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Did the Mainstream Media Make a Mistake?
On January 22, 2010 over 650,000 people came to Washington DC for the March for Life. Vice President Pence was there to join us in delivering a message on life. He along with others such as Senator from Montana, Steve Daines, Congressman Dan Lipinski, Congressman Chris Smith, Ben Shapiro, Dr. Alveda King, and more, came to take a stand for life. From what I saw, there was little to no coverage in the main stream media on this positive event that supports and stands boldly for the life of the unborn. In fact, USA Today said, "Thousands of anti-abortion activists, including many young people bundled up against the cold weather gripping the nation's capital, gathered at a stage on the National Mall Friday for their annual march in the long-contentious debate over abortion." However, what you did hear about in mainstream media is about a group of young men that came to Washington DC to take a stand for life. You heard at first about them being accused of racial slurs, surrounding an older Native American, and acting in a way that was not very becoming to the cause they were just supporting. The media blasted these young men. Made them out to be young, white, bullies that were wearing their MAGA hats. This was sure convenient for the media. They now had a story that would take over the news outlets and not let the nation focus on the peaceful demonstration that was held. It was to come out later, the full footage of what really transpired between the young men, the Native American, and the Black Hebrew Israelites. To whoever captured the whole footage of what transpired, God bless you for releasing the truth. The sad part to me is this, our nation never really heard about the greatness of those 650,000 people coming together to march with one focus, in unity, together, braving the cold. They came to say, "Life is important. These children that are being aborted are important and they have a future ahead of them. They are there to say that this horrible practice needs to stop. " Let us not forget the message. Continue to pray until each unborn child rests safely in their mother's womb until it is time for them to come forth. Pray for our Senators, Congressmen and women. Pray for our President and Vice President and their families. Pray for your other pro life brothers and sisters that we stand strong and speak out. That we rise to the occasion. Until They Are All Safe, Deb Cutlip Legislative Director, Berrien County Right to Life Chapter
New York Abortion Bill
Our hearts are breaking for our nation right now. This past couple of weeks have rocked our nation. Jay Sekulow called it "the most barbaric abortion law that's ever been passed." Our nation is now more divided than ever. New York's Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has now signed into law, abortions that are now able to be preformed on an infant still inside of it's mother, up until the moment of it's birth. This removes any criminal legal protections under New York's law for unborn babies. Please be praying for those in New York and for the states that are following in their footsteps. For more information from the American Center for Law and Justice and a video from founder Jay Sekulow, click here.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act The U.S. House of Representatives voted 238-183 on January 24, 2017, for H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment is annual legislation attached to the budget which prevents your tax dollars from paying directly for most abortions. The legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration, where it may have a filibuster from the pro-abortion minority of senators. ACTION NEEDED: Contact Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and tell them: "Please support S. 184, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. A majority of Americans oppose our tax dollars being used to pay for abortions."
Stop Dismemberment Abortions Protecting unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions is a legislative priority for Michigan. A law is needed because D&E dismemberment abortions are as brutal as the partial-birth abortion method, which is now illegal in Michigan and the United States. Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House adding D&E dismemberment abortions to our state's ban on partial-birth abortion. Learn more about dismemberment abortions. ACTION NEEDED: Circulate the Petition to End Dismemberment Abortions. The petition can be found here.
Lyin' About Late-Term Abortions"Lie" and "gaslighting" are strong words, but they are necessary to use in this case.
Yesterday a majority of the U.S. Senate voted to ban most abortions past 20 weeks based on evidence that the unborn child can feel pain. The bill was blocked by a filibuster of 44 Democrats and 2 Republicans.
The most frequent argument against the bill that we saw was that most women who have abortions past 20 weeks have some health issue, or the child has a fatal condition or disability. Here's an example, from Planned Parenthood: It's a bad argument for three reasons:
A) Killing someone is not an appropriate response to suffering. B) Having a disability doesn't diminish your human rights. C) It isn't true. It's a lie.
It's not like this is a mistake, or an assumption, or wishful thinking. Planned Parenthood's own favorite research institution has studied the issue. They found most women who have late-term abortions past 20 weeks fit one of these five profiles:
1) Single mothers with other children. 2) Depression or substance abuse. 3) Relationship issues or domestic violence. 4) Trouble deciding earlier in the pregnancy. 5) Young and without children.
These are reasons for many early abortions as well. Conspicuously absent is any mention of a child with a disability or health issues.
It's also a disingenuous argument. Planned Parenthood doesn't oppose a ban on late-term abortions because of health issues, they oppose them because they believe no unborn child has a right to life at any point in pregnancy. If such an exception were included in a late-term ban, Planned Parenthood would move on to a completely different and equally-deceptive argument to oppose it. Planned Parenthood knows that late-term abortion bans usually poll in the 60 percent range, and that even many self-identified pro-choice Democrats support such bans, so they have to skirt the issue.
Planned Parenthood gaslights the public, they gaslight the media, and they gaslight their own supporters. Gaslighting is a term for emotional/mental abuse that involves repeatedly lying and deceiving someone, with the goal of having them question their own perceptions and instead rely on the deceptive person for their view of reality.
Practically every common argument or talking point from the abortion industry involves deception of some kind: only 3 percent of Planned Parenthood's work involves abortions, "heavily edited" undercover videos involving fetal tissue trafficking, Planned Parenthood's fictitious mammogram machines, or the lie that launched the movement into the mainstream itself: back alley abortions. We could go on and on.
Why do Planned Parenthood and others do this? Because the second you acknowledge even a sliver of the truth or the humanity of the unborn child, the entire abortion house of cards comes tumbling down. Abortion rests on the idea that a child has zero moral worth before the moment of birth, or as former Sen. Barbara Boxer put it, a baby doesn't have value until you take her home from the hospital.
Just yesterday in discussing with someone the reasons women have abortions past 20 weeks, the person was unable to accept that the study discussed above from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute was legitimate. The person claimed the study was about abortion after 14 weeks, even though the title of the study is, "Who Seeks Abortions at or After 20 Weeks?". She was unable to accept the truth, and confabulated a reason to ignore the evidence.
That's why you can show someone a video of Planned Parenthood talking in their own words about selling the organs of aborted babies, and the person will likely find an excuse to assume what they've just seen isn't real or must be a deception itself. They are incapable of believing Planned Parenthood is in the wrong.
That's why it's important to keep your cool when debating people who support abortion. Most abortion supporters aren't dismissing your claims to purposefully lie or deceive. Their support of abortion rests on denying the reality of the unborn child, and they have been conditioned to accept claims from Planned Parenthood uncritically and doubt everything the profile movement says. Getting angry at them only drives them further away from your point.
That doesn't mean the prolife movement should abandon debunking pro-abortion claims. You can still sow seeds of doubt in abortion supporters, and sometimes they do see the truth when they are ready to emotionally accept it. So be patient, and continue keeping your arguments grounded in the facts and on point.
You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. *Right to Life Michigan
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 238-183 on January 24, 2017, for H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. The Hyde Amendment is annual legislation attached to the budget which prevents your tax dollars from paying directly for most abortions. The legislation now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration, where it may have a filibuster from the pro-abortion minority of senators. ACTION NEEDED: Contact Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and tell them: "Please support S. 184, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. A majority of Americans oppose our tax dollars being used to pay for abortions."
Stop dismemberment abortions
Protecting unborn children from the brutality of dismemberment abortions is a legislative priority for Michigan. A law is needed because D&E dismemberment abortions are as brutal as the partial-birth abortion method, which is now illegal in Michigan and the United States. Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House adding D&E dismemberment abortions to our state's ban on partial-birth abortion. Learn more about dismemberment abortions. ACTION NEEDED: Circulate the Petition to End Dismemberment Abortions. The petition can be found here.