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Apr 20, 2010
Make Sure No One Shakes Your Baby
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Being pro-life means protecting life at every stage. Sadly, 1,300 babies die each year from being shaken. Please take a moment to read this important info from SBA List activist Arlene Sawicki, and see what you can do to prevent infant deaths:

 
April is Shaken Baby Awareness Month.  Based on a North Carolina research project published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in August of 2003, approximately 1,300 U.S. children experience severe or fatal head trauma from child abuse every ear. The same study revealed that approximately 30 per 100,000 children under age 1 suffered inflicted brain injuries.

Head trauma is the most frequent cause of permanent damage or death among abused infants and children and shaking accounts for a significant number of those cases.  Babies’ neck muscles are weak and their brains and connective tissues are fragile and underdeveloped.  When a baby is shaken, the brain bounces within the skull, causing bruising, bleeding and swelling to the brain.

One out of four babies who are shaken vigorously dies as a result of this trauma.  Other life-long injuries can occur, including:

     ·    Brain damage leading to mental retardation

· Speech and learning disabilities

· Spinal injury and paralysis

· Cerebral Palsy

· Seizures

· Hearing loss

· Partial or total blindness

· Broken bones and dislocations  

You don’t calm a crying baby by shaking.  Inform anyone who cares for your baby – relatives, friends,  babysitter, child care providers, brothers and sisters, anyone with little experience in child care.  Bouncing a baby on your knee for fun has also been known to cause brain and neck injury – similar to whiplash.

Shaking a baby can be DEADLY.  Remember that crying doesn’t hurt a baby – shaking does!

For more information and tips on becoming advocate,  contact  http://www.preventchildabuse.org/chapters/index.cfm  for a chapter in your state.

Thanks Arlene Sawiki for bringing this to our attention.

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Apr 20, 2010
Wearing the Pro-Life movement on our sleeves...literally!
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It hasn't been a particularly easy, conflict-free last few months for pro-life advocates has it?!?! After the polemic filled debate over abortion funding in the health care bill and the fallout from Stupak's infamous betrayal of the pro-life movement, some of us might be thinking, "How can we recover the all-conquering joy of defending life?" American Life League just might have a campaign which helps recover some of that simple, joyful truth of the pro-life message!

From April 27 - May 3, American Life League will be running "National Pro-Life T-shirt Week" which has the primary aim of calling attention to the personhood of each and every human life from conception onward. American Life League is featuring 5 very affordable shirts for the week available for purchase at their online store.

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ALL is also encouraging pro-lifers to put their iPhones to good use by launching an app for their scavenger hunt photo contest in which participants must submit, via iPhone, a photo of themselves...

   * in an actual phone booth (like Superman uses).

   * with a Catholic nun wearing a habit.

   * holding a pro-life sign while participating in a pro-life march.

Easy. Fun. Pro-Life! Definitely something worth checking out at: http://npltw.com/

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Apr 16, 2010
Pro-Life Laws Passed in Oklahoma
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Earlier this month Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed three pro-life bills into law.  These laws prohibit sex selection abortion, add more stringent guidelines to the administration of RU-486, and protect the consciences of health care workers.  Read more about these laws.

The recent examples of pro-life legislative victories in both Oklahoma and Nebraska are testaments to the fact that while it is critical to contact our representatives in Washington to express the importance of protecting the unborn, it is also imperative to connect with our state legislators about this issue.  Call your local and state legislators today and tell them you hope they will work their hardest to protect the unborn in your state.

To find your state’s Right to Life affiliate, go here.

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