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2019 Legislative Session draws to a close

2019 Rally for Life

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PHOTO CREDITS: 4D Ultrasound of fetal yawning at 30 weeks of pregnancy by Dr. Wolfgang Moroder. Baby yawning by Jeuwre. Human fetus at 10 weeks.

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fetus at 10 weeks

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The opposition (Vote No!) spoke first. Kate Miller, advocacy director and primary lobbyist for ACLU Kentucky, was the starting quarterback with loads of statistics on how many poor women there are in Kentucky and the tremendous burden SB9 would be. She promised the unconstitutional bill would be held up in litigation for years like the other pro-life bills the Kentucky Legislature has passed.

Most people know that the pride and joy of poor people is their children. And what about adoption? It is true, though, that the ACLU knows how to jam the court system with lawsuits to convince Kentuckians that they are ignorant of the laws on abortion. (But a lot of pro-life progress has been made over the years!)

We also heard testimonies from a Planned Parenthood rep, an ObGyn doctor, a pastor of a Christian church who sees SB9 as injustice, a mother who lost a child from a fetal anomaly (did not require abortion), and an entrepreneur who could not have grown her business if SB9 had been in effect. She also said Kentucky already has way too many restrictions, forcing her to go out of state to have an abortion.

The testimonies of those who want to see SB9 pass (Vote Yes!) began with a physician with good insights on pre-born humans. We heard from a BesideUforLife center representative who is an ObGyn physician, an abortion survivor whose twin had been successfully aborted, and who had a daughter of her own. She wanted to know where was the justice and concern for her and for her daughter who would not exist except for the failed abortion. A pregnant mom was “miked” so we could hear a heartbeat. The Bill passed out of committee 10-2 and in the Senate 31-6. See KRLA Current News for more info.

Abby Johnson By far the most forceful testimony came from Abby Johnson, a national speaker who once was employed with PP and knows first-hand what their tactics and practices are. Abby boldly reminded the opposition that they can find better work and renew their minds to think normally about life. Seated next to Abby is Sen. Matt Caslen who sponsored SB9. Next to him is Claire Culwell of Austin, Texas, whose twin was aborted.

ASIDE: Abby was the featured speaker at the Louisville RTL 2013 Celebration of Life Banquet! These banquets are always so special. Please come this year! More info.


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An article in the Feb. 2 C-J reports that PPINK (Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky) is joining forces with “its far larger and richer counterpart that serves the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.” This is not a surprise.

About four years ago at a National RTL conference, Randall O’Bannon, NRLC Research Director, detailed the plans of PP to merge its operations little by little to become regional and showed pictures of large office buildings that would house its future operations.

According to C-J writer Andrew Wolfson,

The CEO of the combined alliance said it will have more money and legal muscle to fight “unrelenting attempts to undo constitutionally protected rights.”

The alliance will have a combined annual budget of as much as $90 million and serve 164,000 patients at 45 health centers in six states.

Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands (and now Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky), said the merger is part of a conscious effort of affiliates in blue states to help patients and organizations in states that are less hospitable to reproductive freedom.

Kentuckians, you dunnit. You elected a pro-life governor who took Louisville’s PP to court because it had no Transfer Agreements with local hospitals or ambulance service to protect the lives of aborted women in emergencies, as required by Kentucky law. The ACLU sued Ky on behalf of the EMW and PP clinics, and won, but our state is appealing the case. But PP cannot perform abortions, yet.

defunding abortion giantsAs well, your pro-life legislators passed a law preventing state monies from subsidizing abortion.

And other pro-life bills have been signed into law by our pro-life legislature that are currently in continuing litigation, including the Ultrasound and Dismemberment laws that would definitely hamper PP’s operation in Ky.

So, as Executive Director Margie Montgomery stated for the C-J article, “Planned Parenthood is running scared.”

That said, we must all be vigilant in this election year, and work hard to get the vote out for all pro-life candidates!

References: NRLC report | C-J article


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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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