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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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The first pro-abortion Republican enters the 2016 presidential race

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EXETER, NH, May 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The large and expanding field of would-be Republican presidential candidates grew by one today, as George Pataki became the first GOP presidential hopeful this election season to openly support abortion-on-demand.

The 69-year-old long-shot candidate also has a history of supporting homosexual legislative causes.

In the weeks leading up to his formal announcement, George Pataki took out TV ads asking Republicans to refrain from talking about abortion and gay “marriage,” branding them “distractions.”

“In 12 years [as governor], I don’t think I talked about that issue twice,” he once said of abortion.

On same-sex “marriage,” he says, “I think, leave it to the states. I don’t think it’s a role in Washington.”

However, Pataki has a long history of enacting the homosexual political agenda as governor of New York from 1994-2006. He signed a “hate crimes” law that added the words “gay” and “lesbian” to New York state law for the first time.

He signed the Sexual Orientation Nondiscrimination Act (SONDA), which prohibits business owners from “discriminating” against homosexuals in housing or hiring, with an exemption only for religious institutions.

He also added sexual orientation to state civil rights laws, alongside such immutable characteristics as race and sex, in an apparent quid pro quo for a gay activist group's endorsement in his last run for governor. The New York Times reported that, under pressure from Pataki, then then-Senate Majority Leader “shifted his position on the bill as part of what is tacitly acknowledged, even by Senator [Joseph] Bruno's senior aides, to have been a deal to win an endorsement for Governor Pataki from the state's largest gay rights group, the Empire State Pride Agenda.”

After the LGBT activist group endorsed Pataki in 2002, citing a long list of his service to the homosexual political cause, Pataki personally lobbied senators for the bill's passage, then signed it into law that December.

Coupled with his stance on gun control, environmentalism, and other issues, he stands well to the left of the Republican mainstream.

The three-term governor of New York, who belongs to the Roman Catholic Church, took his own advice by largely avoiding social issues today. The closest he came was his vow, “I'd repeal oppressive laws like ObamaCare and end Common Core.”

He added that he would “fire every current IRS employee abusing government power to discriminate on the basis of politics or religion. That is not America!”

Otherwise, Pataki's announcement speech hewed to stand pat Republican issues like reducing taxes, shrinking the number of federal employees, increasing military spending, and supporting entrepreneurship.

He began by thanking his supporters, in English and Spanish.

Smiling, his head pivoting between twin teleprompters, he said, “Let me tell you some of the things I'd do right away to get oppressive government off the backs of Americans.”

He would institute a lifetime ban on congressmen acting as lobbyists after they leave office. “If you ever served one day in Congress, you will never be a lobbyist,” he said. He favors forcing Congress to live under the laws it passes, so there will be “no special rules for the powerful.”

He cited his history of cutting taxes, reducing welfare rolls, and leaving his state with billions of dollars in surplus. “That's what our policies can do,” he said. “I know we can do the same thing for the United States.”

In recent weeks, he has called for a more interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East. Today, he reminded his audience that he was governor of New York in 9/11. “I will not fear the lesson of September 11,” he said. “To protect us, first we must protect the border,” he said – an unexpected phrase, as Pataki supports amnesty for the at least 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States.

“We will stand with our ally, Israel, a democracy on the front lines of terror and barbarism,” he said.

Like former Sen. Rick Santorum, who announced he is running for president yesterday, Pataki agreed that “if necessary, American forces will be used to actually defeat and destroy ISIS on the ground – although he promised not to become “the world's policeman.”

Some of his campaign promises drew skepticism, such as seeking to develop self-driving cars and to cure Alzheimer's disease and cancer within the next decade.

The speech's venue was chosen deliberately by Pataki, who considered entering the presidential race in 2000, 2008, and 2012. The town of Exeter, New Hampshire, claims to be the founding place of the Republican Party. (Ripon, Wisconsin, makes a similar claim.)

More importantly, the first-in-the-nation primary skews more libertarian on social issues than evangelical-dominated Iowa and South Carolina, so Pataki has essentially staked his candidacy on doing well in New Hampshire. Fellow pro-abortion Republican Rudy Giuliani made a similar bet in 2008, banking on a good showing among transplanted New Yorkers in the Florida primary. He left the race after finishing a distant third.

Short of a stunning upset in the Granite State, Pataki has little chance of breaking through the pack this year. A Fox News poll ranks him dead last among 16 announced and potential candidates. Holly Bailey of Yahoo! News said, “George Pataki would never say this, but you do have to wonder if he's sort of, maybe, gaming for vice president.”

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Pataki is not the first “pro-choice” Republican to run for president.  Giuliani (who supported partial birth abortion) and Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (another potential 2016 candidate, who supports abortion during the first trimester) ran in 2008. Twelve years earlier, both California Gov. Pete Wilson and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter supported abortion-on-demand. Arlen Specter later left the party and became a Democrat.

In 1988, General Alexander Haig opposed a human life amendment to the U.S. Constitution. So did Texas Gov. John Connally in 1980.

George H.W. Bush supported abortion and voted for Planned Parenthood funding early in his career but changed his position by the time he ran for president the second time, in 1988.

President Gerald Ford was the last Republican nominee to proclaim himself “pro-choice.” 

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Ireland ‘defied God’ by voting for gay ‘marriage’: Cardinal Burke

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OXFORD, May 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Cardinal Raymond Burke lamented how formerly Catholic Ireland has gone further than the pagans in the pre-Christian days of old and “defied God” by calling homosexual behavior “marriage” in the referendum last week.

“I mean, this is a defiance of God. It’s just incredible. Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviours, they never dared to say this was marriage,” he told the Newman Society, Oxford University’s Catholic organization, in an address Wednesday about the intellectual heritage of Pope Benedict XVI. The Tablet, Britain’s liberal Catholic newspaper, reported his remarks.

On Friday, 1.2 million Irish people voted to amend the country’s constitution to say: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.” A little over 734,000 people voted against the proposal. 

Burke said that he could not understand “any nation redefining marriage.”

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The cardinal also emphasized the important role that parents play in protecting their children in a culture increasingly hostile to God’s laws. “The culture is thoroughly corrupted, if I may say so, and the children are being exposed to this, especially through the internet,” he said. One practical piece of advice that he offered families was to put computers in public areas to prevent children from “imbib[ing] this poison that’s out there.”

During the same Oxford visit, but during a homily at a Mass the day before, Burke called marriage between a man and woman a “fundamental truth” that has been “ignored, defied, and violated.”

Burke warned during the homily of the dangers of “various ideological currents” and of “human deception and trickery which strives to lead us into error.”

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Why young Christians can’t grasp our arguments against gay ‘marriage’

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May 28, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition.

At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.”

Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.”

But today, things are different. “Students now,” she says, “arrive in my class thoroughly versed in the language and categories of identity politics; they are reticent to disagree with anything for fear of seeming intolerant—except, of course, what they perceive to be intolerant.”

And what do they find “intolerant”? Well, in her class, an essay entitled “What is Marriage?” by Sherif Girgis, Robert George, and Ryan Anderson, which was the beginning of the book “What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense.”

In their article, Girgis, George, and Anderson defend what they call the conjugal view of marriage. “Marriage,” they write, “is the union of a man and a woman who make a permanent and exclusive commitment to each other … that is naturally fulfilled by bearing and rearing children together.” They defend this view against what they call the “revisionist view” of marriage, which redefines marriage to include, among other things, same-sex couples.

“My students hate it,” Dr. Rine wrote. They “lambast the article.” “They also,” she adds, “seem unable to fully understand the argument.” And again, these are evangelical students at an evangelical school.

The only argument for conjugal marriage they’ve ever encountered has been the wooden proof-texting from the Bible. And besides, wrote Rine, “What the article names as a ‘revisionist’ idea of marriage—marriage as an emotional, romantic, sexual bond between two people—does not seem ‘new’ to my students at all, because this is the view of marriage they were raised with, albeit with a scriptural, heterosexual gloss.”

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As Rine points out “the redefinition of marriage began decades ago” when “the link between sexuality and procreation was severed in our cultural imagination.”

And if marriage “has only an arbitrary relationship to reproduction,” then it seems mean-spirited to Rine’s students to argue that marriage by its very nature excludes same-sex couples.

And where do students get the idea that marriage “has only an arbitrary relationship to reproduction”? Well, everywhere—television, church, school, their homes, in youth groups.

Rine writes, “As I consider my own upbringing and the various ‘sex talks’ I encountered in evangelical church settings over the past twenty years, I realize that the view of marital sex presented there was primarily revisionist.”

In other words, once you say, “I do,” you get “the gift” of sex which is presented as “a ‘gift’ largely due to its [erotic], unitive properties, rather than its intrinsic capacity to create life.” Even in the Church, children have become an optional add-on to married life rather than its primary purpose.

What can we do to win back our children, our churches, and the culture? In our recent book “Same Sex Marriage,” Sean McDowell and I lay out a game plan. We offer strategies for the short-term and the long-term, with the ultimate goal: re-shaping the cultural imagination towards what God intended marriage to be, starting with the church. Come to BreakPoint.org to pick up your copy.

As Chuck Colson once said in a BreakPoint commentary about marriage, “We Christians are very good at saying ‘No.’ But we’ve got to get better at saying ‘Yes’: showing how God’s plan for humanity is a blessing. That His ways, including faithful, life-giving marriage between one man and one woman, lead to human flourishing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Reprinted with permission from Break Point.

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