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This week’s Cross Examine television show looks at embryo adoption. The episode is titled Snow Babies.

One of the reasons some churches forbid some fertility procedures is that ‘excess’ embryos are created, many of whom are discarded or donated to be used as research material (which, as one lady notes in the show, is another way of being discarded). Embryo adoption has arisen to give some of the hundreds of thousands of young lives, currently in suspended animation, a chance at being born.

 

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Melissa Ohden‘s mother went in for a saline abortion. When the baby was delivered, she was set aside to die. But the baby didn’t die. She is now a grown woman, with a child of her own, and is a winsome pro-life advocate, if these two episodes of Facing Life Head-on are any indication (you can watch the episodes in their entirety online):

Marked for Death, Part 1.

Marked for Death, Part 2.

hat tip: the NRB television network, where I caught the tail end of part one by chance.

Ormond Beach family lives its adoption beliefs (Florida Baptist Witness, March 12, 2009), takes a look at a Christian couple’s mission to increase support for adoption amongst Christians. Several links to online adoption resources accompany the article, if you’re interested.

I was offline for this year’s National Sanctity of Human Life Day, observed on Sunday, Jan. 18, so am coming late to the party. Donna-Jean has the text of the proclamation signed by President Bush for the occasion. She wonders if this will be the last such day for a while.

Dr. William Luckey examines “The Common Good as an Excuse to Override Human Dignity”.

Nat Hentoff educates the readers of Jewish World Review about FOCA and other things, in The abortion president. (hat tip: Alliance Alert)

Good news. Lauren Richardson’s mother no longer wants to starve her to death. (hat tip: Alliance Alert)

Joseph M. Scheidler argues in an op-ed piece at USA Today that the primary person making the “choice” in abortion often isn’t the mother. He also goes over what he thinks helps and what doesn’t. (via Suzy B., where the use of faux pro-lifers in the post title and text has triggered some disapproval in the comment section, as well it might. Let’s try to keep our discussions to the facts and morals of the issues, shall we, and not resort to name calling. Besides, some of us were fence straddlers for a while before becoming solidly pro-life. As far as I can see, there’s no reason to think that many of today’s fence straddlers can’t be won over, too, if they don’t get shoved off the fence in the wrong direction first.)

Via Head Noises, Wesley Smith reports on embryo adoption.

The Practicing Catholic shares a diplomatic, pro-life Open Letter to President-Elect Barack Obama that appeared at Vox Nova on Nov. 14.

Barb at SFO Mom is responding to people who want the Catholic Church to turn the other way when Catholics vote for pro-abortion politicians.

Author Lisa Harris isn’t resting on her laurels – she’s got several books in the pipeline. I read her cozy mystery Recipe for Murder, and enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, that’s how I found her blog, which is what prompted me to write to her and ask if she’d like to be on the Ladies for Life blogroll. (If there are other lady authors of good, clean reads you think might be pro-life, please either drop them a line letting them know about this blog, or let me know, and I’ll issue them an invitation. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the big press folks don’t generally toss a lot of support behind authors of good, clean reads. So I guess it’s up to us little people…) Oh, and I see at her blog that she’s having a bit of trouble with people mixing her up with a secular author who has used Lisa Harris as a pen name. There are hazards with having a common name…

Lost in Holland has been having adventures trying to establish residency in a foreign country. They’ve also “registrated” their marriage there. She asks – and I have no answer – whether registrated is a Dutchified word, or if the bureaucracy there thinks it is using English.

Marcie at Loveable Dysfunction has been taking kids to the library.

At Martin Eke, the family is celebrating a three-year-old coming home from the hospital.

Mary Meets Dolly is asking Catholics to get ahead of the curve on what the church teaches on genetic engineering, and provides an overview, during which she says that it is important to “make a strong distinction between gene therapy and genetic enhancement. These concepts are often confused and lumped together, but there are important moral differences.” In another post, she looks at ‘medical treatments’ like assisted suicide, that eliminate the patient instead of the problem.

At Mommy Life, Barbara is celebrating having a husband home from the hospital.

At Mommy Monsters, Heidi is taking on anti-adoption advocates, specifically those targeting Catholics. She is also correcting something she wrote earlier about a book called The Adoption Mystique.

Via Monthly Call for Life, there’s a pro-life multimedia website that is looking for submissions and roving reporters. One of the posts there features a video of a singer named Janis Clarke, lending her wonderful voice to the fight for the unborn. (She’s new to me, hang on while I google…) Her website is here. Her latest CD is called A Voice for Life. I think I’m safe adding her to the blogroll without asking…

Please note: Except for pro-life advocates, I do not generally add anyone to the blogroll except by request. If you are a lady, and pro-life, and want to be on the blogroll, please apply in the comments at any post. (This one will do nicely.) Your blog doesn’t have to deal with pro-life issues, it just must be hosted or co-hosted by a lady for life.

Love2Learn Mom is working on a “Building a Culture of Life” series over at Studeo.

Via Studeo, Amy Welborn is challenging Catholics to make every Catholic parish a pro-life place, and she’s looking at ways to achieve that, not only by speaking about against abortion, but in providing support for teenagers who get pregnant or father a child, by supporting adoption and foster parenting, in helping parents of children with special needs, etc. (I’ll pick up the ball and challenge non-Catholics to push toward similar goals.)

Via Amy Welborn (I seem to be slipping to some kind of pattern here…), Dawn Eden writes about a book written and illustrated by a lady with Down Syndrome: Kellie’s Book: The Art of the Possible.

Speaking of Down Syndrome and the (everyday) art of what’s possible: “Lady for Life” Barbara Curtis and her family were featured in the Washington Post, in a look at people who adopt children with Down Syndrome. Barbara has been turning out quite a number of pro-life posts over at Mommy Life lately. For instance, there’s one that shares something said by a career Marine, tied in with a motto from Mother Teresa.

Jennifer F. has been pondering “How would you know?” if something that is widely accepted by your culture is evil. (via the same Amy Welborn post as linked above).


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