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The Irony and Hypocrisy that Abortion Creates

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One woman behind bars, one walks free, both attempted to murder their baby.

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – The irony, rather hypocrisy that exists in our country regarding the life of an unborn child is both striking and angering.

The sentence of Wendy J. Villatoro was just handed down by a Washington, D.C. district judge. According to the article in the Washington Post, Villatoro will be spending the next 13 years behind bars. Her crime? She killed her baby. So where is the irony?

Had Villatoro walked into an abortion clinic and told doctors she was raped and wished to have an abortion the procedure would have been performed and she would have been on her way. But because she did it herself she will now spend 13 years in prison.

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Written by Nathan Cherry

October 16, 2009 at 8:21 am

AARP Shills for Planned Parenthood

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From Big Hollywood comes this incredulous incredible story about how AARP, the White House, and Hollywood are conspiring to encourage your kids to volunteer for Planned Parenthood – and, to boot, pass health care reform.

The “Create the Good” campaign seems like a kitchy idea, until you see the life-ending, political motivations behind it.  WATCH THE VIDEO! (Video link takes you off blog to our main website):

If your 12 year-old hears about this volunteer initiative and follows the lead of her favorite TV star, she will go to www.createthegood.com and type in her favorite cause.  If she’s been paying attention to the news these days (or listening to the lectures from most public school teachers) she will know that “Health Care” is a big deal these days.  All she has to do is type “Health Care” into the search engine with her zip code (let’s say 90210 cause we love those adorable Beverly Hills high school kids) and she’ll get a whole host of opportunities to serve.

Go ahead… open that link and you’ll see twelve opportunities to serve.  Look at items “H”, “I” and “L.”  All are from Planned Parenthood:

“With President Obama’s focus on health-care reform, now is an exciting and crucial time for us to broaden our support and make sure that the new health-care plan includes women’s health. We’re holding a series of phone banks to identify new people who share our commitment to reproductive freedom.”

When I clicked for more info I found out that the phone bank listing was a month old, but there was a handy link for other opportunities to serve Planned Parenthood, like this one:

“Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is currently seeking adults to volunteer as our High School Speakers.”

(Make this reason #724 why I home school my kids).

While we’re looking at all those volunteer options on www.createthegood.org, we should also take a look at that really nifty video listed second from the top.  No matter where you are in the country, if you type “health care” as the subject you want to volunteer for, this video called: “How To Spread The Truth About Health Care Reform” pops up for your viewing pleasure:

Click to watch video

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 15, 2009 at 2:14 pm

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“Gifted Hands” Kindly Rebuffs President Obama

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Ever since the pep rally that was the white coat ceremony in the backyard of the White House, I’ve been waiting to see what the doctors who I hold in highest regard have to say on the issue of health reform.

Then this came to my attention. It is the strong, yet characteristically kind, words of Dr. Ben Carson. And, he appears to be more in the mainstream of physicians than not:

[W]ith credibility and acclaim the world over for the pioneering surgeries he has and his personal story of overcoming hardship, recently ripped the dominant health care legislation before Congress in a critique similar to that of conservatives and libertarians. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Md., and recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, criticized in a recent interview the approach of the current bills for their mandate, creation of a “public option,” and lack of malpractice liability reform.

“My biggest problem is I feel it’s going in the wrong direction,” Carson told reporters at TV station WLOS in Asheville, N.C. (Video here.)“It’s giving us more government and less autonomy. And I think we should be going in exactly the opposite direction. We should be having more autonomy and less government. And that is the kind of thing that brings the prices down.”

Considered one of the best neurosurgeons in the world, Carson gained acclaim in the ’80s and ‘90s for his pioneering operations separating conjoined twins joined at the head and other procedures that have saved children from epilepsy and brain cancer. But Carson is also celebrated for his personal story of overcoming poverty and prejudice. An African-American, Carson grew up in a single-parent home Detroit ghetto, but his mother pushed him and his brother to achieve excellence. He is the author of the popular autobiography “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” which was made into a TV movie this year with Cuba Gooding Jr. portraying Carson. And he does much philanthropic work through charities such as his “Carson Scholars” fund.

via Big Government » Blog Archive » “Gifted Hands” Surgeon Rips Into Obamacare.

I included that last paragraph because I wanted to give kudos to Cuba Gooding’s potrayal of Dr. Carson – you really ought to watch it sometime. Dr. Carson’s story is among the most inspiring in our nation’s history.

But I digress, or do I? You see, what Dr. Carson is reacting to is the force medical paternalism that squelches the freedom to succeed, to exceed, and to advance medical breakthroughs and life-saving, life-affirming techniques for which he is renown. Imagine the conjoined twins he separated receiving the “gifted hands” of Dr. Ben Carson under health reform. Weighing the costs and benefits, wouldn’t it be more likely that these unique creations would have had their resources allocated elsewhere?

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 15, 2009 at 11:25 am

Change is in the air….10.19.09

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We are grateful for the thousands of readers that have made the Engage Family Blog the best pro-family, policy blog in West Virginia.  In just two years, the Engage Family Blog has nearly quadrupled in readership.

Because it has become so popular, we are putting the final touches on a new blog that we hope will be bigger and better.  Some changes we have planned include a new domain, integrating with familypolicywv.com, and a new podcast link with iTunes.

When we make the change, you’ll want to update your bookmark and/or change the RSS feed to which you’ve subscribed.  But don’t worry, we’ll let you know when to make the adjustments.

Stay tuned – the change you’ve hoped for comes on Monday.

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

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October 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Bi-Partisan Opposition to Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Grows

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Lead by Rep. Bart Stupak, a bi-partisan alliance is calling President Obama out on his campaign promise.

By Nathan A. Cherry

 Martinsburg, W.V. – A recent Zogby Poll shows that 71% of Americans are opposed to tax-payer funded abortion on demand. Groups like Operation Rescue and the Christian Defense Coalition have launched a new campaign called “I Am 71” to make sure the White House and Congress knows that a super-majority of Americans oppose provisions in the current health reform bill, this according to a recent story by Newsmax. (Click here for full story)

Just last week Lifesitenews.com released a story that read “183 Congressional representatives have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanding that Congress be allowed a free vote on bipartisan pro-life measures that would truly prohibit government funding of abortion in health care.”

The letter, a bi-partisan effort by House democrats and republicans, tells Speaker Nancy Pelosi that either she allows a vote on the pro-life measures taken by lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi), or Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa) or they will do everything in their power to defeat the health reform bill.

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The Engage Family Minute – October 7

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Written by Jeremy Dys

October 7, 2009 at 10:00 am

The Engage Family Minute – October 6

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October 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm

PRC’s: A Passion to Serve

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Because the policy battle for funding abortions, regulating abortion procedures, and litigating breaches of abortion practices often overshadow, the unsung, heroic work of pregnancy resource centers is often overlooked.  Politicians that beg for the “common ground” of making progress at stemming the tide of unwanted pregnancies rarely account for the magnificent results that come from the shoe-string budgets of pregnancy resource centers.  And rare is the day that our taxpayer dollars fund them.

That is the heart of the Family Research Center’s (FRC), “Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life” report.  Moira Gaul, director of this initiative at FRC elaborates at FRCblog.com:

Wednesday, September 30th, FRC was very pleased to announce the release of a groundbreaking report, “A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life:  Pregnancy Resource Center Service Report 2009” which coincides with the 40-year anniversary of the pregnancy resource center movement (“PRC”) in the United States. A collaborative project with the three major pregnancy resource center networks Care Net, Heartbeat International, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and LIFE International the report tells the story of a movement contributing in significant ways daily to the enhancement of maternal and child health nationwide, as well as around the world.

Go to www.apassiontoserve.com to learn more about the PRC movement and the report, view news stories, to order/download a copy of the report, and/or to view the press conference web cast.

Story continues at www.frcblog.com.

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 5, 2009 at 10:14 am

Good News on Abortion

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Good news from the Pew Research Center:

Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support for abortion than in previous years. In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents; now Americans are evenly divided on the question, and there have been modest increases in the numbers who favor reducing abortions or making them harder to obtain.  Less support for abortion is evident among most demographic and political groups.

The latest Pew Research Center survey also reveals that the abortion debate has receded in importance, especially among liberals. At the same time, opposition to abortion has grown more firm among conservatives, who have become less supportive of finding a middle ground on  the issue and more certain of the correctness of their own views on abortion.

No single reason for the shift in opinions is apparent, but the pattern of changes suggests that the election of a pro-choice Democrat for president may be a contributing factor. Among Republicans, there has been a seven point decline in support for legal abortion and a corresponding six point increase in opposition to abortion.  But the change is smaller among Democrats, whose support for legal abortion is down four points with no corresponding increase in pro-life opinion. Indeed, three groups of President Obama’s strongest supporters – African Americans, young people and those unaffiliated with a religion – have not changed their views on abortion at all. At the same time, fully half of conservative Republicans (52%) – the political group most opposed to abortion – say they worry Obama will go too far in supporting abortion rights.

(H/T The Cloakroom Blog).

Written by Jeremy Dys

October 2, 2009 at 9:23 am