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Did You Know? 2005

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bullet (12/13/2005) “Why do we not know the country whose citizens we are? Because we have wandered so far away that we have forgotten it. But the Lord Christ, the king of that land, came down to us and drove forgetfulness from our hearts. God took to Himself our flesh so that He might be our way back.”

bullet (12/06/2005) “What are we to make of Jesus Christ?… The real question is not what are we to make of Christ, but what is He to make of us?” –C. S. Lewis
bullet (11/29/2005)  “On the matter of abortion in general, 54 percent of Americans oppose either all or most abortions as thirty-nine percent of those polled believe abortion should only be legal in a few rare circumstances, such as rape, incest or to prevent the death of the mother. Another 16 percent say abortion should never be legal. …. The CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted November 11-13 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.”

Source: “Gallup Poll: Americans Oppose Abortions, Want Limit but No Ban,” by Steven Ertelt, Editor, November 28, 2005.

bullet (11/22/2005)  Isolated arm movements begin about 7¼ to 8½ weeks after conception, with isolated leg movements starting after the first 7¼ to 10½ weeks of life. Backward head movements first occur from 7½ to 10½ weeks.

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

bullet (11/15/2005)  “From its inception, Planned Parenthood wanted the involvement of the clergy to promote its message that Hispanic women are better off by destroying their children, Rojas explained. Castuera joins a long-list of misinformed Hispanics that buy into the message of death.” [Raimundo Rojas is director of Hispanic outreach for the National Right to Life Committee. Rev. Ignacio Castuera, senior pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in the Watts area of Los Angeles, was hired as Planned Parenthood’s chaplain in 2004.]

Source: “Christian Leaders Won’t Meet with Planned Parenthood ‘Chaplain,’” by Steven Ertelt, November 11, 2005.

bullet (11/08/2005)  “The author of a new study claiming abortion is less likely to cause women depression than carrying a pregnancy to term is an abortion advocate who once participated in a web site to try to refute pro-life arguments against abortion. Nancy Felipe Russo, professor in psychology at Arizona State University, was the lead author of the study, which appears in a recent publication of the British Medical Journal.”

Source: “Abortion Advocate Was Lead Author of Disputed Depression Study,” by Steven Ertelt, October 31, 2005,

bullet (11/01/2005)  By the time a woman confirms that she is pregnant, at five weeks, the baby is already 1/3 inch tall, with a steadily beating heart, a developing brain and nervous system.

Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure. published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001

bullet (10/25/2005)  “A VCU [Virginia Commonwealth University] Life Sciences Survey was conducted by telephone … from Sept. 14 through Sept. 29. When asked which types of stem-cell research offered the greatest promise for discovering new treatments for disease, … 44 percent named adult stem cells, just 14 percent said embryonic stem cell research … and only 7 percent said both types hold equal promise.”

Source: “Poll: Americans Think Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Better Promise,” by Steven Ertelt, October 24, 2005.

bullet (10/18/2005)  “Single parenthood and poverty are about as closely related as you can get.”  (David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University)

Source: “Men Waiting Too Long to Marry, Says Census,” October 13, 2005,

bullet (10/11/2005)  The first brain waves can be detected during the 6th week of pregnancy.

Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure. published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001

bullet (10/04/2005) The annual Lifewatch Worship Service will be held on Monday, January 23, 2006 at 9:30 am in the Simpson Chapel of the United Methodist Building in Washington, DC. Later the same day, following the “March for Life,” the Lifewatch board holds its business meeting at 3:00 pm in the United Methodist Building. All are invited to attend.
bullet (9/27/2005)  “China’s family planning agency admitted that officials in the eastern province of Shandong had carried out forced abortions and sterilizations, state media reported. …. Beijing introduced its controversial one-child policy more than 25 years ago…. The policy makes it illegal for urban couples to have more than one child but allows rural couples to have a second child if their first is a daughter.

Source: “China admits forced abortion, sterilizations in eastern province,” Yahoo! News, Sept. 19, 2005.

bullet (9/20/2005)  “Like toddler and adolescent, the terms embryo and fetus … refer to … humans at particular stages of development. Fetus is a Latin word variously translated “offspring,” “young one,” or “little child.” It’s scientifically inaccurate to say a human embryo or a fetus is not a human being simply because he’s at an earlier stage of development than an infant. This is like saying that a toddler isn’t a human being because he’s not yet an adolescent.”

Source: Randy Alcorn, Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers, Multnomah Publisher, Inc., Sisters, OR, c.2004, p.33. ISBN #1-59052-369-5


(9/13/2005)  “If you read Roe and Doe [Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton], you may be surprised to see how little they have to say about protecting women, and how much they have to do with protecting doctors.”

Source: “From Culture Wars to Building a Culture of Life,” by Mary Ann Glendon, The Cost of “Choice” – Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion, edited by Erika Bachiochi, Encounter Books, San Francisco, CA, c. 2004, p.7.

bullet (9/06/2005) “I’ll always be a part of you. Trust your soul, know it’s always true. If I could talk, I’d say to you, ‘Can I live? Can I live?’”

Source: “Can I Live?” chorus. Rap song by Nick Cannon
bullet (8/30/2005)  “Two of five authors of an article published in [The Journal of the American Medical Association] on Wednesday saying that fetuses probably cannot feel pain before the 29th week of pregnancy did not tell the journal that they had abortion-related activities that might be seen as a conflict of interest…. …. One author, Susan J. Lee, a medical student, is also a lawyer who for eight months from 1999 to 2000 worked in the legal department at Naral, an abortion rights group. Another author, Dr. Eleanor A. Drey, performs abortions and is medical director of an abortion clinic.”

Source: “Study Authors Didn’t Report Abortion Ties” by Denise Grady, The New York Times, August 26, 2005.

bullet (8/23/2005) By the 7th week of the pregnancy, the embryo begins to move spontaneously.

Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.

bullet (8/16/2005) “A new CBS News poll finds a majority of Americans oppose abortions in all or most circumstances. The poll follows on the recent surveys showing most Americans believe abortions should either be illegal or happen in a very limited set of circumstances. …. While 53 percent took a pro-life position opposing all or most abortions, some 68 percent of those CBS News polled said abortion should be more restricted than it is now.”

Source: “Majority of Americans Oppose Most Abortions, CBS News Poll Shows,” by Steven Ertelt, August 11, 2005.

bullet (8/9/2005) “When she got pregnant, the joy [April Thompson] wanted to share with her employer quickly turned sour when, she said, her boss demanded that she get an abortion or risk losing her job. Thompson’s attorney, Ed Buckley, said the woman was eventually fired … for refusing to get the abortion.”

Source: “Firm ordered abortion, ex-employee says,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug. 4, 2005

bullet (8/2/2005) 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. Most major organs and organ systems are formed during the embryonic period. The mother may not be aware of her pregnancy during this critical period, especially in the third and fourth weeks when the embryo is quite vulnerable.

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan.
bullet (7/26/2005) The Lifewatch office will be closed for about a week because we are moving on July 27. Effective July 28, the new mailing address will be:
P. O. Box 306
Cottleville, MO 63338
The new phone number will be 636-294-2344.
bullet (7/19/2005) “I had an abortion at 17 and it was the worst thing I ever did. I would never recommend it to anyone because it comes back to haunt you.”

Source: Sharon Osbourne (wife of Ozzy), “London Daily Mail,” Dec. 18, 2004.
bullet (7/12/2005)  “The annual meetings of six regional Conferences of the United Methodist Church have adopted significant resolutions to address the denomination’s response to the serious problem of abortion.” The Florida, North Georgia, Arkansas, Illinois Great Rivers, and North Indiana Annual Conferences passed legislation dealing with post-abortion healing, and the Louisiana Conference resolved to “reflect prayerfully on whether agencies of our Church should continue their membership in the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.”

Source: “Good News: Annual Conferences Pass UMAction Resolutions,” by John Lomperis, July 5, 2005.

bullet (7/5/2005)  “Hundreds of scientists who back embryonic stem cell research are meeting in California to discuss the current state of the controversial research are admitting they’ve not made much progress and losing millions in trying to perfect it. …. James Thomson, the Wisconsin biologist who was the first to isolate embryonic stem cells also admits they have been oversold.”

Source: “Scientists at Embryonic Stem Cell Research Mtg. Admit Failures,” by Steven Ertelt, June 23, 2005,

bullet (6/28/2005)  By the 8th week of pregnancy, the developing life is now called a fetus–Latin for “young one” or “offspring.” Everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult. Only time to grow is needed.

Source: “The First Nine Months” brochure, published by Focus on the Family, Colorado Springs, CO., c.1990.
bullet (6/21/2005)  “A new Gallup poll shows the public is split on the issue of embryonic stem cell research…. …. Approximately 6 in 10 Americans (58%) say they are following the debate very or somewhat closely. Another 27% are following it ‘not too closely,’ while just 15% are not following it at all.”

Source: “Poll: Republicans Oppose Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Public Split,” by Steven Ertelt, May 26, 2005.
bullet (6/14/2005)  “The annual meetings of three regional conferences of the United Methodist Church have adopted significant resolutions on abortion. …. The resolution passed by the Florida Conference … commended to local church leaders the addition by the 2004 General Conference of a new paragraph to the denomination’s Social Principles. …. …the North Indiana Conference overwhelmingly passed a similar resolution. …. Meeting June 5-8, the Louisiana Conference passed a resolution that noted serious concerns about the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).”

Source: “Good News: Annual Conferences Pass UMAction Resolutions,” by John Lomperis, June 14, 2005.

bullet (6/7/2005)  “’Operation Outcry addresses the women’s rights aspect of the pro-abortion dogma and contrasts their ideas with our actual experience. …. We are women who have attempted suicides, lived out lies and … who have received forgiveness and healing in Jesus Christ. And now we are women speaking the truth that abortion ‘rights’ advocates do not want to hear, namely, that abortion hurts women’” [says Caron Strong].

Source: ”Actress Caron Strong Helps Lead Post-Abortion Outreach Group,” by Matt Abbott, June 6, 2005,

bullet (5/31/2005) By 9 weeks after conception, all the structures necessary for pain sensation are functioning; the unborn baby feels pain for the first time.

Source: “What They Never Told You About the Facts of Life” brochure. Published by the Human Development Resource Council, Inc., Norcross, GA. 2001

bullet (5/24/2005) “As a vote nears in Congress on legislation that would authorize the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for unproven embryonic stem cell research, momentum is building around an alternative bill that would promote the use of adult stem cells. …. Adult stem cells can be obtained from the blood…. ‘The best kept medical secret has been that thousands have been successfully treated with cord blood stem cells for more than 67 diseases including Leukemia and Sickle Cell Anemia,’ [Rep. Chris] Smith [said]. …. Pro-life House members should be urged to support ‘the Chris Smith cord blood bill’ as an ethical alternative to the embryo-killing research promoted by H.R. 810….” 

Source: “Adult Stem Cell Research Bill Gains Momentum as House Vote Nears,” by Steven Ertelt, May 23, 2005.

bullet (5/17/2005) “…. 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. We particularly encourage the Church, the government, and social service agencies to support and facilitate the option of adoption.” 

Source: “Social Principles,” paragraph 161J, 2004 Book of Discipline, page 102.


(5/10/2005)  “According to a new poll of the American public, both pro-life activists and abortion advocates strongly support laws that allow parents to be involved when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion. …. Some 78 percent of those polled favor parental notification laws and 72 percent support parental consent laws. …. Even those polled who favor legalized abortion still say parents should be allowed to know about their daughters’ major medical decisions like an abortion.”

Source: “Poll: Seventy Percent Support Parental Involvement on Abortion,” by Steven Ertelt, April 27, 2005.

bullet (5/3/2005)  “Women who have had an abortion appear to have an increased risk of having a very preterm infant in future pregnancies, French researchers report in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology....The investigators conclude that induced abortion ‘increases the risk of preterm births, particularly extremely preterm deliveries.’”

Source: “Abortions Tied to Subsequent Preterm Delivery,” by David Douglas, Reuters Health Information, April 27, 2005.
bullet (4/26/2005)  “Women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy also deserve to experience unplanned joy.”

Source: Patricia Heaton, actress
bullet (4/19/2005) By the fifth month of pregnancy, the baby may jump/startle in response to a loud noise.

Source: “Making an Informed Decision About Your Pregnancy” brochure, published by Frontlines Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994.
bullet (4/12/2005)  A Wirthlin Worldwide poll taken the night of the last presidential election (11/2/04) found that abortion was a major issue in how people voted. Forty-two percent of respondents said that abortion affected the way they voted. Of those for whom abortion was an issue, 56% voted for President Bush, and 36% voted for John Kerry.

Source: Wirthlin Poll, 11/2/04.

bullet (4/5/2005)  The “General Board of Church and Society” and the “General Board of Global Ministries, Women’s Division” are among the member organizations of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). 


bullet (3/29/2005)  “A new human being is conceived when a sperm fertilizes an egg. The sperm has 23 chromosomes and so does the egg. But the fertilized egg has 46, half from each parent, and is genetically unique. These 46 chromosomes, which are fixed at conception, establish the child’s sex and are a blueprint for how it will develop, both during pregnancy and after birth.”

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

bullet (3/22/2005)  “The press has the facts wrong, they have consistently used the wrong language, and there is a repeated effort in all that you read and here in the media an urgency to sway the American people that Terri is somehow less than human.”  (Raimundo Rojas, Hispanic outreach director for the National Right to Life Committee)

Source: “Media Bias in Terri Schiavo Case at Extreme Levels in AP, Reuters Reports,” by Steven Ertelt,, March 21, 2005.

bullet (3/15/2005)  “In a historic pro-life victory, the United Nations has called on all nations of the world to ban all forms of human cloning. The Declaration adopted by the General Assembly … urges countries to ‘prohibit all forms of human cloning inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.’ …. 84 countries voted in favor of the Declaration, while only 34 voted against it.” 

Source: Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, March 11, 2005, Vol. 8. No. 12,

bullet (3/8/2005)  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.

bullet (3/1/2005)  “The United Nations on Friday [February 18] adopted a resolution asking all governments around the world to ban all forms of human cloning.  …. The international group’s legal committee voted 71 to 35 with 43 abstentions to adopt the non-binding proposal sponsored by Honduras and backed by the United States. The measure now goes to the full 191 nation assembly, which is expected to approve it.

Source: “United Nations Adopts Resolution Encouraging Human Cloning Ban,” by Steven Ertelt, February 19, 2005, .

bullet (02/22/05)  “I plead with all that I am for the Supreme Court to take Roe v. Wade and reverse it.

Source: Norma McCorvey—aka Jane Roe—in Jan. 18, 2005 statement asking the US Supreme court to vacate (reverse) the decision named after her.

bullet (02/15/05)  By week 9 of the woman’s pregnancy, all internal organs are present and functioning in the unborn baby.

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

bullet (02/08/05) “A frozen embryo destroyed in a Chicago fertility clinic was a human being whose parents are entitled to file a wrongful-death lawsuit, a Cook County judge ruled Friday. Attorneys on both sides of the abortion issue said it was the first such ruling they had heard of as the country debates whether stem cells derived from embryos can be used in research and medicine.”

Source: “Destroyed embryo deemed human,” Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 5, 2005,

bullet (02/01/05) “Can there be any doubt that there is silence and passivity about abortion in our Church? How often is a sermon about abortion or an educational forum on abortion offered in our congregations? How many congregations are involved in supporting crisis pregnancy centers in their communities or offering tangible support to women with unwanted pregnancies? …. I am a bishop, not a philosopher or a politician. I do not profess to understand all the complexities involved in the philosophical debates about when a human being becomes a ‘person.’ ….Yet I can feel. ….What I feel is revulsion at the moral horror that is abortion. …. In our time and place, in our own Christian communion, we who are United Methodists also have a responsibility to live according to our first rule, which is to do no harm. Do no harm to the unborn! Do no harm to the witness of the Church as a peaceable people! Do no harm to the Gospel of peace!”

Source: Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, Lifewatch Worship Service, January 24, 2005. Full text of sermon may be found at

bullet (1/18/05) On Monday, January 24, 2005, the 32nd annual March for Life will be held in Washington, DC. Florida Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker will preach at the Lifewatch Service of Worship at 9:30 am in the United Methodist Building (immediately next door to the United States Supreme Court). Lifewatch supporters will carry a banner in the march. Afterwards, the Annual Lifewatch Board Meeting will be held in the United Methodist Building at 3:00 pm. Anyone in town for the March for Life is invited to join United Methodists as we do our part to bring the plight of unborn children and their mothers to the public’s attention.
bullet (1/11/05) Both the upper and lower lips are forming early in the sixth week after conception. The beginnings of the eyelids and the fingers are also forming during the sixth week. By the sixth to seventh weeks after conception, the heart is contracting 40-80 times each minute.

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

bullet (1/4/05) “A new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows abstinence-only education is working as fewer teens are having sex and that the age in which young people begin having sex is on the rise. Teen pregnancy rates are also on the decline. …. In fact, the report shows that abstinence education has been so successful that the total number of teens abstaining from sex before marriage nearly achieves 2010 targets previously set.

Source: “New CDC Report Shows Abstinence Education Works, Pregnancy Rates Lower,” by Steven Ertelt,, December 13, 2004.

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