed that
NARAL's own research on American youth shows more reason for Keenan to
worry: a survey conducted by the group found that, while 51 percent of
pro-life voters under 30 considered abortion a "very important" voting
issue, only 26 percent of abortion supporters in the same demographic
“NARAL’s President Admits: Pro-Aborts Aging, Pro-Lifers Young and
Zealous” by Kathleen Gilbert, 4/21/10
Malpractice at March for
||(04/20/10) On day 1 of a woman’s
pregnancy, the fertilized egg contains the plans for every detail of
human development, including the child’s sex, hair and eye color, and
Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy”
brochure. Published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids , MI. 1994.
||(04/13/10) “GBCS is pushing for grants to
states for family life education, including education on abstinence and
contraception; expanded access to preventive health care services that
help reduce unintended pregnancy, reduce abortions, and improve access
to women’s health care and programs that reduce the number of unplanned
pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, help women bear healthy
children, and support new parents. …. GBCS is working with Religious
Advocates Working Group, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and
International Family Planning Coalition.”
General Board of Church and Society website, accessed 4/9/10.
||(04/06/10) “Reproductive health includes
contraception and family planning and access to legal safe abortions. ….
If we are concerned about abortion, then women should have access to
State Hillary Clinton, news conference 3/30/10
||(03/30/10) Discover where you state stands
on “choice-related state laws” by checking NARAL Pro-Choice America’s
“2010 Report Card on Women’s Reproductive Rights”.
individual states are also available by
clicking on the State Profiles link.
NARAL Pro-Choice America , assessed 3/29/10.
||(03/23/10) President Obama’s executive
order on abortion is available:
Source: “Text of
Executive Order on Abortion in Stupak-Obama-Democrats health Care
Compromise,” by Steven Ertelt, 3/20/10
||(03/09/10) “While we United Methodists
believe that persons have a right to health care, abortion is not
normally a health care issue. Rather, it is a sinful behavior. Proposals
in the recent health care debate to provide tax funding for abortions
are very misguided. What you fund with tax dollars will increase.”
Source: UM Bishop Scott J. Jones, sermon at the 2010 Annual Lifewatch
Service of Worship, 1/22/10. The text of the entire sermon can be
read here >>>
||(03/02/10) During the 11th week following
conception, “If the region near the mouth is stimulated, the fetus will
open its mouth and suck a finger.”
Source: “Science Sheds Light on
Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.
||(02/23/10) “I saw on the ultrasound a baby
fighting for its life during the abortion procedure. And, when I saw
that I realized that everything I had been told by Planned Parenthood
and by the pro-choice movement – it's not a baby and it's just a mass of
cells and it's not living – was not true.”
Source: Abby Johnson,
former Planned Parenthood Director, in an interview with
CitizenLink.com, Jan. 8, 2010
||(02/16/10) “Induced abortion is the
surgical or medical intervention in a pregnancy for the purpose of
causing the death of the embryo or fetus. (If the procedure results in a
live birth, the outcome is a preterm delivery, not an abortion.) Every
abortion, then, is an iatrogenic [medically or surgically induced]
death. Every post-abortion woman has undergone a real death experience -
the death of her child.”
“Abortion Aftermath: The Complexity and Distortions of Post-Abortion
Research” by Dr. David C. Reardon, c.2000, accessed 1/27/10.
||(02/09/10) “I’m pro-choice and Tebow
clearly is not...They [NOW] aren’t actually ‘pro-choice’ so much as they
“Tebow’s Super Bowl ad isn’t intolerant; its critics are,” by Sally
||(02/02/10) “Conducted by Marist Institute
for Public Opinion in late December and early January, [a] new poll
finds Americans of all generations are pro-life on abortion. But it is
Americans who are under the age of 44 who oppose abortion more than
older Americans. The survey, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, finds
Baby Boomers (those aged 45-64) are the least pro-life, with 51 percent
saying abortion is ‘morally wrong.’"
“Poll Shows Youngest
Americans More Pro-Life on Abortion Than Baby Boomers,” by Steven
||(01/27/10) “The abortion provisions now in the Senate’s bill
include circuitous accounting procedures that can be used to
(falsely) claim that taxpayers will not be forced to directly
pay for other people’s abortions.”
Source: January 18, 2010 letter
from Rev. Paul Stallsworth and John Lomperis, members of the
Lifewatch/TUMAS board, to Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE), a pro-life
United Methodist who voted for the Senate health care bill in
exchange for political favors for his state. (Read
the entire letter HERE)
||(01/20/10) A December 2009 nationwide survey released by Girl
Scouts of the USA found that … “one third of teenagers say they
intend to wait until they are married to have sex compared to
less than a quarter (24 percent) in 1989.” The same poll found
that “girls are less likely than boys to say they would have sex
(18 percent vs. 38 percent) or advise an abortion (6 percent vs.
Study Finds More Youth Today Say They Would Make Responsible
Choices than Predecessors 20 Years Ago,”
Press release of Harris Interactive poll done for the Girl
Scouts of the USA, Dec. 2, 2009
(01/13/10) A December 2009 nationwide survey
released by Girl Scouts of the USA found that … “one third of
teenagers say they intend to wait until they are married to have sex
compared to less than a quarter (24 percent) in 1989.” The same poll
found that “girls are less likely than boys to say they would have
sex (18 percent vs. 38 percent) or advise an abortion (6 percent vs.
Study Finds More Youth Today Say They Would Make Responsible Choices
than Predecessors 20 Years Ago,”
Press release of Harris Interactive poll done for the Girl Scouts of
the USA, Dec. 2, 2009
(01/13/10) “When the calendar reads January, the majority of
Americans who consider themselves pro-life according to several 2009
polls can count on one thing. That's the annual March for Life that sees
hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates heading to the nation's
capital. They gather for the event -- which sees a 20-30-person-wide sea
of people for block after block parading down the main streets of
Washington -- to mark their opposition to abortion.”
Source: “March for Life
and White House Protest Part of Pro-Life Events Marking Roe,” by
Steven Ertelt , Jan. 11, 2010
(01/06/10) On Friday, January 22 (the day of the 37th Annual
“March for Life” in Washington, DC.), the Annual Lifewatch Service of
Worship will be held at 9:30 am in the United Methodist Building next
door to the US Supreme Court. Bishop Scott Jones, who presides over the
Kansas Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, will deliver the
Following the worship service, also in the United
Methodist Building, the Annual Lifewatch Board meeting commences at
11:30 am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events of the
(12/23/2009) “You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,
O God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the
Source: Psalm 65:5
||(12/16/2009) “The newly fertilized egg contains a staggering
amount of genetic information, sufficient to control the
individual’s growth and development for an entire lifetime. A single
thread of DNA from a human cell contains information equivalent to a
library of one thousand volumes, or six hundred thousand printed
pages with five hundred words on a page.”
Source: ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments by Randy Alcorn,
revised edition c. 2000, ISBN # 1-57673-751-9, page 65.
||(12/02/2009) “’We won because [the Democrats] need us,’ says Mr.
Stupak [D-MI]. ‘If they are going to summarily dismiss us by taking
the pen to that language [abortion funding restrictions in health
care bill], there will be hell to pay. I don't say it as a threat,
but if they double-cross us, there will be 40 people who won't vote
with them the next time they need us—and that could be the final
version of this bill.’”
“The Man Who Made Pelosi Cry ‘Uncle,’” Nov. 9, 2009
||(11/25/2009) “As Congress remains embroiled in a massive debate
over whether to force Americans to pay for abortions through the new
government-run health care programs, a new CNN poll finds 61 percent
oppose government funding abortions with public dollars. The poll
found six in ten Americans favor a ban on using federal funds for
abortions, such as the Stupak amendment recently added to the health
care bill in the House.”
“CNN Poll: 61% Oppose
Tax-Funded Abortions, 63% Oppose All of Most Abortions,” by
Steven Ertelt, Nov. 18, 2009
||(11/18/2009) “A video describing a first-trimester abortion –
produced by Priests for Life and published on YouTube – … has been
viewed more than a million times. …Father Frank Pavone of Priests
for Life plays host as he describes in direct but delicate terms
just exactly what happens during an abortion.”
“The reality of abortion – YouTube-style”, 11/14/09
||(11/10/2009) On Monday, November 9, Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth,
the President and Editor of Lifewatch, made a presentation to the
“World Wide Nature of the Church” sub-committee in Lake Junaluska,
NC. His presentation is available here...[Click]
||(11/03/2009) “We all start as one-celled beings. .... When is it
determined that we are going to be human beings? This happens at the
moment of conception.”
Source: A Child is Born, published by Delacorte Press/Seymour
Lawrence, New York, NY, c.1966; Eighth Printing 1980, p. 50
||(10/27/2009) CareNet, a national network of Pregnancy Resource
Centers, has introduced a new web site to help encourage young
people to become pro life and active in pro life activities. They’re
trying to grow and encourage the next generation of pro life
activists. Please help spread the word with this web site,
Source: Christine Mize, Lifewatch member and President of
Jackson County (IL) Right-to-Life.
||(10/20/2009) “Public opinion on abortion has shifted toward a
less liberal attitude in the last year … according to polling done
in August by the Pew Research Center. ‘The shift in opinion is
broad-based, appearing in most demographic groups in the
population,’ Pew said in its analysis of the polling data.”
“Support Abortion? Not So Much, Says Pew,” Oct. 2, 2009
poll Overview can be found here)
||(10/13/2009) “Abortions raise the risk that a woman’s future
babies will be premature or underweight, according to a Canadian
medical study. For women who have had more than one abortion, the
increased risk of a having a baby with low birth weight is 72
percent, and the risk of a premature birth jumps to 93 percent. In
addition, the researchers found that a woman’s number of abortions
correlated with the risk of complications during labor.”
“Abortions Raise Risks for Subsequent Babies,” 9/20/09
||(10/06/2009) “Freedom of choice is what makes us human and
responsible. For a woman, the pre-eminent freedom is the choice to
control her reproductive processes. Any theological or moral
argument that subordinates a woman’s freedom to the imaginary
screams of a fetus in early pregnancy is going to be less than
human, no matter how much talk there is about the ‘preciousness of
“Between A Woman
and Her God: Clergy and Women Tell Their Stories,” RCRC, c.2004,
Forward, page 5.
Both The United Methodist Church's General Board of Church
and Society (GBCS) and the Women's Division, General Board of Global
Ministries (WD/GBGM) are affiliated with RCRC.
Lifewatch believes these institutional relationships are
inconsistent with United Methodist teaching on abortion.
See Paragraph 161J in The Book of Discipline (2008).
||(09/29/2009) “Anxiety and panic disorders. Flashbacks,
nightmares, and insomnia. Drug and alcohol abuse. Suicidal thoughts
and actions. Decreased fertility. Emotional problems. …. Those are
just some of the documented psychological and physical effects of
having an abortion. …. I am a woman and strongly in favor of women’s
rights. I used to be pro-choice, but after discovering the
horrifying effects of abortion on women, it is clear that abortion
hurts women more than it helps them. Not only that, knowledge of the
destructive side-effects are suppressed by pro-choice
“Walk: Pro-Life Is Pro-Women,” by Michelle Walk, 9/28/09
“National abortion statistics in the U.S. are only available from
two sources, privately from
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) [name changed simply to
“Guttmacher Institute”] and federally from the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Since Alaska , California and
New Hampshire do not provide abortion data to the federal
government, and since California accounts for more abortions than
any other state in the U.S, the CDC numbers are somewhat
speculative. AGI, on the other hand, is the research arm of
Planned Parenthood, the world's largest abortion provider. While
their data is helpful, they certainly have a position and agenda in
regard to abortion.”
http://www.abort73.com. Accessed 9/21/09.
his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night
[9/9/09], President Barack Obama said the health care plan he is
pushing will not provide federal money for abortions. But pro-life
congressmen and Planned Parenthood agree that abortion would be
covered under the plan under an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois
“Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa..) co-sponsored an amendment with Rep. Bart
Stupak (D-Mich.) that would prohibited federal funding of abortion
in the health care plan, but it was voted down by the House Energy
and Commerce Committee. Pitts said the bill will use taxpayer
dollars to fund abortions. He also said an amendment sponsored by
Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) that was approved by the committee will
actually mandate federal payment for elective abortions. ….
“Planned Parenthood, which was assured by Obama during his
presidential campaign that his health plan “will provide essential
services, including reproductive services,” has expressed its
support for the House bill.
”In a Sept. 3 article on the “Daily Kos” Web site, Planned
Parenthood Vice President Laurie Rubiner explained that the Capps
amendment mandates that at least one insurance plan offering
services to federally subsidized insurance purchasers must cover
Congressmen and Planned Parenthood Agree: Health Care Bill Funds
Abortion,” Sept. 11, 2009
(09/08/2009) “We should hire … 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: Margaret Sanger, Founder of
Planned Parenthood, as quoted by The Collins Report, Jan. 22, 2009,
||(09/01/2009) In-utero movements begin, but
are usually not felt by the mother, during the 12th week following
fertilization. …. The first day that movement is noticed, called
‘quickening,’ occurs between the 14th and 18th week after
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, page 100
is no difference between a first trimester, a second trimester, a
third trimester abortion or infanticide. It's all the same human
being in different stages of development. I finally got to the point
I couldn't look at those little bodies anymore."
Source: Dr. Arnold Halpern, former director of a
Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
||(08/17/2009) “Unsupervised, over-the-counter
use of ‘emergency’ contraceptive and abortive pills is leading to
menstrual problems, reports The Times of India . …. ‘Repeated us of
EC wreaks havoc on a woman’s cycle, so the resulting menstrual chaos
acts as a powerful deterrent to using this method too often,’ [Dr.
David Grimes] said.”
“Over-the-Counter Abortion Pills Lead to Menstrual Complications,”
by Patrick B. Craine, Aug. 4, 2009
||(08/10/2009) “CBS News has become the latest
mainstream media outlet to come under criticism from pro-life
advocates for covering up the abortion funding tucked away in the
government-run health care plan. The Associated Press had covered up
the abortion funding but recently flip-flopped and admitted it
“CBS News Covers Up
Abortion Funding in Health Care in Misleading Factcheck,” by
Steven Ertelt, Aug. 6, 2009
||(08/03/2009) “Having an abortion doubles the
risk of having a premature birth in a subsequent pregnancy - that is
the conclusion of a European researcher at a medical conference. ….
Lead researcher Dr Robbert van Oppenraaij presented his findings
before the collegium of scientists today at the annual European
Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Amsterdam .”
Abortions Double Risk of Premature Birth in Subsequent Pregnancies,”
by Steven Ertelt , June 29, 2009
||(07/21/2009) “The American people continue to
move to the pro-life perspective on abortion according to the latest
Moral Compass survey by the Knights of Columbus and Marist Poll. ….
Among the key findings: 86% of Americans would significantly
restrict abortion … 53% of Americans believe abortion does more harm
than good to a woman in the long term … 79% of Americans support
conscience exemptions on abortion for health care workers. This
includes 64% of those who identify as strongly pro-choice. …. The
survey of 1,223 Americans was conducted May 28-31 and has a margin
of error of +/-3%.”
“New Poll Shows Americans Continuing to Move Toward Pro-Life
Position on Abortion,” July 10, 2009
||(07/07/2009) During the ninth week of
pregnancy (11 weeks since last menstrual period), the genitalia that
began forming during the 7th week now become visible, indicating
whether the child is a boy or girl. However, the doctor won’t be
able to tell by ultrasound until the 12th to 20th week.
Source: “Milestones of Early Life: How You
Began Your Journey,” published by Heritage House ‘76, Inc., c.2005.
||(07/07/2009) “Through the Louise & Hugh Moore
Population Project, the United Methodist General Board of Church &
Society addresses issues specifically having an impact on women. Key
issues of the project are HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, family
planning and reproductive health, and human trafficking. The Louise
& Hugh Moore Population Project works collaboratively with other
agencies and/or organizations on issues that affect women. Its
partners include United Methodist Women, United Methodist General
Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Women's Edge Coalition,
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Religious Advocates
Working Group, and International Family Planning Coalition.”
Linda Bales Todd directs the Louise and Hugh Moore Population
Project for the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society
||(06/30/2009) “Speaking in Hilo Friday [June
26], Rev Walter Hoye of the Progressive Baptist Church of Berkeley,
CA told a gathering of 50 Hawaii religious leaders about forces of
“black genocide” which he says now kill as many African-Americans
every three days as the KKK killed in 86 years of lynching. …. Said
Hoye citing figures from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute,
‘African-Americans are first, Hispanics are second’ in the
percentage of abortions performed in the US . After decades of
assault on the black family, progressive ministers such as Hoye are
leading an effort to reverse the tide.”
“Progressive Berkeley minister denounces ‘genocide,’” by Andrew
Walden, Hawaii Free Press, 6/28/09
||(06/23/2009) Post-traumatic stress disorder
“is diagnosed when specific symptoms are present following an
intensely distressing event. Typically, the traumatizing event is
military combat, rape, assault, kidnapping, an accident, a natural
disaster, war, or torture. …. Following the event, some – but not
all – people re-experience it in dreams, flashbacks, or on the
incident’s anniversary. …. Some victims feel numb, detached from
reality and other people. They may not be able to recall details of
the event, or they may be unable to forget them. Some will avoid
thoughts, activities, or places that remind them of the event. ….
When a survivor of a traumatic event has suffered for at least one
month with re-experiencing, avoidance of stimuli, and hyperarousal,
she qualifies for a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.
When these symptoms occur following an abortion, some have called
the condition post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS).”
Source: Unprotected: A Campus Psychiatrist
Reveals How Political Correctness in Her Profession Endangers Every
Student, by Anonymous/Miriam Grossman,” c.2006, p. 85.
||(06/16/2009) “A pro-life group has launched a
new social networking web site for teenagers and young adults called
Teens for Life. …. The new Teens for Life web site,
itself as the world's first social networking site dedicated to
raising up a new generation of pro-life teens.”
Networking Web Site Launched for Teenagers, Young Adults,” by
Steven Ertelt , 6/11/09
Louisiana nurse won her battle at the state Supreme Court [on May
15] when it refused to hear a hospital's appeal of a lower court
decision siding with her. The nurse, Toni Lemly, sued St. Tammany
Parish Hospital in 2005 after it refused to grant a reasonable
accommodation for her religious beliefs. Lemly informed hospital
staff that she objected to administering the morning after pill
because of her religious beliefs.”
Nurse Wins State Supreme Court Battle in Plan B Conscience Case,”
by Steven Ertelt , May 20, 2009
a life of being pro-choice, I began to seriously ponder the
question. I oppose the death penalty because of the slim chance
innocent people will be executed and because I don’t believe the
state should have the authority to take a citizen’s life. So don’t I
owe a nascent human life at least the same deference? Just in case?”
Source: David Harsanyi,
Abortion Debate Changing?” 5/27/09
||(05/25/2009) “Hand-to-face contacts first
occur 8 to 10 ½ weeks after conception. The hand touches the face
slowly and the fingers often open and close. The child also
sometimes inserts fingers into its mouth.”
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan, c. 2002. www.sfuhl.org, p. 8.
when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive,
respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she
does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable
abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight – only blessing.”
Source: Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale
(Episcopal Vicar), Sermon “Our Work is not Done,” July 21, 2007.
Note: This is the pastor and sermon which Mark
Tooley referenced in a recent column in “The American Spectator,
“High Priestess of Abortion.” She received so many negative comments
from the sermon that it was removed from her website. As of May 2,
2009 when I found it, it was posted here under the title,
“Remarks of the Rev.
Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Birmingham , AL”
||(05/12/2009) “The United Methodist renewal
groups Lifewatch and Transforming Congregations have announced that
they will host an educational seminar on May 21 in New Bern, NC
entitled ‘Theology of the Body: An Ecumenical Introduction to John
Paul II's Teaching.’"
United Methodist Renewal Groups Host Ecumenical John Paul II
‘Theology of the Body’ Seminar,’” 5/7/09.
For more information, contact Rev. Paul
Stallsworth at 252-726-2175.
||(05/05/2009) “The latest national survey by
the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March
31-April 21 among 1,521 adults reached on landlines and cell phones
… finds public opinion about abortion more closely divided than it
has been in several years. Currently, 46% say abortion should be
legal in most cases (28%) or all cases (18%); 44% believe that
abortion should be illegal in most (28%) or all cases (16%). ….
Among religious groups, support for abortion has steadily declined
since August among white mainline Protestants (from 69% then to 54%
currently). And just 23% of white evangelical Protestants now favor
legal abortion, down from 33% in August and mid-October and 28% in
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Survey,
“Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion,” published
May 4, 2009
Research Center Publications
||(04/28/2009) “The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention released 2007 data today reporting that the number of
teen births is at a record high. …. ‘When over two-thirds of public
schools (68 percent) teach comprehensive sex education and those
programs receive more than four times the amount of federal funding
than the amount designated for abstinence programs, it’s time to ask
Dr. Phil’s question, ‘How’s that working for you?’’ [Dr. Janice Shaw
“New Figures Showing
Teen Birth Rate Rise Point to Need for Abstinence Education,” by
Steven Ertelt, March 18, 2009
||(04/21/2009) “During the 15th week of
pregnancy [17 weeks since the last menstrual cycle], ‘a wild
production of nerve cells begins and continues for a month. A second
surge will occur at 25 weeks.’”
“Source: O’Rahilly, R. and Muller, F., Human Embryology and
Teratology, 3rd Edition, c. 2001, as printed in “Milestones of Early
Life: How You Began Your Journey” brochure by Life Issues Institute.
“Abortion Recovery changes a person's life! Most abortion affective
clients search out healing opportunities only when their pain
becomes unbearable, they are triggered by something, or they are
encouraged by a friend or family member to seek help. One of [the]
goals at Abortion Recovery InterNational is to enlighten society by
raising awareness of abortion and its aftermath. [They] also want to
inform people of the recovery opportunities that are available
Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc., April 1, 2009
||(03/31/2009) “President Obama is considering
overturning the expansion [of ‘The Provider Refusal Rule.’] ‘The
Provider Refusal Rule’ is a 30-year-old federal statute that permits
health-care providers, based on their conscience, to choose not to
perform abortions. The Bush administration’s expansion of the rule
opens the door for health-care workers, including all hospital
employees and those working in public health clinics, to … refuse to
provide services…. [The 30-day] period of public comment closes
"Urge repeal of expanded ‘Provider Refusal Rule'", GBCS website,
[NOTE: Known as the “conscience clause” to
pro-life groups, Lifewatch believes this should be allowed to stand.
We encourage readers to submit comments in support of the policy.]
are heading for a situation where we’re deciding between care for
the elderly and education of the young; and in which the quality of
life of a family caring for a grandparent or great-grandparent in an
advanced state of senility can be significantly impaired, perhaps
“ South Park stops short of Baroness Warnock on the ‘duty to die,’”
by Sam Leith, Sept. 20, 2008
“Undercover videos produced by Live Action Films were used to help
strip Planned Parenthood of the $292,000 in taxpayer funds it
received from Orange County, CA. The videos, part of the ongoing
Mona Lisa Project, clearly show Planned Parenthood employees
ignoring the sexual abuse of minors, which mandatory reporting laws
require clinicians to report.”
“Undercover Videos Get Planned Parenthood De-Funded,” by Brian
||(03/10/2009) "In the case known as the Dred
Scott decision, the Supreme Court ruled that slaves--even freed
slaves, and all their descendants, had no rights protected by the
Constitution and that states had no right to abolish slavery. The
reasoning in Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade is nearly identical. In both
cases the Court stripped all rights from a class of human beings and
reduced them to nothing more than the property of others."
president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, March 6, 2009
||(03/03/2009) “The term embryo refers to the
developing human being during the first eight weeks after
conception. …. The embryonic period concludes at the end of the 8th
week after fertilization and the fetal period begins. Few, if any,
new structures are formed after this time. Development during the
fetal period involves growth and maturation of structures that are
Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, p. 46.
||(02/24/2009) “I have been on all sides of
this issue for most of my life, and I can simply not escape the
logic. That fetus a pregnant woman is carrying inside of her,
regardless of the gestation stage, is a living, breathing human
being. Yes, breathing – the amniotic sac forms 12 days after
conception, and in the second trimester the baby is actually
breathing the amniotic fluid. It’s not an ‘unviable tissue mass.’
Not a wart, a mole, a skin outcropping, a boil, or a bundle of
uncoordinated cells. It’s not just a ‘fetus.’ It’s a baby. Not fully
developed, true. Like an infant is not a fully developed and mature
adult. But it’s a baby.”
Disclaimer/warning! Some readers may find portions offensive.
Source: Gary Graham (“Ambassador Soval” on
TV series “Star Trek: Enterprise ”),
“Flashpoint! A Woman’s Right To Choose,” 1/27/09
“A chemist who led to the invention of the birth control pill
says he regrets the demographic catastrophe that has resulted
from people using the contraceptive device to separate
reproduction from sexuality.”
"Pill creator regrets population decline", by Erin Roach,
2/5/09, Baptist Press
||(02/10/2009) “Obama’s decision to reverse the
prohibition on funding for overseas family-planning providers may be
the least popular thing he has done so far. This was an executive
order that forbade federal government money from going to overseas
family-planning groups that provide abortions or offer abortion
counseling [The Mexico City Policy]. Fifty-eight percent of
Americans disapprove of Obama’s decision to lift this ban, while
only 35% approve of it. The ban on federal funds to these groups was
put in place by Ronald Reagan, but lifted by Bill Clinton. George W.
Bush re-instituted the ban after taking office in 2001, but Obama
has once again lifted it.”
“Americans Approve of Most Obama Actions to Date,” Gallup Poll
||(02/03/2009) “Forty-five women and six men, some at
peace and some still anguished by their decision, came from as far as Alaska and
California to join the event sponsored by Silent No More Awareness, and proclaim
to the world how deeply abortion had hurt them.”
“Post-Abortive Women Express their Grief on
Steps of Supreme Court,” by Kathleen Gilbert, Jan. 26, 2009
||(01/27/2009) According to a December 2008 Pew
Forum research poll, 97 United Methodists served in the 87th US
Congress (1961-1962), 78 served in the 96th US Congress (1979-1980),
and only 57 United Methodists now serve in the 111th Congress
(2009-2010). While their numbers have decreased, United Methodists
are overrepresented in Congress compared to the US population as a
“Faith on the
Hill: The Religious Affiliations of Members of Congress,” The
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, December 19, 2008
||(01/20/2009) “Only 9 percent [of Americans]
said abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during
“New Survey Finds Only 9% of Americans Support Unrestricted
Abortion,” Jan. 5, 2009,
||(01/13/2009) “The 2008 General Conference added the sentence, ‘We
support parental, guardian, or other responsible adult notification
and consent before abortions can be performed on girls who have not
yet reached the age of legal adulthood’ to the Social Principles
paragraph on abortion. The new paragraph (¶161.J) appears on pages
105-106 of the 2008 Book of Discipline.”
Source: 2008 Book of Discipline
never questioned the judgment that it [abortion] has to be a woman’s
choice, but the court should not have done it all.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
||(12/23/2008) “He will be great and
will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him
the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of
Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Source: Luke 1:32-33 (NIV)
you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of
Judah , out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over
Israel , whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Source: Micah 5:2 (NIV)
defining feature of the human zygote is that it has the power ‘both
to generate all the cells of the body and simultaneously to organize
those cells into coherent, interacting bodily structures.’ Thus,
from the first moment of fusion between sperm and egg, everything
necessary to develop the adult human being is present, provided the
new human embryo is allowed to develop in a safe environment and is
able to access nutrition.”
Does Human Life Begin?’ Even Earlier Than Many Suppose” by Susan
E. Wills, Dec. 7-13, 2008 issue
||(12/02/2008) “The question wasn’t, ‘Should I
have an abortion?’ but, ‘Do I trust God?’ Everything became clear:
I’d told God he was Lord of my life. Now I needed to act on that
Day I considered Abortion” by Andrea Stone, Today’s Christian
Woman, December 1, 2008
||(11/25/2008) “’RU 486 abortions are less
messy for Planned Parenthood and more traumatizing for women,
because the women are forced to deal with the blood and the dead
baby at home – alone,’ [Kim Lehman, the head of Iowa Right to Life]
Continues Violating FDA Guidelines on Abortion Drug,” by Steven
Ertelt, Sept. 12, 2008
||(11/18/2008) "’The Right to Choose?’ Finish
the sentence. Choose what?”
Source: Cathy Callaghan, cofounder,
Feminists for Life
“At the moment of
a new and unique human being comes into existence with its own
genetic code. Twenty-three
from the mother and twenty-three chromosomes from the father combine
to result in a brand-new and totally unique genetic combination.
Whereas the heart, lungs, and hair of a woman all share the same
genetic code, her
unborn child, from the moment of fertilization, has a
separate genetic code that is all its own. There is enough
information in this tiny zygote to control
human growth and development for the rest of its life.”
September 18, 2008 the “Family
Research Council released a study demonstrating which state
parental involvement laws are most effective in reducing
abortions among minors. The study is the first comprehensive
analysis of minor abortion data from nearly all 50 states between
1985 and 1999. Overall, the findings indicate that when a state
enacts parental involvement law, the abortion rate falls by an
average of approximately 13.6 percent. The study is available on
“Family Research Council
Releases New Study on Successful Abortion Reduction Legislation,”
September 18, 2008.
||(10/28/2008) By her own admission, General
Board of Church and Society (GBCS) staff member Linda Bales is the
United Methodist representative to the Religious Coalition for
Reproductive Choice (RCRC).
Source: Linda Bales, GBCS
||(10/14/2008) During the fifth month of
pregnancy (22 weeks since her last menstrual period), “ Mom may feel
the baby kick, turn or hiccup and may be able to identify a bulge as
an elbow or head.”
A. and Werth, B., From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds, New York
, Doubleday, 2002, p. xv (as reported in the “Milestone of Early
Life” brochure, footnote #38)
||(10/07/2008) “Research which appeared
recently in the Journal of Health Economics has found that young
girls who are sexually active often experience feelings of guilt,
low self-esteem, regret and shame, and are far more likely to suffer
from depression than those who remain chaste. …. The study found
that sexually active teen girls have more than double the rate of
depression of those who are not sexually active – 19 percent
compared to 9.2 percent.”
“Sexually Active Teenage Girls ‘Twice As Likely’ To Suffer From
Depression,” by Thaddeus M. Baklinski, Sept. 23, 2008
“Abortions in the United States fell 33 percent between 1974 and
2004 … a new report says...‘There’s been a shift in the population
of women obtaining abortions relative to 30 years ago,’ said Rachel
Jones, a senior research associate at the [Guttmacher] institute.
‘They are older, they are more likely to be unmarried, more likely
to be mothers, and they are more likely to be women of color.’”
“U.S. Abortion Rate at 30-Year Low,” by Steven Reinberg, Sept.
||(09/23/2008) “I have always frankly admitted
that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the
Camille Paglia, Sept.10, 2008
||(09/16/2008) “A member of the American
Psychological Association and one of the trained psychologists asked
by the APA to examine their report on the long-term psychological
effects of abortion on women, has concluded that it is nothing more
than a ‘politically-motivated exercise’ in support of legal
abortion. …. ‘Setting aside the quality of the study itself,’
[Rachel M. MacNair, Ph.D.] wrote, ‘citing only one study in support
of a politically-desired conclusion cannot be explained in any other
way than a politically-motivated exercise.”
“APA Insider says Report on Abortion is a ‘Politically-Motivated
Exercise’ in Support of Legal Abortion,” by Hilary White, August
18, 2008, LifeSiteNews.com.
For more articles on the APA study, read
Psychological Association Ignores Abortion-Mental Health Problem
Link,” Aug.13, 2008 and
Deceptive on How Abortion Adversely Affects Women, Men,”
Sept. 9, 2008.
||(09/09/2008) To the UM paragraph on abortion
(¶161.J), the 2008 General Conference added the sentence, “We affirm
and encourage the Church to assist the ministry of crisis pregnancy
centers and pregnancy resource centers that compassionately help
women find feasible alternatives to abortion.”
Source: 2008 General Conference – adopted April
30, 2008 by a vote of 796 in favor and 24 opposed.
matter how it is worded or performed, abortion hurts women. This
won’t stop until women stand up in unison and say, ‘This is
unacceptable. We deserve better.’ Lack of emotional and financial
resources are the real undue burden and abortion will never lift
Source: Serrin Foster,
president of Feminists for
Life, press release 6/28/2000.
FFL Member Nominated for Vice President of the US
||(08/27/2008) “The pronucleus of the sperm,
containing its 23 chromosomes, in about 12 hours migrates to meet
the ovum’s pronucleus with its 23 chromosomes. Their fusion takes
about 2 hours. …. This single celled human being divides into two
cells, each containing the same total and identical DNA message, the
same total contents. Two becomes three, three becomes four, then
eight, sixteen, etc., as it moves down the Fallopian tube.
Ultimately, each human being’s body contains 30 million million
Source: Abortion Questions &
Answers, by Dr. & Mrs. John W illke, Hayes Publishing Company, Inc.,
Cincinnati, OH , c.2003, pp.70-71.
most of the United States, 24 abortions are carried out for every
100 live births. In New York, 72 abortions occur for every 100 live
births. The continuing boom in abortions—90,157 were performed in
the city in 2006, the last year for which statistics are
available—apparently means that many women are using abortion as
their birth control method of choice.”
“High abortion rate worries NY experts,” by Gale Scott,
Crain’s New York Business.com,
August 10, 2008.
organization that is one of the leading research institutions on the
physical, medical and mental health problems women face after
abortion has launched a new web site to serve as a clearinghouse for
post-abortion information. The Elliot Institute has launched
AbortionRisks.org to keep
track of problems.”
“New Web Site
Clearinghouse Features Info on Abortion’s Risks, Complications,”
by Steven Ertelt, Aug. 5, 2008
||(07/29/2008) “I was
sleeping with a lot of guys and had more abortions than I would like
to count. …. I felt if someone killed me, it wouldn’t even make a
difference. But God showed me that it would make a difference.”
Source: Sherri Shepherd, actress and co-host
on “The View,” in an interview with the “Precious Times” magazine.
||(07/22/2008) “In a 2004 study published in
the Medical Science Monitor, 65 percent of American women who had
undergone abortions reported symptoms of PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder], which they attributed to their abortions, and slightly
over 14 percent reported all the symptoms necessary for a clinical
diagnosis of PTSD.”
Source: VM Rue
et.al., “Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary
comparison of American and Russian women,” Medical Science Monitor
10:SR5-16, 2004 – as published in the Winter 2007 issue of “The
||(07/15/2008) “In the United States, about
half of all pregnancies are unintended, and 42% of unintended
pregnancies are terminated by abortion.”
Guttmacher Institute, accessed July 13, 2008.
||(07/08/2008) “By the end of the eighth week
the overwhelming majority (several thousand) of the body’s organs,
structures and systems have already begun to develop. Few, if any,
new structures begin to form after this time. During the remainder
of the pregnancy, development consists mainly of growth and
maturation of the parts of the body that are already present.”
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, p. 6.
National Abstinence Education Association “hop[es] to organize a
national march and rally featuring one million parents to support
abstinence education for teens and young adults. … “[A] new website,
has dozens of resources for families, including a new three-minute
video that exposes the [explicit] curriculum now in place in
thousands of U.S. schools.”
“Abstinence Education Proponents Prepare One Million Parent March,”
by Steven Ertelt, www.lifenews.com,
June 2, 2008.
||(06/24/2008) The recent General Conference
changed one sentence of the Social Principles paragraph on abortion from “But we are
equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being
of the mother
|, for whom devastating damage may result from an
unacceptable pregnancy” to “But we are equally bound to respect
the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother
and the unborn child.”
The 2008 Book of Discipline will reflect this change.
||(06/17/2008) “According to Dr. Vincent Rue, a
psychotherapist who has researched the effects of abortion on
post-abortive women for approximately twenty years, the term
Post-Abortion Syndrome, or PAS, refers to a type of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is characterized by the chronic or
delayed development of symptoms resulting from impacted emotional
reactions to the perceived physical and emotional trauma of
abortion. In other words, long after the abortion you may develop an
emotional or physical reaction; others may have chronic, continuing
reactions to the abortion.”
Source: “her choice to heal: finding
spiritual and emotional peace after abortion,” by Sydna Masse and
Joan Phillips, Chariot Victor Publishing, Colorado Springs, CO., c.
what may be a medical first, doctors at Monash Medical Centre in
Melbourne Australia successfully conducted surgery on an unborn
child at a mere 22 weeks gestation, reports Australia’s The Age. ….
Tests revealed that, other than the [Amniotic Band Syndrome] bands
wrapped around her legs, [baby] Leah was a perfectly healthy child.
…. [S]urgery to removed the bands was successful, and after Leah was
born at 30 weeks gestation, doctors were able to perform
reconstructive surgery on her foot. Now doctors say that Leah should
be able to walk on both feet.”
Baby Undergoes Successful Surgery at 22 Weeks Gestation,” by
John Jalsevac, June 9, 2008, LifeSiteNews.com
||(06/03/2008) The unborn baby’s heart begins
to beat on the 21st day after conception.
Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure,
published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
respect to abortion, the French public (77%) is … far more likely
than the Britons (58%), Germans (52%), and Americans (40%) to say
that it is morally acceptable. And while Muslim respondents’
attitudes on this issue vary across communities, they are less
likely than Westerners polled to believe it is morally acceptable….
Religious Americans (22%) are also far less likely than the European
and the U.S. publics surveyed to believe abortion is morally
Issues Divide Westerners From Muslims in the West,” by Magali
Rheault and Dalia Mogahed. Gallop poll, May 23, 2008.
time I told another woman how good abortion is, in a twisted way, if
she was OK, I was OK.”
Everett, describing how she sold abortions, April 28, 2008.
||(05/13/2008) “Our culture is stuck in a
rigid, polarized view of abortion and its aftermath. It’s either
right, without victims or fallout, or it’s wrong. It’s either
constitutional or it’s unconstitutional. This works at church or in
court, but not in my line of work. …. To suggest that pregnancy and
abortion do not touch essential parts of us is to deny our depth and
sensitivity, and to diminish the awe and magnitude of creating a
child. To compare abortion with a tonsillectomy – as a procedure you
go in for, take a Tylenol, and get on with your life – is a hideous
defamation of us all.”
UNPROTECTED: A Campus Psychiatrist Reveals How Political Correctness
in Her Profession Endangers Every Student, by Anonymous, M.D.,
c.2006, Penguin Group Publishers, New York, NY. ISBN#1-59523-025-4,
Although we failed by a slim margin (39 votes on the “Minority
Report” and 26 votes on the main motion) to alter the denominational
relationship with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,
Lifewatch efforts at the 2008 General Conference were successful in
strengthening the Social Principles paragraph on abortion (¶161.J).
Click here and
here to read the legislation.
||(04/15/2008) The Lifewatch office will be
closed from April 20 through May 4 while we attend the 2008 General
Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas. We will follow and promote passage
of petitions which strengthen the Book of Discipline’s
paragraph on abortion and petitions which require the denomination
to withdraw from the
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).
Please pray for our efforts and for God’s will in all things.
||(04/08/2008) According to a CBS News poll
taken in July, 2005, 80% of Americans favor a law in which at least
one parent be told before a girl under 18 years of age could have an
abortion, while only 17% oppose such a law.
pollingreport.com, Accessed 4/8/08.
you consider that women have been treated as property, it is
degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to
be disposed of as we see fit.”
Source: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in a letter to Julia Ward Howe, Oct.
||(03/25/2008) “‘somatic cell nuclear
transfer’ [SCNT] – a term researchers use to avoid the more
incendiary word cloning, even though it is the same technology that
created Dolly the sheep.”
Karen Tumulty, “The Politics of Science, Time Magazine,
7/31/06. Emphasis added.
||(03/18/2008) “In recent years, the number of
abortions has fallen; the 1.2 million tallied for 2005 was down 8
percent from 2000, and the per-capita abortion rate was the lowest
since 1974. But overall, since the Roe ruling on Jan. 22, 1973,
there have been roughly 50 million abortions in the Untied States,
and more than one-third of adult women are estimated to have had at
Source: David Crary, “Financial
strain a factor in abortions", USA Today, 1/18/08
||(03/11/2008) “A new human being is conceived
when a sperm fertilizes an egg. The sperm has 23 chromosomes and so
does the egg. But the fertilized egg has 46, half from each parent,
and is generally unique. These 46 chromosomes, which are fixed at
conception, establish the child’s sex and are a blueprint for how it
will develop, both during pregnancy and after birth.”
Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human
Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org
know there are others … who feel the emptiness, the loss—both men
and women—and don’t understand it. We’ve been told to get over it.
Men are told it’s not our choice so we should keep our feelings to
ourselves. We should be a man. But that was my problem. I wasn’t a
man. A man would have spoken up. A man would have protected his baby
and the mother. But I didn’t know…. I said nothing.”
Source: Eric Slaughter, as quoted by Mary Ann
Wyand in “Testimonials affirm sanctity of life at annual prayer
service,” The Criterion, February 8, 2008.
||02/27/2008) “A decade of Pew Research Center
polls shows that 18-to-29-year-olds are consistently more likely
than the general adult population to favor strict limits on
abortion. A Pew survey last summer found that 22 percent of young
adults support a total ban on abortion, compared with 15 percent of
their parents’ generation.”
“Young join fight to end abortion,”
by Stephanie Simon, February
John Paul II … coined the term ‘culture of life.’ President Bush
adopted it, and the slogan, as much as it pains us to admit it,
moved some hearts and minds. Supporting abortion is tough to fit
into this package.”
battle of messages” by Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman, The
Los Angeles Times, Jan. 22, 2008.
||(02/13/2008) Thirty-five years after the
Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand, the United States
Supreme Court is listening. The Supreme Court cited The Justice
Foundation's Amicus Brief (also known as a friend of the court
brief) in its ruling on partial-birth abortion last year.
Citing sworn testimony of women who had
abortions presented by The Justice Foundation and acknowledging that
abortion hurts women, the Court concluded that "some women come to
regret" their abortions. "Whether to have an abortion requires a
difficult and painful moral decision" and is "fraught with emotional
consequence," the Court said. The Court also noted that "severe
depression and loss of esteem can follow" an abortion but that there
is no reliable data on the size of the problem.
To that end, The Justice Foundation and
Operation Outcry want to collect one million declarations from women
and men who have been harmed by abortion. To learn more or to
complete a declaration,
visit their website.
Source: The Justice Foundation and
||(02/06/2008) “Post-abortion grief does not
just affect mothers of aborted children. Each of these babies has a
father as well. Dr. Vincent Rue writes about ‘forgotten fathers’ who
must also grieve their lost children. Some must deal with the guilt
of having insisted that their children be aborted, having paid for
the abortion, or having done nothing to try to stop it. Others must
deal with the fact that they were unable to protect their unborn
children, since fathers have no legal rights regarding the decision
Source: “The Psychological
Aftermath of Three Decades of Abortion,” by E. Joanne Angelo,MD, The
Cost of ‘Choice:’ Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by
Erika Bachiochi, Encounter Books, San Fransisco, c. 2004, p.95
||(01/30/2008) “I’m very proud of my one
hundred percent voting record with Planned Parenthood.”
Source: Senator Hillary Clinton, United Methodist
lay member, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
gathering, July 17, 2007.
Conception: Of the 200,000,000 sperm that try to penetrate the
mother’s egg cell, only one succeeds. At that very moment, a new and
unique individual is formed.
“Milestones of Early Life: How You Began Your Journey,” published by
Heritage House ‘76, Inc., c.2005.
||(01/16/2008) Several pro-family and pro-life
organizations have “teamed up to create [an] online Roe IQ Test to
measure” people’s understanding of the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v.
Bolton decisions. You can take the test by clicking on the link:
Source: “Does America Know Roe?” by Devon
Williams, Dec. 13, 2007. www.citizenlink.org/
||(01/09/2008) The 35th Annual “March for
Life” takes place in Washington, DC at noon on Tuesday, January
22. Before the march, at 9:30 am in the United Methodist Building
next door to the US Supreme Court, Lifewatch holds its annual
Service of Worship, with Bishop William H. Willimon preaching.
Following the march, also in the United
Methodist Building, the Annual Lifewatch Board meeting commences
at 3:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events
of the day.
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(10/12/16) “What I can’t understand is with Hillary Clinton, and
now Senator Kaine at her side, is to support a practice like
partial-birth abortion. And to hold to the view, and I know
Senator Kaine, you hold pro-life views personally, but the very
idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still
have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. And I
can't conscience about a party that supports that or that, I
know that you've historically opposed taxpayer funding of
abortion, but Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the long-standing
provision in the law where we said we wouldn't use tax-payer
dollars to fund abortion. .... It all for me begins with
cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human
Gov. Mike Pence, Republican Candidate for Vice President,
during Vice-Presidential Debate, 10/4/16, accessed
10/11/16. (Gov. Pence's comments begin at the 3:00-minute mark
and continue throughout this 9-minute video.)