OpinionFri Aug 24, 2012 - 2:43 pm EST
Singing to the unborn
August 24, 2012 (Bound4Life.com) - I was all by myself that afternoon. It’s not unusual on weekly sieges to be alone. Lunch hour prayer sieges either have several people or just me praying in front of the abortion center. I often thought it was God’s strategy to get me alone – to get me away from my own self-coordinating. It was in these solitary times that I could really concentrate on what to pray and hear from Him more. And that day was no different.
There were two girls that worked at the abortion center part-time. They were probably in their early twenties and both exceptionally vocal. At this point, I had been coming for a year or more to pray. I was basically a light fixture at that place each Thursday. Nothing unusual about my presence to them besides the red Life Tape that always seemed to shock them at first glance, no matter how many times they saw me. There was now a familiarity between us three that was getting comfortable.
The girls would always come out for their break around the same time I arrived. The girl with the glasses would sit down in the area right in front of me and light a cigarette. The other girl with the fair complexion would sit close by and listen to her talk. Sometimes I could hear their conversations and sometimes I couldn’t. They sat close enough to me so I could pick up every word if they so wanted. It was on the rare occasion that they would actually acknowledge me. Most of the time they sat there talking without even looking at me if I didn’t move. Like I was invisible.
I stood there with life tape over my mouth and as I prayed, the Lord kept bringing old hymns into my mind. Then, eventually, the same one kept repeating in my head over and over again. I hadn’t heard this hymn since I was a very little girl in church. As I listened to the melody in my head, I began wondering why this one simple hymn in particular popped in my mind. Then, I felt the Holy Spirit leading me to sing it out loud. My heart raced inside my chest and I felt my face get hot as it often does when I feel the Holy Spirit urging me to do something out of the ordinary. Singing anywhere out loud without music is uncomfortable, much less in front of these girls who seem to be so quick to call attention to my slightest action. The same girls who occasionally comment on my clothing; one had even complemented my red high heels before. I thanked her, of course, then I went on praying and she went on talking.
A few moments went by as I gathered the courage to take the red Life Tape off my mouth, place it on my shirt, and begin singing without any music. At first phrase, I almost whispered until I got the right tune and raised the volume to a somewhat audible level. Finally, I began singing as audibly as I would if I was talking to them. I was relieved to see that I was still invisible. They weren’t going to acknowledge me today and I could keep singing without the slightest flinch from them. “This was an easy enough task,” I thought to myself. Not knowing what God was actually setting up.
And then I heard the girl with the fair complexion say this to the girl with the glasses:
“My grandmother used to love that hymn.”
“Yeah?” She took another drag from her cigarette.
“Yeah, she raised me. My grandmother was a Christian.”
My mind was reeling as I realized that the Lord was doing something special. I kept singing the hymn.
“It’s her birthday today. I miss her.”
As I’m hearing this I’m beginning to get choked up. I’m trying to sing through the tears as I hear her go on about her grandmother’s favorite flowers. Lilies.
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I am always astounded by how much God really means that He loves all His children … even His unborn children. On this day at the abortion center, praying for His unborn meant praying for this girl’s unborn salvation. The life inside of her that has yet to be born needed to be loved. She was His unborn child who didn’t know Him yet. God brought me there on that day to sing that abortion center worker’s grandmother’s favorite hymn on her grandmother’s birthday simply because He loved her and knew she missed her! And He is longing for His unborn child to encounter His love that will never pass away.
What extravagant love is this? This is the kind of love that sees inside our hearts to our deepest longings despite the things about us that should disqualify us from this same kind of love.
I know the Lord was aching with her for missing her grandmother. I prayed the girl with the fair complexion would hear the words of the hymn with new ears. That she would discover the Faith of her grandmother. The faith that I was sure her grandmother had prayed her granddaughter would receive one day. Maybe even the answered prayer of her grandmother is what brought me to this place — to her granddaughter. I pray she heard the song, remembered the Faith she was raised with and knew God loved her. He is a good Father who loves all His children and longs for them all to be born into His hands of love and grace for all eternity. The hymn even said all the words she would ever need to say to be born:
“Father, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Jesus, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You
Spirit, I adore You
Lay my life before You
How I love You.”
Reprinted with permission from Bound4Life.com
‘Little miracles’: Mom gives birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets after refusing ‘selective reduction’
AUSTRALIA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A 26-year-old Australian mom has given birth to five healthy babies, all conceived naturally, after refusing the doctor’s advice that she must abort three of them in order to give the remaining two a better chance at life.
“After my initial ultrasound I was told I could consider the selection method to give 2 babies the best chance in life,” wrote mom Kim Tucci in a Facebook post last September.
“I watched a YouTube video on the procedure and I cried. I could never do that! Was I selfish for not giving two the chance of 100% survival? All I knew is that I already love them and that every heart beat I heard I connect with them more. For me life starts when a heart starts beating and all I know for sure is that I will do whatever it takes to bring them into this world healthy,” she wrote.
Last Thursday Kim and her husband Vaughn welcomed the five new members into their family — one boy and four girls —increasing the number of their children from 3 to 8. The babies were born at 30 weeks, 10 weeks early, due to insufficient space in Kim’s womb. They weighed on average about 2.5 pounds.
The quintuplets’ story began last March, after Kim and Vaughn had been trying for six months to conceive just one more child for their family. Due to health complications, Kim wondered if she would ever become a mother again.
After what she thought was an extra long cycle, she decided to take a pregnancy test.
“I was feeling tired and a little nauseated and thought I would take a pregnancy test just to get the ‘what if’ out of my head. To my shock and utter excitement it was positive,” she wrote on a Facebook post.
The parents got the shock of their lives when doctors confirmed in an ultrasound examination that there was not one baby, but five.
“After a long wait for the ultrasound we finally went in. The sonographer told me there were multiple gestational sacks, but she could only see a heart beat in two. I was so excited! Twins!”
“I was moved to another machine for a clearer view and had the head doctor come in and double check the findings. She started to count, one, two, three, four, five. Did i hear that correctly? Five? My legs start to shake uncontrollably and all i can do is laugh. The sonographer then told me the term for five is ‘quintuplets,’” Kim wrote.
Even though Kim began to feel stretched to the limit with all those human lives growing inside her, she chose to focus on her babies, and not herself, referring to them as “my five little miracles.”
“It's getting harder as each day passes to push through the pain, every part of my body aches and sleeping is becoming very painful. No amount of pillows are helping support my back and belly. Sometimes I get so upset that I just want to throw my hands up and give in.”
“Sometimes my pelvis becomes so stiff I can barely walk and my hips feel like they are grinding away constantly. I'm finding it hard to eat as I basically have no room left in my stomach, and the way it is positioned it's pushed all the way back with the babies leaning against it.”
“My skin on my belly is so stretched its painful and hot to touch. It literally feels like I have hives! No amount of cream helps relieve the discomfort. I have a lot of stretch marks now. Dealing with such a huge change in my body is hard.”
“Is it all worth it? Yes!!!! I will keep pushing through,” she wrote in one Facebook post days before the babies were born.
The newborns' names are Keith, Ali, Penelope, Tiffany, and Beatrix. They were born at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Subiaco, Western Australia. Mother and babies are reported to be doing well.
UN rights chief tells Catholic countries to legalize abortion over Zika virus: bishops and cardinal react
GENEVA, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- The United Nations, following the lead of international abortion activists, is now urging Latin American countries hit by the mosquito-borne Zika virus to lift restrictions on abortion for pregnant women who have contacted the virus and whose pre-born children may be at risk for birth defects, including having smaller than normal heads.
The UN human rights office said today that it is not enough for South American countries to urge women to postpone pregnancy without also offering them abortion as a final solution.
“How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer… the possibility to stop their pregnancies?” UN spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.
UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said that governments should make available contraception and abortion services.
“Laws and policies that restrict (women’s) access to these services must be urgently reviewed in line with human rights obligations in order to ensure the right to health for all in practice,” he said.
But Brazil’s bishops strongly asserted yesterday that efforts should be made to eradicate the virus, not the people who may be infected by it.
The disease is “no justification whatsoever to promote abortion,” they said in a statement, adding that it is not morally acceptable to promote abortion “in the cases of microcephaly, as, unfortunately, some groups are proposing to the Supreme Federal Court, in a total lack of respect for the gift of life.”
Honduras Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has also come out strongly against the notion of “therapeutic abortions” as a response to the problem. Unlike Brazil where abortion is legal in the case of rape or health of the mother, abortion remains entirely illegal in Honduras.
“We should never talk about ‘therapeutic’ abortion,” the cardinal said in a homily at a February 3 Mass in Suyap. “Therapeutic abortion doesn’t exist. Therapeutic means curing, and abortion cures nothing. It takes innocent lives,” he said.
While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international public health emergency February 1 on account of concerns over the virus, critics have pointed out, however, that not one death as resulted from the virus. Even on WHO’s own website the virus is described in mild terms.
“It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis. Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days,” the website states. “To date, there have been no reported deaths associated with Zika virus,” it added.
Critics suspect that the crisis is being manipulated to advance an anti-human agenda on the pre-born.
“Is Zika, actually, a hideous virus that threatens to spread uncontrollably across the world creating an army of disabled children with tiny heads and low IQ’s? Or might this be a willful misinterpretation of the scarce data to manipulate public opinion and legislatures?” wrote pro-life critic Mei-Li Garcia earlier this week.
“It becomes very clear that the publicity surrounding this story has a very little to do with medicine and a lot to do with a convenient crisis that is being used by those pushing for the legalization of abortion around the world,” she wrote.
Hillary’s litmus test for Supreme Court picks: They must ‘preserve Roe v. Wade’
DERRY, NH, February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Hillary Clinton has a litmus test for Supreme Court nominees - several, in fact. At a Democratic event on Wednesday, Clinton unveiled her criteria in selecting a judge for the nation's highest court.
“I do have a litmus test, I have a bunch of litmus tests," she said.
"We’ve got to make sure to preserve Roe v. Wade, not let it be nibbled away or repealed,” she said.
That echoes her recent call to arms speech before Planned Parenthood last month, when she stated that taxpayers must fund abortion-on-demand in order to uphold the "right" of choice.
“We have to preserve marriage equality,” Clinton said, referring to last summer's Obergefell v. Hodges case, a 5-4 ruling that redefined marriage nationwide. “We have to go further to end discrimination against the LGBT community."
Her views differentiate her from the Republican front runners. Ted Cruz has called the court's marriage ruling "fundamentally illegitimate," and Donald Trump told Fox News Sunday this week that he would "be very strong on putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things." Marco Rubio has said he won't "concede" the issue to the one-vote majority.
All Republican presidential hopefuls say they are pro-life and will defund Planned Parenthood.
Her husband, Bill Clinton, raised the makeup of the Supreme Court early last month in New Hampshire, saying it receives "almost no attention" as a campaign issue.
On Wednesday, Hillary said "the next president could get as many as three appointments. It’s one of the many reasons why we can’t turn the White House over to the Republicans again.”
Clinton said her judicial appointees must also reverse the Citizens United ruling on campaign finance and oppose a recent decision striking down a portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In 2013's Shelby County v. Holder, justices struck down Section 4(b) of the act, which said that certain states and jurisdictions had to obtain permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
At one time, most politicians frowned upon any "litmus test" for judicial nominees, emphasizing the independence of the third branch of government. "I don't believe in litmus tests," Jeb Bush told Chuck Todd last November.
But with the rise of an activist judiciary in the middle of the 20th century, constitutionalists have sought to rein in the power of the bench.