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Top ten stories of 2011

2011 was a year of incredible stories, from the international attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, to the discovery of the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in Philadelphia, to the breaking of the story of Julia Holcomb.
Mon Jan 2, 2012 - 8:39 pm EST

Jan. 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 2011 was a year of incredible stories, from the international attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, to the discovery of the “House of Horrors” abortion clinic in Philadelphia, to the breaking of the story of Julia Holcomb.

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LifeSiteNews has compiled a list of the top ten stories of 2011, based simply on how popular each story was with our readership (pageviews). And so, without further ado, here they are…the top ten stories of 2011!

10) Shock: No jail time for woman who strangled newborn because Canada accepts abortion, says judge

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An Alberta judge has let a woman who strangled her newborn son walk free by arguing that Canada’s absence of a law on abortion signals that Canadians “sympathize” with the mother.

“We live in a country where there is no protection for children in the womb right up until birth and now this judge has extended the protection for the perpetrator rather than the victim, even though the child is born and as such should be protected by the court,” said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition.

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9) Workers at ‘House of Horrors’ abortion clinic plead guilty to murder

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Two former employees of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell have pled guilty to 3rd degree murder charges for their roles in the deaths of an abortion patient and one baby born alive during a failed late-term abortion.

This is reportedly the first time that an abortion worker has been found guilty of murder for killing a baby.

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8) Shocking photo: late-term aborted baby lies in open casket at city hall funeral

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On this past Thursday, July 21, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, preached at a memorial service for an aborted baby girl.

The child was intact and her body was retrieved after a late-term abortion. The memorial service, organized by Operation Save America, was held outside of City Hall in Orlando.

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7) The Light of the World - the Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb story

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My maiden name is Julia Holcomb and I am writing in response to Kevin Burke’s article Post Abortion Trauma from the National Review.  I found the article he wrote about Steven Tyler remarkably compassionate while outlining the trauma of abortion. My name was mentioned in this article, as it has been in several other articles that have been written lately, and in several books. I decided it was time to tell my story honestly, to the best of my memory, hoping to bring closure and peace to this period of my life.

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6) Why I never should have had eight children

A few months back, I told my readers on my blog how to raise eight children without even trying. Today, I’m going to tell you why I never should have had eight children in the first place: had I listened to the devil and modern conventional wisdom, that is.

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5) ‘Death panels’: Canadian court rules baby’s life support removed against parents’ wishes

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One-year-old Joseph Maraachli of Windsor, Ontario will have his life support removed Monday at 10 am. after the Ontario Superior Court today rejected an appeal by the parents to bring him home where he can die under their care.

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4) Pro-lifers, the tide just turned

As you’ve probably heard by now, the Duggar family lost their precious daughter Jubilee Shalom on December 8th at 20 weeks gestation. They held a memorial service for her last Wednesday, which has generated even more discussion than the original announcement that they were expecting their 20th child. At the service, the Duggars chose to display some professional photographs of the baby’s hands and feet. Someone leaked the pictures to the media, and the blog world has exploded with conversations about it.

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3) NH Supreme Court: homeschooled girl must go to public school against mom’s wishes

The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a lower court order Wednesday that sided with the father of a homeschooled student and forced her into a government-run school against her Christian mother’s wishes.

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2) Pro-life groups call for Pepsi boycott over aborted fetal cell lines

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Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo, due to its partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

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1) Young mother with cancer sacrifices life for unborn child

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In August of last year Jessica Council – a beautiful, 30-year-old mother of one – noticed that she had a sore throat. At around the same time, she also began to suspect that she was pregnant.

When after two weeks the sore throat had not gone away, Jessica decided to have it checked out. Her doctor told her that it was probably a thyroid goiter, and ultimately nothing to be too concerned about. Just to be sure, however, he had a test done, which he said confirmed his initial suspicions. Everything would be ok, he said.

But everything was not ok. The doctor had misread the test.

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