The Journey From Darkness -Story of a Birth Photographer

Below is a article sent to me showing how one woman overcame the trauma from her earlier life, which included abortion, through her photography.  

For those who are suffering from abortion there are many places you can contact with people who can help you through this difficult time in your life.  Links to a few are listed below as well as the link to Crystal’s photography page.   

 

CRYSTAL MCCLURG

by Crystal McClurg 

Have you ever stumbled around in a dark room?

Maybe you had to go pee in the middle of the night and didn’t want to turn on the light, so you just stumbled and bumped your way to the bathroom and back?

That has pretty much been my life for the most part of 43 years.

I’m going to tell you a story.

It’s not a funny or pretty, or romantic story. There are a lot of painful, raw, emotive parts.

But it is 100% true.

**Trigger warning- Sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, abortion, trauma from the abortion**

My earliest memories… there are two that stick out…

1. My mom is lying motionless on the floor and my older brother, younger sister and I are sitting next to her. One of us looks up and says to my father who is standing on the other side of her, “You killed her.” My dad just laughed at us and said that she was just “thinking of what she wants to do to him next,” like she was a threat.

2. I was underneath an adult man. I was four. He had removed my panties. I remember screaming for my mom, who finally came and pushed him off of me.

(For the sake of my family, I will not reveal who this was, but if you are somehow reading this, I forgive you.)

So these were my early years. My house was most definitely not a fairy tale “Brady Bunch” house. Chances are, yours wasn’t either, so you may recognize the darkness that I speak about.

Home is supposed to be your safe space, where you can hide from the rest of the world, where you have an army of loved ones ready to defend you at any moment. My house, WAS the war zone. Screaming, cursing, yelling, throwing things. There were other instances of sexual abuse, a friend of my brother’s at 6. I was raped at 15 by a guy I went to school with.

The Abortion

So, with all the wholesome upbringing that I received, it should not be too shocking that I found myself pregnant at 17.  I had always been very adamantly pro-life.

It was 1994- I was a senior in high school, with a 3.6 GPA, but my dad wouldn’t give me permission to go to school after I moved in with my mom (another story for another time).

My high school boyfriend and I had broken up over the summer, and I moved away (to my mom’s house). I met a man and he showed me just enough attention and left within a matter of weeks.

So, when my ex-boyfriend called me a month later to reunite, I had to tell him that I was pregnant. It was obviously not his baby.

My boyfriend told me that he wanted to marry me and spend the rest of his life with me, but he couldn’t raise another man’s baby

The father of the baby told me that if I had the baby, he would take him away from me. (He was older and had a job).

My mom told me that it was my choice. It didn’t really feel like a choice.

I hadn’t even finished school. How could I be so stupid? I knew how babies were made. I KNEW to use protection. I let myself be talked out of every commonsense thing that I knew.

I wish I could say that getting pregnant was the end of my stupid mistakes, but they weren’t.

· I decided that I would have an abortion. I decided that I would have an abortion so that I could finish school and go to college (didn’t happen).

· I decided that I would have an abortion so that I could be with the man who said that he loved me. This also didn’t happen. He never called once over the next month, and I went through the abortion by myself.

· I decided that I would have an abortion so that I wouldn’t “lose my baby to the horrible man that was his father.” I still lost my baby.

I remember the night before crying and praying for God to forgive me for what I was about to do. I knew that abortion was wrong. I had head knowledge that it stopped the pregnancy. I did not equate it in my heart that it actually killed a baby. I had NO CLUE as to what happened during an abortion or after.

My mom drove me to the clinic. It looked on the outside, and for the most part on the inside, like a regular doctor’s office. I cannot tell you where the clinic is, or who was there that day, but this is what I remember.

  • They drew my blood and asked me about my period. They discovered that my blood type was A- which required me to have a Rho-gam injection.
  • Counseling. It was a dark room, or maybe that’s just how I remember it. The “counselor” asked me if I had considered adoption. Check. “I don’t think that I could carry the baby and give it up for adoption.” That was good enough for her. I’m sure that she asked me other questions, but it was what she never asked me…
    • Are you SURE?
    • Do you understand what is going to happen?
    • Do you want to see how big your baby is, how developed?
    • Have you REALLY considered your options? No, I hadn’t talked to anyone. I was scared, and if given the chance to say so, I would have backed out.
  • No one told me how far along I was, but my last menstrual cycle was in December, and this was mid-March, so I was between 10-12 weeks pregnant.
  • I was taken into THE ROOM. I was told to put my clothes in a drawer and put the paper gown on and lay on the table.
  • Lying there, alone.
  • They would not let my mother come back. I have to sit with my 17- year old when they get lab tests done, but for this…, my mom was not allowed.
  • Picturing myself putting my clothes back on and walking out. If only I was that brave.
  • Two nurses on either side of me, talking to each other about their daily life as if I wasn’t even there.
    • They said there would be some cramping.
    • It hurt. I have given birth without any meds, and this still hurt worse.
    • I remember reaching for one of the nurse’s hands, and she absently grabbed it and said I was almost done. She continued her discussion.
    • Screaming. It hurt so bad.
  • My mom heard my screaming in the waiting room. They still wouldn’t let her come back.
  • The sound of the machine and the container filled with blood.
  • Being moved into a “recovery room” This room was filled with women. Some were in chairs- there was a beanbag on the floor, and I laid on it.
  • I already felt dead inside.

The aftermath

  • I remember an older lady was in there (older than me- she was probably in her mid 20’s) and thinking that she was old enough to have a family and take care of a baby… why was she in there?
    • She spoke to me… She said that I was so young and that she hoped that she never saw me in there again (wait… people do this more than once?)
  • A nurse came and told me to use the bathroom. I did.
    • When I came out of the bathroom, I tried to tell her that I had a large blood clot, but I passed out.
    • The nurse yelled something about stupid girls who can’t just say they are going to pass out… yeah… because I do this every day.
  • When I woke up, they asked me if I wanted to leave. I did.
    • They had me sign a paper stating that I wanted to leave before the recommended time frame. I was 17… and had just lost consciousness.
  • As I was leaving, they handed me a brown paper bag with birth control pills in them.
  • I remember my mom driving me home.
  • I remember sleeping a lot and crying uncontrollably for days.
    • My mom would ask me why I was crying. It was my CHOICE.

I can’t even describe the feeling of profound grief and guilt, because I didn’t deserve to grieve, and anger that I was not brave enough to fight for my baby….. and so much sadness.

This is what I CAN tell you… my abortion solved NOTHING.

I still vividly remember the nightmares. There are two that recurred over and over again.

1. In the first one, my mom is standing on the front porch of her house. She is holding my baby out and I can tell that he is a boy. He is crying. I am running to get to him. The faster I run, the further away he gets. In every dream, I wake up before I get to him.

2. The second dream is more graphic. I had this dream before I knew what happened during an abortion and before I realized that my baby was actually developed.

a. In the second dream, I am in a laboratory. In this room, there is an enclosed shelf with jars on it. The door is made of glass and I can see in the jars. The jars are all filled with bloody babies. I feel in my dream that I need to save these babies, but I can’t figure out how to get them out of the room.

So here I am 17, alone- because the said boyfriend was not concerned enough to check on me, in a spiral of hopelessness and grief- and in walks another man.

We were together for twelve years.

The next time I became pregnant, I was happy to be having a baby. I thought that maybe this baby would fill the hole left by the first baby.

Then I started bleeding and cramping. I will never forget going to the emergency room and seeing my little baby on the screen with the words “no- fetal- heartbeat.”

They sent me home to deliver her naturally- she was still tiny- about 8 weeks.

Realizing that ANOTHER baby had died in my womb was almost unbearable.

The cramping and bleeding came, but still no baby. The emotional trauma of it all was too much. I went back to the ER and begged them to get the baby out.

I still did not know what that entailed. Thankfully, they put me to sleep.

My doctor told me that I should get pregnant again right away. There was no reason that I shouldn’t get pregnant. So I did.

Joshua was born in Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas on February 20, 1997.

Nicholas was born at home in Tyler, Texas on May 29, 1999.

Caleb… I was pregnant with Caleb when I was introduced to a group of Apologetics. They discussed different topics and how they applied to Christianity.

Of course, abortion was one of these topics. In an effort to convince the non-believers that abortion was wrong, I decided to research what happened during an abortion as well as the development of babies.

Yes, I already had two babies, and I had a general knowledge, but the internet was still fairly new and had sooo much information.

Information that I was unprepared for.

I was not ready to see the bloody baby parts or read about how they performed a D&C (A D&C (dilation and curettage) is the medical term for dilation of your cervix so that they can insert the curette into your uterus and cut apart your baby in order to suction him or her out of your womb.)

On bigger babies, they need to use a tool with teeth that hold on to the arms and twist them off.

Remember, I let them do this to my second baby too….

I wanted to throw up.

I wanted to cry. I did cry.

God is Faithful

And as beautiful as God is… he sent Beverly Kline and her post-abortion Bible Study to my little town. She runs Living Alternatives and Fatherheart Maternity Home in East Texas. I was able to see that I was not alone.

Others had been lied to and believed the lie. Others had allowed their babies to be murdered. Other mothers had their children lost forever to abortion. Other mothers grieved and felt guilt and anger.

I was given permission to acknowledge my baby. His name is Nathaniel Alan. (sister’s name is Britanny De’anne)

I discovered that other women had multiple children in order to fill the void. I realized that his brother Nicholas has the same initials (NAC), which is also common.

I forgave myself.

Caleb was born on October 31, 2001.

I finally felt at peace and was able to enjoy my baby. The peace lasted roughly a year.

In November of 2002, I discovered my husband’s porn addiction.

I tried to put boundaries in place, I tried counseling, I tried reading “Every Man’s Battle” to understand his addiction. In the end, his addiction was more important to him than our marriage.

My daughter was conceived among all this chaos. My daughter who I named when I was 16 and prayed for and had all but given up on. She was my bright light in the storm.

I was severely depressed during this pregnancy. There were many hours that I contemplated suicide. I even made a plan, but I couldn’t do it. I could not kill another baby. She saved my life.

Lindsey was born on September 29, 2003.

After she was born, the depression got worse. I would sit in her nursery, holding her with tears streaming down my face. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t be happy. The dark cloud would not leave.

My midwife called me one day and we talked about my husband’s controlling behavior and my depression. He agreed to allow me to see a doctor and get medication. My children were eventually removed by the state- until I could get on my feet emotionally and financially.

I fought for a year to get them back.

In the meantime, I met husband number 2. I was angry at God and decided that I was going to do things “my way” for a while.

I ended up pregnant with my daughter, Sarah. Her father was even more abusive than the first. He forced an object inside of me until there was blood pouring out of my body. It was splashing all over me, and the bed. He didn’t want any more babies.

I should have left then, I almost did, except…

A few weeks later, I found out that I was pregnant, again.

I believe that I was most likely pregnant with twins, and I miscarried Sarah, but Samantha survived.

Samantha was born on March 1st, 2006.

I stayed with her father for ten years. The abuse gradually got worse. I was afraid to leave- afraid that I would not be able to care for five children on my own- afraid that he wouldn’t let me leave- afraid that he would take my daughter.

I eventually found my way out and left. He would not allow me to have custody, and I did not have the money to fight, so we agreed on joint custody.

Still, free but not free. I continued to spiral down into darkness. The darkness that I had fought against for so long consumed me.

Then in 2017, I tried to implode. I went to visit “friends” in Dallas, and partied, and got myself in a bad situation. I remember driving home on the morning of March 18th with severe pain in my chest, radiating down my arm. 100 miles I drove and panicked. I ended up in the ER thinking that I was having a heart attack.

God sent my [precious husband to me that day. He just happened to be in town and saw on Facebook that I was in the ER and brought his two kiddos to see me. He loves me like Jesus.

Something that I did not realize until that day was that I always fought anxiety and depression the most during March. March… My baby boy was aborted in March.

The Beauty From Ashes

The last three years have been a roller coaster of healing and fighting.

Samantha’s dad decided to convince her that I have abused her. He filed for custody, and after fighting with an attorney for almost a year, I signed the papers to allow her to live with her dad. Today she doesn’t speak to me. I haven’t seen her in four months.

He took her just like he said he would. I am heartbroken, but God has given me my husband and my photography. I have my God, and God has given me a purpose to be silent no more. </p>

God has used my photography to heal my heart. I have the privilege of photographing mommas as they bring their beautiful babies into this world. I get to capture them in all of their squishy goodness and watch them grow into beautiful children of God.

Maybe I was wrong. Maybe this is a beautiful story after all.

Here is the link to Crystal’s photography page.

If you or someone you know has had an abortion, help is available.  Below are some links to organizations for those suffering from the effects of abortion.  

 

Hope After Abortion
Healing Hearts Ministries
Rachel’s Vineyard
Heartbeat International Abortion Recovery

Pro-Life Spring Events

Hard to believe that spring is almost here as we look ahead to March.

There are plenty of ways you can spring into pro-life action while also supporting the Pro-Life groups in the Philadelphia area.

40 Days for Life

Be sure to take part in the first 40 Days for Life Campaign of the decade. To find a vigil near you and sign up, visit here

 

March Events

3/7- The 12th Annual Man Up Philly Conference

Many of our local pro-life groups will be in attendance at this day-long event. You are asked to say hello and support them.

3/8- Second Sundays with the Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

3/14- Newbie Saturday

There will be a gathering outside of Planned Parenthood (1144 Locust Street) from 10AM to noon.

3/15- The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March with the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. See more information here.

April Events

4/11 – APRIL “NEWBY SATURDAY” FOR SIDEWALK SERVANTS

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

Saturday, April 18, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon


Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Adult Children of Divorce

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat for adult children of divorce 18 or older. Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

May Events

Saturday, May 2, 2020.  9:30 a.m. – Noon.
Event:  Morning Reflection and Mass for Divorced and Separated

Presented by the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation for Freedom, Family, and Faith.  Reflection, prayer, Mass, and Confession.  This is a half-day mini-retreat.  Refreshments served.  (Feel free to bring a breakfast item to share.)
Location:  St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 219 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.  Free parking on Harry Street in the lot behind the church (around the block).  Additional parking (public parking) on 1st Avenue, two blocks from the church.
Speakers include Anne DeSantis, Director of the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation and Chas DeFeo, Founder, Walk by Faith to Live.
To learn more:  Visit the website: www.nonnatus.org/events.  Call or Text: 215-870-9913.  Email: director.srnf@gmail.com.  Free event with an optional free-will offering.

5/9 Newbie Saturday

Want to witness outside an abortion center when you know experienced Sidewalk Servants will also be present? The Pro-Life Union introduces “Newby Saturdays,” held the second Saturday of each month, for newer pro-lifers to learn by example, knowing they won’t be by themselves. “Newby Saturday” will be held on Saturday, May 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. outside Planned Parenthood at 12th & Locust Streets. More information can also be found on our Outreach page.

5/10- Mother’s Day

Many parishes and churches will hand out bulletins and roses to moms to commemorate Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in doing one at your church, please contact Tom Stevens at 610-247-7002 or visit http://www.prolifeunion.org.

5/10- Second Sunday with The Culture Project

The Culture Project invites all young adults to come out to their 2nd Sunday gatherings. They will attend 6:30 PM mass at the Basilica. Following mass is fellowship at Mace’s Crossing at 7:45ish.

5/18 – PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE

Mark Your Calendars! Join fellow Pennsylvanians at the Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, May 18 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Harrisburg at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Pennsylvania Family Council, and Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. More information can be found online at PAMarchforLife.org. View and share their Facebook event page with others!

 

 

March with the Pro-Life Union in the Annual St. Patrick’s Day

ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND PARISH RESPECT LIFE GROUPS:

Philadelphia’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Sunday, March 15th.

Once again, the Pro-Life Union will be taking part in the parade.

Everyone will meet at 16th and JFK Boulevard at 11AM. Bring a friend or two to the event.

Be sure to look for our banner in the photo shown and help spread the pro-life message along the parade route.

Visit here for more information.

Pro-Lifers Celebrate Life, Kick Off 40 Days One Week Out

150 pro-lifers came out to celebrate Herb Lusk, Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, and also mark one week until 40 Days on Wednesday evening. The evening was marked with speakers, singing from the church’s choir, and reflections on Herb Lusk’s life.

Matt Britton of 40 Days took time to address the crowd. He reminded them to keep praying and showing to the moms going in because one day the abortion facility will be transformed into a haven of life. He shared that if someone is praying outside of an abortion facility the show-up rate declines due to a pro-lifer’s presence. He even shared the amazing facts of how lives were saved and transformed since the campaign started in 2004 and went national in 2007.

Monique Ruberu took the time to remind people to fill up every hour and to bring love to the sidewalk.

To sign up for 40 Days, visit here

 

Father Pavone: Pro-life Momentum Is on the Rise in America

If God’s people vote pro-life, then one year from today, we could see Planned Parenthood completely de-funded…..We can expect more pro-life progress in the next four years, as long as Pro-Lifers do one very simple but vital thing: Vote Pro-Life.

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Below is an encouraging message and an appeal from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.  This was posted on the Breitbart website.

Donald Trump made history last month by becoming the first president to attend the annual March for Life, demonstrating his firm commitment to this cause as well as the progress that the pro-life movement has made in America.

Our country is moving in the direction of restoring protection to the unborn and the president is in the vanguard of that effort, as he demonstrated by announcing, on the same day, the formation of “Pro-life Voices for Trump.” This is a grassroots effort that Americans can join to support the President in his pro-life efforts. (I am pleased to serve as co-chair of this effort, along with Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser).

Two members of our Priests for Life team, Janet Morana and Evangelist Alveda King, also will serve on Pro-Life Voices Advisory Board.

The enthusiasm generated by the president at the March for Life reached all the way to San Francisco, where I delivered a keynote address the next day at the second largest pro-life annual event, the Walk for Life West Coast. I never saw so many MAGA and “Keep America Great” hats on the left coast, and the President’s speech was broadcast on large Jumbotrons to that crowd.

If you watch the rallies the President is holding across the country, you’ll notice that – along with the protection of the Second Amendment – the loudest crowd response always comes when he mentions protecting the right to life of children in the womb.
As Americans stand up for life in cities across the country, the pro-life victories continue to mount.

The Trump administration recently put California on notice that it is in violation of federal law, because it mandates that every insurance policy include coverage for abortion. Since 2014, the state has been forcing employers – including churches and other faith-based institutions – to include abortion coverage on their insurance plans.

According to the “Notice of Violation” announced by federal Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, gave the state 30 days to drop the requirement or risk losing millions of dollars in federal funding.

This is another example of the President’s pro-life commitment. The Department of HHS has an Office of Civil Rights, which enforces laws and regulations that protect conscience and prevent coercion on matters like abortion. The Trump Administration created a division for Conscience and Religious Freedom within this office, and since it was opened, hundreds of new complaints came pouring in from citizens who believe their freedoms are being violated by local governments or agencies.

Citizens can lodge complaints of violations of conscience and religious freedom online.

As I told the Walk for Life crowd in my speech, this is only the latest good news. Billions of dollars have been diverted from the abortion industry. Much of the research using aborted babies has been stopped, Congress has been urged to end late-term abortion, and we have an Administration that, along with saying Merry Christmas, says clearly that ripping babies from the womb is not OK.

We can expect more pro-life progress in the next four years, as long as pro-lifers do one very simple but vital thing: Vote pro-life.

If God’s people vote pro-life, then one year from today, we could see Planned Parenthood completely de-funded. We could see babies in the womb fully protected from dismemberment abortion and from other painful late-term abortion procedures.

Fr. Pavone’s message continues here

 

Annual Rosary for Unborn Babies Set for May 1st – 3rd

We encourage all who pray the rosary to join with the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization in praying on May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for an end to the surgical and non-surgical killing of unborn human persons.  Details for registering and promoting this prayer event are listed below. 

The multinational ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES begins on Friday, May 1st and continues through Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.  The annual prayer event, coordinated by the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization, started about ten years ago.

Pray For The Unborn Rosary

“In 2018, over 135,000 Rosaries were registered by people living in more than 20 nations,” said Patrick Benedict, director of the Saint Michael the Archangel Organization.  “That was one of our best years with regards to participation.

“But, with hundreds of millions of Catholics throughout the world who could participate, the goal of one million Rosaries could easily be not only met but far surpassed.

“I am very much hoping persons reading this will not only register to pray at least one Rosary for an end to the killing of unborn babies, but will also let other people know about the ONE MILLION ROSARIES FOR UNBORN BABIES,” concluded Benedict.

The website (click here for website) has information about registering as a participant, promoting the prayer event, printing out bulletin inserts, etc.

 (Information may also be received by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: S.M.T.A.O.; P. O. Box 42141; Memphis, Tennessee 38174; U.S.A.)

 

 

Georgia Abortions Increase 4%, Black Babies are Killed in Abortion at Heartbreaking Rates

More than half (55 percent) of the abortions reported in 2018 were performed on African American Georgia residents, while 20 percent were performed on white women.

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Below is a report in Life News by Tessa Longbons, Susan B. Anthony List’s research associate.  She writes about Georgia 2018 abortion statistics. 

Georgia abortion statistics for 2018 were made available online in August 2019. Abortions performed on Georgia residents increased between 2017 and 2018.
Changes in Georgia Abortions, 2017-2018

Information on chemical abortions performed in Georgia and Planned Parenthood’s Georgia market share is not publicly available.

Abortion Totals and Trends

In 2018, 28,544 abortions were reported to have been performed on Georgia residents (Fig. 1). Georgia makes resident abortion data available on its Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS) but does not publish information on abortions performed in Georgia on nonresident women. Since 1994, the earliest year of data in OASIS, abortions have dropped by 15 percent. However, abortions increased by four percent from the total reported in 2017. The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that Georgia’s abortion rate in 2018 was 13.2 resident abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age, close to the national rate (Fig. 2).

State Report Summary

All of the demographic information available in OASIS is for resident abortions only. As in previous years, women in their twenties composed the largest age group, undergoing 59 percent of the abortions. Twenty-eight percent were performed on women ages 20 to 24 and 31 percent on women ages 25 to 29. Another 30 percent were on women in their thirties (19 percent on women ages 30 to 34 and 11 percent on women ages 35 to 39). Four percent were age 40 or older, and eight percent were age 19 or younger, including 56 girls under the age of 15.

More than half (55 percent) of the abortions reported in 2018 were performed on African American Georgia residents, while 20 percent were performed on white women. Four percent of the abortions were on Asian women. Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander women were not quite 0.2 percent, and American Indian or Alaska Native women were just over 0.1 percent of the total. Two percent of the women were multiracial. However, a full 20 percent of the women did not have their race reported.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute estimates that the African American abortion rate was 19.7, more than four times the white rate of 4.8, but because race was not reported for so many abortions the actual rates were likely even higher. Eight percent of the women were Hispanic, 76 percent were non-Hispanic, and 17 percent did not have their ethnicity reported.

Georgia Counties

In 2018, six of Georgia’s 159 counties had more than 1,000 residents obtain abortions. These six counties (Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cob, Clayton, and Chatham) represent Georgia’s most populous counties. All but two of Georgia’s 15 abortion centers are located in those six counties.

Twelve counties reported abortion rates of less than one abortion per 1,000 resident women of childbearing age, including five counties with zero resident women undergoing abortions. All 12 counties are on or near the Florida border. It is possible that residents of these counties may choose to travel to Florida for abortions and that these abortions do not always get reported back to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Life News report continues here

Cenacles of Life to Host 40 Days for Life Campaign in Norristown, Pa

The following information is from Rita Smith, M.E.V., (Missionaries of the Gospel of Life) and coordinator of the 40 Days for Life in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Fuel Up for Lent

2020 SPRING 40 DAYS FOR LIFE – CENACLES OF LIFE

Tuesday, February 25th

2020 Spring 40 Days for Life Kickoff – Cenacles of Life Beginning on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 which is Shrove Tuesday, Our Blessed Lord also requested to Sr. Pierina that a special feast to be instituted to honor of His Holy Face on Shrove Tuesday. The Cenacles of Life devotion before the Most Blessed Sacrament will be held in Our Lady’s Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. Please see the following website www.CenaclesofLife.org for more info and will end with the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Calling to Remembrance the participation in Our Lord’s Agony in Gethsemani of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament, who at least thrice in her lifetime willingly accepted the violent pains that convulsed her for three hours and at times caused her to lose consciousness, as allowed by Jesus in order to offer reparation to God for infants murdered in their mothers wombs. Please see #1276 in St. Faustina’s Diary. Please call Rita Smith at 610-489-1929 for more info or email, www.providarita1@gmail.com. Sign Up Sheets will be available. All are welcome.

Use this link to sign up for hours beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 26th through April 5th, Palm Sunday.  Hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm all week long with Sunday’s included.

40 Days for Life Philadelphia, Kickoff Prayer Rally To Feature Matt Britton, Chair of 40 Days for Life Campaign

We encourage everyone to come out for this Kickoff Rally on Wednesday, February 19th to hear the testimonies of these speakers  and help Rev. Lusk celebrate his birthday.  

Kickoff Rally

Please join fellow pro-lifers at the 40 Days For Life Kickoff Prayer Rally on Wednesday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m.

We are excited to be hosted by Rev. Dr. Herbert Lusk II at the Greater Exodus Baptist Church located at 704 N. Broad Street, Phila., PA 19130. Free parking (entrance is on Ridge Ave.) is available behind church.

Help us celebrate with prayer and song and hear the testimonies of Author and Commentator Kathy Barnette, Chairman of 40 Days Matt Britton and OB/Gyn Physician and Pro-Life Union Board Member Monique Ruberu.

 

Black History Month: Meet Angela Minter

In honor of Black History Month we are spotlighting Angela Minter the founder and president of an organization called  Sisters for Life.  Below is some information and a short video about Ms. Minter and her organization sent by  Walter B. Hoye II, President and Founder of Issues4Life Foundation.

 

Angela Minter, President and Founder is a born again Christian and the wife of her high school sweetheart, Parnell. Together they have enjoyed over two (2) decades of marriage and are blessed with three (3) wonderful children. Angela and Parnell also lost two (2) pre-born babies to abortion while in their teens. They bear the scars of abortion which only heightens Angela’s commitment to preborn babies, their parents and families.

Sisters For Life believes in and is committed to …
 
➊ Supporting Women of all ethnicities
➋ Advocate for Families and Family Values and
➌ Stand for truth according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Lori and I have known and work with Angela Minter for years. We highly recommend supporting Sisters For Life.

About Sisters For Life
Sisters For Life is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit organization inspired by God and dedicated to defending the sanctity of life at every stage from conception to mature adulthood. To learn more about Sisters For Life click here.