WASHINGTON, D.C. — When NARAL Pro-Choice America and its supporters meet in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 4 to celebrate 41 years of legal abortion – and the 55 million children killed since 1973 – the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will be there to provide a dose of the truth.
For the ninth consecutive year, Nancy Tanner, regional coordinator for Northern Virginia, and other women from the campaign will hold their iconic signs that say, “I Regret My Abortion,” both before and after the dinner at the Washington Hilton.
“The NARAL attendees – who in the past have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many of the nation’s top pro-choice lawmakers – have to pass through this silent gauntlet before they can ‘celebrate’ the fact that millions of American women have been hurt by this procedure,” said Ms. Tanner. “We don’t speak a word, but we know they hear our message.”
In the past, she said, women headed into the banquet will say quietly to her that they, too, regret their abortions, then urge her to keep her message to herself.
“This is the truth of abortion,” she said. “Even women who call themselves pro-choice know this procedure is bad for women, but they are afraid to speak out. We are not afraid to tell the truth.”
Ms. Tanner said women — men are welcome as well — from the campaign will meet at the hotel at 6:30 p.m., with their signs. After all the NARAL party-goers are inside, the Silent No More contingent will have dinner at another location, but will be back in position before the abortion celebration is over.
“It’s not an easy thing to be among these women who are so hostile to our message,” Ms. Tanner said. “But it’s vital they see us there. We can’t miss an opportunity to bring them face-to-face with the truth.”
Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, said the pro-choice movement is built on the assumption that abortion is a good choice for women.
“But the women who have actually made that choice know it was the worst decision they could have made,” she said. “That’s why they are Silent No More.”
To arrange an interview with Ms. Tanner, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Washington Hilton is at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,715 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,325 gatherings in 48 states and 17 countries. More than 14,979 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 2,014 testimonies posted here, with over 293 that are shared via video!
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org
“So you don’t like having the tables turned on you? Well turnabout is fair play.” (Modern translation of an ancient Proverb)
North Carolina anti-life advocates are up in arms over a youth awareness project that shared information regarding abstinence and abortion promoting race targeting tactics. According to Dr. Alveda King, director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, and Dr. Johnny Hunter, national director of pro-life research organization L.E.A.R.N., the media and anti-life advocates are trying to stir up racial tension where none was intended.
“We need to reach out and reach in to inform young students that abortion and unnatural contraceptives are dangerous,” said Dr. King. “Black-in-reach” according to Dr. Hunter, is a “very effective strategy to stop the womb-lynching that is trying to destroy our generations.”
For decades the pro-abortion/pro-choice/anti-life camp has been targeting middle school, high school and college students as well as African Americans and Hispanics with slick marketing campaigns designed to snooker young people into using harmful chemicals and surgical procedures to prevent natural pregnancies and kill babies. Admittedly, their tactics have been pretty successful. So it isn’t surprising that they cry foul when someone beats them at their game.
Here are the facts. Street Samaritans – a charitable organization whose mission is to provide resources to help the homeless and others in need in the Lexington community were conducting a free speech demonstration near a Wake County school. They were passing out literature regarding abortion awareness when parents at Enloe High School received a call from the school about the demonstration.
Outside students were handed literature, some with a message for boys and girls, some with articles written by leading African American civil rights leaders. Inside that “Did You Know?” pamphlet was a message from Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local news affiliate questioned the students and reported that some said the literature they received from the “Street Samaritans” was different from what others received.
The ministry group displayed pro-life posters and promoted abstinence as well as passing out materials from Human Life Alliance. Bill Schultz, Street Samaritans’ director, told ABC11 that they separately distributed pamphlets to the ethnic groups in order to reach students in a real way.
“We decided we have to get out ahead of their decision making where they find themselves in a circumstance,” said Schultz.
Reportedly some students told ABC11 they found the tactics very offending, saying they wish the message was promoted across the board and not by race. In response, Dr. King pointed out that “Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider who collects US tax dollars to run their awareness campaigns, also designs various materials to appeal to demographic groups according to age, gender, economic status and ethnicity. While such an approach isn’t unusual, I’m sure that there is nothing in either HLA magazine distributed by Street Samaritans that is designed to offend anyone. In fact, the students have been exchanging the materials and enjoying healthy discussions which surely is the goal of Street Samaritans,” she concluded.
Street Samaritans plans to hold another rally at a Wake County school next month where they will distribute all the materials to everyone, regardless of ethnicity or other human distinctions. They have not yet decided which school they will visit next.
If the Gosnell and Castro sagas teach us anything, and there are lessons to be learned, please let us remember that the lives of human beings are hanging in the balance of what comes next.
In a letter from the Apostle Paul, the Bible tells us this:
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
It’s the interests of those who are unwanted, unseen, and forgotten that we must learn to look out for. It’s the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves that we must learn to obey.
Agape Love can ultimately redeem America and restore life. We just have to get past human depravity, such as has been depicted with Gosnell and Castro. Through their horrible and heinous deeds, we learn that humankind’s deprived nature is saturated in selfishness.
Selfishness blocks out love. It causes people to serve their own desires without consideration for others. It causes people to see others not as equals, but as useful pawns or obstacles to be eliminated.
A look at this week’s news tells us that mankind is capable of all kinds of rationalizations for treating others as less than human.
Castro is accused of using his fists to abort his own children. Gosnell ripped and snipped away the lives of thousands of babies, and even caused unspeakable pain and in some cases death to women.
These men not only regarded women as disposable chattel, and in Castro as his slaves; they also dehumanized their victims in unimaginable ways. One child Castro allowed to grow up bound in a dungeon; his other babies he killed by beating their mother and causing miscarriages.
America is being challenged to learn that situations like abortion and human trafficking are all part of a greater over-arching problem that’s been plaguing our world since the beginning of time – our selfish tendency to dehumanize those whose humanity is in the way of what we want.
In my lifetime, I have seen how our culture embraces dehumanization in various forms. I see very plainly that there are common threads in these manifestations.
When I was growing up, some of my schoolmates were killed by a bomb blast. Some white folk thought that people like me and my friends were somehow less than fully human.
My house was firebombed because my daddy worked for the basic human rights that were denied to people because of the color of their skin. My daddy, the Reverend A.D. King, later died under very suspicious circumstances – and many believe he died because of his civil rights leadership.
My uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated because he refused to accept the dehumanization of African Americans.
Countless others were beaten with pipes and baseball bats, fire hosed, jailed, and lynched just for the color of their skin.
African Americans were regarded as inferior because we had been treated as less than human for hundreds of years.
When you’re treated as less than human, it’s easy to appear that way in people’s eyes. If people see you being abused for decade after decade, your mistreatment becomes, in a sense, the natural order of things.
All of this makes human mistreatment somehow palatable if not acceptable; and thereby the lives of those who oppress the most vulnerable easier. If the American public learns to accept everyone from natural conception or fertilization to natural death as brothers and sisters, the exploitation of all human beings would become much more difficult to justify.
Those who exploit and oppress fellow human beings under the cloak of racism, reproductive genocide or human trafficking are motivated by selfishness, greed, hunger for power, and the plain old bigotry that comes from pride and fear. All too many people take cover in denial that these problems exist, not wanting to look or care. Out of sight, out of mind is a much too familiar mantra.
Friends, we are dealing with a three headed monster; one that devours the weakest of our society. The thing about such a beast is that you must sever its source of power by eliminating all three heads; racism, reproductive genocide which breeds abortion and sexual perversion which breeds human trafficking. Cut off the heads and the monster will die.
One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights movement came when national newspapers and magazines showed pictures of peaceful demonstrators being clubbed and beaten. For the first time for many white people, racial discrimination and oppression were not just concepts. Americans in every part of the country saw segregation as the dehumanizing force that it was.
They saw the faces of its victims.
Surely the Kermit Gosnell trial, which is a tip of the iceberg by the way, is a defining moment in the 21st Century civil rights movement to defend the humanity of unborn babies and the dignity of their mothers. Because Gosnell did his killing outside the womb instead of inside it, America, at least that part of America that has seen news reports about the Gosnell case, has now seen some of the victims of abortion.
The rescue of the three girls in Cleveland who just escaped their prison of depravity is another tip of the iceberg situation, reminding America that young and vulnerable women are at risk of being secreted away in broad daylight to become abused and misused in a form of human trafficking in their own communities. This too is a defining moment where we can charge ahead with awareness campaigns to stop this inhumane victimization.
We cannot save the victims of abortion or human trafficking or prevent innocents from becoming new victims of other nefarious deeds without public awareness. Public awareness only happens if the public cares. And the public will only care when it loves the unwanted.
With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the human trafficker because his hunting grounds are smaller.
There is much to be done to set the captives of human trafficking free. But if we can help create a culture that values others, we will have begun to break the captives’ chains. We must learn this lesson, then we will win this battle to redeem America using the weapons of truth and love because truth liberates and love never fails!
We continue to receive reports that the Girl Scouts continue to support pro-abortion advocacy groups and continue to teach our young girls promiscuity.
You hate to think that it could be so; I know I do. Everyone loves their cookies, even if you don’t buy them because of weight issues, most everyone has tried them at one point or another. And although their cookies are good, the agenda of the Girl Scouts, at least at the National and International levels, is not good.
It’s my understanding that each Girl Scouts Council gets to decide what they will do and what they will teach our girls. However, they don’t get to decide where that money from the sale of the cookies will go.
In fact, of the $3.50 (cost of a box of cookies), the local troop only gets .59. The rest goes to other expenses and $1.89 goes to the Council to do with/partner with whoever they please.
So before you purchase a box of cookies from a local Girl Scouts troop, find out what they teach their scouts and what the Council does with their portion of the money.
Better yet, get involved with your local Girl Scouts Troop and start making a change from the inside.
When she became pregnant as a teenager in the early 1970s, all Mary Kominsky needed was $315 and a train ticket to New York City, where abortion was legal even before Roe v. Wade.
“The horror of that day consumed me into silence,” Mrs. Kominsky says now.
Often aided by relatives or other adults, young women still cross state lines to have abortions in states that don’t require parental notification. For that reason, the women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, including Mrs. Kominsky, see the need and value in Congress enacting the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act.
The act, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, would make it illegal to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion in a state that does not require parental notification. The act also would require abortionists to alert the parents of an out-of-state minor before performing the procedure. A similar bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
“A minor is not able to have any other kind of surgical procedure without parental notification, in her home state or any other state,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More. “But when it comes to abortion, there is always a separate set of rules. This act would help protect minors from coerced abortion, exploitation and injury. This is common sense if you care more about young women than the abortion industry.”
“This proposed law just makes sense,” said Janet Morana, also the co-founder of Silent No More. “Teenagers who develop complications after an abortion might be tempted to let their symptoms go untreated if they are trying to keep this secret from their parents. This puts their lives, their health and their future fertility in jeopardy.”
Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!
The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org
Forty years ago this year, the Supreme Court decided the historic Roe v. Wade case regarding whether women in the United States are legally permitted to have abortions. The result is that abortion cannot be legally banned, but states can regulate abortion procedures starting at the end of the pregnancy’s first trimester.
As much as abortion gets debated politically, rarely do we read stories of women who have chosen to terminate a pregnancy. We want to hear from anyone who has had first-hand experience with abortion. How difficult was the decision? How do you feel about it now? How did it change your life?
We understand that abortion is a sensitive subject, and all submissions will be treated with discretion. You don’t have to show yourself on camera. But feel free to write your thoughts, record your voice, or make a video telling us about your story.
Contact: Allan E. Parker
PRESS ADVISORY AND RELEASE
WHO: Experts Including Women Hurt By Abortion WHAT: Media Briefing WHERE: National Press Club in Washington, D.C. WHEN: December 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ISSUE: The Impact of Abortion on Women, Families, and Society
Washington, D.C. – On December 4, 2012, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., an impressive and diverse group of experts and witnesses with personal experience of abortion will present a three hour media briefing and background session on the topic: “What Has 40 Years of Abortion Done to America?”
The purpose of the briefing is to provide access to a broad spectrum of experts, including women hurt by abortion, for news media preparing news stories regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. All presenters will make their written statements available to be used in any format, without embargo. Presenters will provide evidence, documentation and background material that will assist all reporters in preparing thoughtful analytical pieces that present both sides of the issue of legalized abortion. The event is being hosted by The Justice Foundation.
Operation Outcry is a project of The Justice Foundation and has now collected over 5,200 legally admissible testimonies from women of how their abortion hurt them. Five of these women will present their individual abortion stories showing the diverse range of experiences of abortion and its aftermath. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited Operation Outcry’s testimonies for the proof that “some women come to regret aborting the infant life they once created and sustained…” “Severe depression and loss of esteem can follow.” Gonzales v. Carhart (2007).
“Abortion Hurt Me Personally and Millions of Others” – Carmen Pate (Senior Director of Community in Action with Truth in Action) and Operation Outcry Women Hurt by Abortion- Myra Myers, Rebecca Porter, Julie Thomas and Cindy Collins
“Scientific Evidence That Abortion Hurts Women” – Dr. Martha Shuping, MD, Psychiatrist
“Impact of Abortion on African-American Community” – Dr. Alveda King, National Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign
“Impact of Abortion on Women’s Health, Millions of Pre-Term Births” – Dr. Freda McKissic Bush, MD, FACOG practicing OB-GYN in Jackson, Mississippi; Fellow in the American College OB-GYN
“Abortion Causes Breast Cancer” – Dr. Angela Lanfranchi MD FACS, Breast Cancer Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American Board of Surgery; Co-Founder and President of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
“Impact of Abortion on Men” – Kevin Burke, Rachel’s Vineyard Licensed social worker; Co-Author of “Redeeming A Father’s Heart-Men Share Powerful Stories of Abortion Loss and Recovery”
“Abortion Has Corrosively Politicized the Supreme Court” – Allan Parker, Attorney and President, The Justice Foundation; Co-Host, “Faces of Abortion” Television Program; former Professor of Law
Jeanneane Maxon, VP of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United
“40 Years of Abortion Has Politicized Medicine and Science” – Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA; Diplomate Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in General Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; authored over 70 peer review articles in the Obstetric and Gynecologic literature
“Are We Better Off After 40 Years?” – Georgette Forney, Co-Founder of Silent No More Awareness Campaign
“Promises Unkept: 40 Years of Legal Abortion Has Failed to Lower Child Abuse, Crime, and Out of Wedlock Births” – Michael New, Assist. Professor of Political Science, Master’s degree in Statistics and a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University in 2002
“Abortion in New York (Abortion Capital USA): Painful Lessons” – Christopher Bell, President, Good Counsel
“Abortion Has Caused Increased Violence Against Women” – Molly White, Founder and Director of Women for Life International – USA
“Abortion’s War on Possibility and the Beauty of Adoption” – Ryan Scott Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation (exposed the disproportionate impact of abortion in the Black community and the racism of Planned Parenthood; adoptee and adoptive father)
President Obama went on the Tonight Show last night to attack the comments of Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said in a debate that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” Mr. Obama said, “This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions. Women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors, and for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff often times without any information is a huge problem.” He added, “Roe v. Wade is probably hanging in the balance,” in the upcoming election.
In all fairness, I would say to Mr. Mourdock that God allows uncomfortable circumstances to occur, and that whatever is intended for evil, God can bring forth good. God loves the mother and the baby; both are victims of the rape. Babies are not evil, no matter the circumstances of their conception.
As to President Obama’s concerns regarding “a bunch of males” making decisions about women’s lives and their bodies, three African American males – Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. my grandfather, the father of my son and my brother – made a decision for me when they insisted that I not abort my son. Granddaddy said the baby was not “a lump of flesh” but was a person. My brother agreed. The baby’s father was a medical resident and said to me, “no abortion. This is a baby with 46 chromosomes, 23 from you, 23 from me. I want mine back alive.” They, this bunch of males were right, I was wrong. Period. By the way, men do regret lost fatherhood. Read the eye opening book by Kevin Burke.
For more information regarding rape, incest and abortion, visit www.rebeccakiessling.com where Attorney Rebecca Kiessling discusses a three-step process in terms of how candidates should answer the question of rape, incest and abortion:
1. The Supreme Court has said that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment for rapists and that rapists don’t deserve the death penalty. I don’t think the innocent child conceived in rape deserves the death penalty for the crimes of her father. It seems to me that is cruel and unusual punishment.
2. Rape victims are four times more likely to die within the next year after the abortion, with a higher rate of suicide, murder, drug overdose, etc. As someone who really cares about rape victims, I want to protect them from the rapist, and from the abortion, and not the baby. A baby is not the worst thing that could ever happen to a rape victim — an abortion is. We need to educate the American public on the truth in this matter and not make public policy based on myth and misinformation.
3. Rape victims choose abortion at half the rate of the average unplanned pregnancy, which is over 50%. Only 15-25% of rape victims choose abortion, depending on the study. The majority of rape victims choose to raise her child — not “the rapist’s baby” — HER child.