Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pro-Life Mom on Loving Post-Abortive Women

This entry is reposted with permission from a Facebook update of my friend, Sarah Martin.

I have always felt passionately about the abortion issue ever since I was 8 years old and saw a photo of an aborted baby's severed head. The photo was put out by Human Life International and was in the New American magazine. I identified with that baby and was horrified to learn my mom could have killed me had she wished. I was angry at lawmakers who said my life hadn't mattered before my birth. I hated women who had abortions. I kept this mindset into my 20's.

Then I had an unplanned pregnancy. Fortunately my husband welcomed the new life we had created. My family supported me and I was showered with well-wishes and love and support. But my mind started to change regarding women who abort. I suddenly saw myself as one of them. What if I hadn't had a husband that was pro-life? What if my family hadn't been supportive? What if we hadn't been showered with gifts and love and support? I realized how emotional you are when you are pregnant and how ambivalent you can feel even when supported. I knew that for the grace of God I could have caved and aborted. If faced with enough stress even pro-lifers can cave.

Then I met friends who had had abortions. Some were not sorry. Some were sorry but still insisted the decision was the right one. Some were repentant and now pro-life. Each one of these women softened my heart and I found I loved women who abort. Gone was the hatred and anger. I felt a desire to help women in crisis pregnancies.

Then I had my second son. I see the faces of my sons in each aborted child. I know each child lost to abortion is just as precious as my boys and I know their mommies would have loved them as much as I love my boys. But they'll never know because they bought the lies of the abortion industry. I see myself in every woman who aborts.

I will never stop speaking out against abortion. It kills children. It hurts women (and in some cases kills them too). It is an attack on what God called good. God made mankind in His image. He calls children a gift. He created women with natural maternal urges. I know it grieves the heart of God when a woman is complicit in the destruction of her own child. Therefore I will never be silent.

Note: This blog entry does not necessarily reflect the views of all pro-life and American women. The opinions in this entry belong solely to the author, Sarah.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"Sibling Describes Pain Of Losing Brother To Abortion"

This entry is reposted at the request of the author, Renee, from this blog.

My name is Renee, and I am the oldest of 5. Sadly, I’ve never met the youngest, a little boy (brother number 3) named Joseph Michael. He died by abortion when I was only 10, although I didn’t find out ‘til nearly 11 years later. My poor mom had to keep that secret for so long  I’ve known for just over 6 years, and am really struggling with it. I’ve come to the point where I realize that a lot of the issues I have, are made much worse by what I went through regarding the abortion. While I have always been more of an internalizer, this is becoming harder, and I am starting to seek out healing. Easier said than done, I am discovering, as most post abortion support groups only have programs for the parents. It is sincerely my prayer that more awareness will be brought to the suffering of the siblings. My siblings and I have had to silently deal with the pain of hearing people speak ill of women choosing an abortion. We know firsthand that sometimes it is done in a desperate time, and to spare the baby from a life of suffering.
My mom was widowed in June of ’94, at the age of 30. I was 10, and the youngest, at the time (baby number 4), was only two. A few months later, she met a man, and became pregnant unexpectedly. I know very little about that time for her, as I was very young, and had no idea that my little brother was growing in her belly. But we were living with my grandparents, and I don’t know how they would’ve handled the news. Also, maybe my mom didn’t feel capable of caring for yet another baby, who the doctor said may have health issues (from what I believe). While she knew it was wrong, she believed that the baby would be better off in heaven, free from suffering. While I hate that my mom (and brother) went through that, I admire her greatly for all the strength she has shown. She now understands what some of these women are going through, when they consider abortion, and has used her experiences to help them choose life. She also has used the pain she feels over my brother, to help those mourning the loss of their own babies, aborted or miscarried. I pray for the strength to one day be able to reach out to other siblings like myself. I have actually tried to avoid the pro life movement, at times, mostly for two reasons: one, it makes me think more of my brother, and the horrible way he died, and two, I am very defensive of my mom, and am afraid that some of these people will judge her harshly. I also don’t want her to have to deal with any extra sadness or regrets. But as I said before, she is a very strong woman.
I have heard it said by quite a few people that my mom should keep the abortion secret. What about her reputation? In their view, it will make others decide to follow her, and do the same. Or turn against her, and stop trusting and/or respecting her. Well, I can speak for myself, my siblings and at least one very dear friend, that the exact opposite is true!! I hate that she had to bear that by herself for so long, and am so grateful that she told us. It has made her a more compassionate, sympathetic, less judgemental person. It made me listen more when she was talking about pro life things, or prayers and sympathy for the abortive ones, knowing that she’s actually been in their position. She has come so far. I am also thankful she told us, because although we ended up going through unexpected mourning, we as siblings are now more aware of the horror of abortion. All these years I never knew we were personally touched by it.
As I said, finding out caused such shock and grief. I remember the night that she told us, we were all talking in the living room, because she said she had something important to discuss. I remember my heart started pounding, more and more. We were shocked to discover that she had been pregnant after the fourth baby. Our dad had died, and there were only four of us children with her, so where was the last one? Did I have a sibling given up for adoption, that I could possibly reconnect with (as went through my head at times while watching or reading about it), or did she miscarry? Abortion never crossed my mind, because we knew she was so against it. But she admitted that that is what happened. I did not give into the tears that threatened, as I have always been very guarded with my emotions. Very quickly the four of us went up to her and hugged her. Comforting her and assuring her that we loved her. We found out a few things, such as the father, and the date. Apparently, the anniversary was only a few weeks away. In just a few weeks, valentine’s day to be exact, it would be 11 years since that horrible event. Apparently she chose that night, because going out, then, would not likely arouse suspicion. Years later it brought me such pain to think that that night before she left, when I gave her a hug, I also hugged my little brother inside, but the next time I hugged her, it was just her alone. How sad she must have been. And how innocent and unaware I was.
That Valentine’s Day was hard, but so refreshing in some ways. Between my dad’s death and then, I noticed that she made an extra effort to make it a pleasant day for us, AND THOUGHT SHE DID IT TO SOFTEN THE BLOW OF NOT HAVING OUR DAD AROUND. WHEN I REALIZED THE PAINFUL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DAY, I STARTED TRYING TO MAKE IT A SPECIAL, PEACEFUL DAY FOR HER. What stands out the most from that night are two sweet memories. The first is that mom made us a yummy cake for dessert. And on it were 6 hearts. 1 big, and 5 small. A mama surrounded by her babies. For the first time ever, mom was able to admit that she was a mother of 5. She didn’t have to ignore my brother that night! And we were comfortable with it too. The other sweet memory associated with that night is that we decided to play the lottery, and being aware of a new heavenly intercessor, we asked Joey to pray for us, and we won $10!! The most money we’ve ever won in the lottery! Thanks, Joey! Now multiply that by a small million please! ;)
For a while after finding out, I had such a deep sadness that I could not identify at first. I felt like I did when I lost one of my nursing home friends, but nobody had recently died. What was up? Then I realized it was my brother. I was grieving the loss of a little sibling, that up until then had not existed (that I was aware of). How strange.
How could I possibly feel so strongly for someone I never met, or even knew about? As I mentioned before, I am not an emotional person, so these feelings were extra unappreciated. I felt stupid for grieving 11 years later. He was long gone, I shouldn’t feel anything. But, that’s not how it works. Over time, I felt that sadness less frequently, but still, 6 years later I feel twinges at times. I have also, at times, felt completely at peace with our situation, and at other times, have seriously forgotten about him. That, I believe, is often a defense mechanism.
Whether I am thinking about him or not, I noticed that I am more sensitive to some things than I was before. For example, I feel pain/jealousy seeing others becoming big brothers and sisters. I experienced that three times, only, and never will again. I am also very sensitive to my youngest brother being complimented, etc by mom. Feeling like he is getting the bulk of the attention, because he is the last “baby” she’ll have. Deep down, I know it is false, but it is still a frequent struggle. Another struggle is forgiving/moving on. When I first found out about my brother, I can’t remember much about howI felt about his father. As I’ve gotten older, though, I have felt so betrayed by him. We loved him like a stepfather for quite a few years. How dare he try to take care of us, and help raise us, when he didn’t even keep his own flesh and blood alive. This was especially hard for me to come to terms with, because I, too, was conceived out of wedlock. But my dad did the right thing, and married my mom (before I was born). It just feels strange. Why was I okay to keep, but my brother wasn’t? I have made great progress in this area, but still have need of more healing.
This is only a small bit of my experiences as a sibling of an aborted baby, but I am sharing this in the hopes that others can be comforted knowing that they are not alone. Or perhaps a sibling like me will be in denial, and reading my story, they will realize their need for healing, and get it. My prayer is that we can feel at least some of the peace that our siblings do, as they await our arrival in heaven. What a nice meeting that will be, and while we had the misfortune of being separated on earth, we will have all eternity to catch up!  To any parents reading this, please give your kids the benefit of the doubt, and tell them about their lost sibling(s). It may strengthen your relationship as it did ours. You shouldn’t have to keep your baby(ies) a secret. For those who are not directly affected, I thought I would give you a small idea what we are going through, in case you happen to connect with us. All who read this will be in my prayers. God bless and peace be with you. Thanks for letting me share my story.

Check out the Facebook page: Abortion Hurts Siblings and Others. If you had a sibling aborted and would like to speak about it, contact the Facebook page to be added to a private Facebook group.

Note: This blog entry does not necessarily reflect the views of all pro-life and American women, or the administration of Women Against Abortion. The opinions in this entry belong solely to the author, Renee.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Culture Shock: Welcome to the South

I had the great pleasure of traveling to the Students for Life of America Headquarters in Manassas, Virginia yesterday.

I am not new to the American South. My father grew up in South Carolina and my parents lived in Mississippi for a few years when they were first married, as my father was stationed there in the Navy. I have family in North and South Carolina, West Virginia, and Florida. I have traveled to much of the south, studying its local historical landmarks and entertainment traditions. I have always felt a bit more at home in the South than here in the North.

This election season, though, it seems like political and cultural differences are sticking out more than ever.

On the way down and back yesterday, I saw a number of cars with pro-life bumper stickers, license plates, etc. This was both encouraging and alien to me.

I live in New Jersey, a mostly liberal state with opinionated people who think you need to keep your own opinions to yourself. At least, that is what I experience most of the time. I have seen a few pro-life bumper stickers and yard signs in New Jersey, mostly in one particular town that has a pro-life pregnancy center and a very large church that is active in the pro-life community. My own car has a 180 movie sticker and license plate frame (custom made by a friend.) I also have an Abolish Human Abortion decal I've been meaning to put on "Maudette," my little purple car. But to see many cars with pro-life stickers as you go down the highway? Well, that just doesn't happen in New Jersey. Not yet, anyway!

While I was at the SFLA HQ, my father, who came with me for the drive, was down the street at a pub getting to know the locals. He was surprised to hear people sitting down eating, openly discussing pro-life politics and social issues. He said, "Hey, you guys sound like my daughter!" See, Dad, I'm not that crazy!

True, most pro-lifers are not as actively vocal about their beliefs as those of us who are full-time or part-time activists. You don't need to flood your Facebook page or Twitter feed with pro-life slogans and current events to make a difference. You don't need to attend every rally and picket every courthouse to be pro-life. But why is it that it is still taboo to speak about openly and civilly about politics, especially in my beloved state of New Jersey?

Is New Jersey doomed to resort to talking about the last season of "Jersey Shore" or the latest antics by the "Real Housewives of New Jersey?" Are "Jerseylicious" and "Made in Jersey" all we have to offer this country? My beautiful home state, filled with farms and historical sites, the "Garden State," is nothing more than a place to party? I say "NO!"

Even in good old Virginia, though, I saw support of liberal politicians who advocate for abortion. Many corners of this world are overcome by a culture of selfishness, secularism, and death. I challenge you to be a light for the pro-life community, no matter how dark your surroundings.

Friends, what will we do to spread the pro-life message in our local communities, whether we live in the Bible Belt or the most liberals cities or a country where it seems all hope is lost? Wherever you live, leave a comment explaining the culture around you and how you plan to overcome it with the pro-life message!

Note: This blog entry does not necessarily reflect the views of all pro-life and American women. The opinions in this entry belong solely to the Women Against Abortion administrator, Amber.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Rape Issue

This is a topic that we have heard a lot about recently within the pro-life community. Unfortunately, our side of the story isn't making the mainstream media - or even many of the grassroots media outlets, it would seem. I am fed up with our government leaders taking a backseat on this issue. I want them to take the wheel and drive it home!

Here is a statement that I made on the Facebook page a week or two ago that I would like to elaborate on in this entry:

There has been a lot of talk today online, in the news, and on the radio about abortion in cases of rape. I feel for men and women alike who have been raped. It is a terrible experience that haunts for a lifetime. It is a complete violation of your body and your rights as a human being. 

But let me make one thing perfectly clear: Killing your child will not make your pain go away. We need to stop
  making excuses for abortion! There is no difference between a baby who was conceived during rape and one who was conceived between two loving, married parents who longed to have a child.

Remember, abortion is also complete violation of a person's body and rights as a human being.

If I seem a bit fired up - it's because I am! I don't understand how a party that claims to be "pro-life" can then turn around and say "but we support abortion in cases of rape and incest." Do you support abortion or not? I want Republicans to stand up and say "We are pro-life!" Plain and simple! No exceptions! Otherwise, they will have to admit to believing the following:

1. Babies who are conceived in rape do not have rights.
2. Some people are naturally created with more rights than others.
3. It is okay to punish children for the crimes of their parents.

Can you imagine the chaos it would create if those three points were adapted into other areas of our lives? What if I owned a company and I chose not to hire any black people or men because I felt they deserved less rights than white women? What if my father robbed a bank at gun point, but it was me, not him, who spent decades behind bars for the crime?

Now, let's skip ahead a few years. Let's say that a woman who was raped and became pregnant decided to keep her baby. She didn't give the baby up for adoption because she had always wanted to be a mother. She thought she could handle it, but a few years down the road, the baby starts to look more and more like her attacker. Now, she feels emotionally overwhelmed by the memories that haunt her. She considered asking for help or even giving her child up to another loving family, but then she remembered something: Just a few years ago, it would have been perfectly legal for her to kill this child. So why not now?

If you think that I am taking this too far, then you need to do some homework. You see, it's already happening. Take the case in Canada, for example, where a mother chose to kill her newborn baby and received no jail time because it was considered nearly the same thing as abortion, which is very much legal in Canada. It's happening in Australia, too, where professors are arguing for "after-birth abortions." Here in the United States, a prominent Princeton University professor is okay with "after-birth abortions" up to a year, as long as they are taking the life of a disabled baby, who he considers no more relevant to the world than a "non-human animal." Back in Canada, a professor is arguing there is nothing "troubling" about abortion, and that a person isn't really a person until they are a year and a half post-birth. Where do we draw the line? One year? Three? Eighteen?

It's a scary, slippery slope we're headed down. Once you start making exceptions for rape and incest, you open up the discussion - disabled? Well, okay, that might be hard on the mother. Oh, she slept with someone of a race her parents might not approve of? Okay, I guess that might not go down well. She's only thirteen? Well, we can't have that, it might disrupt her life.

Have your heard these arguments? I have, and it makes me sick. Let us not forget that these are human lives we are playing with. Can you tell the difference in the babies below? Was one of them conceived in rape? How would you tell?

Photo Credit: Abolish Human Abortion

Again, I understand that rape is a terrible thing. I cannot imagine what a woman who finds herself pregnant by her rapist must go through. Whatever it is, it does not excuse or trump abortion in some way. Abortion is murder - and two wrongs don't make a right.

Please take a moment to consider these points:

1. Despite the fact that a majority of Americans are "personally pro-life," we keep hearing the argument that abortion should be legal because "What if someone is raped?" In fact, I had someone the other day, when I said that I believe abortion is murder tell me "Go and get raped." Putting aside the fact that such a statement is very disrespectful and crude, why is that always where people's minds go? Don't they know that abortions due to rape and incest count for less than 1% of all abortions?

2. Take a few minutes to read through some testimonies from some pro-life advocates who were conceived in rape. Are their lives any less valuable than ours?

3. The video below is hard to argue with. Every time I see it I get chills - because of this woman's pain, because of her bravery to speak out about what she did, and because of her incredible faith in God and the forgiveness she found in Him.

Note: This blog entry does not necessarily reflect the views of all pro-life and American women. The opinions in this entry belong solely to the Women Against Abortion administrator, Amber.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What does it mean to vote pro-life first?

In this entry, I will first point out why we should vote pro-life first. Then, I will discuss which candidate I will be voting for this election, and why. I will conclude by offering some words as to what it really means to vote pro-life first and what steps we can take to make a difference through voting and our political voice. Though this entry will be mainly geared towards Americans, I encourage everyone around the world to thoughtfully read this and consider what you can do in your country to make a difference.

With the I Vote Pro-Life First webcast from Students for Life of America coming up on Thursday night at 9pm EST, I thought it an appropriate time to voice my own opinion on this issue.

I ask that you read this entire entry before forming an opinion of it. I know that not everyone will agree with what I have to say in this entry, and that's okay. I am glad that we can all have differing opinions. You may agree with parts of what I have to say, you may agree with me completely, or you may disagree completely. You are free to post your opinions in the comments section below, but please note the rules for posting first. I ask that, even if you disagree with me, each other, and the politicians mentioned, you show respect, and have a calm, loving debate.

"A gentle answer will calm a person's anger, but an unkind answer will cause more anger."

I feel like, in the last year in particular, American women have been stuck in the middle of a boxing ring. In the left corner, we have Obama and Planned Parenthood telling us that the most important thing to women is defending the "right" to abortion, because it "liberates" women and is a "health" issue. In the right corner, we have the Republicans downplaying the issue of life. I have read so many articles, especially from Townhall, that make it seem like women care about nothing but the economy. As a young American woman with a virtually useless college degree and a part-time job, I can agree that I care very much about the economy. However, I care even more about ending abortion. Here's why:

1. What issue can be more important than ending the slaughter of innocents? Our country has legalized murder, and according to many Republicans, that is a side issue? It should be front and center!

2. How can we trust our government officials with anything if we can't trust them to protect life?

3. What kind of person am I if I care more about my job than the lives of innocent babies and the welfare of scared and deceived women?

4. The Bible tells us not to worry about money or shelter, etc. - but it does tell us to stand up for those who need us, to protect children, and to respect the sanctity of life.

5. Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." 
     Matthew 25:40

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."
-Martin Niemöller

This campaign season is not something that I take lightly. Unfortunately, during the 2008 presidential election,   I was only 20 years old and backsliding in my faith. I was spending time with people who were not good influences, and I was not doing my own homework when it came to understanding the issues at hand. I supported (though, did not vote for, as I was away from home) President Obama. When he was elected, I joined an impromptu party in the middle of my university campus, celebrating the victory of the first "black" president. That seemed to be all that anyone cared about. Economy, what economy? Well, we sure are sorry for it now.

Throughout the last year, I did a lot of research on all the candidates and chose who to support very carefully this time around. I considered all issues, but at the center of my requirements was the platform of ending abortion.

I believe that, from the start of the race, Ron Paul was always the most pro-life candidate. I know others may disagree because of things they have heard about him, or because they don't like some of his other positions (let me make it clear that I do not agree with him on every issue, and I don't think I've ever met anyone who has agreed 100% with their candidate of choice, either.)

Now, with other candidates such as Michelle Bachman and Rick Santorum dropping out earlier on, rumors of Dr. Paul possibly endorsing Gary Johnson - a third-party candidate who many have never heard of - after the Republican National Convention, and flip-flopper and exceptions for abortion supporter Mitt Romney accepting the Republican candidacy - despite a lot of controversy - we all must make a decision.

Video: Romney Abortion Fairy Tale SC, 59 seconds long.
So, this 2012 United States presidential campagin season, we have a few options:

1. We can choose to vote for Romney, who most pro-life leaders admit they do not trust, and pray that he will stop flip-flopping and become a solid pro-life president.

2. We can vote our conscious and vote for the candidate of our choosing, knowing that without our support, Romney may lose to Obama, as they are about neck-and-neck according to the polls. Four more years of Obama would be devastating for many reasons, but it would be particularly crushing to the pro-life movement, possibly destroying much of the work we have put in. However, at least we could say that we voted for someone we believed in.

3. We can choose not to vote at all, as many of my Christian brothers and sisters are doing, because they do not believe that any of the candidates, in or out of the race, are solid enough Christians, and that their time is better spent sharing the Gospel than dealing with politics. I certainly agree with them that the Gospel is the most important thing. I also agree with them that Romney - a Mormon - is not a Christian. Obama, a self-proclaimed "Christian," is also not a Christian. Let us remember, though, as my good friend Pastor Andrew Rappaport of Striving for Eternity Ministries reminded me, that we're not voting for a pastor, we're voting for a president. To my fellow Christians - we are all convicted by different things. Pray about it, and follow where you believe God is leading you. We must all remember not to idolize politics, but we also must remember that our religious freedom is at stake this election.

Now, I cannot tell you how to vote. Ultimately, that is up to you. Personally, after much thought, research, and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that I will be supporting Romney for the rest of the campaign. However, after the November election, no matter who wins, my support of the campaign for Rand Paul and Justin Amash 2016 begins.

I am and always will be a fan of Dr. Ron Paul. I will continue to support his endeavors now and after his retirement. I have such respect for him as a brother in Christ and someone to look up to as a father, husband, Ob/Gyn, and politician. I am so thankful for all he has done for our country and his advancements of the Libertarian movement. I know that many of my friends who support Dr. Paul will be disappointed, maybe even angry, that I will not write him in, but I hope they will take the time to read and consider the rest of this entry. In the end, I will still love and support them no matter who they vote for.

Why I am voting for Romney despite the fact that he had been one of my last choices in the beginning? 

Well, he made a good strategic move by picking Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. I had not heard of Ryan before that, but what I know of him now sounds a lot better than Romney by himself. In fact, it is funny and kind of sad that Ryan seems to be far more popular and supported than Romney in this election. Unfortunately, it seems that Ryan also supports abortion in cases of rape and incest, like Romney. Thankfully though, he has a much stronger pro-life voting record than Romney. It also seems like Ryan could do some good for the country on other issues such as the economy, which is always a plus.

I am voting for Romney because I do believe that it is important to get Obama out of the White House. I do believe in voting for the lesser of two evils, because none of us are perfect.

"As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one."

I am voting for Romney because, at this point in time, because of his wealthy campaign, the media, and the way that others are voting, he stands the best chance of beating Obama - not so much because of his platform, but because his campaign has had the most attention on it.

I am not voting Romney into office so much as I am voting President Obama out of office - because a man who thinks babies are a punishmentsupports abortion, campaigns with Planned Parenthood, votes in support of partial-birth abortion, and would rather that babies born alive during an abortion be left to die than given to a loving family, cannot possibly lead our country anywhere good.

I am voting for Romney because I'm not so sure that we'll get another chance to vote if "King Obama" is given four more years in office. I am concerned about the illegal, tyrannical laws our president has signed into place, and I want another chance in 2016 to support someone I believe in - someone that I think will overturn Roe v. Wade and its sister cases, and truly care about freedom and a better America.

Who you vote for is up to you. You can vote for someone other than Romney and still be voting pro-life. I will not judge you for your vote. I urge you to carefully consider your vote, though. Spend time in prayer about it. Read up on the issue and the candidates. I would also like to point out that, despite there being a Republican symbol on the graphic I created and posted at the top of this entry, a candidate does not necessarily need to be Republican in order to be pro-life. 

Not too long ago I was talking to Bryan Kemper of Stand True Christ Centered Pro-Life, and he asked me who I was going to vote for if Ron Paul was not nominated. Bryan knew that I was a big Ron Paul supporter and very involved in the pro-life movement, so he was curious and concerned about my vote. I answered him honestly: I did not know, and I was taking it to God. We do not need to make hasty decisions about our political support, and we shouldn't take our vote lightly.

If Romney is elected, I do believe that we can use his time in office to make ourselves known. We must put the pressure on Romney to keep true to his pro-life promises. We must influence him to support life in all cases. We should pray for him - for his salvation, and his conversation on the pro-life issue. 

We must continue to spread the pro-life message in all that we do - because the president of the United States is not the most powerful person in the world - YOU ARE. Each and every one of us has the power to do something remarkable. With Christ leading us and the Holy Spirit guiding us, we can end abortion. 

No matter who you choose to vote for, I have some suggestions that can help the advancement of the pro-life cause:

  • We should to continue to be involved in local and state politics. Tell your representatives that we pay their salary, we vote them in or out, and we vote pro-life first! Local elections are just as, if not more, important to the pro-life movement as national elections.
  • We can show the world who the true extremists on abortion are. I do not mind being called an extremist if it means standing up for the unborn. Most Americans do not support "social" or "elective" abortions, and are misinformed and under-educated about Obama's extreme support of abortion.
  • We must to explain to our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers, etc. why we feel so passionately about ending abortion. Through loving conversations, providing resources, and being there for them, we can make a difference and help to change hearts.
  • We need to be a voice for those who cannot speak. We need to open the eyes of those who are blinded by lies. We need to make a commitment to do our part in the pro-life movement - however big or small that part may be.

The first stepRegister to vote if you haven't already, and sign the I Vote Pro-Life First pledge to let politicians know where you stand.

The next step: Continue to tune in to this blog and Facebook page, as well as your other favorite pro-life sources to keep up with the current events of the movement and ways that you can help out locally, nationally, and globally through small actions such as donations and signing petitions, and big actions like volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center or holding an event in your area.

Note: This blog entry does not necessarily reflect the views of all pro-life and American women. The opinions in this entry belong solely to the Women Against Abortion administrator, Amber.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Welcome: Rules

This is the blog for the Facebook Page Women Against Abortion.

It is my hope that we can come together to discuss important issues at length. If anyone is interested in contributing a piece to the blog, please email Amber at womenagainstabortion@gmail.com

While this blog is run by a reformed Christian evangelist, other religious viewpoints will be tolerated as long as respect is shown. Blasphemy, cursing, and hostile comments will not be tolerated.

I understand that abortion is an issue that gets people heated up, but name-calling and bad-mouthing of the writers, commenters, and persons of interest such as victims, criminals, and politicians will not be tolerated. Addressing and debunking someone's views or argument is acceptable, attacking someone's appearance, family, gender, etc. will result in deletion and a possible ban.

Unlike the Facebook page, those who support abortion will be welcomed to join in conversation here. However, they must follow the above rules. In addition, "trolls" will be deleted and banned. Urban dictionary defines a "troll" as: "One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument."

Thank you in advance, and happy blogging!