Public school helps student get abortion — thanks, WCIC!

A public school in Seattle reportedly helped a student to get an abortion during school hours without notifying her parents:

SEATTLE — The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter’s abortion during school hours.

What I would tell the mother, though, is that by sending your child to a public school, you are essentially giving up control over that child and handing it to the state.

But this is another example of how public schools see themselves and their role. Thanks, WCIC, for helping these schools do their job!

‘The other 9/11 tragedy’

Art Cox, a friend of mine and an elder of our congregation, wrote this and distributed it at work on 9/11:

Today is a tribute to the more than 3,500 innocent people who died on 9/11, and the day after that, and the day after that, and the day after that, and yesterday, and today.

They are the ones who scream out in silence. They are those without heroes to thank. The nation does not mourn their absence. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was not theirs.

The eight year olds are the real survivors of 9/11. The only real innocent people who lost their lives on 9/11 are those that were aborted.

I know in Heaven there is a moment of silence for each of them, but Heaven will not always remain silent.

God bring us to repentance, and forgive, and remove our guilt today.

Working with stats from 2005 provided by the pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, the 1.21 million abortions performed that year work out to 3,315 abortions per day if you average them over a seven-day week. If, however, you cut it to six days a week, assuming that most if not all abortion clinics are closed on Sundays (after all, it’s the Lord’s Day, you know), then the number skyrockets to 3,865.

According to the U.S. State Department, 3,213 people were killed by the various attacks on 9/11. Each of those deaths–apart from the terrorists’–was murder, just as each abortion is murder by the abortionist.

17 lost, 2 saved

From Karen Guth of Central Illinois Right to Life:

There were approximately 17 abortions on Wed., Aug. 12.  Totals for 2009=1112.
Two people came out.  One said, “We saved our baby!”   The other, “I didn’t do it.”
I told the second woman, “It will be alright.”  She replied, “I know it will.”
Praise God!

Peoria abortion stats

Pray-ers at National Health Care Services, 7505 N. University, Peoria, IL, counted 28 abortions on July 30 and 17 on Aug. 1, bringing the 2009 total to 1,095 lives forcibly ended.

Life Line, June 7, 2009

About 75 people, from 4 months old to 85 years old, showed up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, to pray for an end to abortion.

Life Line was organized by Bradley University freshman Alexandria Reynolds. Though it was intended to be youth-centric, plenty of older folks showed up, too, to lend their support.

For a first-time event, it went off very well. Alexandria and her friends had prepared hand-painted signs with instructions on the back, including ideas for prayer.

Participants stood along War Memorial Drive, also known as U.S. Route 150 — probably the busiest street in Peoria — holding signs with such messages as “Better Off Alive” and “Yay for Kids.” Reynolds emphasized the positive nature of the event, which came one week after the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller but had been in the planning stages for months. It was an opportunity to show the peaceful nature of the pro-life movement.

Most drivers honked and waved their support. Only a few made some, uh, negative hand gestures.

Links to news coverage are here and here.

Below are some photos I snapped:

Participants in Life Line line up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., on June 7 to pray for an end to abortion.
Participants in Life Line line up along War Memorial Drive in Peoria, Ill., on June 7 to pray for an end to abortion.
Young pro-lifers show their support for the movement.
Young pro-lifers show their support for the movement.

Committing murder is not trusting in God

This from the health blog about the man accused of killing abortionist George Tiller:

Morris Wilson, a past member of the Kansas Unorganized Citizens Militia who has since renounced his ties to the group, told the WSJ that (Scott) Roeder had been a fellow member. He spoke strongly against abortion and “felt he needed to do something,” Wilson said.

There is a frustration that comes with being pro-life, frustration that very little seems to change as babies are slaughtered in the womb every day.

Murder is not the answer to that frustration.

If we believe in the sanctity of life, we also need to believe in the God who gives that life sanctity. And if we believe in that God, the God of the Bible, then we need to trust that He is working in the perfect way to bring this tragedy to an end. “For we know Him Who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people'” (Hebrews 10:30).

He will judge us on how we address this situation. Do we murder, like our opponents do everyday in abortion clinics, or do we sacrifice and extend love through crisis pregnancy centers, adoption? Will we “visit orphans and widows in their affliction” (James 1:27)?

Justice will ultimately out. If we believe in God, we have to believe that. Our job is to keep at it in peaceful ways.

George Tiller’s life, as reprehensible as his actions were, was just as precious to God as everyone else’s life. Up to his very last breath, the possibility of repentance and salvation was there for Tiller. No one had the right to take his life without the due process of law. Unfortunately, the law does not at this time consider abortion to be murder. What Tiller did was legal. Our entire nation will be judged for that. And Scott Roeder will be judged for murder.

Douglas Wilson helps to put the George Tiller murder on Sunday into perspective:

Well, no, because the Supreme Court doesn’t have the authority to declare murder okay, and only ghastly human beings like Tiller think they do. When such men take the Supremes up on their invitation to any slaughter that has been given the legal okay, they are helping to create a society in which lawlessness reigns. They cooperate with those who frame mischief with a law. But once this lawlessness has taken root, the bright boys running everything start to discover that lawlessness has certain shortcomings as a social theory.

Pro-life students chastised by university

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about an incident involving the twice weekly pro-life protest in front of the abortion clinic in Peoria, Ill. A woman stopped and angrily complained about a graphic photo being held by Sister Mary Jo Yutt. The woman was upset because her granddaughter had seen the photo and didn’t understand it.

Jill Stanek, the nurse who blew the whistle on abortion practices at a Chicago-area hospital several years back, blogs here about an even more drastic response to a display by pro-life students at the University of Calgary in Canada.

Anger over graphic abortion sign

I stopped by the National Health Care Services abortion mill at 7501 N. University St., Peoria, this morning for a quick prayer for the women and babies in there before coming to work. Two women, one of whom was Sister Mary Jo Yutt of Family Resources Center, holding a large sign, were already out there, trying to reach those heading in for an abortion.

As I walked up, a minivan pulled in and a very angry woman jumped out. She was enraged by the sign that Sister Mary Jo was holding, a very graphic sign of a dismembered fetus, the result of an abortion. As they had driven by a moment earlier, the woman’s granddaughter in her van had spotted the sign and asked her what it was. It infuriated the woman that such a graphic picture would be in public. She vented for about 5 minutes, but Sister Mary Jo and the other lady stood there and took it. The woman offered that she had had an abortion when she was a teen-ager and she regretted it, but that opposition to abortion didn’t justify the use of such graphic signs.

She threatened to call the police, which she apparently did, as a squad car came by a few moments later. The police officer spoke for a few seconds with Sister Mary Jo, then turned around and drove off. (The woman also, for some reason, threatened to call DCFS.)

As the woman herself left, Sister Mary Jo turned to me and said, “She hasn’t gotten over her abortion yet.” Which is probably the sad case.

The question that comes out of this is: Are very graphic signs a good way to witness to the horrors of abortion, or are they counterproductive?

Pro-lifers encouraged to keep the faith

On a dark day for the pro-life movement with the inauguration of the staunchly pro-abortion Barack Obama, Derrick Jones of National Right to Life and local speakers brought some much needed light to Peoria-area pro-lifers.

Jones, a Springfield native who is now communications director for the national organization, was the keynote speaker at Tuesday’s Central Illinois Right to Life’s annual Sanctity of Human Life Rally at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Peoria.

The annual event marks the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide.

Now sporting graying temples, Jones opened his speech to the 300-400 people gathered by recalling that he started in the pro-life movement by stuffing envelopes as a 4-year-old in the Springfield Right to Life office.

Jones quickly pointed out that “while we join with the nation in celebrating a peaceful transition of power,” the injustice of abortion still needed to be recalled.

If unchecked, Obama’s policies toward the unborn could have an impact for decades to come.

“The man who admonished us to give hope a chance is in league with the worst enemy of life,” Jones said.

After mentioning Obama’s frequent citations of Abraham Lincoln, Jones said there is a “profound disconnect” between the two presidents. Lincoln’s worldview sought to protect the guarantees of the Constitution and the language of the Declaration of Independence — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In his first inaugural address, the 16th president talked about the “better angels of our nature.” But anyone who could vote against a bill protecting unborn children from partial-birth abortion “cannot be the second coming of Abraham Lincoln.” (Obama has since said he voted against the bill because a similar law was already on the books. He has consistently, however, as an Illinois legislator and U.S. senator, consistently voted against pro-life legislation.)

He could be known, potentially, as the “abortion president,” Jones said, an ironic situation considering the “growth market and target audience” of the abortion industry is young black women.

Jones also refuted claims by “moderates” in the abortion debate that they want to change the tone of the discussion. All that Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Rights Action League want are an executive order rescinding the Mexico City policy, which requires all nongovernmental organizations that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortions; partial-birth abortion rights; elimination of conscience clauses; nomination of pro-abortion judges and justices; all-purpose improved access to abortion; and the “egregiously named Freedom of Choice Act.” (You can sign a petition against the act here.)

“How much more ‘moderate’ can you get than this?” Jones said. “All they want is everything.”

But the speaker then switched to encouragement mode.

“It’s easy at this time to feel discouraged,” he said, referring to decades of effort by pro-lifers. But now is exactly the time when pro-lifers need to stand firm.

“Fighting principalities and powers as we do every day will test anyone’s mettle,” Jones said.

True, the last election was a big disappointment, but it likely was lost because the economic concerns swamped social justice concerns.

But progress has been made.

“We’re a lot closer now than we were in 1973” to having a pro-life majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, Jones said, estimating that the court is now a sometimes 5-4 pro-life majority rather than 7-2 pro-abortion, as it was when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973.

“As true pro-lifers, we know that we will not give up,” he said.

One key is to change women’s attitude toward abortion. “On this front, we’ve made great progress,” he said.

Progress also has been made through educational efforts surrounding debates over such issues as partial-birth abortion and the morning-after pill. Legislative successes include the Hyde amendment, which bars use of federal funds to pay for abortions and the partial-birth abortion ban, which survived court challenges.

The availability of sonograms at crisis pregnancy centers such as the Women’s Pregnancy Center in Peoria enables women to see that what is within them is “not a cluster of cells, they see a baby.”

“The challenges that we face have never been more daunting, the stakes have never been higher,” Jones said. “Thank you for being here, for showing that we will work for the next four years. We’re not going anywhere.”

Encouraging words also were spoken by Myfanwy Saunders, executive director of the Women’s Pregnancy Center, and Sondra McEnroe of the CIRTL board.

“We have no right to ask women to carry to term if we aren’t willing to walk alongside her,” Myfanwy said, calling that attitude “the height of hypocrisy.”

She said the WPC sees 80 to 100 new clients per month, about 300 monthly. The WPC gives them options and information about the life that’s inside of them so they can make an informed choice to carry their babies.

“Desperation can become a trap that produces decisions that only produce more pain and despair,” Myfanwy said.

But the pro-life movement can succeed if those involved in it obey the mandates to love the Lord their God with all their heart, souls and minds, and to love their neighbors as themselves.

Sondra McEnroe, the grandmother of 50, told those at the rally that what they do — walking on a cold night in the March for Life, standing outside the abortion clinic in prayer, bailing out a mom who needs to be with her kids — makes a difference.

Relationships also are important, she said. A nurse from the Peoria abortion clinic called her earlier that night to wish her a good trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life scheduled for Jan. 22.

“Next year, I’ll ask her to go with us,” Sondra said.

She also said a woman recently brought a baby to show her and told her how she had made the decision not to abort the child. A year previous, 11 women sitting inside the abortion clinic at 7501 N. University St., Peoria, had heard the loud prayers of a minister outside and had decided, one by one, not to abort their babies. Clinic personnel, however, would not let them leave until the pray-ers had left.

The rally was preceded by a March for Life from the Peoria County Courthouse to the church. Dan Botkin, pastor of Gates of Eden Messianic Congregation, also offered a heartfelt confession of prayer, asking that God spare the United States from His wrath over abortion.

While a photographer from WMBD-TV showed up to interview Derrick Jones and took shots of the march, it doesn’t appear that the story made it to the air. That was the only media representative. Perhaps coverage by dwindling news staffs was too much to hope for on the day an Illinois senator and first African-American was inaugurated as president.

Michael Miller