An estimated 21 children were killed at Rockford’s abortion facility; Twins saved in Rockford; Must see videos; Amazing 4-D Footage of Growing Baby; Obama Promotes "Death Book" for Veterans; Mayo Clinic Doctor Admits Abortions Hurt Women; PRO-LIFE, PRO-FAMILY BOOK BY FORMER ROCKFORD RESIDENT A MUST READ…..
On Friday August 21, an estimated twelve children were killed at Rockford’s abortion facility. About twenty five Christians from many Rockford area Churches came to pray this morning and offer help to mothers in need.
At one point a van pulled up to the curb where the pro-lifers were praying. A woman got out, opened the side door to her van and invited the pro-lifers to come over and meet someone.
This same woman had come to the Rockford abortion facility over two years ago for her scheduled abortion. Through the grace of God she stopped that morning and talked with the side walk counselors. Because of the love and support shown to her by Christians she chose life that day – and in the back seat of the van were her smiling and happy twins that were scheduled to be killed two years ago. This mother just wanted the pro-lifers to see her beautiful children and thank them for being at the mill praying that morning and their willingness to help her when she needed a friend.
Every one of you who prays, works, or sacrifices for life and an end to abortion played a part in the saving of these children’s lives and others like them. It was very good to see the result of God’s grace in action in the faces of these two beautiful children saved from death at Rockford’s abortion mill. See cartoon here: http://www.prolifecorner.com/node/85
On Wednesday August 26, an estimated nine of God’s precious children were killed at Rockford’s abortion mill. It rained all morning long but that did not stop over 20 pro-lifers from being present at the "foot of the cross" in Rockford. One of the most remarkable things this morning was the silence at the abortion mill. Pro-lifers were every few feet on the side walk and not a voice was heard – all that was seen were heads bowed in prayer and a sidewalk counselor offering help to mothers. The silence was broken at one point when the abortion mill landlord got on his loud speaker to mock Christianity but even that did not interrupt the prayers that were being offered for the parents and children inside of the mill.
In Luke 18:8, the question is asked, "when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" In Rockford, Illinois Christ will find a killing center that has destroyed the lives of over 50,000 of "the least of My people."
Christ will also find a pro-life community that does love His children, is standing publicly with them, is praying in their homes, schools, and Churches. To all of our dear readers, please continue to work and pray for the lives of God’s children and the soul of our city.
The mission of Rockford Pro-Life Initiative is to eliminate abortion in the Rockford area through Prayer, Fasting, Education and Personal Sacrifice.
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‘In the Womb’ is Now on the Net: Amazing 4-D Footage of Growing Baby
By Patrick B. Craine
August 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The two-hour National Geographic documentary ‘In the Womb’ is now available on YouTube in 9 parts. Originally aired in 2005, the documentary used revolutionary techniques in computer imaging and 4-D ultrasounds to present stunning images of the developing embryo, taking viewers through the amazing journey of the unborn baby from conception to birth.
The video presents a remarkable visual apologetic for the pro-life message that human life begins with fertilization. Showing the continuous development of the unborn child from conception to birth, it shatters all attempts to pinpoint any other time as the beginning of life.
While portraying images of the sperm and egg coming together, the narrator explains, "Once within the egg wall, the sperm’s nucleus is drawn toward the egg’s. The two cells gradually and gracefully become one.
"This is the moment of conception," he declares, "when an individual’s unique set of DNA is created, a human’s signature that never existed before, and will never be repeated."
The narrator goes on to explain how all of the characteristics of the human body are laid out in the first weeks of life. "Over the course of the first trimester, or first three months, this single egg will begin to transform itself into a fully-formed baby," he says. "But all the features of the human body, limbs, nerves, organs, muscles will be mapped out in the fragile first weeks."
Through vivid computer-generated images, we are shown how at 4 weeks the black dots that will become the baby’s eyes have already formed, as well as the "emerging buds" along her body that will grow into her limbs. By six weeks, the eyes, though still not functional, have become "glassy domes with no eyelids," and by nine weeks the buds have grown into full-fledged limbs.
We see the beginning movements of the fetus at nine weeks, and through 4-D ultrasound imaging, we witness the initial stepping reflex of the little 11-week child. The ultrasound shows the child bouncing around in her mother’s womb, "using the walls of the uterus like a trampoline," as the narrator says.
The documentary takes the viewer into the operating room, where a fetoscope is used to perform surgery on a 26-week-old fetus who has developed a hole in his diaphragm. Without the surgery, his intestines will have grown into his lungs by the time he is born, not allowing him to breathe. The doctor puts the fetoscope through an incision in the mother, into the baby’s mouth, and down the back of his throat to insert a tiny little inflatable balloon that will allow the lungs to grow properly (see end of video #7) to beginning of video #8).
The documentary’s message is self-evident: the child in utero is fully human and her development in her mother’s womb is merely one important phase in her continuous growth. Concluding the video with the birth of a newborn baby girl, the narrator explains, "She’s gone from egg to embryo to fetus to trillions of cells of newborn baby. Her birth marks the beginning of her journey in the world, but she has already travelled an incredible path during her 9-month odyssey in the womb.
"Protected by her mother, and following her own unique genetic blueprint, she has grown a face, eyes, arms, and legs," he says. "She has a brain and nervous system to control her body. Stomach and intestines to digest food and a heart to pump blood. She has learned to breathe, to hear, to feed, to remember, and to tell her parents when she’s hungry, tired, happy, or in pain. All before being born. And now, she is ready to face the world."
Obama Administration Promotes "Death Book" for Veterans
By Peter J. Smith
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Americans worried about President Barack Obama’s health care reforms turning into "death panels" have a new cause for concern: the Obama Administration has mandated that government-run Veterans Affairs hospitals give their patients a handbook on advanced directives including "end-of-life counseling" created by advocates for legal euthanasia.
Last week, LifeSiteNews.com reported that Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society, is aggressively promoting a measure (sec. 1233) in the "American Affordable Choices Act of 2009" (HR 3200) as the "centerpiece" of health care reform. (see coverage here) The proposal is to incentivize doctors and medical professionals to offer "end-of-life" consultations every five years with elderly and infirm patients, and offer them more frequently as a patient’s health condition deteriorates ever closer toward death.
However, opponents fear this could lead to medical professionals initiating conversations that could pressure patients into accepting lower-quality care or into denying themselves life-sustaining treatment, such as antibiotics, or "artificially administered nutrition and hydration."
Since government would control the rate of medical reimbursement, it could substantially increase the financial incentive for doctors to have these conversations, especially in a possible scenario of dealing with runaway health-care costs. Just last Friday, the Obama Administration revealed government deficit would increase $9 trillion over the next ten years, nearly doubling a national debt already totaling $11.67 trillion.
"There are legitimate concerns that it would give doctors a financial incentive to encourage patients to sign pull-the-plug orders, and that patients would feel pressured to do so by the doctor’s authority," said Jim Towey, a former director of the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (2002-2006) and founder of the nonprofit Aging with Dignity, in an article written last Tuesday for the Wall Street Journal.
Towey writes that concerned Americans should look no further than the government’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which has an advanced directives manual called "Your Life, Your Choices," authored by Dr. Robert Pearlman, the chief of ethics evaluation at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care. Towey points out that Pearlman advocated for physician-assisted suicide in 1996 in the US Supreme Court case Vacco v. Quill and also is an advocate for health-care rationing.
According to his VA bio, Pearlman’s chief expertise is "clinical ethics (especially end-of-life care)" and has focused his research on "euthanasia, medical futility, advance care planning, physician-assisted suicide, and relief of patient suffering."
The 52-page end-of-life planning document, as Towey explained, "presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions," and also "lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be ‘not worth living.’"
Such scenarios have VA patients consider whether: "I can no longer contribute to my family’s well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family," and that the patient’s health condition "causes severe emotional burden for my family."
But Towey points out that "the only resource" on advance directives cited in "Your Life, Your Choices" is the pro-euthanasia organization Compassion & Choices, while faith-based or disability-rights advocates are not included as a resource. LifeSiteNews.com found that the 1997 version included contact info only for Choices in Dying, a predecessor to Compassion and Choices. However, the official VA link to the version updated this year by the Obama Administration is now disabled. LSN found that the site now only features the first edition, but with the last page on "other resources" conveniently missing.
"When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?" asked Towey, pointing out that the Obama Administration resuscitated the manual after the Bush Administration had banned the VA from giving it to the nation’s wounded and disabled veterans.
Towey added that the VA instructed its doctors last month to discuss "advanced care planning" with all VA patients and "to refer them to ‘Your Life, Your Choices.’"
Dan Kennedy, CEO of Human Life Washington, told LifeSiteNews.com that much of the problem with the massive health-care overhaul of HR 3200 is that the language leaves too much room open for interpretation, and that can have enormous consequences down the road as government bureaus or courts fill in the details.
"People need to realize, that any health care legislation that is passed, though appearing to be compassionate, will not be very detailed," warned Kennedy. "Unfortunately, the details will be filled in by government bureaucrats in close consultation with Compassion & Choices – the former Hemlock Society. It is true, the devil is in the details."
"Hopefully, the American people have grown weary of buying on faith what the government has been selling."
The latest polls reveal that just may be the case. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 54 percent now say that no health care reform this year would be preferable to the current legislation working its way through Congress.
Mayo Clinic Doctor Admits Abortions Hurt Women
Rochester, MN (LifeNews.com) — A physician who works for the prestigious Mayo Clinic has written a new factsheet that admits abortions harm women. Roger W. Harms, M.D., a Mayo Clinic obstetrician and medical editor-in-chief, also says abortions can cause women problems with subsequent pregnancies. The Mayo Clinic posted Dr. Harms’ new factsheet, with the title "Does it affect subsequent pregnancies?" on August 6. Harm says there are definitely cases when physicians see "an abortion cause problems in a subsequent pregnancy." "During a surgical abortion, the fetus is removed from the uterus often with a vacuum device, a syringe or a spoon-shaped instrument with a sharp edge (curette) as an outpatient surgical procedure," Harms explains. In some cases, "a surgical abortion may weaken the cervix or cause scarring on the inside of the uterus." "If such damage occurs, surgery may be needed to correct the problems before a woman can conceive again or carry a subsequent pregnancy to term," he said.
South Dakota Abortion Centers Must Tell Women Abortion Kills Children
Pierre, SD (LifeNews.com) — A federal judge has struck down a South Dakota law that requires abortion centers to tell women that the abortion could increase the mental health risk of suicide. Judge Karen Schreier issue a ruling today striking down the law, calling it untruthful and misleading. Concerning the suicide portion of the provision, the judge wrote that "such a risk is not known,’" and, therefore, the "the suicide disclosure language of the statute is untruthful and misleading." However, studies have consistently shown that abortion makes it more likely that women will consider suicide. A March 2004 report from the National Institutes of Health revealed that suicide is now the third leading cause of death among America’s young people. In fact, for teen girls and young women, the suicide rate has tripled over the past 25 years.
PRO-LIFE, PRO-FAMILY BOOK BY FORMER ROCKFORD RESIDENT A MUST READ
To Be A Mother: Adopting God’s Heart The Aftermath of Abortion and the Power of Redemption
August 24, Raleigh, NC and Denver, CO – When a woman chooses abortion, the lingering psychological effects can be devastating. Deanna Jones, author of To Be a Mother, knows too well the grief and guilt that can haunt these women. As a teenager, an abortion seemed the only answer for Deanna, but the decision caused her great pain afterward. Finally, by opening her heart to Jesus Christ, she was able to transcend her grief and forgive herself. Her memoir, published by Outskirts Press, is a story of hope that will resonate with many women, and inspire all who read it.
Deanna Jones found herself pregnant at the age of 19. In an unstable relationship, and with a musical career starting to take off, she decided she was not ready for motherhood. “No way,” she said. “This is my life, my body.” And so she made an appointment at a local clinic. But she was not prepared for the overwhelming despair that would result. After the abortion she was left with a feeling of emptiness and loss. “Legalized abortion denied me a beautiful gift from God,” she says. “The desperation post-abortion far outweighed the desperation during my brief, unplanned pregnancy, and I was so off balance that I felt as if I would never be able to hold onto anything ever again. A part of me was missing and I would never get it back.”
There is a happy ending, however. To Be a Mother is not focused on Deanna’s loss, but rather, it is a story of redemption, resurrection, God’s grace, and His extravagant blessings. Deanna found that by facing her actions and calling out to the true Father, she would be transformed, forgiven, and enlivened. With the Lord by her side, she was able to move from a difficult childhood and a painful abortion decision to the miraculous redemption of Christ and the healing joy that came from the birth and adoption of her six children.
“The poignant and compassionate words of Deanna Jones articulate America’s latent sorrow in the aftermath of our abortion culture. Deanna’s sympathetic perception is borne from a personal
encounter with grief. Listen to her and be illuminated, healed, and refreshed.”
President, Operation Rescue
“To Be a Mother truly highlights the healing presence of Christ in Deanna’s life. She eloquently travels from her painful past to her redemption and new life in Christ. This book would be an inspiration to any woman, or man, who has suffered, as Deanna has, and is searching for healing.”
—Theresa Burke, PhD
Author of Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion
Founder, Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries
“Finally, in To Be a Mother, Deanna beautifully redefines the term pro-life—pro-life and pro-adoption become one. An elegant portrayal of the choice to give redeeming love that makes receiving it in turn so much sweeter.”
—Carolyn Twietmeyer, Founder/Executive Director, Project HOPEFUL
This true story shows us firsthand that God is compassionate, illustrating the relentless nature of His pursuit to save and claim His children and allow them life everlasting. The Bible declares that the Lord will turn our mourning into gladness and our despair into praise (Is 61:3), and for Deanna Jones, this has become truth. Follow her inspirational story as she is lifted from a wounded child to a place of understanding and joy as a woman of God. To Be a Mother is a celebration of life, of motherhood, and the sanctity of life itself.
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3839-6 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback
Genre: Christian Life / Women’s Issues
About the Author: Deanna Jones was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, and is currently a bandleader and singer for the New York based band The Deanna Jones Orchestra. She considers her greatest assets to be her six children—two by birth, and four by miraculous adoption. Her web site (www.tobeamother.com <http://www.tobeamother.com> ) is dedicated to the miracle of motherhood, and she and her husband, Mark, are active pro-life, adoption advocates. For more information or to contact the author, you may also visit http://www.tobeamother.com