Thursday, February 24, 2011

SoHo Billboard: Provocative & True

        A new billboard in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhatton (NY) features an adorable black child and the words "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." It is designed to raise public awareness of the fact that Planned Parenthood and its minions target minority communities.

       The billboard is sponsored by Life Always and was timed to coincide with Black History Month. "We celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion," said Stephen Broden, a Life Always official.

        Statistics show that abortion rates are much higher among blacks than others. For instance, although African Americans only comprise about 13% of the population, black women account for nearly 37% of all aboritons. The abortion rate among African Americans in New York City is almost 60 percent!

        More African American babies have been killed by abortion since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer, and heart disease combined. A staggering 13 million African American lives have been lost to abortion.

        Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation. 78% of its clinics are located in minority communities. Is that just coincidence? It is time we stop ignoring this harsh reality.

        [Addendum: Due to harassment from pro-abortion forces the billboard was abruptly removed. However, the billboard was successful in its mission to draw attention to this important issue.]

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Answering Pro-Choice Arguments

        There are several common arguments that people make in favor of abortion. Therefore, it is important that we answer the arguments in a way that is sensible and convincing.

        (1) A woman has a right to control her own body. While it is true that a woman should control her own body, the baby's body is not her own. It is a different body with a genetic code that differs from the mother's. A woman's body does not have two hearts, heads, and blood types. And what if she is pregnant with a male child? Obviously his body differs from hers. In most cases, the woman got pregnant by not controlling her own body. 

        (2) We cannot know if the fetus is a human being. If that is so, shouldn't the benefit of the doubt go to preserving life? As President Ronald Reagan said, "I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives--the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn't feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn" (Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation).   

        (3) It is better to abort a child than abuse one. Abortion is the worst form of child abuse. What could be more abusive than cutting someone into pieces with scissors or burning them to death with poison? Abortion procedures are so cruel and inhumane that the most vile criminals on death row would not be subjected to such treatment.

        (4) We cannot impose our morality on others. Wouldn't this same argument apply to murder or rape? Our nation was founded on morality. Those who make this argument are the very people trying to impose their immorality on others!  

        (5) People are going to have abortions anyway. Again, this argument could apply to murder or rape. Because people are going to murder anyway, should we go ahead and legalize murder? Laws do affect behavior and change attitudes.

        (6) Rape victims should be able to abort the child. The violence of abortion parallels the violence of rape. Why should the innocent child suffer the death penalty for the actions of his father? Abortion will not bring healing to the woman, it will only add to the shame. Less than 1% of abortions are performed as a result of rape.

        (7) If we outlaw abortions, many women will die in back alleys. The number of mothers who may die in back alleys trying to have an abortion pales in comparison to the number of babies who die each day in abortion clinics. Since the Roe v. Wade decision, more than 50 million babies have been killed in this country.

        (8) You support the death penalty. Capital punishment is rooted in a respect for innocent human life. There is a vast difference between punishing a convicted murderer and killing an innocent child. God supports the death penalty and opposes abortion.

        There are probably other arguments that people make, but these eight are the most common ones. There is no good reason to have an abortion. Give life a chance! 

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Friday, February 18, 2011

President Obama and Abortion

        President Barack Obama is impressive in many ways. He is articulate, charming, intelligent, and personable. It is easy to become mesmerized by his smooth words and friendly smile. However, the fact remains that President Obama is the most pro-abortion President in our nation's history.

        As a United States Senator, Obama had a 100% pro-abortion voting record. He even co-sponsored the Senate version of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would repeal the ban on partial birth abortion and do away with nearly every restriction on the awful practice. It would also allow pregnant teens to have an abortion without parental notification, eliminate waiting periods, and pressure medical staffs to perform abortions even if they are pro-life. Obama told a Planned Parenthood group in 2007, "The first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." 

        As President, Obama lifted a ban that prohibited giving federal money to international groups that perform or promote abortion, appointed numerous abortion activists to important positions, and recently issued a statement in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that reaffirmed his commitment to abortion rights. As Albert Mohler correctly noted, "The President's statement included not one word that indicated any recognition that abortion is in any case or in any sense a tragedy. There was not even a passing reference to the unborn child. President Obama did not even use the language used disingenuously by President Bill Clinton--the pledge that abortion should be 'safe, legal, and rare'" (In His Own Words: A Radical Pro-Abortion President).   

        It has been said that words are merely vessels on which the thoughts of the heart travel. If that is so, perhaps the words of Obama at a town hall meeting during the last campaign reveal his true feelings about unwanted babies. He told the crowd that he would not want his daughters "punished with a baby." Compare that to Psalm 127:3.

        As I said... the most pro-abortion President in our nation's history.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Jane Roe" Speaks Candidly

Norma McCorvey
        Norma McCorvey was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade. She was pregnant with her third child when she filed suit challenging Texas state law prohibiting abortion. She was represented by Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, two activist lawyers. They were looking for someone with whom they could challenge state law on abortion when they met McCorvey.

        The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, McCorvey gave birth to the child and put her up for adoption. The Court finally ruled on her case in January 1973. It was a decision that shook the moral foundations of this nation.

        Norma McCorvey is now pro-life and works tirelessly to reverse the Court's decision. Sandra Cano, the plaintiff in Doe v. Bolton, is also pro-life. It is remarkable that "Jane Roe" and "Mary Doe" are now opposed to the decisions they helped secure. For that, I am thankful.

        In an interview with Brad Harrub and Jim Palmer in the July 2006 issue of Think, McCorvey talked about how she became "Jane Roe" and other experiences, including her experiences at an abortion clinic. She recalled asking a woman how many times she had ended a pregnancy by abortion. The woman replied, "Oh seven or eight, who counts?" McCorvey also remembered a woman who came for an abortion because the baby was not the sex she wanted. "I had another woman who came into a doctor's office. She said she had had some sort of test and she found out she was going to have a little girl and she wanted a little boy. So why have the baby at all?"

        McCorvey also described what happened to the bodies after an abortion. She said, "We had a truck that would come once a week. And they would take arms, and legs, and heads, and torsos. Sometimes someone would think they were doing something really funny and put all the hands together, all the feet together, all the legs together, or all the heads together. This was a very sick guy... I've seen children's tiny little bodies cut up and sloughed on the floor like cord wood. And the stench was awful."

        From the above interview, we once again see the grim truth about what really takes place at abortion clinics. Abortions are used for birth control and gender selection. Then the bodies of innocent children are discarded carelessly.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Teenager Mistakenly Given Abortion Drug in Colorado

Mareena Silva
        A pregnant teenager named Mareena Silva was mistakenly given an abortion drug and may lose her first baby. Silva, who is six weeks pregnant, went to a Safeway pharmacy in Ft. Lupton, Colorado to pick up an antibiotic, but was given methotrexate instead. Methotrexate is used in chemotherapy and to terminate early-stage pregnancies.

        The mistake was not noticed until Silva became nauseated. She was then rushed to the Platte Valley Medical Center and given charcoal to absorb the methotrexate. Doctors told Silva that she may miscarry or have a baby with birth defects. "This is my first child, so it's really difficult to deal with," said Silva. 

        According to Mike Cohen, president of the Institute for Safe Medicine Practice, methotrexate mix-ups have caused 26 to 30 deaths in recent years. Safeway released a statement that said in part, "We have extended our sincere apologies to Ms. Silva and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of the prescription error." Unfortunately, no amount of money can save her baby.   

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Silenced Cries: A Study of Abortion

        Abortion is an issue that can hardly be ignored in this country. It plays a decisive role in local elections, in national elections, and in the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court. Each year hundreds of thousands of people participate in demonstrations and rallies to either protect or end the practice of abortion. The issue of abortion has prompted articles, books, sermons, speeches, yard signs, bumper stickers, billboards, websites, etc. It is truly the hot-button issue of the day.
        This writer is passionately pro-life. The purpose of this blog is to draw attention to the issue of abortion. I have also written a book which is featured to the left. If you are interested in it, visit http://www.erhardtpublications.com/.

The War Rages in Wichita

Dr. George Tiller
        Wichita, Kansas has long been a focal point in the war on abortion. It was home to the clinic of Dr. George Tiller, one of only three abortionists in the country who specialized in late-term abortions. His willingness to abort babies very late in the pregnancy garnered national attention and earned him the infamous title "Tiller the Baby Killer."

        For years, peaceful protesters routinely opposed the practices of Dr. Tiller, and pressure from civil authorities was mounting against him. However, on May 31, 2009 a lone gunman took matters into his own hands and killed the abortionist.

        Although Tiller was a killer of babies, the gunman was wrong for taking personal vengeance on him. God ordained civil authorities to punish wrongdoers (Romans 13:1-4), not private citizens. The fact that the authorities had failed to punish Tiller up to that point does not give one the right to act presumptuously.

        Since the death of Dr. Tiller, the wearied city of Wichita has been free from abortions. That may soon change, however, if a family practitioner gets her way. Dr. Mila Means, who has been training once a month at an abortion clinic in Kansas City, plans to start performing abortions at her clinic in Wichita. The only thing stopping her is a temporary restraining order.

        Foliage Development, Inc., filed suit against Dr. Means because of a provision in her lease that prohibits "creating a clear nuisance to and disturbing the peaceful possession of all other tenants." Three tenants have already threatened to move if abortions are done there.

        It is unclear whether or not the court will allow Dr. Means to perform abortions at her current location. She may have to move elsewhere within the city. One thing that is clear, however, is the long fight ahead. "Whoever thinks they can set up an abortion business in Wichita has seriously underestimated the resolve of this community to remain abortion free," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "All peaceful and legal means will be used to prevent the further loss of innocent life by abortion in a community that is more than weary of it." And so, the war rages in Wichita. 

        [Addendum: An AP article, dated Feb. 14, states that Dr. Means has agreed not to perform abortions at her current location, delaying the lawsuit by her landlord. Means is seeking alternative office space.] 

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Dr. Gosnell, the House of Horrors, and Sunday Babies

Dr. Gosnell's clinic
        A Philadelphia abortionist named Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Nine of his employees, including his wife, were also charged.

        District Attorney Seth Williams said that Gosnell, who is suspected of killing hundreds of living babies, "induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord." The woman died from an overdose of painkillers.

        Gosnell's "house of horrors" was uncovered when authorities raided his clinic on drug-related complaints and found the remains of aborted babies scattered throughout the building. The clinic reeked of cat urine, instruments were not properly sterilized, and disposable medical supplies were used over and over.

        Below is an excerpt from the lengthy grand jury report.

...one was Baby Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant -- seven and a half months -- when labor was induced. An employee estimated his birth weight as approaching six pounds. He was breathing and moving when Dr. Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could "walk me to the bus stop." Another, Baby Boy B, whose body was found at the clinic frozen in a one-gallon spring-water bottle, was at least 28 weeks of gestational age when he was killed. Baby C was moving and breathing for 20 minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way she had seen Gosnell do it so many times.
And these were not even the worst cases. Gosnell made little effort to hide his illegal abortion practices. But there were some, "the really big ones," that even he was afraid to perform in front of others. These abortions were scheduled for Sundays, a day when the clinic was closed and none of the regular employees were present. Only one person was allowed to assist with these special cases -- Gosnell's wife. The files for these patients were not kept at the office; Gosnell took them home with him and disposed of them. We may never know the details of these cases. We do know, however, that, during the rest of the week, Gosnell routinely aborted and killed babies in the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy. The Sunday babies must have been bigger still.
        Some may dismiss Gosnell as a "rogue" abortionist. However, there have been other reports of abortionists performing illegal late-term abortions and killing babies who were born alive. For instance, Dr. Pierre Jean-Jacques Renelique was sued by a Florida woman who claimed that her baby girl was put into a plastic biohazard bag and thrown into the trash as she struggled to survive. A police search later found the decomposing body of a baby in a cardboard box and an autopsy showed that the baby had filled her lungs with air prior to death.

        We must understand that abortionists have been trained to end life. It should not surprise us that those who can so easily kill babies in the womb also have the audacity to kill them out of the womb. Even the Sunday babies!

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Endangered Species? Billboard Seeks to Save Black Babies


        A massive campaign featuring the above billboard was launched by Radiance Foundation and Georgia Right to Life in Atlanta last year to call attention to the fact that black women have a disproportionately high number of abortions. 

        According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women have about 37% of all abortions nationwide, which is staggering when one considers that African Americans are only about 13% of the population. In Georgia, black women account for over 50% of all abortions. 

        "Let me put it this way," said Catherine Davis, minority outreach director for Georgia Right to Life, "18,870,000 black babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade. If those babies hadn't been aborted, we would be 59 million strong -- over 19% of the population."

        The New York Times reported on January 6, 2011 that the abortion rate among black women in New York City is about 60%. That means, of course, that six out of ten black pregnancies in that city are terminated.

        Many believe that pro-abortion forces prey upon black women. The Los Angeles Times reported that "an increasingly vocal segment of the antiabortion community has embraced the idea that black women are targeted for abortion in an effort to keep the black population down." While that may or may not be true, one thing that cannot be denied is the heavy concentration of abortion clinics in black communities.

        The above billboard has also been featured in other cities. Let us pray that efforts like this one will succeed in turning all women from abortion.

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