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  • (03/20/18) "Reagan Barklage, the Western Regional director of Students for Life of America, told the gathering about an experience she had with her current pregnancy. She said her baby was putting pressure on her sciatic nerve and Barklage went to a masseuse for relief. .... The masseuse ... put a warm towel on Barklage's back.... 'My baby could feel the warmth of the towel,' she said. 'If my baby could feel the heat of a towel, how dare you say he could not feel the pain of being dismembered with forceps.'"

    Source: "Pro-life movement has day in Capitol," by Joe Gamm. 3/14/18, accessed 3/14/18

  • (03/13/18) "The main topic of Psalm 8 is not the greatness of humanity, but the majesty of God. .... [W]hen the psalmist gives the reason that God cares about humans, it is not because of anything humans have done at all. It is entirely a gift on the part of God. 'You have made them a little lower than God. You have crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands. You have put all things under their feet.' You, O God, have made us what we are."

    Source: Rev. Dr. David F. Watson, Lifewatch Service of Worship, 1/19/18, accessed 3/11/18

  • (03/06/18) Blood vessels begin to form about 13-18 days after fertilization. On about the 20th day, the foundation of the brain, the spinal cord, and the entire nervous system is established.

    Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, accessed 3/3/18

  • (02/28/18) "The Trump administration rolled out its new sex education priorities this week with an emphasis on abstinence and other sexual risk avoidance strategies. The Title X grant application, released Friday, prioritizes the types of programs that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups do not offer."

    Source: "Trump Admin Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding, Will Shift Sex-Ed Funds to Abstinence Programs," by Steven Ertelt, 2/26/18, accessed 2/28/18

  • (02/20/18) "Culturally, most of the African communities actually believe, by tr(02/28/18) "The Trump administration rolled out its new sex education priorities this week with an emphasis on abstinence and other sexual risk avoidance strategies. The Title X grant application, released Friday, prioritizes the types of programs that the abortion chain Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups do not offer."

    Source: "Trump Admin Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding, Will Shift Sex-Ed Funds to Abstinence Programs," by Steven Ertelt, 2/26/18, accessed 2/28/18adition, by their cultural standards, that abortion is a direct attack on human life.... So for anybody to be able to convince any woman in Africa that abortion ... can be a good thing, you first of all have to tell her that what her parents and her grandparents and her ancestors taught her is actually wrong. And that, Madame, is colonialism."

    Source: Uju Ekeocha, "UN is Pushing Abortion on Africa, But This Pro-Life Scientist is Trying to Stop Them," by Eric Metaxas,  , 2/16/18. accessed 2/20/18

    an audio version of this article is available here]

  • (02/13/18) "We know that life is the greatest miracle of all. We see it in the eyes of every new mother who cradles that wonderful, innocent, and glorious-newborn child in her loving arms."

    Source: President Donald J. Trump, 2018 March for Life Address, 1/19/18, accessed 2/11/18

  • (02/08/18) Although a slim majority of Americans (51%) describe themselves as pro-choice, 56% of Americans believe abortion is morally wrong, and 76% want significant restrictions on abortion. More than six in ten Americans support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and 52% of respondents - including 25% of those who consider themselves pro-choice - say having an abortion is more likely to cause harm to a woman than it is to do her good

    Source: "Marist Poll: Americans' Opinions on Abortion," January 2018. accessed 2/8/18

  • (01/30/18) "The prolife movement is rooted in equality, rooted in Love, rooted in Hope. Despite the caricatures that #fakenews media tries to make of us, we are the ones who fight for human dignity and true equality. We are the ones who care for mother and child (free of charge) in a network of over 3,000 compassionate pregnancy resource centers nationwide (here, here, here, and here), in over 450 maternity homes, in fatherhood mentoring programs like Project D.A.D., and family support ministries like Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army."

    Source: "Love Saves Lives. Abortion Ends Them." by Ryan Bomberger, 1/22/18

  • (01/23/18) On day 1 of a woman’s pregnancy, the fertilized egg contains the plans for every detail of human development, including the child’s sex, hair and eye color, and height

    Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy” brochure. published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994

  • (01/16/18) "There is a 48-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty-three years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jan Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her."

    Source: "Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade Never Had An Abortion, Her Daughter is 48," by Casey Mattox, 1/15/18, accessed 1/16/18

  • (01/03/18) The ANNUAL LIFEWATCH WORSHIP SERVICE will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue in Washington, DC. (As you face the US Supreme Court, the UM Building stands directly to the left.) The Rev. Dr. David F. Watson, professor of New Testament and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, will give the sermon. Later the same day, following the March for Life, please join us again at 3:00 pm in the UM Building for our Lifewatch Board meeting. All are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

    Source: Lifewatch/TUMAS. For questions, please call our office, 636-294-2344.

  • (01/03/18) “True freedom is not found through sexual “liberation,” but through healthy boundaries. True freedom is found through recognizing human dignity. True freedom is found in living according to our design. As countercultural as it is, true freedom can only be found through embracing the biblical view of relationships, sex, and marriage.”

    Source: "The Unraveling of the Sexual Revolution," by Sean McDowell, 12/19/17, accessed 1/3/18

  • (12/27/2017) When Kaito Kryvenchuk’s parents learned that he probably was going to die, they could have given up all hope and took their doctors’ advice to abort him. Instead, the Canadian family decided that their unborn son deserved a chance at life – even a one in 50,000 chance.

    Source: "He Had a Tumor Larger Than His Head and Doctors Advised Abortion, Six Years Later He’s Doing Great", by Micaiah Bilger, accessed 12/27/2017

  • (12/19/2017) "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. .... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

    Source: John 1:1-2, 14 (NIV)

  • (12/12/2017) "The human embryo ... possesses from the beginning the internal resources and active disposition to develop himself or herself to full maturity; all he or she needs is a suitable environment and nutrition. The direction of his or her growth is not extrinsically determined, but the embryo is internally directing his or her growth toward full maturity. .... an embryo (and fetus) is a human being at a certain (early) stage of development - the embryonic (or fetal) stage. In abortion, what is killed is a human being, a whole living member of the species homo sapiens, the same kind of entity as you or I, only at an earlier stage of development."

    Source: "The Wrong of Abortion," by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George, accessed 11/30/17

  • 12/05/2017) "The consequences of this casting aside of traditional morality and embracing the 'liberation of the instincts' have by now become obvious: Children raised without fathers, the dismantling of the family, venereal plagues, high rates of divorce, the sexual precocity of teenaged minors, millions of abortions and their psychological trauma, the humiliation and dishonor that comes from being used as a thing for another's pleasure, and all the wider social dysfunctions that have followed. And women have borne the brunt of these changes. No amount of pop-theorizing or feminist bluster has erased the natural differences between the sexes. And men, by nature sexually predatory, have been the biggest beneficiaries."

    Source: "Sow The Free Love Wind, Reap the Sexual Debasement Whirlwind: The bitter fruit of a destructive generation," by Bruce Thornton, 11/30/17, accessed 11/30/17

  • (11/28/2017) The 2018 Annual Lifewatch Service of Worship and Board Meeting will take place on Friday, January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. The worship service, featuring Rev. Dr. David F. Watson, Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, will be held in the Chapel of the United Methodist Building (100 Maryland Avenue, NE) at 9:30 am. Following the noon March for Life, our annual board meeting begins at 3:00 pm in a conference room in the UM Building. We invite you to organize a group and join us for worship and work for the Gospel of Life.

    Source: Lifewatch/Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality

  • (11/21/2017) "... baby girl Stensrud's case is such an important one to discuss. Not as a 'gotcha!' to all pro-choice advocates. But simply as a difficult moral question that bears examining. Because 21 weeks four days - the gestational age of baby girl Stensrud - is within the legal limit for abortion in some states. So if, at birth, baby girl Stensrud was a human being whose survival was hoped for and prayed for, and medically intervened for, then shouldn't any baby of that gestational age be a human being as well? Can a person only be a person when you want him to be?"

    Source: "'Most Premature Baby' Ever Born Is Now Thriving. Shouldn't This Raise Questions About Abortion?' by Faith Moore, 11/16/17, accessed 11/20/17

  • (11/14/2017) "[A] pro-life lawsuit against a California statute that requires pregnancy centers to promote abortions is heading to the nation's highest court. The California law ["Reproductive FACT Act, AB775"], upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in October, forces pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortions. Tom Glessner, president and CEO of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, said his group was appealing the case to the Supreme Court, arguing that the law violates both free speech and religious freedom."

    Source: "Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court," by Steven Ertelt, 11/13/17, accessed 11/14/17

  • (11/07/2017) "All 50 states have/ safe haven laws to protect newborn babies from abandonment and infanticide. Save haven laws allow mothers in crisis to leave their newborns in a safe environment, such as a hospital or fire station, without questions or repercussions. .... If you or someone you know would like more information about relinquishing a newborn child, please call 1-866-99BABY1 or go to"

    Source: "Newborn Baby Girl Found in Dumpster With Umbilical Cord Still Attached," by Micaiah Bilger, 10/30/17, accessed 10/31/17

  • (10/31/2017) "... I refuse to be poisoned by bitterness - that's no way to live.... Through my Catholic faith I have learnt to forgive. It doesn't make what happened okay, but it releases you from the pain. We are all human and we all make mistakes."

    Source: Melissa Ohden, as told to Micaiah Bilger, "Woman Who Survived an Abortion at 8 Months Finds Her Birthmother," 10/12/17, accessed 10/13/17 and 10/31/17

  • 10/24/2017) ""Abortion-rights supporters often point out that laws requiring parental consent for abortions can mean that embarrassed teenagers won't get the services they need. And it's true that many girls did resort to unsafe abortions when it wasn't legal. But without parental consent, men can get girls pregnant and then pressure them to have abortions without anyone who cares about them finding out."

    Source: "Easy abortion is a winner for sleazy men," by Naomi Schaefer Riley,  , 10/6/17, accessed 10/8/17 and 10/23/17

  • (10/17/2017) "The early church was decidedly, vocally, and courageously pro-life and opposed to abortion. One of the earliest documents of Christianity after the New Testament is the Didache, dated to around AD 80-120. The teaching describes two ways: the way of life and the way of death. The way of life demands that Christians 'shall not murder a child by abortion nor commit infanticide.' Both abortion and infanticide were common in the Roman Empire. Christians were forbidden to murder any child, born or unborn."

    Source: "The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion," by Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., Sept 2017, accessed 10/2/17 and 10/17/17

  • (10/10/2017) "In normal conception, a sex cell of the father, a sperm, unites with a sex cell of the mother, an ovum. Within the chromosomes of these sex cells are the DNA molecules which constitute the information that guides the development of the new individual brought into being when the sperm and ovum fuse. When fertilization occurs, the 23 chromosomes of the sperm unite with the 23 chromosomes of the ovum. At the end of this process there is produced an entirely new and distinct organism, originally a single cell. This organism, the human embryo, begins to grow by the normal process of cell division - it divides into 2 cells, then 4, 8, 16, and so on (the divisions are not simultaneous, so there is a 3-cell stage, and so on). This embryo gradually develops all of the organs and organ systems necessary for the full functioning of a mature human being."

    Source: "The Wrong of Abortion," by Patrick Lee and Robert P. George, accessed 10/10/17

  • (10/03/2017) "A large majority of the public holds internally inconsistent views on abortion. For instance, considering just three related issues – the legality of abortion, the morality of abortion, and the age at which the fetus becomes human – more than three out of four adults have views that do not match. One out of seven adults (14%) emerged as consistently pro-abortion while only 8% were consistently pro-life."

    Source: "Americans Confused About Abortion,", accessed 9/27/17

  • (09/26/2017) "The conventional wisdom is that lesbians and gay men don't have to worry about facing an unexpected pregnancy. Or do they? .... Erin Wilkins, with Family Tree Clinic, a community sexual health clinic in St. Paul, Minn., said 'Unintended pregnancy is huge in the LGBT youth world.' Studies show that self-identified gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are two to seven times more likely to experience an unexpected pregnancy than heterosexual teens. This is true with both females and males."

    Source: "Unintended pregnancy a 'huge' issue for LGBT youth," by Bradley Mattes, 8/30/17, accessed 9/20/17

  • (09/19/2017) "No doubt about it. We United Methodists have a very hard time doing the hard thing: standing up for Jesus Christ, His Church, and His Church's faith when that is not going to be popular. .... Some would say [we] simply do not want to hurt anybody's feelings or that we do not want to offend anybody; therefore, we opt to avoid talking about hot topics. That is simply admitting that we United Methodists are caving in to the political correctness that is committed to non-offensiveness.... That is just another way of saying we simply lack the courage necessary to stand up for the Church's faith."

    Source: "A Character Flaw in United Methodists?" by Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth, President and Editor of Lifewatch, accessed 9/20/17

  • (09/12/2017) “At 10 weeks after conception, the unborn baby has a unique set of fully-formed fingerprints.  Nobody ever had or will have the same set.”

    Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.
  • (09/05/2017) EXTRA! "Kentucky United Methodist preacher [Rev. Millie Horning Peters] believes religious leaders should be more involved in promoting abortions and helping women get them, not less. .... In her various roles with state pro-abortion groups, Peters has discouraged women from visiting pro-life pregnancy centers, spoken at pro-abortion rallies, testified in support of pro-abortion legislation and run booths at the state fair.... .... 'It's time for the religious left to rise up,' Peters said of the current situation in Kentucky."

    Source: "United Methodist Pastor Runs Pro-Abortion Group: 'It's Time for the Religious Left to Rise up,'" by Micaiah Bilger,9/7/17. Accessed 9/8/17.

  • (09/05/2017) "Newcomers to the pro-life camp may not be aware that even our benighted opposition ruefully conceded that the debate over partial-birth abortions changed the trajectory of the abortion debate. .... The genius of partial-birth abortion is that the description cut through the gauzy euphemisms. .... In fact, dismemberment abortions are every bit as brutal as partial-birth abortions. This 'technique' tears and pulverizes living unborn human beings, rips heads and legs off of tiny torsos as the defenseless child bleeds to death."

    Source: "Dismemberment Abortions Rip Heads and Legs Off of Unborn Babies and They Are Totally Legal," by Dave Andrusko, 9/5/17, accessed 9/5/17

  • (08/29/2017) "'They gave me a valium before I even signed the consent form.... They just ran me through like I was a number. No counseling, no nothing. They just kept pushing all of us through to the next station until we were done and they sent us home. It was awful .... I don't think I could ever do it again.'"

    Source: "If You Have Two Eyes and Half a Heart, You Know Post-Abortion Trauma is Real," by Kirk Walden, 8/25/17, accessed 8/26/17
  • (08/22/2017) Did you know? In June the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society endorsed a letter asking the United States Senate to continue funding Planned Parenthood and abortion! An article by Lifewatch board member, John Lomperis, provides many details.

    Source: "UMC Lobby Office Disregards General Conference, Lobbies for Taxpayer Funding for Planned Parenthood," by John Lomperis, 6/23/17, ccessed 8/22/17
  • (08/15/2017) "As one of God’s microphones, I’m often required to say what people don’t want to hear. Abortion is racism, in that abortion takes away the civil rights and lives of our weakest and most vulnerable members of the human race, unborn babies."

    Source: "Martin Luther King Jr's Niece Alveda King: Abortion is Racism and Takes Away the Civil Rights of Unborn Babies," by Steven Ertelt, 8/14/17, accessed 8/15/17
  • (08/08/2017) "How pro-lifers are perceived by those who oppose us is important. It matters because it’s these people we are trying to persuade to our side...."

    Source: "I Would Have Quit Planned Parenthood Two Years Sooner But a Pro-Lifer Did something Awful," by Abby Johnson, 8/7/17, accessed 8/8/17

  • (08/01/2017) "… the religious ideal of a traditional marriage between a man and a woman, consisting of lifelong fidelity and the raising of children, is no longer recognized as worth pursuing by many in our society. And as the militant left celebrates perversity and the decline of the nuclear family, the foundation of our society is crumbling all around us. Although same-sex "marriage" was the militant left's crowning and most damaging achievement, the dismantling of our nation's Judeo-Christian foundation has always been their long-term goal. Fortunately, for true believers, there will always be hope for personal, if not societal redemption. Although much of what the militant left has to offer appeals to the base instincts of many, we know that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and we all still have a spiritual nature. Therefore, we are all called to higher and nobler aspirations.”

    Source: "Same-sex 'marriage': Religious right was right all along," by Charles S. LiMandri,7/18/17, accessed 7/20/17Did You Know?
  • (07/25/2017) A heated debate took place during a BBC News segment when the subject of access to “birth control” (mainly abortion) was brought up. One one side you have a proponent of abortion - BBC News anchor Babita Sharma - a woman of Indian descent in the UK. On the other side you have an opponent of abortion - Pro-Life Advocate Obianuju Ekeocha - a Nigerian woman currently living in the UK. It was … interesting (to say the least) to witness an Indian woman who was most likely born and raised in the United Kingdom attempt to tell an African woman born and raised in Nigeria what the best thing for women in Africa would be.

    Source: Pro-Life African Woman Wrecks BBC News Anchor In Abortion Debate (REACTION), accessed 07/18/2017
  • (07/18/2017) "Melinda Gates said it's 'very troubling' that President Trump reinstated a policy banning U.S. funding of abortion and abortion-promoting organizations overseas. Just after he was inaugurated, Trump reinstituted the 'Mexico City Policy' that prevents government money from going to groups that commit or promote abortion abroad. Thanks to Trump's pro-life order, 'reproductive health organizations' abroad now can't do abortions at all in their facilities – not even with British or French money – if they're receiving U.S. money, Gates complained."

    [Excerpt: On July 11, "World Population Day," African pro-life activist Obianuju Ekeocha blasted a BBC anchor for using "colonial talk" to argue contraception should be pushed on African women. She called Western countries funding abortions in Africa "ideological colonization."]

    Source: "Melinda "Gates blasts Trump for not funding overseas abortions," by Claire Chretien, 7/14/17, accessed 7/17/17
  • (07/11/2017) "An embryo, or a new human, comes into existence when a zygote is produced at fertilization by the combination of a sperm with an ovum. .... The sex of the embryo is determined genetically. Genetic sex is established.  The difference between a male and a female is determined genetically at the time of conception."  

    Source: "Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life," by John F. Cogan, accessed 7/11/17
  • 07/04/2017) "Happy Independence Day! As Americans celebrate our independence today, it is important for all people everywhere to remember - it is Jesus Christ who brings true freedom. "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

    Source: John 8:36 (NIV)
  • (06/27/2017) "The Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees the right of women to vote, was famously known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. She passionately wrote pro-life speeches, explaining the treachery of abortion and postnatal infanticide. In one of her most acclaimed speeches, she implored her audience with these powerful words: 'Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime.'”

    Source: "Quotes from pro-life feminists: then and now," by Natalie Brumfield, 3/10/16, accessed 6/27/17

  • (06/20/2017) "When push comes to shove, ... moviegoers see more pro-choice messages in films than they do pro-life messages, according to a poll made public for the first time Friday. The scientific poll, conducted by Barna Group, indicates that, when abortion is presented onscreen, 29 percent of Americans think Hollywood is favoring the pro-choice position, while 25 percent say it is favoring the pro-life position. Only 14 percent say no agenda is pushed, while 18 percent don’t recall seeing a movie in which the topic was even discussed. .... ...[T]he Barna movie poll ... was commissioned by the filmmakers behind Because of Gracia, an independent title planned for a theatrical release in September. The film stars former American Idol contestant Moriah Peters as a high school student ridiculed for her commitment to save sex until marriage. Because of Gracia includes a parallel story of abortion — hence the filmmakers were curious to poll American moviegoers on the topic ...."

    Source: "American Moviegoers See a Pro-Choice Bias in Hollywood (Poll)," by Paul Bond, 6/17/17, accessed 6/20/17
  • (06/13/2017) Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross "has been sharing her own abortion story in media interviews recently.... In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “Now” show, the track athlete said many of her fellow athletes also have had abortions. 'The truth is it’s an issue that’s not really talked about, especially in sports, and a lot of young women have experienced this.... 'I literally don’t know another female track-and-field athlete who hasn’t had an abortion – and that’s sad. So, for me, I’m hoping that this will open up some discussions, to helping especially a lot of young women who were in my situation not experience what I did,' she said."

    Source: "Olympic Track Star: 'I Don't Know Another Female Track Athlete Who Hasn't Had an Abortion,'" by Micaiah Bilger, 6/7/17, accessed 6/14/17
  • (06/06/2017) "I believe that God’s love and God’s law, the Bible and the Tradition, as well as moral law and natural law, challenge the Church and the society to protect the unborn child and mother. This is the Church’s truth about life. My challenge is to propose to you the truth about life — not impose this truth on you. To propose is to offer the truth about life to you, and then allow God to apply it to your hearts and minds. To impose this truth on you is to crush your conscience and perhaps your spirit. That is not my intent. My aim is to propose the truth about life to you."

    Source: "How Should a Pastor Discuss Abortion With His Congregation? Here's a Guide," by Rev. Paul T. Stallsworth, 5/30/17, accessed 6/1/17
  • (05/30/2017) "Adrienne Mansanares, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Chief Experience Officer, ... is honest about why the abortion giant is closing these facilities. She said that in Wyoming, the closing of the facility dealt with their patients going to other providers, including the Community Health Center of Central Wyoming. And about the closings in New Mexico, which fall under her same organization, she said that '[F]unding is one thing that we look at, but we also look at whether our patients will receive excellent care at another provider…'"

    Source: "Planned Parenthood Closing Facilities Because Customers are Going Elsewhere," by Kristan Hawkins, 5/20/17, accessed 5/30/17

  • (05/23/2017) [Last week] "the Trump administration announced the implementation of the new Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy—a significant reiteration and expansion of President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City policy. Announced by Reagan at the United Nations Conference on Population Control in Mexico City in 1984—hence its name—the policy was and is designed to ensure that U.S. taxpayer money is not funneled to foreign nongovernmental organizations that perform or promote abortion as a method of family planning. .... The new policy establishes pro-child safeguards—benign, humane conditions—on about $8.8 billion in annual global health assistance funding appropriated to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the departments of State and Defense. This funding includes not only family planning, but other global health assistance such as maternal and child health, malaria, and HIV/AIDs. Also of significance, the new pro-child, pro-woman safeguards do not reduce funding for global health assistance by so much as a dollar."

    Source: "Trump's Expansion of Mexico City Policy Is a Major Victory in Protecting Life," by Rep. Chris Smith, 5/17/17, accessed 5/17/17
  • (05/16/2017) "The Church shall offer ministries to reduce unintended pregnancies. We commit our Church to continue to provide nurturing ministries to those who terminate a pregnancy, to those in the midst of a crisis pregnancy, and to those who give birth."

    Source: 2016 Social Principles paragraph on abortion, ¶161.K, accessed 5/16/17
  • LW(05/09/2017) "Pro-lifers have to know the statistics, history, and basic biology. It’s just so much easier to be prochoice. They don’t need facts, just emotions. We present context. They present concoctions. As a prolife factivist who was conceived in rape yet adopted and loved, I value both the evidential and the emotional. I appreciate Kojo Nnamdi, the host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, for allowing an actual [30-minute] discussion about Planned Parenthood."

    Source: "NPR Debate Smackdown: Truth v. 'Prochoice,'" by Ryan Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation, 4/13/17 accessed 5/9/17
  • (05/02/2017) "Both the upper and lower lips are forming early in the sixth week after conception. Also during the sixth week the eye is obvious, reflecting the fact that retinal pigment is already present. The beginnings of the eyelids and the fingers are also forming during the sixth week, the testes become identifiable at this time and some salivary glands appear. By the sixth to seventh weeks after conception, the heart is contracting forty to eighty times each minute."

    Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan, accessed 5/2/17
  • (04/25/2017) "New Mexico is one of only nine states (and the District of Columbia) where there are no gestational limits on abortion, which can be legally done throughout all nine months of pregnancy."

    Source: "Nine Things You Should Know About Late-Term Abortions," by Cheryl Sullenger, 4/17/1, accessed 4/25/17

    Note: According to the link included above, the other states with no gestational limits are Alaska, Colorado, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia. CE
  • (04/18/2017) "The abortion industry would like the public to believe that babies born alive after abortion attempts rarely occur. However, research shows that the so-called abortion live-birth dilemma has been haunting abortion profiteers since the days of legalization. 'April 1973, Greater Bakersfield Hospital, Bakersfield, Calif.: A 4 1/2-pound infant was born live following a saline abortion (induced by an injection of salt solution) performed by Dr. Xavier Hall Ramirez. Informed by phone, Dr. Ramirez ordered two nurses to discontinue administering oxygen to the baby. His instructions were countermandated by another doctor; the baby survived and later was placed for adoption.'"

    Source: "Infants born alive during abortion have haunted abortion profiteers since legalization," by Carole Novielli, 4/1/17, accessed 4/13/17

  • (04/11/2017) "... [Jesus] said to them, 'The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.'"   "[Jesus] told them, 'This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.'"

    Sources: Matt.17:22-23; Luke 24:46-46. NIV


  • (04/04/2017) "... supporters of Planned Parenthood have complained that a vote to defund Planned Parenthood would be a vote to hurt women. They say that Planned Parenthood is a vital provider of women’s health care services. But that’s only true, Democrats for Life of America explains, 'if you define health care services as abortion.'"

    Source: "FACT CHECK: The Largest Women's Health Care Provider In America Is NOT Planned Parenthood," by Mollie Hemingway, 8/3/15, accessed 4/5/17

  • (03/28/2017) "At 11 weeks after conception, the baby can wrinkle his/her forehead, turn his/her head, and open and close his/her lips."

    Source: "What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure, published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001.
  • (03/21/2017) The following quote from RCRC illustrates the attitude the pro-life community must deal with on a daily basis: "Reproductive [justice] also requires us to oppose teaching abstinence-only-until-marriage in place of comprehensive sex education. Many abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, promulgated by religious conservatives, present this approach as the only moral choice for young people. These programs also often rely on outdated gender expectations, emphasizing “modesty” for girls and attributing to boys the role of sexual aggressors.

    Source: RCRC's "Reproductive Justice and Sex Education" page, 3/21/17, accessed 3/21/17
  • (03/14/2017) "The pro-life women's movement is the authentic women's movement of the 21st century. .... What people don't realize is that the early feminists were pro-life; the suffragists who gave women the right to vote were pro-life."

    Source: Sue Ellen Browder, "She Was a Pro-Abortion Columnist for Cosmo, But Something Made Her Pro-Life," Life News, 1/22/16, accessed 11/22/16 and 3/14/17
  • (03/07/2017)"Just as we were once used, without our consent, to gratify the sexual desires of others, so we continue to be used, without our consent, to gratify the political goals of others."

    Source: Statement from "Ad Hoc Committee of Women Pregnant by Sexual Assault" (WPSA), 6/23/04. . Accessed 3/6/17.

    Note: Although this committee met and the report was issued in 2004, the same problems remain! CE
  • (02/28/2017) New life [begins] ... at conception. Natural conception can also be called fertilization. Fertilization occurs when a sperm and ovum join to form a single cell, full of life and bearing the unique genetic imprint of a human being who has never existed before.

    Source: Beginning Life, by Geraldine Lux Flanagan, Houghton Mifflin, 1996, p. 23-23
  • (02/21/2017) "Norma McCorvey, who was the Jane Roe of the infamous Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court case legalizing virtually unlimited abortions, passed away [February 18]. McCorvey never had an abortion and eventually became pro-life and dedicated her life to overturning the horrible Supreme Court decision that bared her pseudonym. McCorvey died [Saturday] at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was 69."

    Source: "Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade, Passes Away: She Never Had an Abortion and Became Pro-Life," by Steven Ertelt,2/18/17, accessed 2/20/17
  • (02/14/2017) " 'A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.' "

    Source: John 13:34-35 (NIV)
  • (02/07/2017) "Americans overwhelmingly oppose the use of tax dollars to support abortion in other countries (83 percent). More than six in 10 Americans (61 percent) also oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions in the United States. This includes almost nine in 10 supporters of President Donald Trump (87 percent) and nearly four in 10 supporters of his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton (39 percent)."

    Source: "Americans Support Supreme Court Ruling to Restrict Abortion, Oppose Taxpayer Funding," K of C - Marist poll conducted December 12-19, 2016, accessed 1/26/17

  • (01/31/2017) "I am pro-choice, but I find that abortion is a failure of the feminist establishment. With every kind of birth control available in the world, abortion is not something to be proud of. If you need an abortion, you've failed."

    Source: TAMMY BRUCE, speech at Columbia University, Apr. 6, 2005
  • (01/24/2017) “…  one key aspect of abortion in the United States is so outdated that only five other nations ON EARTHagree with our position (and one of those nations is the forward-thinking paradise of North Korea). …. The policy of which I am referring is America’s insistence on allowing elective abortions twenty-weeks post-fertilization. Science has demonstrated that children can feel the pain of being aborted at that age and, due to the wonderful advancements of neo-natal medicine, a child can survive outside the womb as young as twenty weeks post-fertilization. Even the liberal Huffington Post published a poll in 2013 that showed Americans favor a twenty-week limit on abortion two-to-one.

    Source: "America's Science-Denying, Antiquated Abortion Law," by Ardee Coolidge, 1/19/17, accessed 1/24/17
  • (01/17/2017) "2016 was a record-breaking year for pro-life legislation, with 43 states proposing more than 360 abortion restrictions, including tax funding for women's health centers that perform abortions, limits on late-term abortions of viable babies, informed consent and ultrasound requirements, outlawing abortions on handicapped babies, banning aborted baby tissue trafficking, and prohibitions on sex-selection or race-selection abortions. .... The most devastating blow to pro-life laws in 2016 was the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Texas' safety regulations for abortion clinics, requiring emergency access, and hospital admission privileges. [AUL Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise] Burke says, however, that the high court's ruling is not insurmountable. 'When the Supreme Court rejected Texas’ abortion safety standards, abortion advocates celebrated, but they ignored the fine print,' she said. 'In fact, the Court found that such laws could survive a legal challenge if well-supported by medical evidence.'"

    Source: "REVEALED: The most pro-life and most pro-abortion U.S. states. Where does your state rank?" by Fr. Mark Hodges, 1/10/17.  Accessed 1/17/17.

  • (01/10/17) Following the 2015 undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood employees selling fetal body parts, "The [US] House Select Investigative Panel has concluded its yearlong investigation and released its Final Report which can be read in full here. The report details many of the disturbing practices the Panel uncovered in the abortion industry with the selling of fetal tissue along with information regarding our public hearings, subpoenas, criminal and regulatory referrals.  Also included is the listing of recommendations for improving access to appropriate scientific models, including human fetal tissue when warranted, in order to promote the advancement of science and the development of novel therapies."

    Source: Press Release, "The Select Investigative Panel Releases Final Report," US Congresswoman, Marsha Blackburn (TN), chairman., 1/4/17, acessed 1/8/17.
  • (01/03/17) Because the 2017 Presidential Inauguration (Jan. 20, 2017) overlaps so closely with the annual March for Life date (Jan 22), the 2017 March for Life has been postponed one week. The 2017 Lifewatch Worship Service (9:30 am) and Lifewatch Board meeting (3:00 pm) will all take place on Friday, January 27, 2017 in the United Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, NE in Washington, DC. The morning's sermon will be given by Dr. Steve Rankin, Southern Methodist University Chaplain and minister. All are invited and welcome to attend either or both gatherings.

    Source: Lifewatch/TUMAS

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