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bullet (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 These programs also often rely on outdated gender expectations, emphasizing “modesty” for girls and attributing to boys the role of sexual aggressors.

Source: RCRC's "Reproductive Justice and Sex Education" page, 3/21/17, accessed 3/21/17

bullet (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 and 3/14/17

bullet (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."

Source: 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

bullet (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.

Source: Beginning Life, by Geraldine Lux Flanagan, Houghton Mifflin, 1996, p. 23-23

bullet (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."

Source: "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

bullet (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)

bullet (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)."

Source: "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

bullet (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. 6, 2005

bullet (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.

Source: "America's Science-Denying, Antiquated Abortion Law," by Ardee Coolidge, 1/19/17, accessed 1/24/17

bullet (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.'"

Source: "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.

bullet (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 therapies."

Source: Press Release, "The Select Investigative Panel Releases Final Report," US Congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn (TN), chairman., 1/4/17, acessed 1/8/17.

bullet (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.

Source: Lifewatch/TUMAS

bullet (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!'"

Source: Luke 1:39-45 (NIV)

bullet (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

bullet (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."

Source: "Thankful: Late-term Abortionist Carhart Calls it Quits in Maryland!" by Operation Rescue, 11/24/16, accessed 11/28/16 and 12/6/16

bullet (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...."

Source: "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

bullet (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

bullet (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 11/14/16

bullet (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

Source: 2016 Democratic Party Platform, page 37, 7/21/16.  . Accessed 11/1/16

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. ....  

Source: Republican Platform 2016, page 13, July 8-9, 2016.  . Accessed 11/1/16

bullet 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."

Source: "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]

bullet (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."

Source: "The only birthday Planned Parenthood cares about," by Ted Cruz and Marjorie Dannenfelser, 10/16/16, accessed 10/19/16

bullet (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.”

 Source: 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.)

bullet (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."

Source: "TV, Abortion, and the Contradictions of Liberalism," by Jonah Goldberg, 4/15/16, accessed 10/4/16

bullet (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, GA. 2001

bullet (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 "Standing 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?!

bullet (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."

Source: Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, 2/3/1994. Audio and transcript, accessed 9/5/16

bullet (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.'"

Source: "The Changing Faith of Hillary Clinton," by Paul Kengor, 8/15/16, accessed 8/31/16

Note: This article speaks to all three issues which Lifewatch/TUMAS emphasizes: abortion and the sanctity of life, sanctity of traditional marriage, and religious liberty.

bullet 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."

Source: "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.

bullet (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."  

Source: "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

bullet (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."

Source: "Hillary Clinton: Make Christians Change Their Religious Views to Support Abortion," by Steven Ertelt, 8/8/16, accessed 8/9/16

bullet (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 circulatory system.

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

bullet (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 centers."

Source: "New K of C-Marist Poll Finds Americans Strongly Support Abortion Restrictions", 7/25/16, accessed 7/26/16

bullet (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.

Source: RCRC website, and RCRC-Brochure.pdf, Accessed 7/19/16

bullet (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,' Wilson said.”  

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
bullet (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."

Source: "St. Louis Planned Parenthood Sends 60th Patient to Emergency Room, Illustrating Need for Oversight," by Cheryl Sullenger, 7/4/16, accessed 7/4/16

bullet (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."

Source: "Despite Supreme Court Decision, Texas Law Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks Still Intact," 6/27/16, accessed 6/28/16

bullet (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

bullet (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.

Source: RCRC website, accessed 6/14/16

Action Note: "To voice your concern, please contact Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, GBCS General Secretary, shenrycrowe@umc-gbcs.org and Harriett Olson, Executive Head for UMW HOlson@unitedmethodistwomen.org
bullet (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.”

Source: Alveda King. Taken from article published 6/6/2016, accessed 6/7/16

bullet (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."

Source: "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.

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(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 Choice (RCRC).

Source: "General Conference votes to withdraw from Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice," by Jessica Brodie, 5/19/16, accessed 5/24/16

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(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.

Source:
United Methodists Quit Abortion Coalition | Anglican Ink 2016 © ANGLICAN.INK, accessed 05/20/16

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(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.

Source: Lifewatch/TUMAS

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(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."

Source: "The State of Abortion In the United States: January 2016," National Right to Life, accessed 4/25/16

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(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."

Source: 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

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(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 Communications."

Source: Wikipedia, accessed 4/19/16

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(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

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(04/04/16) “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights.

Source: United Methodist Hillary Clinton on "Face the Nation," April 3,2016, accessed 4/4/16

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(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."

Source:
"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

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(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 practice abstinence."

Source: "Sexually abstinent women featured in Cosmopolitan magazine?" LifeSiteNews, 3/18/16, accessed 3/21/16

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(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."

Source: "Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Financial Statements Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013," Note 1 on page 8, accessed 3/14/16

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(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 pregnancy."

Source: "81% Americans, 66% pro-choice advocates support 'substantial abortion restrictions' says Marist Poll," by Jennifer Harper, 1/19/16, accessed 3/7/16

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(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.

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(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."  

Source: "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

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(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?"

Source: "What NARAL missed: Doritos 'Ultrasound' ad features filmmaker's preborn son," by Amanda Read, 2/9/16, accessed 2/16/16

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(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."

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, 5/4/2002, accessed 2/9/16

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(02/02/16) "Missouri appellate courts ... [heard] what will be a landmark case of its kind, involving the future of frozen embryosMissouri 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."

Source: "Missouri Right to Life files amicus brief in landmark frozen embryo case" by Lisa Payne-Naeger, 12/27/15, accessed 2/2/16

Note: A video report about the case is available here.

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(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."

Source: 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.)

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(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."  

Source: "Why This Pro-Choice Feminist in Now a Pro-Life Activist," by Maria Vitale, 1/6/12, accessed 1/19/16

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(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/.

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(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.

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(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."

Source: Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV)

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(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 there! 

Source: Lifewatch/Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion & Sexuality

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(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."  

Source: "Watts Love Got To Do With It? Everything,", by Ryan Bomberger, 11/26/15, accessed 12/7/15

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(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."

Source: "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.)

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(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."

Source: Psalms 100 (KJV)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND GOD'S BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

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(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."

Source: "Babies can live outside the womb as early as 22 weeks, science shows" by Jennifer Lilley, 6/26/15, accessed 11/17/15

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(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 September, according to the Christian News Network."

Source: "Former Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic Re-Opens as a Pro-Life Pregnancy Center," by Micaiah Bilger, 11/9/15, accessed 11/10/15

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(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."

Source: "Faith Leaders: 'A World Without Planned Parenthood Would Be Disastrous,'" by Jack Jenkins, 8/14/15, accessed 11/3/15

Note: The article includes a link to the letter these organizations sent to US Senators in August.

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(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.'"

Source:"Baby Branson miscarried at 19 weeks. Now his mom has released these stunning photos," by Nancy Flanders, 10/26/15, accessed 10/27/15

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(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."

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

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(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 IPSC approach.

Source: “Stem-cell research gets new horizon,” by William Reville, 5/5/11, accessed 10/13/15

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(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?”

Source: "Planned Parenthood Can't Handle the Truth," by David Limbaugh, 10/2/15, accessed 10/3/15

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(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."

Source: "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.

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(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.

Source: "Instructions for Petitions to the 2016 General Conference, The United Methodist Church." accessed 9/21/15

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(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."

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

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(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 manipulation.'"

Source: The Center for Medical Progress, August 31, 2015, accessed 9/1/15

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(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 scheme."

Source:
"Poll: Undercover Videos Lead To Lower Support For Planned Parenthood," by Bre Payton, 8/20/15,
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(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!  

Source: Father Frank Pavone, Priests for Life,  . Accessed 8/17/15.

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(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."

Source: Rev. Shane Idleman, as told to Susan Michelle Tyrrell, 8/6/15. Accessed 8/10/15

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(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."

Source: "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

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(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."  

Source: "Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, c.2002.  (page 49) and (page 85).  Accessed 7/27/15.

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(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 sourced articles.)  

Sources: shock-video, July 14, 2015 and second-shock-video, July 21, 2015. Both accessed July 22, 2015.

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(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...."

Source: "General Conference 2016: Portland Venue Tour," by United Methodist News Service, accessed 7/14/15. (Article includes a 2-minute video of the facility)

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(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."

Source: "ACLU Loses Lawsuit in Attempt to Force Catholic Hospital to Do Abortions," by Rebecca Downs, 7/6/15, accessed 7/8/15

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(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."  

Source: "The 'pro-choice' lobby should be supporting ultrasound bills, not mocking governors who do," by Jeanne Mancini, 6/25/15, accessed 6/30/15

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(06/23/2015) "It just occurred to me that being pro-life is being pro-other-people's-lives. Everyone is pro-their-own-life."

Source: 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

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(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."

Source: "Americans are Mislabeling Themselves on Abortion," by Kristan Hawkins, 5/30/15, Accessed 6/5/15

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(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 unique."

Source: "The 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.

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(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.”

Source: 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)

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(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 recently, Hillary 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."

Source: "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.

 2012 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."

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(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 meet."

Source: "Why I Haven't Spoken Out -- More Thoughts," by Frederica Mathewes-Green, 4/23/15, accessed 4/25/15

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(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.

Source: ARIN - Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc. 4/21/15, Accessed 4/21/15

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(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."

Source: “Reflection from a father,” by Kevin. Silent No More Testimony, Accessed 4/7/15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: "Countries avoid controversy, reject abortion at UN women's conference," by Wendy Wright, 3/16/15, Accessed,
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(03/10/2015) Under the headline, "Recent News," the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, RCRC (of which the United Methodist Women and the General Board of Church & Society are members) quotes Dr. David Grimes as saying, “Abortion is good for you, your family and society …. It’s a win-win-win."

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

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

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

Source: "7 Incredibly Shocking Quotes From Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger," by Becky Yeh, 2/23/15,
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(02/24/2015) “And our men do what they know is not good: they kill their own children. And our women do what they know is not good: they kill the child before it is born. Therefore He that is above does not send us the Good Book.”

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

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

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

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(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.

Source:
 METHODIST HEAD OF “HUMAN RIGHTS” MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS, by Matthew Schmitz, 1/23/15; accessed 2/2/15; and Methodist Human Rights director mocks kids at March for Life
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(01/27/2015) "Pro-choice leaders ... maintain that legal abortion is now a fact of life, and that one in three women will seek the procedure at least once in their life. But pro-life leaders cite fresh polling data from Marist College in New York as more evidence that most young Americans do not favor abortion and will not sustain the status quo. According to SFLA [Students for Life of America], the Marist poll data on millennials shows that 59 percent think abortion is 'morally wrong,' 58 percent think abortion 'does more harm than good,' and 64 percent think the abortion rate is 'higher than it should be.'"

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

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

Source: "Why do abortionists go to such lengths to eliminate pregnancy centers? Because we threaten their bottom line," by Peggy Hartshorn, 1/13/15, Accessed 1/17/15

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(01/13/2015) "When the topic of abortion is covered in the media, it generally tends to play into the liberal theme of “a woman’s right to choose” or circumstances where abortions may be deemed “necessary” – which makes this [December 14, 2014] Boston Globe story on prenatal screening inaccuracy leading to unnecessary abortions all the more interesting. …. as Beth Daley of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting relayed in the Globe, those prenatal screening tests that so many doctors, physicians, and women rely on, are oftentimes inaccurate. As a result, these inaccuracies are causing many women to seek abortions for babies that have no chromosomal or genetic condition."

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

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

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

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

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(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.

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(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.

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(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."

Source: "Pro-life, pro-choice groups agree in pregnancy case," by Tom Strode, 12/5/14. Accessed 12/9/14

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(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.”

Source: "Polling Shows Impact of Abortion Issue in Mid-Term Election," Nov. 6, 2014. , accessed 12/4/14

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(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

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(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!

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(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 hospital."

Source: "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!

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(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.

Source: Post-election report -The Tennessean newspaper:   About the issue, by Nashville NPR, dated 11/3/14 (before the election): Amendment Guide 

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(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."

Source: 
“The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.

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(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.  

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(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."

Source: “UMC Lobby Office Targets Human Embryos, OK with ‘New Eugenics,’” by John Lomperis, 9/25/14, Accessed 10/6/14

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(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.

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(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.

Source: "Abortion Quotes: What Goes On in an Abortion Clinic?" compiled by Sarah Terzo and posted with permission by Carolyn Gargaro, Accessed 9/23/14

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09/16/2014) "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.

  
Sources: 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 , accessed 9/15/14

bullet (09/09/2014) "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 was 16.3."

Source: "Why the Abortion Rate Is Declining," by Chuck Donovan, 9/1/14.  Accessed 9/8/14.

bullet (08/26/2014) "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."

Source: Analyn Megison, "People Look at Me in Horror When They Learn My Daughter Was Conceived in Rape," 8/20/14,
Accessed 8/25/14

bullet (08/19/2014) "… 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."

Source: "Stop calling abortion a 'difficult decision,'" by Janet Harris, The Washington Post, 8/15/14,
Accessed 8/18/14.

bullet (08/12/2014) “Well, 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.”

Source: Dr. Ben Carson, 8/5/14, Accessed 8/7/14 and 8/11/14. (Audio also embedded in article.)

bullet (08/05/2014) At 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.

bullet (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."

Source: "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

 
bullet (07/22/2014) "The 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 http://www.saveone.org/ for more information or to purchase a copy.)
 
bullet (07/15/2014) "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 abortion."

Source: "Eugenicists Rejoice: More Black Babies Aborted Than Born In NYC," by Ben Shapiro, 2/21/14, Accessed 7/15/14
 
bullet (07/08/2014) "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 parts.” "

Source: "Abortion is Sexism at Its Worst, Does Nothing for Women," by Raimundo Rojas, 11/19/12, Accessed 7/8/14
 
bullet (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.
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"Supreme Court unanimously strikes down Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law" by Ben Johnson. Written 6/26/14, and accessed 7/1/14

Hobby Lobby ruling: Why Supreme Court got it right by Dr. Robert Jeffress, Written 6//30/14, and accessed 7/1/14
 
bullet (06/24/2014) "Kyrie 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."

Source: "Their 'Rescuing Hug' Stunned the World, Now the Twins Are All Grown Up," by Steven Ertelt, 6/20/14, Accessed 6/24/14
 
bullet (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 genetically."

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, Appendix 1. c.2002. www.sfuhl.org. Accessed 6/17/14.
 
bullet (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 daughter."

Source: "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
 
bullet (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
 
bullet (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]."

Source: "Maya Angelou: The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby," by Steven Ertelt, 5/28/14, Accessed 5/29/14
 
bullet (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!

Source: Jim Caviezel in front of the congregation at Rock Church in San Diego, posted on Facebook today, May 14, 2014 
 
bullet (05/13/2014) "The 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.
 
bullet (05/06/2014) I’m 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.
 
bullet (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 bedrock truth.'"

Source: "Hillary Clinton tells UN: No human progress without abortion-on-demand," by Kirsten Andersen, 3/13/14, Accessed 4/11/14
 
bullet (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."

Source: "United Methodist Church Group Sends $443,750 to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business," by Carole Novielli, 4/9/14, Accessed 4/10/14
 

bullet (04/08/2014) “…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.”

Source: “Ross Douthat: The ‘safe, legal, rare’ illusion,” by Ross Douthat, 2/21/12,  , accessed 2/22/12 and 4/6/14.
 
bullet (04/01/2014) Hillary Clinton will speak to UMW Assembly in Louisville, KY on April 26, 2014.

Source: United 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.

Source: http://www.plannedparenthood.org, Accessed 3/25/14.
 

bullet (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 established."

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, page 5.
 

bullet (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…."

Source: "Abortion interrupted," by Julie Filby, 3/13/14, Accessed 3/18/14
 
bullet (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 circumstances. CE]


Source: "CNN Poll: Wide divide over abortion," 3/6/14., accessed 3/11/14.

 
bullet (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."

Source: "The racist underpinnings of the abortion movement," by Sarah Terzo, 3/26/13, Accessed 2/26/14
 
bullet (02/24/2014) "In 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."

Source: "No more silence about abortion in minority communities," by Ayesha Kreutz [post-abortive black woman], 1/24/14, . Accessed 2/24/14.
 
bullet (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 abortion."

Source: "Young Black woman killed for refusing to have an abortion," by Lucky Rosenbloom, 7/17/13,  . Accessed 2/16/14
 
bullet (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.”

Source: Star Parker, founder and President of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal and Education) 2013, Accessed 2/10/14
 

bullet (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 institute.

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."

Source: "Report: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973," by David Crary, AP, 2/2/14, Accessed 2/3/14
 
bullet (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 abortion.'

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 more.'"

Source: "'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
 
bullet (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!

Source: March For Life - Live Coverage (Jan. 21 - 22)
EWTN
| FreeRepublic.com January 16, 2014
 

bullet (01/14/2014) "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."

Source: "Premature newborn was pronounced dead: but then doctors gave him to his mother to hold," by Lauren Enriquez, 5/31/13, Accessed 1/14/14
 
bullet (01/07/2014) On 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.

Also 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.
 

bullet (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)
 
bullet (12/17/13) "The 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."

Source: ""When do human beings begin? 'Scientific' myths and scientific facts," by Dianne N. Irving, M.A., PhD, c. 1999, page 5.
 

bullet (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.
 
bullet (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. …."

Source: "Five Things Planned Parenthood Won't Tell You About Its Abortion Business," by Anna Franzonello, 11/26/13. , accessed 11/2813.
 
bullet (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."

Source: "Supreme Court Will Hear Health Law Dispute Involving Hobby Lobby," by Associated Press, 11/26/13,  . Accessed 11/26/13.
 
bullet (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 murder."

Source: "Eugenics by any other name," by Stacie Kuhns, 2/11/13,  . Accessed 2/19/13 and 11/12/13.
 
bullet (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 Hilary White, “Abortion can kick-start ‘vicious cycle’ of repeat pregnancies, abortions: UK expert,” 6/4/12,accessed 6/25/12 and 11/12/13
 
bullet (11/05/13) "Abortion is a medieval solution to a crisis pregnancy, and we can do better for our mothers and babies than abortion."

Source: Clare Molloy, spokeswoman for Youth Defense, 11/2/13.  Accessed 11/4/13
 

bullet

(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, Accessed 10/29/13
 

bullet (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."

Source: "Adult Stem Cell Treatment Gives Once-Paralyzed Man New Lease on Life," 10/8/13. Accessed 10/18/13.

 
bullet (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 baby."

Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.

 
bullet (10/08/13) "While 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."

Source: "Study shows dramatic drop in teen pregnancy rate as Planned Parenthood leaves communities," by Rita Diller, 10/4/13 Accessed 10/7/13
 
bullet (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."

Source: "The Message is Girls are Worthless and the Silence From Feminists is Deafening," by Niamh Ui Bhriain, 9/23/13. . Accessed 9/24/13
 
bullet (09/17/13) "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."

Source: Jill Marquis, as quoted by Nancy Flanders, 8/22/13. Accessed 9/17/13

Note: After her own personal healing through the "Surrender the Secret" program, Jill led a class for Knock TV. Click here for more details.
 
bullet (09/10/13) "At least 58 U.S. abortion clinics — almost 1 in 10 — have shut down or stopped providing the life-ending procedure since 2011."

Source: "Did You Know Abortion Clinics Are Closing Like Crazy?" by Cortney O'Brien, 9/9/13, Accessed 9/10/13
 
bullet (09/03/13) "A 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."

Source: "What to Say When a Friend Tells You She Has Had an Abortion," by Nancy Flanders, 9/2/13, Accessed 9/3/13
 
bullet (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 produced."

Source: "When do human beings begin? 'Scientific' myths and scientific facts," by Dianne N. Irving, M.A., Ph.D, c. 1999, page 2
 
bullet (08/13/13) "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 Protestant.'"

Source: "Why Do So Many Churchgoers Have Abortions?" by Brian Fisher, 8/6/13 Accessed 8/11/13.
 

bullet (08/06/13) The RCRC website has a petition asking people to "call on public officials" to increase "U.S. funding for family planning and reproductive health services."

Source: RCRC, Accessed 8/6/13
 
bullet (07/29/13) "Speaking wisely about abortion 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."

Source: "Wisdom Calling," by Michael Spencer. . Accessed 7/30/13.
 
bullet (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 quoted in "Why do women get late-term abortions?" by Sarah Terzo. 7/14/13, Accessed 7/23/13
 
bullet (07/15/13) "Most 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."

Source: "Abortion Poll Finds Support For 20-Week Ban," by Emily Swanson and Mark Blumenthal, Posted: 07/11/2013. Accessed 7/11/13 and 7/16/13.
 
bullet (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."

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, Accessed 7/11/13
 
bullet (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 mother."

Source: Statement by Dr. James T. McMahon, abortionsit, American Medical News, July 5, 1993, accessed 7/2/13
 
bullet (06/25/13)  "STOPP 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."

Source: "Planned Parenthood May Change It's Language, But We Won't," by Jim Sedlak, 1/14/13, Accessed 6/25/13.
 
bullet (06/18/13) "Kermit Gosnell isn't an exception; he's the face of so-called safe, legal abortion."

Source: "Gosnell - The Face of Abortion in America," by Bradley Mattes, MBS, June 2013, Accessed 6/18/13
 

bullet (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
 

bullet (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?"

Source: "United Methodist Lobby Office Takes Three Steps Forward, Several Steps Back on Gosnell," by John Lomperis, 6/2/13, Accessed 6/3/13
 
bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.'"

Source: "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.)

 
bullet (05/14/13) "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."

Source: "Cleveland Kidnap Victim Wants to Reunite With Son Conceived in Gang Rape," by Lisa Graas, 5/13/13.  . Accessed 5/15/13.
 
bullet (05/07/13) "United 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."

Source: "How will United Methodists respond to the Gosnell horror?" by Rev. Matt O'Reilly, 5/6/13.  . Accessed 5/6/13.
 

bullet (04/30/13) Week 20: The earliest stage at which Partial birth abortions are performed. At 20 weeks the baby recognizes its' mothers voice.

Source: "Fetal Development: From conception to birth," Accessed 4/30/13
 

bullet (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."

Source: "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.
 
bullet (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."

Source: Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc., accessed 4/16/13
 
bullet (04/09/13) "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."

Source: "Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood's Support for Infanticide," by Reince Priebus, 4/3/13, . Accessed 4/8/13.

Note: links to the video and portions of the Planned Parenthood representative's comments are included in the article.
 
bullet (04/02/13) "I didn’t completely dislike my job as an abortion clinic 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."

Source: "They Can Quit Too: A Way Out for Abortion Clinic Workers," by Abby Johnson, 4/1/13, Accessed 4/2/13.
 

bullet (03/26/13) 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 www.abortionrecovery.org. Someone is there to listen and to help.

Source: Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc. www.abortionrecovery.org, Accessed 3/25/13.
 
bullet (03/19/13) "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."

Source: “Activists connect choice to reproductive justice,” by Molly M. Ginty, 3/12/13, Accessed 3/15/13
 
bullet (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.
 
bullet (03/05/13) "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."

Source: 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, accessed 1/17/13
 
bullet (02/26/13) "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."

Source: "Gallup Poll Contradicts NBC/Wall Street Journal on Abortion," by John Hayward, 1/23/13, Accessed 2/26/13.

Lifewatch Administrator's 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
 
bullet (02/19/13) "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."

Source: "Intact families the leading factor reducing future illegitimacy, welfare use: New study," by Ben Johnson, 2/13/13, Accessed 2/18/13
 

bullet (02/12/13) "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."

Source: "Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, 5/4/02, http://www.sfuhl.org/ Accessed 2/11/13
 

bullet (02/05/13) "In 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 that."

Source: Christopher Henderson, posted comment on LifeSiteNews, January 2013, by Jennifer Fulwiler, 1/24/13 . Accessed 1/31/13
 
bullet (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 worth sacrificing."

Source: Mary Elizabeth Williams, "So what if abortion ends life?" 1/23/13,  . Accessed 1/26/13.
 
bullet (01/22/13) "The 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.
 
bullet (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."

Source: "Shocking Time Magazine Cover: After 40 Years, Abortion Activists Losing," by Steven Ertelt, 1/3/13,  . Accessed 1/7/13.
 
bullet (01/08/13) 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.)

Source: Lifewatch
 
bullet (12/18/12) "And 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)
 
bullet (12/11/12) "I am pro-life because of information. I was pro-choice because of lack of information."

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.
 
bullet (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%"

Source: "A solid majority of voters disagree with Obama on abortion. So why did they vote for him?" by Eric Scheidler, 11/22/12, accessed 11/23/12
 
bullet (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.”

Source: “’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.
 
bullet (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. "

Source: "All About Prayer - Thanksgiving Prayer - Truly Thankful to God,", accessed 11/13/12.
 
bullet (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."

Source: "Missed opportunity to vote for life," by Rev. Rob Renfroe, 9/27/12, accessed 10/11/12.
 
bullet (11/06/12) "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 amazing potential."

Source: "Science Sheds Light On Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, 5/4/02, p.7 of print edition, accessed 11/5/12.
 

bullet (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."

Source: "Undercover Reporter Infiltrates World Abortion Biz Conference," by Population Research Institute, 10/29/12.  , accessed 10/30/12.

[Note: Visit their website, to learn more about FIAPAC (their title is in French). CE]
 
bullet (10/23/12) "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 abortions."

Source: "Did You Know? 45 Percent of Abortions are Repeat Abortions," by Amy Sobie, 10/21/12, Accessed 10/22/12.
 
bullet (10/16/12) "Unmarried U.S. men living with female partners say they would prefer to have input on decisions about aborting an unexpected pregnancy, researchers say."

Source: "Men prefer input on partner's abortion," BIG NEWS NETWORK, 10/14/12, . Accessed 10/15/12.
 

bullet (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 their lives.’”

Source: “Former GOP Party Chair: Planned Parenthood Targets Blacks,” by Steven Ertelt, 5/22/12, accessed 9/25/12
 

bullet (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.'”

Source: "A call to reproductive justice," by Rev. Harry Knox, CEO of RCRC, 9/18/12, accessed 9/25/12
 
bullet (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."

Source: “The ‘Hard Cases’ of Abortion: A Pro-life Response,” Pocket Policy #4, Family Research Council, c.2000.
 

bullet (09/18/12) "Most 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 news 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 enacted. Since 2010, 32 states have enacted over 100 pro-life laws."

Source: "Since 2010, 32 States Have Enacted Over 100 Pro-Life Laws," by Michael New, 9/4/1,  . Accessed 9/5/12.
 

bullet (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 pro-choice advocates."

Source: "Ireland must resist following the herd on abortion issue," by Breda O'Brien, 8/4/12, Accessed 9/3/12.
 
bullet (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 say."

Source: "Akin Not Far Off Base in Rape Comment", by Dr. Jane M. Orient, MD, 8/27/12, Accessed 9/2/12.
 
bullet (08/28/12) Speaking 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.
 

bullet (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.

Source: RCRC website thread, "We Affirm." Scroll down to "United Methodist Church, 2012."  . Accessed 8/6/12.
 
bullet (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 States
* 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 offered abortions.

Source: "Polling Data Shows Next Generation Doesn't Endorse Abortion," by Kristan Hawkins, 7/23/12. Accessed 7/29/12.
 

bullet (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.

Sources: "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.
 
bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.

Source: “Maternal Health Advocacy Trainings,” 6/29/12, accessed 7/9/12. [Note: you may also call the Lifewatch office for additional information.]
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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 6/24/12
 

bullet (06/26/12) RCRC’s support of partial-birth abortion is demonstrated by their Gonzales v. Carhart amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court, dated September 20, 2006.

Source: RCRC amicus brief, Gonzales v. Carhart, accessed 6/24/12.
 

bullet (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.

Source: www.rcrc.org/about/members.cfm, accessed 6/19/12.
 

bullet (06/12/12) “Mainline 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).”

Source: www.rcrc.org/about/history.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: www.rcrc.org/about/index.cfm , accessed 6/4/12.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “‘Pro-Choice’ Americans at Record-Low 41%,” by Lydia Saad, Gallup Poll 5/23/12,  , accessed 5/23/12.
 

bullet (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)
 

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(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.”

Source: “Exclusive: NARAL President Nancy Keenan to step down,” by Sarah Kliff, 5/10/12, accessed 5/12/12.
 

bullet (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 Portland, Oregon.

Source: Cindy Evans, Lifewatch Administrator and observer of the entire 2012 General Conference.
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (04/10/12) “Many 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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “I Can’t Undo My Mistake: A Post-Abortive Woman’s Letter,” by Arland Nichols, 2/9/12,  , accessed 2/19/12.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “It’s Official…Despite Obama’s Many, Many Promises, Obamacare Funds Abortion After All,” by Jim Hoft, 3/12/12, accessed 3/26/12
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “What 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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Sunday Independent columnist Eilis O’Hanlon, 2/26/12, accessed 3/9/12
 

bullet (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 Forever,” Personal Update [Pro-Life Ireland ] Issue 115, Feb. 7, 2012,  , accessed 2/20/12.
 

bullet (02/28/12) “Those 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 Observer” article, “The Rise of the Abortion Doula,” 11/14/11 (Accessed 2/28/12)
 

bullet (02/21/12) Fetal 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.

 

bullet (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.

Source: The Upper Room, accessed 1/31/12.
 

bullet (02/07/12) “Three 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.”

Source: “The Media’s Abortion Blinders,” by Ross Douthat, The New York Times, 2/4/12. Accessed 2/5/12.
 

bullet (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]….”

Source: “Tebow’s family ties,” by Suzy A. Richardson, 12/6/07, accessed 1/12/12.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: 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.]
 

bullet (01/17/12) “I’ve 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
 

bullet (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….”

Source: “What 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.
 

bullet (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.
 
bullet (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).

Merry Christmas
from Lifewatch!
 

bullet (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 eighteenth week.

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.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, 4/4/02
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Walter Hoye, pro-life African-American pastor from California, as quoted by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com, 11/3/11
 

bullet (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 .”

Source: Missouri Family Policy Council, Joe Ortwerth, Nov. 15, 2011
 

bullet (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!
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “CNN Abortion Poll: Good News. Bad News.” By Mike Spielman, 9/20/11, Accessed 11/14/11.
 

bullet (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?

Source: “Herman Cain Gets into Trouble on Abortion,” by Selwyn Duke, 10/24/11
 

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(10/25/11) “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.”

Source: Victims and 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, click here.

 

bullet (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 viewed here:

Source: “Incredible 9/11 Commercial Promotes Pro-Life Message,” by Steven Ertelt, 9/12/11
 

bullet (10/11/11) “Destruction 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.”

Source: 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
 
bullet (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.”

Source: “The Growing Aversion to Abortion,” by Steve Chapman, 9/25/11
 
bullet (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.”

Source: “Study: Unborn Babies Can Differentiate Touch, Pain in Womb,” by Steven Ertelt, 9/9/11, accessed 9/14/11
 

bullet (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.

Source: General Board of Church & Society website, and The United Methodist Book of Discipline
Accessed 9/12/11.
 

bullet (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).”

Source: “Most Studies Show Abortion Linked To Increased Mental Health Problems,” 9/1/11
 

bullet (08/30/11) “… pro-choicers have lost the argument on the scientific level—and so they are repudiating science.”

Source: “Why Pro-Abortion Is Anti-Science,” by Nancy Pearcey, 8/6/11,  (accessed 8/19/11)
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Vice President Joe Biden in Chengdu , China , 8/21/11 Accessed 8/23/11.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “The Real Pregnancy Crisis,” by W. Bradford Wilcox, 5/22/09 accessed 8/11/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “The abortion industry’s war on choice,” by Mailee Smith, 6/14/11
 

bullet (08/02/11) “'Safe, 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 half over.’"

Source: “Life and Faith in Hell’s Kitchen,” by William McGowan, 7/29/11
 

bullet (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.” 

Source: “Adult Stem Cells are Treating Thousands of Patients Now,” by David Prentice, 5/17/11
 

bullet (07/12/11) “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.”

Source: “The Politics of Science,” by Karen Tulmulty, Time Magazine, July 31, 2006, p.2, accessed 7/6/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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
 

bullet (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.

Source: Planned Parenthood Federation of America Fact Sheet, September 2010,  , page 2. Accessed 6/21/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Pro-Life Group: Think Twice Before Joining Komen Race for Cure,” by Steven Ertelt, 6/10/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “New Pro-Life Web Site Links Girl Scouts With Planned Parenthood,” by Steven Ertelt, 5/18/11
 

bullet (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 1998.”

Source: “NRTL on Guttmacher Report: ‘When tax dollars pay for abortion, you get more abortion,” by Rebecca Millette, 5/27/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “ 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 Gallup report.)
 

bullet (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. legislators.”

Source: General Board of Church and Society website for the “Healthy Families, Healthy Planet” initiative, accessed 3/8/11
 

bullet (05/17/11) 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).

Source: Instructions available here
 

bullet (05/10/11) Two model resolutions are ready to be adapted for use at your annual conference.

Source: Lifewatch.org
 

bullet (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 and translation.)

Sources: 2008 Book of Discipline, p. 327. Available online here
 Instructions available here

 

bullet (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."

Source: “ UK High Court Rules to Expose Eugenic Abortion Statistics,” 4/23/11
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Church Awareness Project, Elliot Institute, accessed 4/7/11.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Abortion Recovery InterNational Care Directory, accessed 4/4/11.
 

bullet (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.

Source: ARIN, accessed 4/4/11.
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Former abortionist Dr. John Bruchalski, as told to Patrick B. Craine, 3/4/11
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Dr. Bernard Nathanson, co-founder of NARAL who later became pro-life (7/31/26-2/21/11; RIP)
 

bullet (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.” 

Source: Abby Johnson, former Director of Bryan , TX Planned Parenthood clinic, as told to Kathryn Jean Lozez, 2/18/11
 

bullet (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
 
bullet (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.
 

bullet (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 finger.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, page 9.
 

bullet (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, page 8.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “More Faulty Research on the Mental-Health Effects of Abortion,” by Michael New, 12/17/10
 

bullet (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 seconds.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, c. 2002, page 7, www.sfuhl.org .
 

bullet (01/11/11) Everyone is invited to attend the Annual Lifewatch Service of Worship at 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!
 
bullet (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.
 

bullet (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 the inn.

Source: Luke 2:4-7 , NIV .

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 

bullet (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.”

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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Margaret Sanger, Woman and the New Race, Part XVIII “The Goal,” c.1920,  (accessed 11/26/10).
 

bullet (11/30/10) “For 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.”

Source: “Thirty Studies in Five Years Show Abortion Hurts Women’s Mental Health,” by Steven Ertelt, 11/12/10. (Note: the article lists all 30 studies.)
 
bullet (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.”

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

bullet (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.”

Source: Nadine Dorries, Member of Parliament (MP) for Mid Bedfordshire , UK (who believes abortion should remain legal), 11/12/10 .
 
bullet (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.)
 

bullet (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.

Source: The United Methodist Church website , 11/1/10.
 

bullet (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, p.84.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Women Who Have Abortions Four Times More Likely to Abuse Drugs, Alcohol” by Steven Ertelt, 5/3/10
 

bullet (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 develop.”

Source: “Sex and Consequences,” by Jill Stanek. 9/29/10
 

bullet (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?’”

Source: “Women, Abortion, and the Brain,” by Evelyn Birge Vitz and Paul C. Vitz, 9/20/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “New GOP ‘Pledge to America ’ Calls for Tax-Funded Abortion Ban, HCR Repeal,” by Steven Ertelt, 9/21/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Rachel Welch, 5/8/10
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Later Abortions More Likely to Be Unwanted, Are Linked to Psychological Problems,” Elliot Institute Press Release, August 27, 2010
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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.)
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “48% Say It’s Too Easy To Get An Abortion in America ,” Rasmussen Reports, 816/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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.)
 

bullet (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 abortions.”

Source: “ University of North Carolina to Force Students to Pay for Abortion-Providing Insurance,” by James Tillman, 8/10/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, c. 2002, page 5. www.sfuhl.org.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Latest Adult Stem Cell Advance Gives Sight to the Blind,” by Peter J. Smith, 6/29/10
 

bullet (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 Commandment.”

Source: “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

 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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
 

bullet (06/29/10) “Need help after abortion? Call 1-866-482-LIFE.”

Source: National Helpline for Abortion Recovery
 

bullet (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 established.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org.
 

bullet (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 opinion.

Source: “New Barna Study Explores Current Views on Abortion,” June 14, 2010.
 

bullet (06/08/10) “Undercover 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.”

Source: “Another Undercover Video Shows Kentucky Abortuary Failing to Report Child Sex Abuse,” by Peter J. Smith, 4/21/10
 

bullet (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, let's party!"

…. 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.”

Source: Rachel Welch, 5/8/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “TLC Singer Chilli Describes Abortion Grief: ‘I Cried Almost Every Day for 9 Years’” by Kathleen Gilbert, 5/14/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “The New Normal on Abortion: Americans More ‘Pro-Life.’” by Lydia Saad, 5/14/10
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Ed Whelan, 4/30/10
 

bullet (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.

Source: Press release from Rep. Pitts, 4/22/10
 

bullet (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 felt similarly.”

Source: “NARAL’s President Admits: Pro-Aborts Aging, Pro-Lifers Young and Zealous” by Kathleen Gilbert, 4/21/10

“Media Malpractice at March for Life
 

bullet (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 height.

Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy” brochure. Published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids , MI. 1994.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: General Board of Church and Society website, accessed 4/9/10.
 
bullet (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 family planning.”

Source: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, news conference 3/30/10
 

bullet (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”.

Profiles for individual states are also available by clicking on the State Profiles link.

Source: NARAL Pro-Choice America ,  assessed 3/29/10.
 

bullet (03/23/10) President Obama’s executive order on abortion is available: Click here

Source: “Text of Executive Order on Abortion in Stupak-Obama-Democrats health Care Compromise,” by Steven Ertelt, 3/20/10
 

bullet (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 >>>
 

bullet (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. www.sfuhl.org, p.52.
 

bullet (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
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Abortion Aftermath: The Complexity and Distortions of Post-Abortion Research” by Dr. David C. Reardon, c.2000, accessed 1/27/10.
 

bullet (02/09/10) “I’m pro-choice and Tebow clearly is not...They [NOW] aren’t actually ‘pro-choice’ so much as they are pro-abortion.”

Source: “Tebow’s Super Bowl ad isn’t intolerant; its critics are,” by Sally Jenkins, 2/2/10
 

bullet (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.’"

Source: “Poll Shows Youngest Americans More Pro-Life on Abortion Than Baby Boomers,” by Steven Ertelt, 1/22/10

 

bullet (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)

 

bullet (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. 12 percent)….”

Source:“Nationwide 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

 

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(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. 12 percent)….”

Source:“Nationwide 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

bullet (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
 
bullet (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 message.

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 day.
 

bullet (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 farthest seas”

Source: Psalm 65:5
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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.’”

Source: “The Man Who Made Pelosi Cry ‘Uncle,’” Nov. 9, 2009
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “CNN Poll: 61% Oppose Tax-Funded Abortions, 63% Oppose All of Most Abortions,” by Steven Ertelt, Nov. 18, 2009
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “The reality of abortion – YouTube-style”, 11/14/09
 

bullet (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]
 
bullet (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
 

bullet (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, InspireLifeNow.org

Source: Christine Mize, Lifewatch member and President of Jackson County (IL) Right-to-Life.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Support Abortion? Not So Much, Says Pew,” Oct. 2, 2009

(The poll Overview can be found here)
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Abortions Raise Risks for Subsequent Babies,” 9/20/09
 

bullet (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 life.’”

Source: “Between A Woman and Her God: Clergy and Women Tell Their Stories,” RCRC, c.2004, Forward, page 5.

P.S. 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).
 

bullet (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 organizations….”

Source: “Walk: Pro-Life Is Pro-Women,” by Michelle Walk, 9/28/09
 

bullet 09/22/2009) “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.”

Source: http://www.abort73.com. Accessed 9/21/09.
 

bullet (09/15/2009) “In 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 Capps (D.-Calif.)

“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 abortion.”

Source: “Pro-Life Congressmen and Planned Parenthood Agree: Health Care Bill Funds Abortion,” Sept. 11, 2009
 

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(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, http://www.collinsreport.net/ 
 

bullet (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 fertilization.

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. www.sfuhl.org, page 100
 

bullet (08/25/2009) "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."

Source: Dr. Arnold Halpern, former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Over-the-Counter Abortion Pills Lead to Menstrual Complications,” by Patrick B. Craine, Aug. 4, 2009
 

bullet (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 exists.”

Source: “CBS News Covers Up Abortion Funding in Health Care in Misleading Factcheck,” by Steven Ertelt, Aug. 6, 2009
 

bullet (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 .”

Source: “Researcher: Abortions Double Risk of Premature Birth in Subsequent Pregnancies,” by Steven Ertelt , June 29, 2009
 

bullet (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%.”

Source: “New Poll Shows Americans Continuing to Move Toward Pro-Life Position on Abortion,” July 10, 2009
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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 (GBCS).

Source: The United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society website,accessed 7/6/09.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Progressive Berkeley minister denounces ‘genocide,’” by Andrew Walden, Hawaii Free Press, 6/28/09
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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, teensforlife.com, bills itself as the world's first social networking site dedicated to raising up a new generation of pro-life teens.”

Source: “Pro-Life Social Networking Web Site Launched for Teenagers, Young Adults,” by Steven Ertelt , 6/11/09
 

bullet (06/09/2009) “A 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.”

Source: “Louisiana Nurse Wins State Supreme Court Battle in Plan B Conscience Case,” by Steven Ertelt , May 20, 2009
 

bullet (06/02/2009) “After 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, “Is the Abortion Debate Changing?” 5/27/09
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (05/17/2009) “… 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”
 

bullet (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.’"

Source: “NC 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.
 

bullet (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 late October.”
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press Survey, “Public Takes Conservative Turn on Gun Control, Abortion,” published May 4, 2009

Source: Pew Research Center Publications
 

bullet (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 Crouse] says.”

Source: “New Figures Showing Teen Birth Rate Rise Point to Need for Abstinence Education,” by Steven Ertelt, March 18, 2009
 

bullet (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.
 
bullet (04/07/2009) “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 world-wide.”

Source: Abortion Recovery InterNational, Inc., April 1, 2009
 
bullet (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 April 9.”

Source: "Urge repeal of expanded ‘Provider Refusal Rule'", GBCS website, 3/31/09

[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.]
 

bullet (03/24/2009) “We 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 over decades.”

Source: “ South Park stops short of Baroness Warnock on the ‘duty to die,’” by Sam Leith, Sept. 20, 2008
 

bullet (03/17/2009) “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.”

Source: “Undercover Videos Get Planned Parenthood De-Funded,” by Brian Burke, 3/16/09
 

bullet (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."

Source: Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union, March 6, 2009
 

bullet (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 already present.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, p. 46. www.sfuhl.org
 

bullet (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
 

bullet (02/17/2009) “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.”

Source: "Pill creator regrets population decline", by Erin Roach, 2/5/09, Baptist Press
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Americans Approve of Most Obama Actions to Date,” Gallup Poll Jan.30-Feb.1, 2009
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Post-Abortive Women Express their Grief on Steps of Supreme Court,” by Kathleen Gilbert, Jan. 26, 2009
 

bullet (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 whole.

Source: “Faith on the Hill: The Religious Affiliations of Members of Congress,” The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, December 19, 2008
 

bullet (01/20/2009) “Only 9 percent [of Americans] said abortion should be legal for any reason at any time during pregnancy.”

Source: “New Survey Finds Only 9% of Americans Support Unrestricted Abortion,” Jan. 5, 2009,
 

bullet (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
 
bullet (12/23/2008) “I never questioned the judgment that it [abortion] has to be a woman’s choice, but the court should not have done it all.”

Source: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
 

bullet (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)
 
bullet (12/16/2008) “But 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)
 

bullet (12/09/2008) “…the 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.”

Source: “’When Does Human Life Begin?’ Even Earlier Than Many Suppose” by Susan E. Wills, Dec. 7-13, 2008 issue
 

bullet (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 belief.”

Source: “The Day I considered Abortion” by Andrea Stone, Today’s Christian Woman, December 1, 2008
 

bullet (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] told LifeNews.com.”

Source: “Planned Parenthood Continues Violating FDA Guidelines on Abortion Drug,” by Steven Ertelt, Sept. 12, 2008

 

bullet (11/18/2008) "’The Right to Choose?’ Finish the sentence. Choose what?”

Source: Cathy Callaghan, cofounder, Feminists for Life
 

bullet (11/11/2008) “At the moment of fertilization, a new and unique human being comes into existence with its own distinct genetic code. Twenty-three chromosomes 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.”

Source: PRENATAL DEVELOPMENT, abort73.com, accessed 11/3/08.
 

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(11/04/2008) On September 18, 2008 the “Family Research Council released a study demonstrating which state level 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 www.frc.org .”

Source: “Family Research Council Releases New Study on Successful Abortion Reduction Legislation,” September 18, 2008.
 

bullet (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
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Tsiaras, 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)
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “Sexually Active Teenage Girls ‘Twice As Likely’ To Suffer From Depression,” by Thaddeus M. Baklinski, Sept. 23, 2008

 

bullet (09/30/2008) “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.’”

Source: “U.S. Abortion Rate at 30-Year Low,” by Steven Reinberg, Sept. 23, 2008
 

bullet (09/23/2008) “I have always frankly admitted that abortion is murder, the extermination of the powerless by the powerful.”

Source: Camille Paglia, Sept.10, 2008
 

bullet (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.”

Source: “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 “American Psychological Association Ignores Abortion-Mental Health Problem Link,” Aug.13, 2008 and “Psychologists: APA Deceptive on How Abortion Adversely Affects Women, Men,”  Sept. 9, 2008.
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (09/02/2008) “No 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 that.”

Source: Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, press release 6/28/2000.

FFL Member Nominated for Vice President of the US
 

bullet (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 cells.”

Source: Abortion Questions & Answers, by Dr. & Mrs. John W illke, Hayes Publishing Company, Inc., Cincinnati, OH , c.2003, pp.70-71.

 

bullet (08/12/2008) “In 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.”

Source: “High abortion rate worries NY experts,” by Gale Scott, Crain’s New York Business.com, August 10, 2008.
 

bullet (08/05/2008) “An 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.”

Source: “New Web Site Clearinghouse Features Info on Abortion’s Risks, Complications,” by Steven Ertelt, Aug. 5, 2008

 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (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 Post-Abortion Review.”
 

bullet (07/15/2008) “In the United States, about half of all pregnancies are unintended, and 42% of unintended pregnancies are terminated by abortion.”

Source: Guttmacher Institute, accessed July 13, 2008.
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (07/01/2008) The 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, www.parentsfortruth.org, 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.”

Source: “Abstinence Education Proponents Prepare One Million Parent March,” by Steven Ertelt, www.lifenews.com, June 2, 2008.
 

bullet (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.
 
bullet (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. 1998, p.14.
 

bullet (06/10/2008) “In 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.”

Source: “Unborn Baby Undergoes Successful Surgery at 22 Weeks Gestation,” by John Jalsevac, June 9, 2008, LifeSiteNews.com
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (05/27/2008) “With 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 acceptable.”

Source: “Moral Issues Divide Westerners From Muslims in the West,” by Magali Rheault and Dalia Mogahed. Gallop poll, May 23, 2008.
 

bullet (05/20/2008) “Each time I told another woman how good abortion is, in a twisted way, if she was OK, I was OK.”

Source: Carol Everett, describing how she sold abortions, April 28, 2008.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: 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, p. 103.
 

bullet (05/06/2008) 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.
 
bullet (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.
 
bullet (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.

Source: pollingreport.com, Accessed 4/8/08.
 

bullet (04/01/2008) “When 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. 16, 1871.
 

bullet (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.”

Source: Karen Tumulty, “The Politics of Science, Time Magazine, 7/31/06. Emphasis added.
 

bullet (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 least one.”

Source: David Crary, “Financial strain a factor in abortions", USA Today, 1/18/08
 

bullet (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
 

bullet (03/04/2008) “I 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.
 

bullet 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.”

Source: “Young join fight to end abortion,” by Stephanie Simon, February 15, 2008.
 

bullet (02/20/2008) “Pope 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.”

Source: “Abortion’s battle of messages” by Frances Kissling and Kate Michelman, The Los Angeles Times, Jan. 22, 2008.
 

bullet (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 Operation Outcry.
 

bullet (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 to abort.”

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
 

bullet (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.
 

bullet (01/23/2008) 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.

Source: “Milestones of Early Life: How You Began Your Journey,” published by Heritage House ‘76, Inc., c.2005.
 

bullet (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: www.roeiqtest.com/ui/.

Source: “Does America Know Roe?” by Devon Williams, Dec. 13, 2007. www.citizenlink.org/
 

bullet (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 life.”

Source: 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.)
   


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