We Can Only Imagine….

On October 25, 1994, Susan Smith of South Carolina strapped her two children into their car seats in her Mazda Protégé and proceeded to release the car down a ramp into John D. Long Lake.  Alex was 14 months and Michael was 3 years old.  She then reported the car had been hijacked with the children in it and a manhunt ensued.  On November 2, 1994 she pleaded with the hijackers on live TV to return Alex and Michael and then on November 3rd finally admitted to killing her children. The next day the children were found, still buckled in their seats in the car at the bottom of the lake. One of the divers, Steve Morrow,  said there was a small hand against a window pane and the car seats were dangling upside down. 

At the time there was intense media coverage and an outpouring of public sympathy for these children.  I could not help but imagine the two children in the backseat.  Were they awake?  Were they scared when they realized there was no adult with them?  Were they alive when the water started filling the car?  Did they cry?  Did they scream for their mother? Did they struggle in their car seats? 

Dr. Anthony Levatino

Children whose lives are ended thru abortion are in a similar circumstance.  They are trapped, there is no one to stop what’s happening, and their last moments are traumatic. Dr. Anthony Levatino, a former abortionist, has created several educational videos* (animated drawings) to describe the abortion process. Dr. Levatino early in his career had completed 1200 abortions but later had a conversion – prompted by circumstances in his personal life – and decided never to perform another abortion.   His description of the various abortion methods is very clinical and straightforward.   I’d like to think that if people actually were educated about abortion from a medical standpoint it would make them pause and reflect on how violently life is being destroyed, regardless of its legality.

Politicians may defend and applaud a woman’s right to choose, but the victim of abortion deserves equal consideration.  We cannot ignore the fact that there is a child undergoing severe stress to allow for the predicted outcome of two heartbeats going into an abortion practice but only one coming out. There are those that say the child is not aware of anything, so that makes the vacuums and curettes OK. How cold-hearted is that?  And what degree of confidence do we have in that statement when considering a more fully developed child will receive a needle with a lethal dose of digoxin applied to her heart, torso or head to cause fatal cardiac arrest before surgically disassembling her body. Dr. Colleen Malloy, MD, a board certified Neonatologist and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2012 stated that at 20-week gestation a child’s pain receptors are present and linked.

Should the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision be codified as is the mission of the Biden/Harris ticket** state restrictions on abortion would in theory be nullified. This may not come to pass if the states challenge the federal government through the legal system.  But the fact that politicians who champion unrestricted abortion never mention the child in the equation is disturbing. By taking the time to view Dr. Levatino’s videos, we will have a better understanding of what a baby experiences during an abortion and also the effects that abortion may have on the child’s mother.  Shouldn’t we at least understand both sides of the story before pulling that lever or completing our ballot? Knowledge is power….and silence is approval.

 We will never know what the Smith children experienced in their last moments in the back of that car but we can imagine it was terrifying.  Are we as a country any better than Susan Smith if we refuse to acknowledge the horror of a child’s death at the hands of an abortionist?

* https://www.abortionprocedures.com/about-dr-levatino/

**Source: https://joebiden.com/womens-agenda/Stop state laws violating Roe v. WadeBiden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.

Compromising Life?

Compromising on Abortion.   What does that mean?   In the September 28th issue of Bloomberg’s Businessweek an article quoted two political scientists stating their opinion that some of the up and coming Republican Party female candidates are “very, very, conservative” and “they’re going to want to be confrontational.”  The article’s author then went on to explain that 20 years ago, many conservative (Republican) women in Congress were moderates who compromised with Democrats on such issues as abortion, health care, and education.  I can understand negotiating and compromising on health care and education.  There are many facets to each and much of which entails finances and budgets.  But exactly how does one compromise on abortion? Perhaps convicted murderer and abortionist Kermit Gosnell who actually killed children after they passed thru the birth canal is an example of compromising on abortion — he let them take a gulp of air and then went on to kill them.

As to the confrontational comment, I expect any one who has taken an oath to represent me to be confrontational. Taking the life of a child, stopping a heart beat and a brain wave is worth confrontation.  If someone came inside your home to take your son, your daughter, your niece, your nephew, your grandchild wouldn’t you be confrontational?  Or would you compromise?  Would you say, take my daughter but not my son?  How about you leave the 8-year-old but go ahead and take the infant?  Or is it OK to compromise because the person under discussion cannot speak for themselves?

If we are willing to compromise with children’s lives, should we also be willing to compromise on society’s other vulnerable groups?  How would we go about compromising with the lives of the homeless, drug users, or senior citizens – all of whom in fact can at least speak for themselves.    Which ones do we keep and which ones do we toss, deciding that they have no value, no dignity and aren’t worthy of our best efforts to keep them alive?  Oh, that’s a different story isn’t it?  That kind of compromising might get a politician some bad press and we don’t want to appear socially insensitive, do we?

The issues with political discussions about abortion are two-fold.  Firstly, politicians embracing abortion rights actually refuse to use the word abortion.  These politicians and their followers mask the word abortion by referring to it as: health care, procedure, Roe v Wade, choice, right to choose, reproductive rights, etc.  If you believe in it, then call it what it actually is…abortion.  Secondly, they opt to ignore the fact that these children are just that, children who are growing with their own DNA, their own heartbeats and their own brain waves. And while the Roe v Wade decision of 1973 was as careless to newly created life then as it is now, we now have so much more medical and scientific knowledge to bolster the argument that these are in fact persons in their own right.  Rather than saying abortion is legal and therefore OK, shouldn’t we be questioning the past and then pursuing positive (for the child) change to the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion.  (See, I used the actual word abortion twice in one sentence – it can be done.).  Cancel culture stops at the door of abortion rights apparently – not allowed to cancel those.

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Compromise.  We’ve all done it to avoid a standoff or to move things along.  We might not have been 100% happy with the results but we knew we could come back another day and re-visit the issue.  Once a child has been aborted, that option is no longer available.  There’s no coming back from compromising someone else’s life.  And in my home state of Pennsylvania most recent statistics report 30,364 compromises of someone else’s life in 2018.

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, September 12, 2020

MixBabies’ remains left on a loading dock in Northbrook, IL back in 1988 by a commercial incineration company called Precision Energy Systems — that is why we now have a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children every 2nd Saturday in September nationwide.

These remains were in boxes labeled POC (Products of Conception) and were gathered from several abortion clinics in that area, many of which were owned by Susan Hill of the National Women’s Health Organization.  Blessedly, an anonymous tip alerted a crisis pregnancy center of the forgotten remains and arrangements were made to give these children a proper burial.  Over the years there have been numerous instances across our country of children’s remains left unwanted and uncared for after abortion procedures. In our own city of Philadelphia, the remains of aborted children that were found at convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors abortion clinic eventually were buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.knights

This past Saturday a group  of approximately 25 people took part in a memorial service at Our Lady of Grace Cemetery, Bucks County.  The Knights of Columbus, who over the years have financially supported the burial of babies’ remains, were there in attendance as was Lauren Kretzer, the Regional Director of Silent No More.  Silent No More is an organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the effect abortion has on women, men and society in general.  Lauren shared her personal abortion story with us and the emotional and physical effects abortion had on her life and how she was able to find healing thru God’s providence.

We prayed in unison for babies all over the world who have been tossed away as medical waste, no dignity or respect provided for their tiny bodies and souls.  Over 61 million abortions have occurred in the U.S. since Roe v Wade went into law in 1973.  Let us take time every September to acknowledge the enormity of that number and the tragedy of these lost lives.  These were generations of our children who it was decided were not equal enough or deserving enough to live their lives as we were able to.  Let us never forget, just as we promised we would never forget those lives of the men, women and children who tragically died during the attacks on the U.S. on 9/11.

We Have to Stop this, Right?

Pats letterAbortion.  Why is the very word not associated with child abuse? Culturally across the globe we separate the two.  Abortion is the deliberate killing of a pre-born child as a result of various extenuating circumstances of the mother and father and is deemed allowable.  Child abuse on the other hand is deemed horrendous.  Even the most stoic of visages take on a look of shock, rage or sadness when they hear of abuse at the hands of parents, caregivers or authorities, present or past.  It is rooted out, but there is always more.  More stories, more sadness, more reparations that really don’t repair.

Why is there not the same level of shock, rage or sadness when it comes to abortion?  These are our kids.  What happens to them?   They are denied a first breath and banished to an unknown grave of medical waste.  Should we not be looking out for the smallest and weakest among us?  These children are innocent, beyond reproach and yet time and time again over the years they have been let down by governmental systems, treated cruelly and preyed upon.  Just because we can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there, that they aren’t worth our time.  Just because they can’t speak doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a voice as part of their generation.  How can pro-choice politicians rail against all forms of violence, and then acquiesce when it comes to abortion? Do they not see it as a violent form of death? Do they not believe that a newly created life is worthy of dignity and respect?  Do they not understand that killing a child is not necessary to save the mother in a medical emergency.  Science and medicine have offered other options.  They don’t even apologize for it any more.  No more do they pronounce abortion should be safe, legal and rare.  “And rare” was dropped from their vernacular as they capitulated to their political donors and voter base. The pro-choice argument that these children are not “real” until they emerge from the birth canal is old, tired and washed up.  Science has proven each child has her own DNA from conception and a beating heart within the sixth week of the pregnancy.

Should not those in authority be striving diligently political party against political party to limit the cruelty  – or eradicating it – instead of celebrating the expansion of it?  By codifying Roe vs Wade we risk losing the state-level limitations that have been put in place to curb the abuse of these children.  This could lead to unrestricted abortions throughout the full term of a pregnancy; it may allow for abortion centers to not be regulated as medical facilities; and it will allow for a young girl on her own, with no parental or guardian knowledge,  to make a decision she may not fully comprehend, later regret and carry with her throughout her life – yet another form of child abuse.

We cannot and should not allow abortion to be hidden behind the abortion is not healthcareeuphemism of reproductive health care.  Why do candidates who support abortion on demand never mouth the words in public?  Because it makes constituents with a conscience recoil ever so slightly, even if they agree with the premise.  Women’s health care has a positive tone to it.  Abortion invites only an image of a child broken into pieces or washed away in a vacuum.  Who wants their fan base carrying that image away from a rally or when casting their vote?

We have to stop this, right?  Who is looking out for these kids?  These are the questions that always arise in discussions of child abuse. We don’t turn our heads away then and say it’s none of our business. Why are these same questions not raised for a child in the womb?

Legacy of Life – New and Improved Baby Bottle Drive!

lolAdapting.  We all do it, sometimes without even thinking about it.  Stuck in traffic, we use a shortcut someone showed us 10 years ago.  Power goes out, find a flashlight or light all the candles we received as Christmas presents.  And now, the pandemic really has spotlighted all our adapting skills. Sports fans not allowed in stadiums during the pandemic?  Fill the seats with purchased photo cardboard cutouts and donate the proceeds to charity.  We just naturally want to fix something that currently isn’t working.

The Legacy of Life Foundation (Bucks County, PA) has not let any grass grow under its feet when it comes to adapting.

Legacy’s infamous Baby Bottle Drive has now undergone a makeover to allow for any Covid safety concerns of pastors, parishioners or organization leaders. Rather than distributing baby bottles to be taken home and filled up with donations, then collected at a later date, there is now the option of distributing envelopes with a baby bottle printed on the front that can then be returned the following week either in a bassinet or donation box in the back of the church.  You also have the option of mailing the envelope back directly to the Foundation or contributing online.

urgentPlease consider contacting Legacy of Life to initiate a Bottle Drive at your parish, church or organization.  The funding received from these drives is critical in providing supportive services to those moms who reach out to the women’s centers rather than abort their children. When the pandemic first reared its ugly head and everything was shut down, the Legacy of Life women’s centers still had a mission to support the women and children in their program.  Life did not stop but a good portion of the funding did.

To make arrangements for the new and improved Baby Bottle Drive, please contact Legacy of Life at 215-788-4051.

Adapting.  Sometimes it brings out the best in all of us!

 

Humanizing Children of Abortion

prolifephoto“When headlines say a hundred thousand people are killed, whether in battle, by earthquake, flood, or atom bomb, the human mind refuses to react to mathematics.” (Lewis Gannett, New York Herald Tribune, 1946)

Back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s both Bill and Hillary Clinton were quoted as saying abortion “should be safe, legal and rare”.   By the 2016 presidential elections, the word “rare” was dropped from the Democratic machine’s talking points.  Abortion activists such as Lauren Rankin have been critical of Democrats using the word “rare” as she believes it stigmatizes abortion as a bad thing.  From where the baby lies, Lauren, it IS a bad thing.

There have been over 60,000,000 abortions in the U.S. since Roe v Wade in 1973.  If there were 60,000,000 red diamonds would it still be a rare stone?

The statistics of this “rare” procedure are available from a myriad of sources. Abortion by gender, abortion by state, abortion by facility, abortion by gestational period. But all that data does not give us what we need to humanize these 60,000,000 lives that were aborted from sea-to-shining-sea.

In the book, Fall and Rise The Story of 9/11, the author, Mitchell Zuckoff looks back on the tragedy of 9/11 through the eyes of family members and friends of the almost 3,000 people that were killed.  We have intimate stories of what people did the weekend prior to the tragedy that would befall them, what people said on the phone to their loved ones as they waited for help that could not come, the brutal job of identifying even the smallest piece of a human life so a spouse, parent or child could have something to memorialize.  The 3,000 became more than a number.  We had faces, names and stories to associate with them, thereby personalizing a statistic.

We do not have even the slightest bit of information or a tiny bit of remains from these 60,000,000 sacrifices.  The vacuum aspiration machine (or forceps and curette) quickly and efficiently does its job. The Biohazardous Waste Disposal truck handles the rest.  And our newly crowned celebrity couple of Biden/Harris are not only fine with how that all works, but celebrate it as a right. No fuss, no muss, no human-interest stories. Nothing and no one to see here. Move along.prolifephoto2

Whenever we have an opportunity to publicly voice our concerns for the abortion of all the generations of boys and girls past, present, and sadly, future, let us try to refer to their lives as we would our own family members.  Examples:   March for Our Unborn Children.  Right to Her Life or Right to His Life.   Their Lives Should Count.  Stop Aborting Children. Unborn Boys and Girls.  Choose Life for Me.  Defend life for All Boys and Girls. Her Life matters.  His life matters.  Their lives matter.

No one wants to go through life being invisible so let us ensure these small but very valuable and most vulnerable sisters and brothers of ours are acknowledged as best we can.  Let us start making it personal, because it is.

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Pregnancy & Assistance Resources:

Community Women’s Center of America: 215-826-8090

A Baby’s Breath:  484 571-5540

Post Abortive Assistance:

Rachel’s Vineyard: 877-467-3463

When Does Life Matter?

developmentphotoBlack/Blue/All… Lives Matter.  We have been following the discourse on this issue through the summer of 2020.  My question is not about the adjective that precedes which lives matter.  My question is: When does a life matter?

The United States Supreme Court in 1973 recognized a constitutional right to abortion, but held that states could prohibit abortion after fetal viability—the point at which a fetus can sustain life outside the womb—if their policies met certain requirements.

As science and technology have progressed and as pro-life advocates have worked to restrict abortion in a world where moral and ethical boundaries are vanishing, we acquired state-by-state rules determining when during the gestational period abortions can be performed. And many states legislators are in a constant battle to remove these restrictions, thereby making abortions more accessible during the length of a pregnancy.

And now with a November 2020 presidential election looming the Democratic candidate, Joseph Biden, Jr. has determined when a life matters – and a life in the womb didn’t make the cut.

“Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate Roe v. Wade.”(source: https://joebiden.com/womens-agenda/)

Codifying Roe v. Wade would take the question of safe* and legal abortion out of the Supreme Court’s hands by passing legislation in Congress that guarantees women in every state the right to unfettered access to abortion.

Unfettered access means abortion on demand – no restrictions.

Now that we have the terminology and definitions out of the way, let’s try to understand what “when does a life matter” means.  There are voters that likely do not know what their particular state’s restrictions are on abortion – of if there are any. There are voters who may think that it’s not terrible to end a pregnancy in the 1st trimester (no one is really getting hurt) and they can’t “see” anything at this point.   But there is a lot going on in those first, second and third trimesters**:

Conception

Fertilization happens when a sperm meets and penetrates an egg. It’s also called conception. At this moment, the genetic makeup is complete, including the sex of the baby. Within about three days after conception, the fertilized egg is dividing very fast into many cells.

Development at 4 Weeks

At this point the baby is developing the structures that will eventually form his face and neck. The heart and blood vessels continue to develop. And the lungs, stomach, and liver start to develop

Development at 8 Weeks

The baby is now a little over half an inch in size. Eyelids and ears are forming, and you can see the tip of the nose. The arms and legs are well formed. The fingers and toes grow longer and more distinct.

Development at 12 Weeks

The baby measures about 2 inches and starts to make its own movements. Your doctor may hear the baby’s heartbeat with special instruments. The sex organs of the baby should start to become clear.

Development at 16 Weeks

The baby now measures about 4.3 to 4.6 inches and weighs about 3.5 ounces. The baby’s eyes can blink and the heart and blood vessels are fully formed. The baby’s fingers and toes have fingerprints.

Development at 20 Weeks

The baby weighs about 10 ounces and is a little more than 6 inches long. The baby can suck a thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. Soon — if you haven’t already — you’ll feel your baby move, which is called “quickening.”

An ultrasound will show the baby’s heartbeat and movement of its body, arms, and leg. You can usually find out whether it’s a boy or a girl at 20 weeks.

Development at 24 Weeks

The baby weighs about 1.4 pounds now and responds to sounds by moving or increasing his pulse. You may notice jerking motions if he hiccups. With the inner ear fully developed, the baby may be able to sense being upside down in the womb.

Development at 28 Weeks

The baby weighs about 2 pounds, 6 ounces, and changes position often at this point in pregnancy. If you had to deliver prematurely now, there is a good chance the baby would survive.

Development at 32 Weeks

The baby weighs almost 4 pounds and is moving around often. The baby’s skin has fewer wrinkles as a layer of fat starts to form under the skin. Between now and delivery, your baby will gain up to half his birth weight.

Development at 36 Weeks

On average, a baby at this stage is about 18.5 inches and weighs close to 6 pounds. The brain has been developing rapidly. Lungs are nearly fully developed. 

Birth!

A mother’s due date marks the end of her 40th week. The delivery date is calculated using the first day of her last period. Based on this, pregnancy can last between 38 and 42 weeks with a full-term delivery happening around 40 weeks.

In my home state of Pennsylvania, abortions can be done up to 24 weeks. Thus, the when a life does not matter,  meaning that a child can be aborted legally even though she has her own DNA, her own heartbeat and her own fingerprints which distinguish her from any other human being, including her mother.

So, when do most Americans start to feel squeamish about abortion or do they at all?  Is snuffing out a fingerprint acceptable, but maybe not a heartbeat? Does a nose formation leave them lukewarm but a blinking eye is another story?  And when does “on demand” take some intestinal fortitude to agree with?  If a premature baby can be cared for and expected to survive at 28 weeks, does our nation really feel collectively that it is none of our business if the same child can be aborted should the law be codified and restrictions removed.  Is silence – or  voting in favor of it – approval?

These babies with moving eyes and lips, beating hearts and individual DNA structure are vulnerable in that they are relying on parents, doctors, nurses and the rest of us to advocate for their right to their own life. A life they were intended to live.  A life other children get to live.  A life each of us had the opportunity to live once free of the umbilical cord.   They can’t yet speak, they can’t yet hold a sign, they don’t have a symbolic flag to wave, they can’t yet march in a protest.  When does their life matter? Sadder yet, When doesn’t their life matter?

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Notes:

*an abortion is never safe  – at least one life is guaranteed to be ended and the other may be physically and/or emotionally wounded.

**( Source: WebMD | Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on February 23, 2019)

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Pregnancy & Assistance Resources:

Community Women’s Center of America: 215-826-8090

A Baby’s Breath:  484 571-5540

Post Abortive Assistance:

Rachel’s Vineyard: 877-467-3463

 

 

First Friday Life Chain at Warminster Planned Parenthood

finalpicPeople will come, Ray.  People will most definitely come.”  This line is part of a dramatic speech given by James Earl Jones character, Terence Mann, in the iconic baseball movie, “Field of Dreams.”

We staged our own version of “Field of Dreams” at August’s First Friday Life Chain outside of Planned Parenthood on Louis Drive in Warminster. On a drizzling Friday morning in the midst of both a pandemic and summer vacation time, over 60 men, women and children lined both sides of the street (within CDC guidelines) in the name of compassion and prayer for the mothers and their unborn children entering the hallways of Planned Parenthood.

The invitation continues to spread within the area’s pro-life community to attend this monthly life chain and the people did not disappoint.

Pat Stanton, our longtime leader and LIFE supporter was there as usual and advised that there were 10 women inside PP awaiting surgical abortions or abortifacient drugs and urged more prayers in the hopes of saving valuable and vulnerable lives from losing the right to their own life through abortion and perhaps saving their moms from a lifetime of thinking what could have been. He mentioned that earlier in the week there was a confirmed baby saved from abortion at PP.

If you have never attended a pro-life event but are feeling a nudge about getting involved, please join us every first Friday of the month outside of the Planned Parenthood facility on Louis Drive from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.  You will meet some of the most dedicated people in this ministry who are willing to offer assistance to any moms seeking it and you also will learn about upcoming pro-life events. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Let us continue on this monthly journey to fill  Louis Drive.  As we have seen this past Friday, people will come…they will most definitely come!

 

Pregnancy & Assistance Resources:

Community Women’s Center of America: 215-826-8090

A Baby’s Breath:  484 571-5540

Post Abortive Assistance:

Rachel’s Vineyard: 877-467-3463

Students for Life Sidewalk Day – Bucks County, PA

IMG_1113Friday’s rain showers could not dampen the support for the special pro-life Sidewalk Day in front of the Planned Parenthood in Warminster.  Tucker Brown, a St. Charles seminarian, coordinated a Students for Life of America (SFLA) prayerful assembly in the hopes of showing support for the pro-life message, not only for the mothers entering into the abortion center, but also for anyone driving by.  We saw more than a few thumbs up from drivers!

The agenda included private prayer, live Christian music and presentations offered by Tucker Brown, Father Paschal Onunwa of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Patrick Stanton.IMG_1112

Though this was termed as a Students for Life day at PP, there were toddlers, seniors and everyone in between professing their support for LIFE!.

Thank you to all the speakers, musicians, all those who attended and in particular Tucker for coordinating this event.  Seeing a younger group of people willing to lead such events is so encouraging!

Reminder:  The monthly Bucks County Life Chain for August is scheduled for Friday, August 7th, 9:30 am – 10:30 am at the Planned Parenthood, 610 Louis Drive, Warminster, PA.   All are welcome in peaceful, prayerful support of life for the unborn.

Time for a time-out.

 

Signs

With the pandemic news roiling through our heads, social unrest in our local communities and political encampments bracing for the November elections I felt like I was losing my focus as to why I became involved in the pro-life mission.  Suddenly, I was receiving emails and posts from unknown senders telling me what to think, how to vote, wear a mask/don’t wear a mask, sign an online petition for this or that, attend a march, subscribe to an email chain, send money to an organization, follow an “influencer”, etc.    It was difficult to determine exactly which individuals and organizations were valid and where was the value in all this frenzied activity.  Why wasn’t I doing more to save innocent lives and who were all these groups with their agendas and suggestions?

This splintering off into various tangents might work for some to keep them active and engaged but it wasn’t working for me. And that is when I decided to go back to what I was doing before.  Before Covid, before masks, before protests, before politics, before Twitter – educate myself as how I can best support the pro-life mission.

I’m the kind of newspaper reader who rips out pages and has a pile of things I want to delve into further. And back in May I read a superb story in the Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer about a retirement-age couple who adopted a special needs child. I saved it and put it on my night table – partly as inspiration of the goodness of mankind and partly because the adoption aspect agreed with my pro-life compass.  In the course of the article a reference was made to the Philadelphia-based Adoption Center.  I was curious about this organization and their involvement with special needs adoptions.  Onto the internet I went and saw pictures of several children awaiting adoption and read the Center’s mission statement.  While on the site there was a reference to a Parenting Special Needs magazine and I reviewed a few issues.  From one Inquirer article, I took about two hours of my day to learn more about what I, as a pro-life supporter, offer as an alternative to abortion – Adoption.

Through quiet focus and education, I now know about a few more resources if the question ever comes up about quality of life issues as a reason to abort.  I am by no means an authority but I learned there are people voluntarily willing to take on this herculean task of providing for a child with special needs.  I’ve learned there are adoption agencies that work in this particular environment and I’ve read about some of the proud moments parents have celebrated with their special needs children. I consider this enlightenment another aspect of being a pro-life supporter.

Education is not just what we learn at school.  It is not just memorization.  It is fulfilling our curiosity.  It is following up one question with another.  It is taking a time-out from doing and instead learning.  It is using the often maligned yet powerful internet for good versus contention.  And this kind of education will only help me as I engage in the various facets of the pro-life message.

The moral of this story is to follow my instinct as to how I can best support the message of LIFE given what I know about myself.  And while it is important to be open to new experiences and communications – and I am grateful for all that I have learned along the way – juggling too many “Action Required” to-do lists from unknown parties may not be the most effective way for me to do what I can to support this message.

Note:  Our mission is to offer our prayers and talents to ensure that our children’s lives are respected and valued and that no harm comes to them.  In that vein, I’d like to ask each of you reading this blog to keep in your prayers two children (ages 5 and 10) who yesterday in my local area witnessed in their home the shooting death of their mother and grandmother at the hands of their father.  It’s heartbreaking to have children, both in and out of the womb, be subjected to such violence. Violence in the womb begets violence in society.  Please keep them and those who will now care for them in your prayers.  Thank you.