Friday, February 25, 2011

SoHo Billboard: Provocative & True

        A new billboard in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhatton (NY) features an adorable black child and the words "The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb." It is designed to raise public awareness of the fact that Planned Parenthood and its minions target minority communities.

       The billboard is sponsored by Life Always and was timed to coincide with Black History Month. "We celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion," said Stephen Broden, a Life Always official.

        Statistics show that abortion rates are much higher among blacks than others. For instance, although African Americans only comprise about 13% of the population, black women account for nearly 37% of all aboritons. The abortion rate among African Americans in New York City is almost 60 percent!

        More African American babies have been killed by abortion since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer, and heart disease combined. A staggering 13 million African American lives have been lost to abortion.

        Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation. 78% of its clinics are located in minority communities. Is that just coincidence? It is time we stop ignoring this harsh reality.

        [Addendum: Due to harassment from pro-abortion forces the billboard was abruptly removed. However, the billboard was successful in its mission to draw attention to this important issue.]

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Answering Pro-Choice Arguments

        There are several common arguments that people make in favor of abortion. Therefore, it is important that we answer the arguments in a way that is sensible and convincing.

        (1) A woman has a right to control her own body. While it is true that a woman should control her own body, the baby's body is not her own. It is a different body with a genetic code that differs from the mother's. A woman's body does not have two hearts, heads, and blood types. And what if she is pregnant with a male child? Obviously his body differs from hers. In most cases, the woman got pregnant by not controlling her own body. 

        (2) We cannot know if the fetus is a human being. If that is so, shouldn't the benefit of the doubt go to preserving life? As President Ronald Reagan said, "I have often said that when we talk about abortion, we are talking about two lives--the life of the mother and the life of the unborn child. Why else do we call a pregnant woman a mother? I have also said that anyone who doesn't feel sure whether we are talking about a second human life should clearly give life the benefit of the doubt. If you don't know whether a body is alive or dead, you would never bury it. I think this consideration itself should be enough for all of us to insist on protecting the unborn" (Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation).   

        (3) It is better to abort a child than abuse one. Abortion is the worst form of child abuse. What could be more abusive than cutting someone into pieces with scissors or burning them to death with poison? Abortion procedures are so cruel and inhumane that the most vile criminals on death row would not be subjected to such treatment.

        (4) We cannot impose our morality on others. Wouldn't this same argument apply to murder or rape? Our nation was founded on morality. Those who make this argument are the very people trying to impose their immorality on others!  

        (5) People are going to have abortions anyway. Again, this argument could apply to murder or rape. Because people are going to murder anyway, should we go ahead and legalize murder? Laws do affect behavior and change attitudes.

        (6) Rape victims should be able to abort the child. The violence of abortion parallels the violence of rape. Why should the innocent child suffer the death penalty for the actions of his father? Abortion will not bring healing to the woman, it will only add to the shame. Less than 1% of abortions are performed as a result of rape.

        (7) If we outlaw abortions, many women will die in back alleys. The number of mothers who may die in back alleys trying to have an abortion pales in comparison to the number of babies who die each day in abortion clinics. Since the Roe v. Wade decision, more than 50 million babies have been killed in this country.

        (8) You support the death penalty. Capital punishment is rooted in a respect for innocent human life. There is a vast difference between punishing a convicted murderer and killing an innocent child. God supports the death penalty and opposes abortion.

        There are probably other arguments that people make, but these eight are the most common ones. There is no good reason to have an abortion. Give life a chance! 

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President Obama and Abortion

        President Barack Obama is impressive in many ways. He is articulate, charming, intelligent, and personable. It is easy to become mesmerized by his smooth words and friendly smile. However, the fact remains that President Obama is the most pro-abortion President in our nation's history.

        As a United States Senator, Obama had a 100% pro-abortion voting record. He even co-sponsored the Senate version of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would repeal the ban on partial birth abortion and do away with nearly every restriction on the awful practice. It would also allow pregnant teens to have an abortion without parental notification, eliminate waiting periods, and pressure medical staffs to perform abortions even if they are pro-life. Obama told a Planned Parenthood group in 2007, "The first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." 

        As President, Obama lifted a ban that prohibited giving federal money to international groups that perform or promote abortion, appointed numerous abortion activists to important positions, and recently issued a statement in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade that reaffirmed his commitment to abortion rights. As Albert Mohler correctly noted, "The President's statement included not one word that indicated any recognition that abortion is in any case or in any sense a tragedy. There was not even a passing reference to the unborn child. President Obama did not even use the language used disingenuously by President Bill Clinton--the pledge that abortion should be 'safe, legal, and rare'" (In His Own Words: A Radical Pro-Abortion President).   

        It has been said that words are merely vessels on which the thoughts of the heart travel. If that is so, perhaps the words of Obama at a town hall meeting during the last campaign reveal his true feelings about unwanted babies. He told the crowd that he would not want his daughters "punished with a baby." Compare that to Psalm 127:3.

        As I said... the most pro-abortion President in our nation's history.

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"Jane Roe" Speaks Candidly

        Norma McCorvey was the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade. She was pregnant with her third child when she filed suit challenging Texas state law prohibiting abortion. She was represented by Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, two activist lawyers. They were looking for someone with whom they could challenge state law on abortion when they met McCorvey.

        The case eventually made its way to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, McCorvey gave birth to the child and put her up for adoption. The Court finally ruled on her case in January 1973. It was a decision that shook the moral foundations of this nation.

        Norma McCorvey is now pro-life and works tirelessly to reverse the Court's decision. Sandra Cano, the plaintiff in Doe v. Bolton, is also pro-life. It is remarkable that "Jane Roe" and "Mary Doe" are now opposed to the decisions they helped secure. For that, I am thankful.

        In an interview with Brad Harrub and Jim Palmer in the July 2006 issue of Think, McCorvey talked about how she became "Jane Roe" and other experiences, including her experiences at an abortion clinic. She recalled asking a woman how many times she had ended a pregnancy by abortion. The woman replied, "Oh seven or eight, who counts?" McCorvey also remembered a woman who came for an abortion because the baby was not the sex she wanted. "I had another woman who came into a doctor's office. She said she had had some sort of test and she found out she was going to have a little girl and she wanted a little boy. So why have the baby at all?"

        McCorvey also described what happened to the bodies after an abortion. She said, "We had a truck that would come once a week. And they would take arms, and legs, and heads, and torsos. Sometimes someone would think they were doing something really funny and put all the hands together, all the feet together, all the legs together, or all the heads together. This was a very sick guy... I've seen children's tiny little bodies cut up and sloughed on the floor like cord wood. And the stench was awful."

        From the above interview, we once again see the grim truth about what really takes place at abortion clinics. Abortions are used for birth control and gender selection. Then the bodies of innocent children are discarded carelessly.

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Teenager Mistakenly Given Abortion Drug in Colorado

        A pregnant teenager named Mareena Silva was mistakenly given an abortion drug and may lose her first baby. Silva, who is six weeks pregnant, went to a Safeway pharmacy in Ft. Lupton, Colorado to pick up an antibiotic, but was given methotrexate instead. Methotrexate is used in chemotherapy and to terminate early-stage pregnancies.

        The mistake was not noticed until Silva became nauseated. She was then rushed to the Platte Valley Medical Center and given charcoal to absorb the methotrexate. Doctors told Silva that she may miscarry or have a baby with birth defects. "This is my first child, so it's really difficult to deal with," said Silva. 

        According to Mike Cohen, president of the Institute for Safe Medicine Practice, methotrexate mix-ups have caused 26 to 30 deaths in recent years. Safeway released a statement that said in part, "We have extended our sincere apologies to Ms. Silva and offered to pay any medical expenses incurred as a result of the prescription error." Unfortunately, no amount of money can save her baby.   

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Silenced Cries: A Study of Abortion

        Abortion is an issue that can hardly be ignored in this country. It plays a decisive role in local elections, in national elections, and in the nomination of judges to the Supreme Court. Each year hundreds of thousands of people participate in demonstrations and rallies to either protect or end the practice of abortion. The issue of abortion has prompted articles, books, sermons, speeches, yard signs, bumper stickers, billboards, websites, etc. It is truly the hot-button issue of the day.

        This writer is passionately pro-life. The purpose of this blog is to draw attention to the issue of abortion. I have also written a book which is featured to the left. If you are interested in it, visit http://www.erhardtpublications.com/.

The War Rages in Wichita

        Wichita, Kansas has long been a focal point in the war on abortion. It was home to the clinic of Dr. George Tiller, one of only three abortionists in the country who specialized in late-term abortions. His willingness to abort babies very late in the pregnancy garnered national attention and earned him the infamous title "Tiller the Baby Killer."

        For years, peaceful protesters routinely opposed the practices of Dr. Tiller, and pressure from civil authorities was mounting against him. However, on May 31, 2009 a lone gunman took matters into his own hands and killed the abortionist.

        Although Tiller was a killer of babies, the gunman was wrong for taking personal vengeance on him. God ordained civil authorities to punish wrongdoers (Romans 13:1-4), not private citizens. The fact that the authorities had failed to punish Tiller up to that point does not give one the right to act presumptuously.

        Since the death of Dr. Tiller, the wearied city of Wichita has been free from abortions. That may soon change, however, if a family practitioner gets her way. Dr. Mila Means, who has been training once a month at an abortion clinic in Kansas City, plans to start performing abortions at her clinic in Wichita. The only thing stopping her is a temporary restraining order.

        Foliage Development, Inc., filed suit against Dr. Means because of a provision in her lease that prohibits "creating a clear nuisance to and disturbing the peaceful possession of all other tenants." Three tenants have already threatened to move if abortions are done there.

        It is unclear whether or not the court will allow Dr. Means to perform abortions at her current location. She may have to move elsewhere within the city. One thing that is clear, however, is the long fight ahead. "Whoever thinks they can set up an abortion business in Wichita has seriously underestimated the resolve of this community to remain abortion free," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "All peaceful and legal means will be used to prevent the further loss of innocent life by abortion in a community that is more than weary of it." And so, the war rages in Wichita.

        [Addendum: An AP article, dated Feb. 14, states that Dr. Means has agreed not to perform abortions at her current location, delaying the lawsuit by her landlord. Means is seeking alternative office space.] 

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