Questions, questions.

I was recently interviewed by the Dayton Daily News, my ‘hometown’ newspaper. I was asked this question, and it is a valid question. She asked:

“You were able or allowed to make the decision to abort and now you believe that no one should be able to have an abortion. How do you answer that?”

My short answer to her was simple: “I did not make the decision to abort, my mother did. Most abortions are coerced. In other words, girls and women are told by someone else to abort or else. In my case I was told to get out [of my home] and not come back until I decided to get the abortion.”

Here’s my long answer that the newspaper won’t see.

There is a question of entitlement here and I don’t feel that is the case, although pro-aborts do. I was NOT entitled to murder my unborn child even though the law says otherwise. As I told the interviewer, the law, Roe v. Wade, is bad law. I also said that Roe isn’t the only bad law in the land, but it is relevant to current events and my ministry.

Some statistics say that over 85 % of women that aborted did not want their abortion. Make sure you read that correctly: I did not say that she regretted it after the fact, but BEFORE she ever went to the abortion clinic. Coercion is a bullying tactic that takes a serious situation and amplifies it to the point that all you hear from everyone is that abortion is your only answer. What an ugly LIE!!

I remember hearing how abortion would make my life easier. The truth is that it did make life easier….for everyone else. It was an agenda that was against me and my baby from the start. I never wanted to abort – but I was led to believe that I would have a worthless life with an anchor that looked like a baby to hold me down forever. Lies, lies, lies.

Informed consent laws aren’t just for the mother; they are for the mother of the pregnant woman that just forcibly dragged her daughter into the abortion clinic. They are for the boyfriend or husband that beat up the mother until she relented to go to the clinic. They are for the ‘best friend’ that talked her into aborting. If the people that coerce pregnant women saw the ultrasound, waited the mandatory 24 hours or heard the precious heartbeat of the unborn child, perhaps most abortions wouldn’t happen.

Was I entitled to an abortion? NO. I was entitled to be a mother and it was stolen from me just as it has for millions and millions of women since 1973.

Standing in the Great Gulf of the Abortion Divide

So seldom do I have the precious opportunity to read a newspaper editorial about the rights of the unborn child. Since the advent of the liberal woman, all that comes from these abortion advocates is how ignorant we are as women for being pregnant at sometimes the most unexpected times of our lives. There’s an app for that, it’s called abortion on demand.

On the left we have liberals that support the abortion agenda; on the right we have those that fight for the lives of unborn children that liberals wish to exterminate. In the middle, we have the Great Gulf of people that have been hurt, victimized, dehumanized, damaged and wounded because of abortion – women and men that struggle for the rest of their lives because of the ‘choice’ to abort.

The statistics are clear: at least 65% of abortions are coerced, 80% of women did not want an abortion; nearly 25% of pregnancies end in abortion. These victims of abortion stand in this Great Gulf and continue to suffer and lament because of ‘settled law’. Abortion was legalized but who is there to pick up the pieces of a grieving parent? The government pays for abortion but does nothing to help mend a broken heart; if the government did, then it would prove that abortion is not a ‘choice’, it’s killing an unborn child and they will never admit that.

Lawmakers are also in this Gulf trying to unravel bad law called Roe v. Wade. Current legislation in Ohio is trying to make informed consent laws deeper and more succinct…the H.B. 125, the Heartbeat Bill, will do exactly that; no abortion when a detectable heartbeat is found. A heartbeat means life to doctors, nurses, paramedics, and to all others in the health industry. How has that logic escaped abortion doctors and practitioners? How are they exempt from following the most basic medical evaluation of LIFE?

We can reduce the Great Gulf of victims with good legislation and unraveling bad law like Roe v. Wade. Abortion stops a beating heart, abortion kills an unborn child.

Intrusion or Intervention?

Before you read this from the NYT, understand that they whole-heartedly monetarily support Planned Parenthood; being a public company the New York Times Company’s yearly report can be found online.

A New York Times editorial says in part:

“…With no local doctors willing to perform abortions, the sole provider of nonemergency abortions in the state, a Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls, flies in doctors from Minnesota once a week. The new law will further compound the hardship for low-income women who must travel long distances to reach the clinic and who will be forced to make several trips or arrange to stay away from home between appointments…….All women seeking abortions, including victims of rape and incest, will be forced first to attend a counseling session at one of the state’s crisis pregnancy centers. These are unregulated facilities run by private groups with the aim of discouraging abortions, typically by displaying graphic photos or with ideological or religious messages or medical misinformation about psychological or physical risks” NYT 3/31/11

Certainly the writer has their finger on the pulse of the pro-choice world and is trying to infuse our sensibilities with their rhetoric of how they interpret what we are better off knowing.

First, let me say that knowing Planned Parenthood is paying for out of state abortionists to ‘fly in’ really makes me mad; as a tax payer, this is on my dime. This is what our taxes pay for…..I mean continue to pay for since for whatever reason our government would rather pay for abortions than give seniors a raise in their Social Security payment – usually their ONLY income – that they haven’t gotten in 2 years.

“Advocates for the abortion industry have sought to portray efforts to defund Planned Parenthood as a ‘War on Women,’ but the issue is big business, and that business is abortion……the organization raked in $1.1 billion in total revenue. Of that amount, $363.2 million came from taxpayers in the form of government grants and contracts. While current law prohibits Planned Parenthood from directly using tax dollars on abortions, taxpayers subsidize its overall operation, freeing up funds that can be diverted to direct spending on abortion.” NRO/Mike Pence 3/31/11

Second, Informed Consent laws are favored by the American public by at least 85%. That means WE THE PEOPLE believes that we are smart enough to understand the implications of abortion on the onset as well as in the future and how we will be ultimately affected by it. Simply, the abortion industry wants women in the dark so that they can be talked into making one of the most detrimental decisions of our lives while enjoying a BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY.

Third, calling a crisis pregnancy center ‘unregulated’ while the abortion industry continues to skirt the law NOT having required inspections if any at all, much less have the necessary staff, equipment and hospital privileges, is absurd. These ‘clinics’ are the modern back alley and the abortion industry created it.

Fourth, if a woman chooses to think that abortion is the answer, she needs to hear what the ramifications of what her decision would be for herself and her unborn child. Being informed, if nothing else is the fair thing to do for both mother and child.

I’ll bet when you want to buy a car, you test drive several, talk to friends and family, research the choices and then make an INFORMED DECISION. What the writer of the editorial in the NYT is saying is that there should be no other choice but abortion. Making an informed decision would be bad? It is for the INDUSTRY of abortion.

The Dividing Line with Civil Rights.

First – collective bargaining rights is not a civil right IF it is not available to each and every worker, union or not. Unions are on their way out; it’s an antiquated way of bullying local businesses, management and the worker. I was a union (ex) wife many years ago – in 1985 a union laborer made $18 per hour with benefits and a savings account. Union dues essentially kept stewards in the bar and their bosses holding businesses and towns hostage and workers quiet.

Ohio Representative John Barnes, Jr., a freshman Representative, testified today for Senate Bill 5 after he just voted no for the Heartbeat Bill – a bill that will save many thousands of lives in Ohio.

While listening to his testimony, he first inappropriately brought up Martin Luther King’s name; I’m still not sure how MLK has anything to do with collective bargaining rights in Ohio, but maybe it’ll come to me. I even googled MLK and collective bargaining rights and all that came up was civil rights, which of course I expected….but collective bargaining has something to do with civil rights? Well if that is your argument – civil rights – let me testify:

Sir, if indeed you argue that civil rights has anything to do with collective bargaining rights of state workers, then you should be quite aware that the civil rights of the unborn have been keenly infringed upon when you opted to vote against current anti-abortion legislation. Today, in part, you said that state workers have the civil right to have collective bargaining rights and to organize. You even elaborated by saying state workers have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Okay, then just hours before you said that, you opted not to recognize the civil rights for unborn Ohioans. In fact, took them away today when you voted NO. Unborn Ohioans do not enjoy civil rights such as the right to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You are now just as guilty as the abortionist because you gave him or her the RIGHT to kill unborn Ohioans.

Sir, are you saying that unborn Ohioans have NO CIVIL RIGHTS but your state worker constituents do? Can you look at a pregnant woman and tell her that state workers have civil rights but her own unborn child does not?

Mr. Barnes, you have no empathy or concern for your unborn constituents. And you need to brush up on the definition of ‘civil rights’:

civil rightsplural noun;  ‘rights to personal liberty established by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. constitution and certain Congressional acts, especially as applied to an individual or a minority group.’ Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 30, 2011, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/civil rights

A house divided

…cannot stand.

“The Republican speaker of the Ohio House and current Ohio Right to Life leaders have questioned passing a bill that could sparks years of expensive litigation.” USA Today, 3/29/11

It’s all about the money. Actually, I heard that come out of the mouth of another RTL executive director just a couple of days ago. The only reason I do not call out his name is because I am still hopeful he will see his error and change his opinion.

It’s certainly worth a ton of money to continue to keep abortion legal in the United States. Litigation and lobbying for abortion ‘rights’ cost money and it will cost money to unravel it, but what I find interesting is that most of the people I have met that support the Heartbeat Bill are doing so pro bono; when I testified I did so at my own expense, gladly.

Since when is human life considered too expensive to protect? What if our cities and towns thought it was too expensive to protect us from crime?

Mike Gonidakis of Ohio Right to Life is doing a disservice to all that fight for the unborn. His logic is backward, insensitive and completely irresponsible. Why is he pulling the plug on Life? Gonidakis saying “Leading national pro-life organizations stand with Ohio Right to Life and share its concerns over the constitutionality of this bill” is not entirely true. Gonidakis is actively recruiting other prolife organizations to discredit legislation HE has deemed not good enough.

Sadly, this is a good example of how making a bill to become a law works; regardless of how much common sense it may have or whomever supports it, some cretin with a degree will flex their knowledge of the law to do harm for no real reason other than to be argumentative, contrary and divergent to get the attention they think they deserve.

“He [Rep. Wachtmann] and other supporters dismissed concerns about legal strategy, saying that many anti-abortion laws have faced court challenges, and the fear of losing is a poor reason for not trying.” Columbus Dispatch, 3/30/11

Other supporters of the Heartbeat Bill say, “We are delivering to the Supreme Court an invitation to overturn Roe” and, “To predetermine a court outcome is not sound policy”.

House Bill 125, under consideration in the Ohio House of Representatives, would outlaw abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be medically detected, generally six to seven weeks [18 days] into a woman’s pregnancy.

KEY PROVISIONS of HB 125 are:

  1. A person who intends to perform an abortion must determine whether there is the presence of a fetal heartbeat, according to standard medical practice.
  2. A person may not knowingly perform an abortion if a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
  3. A person who violates the prohibition is guilty of performing an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, a fifth degree felony.
  4. A person who intends to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman after detecting a fetal heartbeat must provide the woman, no later than 24 hours before the planned abortion, with the statistical probability of bringing the fetus to term.
  5. A pregnant woman who undergoes an abortion in violation of the prohibitions in the bill would not be subject to criminal or civil penalties.