Love for Children Like a Normal Parent?

I heard our President’s response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. I heard his words. I saw him wiping a tear from the corner of his eye. I saw what he was trying to convey. I heard him say that he felt like any other parent in this nation about how sad it was that these 20 children were cut off before they had a chance to begin to live.

But I couldn’t help thinking about his callous feelings toward a baby that survives an abortion. I remember hearing him say that a baby in that situation should not be helped in any way. Nobody should be allowed to attempt to save the baby’s life or even hold or comfort the child as s/he is dying.

If you don’t know about this side of the man, research the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and his actions as a senator in Illinois. You can start here. This Act is now federal law making it illegal to kill a baby that is born alive during an attempted abortion. But Senator Obama voted against this bill in the Illinois legislature even AFTER it passed unanimously at the federal level. He wants it to be legal to KILL a baby after it has been born alive.

Can a man who believes such a thing really feel the pain that a normal parent feels when a child dies? I question it.

Here are some links for further research into this topic:

National Right to Life website

Here’s the testimony of an abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen:

Gianna Jessen

And a powerful speech by Gianna Jessen:

Gianna Jessen Abortion Survivor in Australia

And here’s an awesome movie you can watch that will give you food for thought, October Baby.

October Baby

Here’s a great website with more information about Abortion Survivors:

The Abortion Survivors Network

Here’s a powerful movie that I have not had the nerve to watch, but I know it is gripping:

22 Weeks

The DVD is out of stock at the website, but you can watch the trailer and read the synopsis and find some good links there.

40 Days for Life – 65 Babies Saved So Far!

Mondays are the best days during the 40 Days for Life
campaigns, because that’s the day we share stories
about mothers who’ve changed their minds on the
sidewalks outside the abortion centers.

In just these first few days, there have already been …

… 65 babies saved — that we know of.

Praise God!!!

Here are the stories of three of those babies.

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
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One of the prayer volunteers noticed a man she
recognized … sitting in a car in the Planned
Parenthood parking lot. With him was his 18-month-old
child. Naturally, the volunteer went over to talk.

It seems the man’s wife was inside — setting up an
appointment for an abortion. She just didn’t want
another baby.

“When he said he didn’t want the abortion,” said Libby
in Memphis, “we said he needed to protect his baby right
now. He called his wife, and few minutes later she came
out and told us she was not going to seek an abortion.”

The volunteers hugged her, and gave her a list of
Memphis-area pregnancy resources.

One of these prayer volunteers in Memphis was taking
part in 40 Days for Life for the first time ever.

“She just felt so strongly that she needed to
participate,” Libby said. And what a wonderful thing
she saw on that first day!

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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND
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A young woman arrived at Planned Parenthood … and it
was obvious her pregnancy was well advanced. She was
frightened and didn’t know what else to do.

The director of a pro-life pregnancy center was able to
speak to her and learn more about her situation, though
there was a bit of a language barrier. It seems the
woman is from Central America, and the baby’s father
abandoned her when he found out she was pregnant.

“She was very happy after the director counseled her and
explained that she would have support and better choices,”
said Molly in Silver Spring.

“Planned Parenthood would have referred her to a
late-term abortionist in the area,” she said. “In
Maryland, abortions can happen throughout the entire
pregnancy. We need to keep her in our prayers.”

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BEAUMONT, TEXAS
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A young woman who arrived for an appointment in Beaumont
admitted to the people praying outside the abortion
facility that she had tossed and turned all night over
what she was about to do.

One of the volunteers was quick to hand her information
from a pro-life pregnancy care center. About this time,
the young woman’s friend, who had come to the appointment
with her, spoke up. The friend said she’d had an abortion
herself — and “didn’t feel it was a good idea.”

At that, the woman who had planned to abort her child
broke down in tears.

After a lengthy discussion with the counselors on the
sidewalk, the two young women were smiling — and
heading towards the pro-life resource center.

“We have her phone number and will be in touch,” said
Eileen in Beaumont. “She left with tears of joy,
rather than sorrow. Your prayers and sacrifices are
definitely at work!”

Today’s devotional is from Fr. Frank Pavone, national
director of Priests for Life.

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DAY 6 INTENTION
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Pray that those tempted to abort may understand that
their child is already present, and already a real
person.

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SCRIPTURE
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And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of
Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth
was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit
of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the
mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as
soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears,
the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

— Luke 1:41-44

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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
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Jesus not only loves unborn children — He was one
himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by
saying, “She’s expecting a child.”

Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not
yet there.

As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is
not the case with the mother.

Her gift is already there.

The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a
child “on the way,” but has a child, already present
and in full possession of his or her human rights,
starting with the right to life.

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PRAYER
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Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of
every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of
every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own
birth in Bethlehem.

As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send
your protection upon every child still in the womb,
and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that
comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through
Christ our Lord, Amen.

God Triumphs!

This is an email that I received from Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life.

The Fall Campaign has started.

This is Day 2.

Pray for 40 Days for Life and get involved if you can.
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I have to say that the ENTHUSIASM I’m seeing and
hearing is really uplifting — and also humbling.

The dedication and prayers of so many — like you —
have made this the largest 40 Days for Life campaign
ever … and prayer always sustain us through
adversity. Here are a few examples.

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FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS
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The people who arrived for the 40 Days for Life kickoff
event outside the abortion center in Fayetteville got
a bit of a surprise — a brand-new sprinkler system,
with the sprinkler heads pointed directly at the prayer
volunteers.

“The owner of the business complex turned the sprinklers
on as soon as we set up all our equipment,” said Tiffany
in Fayetteville. “And they kept the sprinklers on for
two hours.”

One co-owner spent the entire two hours “pacing and
walking up and down the parking lot, yelling at us and
telling the police to arrest us,” she said. “Needless
to say, the police officers were polite and explained
they could not arrest us.”

The prayer volunteers were then greeted with loud,
obscene music from inside the building. “We sang and
played worship music and lifted our voices to God,”
Tiffany explained. “Our God songs drowned out the
vulgar music.”

Through it all, the prayer volunteers refused to be
discouraged. “The bottom line — God triumphed,” she
said. “Praise the Lord!”

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TOCCOA, GEORGIA
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Bright and early on Day 1, a young woman stopped by
the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Toccoa and gave
Mary a great big hug.

“Please know that people are noticing what you are
doing,” the woman said. With tears in her eyes, she
showed Mary a picture of her son.

This young mom said she had been on her way to have
an abortion when her car broke down. She had to use
the money she had saved up for an abortion to get
her car fixed. Soon after, she decided to keep her
baby — and now was so very happy with her choice.

“She also agreed to stop back and sign up to join our
campaign,” said Mary. “We are looking forward to
seeing her again, and hope to be able to send more
stories like this.”

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
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About 75 people came out for the 40 Days for Life
kickoff in Las Vegas. “The sun was hot,” said Linda,
one of the local leaders, “but many were willing to
brave the heat … in support of the dignity of human
life.”

The event began with music — and the sound of the
shofar, the traditional ram’s horn. “Pastor Wally
Smith of House of Israel Fellowship proclaimed a
Bible passage and called us to bravely fight the
evil of abortion that occurs here in our city nearly
every day,” said Linda.

“Let’s stand ready to storm heaven with prayer,” she
said, “and then humbly await God’s will.”

To see a photo of the kickoff event in Las Vegas,
please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=2255

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone,
national director of Priests for Life…

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DAY 2 INTENTION
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Pray for those who work in the abortion industry, and
for those who have repented of committing abortions
and have resolved to defend life.

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SCRIPTURE
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Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into
your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said
this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing
what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this
was a righteous man.”

— Luke 23:46-47

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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
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“Those of us who have participated in the killing of
unborn children are the Centurions of today. We have
dropped our swords against the unborn child. Now we
must recognize the depth of our guilt and deal with
the ramifications… To revitalize our humanity we
need to forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be
healed.”

These words come from a brochure of the Society of
Centurions, an organization for former abortion
providers. These words convey in a beautiful and
moving way what is happening across the nation as
hundreds of abortionists and their staff members
experience repentance, conversion, and healing.

How does this conversion begin? Dr. Philip Ney
writes, “The factors that changed their opinion on
performing abortions, in the following order of
frequency, were: evidence of the infant’s humanity, a
spiritual experience, personal distress, evidence of
the mother’s distress, scientific articles, being
accepted as a person, a personal relationship with a
pro-lifer, pro-life pickets.” (The Centurion’s
Pathway, p. 77).

The journey is not easy. But the Jesus who heals us
calls us to face the truth of what we’ve done, make
restitution where possible, and engage in the hard
work of mending relationships. Let’s pray for the
Centurions; may their numbers increase!

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PRAYER
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Lord, we thank you for those who have repented of
committing abortions and have resolved to defend
life. We too repent and resolve.

We repent of every instance in which fear has made us
silent when we should have spoken. We repent of the
ongoing bloodshed in our land, and for thinking that
we can deprive the unborn of protection but keep it
for ourselves.

We resolve that we will advance the cause of
righteous candidates for public office, and that we
will be more afraid of offending you by our silence
than of offending others by our speech. We resolve
that we will proclaim your name to the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Ways to Show that You Are Pro-Life

Adoption is a hot topic among the people I hang out with online. Many of them are actually doing it! They are blogging about it, raising funds for it, podcasting about it, starting adoption consulting groups, starting adoption agencies, and more.

I am so happy to see them putting their money (and hearts and lives) where their mouth is. We can say we’re pro-life, but until we do something personally that encourages or enables someone who is considering abortion to have another option, we’re not really living it. Adoption is one way of giving them an option.

I consider my large family a pro-life testimony. I believe that every baby is made by God. I will not do anything to keep the Lord from giving us another child. I really do consider them blessings. And I really don’t want to stop God from blessing us with a child. Or anything else. I want everything that God has for us.

Other people help with pro-life groups such as 40 Days for Life. I blog about them quite a bit and give updates on the amazing results they have seen. So many babies saved from abortion. So many mothers saved from making such a tragic mistake. So many abortion clinic leaders’ lives changed! I am truly in awe of what God is doing through 40 Days for Life. I believe they are reaping what was sowed by Operation Rescue and others who stood in front of clinics 30 years ago. They were persecuted and thrown in jail, but they persisted and others took up the cause and prayed and learned to show love to the victims of abortion, meaning the women and men who were deceived to think that they would not be doing anything wrong if they killed their baby. Now we’re seeing beautiful fruits from the Acts (the book of Acts in the Bible is still being written!) of today’s believers praying in front of clinics, showing love and compassion to these wounded, sad and deceived people who are looking for answers and hope.

Other pro-life people are taking the self-sacrificing, but totally blessed by God, step of adopting.

I want to tell you about one such family today. The little girl they are trying to adopt is named Albina. They are trying to raise $20,000 for this.

In order to do this they have a Chip-In widget on their blog here.

They are having a giveaway to help raise funds for the adoption. The prizes for the giveaway are amazing! They have lots of them, and they are prizes that you will really want to win!

Such as an iPad 2, an Amazon Kindle, Target $100 gift card, Amazon $50 gift card, Gymboree $50 card, iTunes $50 gift card, and much more!

You get an entry for each $10 you give through the Chip-In. This is how they get the money for their adoption of Albina. There are other ways to get more entries, such as sharing on Facebook and blogging about the giveaway.

I encourage you to go show your pro-Life colors and give to help with this adoption and then share about this fundraiser through which you could be blessed with an amazing prize. Icing on the cake!

You can’t lose!

40 Days for Life Exceeds Their Expectations!

On the recent MOMENTUM teleconference and webcast, we
announced that a group of incredibly generous donors
made a matching challenge that would double all gifts
made to 40 Days for Life within one week of the event
— up to $118,500.

We had hoped to double that $118,500 — and to say that
you rose to the challenge would be a huge understatement!

You didn’t just MATCH the match. You DOUBLED the match
— and then some!

The grand total — including the match — came to an
unprecedented …

… $436,303!!

Our national team is overwhelmed by your generosity and
faith in 40 Days for Life. It is clear that God wants
this work — His work — to continue!

We are now moving forward to significantly expand this
mission. With God’s grace, it is our desire that many
more lives will be saved, and many more souls will be
brought back to the Lord.

(If you didn’t have a chance to contribute last week,
but still wish to make a gift to 40 Days for Life,
please visit: http://www.40daysforlife.com/donate )

Here’s our promise: every penny given to 40 Days for
Life will be used in the most effective and efficient
way possible to save the maximum number of innocent
lives from abortion.

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I am so excited about this! I see God at work here, taking back our nation. And I find that very exciting!