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Democrats in the state legislature of the Archaic State of Georgia have proposed a bill that limits a man’s ability to have a vasectomy!  Really!!!

The bill suggests that a man’s choice to not conceive a child through issuance of sperm during sex is equivalent to a woman’s “choice” to abort an already fertilized egg at various fetal stages.  This is where the Southern Gentlemen (and Ladies) of the legislature show their pettiness and ignorance.

Preventative and barrier methods employed prior to sex and prior to fertilization of an egg are in no way abortive.  Termination of a human life for the sake of convenience, no matter whether six days or six months along in gestation, is still the wanton taking of human life!

Representative Yasmin Neal is quoted as saying:

If we legislate women’s bodies, it’s only fair that we legislate men’s,” said Neal, who said she wanted to write bill that would generate emotion and conversation the way anti-abortion bills do. “There are too many problems in the state. Why are you under the skirts of women? I’m sure there are other places to be.”

An otherwise intelligent Black woman, Yasmin gets it wrong as is oft the case with misguided and unprincipled Democrats.  By saying unprincipled, I guess I’m being too harsh.  The principal followed by most Dems is “live and let live—except if it’s a fetus”.

Anti-abortion laws are not about legislating a woman’s body as much as they are about saving the lives of innocent, living, growing children inside of those bodies.  As trite as it may sound these days, the time for a woman to exercise reproductive choice is before conception and more appropriately, pre-sex.  Abstention is the best form of birth control.  For those who cannot abstain, contraceptives that block conception are the next best option.  Failing those two methods are used, does a woman have the right to say “scrape it out of me” as if it’s simply a tumor?

By the same standard, if Yasmin wants to level the playing field, an equal measure she could take up is to allow the man to exercise abortive rights, not just the woman.  After all, per the words of the bill:

 “It is patently unfair that men avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly … It is the purpose of the General ASsembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men in this state and substitute the will of the government over the will of adult men.”

I say men should have the right to abortions even over the objections of the woman.  Women can exercise that right over the objections of the father and that is patently unfair.   Here’s a ridiculous rewrite one could imagine:

It is patently unfair that only women  avoid the rewards of unwanted motherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the father … It should be the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of women in this state and substitute the will of the men over the will of adult women.”

Let’s not forget that eugenics, passed into law by the legislature and imposed on men and women alike, was practiced in Georgia right up until 1963 and remained on the books until 1970!  So much for Georgia knowing the right thing to do regarding reproduction!

MOREhttp://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/21/georgia-democrats-to-propose-limitations-on-vasectomies-for-men/?hpt=us_t3 

http://www.uvm.edu/~lkaelber/eugenics/GA/GA.html

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Ach!  Is nothing sacred???

I was listening to the radio this morning as I got ready for work.  The station is a rather conservative talk radio station located in the heart of Indianapolis.  An advertisement came on and it was a woman talking about her condition—endometriosis—and the care she received from Planned Parenthood that almost certainly allowed her to conceive and deliver a healthy child.  In the wrap-up, the announcer attacks the Indiana bill that would cut off public funding of the organization and appeals to listeners to write to Governor Mitch Daniels to ask him to veto the bill.

I have a few problems here.  First, what is this drivel doing on this station?  Are they that desperate for revenue?

Getting past that issue, Planned Parenthood is clearly playing two games here.  The first is the Sympathy Game.  Have a woman come on the radio about a deeply personal issue—one that can tug at the heartstrings of the most macho of men (not that I claim to be or know)—and have her talk of what she might have lost out on had it not been for Planned Parenthood.  The second game is the classic Shell Game.

In the Shell Game, Planned Parenthood—“PP” from here out—asks the listener to protect funding sourced from tax dollars because of valuable medical services provided to women.  If the bill is passed, women will suffer.  Even the woman in the spot claims she may not have been able to afford medical treatment if not for PP.

Non Sequitor!

Conversely, she may have been able to afford treatment too.  There is no conclusive evidence that she would not have been able to seek financial assistance or alternate care elsewhere.  She says “may not”, not “could not”.  Shell #1 and no pea!

Here’s shell #2:  PP wants the listener to believe that funds are kept separately and that no tax dollars fund abortions.  OK, maybe that’s true.  Maybe not.  Let’s do a simple exercise:

Let’s say an abortion costs $25.  PP has $75 to work with.  Other medical care and operating costs come to $50.  Running spots on the radio and TV cost $25.  Of course, these are fictitious numbers for the sake of proving a point.  They have $100 in costs but only $75 to work with so something has to give.  Ah, wait!  They get $25 from the State of Indiana.  Now they have their $100!  They can now use our $25 for radio and TV and their own $25 for abortions.  Hey!  They used their own money, not ours!  Maybe, but by being able to use ours for other things, including campaigning and lobbying to protect their interests, their funds are available for funding abortions.  It’s not direct funding but indirect funding.  The result is the same—tax dollars make it possible for PP to continue providing abortions.  If you look at their website, the link towards the bottom says it all: 

“Take Action”

“Stay informed about legislative moves affecting reproductive justice in Indiana”

Clearly, their stance is about protecting abortion—not in providing treatment for endometriosis.  Again from their site:

“HB 1210 will, by all accounts, make Indiana one of the most anti-choice states in the country.  PPIN President and CEO Betty Cockrum asserts that in its current form, HB 1210 will also make Indiana one of the most anti-woman states in the country.  Today’s defunding measure puts the preventive health care of 22,000 Hoosiers at risk.”

No, Indiana is not “anti-woman” in the least.  It is “anti-public funding for abortion”.  We the taxpayers should have a say in how our dollars are spent and we say “No!”

Sorry, no pea!

Shell #3:  Here’s the pea!  If PP really didn’t need public funding in order to continue providing abortions… If PP wouldn’t be hurt where it counts most to them, that is, in ensuring abortion stays legal… If money didn’t talk, we wouldn’t have such drivel on a conservative radio station.  The spot shows their desperation in holding on to every precious dollar.  Sorta reminds me of NPR’s battle to keep federal tax dollars.

Truth is that there are plenty of options for women’s healthcare needs and PP is but one of them.  While they may provide care for many women, the world will go on if/when/once the tax dollar flow is stopped.

MORE:

http://www.fox59.com/wxin-planned-parenthood-measure-to-cut-planned-parenthood-funding-passes-indiana-senate-20110419,0,6002375.story

 http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/planned-parenthood-indiana-lose-federal-funding/

http://www.wthr.com/story/14477306/senate-oks-bill-to-cut-planned-parenthood-funding

http://www.ppin.org/

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No, I have not changed MY credo, but this seems to be the stand some of my earlier readers have suggested might be theirs.  And as I looked into the issue around the Tim Tebow ad to air during the Super Bowl, I got the sense that there are many more out there who share that view.

Apparently, there are people who feel that a positive story about a woman who was advised to abort a mass of fetal tissue is not a story worthy of being told or shared with millions of viewers.  (However, a sexy ad for Doritos is???  Where are our values?)  No, to show this ad is tantamount to hate speech according to protestors and shows the intolerance of the pro-life camp.

Interestingly enough, ABC’s coverage of the issue portrays the opponents as intolerant—a word more likely used by those on the other side of the issue to describe pro-lifers:  “Today, members of a group supporting abortion rights launched a web campaign against a CBS Super Bowl ad they have never seen.” (Dan Harris, ABC News)  The story shows a few women holding signs that attack CBS and one woman says “Completely Blatant Sellouts” to describe the network.

Intolerant indeed!

So why has this country moved from a fundamental like Freedom of Speech to such intolerance?  Why is it OK to espouse liberal views but the epitome of intolerance and ignorance to speak in opposition to gay rights, abortion, or some of the other hot buttons of today?  Why such a rant against a 30-second ad?

I could offer some answers here but I’d rather hear what YOU have to say about this.  You don’t have to agree with me here—Freedom of Speech still means something in this blog.

But before I turn over the keyboard, here’s what Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family, had to say about it:

Tim and Pam share our respect for life and our passion for helping families thrive,” Daly said. “They live what we see every day – that the desire for family closeness is written on the hearts of every generation. Focus on the Family is about nurturing that desire and strengthening families by empowering them with the tools they need to live lives rooted in morals and values.”  (Note:  Pam is Tim’s mother.)

Last thoughts:  American society is so actively trying to redefine what a family is (or is not) and is striving for a point where life is lived as pleasurably as possible without moral constraints.  We have lost so much!  To be able to watch TV shows and movies that blatantly “entertain” using lower moral standards—and then to rail against less-than-a-minute of a positive and uplifting ad that promotes a key factor in the continuation of the human race seems not only intolerant—it seems pretty stupid.

MORE:

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/tim-tebow-super-bowl-ad-cbs-air-controversial/story?id=9667638

http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/12480

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/about_us/news_room/news-releases/20100115-focus-on-the-family-to-air-super-bowl-ad.aspx

MOTHER TERESA QUOTES:

  • I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.”
  • “And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”
  •  “By abortion the Mother does not learn to love, but kills her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women to the same trouble. So abortion leads to more abortion.”
  • “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion”
  • “Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor”
  • “Many people are concerned with children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is the greatest destroyer of peace today- abortion which brings people to such blindness.”
  • “We must remember that life begins at home and we must also remember that the future of humanity passes through the family”
  • “The way to plan the family is natural family planning not contraception. In destroying the power of giving life, through contraception, a husband or wife is doing something to self, and so it destroys the gift of life in him or her”
  • “Once that living love is destroyed by contraception, abortion follows very easily”
  • It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you live as you wish(My favorite!)

 

Note:  That’s not to say I agree with all of her statements, or necessarily with all of a particular statement.  I wanted to share her quotes anyway for those who may find them of interest.

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Sanctity of Life means just that… all human life is sacred and only God has the right to take that life.  With this position, I mean the life of the unborn, the life of the aged and infirm, AND the life of those who take the lives of others.  That would include those who perform abortions, participate in euthanasia, executioners, and those in the criminal element who would deprive others of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  The life of Dr George Tiller was no more or no less sacred than the life of any other human being on the planet.  The right to claim his life did not belong Scott Roeder or any other radical anti-abortionist.

I am pro-life.  I am sorrowed at the heinous way in which Mr Roeder struck out at the doctor and resent the potential black eye he has caused those of us who are truly pro-life.  Mr Roeder does not represent me or anyone else I know who claims to be pro-life.

TillerFor whatever good this man feels he has done, the work of the abortion industry will continue and other doctors will fill the shoes of Dr Tiller.  The pro-choice supporters will sadly make a poster child of this murderer, using his radicalism in an attempt to expose the hypocrisy of our legitimate position on life.  Again, Mr Roeder does not speak for or represent those of us who respect all human life.

It is important for both sides to respect the supporters of these opposing views.  We can respect each other even though we may not respect or appreciate the positions we take on the issue.  I am equally troubled at a late-term abortion and the loss of the innocent life of the unborn.  But killing one medical professional is not the answer to this problem.  What Mr Roeder has perhaps not stopped to consider is that had Dr Tiller lived, he may have one day become a strong champion for the pro-life camp.  For example, where is Norma McCorvey these days?  The former “Jane Roe” is now on the front lines of the pro-life fight.

Take note:  Human life is sacred and no-one knows what God may do with that life for His purposes.  Therefore, no-one other than God has the right to exercise that power of life and death.  While some would try to usurp that authority—Dr Tiller and Mr Roeder among others—they are wrong.  And their lives are no less sacred.

MORE:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/01/kansas.doctor.killed.charges/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/01/tiller.profile/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/06/02/kansas.doctor.killed/index.html   

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_McCorvey

George Tiller:   “I chose to become an abortion doctor because abortion is the single greatest issue of civil rights and personal freedom for women.”

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ndThe University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) has invited President Barack Obama to speak at the May 17th commencement ceremony.  The Catholic university is under attack by many who feel that having a dignitary speak who supports abortion and embryonic stem-cell research is an affront to the church.  Indeed, these are two issues which the Catholic church is dead-set against.  While it must be a prestigious feather in Notre Dame’s cap to have the new president speak, it does seem a contradiction of the school’s values and founding principles to do so. 

On April 10, 2009, Archbishop of Indianapolis, Daniel M Buechlein, wrote a letter to the school’s president, John I Jenkins, to express his disagreement on the matter and closes it by saying “I await some action that indicates your regret concerning a truly wrong decision.

Bravo! 

Sadly, the archbishop doesn’t expect a response, nor does he expect the invitation to be rescinded.  It would seem it was important enough of an issue to weigh in whether or not any change or response is forthcoming.

But why not push for change?  Change is the very platform upon which the speaker in question rose to his current office.  Seems a “wrong decision” requires SOMETHING!  A change in direction perhaps?

It seems the archbishops who have spoken out against this including John D’Arcy in whose diocese the school sits should have more leverage in the matter—of course, consider my ignorance as to the hierarchies within the Catholic church.  Still, to write a letter of objection and indicate that some penitent action should be taken, but then to dismiss the letter as little more than a need to express an opinion is pretty lame.  Gee, why not just blog about it?

Where is the real conviction here?

MORE:

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/19174099/detail.html

http://cf.theindychannel.com/ind/sh/con_surveycontest_display/displaySurveyResults.cfm?contentid=19020597&sitekey=IND&questionum=1&answer1=2

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israel-houghton-leading_001Israel Houghton.

For the second time in my life, I had the pleasure of hearing this man “in concert”.  Actually, each time was more like a live worship service than a concert.  This past Friday night, Israel and Chris Tomlin were at Conseco Fieldhouse here in Indianapolis.  It was an evening probably unlike any other that this venue has seen.  There were thousands of people singing and praising God together.  It was a great place to be on a Friday night.

In a stirring testimony, Israel shared with us that he had been conceived out of wedlock and that his mother was advised to have an abortion.  At the time, late-term abortions were not en vogue, so it is more than likely that the pressure to have an abortion was heaviest on this woman before Israel’s father abandoned her.  How or why she carried this child despite the message around her, we don’t know.  But we did hear how a woman crossed the street one day to talk to her and to let her know that God has not forgotten here—that He loves her and cares about her.  That changed her life and the life of the son she would deliver a month or so later.

Israel has ministered to thousands around the world because of this simple message of love.  His music is sung in churches far and wide.  It is probably safe to say that his ministry has helped to change lives.  And all because a young woman said “No” to abortion and “Yes” to God’s unconditional love.

A butterfly in the Amazon rain forest flutters its wings.  The air stirs and a small whisper of air moves past the ferns, gathering moisture from the fronds.

MORE:

Hello Love Tour – http://www.christomlin.com/index.php?option=com_gigcal&Itemid=26  (If you can go, GO!)

Indiana Blog – http://christomlin.com/blog/2009/03/28/the-fastest-city-in-indiana/

https://trebord.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/the-butterfly-effect-1/

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Mike and Stephanie Maciborski may be part of the answer.  A few years ago, they adopted Andrew.  Another few years would pass before they adopted Mark.  I don’t think either parent can imagine what life would be like today without these two wonderful boys in the family.  You see, Mike and Stephanie could not conceive on their own and if not for adoption, they would be childless.

But that is only part of the story.

snowThe story really begins with the in vitro fertilization of an egg.  Better yet, the story began with the in vitro conception of a human life.  The resulting embryo is frozen and stored at a fertility facility until the egg donor is ready for its implantation.  If that day never comes, or should there be more embryos than the mother is ready or willing to accept, the remaining embryos may be disposed of.  In short, they are discarded and may end up in a bio-hazard waste bin or in the petri dish of a scientist intent on harvesting the stem cells they contain.

In this case, the story moves to an infertile couple in California with an appreciation for the sanctity of human life.  The opportunity to adopt these two embryos gave life a chance, and gave Mike and Stephanie a family.

Sadly, there are probably few people who have embryos in storage who are aware of the option to offer their unused/unwanted embryos up for adoption.  Perhaps the state in which they reside does not offer such adoptions.  In any case, the sad truth is that many people just don’t know that there are options out there for them besides throwing away a life.

I would encourage you to research this matter further.  If a program exists in your state, learn all you can and help spread information about the service.  If a program does not exist, look for ways to join or support groups that may be trying to institute such a program.  If no groups exist, consider whether it’s a calling in your life to start the process on your own.

We may not be able to stop the Federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, but perhaps we can lessen the number of discarded embryos at the disposal of scientists.  We may not be able to save every life out there, but one life saved is invaluable.  But if we do nothing… 

Well, how can we know and do nothing?

MORE:

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=6523605

I don’t think one can watch the video and not be moved by the wonderful difference Mike and Stephanie have made!   Thank you both for sharing!

There is always another option!

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/article_1683290.php

http://www.embryoadoption.org/

http://www.embryodonation.org/

http://www.nightlight.org/snowflakeadoption.htm

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/719691/embryo_adoption_a_stepbystep_guide.html?cat=52

RELATED:

https://trebord.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/hypocrisy-obama-style/

 

 

 

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