Matthias

A pro-life reading list

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By Matthias
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March 2, 2012 (LiveAction.org) - As pro-lifers, I think it’s important to be well informed. We should have a good idea of what exactly we’re fighting against, and have a good knowledge that will better equip us to fight it. That’s probably the reason why you’re reading anything on this website in the first place. The more we know about the issue, the more informed we are, the better we can explain it to the rest of our nation and our world. The following are a number of pro-life books that I’ve enjoyed and found very helpful.

Lime 5: Exploited by choice by Mark Crutcher – I actually only recently picked this up. Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, compiles a really amazing amount of research that totally shatters the “safe, legal, rare” illusion. It uncovers a sampling of the medical malpractice, poor medical conditions, sexual assault, mutilation of women, cover ups, corrupt courts, lies, distorted statistics, and pain that has marked the abortion industry. It is probably the most horrific book I have ever read. I’m not easily scared or scandalized, but this book gave me nightmares. Every single page of this book documents gross injustice and immense pain. It is hard even to think of this book without weeping. This book reveals that abortion is truly a scourge and a horror to everyone it touches… there’s even a chapter that looks into the emotional toll the practice takes on clinic workers. Much of this book looks at the horrific injustice that accompanies abortion, things agreed on as evil and unjust by both sides of the issue. Definitely a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the abortion industry.

Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson -  This book has been gaining a lot of attention. It recounts the story of pro-life activist Abby Johnson and her involvement with Planned Parenthood. She began volunteering for Planned Parenthood in college, and eventually climbed her way up to become the director of a clinic in Texas. After viewing an ultrasound-guided abortion, she was moved to quit her job and went over to the nearby Coalition for Life, run by Shawn Carney. This book really inspired me with a lot of hope for the future of the Pro-life movement. It very clearly shows the hand of God acting to change hearts, as a fruit of the fervent prayers of the Pro-life community.

Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned Parenthood by George Grant – This is a very important book. It thoroughly documents the history of Planned Parenthood from their earliest days as a branch off of the eugenics movement. It is a very eye-opening read. I first read this several years ago, and it was a major inspiration for me to work in the Pro-life movement. Every American should read this book. Our tax dollars are going to fund this monster!

Three Approaches to Abortion: A Thoughtful and Compassionate Guide to Today’s Most Controversial Issue by Peter Kreeft – Dr. Peter Kreeft is one of my all time favorite authors, not just on topics surrounding the abortion issue. He is a professor of Philosophy at Boston College, and has written a huge number of books on a large variety of topics. This book is divided into three sections: an essay on the morality of abortion, a “Pro-life motivational map”, and a typical dialogue between a Pro-lifer and a Pro-choicer. The characters in the dialogue are taken from his amazing and beautiful novel An Ocean Full of Angels which I highly recommend as well. You can view the first section of the book, “The Apple Argument Against Abortion” here on his website . This book is a must-read for anyone wishing to rationally defend their position on abortion. It lays out very clear and convincing logical and philosophical arguments against abortion.

The Unaborted Socrates: A Dramatic Debate on the Issues Surrounding Abortion by Peter Kreeft – This book is also a must-read for Pro-life apologetics. The book is written in the form of a dialogue between Greek philosopher Socrates and several proponents of abortion. It portrays the Socrates, who has inexplicably landed in the 20th century, trying to figure out the abortion issue objectively and rationally. This book is solid-gold. It clearly deals with the issues surrounding abortion and brings the reader along step by step with the logical thought of Socrates. This book will definitely challenge you and equip you to more adequately defend the Pro-life position.

The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by Bernard Nathanson – This is the memoir of the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, an abortion doctor who performed over 75, 000 abortions before switching sides. He was the co-founder of NARAL and a major figure in the history of legalized abortion. This book documents the events in his life that led up to his practice of abortion and what led him to become Pro-life, as well as diving deeply into many of the issues surrounding abortion. I learned a lot reading this book, it is very informative. It is also very eloquently well-written, and (like Unplanned) is a very moving witness to hope. Bernard Nathanson was also the one who made the film The Silent Scream which details the abortion procedure and shows an ultrasound of an abortion.

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‘You can’t have’ marriage equality ‘without polygamy’

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July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Motivated by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” a Montana polygamist has filed for a second marriage license, so he can be legally wed to two women at once.

"It's about marriage equality," said Nathan Collier, using homosexual advocates’ term to support marriage redefinition. "You can't have this without polygamy."

Collier, who has has appeared on the TLC reality show Sister Wives with his legal wife Victoria, and his second wife Christine, said he was inspired by the dissent in the Supreme Court decision.

The minority Supreme Court justices said in Friday’s ruling it would open the door to both polygamy and religious persecution.

“It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

Collier and his wives applied for a second marriage license earlier this week at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings, a report from the Salt Lake Tribune said.

Collier, who was excommunicated from the Mormon Church for polygamy, married Victoria in 2000 and had a religious wedding ceremony with Christine in 2007. The three have seven children between them and from previous relationships.

"My second wife Christine, who I'm not legally married to, she's put up with my crap for a lot of years. She deserves legitimacy," Collier said.

Yellowstone County officials initially denied the application before saying they would consult with the County Attorney and get him a final answer.

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Bigamy, the holding of multiple marriage licenses, is illegal all 50 states, but Collier plans to sue if his application is denied. Officials expect to have an answer for him next week.

While homosexual “marriage” supporters have long insisted legalization of same-sex unions would not lead to polygamy, pro-life and family advocates have warned all along it would be inevitable with the redefinition of marriage.

“The next court cases coming will push for polygamy, as Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged in his dissent,” said Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, after the Supreme Court ruling. “The chief justice said “the argument for polygamy is actually stronger than that for ‘gay marriage.’ It’s only a matter of time.”

In a piece from the Washington Times, LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief and the co-founder of Voice of the Family John-Henry Westen stated the move toward legal polygamy is “just the next step in unraveling how Americans view marriage.”

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Chris Christie: Clerks must perform same-sex ‘marriages’ regardless of their religious beliefs

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TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”

In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.

“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said.

He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.”

“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said.

Since the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to legalize homosexual “marriage” last Friday, elected officials have grappled with how to safeguard the rights of those who have deeply held religious beliefs that would not allow them to participate in such a ceremony.

Christie's response differs markedly from other GOP hopefuls' responses to the Supreme Court ruling. Mike Huckabee, for instance, has specifically said that clerks should have conscience rights. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an executive order granting such rights and ordered clerks to wait until a pending court case was fully adjudicated before any clerk issues a marriage license to a homosexual couple.

Christie gave up a legal appeal after a superior court judge struck down his state's voter-approved constitutional marriage protection amendment. New Jersey is the only state where such a low court overturned the will of the voters.

The decision to ignore conscience rights adds to the growing number of Christie's positions that give conservatives pause.

The natural locus of support for a Christie 2016 presidential run is the Republican's socially liberal donor class, for personal as well as political reasons. His wife works on Wall Street, and some of the GOP's high-dollar donors – including Paul Singer – have courted Christie for years.

However, this year Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and to a lesser degree Scott Walker have eclipsed Christie as the preferred candidates of the boardroom donors – who sometimes prefer Democrats to Republicans.

Christie also used language during a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition last year, which concerned some major GOP donors.

Christie is reportedly spending this weekend with Mitt Romney and his family at Romney's New Hampshire home. Romney declined to enter the 2016 race himself and may be able to open his donor list to Christie's struggling campaign.

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After having a girl with Down syndrome, this couple adopted two more

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LINO LAKE, MN, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – For most people, having five biological children would have been enough. In fact, for many Americans, large families are treated as a scandal or a burden.

But one family made the decision, not just to have a large family, but to give a home to some of the most vulnerable children in the world: Girls born overseas with Down syndrome.

Lee and Karen Shervheim love all seven of their children, biological or otherwise. Undeterred by having twin boys – Daniel and Andrew, 18 – they had Sam four years later.

They now have three daughters who are all 11 years old. All three have Down syndrome.

And two of them are adopted.

About the time their eight-year-old son, David, was born, Lee and Karen decided to adopt a child with Down syndrome to be a companion to their daughter, Annie.

They made the further unexpected choice to adopt a child from Eastern Europe with the help of Reece's Rainbow, which helps parents adopt children with Down syndrome.

“Between my wife and I, we couldn’t get it out of our heads,” Lee told the Quad City Press. “So many children need families and we knew we could potentially do something about it.”

After originally deciding to adopt Katie, they spent six weeks in Kiev, visiting an orphanage in nearby Kharkov. While there, they decided they may have room in their heart, and their home, for another child.

When they saw a picture of Emie striking the same pose as their biological daughter in one of their photographs, they knew they would come home with two children.

Both girls were the same age as their Annie. She would not lack for companionship, as they worried.

Lee said after the Ukrainian government – finally – completed the paperwork, they returned to the United States, when the real challenges began.

“The unvarnished truth,” Lee told the Press, is that adopting the Russian-speaking special needs children “was really disruptive to our family. They came with so many issues that we had not anticipated.”

After teaching them sign language and appropriate behavior, they moved to Lino Lake, Minnesota and found a new support group in Eagle Brook Church. There they found personal assistance and spiritual solace.

Every year in the past seven years has been better and better, they say.

“I think my girls can do almost anything they want to do,” he said, “and that’s what I want to help them become.”

The family's devotion is fueled by their faith, and it informs the sense of humor Lee showed in a tweet during the 2014 midterm elections:

It takes a special person to believe in the potential of the “mentally retarded,” as they were once labeled. Today, 90 percent of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb will be aborted. The percentage is higher in some countries. Some have even spoken of "a world without people with Down syndrome."

Their God, and their experience, tell them that every child has infinite worth and potential, Lee told local media, and he would encourage anyone to follow his footsteps and adopt a Down syndrome child – or two.

“The message is that it really doesn’t matter where you started or where you came from,” Lee said. “There are endless opportunities for everyone, whether they have disabilities or not. They deserve a shot.”

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