Archive for July, 2012

“A Voice for Life “, A Must See Movie About Survival

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Melissa Ohden is an abortion survivor and has a remarkable story to share. I first met her when she visited the Priests for Life offices last year.

A friend of mine asked me to promote this film. Here is what he said about it.

I have previewed the 1 hour film “A Voice For Life.” Every pregnancy resource center should have a copy! I have found it to be a unique, sensitive, compassionate and realistic presentation of a woman, who, as a 7 month fetus, survived a Saline Abortion. This story is a very best expression of our pro-life ideals and desires and ministry. Melissa Ohden has done a wonderful job of telling her story in a way that sanctifies life, honors God, and meets the needs of many hurting people. I found it interesting that many post-abortive women received a measure of healing from hearing Melissa’s story, and a number of them emotionally “adopted” her in place of the child they had aborted, giving them some measure of comfort in their pain.

Melissa is available to speak at events. Contact info and bio is found at: http://www.melissaohden.com/bio

This is a wonderful website. Check out the “media” link for a number of video clips detailing victories over abortion.

The website to obtain the one hour video is www.avoiceforlife.com.

View the trailer now!

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Derzis Ruling And Award Is A Sin And A Shame

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Regarding the Derzis ruling, “The judge has proposed a new legal doctrine: A dangerous abortion clinic is better than no abortion clinic. We beg to differ.” – Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue

To make matters worse, the abortion industry keeps saying this about abortions: We want them to be safe and rare. Yet every time that new laws are proposed that would do just that, they sue for injunctions and try to fight the laws saying how that would make it harder for women to get abortions.

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice I would think that any law that would make it safer for women to get abortions would be a welcomed law. That is not the case in many states and certainly not in Mississippi.

Mississippi passed a law that required anyone performing abortions in the state to be a licensed Ob-Gyn and have professional privileges allowing them to admit patients to a local hospital. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Jackson, MS, Mississippi’s only abortion mill, has neither.

The law was passed in March and was supposed to have taken effect on July 1, 2012. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization filed suit on June 27 to block the law from going into effect stating that the law was passed as an effort to close down their abortion clinic and not to protect the safety of women. A federal judge granted them a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).

As reported by Operation Rescue, on Friday, July 6 the state filed a brief outlining the health risks to women from the abortion clinic. “The brief, submitted by Special Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Bryant, cited the recent closure of Alabama’s New Woman All Women after the Alabama Department of Public Health discovered 76 pages of violations, including “evidence that clinic staff failed to respond to complaints of post-surgical complications.” New Woman All Women was owned by Diane Derzis, who also owns the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“Instead of remedying the violations, Derzis agreed to close the abortion clinic and disaffiliate from any one that might attempt to relicense the facility.

“The State’s brief also cited a lawsuit filed in 2011 by abortionist Joseph Booker, a former employee of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO) who sued the clinic “alleging that Derzis had instituted numerous practices that jeopardized the health and safety of patients, including:

• Permitting untrained staff to perform and interpret ultrasounds, despite the fact that accurate ultrasound are vital to the medical safety of patients.
• Pressure from the JWHO administrator to administer RU486 abortion pills in a manner that is “dangerous” and not approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
• Belief that JWHO does not carry malpractice insurance.
• JWHO is jeopardizing patient safety by not using a “local doctor who has hospital admitting privileges” when administering RU486 because of the “real risk of severe hemorrhage” and “the risk of ectopic pregnancy” associated with the drug.

“The State noted that as the Supreme Court abortion rulings currently stand, “the right to abortion services belongs to the women who access those services – not to the physicians who provide them.” Parker has claimed that his right to perform abortions is jeopardized by the new law, when no such Constitutional right exists.”

On July 13, Judge Daniel P. Jordon III ruled that Mississippi House Bill 1390 could go into effect but that the penalties could not be enforced. As Troy Newman said in a statement regarding the ruling, “It is reprehensible that the JWHO should it be allowed to continue to endanger the lives and health of women simply because it is the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. Women deserve better than to have the Court ignore serious health risks inflicted upon them by fly-by-night abortionists who swoop into Mississippi from out-of-state, only to leave the matter of complications to emergency room staff that have to figure out on their own what happened.

The judge has proposed a new legal doctrine: A dangerous abortion clinic is better than no abortion clinic. We beg to differ.”

It seems that every week I read an article about a woman being transported by ambulance to a hospital after complications from an abortion. It seems to be happening even more lately. And to top that many complications associated with abortions go unreported and are misdiagnosed at doctor’s offices and hospitals.

Even the media does a poor job in reporting such incidents. In fact, the bias media plays these incidents down and try to paint abortionists in a better light than many deserve. Such is the case in Mississippi where The Daily Beast did a featured story on Diane Derzis, the owner of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The article paints her as if she was a saint, and maybe to pro-abortionists she is, and doesn’t make any mention of any of the safety problems she had in Alabama where she was in violation of a host of safety issues.

I am constantly dumbfounded that the rights of abortionists seem to always be placed ahead of the rights of the patient. Many rulings by judges send the message that abortionists have a right to make millions of dollars performing abortions even if women get hurt or killed. Regulations for abortion clinics are so lax and unenforced that many times clinics are staffed by unqualified personnel.

I’ll leave you with the story of Suzanne who went in for an abortion and came out paralyzed from the neck down and needing a wheelchair to get around. Read more HERE.

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RUNAWAY SLAVE: A Must See Movie

Monday, July 16th, 2012

My good friend C. L. Bryant’s new movie, RUNAWAY SLAVE, is finally being released on July 27, 2012 in selected theatres.

Here is what they say on their website about the movie:

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the summer of 1963, he delivered one of the most powerful speeches in our nation’s history. Known for its famous line, “I have a dream,” Dr. King concluded his speech with these words:

“And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last! Thank God Almighty, we’re free at last!’”

Now, nearly a half-century later, has his dream become reality? Have we allowed freedom to truly ring? Or has that longed-for freedom somehow become even more elusive?

In RUNAWAY SLAVE, an intriguing new documentary that opens in theaters this summer, Rev. C.L. Bryant journeys across America to find answers. A one-time NAACP local chapter president, Rev. Bryant discovers that by buying into the entitlement mindset of “progressives,” the black community has traded one form of tyranny for another.

Using leading black conservatives as “conductors,” Rev. Bryant believes it is time for a new Underground Railroad to help liberate all Americans from the Government plantation that has left the black community dealing with a new form of slavery: entitlements.

“Why are we still thinking we are not free at last? What ideas are keeping us down?” Rev. Bryant asks. “For too long, we have been depending on other people for our success. We have to pursue our happiness; our happiness is not provided to us. If we are relying on someone else for our wellbeing, that in itself is a form of slavery.”

From our nation’s capital and freedom’s birthplace, to the dens of slavery and Jim Crow, to wherever a light for liberty is shining, this runaway slave looks to bring hope to the oppressed. Among the leaders he talks with along the way are Dr. King’s niece, Dr. Alveda King; former presidential candidate Herman Cain; Congressman Allen West; economist and author Dr. Thomas Sowell; talk-show host and author Glenn Beck; the late Andrew Breitbart. We also meet a new generation of young freedom fighters who are on the front lines of change!

Rev. Bryant’s conclusion? It’s time to run. “Run away from economic slavery. Run toward the blessings of liberty. Let us remain strong in this fight. Run away from socialism; run away from progressivism. And if you get tired, America … run harder!”

This summer, celebrate your freedom by running as fast and as hard as you can to see RUNAWAY SLAVE in theaters.

Here is a wonderful intervew of C. L. Bryant. Enjoy!

For more information on the movie please visit www.runawayslavemovie.com.

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Dr. King: Paterno, Jackson and Ammons Make Strange Bedfellows

Friday, July 13th, 2012

It is often said “politics makes strange bedfellows. ” Decisions to be “politically correct” are bringing angst to three headliners.

Three men, one caucasian and two African American men are in the headlines right now. What do Joe Paterno, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and James Ammons have in common?

Respectively, from their leadership positions as a sports guru, a congressional lawmaker and a college president, these three men hold or have held seats of power that can make or break the destinies of young people entrusted to their care.

Now at Pen State there was a struggle to determine whether to remove the statue of Joe Paterno because he failed to protect victims of sexual abuse.

Florida A&M University President James Ammons is resigning following yet another hazing incident.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. is currently absent from the halls of Congress while battling a medical condition reportedly related to a mood disorder. Congressman Jackson along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus is known to support the president’s anti-life and anti-procreative family agenda.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Jesse, Jr. and indeed all these men. As a woman I can only imagine, how as a man called to be a leader, how one has been naturally designed to protect and provide for his family and youths of his community; how sad it must be to be tempted or required to support initiatives such as abortion and homosexual marriage or in the case of the hazing, to have to defend the bullying; when a man is designed to protect his family and those of whom he is given charge over.

We live in such a society today that the weakest of our society are bullied and brutalized in the womb, that’s the babies. And then we are encouraged to look the other way when the natural procreative family is dismantled, replaced by a more “tolerant homosexual agenda.”

And, so living in a time and required to be a man and a leader, it has to be a challenge. Does a person choose to be “politically correct” currying the favor of humans while seeking fame and fortune?

Knowing that seeking to gain the world can cost a man his soul. So certainly our hearts and prayers go out to these newsmakers — that they’ll be able to get their bearings, get their focus.

Sometimes we have to step away from our careers and professions and find our quiet moments of reflection that will call us back to those high places of high callings. My uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often cited the life of Paul the Apostle who said that things that he should do he would not do and things that he should not do he found himself doing. And he found that to be a dilemma.

We would like to see hazing stopped. Hazing is a violent act and certainly although having a different name than bullying, hazing is just still a sanctioned form of bullying and it has to stop.

And as far as Congressman Jackson is concerned, I grew up knowing Congressman Jackson’s family, and am probably closer in age to his sister Santita.

Mr. Jackson’s voice and legacy, like many voices, is torn between values and political agendas. Supporting a pro-death culture brings destruction upon oneself and that is enough to make someone suffer.

Again, our hearts and prayers go out to these men and their families , it is still so sad to see them struggle with these moral dilemmas.

As an African American woman, I’m looking at the lives of two African American men who are suffering and experiencing moral dilemmas. However, this issue is not one that is challenging only one ethnic group but all people across the globe are suffering from moral turpitude. For instance, Caucasian children, Asian children, Native American children, and African American children are subject to hazing or bullying and children are reacting and responding to this by dying either by suicide or succumbing to the pressures.

Little babies in the womb, although African American babies are specifically targeted for abortion in America and girl babies are specifically targeted for abortion in China, the sex-selection issue, babies in the womb are at risk everywhere.

And certainly child molestation is not ethnically specific.

In every case being discussed here, the civil rights of the victims are at risk. There rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are in danger.

So let’s not look at it as an African American perspective. Let’s just look at it for what it is. Three more men join the growing list of those falling into an abyss.

Three men in the news are faced with moral dilemmas from not doing what they knew to be right but rather went along to try to get along; tried to be politically correct and we can see that here we have three men chosen to be leaders whose legacies are now deeply affected.

God help us. Can the church say amen?

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Priests for Life Sponsoring Event for NGOs Hosted by Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome

Friday, July 13th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 13, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Priests for Life is pleased to announce today to all its supporters that it is sponsoring and promoting a three-day training course in Rome this September for Catholic-Inspired NGOs, hosted by the Pontifical Council for the Family and relevant offices of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.

With specific focus on social issues, training and networking, the event has at its heart the promotion and defense of the rights and dignity of human life and will feature contributions from leading international scholars.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, said” “We are truly honored to collaborate in this wonderful endeavor, and in sharing with you such great news, we invite you to join us in prayer for God’s blessing upon the event and upon all who participate in its task of bringing to the world the message of the Gospel of Life.”

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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Your Participation is Requested

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Americans Prayerfully United to Advance the Culture of Life
“For Life, Liberty, and Family”

Adapted from original letter posted January 7, 2009

I invite and encourage every American who values human life to please sign this open letter and encourage others to do the same. Just follow the link below and your letter will be delivered to the appropriate people.

http://www.priestsforlife.org/africanamerican/life-liberty-family.htm

Thank you for your commitment to the Culture of LIFE!

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Father Pavone hails House vote to repeal Affordable Care Act

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

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Date: July 11, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today following the House vote to repeal the federal Affordable Care Act.

“The health care law that President Obama signed two years ago and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last month presents grave threats to unborn babies and imposes intolerable burdens on every citizen who values human life. I commend the House of Representatives for voting for repeal.”

“As it stands now,” Father Pavone continued, “Americans in 34 states will have to pay an abortion premium if they are enrolled in insurance plans through their state exchange. Also, thanks to a secrecy clause in the law, insurance plans and state exchanges cannot disclose the monthly cost of the abortion premium. This is an injustice that every American should oppose, whether they are pro-life or not. This is not the American way.”

The Affordable Care Act also includes the Health and Human Services mandate that employers, including faith-based organizations like Priests for Life, provide contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization services to their employees free of charge. Priests for Life in February filed one of the first lawsuits against this unjust mandate, and that suit is continuing.

“I am and always have been in favor of health care reform,” Father Pavone said. “But the concerns that Priests for Life has voiced from the beginning about the law in its current form, particularly regarding abortion and the HHS mandate, override everything. “

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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Join pro-life leaders from across the U.S. at 2013 National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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Date: July 10, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

The dawning of the year 2013 brings the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement is gearing up to observe this anniversary in January and throughout the year.

Plans have long been in the works for the 2013 interdenominational National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, held every year on the morning of the annual March for Life in Washington DC. It brings pro-life activists together from around the nation.

“There are certain galvanizing moments in the history of every movement for social reform – moments that represent definitive turning points on the path to victory. For the pro-life movement, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade can and should be such a moment,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Together, let’s make it so by joining together for this national memorial service, representing the entire Body of Christ in its prayer and its call for equal protection of our unborn brothers and sisters!”

Sponsors will include the National Pro-Life Religious Council; Priests for Life/Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill; National Clergy Council; Faith and Action, and National Pro-Life Radio.

“Some things just can’t be ignored by Christians. The sanctity of God’s gift of life is one of them. The anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision gives all of us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to this sacred obligation, said the Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council and lead missionary of Faith and Action. “I am asking all the pastors, churches, and lay people I know to commit to this special gathering above anything else in 2013. Put it on your calendar. Bring family, friends, and church members with you. Let’s make this our biggest effort ever to restore respect for God’s gift of life!”

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. To keep up to date as plans progress for the prayer service and other events regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe, visit www.roevswade40.com.

“It is absolutely critical, as we prepare for the most solemn duty of citizenship, to pray for and end of the worst scourge in our nation’s experience. Our prayer must be earnest, bold and united,” said the Rev. Paul Schenck, founding director and Chairman of the National Pro-Life Center. “The National Memorial for the Pre-Born is that kind of prayer – the prayer needed now more than ever. No one who believes in the sanctity and dignity of human life should neglect this high call to pray!”

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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Black Leaders Decry Planned Parenthood’s Partnership with Essence Magazine

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

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July 10, 2012

Contact: Walter Hoye, II
Phone: 510-557-7716

Atlanta, GA – African American Leaders are again outraged that Planned Parenthood “will stop at nothing to debase Black Women. Their latest strategy is to infiltrate ESSENCE Magazine, a publication aimed at the African American female market,” say contributing authors to the new book LIFE AT ALL COSTS.

Rev. Walter Hoye, Christian minister and civil rights activist added the following: “Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States of America, has been caught on video tape targeting Black women for abortions, falsely claiming they provide mammograms for women and helping a Black pimp manage his underage sex ring. Do any of the above activities even remotely demonstrate a legitimate concern for Black America? In my opinion, Planned Parenthood is using the 2012 Essence Music Festival to portray themselves as an organization that cares about Black women. This satanic stronghold and sadistic sanctuary is the only strategy Planned Parenthood has left to retreat to in order to maintain their illegitimate air of credibility in the public square. As long as Black Americans are willing to sacrifice our children on the altar of legalized and tax-payer funded abortion on demand in Planned Parenthood clinics we lose.”

Day Gardner and Alveda King, co-producers of the reality news show THE VISION agree with Rev. Hoye. “Rev. Hoye is correct, and brave in the bargain. It takes courage to bring the truth to the light. In a recent expose of Planned Parenthood’s tactics, it was discovered that PPH is in league with members of the United States Congress. That of course is no secret, since PPH receives over $1 million dollars a day in American tax dollars to advance their so called Women’s Health Agenda, an agenda that is linked to distributing goods and services that are linked to abortion, abortion drugs and other agents that are linked to breast cancer, strokes, heart attacks and Black genocide.”

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Christians Arise!

Monday, July 9th, 2012

I have spoken out many times about my beliefs regarding the harmful impact of abortion, euthanasia and the assault on natural/procreative family and marriage. Believe it or not, while I do take quite a bit of heat for my prolife ministry, I get more comments and attacks (personal and issue based) as when I speak about natural procreative family and marriage.

I am a Christian and as such I talk about what God and the Bible say about marriage and family. That is what I base my beliefs on, Christian values. And no matter how many times I say that I don’t hate homosexual people, that in fact, the Bible commands me to love them as I do every member of God’s family, I get accused of hating homosexuals and being anti-homosexual. Nothing can be further from the truth.

My Christian faith directs me to love all of God’s people – to pray for everyone so that we can all enjoy eternity with God. Just like I am for life and I fight for the right for all human beings to be conceived and born, I love all and pray for the salvation of all abortionists, their staffs and all those who have had abortions. So too do I love all and pray for the salvation of all who have same-sex attractions.

With that said, it seems that many more people are beginning to weigh in on the subject of same-sex marriage. First it was President Obama and then the NAACP both in support of same-sex marriage. And of course there were or are those who are commenting on their endorsement of same-sex marriage.

And then recently Brad Pitt’s mother, Jane Pitt, wrote an op-ed to Missouri’s Springfield New-Leader where she encourages Christian voters to prayerfully consider voting for Mitt Romney, although he is a Mormon, as opposed to casting a vote for “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

I don’t know if Mrs. Pitt has been getting attacked for her stance on the subject but another well known company has. This past week I read an article in The Christian Post entitled “Chick-fil-A Called ‘Anit-Gay’ for Contributions to Pro-Marriage Groups”. Chick-fil-A, founded by Truett Cathy, runs the operation based upon Christian values. Their belief in natural procreative marriage simply means that they believe their Bibles, and fear God. The US Constitution guarantees Mr. Cathy and his organization that privilege. All Americans are entitled to religious freedom.

Truett feels so strongly about his Christian values that he made the decision when he opened his first restaurant that his restaurants were not going to be open on Sundays. He believes that it is important to let his employees have a day off to spend time with their families and friends and to worship if they choose to. Someone who is so rooted in his Christian faith would not then turn around and disobey God’s commandment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”

I am a Christians and am called by God to speak the truth, the truth as taught to me by God ‘s word. In church Sunday, our pastor, Allen McNair of Believers’ Bible Christian Church warned us not to vote for sin. I cannot be silent about sin. I must help my brothers and sisters see, hear and know the truth. I’m not perfect and there are times that others have to help me see the truth and I welcome their help. I don’t hate anyone, in fact I’m praying for you. Please, pray for me.

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