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Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More Strategize Together at Leadership Conference

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 20, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
347-286-7277

Malvern, PA – The second full day of the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference took place yesterday, with clergy and laity from around the world meeting for workshops that dealt with the psychological and spiritual aspects of post-abortion trauma and healing.

There was also a strong emphasis on Tuesday on the public relations aspect of post-abortion healing. Catholic media expert and broadcaster Teresa Tomeo led a number of sessions urging the post-abortion leaders to use the media to trumpet the Church’s invitation to repentance and healing, and to educate society about how harmful abortion is.

One of the ways this is done is through the testimonies of the men and women who have decided to be “Silent No More” about their experiences. Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life, and Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life, co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Both leaders also presented at the Conference, which is being attended by Silent No More regional coordinators from around the world. The partnership between Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More is a natural one. Both are ministries of Priests for Life, and many who share their abortion testimony found their healing in Rachel’s Vineyard.

A new version of the official guidelines for Silent No More leaders was issued yesterday, and a more deliberate strategy of collaboration between Silent No More and Rachel’s Vineyard was reviewed.

Among the activities at the Conference today will be a special meeting of psychiatrists and other medical professionals who are experts in the work of Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More.

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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Abortion: Number One Killer in Black Community

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011





Contact: Ryan Bomberger, Radiance Foundation, 888-619-6272

ATLANTA, July 19, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — The National Black Prolife Coalition announces a social media video campaign, called “NUMBERS DON’T LIE” to expose the number one killer of African-Americans: Planned Parenthood and urban abortion clinics. The second installment of a 3-part video series, entitled: “NUMBER ONE KILLER” was released today. It reveals how abortions in the black community outnumber all other causes of death combined.

New York City, the home of Planned Parenthood, aborts nearly 60% of all black pregnancies. Yet abortion activists denounce any effort to address this epidemic of abortion.

“Pro-abortion groups cry racism and misogyny because they know they can’t speak to the facts. They’ve tried to remove our TooManyAborted.com billboards and crush free speech instead of halting over 363,000 innocent lives needlessly crushed in the black community,” said Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, the organization that created the video series.

“When will our black leaders take an honest look at these numbers, become outraged and do something to stop the abortion deaths of our beautiful black babies?” asked Rev. Arnold M. Culbreath of Protecting Black Life. “The numbers don’t lie. Abortion takes a tremendous toll on our women, our men, our families and our future.”

“The betrayal of many of these self-styled leaders runs deep,” said Catherine Davis of the Black Prolife Coalition. “Many are recipients of the largesse of the abortion industry as they promote the destruction of their own community through abortion.”

Pastor Stephen Broden of Dallas, Texas said: “The effect of abortion in the black community is clear as one examines the numbers. So-called leaders are complicit in the decimation of our children and the very survival of our people.”

With a $1 billion annual budget and $1 billion in assets, Planned Parenthood has historically targeted African-Americans with birth control through population control efforts. Today, the nation’s largest abortion chain kills 332,278 (disproportionately black) in the latest year reported, providing only 7,021 women prenatal care and 977 adoption referrals.

“This campaign should be liberating for the leaders and everyone concerned. After all, the truth sets us all free. If our leaders haven’t sold us out, this is their opportunity to stand up for life,” said Dr. Alveda King, of African American Outreach.

The powerful video series can be seen at www.blackandprolife.org.

The National Black ProLife Coalition is a network of black pro-life and pro-family organizations committed to celebrating Life and Family by cultivating Hope in the black community.






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Rachel’s Vineyard Releases New Retreat Manual As Record-setting Conference Continues

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011





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Date: July 19, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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Malvern, PA – Father Frank Pavone, Pastoral Director and Chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, along with the founders of the ministry, Dr. Theresa and Kevin Burke, released the new version of the Catholic Retreat Manual yesterday to the 250 leaders present for the bi-annual Leadership Training Conference here. Bearing the Imprimatur of the Church, this manual is the official guide to how to conduct a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, and is updated periodically based on input from those who use it.

“We are pleased with the work that was done by so many people over the past year to make the new Catholic manual possible,” Father Pavone said. “As the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion, Rachel’s Vineyard is committed to carrying out its retreats in a way that reflects fidelity to Church teaching as well as the highest therapeutic standards of the mental health professions.

“We are blessed not only with an excellent advisory board of bishops, but with a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other professional counselors who have been carrying out these retreats for many years.”

Workshops continue today, with participants from all over the world. A media training seminar, given by Catholic media expert Teresa Tomeo, will help participants today to utilize the media to spread the Church’s urgent invitation to healing and reconciliation after abortion.

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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How Can the Dream Survive if We Murder Our Children?

Monday, July 18th, 2011





by Dr. Alveda King

In this great country of ours, no one should be forced to pray or read any religious documents, and a woman should have the right to decide what to do with her own body. Thank God for the Constitution. That Constitution, though, guarantees freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. The so-called doctrine of “separation of church and state” is not in our Constitution. Nothing in our Constitution forbids the free exercise of religion in the public square. Inherent in our Constitutional right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, is the right to know the serious consequences of making a decision to deny religious freedom, or to abort our children.

Oh, God, what would Martin Luther King, Jr., who dreamed of having his four children judged by the content of their characters, not just the color of their skin, do if he’d lived to see the contents of thousands of children’s skulls emptied into the bottomless caverns of the abortionists pits?

What would he say about the rivers of blood of the children cut down in gang wars and other dark deeds?

It is time for America, perhaps the most blessed nation on earth, to lead the world in repentance, and in restoration of life! If only we can carry the freedom of repentance to its fullest potential. If only America can repent and turn away from the sins of our nation. We must allow light and life back into our lives!

Today, I live with a repentant heart and I pray in thanks each day for the Lord’s forgiveness and blessing. I am a mother of six living children and a grandmother. Regretfully, I am also a post-abortive mother. I offer a tearful prayer that my sharing the tragedy of my life-altering experiences will help save the life of a child yet unborn.

In the early 1970’s, even though some Black voices were protesting against forced sterilization, artificial chemical birth control methods and abortion, there were many who were fooled and misled by propaganda that promoted such strategies. I was among those who were duped. As a result, I suffered one involuntary and one voluntary “legal” abortion.

My involuntary abortion was performed just prior to the passage of Roe v. Wade by my private pro-abortion physician without my consent. I had gone to the doctor to ask why my cycle had not resumed after the birth of my son. I did not ask for and did not want an abortion. The doctor said, “You don’t need to be pregnant, let’s see.” He proceeded to perform a painful examination which resulted in a gush of blood and tissue emanating from my womb. He explained that he had performed an abortion called a “local D and C.”

Soon after the Roe v. Wade decision, I became pregnant again. There was adverse pressure and threat of violence from the baby’s father. The ease and convenience provided through Roe v. Wade made it too easy for me to make the fateful and fatal decision to abort our child. I went to a Planned Parenthood sanctioned doctor and was advised that the procedure would hurt no more than “having a tooth removed.”

The next day, I was admitted to the hospital, and our baby was aborted. My medical insurance paid for the procedure. As soon as I woke up, I knew that something was very wrong. I felt very ill, and very empty. I tried to talk to the doctor and nurses about it. They assured me that “it will all go away in a few days. You will be fine.” They lied.

Over the next few years, I experienced medical problems. I had trouble bonding with my son, and his five siblings who were born after the abortions. I began to suffer from eating disorders, depression, nightmares, sexual dysfunctions and a host of other issues related to the abortion that I chose to have. I felt angry about both the involuntary and voluntary abortions, and very guilty about the abortion I chose to have. The guilt made me very ill. Like my uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who had received the Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Award in 1968, I became a victim to the lies of Planned Parenthood. They told my uncle, they told me and millions of mothers and fathers that their agenda was to help our people. They lied. Their agenda is deadly!

I pray often for deliverance from the pain caused by my decision to abort my baby. I suffered the threat of cervical and breast cancer, and experienced the pain of empty arms after the baby was gone. Truly, for me, and countless abortive mothers, nothing on earth can fully restore what has been lost — only Jesus can.

My children have all suffered from knowing that they have a brother or sister that their mother chose to abort. Often they ask if I ever thought about aborting them, and they have said, “You killed our baby.”

This is very painful for all of us. My mother and grandparents were very sad to know about the loss of the baby. The aborted child’s father also regrets the abortions. If it had not been for Roe v. Wade, I would never have had that second abortion.

My birthday is January 22, and each year this special day is marred by the fact that it is also the anniversary of Roe v. Wade — and the anniversary of death for millions of babies. I and my deceased children are victims of abortion. The Roe v. Wade decision has adversely affected the lives of my entire family.

My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., twice said, “No one is going to kill a child of mine.” The first time Daddy King said this was to my mother, who was facing an “inconvenient pregnancy” with me. The next time, I was facing a pregnancy, and told him about it. In both instances, Daddy King said no, and saved his seed.

Tragically, two of his grandchildren had already been aborted when he saved the life of his next great-grandson with this statement. His son, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The Negro cannot win as long as he is willing to sacrifice the lives of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

In light of Uncle Martin’s prolife stance, I find it extremely troubling that Planned Parenthood uses a ploy of publishing a speech Dr. King didn’t write or deliver to pretend that Dr. King would have supported their agenda of death.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was prolife. His wife Coretta was pro-choice. Mrs. King attended the Planned Parenthood Award Ceremony in 1966, read a speech written by someone other than her husband and accepted the Margaret Sanger Award in his name. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did not attend the ceremony. He did not write the speech!

Like Mrs. Laura Bush who in interviews and her book admits she is pro-abortion, Mrs. Coretta Scott King was at odds with her husband’s ideology regarding life and human sexuality. These women chose platforms that were not reconciled to the reality of the blessings of procreative reproductive health leading to monogamous healthy marriages between husbands and wives; the births of healthy babies; and the continuation of God’s plan for families nurtured in love and righteousness.

It is ludicrous to suggest that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have endorsed any acts that chemically or surgically dismember and kill babies in the womb; butcher women under falsehood of providing “safe abortions”; and hide the truth that many hysterectomies, breast cancer surgeries and other “female reproductive illnesses” are the result of abortion. They promote death over life in the name of abortion, and call it civil rights.

My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. could never have endorsed such tactics! This understanding leads me to ask this question:

How can the “Dream” survive if we murder our children? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb of his or her mother. In the hands of the mother is the fate of that child — whether the child lives or dies — a decision given to the mother by Roe v. Wade. That choice, the final choice of whether the child lives or dies, should be left to God, Who ultimately says “choose life!”

I join the voices of thousands across America, who are SILENT NO MORE.

We can no longer sit idly by and allow this horrible spirit of murder to cut down, yes cut out and cut away, our unborn and destroy the lives of our mothers. Our babies and our mothers must live!

I am very grateful to God for the Spirit of Repentance that is sweeping our land. In repentance there is healing. In the name of Jesus, we must humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our wicked ways, so that God will hear from Heaven and Heal Our Land.

I, like my uncle, Martin Luther King, Jr., have a dream. I still have a dream that someday the men and women of our nation, the boys and girls of America will come to our senses, humble ourselves before God Almighty and receive His healing grace. I pray that this is the day and the hour of our deliverance. I pray that we will regain a covenant of life and finally obtain the promised liberty, justice and pursuit of happiness for all.

Let us end injustice anywhere by championing justice everywhere, including in the womb. May God, by His grace, have mercy on us all.






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Largest Ever Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Opens in Pennsylvania

Monday, July 18th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 18, 2011

Contact: Andre Kim
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MALVERN, PA. – “The Biblical Concept of Healing” was the topic of the keynote speech this morning as the 2011 Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Retreat got under way at the Malvern Retreat Center. This year’s full-to-capacity retreat, with more than 250 participants attending from all over the world, is the largest ever.

“The Rachel’s Vineyard model for healing after abortion is highly regarded everywhere, including the Vatican,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life and this morning’s keynote speaker. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life. Father Pavone noted that Dr. Theresa Burke and Kevin Burke, co-founders of Rachel’s Vineyard, were invited to address the Pontifical Academy for Life this past February.

The Priests for Life pastoral team is attending the weeklong conference, which this year also offers special resources and workshops for regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Campaign co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney will offer classes on public speaking, media and healing workshops. The campaign is for those who have been through post-abortion healing programs and have decided to speak out about their abortion experiences.

Among the highlights of today’s gathering will be a talk by Dr. Burke on “Understanding Repeat Abortions,” and a workshop led by Father Pavone and Mrs. Morana titled “Do Post-Abortion Healing and Pro-Life Activism Mix?”

Rachel’s Vineyard began in 1994 as a unique support group model for counselors treating women who were grieving the loss of their aborted children. Rachel’s Vineyard quickly became a grassroots national outreach. From 18 retreats in 1999, the ministry now offers 700 retreats annually, in 47 states and 25 countries, with many new sites in development.

Several Bishops have attended weekend retreats themselves. Attending this week’s leadership conference is Bishop David Choby of the Diocese of Nashville.

“With this year’s theme, Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope, we are sure all conference attendees will be inspired with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life,” Dr. Burke said.

Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, has had high praise for Rachel’s Vineyard. “I cannot think of another work of this kind so well done. A most difficult and painful human problem is engaged with faith, psychological insight and trust.”

Visit Rachel’s Vineyard to learn more about the ministry and to view the conference schedule.

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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Shame on the Pro-Abortion Community

Friday, July 15th, 2011






Dear Friends, the pro-abortion community has no shame about lying. This billboard expired, yet they want to say they forced it down. Shame on them. Please visit this blog by prolife colleague Ryan Bomberger.






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RACHEL’S VINEYARD 2011 LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE DRAWS RECORD ATTENDANCE

Thursday, July 14th, 2011





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Theresa Burke
www.rachelsvineyard.org
Phone: (610)354-0555
Email: t.burke@rachelsvineyard.org

The 2011 International Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Training Conference at the Malvern Retreat Center in Pennsylvania is slated for July 17-21. Rachel’s Vineyard has been offering such Leadership Conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England and Ireland since 1999. This year’s world conference will be the largest to date with several hundred participants coming from throughout the world. Rachel’s Vineyard is currently growing or germinating in 35 countries and in 15 languages. It’s quite obvious that Rachel’s Vineyard is a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, which has inspired over 8,000 volunteers throughout the world.

Every year, the Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference presents speakers who provide a wide range of interesting and helpful topics to assist Rachel’s Vineyard leaders from across the globe with new skills and strategies to engage in successful post-abortion ministry. This year, the speakers include the founders of Rachel’s Vineyard Dr. Theresa Burke, Kevin Burke, MSS/LSW. We are honored to host the Most Reverend David Choby, Bishop of Nashville, TN and the Pastoral Director and chair of Rachel’s Vineyard; Fr. Frank Pavone. Other speakers include Monsignor Michael Magee, Msgr. Mike Mannion, Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Dr. Karen Stevenson, Eugenia Hadley among many other talented and experienced professionals and pastors.

The theme of this year’s conference is Disciples of Love, Witnesses of Hope. We are pleased to offer a special track for the regional coordinators of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign featuring co-founders Janet Morana and Georgette Forney. Teresa Tomeo will provide media training on the media influence on the culture of death. They will offer specific training for regional coordinators that will include classes on public speaking, media, healing workshops, and more! Another unique addition to the conference this year is an optional day trip to the Amish Country for a tour of a Jewish temple replica and a magnificent Theatre Production “The Story of Joseph” at the Site and Sound Theater in Lancaster.

This year’s conference participants are coming from far and wide, representing many states and countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, Jamaica, and Singapore. This is the first year that RV has had to, regrettably, turn attendees away. With such a large and diverse group joining together next week, speakers and attendees will be sure to inspire each other with new ideas, information, and strategies to assist and rejuvenate them in their vocation to do God’s work of healing in post-abortive women and men and building a culture of life.

For more information on this topic, please contact Kathleen Corrigan or Amanda Miner at (610)354-0555.






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Another First Amendment Triumph for Pro-Life Movement

Thursday, July 14th, 2011





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Date: July 13, 2011

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, released the following statement today following U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley’s decision to block enforcement of a New York City law aimed at pregnancy care centers.

“Once again, the First Amendment has prevailed for pro-lifers,” Father Pavone said. “Moreover, it is again clear that the abortion industry in America is simply afraid of the pro-life movement’s ability to provide effective alternatives.

“Building on today’s decision, we will continue to promote the work of pregnancy centers and their right to speak of their work in the way they choose, not in words imposed on them by the government.”

Local Law 17 was set to take effect tomorrow. The law would have required pregnancy centers to post signs and provide specifically worded information on their services.

The judge’s decision may be read at here.

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






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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: It’s Time To Right Your Civil Wrong

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011





For years now I have been championing that abortion is not a civil right. However, it is a civil rights issue as it deals with life, or more precisely the taking of a life. Life is a civil right.

So imagine my surprise when I found out that “the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is specifically prohibited by statue from addressing in any way the issue of abortion” as reported by Peter Kirsanow, a lawyer and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

What are civil rights?

Merriam-Webster defines ‘civil rights’ as: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen; especially; the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to United States citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (page 3) was established, among other things, to:

1. Study and collect information concerning legal developments constituting a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, or in the administration of justice;

2. Serve as a national clearinghouse for information concerning denials of equal protection of the laws because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and

3. Submit reports, findings, and recommendations to the President and Congress.

The 14th amendment of Constitution of the United States says that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (emphasis added)

They use the word persons. So we need to know who are “persons”. Are the unborn persons?

At first the argument was that the unborn babies were just a blob of tissue. Science has made it clear that they are not just a blob of tissue but an actual human being from the moment of conception, 23 chromosomes from the father and 23 from the mother. The law is also beginning to admit this fact as evident by a recent ruling where a judge in an Indiana case rendered a judgment that specifically said, “Human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.” Pro-aborts are no longer claiming that an unborn baby is not a human being. Now they are saying that they are not a person.

So are they persons?

Again, Merriam-Webster defines ‘person’ as 1. Human, Individual. This seems pretty clear to me. Since an unborn baby is a human from the moment of conception, then they, by extension, are also persons from the moment of conception. And if persons from conception, they should be afforded the same protection as all born persons. This would include their civil rights such as life.

So if the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is supposed to study and collect information concerning legal developments constituting a denial of equal protection of the laws under the Constitution because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, or in the administration of justice, why aren’t they studying and collecting information on abortion?

With the racial disparities in the abortion industry, nothing screams investigation more that this issue. The facts are clear:

1. Blacks make up 12% of the population but account for 35% of all abortions.
2. 78% of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities are located in minority neighborhoods.
3. Blacks are 3 times more likely to have abortions thank White.
4. According to the CDC, each year 616,074 African Americans are born.
5. 458,500 babies will have died from abortion.
6.284,877 blacks will have died that same year through anything from natural causes to heart disease.
7. There are 743,377 Africans Americans dying yearly. This number is 127,303 more than those that are born.
8. 30% of the Black community has been aborted since 1973.

I don’t know when this statue prohibiting the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from looking into abortions was enacted, but the time has come for the commission to do what it was formed to do and investigate the disparaging racial discrimination being perpetrated on the Black community.

I formally call on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to begin an immediate investigation into the discriminating practices of the abortion industry. No, I don’t want there to be more abortions across the board or on other classes of women, but I do want the targeting of the Black community, Black genocide, to stop.

God bless,
Alveda with Eugene






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Pro-Life Reflection for July 12, 2011

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011





Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in Him. – Colossians 2:6

Reflection: Imagine a person who accepts the Host at communion, and then breaks off a piece., hands it back, and says, “Except this piece, Father!” This is what the person who rejects other people may as well do.

In receiving Christ, we are to receive the whole Christ, in all ur brothers and sisters, whether convenient or inconvenient.

Prayer: Lord, may all Your people who have received You in Communion receive one another with unconditional welcome.

See other pro-life prayers here.






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