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Planned Parenthood an Inappropriate Field Trip

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

The library. The Boys and Girls Club. Planned Parenthood. What do these three entities have in common? They all were places children in a Manchester, N.H., YMCA program for at-risk middle-school students visited last week as part of a field trip to social service agencies in the city. Visiting an abortion mill is hardly an appropriate outing for middle-school children, particularly those who probably come from a fractured home life and are more susceptible to getting pregnant before marriage.

The counselor who spoke to the students said she did not mention abortion, but she probably didn’t mention abstinence, either. Nevertheless, New Hampshire Right to Life is asking for equal face time. Advocates for life should have had the opportunity to talk to the kids, and it’s troubling that the pro-life perspective is only now being considered as an after thought.

With all of the social service organizations in Manchester, why would the school district allow the YMCA to take a group of adolescents to Planned Parenthood as a school-sanctioned activity? Understandably, the field trip has caused quite a stir in Manchester.

Early Tuesday morning, the city school board voted for an investigation into last week’s field trip. School authorities were correct to call for the probe. When the investigation is completed, steps must be taken to make sure other programs that “help” youngsters don’t repeat the YMCA’s missteps.

It’s worth noting that the trip to Planned Parenthood doesn’t seem compatible with the YMCA’s mission. Keep in mind, YMCA is an acronym for Young Men’s Christian Association; and the organization claims” to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

Abstinence is an important Christian principle, one that would serve at-risk youth better in the long run than an endless supply of condoms. Last year, New Hampshire was among the states where the General Assembly killed a parental notification bill. Thanks to the state legislature, parents no longer have to give permission for this kind of visit.


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A Cause for Celebration: SCOTUS Respects Life!

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

Pro-life advocates across America are rejoicing, and with good cause. In a 5-4 ruling announced Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the nationwide ban on partial-birth abortions. This victory is significant because the court’s decision moves the nation a step closer to respecting every life as sacred.

The decision comes roughly five months after oral arguments were presented before the justices Nov. 8, 2006, in two cases challenging the baby-killing ban (Gonzales v. Carhart and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood). The highest court in the land confirms what advocates for life have been proclaiming for the past four years: Congress and President Bush have the authority to forbid butchering a baby seconds before he or she can take in the first precious breath of life (click here to read the Supreme Court’s opinion).

Partial-birth abortion is a gruesome and inhumane procedure that is never medically necessary and should be prohibited. Now it is. This monumental accomplishment would not have been possible without passionate activist citizens, commitment from federal lawmakers to preserve life – and a leader in the White House with enough courage to firmly stand for what is right.

Click here to thank President Bush for his unwavering support for the right to life.

“The Supreme Court’s decision is the best news we’ve heard from the high court in decades,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, who was at the White House in 2003 to witness President Bush signing the partial-birth abortion ban into law. “That the unnecessary and barbaric practice has been legal was a national tragedy. Fortunately, the justices have taken a small, but important step toward restoring some sanity and humanity to our nation’s culture of life.”

The procedure at issue involves partially removing an alive – but unborn – baby from its mother’s womb, then crushing or cutting the tiny skull so that death occurs before the child leaves the birth canal. Clearly, partial-birth abortion is nothing less than infanticide.

For years, abortion mills have insisted that women had a “constitutional right” to kill their offspring in this fashion. Such an argument was outlandish, and in an opinion penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court wisely rejected that notion.

Of course, in the landmark Roe v Wade ruling that made abortion legal, the Supreme Court did indeed say that the 14th Amendment grants women a qualified right to terminate a pregnancy. This week’s ruling opens the door to reversing the troublesome 1973 decision that led America down a dark, murderous path.

In a concurring opinion, Justices Clarence Thomas and Anotnin Scalia indicated that they were prepared to consider a challenge to the 34-year-old Roe v. Wade decision.

“I write separately to reiterate my view that the court’s abortion jurisprudence, including Casey and Roe v. Wade, has no basis in the Constitution,” wrote Justice Thomas. Those words are sweet music to Christian ears!

Several state legislatures are working on abortion prohibitions that eventually could result in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, which in 1973 was brought on behalf of “Jane Roe,” Norma McCorvey. McCorvey has since joined the multitude of Americans who ardently oppose abortion.

Bible believers have good reason to anticipate an end to the culture of death that has fostered permissive attitudes toward killing innocent unborn babies.

Click here to thank President Bush for his unwavering support for the right to life.


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Seeing is Believing

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

When an expectant mother casts her eyes on an image of the thumb-sucking bairn nestled in her womb, it’s difficult to deny the truth – the bundle in her belly is a living, breathing baby. Knowing this, protectors of the preborn are pushing to make it easier for any woman considering an abortion to first look at an ultrasound picture of the little one whose life depends on her mercy.

Click here to ask Congress to pass the Informed Choice Act.

Click here to sign the CMC petition

According to statistical research, a woman is 80 percent more likely to change her mind about an abortion if she has information that encourages her to reflect on the procedure ahead of time. For this reason, the Center for Moral Clarity supports the Informed Choice Act, H.R. 223, which would authorize the federal secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to nonprofit organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment.

Passing this bill would enable clinics nationwide to provide free examinations to pregnant women – and give them a peek through the window to the womb.

Along with funding grants for purchasing ultrasound equipment, the Informed Choice Act would:

  • Require clinics to show the visual image of the fetus from the ultrasound examination to each pregnant woman with a general anatomical and physiological description of the fetus;
  • Give each pregnant woman the approximate age of the embryo or fetus;
  • Provide information on abortion and alternatives to abortion, such as childbirth and adoption, and information concerning public and private agencies that will assist in those alternatives.

“If we are to regain our equilibrium as a society, if we are to rescue our children from a downward spiral of violence, then we must recover our founding ideals,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “We must resensitize ourselves to the dignity, integrity and sanctity of life by upholding it at every opportunity and in every situation. People matter.”

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in April upholding a federal ban on ghastly partial-birth abortions has invigorated people who love and revere the sanctity of human life. In addition to the Informed Choice Act pending in Congress, a variety of state legislation seeks to include ultrasounds as a prerequisite before a mother could kill her developing offspring.

South Carolina, which is the only state in the nation to recognize a fetus as a person, also could become the only state to require a woman to view an ultrasound before getting an abortion. Several other states are considering laws that would make ultrasounds available but would not make looking at them mandatory.

Of course, as much as the partial-birth ruling has motivated Bible-believing Christians, it has provoked abortion proponents. So it was no surprise that Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., wasted no time in reintroducing the Freedom of Choice Act, a measure to put a woman’s right to have an abortion in federal law.

In order to protect and preserve any rights, courageous leaders – in the press, in medicine, in law, in politics and in the church – have always recognized that they had to protect the fundamental rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Contemporary Christians can do no less.

Click here to ask Congress to pass the Informed Choice Act.


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There’s HOPE for Ethical Research!

Posted by thelamp on April 18, 2007

There’s good and bad news this week from the U.S. Senate, where debate on federal funding for human embryonic stem-cell research ended with the approval of two diametrically opposed bills: The HOPE Act and the infamous Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. The latter, which would advance medical experimentation at the expense of human life, was vetoed by President Bush last year.

Given that the president has promised to veto it again, it’s disappointing that legislators passed it anyway on a 63-34 vote Wednesday. The good news is that the margin is too narrow to override President Bush, who has voiced support for the ethical alternative – which the Senate also passed 70-28.

Here are the 28 senators who voted against the HOPE Act:

Baucus, D-Mont.; Bayh, D-Ind.; Bingaman, D-N.M.; Boxer, D-Calif.; Cantwell, D-Wash.; Cardin, D-Md.; Clinton, D-N.Y.; Durbin, D-Ill.; Feingold, D-Wis.; Feinstein, D- Calif.; Inouye, D-Hawaii; Kohl ,D-Wis.; Lautenberg, D-N.J.; Levin, D-Mich.; Lieberman, I-Conn.; Lincoln, D-Ariz.; Menendez, D-N.J.; Mikulski, D-Md.; Murray, D-Wash.; Nelson, D-Fla.; Obama, D-Ill.; Reid, D-Nev.; Rockefeller, D-W.V.; Sanders, I-Vt.; Schumer, D-N.Y.; Stabenow, D-Mich.; Tester, D-Mont.; Wyden, D-Ore. 

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.

Although both legislative proposals would remove restrictions on the use of federal funds in pursuit of ground-breaking research to cure diseases, the Hope Offered through Principled Ethical Stem Cell Research – or HOPE Act – would forbid the creation, cloning or destruction of embryos. However, this bill would authorize research on embryos with no chance of survival. The Senate missed an opportunity to make a clear statement about the value of life. Instead, lawmakers are sending America a mixed message.

Stem-cell research is a complicated undertaking. This much, though, is clear – ending life at any stage of development is morally indefensible. Christians know that Scripture plainly admonishes against killing, and invoking the merits of research doesn’t change anything.

Ethical research using stem cells from adults and umbilical cord blood is already contributing to improving health conditions associated with more than 70 diseases and injuries. These advances dispel the notion that cloning, destruction of human embryos or exploiting women by harvesting their eggs are the only avenues for discovering new medical treatments.

“The current adversarial climate has made many Christians think they must choose between science and faith,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “It has also convinced many decent men and women in the scientific community that they must reject all religious influence in order to be faithful to science.”

The fact that Bible believers condemn senseless destruction of life does not mean they want to stand in the way of all medical research. The HOPE Act would “promote the derivation of pluripotent stem-cell lines without the creation of human embryos” or destroying them. (Read and compare the bills for yourself: the HOPE Act vs. the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.)

The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act isn’t just immoral; it would also be a foolish use of taxpayers’ money. Prudent and fiscally responsible lawmakers shouldn’t divert public funds from promising and less controversial research options. Of course, to some folks death is palatable when it occurs in a petri dish. Not so for Christians. Those who want research to continue, but also respect human life, are backing the HOPE Act.

Click here to thank your senator for voting for the HOPE Act and supporting ethical research.


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Induced Abortion is Murder

Posted by thelamp on April 11, 2007

Prosecutors in Boston are ignoring the rights of a 1-pound girl whose death will go unpunished. Last week, state attorneys said they will not charge an 18-year-old Dominican immigrant with homicide even though she induced an abortion by taking anti-ulcer pills.

Prosecutors had been considering the more serious charge after Amber Abreu prematurely delivered a 1-pound girl named Ashley at Lawrence General Hospital on Jan. 6. The baby died four days later. According to authorities, Abreu, admitted that she had taken three Cytotec pills before giving birth. Cytotec is the brand name for misoprostol, which forms part of a government-approved abortion method. It is typically prescribed for ulcers.

This method of abortion is common in some Latin American communities. However, abortion is illegal in Massachusetts after 24 weeks of pregnancy, and any action to cause a miscarriage after that threshold could lead to homicide charges. This is such a case.

“Proponents of ‘choice’ have tried to make this issue about ‘women’s rights,’ ‘freedom of choice’ and ‘reproductive rights,’ said Pastor Rod Parsley. “But clearly, the murdering of an innocent child is far more than a health issue or a civil right. No amount of spin can outweigh the fact that abortion ends the life of a baby growing inside its mother’s womb.”

The state medical examiner determined that Abreu’s baby had been 25 weeks old at death. Prosecutors, however, decided that they would probably not be able to convince a jury that Ashley was a viable human being who had been killed. This was the wrong decision. It implies the state isn’t serious about the protecting innocent lives, and ignoring murder will only encourage other women to disobey the law.


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