Ladies for Life

Archive for January 2011

A federal judge in Baltimore issues a permanent injunction against a law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers. Matt Bowman has the story.

Thoughts on abortion, and worldview, in the wake of the Gosnell abortion clinic murder charges: The Silence That Keeps Me Awake, Truth Observed, January 20,2011, Del Tackett.

Headmistress links to a New York Times article about a care facility that uses common sense and compassion when dealing with senile people – sometimes to the consternation of bureaucrats.

The Anchoress shares a video in which an elderly lady discusses, with deadpan humor, some of the challenges of growing older.

 

This will be one of those ‘added to as time allows’ posts.

First off, St. Blogustine: 2011 March for Life in Washington DC. (hat tip: comment in yesterday’s post.)

Headmistress at The Common Room is writing some very good, cut-through-the-clutter posts prompted by the horrors uncovered at Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion facility, but also addressing abortion issues in general. See, for instance this, and this.

Good News for Unborn Children (Even if You Can’t Find It In The News!).

Like father, like son. A mother refuses to abort her baby, in part because her husband also survived against the odds. (hat tip: Parenting Freedom, via Oregon Right to Life Facebook post.)

Obama corrupts language, and gets called out on it. (hat tip: Mere Comments.)

Philadelphia Grief: Jim Daly of Focus on the Family recounts some history from 38 years ago, and also looks at the evil found in Philadelphia. From the 38 years ago file, President Nixon was caught on tape saying that he thought there were times abortion might be necessary, including (he said) in cases of interracial pregnancy. (At least I haven’t heard that ‘reason’ for abortion in a while.) He has a picture of the top of the front page of the New York Times from the day the ruling was announced. Interesting. LBJ’s death got top headline.

Also from Jim Daly – how Christians view a person as made in the image of God, and why this makes a difference. Includes a look at Peter Singer’s reasoning, and a history lesson from Tim Keller on early Christians versus the world they came into.

March for Life 2011, at Mommy Life.

Louisiana Right to Life Federation reports that over 3,000 people participated in the first-ever Louisiana Life March. Photo album here.

State of the Unborn, National Catholic Register editorial, Jan. 21, 2011

I Am Pro-Life, by Amy Smith, National Catholic Register, Jan. 22, 2011. Includes quotes, links.

Life Digest, Baptist Press, January 21, 2011. Teens encouraged to sneak into Kentucky for abortions. More.

Pro-Life Marchers Round-up (updated), The Anchoress, January 24, 2011. Lots of links, including to other posts with links.

March for Life held Saturday in Boise, Idaho Press-Tribune, January 23, 2011 (This is the only news coverage I’ve seen on the Boise march so far. Likewise, I’m having trouble finding coverage of other ‘local’ marches around the country. If you find coverage of city/county/state/regional events, please feel free to let us know in the comments.)

Added: From National Review Online, Ho-Hum Horror, and Life Is A Civil Right, by Rick Santorum, for starters.

Added: Obama salutes Roe v Wade, Mommy Life.

Added: Idaho lawmaker challenges Idaho’s conscience law in new bill, KTVB, January 20, 2011.

Added: Obama, on 38th Anniversary of Roe, re-re-recommits himself to abortion… again, Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote.org

Added: Marching on the Right Side of History, Jennifer Roback Morse, Public Discourse.

Added: The March that Changed My Life (Or, the Day I Nearly Got Arrested on the Supreme Court Steps!), at Erasetheneed.

And: Meet Zach Goodman , young pro-lifer from Colorado.

Gina Dalfonzo’s sister was born a few weeks after the Roe v. Wade ruling. She sometimes wonders what might have happened if her sister been conceived just a little later, especially given the circumstances.

Rep. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) goes on record against abortion.

hat tip: Vital Signs

Added: More on the speech, and on Lankford, in this Baptist Press article.

More good coverage of a teen putting her talents to good use, and speaking out for disabled people.

Over at The Corner (National Review Online), Carl A. Anderson looks at The ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ and America’s Hidden Moral Consensus. An excerpt:

The introduction of this bill coincides with two other anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration (January 20) and the 100th anniversary of President Reagan’s birth (February 6). As they prepare to debate taxpayer funding of abortion, congressmen would do well to heed lessons from each of these men.

Though many politicians today compartmentalize their conscience and their beliefs from the way they legislate, President Kennedy laid out a different approach. In Houston, during his run for the White House, he said: “If the time should ever come — and I do not concede any conflict to be remotely possible — when my office would require me to either violate my conscience or violate the national interest, then I would resign the office; and I hope any conscientious public servant would do likewise.” There are always pragmatic reasons to compartmentalize one’s moral compass; one need look no further than C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. But Americans are tired of that — they want consistency of conscience from their elected officials. They want people of principle.

This brings us to the other anniversary those in Congress ought to consider, President Reagan’s. That the same man who had the moral courage to label the Soviet Union an Evil Empire and tell Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” also told us in his 1984 book Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation: “We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life.” Ronald Reagan understood that the American people wanted leadership that wouldn’t parse its moral compass based on pragmatic political criteria. As I point out in my latest book, the myth that key social issues evenly divide the American people is preventing us from finding creative solutions that the vast majority of the electorate would agree with.

The Kermit Gosnell case is exposing much about those who choose to look away and do nothing, even when the inherent evil of abortion is compounded by horrific disregard for the health and lives of women. Elizabeth Scalia has some good observations on this at The Anchoress blog.

Added: Michelle Malkin: The Philadelphia Horror


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