Social Issues

On this page we will discuss the important social issues of the day such as abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality. My belief is that all of human life is a gift from God. Therefore human life from conception to natural death is entitled to full protection by the lawmakers and law-enforcers of our land. God allows us to participate in the creation of life by creating us as male and female. Any attempt to normalize human relationships outside of the life-creating male/female bond is contrary to God’s will.

Abortion, Rape and Michelle Obama

Many people say that they oppose abortion except in cases where the child was conceived as the result of rape or incest. But the fact is, there are a sizable number of people in this country who would not be around today if it had not been for rape.

Let me explain. One of the saddest time in our nation’s history, of course, was the era of slavery. And one of the saddest features of slavery was that many slave owners raped their slaves. As a result of these rapes children were conceived and born. Many of the descendants of these children are alive and well today and are making valuable contributions to our country. In fact, one of them may be living in the White House, namely,  Michelle Obama.

Researchers have discovered that Michelle Obama’s DNA is linked to a white family of slave owners. As I understand it, the DNA evidence shows that Michelle Obama’s great-great-great grandmother was a black slave who gave birth to her great-great grandfather. This man was, like Michelle’s husband Barak, half white and half black. No one knows the circumstances surrounding the conception of this child or the identity of his white father but it is certainly not out of the question to think that this child was conceived as the result of a rape.

If people back then believed abortion was justified in cases of rape and incest, it’s very possible we would not have the lovely and talented Michelle Obama living in the White House today.

Here is a link to an article by the woman who did the research on Michelle Obama’s DNA:

http://blogs.ancestry.com/cm/2012/09/12/using-dna-to-trace-michelle-obamas-past/?o_xid=56247&o_lid=56247&o_sch=External+Paid+Media

THE NEW PRO-LIFE MAJORITY

According to a posting on Townhall.com on August 10, 2013, the majority of Americans now oppose abortion. Gallup’s latest survey on abortion found that 58 percent of adults say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, or only permitted in “a few.”  Just 39 percent say the practice should be legal in “all” or “most” circumstances. Gallup also notes that overwhelming majorities of Americans oppose late-term abortions; 80 percent reject third trimester abortions, and 64 percent do the same in the second trimester. Pro-lifers should commit these statistics to memory so that the next time we are labeled as “extreme” we can prove that in this country we are in the majority. Also related to all this is the fact that the authorities are considering charging the Cleveland kidnapper with murder for killing the unborn children of the women he kidnapped. But how can that be murder if a child isn’t human until it is born?

 

GOOD FOR THE GOOSE BUT NOT FOR THE GANDER

How many times have those of us who oppose abortion through peaceful means just been lumped together with the most radical, extreme anti-abortionists, the ones who murder abortion doctors and bomb abortion clinics? We are accused of having blood on our hands because to speak out against abortion in even the most civilized way we are supposedly encouraging the crimes that the extremists commit. It happens every time.

Now there is this comment from Vicki Saporta, CEO of the National Abortion Federation related to the alleged crimes of Dr. Kermit Gosnell: “All of us are appalled by the substandard illegal practices, but to make the leap to say that’s indicative of the state of abortion care throughout the U.S. is absolutely false.”

Well if they can lump us together with the extremists why can’t we lump them together with Dr. Gosnell?

Here is the entire article from MSN:

Pro-choice advocates are distancing themselves from Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his alleged crimes, while anti-abortion activists use his trial as a rallying cry.

For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment — the tone of the national debate on abortion.Groups supporting legal access to abortion, after major successes in the 2012 national elections, find themselves on the defensive as they distance themselves from Gosnell.”All of us are appalled by the substandard illegal practices,” said Vicki Saporta, who as CEO of the National Abortion Federation represents hundreds of U.S. abortion clinics. “But to make the leap to say that’s indicative of the state of abortion care throughout the U.S. is absolutely false.”Anti-abortion activists, in contrast, are energized by the case, citing it in fundraising appeals and renewed efforts to expand state restrictions on abortion.”It’s very seldom we get such an opportunity to look at the realities of what’s happening in abortion,” said Dr. Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.Gosnell, 72, is charged with killing five people — a patient and four viable babies that prosecutors say were born alive. Among scores of other counts, he also is accused of performing abortions after Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit.Jury deliberations began April 30 and are scheduled to resume Monday.Anti-abortion groups have seized on the case as a chance to reach an audience beyond their regular followers. Those efforts were enhanced midway through the trial when abortion opponents used social media to accuse some national news outlets of a “blackout” of the case, resulting in increased news coverage.

ENCOURAGING STATUTORY RAPE

Nearly 20 percent of American teens who give birth have already had one or more babies, a  federal study released Tuesday (April 30, 2013) says.
In 2010, more than 365,000 teens aged 15-19 gave birth and about 67,000 (18.3 percent) of those were repeat births, according to the April Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Repeat births among teens decreased by more than 6 percent between 2007 and 2010, but the number of repeat births remains high, according to the study.
According to the Feb. 25 Health Day News, the United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy among industrialized nations.
And now there’s this: Health Day News reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday (April 30) approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a version of the so-called “morning after” pill, for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older.
One thing that struck me about this decision is how it relates to statutory rape. In many states a person who is 15 years old is not old enough legally to consent to sex. Thus if a 15 year old has sex, especially with someone who is an adult, even if it is consensual, it is considered statutory rape because legally a 15 year old cannot consent to sex.
And now the US government is basically saying it is fine for 15 years olds to have sex and then have access to emergency contraception if they think they might get pregnant. Isn’t this decision a way of encouraging statutory rape? As one person commented, “So, basically, the US government just lowered the age of consent in America to 15 years old.” And we wonder why people are confused.
The numerous articles about this decision use terms like emergency contraception, unprotected sex, morning-after pill, reproductive rights and sexually transmitted disease. I also noticed that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the government agency that tracks the statistics for teen pregnancy. Is procreation a disease?
So often the first thing that happens when traditional values come under attack is the creation of a whole new vocabulary that depersonalizes the issue. We are talking about real people who come from real families. Sexuality and procreation are some of the most precious gifts of God and it is such a shame to depersonalize them.
 RELATED STUFF FROM THE WEB:
from http://www.sexlaws.org
Statutory rape is illegal sexual activity between two people when it would otherwise be legal if not for their age

In accordance with the FBI definition, statutory rape is characterized as non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is younger than the statutory age of consent. The actual ages for these laws vary greatly from state-to-state, as do the punishments for offenders.

Many states do not use the actual term “statutory rape,” simply calling it rape or unlawful sexual penetration among a variety of other titles. These laws rarely apply only to intercourse, but rather to any type of sexual contact.

FROM WIKIPEDIA:Statutory rape laws are based on the premise that until a person reaches a certain age, that individual is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse. Thus, the law assumes, even if he or she willingly engages in sexual intercourse, the sex is not consensual.

By Lauran Neergaard and Josh Lederman of the Associated Press on May 1:

Moving the morning-after pill over the counter, even if limited to buyers 15 or older, marks a big societal shift in the long battle over women’s reproductive rights.

TUESDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a version of the so-called “morning after” pill, for use as emergency contraception by girls and women aged 15 and older.

The move ends years of debate over the issue, and follows a federal judge’s order earlier this month that the FDA make Plan B available to all women,  regardless of age.

The emergency contraceptive is made by Teva Women’s Health Inc.

“Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in an agency news release.

“The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly and that it does not prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease,” she said.

To prevent girls under the age of 15 from buying Plan B, the FDA said the product will bear a label stating that proof of age will be required, and a special product code will prompt such an inquiry from the cashier.  “In addition, Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft,” the FDA noted.

On April 5, Judge Edward Korman, from the Eastern District of New York, gave the FDA 30 days to remove age restrictions on the sale of emergency contraception, such as Plan B One-Step. Until now, girls 16 and younger needed a doctor’s prescription to get the pill, which typically works if taken within 72 hours after intercourse.

Other brands of emergency contraception include Next Choice and Ella.

The move is the latest chapter in a 10-year, controversial debate about who should have access to the drug and why.

Plan B prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in a woman’s uterus through use of levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone used for decades in birth control pills. Plan B contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, more than “the Pill” contains. It is considered a form of birth control, not abortion.

Women’s health advocates praised the FDA decision.

“While there are still practical questions to resolve, this is an important step forward to expand access to emergency contraception and for preventing unintended pregnancy,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a news release.

“Emergency contraception is a safe and effective form of birth control that can prevent pregnancy if taken within five days of unprotected sex,” she added.  “This decision will eliminate some of the biggest barriers and hurdles that women face in getting emergency contraception when they need it, which means many more women will be able to prevent unintended pregnancy.”

But not everyone is likely to be pleased with the move.

Earlier this month, Janice Shaw Crouse — director and senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute, the think tank for the conservative women’s group Concerned Women for America — called Korman’s ruling “a political decision, made by those who stand to profit financially from an action that puts ideology ahead of the nation’s girls and young women.”

“It is irresponsible to advocate over-the-counter use of these high-potency drugs, which would make them available to anyone — including those predators who exploit young girls,” Shaw Crouse said.

In his ruling, Korman was dismissive of the government’s arguments and, in particular, previous decisions by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that required girls under 17 to get a prescription for the emergency contraceptive. Korman wrote that Sebelius’ actions “with respect to Plan B One-Step . . . were arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”

In 2011, Sebelius overruled a recommendation by the FDA to make the drug available to all women without a prescription. The FDA said at the time that it had well-supported scientific evidence that Plan B One-Step is a safe and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy.

Sebelius, however, said she was concerned that very young girls couldn’t properly understand how to use the drug without assistance from an adult.

She invoked her authority under the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and directed FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to issue “a complete response letter.”  As a result, “the supplement for non-prescription use in females under the age of 17 is not approved,” Hamburg wrote at the time.

FROM THE MAYO CLINIC:

Morning-after pills can help prevent pregnancy if you’ve had unprotected sex — whether you didn’t use birth control, you missed a birth control pill or your method of birth control failed.

Morning-after pills can prevent pregnancy because conception typically doesn’t occur immediately after sex. Instead, it may happen up to several days later. During the time between sex and conception, sperm travel through the fallopian tubes until they potentially reach an egg. As a result, using emergency contraception soon after unprotected sex isn’t too late to prevent pregnancy.

Morning-after pills do not end a pregnancy that has implanted. Depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle, morning-after pills may act by one or more of the following actions: delaying or preventing ovulation, blocking fertilization, or keeping a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. However, recent evidence strongly suggests that Plan B One-Step and Next Choice do not inhibit implantation. It’s not clear if the same is true for Ella.

Keep in mind that the morning-after pill isn’t the same as mifepristone (Mifeprex), also known as RU-486 or the abortion pill. Mifeprex terminates an established pregnancy — one in which the fertilized egg has attached to the uterine wall and has already begun to develop.

SOURCES: Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D. director and senior fellow, Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America; U.S. Food and Drug Administration, news release, April 30, 2013; Planned Parenthood Federation of America, statement, April 30, 2013

Surprising Quotes from Abortion Doctors

The following quotes appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of the Lifedate publication from Lutherans for Life

“The women are never allowed to look at the ultrasound because we knew that if they so much as heard the heart beat, they wouldn’t want to have an abortion.”

“Even now I feel a little peculiar about it, because as a physician I was trained to conserve life, and here I am destroying it.”

“You have to become a little schizophrenic. In one room, you encourage the patient that the slight irregularity in the fetal heart is not important, that she is going to have a fine, healthy baby. Then, in the next room you assure another woman, on whom you just did a saline abortion, that it is a good thing that the heartbeat is already irregular…she has nothing to worry about, she will NOT have a live baby…All of a sudden one noticed that at the time of the saline infusion there was a lot of activity in the uterus. That’s not fluid currents. That’s obviously the fetus being distressed by swallowing the concentrated salt solution and kicking violently and that’s to all intents and purposes, the death trauma…somebody has to do it, and unfortunately we are the executioners in this instance.”

“Telling those women their fetuses feel pain is heaping torment upon torment.”

“This is why I hate overuse of forceps – things tear. There are only two kinds of doctors who have never perforated a uterus, those that lie and those who don’t do abortions.”

“I got to the point where I couldn’t stand to look at the little bodies anymore.”

“Sorrow, quite apart from the sense of shame, is exhibited in some way by virtually every women for whom I performed an abortion, and that’s 20,000 as of 1995.”

“If I see a case…after twenty weeks, where it frankly is a child to me, I really agonize over it because the potential is so imminently there…”

Abortion and Politics

One way to dismiss Christian pro-lifers is to say that abortion is just a political issue and that Christians shouldn’t get wrapped up in politics. For starters, abortion is not just a political issue, it is a life and death issue. We say that when a person’s heart stops beating they are dead. But, thanks to abortion, we can’t say that when a person’s heart starts beating they are alive. Our hearts start beating long before we are born but, since the laws of our land do not bestow any rights on the unborn, the fact that an unborn child’s heart is beating is immaterial. Abortion gets to the very question of when life begins so it is much more than just a political issue.

Getting back to politics, those of us who want to change the laws of the land to ban abortion have no choice but to get involved in politics. Politics is the way that laws are adopted in this country therefore anyone wanting to change the laws of our land must get involved in politics.

39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade & Planned Parenthood

Sunday, January 22, 2012, is the 39th anniversary of legalized of abortion in America. What has Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, been up to?

Planned Parenthood closed its office in Owatonna and five other towns in Minnesota because of cuts to the federal Title X program. For some reason all the women who have been “helped” by Planned Parenthood over the years didn’t come forward to make up for their loss of federal funding.

Planned Parenthood began offering a new service in Rochester, MN; webcam abortions. A pregnant woman converses with an abortionist via webcam. After the webcam session the abortionist prescribes the RU486 abortion drug to the woman without ever seeing her in person.

RU486 brings about death by cutting off nutrients to the baby and then inducing contractions strong enough to expel the dead baby. In addition to causing countless abortions, RU486 is also responsible for the deaths of at least 14 women. What other drug would still be legal if it was known to have caused 14 deaths?

Planned Parenthood opened the third largest abortion clinic in the country recently in Minnesota. While total abortions in Minnesota dropped more than 22 percent from 2000 to 2010, Planned Parenthood increased its abortions in Minnesota over the same time period by 64 percent.

Planned Parenthood continues to resist a Minnesota law that would make it illegal to abort a child once it is capable of feeling pain.

The March for Life on Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnesota state capitol and the Prayer Walk for Life on Monday, January 23 from 3-5:00 p.m. at Central Park in Owatonna will be gatherings of individuals who cherish unborn children and who have deep empathy for those living with regrets in the aftermath of abortion.

Just How Pro-Abortion Are You? Questions to ask people when they say they are in favor of the right to abortion. 

A lot of times abortion is justified in cases of rape and incest. This little set of questions shows how there are many other factors to consider. This is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s a start. It gets the conversation started without ever debating whether or not abortion should be legal.

1. Do you believe that the father of any unborn child should have any legal rights whe it comes to decisions about abortion? If the person is male and married this can be followed up with, If your wife became pregnant and was considering having abortion would you want to be consulted? How would you feel if she went ahead and had an abortion over your objections? For maried women then ask, If you became pregnant and were considering an abortion would you consult your hsuband? How do you think it would impact your relationship with your husband if you had an abortion over his objections?

2. Do you think that abortion providers should be licensed and inspected by government health officials?

3. Do you feel that sex-selection abortions are okay?

4. Do you feel that if it is determined that an unborn child has a birth defect it should be aborted?

5. Do you think that parents should have a say in whether or not their daughter who is a minor has an abortion?

6. Do you think that abortion should be allowed after the unborn child has developed the ability to feel pain?

7. Do you believe that a person who injures a pregnant woman should face a stiffer penalty if the injury he or she caused to the woman also injures her unborn child?

8. Do you believe that before a woman consents to an abortion she should be informed about what actually takes place in an abortion, the risks involved in having an abortion and alternatives to abortion?

9. Do you believe it is okay for a doctor to prescribe abortion medication to a woman without ever meeting with her in person?

After-Birth Abortion

First there was abortion, then came partial-birth abortion and now, according to a recent article in the respected Journal of Medical Ethics, it’s time to accept after-birth abortion.

The article states: “. . . we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.” It also says: “Medical professionals have recognized the need for guidelines about cases in which death seems to be in the best interest of the child.”

The original term for what is being proposed is infanticide but apparently that sounds too much like homicide and genocide. Using the term after-birth abortion will encourage people to think that a newborn’s legal rights are non-existent, like that of an unborn child.

Nobel Prize winners and an Ivy-league professor have expressed views similar to the ones in this article.

Will the father of the newborn have any rights related to an after-birth abortion? The father of an unborn child has no rights when it comes to abortion.

Other scenarios to consider. It took at 7-2 vote by the Supreme Court to find in our constitution a woman’s right to abortion. In theory then all it would take to make after-birth abortion legal is a majority vote by the Supreme Court.

Will there be no federal regulation of after-birth abortions since there is none for abortion?

What percent of those who favor abortion would also favor after birth abortion? Where do people draw the line? After-birth abortion seems to signal a hefty increase in the speed at which we are racing to bottom of the ethics barrel.

When would be the best time to discuss after-birth abortion with the mother? During one of her prenatal visits? Or should the doctor wait until the baby is born and then, if the child is not perfect, ask the mother, “Have you considered an after-birth abortion?”

A wise woman once said, “Wars are not won when one side destroys the other side. Wars are won when one side loses the will to fight.” Newborn babies, even ones that are not perfect by society’s standards, have a natural will to live. How can we lose the will to fight for them?

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