Archive for May, 2011

Walk This Way

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011





Sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, and open wounds.
By Kathryn Jean Lopez
May 30, 2011

(Originally printed in the National Review Online)

Seventeen-year-old Scotty McCreery may have won American Idol singing wholesome country tunes, but playing in the background this season was a blues song older than the North Carolinian teen.

Singing the lead vocal of this heart-wrenching ballad was Aerosmith star and Idol judge Steven Tyler. In his new autobiography, Tyler recalls a then-16-year-old girl from his past. He has talked emotionally about the abortion she had: “It was a big crisis. It’s a major thing when you’re growing something with a woman, but they convinced us that it would never work out and would ruin our lives. . . . You go to the doctor and they put the needle in her belly and they squeeze the stuff in and you watch. And it comes out dead. I was pretty devastated. In my mind, I’m going, Jesus, what have I done?”

This unveiling story became a duet when that girl, now the mother of six other children, married, and a practicing Catholic, told her side of the story, which differs from Tyler’s. She writes: “He has talked of me as a sex object without any human dignity. I have made a point over these long years never to speak of him, yet he has repeatedly humiliated me in print with distortions of our time together. I do not understand why he has done this. It has been very painful.”

All of the details of their testimonies do not match. She says the pregnancy wasn’t entirely unplanned, that Tyler had thrown her birth-control pills away. She says that he pushed her to have the abortion.

Kevin Burke, who wrote a piece for National Review Online highlighting Tyler’s abortion comments, wonders if the soft-porn treatment of his relationship with Holcomb in his autobiography is his “way to avoid the pain and reality of his role in the abortion.”

This much we know: There was an abortion, and there are pain and regrets.

Reflecting on her troubled youth, Holcomb writes: “Our nation’s young girls, especially those like me, who have experienced trauma and abuse, and are vulnerable to exploitation should not be used as sexual playthings, scarred by abortions to free their male partners from financial responsibility, and then like their unborn children, tossed aside as an unwanted object.”

Our nation’s boys, too, should know that abortion doesn’t quite work like a delete button. Sex involves consequences. Even when you’re a rock star on the rise. Abortion doesn’t eradicate them. It ends a life and changes people.

“It took great courage for Julia Holcomb to share her abortion experience and road to recovery from post-abortion stress,” says Jenny Mohler, a social worker and former director of the Northwest crisis-pregnancy center (which includes a maternity home), in Washington, D.C. “Working at the pregnancy center, we see many women, men, and families who suffer in silence expressing many similar symptoms of post-abortion trauma. Countless times I have heard women state through their own words and unique experiences, as Julia recalls, ‘Everyone around me seemed to be moving on with life, but I was carrying a wound that would not go away.’”

For Theresa Bonopartis, director of Lumina/Hope & Healing After Abortion in New York, who had a coerced saline abortion, too, when she was a teenager, the story hit close to home. When she read, “Jesus, what have I done?” she “totally related. No one can ever imagine the horror. It is so hard to even believe what you have just experienced is legal,” she tells me.

“I don’t think people comprehend the hidden trauma of abortion — even those who are suffering from it,” Theresa Burke, who co-founded Rachel’s Vineyard with her husband, Kevin, says. “Furthermore, if they need help, they are scared to death to look at any feelings of remorse. They project their guilt and shame onto everyone who might prick the human blood of conscience.”

Mrs. Burke’s comments gel with many online comments about the Tyler-Holcomb story. And like Holcomb, frequently “men and women who have been touched by abortion long to find a safe place to privately share their story with a sympathetic family member or friend but they often fear their experience will be diminished or exaggerated, that their confidence will be violated, or that they will be judged, keeping them from reaching out for the support they desire and deserve,” Michaelene Fredenburg, author of the upcoming Grief & Abortion: Creating a Safe Place to Heal, observes.

People will argue that there is no such thing as post-abortion stress syndrome, as many have in the wake of Kevin’s piece. But it’s hard to honestly deny there is a lot of hurt out there — including physical and mental pain. Increasingly there are resources online that can help a more anonymous, safe opening up to this reality — websites like Fredenburg’s abortionchangesyou.com and afterabortion.com. It’s rare, of course, that one opens up in a bestselling autobiography or online piece with a byline. But even talking under the protection of confidentiality is painfully difficult.

After 38 years of legal abortion, the next person you run into may very well have been affected by an abortion. She may have wished she had that child she aborted 20 years ago. He may, too.

It’s something to bear in mind when we discuss the topic.

The Burkes, Bonopartis, the Northwest Center, and Fredenburg each represent alternatives to abortion and help to heal those who have experienced or participated in or been otherwise affected by an abortion. And they’re not alone.

“I think the experience of Julia and Tyler reflects on a more spectacular and dramatic stage that has happened in the lives of so many who grew up in the time of drugs, sex, and rock ’n’ roll and may not understand how those sexual activities and abortions impacted their lives,” Kevin Burke observes. “A story like this hopefully brings attention to the losses that need repentance, reconciliation, and healing and provides hope that this is possible.”

Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online. This column is available exclusively through United Media.






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While The National Abortion Rate Drops, The Abortion Rate Among The Poor Goes Up

Friday, May 27th, 2011





Abortion Apologists blame the Republicans and the Economy while abortion providers deny all women the truth – abortion hurts women, pregnancy care centers offer life affirming choice to families in need…

There has been much said about Planned Parenthood targeting the Black community and how they are complicit in genocide.

A recent analysis conducted by the Guttmacher Institute and published in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology finds that “[a]bortion rates fell among most groups of women between 2000 and 2008, except for those classified as poor.”

An article in USA TODAY states, “Guttmacher, which has been tracking abortion since 1974, found that the abortion rate for low-income women increased 18% during the same period that the national rate dropped 8%.”

So people try to explain these figures by saying that the poor don’t have access to sex education and birth control. In fact, one of the comments left in the comment section of the article says, “No, it means that the Republicans are denying them access to birth control and sex education. If you don’t support either of those, then you are effectively promoting abortion.” However, Planned Parenthood has built an overwhelming number of their abortion mills (over 75% by some estimates) in low-income neighborhoods. Their explanation is that they are there to provide services to low-income families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford such care and the number of abortions continues to rise.

Willie Parker, an obstetrician/gynecologist who is medical director of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., says the results suggest the recession’s impact.

“While some women are getting better at preventing unplanned pregnancy, it’s a reflection on women in poverty who have limited access to birth control methods,” he says.

Randall O’Bannon, director of education and research for the National Right to Life Committee in Washington, says the abortion industry is profiting by performing more abortions on poor women.

“Women who have information and alternatives are choosing abortion less frequently than they did 10 or 15 years ago, but states are continuing to pay for the abortions of poor women. When the states are funding the abortions, they get these abortions,” he says.

So what is really going on? Planned Parenthood promotes promiscuity through their “sex education” and then promotes “responsible” sexual activity by providing birth control. Planned Parenthood know that the more sexually active you can get a community, the higher the risk of unplanned pregnancy and the more money they will make from performing abortions. They know that a percentage of birth control will fail. And if you provide substandard (as reported by former Planned Parenthood employees) birth control, the failure rate inevitably goes up. More failure, more abortions. Can you say cha-ching?

Planned Parenthood bombards the communities with lies and then benefits from the lies they spread.

Planned Parenthood spends millions of dollars on media campaigns to spread their propaganda, lobby your representatives, file lawsuits, repair their reputation, and all in an effort to keep abortion accessible to all (code for low-income and minority) women. And they have the money since we, the American people, help fund these campaigns with our $365 million they receive from our tax-payer dollars. The $365 million is money better spend providing information and alternatives to abortion instead of being spent on paying for abortions as mentioned by Randall O’Bannon

Many people also say that sex education and birth control will lower abortion rates. Planned Parenthood has been in the low-income neighborhoods peddling their sex education and birth control for years and the number of abortions is on the rise. They know that this is a myth but continue to spread the lie.

Planned Parenthood is located in low-income neighborhoods and abortion rates are on the rise. They are not as prevalent in middle to high income neighborhoods and their abortion numbers are declining. You do the analysis.

Planned Parenthood is targeting the Black communities because of their business model of genocide fashioned after their founder’s (Margaret Sanger) eugenics beliefs.

Maafa21 is a wakeup call to prove that Black communities are being targeted! It is time for America to see what Planned Parenthood is really all about. Ask Abby Johnson. Hear Carol Everest’s testimony in the Blood Money film. These two women are former abortion providers. They are telling the truth! With over 17 million black babies killed since 1973 when Roe vs. Wade became law, and with every other baby conceived ending in an abortion, our Black ethnic communities are being drastically reduced by clever genocide! Our numbers are in the decline largely due to abortion. If this isn’t genocide then someone needs to explain to me what is really going on. I’m open-minded, are you?






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Steven Tyler’s Former Girlfriend Tells The Story Of Their Abortion

Thursday, May 26th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 25, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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Aerosmith singer and “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler has written and spoken about the son he lost to abortion in the 1970s. The baby’s mother was Julia Holcomb, a young woman who was 16 years old when she became Tyler’s legal ward and went to live with him in Boston.

After Kevin Burke, full-time pastoral associate of Priests for Life and co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, wrote about Tyler’s abortion experience in a piece published May 4 in National Review Online, Julia contacted Burke to say that for years, she has been looking for a way to respond to the many published accounts of their relationship, most recently in Tyler’s autobiography, “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?” The compassion with which Burke wrote about Tyler as a post-abortive father prompted her to entrust her own story to his care.

On May 24, in an essay published on LifeSiteNews.com, the former Julia Holcomb gives a behind-the-scenes look at life with a rock legend, including a harrowing account of a near-fatal apartment fire and the abortion.

“My National Review article on post-abortive father Steven Tyler and his high visibility as an Idol judge, with a new autobiography and song just released, provide a providential opportunity for Julia to share her experience of the dramatic events that took place during her three-year, live-in relationship with Tyler,” Burke said. “This is an intense and at times frightening and disturbing journey … but in the end it is an inspirational story of hope and healing. Julia is a woman of great courage and faith and it has truly been a blessing and a privilege to be entrusted with her story.”

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said “Julia’s story of redemption and the incredible turnaround she has seen in her life should serve as a powerful witness to women who are still struggling with their own abortions.”

“Forgiveness and healing are available for all women and men who have had their children aborted, for every abortionist, for every abortion clinic worker,” Father Pavone said. “Julia’s story should serve as an invitation for each one of them to face the truth about abortion, and to seek healing.”

Read Julia’s incredible story here

Burke’s original story on Steven Tyler can be found here

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






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Majorities Believe Abortion Is Morally Wrong, Legal Access To It Should Be Restricted

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011





A new Gallup poll released May 23, 2011 revealed that 49% of those surveyed called themselves “pro-choice” and 45% called themselves “pro-life.” Gallup reports that this “is the first time since 2008 that the “pro-choice” position has had the numerical advantage on this Gallup trend.” Prior to 2008, the “pro-choice” position has always had a numerical advantage.

No big deal, right? Wrong! The big deal is in another set of numbers also revealed in the survey.

When asked about the morality or legality of abortion, a majority responded that abortion is morally wrong and access to it should be restricted.

Of those surveyed, 51% said that abortion is morally wrong while only 37% said it was morally acceptable.

Another telling number is those that think abortion should be legal and under what circumstances. 27% said that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, 50% said it should be legal in certain circumstances and 22% said that it should never be legal. The main shift comes in the two extremes that in 1992 were 34% for always legal and 15% for never legal.

And the most significant number of all is that of the 50% that stated that abortion should be legal in certain circumstances. When asked to clarify when they thought it should be legal, 61% said that it should be legal in a few/none while only 37% said it should be legal in any/most circumstances.

What does this poll show? It shows that people are beginning to wake up to the reality of abortion, albeit slowly. Many people still don’t understand that “pro-choice” means killing babies. They think that abortion and “pro-choice” is just about a woman’s reproductive choice to decide what to do with her body. Once they realize or see that the baby is a separate human being, and not a part of the woman’s body, with his/her own civil rights, then they hopefully will see that the choice to kill this other human person is not their choice to make.

If Gallup asked, “Do you think that killing a baby is morally acceptable or should be legalized?” the numbers would change dramatically. The more the truth gets out and the lies of the abortion industry are revealed, the more people will call themselves “pro-life”.






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Which Gate Will You Choose?

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011





“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Two celebrities, one takes the narrow gate while the other, the wide gate.

Kathy Ireland recently weighed in on our nation’s spending problem. Her suggestion to cut costs? Stop funding Planned Parenthood, as reported by Hollie McKay of Fox411’s Pop Tarts.

“I think Planned Parenthood needs to reassess and look at what their values are, what their mission is, what their goals are, and do they deserve government funding? For example, there are non-profits that I’m involved with, and we don’t get government funding,” Ireland told FOX411’s Pop Tarts this week. “We go out there, and if you really believe in this strongly enough to fight for it, go get the funding.”

“To force people who don’t agree with some of the practices, I don’t believe in that. I don’t think tax payers need to fund something as controversial as Planned Parenthood.”

On the flip side you have Kate Walsh. As Lifenews.com reports, “On the May 12 episode of ABC’s “Private Practice,” Dr. Addison Montgomery (played by actress Kate Walsh, a real-life Planned parenthood activist) spewed the strongest pro-abortion — “pro-choice” — rhetoric as she performed a partial-birth abortion on a woman who thought she’d already had an abortion two months before.

Another article by LifeNews.com documents Kate Walsh’s strong ties to Planned Parenthood and her active role in their success by helping raise money for the nation’s largest abortion provider.

However, Kate is not alone. Others who have helped raise funds for Planned Parenthood include from Law and Order: Criminal Intent, actors Eric Bogosian, Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Julianne Nicholson, from Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, actresses Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow, and children’s author Judy Blume.

As Jesus said, “the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.”

I prefer to walk with Kathy Ireland through the narrow gate. Please join me, won’t you?






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Priests for Life Plans for 40th Roe vs. Wade Observance

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 23, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today announced that plans are under way for a special prayer gathering in 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision.

“In January of 2013, in observance of the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Priests for Life, its family of Gospel of Life Ministries, and the National Pro-life Religious Council, along with many other groups, will convene a large interdenominational prayer gathering in Washington, D.C.,” Father Pavone said.

“Each year, of course, we have a prayer service on Capitol Hill, as do many other groups. This special occasion will be marked by the effort to bring these various separate initiatives together into a common expression of our Christian commitment to end the killing.

“Stay tuned for more information at www.PrayerCampaign.org as the plans progress.”

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






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Priests for Life announces “Vote Pro-life Coalition”

Monday, May 23rd, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 23, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, made the following announcement today regarding the 2012 Elections.

“As you well know, the 2012 Election cycle is already underway, and rightly so,” Father Pavone said. “It is never too early to prepare and mobilize to elect pro-life candidates. Therefore, Priests for Life is once again announcing the ‘Vote Pro-life Coalition,’ which will unite organizations, Churches, and activists across the country to make a difference at the voting booth for the cause of life.

“You can sign up at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com, and you will hear about various resources, activities, webcasts, and ways you can help in the months to come.”

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






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21st Century Black Pro-Life Leaders Stand For Life, Riding The Crest Of The Third Wave

Friday, May 20th, 2011





In his article Five Signs the Pro-Life Cause Is Winning, Trevin Wax, an editor at LifeWay, quotes John Ensor of Heartbeat International: “In the first wave, Catholics took the lead is declaring the inherent evil of abortion. Evangelicals then flooded in to help advance the pregnancy help movement. The Third Wave points to the victory of our movement and the downfall of abortion as a business, when Black and Hispanic Christians not only join this movement, but lead it.”

Trevin Wax says that the five signs that illustrate that the Pro-Life cause Is winning are 1) public opinion, 2) the media, 3) young people. 4) third wave, and 5) abortion advocates on the defense. Over the last few years I’ve done numerous blogs regarding each of these issues but I haven’t talked extensively about #4, the third wave.

I’ve been working very hard getting the word out to anyone that will listen that the African Americans and the Hispanic communities are the two groups most targeted by the abortion industry with the biggest target on the African Americans. I had a conversation with John Ensor a few years back discussing the third wave and the need for the Blacks and Hispanics to become more involved and become an integral part of the Pro-Life movement.

As the Director of African American Outreach with Priests for Life I am in constant communicates with other Pro-Life leaders as we strategize how best to change our culture of death into a culture of LIFE. Please visit our new website, National Black Prolife Coalition (NBPC) where you can see much of what we have been working on. We still have a long way to go before we are victorious.

The third wave just began and more and more Black leaders are becoming aware of the role they must play to help end abortion on demand. We also need to mobilize the Black pastors in our churches to help educate the community. The Black community by in large is pro-life but we too have been blinded by lies we have been told by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry whose main goal is not the safety or concern of the minority women but the increase of their bottom line. They know that once the Black and Hispanic communities reject abortion as the immoral and evil it is, they will lose the majority of their clients.

As Trevin Wax rightly concludes, “The abortion debate will not go away. The fundamental issue at stake is not reproductive freedom but the desire to extend human rights to all — even the smallest and most vulnerable human beings among us. Those who continue to ignore or deny the humanity of the unborn are increasingly on the defensive because new technologies are opening the window into the womb. What we find there are not tissues to be discarded, but human lives worth protecting.”






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Black Leaders Support Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in Rejection of Obama Plan

Friday, May 20th, 2011





Dr. Alveda King, pro-life activist and Founder of King for America and Dr. Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union speak out today while on pilgrimage in Israel.

Contact: Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union, 202-834-0844, daygardner23a@aol.com;
Dr. Alveda King, Founder, King for America, 678-886-7804, alveda@priestsforlife.org

ISRAEL, May 20, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — “A man does not say to his friend: ‘I will protect you from your enemy, but you must chop off your hand and give it to him first.’” said Dr. Alveda King, pro-life activist. “The people of Israel and the land are one. Bless the people and the land will yield blessings to the world. Cut off the Israeli people from the land and the land will not prosper.”

“The very idea that Barack Obama would endorse the Palestinian position by saying the border lines should be rolled back to where they were in 1967 is almost laughable,” said Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union.

“Apparently, our great country is saddled with a milk-toast president who with all his degrees, and accomplishments doesn’t understand the very basics of the importance of ensuring Israel is able to protect herself,” said Gardner.

“For decades, Americans have taken comfort in knowing that we are Israel’s ally,” said Dr. King. “How can we pray for the peace of Jerusalem if we move to deny them and the world the rights to weep at the Wailing Wall and be freely refreshed in River Jordan?” She said.

“The Palestinians don’t want peace, they want to destroy Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu has every right to reject this proposal from the Obama Administration. Consider how we as US Citizens would react if it were proposed that our borders should be redrawn with us surrendering our entire eastern seaboard to a country such as Iran,” said Gardner.

Day Gardner is President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, an organization founded to serve as a clearing house to coordinate the flow of communications among all African American pro-life organizations and individuals in order to better network and combine resources.

Dr. King currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life and is Founder of King for America.






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Important Facts Regarding Abortion And The African American Community!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011





Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn’t that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.” How is her vision being fulfilled today?

Minority women constitute only about 26% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 3 times as likely as white women to have an abortion. On average, 1,452 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.

This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had over 13 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated “Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 31 million, the missing 10 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America’s Black community would now number 41 million persons. It would be 35% larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member.”

A highly significant 1993 Howard University study showed that African American women over age 50 were 4.7 times more likely to get breast cancer if they had had any abortions compared to women who had not had any abortions.

You Can Promote Life!

From L.E.A.R.N (Life Education and Resource Network)

“When Christian ministers can help people connect the dots from “the love of money”, “lust of the flesh”, and “the boastful pride of life” to the branches of the wicked tree (“safe sex”, racism, abortion, sodomy, “same-sex marriage”, ad nauseum) then the Christian community will be able to discern, clean up our own house, and be in a position to speak and act with authority to deal with the problem at every level. And such a people will understand why its important not to just de-fund PP but to expose any and everyone who plays a part in their wicked schemes.” For the King, -Ricardo Davis

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