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Schu Montgomery, Opinion contributor | Published 8:39 a.m. ET May 21, 2019 | Updated 8:43 a.m. ET May 21, 2019

“All we are saying is give LIFE a chance!”

schu montgomeryEchoes from a bygone anthem (“Give PEACE a chance”) reverberate through many a state capitol rotunda these days as the quest for peace —peace in the womb— grows ever louder.Once the safest place for an unborn child, a mother’s womb has too often become the killing fields.

Our astute Gov. Matt Bevin articulately stated on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight recently that the reason a flurry of legislatures and governors have stepped up their defense of innocent human life with bills challenging Roe v. Wade is because “people are appropriately outraged” that whole “generations of children” are being wiped out — all in the name of “reproductive freedom” or “choice” (certainly misnomers for those hellbent on annihilating little ones in the womb).

More than 60 million preborn babies have lost their lives since Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, stripped the states (and, therefore, the people) from protecting the preborn during all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy for reasons of “health,” not medical necessity. “Health,” the court so broadly mandated must include the “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age.”

"With the insanity coming out of New York and Virginia … where you got lawmakers and governors basically advocating and celebrating abortion on demand, the country needs to know that there are still some sane people In this world in public office,” said Mississippi State Sen. Angela Hill. Mississippi has joined Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, and most recently, Missouri, among others before this year, in passing heartbeat bills. Read more.


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by Schu Montgomery

schu montgomeryHundreds of thousands of hard-working Kentuckians who still uphold the sanctity of life and dream of the day when our government returns to protecting the preborn commend Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly for doing all they can to save the lives of unborn children and spare women from a lifetime of psychological and emotional pain, not to mention serious health risks, that do result from abortion.

Kim Greene, a board member at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc., and other abortion supporters refuse to acknowledge the undeniable fact that every abortion tears apart or poisons a preborn child and is, therefore, inhumane and unjust. Read more.


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Pro-Life America is Winning the Abortion War on this 46th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

by Schu Montgomery

c-j-schu.pngThe hundreds of thousands of dedicated pro-life citizens braving blizzards and sub-zero temperatures at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. have much to be hopeful for. Their sacrifice, their tenacity, their prayers are paying off.

Science is on their side, More and more women are facing the truth - abortion kills babies. More and more women are choosing life!

The pervasive presence of 4D ultrasound pictures of preborn children, the crescendo of crisis pregnancy centers outflanking abortion clinics more than 6 to 1, the surging number of abortionists’ (and their staff) quitting their deadly trade, sidewalk counselors peacefully witnessing weekly (if not daily) on the streets outside the killing centers, and the passing of many pieces of protective pro-life legislation, including the latest - to end discrimination of babies based on gender, race, or disability - are contributing to the eventual banishment of state-sanctioned slaughter of 60-million preborn children since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973.

While there were 2,176 clinics doing surgical abortions in America in 1991, today there are 467 such facilities, a notable decrease of 79 percent! An imploding abortion industry struggles to remain solvent amid a falling demand for abortions. In 2016, there were 164 abortion facilities that conducted abortions at 20 weeks or later - 31 more than in 2018. This represents an impressive 19 percent reduction in the number of very-late-term abortion facilities over the past two years. In 2018 alone, 40 abortion clinics closed, some due to failure in complying with existing laws and safety regulations.

Not since Dred Scott in 1857 (declaring Blacks non-persons) has there been a high court ruling so destructive, so divisive, so unforgiving of God’s innocents’ and the sanctity of human life. As Justice Byron White, one of the two dissenters in Roe so aptly put it, the landmark case was an act of “raw judicial power.” It pitted mother against child, stripped states of the right to set their own abortion policies, and contradicted the very language and history of the Constitution.

Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton (its lesser known companion case) said it was okay to tear apart, vacuum out, or poison a baby up to the point of birth for reasons of “health” so broad to include not only a woman’s physical. emotional, or psychological well-being, but her social health as well, and her age. Today, the vast majority of abortions are done because a woman feels pressure to abort from someone else, or because she simply doesn’t want or can’t afford a child (many couples, unable to have children of their own, would love to adopt).

The grassroots movement - to protect both mother and child, to love them both - has always been about righting a horrendous wrong. Women, too, suffer great pain - physically, mentally, and spiritually - and are Increasingly finding out that legalized abortion is not the panacea for unplanned pregnancy.

This is why lawmakers across the country have successfully passed “Women Right to Know” laws informing women of the risks and complications of both surgical and chemical abortions.

Women have the right to know that abortion can exacerbate a woman’s risk for breast cancer. A 2013 analysis by the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute confirms the correlation between abortion and breast cancer after reviewing some two dozen studies.

Moreover, a 2011 British Journal of Psychology meta-study on the mental-health effects of abortion on over 877,000 women shows increased rates of depression, anxiety, alcoholism, drug use, and suicide.

The shrugging off of actual studies demonstrating significant increases in premature birth or low-birth-weight babies in women who had prior abortions and the dismissiveness of reliable data showing that tele-med abortions - which don’t require a physician to administer the abortion drug, or even worse, examine the woman -do a grave disservice to women who deserve fully informed consent.

Given the realities above, plus a plethora of anecdotal evidence showing a steady rise in botched abortions - even death - underscore the need for new laws to protect women from unscrupulous abortion providers.

To cite just one example, the Preterm clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, has performed ten botched abortions since 2011, according to Abortion Stats 2018. That same clinic has been involved in numerous medical emergencies. Lakisha Wilson was 20 weeks pregnant when she hemorrhaged to death while undergoing an abortion at Preterm in 2014. Wilson is only one victim among hundreds who have died from legalized abortion.

Abortion’s lasting emotional scars have prompted many women to form “Silent No More” campaigns - to voice regret, and to help one another find light amid the darkness.

The Pro-Life movement, formed some fifty years ago to uphold the intrinsic value of all life, from the moment of fertilization to natural death, continues its mission to educate and eventually restore the inalienable right to life.

The undeniable truth remains - whether it’s a “he” or “she” - that our genetic make-up or DNA develops into a uniquely, unrepeatable member of the human family.

In a sound, civilized society the weak must be protected from the strong. Who, in our society, is more vulnerable than a preborn child?

Nineteenth century social activist Theodore Parker said it best: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

For pro-lifers, the fulfillment of equal justice for all — born and unborn — is merely a matter of time.

Schu Montgomery is on the board of directors of Right to Life of Louisville and is a teacher at Holy Angels Academy.


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Each year at this time we step out on a limb to buy a FULL-PAGE AD in the statewide edition of the Courier-Journal. The reason is to commemorate the Jan. 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that opened the floodgates to abortion in America. The ad features as many pro-lifers’ names as we can get, along with a message and image to provoke thinking about abortion.

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Please be part of this important message to Kentucky. We will add your name or family name to the “signature” ad. We request $5 from individuals, couples or families to support the expensive media outreach. Please sign now and pay online or send a check: 134 Breckinridge Lane, Louisville, KY 40207.

The ad will run on Sunday, Jan. 20. We want your JOHN HANCOCK!


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By Schu Montgomery, October 1, 2018
“An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile, so that when you want a child you cannot have it…Birth control merely postpones the beginning of life.”
- Planned Parenthood pamphlet, 1963

 

What happened over these past 55 years to cause America’s leading “family planning” organization to move from a position of full and honest disclosure with regard to human embryology to the polar opposite position stridently pro-abortion?

Could it be a case of preferring profits over people? Every year, PP clinics are responsible for more than 300,000 abortions, over one-third in this nation. The average abortion costs $450 in the first trimester. Third-trimester abortions (much less in number, though, still legal) can be well over $1000. Amazingly, American tax-dollars continue to subsidize Planned Parenthood to the tune of $500 million a year.

In a recent guest column, Kim Greene of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, never mentioned, never empathized with the unborn child in asserting unlimited access to abortion in our society. Instead, like so many of those taking a similar stance, her exaltation of so-called “reproductive rights” (a bit of a misnomer, you think, for anti-pregnancy advocates?) apparently supersedes the right to life of the littlest among us.

Greene would have us believe that legalized abortion is a good thing, but it is not!

The Roe v. Wade decision back in 1973 dismissed overwhelming scientific proof that life begins at fertilization, reinforced by more recent developments in amazing 4D ultrasound. An entire class of human beings have been, and continue to be, discriminated against, because of their place of residence - in the womb!

Since Roe, state legislatures have tried to enact laws assuring that women are fully informed of the risks and complications of abortion and to require parental involvement with their minor daughters’ abortions - reasonable policies that were originally usurped by the draconian Roe.

Moreover, if Roe is so ‘forward-thinking,’ why then have thousands of women banded together, formed Silent No More testimonials, giving voice to the physical and emotional pain, and regret, they’ve suffered from their own abortions?

Polls have not consistently shown widespread support for the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. To the contrary, America’s massive majority has no clue what Roe even said. When told that Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, employed a ‘health” exception, giving abortionists unfettered access to dismember, suction, or burn a child to death based on a woman’s “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age,” support among Americans drops dramatically. The reality is, most abortions are performed not to save a woman’s life, or in cases of rape or incest, but because a woman simply doesn’t want the child. Social reasons account for upwards of 92% of the abortions performed in this country. Closer analysis of a June, 2018 Gallup poll, shows that 55% of Americans would ban those first trimester abortions done for social reasons.

In addition, Greene deceptively infers legal abortion means “safe” abortion, when in fact, countless women are butchered, some even die, for reasons that include hemorrhaging, infection, embolism, anesthesia complication, and cardiac arrest. Cases from as far away as Albuquerque and as close as St. Louis are well-documented on-line by Operation Rescue and the Centers for Disease Control, a government agency.

The truth is, killing babies and maiming women has done nothing to secure justice, solve women’s social problems, nor create a more compassionate America.

Those of us who believe in the right to life of ALL people need to get involved — to speak up for the voiceless, to defend our defenseless members of the human family. Vote to elect pro-life candidates in the mid-terms, and register to vote if you still haven’t. Become active in the Right to Life movement and attend the Kentucky Right to Life Conference, October 27th, at the Red Lion Inn in Elizabethtown. Become better informed by listening to keynote speakers Dr. Matthew Harrison, who performed the first abortion pill reversal in 2006, and Melissa Ohden, who survived being aborted herself.

In every abortion, an innocent child dies. The schizophrenia of pro-abortionists, who consider sacrosanct the birth of their own children yet so easily devalue the lives of other children not yet born, is mind-boggling and indefensible. This cannot be tolerated any longer in a sound society.

Can’t we, as a free people, love them both - mother and child?



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