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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

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 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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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

How to Answer Abortionist Logic

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Today’s article in the Gazette has set off progressive liberals in the online comments section.  They are making two stunning arguments.

First, they effectively say that because unwanted pregnancies, carried to term, end in a child living in squalid conditions to abusive parents, it is better that they be killed than continue to live in such deplorable conditions.  Someone should ask Leonardo da Vinci about that sometime.  Conceived in an unwanted pregnancy and born to a peasant woman in the dark ages, Leonardo’s early life would have surpassed even the poorest among as as the most regrettable of circumstances.  But, because he was given life, the world is much the better.

And, moreover, if we can morally justify the killing of pre-born humans to stem the tide of children living in squalid, abusive conditions, what is to stop us from killing born human children to stem the tide of children living in squalid, abusive conditions?

Second, they are lecturing anyone who dares be “pro-life” that you’re not really pro-life unless you adopt.  The argument fails as soon as it is argued, but it moves us to point out two compelling resources.  First, Focus on the Family has created website and the “Wait No More” campaign.  Adoption has always been close to the heart of pro-life activists – including Jim Daly, new President of Focus on the Family who is himself an adopted child.

In addition, Live Action Films has created a series of You Tube videos that help you answer these self-defeating – but oft-intimidating – arguments.  To this question about adoption, consider the following video:

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

“Abortion is about life”

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The Charleston Gazette this morning reports of Dr. Susan Wicklund’s visit to Charleston yesterday for a book signing and speaking engagement with the Woman’s Club of Charleston.  Wickland, a long-time abortionist from Montana, offers praise for her profession.  The Gazette article, unsurprisingly, is glowing in its coverage.  But it is the actual words of Dr. Wicklund that left me stammering for words.

Consider, for instance, her description about what abortion is:

“Abortion is about life: quality of life for infants, children and adults. Everywhere and in every sense of the word. Life, not death,” she writes in her book, “This Common Secret, My Journey as an Abortion Doctor.”

I am at a complete loss for comment on such a statement.  Abortion is “about life?”  Really?  Clearly, the abortion industry has done much to justify, conceal, and rationalize their life-ending practices for decades, but is this the new face of pro-abortion activists like Dr. Wicklund?  In recent years, the rhetoric of pro-abortion politicians has shifted from discussing the actual procedure to focusing on the focus-group approved message of making abortion safe and rare.  President Obama has infamously declared that, though we may disagree, we ought to agree on ending unwanted pregnancies.  Such an argument, it would seem, is lost on Dr. Wicklund, who would rather end a human life to improve quality of life for another.

However, as I think about, Dr. Wicklund has actually made a profoundly correct statement.

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 25, 2009 at 9:48 am

Values Voter 2009 – Congressman Mike Pence Stands Strong

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pence (IN-6), has been in Congress for just about 10 years. His hair is growing whiter with each year, but his voice and his stance is firmer now than it has ever been. His voice grew strong as the congressman spoke of “A great awakening is beginning, I am encouraged.” And from there Mr. Pence proceeded to share why he is encouraged and to encourage everyone in the room.

In addressing healthcare Congressman Pence admitted what every American has known for years, that we all want healthcare reform. The room erupted in applause as  Mr. Pence proclaimed,

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Written by Nathan Cherry

September 18, 2009 at 10:15 am

ACORN and Other Nuts

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Today, Congressmen Rahall and Mollohan voted to continue funding of ACORN today, causing us to now wonder whether they will vote to extend funding for abortion, abortion related services, and Planned Parenthood in whatever health reform proposal comes out of Washington.

According to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,, and others, including FRC, the current proposal before Congress would continue (if not increase) Federal funding of abortion services.

Email Congressman Mollohan ( and Congressman Rahall today to ask them to leave your tax dollars out of abortion services.

Written by Jeremy Dys

September 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

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