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Dr. Day Gardner on abortionist’s ‘ugly black babies’ remark: she’s heard it before

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August 7, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dr. Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union, says she is hurt and angered over abortionist Asutosh Ron Virmani’s racist “ugly black babies” comment, but says this is not the first time she has heard such remarks.

The mindset displayed by abortionist Virmani “is something that has been ingrained into the black community,” Gardner told LifeSiteNews. “[W]hat he said, I have heard before, and I have heard from other blacks [who say] our children are not as adoptable as their white counterparts.”

Charlotte abortionist Ron Virmani was recently caught on camera telling pro-lifers that as a taxpayer he doesn’t want to support unwanted babies, who he suggested will grow up and “kill those people in Colorado.” He then urged the pro-lifers to “adopt one of those ugly black babies.” 

According to Gardner, Virmani is not alone in harboring racist sympathies. “So many abortionists feel that way.  And that’s why they are in the business that they are – the horrible brutal gruesome business of killing children.”

Gardner believes that while adoption into a loving family is an ideal situation for some babies, the fear of foster care does not justify ending a life.  “Every child deserves at least a chance at life.  So if that child grows up in a loving adoptive home, that would be wonderful.  If a child is not adopted out and they grow up in foster care still that child deserves a chance at life.”   

Gardner is hoping and praying that the black community will see this as a call to action.  “It really has to be the black community that stands up and says, ‘No more’ [and] ‘the killing stops here.’”

“More than anything the black community should be outraged,” she said, “The black community should stand up in that neighborhood…and say, “We will not allow this.  We will not allow you to kill our children just because they are born in a different social economy.”

Black babies are targeted and “are thought of as being worthless right from the very start,” said Gardner, commenting on the agenda “to limit the growth of the black population.”

Gardner understands racism on a personal level.  In 1976, she became the first African American to win the title of Miss Delaware.  Before that time, no other African American had placed in the top ten semi-finalists at the Miss America pageant. 

While competing, she witnessed first-hand the prevalence of racial slurs, including the n-word.  When she won, she knew it was more than just winning a beauty contest.  It was about redefining what the all-American woman looks like.

“I entered the pageants at the time when black women were not seen as being the all-American Girl, the girl next door, and the reason of course had to do with race,” said Gardner.  “I was not what the average Miss American girl looked like and it was something that was made very, very obvious when I started entering pageants.”

“I am blessed to say that at least in part I was a little bit able [to change] what America thought…beauty looked like,” Gardner said.  “I didn’t look like the other girls in the pageant that year or in any previous years.” It wasn’t until 1970 that black women were welcomed to the pageant.

Even with that victory, Gardner said, “when you come down to it, it isn’t what you look like [that matters, but] “where your soul is and where your heart is.”

“The Bible tells us that we are all God’s children and we are all special in his eyes and we are perfect in his eyes and I think that it is sad that in this society it’s what is on the outside that counts and what counts is that God sees us as his children and we are all perfect, each and every one of us,” she said.

Gardner also pointed to inconsistencies in Virmani’s comments that abortion saves taxpayers money. “He is talking about saving taxpayers money…and the HHS mandate is saying we should be forced to pay to kill these children,” she said.

As for Virmani’s reference to the Colorado killer, she said it is “totally out of context.”

“He is saying that any black child who is allowed to live [will] grow up to be someone who is very violent, with violent tendencies.”  She added that the Colorado killer “was a white male who was not from an impoverished family.”

Still, this scandal will only add to Gardner’s prayers. “I was actually very angry when I heard [his comments.]” She said, however, “it is necessary to keep even this person in prayer” with the hope that “God is going to change” Virmani’s heart.


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Abortion group targets pro-life doctors, nurses with new website: New Zealand

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By Michelle Kaufman

Pro-life health practitioners and crisis pregnancy centres in New Zealand are the target of a new website designed to intimidate those who choose not to refer for abortion or prescribe contraception.

The website, My Decision, is created by the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand (ALRANZ). 

The site lists health practitioners and crisis pregnancy centres which they believe women should avoid.  The incomplete list includes the names of individuals or organisations, the region and town, and whether they are a doctor, nurse or other provider. 

Women are asked to submit their stories of “hostile or unhelpful health professionals.”  The stories are non-identifying and can be edited for length or clarity.  At the time of writing only two stories had been posted.

In an earlier blog post, ALRANZ mentioned that the new website, which was still under construction at the time, is “aimed at shining the light on ‘conscientious objectors’… who deny people the reproductive healthcare they want or need.”

Right to Life NZ says they believe the site is “denigrating the good name and reputations of health professionals who believe that abortion is a harmful choice.”

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Under New Zealand law, health practitioners can object to providing reproductive health services according to their conscience.  However, there is one caveat – they “must inform the person who requests the service that he or she can obtain the service from another health practitioner or from a family planning clinic.”

 “Sonscientious objection is a fundamental right and one that must be preserved if we are to continue to live in a free and civil society,” said Chris O’Brien, Vice President of Right to Life NZ. “We risk tyranny if this right is taken away.”

“There are very good doctors that appear on that website” said Dame Colleen Bayer, whose Dunedin Family Life Crisis Pregnancy Centre is also named.  “These doctors speak truthfully and have real care and concern for their patients.  Women do themselves a disservice to discount them based on this information.”

The resource section on the My Decision website links to ALRANZ, Family Planning (an affiliate of International Planned Parenthood Federation and an abortion provider), and the website Abortion Services in New Zealand. 

The Abortion Services website is sponsored by ISTAR Ltd, a registered Charitable Trust which is the sole importer of mifepristone into New Zealand.  ISTAR also provides Manual Vacuum Aspiration equipment for early surgical abortions.

ALRANZ, was instrumental in the writing of the Greens abortion policy, which was unveiled earlier this year.  That policy aims to take abortion out of the Crimes Act making it more accessible.  The policy also targets health professionals who may conscientiously object to ensure they refer patients on to a “neutral practitioner”.

More information about freedom of conscience in healthcare 


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The government is proposing allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest.
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Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn

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Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest.

“Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected."

Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to consider changes to the law after he heard the stories of two women, who complained that they had not been allowed to abort their babies who had been diagnosed with anencephaly. Instead, they said, they had traveled to Britain for abortions.

Abortion was refused under Northern Ireland’s laws because the diagnosis of anencephaly for the child poses no medical threat to the mother.

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On Monday Ford told the BBC that the Department of Justice would bring forward its consultation paper on changing Northern Ireland's abortion laws by the fall.

However, Smyth warned that “the core ethical principle which must underpin this discussion is that every child deserves the right to life regardless of how short their life may be, and regardless of the circumstances of their conception."

She vowed that Precious Life will launch a public campaign in support of the life of all unborn babies.

“We all feel enormous sympathy for parents in these traumatic and distressing cases," Precious Life stressed in a statement. "But parents in these difficult situations deserve much more than our sympathy – they need a professional support system in place, which will provide them with help, support and resources.

"Precious Life are resolved to work towards a solution that loves and protects both mother and baby. Once again we call on the Health Minister to immediately establish perinatal hospice services for parents who have received a poor or difficult prenatal diagnosis for their baby,” said Smyth.

 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Email: via website (http://www.dojni.gov.uk/contact-us.htm)


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80% of parents who have an unborn child with spina bifida choose abortion. But Chad Judice (pictured with Eli) knows that life is worth it.
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Abortion? No way. Dad says son with spina bifida is a ‘gift’ to the family.

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What is the most pro-life, pro-God influence in your life? According to Catholic author and speaker Chad Judice, his five-year old, disabled son has been a tremendous source of happiness and faith for even the hardest of hearts.

In an op-ed published in The New York Post, Judice writes that when he and his wife found out their unborn son Elijah had spina bifida, they were offered the option of abortion. While they chose life, it didn't stop them from fearing the worst for their careers, eldest child, and Eli.

"That evening...Ashley cried as she read to me from the literature we’d been given," writes Judice. "It said 80 percent of parents who receive a spina bifida diagnosis choose abortion."

"And it told us that our son might have learning disabilities and be paralyzed from the waist down, unable to ever walk."

According to WemMD.com, the two most common forms of spina bifida have few, if any effects, on those who have them. However, the most rare and most aggressive form of the disability can result in significant problems for life:

  • Little or no feeling in their legs, feet, or arms, so they may not be able to move those parts of the body.
  • Bladder or bowel problems, such as leaking urine or having a hard time passing stools.
  • Fluid buildup in the brain (hydrocephalus). Even when it is treated, this may cause seizures, learning problems, or vision problems.
  • A curve in their spine, such as scoliosis.

Eli's form of spina bifida was severe, but -- as it turned out -- manageable, writes Judice. Despite surgeries and "medical challenges," he was out of the hospital within thirty days, though seizures and surgeries would continue to challenge the family. At five-and-a-half, he is entering kindergarten, learning to walk with modern technology, and "his intelligence is at or above average, and he's very talkative."

But perhaps the greatest miracle of all, Judice says, is the effect Eli has had on those who are outside of the family. His story has helped "some pregnant mothers...to reject abortion," and "rekindle the dormant faith of some...drawing them into a life with more room for God and family."

One of those rekindled Christians was a man who, after years in prison, prayed for Eli "as he recited The Lord's Prayer." According to Judice, "it was the first time he’d prayed in 30 years."

Since Eli's birth, Judice has written two books about his son and their family. "Waiting for Eli: A Father's Journey from Fear to Faith" was the first, and has received praise from Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life. According to Pavone, it is "an inspiring story of faith, hope, love, and the power of prayer."

"The world judges the value of human life by physical perfection, but God sees things differently. To Him, we are perfectly lovable in our imperfection. Uplifting in its reverence for human life in its most fragile stages, WAITING FOR ELI will encourage pro-life activists everywhere, from the most seasoned to the newly initiated."

Also unstinting in praise was the Chair of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities, Archbishop Daniel Cardinal Dinardo, who writes for Judice's website that the book "chronicles [Judice's] spiritual journey from fear of one’s personal limitations to self-abandonment to the divine mercy of God’s providence."

The second book, "Eli's Reach: On the Value of Human Life and the Power of Prayer," received the "Best Book by Small Publisher" award in 2013 by the Catholic Press Association.

"I think of Eli as God’s special gift to my family," Judice wrote in the Post. "And as I share about him, Eli’s story softens hearts and brings people to a greater appreciation of the beauty and sacredness of life."


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