40 Days for Life to Visit 50 States in Fall 2016 ‘United’ Tour

As it celebrates 10 years and nearly 12,000 babies rescued from abortion through peaceful prayer and vigil campaigning, 40 Days for Life is set to make a major splash this fall with its “United” promotion. Kicking off Sept. 27 with a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court building, where abortion on-demand was legalized in the U.S. with the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, the campaign is scheduled to host rallies in all 50 states between Sept. 28 and Nov. 6. The tour, believed to be the first of its kind, is being promoted in partnership with national pro-life organizations including March for Life, Students for Life of America, the Susan B. Anthony List, Pro-Life Future, Heartbeat International, and the Silent No More Awareness campaign, which gives post-abortive women and men a platform to share their stories. “This is the one front in our current cultural struggles where we are seeing victory after resounding victory,” 40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit said in a promotional video announcing United’s launch. “Abortion centers are closing at record rates. Abortion workers are having conversions and leaving their jobs. Lives are being saved. The tide is finally beginning to turn.” Bereit and the organization’s current president, Shawn Carney, co-founded 40 Days for Life in 2007 after organizing prayer and fasting vigils in response to a large Planned Parenthood abortion clinic near the campus of Texas A&M. The original clinic, which was aborting 6,400 babies each year, closed in 2013 and is now the headquarters of 40 Days for Life and the site of a life-affirming pregnancy medical clinic that provides...

Michigan Abortions Increase as Abortions Drop Nationally to Historic Lows

A total of 27,629 abortions were reported in Michigan in 2014, a 5.8 percent increase from 2013, according to the annual report from the Michigan Department of Community Health. Most of the country is seeing abortion drop to historic lows since Roe v. Wade, and although the Michigan numbers went up in 2014, they are significantly lower than what they once were. The 2014 total represents a 43.7 percent decrease in the number of unborn babies who were aborted since 1987, according to Right to Life of Michigan. “No matter what the procedure or where the mothers come from to have an abortion, we are deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives. While the overall trend of decreasing abortions is encouraging, this year’s increase and the annual overall numbers serve as a reminder that our pro-life efforts must continue – lives depend on us,” the Michigan pro-life group said in a statement. The online news website Michigan Live reports that pro-life and abortion advocates both say the numbers could be up because of a 2012 Michigan law that tightened the penalties for abortion sites that fail to report their abortion numbers. Genevieve Marnon of Right to Life of Michigan told the news site that some abortion facilities were not reporting their abortion numbers to the state, but the new law changed that. She said they anticipated an increase this year because of previous under-reporting. “The state never reported abortions performed in Muskegon,” even though there was an abortion facility there, Marnon said. The Muskegon abortion facility, Women’s Medical Clinic, closed after the new law went into effect, according...

The Horrifying Reality of Abortion Before It Was Legal in America

[My comment on the Yahoo news story below: Sorry, Dr. Grimes: “In 1972, 24 women died from causes known to be associated with legal abortion, and 39 women died from known illegal abortions. In 1997, seven women died as a result of legal induced abortion, and none died as a result of illegal abortion. ” Source: CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5103a1.htm I also remember the abortion activists in the NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) in the early 1970s pushing for legalization by claiming that “5000 to 10,000 women a year” were dying from illegal abortion. (That is even higher than Dr. Grimes’ claim of 4 deaths/day from illegal abortions.) I became an RN in the 1960s and I personally never saw the complications Dr. Grimes describes but I have met several women suffering with emotional and physical complications from LEGAL abortions.  Women-and unborn babies-deserve better. N Valko RN, 27 Sept 2015] The Horrifying Reality of Abortion Before It Was Legal in America Many of us have grown up in a time when we take for granted that abortion is legal. But older generations of doctors and women remember what it took to obtain an abortion before Roe v. Wade.  It wasn’t pretty. (Photo: Getty Images/Alberto Ruggieri) With the topic of abortion emerging as a hot-button issue in the 2016 presidential race, many fear the possibility that it will again become illegal in the United States. In the discussion surrounding women’s reproductive rights, what’s not being recalled is what life was like before the landmark Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across America in 1973. “The problems we’re...

A Modern Day Holocaust

Since Roe v. Wade abortion has claimed the lives of over 53 million babies in America. [very conservative number] More than eight times as many infants have been killed through abortion than Jews murdered in the Nazi concentration camps. Abortion is truly the Holocaust of our time. On May 2, 1945, the 8th Infantry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Wöbbelin, Germany. There they discovered bodies that “were found piled four and five feet high,” and others that were strewn among the sick and dying. Four days later, under orders of the 82nd Airborne Division, American troops forced the residents of the nearby town of Ludwigslust to walk through the camp and see what had been happening next door to their homes for years. Nine days later, on May 15, Lt. Col. Ed Seiller of Louisville, Kentucky, literally stood amidst a pile of Holocaust victims at one of the liberated Dachau sub-camps and spoke to some 200 German civilians from nearby Landsberg whom American forces had forced to walk through the camp and see first-hand many of those who had died there. How many of them had known about these camps? Seeing the horror first hand, they could no longer claim ignorance. These vivid and sordid scenes come to mind when we confront the accounts and images of Planned Parenthood technicians sifting through the soupy remains of their abortion victims. These atrocious scenes happen everyday in abortion businesses nationwide. Planned Parenthood alone slaughters over 325,000 children every year or at a rate of 37 every hour. But that isn’t enough for them–after all,...

An Analysis of SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges Decision (June 2015)

On June 4, Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation called out LGBT rights leaders for their hypocritical support of abortion. In particular, he cited Lambda Legal’s statement that “reproductive freedom and LGBT rights have been inextricably linked both legally and politically. The ties between these rights are so strong that we really believe that a threat to one directly and profoundly impacts the other.” On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, declaring state laws against same-sex marriage void. The majority opinion was written by Justice Kennedy, who is widely recognized to be the Court’s swing vote on abortion. Notably, he did not cite any abortion cases. However, he did cite contraception cases, which were expanded upon to invent a “right” to abortion in Roe v. Wade. This has some pro-life leaders worried that Obergefell could be a bad decision for the preborn. Since I am a lawyer, I share this summary for the benefit of pro-life legal advocates as well as the pro-life community at large. In my view, Obergefell is a mixed bag. It provides language the abortion industry can use. It also provides language the pro-life movement can use, and Justice Kennedy’s refusal to cite an abortion case is very encouraging. At the end of the day, though, Obergefell is unlikely to have a significant impact on abortion jurisprudence. Justice Kennedy’s opinion opens with a discussion of the history of marriage: From the beginning to their most recent age, the annals of human history reveal the transcendent importance of marriage. The lifelong union of a man and a woman always...