The Suzy B Blog

Jul 25, 2013
Video: Pro-Life Men Stand Up for Life, Speak Against "Bro-Choice" Movement
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Recently, numerous young men, myself among them, participated in a video produced by Counter Cultured.  The goal was to show that although some men view legal, unregulated late-term abortion as essential to their sex lives, not all of us think it’s ok to use women and then advocate for abortion instead of responsibility if we conceive a child.  While the left has, for decades, tried mightily to use the issue of abortion to start a war between the genders, pro-lifers understand the complementary roles that men and women can play in protecting and nurturing life.  Not all women see abortion as the ultimate form of female empowerment; not all men see it as the path to a better sex life.  Indeed, the most recent polling shows that the two genders’ views on abortion are basically the same.  (Women are slightly more likely to favor banning abortions after 20 weeks.)   I was happy to be a part of this project, and to join with other young men in speaking up for preborn children.    

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Tags: Pro-Choice, pro-life
Jul 25, 2013
Illuminate Campaign Sheds Light on West Virginia Abortion Industry
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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
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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
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