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Cancer-Stricken Teen Mother Dies to Give Her Baby Life

Ben Johnson Sat Dec 31 18:20 EST Culture of Life

An Idaho teenager diagnosed with cancer died last month after refusing to abort her unborn child or expose him to radiation.

Abortionists Brigham, Riley Charged with Murder, Jailed

Steve Jalsevac Sat Dec 31 13:23 EST Abortion

Operation Rescue has learned that abortionists Steven Chase Brigham and Nicola Irene Riley have been charged with murder related to the deaths of viable babies at an illegal secret abortion clinic that the pair operated in Elkton, Maryland.

UN Agency for Women Mired by Lack of Funds

Stefano Gennarini, J.D. Sat Dec 31 13:53 EST Abortion

The first report of the agency, titled “Access to Justice” is so ideologically charged that it appears to have been written by a fringe women’s advocacy group.

NewsBytes – Republican Nomination Candidates

Steve Jalsevac Sat Dec 31 22:51 EST

Mitt Romney Calls Obamacare “Conservative; 7 Reasons Why Mitt Romney's Electability Is A Myth; The real Romney; Ron Paul: Iran Would be Justified in Closing Strategic Waterway; Ron Paul is dangerous; 'Ron Paul effect' has GOP worried; Will Santorum Get Chance at Ascent?; Newt Gingrich Serial Hypocrisy; Newt's Health Problem, more…

NewsBytes – Obama

Steve Jalsevac Sat Dec 31 22:06 EST

Obama's Christmas Proclamation; So Many Obama Outrages; Rush Limbaugh; Obama publicly 'outed' himself; Obama Ambush Election Prevention; Obama 101; The Year in Obama Scandals; Obama’s secrets; NEA endorses Obama, more…

NewsBytes – Tea Party

Steve Jalsevac Sat Dec 31 20:42 EST

The Tea Party's Achilles' Heel; Tea party has proven to be the harbinger of a world wide movement; Sen. Kerry on 'Absurd' Tea Party Ideas; Times' Maureen Dowd on Tea Party; Incivility at the Tea Party, more…


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Dear Deacon,

I wasn't planning to send you a message today, but late
last night I couldn't go to sleep after reading some
GREAT news — so I thought I'd share it with you to mark
the end of 2011, and to look forward to whatever great
things God has in store in 2012!

Ever since first getting involved in pro-life efforts in
1998 — when Planned Parenthood announced plans to build
an abortion facility in my town — one thing that has
always been a bit disheartening for me is when Planned
Parenthood releases its annual report.

Year after year, despite the best efforts of the
pro-life movement, Planned Parenthood's abortion numbers
and revenue dollars have continued to go up and up …

… UNTIL NOW.

The abortion giant just released the annual report for
its last fiscal year (2009-2010) and these numbers have
FINALLY begun to decline!

Here are the stats …

Abortions at Planned Parenthood:
 * 2009: 331,796
 * DOWN in 2010: 329,445

Planned Parenthood Total Revenue (income):
 * 2009: $1.10 Billion
 * DOWN in 2010: $1.04 Billion

Now, I realize that these are not huge declines — and
the abortion numbers still demonstrate a STAGGERING loss
of life — but the tide has begun to turn.

And these numbers were from BEFORE 2011, a year the
abortion chain's president, Cecile Richards, just
described to abortion advocates as "the most difficult
year in our history."

40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted outside
of more than 135 Planned Parenthood facilities this fall
alone, and it is clear that your prayers and faithful
efforts ARE paying off.

Let's commit to build on this momentum in 2012!

Know how much I appreciate you, Deacon. Hope you
and your family have a blessed New Year.

For Life,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

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New NH law puts limits on girls' abortions; minors must tell parents

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 08:00 AM PST

Starting with the New Year, pregnant girls seeking abortions must tell their parents or get a judge's OK under a requirement reinstated by conservative Republicans over a gubernatorial veto.

Abortion clinic in Texas performed Christmas Eve abortions

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:39 AM PST

Who would work in an abortion clinic on Christmas Eve? Who would schedule her child to be aborted on Christmas Eve? Surely, even non-Christians can recognize this day as holy to others. But for the abortion industry the day-to-day business of scheduled, purchased death, there are few holidays.

2010: Planned Parenthood aborted 10 times the number of babies they helped

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:37 AM PST

A new annual report the Planned Parenthood abortion business released this week shows it helped fewer pregnant women with prenatal care and the number of pregnant women it referred for adoptions declined as well.

Will a Santorum surprise in Iowa upset the GOP primary?

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Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:00 AM PST

I have heard it before; it happens every four years. They say "Do not insist on the "social" issues, just trust the Republicans". Translated – trust the establishment Republicans. Another refrain is, "just elect them to office and they will be better than the Democrats".

The abortion industry's greatest hits in 2011

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 07:00 AM PST

I think many will agree with me that 2011 was a pivotal year for the pro-life movement. Let’s take a moment to look back at some of the hits the abortion industry suffered during 2011:

Desperate measures: IVF yields a 54-year old first-time mom

Posted: 31 Dec 2011 03:32 AM PST

Desperate for a baby at any cost, no matter how morally reprehensible, Anh-Hoh Le cashed in her retirement investments and had IVF in America, before coming home to have her son delivered in Melbourne on September 30, 2009.


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Data released by a European research group has revealed how European countries compare with respect to teen abortion rates.

A previous study conducted by the group “REPROSTAT 2” analysed abortion rates among girls ages 13-19 in 25 European countries and the findings have placed the UK under fire.

The UK had the second highest teen abortion rates at a rate of 22.1 per cent, and it has also been reported that a quarter of all abortions in the UK are from teenagers, according to Mail Online.

Interestingly, Greece, which shares similar abortion laws to the UK, had the lowest teen abortion rates with a rate of only 4.1 per cent.

Despite the low teen abortion rates in Greece, research shows that overall abortion remains relatively high throughout the nation. Some argue that overall abortion rates in Greece can be attributed to the Greek Orthodox Religion, which critics say does not strongly condemn abortion.

Read more here: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/staggering.abortion.rate.among.uks.teen…


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n a very cold evening tonight, December 30, 2011, thousands gathered on top of Apparition Mountain for Our Lady’s apparition to Ivan. The following translation of the message is an initial translation from the Italian to English, and is the substance of the message. This is not an accurate translation. A more accurate translation will be made available later:

“Dear children, the Mother blesses you with joy. Be carriers of my messages in this tired world. Welcome my messages with responsibility. Dear children, pray together with me for the plans that must be realized. Especially tonight, I call you to pray for unity of the Church and my priests. Dear children, pray, pray, pray. The Mother prays with you and intercedes before Her Son for each one of you. Thank you also today for having responded to my call, and for accepting my messages, and living my messages.”

Our Lady prayed for a while over each one of us, and blessed us with Her Special Motherly Blessing. Our Lady blessed the religious articles that were brought to be blessed. Then Our Lady prayed especially for you, the sick present here. Then Ivan recommended all our needs, and our intentions. In a special way, Ivan recommended all the sick. Then Our Lady extended Her hands and prayed over us. She then left in the illuminated sign of the cross, saying, “Go in peace, my dear children.”

A more accurate translation, will be posted in the following days.


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Saturday, December 31
SEVENTH DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS

The best gift ever!
Today, the close of the calendar year and the seventh and next-to-last day of the Christmas season, there is much to be grateful for. Perhaps the greatest source of thanksgiving is for the very gift of God’s Son, whose coming into the world we are in the midst of celebrating. In the words of the Second Vatican Council, “God chose to reveal himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will”: Through Christ, the Word made flesh, and in the Holy Spirit, humanity would have access to the father and share in divine nature. Wow! God wants us to be divine, to share in God’s very nature. Now that is a gift worth keeping and learning how to use.

TODAY’S READINGS: 1 John 2:18-21; John 1:1-18 (204)
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

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Friday, December 30, 2011

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Top Stories
• Planned Parenthood Helps Fewer Pregnant Woman, Adoptions Drop

• Abortion Practitioner Charged With Murder Had Sordid Past

• Planned Parenthood Report: $1B Group Gets 46% From Tax Money

• Don t Believe Misleading Attacks on Romney s Abortion Record

More Pro-Life News
• The Abortion Industry s Greatest Hits in 2011
• Survivors of Abortion Are Changing Hearts and Minds
• 2011: Year of Liberation From the Stranglehold of Abortion
• Planned Parenthood Leaders Say 2011 Was Worst Year Ever
• Clinic in Austin, Texas Did Abortions on Christmas Eve
• New Year s Resolution: 10 Pro-Life Things You Can Do in 2012
• How Pro-Life People Should Respond to Pro-Abortion Hate
• Building Up Girls With Values: Focus on Pretty, Not Hot
• Pennsylvania Abortions Drop in 2010, 535 on Underage Girls

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Planned Parenthood Helps Fewer Pregnant Woman, Adoptions Drope
A new annual report the Planned Parenthood abortion business released this week shows it helped fewer pregnant women with prenatal care and the number of pregnant women it referred for adoptions declined as well.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars a net profit. The new report also reveals 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding.

The report also breaks down the services Planned Parenthood offers in addition to abortions. Planned Parenthood has always come under fire from pro-life groups for doing hundreds of thousands of abortions by providing little in the way of help for pregnant woman wanting to keep their baby or considering adoption. The new report shows that hasn t changed.

The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/planned-parenthood-helps-fewer-pregnant-woman-adoptions-drop/

Abortion Practitioner Charged With Murder Had Sordid Past
The two abortion practitioners who have been charged with murder for doing late-term abortions in the state of Maryland had long, sordid pasts including brushes with the law and putting women s health at risk.

Steven Chase Brigham and Nicola Irene Riley have been charged with murder related to the deaths of viable babies at an illegal secret abortion clinic that the pair operated in Elkton, Maryland. Brigham is currently in the custody at the Camden County Jail in New Jersey and Riley was arrested and is currently in the custody of the Salt Lake County Jail in Utah. Both are awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Brigham was charged with five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of second-degree murder. Riley was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder. The charges are the result of a Grand Jury investigation.

While late-term abortions are not illegal in Maryland, those who kill viable babies killed in the commission of crimes can be charged with murder in that state. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/abortion-practitioner-charged-with-murder-had-sordid-past/

Planned Parenthood Report: $1B Group Gets 46% From Tax Money
Planned Parenthood has released its new annual report and the figures show the abortion business continues to make money despite its status as a nonprofit organization and it receives almost half of its income from taxpayer dollars.

On December 27, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) released its latest Annual Report for 2009-2010. The report indicates PPFA had a total budget of $1.04 billion and an excess of revenue over expenses of 18.5 million dollars a net profit.

The abortion business reports $513 million in current assets and $570 million in property, equipment and an endowment while showing $184 million in liabilities for buildings and other debts.

The new report also reveals 46 percent of the total PPFA budget comes from taxpayer dollars in the form of government funding. At the same time, just 21 percent of the income the abortion business brings in comes from private donors (it lists 528,000 active donors) while 31 percent of its revenue is derived from abortions non-government health services revenue. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/planned-parenthood-report-1b-group-gets-46-from-tax-money/

Don t Believe Misleading Attacks on Romney s Abortion Record
AFirst, we all know Mitt Romney is a convert on the life issue, so his record prior to that conversion is checkered, at best.

Second, it s beyond dispute that Mitt s record in office on life issues was far, far better than, say, Ronald Reagan s before he became president. (Mitt vetoed pro-abortion legislation and won an award from his state s most prominent pro-life advocacy group; Governor Reagan signed into law one of the nation s most liberal abortion laws pre-Roe). Third, Mitt has issued a very specific pro-life pledge that addresses every single major plank of the pro-life platform. Fourth, it s clear that the Left views Mitt s conversion as genuine: NARAL has targeted himabove other Republican presidential candidates. Mitt is pro-life, and he ll be a pro-life president. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/don%E2%80%99t-believe-misleading-attacks-on-romneys-abortion-record/

The Abortion Industry s Greatest Hits in 2011
I think many will agree with me that 2011 was a pivotal year for the pro-life movement. Let s take a moment to look back at some of the hits the abortion industry suffered during 2011e.

http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/the-abortion-industrys-greatest-hits-in-2011/

Survivors of Abortion Are Changing Hearts and Minds
I m guessing that, based on the title of this post, you think I m going to talk about photographs of aborted children. Nope. I m going to talk about the living faces of aborted children. They wield an incredible power all their own.

Take Alex for example. When she was only three years old, she heard her mom talking on TV about how she had had an abortion. At her extremely young and tender age, Alex understood enough to ask her mother why she had killed her brother or sister but not her. Today, Alex and her mother are pro-life speakers who spread the message of hope, love, and life for all babies. Alex is a living face for aborted children. She is a survivor. She could have been aborted.

My own mom is another example. My grandmother has publicly stated that she became pregnant with my mom by a man who date raped her. Although she gave birth to my mom, she had an abortion with my mom s only fully biological sibling. Later, my grandmother had two sons, my mom s half-brothers, but aborted the child she conceived after them. Today, my grandmother regrets her abortions and donates to the pro-life cause. My mom and her brothers are living faces for aborted children. It could have been them. They lost siblings to the horror that is abortion. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/survivors-of-abortion-are-changing-hearts-and-minds/

2011: Year of Liberation From the Stranglehold of Abortion
This has been a year of liberation. The abortion industry has been challenged, like never before, by women and men passionate about protecting all life.

The Radiance Foundation, a nonprofit founded by my wife Bethany and I, is one of many dedicated life-affirming organizations fighting this David versus Goliath battle. So many people ask us in our events on college campuses, in churches, at conferences, and even in community outreaches how they can get involved. Often, the mindset is that one has to be connected to a big organization or have lots of financial undergirding to make an impact.

Reaching someone s heart simply takes passion. Changing that heart is God s forte. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/2011-year-of-liberation-from-the-stranglehold-of-abortion/

Planned Parenthood Leaders Say 2011 Was Worst Year Ever
To say that 2011 has been a watershed year in the battle against Planned Parenthood is an understatement. This has been a year that has seen the effort to close down Planned Parenthood escalate to new and successful heights. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/planned-parenthood-leaders-say-2011-was-worst-year-ever/


Clinic in Austin, Texas Did Abortions on Christmas Eve
When I learned that an abortion clinic in Austin, Texas was performing abortions on Christmas Eve I immediately thought, Is nothing sacred? . http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/clinic-in-austin-texas-did-abortions-on-christmas-eve/

New Year s Resolution: 10 Pro-Life Things You Can Do in 2012
Every year, people make New Year s resolutions for things like quitting smoking, losing weight, exercising more, eating right and so on. While I certainly support all of these types of resolutions (even if they are not kept), I wanted to challenge everyone to some resolutions that can help end the abortion holocaust. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/new-years-resolution-10-pro-life-things-you-can-do-in-2012/

How Pro-Life People Should Respond to Pro-Abortion Hate
I write for a pretty large audience about a very divisive topic, so I get quite a bit of negative feedback in the form of comments, e-mails, tweets, and Facebook messages. I don t read all of it, or even most of it. Some of what I do see is constructive and interesting, but enough of it is not that I usually just skim over it. Sometimes people call me names or question my intelligence, motives, or talent as a writer. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/how-pro-life-people-should-respond-to-pro-abortion-hate/

Building Up Girls With Values: Focus on Pretty, Not Hot
Pat Archbold at the National Catholic Register writes on the Death of Pretty. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/building-up-girls-with-values-focus-on-pretty-not-hot/

Pennsylvania Abortions Drop in 2010, 535 on Underage Girls
A new report from the Pennsylvania state health department shows the number of abortions done in the state dropped from 2009-2010, a decline of 1.4 percent. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/30/pennsylvania-abortions-drop-in-2010-535-on-underage-girls/


 

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