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Young pro-lifers vow to give up something they enjoy Until Abortion Ends

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GLENDALE, California, May 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – They care about the dignity of all human life, especially the dignity of unborn children. They come from nowhere in particular, but can be found in practically every humble town or great metropolis that spreads across the North American continent. And they have united together under a common cause to deny themselves something they like until the day comes when babies in the womb can no longer be legally killed.

Until Abortion Ends is a movement from a new generation of pro-lifers who are aware of the spiritual merit of personal sacrifice in the battle for the lives of the unborn.

“I have vowed not to eat chocolate until abortion ends! And even if it means I never have it again, I want my actions to make a difference for the unborn,” states one young person on the group’s website.

The pro-lifers in the group say they believe their sacrifice will make a difference in the fight over the greatest humans rights issue in history.

Some have vowed to give up their favorite soft drink until abortion end. “I’m 16 and I love Mountain Dew,” vowed one person. “I have at least 2 a day. But one thing I hate is abortion. So I am officially giving up Mountain Dew until abortion ends.”

Others have giving up their favorite junk food. “Until abortion ends, I am giving up the one and only candy bar that I LOVE, Snickers. This is my go-to junk food, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them, but until the murdering of innocent babies is stopped, I will never have another one.”

Social media addicts say they are willing to sacrifice their online social life for the cause for life. “I Promise to give up my Facebook account until Abortion ends,” vowed one young person.

Even die-hard computer-gamers are willing to unplug themselves as a sacrifice in the fight for life. “Until abortion ends I will no longer play Call of Duty,” vowed another young person.

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Marion Jones, 20, National Director of I Am Whole Life, a pro life organization that began the Until Abortion Ends project, shared with LifeSiteNews the reason for her conviction that abortion will end in her lifetime.

“More than half of the U.S. is pro-life,” Marion pointed out. “Our country is having a change of heart. It is so encouraging to see the thousands of high school and college students who are active in Students for Life of America and the number of followers of groups such as 40 Days for Life.”

Marion pointed to the growing number of states that have successfully put Personhood initiatives on their ballots as a “clear indication of our inevitable victory”.

But that victory, Marion believes, will not come without sacrifice.

Famed Catholic author Michael D. O’Brien recently explained to pro-life leaders at LifeSiteNews’ 15th anniversary gala the importance of sacrifice in the pro-life movement.

“It is a commonplace that we are involved in a great war … a war that will last until the end of time,” said O’Brien.

“[Pro-life] work, based in a deeper and higher and broader understanding of the nature of reality, entails a great deal of sacrifice, always,” he observed. “Many tests will try our faith in God. But at every moment we must keep in mind that Our Lord Jesus Christ is the victor.”

Marion explained how her father, Jason Jones, famous pro-life activist and producer of the award winning film Bella, once met a friend in Vancouver, B.C. who had vowed to give up chocolate as a personal sacrifice until the slaughter of the innocent by abortion had come to an end. 

“My dad was so inspired that he decided to do the same, except he would give up coffee. The idea caught on and thus began Until Abortion Ends,” said Marion.

Marion herself has relinquished her ipod until abortion ends.

Marion noted that the beauty of the Until Abortion Ends movement is how it has united the pro-life movement in “prayer and sacrifice”.

“As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer,” she said.

Marion believes that young people are attracted to the movement “because they sincerely care about the dignity of all human life.” She thinks that in the consumerist culture of the West, people of faith are “searching for opportunities for prayer and penance.” Until Abortion Ends has already inspired hundreds of people to give up their favorite luxury. People can make their sacrifice public by signing a pledge on the group’s website.

The group has received the ridicule of abortion proponents in the liberal media.

Jay Smooth, a popular video blogger for ill Doctrine, poked fun at the group when he thanked them for making “pro-choice activism look more virtuous.”

Smooth made a personal pledge to “help everyone at untilabortionends.com keep improving their diet so that they can live longer and healthier lives” by his own efforts to make certain that “a woman’s reproductive rights never come to an end.”

Until Abortion Ends even appeared on the Comedy Central show Tosh.O in February where, despite show host Daniel Tosh’s attempt to throw mud on the pro-life position, Marion and her pro-life friends more than matched his challenges and attempts at mockery.

Jill Stanek, prominent pro-life columnist and blogger, noted that Marion’s appearance on the show was “absolutely amazing.”

“Marion was more than up to him, articulate and personable and near the end delivering a poignant – and I’m sure unexpected – heart grabber about how abortion has personally affected her,” she wrote.

After the episode ran, Marion wrote on a blog that Until Abortion Ends had hundreds of people sign their pro-life pledge to “always promote and protect human dignity from the moment of our beginning until our natural death, no matter the cost to myself.”

Stanek commented on her blog that with groups like Until Abortion Ends, the “pro-life baton is being passed to those who are more than able.”

“Their generation will see the end of abortion,” she concluded.

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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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