Nancy Pelosi: Is a Child in the Womb a Human Being or Not? Answer the Question!

January 23rd, 2015

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Date: January 23, 2015

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NEW YORK, NY — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is ducking questions about the humanity of the unborn again.

While discussing her opposition to two abortion-related bills in the House of Representatives, she twice refused to answer two reporters’ simple question: Is a child in the womb at 20 weeks’ gestation a human being?

Here’s part of the exchange between Mrs. Pelosi and the reporters from CNSnews.com

CNSNews.com asked: “My question is pretty simple. On the abortion issue, I understand your position on the legislation, but even the legislation aside, when it comes to the matter of whether or not an unborn child is a human being at 20 weeks gestation, what is your personal take on it. If it is not a human being, then what do you believe it is?

Pelosi responded: “You know it is really interesting that you would come to these meetings to talk about it. The fact is is what we have said: The life and the health of the mother is what is preeminent in when a decision is made about a woman’s reproductive health. It isn’t an ideological fight, it is a personal health issue.

(Read the whole story here: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/lauretta-brown/pelosi-wont-say-if-unborn-baby-20-weeks-human-being)

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement about Mrs. Pelosi’s refusal to answer a simple question:

“Here we go again with Nancy Pelosi’s unwillingness to answer a question that is not only scientifically certain but that also falls within the responsibility of lawmakers to know. It wasn’t long ago that Nancy Pelosi and I engaged in a public back-and-forth on this same point (see www.lettertonancy.com). She said I was being hysterical rather than intellectual. OK, Nancy Pelosi, let’s be intellectual. Why don’t you start by answering the question?”

Father Pavone issued a new invitation to the public to go to www.lettertonancy.com to express their dismay at the intellectual dishonesty of a lawmaker who should know the difference between serving the public and killing the public.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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State of the Union Address Offers More Death for Babies

January 22nd, 2015

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“The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the future of his children for personal and immediate comfort and safety.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Obama, in his State of the Union address last night, said, “If we’re going to have arguments, let’s have arguments. But let’s make them debates worthy of this body and worthy of this country. We still may not agree on a woman’s right to choose, but surely, we can agree it’s a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs.”

What the President didn’t say is that abortion and abortifacients are not health care. They are reproductive deterrents that kill babies and sometimes their mothers. Abortion often hurts women. In RECALL ABORTION, Janet Morana outlines the harmful impact of abortion, and #healingtheshockwavesofabortion further reveals why the President’s agenda isn’t good for women.

Senator Joni Ernst (IA), in the Republican response to the President’s speech, listed what the new Congress intends to do for life, saying: “And we’ll defend life, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society.”

There is a shift in our political climate. We must pray for transformation of hearts. In my KING RULES “Defend Life” chapter, the sanctity of life is highlighted.

I am so glad that my parents AD and Naomi King didn’t take the advice of “The Birth Control League” which later became “Planned Parenthood;” they chose life for me instead.

My grandfather Daddy King convinced my mother that because he had seen me in a dream three years before my conception, he knew that God wanted me to live. Mother accepted his promise to be there for her. He kept his word.

If Granddaddy were here today, he would urge us to pray for our government and all leaders, that God will guide them into serving with grace, peace, faith, hope and love. Amen

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Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd tells MLK audience: “Bring it on! We will not be silent!”

January 20th, 2015

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In a rousing invitation to take to social media with #alllivesmatter, and #ourchildrenmatter, the MLK service keynote speaker prompted my thoughts of #healingtheshockwavesofabortion.

150119 MLK Commemorative Service 017In a stirring “day on” of praise and worship to God, Elder Bernice King, daughter of MLK and Coretta Scott King, supported by her aunts, Christine King Farris and Naomi Ruth Barber King, other members of the extended King Family Legacy, King Center Board and staff, elected officials, Civil Rights Movement Foot Soldiers, celebrities, and communities from around the world, gave glory to God and lifted up the name of Jesus at the annual MLK Commemorative Service today.

“Bring it on!” This is the challenge Dr. Boyd took a regal “queenly” stance as she roared to the audience.

150119 MLK Commemorative Service 071Long time anointed Psalmist Sandi Patti brought us to our feet and tears to our eyes with her powerful rendition of HOW GREAT THOU ART.

150119 MLK Commemorative Service 064Mr. David Oyelowo who excellently portrayed MLK in Hollywood’s SELMA movie explained that God told him he would get the role.

Dr. Boyd affirmed Mr. Oyelowo’s award winning reenactment of MLK by saying that “no matter what the Oscars say,” his pristine performance of Dr. MLK was exceptional.

CEO Bernice King honored her parent’s brilliant vision of nonviolent social change, mentoring and activating youth to be culturally aware and forgiving which was stunningly revealed throughout the service, including a powerful rendition of MLK’s 1965 Voting Rights March speech directed by and led by Dr. MLK’s great niece, my cousin, Farris Christine Watkins.

The powerful liturgical dance, short and lengthy spoken tributes, rousing choral presentations and so much more were shared. We the audience were captured on the edge of our seats throughout, only to be continually brought to our feet in liberating bursts of joyful tears and jubilant applause.

150119 MLK Commemorative Service 102A couple of times, I was standing in the wings doing interviews; boots on the ground as it were. The last song, WE SHALL OVERCOME, with Father Frank Pavone as one of the song leaders, was of course “soul stirring.”

Everything was so empowering that we barely noticed the clock as the program spiraled past the allocated two hour mark. I almost missed my flight to Iowa to join Concerned Women of America for a RestoreTheDream2015 Rally.

I’ll be here in Iowa overnight. Then it’s off to DC for the National Prayer Service, MARCH FOR LIFE, and other Prolife events.

After that, a time with long time friend, brother and associate Walter Hoye of ISSUES4LIFE and the WALK FOR LIFE West Coast, and other prolife events will round off this year’s January PROLIFE tour. Once again, I’ll be spending my birthday, January 22, standing and praying for life from the road.

Love and blessings to all, from the road.

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Tell Norton and Fierce About #SHOCKWAVES

January 16th, 2015

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Somebody PLEASE send this to Eleanor Holmes Norton and Tasha Fierce. They are ignoring the shockwaves.

District of Columbia’s Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton told PBS that veterinary clinics should be held to a higher standard than abortion clinics. She stated, “What happens in abortion clinics is usually not surgical. You go to a vet, they have to be equipped to do anything that the pet requires. In other words, they have to be prepared to cut him open. They don’t just bring him there to do a simple procedure, one-time, very narrow procedure. So to compare what a full surgical clinic where full surgery is necessary because of the nature of the procedures to an abortion clinic, which normally is not surgical and is a very simple procedure, is to compare not just apples to oranges.”

In a recent article on Ebony online, Tasha Fierce openly shared that she had an abortion last month. Fierce describes herself as an African American feminist who writes on race, sex, politics and pop culture.

In her piece, titled I Just Had an Abortion, she says she doesn’t regret her abortion and alleges that abortion “stigma” is more pronounced in the lives of Black women than White. She believes this because when she was walking into the abortion facility, a picketer asked, “Did you know abortion is the number one cause of death in the African-American community?”

That question didn’t sit too well with Fierce and she responded by cursing at the pro-lifer. She writes, “In my mental and physical state, I really was not prepared to quietly accept a bunch of non-Black people using my race to guilt me out of getting an abortion. I snapped. How I was able to scream “F*** you!” with as much force as I did being as weak as I was, I don’t know. That rage was strong. My boyfriend restrained me from responding any further and rushed me inside.”

She continues, “Black women are blamed for a litany of ills that plague our community, and we’re constantly disrespected for the choices we make regarding our bodies. On the one hand, a Black woman who goes through with an unwanted pregnancy and ends up having to use social services is shamed for being irresponsible and “leeching” off the system. On the other, a Black woman who makes the decision to terminate a pregnancy when they know having a child isn’t the best idea can be shamed for endangering the future of her race. I’m concerned for Black women that seek abortion who aren’t as comfortable with their individual decision as I am, and who may be shamed into changing their mind by anti-choice campaigns targeted at the Black community. As with too many other experiences I’ve had that should be strictly personal, my abortion ended up being one more reminder that Black women are so often damned if we do, damned if we don’t.”

Even though earlier in her article Pierce acknowledges that Black women’s abortion rate is five-times higher than that of White women, she believes that pro-lifers use race to shame women.

However, the fact of the matter is the pro-life community is using mathematical statistics to reveal the massive genocide of black babies through abortion.

See February healing the shockwaves of abortion.

Either these two women are uninformed, deceived, deceptive or confused. In Ms. Norton’s case, she has maybe never seen a D&E abortion procedure. They are neither safe nor rare, and they rip babies apart and tear them from their mothers’ wombs.

As to Ms. Fierce, I’m praying she can see past the pain to the “healing the shockwaves of abortion.”

They might want to watch this!

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2015-01-15/nicki-minaj-talks-abortion-with-high-school-boyfriend-in-my-time-again/

Please share this and hopefully the news will reach them. Thanks.

Links:

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/15/congresswoman-regulate-vets-not-abortion-clinics-what-happens-in-abortions-isnt-surgical/

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/01/13/black-feminist-tasha-fierce-brags-i-just-had-an-abortion-and-dont-regret-it/

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#WhyWePray Before the March for Life: Dozens of Denominations to Gather at National Memorial for the Pre-born

January 15th, 2015

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Date: January 15, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Why is it important for Christians to come together in prayer at the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers on the morning of the March for Life?

Father Denis Wilde, Associate Director of Priests for Life, explains:

“Jesus prayed ‘May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.’ He did this during the most intimate sharing of his Body and Blood, having begun with a sacred meal, and ending with his total pouring out of Himself on the Cross. The blood shed by the slaughter of the millions upon millions of pre-born babies is a tragic mockery of the Blood of the Lord poured out for our – and their – salvation. The Lord wants us to come together ‘as one,’ committed in the same faith and love for the unborn.”

The National Memorial will take place at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22. For the convenience of Catholics planning to attend, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are not required and large groups are welcome.

Dove Award winner Matthew Ward, who helped define the sound of Christian Contemporary Music, will perform during the service. The National Pro-Life Recognition Award will be given to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, Joel Brind, Ph.D., and Karen Malec for their tireless and successful efforts to make the public aware that abortion is indisputably linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, noted that the National Memorial takes place every year during the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

“All Christians, by definition, acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior of the world. That affirmation of Christ requires that we work to fight injustice,” Father Pavone said. “In his encyclical letter on Christian Unity, issued in 1995, St. John Paul II wrote, ‘Many Christians from all communities, by reason of their faith, are jointly involved in bold projects aimed at changing the world by inculcating respect for the rights and needs of everyone, especially the poor, the lowly, and the defenseless… Christians who once acted independently are now engaged together in the service of this cause, so that God’s mercy may triumph.’

Said Father Pavone: “The pro-life movement continues to be the arena where these efforts are most visible and valuable.”

The prayer service is organized by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life. Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Values; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project; Life Issues Institute; Americans United for Life; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates; Alliance Defending Freedom; Catholics Called to Witness, and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

“The March for Life and the National Memorial for the Pre-born are great opportunities to join with people from across our great country and collectively say, ‘Life is sacred.’ “ said the Most Rev. Foley Beach, Anglican Church of North America. “Anglicans believe life is a gift from our Creator and I encourage parishioners and clergy to join their bishops in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2015.”

For more information about the National Memorial, go to www.NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Prayers Breaking Out Everywhere!

January 15th, 2015

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Hello everyone. It’s Alveda “boots on the ground” in Dallas, TX at THE POTTER’S HOUSE. For a full breakdown of who’s all here, visit http://www.thereconciledchurch.org/

Lots of prayer power going on. Join the Prayer Movement now because revival is in the land.

God’s people are breaking out in prayer around the world! Again, it’s moving so fast, can’t report it all.

Here’s another one coming up!

http://www.priestsforlife.org/national-memorial/invite.aspx

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And another:

On Friday, January 23, Reverend Hoye will host the Eighth Annual Stand Up 4Life Rally and Walk in Oakland. The rally and walk begin at noon at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland’s City Hall.

http://bit.ly/1C2Fsbn

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There was another powerful move in Atlanta earlier this week where leaders gathered to pray for religious freedom:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/01/14/supporters-rally-in-atlanta-behind-kelvin-cochran#.VLevWIpOLCQ

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And… Watch Lacrae connect the dots on racism and genocide using this quote:

As MLK said, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968.

http://youtu.be/wauaI7rL0vM

After you watch the video, Tweet/Post using the hashtag #Itspossiblestuff. You will see Lecrae say this to express his confidence that the convicting but cleansing and transforming grace of God at work in him is available to all through Jesus Christ.

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Coming to you across the networks. Jesus is Lord. Amen.

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Rapper Lecrae Shares His Powerful Story of Abortion Loss and Healing

January 14th, 2015

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This post was co-authored by Kevin Burke, LSW, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, and Dr. Alveda King

The Silent No More Campaign’s Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Initiative will be focusing on the impact of abortion all year long. In February, Black History Month, the impact of abortion on African-American women, men and families will be discussed.

We know that families today face many challenges…but an absent father is one of the most important factors in the mental, physical and spiritual health of our children and our communities. Statistics clearly show that having an absent father leads to an increase in poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, health issues, physical and sexual abuse, addictions and criminal activity and ultimately in some cases, incarceration.

How do we begin to reverse these deadly cycles, especially in our minority communities? We need to focus on a subject that few politicians, community and religious leaders and social scientists address when confronting these complicated issues – abortion and men. Most importantly, we need to reach out to men of color who have been part of an abortion decision with a message of education, repentance and healing.

A man who has experienced life with an absent father and some level of abuse and neglect is at higher risk for serious problems after abortion because of the deeper damage inflicted on his manhood/fatherhood when he fails to protect his unborn child from the abortionist knife. This is a complex dynamic that can feed in a powerful way the problems many young men of color face today.

The men in our King Family Legacy, our fathers and grandfather fiercely regarded the sanctity of life. Uncle ML King once said: ” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Daddy King, my grandfather saved me from abortion and years later saved one of my sons from abortion by promising to stand by the parents as long as help was needed. My Daddy, AD King was very protective of me until he was killed. I write about this in my book at www.kingrulesbook.com.

Yes, the paternal voice is powerful in the life of a child. We will look at this important issue more closely in future blogs in the month of February.
A good way to join us on this journey, so essential to the future of our nation is to hear a father share his own story.

Passionlife has just posted an interview with Hip Hop Artist, Lecrae who shares about his abortion loss. It is a powerful account so take a moment to hear his story.

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Dr. Alveda King Reminds Mayor, Fire Chief: “It All Started With An Apple.”

January 13th, 2015

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ATLANTA, GA – The growing controversies surrounding 1st Amendment religious and freedom of speech rights are reaching fever pitch, now in Atlanta between the Mayor and Fire Chief.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” -First Amendment to the Constitution.

Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life states: “A current classic example of miscommunication of these truths recently occurred in Atlanta between two beloved and respected leaders: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran over the seemingly never ending debate over sexuality”.

1Corinthians 16:13-14 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.

These conflicts over religious freedom are not limited to issues of sexuality. For instance, in an ongoing lawsuit against the HHS Mandate, Priests for Life is doing exactly as instructed in 1Corinthians. Not only is it important to stand firm in the faith but we must stand up against the limiting of our 1st Amendment rights. This is especially important when it comes to the harmful effects of contraception, abortion and reproductive rights.

In fact, contraception and abortion have done so much damage to our nation and world that Priests for Life just last week announced a year-long initiative: “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.” The initiative seeks to bring healing to everyone impacted by abortion by concentrating on a different segment of the population each month.

“In all matters of conflict, love, dignity, clarity and communication are key, even when viewpoints differ,” added King.

As my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools.”

My father, Rev. A. D. King, speaking from Acts 17:26, said, “We are one blood, one human race.”

“From one blood GOD created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall and he determined their boundaries.”

Dr. King has posted a developing commentary: It All Started with an Apple which is available at http://priestsforlife.org/library/5154-and-it-all-started-with-an-apple

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#iSEETWO Campaign: Loving them both. Pro-Woman. Pro-Child.

January 9th, 2015

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The #iSEETWO campaign is launched. January is Sanctity of Life Month and Focus on the Family has kicked off its new campaign to show that we love them both, mother and baby.

When some people see a pregnant woman, they see only one life: I see two.

I and my colleague, Dr. Fred Bush, author of HOOKED, and other pro-life advocates were approached and asked if we would add our voices to this very important project. I was honored to join without hesitation.

When I see a pregnant woman, I see two very distinct lives with different DNA makeup. I want to love them both. I don’t love one more than the other. I love them both the same.

The abortion activists like to say the pro-lifers don’t care about the woman or the child once he/she born. They just want the baby to be born and then forget about him/her.

Nothing can be further from the truth and I hope that this campaign will show the world that “pro-life” means protecting all life, born and unborn, from conception to natural death. That means that we care about the mother and the baby. We are pro-woman and pro-child and actually that means pro-family, including the father, grandparents, nuclear and extended families, communities and the world.

There are many pregnancy resource centers all across America, centers that provide assistance to mothers and their babies, and even the fathers in some cases. They provide or make referrals for parent classes, financial assistance, job training, clothing and furniture assistance and sometimes shelter.

Women and families facing unplanned pregnancies are not alone. We need to let them know that they are loved and that we can help them. That’s why I want you to join me in this crucial campaign.

Here’s what I want you to do. – and it’s very simple:

  • Download an #iSEETWO sign at www.BeAVoice.net – or make your own sign
  • Sign your first name and take a selfie holding the sign
  • Post it on Facebook as your profile picture in January (longer if you like) and use the #iSEETWO hashtag when you post statuses.
  • Invite all your friends to do the same by sharing my blog with them.

Together we can Abolish Abortion!

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Giftings and Callings

January 6th, 2015

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We are about a week into 2015, and the melee is almost deafening. Yet, in the distance, there is a “still, small voice” calling to us. Yes, the US Congress has a new face so to speak. Yes, America is waking up to the truth that racism still exists in our land. We know that anger and violence are lurking about. Yet, in the distance, there is a voice crying in the wilderness, compelling those who hear to use our “gifts and callings” to make a difference in 2015.

What can we do? We can speak truth to power. We can overcome evil with good. When people complain, offer solutions, not sympathy. When violence threatens, extend the “olive branch” of peace.

If you are a singer, sing a song of peace and love. If you are a dancer, do a peace and love dance. If you are a doctor or a lawyer, represent the poor and heal the sick. Yes, we have price tags on our gifts. After all, you, in most cases, you can’t pay your electric bill with a melody or a foot massage. It takes money to get about in this realm, on the low frequencies of life.

But, if we worry too much about charging for our gifts, natural and spiritual, we could just miss the “love boat.” Don’t be stingy this year. Give and it shall be given unto you. We’re not just talking about money here. We are talking about the unusual generosity of heart and soul. People need love. People need the Lord.

So answer the higher callings of life by sharing the gifts and talents generously (even if you get paid for what you do, and I hope you do; because generally if we don’t work, we don’t eat).

We can pay our bills by charging for our goods and services. Yes, we can, and we should. Yet, we can expect an increase of our “spiritual gifts” if we aren’t stingy in sharing truth and love throughout the year. So answer the highest callings in life by sharing your gifts of love and hope.

My Uncle ML once said: “Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” We have a chance to be great this year. March for Life, Walk for Life, MLK Week, Black History Month, Reconciliation Movement, Abortion SHOCKWAVES, so much on my plate in the year ahead. And this isn’t all by any means. How about you?

I just felt like writing something that isn’t political, not deeply intellectual (not that I’m ever truly deeply intellectual nowadays), not spinning in one direction or the other. This is just a moment in time when I’m taking a breath and letting it all out.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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