Why Praise and Not Reform of Planned Parenthood?

“If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are not choices at all, then it doesn’t deserve our praise, it deserves reform.”

This is a quote from Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, during a video conference on the subject of privacy.  He was suggesting that regulators scrutinize social media’s privacy policies (e.g. Facebook) instead of Apple’s.  When I read the words though, it reminded me of a particular organization that needs scrutiny and reform – Planned Parenthood.

Misleading users

  We can check that box off.  Planned Parenthood has the following statements on their website:

“There are fake clinics that say they have pregnancy services. These are called Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and they’re run by people who are anti-abortion and don’t believe in telling you the truth about all of your pregnancy options. They may use lies and manipulation to try to scare or shame people out of choosing abortion.”

With regard to life-affirming pregnancy centers. These centers provide information for alternatives to abortion.  They don’t shame or scare anyone.  This information alone is misleading.

“Both in-clinic and medication abortions are very safe.”

 Well, Planned Parenthood needs to define “very” safe. A baby’s heart is stopped so it’s not safe at all for at least one life involved in the procedure.

Data exploitation

  We can check that box off also.  The Center for Medical Progress’ exposure of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts business included the following:

“Planned Parenthood revealed private patient medical information to third party contractors at StemExpress, LLC in order to meet the company’s quotas for harvesting body parts from Planned Parenthood abortions, said a former StemExpress procurement technician, Holly O’Donnell.”

So, PP exploited personal patient data in order to work with StemExpress in gathering the requested baby body parts.

Choices that are not choices at all.  We can check that box off definitively.

When Dr. Leana Wen took over as president of Planned Parenthood in 2018 she stated that the “core mission” of Planned Parenthood was “providing, protecting and expanding access to abortion.” Despite this, Wen was fired within months of joining Planned Parenthood, and according to her she was fired because she “did not prioritize abortion enough.”

 From personal experience, I have never seen Planned Parenthood work with any pro-life witnesses outside their facilities to share life-affirming choices before a woman makes a decision even though we are within feet of their doors.   The choices they do offer are whether to have a surgical abortion or a medical one.  Opting to end a child’s heartbeat is the only choice offered.  There are no referrals to pregnancy centers.  There is no counseling as to the adoption process.  Abortions are the key ingredient of PP’s profit margins so it would be counter-intuitive to not push the key product.

Tim Cook is known to have a liberal-leaning ideology. I may not agree with his politics, but he is a successful businessman and I can’t say I disagree with his statement as it stands for any business.  So, based on this analysis why is PP praised and why is it not singled out for reform?  Because once again, the primary party involved in abortion, a child, cannot speak, cannot vote and is considered just collateral damage in Planned Parenthood’s misguided and heartless message that abortion empowers women.  Therefore, misleading the moms and dads, exploiting their personal information and underhandedly offering the idea of choices that really aren’t there is celebrated instead of being denigrated and targeted for reform.

Legacy of Life Virtual Tour – February 18th

The weather is dreary for many of us and we are still living under Covid-19 restrictions so we need to create our own bright spots in our days.  One bright spot I recommend is joining the virtual tour of Legacy of Life on Thursday, February 18th at 7 PM EST on Zoom.  You will learn first hand about the work Legacy of Life does everyday to support moms and their children.  Legacy of Life offers life-changing alternatives to women who are considering abortion…alternatives that Planned Parenthood does not offer.  My first tour there made realize that when I stand outside an abortion center, I can be confident in the alternative resources I offer women.  I know they will be taken care of if they only make the call.  Below are the details for joining the tour.  I guarantee you will be uplifted after taking part in this tour and may even decide to volunteer or donate to this worthwhile mission.

You are invited to join the Legacy of Life Foundation!  
You will hear from our advocates about how love & mercy give a woman hope even after they have been abandoned by their family, friends, and even the father of their baby just because they are pregnant.   Advocates and Ultrasound techs will share how through love and mercy truth transforms a woman’s heart from abortion-minded to saying YES to life.  These stories will melt your heart and reaffirm that, yes, hope abounds through love & mercy!

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Abortion Pandemic

400,000.  That is the number of U.S. Covid deaths reported by the U.S. thus far.   The incoming administration has vowed to do everything possible to ensure efficient vaccine distribution and financial assistance to those impacted.   But here’s another number:  862,320.   That is the number of U.S. abortions performed in 2017 as reported by the Guttmacher Institute.  These are the most recent statistics available.   And no one from the incoming administration has offered any assistance to these vulnerable children.   As a country – and in fact as a planet – we are all looking inward, more interested in our own self-preservation and really not interested in the struggle for life our children endure, year in and year out.  We have experienced this pandemic for only about a year now and it has smothered our airwaves, while abortion has ravaged generations of children for decades in utter silence.   We are encouraged to stay safe, applaud our heroes, wear our mask, wash our hands, distance ourselves, follow the various local regulations, all in an effort supposedly to “care for each other.”  Again, it’s all about us.  In the meantime, the regulations in place to somewhat curtail the abortion factories are being threatened and challenged.  So, the result is herculean efforts to save lives from a pandemic but little or no effort to preserve newly created lives, and in fact the doors are wide open to stop these inconvenient heartbeats as swiftly as possible.   Heartbeats that hold so much potential and promise.  The old adage, “Hurray for me, the hell with you” comes to mind, although I am sure there are many who would say that is a little harsh, but is it?  We are losing lives by the hundreds of thousands every year and there is no daily update on CNN.  There is no Dr. Fauci instructing us how to save these babies.  Our governors never mention this sorrowful loss of life across their states.  All we have is dismissive silence or more rhetoric about the supposed value of all lives…except you know who…children who cannot yet speak or more importantly …..vote.  Are they not heroes, sacrificing their lives?

“The call to protect life – and not merely life but another’s identity; it is perhaps not too much to say another’s soul – was obvious in its sacredness.”  These are words written by Dr. Paul Kalanithi in his book “When Breath Becomes Air”.  It is a story of his passion as a neurosurgeon while dealing with an unexpected cancer diagnosis.   His words were written from a doctor’s perspective to save lives.   But they so aptly apply to the issue at hand, protecting lives, identities and souls…of our preborn children.

In an effort to recognize these unborn souls, there will be a Philadelphia March of Life on January 23, 2021. The event begins with a 9:00 AM mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and will be followed by a peaceful march through center city Philadelphia, past the Philadelphia Women’s Center where 6,500 abortions are performed each year, and then a concluding rally at the Independence Mall Visitors’ Center.  Covid protocols will be in place.  Details can be found at the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

So, as we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected virus, so too should we mourn those lives lost to an unexpected betrayal of moral and ethical integrity by their brothers and sisters around the world, especially all those in leadership positions who claim to value life but really don’t.

Legacy of Life Virtual Fundraiser

This is an invitation to take part in the Legacy of Life’s Home for the Holidays virtual fundraiser.  The fundraiser started Thursday evening and continues through Sunday, 11/15 at midnight.  You can donate online and thanks to generous supporters, gifts will be doubled up to $40,000.  Access the virtual video through the website or through Legacy of Life’s Facebook page.

If you are not familiar with Legacy of Life, this non-profit organization invests in educating, inspiring and supporting women in unplanned pregnancies to find the strength to choose Life.  It provides Hope when pregnant women and their families are in despair and may turn to abortion.  This organization provides assistance to two pregnancy centers in the Philadelphia area, one in Center City Philadelphia and one in suburban Bucks County, PA.

Please view their website and learn additional details about the work that they do.  Watch the videos on the site – you will see pure joy in the face of the moms and their children who have been assisted through the Legacy of Life. You can also learn about volunteer opportunities and donations. I have personally taken a tour of one of their facilities and can attest to the warm and caring environment they have created for women who are unsure about which way to turn.

With the Covid 19 virus curtailing our social schedules, and with the holidays upon us and our Black Friday shopping on hold, perhaps you have a little wiggle room in your budget to offer a donation to a worthy cause. Help make a happy holiday season for a woman, her child and her family!


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Election Hangover – Stay Involved!!!

It is Monday, November 9th, 6 days since the 2020 election and while the media has reported the Democratic candidate, Joseph Biden, as the new president-elect, the final decision still is being wrestled in the courts as the ballot process is reviewed.

In the meantime, there are other legislature election outcomes which ultimately affect us in a more personal way as to how our local county, district and state representatives answer to their constituents. My initial goal was to post result updates on local elections but as we have readers from everywhere I’m going in another direction and giving you some homework!

How many of us are really familiar with our U.S. House and Senate reps and also our State House and Senate representatives and what districts we are in?  Do we know where their local offices are? How often do we contact these people to offer our yea’s or nay’s as to the bills and laws they initiate or vote for or against?  As this particle election seemed to be fraught with contention and opinions fueled by social media and in many cases selected blurbs of info (on both sides), it is imperative that we do not just sit back for another 3 ½ years and jump in at the end to voice our concerns with strangers on the internet when we haven’t taken the time to actually communicate with the people forming policy.

I live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a nearby suburb of Philadelphia. As part of a pro-life effort, I have actually met with my local Pennsylvania House Representative Todd Polinchock(R) to discuss his stance on pro-life initiatives put before him. So, at election time, he wasn’t just a name on banner by the side of the road (he won!). Also, my U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick (R) won over his Democratic opponent Christine Finello.  I know our readers come from many home bases so I am providing an interactive link so you can track how your particular state 2020 elections went.   I would also suggest getting familiar with your local state websites so you can stay apprised of district changes due to gerrymandering or census changes and read actual bills instead of going on hearsay as to what is or is not included.  You can also contact your local state pro-life or right-to-life websites for further discussions about abortion laws.  In order to bolster our pro-life efforts, we need to ensure that we have the facts and credible information to state our case on behalf of our children who cannot yet speak.

A prime example of this is noted in one of our earlier blog posts concerning New Jersey’s Reproductive Freedom Act.  Obtain factual details directly from the bill, contact your local representatives and share accurate information with contacts who vote in that state. Babies and moms’ lives are at stake if restrictions are lifted.

As it looks like we will continue to be restricted somewhat on the social scene due to Covid concerns,  let us use this time thoughtfully to gather facts, to have our voices heard and make our legislators actually work for their pay instead of just skimming along hoping they don’t have to explain themselves to us, the people who ultimately pay their salaries.

“Get out and vote” was widely publicized the last few weeks.  That’s not good enough.  These aren’t Congeniality contests.  Know who you are voting for inside and out and if you can depend on them to be your voice, just as our babies in the womb are depending on us!

Detective James Wood Presents Case Against House of Horrors Abortionist, Kermit Gosnell: “This Was A Nightmare”

Convicted murderer, Kermit Gosnell was not only an abortionist but an opioid supplier to a large swath of the Philadelphia area.  He did not take sides – he had no respect or value for infants or adults.  The details of this man’s culpability and criminality were offered up by Detective James Wood this past Sunday in a presentation sponsored by the Bucks County Right to Life and held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, PA.

In 2009 Detective Wood was part of a team investigating Kermit Gosnell’s role in a prescription drug ring operating out of the doctor’s office in West Philadelphia.  Thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs were passed thru drug dealers’ hands onto the streets from prescriptions originated under Gosnell’s signature. The detective presented the details of the step ladder of building the drug case: speaking with the original drug informant, which then led to further informants at Gosnell’s office, gathering evidence of illegal prescription scripts and then ultimately the arrest of Gosnell.

 During the drug investigation, which included discussions with Gosnell’s office staff, it came to light that a female patient, Karnamaya Monga, had died due to an untrained staff member administering improper dosages of anesthesia and pain killers during an abortion procedure.  In February 2010 Gosnell’s office was raided in connection with the drug case, but what met Detective Wood and the other law enforcement officials at the door was an overwhelming site.  Women lying on dirty recliners, blood-stained carpets, cats wandering around the facility, and saddest of all – fetal remains in the office refrigerators, a row of jars containing feet from aborted babies and in a freezer, Karnamaya Monga’s 19-week fetus aborted three months earlier. This had turned into much more than an effort to take Gosnell down for his role in the drug operation.

Since the Pennsylvania Department of Health was included in the raid due to the suspicious death of Karnamaya Monga, representatives from that office clearly saw the result of their lack of oversight of abortion clinics in the state.  This clinic had not been inspected in 15 years.

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office was made aware of the situation at Gosnell’s office and the findings eventually were submitted to a Grand Jury in May 2010. Gosnell went to trial in 2011 and was convicted of 3 counts of first-degree murder of infants who were born alive during the abortion procedure, and then subsequently killed; 1 count of involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Monga, along with 21 counts of illegal late-term abortions. He is serving a life sentence without parole at the State Correctional Institution in Huntington, PA.  In 2013 he received an additional conviction on illegally distributing pain killers (Oxycontin).

Detective Wood’s account included information such as:

*Gosnell would “adjust” the ultrasound wand to make it look like the babies to be terminated were within the PA gestational limit

*Gosnell admitted that 10%-20% of the babies in the refrigerators were beyond the legal gestational limit for abortions in PA

*One of Gosnell’s staff took a photo of aborted “Baby Boy A” as she couldn’t believe how big the baby was.  Gosnell’s comment was “this boy’s so big he could walk me to the bus stop.”  This photo was a crucial piece of evidence in convicting Gosnell

*Another staff member’s teen-aged daughter was the person who created a hand printed dosage chart for how much anesthesia to administer during an abortion.

*Gosnell’s wife, Pearl, occasionally would assist on Sundays with abortions that were deemed more difficult due to the size of the baby

*An employee, Eileen O’Neill, was not licensed as a doctor but presented as a doctor to patients

*Gosnell’s personal residence was in disrepair with rain coming in the roof into his daughter’s bedroom, despite a lucrative pill and abortion practice

*Lack of media coverage at the trial due to the media’s perception of it as a pro-life story

*Several Pennsylvania Department of Health staff lost their jobs as a result of their lack of oversight of Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practice.

*The 47 bodies of babies and/or baby parts found at the clinic were cremated and buried by the City of Philadelphia in an unmarked plot at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Three things come to mind after viewing Detective Wood’s presentation.  The first of which is the tragic way children died at the hands of this abortionist, many times with a pair of scissors snipping their spines after being born alive.  Second, the coalition of people applauding “reproductive rights” continuously fights against regulations and oversight of abortion clinics, claiming it causes roadblocks for women.  Well, this is what can happen when no one is looking.  And last, we all owe a debt of gratitude to Detective Wood and all the law enforcement personnel and prosecutors involved in putting Gosnell away.  Living with such horrific sights as these babies in refrigerators and trash bags, as well as building a case that had to result in Gosnell never performing another abortion was not and is not an 8-hour job.  And Detective Wood’s efforts to bring the details of this case to light at every opportunity is also greatly appreciated.  People need to know abortion is neither safe nor rare as Hillary Clinton famously proclaimed.  Unfortunately, it is legal – within individual state limits – but an unchecked abortionist can sidestep those limits and in doing so not only kill a baby born alive during an abortion but also risk the life of the mother.

Detective Wood was interviewed for a book entitled “Gosnell, The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer”, written by Ann McElhinney and Phelim Mcaleer.  This book was later turned into a movie entitled Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer with actor Dean Cain playing the part of Detective Wood.

*This presentation is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Cox who was president of the Bucks County Right to Life.  Kathy died this past July. It was Kathy’s wish to have Detective Wood come and give his presentation.  

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?