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Mar and Carly, co-creators of the book 'What's an Abortion Anyway?' reading the book live on Instagram.whatsanabortionbook / Instagram

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June 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Back in 2019, I reviewed a fantastic new book called Pro-Life Kids! by Bethany Bomberger, wife of pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation. It is a Dr. Seuss-style book on life in the womb and why pre-born babies should be protected, written in an age-appropriate fashion. Children instinctively recognize the preciousness of babies in the womb, and Bomberger’s beautiful children’s book helps to ground those instincts.

Earlier this year, a very different sort of book was released. What’s an Abortion, Anyway? is a so-called children’s book produced by two abortion doulas: Mar, who utilizes the pronouns “they/them,” is “a brown genderqueer” who uses the name “Emulsify,” and is in a same-sex relationship with a woman who provided the illustrations. Carly Manes, who describes herself as a “white, queer” woman who “has been a practicing abortion doula for over six years, supporting more than 2,000 individuals during their in-clinic procedures” provided the text.

According to Mar and Carly, the book is intended to help children understand abortion and those who have had abortions. They also emphasize that people “of all gender identities get pregnant,” and thus people of all “gender identities” also get abortions. Their book, they state, “honors” all those who get abortions, and their book is dedicated to women who have chosen to abort their children. This is unsurprising, considering how committed the authors are to mainstreaming feticide – Manes, after all, has been party to at least 2,000 abortions through her work.

Not surprisingly, the book is rife with disinformation from the get-go. They describe a miscarriage not as the loss of a child, but as a process where a “pregnancy” isn’t healthy enough to keep growing. This will be understandably confusing to children who know, instinctively, that it is a baby, not a pregnancy, that is growing. They use the same sleight of hand to describe killing a baby in the womb: “An abortion is when someone decides to stop growing their pregnancy.” 

They then explain that there are many ways of “removing the pregnancy” – with pills, through a doctor-administered surgical procedure – and state that abortion is “safe” because “millions of people” have them. They also indicate that women (“people”) have abortions for different reasons – some because “they like their family exactly as it is”; some because “they can’t take care of a new baby right now.” Of course, the rest of the book refers not to “babies” but to “pregnancies” to ensure that children aren’t too traumatized by what abortion actually is. 

The book – which you can watch the authors read here if you wish – was funded via Kickstarter, where Mar and Carly raised $23,492 to produce “a book for kids about abortion care [sic] that is gender inclusive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate.” Their hope is to get the book into public libraries so that abortion can be normalized for children who may be missing siblings or other family members because of abortion – but who just need a colorfully-illustrated piece of propaganda to persuade them that abortion “stops a pregnancy” rather than kills a baby.

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The so-called 'Equality Act' contains deadly poison for Christian democracy in the United States. And, its harmless-sounding name tries to hide this insidious reality.

But, unfortunately, Pelosi and company have JUST PASSED this morally repugnant bill in the US House of Representatives.

Pro-life and pro-family organizations, as well as Christian churches and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and freedom-loving groups everywhere, are now sounding the alarm.

Wake up, America, this is RED ALERT time!

This petition, therefore, calls on every US Senator to vigorously oppose and reject this bill.

Yes, it's THAT important.

The bill has nothing to do with "equality," or with extending the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which is how it is being touted by the leftists in the mainstream media.

It is, rather, one of the MOST EXTREME anti-life, pro-LGBT indoctrination bills ever proposed.

It has been described as a short-list of the worst possible elements of the Radical Left's agenda in Congress...and, REMEMBER, it has just passed the House!

We need to tell all US Senators, in no uncertain terms, that WE WILL NOT ACCEPT this outrageous attack on our freedoms and on life, itself!


And, after you have signed this petition, please CLICK HERE to DIRECTLY CONTACT YOUR U.S. SENATORS, and tell them to oppose this assault on our freedoms of thought, speech, conscience and religion.

Thank you!


Below are some of the devastating critiques of 'Equality Act,' leveled by some of the best conservative, Christian minds in the country.


Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), has written that the 'Equality Act' will include, "the largest expansion of taxpayer-funded abortion this country has ever seen.” 

"Under this big new umbrella of 'discrimination,'" continued Perkins, "any American who doesn’t want to fund, offer, perform, or participate in abortion on demand will have no real choice. They can conform — or they can be punished."

"Every wall that’s been built between abortion and the government would come crashing down, including the Hyde Amendment, the pro-conscience Weldon Amendment, and several international barriers that keep our country from exporting abortion."


Lloyd Marcus, of the American Thinker publication, has written about the 'Equality Act' in the following terms:

"LGBTQ enforcer and homosexual Democrat congressman David Cicilline is sponsor of the Equality Act. Cicilline's evil bill is the most aggressive assault on our constitutional religious liberties in U.S. history...If the Equality Act becomes the law of the land, every outrageous, tyrannical demand [of LGBTQ activists/enforcers] will become reality."

And, Liberty Counsel Action, a law and policy education, training and advocacy organization which, among other things, advances religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, and the family has extensively criticized the 'Equality Act'.

On their webpage, dedicated to analyzing the 'Equality Act', which you can access below, Liberty Counsel Action state: "The 'Equality' Act' elevates 'sexual orientation and gender identity' to the same protected category as race. It will violate the religious freedom of Americans in numerous ways."

The go on to list the areas of life which this will affect: "It will impact all employers, including religious and non-profit organizations; contractors; houses of worship; public, private, and religious schools; curriculum; bathrooms; sports; daycare providers; shelters; hospitals; places of gatherings; entertainment providers; counselors; foster care and adoption; biological parents; landlords; anywhere providing a “good, service, or program,” including those advertised online; transportation drivers; and all local, state, and federal entities and many other areas."

And, as they note: "[T]here is NO RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION to this bill!"

Taking into account all of these potential threats to Christian democracy, Life and religious freedom, it is easy to see how the so-called 'Equality Act' has been called a "poison pill."

It is imperative that the US Senate vigorously reject this bill, AND EXPOSE IT FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS.

Please SIGN this urgent petition, TODAY!

The following links will take you to more information about the 'Equality Act'

The House version of the so-called 'Equality Act' (HR 5):

Liberty Counsel Action's full analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act': and

LifeSiteNews opinion and analysis of the so-called 'Equality Act':

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In recent years, the children’s sections of public libraries have been swamped by books promoting transgenderism, alternative “family” arrangements, the LGBT agenda, and now, presumably, abortion. Pro-life parents should respond by reading books that promote the value and dignity of every human life to their children – Bethany Bomberger’s Pro-Life Kids! is one great resource, and there are others. The same abortion activists who are appalled that children attend the March for Life are happy to push abortion books for the children who survived their worldview. 

Life is beautiful. Abortion is murder. These truths should not be covered up.

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Jonathon Van Maren is a public speaker, writer, and pro-life activist. His commentary has been translated into more than eight languages and published widely online as well as print newspapers such as the Jewish Independent, the National Post, the Hamilton Spectator and others. He has received an award for combating anti-Semitism in print from the Jewish organization B’nai Brith. His commentary has been featured on CTV Primetime, Global News, EWTN, and the CBC as well as dozens of radio stations and news outlets in Canada and the United States.

He speaks on a wide variety of cultural topics across North America at universities, high schools, churches, and other functions. Some of these topics include abortion, pornography, the Sexual Revolution, and euthanasia. Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history from Simon Fraser University, and is the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform.

Jonathon’s first book, The Culture War, was released in 2016.