28 Mar

When Abby Johnson Saw Her Aborted Baby’s Body, Her “Unplanned” Pro-Life Journey Began

via LifeNews.com March 25, 2019 at 01:55PM

As I wrote in the Foreword to the book Unplanned, on which the upcoming movie Unplanned is based, the story of the conversion of Abby Johnson from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life advocate is actually the story of hundreds of people throughout our country who are leaving the abortion industry each day, and have been doing so for decades.

The fundamental reason is that human beings were not made to kill. We were made to nurture.

Killing is too contrary to our fundamental instincts of self-preservation and the preservation of our own children and species. And when somebody makes a deliberate effort to overcome those instincts, they have to bury their conscience in lies and dehumanize themselves in the process. That takes a lot of energy, and it gets very wearisome very fast.

That’s why one of the biggest challenges the abortion industry deals with day by day is staff turnover.

And that’s also why the direction of conversions is overwhelmingly from pro-abortion to pro-life. You don’t find associations of former pregnancy center workers who have become pro-abortion. But there are associations of former abortion mill workers who have become pro-life. The human spirit does not tire of saving lives; it does tire of killing them.

When Abby first came out of the abortion industry, we met frequently about the topic of the journey of healing that former clinic workers need to take. I had been working with Dr. Philip Ney since the mid 1990’s to learn the medically-based model of healing ex-abortionists, called “Centurions.” I write about some of the dynamics of this journey in the foreword to Abby’s book.

Some of those who came out of the abortion industry based on her book, along with some others who had come out previously, attended weekend healing retreats that Abby and I convened. It was amazing to listen to these brave people sit there and put their hands in the air and declare, with tears of regret, “These hands were splattered with the blood of the aborted babies.” And by the end of the weekend they were raising those same hands and declaring, with tears of joy, “These hands are now splattered with the Blood of Christ, who forgives, heals, and restores.”

And that healing work continues, as the work of Abby (And Then There Were None) and Centurions and Rachel’s Vineyard and Silent No More and numerous other healing ministries proclaim that abortion – and its multifaceted lies and wounds – will not have the last word.

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The journey of Abby, as traced in Unplanned, is in fact not only the story of those who leave the abortion industry, but also the story of our whole society. We are beginning to open our eyes after a long slumber, and reject the lies we have been told – and have told ourselves – about the unborn child and abortion.

And a key dynamic to how this happens is that we come face to face with what abortion actually does to the child in the womb. The movie Unplanned does this effectively, as we watch what Abby watched on the ultrasound and see the living baby sucked down the plastic cannula. We may want to keep in mind here the testimony of abortionist Martin Haskell that “the fetus passes through the catheter and either dies in transit as it’s passing through the catheter or dies in the suction bottle after it’s actually all the way out” and the testimony of abortionist Harlan Raymond Giles that in that suction tube the baby’s heart can still be beating for up to a minute (sworn testimony given in US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin — Madison, WI, May 27, 1999, Case No. 98-C-0305-S).

We come into contact with that baby again in the movie as Abby expels her child in her own bathroom during the process of her own chemical abortion, as she views the aborted baby in the “POC” (products of conception) room, and as pro-life advocates pray over two medical waste barrels of aborted babies before they are hauled away from the clinic.

The last thing abortion advocates want to talk about is abortion. The last thing abortion advocates want us to talk about, much less to see, is abortion.

And yet, as the promotion for Unplanned says, “What she saw changed everything.” What we see – and invite others to see — will change everything, too.

LifeNews Note: This is the first installment of a series of articles in the coming days that will help unpack the contents and significance of the movie “Unplanned” and equip us to bring others to conversion, healing, and activism.

28 Mar

Georgia Senate Passes Bill Banning Abortions After Unborn Baby’s Heart Starts Beating

via LifeNews.com March 25, 2019 at 01:32PM

The Georgia state Senate on Friday advanced a pro-life bill Monday that would prohibit abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable.

Georgia House Bill 481, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality (L.I.F.E.) Act, would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.

State Rep. Ed Setzler, the lead sponsor of the bill, said his goal is to protect unborn babies, who already are unique, living human beings by six weeks of pregnancy.

“Protecting life in the womb with a human heartbeat is what science, law and human conscience would suggest,” Setzler said.

The Georgia Senate approved the bill Friday amid heavy police presence as abortion activists shouted at pro-life legislators who voted for the bill:

The bill, backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, passed on a 34-18 party-line vote and would be one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion measures if it becomes law and is not blocked in court battles. It will now go back to the House to approve Senate changes, where it’s expected to pass again.

Andrea Young, the executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, said in an interview Friday that the group would challenge the heartbeat abortion ban in court if it’s signed into law.

Republican Sen. Greg Dolezal, speaking in favor of the legislation, said that every life is a miracle.

“I don’t know how many of us are in this room right now, probably 200, but I am looking at 200 miracles,” Dolezal said. He then began to look around the chamber. “Senator, you are a miracle. Senator, you are a miracle,” then up to the balcony, “Sir, you’re a miracle. Ma’am, you’re a miracle.”

Debate took place amid heavy security. Over two dozen Georgia State Patrol cars flanked the Capitol building and as many troopers stood watch inside.

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If signed, the law would take effect January 1, 2020.

Gov. Kemp said in a statement Friday that he looked “forward to working with the House to ensure this legislation’s final passage in the coming days.”

“Today, we took another step to ensure that life is valued and protected in Georgia,” Kemp wrote on Twitter Monday after a Senate committee approved the bill. “I thank the Senate Science and Technology Committee for their work and look forward to HB 481 receiving consideration by the full Senate.”

The bill passed the state House earlier this month after a contentious debate. Pro-abortion Democratic lawmakers turned their backs on Setzler at one point in the debate, according to the Gainesville Times. Others walked off the floor while he was speaking. At another point, state Rep. Renitta Shannon, a pro-abortion Democrat, refused to yield the floor and had her microphone cut off.

This winter, pro-life lawmakers have introduced a number of heartbeat bills including in Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

Recently, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill. In January, a judge also declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down their laws as well.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the following about its ruling on the six-week abortion ban: “Because there is no genuine dispute that (North Dakota’s law) generally prohibits abortions before viability — as the Supreme Court has defined that concept — and because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.”

There is more hope that the U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain – especially after Chief Justice John Roberts recently sided with the liberal justices on an abortion case.

19 Mar

Sneak Peek of UNPLANNED (27m)

Wow – you have got to watch this sneak peek of the UNPLANNED movie. It is amazing what the Lord has done – but this 27-minute video will also rip your heart out. I can’t imagine what the movie itself is going to do!

While I hope and pray that those who are pro-choice and are pro-Planned Parenthood see the movie and have their hearts changed, I also hope that the Christian seeing this movie will be awakened to action! Awakened to prayer; awakened to plead with God for the souls of those choosing death over life; awakened to want to know what God wants them to do! More prayer warriors are needed on Grove Road every hour the Piedmont Women’s Clinic (the abortion center) is open. More prayer warriors are needed to call our local, state and federal governments and demand our policies and laws be changed to support life!

19 Mar

91 Babies Saved From Abortion During 40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign, So Far

via LifeNews.com March 18, 2019 at 09:50AM

Today we know of 91 babies saved from abortion by YOUR prayers since March 6…and the fate of one of those children was left to chance.

“One couple stood out,” said Tina, who volunteers for the 40 Days for Life campaign in Forest Park, Georgia. “They were playing ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors.’”

“They must have made an agreement that if one of them won, they should go in [for an abortion],” Tina continued. “But if the other person won, they would walk away. It was apparent that one of the two wasn’t happy with the results because they played the game repeatedly.

Finally, the couple walked over to the local pregnancy center. But it was closed!

“Praying all the way, I approached them and asked if they wanted to speak with someone inside the pregnancy clinic,” Tina said.

They did.

Tina had the pregnancy center director’s phone number in her cell phone. She called, and the director opened the center to welcome this couple inside.

“I returned to the sidewalk to continue praying,” Tina said. “Please keep this young couple in your prayers.”

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When a young woman exited a busy Philadelphia abortion center, vigil participants were sure she had the abortion. They handed her a brochure that would direct her to the resources she’d need to find support, healing, and recovery.

“She read it…looked at them [and] in a quiet voice, she said, ‘I changed my mind,’” said Monique, who leads the Philly faithful.

“She has been suffering with nausea and vomiting,” Monique reported. “They informed her of all the phone numbers she could call to address her needs and assured her that HELP IS AVAILABLE!”

Near the end of a four-hour prayer shift, a young woman approached a volunteer named Joe and his fellow prayer warriors.

“Can you help me?” she asked. “I was going to have an abortion but I changed my mind.”

Joe and his crew were more than happy to direct the young mom to the resources she needed to choose life. Before she left, she hugged each of the men who helped her.

Little Rock, Arkansas

“Praise the Lord! We have a CONFIRMED baby save this morning!” said Toni in Little Rock. “Parents came out of the clinic and told the sidewalk helpers that they changed their minds.”

LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.

19 Mar

South Carolina Bill Would Ban Sale of Aborted Baby Parts for Research

via LifeNews.com March 13, 2019 at 06:23PM

State Senator Richard Cash (R-Anderson), a member of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation, Senate Bill 648, to put an end to the sale, purchase, donation, or acceptance of the fetal remains of aborted babies for experiment or research.

The bill states that no person shall conduct research upon or experiment upon the remains of a child or an unborn child resulting from an abortion, not including autopsies performed according to law. Further, no person shall perform or offer to perform an abortion for which all or part of the justification is the research, experimentation or transplantation for the unborn child or any part of the unborn child. One found guilty is convicted of a felony and must be imprisoned not more than five years.

The impact of S.648 echoes the findings in the Select Investigative Panel of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Report of 2016, which was formed to investigate the Planned Parenthood scandal involving the sale of fetal tissue from aborted babies. The 400-page report noted a number of universities involved in purchasing fetal tissue from aborted babies, including the University of South Carolina.

Senator Richard Cash said, “the lives of all children, born and unborn, are sacred. The practice of using fetal remains from babies killed by abortion for experimentation or research is dehumanizing and unethical, and is not the type of activity we as a state want to allow. I have spoken with University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides and he has assured me that the university is not currently conducting research using fetal remains from aborted babies and that their inclusion in this report relates to an isolated occurrence that took place ten years ago. This issue touches on our state values and I would hope that the Senate would join in supporting this commonsense, virtuous proposal.”

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The legislation is referred to the Senate Medical Affairs Committee for consideration. A copy of the proposed bill and the Congressional Report is contained herein.

Elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2017, Senator Richard Cash represents District 3 in the State Senate, portions of Anderson County. He serves on the Corrections and Penology; Education; Family and Veterans’ Services; Judiciary; and Medical Affairs Committee.

18 Mar

Movie: UNPLANNED

If you haven’t heard about “UNPLANNED“, 

Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation.​

All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Her passion surrounding a woman’s right to choose even led her to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, fighting to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in.

Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby Johnson to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.A group of local donors has bought out 13 showings (10 at Hollywood Greenville and 3 in Spartanburg) for Wednesday, March 27th – Tuesday, April 2nd of UNPLANNED and are offering them at a discount of $9 each. You can find out more information and order your vouchers by going to UnplannedUpstateSC.info.

13 Mar

Pro-Life Advocate Abby Johnson Has Helped 500 Abortion Clinic Staffers Quit Their Jobs

via LifeNews.com March 13, 2019 at 04:47PM

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director-turned pro-life advocate, recently shared her story of how she left the abortion industry and now helps others leave as well.

Despite growing up in a pro-life household, Johnson was drawn to Planned Parenthood after a representative on her college campus spoke of ideas like women empowerment and healthcare, The Blaze reported.

“I really didn’t know anything about the organization, so I think I was just really naive and really ignorant to what they were truly selling,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t working from a well-thought out position.”

Johnson worked at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Texas for eight years, eventually rising in the ranks to the role of director. However, everything changed in September 2009, when she was asked to assist during an abortion. It was then that she realized the terrible truth that an abortion destroys a unique, valuable human life.

“I just remember being really shocked. I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to be so blind to the reality of what was right there,” she said. “I had eagerly believed the lies of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.”

After leaving, Johnson took it upon herself to help others leave the toxic abortion industry that she had once been a part of. She formed a ministry called And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a group that has helped nearly 500 abortion workers leave the industry since its founding in 2012. Seven of those workers used to be doctors who performed abortions, Johnson said.

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“As of now, we have helped 487 workers leave the clinics and…those workers have closed 21 abortion facilities, because they’ve worked with state officials,” she told the Pure Flix Podcast. “They have worked with health departments to go in and close those facilities because of bad practices, medical negligence, whatever it may be.”

Johnson’s story will soon be on the big screen. On March 29, “Unplanned,” which is based off of Johnson’s book of the same name, will be released to theaters. The film tells Johnson’s story of becoming a pro-life fighter after working for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.

“No one will be able to walk away after seeing this movie and say ‘I didn’t know,’” Johnson said.

13 Mar

Tennessee House Passes Bill to Ban Abortions Once Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

via LifeNews.com March 7, 2019 at 03:32PM

Tennessee House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to protect unborn babies from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable.

The Times Free Press reports the bill passed by a strong majority in a 65-21 vote, and now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

State House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Micah Van Huss, would prohibit abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable in Tennessee. Exceptions would be allowed for medical emergencies. If enacted, it would ban almost all abortions in the state. An unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable at about six weeks of pregnancy, though research suggests a baby’s heartbeat may begin as early as 18 days after conception.

Lawmakers on both sides of the issue gave emotional testimonies prior to the vote. According to the local news, state Rep. Esther Helton shared her teenage pregnancy story to encourage her fellow lawmakers to protect the unborn.

“I found out I was pregnant with my son, Lee, and I chose life,” Helton said. “Through many years of hard work and dedication, I now find myself privileged to be sitting in these chambers as a member.”

However, state Rep. London Lamar complained that the bill does not include any exceptions for victims of rape. She claimed the bill would force women to “bear a rapist’s fantasy,” the report states.

Several pro-life lawmakers and Tennessee Right to Life, the oldest pro-life organization in the state, also expressed concerns that the bill may have the opposite effect of what is intended.

House Speaker Pro Tem Bill Dunn, a pro-life Republican who has a long reputation of fighting for unborn babies’ rights in Tennessee, said the strategy is his concern.

“My concern with the bill as drafted is, No. 1, it will probably never save a life if we go by what’s happening in the past,” Dunn said. “If it’s challenged in the courts, it’s going to drive up a legal bill, so our money is going to be going to pro-abortion groups.”

The AP reports the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee already has said it will sue if the bill becomes law.

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Tennessee Right to Life noted that Arkansas, Iowa and North Dakota also passed heartbeat laws, but none have gone into effect because of pro-abortion legal challenges.

“Significant tax dollars were awarded in legal fees in the other states to pro-abortion plaintiffs including hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood,” according to the pro-life group. “No justice on the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up lower court cases leaving intact the 8th circuit court rulings which found heartbeat bans unconstitutional.”

The local news reports that because of these concerns, House lawmakers did vote to amend the bill in an attempt to prevent a successful legal challenge from completely “gutting Tennessee’s existing abortion restrictions.” However, it is not clear how effective the amendment would be.

In January, a judge declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down both laws as well.

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals said the following about its ruling on the six-week ban: “Because there is no genuine dispute that (North Dakota’s law) generally prohibits abortions before viability — as the Supreme Court has defined that concept — and because we are bound by Supreme Court precedent holding that states may not prohibit pre-viability abortions, we must affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the plaintiffs.”

The goal of heartbeat legislation is to prevent the deaths of thousands of unborn babies every year. However, some pro-life advocates admit that the success of the legislation is uncertain. While the rationale behind the law is noble, a number of pro-life leaders recognize that, for the present, such laws may create unintended consequences that could hamper the pro-life cause. When courts rule against such laws, state taxpayers often are forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.

There is more hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain – especially after Chief Justice John Roberts recently sided with the liberal justices on an abortion case.

Heartbeat bills also have been introduced in a number of other states this winter, including in Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas.

13 Mar

Alabama Judge Recognizes Unborn Baby as a Person With Rights

via LifeNews.com March 7, 2019 at 03:32PM

In the first time in US history that an unborn baby has been recognised as a person with rights, a judge in Alabama is allowing a man whose girlfriend aborted their child to sue the abortion clinic, as well as the pharmaceutical company that provided the abortion pill.

Justice for “Baby Roe”

19 year old Ryan Magers begged his girlfriend not to have an abortion when she fell pregnant in 2017, but she went ahead with a medical abortion when the unborn baby was seven weeks old.

Mr Magers filed a lawsuit in Madison County on Wednesday suing Alabama Women’s Center, their employees and the pharmaceutical company who makes the medication used in an abortion. The decree issued by Madison County probate judge Frank Barger explicitly states that “Baby Roe” is a person, and allows plaintiff Ryan Magers to name the unborn baby as a co-plaintiff in the suit for “wrongful death”.

Ground-breaking case

The ruling follows the passage of legislation to protect the unborn in Alabama. In November, 59% of voters approved Amendment 2, to “declare and otherwise affirm that it is the public policy of this state to recognize and support the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children, most importantly the right to life in all manners and measures appropriate and lawful; and…provide that the constitution of this state does not protect the right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.”

Attorney Brent Helms, who now represents Baby Roe’s estate, said the victory “was the first one of its kind, ever.

“This is the first estate that I’m aware of that has ever been opened for an aborted baby.”

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Speaking up for fathers

As well as being a breakthrough in the recognition of the human rights of unborn babies, this ruling shows just how devastating abortion can be for fathers. “It was just like my whole world fell apart,” he said. “I’m here for the men who actually want to have their baby…I believe every child from conception is a baby and deserves to live.”

As this blog on men and abortion explains, recent findings from the charity Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH) found that 10-15% of those calling for help are male. For some men, the trauma resulting from the loss of their child leads to them taking taking their own lives. A journalist for the Australian Daily Telegraph wrote an article on the link between abortion and male suicide, and was forced to conclude that the effect abortion has on men “is a heartbreaking ocean of pain I had no idea existed”.

Let’s hope that this ruling is the first step towards a society where the rights of mothers, fathers and babies are protected.

LifeNews Note: Courtesy of SPUC. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is a leading pro-life organziation in the United Kingdom.