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Fast Fact – People Norma McCorvey aka Jane Roe, the plaintiff in Roe v Wade died last week at the age of 69. While her name became synonymous with a woman’s right to legal abortion, Norma never had one. She gave birth to three children, all placed for adoption. Norma lent herself to abortion advocates in the feminist movement for a time, and worked in an abortion business in Dallas. In the mid-to-late 90’s she became a heroine of the pro-life cause for the outspoken and valiant way she worked to end abortion after her conversion to faith in Jesus Christ. And a little girl led her (Emily, pictured l.) I believe Norma’s zeal to end abortion was driven by her time working in the abortion industry and the conditions she confronted there. When our paths crossed in 2003 she shared some of that story with me. You’ll not find mention of her abortion business experiences in the NYTimes coverage of her life and death. National Right to Life told Norma’s story well. And her book Won by Love, co-authored by Gary Thomas, is essential reading for the insights into the deception and exploitation at the heart of abortion–starting with the way the women she looked to for help instead used Miss Norma herself. May she rest in peace.
Fast Fact – Legislation Townhall.com reported that the House of Representatives voted last week to overturn President Obama’s rule that forbid states from defunding Planned Parenthood. Instead, states can redirect those Title X funds to health care clinics which don’t provide abortion services. A statement from the pro-life PAC Susan B Anthony List characterized the rule as Obama’s “parting gift” to Planned Parenthood. Why overturing the rule matters: PP leans heavily on their debunked talking point that abortion is only 3% of their business—and it’s all out-of-pocket, meaning they can’t get re-imbursed by Medicaid for abortions. But say we knew a doctor was generating 3% of his office revenue killing toddlers for cash, and then taking government funding for routine pediatrics. Would that be acceptable? Or would we say, you know, there are other full-service pediatricians who don’t kill toddlers, let’s use those providers for our Medicaid contractors.
Fast Fact – Science An ordinance passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen seeks to make St. Louis a sanctuary city for abortion. According to Missouri Baptist Convention’s The Pathway “The ordinance . . . changes the city’s discrimination ordinance, making abortion a protected class equal with race, gender, religion and disability. The ordinance does not protect individual business owners who object to abortions for religious reasons. The bill could also bring fines against lessors or others who do not want to be associated with abortion.” So folks at the legislature are working to codify the science of embryology into a new Missouri law: sperm + egg = person. If approved by the legislature, the constitutional amendment would appear on the statewide ballot next year. The ballot wording: “Should the Missouri Constitution be amended to protect pregnant women and unborn children by recognizing that an unborn child is a person with a right to life which cannot be deprived by state or private action without due process and equal protection of law?” How would you vote?
Fast Fact – International The discussion in Missouri touches on the role of pregnancy help centers which have survived a prolonged propaganda campaign by the abortion industry here in the US. The pregnancy help movement is under assault in France. Last week the French National Assembly adopted legislation to make what it calls “spreading misleading information” about abortion punishable with up to a two-year prison sentence and a fine. Aside from threatening the youngest members of the human family by silencing their defenders, and on trashing free speech rights, the policy could be seen as downright suicidal for a nation in the midst of an immigration crisis, and with a birth rate of 1.93.
Fast Fact – Hard cases It’s heartbreaking to face a fatal fetal diagnosis such as anencephaly. Mayo Clinic says, “Anencephaly is a defect in the formation of a baby’s neural tube during development. A baby born with anencephaly might be stillborn or survive only a few hours to a few days after birth. The main symptom is unconsciousness. There is no cure for anencephaly. Treatment aims at making the baby as comfortable as possible.” It’s hard enough to read those words much less to imagine hearing them from your obstetrician. But one such momma, Keri Young made a brave and extraordinary decision on the spot. Her husband Royce’s Facebook post went viral, encouraging tens of thousands. Kerri decided to carry her pregnancy to term in order to be able to donate her daughter’s organs, perhaps affecting 50 other babies in need. Pray for them, baby Eve is due May 7.
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