Archive for May, 2014

Grammy Winner Toni Braxton: Abortion and the God of Vengeance

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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From The Blaze:
Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton has revealed the intense guilt she felt after having a secret abortion more than 10 years ago.

Without healing of abortion loss, the intense guilt, shame and grief many women feel can lead to a twisting of their image of God. Braxton reveals how women can take their guilt, grief and fear of punishment for their sin and project those powerful feelings on to God twisting his image from one of a loving, merciful Father/Creator into an angry, revenge-extracting tyrant:

Braxton, who married Lewis in 2001 and divorced him in 2013, admits in her new memoir, “Unbreak My Heart,” that she felt immense guilt after the abortion, especially considering her strict, Christian upbringing. Braxton went on to have children with Lewis, though the termination had a profound impact on her perspective. She later had two sons — Diezel, 11, who is autistic, and 12-year-old Denim. The singer found herself wondering whether Diezel’s autism was God’s retribution for her decision to end the earlier pregnancy and whether her parents’ messy divorce and her lupus diagnosis in 2010 were additional punishments. “Is God punishing me for that abortion?,” she writes in the book, noting that she found herself thinking that it was “God’s payback to give my son autism.”

God did not strike her son with autism as some sort of divine payback for her abortion. However her Lupus diagnosis may be related to the ongoing emotional and spiritual stress, the guilt shame and complicated grief of her abortion stressing her immune system as she struggled to parent her autistic son amidst the chaos of her internal emotional state.

Those who have taken the painful but rewarding journey of repentance and healing discover that while they may have wondered far from God’s will in their lives, He is the exact opposite from the angry punishing tyrant they feared. Rather they discover that God’s mercy and forgiveness are central to the Heart of Christ who is as St Paul shares, the refulgence of his glory,
the very imprint of his being. The moral teachings of the Christian faith against abortion are rooted not in a desire to restrict freedom or punish but out of love of our Heavenly Father for his precious daughters. The Lord is grieved by the death of his unborn children but also the damage to the hearts and souls of his daughters who experience this loss.

Braxton’s experience can inspire those on the front lines working to end abortion and encourage mothers and fathers to choose life. But it also touches on the great need for education and healing resources for those who suffer after abortion.

To read more about the impact abortion has on women’s lives, please read my book, “Recall Abortion.”

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Pro-abort logic: Save babies by killing babies

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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To suggest that abortion is the cure for infant mortality is so bizarre that I had to read NOW President Terry O’Neill’s piece in the Huffington Post twice to make sure that’s what she actually wrote.

Here’s just a nugget of the nonsense:

We have a premature birth crisis in this country that can be directly linked to our failure to provide adequate contraception and abortion care.

Speaking like the most determined of population controllers, Ms. O’Neill posits that preventing contraception, and murdering in the womb those children who managed to get conceived anyway, is the best cure for premature birth.

I don’t know about you, but I grow weary of the discussion about “adequate contraception.” Even before Obamacare, were there places in America that were somehow bereft of over-the-counter and prescription contraceptives? Maybe in Alaska at its most remote but I’m not even sure about that. Let’s just assume that, for better or worse, everyone has access to contraception.

Ms. O’Neill then touches on the high teenage birth rates in rural America, and definitely this is a problem. But easy access to contraception is as much a contributing factor as is teenage boredom. Somewhere between the sexual revolution and now, we threw up our collective hands and said there’s no sense trying to teach teens abstinence. Instead, we taught them about birth control and everything from television and movies to Planned Parenthood’s Exclaim Campaign convinced teens that having sex was healthy and fun and the best way to make it through those awkward high school years.

But let’s move on to “abortion care,” which Ms. O’Neill says is vital in solving the infant mortality crisis. I suppose she’s thinking that if we kill babies in the womb, we don’t have to technically label them infants. If we call them fetuses, or use the term most popular in abortion clinics, the “products of conception,” we can cook the books on infant mortality.

Or, we could address the infant mortality crisis by taking a look, as the U.S. Congress did recently, at how we can improve a child’s first 1,000 days of life – from conception to the second birthday. As my colleague Marie Smith posted on her website for the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues (part of Gospel of Life ministries), a hearing in March before the House Global Health Subcommittee brought together experts on malnutrition who testified that providing adequate nutrition for a child’s first 1,000 days affects virtually every day that follows, and it looms large where both infant and maternal mortality are concerned.

In his opening statement, N.J. Rep. Chris Smith (full disclosure: he is Marie Smith’s husband) explained the critical need to focus on nutrition during this time period: “Children who do not receive adequate nutrition in utero are more likely to experience lifelong cognitive and physical deficiencies, such as stunting. UNICEF estimates that one in four children worldwide is stunted due to lack of adequate nutrition. Children who are chronically undernourished within the first two years of their lives also often have impaired immune systems that are incapable of protecting them against life-threatening ailments, such as pneumonia and malaria.

“Adults who were stunted as children face increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Mothers who were malnourished as girls are 40 percent are more likely to die during childbirth, experience debilitating complications like obstetric fistula, and deliver children who perish before reaching age five.”

Wouldn’t it be a kinder, more humane, more woman-friendly solution to try to improve infant mortality through better nutrition rather than more abortion?

Ms. O’Neill also points out the increase in maternal mortality in the U.S. and, again, wags that finger of blame in the direction of the pro-life movement. While it’s true that more women are dying in childbirth now than 20 years ago, the causes are varied and do not include lack of access to abortion.

According to Reuters: “World Health Organization (WHO) experts said the increase in the U.S. mortality rate may be a statistical blip. Or it might be due to increased risks from obesity, diabetes and older women giving birth.
Marleen Temmerman, the director of reproductive health and research at WHO, said more analysis was needed.
“It’s difficult to say how many deaths are really related to increasing age, but what we know is older age in pregnant women is contributing more to the risk for diabetes and more hypertension related problems,” she told a news conference.
WHO death-rates expert Colin Mathers said improved data collection could also affect the figures.”

The United States should certainly be doing better than it is in terms of infant and maternal mortality. But to suggest that abortion will improve either of these statistics is delusional. Abortion doesn’t solve problems. It creates them.

For an in-depth look at the way abortion exploits and harms women, read my book, Recall Abortion

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Celebrity Suicide: The Sexual Abuse/Abortion Connection

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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By Janet Morana and Kevin Burke

Australian Celebrity Charlotte Dawson’s Suicide: The Sexual Abuse/Abortion Connection
New and important revelations from the May 11th edition of The Mail Online on the relationship of Charlotte Dawson’s suicide to abortion and sexual abuse:

Friends of Charlotte Dawson have revealed how the tragic TV star was caught up in a web of fear and depression in the months leading up to her death – and was still struggling to get over an abortion from years earlier.

Close friend Alex Perry shared that her abortion was the turning point in her life. Dawson and friends of her family spoke of her loving childhood, but also of sexual molestation as a child, and how this contributed to a lack of self worth.

When we first learned of Charlotte’s tragic death in February, the Main Stream Media tried to blame her death on cyber-bullying. But this interview broadcast Sunday evening May 11 on the Seven Network Australia further clarifies that the central cause of her desperation and despair was her abortion loss suffered in 2000.

The sexual molestation Charlotte experienced as a child not only was a contributor to her emotional suffering, it also likely had an important connection to her vulnerability to her coerced abortion. When a woman has experienced the intimate violation of sexual abuse, the abortion procedure can be experienced on a physiological and psychological level as a traumatic event that re enacts elements of that earlier abuse. After the abortion procedure this can cause an explosive, confusing and destabilizing flood of painful memories and feelings. [You can learn much more about the relationship of sexual abuse and abortion in this excerpt from Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion. ]

Charlotte was a famous and beautiful model, television star and celebrity. But there are many other such tragic accounts of women with abuse in their histories who are counseled that abortion is the only sensible and compassionate choice. Like Charlotte Dawson, this can lead over time to a sudden and shocking act like suicide. However for many other women, it is a slower process of self-destructive, self-shaming behaviors that can wreak havoc in their lives and relationships.

Pro-abortion apologists tell us we need to make abortion safe and easily accessible, especially for women with abuse in their history who often face unplanned pregnancies. The tragedy is that, like Charlotte Dawson, these are the women with the highest vulnerability to tragic reactions to the procedure.

Kevin Burke is the co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and coordinator of the Fatherhood Forever initiative of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign.

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