Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

Really?

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

noticeState Senator Kevin Ranker from our local 40th district has sponsored legislation to regulate operations of pregnancy centers.  There are a lot of details, but one of the main focuses of his effort is to ensure that these pregnancy centers  “disclose that they do not provide services or referrals for abortion or comprehensive birth control.”  Really it’s not common knowledge that these pregnancy centers are an alternative to 3 decades of Planned Parenthood’s pro-abortion efforts?  We really need to demand that these centers warn their potential clients that they do not kill children?  Has anyone noticed if Senator Ranker is also sponsoring legislation demanding that Planned Parenthood identify that their facilities are equipped to kill children?  

Wrong choices for our kids

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

reapersantaTed Bundy spent much of his youth baby sitting his younger siblings, would you let him watch you children? 

Would you hire Dr. Jack (Death) Kevorkian for in home care of your mother? 

Knowing what we know now about these people, I think the answer would be a widespread resounding, NO!  

If that is the case then why are we not only allowing, but welcoming and paying Planned Parenthood to come into our schools and counsel our kids?

Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood hopes to reach out to 200 to 250 teens in Whatcom County over the life of [Teen Outreach Program] TOP’s implementation here, Dahlstedt-Rienstra said.

Mount Baker High School will partner with Planned Parenthood for the project in Deming. TOP also will be launched in Ferndale – possibly at Ferndale High School – at a later date.

"There’s a lot of enthusiasm about it," she said. "I think that, in light of so many other budget cuts that are happening right now, people see this as an opportunity to pick up what some have had to cut in terms of youth programming.  

www.bellinghamherald.com

As TOP’s is described by Planned Parenthood it is “an evidence-based program proven to develop the positive potential of teens by reducing unintended teen pregnancy and increasing school success.”  I’ve yet to find the exact program curricula, but I do think that the cause as stated is noble and much needed.  Who wouldn’t want more success in schools and less unintended pregnancies?  The problem with the situation is that we are hiring the wrong people to deliver this message to our kids because they have other less noble messages that may also be delivered.

Regardless of the stated intent of this program as well as the number of people Planned Parenthood has helped with contraception, cancer screening, STD treatment and pregnancy tests Planned Parenthood still performed over 300,000 abortions in 2008.  I don’t think Planned Parenthood can keep quiet on their preferred method of dealing with unborn kids anymore than the once recognize real doctor, Dr. Kevorkian can help himself from treating the elderly to an early death. 

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.  Jack Kevorkian

Dr. Death felt he was doing his duty as a doctor by killing his patients with a “medical procedure” in the same way that Planned Parenthood seems to think they are doing a service by performing a “medical procedure” which ends the life of a child.   I think that in both cases labeling death as a medical procedure is just an easy way for them to feel better about what they are doing and who they really are.  If I thought that Planned Parenthood could administer this program with just deference to protecting life, I’d be ok with the program.  But their track record when confronted with a pregnancy reminds me too much of the Grim Reaper when confronted with souls to harvest.  He will swing his scythe, they will perform their procedures and people will die. 

In 2008, the last reporting record I find, Planned Parenthood showed that they administered just over a million pregnancy tests.  Now it may be private information how many of the test came out positive, but for perspective it should be noted that Planned Parenthood also performed about 1/3 of a million abortions during the same time period.  To put that another way, every 3rd pregnancy test resulted in Planned Parenthood performing an abortion thus ending the life of a child.   And another fast fact is that during the same year which Planned Parenthood performed the 324,008 abortions, they gave only 2,405 adoption referrals.  That’s more than 99 times that Planned Parenthood counseled an expectant mother to abort their child, for every 1 time that they referred them to an agency that would help the child live and potentially be adopted. 

I’ve also read so many times that Planned Parenthood is all about reproductive healthcare and that abortion is such a small, almost insignificant part of their program.  But almost never do I read in the media that in the cases of actual pregnancy, ending the life of the child is the much preferred service at Planned Parenthood.  The pro-abortion moniker is so easily applied.

Ted Bundy would not be the best choice in babysitters and Jack Kevorkian would not be the best choice in rest home buddies for your parents.  Asking Planned Parenthood into our schools for a long term relationship building program with our teens is just as wrong!   It’s like putting a Santa hat on the Grim Reaper.

Understanding

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Earthrise.jpgTwo recent events really highlight how religion can affect a person’s view or right and wrong. First let me fly off on a tangent, no first let me fly off on a tangent about flying off on tangents before I fly off on a tangent away from the effect that religion can have on one’s perspective regarding right and wrong.

Did you ever notice after you’ve flown off on a tangent you can look back on the issue with a more broad view? I liken it to the images we see from as spacecraft fly off on a tangent away from earth and all of the sudden the world is seen dangling in space; things often don’t look the same from a tangent.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I have probably watched too much StarTrek as a child, and I’m sure my wife feels I’ve followed through with this in my adulthood. Their was an episode where the crew of the Enterprise arrive on a planet that appears peaceful, yet whose inhabitants claim they are at war.

SPOCK: Computers, Captain. They fight their war with computers. Totally.
ANAN: Yes, of course.
KIRK: Computer don’t kill a half million people.
ANAN: Deaths have been registered. Of course they have twenty four hours to report.
KIRK: To report?
ANAN: To our disintegration machines. You must understand, Captain, we have been at war for five hundred years. Under ordinary conditions, no civilisation could withstand that. But we have reached a solution.
SPOCK: Then the attack by Vendikar was theoretical.
ANAN: Oh, no, quite real. An attack is mathematically launched. I lost my wife in the last attack. Our civilisation lives. The people die, but our culture goes on.
KIRK: You mean to tell me your people just walk into a disintegration machine when they’re told to?
ANAN: We have a high consciousness of duty, Captain.
SPOCK: There is a certain scientific logic about it.
ANAN: I’m glad you approve.
SPOCK: I do not approve. I understand.

http://www.chakoteya.net/StarTrek/23.htm

Let’s read those last few lines again.

SPOCK: There is a certain scientific logic about it.
ANAN: I’m glad you approve.
SPOCK: I do not approve. I understand.

With the case of Dr. Tiller’s murder, I can understand the certain scientific logic about it. Dr. Tiller has taken and in all likelyhood would have kept on taking the lives from thousands of unborn children. Now he has been stopped dead cold in his tracks. What Scott Roeder apparently did was wrong, but I can understand the logic.

I do not approve. I understand.

By the reports I’ve read, Scott Roeder felt he was acting on God’s behalf as the follower of an religion based on Old Testament teachings. I haven’t read exactly which religion he adhered to, but there are 3 common religions that share the old roots in the Old Testament books: Islam, Judaism, and my chosen faith, Christianity. I don’t know everything regarding Islamic nor Jewish doctinal perspective on this, but would speculate that it is not part of their mainstream practices. I do have a better grasp on Christianity and find this murder to be inconsistant with what I know of Christ’s ministry while on this Earth.

The second news item I’d like to comment on is the shooting of two newly enlisted young soldiers.

Police Chief Stuart Thomas said Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, was a convert to Islam and was not part of any broader scheme to attack the American military. Interviews with police show he “probably had political and religious motives for the attack,”
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/352/story/932911.html

So Carlos Bledsoe, also known as Abdulhakim Muhammad, a recent convert to Islam stands accused. By all of the accounts I’ve read, this man felt he was operating on the behalf of God, or Allah in this case. It doesn’t really matter whether Allah sanctioned this action or not, the man in question thinks he was doing right by Allah when he pulled the trigger.

I don’t approve. I understand.

Both men obviously felt like they were doing right by their religion, while to me both men had obviously done wrong by all measures that I’m used to. Yet, in my belly these two actions don’t settle as entirely parallel. A small part of me wants to jump for joy over Dr. Tiller’s death and the excitement thinking of even one child who won’t die at his hand. And there is also that little part of me that might have me wringing the neck of one Carlos Bledsoe if he were within arms reach. I don’t approve either of these feelings, but I understand them.

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother[b]will be subject to judgment. Matthew 5:21-22

No matter how good any of us regard ourselves, it is the sin we all share that makes each of us close kin to the Scott Roeders and Carlos Bledsoes of this world.

I don’t approve of this sin we have in us all. I understand though, that sin exists.

And for myself, I don’t much worry about making the newspapers as these men have, because I have put my faith not in my abilty to overcome sin, but in Christ’s ability to overcome sin. He is the only one who has beaten it completely, so He seems the most appropriate mentor.

A pound of flesh

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

baby on a scale I haven’t fully figured out whether being forced to read classic literature as a child has been an overall benefit or detriment.  I’m leaning towards benefit as I’ve stayed well clear of killing my father and marrying my mother and I have much greater respect for the life of those in sales; dead or alive.  I put those two examples in the benefit score column.

The only real negative I guess to reading classic literature is that it is sometimes difficult to turn it off.  Case in point is what has been stuck in my head since I read through the list of search strings that brought people to this site.

  • can a 20 week old fetus feel pain
  • babies feel pain with abortion
  • does the baby feel the pain when having an abortion?
  • when can a baby feel pain
  • do babies feel pain during abortion
  • does the baby feel pain while in abortion?

Imagine people sitting at their desks and actually running a search for these word groups.  Yes, yes, babies feel pain.  What possibly could be going through the mind of these Googlers as they typed these words?

I know what was going through my mind as I read these words; Shylock’s soliloquy.  Oh, well actually knowing the word soliloquy could be put in the detriment column, but back to Shylock.

In Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Shylock is demanding that he, a Jew, be afforded the same rights as a Christian.  Granted it was a right of revenge he was demanding, but you’ll see why it is stuck in my head  as I read the questions posed by those silly with relation to abortion.

From the mouth of Shylock:

I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

From the head of Wally:

I am an unborn child. Hath not an unborn eyes? Hath not an unborn hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a born child is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?

I find a great parallel between our historical ability to view other races, religions, or cultures as sub-human and many in today’s culture who view our unborn children as sub-human.  Some would argue that we haven’t overcome racial disparity.  To them I’d say focus on the positives; we have come an awful long way in the right direction towards recognizing all people as people.  However, at the same time, it seems we have gone an awful long way away from recognizing unborn children as children.

It would be nice to see those who have fought tirelessly for born human rights to follow through with human rights for those who are unborn.  If the unborn could speak, I bet they’d sound a bit like Shylock.

And because I’m stuck with another Merchant of Venice thought, let me stick you the reader with it also.  Call it a shared experience.

Shakespeare’s Antonio risked a literal pound of his flesh borrowing money from Shylock to help his friend.  As it happens, 1 pound is the weight of an unborn child half way through a typical pregnancy and still very legal to kill.

Let that tumble around in the ole’ knoggin for awhile.

**update**

While correcting a typo found by my editor, otherwise known as Mrs. Wally, I saw that one more abortion related search string had popped up.  So kick that other thing out of your knoggin and tumble this one.

  • does aborting babies harm them

And here’s another from today

  • do babies feel pain?