The Suzy B Blog

Aug 9, 2010
"A picture's worth a thousand words..."

 Did you know that “data suggest that among at risk women the combined provision of counseling and ultrasound results in nearly 60% more stated decisions for life than with counseling alone”?! 60%! Statistics created by Focus on the Family’s “Option Ultrasound Program” have concluded that since OUP’s humble beginning in 2004 roughly 81,000 babies have been saved. 81,000 precious and beautiful lives! Between 2004 and 2010 OUP has granted 378 ultrasound machines and 128 sonography trainings throughout the country. “The Option Ultrasound Program (OUP) provides grants to qualifying pregnancy medical clinics for 80% of the cost of a new ultrasound machine or sonography training for your medical personnel.”

Approximate costs for an ultrasound machine average: $21,000 - $33,000

Approximate training costs: $13,000 - $17,000

Saving a life & seeing your child for the first time: PRICELESS

With the help of Focus on the Family’s OUP, pregnancy medical clinics can file to become eligible to receive an ultrasound machine for their ministry at %20 of the cost (Focus on the Family covers the other 80%). Lee of Tennessee shares with Focus on the Family that “…going back to that first ultrasound, where I saw his heart beating, and then to hold him in my arms when he was born, I just thank God for every moment of it…that I made the right choice.” OUP had worked with organizations like Project Ultrasound to help more at risk women view ultrasounds and choose life. Project Ultrasound states that “Between seventy and ninety-percent of "abortion minded" mothers who see an ultrasound choose life, but only 40% of crisis pregnancy centers nationwide are equipped with ultrasound machines due their extremely high cost.”

Likewise, the Knights of Columbus have created the “Ultrasound Initiative.” “The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative seeks to provide medically certified pro-life pregnancy centers with the modern technology to monitor the health of babies in utero, and to allow mothers to visually experience their development.” The ultrasound is literally a “window to the womb” in which parents are able to see and realize that their child is a human being not a “choice.” Creator and Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson stated that “Even from the early stages of pregnancy, a mother can see her developing child, hear the baby’s heartbeat, and to recognize the miracle of the new life within her.”

    “To actually know that everything had developed in such a short amount of time, if I could not have seen that, I would still have been in disbelief that that is still a child. Just to see that big bright light (the heart beat) coming out of the machine was just incredible. To know that that was a human and that was a part of me…you just gain this closeness that was really life chancing for me and I guess that was the point that I had to stand up and say that this is my child too.” – A fathers ultrasound experience

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Tags: Focus on the Family, Knights of Columbus, Project Ultrasound, ultrasound
Aug 3, 2010
Votes Have Consequences Bus Tour

Starting next Tuesday, while Members of Congress are home for their August recess, the SBA List team will travel across Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio to bring a message to the “pro-life Democrats” and the voters in their districts!

As you may remember, we’ve done it before, but this time it’s different.

Seven months ago we stood outside district offices across the Midwest with messages of thanks and encouragement, imploring Reps. Brad Ellsworth, Kathy Dahlkemper, Steve Driehaus, Joe Donnelly, Baron Hill and Marcy Kaptur to hold firm to their pro-life principles and honor the will of their constituents.

Those Representatives, along with Congressmen Bart Stupak and Alan Mollohan, had all the bargaining power in their hands—the power to ensure lifesaving language be included in the health care bill. But, as we all know, they chose to compromise their principles and pass a bill without sufficient language protecting the unborn and American conscience.

That was their choice and now, through the expansion of “health care,” untold numbers of unborn babies will lose their lives before they’ve even taken their first breath.

So next week when the SBA List travels through Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio, on our Votes Have Consequences bus tour, it will be to mobilize pro-life voters across these districts. The only way to stop the Obama-Pelosi legislative agenda, repeal their deadly laws and cancel the gusher of tax dollars they’re channeling to abortionists, is to make sure that authentic pro-life leaders are elected in November!

Do you live in Pennsylvania, Indiana, or Ohio? Come visit us on tour! If you – or any of your friends– live near any of the cities and towns along the tour route, we’d love for you to join us and send an even stronger message for Life in 2010. Look for more updates on the SuzyB blog and SBA List website as we confirm our locations.

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SBA List’s Votes Have Consequences Bus Tour

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cincinnati, OH

Muncie, IN

Fort Wayne, IN

5Elkhart, IN


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

South Bend, IN

Rochester, IN

Kokomo, IN

Lafayette, IN

Crawfordsville, IN


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Terre Haute, IN

Vincennes, IN

Evansville, IN

Jasper, IN


Friday, August 13, 2010

New Albany, IN

Seymour, IN

Columbus, IN

Franklin, IN

Indianapolis, IN


Saturday, August 14, 2010

State Fair in Indianapolis, IN


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Toledo, OH


Monday, August 16, 2010

Erie, PA

Meadville, PA

Grove City, PA

Butler, PA

More information about exact time and locations in the destination cities will be posted soon. We hope to see you there!

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Tags: Bus, Tour, Votes Have Consequences Bus Tour
Aug 2, 2010
First Embryonic Stem Cell Treatment on Humans Approved

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The FDA recently announced that they have approved cloning company Geron’s request to use embryonic stem cell therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries. Embryonic stem cells have never been used in humans because the technology has never been proven to work on animals without side effects. The results of embryonic stem cell tests haven’t changed but the government’s decision to allow the use of embryonic stem cell treatment has.

Studies continue to prove that the use of embryonic stem cell treatment results in rejection of the cells from the body, or side effects such as the growth of teratomas or cysts.  Despite concerns from the scientific community, Geron has been eager to engage in human embryonic stem cell therapy since 2005.

In a story, Jerry Silver, neuroscience professor and stem-cell researcher at Case Western Reserve University, warns, “Frankly, I cannot conceive of a human trial with the use of human embryonic stem cells following immediately from experiments in rodents only. Many treatments that work in rodents to alleviate disease fail miserably in humans.” Stem cell researchers like Silver warn that success with rats does not necessarily mean that the procedure will be successful in humans. Even in the most recent tests there were side effects on the rats used, which can be found directly from Geron’s website.   

Since the FDA has announced the approval of Geron’s bid while major health and moral concerns remain, some people are questioning the motives of Geron, who states “safety” as the primary endpoint in their scientific studies. The timing also seems to suggest political or moral strategy, as Geron announced the FDA’s approval of their embryonic stem cell treatment 4 days into Barrack Obama’s presidency, but has been "on hold" until now. Dr. David Prentice, former biology professor at Indiana State University and fellow at the Family Research Council comments in an article on Life news. "Even many pro-embryonic stem cell scientists have expressed reservations about Geron's trial, that it is not proven even in rats. The concern for many of us is that Geron is endangering patient's health and very lives, to make a political point and increase their stock price."

President Obama supports the use of embryonic stem cells in humans, even though there has been no proof of human success with embryonic stem cells despite years of research. President Bush on the other hand put limits on embryonic funding, and designated more money towards adult stem cell technology, which has already been successful for years in treating more than a hundred diseases and conditions. Dr. Pretice goes on to advocate adult stem cells. "In the meantime, adult stem cells have already shown published scientific evidence for safety and successful repair of spinal cord injury in patients. Only adult stem cells offer both an ethical and successful path to healing.”

This recent FDA approval proves that legisltion and funding in our country is moving towards the proven-dangerous and less effective embryonic stem cell treatment, and away from the already successful adult stem cell treatments. This is being done with your money to “progress” medical technology and health care. This is a paradox that no logical tax-paying citizen wants to support.

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