Monday, July 25, 2011

Awww...An Abortionist Sob Story

Awww...this "poor, humble man."  At least that's the message you'd get reading this vomit-inducing Washington Post piece about murderer (late-term abortionist) Leroy Carhart.  It's so disgustingly sympathetic, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised.  It's the mainstream media.  Read the sob section, "From ashes, a mission."  After I vomited, I read this:
"Carhart, who once dreamed of becoming a hand surgeon, said he witnessed how abortions often went bad when he was a medical resident in Philadelphia in the 1970s. In emergency rooms, he saw women who had tried to self-abort with knitting needles and coat hangers. Many required serious surgery; some died."
So instead of actually helping these women by getting them post-abortion help and joining the pro-life cause to help women not have abortions in the first place, he decided to "help" them continue to kill their children unnaturally and with dangerous procedures and instruments??  Brilliant logic.  My husband commented, "If you are trying to abort your baby using sewing needles or coat hangers, isn't that a sign of mental illness [or at least desperation]?  Normal people wouldn't do that.  We shouldn't be facilitating crazy."  He should be getting these women real help.

Not to mention, the whole "coat hanger/back alley" argument is a total sham.  Before 1973, women got abortions in the same clinics they get them now - it's just that after Roe vs. Wade, the doctor was allowed to legally put the word "abortion" on his sign.  Oh, and remember this story?  How is this any safer than a back alley?  It's not like most abortion clinics are regulated any more than their "back alley" straw men!  And why, if the abortion lobby is so concerned with womens' health and safety, does it fight, tooth and nail, any abortion clinic regulation laws that are presented??  Hmmm...

Then there's this line:
"“I decided I wasn’t going to just be a provider, I was going to be an activist.”"
Oh what a passion for the cause!

And this quote, from an anonymous abortion provider:
"Abortion providers say they often feel isolated because of the stigma surrounding abortion..."
THE STIGMA?!?  Way to trivialize the murder of innocent children!!!  I don't think it's the stigma people are angry about!  It's the murdering!!  God help us.
"All the late abortions Carhart has done in Germantown have involved fetuses with anomalies, he said. One patient last week was just under 21 weeks pregnant; the fetus had spina bifida and would have been paralyzed from the navel down, he said."
Oohh...well clearly that baby is better off dead then.  What a compassionate man!  "Saving" a baby from paralyzation!  No one has ever lived a full life with that before!!  I mean, it's not like you can be paralyzed and the President of the United States or anything!  Oh, wait...

Not only does Carhart come across as some poor, targeted old man grandfather just trying to help women, but of course the pro-lifers are made to sound like they're lurking around corners waiting to jump out of the bushes with AK-47's pointed at this guy.  Let me tell you - I know the Maryland pro-life group and they are the humble ones.

The Maryland Coalition for Life recently opened a pro-life counseling center directly across the parking lot from Carhart's office - much like the Texas Coalition for Life that Abby Johnson fled to when she decided to leave PP.  They're living paycheck to paycheck just to pay the rent for this place, but they know it's what God has called them to do.  So if you can possibly help them out with a small donation, I know they'd be eternally grateful.  But as always, they need our prayers.  As the WaPo article states, this man who kills children at full-term is looking to train some new doctors, which would make the Coalition's job even harder. And with VA's amazing new abortion clinic regulation laws (Praise God!), patients will likely migrate to MD for their late-term abortions.

So please, pray for this organization and if possible, donate.  They're a group of amazing men & women putting themselves on the front lines to really help women.  And they need us.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Exciting Things Happened Today!

First, I had my 20 week ultrasound this morning.  I was a little nervous because it was a follow-up from my 16 week to check on my previa and to do a Level 2 u/s, which just takes a lot more measurements.  She took close to 100 pictures!  Took forever.  Luckily everything was a-ok with Baby C, and the tech told me my previa had moved and was out of the way!  But...then the doc came in and double checked.  I had gone to the restroom before she came in and apparently when I emptied my bladder, it turned out my previa had not moved as much as they thought.  But the doc did say that it moved a bit (just not totally), and is confident it will be out of the way by my next u/s, in 4 weeks.  It's supposed to be 2cm away and it's 1.72cm.  Phew!  My OB had also said that previa can affect the growth of the baby, but the u/s doc assured me that that isn't the kind of previa I have.  Well, she said it in far more technical terms than that, but I was relieved!  At worst now, I'll have to have a C-section.  Which isn't preferable, but after the way the first few weeks of this pregnancy started, if this is the worst that can happen, I'll take it.  Thanks so much for all your prayers.

Secondly, I'm thrilled at today's news that Archbishop Chaput has been name Archbishop of Philadelphia!  Bishop Chaput has, for several years, been one of my pro-life heroes.  I can't believe he'll be just up the road from me!  (Of course, I wish he was coming to the Diocese of Wilmington.  A girl can dream, right?)  I commented to my husband today that we'll have to make a trip up to see him say mass sometime.

While on the elliptical machine at the gym today, I was reading the captioning of Archbishop Rigali's statements on the announcement.  One line troubled me.  Perhaps I'm just being way too sensitive and hormonal, or perhaps there's really something behind it.  What do you think?  In his statement, he said, "I have tried, always, throughout my ministry, to be faithful to the ideal of episcopal ministry.  If I have offended anyone in anyway, I am deeply sorry.  I apologize for any weaknesses on my part representing Christ in the Church worthily and effectively."

I don't know...upon revisiting it, perhaps I'm just being sensitive.  But does it sound like he's apologizing for evangelizing his faith?  Maybe it was just a sincere apology for any human mistakes.  But when I read it at the gym, it came across differently.

I guess I'll let that one go and just enjoy the fact that I may at some point soon, be able to attend a mass celebrated by Archbishop Chaput!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Yep. Pro-lifers don't care about women.

The following is a story I recently received from our 40 Days for Life coordinator:

Back in May one of our parishes celebrated their first Mass for the Unborn, which had a two-fold purpose: to remember and pray for those babies lost to abortion, and to bless those mothers who are expecting, and their babies.

A mother and daughter who were present at the Mass, left church and the mother went to a store near their home with her husband.  They pulled their car into the parking lot and saw a very pregnant girl sitting on the curb. Commenting to her husband that she had just left a Mass for the Unborn, the woman recognized that this was unusual and there was clearly something wrong here.  They gave each other a knowing glance, then walked over to ask if they could help her.

She told them that she was temporarily homeless, 38 weeks pregnant, thought she was in labor and had no one to help her. Without hesitation, the couple took her to the hospital where she was told that she was not in labor. Further discussion revealed that because of the circumstances under which she got pregnant, she wanted to give the baby for adoption, but didn't know how to go about it and had made no arrangements. 

So the woman requested that a social worker from the hospital talk to the pregnant girl before leaving to give her resources to make contact with an adoption agency and get the information she needed.  Before leaving her, the couple gave her money for a hotel for the weekend and made contact with Adoptions from the Heart to start the adoption process.  They then helped her find a more permanent place to stay after the weekend. Before departing, they gave her their cell phone numbers so she could call them for the help she would still need. 

The following Wednesday she called, feeling she was in labor again, and the woman took her back to the hospital.  She asked the woman to be her support coach, and after a few hours she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  The woman was so humbled and grateful to the Holy Spirit that she was able to be a witness to the birth of this beautiful baby boy. The baby has now been adopted by a wonderful couple who had been waiting for several years for a baby.

The birth father of the baby also asked the woman and her husband what church they attend and they invited him to come to Mass with them.
The mother has since been offered a job and is looking for permanent housing.  She knows in her heart that the best gift she could have given her baby was a wonderful home with parents who can give her baby everything he deserves in life, and even in her desperate situation, she chose life for her baby.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Here's where I am

My room is somehwere in the back.
Some of you might know it to look more like this...

It was 118 the day I arrived.  Yesterday we had a massive sandstorm, then a monsoon.  Welcome to Phoenix, Nicole C!