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(March for Life – 2008 [poster from event below])
Newsbusters has this story about the only Crisis Pregnancy Center geared towards the Jewish faith.
On Saturday, the Washington Post’s religion page inside the Metro section highlighted a pro-life cause: what may be the only Jewish crisis-pregnancy center in the country, Erica Pelman’s group In Shifra’s Arms (ISA). Debra Rubin’s story for the Religion News Service relayed both sides and noted both Jewish law and Jewish public opinion. Liberal rabbis have railed against ISA, even for using the term “baby” instead of “fetus.
Rabbi Peter Stein of Temple Sinai in Cranston, R.I., is among ISA’s detractors, criticizing the group for its use of the term “your baby,” rather than the medical term “fetus.” That’s too narrow a perspective of Jewish law, he said.
“It doesn’t seem to recognize the challenges and reasons why some women would choose to end an unwanted pregnancy,” said Stein, who’s active in the Washington-based Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He and others point to an ISA link to an abortion information page provided by the traditionalist group Aish HaTorah, which Rabbi Bonnie Margulis (who also is affiliated with RCRC) describes as an organization that “tries to convince non-Orthodox to become Orthodox.”
Aren’t liberals funny? It’s controversial to try to talk someone into keeping a baby, or getting more conservative in your approach to God. But advocate for abortion, or homosexuality, and try to tear conservatives away from ancient moral tradition? That’s apparently just another day at the synagogue.
Margaret Sanger still a eugenicist in 1957:
I just want to point out that progressive ideology is just that, an ideology. They will ignore the facts that could serve the individual best in order to push a position that both harms the mother and kills a life. It is the exact opposite of what liberals say they attempt to do, that is help the individual. This destructive ideology has been killing people in the modern world and destroying lives since about the 1920’s. The following is VIA NEWSBUSTERS:
Unfortunately, for those who follow the pro-life cause closely, this isn’t all that uncommon. However, this is a very egregious “doctor” who ends a life of a human no matter what stage of life (basically). You see, the fine line that shouldn’t have been drawn about when a life begins and when it doesn’t now allows for a sliding scale of moral ethics in the case of a life. How do you stop this?? Don’t start! Here is the sick story:
Jill Stanek has some photos of the room where lives were ended:
In another post of Jill’s, she documents the sickness of this man — the worse of the worse:
In my previous post I called Kermit Gosnell the “Jeffrey Dahmer of abortionists.” I described a man who allegedly slit the necks, severed the spinal cords, and suctioned the brains of hundreds of born, living, viable babies, sometimes joking along the way.
But Gosnell did more to liken himself to Dahmer. From the Grand Jury Report (WARNING: Graphic)…
[Page 251] One of the most bizarre things about this case is Dr. Gosnell’s fetal foot collection. He cut the feet off the fetuses he aborted and kept them in a row of jars. No civilized society can accept such an abomination, whether the fetuses in question were viable or not...
[Page 74] Another of the doctor’s practices that defies explanation was his habit of cutting the feet off of aborted fetuses and saving them in specimen jars in the clinic. Kareema Cross showed the Grand Jury photographs she had taken in 2008 of a closet where Gosnell stored jars containing severed feet. During the February 2010 raid, investigators were shocked to see a row of jars on a clinic shelf containing fetal parts. Ashley Baldwin testified that she saw about 30 such jars [click to enlarge]…
World Magazine (august 2009):
A mute woman must undergo sterilization before the government allows her to marry. A young woman hides her second child, buying a baby’s corpse from an abortion clinic to convince family-planning officials her baby died. Christian villagers hide pregnant women and children from officials seeking to levy fines for transgressing China’s population-control policies.
These are the stories the Population Research Institute discovered when it conducted a study of China’s population policies in March and May. Its just-released study concludes that even in counties where a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) presence is supposed to preclude coercive policies, the abuse continues. PRI president Steve Mosher said: “We are funding a program of forced abortion and forced sterilization in China through the UNFPA.
UNFPA says it spent $6.8 million in China last year and that China has demonstrated “significant progress” in achieving UNFPA goals. President Bush banned U.S. funding of UNFPA and banned funding for groups that promote abortion overseas (known as the Mexico City policy). President Obama has revoked those decisions, and so far Congress is backing him up.
House and Senate committees have approved at least $50 million for UNFPA. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., failed in his efforts to pass a committee amendment reinstating the Mexico City policy, while the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment backing its reversal. Both the House and the Senate generously funded family-planning programs, with the Senate Appropriations Committee allocating $628.5 million and the House increasing funding by 40 percent from 2008.
But pro-life members of Congress feel they have a chance to curtail abortion-related spending once the House and Senate confer to decide on a final budget draft. Smith told the House it was a “serious problem” to fund pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International: “They are American surrogates in foreign countries. They speak for us. They certainly don’t speak and act for millions of pro-life Americans.”
One News Now reports on three abortion clinics in Michigan that violated many laws, but action was only taken on one of them:
Three Michigan abortion clinics have been cited by the Office for Civil Rights for violating the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but a pro-lifer is disappointed that no further action has been taken.
In December 2008, Monica Miller of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society discovered the remains of aborted babies in the trash behind the three abortion clinics. She also found hundreds of medical records on women who had undergone the procedure, so she filed complaints and extensive documentation.
“Dumping of these patient records is a violation of Michigan state law, but it’s also a violation of the federal regulations known as the HIPAA laws, and the government agency that oversees the HIPAA law is the Office for Civil Rights,” Miller explains.
Under the law, tThose patient records are supposed to be confidential information, but she contends they are hardly confidential if they are thrown into a dumpster. But even though a citation has finally been issued, the pro-lifer wonders why it has taken two years.
“Finally, the Office for Civil Rights agreed that, in fact, these particular clinics were in violation of federal law and cited them as such,” Miller notes. But in the meantime, she has waited for a determination on any further action that might be taken. She admits to feeling “disappointed” because the investigators have not fined the clinics, even though they have been given every reason to do so.
Two of the clinics are owned by Albert Hodari, who is currently the target of a lawsuit by a young woman who claims she changed her mind about an abortion only to have the abortionist’s assistant hold her down while he killed her unborn baby.
On those babies found in the trash,Bishop John Quinn says a prayer for them:
Southfield — Their deaths at the hands of an abortionist cut short their earthly lives, but the 23 aborted babies, whose remains were found in a local abortion clinic trash receptacle, are assured of eternal life with God, Auxiliary Bishop John Quinn said last Saturday.
“The life which these children received has been destroyed by death, yet Christ has taken them up,” Bishop Quinn said during the graveside ceremony at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Msgr. Robert McClory, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit, prayed, “May these little ones, one day, meet with us in the joy and love of your kingdom.”
“I assumed if you went through an abortionist’s trash long enough, you’d find babies, but nothing prepares you for it,” Kukla continued. “I was changed forever when I first saw the photos of aborted children, but to actually hold one just convicts you all the more,” she added.
Laura Dieckman was just 12 when her parents let her leave home to work full time for Scientology’s religious order, the Sea Organization. At 16, she married a co-worker. At 17, she was pregnant.
She was excited to start a family, but she said Sea Org supervisors pressured her to have an abortion. She was back at work the following day.
Claire Headley joined at 16, married at 17 and was pregnant at 19. She said Sea Org supervisors threatened strenuous physical work and repeated interrogations if she didn’t end her pregnancy. She, too, was back at work the next day.
Two years later she had a second abortion, this time while working for the church in Clearwater.
A St. Petersburg Times investigation found their experiences were not unique. More than a dozen women said the culture in the Sea Org pushed them or women they knew to have abortions, in many cases, abortions they did not want.
Some said colleagues and supervisors pressured them to abort their pregnancies and remain productive workers without the distraction of raising children. Terminating a pregnancy and staying on the job affirmed one’s commitment to the all-important work of saving the planet.
“You just have a way of thinking,” said Sunny Pereira, who was 15 when she entered the order. ”It all has to do with the Sea Org and what we’re trying to accomplish. Everything that is a distraction is scorned.”
According to those speaking out, women who didn’t schedule abortions were shunned by fellow Sea Org members, called “degraded beings” and taunted for being “out ethics,” straying from the order’s ethical code.
Some were isolated, assigned manual labor and interrogated until they agreed to abortions, said church defectors, including men whose wives got abortions….