Susan Michelle Tyrrell

America’s Build-A-Baby workshop, for anyone who can afford it

Susan Michelle Tyrrell
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When I was younger I loved the Build-A-Bear workshops in the mall. I wanted to design my own ballerina bear. Years later, some precious debate students did it for me as a thank you for being their coach. I still have my ballerina bear and still think the idea is a fun one, if you can afford a designer bear of course.

This idea, however, has morphed out of the malls and into the medical clinics of America where now people come to build designer babies. To hear political campaigns across the states and nation tell it, America has a financial problem and needs to return to her status of being the land of the free and land of opportunity before she crumbles. While I wouldn’t argue these aren’t problems, I would argue that our reputation is in deep danger when couples from around the world can now fly into our nation to design their own baby. 

While many people deny sex-selection is an issue in our modern American culture, clearly, there is a lucrative business that proves the contrary is true and, in fact, people fly from all over the world to America’s Build-A-Baby workshop.

According to this article last week:

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, director of The Fertility Institutes in Los Angeles and New York City, has for several years offered a fertility procedure allowing affluent couples to choose their baby’s gender. Sex selection, outlawed in many countries, is legal in the United States: Steinberg’s clinics have treated “thousands” of couples from India, China, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and 142 other nations.

Steinberg recently told the London Evening Standard that he’s helped around 400 British couples conceive their choice of a boy or girl. They sometimes pay $45,000 or more for one of Steinberg’s package deals that includes treatment, plane tickets, and a hotel. The doctor opened his New York clinic in 2008 to cater to British and European patients, who are perhaps less than an eight-hour flight away. Sex selection is illegal within the United Kingdom, but Steinberg boasted that “leading British politicians” fly to his New York office for that very purpose.

Steinberg admitted his clinics have recently seen a “huge growth” of Chinese clients. Almost all of them—98 percent—ask for a boy. So do most Indian couples. Both countries ban sex selection, but it’s practiced illegally because of cultural preferences for boys.

Legal in the United States? That’s right. If you can afford it, you can build it. After all, it’s a pretty easy process because of our medical “advances.” According to one story:

Advances in IVF technology mean it is now possible to determine the sex of an embryo in the laboratory, before it is placed in the womb, with 100 per cent accuracy.

You see, that’s the problem with the ability to play God: It never is just an innocent act to “help a childless couple have a baby.” When we permit the process, we open the door to more than we bargained for, a Pandora’s Box of distress and destruction which sends a message that value is in the eye of the creator, not the Creator.

As World Magazine reports, “Steinberg typically performs PGD by fertilizing eight or nine eggs and implanting just one embryo, discarding or freezing the others.”

Discarding is a fancy word for killing. Let’s get down to basic science here. We have 9 fertilized eggs, and implant one, a “desirable” baby boy; then we throw away the other 8. You can call it sex selection, abortion, a medical process or discarding eggs, but in the end a life created is taken away.

And America is infamous for being the place that couples can fly in and build their baby from scratch – assuming they can afford it. What a tragic testimony for a nation where upwards of 4000 babies are killed each day from abortion.

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Russian adoption ban gets partial reprieve days after taking effect

Susan Michelle Tyrrell
Susan Michelle Tyrrell

A law that was supposed to take effect this month barring the adoption of Russian children by Americans has been granted what some are calling a “miraculous” reprieve. The law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to take effect January 1, leaving in limbo orphans who were in the process of being adopted by American families. In fact, it had already been enacted, so the sudden reversal based on this agreement is a mystery, but a welcome one.

The Washington Post reports, “the Kremlin suddenly announced Thursday evening that the measure would not go into effect for another year. The Post says:

A bilateral adoption agreement between Russia and the United States that was reached just last year remains in force, Dmitri Peskov, the main Kremlin spokesman, told the RIA Novosti news agency Thursday. He pointed out that the agreement requires 12 months’ notice for either side to withdraw. Russia, he said, delivered that notice to the U.S. Embassy on Jan. 1, although until now it has been portrayed as an immediate cancellation.

A US State Department spokesperson spoke to CNN:

“So that would also take you to 2014,” department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “We are very hopeful that we will be able to complete the cases of adoption that had been begun before the law was passed. So that’s something that we will be working on with the Russian government.”

The Post, in another story, reports that 2014 is when it will revert:

According to Peskov, the agreement will be annulled in early January 2014. The adoption document states that “the agreement is valid over one year beginning from the date one party informs the other via diplomatic channels about its intention to withdraw from the present agreement.”

What actually changed it we may not know, but it would be remiss of us not to credit the many prayers with tipping things in Russia.

We continue to pray and believe, however, that as quickly as this recent changed happened, that the entire ban will be lifted permanently.  The plight of the orphan captures many hearts, and, as the Post reports,

The law was intended as a snub to the United States, but many here say its primary victims are Russian orphans.

Indeed, we recently told you this story, written by a parent who adopted a boy from Russia. Tesney Davis said in response to this reprieve that it is a “serious miracle.”

Now, parents who have been in pained limbo wondering if they would ever get the children they had already found and adopted in their heart, while simply waiting for the adoption process to be complete, are rejoicing as well. Now they now will almost certainly see their children come home.

Russian officials are not sure whether or not more adoptions will be allowed in this interim, so we will continue to pray and make the need known. However, tonight we rejoice that more children without fathers and mothers will have them. No law should keep a child from a family. And thankfully, prayers are being answered.

We must continue to pray, with engagement, with specificity, with expectation that God wants to fulfill His will more than we want Him to do it. Truly, no one wants children with mothers and fathers more than the Father Himself.

Be encouraged by this testimony of so many answered prayers, and then pray. Pray more. Add this to every prayer list you know exists. It is very likely that the work to end this ban fueled by the prayers of the saints could reach a crescendo causing President Putin himself to change it before 2014 even arrives.

Pray for the children who will likely get to come home now. Pray for negotiations between the US and Russia. Pray for President Putin to change the ban permanently and to have a heart for the children. And pray, always pray, for the spirit of adoption to be in operation, that all across the world the hearts of fathers will be turned to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers, that abortion would end from a movement of love.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” –Malachi 4:5-6

Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com.

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The opening of the president’s heart toward the children

Susan Michelle Tyrrell
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As long as I have been working in the pro-life movement, I have been praying for President Obama. Clearly he needs a heart change on the issue of abortion, but what disturbs me right now isn’t his heart but ours.

At first when the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred, most were pleased with the president’s response (as they should be; he responded with the compassion of a father as well as the authority of a leader). But as the days passed I have seen some disturbing comments that basically imply he is a hypocrite.

Here’s the deal, church. When we have prayed for years for a man’s heart to change, it’s not our job to judge his heart when he shows compassion, but to pray for the Lord to continue to work.

Who has known such tragedy as we experienced collectively this weekend? Even our president, who has responded to school shootings, has never experienced this magnitude of national grief.

Perhaps this has caused his heart to be touched with the heart of the father toward the children (Malachi 4:5-6). As a man with two daughters he loves dearly, the strings of his own heart were pulled as he expressed grief and compassion for the parents of the victims, for the parents who are victims, too.

When someone’s heart is raw, we shouldn’t condemn it but pray for the Lord to move on it, to encounter him. President Obama was struck with grief for the loss of precious children. He cares about children.

Most people who support abortion don’t hate the children. They are either deceived about what abortion is or they have hardened themselves toward the reality. They are not “baby haters.” They just don’t have the full reality; Jesus can reveal that. But sin in our own heart can hinder our prayers and the sin of criticizing freely, judging wrongly, and unbridling anger isn’t going to move God’s heart. It might move Him to tell us to remove the plank from our eyes first, though.

We pray so much for God to give people revelation, to open the eyes of their hearts and understanding. When we see compassion and love in a man toward the very thing we are praying, we should realize that his heart is open. We should not somehow “hijack” that to our own purposes, but to pray his heart grows in love even more toward children as he has been struck with the mass loss of children isn’t wrong. Condemning him is.

We are commanded to love. In this season of tragedy, let’s remember that more. Let’s pray our president’s heart is opened even more from revelation from heaven. Our job is to pray, love and stand for truth. We can’t pick the ones we like best; we must do them all.

Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com

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Obama is re-elected: now is the time for prayer, not anger or negativity

Susan Michelle Tyrrell
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The most pro-abortion president in American history has won re-election 2012 election. Barack Obama hit the magic 270 electoral votes mark not much past 11 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday.

Though pro-lifers are disappointed, grieved and even angry, we must remember that our call to LIFE and prayer has never changed. This isn’t a time to spew negativity or fight with natural weapons. Never have we needed to pray as we do in this critical hour. No man is our answer apart from Jesus, and He wasn’t the least bit surprised. Before the foundation of the world, He knew we’d re-elect President Obama tonight.  We absolutely cannot forget the word of the Lord in Romans which says:

13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same.

Did you catch that? Rulers are not a terror to good works. As we do the will of the Lord, no man, pro-abortion or not, should be a Christian’s terror. Jesus wants abortion to end. We have the Man of all men on our side. We cannot be in the wrong when we do right, but we can be wrong even in being right if we lash out and live from anger. As you take in the news tonight, please don’t forget the mandate to pray, not only to end abortion but for the rulers of this land, whether we wanted them to be elected or not—because that’s actually irrelevant to our prayers.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. I Tim. 2:1-2

We’ll have more response for you Wednesday, but we want to encourage you and remind you of the truth and hope that has not left. The president may not be on our side with LIFE, but the true King of the earth is. What we must do now is pray for our president, even as we pray for abortion to end. We must remember that being a Christian means we are to display Christ-like behavior. This is the time to respond in love and prayer. Its’ a time to stand for truth in love. This will change a culture far more than an election.

Many of us go to bed disappointed tonight. But it’s time to remember the hope that does not disappoint (Romans 5). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, and His desire for LIFE has never changed.

Take a day, feel sad about the loss, cry a bit, and then get up and stand on your knees. We have a battle to fight. And every day that we don’t, close to 4000 babies will suffer. This isn’t time to get fruitlessly angry but to channel that anger to the hope we have in Jesus.

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