Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Photos from Silent No More Awareness Seattle 2006

January 28, 2006 -- Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle

Fr. Eagan gives an opening prayer for moms and their babies.

Opening remarks by some lady in a green jacket.

Speaking the truth.

Fr. Eagan and adorable SNMA ladies.

Adorable pro-life girls.

Matt Ulrich of the Helpers of God's Precious Infants explains the meaning of life to a protester. His sign says "Abortion is a woman's right" in black letters on a Soviet-red background.

Can I buy you a cup of coffee?

More great pictures here from Kitsap Human Life.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

France: Nothin' but a bunch of right-wing anti-choicers

Read these quotes and tell me who you think said them:

"Women don't choose late-term abortions for their own pleasure...It's a psychological trauma."

"At 12 weeks, the embryo has grown, and the abortion looks more like a delivery."

"[W]omen who choose later abortions usually are among the most disadvantaged, including rape victims, teenage girls in denial and uneducated women who hadn't realized they were pregnant."
a) The local director of Project Rachel
b) A pro-life commentator at After Abortion
c) Senator Sam Brownback
d) Former Cardnial Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
e) None of the above

If you guessed e) you'd be right. Turns out Socialist France isn't suffering under any illusions that abortion is a rational and reasoned "choice" made by strong independent women in consultation with their doctor or that an embryo is a "blob of tissue".

France looks like a veritable outpost of "right-wing extremism" compared to our fair state! And these were the Socialists, note.

Friday, January 27, 2006

University of Washington Obstetrician calls Fetal Pain Experts "Abject Fools"

An article in the Indy Star discusses new legislation in Indiana designed to help prevent abortions. Under House Bill 1172, doctors would be required to tell women that their fetuses may feel pain during an abortion and that an anesthetic may be used on the fetus if the woman is at least 20 weeks pregnant.

...according to Dr. Zane Brown, professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, it is impossible to tell whether the fetus feels pain during an abortion.

"There's no way of knowing it," Brown said. "Anybody who would say otherwise is just an abject fool."

Because there have been plenty of fetal pain experts who have testified to the fact that fetuses do indeed feel pain, it sounds as though Dr. Brown's real argument is that since the fetus can't tell us absolutely in a sworn affidavit that she's feeling pain, we should conclude that we have no way of knowing for sure. Reversing his statement around we could also say that "We have no way of knowing that she doesn't feel pain."

The question for Dr. Brown and others who take a "we have know way of knowing" stance on this issue is -- when in doubt, do we proceed with what might be a very painful procedure? Do we blow up a building when there might be people inside? Does the absence of knowledge grant us the right to do as we wish? On second thought, maybe doctors shouldn't be the ones answering ethics questions since it is outside the scope of their expertise.

It's interesting that Dr. Brown would resort to insulting those who do specialize in and study fetal pain and have found strong evidence indicating that fetuses do feel pain. I notice that Dr. Brown is the Chair of the Human Subjects Committe A at the University of Washington. I don't know if that is relevant but I'm sure someone does.

"Screw Abstinence" Redux

Remember Washington NARAL's "Screw Abstinence" party that went over like a lead baloon? Now those wacky, fun-loving Professionals of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington are planning a "Pro-Choice Prom."

The night will be hosted by the fabulous Amazing Grace--Seattle's preeminent drag queen!

Why don't they just name the party, "Screw Anything".

Hat Tip: Eccentric Circles

Thursday, January 26, 2006

I am Woman Hear me Snore

This is the kind of article that gets pulled off the brochure rack this time of year. (By the way, I'd love to know who the abortion industry has on the inside at the P.I. They ALWAYS seem get their brochure-ware published.)

The misty eyed medical student who just wants to help more women gain access to safe abortion.

The sad lament for all those poor country girls and the lack of “providers” in 98 percent of rural counties; a situation that cries out for justice!

The resolve to dedicate one’s life to the noble cause of abortion, no matter the cost.

The plea for public support of these medical students who have chosen to address this incredibly important public health issue.

I am woman. I am an abortionist. Hear me…snore….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

This stuff is getting boring, stale and old. Besides recycled abortion marketing and sales trends doesn't make for good copy. You guys are just treading water and I see a waterfall up ahead.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

SNMA in Washington, D.C.

More from the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
The parade was led by roughly 200 women carrying signs that said "I regret my abortion," and "Abortion hurt me." As these women walked by the Death Squad that had assembled to support the disembowelment of babies, the crazed feminists screamed that the remorseful women that they "should really see a psychiatrist about that," and that it was "too bad, you made the choice." I can tell the crazed feminists comprising the Death Squad are God-fearing, compassionate people. Oh wait, that was Father Bob, the compassionate man who led my group from the Catholic University of America in the march.

Anti-abortion display headed for Corvallis, Oregon

“Before public policy can be changed, the public’s mind must be changed. Most Americans support elective abortion in the first trimester and view it as a lesser of evils. But most of the public opinion data and research polls show that Americans are ignorant of the facts regarding first trimester abortion and early human development,” Cooper said.
Full article.

Washington Maintains A+ Rating from Abortion Lobby

NARAL just posted an update of their "Who Decides?" report on the status of abortion in each of the 50 states for 2006.

Here's how they describe the report:
Who Decides? is the premiere source for information about the status of reproductive rights. Through information about state law, it documents the hostile climate women face when seeking to exercise their constitutional right to choose.

If Washington received an A+ I guess that would make our state downright friendly for abortion.

Walk for Life West Coast

Great pictures and some fun commentary of the West Coast Walk for Life.

Caution: foul and crude language and some strange stuff.

Hat tip: Aquinas Books

For more great pictures, blogging and reporting see After Abortion's excellent roundup.

I'm Sorry vs. I Regret

Patti at Snohomish Sphere and one of the attendees at Monday's NARAL rally posted her thoughts on seeing the "I regret my abortion" signs.

Patti thought the signs said, "I had an abortion and I'm sorry", which is a bit different from "I regret my abortion." Lee Anne tried to post on her site but Patti must approve all posts before they go up. I'm assuming this is a way to prevent spam from being posted, and I can certainly relate to that.

In the meantime, here's Lee Anne's post:

Good Day! I was one of the women who was exercising my constitutional right on Monday, the 23rd. My sign did not say what you wrote. My sign said, "I regret my abortion".

You have written many questions based on the mistaken sentiment on my sign.

If you wish to know why I regret my abortion, I will tell you...

I regret my abortion because it ended the life of a clump of cells.

I regret my abortion because I was told to be silent about what I had done.

I regret my abortion because I was not given a choice.

I regret my abortion because I was rendered infertile.

I regret my abortion because I was not able to stand up and say "NO!" to the pressure of my parents who made the choice to have my child aborted.

I regret my abortion because I know that there was a family that could have taken care of my clump of cells.

I will tell you something interesting - when I had my thyroid taken out several years ago, due to cancer, I mourned the fact that I no longer had that gland. I thought it was very strange that I was sad over having had a gland removed. I spoke to a health professional and she told me that on the contrary, people mourn when they loose a part of their body. It is not uncommon for an amputee, for instance, to ask for the amputeed leg or arm and have it eventually buried with him or her. This was interesting to me - I had never heard of such a thing! If I mourned a stupid gland, why would I not regret and not mourn the life of the child that was growing in my womb...by the way, I was four months pregnant when the clump of cells was removed.

Now - dear author of the post in which you got the sentiment wrong...the MAIN reason why I held my sign was to let women know that it is OKAY TO REGRET a choice that one has made or had made for them.

There is help to process the regret. Rachel's Vinyard and Silent No More Awareness are two venues that can help. In the Seattle area 1 800 822 HOPE.

If you are truly open minded you will leave the numbers up for all of the women who have had abortions . . . whether they regret it or not. And, I would not be so presumptious to say that someone did or did not regret their abortion - that is not my call.

I regret, dear author, that you did not get my sign right!

Blessings to you and all your readers. Lee Anne

More Reflections from Monday

They started their rally by raising banners and setting up a literature table on the sidewalk. When the speakers started they all stopped doing that and moved into the corner of the plaza. When Debbie and Lee Anne walked by them on the sidewalk, they scurried to move their table. While gathered they were set far back from the street and were ensconced in the corner, though they were passing out fliers and pins and such before the speaking began. They didn't try to draw people into their circle or engage passers-by. For all intents and purposes it was a "closed event"; maybe even a circling of the wagons. But maybe we only see what we want to see. This is in contrast to the SNMA events here, which are open and in a public park with lots of room for foot traffic. The women speak on top of a 5 ft. high stage to reach as many people as possible. Yet we can only pray for the kind of the media coverage they got.

There were 2 elected officials who spoke there -- Rep. Baghdad Jim McDermott and King County Executive Ron "keeping-abortion-common" Simms. There was also a "Baptist" minister, and employee of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, parading around in a Roman collar (pretending to be Catholic?) What an outrage.

When we arrived there was only one police man. About half-way through he started giving me dirty looks (And I didn't even have a sign!) and I noticed the number of police/security had increased to 5 or 6. I think it took the police some time before they realized that the message "I regret my abortion" was not exactly a stunning endorsement of abortion or part of the "pro-choice" lexicon. Or maybe they just didn't bother to read the signs. Or maybe NARAL complained or Ron Simms got worried.
Debbie and Lee Anne mostly walked back and forth on 2nd Avenue. Two pro-life friends came out and supported us by walking along with Debbie and Lee Anne. Jim Anderson of LifeNews Radio was also there, prayed with us and conducted some interviews. There was very little reaction from either the pro-choice participants or random pedestrians. Everyone on the street was pretty blasé. It seemed to me that most of the older women 50+ wouldn't look at us or had the hardest (or easiest) time ignoring the signs. They seemed to be fussing with the brochures on their literature table a lot.
And this...

As for my two cents worth about yesterday I do feel it is important to make a presence at these pro abort gatherings, even if they are pathetic, if only for the reason that we at least provide another side of the story. I only had one woman pass close by me who was maybe 60 or so and hiss the S_ _ _ word at me. I also talked with that young man Lee Anne talked to since his main focus was on the right for a woman to have a choice, even if it wasn't a good experience for all women, at least the government isn't making a choice for them. Lee Anne had told him that hers was when abortion was illegal and I told him mine was right after it became legal in Washington and the result to both of us was eventually the same when we came to grips with what we had done. The legality of it didn't matter a bit, it still caused trauma to both of us. He was polite and we parted politely and Lee Anne gave him a

Lee Anne and I should feel flattered that we would warrant an increase in the police protection. Let's see that is 3 policeman each for both of us. We are a couple of really scary post abortive women with a lot of positive anger!

More Pictures from Monday

The light shines in.

The end of the rally and the road.

Circling the wagons.

Seattle SNMA on 33rd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Washington NARAL (the abortion lobby) and supporters of local abortion clinics gathered at the Federal Building in downtown Seattle on Monday the 23rd to "Support Roe. Oppose Alito."
Their plea for more abortion did not go unanswered as you can see in the photo and the report below:

The gathering at the Federal Building by the pro-abortion proponents was smaller than I thought it would be. I expected many hundreds to be gathered, concerned that the new Supreme Court nominee would seriously damage their rights to abort their children. The crowd was about fifty in numbers – maybe sixty, and that included two of the speakers with their handlers – both politicians with about three handlers each.

I wanted to go into the crowd of gatherers with my sign “I regret my abortion” but wiser heads prevailed and I simply stayed on the sidewalk, walking to and fro. I did hold my sign up towards the crowd when one of the politicos spoke. He was so adamant that women have the right to kill their children that I needed him to see that there was another side to the story. When he was finished speaking, I told him that there was another side to the story and he smiled (he has a great smile) and said he knew.

The other politico would not look at me or my sign, although I knew he knew what it said. As he walked by me with his two handlers, I offered a greeting of “good afternoon” which he returned. I knew he was uncomfortable as he would not meet my eyes.
One woman came up to me after the gathering and said that she respected the right for me to feel this way about my abortion but she did not respect the fact that I wanted to overturn Roe v Wade and make abortions illegal. I told her I was not. That left her without an argument so she repeated that she did not like that I wanted to overturn the law of the land. I once again repeated I was not. She walked away.

I gave out two cards with SNMA information on them as well as Project Rachel’s local 800 number. I offered these cards to two different people – one young man who was arguing the case for abortion and to a woman who walked a bit with me – not talking, just walking. I offered it with “If you know anyone who has had an abortion and is struggling with it, these phone numbers will come in handy for them”. Pray God that men and women will be able to come forward and be healed from abortion…

Sunday, January 22, 2006

West Coast March for Life

After Abortion has a good round up all the news coming out of San Fransisco after the West Coast March for Life.

A couple interesting details:
The number of counter-demonstrators wasn't as large as last year.
There was no violence but one arrest of a person apparently not associated with either side.

Now on to D.C...

McGavick on Abortion

This was recently emailed to me about Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick:

I called Mike McGavick's campaign office today to ask for his position regarding abortion. A woman spokesman basically said that his view on abortion is a "complicated answer" and he has "no definitive answer" at this time. I told her I knew he was starting a statewide tour and should have an answer by now.

I recommended that he re-read the 2004 Washington State Republican Party Platform that has a very 'definitive', 'uncomplicated' statement regarding abortion. It is stated under FAMILY. "We support the protection of innocent human life born or pre-born through natural death." Also, I stated that Catholics also have a very definitive, concise definition that human life begins at conception, life is sacred and abortion is not allowed. I recommended that he abide by these 2 stands if he calls himself a Republican and Catholic. I also stated that I will not promote a Republican who does not stand up for the unborn and that abortion will become the greatest civil rights issue in this century, in my opinion. I pray that Mike stands up for the most innocent of our citizens, the unborn.

The following Seattle Times article states the following about McGavick's stand on
abortion. "Like Dino Rossi, McGavick is Roman Catholic and opposes abortion; McGavick says he favors some restrictions, such as parental notification and a ban on late-term abortions, but not a federal ban because "it would not work." Practically, it would not; and politically, it would not.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Road Not Taken

"...the scandal-scarred senator begged Bilodeau to have an abortion, but she refused."

If this is true it may shed some light on Ted Kennedy's almost maniacal support for abortion. It would also seem to confirm the claim that many women are pressured into abortion. Some of them comply. Some of them don't. I suppose it may be easier to fend off pressure when the father in question has financial resources, a political career, and other assets to protect thus giving the woman has a few cards of her own to play.

We were told abortion would "even the playing field" and improve relations between men and women. When a relationship turns to coercion and perhaps blackmail I think we can all agree that abortion hasn't...uhm...delivered.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Advice Not Taken

As we mentioned a few days ago, someone named "lead from your heart and mind" tried to convince some of the pro-choice folks in San Fransisco that threats and demands that pro-lifers' First Amendment rights be taken away was really not the best way to go.

Alas, that advice was not taken.

Planned Parenthood Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Some reflections on the MLK Jr. Holiday from one of our correspondents in Eastern Washington:

I am sure that all of you have paused today to remember MLK Jr. and reflect briefly on what today means in your life. If you feel like you need to give honor to this man and this day, here is a little info to help you further understand your feelings for what this day may mean to you.

Martin Luther King was and is the first person to ever receive the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Margaret Sanger Award for "his courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."

The citation further reads: "Dr. King has lent his eloquent voice to the cause of world-wide voluntary family planning."

In his acceptance speech, titled Family Planning- A Special and Urgent Concern, MLK Jr. stating: "There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike the plagues of dark ages of contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered, and with resources we possess."

"There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger's early efforts."

"...the years have justified [Margaret Sanger's] actions."

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in a letter a few weeks later, noted: "Words are inadequate for me to say how honored I was to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award. This award will remain among my most cherished possessions."

"I am happy to be the recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award and I can assure you that this distinct honor will cause me to work even harder for a reign of justice and a rule of love all over our nation."

The full story can be found on Planned Parenthood's web page, if you wish to read on. But I urge you to think twice about the reason your bank and latte stand are closed today.

-- Sara Huenergardt

Friday, January 13, 2006

"There Are Bigger Pieces of Tofu to Fry"

That's just one of the lighter comments from someone named "lead from your heart and mind" trying to talk some sense into the folks organizing a "Stand for Reproductive Justice" celebration and counter-picket opposing the second annual “Walk for Life - West Coast" march in San Francisco. They are planning to disrupt and if possible "stopping the fascist parade at Justin Hermann Plaza, where it starts..."

It gets more threatening and kind of ridiculous--
This is the last time these thugs will promote fascism on the streets of San Francisco. This is not some kind of carnival and we will not be shoved onto a pier. This is our City and we will not let the Catholic Church, sponsors of this fascist parade, or anyone else promote the murder of women and fascism on the streets of San Francisco.

Like I've said before, the Catholic Church never tried to get me to take pills or insert sharp metal objects into my body in an effort to stifle my fertility.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Another Study Links Abortion to Depression

From the Vital Signs Blog:

This news story from the New Zealand Herald is today's "must read." It is a riveting piece about the largest international study ever on the psychological effects of abortion, a study that has been received with deliberate disdain by journalists and biased researchers and even with dismay by the pro-abortion director of the study itself. But the facts are clear --

Researchers found that at age 25, 42 per cent of women in the study group who had had an abortion also experienced major depression at some stage during the past four years.

This was nearly double the rate of those who had never been pregnant and 35 per cent higher than those who had chosen to continue a pregnancy."

Those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviours and substance use disorders," said the researchers, whose study has been published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.

Hat tip: After Abortion

Monday, January 09, 2006

Who's the Radical?

The abortion lobby (NARAL, Planned Parenthood, NOW) and other fellow travelers often accuse pro-lifers of being "outside the mainstream", extreme and radical. We know that we aren't the ones sacrificing unborn children -- 3,000+ per day -- upon the altar of "choice". We are not the ones promoting any abortion, any time, for any reason. Nor are we the ones who believe that a "right to privacy" translates into a right to kill as long as the killing is done behind closed doors by a person with a medical degree. Judge Samuel Alito understands this even if the Seattle PI, Seattle Times, and the political/cultural establishment of the state of Washington don't, and his testimony of today proves it. Jim Anderson of Life News Radio made this brilliant observation:
It came and went with such subtlety that many observers missed it. But I’m sure Judge Samuel A. Alito’s opponents noticed it. And I can tell by the fact that they are silent. Remember Dan Quayle, the almost overly intelligent Vice President who, whenever he talked about home-town values, was derided mercilessly. I heard the same talk from Judge Alito as he even mentioned childhood baseball games with friends. I thought to myself that he is going to get creamed in the press unless he is going somewhere with this. Then, just as I thought he was turning into a grown Beaver Cleaver (a little resemblance, don’t you think?), the Judge came forth and skewered his critics with a refinement worthy of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

He used his home town background to contrast his views with those who take a different view of American culture. He mentioned being admitted to Princeton as someone who just twenty years earlier, might not have felt comfortable there. And then he discretely derided those on the other side of the culture wars, many of whom were on college campuses with him in the 70’s. As he drew a line in the sand between antagonists in this war, he said, “It was a time of turmoil and I saw some very smart people and some very privileged people behaving irresponsibly and I couldn’t help making a contrast between some of the worst of what I saw on campus and the good sense and the decency of the people back in my own community.”

And he did this by referring not to a “red” state town like Columbus, Nebraska or Ames, Iowa, but with “blue” state Trenton, New Jersey. Look for Judge Alito to create greater distinctions as he goes through the confirmation process. While I begin likening him to the Scarlet Pimpernel, he may make for himself a reputation more like Zorro. I think there is going to be much to like about this man—for those who see a distinction between a culture of life and a culture of death.

Save the Farm Animals and Terminate the Humans

Seattle's Metro Bus #14 starts out in Seattle's tony Mt. Baker neighborhood, just a few doors down from the home of pro-abortion King County Executive Ron Simms. It meanders past colorful turn-of-the-century mansions, some with views of Lake Washington. Before it reaches downtown it makes several stops in Seattle's Central District, where the houses aren't quite as nice and the residents have long been targets of Planned Parenthood's "Negro Project."

It was right about that point that I noticed one advertisement...and then the other.

I had my digital camera so I was able to capture a few snaps.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Seattle PI's Love Affair with Abortion Continues

He is a brilliant ideologue whose presence on the court would make much of the nation ache for the very justice he would replace, the court's great reconciler of differences, Sandra Day O'Connor.
And this...

Long before al-Qaida, there was Alito, then an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, writing a 1984 memo proclaiming that government officials should be able to order domestic wiretaps without fear of legal retaliation by their subjects.

And finally this...

While favoring executive powers, Alito's judicial record also indicates great deference to the business sector. Again, such pro-corporate attitudes have played a role in unraveling the country's ability to act on a sense of the common good.

All in the service of abortion.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Evening of Prayer for the Unborn

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish in Woodinville invites you to an "Evening of Prayer for the Unborn" at our parish chapel at 17828 NE Woodinville-Duval Road (The Woodinville Riding Club). The evening will last from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, though you can spend whatever time you are able to, whether it be 15 minutes or an hour or more. Any questions please call Carol 425-481-6835 or email me.

We are planning on starting each hour on the hour with the rosary followed by the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy and silent prayer.