"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pro Life: Will Canada Force Doctors to Participate in Assisted Suicides?

Pro Life: Will Canada Force Doctors to Participate in Assisted Suicides?
Here is some of the latest pro life news.  We are in a war with the culture of death.
Just a quick post to show you how the slippery slope slip slides away.
Canada’s Supreme Court imposed a nationwide regime on the entire country. An obedient Parliament passed enabling legislation, including “safeguards” to protect against abuse.
Now, these supposedly vital protections — in actuality, they are loosey-goosey — are increasingly seen instead as “hurdles” that interfere with the right to be made dead.

Here’s an example from a journalist’s opinion column out of London, Ontario:
Canadians should be forewarned that the road to a medically assisted death is paved with speed bumps and potholes: that the law and its regulations were hastily devised and are imperfect; that the supply of doctors who are both willing and competent enough to safely assist in a patient’s death is severely limited; and that the pathway to release from suffering can take unexpected and sometimes inexplicable detours.
Our parliamentarians should look to improve the legislation sooner rather than later.
These “improvements” will likely include such culture-of-death agenda items as a legal mandate for MDs to participate in killing — even if they have religious or moral objections — an expansion of eligibility to specifically include non-terminal conditions, and authority to kill Alzheimer’s patients who asked to be killed in an advance directive.
We need to think about this as the assisted suicide argument unfolds here: Accepting euthanasia changes a society’s collective consciousness.
The impetus to protect life soon morphs into a drive to embrace death.

Kentucky Governor Signs Pro-Life Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin joined a huge crowd of pro-lifers Wednesday for a rally that included a ceremonial signing of two historic pro-life laws. The Northern Kentucky Tribune reports pro-lifers filled all three levels of the Kentucky Capitol rotunda during the Rally for Life, hosted by the Kentucky Right to Life Association. The rally is an annual event, but this year’s celebration was special because the state legislature passed two bills to protect unborn babies from abortion in January.
“We have a chance to lead this nation from a moral and spiritual perspective that is desperately needed,” Bevin said, joined by more than a dozen state lawmakers. “We must continue to fight this scourge that is the taking of innocent life. It’s worth it, America is worth it, and Kentucky is going to lead the way.”
One of the new laws, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, prohibits abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain.
The second law, the Ultrasound Informed Consent Act, requires medical staff to perform an ultrasound prior to the abortion and allow the woman to see it if she chooses. It also requires the medical staff to describe the image of the unborn child, its size, organs and other features and allow the mother to hear the baby’s heartbeat.
Bevin held a ceremonial signing of the two laws Wednesday during the rally. Both received strong bi-partisan support in the legislature, despite abortion activists’ protests.

“What seems controversial to some seems like a slam dunk, no-brainer, ‘why are we even arguing about this,’” Bevin told the pro-life crowd, the State Journal reports. “This legislation was passed by Republicans and Democrats. The sanctity of human life, respect for human life, protection of the innocent … that is not something that is ‘this party’ or ‘party that.’ If in fact we believe preserving an innocent life is worth fighting for, then the journey, indeed, has only just begun.”
Kentucky Right to Life said the rally was its “largest ever,” with pro-lifers filling the rotunda and spilling out into the hallways of the Capitol.
The 20-week abortion ban is in effect; however, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the ultrasound bill right after Bevin signed it into law.
Kentucky was the 16th state to enact a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in January. Together, these laws potentially are saving thousands of babies’ lives. There were at least 5,770 late-term abortions at or after 21 weeks of pregnancy in 2013 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. Another approximate 8,150 abortions took place between 18 weeks and 20 weeks, the CDC reports.
Kentucky lawmakers have been trying to pass legislation such as the ultrasound bill for years, but the legislation always failed to pass the Democrat-controlled state House. Reuters reports 2017 is the first year that Republicans have had a majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1921.
Bevin’s administration also has been cracking down on the abortion industry in the state. One abortion facility, EMW Women’s Clinic in Lexington, was forced to shut down after state inspectors caught it masquerading as a doctor’s office and performing abortions without a license. State health investigators also found unsanitary conditions inside the facility, according to the Courier Journal.
As a result, Kentucky has just one abortion facility left in the whole state.


Scientist Confirms: An Unborn Baby is a Human Being From the Moment of Conception

Can we finally give the myth that an unborn baby is “just a clump of cells” a decent burial? Yesterday Eric Metaxas told you about a manipulative article from The Atlantic that heaps scorn on the pro-life movement’s use of ultrasound technology to show pregnant women and others the humanity of the unborn child.
Just as a refresher, in the piece, author Moira Weigel shares such gems as this: “The technology has been used to create an ‘imaginary’ heartbeat and sped-up videos that falsely depict a response to stimulus.” Katie Couric thinks kids can feel gender in the womb, but an actual heartbeat is just a “stimulus?”
And here’s another utterly baseless claim from the article: “Ultrasound made it possible for the male doctor to evaluate the fetus without female interference.” Huh? What if the OB/GYN is a female?!
We shouldn’t be surprised by irrational attempts to undermine the cause for life. The case for life is stronger than ever. The abortion rate is down, and those who profit from abortion aren’t happy.
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So they’re probably not going to be popping the corks off their champagne bottles when they read a fascinating new article in Public Discourse by Ana Maria Dumitru. It’s called “Science, Embryonic Autonomy, and the Question of When Life Begins.”
What is “embryonic autonomy,” you ask? According to a recent study, titled “Self-organization of the human embryo in the absence of maternal tissues,” human embryos from the earliest stages of life can direct their own development—in or out of the womb.  Why is this important? Here’s how Dumitru, who is a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Dartmouth, explains it:
“As scientists, my colleagues must concede that embryos are made up of living cells, but they don’t accept the embryo as a living organism. If the early embryo is ‘just a clump of cells,’ then you can justify abortion. By this logic, it’s not an autonomous being, and it’s definitely not a human person yet. It’s just a few cells growing in the mother’s body, and so the mother can choose to get rid of those cells if she wants to.”
The problem for this view, Dumitru writes, is that so-called “clumps” whether in a uterus or in a lab, don’t behave like clumps of cells. Instead, they appear to act independently, or autonomously, of any signals from the mother’s body, whether in or out of the womb. And “clumps” don’t do that.
As Ana Maria explains, “This one little cell, with its complete genetic content, can and does begin to divide and to grow, even in an experimental dish in an incubator in the closet space of some unmarked lab. … That means, as we suspected, embryos know what they’re supposed to do to live, and they try to live, whether they’re in their mother or not.”
And it means not only that the embryo is a living being, but that it’s a person. This demolishes another argument for legal abortion, that the unborn may be living, but not yet persons—in other words, deserving of legal protection.
But the research Dumitru cites undercuts this contention by showing that embryo autonomy and personhood are “interchangeable terms,” because although the embryo’s capacities—which pro-choicers say are necessary for personhood—are not yet fully developed, they are clearly in fact already present. They require no signals from the mother to develop, only nourishment—which of course we all need.
Ultimately, all this comes down, again, to worldview. As Dumitru says, “It’s time to own up to the truth. Science has already affirmed what we have long since suspected: we can call them fertilized eggs, zygotes, blastocysts, products of conception, or fetuses, but that doesn’t change reality. And the reality is this: they are autonomous humans from the very beginning.”
Come to BreakPoint.org, I’ll link you to this article. Please read it, study it, and then go have some productive pro-life conversations with your friends and neighbors.

Planned Parenthood Supporters Get Tattoos to Show Their Support for Abortion

Planned Parenthood supporters in Brooklyn, New York lined up outside a tattoo parlor Wednesday to show their support for the abortion chain with permanent ink. According to the Huffington Post, several tattoo artists in Brooklyn donated their time and offered discount tattoos to raise money for Planned Parenthood. The event, “Tattoo To Protect Your Parts,” included suggested tattoos showing women protesting, coat hangers and the slogan “My body, my choice.”
The report said “hundreds” lined up outside the Magic Cobra Tattoo Society in Greepoint, which hosted the pro-abortion fundraiser, but only 80 were able to get tattoos in the time allotted. A similar event is planned in Los Angeles.
“We didn’t want to sit around and watch all our rights erode,” organizer Laura Matthei told the news outlet. “We wanted to do something instead of sitting and whining and crying about it, which sometimes of course I do. Even though we are in a liberal state, there are local and state representatives voting against reproductive rights. … We need to put on the pressure right now.”
Brooklyn resident Eman Rimawi said she got a tattoo Wednesday because “it’s nobody’s business what I’m doing with my body but my own.”
It’s an odd way for abortion advocates to show their support, given that in some states it is legal for a minor to get an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or permission but not a tattoo. Planned Parenthood opposes legislation to require parental involvement in a minor’s abortion.
Planned Parenthood performs about 320,000 abortions a year and receives about half a billion taxpayer dollars annually from the government.
Last month, a congressional investigation into the abortion business involving its sales of aborted baby parts concluded. The lawmakers recommended that Congress defund the abortion company as a result of the problematic actions they uncovered.
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State and federal lawmakers, elected by the American people, are moving to defund the abortion giant and redirect tax dollars to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care without doing abortions. This would ensure women and families have access to quality health care, while stopping tax dollars from funding abortion groups.
U.S. Senators introduced a federal bill to defund the abortion business last week.
Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.
Planned Parenthood recently was exposed for not providing prenatal care, despite its claims otherwise, and only providing ultrasounds in preparation for abortions. It also has been caught in numerous scandals involving possible Medicaid fraud and failures to report suspected sex trafficking and sexual abuse of minors.
Women also reported being lied to and pressured to have abortions at Planned Parenthood. Other reports are even more disturbing. In 2014, a Planned Parenthood affiliate in Illinois paid $2 million to the family of a young women who died from a botched abortion in one of its abortion clinics. Other reports indicate other women also have been injured or died along with their unborn babies from alleged botched abortions at Planned Parenthoods.

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