Monday, October 31, 2011

Blurred lines.

I wish that stories like this got more coverage.
"Two abortion clinic workers pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in deaths that occurred at a Philadelphia clinic where seven babies were allegedly born alive, then killed with scissors..."
I think pro-choice people are more likely to dismiss such a situation as a terrible anomaly, whereas pro-life people are more likely to see this as a predictable conclusion to a mentality that readily accepts abortion.

I don't believe most abortion clinic workers would snip infant spinal cords.  I think most people recoil at the thought.  For now.  I do, however, find stories like this extremely disconcerting:
"The Wetaskiwin, Alta., woman convicted of infanticide for killing her newborn son, was given a three-year suspended sentence Friday by an Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench judge.
The fact that Canada has no abortion laws reflects that 'while many Canadians undoubtedly view abortion as a less than ideal solution to unprotected sex and unwanted pregnancy, they generally understand, accept and sympathize with the onerous demands pregnancy and childrbirth exact from mothers, especially mothers without support,' [the judge] writes."
Apparenly in Canada you can kill your infant and get a 3-year suspended sentence in order to be consistent with the Canadian view of abortion.

It's understandable that people are blurring the line between abortion and infanticide.  They aren't, after all, all that different.  When pro-lifers suggest equivalency we are derided for being sensationalistic at best, manipulative at worst.  Yet, as the above stories suggest, it's not just pro-lifers who seem to confuse the two.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pro-life? Like to write? Get published!

The Life Matters Journal seeks submissions for its next issue:
We need news pieces on any of our given issues. We're especially looking for 1-2 page news commentary on the recent trend of bullying & suicide (especially as regards LGBT youth), Troy Davis's execution on death row, developments in US politics, and also for many different types of fiction (1-10 pages), poetry, and opinion pieces (3-15 pages). If you have suggestions for any pieces you'd like to write or like to see in our next issue, please email us!

We have a special series to be released over the next two or three issues, tentatively titled "We Hold this Truth: Allies in the Culture War" -- and dedicated to a discussion from different faith, lifestyle, and political perspectives about the consistent life position and why we are dedicated to the truth that human life must be valued and protected at all stages. While I have had a few offers, we are looking for writers across all boundaries: Atheist &/or Agnostic, Catholic, Buddhist, Protestant, Hindu, gay, straight, Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian... really, any demographic feature might be a possible way to come at the discussion. Email us with your idea, and write something up about why you, as a __________, believe in the consistent life ethic.
Articles should be emailed to by December 7.

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Undercover Footage Coming from Live Action

Today Live Action announced they will be releasing new undercover investigation footage on Monday October 31st. In their press release Live Action shared a little about what the video will be concerning:
"Live Action, the pro-life group responsible for recent undercover stings showing Planned Parenthood’s institutional tolerance for child sexual abuse, will release a new investigation on Monday showing how opponents of recognizing the right to life of unborn children in Mississippi, backed by Planned Parenthood, are using lies and scare tactics to manipulate the public. Mississippi will be the first state since Roe v. Wade to protect the right to life of unborn children at all ages of development if it passes a Personhood Amendment to its state constitution on November 8."
Be sure to checkout their website Monday for this new undercover video. If you haven't already seen the undercover investigations Live Action released earlier this year concerning Planned Parenthood's illegal activity surrounding sexual abuse I encourage you to check it out at

For the Dignity of the born and unborn,

Timmerie Millington

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Video: the facts on the abortion pill

Josh Brahm, host of Life Report, wants our help to make this video go viral. Secular Pro-Life is more than happy to oblige! This excellent piece is completely secular, medically accurate, and thought-provoking. If you have a friend who is considering the abortion pill, take four minutes to show her this video. She'll get the information that would likely be omitted from a real abortionist's "counseling" session.

Monday, October 24, 2011

What about civil disobedience?

A few days ago, Jewels Green, who is a former abortion center employee turned pro-lifer, contributed a blog post entitled "Pro-life and committed to ending abortion: but NOT by any means necessary." In it, she expressed her opinion that the pro-life movement should refrain from any violence or unlawful activity, which she says "provides our pro-abortion opposition a speedy on-ramp to the high road and fosters a 'comrades-in-arms' mentality that unifies their ranks and galvanizes public opinion in their favor."

Although no one disagreed with her point about violence, some objected to her statement that "Even humorously suggesting a return to the era of blockading entrances to clinics or 'occupying' the waiting rooms of abortion clinics leads down the slippery slope to further lawlessness" and violence. But this did not adequately address activity that is both peaceful and illegal-- i.e. non-violent civil disobedience, in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other social justice leaders.

Civil disobedience may or may not be appropriate, depending on the time and circumstance. This is a matter on which reasonable people can disagree.

In the interest of fostering open discussion, here is a pro-civil-disobedience response, by Stand True president Bryan Kemper:

In a recent article written by Jewels Green, she asks the following question to open her article:

“Should breaking the law be advocated to advance the cause for life? Should violence be encouraged, condoned, or celebrated to further the cause for life? No, and no.”

What we see here are two totally separate questions that should not be asked together; this is done to try to tie the two things together, which is unfair. Of course we should not condone violence or celebrate it. The problem is that later in the article you see the author try to tie the civil disobedience in Question 1 with the violence in Question 2.

So lets talk about Question 1: “Should breaking the law be advocated to advance the cause for life?” I want to rephrase this question to go past abortion, as it does say “cause for life”. The question would then read, “Should breaking the law ever have been advocated to advance causes like the Underground Railroad, hiding Jews during the Nazi Holocaust, the sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement, rescuing young girls trapped in sex slavery, and rescuing children from abortion?”

When we rephrase the question and don’t try and tie the action of civil disobedience to violence, it shines a whole new light on the situation. The fact is that there are way too many times in the history of the world when corrupt governments passed evil, unjust laws that lead to the death, imprisonment and torture of our fellow human persons. There were also courageous men and women who peacefully broke those laws in order to save lives and change the world.

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Defining Victory

"We are the generation that will end abortion."
"I am an abortion abolitionist."
"No more babies die, no more women cry."
All popular slogans, which elicit a familiar response from our loyal opposition: "You'll never end abortion! Abortion has been practiced for millenia!"

To some extent, they're right. After all, burglary is illegal and socially condemned, but we still have burglary and probably always will. We cannot create a crime-free utopia. And consider murder outside the womb: incredibly, nearly four in ten murders in the United States go unsolved!

So what does pro-life victory mean?

Consider the original abolitionist movement, from which we as pro-lifers frequently draw inspiration. It's easy to forget, but slavery is still happening. In today's version, slaves typically labor in the sex trade rather than in cotton fields. Sadly, the abolitionist movement failed to completely end slavery.

And yet, it would surely be wrong to dismiss the abolitionist movement as a failure. Abolitionists ushered in a revolution. They made slavery illegal, transformed the lives of millions of African Americans, and paved the way for the civil rights movement, where the full personhood of Black people was finally recognized.

That is the kind of radical social transformation that we seek as pro-lifers. Society will always suffer from individuals who refuse to respect the rights of others, but we don't have to take it sitting down! Pro-life victory means creating a society that recognizes the humanity of unborn children. We will make abortion unthinkable, just as it is unthinkable for any American to own a slave today.

The theme of the Students for Life of America conference this year is "Envision a World Without Abortion." It is focused on what pro-life victory means, and how we can get there. I hope you'll join Secular Pro-Life and thousands of other activists to discuss these vital issues. Together, we can restore the right to life for all.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Coerced abortion makes mockery of "choice"

[Editor's note: Today's feature is a guest post by Sarah Terzo, who runs]

It is not unusual for men to try to coerce their partners into having an unwanted abortion. In fact, according to the Elliot Institute, which deals with post-abortive women, 64% of women who have abortions claim that they were pressured by other people (usually their partners) into having them. So much for women's choice!

So it's no real surprise to find out that a British man has taken coercion one step further – he drugged his pregnant fiancĂ©e with an abortion pill, causing her to miscarry.

The woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, was rushed to the hospital with severe bleeding, were she found out that her baby had died. She was forced to undergo an emergency operation and required a blood transfusion of two pints of blood.

She did not know the cause of her miscarriage until months later, when she overheard her fiancé bragging to someone over the phone about slipping the abortion pill to her without her knowledge. She reported the crime to the police, who arrested him. It is not clear at this point where he acquired the abortion drug.

When the abortion pill was first made available in the United States, I remember some pro-lifers expressing concern that men would be able to force a woman to abort by acquiring the drug and making her take it by deceit or threat of violence. Pro-abortion activists laughed off these concerns. But now it seems that our fears were well-founded.

Hopefully authorities will be able to determine where the perpetrator got the abortion drug and tighten up whatever regulation allowed him to acquire it. [Editor's note: Here's one possibility: a website, run by "pro-choice" activists, that lets people order the abortion pill online and have it shipped to their house.] The case makes one wonder how many other times an abortion drug has been slipped to unsuspecting women, threatening their lives and their pregnancies, without them ever knowing.

Could such a thing happen in the United States? Abortion proponents would say no –after all, only licensed clinics can dispense the RU-486, the abortion pill. However, there has already been at least one similar case in the United States. New York resident Dr. Stephen Pack ambushed his pregnant partner outside a hospital, screaming “I'm going to give you an abortion!” He injected her with a dose of methotrexate, a drug that induces abortion but that also has legitimate medical uses. In that case, thankfully, the baby survived and the mother was not seriously injured. And in October of 2010, an Ohio man drove his pregnant girlfriend to an abortion clinic at gunpoint.

These incidents highlight the fact that many women face incredible pressures to abort from their partners, and that when they refuse, partners may take matters into their own hands. The murder of pregnant women is disturbingly common - in fact, murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women. It is often the partners that are the perpetrators.

For example, the body of 15-year-old Daphne Sulk was found that a rest stop in Wyoming. Her 38-year-old boyfriend was arrested and convicted of stabbing her to death because she refused to abort his child. Teshibra Bell, also 15, was killed by Shannon Meschack, the father of her unborn baby. He had threatened to kill her if she did not have an abortion. Another man, Michael Baldwin, confessed to the brutal slaying of his girlfriend, who was 15 weeks pregnant with his child. These are just a handful of cases that have been documented by the Elliot Institute.

No one should be allowed to force a woman into having an abortion she does not want. Whether the coercion is subtle, overt, or violent, it is always wrong. Pro-lifers should try to force the abortion industry to be held accountable for performing abortions on women who express that they are being pressured into having them. Pro-life activists have the opportunity and the responsibility to protect women from coercion by publicizing these incidents and raising public awareness.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pro-life and committed to ending abortion: but NOT "by any means necessary"

[Editor's note: Today's feature is a guest post by former abortion worker Jewels Green, who is now a pro-life advocate.]

Should breaking the law be advocated to advance the cause for life? Should violence be encouraged, condoned, or celebrated to further the cause for life? No, and no.

The pro-life movement has made great strides on the long road toward ending abortion in the United States—especially in the past few years. The zeitgeist is shifting, as evidenced by a CNN poll just last month that found 62% of Americans want abortion to be illegal in most or all circumstances. This finding dovetails nicely with the passage of the partial-birth abortion ban, ultrasound laws, and the proliferation of the 40 Days for Life peaceful prayer vigils that report hundreds of pregnant mothers turning away from the clinics and choosing life for their babies. These successes have been the culmination of countless hard-working people dedicated to tirelessly pursuing lawful avenues to bring about the end abortion in the United States.

We are winning, and should stay the course.

Even humorously suggesting a return to the era of blockading entrances to clinics or “occupying” the waiting rooms of abortion clinics leads down the slippery slope to further lawlessness: harassment, intimidation, vandalism, and eventually (and inevitably) violence. These tactics are morally wrong and produce dubious results. What is certain is that breaking the law in an effort to stop abortion tarnishes the movement, alienates those on the fence (or newcomers to the fold), and worst of all—it provides our pro-abortion opposition a speedy on-ramp to the high road and fosters a “comrades-in-arms” mentality that unifies their ranks and galvanizes public opinion in their favor.

I worked in an abortion clinic that was invaded by law-breakers. Not one pregnant mother chose life for her baby that day twenty years ago when six people attached themselves to a huge metal contraption for seven hours in the waiting room. Abortions were committed in an un-occupied part of the clinic while local law enforcement and FBI agents negotiated with the trespassers. The mood in the clinic that day, which was shared by staff and patients alike, was one of grim—but unwavering—determination. We celebrated continuing abortions during the occupation and were defiant in the face of intimidation.

There is no way I could have publicly adopted the pro-life moniker in an atmosphere of violence and disregard for law. In the nine months (it’s only been nine months!) since my personal conversion and self-identifying as pro-life I have volunteered, donated, testified, and continue to use my voice to speak up for those who cannot do so for themselves: the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.

I sincerely hope I am preaching to the choir on this issue and that the overwhelming majority of advocates of the right-to-life from conception to natural death are peaceful, law-abiding, and conscientious citizens who do not assume the title of life warrior literally.

Friday, October 21, 2011

What's Happened This Week

This week has been a very busy and sad week for the pro-life movement. Here is just a bit of what's been going on:

Did you know Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards makes 400K a year? One of the many shocking and interesting things pointed out in this article is that Planned Parenthood started making $1 billion and more annually in 2006-2007 when their abortion numbers significantly raised from 264,943 in 2005 to 289,650 in 2006. Read more about this from Life News.

Students accross the Unites States gave up their voices for a day to stand in solidarity with the unborn. Read about October 18th's Silent Day of Solidarity at Stand True's Blog.

Pro-life advocate Jon Scharfenberger died after a week long battle for his life after a tragic car accident that also killed pro-life leader Kortney Blythe and her unborn child Sophy. Learn more from Kristan Hawkins with Students for Life.

Ron Paul Shares about his pro-life position with a profound story of birth and death in a short video testimony

International ProLife Youth Conference is only a few weeks away November 11-13th in Los Angeles, California. Register today!

Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline lost his law license as things move forward in the case Phil filed against Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is really doing all they can to silence him. Learn more at Life News.

For the Dignity of the born and unborn,

Timmerie Millington
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Is the pro-life movement anti-sex?

The pro-abortion claim that pro-lifers are anti-sex is nothing new. From Canadian abortion advocates' recent attempt to make some kind of point by dressing up as penises and vaginas, to Amanda Marcotte's bizarre assertion that pro-lifers' motive in protesting outside abortion facilities is "to gawk and yell at women whose soon-to-be-terminated pregnancies constitute solid proof they've recently touched a penis" (I guess we'll be protesting outside maternity wards next), nothing really surprises me anymore.

As ridiculous as this claim is, we have to address it, because it's powerful propaganda. Nobody wants to be part of an uncool, prudish, anti-sex movement, especially not young people.

Allow me to propose a simple logical argument.
Major premise: Pro-lifers constitute a little less than half the adult population of the United States.
Minor premise: The vast majority of American adults have sex from time to time.
Conclusion: Most American pro-lifers have sex. And I'll bet they enjoy it, too.

Do pro-lifers want people to have sex irresponsibly? Of course not. People shouldn't have sex until they are ready, and people certainly shouldn't have unprotected sex if they aren't prepared to handle the baby who may be conceived as a result. But that doesn't make the pro-life movement anti-sex. It makes us anti-irresponsible-sex. Most pro-choicers are opposed to irresponsible sex too; given the alarming spread of STDs, you'd have to be stupid to advocate a lifestyle of unprotected, promiscuous sex.

Many pro-lifers believe that the only responsible course of action is to abstain from sex altogether until marriage, and I respect that. But others do have sex before marriage (or engage in premarital sexual activity other than vaginal intercourse), and there's no sense in pretending that the pro-life movement is made up of virgins.

There is a large space between the two extremes, between the slut-shaming, chastity-belt-wearing caricature and the needless-risk-taking sex maniac. The pro-life movement is made up almost entirely of people in the middle. (And so is the pro-choice movement, for that matter.) We aren't going to faint at the sight of a nutjob in a penis costume, or scream in horror at women who've had sex. But we are going to stand up and oppose any attitude toward sex that treats abortion as just a form of birth control, and that is willing to sacrifice the lives of unborn children in the pursuit of sexual pleasure.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Abortions Dropped 30% in One Month in AZ

One month following the implementation of abortion laws in Arizona that limit who can perform abortions and requiring informed consent, abortions have dropped 32% month over month from August to September. Here's an excerpt from the piece by the Associated Press:
The number of abortions performed in Arizona dropped by about a third in September after new state laws tightened restrictions and requirements.

The new restrictions and requirements took effect in August and September, and preliminary state figures indicate 729 abortions were performed in September. That's down nearly 31 percent from September 2010, down nearly 32 percent from August 2011 and down 39 percent from the previous 12-month average of just over 1,200.

Planned Parenthood Arizona CEO Bryan Howard said availability of abortion services is reduced mainly because of a new law requiring all abortion facilities to have physicians involved in medication abortions previously performed only by physicians assistants. A separate law also prohibited nurse practitioners from performing surgical abortions.

Planned Parenthood Arizona since August has dropped abortion services at seven of its 10 locations statewide, including all three clinics in cities outside the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

Abortion opponent Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy hailed the reduction as "simply incredible."

Herrod's group lobbied for passage of the laws, which include a 2009 clinic regulation law and a 2001 law that expanded on the 2009 measure. Its implementation was delayed until a state appeals court upheld its constitutionality in August.

Herrod acknowledged that Planned Parenthood's scaling back of its operations "would certainly have an impact" but she also said new so-called "informed consent" provisions requiring physicians to tell women about risks and alternatives also are having an impact.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What do the numbers tell us?

Live Action shares this interesting chart, showing the percentage of unplanned pregnancies ending in abortion by the mother's religious affiliation:What do these figures tell us?

Unplanned children of evangelicals have the best odds of survival, and evangelicals certainly have a reputation for being pro-life. But 32% is still much too high. I was surprised to see no difference between Catholics, who have a pro-life reputation, and mainstream Protestants, who are all over the map on the aboriton debate. It may be that most pro-choice Protestants are of the "but I would never have an abortion" variety.

Sadly, atheists top the list-- but not by much. There's only a 7% difference between atheists and Catholics. About half of atheists choose life when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.

The bottom line? People of "no religion" or "other religion" are those who are most in need of the pro-life message. Secular Pro-Life is there for them. Let's continue to close that gap, and bring the numbers down to zero for all religious groups.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Awesome internship opportunity and new project

You've probably heard of Stand True: Christ-Centered Pro-Life. If you haven't, they're a group of young pro-life Christians, spreading the pro-life message to fellow Christians who are apathetic about abortion. You'll find them at Christian music festivals over the summer. You might also know them as the group behind the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity (which is happening tomorrow). Their mission usually doesn't overlap much with the mission of Secular Pro-Life, but they are big supporters of our project.

Stand True is looking for one or two interns. The position is unpaid, but you'll get free rent in Troy, Ohio (near Dayton). It's a great opportunity for a recent college grad who's looking to do something productive while waiting for the economy to improve.

The ideal candidate is well-organized, considerate, and (of course) passionate about the right to life. Owning a laptop is a plus, but not required. You do not have to be a Christian to get this internship, but a basic knowledge of Christianity is helpful. You can start right away and stay through January or later. Your travel expenses to and from the March for Life will be covered. Your hours will be flexible enough that you can get a part-time job in the area if you so desire.

And here's the best part: interns will split their time between Stand True projects and doing research for!

This is a wonderful display of pro-life unity from Stand True, and we cannot thank them enough. To apply for the internship, email your resume and a statement of interest to, using the subject line "Secular Pro-Life sent me," and cc We look forward to hearing from you!

And speaking of wonderful things that Stand True is doing: they just released a website,, for pro-lifers between the ages of 14 and 17. Just because you can't vote doesn't mean you have to sit by the sidelines. There are far too many pro-life adults who are not registered to vote. Register them to be your vote, and you can win cool prizes. Check it out.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Protect Life Act Passed in the House

As many of you know, the Protect Life Act was reviewed yesterday by congress. The good news is that it was passed by a vote of 251-172 and is now on it's way to the Senate. Now begins the difficult part of passing this bill. Will the Senate pass the Protect Life Act as well? After all we should be able to agree that elective abortions shouldn't be funded in Health Care. Why? Because the majority of Americans do not want to pay for it. 

Here comes a even bigger struggle: President Obama has already released a statement that he would veto the Protect Life Act in the event it makes it to his desk. Clearly President Obama has no regard for the majority of the American people's wishes on this subject and he continues to push a rather pro-abortion agenda. 

Some of the basics of what the Protect Life Act will do. 

  • Uphold the Hyde Amendment which prevents any PPACA funds (tax dollars) from paying for abortion (except in the cases of rape/incest or threat to the mother's life).
  • Subsidized federal funds will not be able to cover abortions that step outside of the Hyde Amendment restrictions. 
  • Conscience protections upheld so that health care providers who will not take part in abortion receive federal funding without discrimination.  
  • Individuals, states, and local governments will have to purchase a separate rider to cover elective abortions. This will only be allowed through private funds, not your tax dollars.

How do you think this will turn out? 

For the Dignity of the born and unborn,

Timmerie Millington

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


There will be no blog posts for the rest of the week. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jon Scharfenberger's condition reportedly improving

I mentioned Sunday that the crash that killed Kortney Blythe Gordon and her baby Sophy also injured several others.

The most seriously injured was Jon Scharfenberger, who is also a Students for Life of America employee. He is a recent Ave Maria graduate who joined SFLA to lead their new Pregnant on Campus Initiative.

Jon was in critical condition, and it was uncertain whether or not he would live through last night. He made it, and is reportedly showing signs of improvement, including moving his head and responding to the people around him. I do not have many details, but please keep Jon and his family in your thoughts. They have a long road ahead of them.

Monday, October 10, 2011

New pro-life video: Volition

Take just fifteen minutes to watch this incredible video about human rights and resisting the status quo. You won't regret it.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Remembering Kortney

Last night, Students for Life of America field coordinator Kortney Blythe Gordon was killed in a two-car accident in Georgia. Also killed were her unborn daughter, Sophy, and a person from the other car who has not been identified. Several other individuals were injured. There are not many details at this time.

I first met Kortney when I was a student at the University of Miami, just beginning to get involved in the pro-life movement. Kortney was always incredibly supportive. I could bounce ideas off of her any time. She loved the work of Secular Pro-Life, and she was especially excited about, even helping us recruit volunteers for the project.

Kortney's devotion to the pro-life cause was inspiring. She regularly traveled across the country, equipping pro-life students to stand up for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. She and Sophy were planning to be part of the Voices from the Womb event on Capitol Hill next week.

Kortney has been taken from us much too soon. I still don't fully believe that this has happened. Her death is a major loss, not only for Students for Life of America, but for every advocate for the rights of the unborn.

In Kortney's honor, Students for Life of America posted a quote on facebook from one of Kortney's heroes, the anti-Nazi student activist Sophie Scholl: "The sun still shines."

Kortney's impact still shines in the lives of countless people, born and unborn. We will never forget her.

UPDATE: If you would like to make a contribution toward the burial costs for Kortney and Sophy, you may do so here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hero Against 1 Child Policy May be Dead

We are all aware of the One Child Policy that is enforced in China; however, many people don't know of a man and wife who have for years now stood up in defense of the men, women, and children who have been affected by China's One Child policy – which has resulted in millions of forced abortions. There are countless stories I could share with you of women who have been brutally forced to abort child after child when they became pregnant after their first child. Yet, what I have to tell you today isn't about these women who are forced to abort, but about one courageous person who stood for human rights even when Chinese officials attacked him.

Rumor has it that notorious forced abortion and sterilization opponent Chen Guangcheng is dead. This would be at the hands of the Chinese officials who have kept he and his wife under house arrest for almost a year now. The same man who he and his wife were brutally assaulted and kept isolated with no contact to the outside world for some time.

It has not yet been confirmed that Chen is dead, but information has come out that this man may already be dead since friends tried to visit him earlier this week. Radio Free Asia reports that Chinese authorities have detained nine human rights activists who tried to visit with Chen Guangcheng. Some of these nine activists were also cut off from communicating similarly to Chen and his wife earlier this year. Reports have been made that authorities were shooting at these nine activists while they attempted to visit Chen. Voice of America has reported that villagers were saying, "Chen is dead already." Further investigation is being made to verify whether or not Chen is dead; and if he is not, organizations are standing up to demand he and his families' release.

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers has said the following:

"We are alarmed at the report that villagers are saying that Chen is already dead,"

"If Chen is dead, then the Chinese Communist Party is fully responsible for killing him through torture, denial of medical treatment and slow starvation. If Chen is alive, we urgently demand that he and his family be released immediately and unconditionally, for medical evaluation and treatment."

My thoughts go out to Chen, his family, and all other heroes who have stood up against forced abortion and sterilization in China. I hope that the defense of women and children continues because we must stand up against the injustice of China's One Child Policy. Chen is a true hero who has loved by his actions to help others, despite severe and at times harmful opposition.

Standing In Defence of the Voiceless,

Timmerie Millington

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Alaskan Abortion Law Going to Court

Alaska's voter approved abortion law, requiring parental notification of minors before an abortion, will be going to the courts, a judge has ruled. Forbes has more on this story:

Opponents of a new state law requiring that parents be notified when their daughters seek to get abortions will have a chance to present full arguments at a hearing challenging some provisions of the law.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock on Friday rejected the state's attempt to have certain issues tossed from the case to be heard Feb. 13. He said while the state's arguments were correct "in a sense," there also was Alaska's judicial system to consider.

That system, he said, "is strongly imbued with the principle that each party is entitled to its day in court and to the opportunity to present facts it deems significant."

Alaska voters approved the law in August 2010. It requires that girls under the age of 18 notify their parents or guardians before they have an abortion. Doctors could be punished for not making notification.

Planned Parenthood sued, but Suddock in December let the law stand with revisions: he removed provisions calling for a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment of up to five years for people who violate the law. He also struck a section allowing physicians to be liable for damages.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tomorrow and Thursday: Babies go to Congress

Heartbeat International is a chain of faith-based pregnancy centers with locations across the country. Starting tomorrow, they are sponsoring Babies go to Congress: an event where moms who have been served by pregnancy centers take their babies to Washington, D.C. and share the truth with politicians on Capitol Hill.

Abortion advocacy groups would like for politicians to believe that pregnancy centers are uncompassionate, unhelpful, and even dangerous. The experiences of women who've actually used pregnancy centers paint a much different picture. I applaud all the women who have come forward to put a face on this issue. As various pro-abortion cities attempt to compromise the First Amendment rights of pregnancy center volunteers, this advocacy is needed now more than ever!

Heartbeat International has a website where they will post photos and videos of the Babies go to Congress as it happens. Check it out here.

Monday, October 3, 2011

2012 Students for Life conference

Secular Pro-Life is making preparations for the 2012 Students for Life of America conference on January 22. To learn how you can help, check out our e-newsletter here.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stages of Life

I saw this picture on facebook and had to share. The simple truth is that human development is gradual. At no point in the human lifetime does a Personhood Fairy magically endow us with rights. Every human being has the right to life, from the beginning of existence (conception) to the end of existence (death). It's up to the pro-life movement to protect that right!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

News briefs

It's been a busy week for the pro-life movement! Here are some highlights.

The latest 40 Days for Life campaign kicked off on Wednesday, and already there are reports of lives being saved! For information on secular participation in 40 Days, go here.

Our sister blog, Abortion Safety Project, shares that an abortion facility in Rockford, Illinois has been shut down for health and safety violations.

Operation Rescue points out that when 13 people died from tainted canteloupe, authorities were quick to act. But when the abortion pill killed as many women, it remained on the shelves.

The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL) is asking LGBT pro-lifers and allies to take this survey from the Human Rights Campaign. There is a general comment box at the end.
I ask all those who support LGBT issues to take the opportunity to take this survey from HRC. As you know they won't support a candidate who is pro-life no matter how supportive they are on LGBT issues. I ask that you take the survey and in the comments box ask them to reconsider their stance on abortion and consider those in the LGBT community who are pro-life.
A two-child policy is up for consideration in India. We have seen, from China's experience, that such policies lead to skyrocketing abortion rates, coerced abortion, sex selection (against girls), forced sterilization, and other human rights violations. Christians and Muslims are joining together in opposition to the proposal; Human Life International president Father Shenan Boquet applauds the efforts of "Christians, Muslims and all who respect the dignity of human life."