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Heartbeat of Miami Converting Second Ex-Abortion Mill into Pro-Life Help Medical Clinic

At 1 p.m. this Halloween, “Top Gyn Ladies Center” near Little Havana in Miami made its last dollar from abortion. An hour later, Martha Avila signed a lease on the building, paving the way for Heartbeat of Miami’s fourth location—including their second shuttered abortion facility in the past three years. Just days later, with occupancy permits in hand, Avila and Jeanne Pernia—both part of the founding team in 2007—hung a banner with their pregnancy helpline number (888-981-7770) on the side of their new digs. They are already receiving calls from women calling for abortions as a result of the sign hanging from the side of a building that, for so long, had stood as the neighborhood’s only choice in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy. “We went in when they had already left for the day, and I must tell you, it was such a sad feeling to see the instruments there and to know what had gone on for so long in this building,” Avila said. The Provision to Fuel the Vision When Heartbeat of Miami first opened its doors, it was the first known pregnancy center in Miami-Dade County, compared to 37 abortion sites. Since the organization arrived, however, they have watched three abortion places go out of business. Four months ago, a Planned Parenthood directly across the street from Heartbeat’s North Miami location closed its doors after trying—and failing—to compete with the nonprofit since they established their second location there in 2008. Tweet This: #PlannedParenthood in North Miami tried, failed to compete with #prolife center. @HeartbeatofMiam When the chance came to move into the former abortion...

UN CEDAW Objects to Russian Measures for Counseling Women Prior to Abortion

CEDAW objected to Russia’s recent measures to provide counseling to women before they resort to abortion and to mandatory waiting periods. CEDAW referred to the policy measures as “barriers to access to safe abortion services” and called for their removal. The policy measures were designed to reduce the abortion rate and were successful. The Russian Federation explained how in the period of 2010-2014 the total number of abortions dropped by 24.1 per cent (to 881,400 in 2013 from 1,161,700 in 2009) and the number of abortions per 1,000 women of fertile age declined to 24.5 in 2013 from 30.5 in 2009 (a decrease of 19.7 percent). There was a 33.8% reduction in abortion among women with their first pregnancy; 27.4% reduction for abortion for unspecified reasons; 84.6% reduction for criminal abortions. According to the report, the reduction in the number of abortions was the result of “systematic work done to prevent them” which included an increase in the number of “women’s counseling centres with medical and social assistance offices” to 856 in 2014 from 419 in 2011. 150,000 women were helped at the centers in 2014. [November 2015, PNCI Monthly Newsletter, www.pncius.org...

Signs of Closure

Of the 64 abortion facilities that have closed following a 40 Days for Life campaign, many had given signs that things weren’t going so well inside. One sign is seeing moms turn around and choose life. Babies saved equals money lost to the abortion industry. Another sign is adjusting business hours … or even closing for the day. That has been the case in Norman, Oklahoma. There are just two abortion facilities left in the entire state. Oklahoma City’s abortion business recently closed … and the campaign in nearby Norman expanded. I visited there this week and the enthusiastic local leader, Connie, greeted me by saying, “They’re closed today … and this is their normal abortion day! This has never happened!” 40 Days for Life campaigns are bad for abortion businesses … and your presence has a huge impact – more than you know! Flint, Michigan “Does anybody else experience this?” asked one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Flint. “You signed up to pray one hour, and it is a rare day when the abortion facility is closed … and you are thinking you haven’t done anything tangible in that hour. Well, it never fails that two minutes before the shift is over, God sends a car.” This particular car had a young couple in the front and three little kids in the back. The man wanted to know if that was an abortion facility, and he really wanted to talk about post-abortion effects. He explained that he was in the army, and had seen how abortion had a profound impact on his fellow soldiers and...

Pregnancy Centers Go ‘Express’ to Reach Women Targeted by Planned Parenthood Mega Centers

Pregnancy help centers are focused on one main goal: helping women and girls who are facing unexpected pregnancies. Many of these women are dealing with pressure to abort their babies based on either financial circumstances or their young age, and sometimes both. But pregnancy help centers and life-affirming medical clinics are there to help by providing resources, access to medical care, ultrasounds, and even baby gear. However, these life-affirming centers often face an uphill battle when it comes to reaching the girls and women who are most in need of their services. In order to overcome those obstacles, many centers have re-imagined the plans they’ve put in place. They have needed to figure out a way to reach into the communities where women are most vulnerable to abortion, and do it within their extremely tight budgets. Despite the challenges, CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage, Ill., has succeeded at doing just that. Tweet This: #Prolifers reaching women in shadow of #PPact mega-center. #abortion #DefundPP #Illinois #Minnesota “The biggest barrier to reaching more women and creating more centers out there is overhead. That’s a big part of it,” Barbara Singer, the organization’s executive director, said. “If we could cut our expenses in half or even less and reach into areas that we have not been able to reach into before, that would make a big difference. “What we’re trying to reach into is high impact, like across from a college or high school or a downtown area where you’ve heard there’s a lot of need. Space is not available or it’s so expensive you can’t possibly get in there. But with...

Groups Launch GetYourCare.org to Help Patients Find Alternatives to Planned Parenthood

Pro-life organizations have launched a website to help women find real healthcare rather than visiting one of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities. The Daily Signal reports that the website, GetYourCare.org, features an interactive map that allows people to search for health care providers in their local area. The website says, “Women have real choices. All across America, thousands of low-cost health centers offer women and their families high-quality health care. The centers here are only the federal-funds eligible facilities – for now. Our team will be updating the interactive maps in coming weeks to include many more low-cost and free community clinics and private women’s health providers who accept Medicaid patients! See what’s available in your state.” The pro-life organization’s said the following about the website’s goal: “GetYourCare.org is a resource brought to you by the pro-women & pro-life movements of America. Our goal is to give women everywhere in America access to information about the thousands and thousands of quality health care options women have.” As LifeNews previously reported, the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education arm of the Susan B. Anthony List, and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) released a map showing the thousands of health care clinics in the United States that offer legitimate health care to women. The Daily Signal reports that the two pro-life organizations contend that there are many health care centers that should receive federal funding instead of Planned Parenthood. Follow LifeNews.com on Instragam for pro-life pictures and the latest pro-life news. Casey Mattox, senior counsel with ADF, explained, “What these graphics put into pictures is what the data has been telling us for a...

You Don’t Have to Wait for Lawmakers

We at Online for Life (OFL) applaud the efforts made by many organizations to defund Planned Parenthood. We must also be committed to making sure that abortion-determined women have a place to go where they can receive better, safer care in their time of need. Over the past five years, Online for Life has worked with a network of top-performing, life-affirming pregnancy centers across the country. The staffs of these centers are focused on supporting pregnant mothers in crisis with compassionate care throughout their pregnancy and beyond. We’ve also built an incredibly sophisticated national marketing system to connect abortion-determined women to one of these pregnancy centers. Support has even helped us to operate two of our own Women’s Care Clinics—one in Texas and the other in Pennsylvania—where we’re helping to rescue four to five times more babies from abortion than when we first started. Effectiveness continues to grow—and this fall, we’ll talk to more abortion-determined women than ever before. Increasing our online and offline advertising efforts to reach more women and men facing a crisis pregnancy is the key to making this happen. Strengthening the network of life-affirming pregnancy centers we work with to provide compassionate, life-affirming support to abortion-determined women and help them choose LIFE — we have already helped rescue 3,373 babies from abortion. Providing access to compassionate, life-affirming care alternatives for women and their preborn babies. … So Every Child Makes Their Mark [16 Sept 2015, Brian Fisher,...

Woman Who Regrets Her Abortion is ‘Suicidal’ With Worry: Did Planned Parenthood Sell My Baby?

It is estimated one of every two women entering a Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) has already experienced an abortion. That tells you at least two things: Counselors at PHCs need to be alert to these women because they are more abortion prone, and there are a lot more people walking around having been touched by abortion than you realize. These realities explain why Vitae Foundation brought Michaelene Fredenburg to Jefferson City on August 26. While here, she addressed a group of PHC directors regarding reproductive grief. “Someone who has had one abortion is at a higher risk of having another abortion. It also makes it more difficult to grieve,” Fredenburg stated. The Wisconsin native would know, as she experienced her own abortion at 18. She thought it would solve her problem. Because it changed her so much, her life fell apart. What helped her put it back together was helping others—both men and women—with the process of reproductive grief. Fredenburg developed a website which is an invitation to individuals to begin looking at the abortion experience. Once they realize they aren’t alone, healing can begin. She said she discovered that women want to investigate their grief in private. PHCs are called upon as a source in that grieving process and can lead individuals to Fredenburg’s AbortionChangesYou.com. “That way she leaves the center knowing you (the PHC) are a safe place to go to open up,” Fredenburg told the center directors. “These women are more vulnerable to a second abortion. If you interrupt that process, they are less likely to have it.” There was also an evening session for Vitae...

Baby Claire Was Saved From Abortion Because Her Mother Changed Her Mind

I was recently searching online for an encouraging pro-life story. I stumbled upon a YouTube channel called “Facing Life Head On” — http://www.facinglife.tv/ The story I watched, “A Miraculous Reversal,” brought tears to my eyes — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqFKGUrT_o It is the story of a mother named Jamie who was addicted to drugs, struggling to survive. Jamie had a daughter named Vanessa, but since she was unable to care for her, Vanessa lived with her grandparents. Through a series of events, Jamie’s parents let her move back in with them and Vanessa. Jamie was beyond grateful for another chance to be with her daughter, but Jamie was 20 weeks pregnant. Jamie’s family decided that since she was in the early stages of drug recovery, and unstable, abortion was the only option. Thankfully, Jamie’s neighbor, Marina, who worked at a pregnancy care center, discovered her intentions. Marina knew Jamie wanted her child, but felt she had no other choice. When Jamie went in for her abortion appointment, Marina headed to the abortion business to talk to her. She was able to reach Jamie’s father, who was sitting in the parking lot. Jamie had already gone in to start the two day late-term abortion procedure… Read remainder of the story at: http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/20/baby-claire-was-saved-from-abortion-after-her-mother-changed-her-mind/ [20 Aug 2015, http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/20/baby-claire-was-saved-from-abortion-after-her-mother-changed-her-mind/ or see video only at — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sqFKGUrT_o...

8 Stories of Mothers Choosing Life (2015 & 2008)

My “Crisis Pregnancy” Turned 15 Years-Old Today: “I Didn’t Save My Son, He Saved Me” Destiny Herndon-Delarosa started the group New Wave Feminists to take back feminism from the abortion advocates and work to protect the rights of babies and their mothers. She also began it for her son. Herndon-Delarosa recently posted a story on her group’s Facebook page about how her teen pregnancy and her son changed her life. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/17/my-crisis-pregnancy-turned-15-years-old-today-i-didnt-save-my-son-he-saved-me/   Mom of Baby Who Lived Only Two Days on Why She Rejected Abortion: “It Was My Job to Protect Him” This past week on the Pat Kenny radio show, a mother whose little boy lived for 2 days after birth with Trisomy 18 spoke powerfully and inspiringly about her son Seán. Sarah H., of the group Every Life Counts, which represents families whose children were born with life limiting conditions, gave a moving and beautiful testimony in a week which was otherwise dominated by abortion-supportive broadcasting from Newstalk FM. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/16/mom-of-baby-who-lived-only-two-days-on-why-she-rejected-abortion-it-was-my-job-to-protect-him/   Couple Reject Abortion Because Planned Parenthood Wanted $30 for a Pregnancy Test Shawn Carney of the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign points out today in two updates about how the unending profit motive of the abortion industry is costing it profits from abortions. In two cases, Planned Parenthood’s desire to financially milk its customers resulted in two cases where abortion was rejected. http://www.lifenews.com/2015/10/23/couple-reject-abortion-because-planned-parenthood-charged-30-for-pregnancy-test/   SAFE HAVEN BOXES A Special Box and a Pro-Life Law Saved This Abandoned Baby From Infanticide http://www.lifenews.com/2015/08/24/a-special-box-and-a-pro-life-law-saved-this-abandoned-baby-from-infanticide/   Car Crashed and Rolled Six Times, Amazingly She and Her Baby are Fine http://www.lifenews.com/2015/09/04/pregnant-moms-car-crashed-and-rolled-six-times-amazingly-she-and-her-baby-are-fine/ Mother Who was Told to Abort her 20-Week...

Two Key Questions Every Pro-Life Person Must Answer

Every day, my assistant gathers articles from pro-abortion sources, so I can keep tabs on the worldview, thinking, and strategy of the pro-abortion movement. I’ll be candid: reading these articles is not my favorite part of the day. Here are a few recent examples she sent to me. There was an article about a movement to place Margaret Sanger’s face on the $20 bill. Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was an overt racist and sterilization advocate. ThinkProgress is constantly pushing so-called “reproductive rights,” and this piece bemoaned the fact that America is not keeping up with the world in championing abortion freedoms: “While we do have a federal constitutional right [to abortion], states are taking aim at that in different ways and really trying to chip away at that right in a piecemeal fashion,” Amanda Allen, the state legislative counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, told ThinkProgress. She described the political activity since the 2010 elections as “a sustained assault on reproductive rights.” Lies, myths, and more lies. The “sustained assault on reproductive rights” is an inherently discriminatory dogma, considering that the pro-abortion movement wants to protect the contrived reproductive right to abort for only a certain class of females—those who are born. In other words, Allen and her pro-abortion allies are fine with killing millions of females whom they deem unworthy of any rights, all in the name of protecting women’s rights. It’s convoluted and deceitful. Pro-abortion movement only protects women who have been born. However, the articles that bother me the most are those featuring people of faith or church leaders who promote the mass...

‘180 Movie’ Producer Ray Comfort Still Saving Babies From Abortion (2012)

The Council for Life held its annual fund-raising event, the Celebrating Life Luncheon, in Dallas, Texas… This year’s keynote speaker, Ray Comfort, is the producer of the viral pro-life film 180. If you haven’t seen it, please, for the love of all that is holy, go watch it now. It’s 30 minutes long, and it will open your eyes, challenge you, shock you, and most of all teach you new ways to approach people about the issue of life. Council for Life’s annual luncheon is its main fundraising event, and this year they expect to either reach or get really close to the $4 million mark. They’ve been raising money for life-affirming organizations since 2001, and so far their donors have benefited pregnancy centers, adoption agencies, and more, to the tune of $3.3 million. Council for Life is a great organization, and 180 is a fantastic movie. I called up Ray Comfort in Southern California to talk to him about how we can all get involved for life. He began by saying he’s “very, very honored” to be speaking at the Celebrating Life Luncheon. Ray is a native of New Zealand, and if you’ve seen the movie, you’re familiar with his awesome accent and friendly, confident attitude. The content of the film 180 mainly consists of Ray approaching strangers – mostly young people – on the street in California. He starts talking to them about World War II (you will be amazed at people’s reactions to the question “Do you know who Adolf Hitler is?”) and slowly, gently, turns the conversation to abortion. What happens next is incredible, and...

Abortion Advocates Say if Abortion Stops, Women Will Die, But The Numbers Say Otherwise (2014)

Discerning the facts about abortion, abortion laws, and their impact on women’s health can be [complicated]. There are no shortage of opinions. And of course we have the perennial warning from abortion advocates telling us that restrictions will have dire consequences for women – “Outlaw abortion and abortion won’t stop. Women will just do it illegally and women will die!” In the face of these dooms day scenarios, we are seeing a very different picture emerge. The evidence is mounting, almost to the point of being undisputable, that abortion restrictions are having completely opposite effect – not only are they resulting in less abortions, restrictions are having a positive impact on women’s health. The federal government in the United States has released the latest abortion related statistics via the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the numbers show an encouraging trend. Abortion rates are the lowest in decades as more and more women choose alternatives. In 2011 there were 13.9 abortions for every 1000 women of reproductive age. This figure has been steadily declining since 1980, when there were 25 abortions for every 1000 women. The numbers released by CDC are in line with earlier reports from the Guttmacher Institute (America’s largest abortion advocate) and they show that abortion regulations are having the desired effect. The correlation between the number of abortions and the increase in abortion regulations cannot be ignored. Between 2000 and 2011 there were nearly 300 abortion laws passed nationwide in the USA. These laws are a reflection of the changing public attitudes towards abortion. And it’s not only our [U.S.] neighbours where we see this...

NAPN: A Voice for Pro-Life Nurses

In 1995, during the U.S. Senate debate on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D. California) read into the record a letter from Geri Marrullo, then-executive director of the American Nurses Association, in opposition to the proposed ban on Partial-Birth Abortion. The ANA claimed to be “the only full-time professional organization representing the nation’s 2.2 million registered nurses.” While investigating the ANA’s exclusive claim to represent the nation’s RNs to the U.S. Senate, it was discovered that though there were 2.2 million RNs at the time, and the ANA is exclusively RNs, only 190,000 nurses were actually members; only 9% of U.S. nurses. In 2011, there were 3.1 million nurses, and only 180,000 nurses were members, or about 6%. RN Magazine, the mainstream nursing journal, did a survey in 1999, showing that nearly 2/3 of nurses surveyed thought that partial-birth abortion should be prohibited by law. [Marissa Ventura RN, Aug. 16, 2002, “Ethics on the Job: Where Nurses Stand on Abortion.”] In response to the ANA’s position against a ban, a unique and separate professional nurses organization, the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses stepped forward and, in 2000, submitted a Friend of the Court brief in Stenberg v. Carhart, supporting a ban on partial birth abortion. In 2003, NAPN nurses gathered nurses’ signatures on a national petition, which was submitted to the U.S. Congress, also to ban the procedure. All nurses can appreciate the gains that the ANA has accomplished in making nursing more professional and patient care more effective. This is what we want and expect from a full-time professional association. If the ANA was only...

Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health Care: Abortion is Not Maternal Health

Almost 900 medical professionals have now signed the Dublin Declaration on Maternal Health, launched in 2012 to declare that abortion is not needed to save women’s lives. [UPDATE: More than 1010 Signatories, June 2015] Unveiled at the International Symposium on Maternal Healthcare in Dublin, Ireland, the Declaration states: “As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion – the purposeful destruction of the unborn child – is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman. “We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion, and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child. “We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.” Signatory Dr. Eoghan de Faoite told LifeSiteNews there is a fundamental difference between life saving treatment a woman may need during pregnancy, and abortion, which is the direct and intentional taking of the life of the unborn child. “The Dublin Declaration clarifies this quite succinctly,” he said. He pointed out that through the Dublin Declaration, obstetricians, gynecologists, neonatologists, pediatricians and other doctors from across the specialties of medicine and surgery testify that a country does not need legalized abortion in order to preserve maternal health and reduce maternal mortality. “Let us not underestimate the power of such a statement,” de Faoite stressed. “This is hugely important to all of us who work to protect women and children from abortion and who seek to make this cruel injustice...

National Community Baby Shower

The 2013 National Community Baby Shower Day, October 26-27th, provided resources for pregnant and parenting mothers on your campus and in your community. This national day was inspired by the Pro-Life Aggies group at Texas A&M University when they hosted a “Community Baby Shower,” asking shoppers of a local store to purchase diapers, wipes, formula, and baby items to give to the group so they could, in turn, donate them to a local resource center for young parents. After their 1st Baby Shower, the group was able to donate over $700 in cash and truckloads of baby items! Because it was so successful, they have decided to partner with Students for Life of America and Stand True for the 3rd year in a row to make the “Community Baby Shower” a national movement to support pregnancy resource centers. For more information and helpful tips on how you can host your own Community Baby Shower, go here — http://nationalcommunitybabyshowerday.weebly.com/ We are hoping at least 100 pro-life campus groups will participate in order to help women across our country, and of course, any community group can sponsor a Community Baby Shower! See the official event Facebook page for tips on how to make your baby shower a success! https://www.facebook.com/NationalCommunityBabyShowerDay Register here:...

Be Countercultural: Have Babies (Commentary)

A fabulous piece of writing from The Federalist recently hit home with me. “Fecundophobia: The Growing Fear of Children and Fertile Women” is more than the title of the article; it’s also the theme of the first 20-something years of my life. I am here to tell you that fecundophobia is pervasive. I have witnessed and participated in it for most of my life. Here’s the thing: I wanted kids from the time I was pretty young. But I wouldn’t admit it – certainly not to others, and almost not even to myself. Having kids was synonymous with giving up, conforming, being dumb, not having any initiative, fleeing from an interesting life, becoming part of the problem, and not having anything better to do. None of my close female friends admitted to wanting kids. It was tacitly understood that if we ever got pregnant, it would be by accident, and we’d have to decide whether to have an abortion or not. A couple years ago I wrote a piece for Live Action about the anti-humanist bent of abortion advocates. It is my contention that people support abortion not so much because they don’t believe the fetus is a human being, but because they do believe the fetus is a human being, and they don’t particularly like human beings. Do they really, though? you’re asking. Do they really dislike human beings? Yeah. Yeah, they do. Don’t get me wrong. Many of them dig human beings – certain human beings – as a concept, for a cause. The repressed women of inner-city Chicago, the underfed children of Sudan, the homosexuals of...

The Seven LEAST Logical Statements of Abortion Advocates

Here is one: “Giving life to a child is not best for women.” In response to a map of Texas that shows 108 pregnancy resource centers and 6 abortion clinics, a pro-choicer wrote: “How I wish the people who run these centers, as well as those that fund them, would take the time to seriously consider what they are doing and what it really means. STOP LOOKING FOR WAYS TO TRICK WOMEN INTO MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE NOT THE BEST FOR THEM.” It’s simply illogical to point-blank assume that women who choose to raise their children or who choose the gift of adoption are making a decision that’s not best for them. It’s also illogical to assume that, because women didn’t choose abortion, they were somehow tricked. Plenty of women actually do want to give life to their children, but they need someone to assure them that they are indeed strong enough and that there is help out there for them. These are two main things that pregnancy centers give women – help and confidence. And that’s not a trick… [For more Least Logical Statements, visit...