“I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” ~ Ronald Reagan, President, United States of America, 1981-1989
The race is on to get experimental COVID shots into little kids — why? Children Health Defense | LifeSite News | Oct. 21, 2021 The race is on to get experimental COVID shots into little kids — why? According to the Oct. 8 data release from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), more than 21,000 adverse events, including 24 deaths (two of which were suicides), have been reported in the U.S. in 12- to 17-year-olds following experimental COVID shots. VAERS also received 111 reports of COVID-vaccine-related deaths in young adults in their late teens and twenties. To read the rest of the article, click HERE.
‘I will never comply with evil’: Pro-lifer Abby Johnson on abortion-tainted vaccines Johnson demonstrated that the abortion industry is about ‘access to abortion at any and all cost,’ including the life of the mother. LifeSite News | Emily Mangiaracina | Oct 5, 2021 One of the world’s most powerful pro-life voices on Saturday decried vaccines tied to abortion, now culminating in the Catholic clergy’s encouraging what Abby Johnson characterized as cooperation with evil. At the Catholic Identity Conference in Pittsburgh, former Planned Parenthood facility director turned pro-life warrior Abby Johnson explained that it’s not only the abortion industry that has sunk to new lows in its callous disregard for the lives of mothers: The Catholic hierarchy has promoted evil by encouraging the use of vaccines developed with cell lines of aborted children, even becoming complicit in forced abortion-tainted vaccination.
Johnson, who left Planned Parenthood 12 years ago after being shaken while assisting an ultrasound-guided abortion, highlighted the fact that the abortion industry has become more “brazen” than ever before in promoting the killing of the unborn. To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
Who's Missing in the 2020 Census? By Right to Life of Michigan | August 19, 2021 | Prolife News
Last week, details from the 2020 census made news everywhere. The population count is monumentally important for a variety of critical public policies. Of particular focus in this decade’s census are the racial and ethnic numbers. The diversification of America was the top media takeaway in practically every single newscast. Something is missing from the discussion, though. To be exact, approximately 9.4 million Americans including 248,568 Michiganders, are missing from the 2020 census. Those are how many abortions were reported since the last census in 2010.
Overcome Horror with Prayer: State of the Union for Abortion Article by John Ensor, Guest Contributor | Desiring God | August 27, 20201
Several months into a new executive administration, how might we describe the state of affairs when it comes to abortion in America? Grievous would not be too strong a word. Distressing and outrageous also describe my response to the renewed efforts to enshrine abortion as health care, turn it into a super-spreader event worldwide, and purge dissenters working within the U.S. government who think it’s wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being. But though God can, without sin, “let loose . . . his burning anger, wrath, indignation, and distress” (Psalm 78:49), I cannot. So, what follows is a brief state of the union for abortion that should fuel our first and best response: prayer. To read the rest of the article, click HERE.
Does “Breath of Life” in Scripture Mean an Unborn Child Isn’t Human Until They’re Born and Breathing? By Randy Alcorn, EPM | October 6, 2021
I read someone’s argument on social media that “Human life occurs at the moment God breathes into [naphach] the biological life the breath of life [neshamat chayyim, ‘soul life’]. This happens at birth.” When several other commenters pointed this person to what Scripture has to say about God forming the unborn, they responded, Job 31:15 & Psalm 139:13 refer to God’s involvement in the “mediate” creation of biological life, which began after God created Adam & Eve through “immediate” creation. Biological life is created from existing material, whereas soul life is created after a pattern (God’s) at birth. …The bible clearly teaches soul life is imputed at birth. The pattern of creation is: 1) biological life is completely formed 2) God breathes soul life into the completed biological life 3) Human life is created. …Scripture is clear about human life beginning at birth. Even Christ elucidated that BIRTH is the beginning of human life, just as being BORN AGAIN is the beginning of our spiritual life. He didn't say we must be “conceived again.” Likewise, some prochoice religious groups argue that as Adam’s life began when God breathed into him, so each human life begins when the baby is born and takes his first breath. This demonstrates a misunderstanding of the nature of the unborn’s respiration. John Davis writes in his book Abortion and the Christian: While breathing in the usual sense does not begin until birth, the process of respiration in the more technical biological sense of the transfer of oxygen from the environment of the living organism occurs from the time of conception...it is the mode but not the fact of this oxygen transfer which changes at birth. The creation of Adam was historically unique, never again to be duplicated, and has no parallel to the birth of a child. As Harold O. J. Brown put it in his book Death Before Birth: If God took inanimate matter and made a man from it, as Genesis 2:7 seems to be saying, then obviously what he created was not a human being until it was given life. But the fetus is not “inanimate matter.” It is already alive. And it is already human....to apply Genesis 2:7 to human beings who were carried for nine months in a mother’s womb before birth is clearly ridiculous. This argument is seldom used by people who take Scripture seriously. Since Scripture clearly refers to the unborn as living beings--as it does to Jacob and Esau and David conceived a sinner, and hence a human being, in Psalm 51--before they took their first breath outside their mother’s body, it refutes the contention that Scripture teaches life begins with the first breath. (See Biblical Perspectives on Unborn Children.) What more would you want these passages to say if they were suggesting that life begins long before a child is breathing on his own? The breath of life is from God, not a technical reference to a person’s ability to breathe. Since science clearly shows us that the unborn takes in oxygen from his mother, why does this not qualify as breathing? If someone has one lung removed due to cancer, are they now half a human being? If a patient is capable of breathing only 40% of the oxygen he needs, is he now only 40% human, and 60% nonhuman? A legalistic association of breathing and humanness is not only unbiblical, it’s ultimately bizarre. Sadly, everyone I’ve interacted with who’s taken this position has admitted that they are using it to justify abortion. In my study of Scripture, I believe it’s nothing more than a distortion of God’s Word. To read the rest of the blog, click HERE.
Ben Watson on Why We Need a Culture of Life to Address America’s Falling Birth Rate By Randy Alcorn | May 26, 2021 Retired NFL player Benjamin Watson is husband to Kirsten and father of seven precious children. He recently wrote an excellent opinion piece in Newsweek titled “To Address America's Declining Birth Rate, We Need a Culture of Life.” Ben says this: Americans aren’t having kids like they used to. The most recent census shows that the U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest level since 1979. In fact, the birth rate has fallen almost every year since 1991. Today, at just 1.64 births per woman, American families aren’t even having enough babies to meet the replacement rate of 2.1 births. To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
Babies were aborted alive, placed in fridge to harvest cell lines used in some vaccines Researcher: These babies were literally placed into the fridge alive and then stored between one and 24 hours until they could be dismembered. By Pete Baklinski | February 19, 2021 Cell lines derived from aborted babies used in the production or testing of various vaccines, including a number of COVID vaccines, most likely came from babies who were aborted alive, and according to the general practice as outlined in medical literature, may have been placed in a fridge while still living where they awaited dismemberment before having their organs harvested, a researcher has found. Biologist Pamela Acker, who has a master’s degree in Biology from the Catholic University of America and who recently authored a book titled Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective, related what the literature says about how babies were aborted to obtain cell lines used in a number of vaccines. To learn more, click HERE.
Planned Parenthood’s New Way to Make Money, Selling Hormone Replacement Therapy Article by NICOLE RUSSELL | February 19, 2021 | LifeNews.com Journalist Abigail Shrier recently shed light on Planned Parenthood’s increasing involvement in what some call “transgender activism” or the transgender revolution. In a post on her Substack account, Shrier describes reading a Twitter thread from a former Planned Parenthood employee—a person she later interviewed. In both the thread and interview, the former employee highlighted the abortion giant’s increasing involvement in prescribing hormone treatments to patients. Shrier, a freelance writer and author of “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” describes the former employee’s tweets about Planned Parenthood’s new mission: ‘[T]hey still provide vital services for women,’ she wrote on Twitter, and anti-abortion activists ‘will jump at any opportunity to smear them.’ But she went on to write: ‘Having said that, their recent roles in trans activism are abhorrent, and they’re digging their own grave.’ The Planned Parenthood clinic where she worked was located in a small town of roughly 30,000. Abortions were the clinic’s ‘bread and butter,’ something this employee fully supports. But, she noted, ‘trans-identifying kids are cash cows, and they are kept on the hook for the foreseeable future in terms of follow-up appointments, bloodwork, meetings, etc., whereas abortions are (hopefully) a one-and-done situation.’ To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
The Land That Turns Women into Ostriches Greg Morse, Staff writer | desiringGod.org | January 22, 2021 When God looks down at America, does he see a land where ostriches roam? In Scripture, the presence of ostriches in the land signifies desolation. Their presence in the Prophets is a sign of a barren, uninhabited land: “Wild beasts shall dwell with hyenas in Babylon, and ostriches shall dwell in her. She shall never again have people, nor be inhabited for all generations” (Jeremiah 50:39). To read the rest of the article, click HERE.
RAISING PRO-LIFE KIDS: 4 WAYS TO TEACH THE SANCTITY OF LIFE BY RICK BECKER, DECEMBER 10, 2020 | Focus on the Family We live in a world that seems obsessed with solving problems by destroying life instead of nurturing it. These 4 ideas can help you to form passionate pro-life hearts in your children. To read more, click HERE. Photo credit: Sarah Pflug on burst.shopify.com
COVID Vaccines and Fetal Cells: What’s Ethical and What Isn’t? Blog by RANDY ALCORN | Eternal Perspective Ministries | JANUARY 13, 2021 In this blog, our goal is to provide biblically relevant information and resources to examine related to the COVID-19 vaccines. Because of the long history of fetal tissue research that I believe is entirely unethical, I approach this subject with great seriousness. Earlier in the fall some prolife groups warned that the then upcoming COVID vaccines, at least some of them, would use tissue derived from at least one aborted child. However, some of these reports also claimed that the first vaccines to be approved, which would likely be used by the most people, would be among those utilizing aborted fetal tissue. Believing outdated and/or false information, some are embracing or spreading confusion. To read the rest of the blog, click HERE.
Abortion and the Coronavirus Vaccines Article published in Right to Life of Michigan ProLife Update | December 10, 2020 Many prolife people are rightfully concerned about using any vaccination that is not ethically created and are wondering if any of the coronavirus vaccines contain the cells of aborted babies. Some do, and some don't. Currently there are only two vaccines that have successfully completed Phase III trials: Pfizer’s and Moderna’s. Both are grown in a non-cell substance, and therefore do not contain any fetal tissue, which is good news. However, it must be noted that both were tested on cells from the HEK-293 cell line derived from the kidney of a child aborted in the Netherlands in 1973. Even though Pfizer and Moderna do not use fetal tissue inside their COVID-19 vaccines, there are some companies working on vaccines that do. Some vaccines also in development have no ethical concerns. Click here to see the Vaccine info and list available from Right to Life of Michigan.
Pastors, It’s a Great Kindness to Talk to Your Church about Abortion BY RANDY ALCORN | Eternal Perspectives Ministries |December 11, 2020 Many Christians and even some pastors have told me, “It’s cruel to bring up the subject of abortion.” But by talking about abortion in our churches—with grace and truth—we will prevent abortions and offer forgiveness and healing to women and men who are suffering in silence. Isn’t that an act of kindness both to unborn children and their parents? Because it will potentially make some people feel bad, would we therefore not talk about adultery, lying, stealing, or the need to share our faith in Christ or abstain from pornography, gossip, and greed? If we knew a number of people in our churches had abused their children, shouldn’t that motivate us to talk about child abuse, rather than not talk about it? To read the rest of the article, click HERE.
Murders That Won’t Go Viral - The Quiet Injustice Too Few Protest Article by Samuel Sey, Guest Contributor | Desiring God.org | October30, 2020 Our society forgets about aborted babies. We Christians cannot forget them too. It is all too easy to forget about aborted babies. It is all too easy to forget faces we never see and little ones we never hold. We don’t witness viral videos of preborn babies being killed as they squirm helpless. We don’t see little caskets lined up for their little bodies. Over the last several months of COVID-19, we have remembered the oldest among us, but have we forgotten about the youngest among us? As we remember perceived police brutality against black people, have we forgotten Planned Parenthood’s brutality against (black) babies? To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
Doctor Says There’s No Scenario Where Killing Baby in Late-Term Abortion Protects Women’s Health Article by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | October 22, 2020 A prominent doctor who is also a member of Congress indicates there’s not any scenario where killing a baby in an abortion protects women’s health. Doctor and Kansas Rep. Roger W. Marshall wrote an op-ed saying there aren’t any reasons why a late-term abortion is necessary to protect a woman’s health. “To this day, I can’t think of a single scenario where I thought a late-term abortion would help to improve a woman’s mental health,” Marshall wrote in a Monday op-ed published by Fox News. “Contrary to the pro-abortion movement, regardless of the mother’s underlying medical health, I never saw the scenario where we had to choose between a mom’s life and a baby,” Marshall wrote. To read the rest of the story, click HERE.
Planned Parenthood Finally Admits Founder Margaret Sanger’s Racism, But Will They Change What They Do? Article by Randy Alcorn | July 27, 2020 | EPM.org Thirty years ago I spent many hours in a Portland library reading and photocopying article after article in years of original issues of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Review. I was shocked at the blatant racism I found there, and her chilling proposal of eugenics to eliminate the “human weeds” of what she called inferior (non-white) races. To read the rest of the story, click here.
The Petition Drive to Ban Dismemberment Abortion Ends On July 13, Planned Parenthood issued an expected challenge to the second sample of signatures for the Michigan Values Life petition drive to end dismemberment abortions. Sadly, that challenge has invalidated enough signatures to end the petition drive. We know we submitted signatures from more than 340,047 registered voters. It is tragic that children will continue to be dismembered because we lost just enough signatures due to errors and petition damage like small tears and stains.
Instead of focusing on court challenges regarding the counting process, we will be focusing on the critical 2020 elections moving forward. For those who worked so hard on this petition drive, thank you! You did an excellent job. The bulk of the errors were things beyond your control, specifically people not knowing their voter registration status or forgetting they already signed the petition. Unlike our previous petition drives, we were forced to fight a series of unprecedented battles we did not choose. We had to retrain volunteers for a different petition drive law, the dismemberment ban was never sent to the governor to veto, a competing pro-life petition drive confused people, and we faced other challenges every step of the way. The biggest hurdle was the large turnout in the 2018 election, which increased the number of signatures required. Our signature total would have been more than required in any previous year in Michigan history. We submitted about 65,000 more signatures than we did in our successful petition drive in 2013 to stop taxes from paying for abortion insurance coverage. It wasn’t enough this time.
Your effort behind this petition drive was worth it and will carry forward. We educated more than 400,000 people about this barbaric abortion procedure. We will need them in the future, because we will continue working until we end this form of violence and protect the lives of every unborn child. ~Published by Right to Life of Michigan in the Pro-Life Update on July 21, 2020.
Why a Dismemberment Abortion Ban?
Since New York’s Legislature cheered legislation endorsing abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy, the prolife movement has been on the move. Many people who considered themselves prolife but didn’t commit themselves to regular efforts to end abortion have suddenly been awakened, angered, and activated.
In recent years, the prolife movement has been very successful pursuing prolife legislation on the state level. In just the last few months, that activity has become even more energized. Not only are more people getting involved, but with the replacement of pro-abortion U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Roe v. Wade faces its first real danger in a generation. Many people new to the movement have seen prolife legislation being passed in other states and are wondering what Michigan will do as a response to New York and other states supporting abortion-on-demand. In Michigan, our focus will be a ban on the dismemberment abortion procedure (also called a D&E abortion).
Sadly, in Michigan, this prolife crescendo came at a bad time. Michigan went from having an indifferent governor in Rick Snyder to now having an actively pro-abortion governor in Gretchen Whitmer. The silver lining is Michigan voters returned prolife majorities to the state legislature. Right to Life of Michigan will work to advance all legislation possible, but in light of this split in Michigan government, there’s only a few prolife bills likely to be supported by both the Legislature and Governor Whitmer. These bills probably won’t deal directly with abortion, unless Governor Whitmer has a miraculous change of heart.
However, Michigan’s Constitution has a provision that doesn’t require miracles for prolife bills to become laws in this situation—all it requires is hard work, and tons of it. Citizens can initiate legislation directly to the Legislature by collecting a large number of signatures. If the Michigan House and Senate approve the legislation, it becomes law without any input from the governor.
Right to Life of Michigan and our dozens of local affiliates have been very successful in the past using these petition drives, most recently in 2013. We’ve used it to pass legislation to require parental consent for minor teens seeking abortions, ban partial birth abortion, and prevent insurance from becoming part of every health insurance plan. Our 1987 petition drive to end Medicaid-funded abortions in Michigan has saved an estimated 228,917 lives so far! We still want to provide Governor Whitmer with opportunities to do the right thing and send her prolife bills. However, the most likely scenario is that any big, impactful prolife bills in the next two years will require prolifers to engage in a gigantic grassroot effort to collect hundreds of thousands of signatures in the span of several weeks. Such an effort requires a laser-like focus, and for the next two years the focus of Right to Life of Michigan and our affiliates is on a bill to ban dismemberment abortion.
Why a dismemberment ban? Several other states have advanced different pieces of big, impactful prolife legislation: bans on abortion after 20 weeks, heartbeat bans, bans on sex-selection abortion, banning abortions targeting children with disabilities, and some have passed dismemberment bans. Some have passed a combination of two or more of these bills. Michigan is unique. Michigan has an important Michigan Supreme Court precedent from 1973, shortly after Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton were decided. Michigan law has banned abortion except to save the life of the mother since 1846. After Roe was decided in 1973, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in People v. Bricker that Roe and Doe are only blocking enforcement of Michigan's law; Michigan's law was not repealed. Our abortion ban is in legal effect, but only partially-enforceable at the moment.
Our situation is truly unique. The day Roe v. Wade is overturned, our law has an opportunity to go back into effect. So, Michigan law already bans abortions after 20 weeks, or after a heartbeat is detected, or abortion targeted at a specific demographic. For any of those laws to go into effect, Roe likely needs to be completely overturned; when Roe is overturned, any of those laws would become legally pointless in Michigan since our ban covers them anyway. Other states are not so lucky; very few will have the opportunity to immediately end abortion after Roe goes.
A ban on dismemberment abortion is different from those other laws in two important ways. It too would be legally pointless if Roe v. Wade is overturned and our ban is restored to full effect, but what if Roe is not overturned completely? Some speculate that the current conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court will dismantle Roe v. Wade piece by piece over the course of years rather than consigning it directly to the ash heap of history in which it belongs.
In his opinion upholding a ban on partial-birth abortion, pro-abortion Justice Anthony Kennedy specifically mentioned dismemberment abortion as a similarly violent procedure. His opinion laid a clear legal path forward, meaning a dismemberment abortion ban is the most likely piece of big prolife legislation to be upheld. It’s the most likely next step of the U.S. Supreme Court. Of course, the U.S. Supreme Court can also use a dismemberment ban to completely overturn Roe v. Wade if they wish.
We’re happy that other states with prolife governors and state legislatures are pursuing those other bills if they can’t yet pass a 100% prolife ban like Michigan has. However, we only have the opportunity to get one big, impactful bill done before 2020, so Michigan should focus our time on a bill that has the most chance of actually being legally enforceable and thus actually saving lives.
Those bills in other states do have important educational messages that focus people on the humanity of the child in the womb. Our dismemberment abortion ban also has a vital educational message, one that focuses people on the violent nature of abortion. It’s easier for the prolife movement to inform people about fetal development facts, but extremely more difficult to effectively educate people about the inherent violence of abortion procedures. By pursuing a dismemberment ban, we’re forcing the media and our opponents to confront the issue. It gives us the opportunity to use excellent resources to help people understand how abortion works.
The greatest gain in prolife opinion in recent decades was because of partial-birth abortion bans. Our dismemberment abortion ban mirrors legislation to ban partial-birth abortions (in fact, we’re just amending our state’s partial-birth ban by adding dismemberment abortions to it). It also will mirror the educational effort to help people understand that abortion takes the life of a unique human being in horrifically barbaric fashion. It will hopefully mirror the large prolife shift in public opinion.
For the foreseeable future, we are focused on working through the legislative process on our dismemberment abortion ban to give Governor Whitmer a chance to enact it. Whether or not we have to collect several hundred thousand signatures to help pass the ban, you have a wonderful grassroots opportunity here. Please use this opportunity to focus your efforts on informing your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and others about the violence of dismemberment abortion.
For details as we work through this process and for news and resources to help you in your personal educational grassroots campaign, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our bi-weekly podcast, or sign-up for our weekly e-mail on RTL.org. Now is the time to inform your fellow citizens so that Michigan never becomes New York. Taken from Right to Life of Michigan website.