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UPDATED: TV station cuts pivotal pro-life scene from pro-life movie October Baby

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Update: Monday afternoon viewers were reporting receiving the following letter from GMC as a response to their complaints about editing the important pro-life scene out of October Baby:

Thank you for your feedback regarding our airing of October Baby this Sunday. Everything we do here at gmc is for our viewers and we greatly value your opinions.

We understand the importance of this film to our viewers and it was not our intent to alter or dilute the impact of October Baby in any way. All movies on gmc are edited for length and for various types of content (graphic violence, sex, language, etc.). We always aim to ensure that the essence of the story is not altered by the editing process. Upon further reflection in light of your comments, we agree that some of these edits were not necessary. We will be re-editing the film to re-introduce these portions in all future airings.

Folks, no doubt if you had not spoken out, the movie would have stayed with the edits in place. Never be silent. Even seemingly small things like this can have a major impact! Now let’s see if they separate themselves from Komen and its pro-abortion funding.

October 15, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - The excitement about the world television premiere of the pro-life movie hit October Baby on the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) Sunday night was dimmed for many pro-lifers when GMC cut what some think is the most crucial pro-life scene of the film. The viewer frustration deepened when the ever-present breast cancer awareness pink ribbon in the corner of the screen led viewers to find a Susan G. Komen Foundation video on GMC’s website. Komen, of course funds the nation’s largest abortion provider. By the end of the evening, pro-lifers were aborting their viewing experience.

The controversy for GMC began when the internet was filled with criticism of the movie being cut, not just in some logical place that didn’t affect the outcome. Most movies get cut a bit when they are aired on television. But cutting a pivotal scene from a movie that helps define its purpose is a whole other story. When we reviewed the movie last year we wrote about this (as most reviewers did because it was so integral to the movie):

A pivotal scene occurs when Hannah finds the abortion center nurse who assisted with the failed abortion (Jasmine Guy). The nurse tells her, “there were things that happened there, terrible things, things he had me do.” She explains how the abortionist called babies “tissue” so much that she began to believe it—until the day of the failed abortion:

“I didn’t see the face of no tissue; I just saw the face of a child.”

Viewers weren’t happy with the omission of this key scene which is one of the most important pro-life messages of the film. The GMC Facebook page was filled with comments like these:

Continued here (more comments and “likes” showed up throughout the evening).

But adding insult to injury, or perhaps injury to insult, was the Komen connection. Alas! How anyone with a Christian name could not try to separate themselves from Komen after the controversy over funding Planned Parenthood, I don’t know, but GMC has not. Announcing it was going “pink” for the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, would be okay. Komen doesn’t have the handle on pink, though it may try to hijack it, except that a simple search of GMC for the word Komen or term breast cancer pulls up this video for Komen.

The end of the video links to Circle of Promise which is a Susan G. Komen trademark. The GMC video was uploaded last year, but the “Goes pink” signs and the active links leave no question as to the association despite the pink ribbon being a symbol for all breast cancer awareness.

Sunday night’s world premiere of October Baby was a disappointment for many viewers who felt betrayed by editing of an integral message of the movie, followed by the Komen connection which showed up on its site searches.

However, viewers probably shouldn’t be too disappointed because it turns out GMC isn’t so much a gospel network but an “inspiring” family network with the gospel name. Its site says:

America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and entertainment, featuring music and inspiring stories the whole family will enjoy. gmc is the only TV network with every program certified as family safe by the Parents Television Council.

The site continues by declaring its mission is “To inspire, uplift and entertain.” Under its employee values it includes:

-We value each individual, their beliefs, their faith, their passion and their unique contribution to our mission.

-We value an open, creative and energetic atmosphere where all points of view are encouraged.

Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with a TV network embracing all faiths, or even supporting Komen and editing movies. What’s wrong is when people are expecting an entity with Gospel in the title to reflect the Gospel. On Sunday night, GMC reflected abortion a whole lot more by cutting the scene of a movie that moved people to tears with its reality of life, and by linking to the breast cancer logo which led views to find the Komen video on their site. Being uplifting and family-friendly is good, but calling yourself a Gospel network makes the expectation Biblical. Sunday night disappointed for many pro-lifers who were looking for an evening that didn’t compromise the pro-life entertainment. Instead the got the baby scene cut and some Komen promoted.

In the end it was viewers who aborted the movie, like this public tweet from Kelly Clinger.

GMC had a wonderful opportunity to show this movie with its meaning intact and blew it. Throwing in some pink ribbons that led to Komen was the poison icing on the stale cake.

Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com

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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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