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Jul 25, 2013
Illuminate Campaign Sheds Light on West Virginia Abortion Industry

The legal charges against the Women’s Health Center of West Virginia are not the only challenge that it faces if it wants to continue performing unregulated abortions.  The Family Policy Council of West Virginia has launched an “Illuminate” campaign to urge West Virginia to begin ensuring that its abortion centers are maintaining proper medical standards. 

The Illuminate campaign seeks to show West Virginia the urgent need to increase the regulation of the abortion industry and ensure the safety of women.  The campaign is based upon the Bible verse Ephesians 5:11-13: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible.” 

One of the atrocities that the Family Policy Council of West Virginia is demanding that the state address is outlined in Gravely v. Stephens.  According to the lawsuit, 26-year-old Itai Gravely changed her mind about the abortion for which she was scheduled upon learning that Women’s Health Center couldn’t provide her with an adequate amount of anesthesia.  Ignoring her wishes, abortionist Rodney Lee Stephens proceeded with the abortion, ordering his employees to physically restrain her and perform the abortion. 

The next day, Gravely was in the emergency room because Stephens hadn’t completed the abortion.  He had left her baby’s head in her womb. 

The Illuminate Campaign also seeks to “mobilize comments by West Virginians and pro-life organizations as requested by the West Virginia Attorney General in support of reasonable health and safety regulations of an otherwise unregulated abortion industry,” and encourage lawmakers to pass common-sense health and safety regulations to prevent atrocities like the ones detailed in Gravely v. Stephens.  West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey began investigating the state’s abortion facility regulations after Gravely v. Stephens was filed. 

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia and the pro-life citizens that it represents across the state are making sure that elected officials remember their responsibility to all West Virginians, including women and children.  Like pro-life advocates across America who are discovering their local abortion facilities are far from safe, West Virginians are shining a light on the dark dealings of their state’s abortion industry, and are demanding a change from the anti-woman status quo. 

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Tags: gravely v. stephens, Illuminate, west virginia, WV
Jul 22, 2013
What’s in a Name? The Royal Baby

For the past nine months, suspense has tinted international headlines as we await the birth of the British royal baby. Questions about the baby’s sex, hair color, eye color, and even facial features have produced debates and costly bets.

But wait, shouldn’t we have been talking about the “royal fetus”? After all, just a week ago, the very media outlets now celebrating the birth of the royal baby boy were condemning Texas legislatures for banning late-term abortions (For example see, see MSNBC correspondents speak on the “royal baby” on June 24 yet “fetus” on July 17). This double standard highlights the rhetorical maneuvering pro-abortion radicals use to dupe people into accepting their agenda. They use language necessary to make their platform look more appealing.

Americans see past the veiled language of “choice.” Heck, I’m “pro-choice” when it comes to choosing my doctor, where I go to school, or what religion I practice. But when it comes down to the facts, there is only so much truth that language can cover up. What is the so-called “choice? The choice is to end the life of another human being. Label it what you want, but this is simply not a “choice” afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

Discussions and speculations about the royal baby have drawn attention to the beautiful and much-forgotten intricacies of human development. From the very moment the baby was conceived, he was a unique individual. Already nine months ago, the sex, the eye color, the hair color, and yes, even the facial features, were set in place for this individual. Back in November, the tiny heart began to beat, the lungs began to form, and the tiny arms, legs, nose, and mouth took shape. Back in November/ early December the baby’s brain divided into three parts, his nerves connected, and he began making reflexive movements. Back in February the baby “practiced” breathing, his vocal chords formed, and he began making facial expressions. Although carefully protected from the eyes of the outside world, the baby is already a precious individual that will never be replicated.

William and Kate have already been the proud parents of a royal “baby.” But it’s not the royalty that makes this little child merit the basic, dignified title of “baby.” It is his humanity—from his very earliest beginnings—that qualifies him for such basic respect.  

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Tags: choice, fetus, royal baby
Jul 19, 2013
Amazing News from 40 Days for Life

AbbyExciting things are happening in Texas! Yesterday evening, 40 Days for Life sent out a press release with what David Bereit calls "the biggest news we've EVER shared."

From the release:

Bryan/College Station, Texas -- The most significant abortion center closure -- in the 40 years of legalized abortion since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision-- was made public today when Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. announced that it was shutting down its abortion facility in Bryan/College Station, Texas after fifteen tumultuous years in business.

This is Abby Johnson's former work place!

In 2003, on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, ABC's Nightline spotlighted pro-life efforts in Bryan/College Station and said the community was "shaping the abortion debate" in America. Since that time, the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility gained worldwide notoriety as:

  • Site of the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in 2004, an effort that has since grown into a worldwide pro-life mobilization of 575,000 volunteers in 501cities around the globe; saving 7,536 babies from abortion, closing 37 abortion centers, and helping 83 workers to quit their jobs in the abortion industry
  • Place where former abortion center director and Planned Parenthood employee of the year Abby Johnson experienced a conversion, quit her job, and became an outspoken pro-life advocate, going on to found And Then There Were None, a new ministry which has since helped 60 other workers to leave the abortion industry over the last year. 

This is amazing news for Texas unborn babies and women, as well as pro-lifers everywhere -- and what a testament to the 40 Days for Life movement and the power of perserverance and prayer.

David Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life, said: "This is epic news fifteen years in the making! Thousands of dedicated community members have faithfully prayed and held peaceful vigils outside this abortion center, offered hope and alternatives to turn away prospective Planned Parenthood customers, and educated the community about the harm of Planned Parenthood. These efforts, combined with the decisive action of the Texas legislature, have finally brought about this closure that is an answer to prayer."

Abby Johnson said: "This is what grace truly looks like. Knowing that the former abortion clinic I once ran is now closing is the biggest personal victory of my life. From running that facility, to then advocating for its closure, and now celebrating that dream ... it shows that my life has indeed come full circle. I am honored to have worked with so many who helped with my conversion and the closure of this facility. We will continue to fight until every abortion clinic in this country has shut its doors."

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Tags: 40 Days for Life, abby johnson
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