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The pro-abortion generation is disappearing, the pro-life generation rising

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June 6, 2012 (BryanKemper.com) - This last weekend the Troy, Ohio Strawberry festival had to move to downtown Troy because of work on one the two bridges over the river that divides the city.  With the festival being set up downtown it put the Stand True office and missionary apartment right in the heart of the action.

On Saturday morning we got up early and set up a huge pro-life display across the front of our building. We had 5-foot tall banners of each stage of life development creating a 30-foot wide billboard across the front of the building.  It was the perfect position as the most popular item of the Strawberry festival, the strawberry donuts, were being sold next door at the Elks Lodge (over 12,000 dozen donuts were sold).

Along with the life development display we had a literature table with fetal models set up on the sidewalk. As the thousands of festival-goers started to line up for their donuts we were excited by how many people stopped to read through all of the stages of life and really examine the pictures. 

Immediately we noticed how the parents would walk their children down the line and explain to them how they developed in their mom’s womb.  I saw hundreds of pregnant women excited to point out how far along they were and show everyone what their baby looked like.  I want to emphasize that not one person proclaimed what stage their fetus was at, but what stage their baby was at.

We had also set up a table to sell water and lemonade to make a few dollars for the Stand True Summer Mission, and people were buying water and telling us to keep the change for the cause.  Understand this is not a Christian festival and the crowd was just your typical community fair type crowd.

We were commenting to each other about how few negative comments we received over the two days we set up, which we could count on our fingers. The thing that stood out about the few negative comments we got each day was not what they said as much as who said it. Almost every negative comment came from an older woman or a man.

I watched, as parents of a college-age girl were frustrated because their daughter was excited about our display and very vocally pro-life. They were not happy when she put a donation into our jar.  I could see the pain on the faces of a couple of women who were obviously post-abortive as they cursed us for having a display showing life. “Appalling, disgusting, sick”; these are just a few of the words I heard about the beautiful pictures of children developing in the womb.

One guy walked by making jokes about how we should kill lots of babies; his friends were obviously disturbed by his comments. I would not be surprised if this guy has paid for or taken part in pressuring a woman into an abortion.

I was honestly heartbroken as I watched these older women scoffing at what should be something we celebrate. I watched as a grandma was walking with her young granddaughter mumbling curses at us. I wonder how she can look at her beautiful grandchild and still support the killing of innocent children?

Some people try and argue that we saw this divide in age because are based in a small town in Ohio, but that is not the case. I wrote an article back in March about my trip to the March for Life in Brussels, Belgium and how I watched the same thing at the pro-choice march the day before. What I saw there was an aging crowd at the march for abortion and a majority youth crowd at the pro-life march.

Just a couple of years ago the head of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) wrote about how she was shocked when she exited a train in Washington, DC and noticed how young the hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers were at the annual March for Life.

The fact is, this generation is more pro-life then ever before and the pro-abortion forces are aging and less and less relevant. Twenty years ago when I wore a pro-life t-shirt on an airplane or in a mall I would get dirty looks or even be asked to turn it inside out or not wear it in certain businesses. Today when I wear my pro-life t-shirts I am constantly complimented and asked where I got the shirt.

Yes there are remnants of young women who have been lied to and made to think that the pro-life movement is waging a war on theml; however the true war is being waged on them by the very lie they are supporting. The abortion industry relies on the deception that pro-life is somehow an assault against the rights of a woman when the actual assault is the destruction of the gift of motherhood though abortion.

Women have been given the gift of being able to conceive, carry and give birth. The ironically named feminist movement has reversed that blessing into a curse and convinced so many that abortion is a gift.  They were able to distort the beauty of life in the womb into a burden or disease that needed a cure.  They blurred the line between healthcare and homicide and created an industry of death that rakes in billions of dollars on the blood of their own offspring.

Thankfully there are now young women who have stepped up and cried out and shined the light on the true war on women; young leaders who will reclaim the word feminist and tell women the truth about the beauty of motherhood. I am proud to stand side by side and work with some of the most amazing young women on the planet: Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, Kaitlin Martinez, Kristina Garza, Kristan Hawkins, Elizabeth McClung, Brandi Swendell, Kate Bryan, Elizabeth Hickson; I can go on and on with names of more heroes who are leading this new generation of pro-life women who will change the world.

A great example of a true hero to women is Lila Rose, who recently released videos showing Planned Parenthood coaching women on how to get a sex-selection abortion. While this infuriates most people, the aging and deceived abortion rights movement defends this as a woman’s right. Lila and her Live Action team are exposing these lies; they are showing the world that the selective killing of women is just another facet of the true war on women.

Just last week my wife gave birth to our seventh child and fourth girl. We joked about this child being our tiebreaker as we anxiously waited until her birth to know what sex she was going to be. The day she was born was the day that Live Action released the first video exposing the sex-selection scandal and it really hit home to me.

Coraline is not only a survivor of the abortion holocaust as she is one of seven children in an age when one in four are aborted, she is a survivor as little girls are being targeted for murder in order for families to have boys. It may not be as prevalent here in America as it is in China, but it is happening here also.

My oldest daughter turned 13-years-old a week before her younger sister was born. She is now a teenager. I look at her and pray for God to guide me as I try and raise her into a woman of the caliber of her mother and women like Lila and the rest of our young pro-life heroes I listed. I know it is because of the work of women like Kristen Hawkins and Kristina Garza that my daughter will have true feminist heroes to look up to. I know that seeing the example of a mother who embraces the gift of being a mom she will have a fighting chance of defeating the real war on women.

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I may be a man and some may say that my voice or opinion does not matter in this battle. I say that as a true man I not only have the right to raise my voice, but I am obligated to take a stand. As a father I have a responsibility to not only raise my daughters to be heroes for future women but also to support and stand behind the true female heroes that are paving the way for my daughters.

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry are right, there is a war on woman. The problem is that they are only talking about it to cover up the fact that they are the true aggressor and enemy to women.  Abortion kills thousands of women every single day in America alone and until this war is over and all women are protected, I will be in this battle fighting not just for my daughters but also for all daughters worldwide.

Reprinted with permission from BryanKemper.com.

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Two Congressmen confirm: National 20-week ban on abortion will come up for a vote shortly

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill to end abortion in the United States after 20 weeks will move forward, and it will have the strong support of two leading pro-life Congressmen, the two Republicans told LifeSiteNews.com at the eighth annual Susan B. Anthony List Campaign for Life Summit on Thursday.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, told LifeSiteNews and the National Catholic Register that ongoing House discussions on H.R. 36, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," will result in a pro-life bill moving forward.

"Very good language" is being put together, Smith told The Register. He told LifeSiteNews that he fully anticipated being able to support the final bill, because the House Republican caucus "wouldn't have something that would be unsupportable. Our leadership is genuinely pro-life."

In 2013, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" easily passed through the House of Representatives, only to be stalled by a Democratic-controlled Senate. This year, an identical bill was halted by Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-NC, and other Republicans -- surprising and angering pro-life leaders who thought its passage was assured. That bill, H.R. 36, is now being rewritten so it can be voted on by the full House, though its final wording remains uncertain.

Some fear that the House leadership will modify the bill to mollify Ellmers. She and others objected that the bill allows women to abort a child after 20 weeks in the case of rape – but only if they report that rape to the authorities.

Pro-life activists say removing the reporting requirement would take abortionists at their word that the women whose children they abort claimed to be raped. Congresswoman Ellmers has publicly stated the House leadership is considering such a proposal.

Jill Stanek, who was recently arrested on Capitol Hill as part of a protest to encourage Republicans to pass H.R. 36, said that would be "a loophole big enough for a Mack truck."

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Congressman Smith said the bill will come to the floor shortly. "The commitment to this bill is ironclad; we just have to work out some details," Smith said.

He also noted that, while a vote on the 20-week ban has been delayed for nearly three months, "we did get the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act passed, and that would have been in the queue now, so we just reversed" the order of the two bills.

Congressman Smith spoke to both outlets shortly after participating in a panel at the Summit.

Another speaker was Rep. Steve King, R-IA, who also supports the 20-week ban.

"I can't think of what” language that is actively under consideration could make him rethink his support for the bill, King said. He also told attendees that the nation was moving in a direction of supporting life.

The outspoken Congressman declined to answer further, noting "that's asking me to anticipate an unknown hypothetical."

The annual Campaign for Life Summit and its related gala drew other high-profile speakers, including presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul, potential presidential hopeful Senator Lindsay Graham, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.  

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"Someone who doesn’t flinch at the dismemberment of babies is not going to flinch at the dismemberment of some evangelical baker’s conscience."
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Pro-lifers are winning. So now they’re coming for our cupcakes?

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As I travel across Canada (and at times the United States) speaking on abortion and various facets of the Culture of Death, one of the things I hear often is a hopelessness, a despair that the West is being flattened by the juggernaut of the Sexual Revolution. There is a feeling among many people that the restriction of religious liberty, the continued legality of abortion, and the redefinition of marriage are inevitable.

This is, of course, one of the most prominent and successful strategies of the Sexual Revolutionaries—create an aura of inevitability while concurrently demonizing all those who oppose their new and mangled “progress” as Neanderthals on the cusp of being left behind by History. That inevitability becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, because many people don’t realize that the various battles in the Sexual Revolution actually all correlate to one another—that what we are seeing now is the end game of an incredibly vast and well-planned cultural project.

It is because we miss many of these connections that we often cannot see, with clarity, how the culture wars are actually unfolding. I read with great interest a recent column by Rev. Douglas Wilson, eloquently titled “With stirrups raised to Molech.”

“We are now much occupied with the issues swirling around same sex mirage,” he writes, “but we need to take great care not to get distracted. Why have the homosexual activists gone all in on this issue? Why is their prosecutorial zeal so adamant? We went, in just a matter of months, from ‘let’s let individual states’ decide on this, to federal judges striking down state statutes, followed up hard by official harassment of florists, bakers, and photographers. Why the anger, and why the savage over-reach? And do they really think we couldn’t remember all the things they were assuring us of this time last year?”

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It’s a compelling question, and one that I’ve heard many Christians puzzling over recently. Why do the advocates of the Sexual Revolution despise those who disagree with them so viciously? It is partly because their cultural project does not, as they claim, consist of “living and let live.” It is about compulsory acceptance of any and all sexual behaviors, with tax-payer funding for the rubbers and pills they need to ensure all such behaviors remain sterile, and extermination crews to suction, poison, and dismember any inconvenient fetuses that may come into being as the result of casual coitus.

The ancient mantra “the State has no business in the bedrooms of the nation” has long been abandoned—the emboldened Sexual Revolutionaries now demand that politicians show up at their exhibitionist parades of public indecency, force schools to impose their so-called “morally neutral” view of sexuality on children, and force into silence those who still hold to traditional values.

Rev. Wilson, however, thinks that this loud and vicious war on conscience may be about even more than that. The pro-life cause, he notes, has been very successful in the Unites States. The abortion rate is the lowest it has been since 1973. Hundreds of pro-life laws are passing on the state level. The abortion industry has been successfully stigmatized. True, the successes are, for pro-lifers, often too feeble and not nearly adequate enough in the face of such unrestrained bloodshed. Nevertheless, the momentum has turned against the Sexual Revolutionaries who have championed abortion for decades—their shock and anger at the strength of the pro-life movement evident in pro-abortion signs at rallies that read, “I can’t believe I still have to protest this s**t.”

It is because of the pro-life movement’s success, Wilson muses, that the Sexual Revolutionaries may be coming at us with such fury. “If a nation has slaughtered 50 million infants,” he writes, “they are not going to suddenly get a sense of decency over you and your cupcakes. Now this explains their lack of proportion, and their refusal to acknowledge the rights of florists. Someone who doesn’t flinch at the dismemberment of babies is not going to flinch at the dismemberment of some evangelical baker’s conscience. This reveals their distorted priorities, of course, but it also might be revealing a strategy. Is the homosexual lobby doing this because they are freaking out over their losses on the pro-life front? And are they doing so in a way intended to distract us away from an issue where we are slowly, gradually, inexorably, winning?”

It’s a fascinating perspective. It’s true—and has always been true historically—that when one group of human beings is classified as nonhuman by a society as nonhuman and subsequently butchered, the whole of society is degraded. No nation and no culture can collectively and systematically kill so many human beings without a correlating hardening of the conscience. But on the pro-life front, there has been decades of fierce resistance, hundreds of incremental victories, and a renewed energy among the upcoming generation of activists. For the Sexual Revolutionaries who thought the battle was over when Roe v. Wade was announced in 1973, this must be a bitter pill to swallow indeed.

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‘Prominent’ Catholics attacking Archbishop Cordileone are big donors to Pelosi and pro-abort Democrats

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Big donors to the Democrat Party and pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi are among those publicly harassing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for protecting Catholic identity in the area’s Catholic high schools.

A big-ticket full-page ad ran April 16 in the San Francisco Chronicle attacking the archbishop and calling Pope Francis to oust him for his efforts to reinforce Catholic principles in the schools.

A number of prominent San Francisco-area residents identifying as Catholic are signatories of the ad, and several are wealthy donors to Democrat entities and pro-abortion politicians, Catholic Vote reports.

Federal Election Commission records indicate Charles Geschke, Adobe Systems chairman and previous head of the Board of Trustees at the University of San Francisco, gave more than $240,000 to Democrat groups, as well as $2,300 to Nancy Pelosi and $4,000 to John Kerry, both politicians who claim to be Catholic but support abortion and homosexual “marriage.”

Also on the list is political consultant and businessman Clint Reilly, who gave nearly $60,000 to Democrat organizations, along with $5,000 to Barack Obama, whose administration vehemently promotes abortion and homosexual “marriage” and has continually opposed religious liberty. Reilly gave $4,600 to Pelosi as well.

Another individual in the ad attacking the archbishop who also gave big campaign donations to California pro-abort Democrats was Lou Giraudo, a former city commissioner and business executive who contributed more than $24,000 to Nancy Pelosi, $6,000 to Dianne Feinstein and $4,300 to Barbara Boxer.

Nancy Pelosi herself challenged the archbishop for his stance on Catholic teaching last year when she tried to pressure him out of speaking at the March for Marriage in Washington D.C., claiming the event was “venom masquerading as virtue.”

The archbishop responded in a letter that he was obliged “as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing ... especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.”

The April 16 ad attacking Archbishop Cordileone was the latest in an ongoing assault since the archbishop took steps in February to strengthen Catholic identity in the schools and clarify for faculty and staff in handbooks and contract language the long-standing expectation that they uphold Church principles. 

It said Archbishop Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” and called on Pope Francis to remove him.

“Holy Father, Please Provide Us With a Leader True to Our Values and Your Namesake,” the ad said. “Please Replace Archbishop Cordileone.”

The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy (CCC), a national association for priests and deacons, condemned Archbishop Cordileone’s harassers in a statement, saying the archbishop “teaches in conformity to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

“The character assassination and uncharitable venom being cast upon a bishop merely defending the doctrines of his religion is appalling and repugnant,” the CCC said. 

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“It is totally inappropriate, improper and unjust for the media and others to vilify and brutally attack him when he is doing precisely what an ordained minister and pastor of souls is obligated to do,” the group stated, “namely, speak the truth in season and out of season.”

Those behind the attack ad said the proposed handbook language was mean-spirited, and that they were “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” who “believe in the traditions of conscience, respect and inclusion upon which our Catholic faith was founded.”

The Archdiocese of San Francisco denounced the ad upon its release, saying it was a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching and the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop.

“The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco,” the archdiocese responded. “They do not.”

The CCC pointed out that just as physicians are expected to be faithful to the Hippocratic Oath, bishops, priests, and deacons are expected to be faithful to the Church, its teachings and its authority, “since their objective is the salvation of souls, not a popularity contest.” 

In openly declaring their support for Archbishop Cordileone, the group urged the media and others to show “prudence, civility, and fair-mindedness” toward those with whom they disagree.

“He took an oath to be faithful to the Gospel,” the Confraternity stated of Archbishop Cordileone, “and in the words of the disciples in the New Testament, ‘better to obey God than men.’”

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