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Did You Know? 2007

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bullet (12/18/2007) “… the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to [all] on whom his favor rests.’”

Source: Luke 2:10-14 (NIV)

bullet (12/11/2007) “While still in the womb, the child began to move, swallow and ‘breathe’ amniotic fluid. Since amniotic fluid is full of glucose (sugar), this gives the digestive system opportunity to learn its function.”

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

bullet (12/04/2007) “A new poll conducted by CBS News makes it clear that a majority of Americans are pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. The October survey finds 54 percent of Americans take one of three pro-life positions opposing all or almost all abortions…. According to the survey, just 26 percent of the public wants abortions permitted in all cases.”

Source: “CBS News Poll: 54 Percent of Americans Take Pro-Life Position on Abortion,” by Steven Ertelt, October 19, 2007.(The poll can be accessed here.)

bullet (11/27/2007) “Children are the future. When you destroy your children, you destroy hope.”

Source: Dr. Alveda King, niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

bullet (11/20/2007) “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

Source: Psalms 95:1-2 (NIV)

bullet (11/13/2007) “Women who have had abortions are more likely to commit suicide, Finnish researchers reported in November of 1996. Mika Gissler and colleagues at Finland’s National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health used national records to check the rate of suicides up to one year after the end of a pregnancy, whether it ended in birth, miscarriage or abortion. ‘The suicide rate after an abortion was three times the general suicide rate and six times that associated with birth,’ they wrote.”

Source: “Finnish Study Reveals Abortion’s Suicide Connection,” Reuter’s press release, London, 12/5/96.”

bullet (11/06/2007) At least ten separate petitions and resolutions related to the paragraph on abortion (¶161J) and withdrawing The United Methodist Church from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) have been submitted to the 2008 General Conference. Please contact the office if you want to help work for passage of these items.
bullet (10/30/2007) “Abortion is becoming commonplace and people are insufficiently troubled about terminating pregnancies, the Archbishop of Canterbury said on Sunday. …. The archbishop … pointed out the paradox he saw between those who campaign for greater ‘fetal rights’, condemning women who smoke during pregnancy, but fail to speak out about abortion.”

Source: “Archbishop of Canterbury urges re-think on abortion,” Reuters News Service, London, October 21, 2007.

bullet (10/23/2007) “The child’s sex is determined at the moment of conception. With the help of an ultrasound machine, those parts are recognizable about 60 days after conception (at the end of the second month 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 (10/16/2007) “It appears that the enactment of the FACE [Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances] Act, combined with the ascendancy of partial-birth abortion, had a significant impact on public perceptions of the abortion debate—and on perceptions of which side more clearly represents voters’ own values. As grisly details of partial-birth abortion procedures replaced confrontational (and often violent) clinic protests on the evening news, voters seemed to have changed their minds about who the ‘abortion extremists’ were.”

Source: “Turnaround on Abortion” Study by Christopher Blunt, PhD and Fred Steeper, Overbrook Research, June 2007, p.3.

bullet (10/09/2007) “Researchers at a cancer center in Seattle have confirmed what previous studies have shown: women who bear children have a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. They say fetal cells “transplanted” to the mother before birth are a source of this protective effect. That's something that abortion denies.”

Source: “Researchers Explain Why Having Baby Reduces Breast Cancer Chances,” by Steven Ertelt, October 2, 2007,

bullet (10/02/2007) “For many people that experience an abortion, their initial response is relief. The ‘storm’ – the crisis – has passed. It was horrible, but it’s over now. They believe they can simply pick up the pieces and go on with their lives. The trouble is, … these people are left with undetected internal damage that left untended, results in a crumbing affect [sic]. They enter into a state of denial, unaware of the reasons for many of the painful (post-abortion syndrome) issues that begin to wreak havoc in their lives.”

Source: Secret Sin: When God’s People Choose Abortion, by Mary Comm, Morgan James Publishing, LLC, Garden City, NY., c. 2007, p. 31.

bullet (09/26/2007) “Without known exception, the early American feminists condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms. In Susan B. Anthony’s newspaper, The Revolution, abortion was described as ‘child murder,’ ‘infanticide’ and ‘foeticide.’ Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who in 1848 organized the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, also classified abortion as a form of infanticide and said, ‘When you consider that women have been treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.’”

Source: “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” by Serrin M. Foster, President of Feminists for Life

bullet (09/19/2007) “The [unborn child’s] eyes begin to develop early in the fourth week after conception.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan., p.5.

bullet (09/12/2007) According to Paragraph 507 of the 2004 Book of Discipline, “Any organization, clergy member, or lay member [individual] of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference….” Petitions and resolutions must be received by the Petitions Secretary by October 26, 2007. For complete instructions, click here.
bullet (09/03/2007) “According to the lawsuit, Jane Roe was 14 when her adult 21-year-old ‘boyfriend’ compelled her to abort her baby at Planned Parenthood’s Auburn Avenue facility on March 30, 2004. The man paid for the abortion by credit card claiming he was Jane’s stepbrother, even as the distraught girl gave out the name and address of her father to clinic employees.”

Source: “Appeals Court Agrees to Conceal Planned Parenthood Records in Statutory Rape Case” by Peter J. Smith, Aug. 29, 2007

bullet (08/28/2007) “ … a 2003 survey by the Gallup Organization found that by a margin of 72%-to-26%, the public supports a law requiring that the husband of a married woman be notified if she decides to have an abortion. Gallup asked the same question in 1996 and 1992 and got nearly identical results.”

Source: “Public Opinion Support Alito on Spousal Notification Even as It Favors Roe v. Wade,” 2005 PEW Poll, released 11/2/05.

bullet (08/21/2007) “Taste buds begin to form during the eighth week after conception. An unborn child actually has more taste buds than a newborn and probably has a sense of taste.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. , p. 9.
bullet (08/14/2007) “’During the heyday of condom-based programs, the rates of teen sexual activity, teen births and teen abortions grew. …. With the wider use of abstinence programs, all the trends have reversed direction and are going down.’”

Source: Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, “Groups Mark Teen Pregnancy Day, Respond to Attacks on Abstinence Ed,” by Steven Ertelt, May 6, 2007

bullet (08/07/2007) In 2005, Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics performed 264,943 abortions (up from 255,015 in 2004), and provided prenatal care for 12,548 clients (down from 17,610 in 2004).

Source: Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 2005-06 Annual Report, p.4.
bullet (07/25/2007) Women are not the only ones who may regret their abortions. Men may also have unresolved feelings. Some encouraged or pressured her to abort; some abandoned her; some didn’t know about the pregnancy until after the abortion. Whatever the cause, help is available.

Source: “Father No More” brochure, c. 2004. Contact the Lifewatch office or  for more information.
bullet (07/17/2007) “[In June] the North Carolina and Mississippi Conferences, along with the regional bodies representing United Methodists in eastern Tennessee, South Indiana, and Northwest Texas … passed resolutions calling on the denomination to withdraw its membership in the radically pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).”

Source: “United Methodist Church Challenged to End Support for Abortion,” by John Lomperis, July 4, 2007

bullet (07/10/2007) “Lust takes us out of our bodies, ‘attaching’ our psyche onto someone else’s physical form. That’s why homosexual sex – and all other lust-based sex – is never satisfactory: It’s a neurotic process rather than a natural, normal one. Normal is normal – and has been called normal for a reason. Abnormal means ‘that which hurts us, hurts normal.’”

Source: “How a ‘gay rights’ leader became straight,” by Michael Glatze, July 3, 2007

bullet (07/03/2007) “At eight weeks after conception, everything that will be found in the fully developed human being has been formed. All that is needed now is time to grow.”

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

bullet (06/27/2007) “A new study shows that the pro-life position on abortion has been gaining ground over the least [sic] fifteen years as more people identify themselves as pro-life. The new report shows a change in the public’s attitude on abortion…. …. …legislative efforts and new approaches are working … according to researchers Christopher Blunt, a political consultant at Overbrook Research, and Fred Steeper, a consultant at Market Strategies.”

Source: “Study Shows Pro-Life Strategies are Working, More People Oppose Abortion,” by Steven Ertelt, 6/25/07. Read the study

bullet (06/20/2007) “U.S. scientists have cultured stem cells from human fat tissue, creating an alternate source for life-saving hematopoietic stem cell transplants.”

Source: “Stem cells obtained from adipose tissue” (UPI), 6/18/07

bullet (06/13/2007) “About 37 percent of abortions are performed on African-American women, though they make up only 12 percent of the population. The abortion rate of black women is three times higher than that of white women and 60% of African-American women who become pregnant will have an abortion. More than 14 million abortions have been done on black women and abortion businesses are frequently located in minority communities.”

Source: “Martin Luther King, Jr. Niece Says Abortion is Real Black ‘Quiet Riot,’” by Steven Ertelt, 6/6/07

bullet (06/06/2007) The 2007 annual conferences of The United Methodist Church are electing delegates to represent them at the 2008 General Conference in Fort Worth, TX, and the 2008 Jurisdictional Conference in Dallas, TX. To find out when your conference meets/met, click on the link [2007 US Annual Conference Dates].

Please pray for the election of godly delegates, both laity and clergy, who are more interested and concerned with obeying and pleasing God than with pleasing people.
bullet (05/29/2007) “But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?”

Source: Mother Teresa, National Prayer Breakfast, 2/3/94

bullet (05/22/2007) “In God’s ordering of creation, it is only the mother who can nurture her unborn child. All that the rest of us can do, then, is to nurture the mother. To help a child, we must help the child’s mother.

Source: “The Jericho Plan: Breaking down the Walls Which Prevent Post-Abortion Healing,” by David C. Reardon, Acorn Books, Springfield, Illinois c.1996, p.1.

bullet (05/15/2007) “The penis begins to develop on about the 42nd day after conception, the same day that the beginnings of the toes are evident.”

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

bullet (05/08/2007) “Following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that a federal ban on partial-birth abortions is constitutional, the Hart/Newhouse polling firm released the results of a survey it conducted for the Wall Street Journal showing that a majority of Americans agreed with the decision. …. The first question simply asked respondents if they favored or opposed the Supreme Court’s decision upholding ‘a law that makes the procedure commonly known as a partial birth abortion illegal.’ Some 53 percent of those polled agreed with the ruling in the case while just 34 percent were opposed to it.

Source: “Poll: Americans Agreed With Supreme Court’s Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling,” by Steven Ertelt. May 6, 2007

bullet (05/01/2007) “The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) … denounced the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Federal ban on the procedure commonly known as Partial-Birth Abortion as a ‘serious setback.’ RCRC, which exists to promote the availability of abortion, is supported by several mainline Christian denominations, including the 8-million-member United Methodist Church. …. The United Methodist Board of Church & Society and the United Methodist Women’s Division belong to RCRC.”

Source: “Press Release: UMAction Asks United Methodist Agencies to Quit Abortion Coalition,” April 20, 2007.

bullet (04/24/2007) The Abortion Recovery International Network (A.R.I.N.) works to “provide help, healing and hope to those wounded by abortion and … educate society on the affects of abortion on individuals and families.”

Source: ARIN Mission Statement,

bullet (04/17/2007) “A new study published by researchers at La Trobe University in Australia finds that women who are abused by their partners are more likely to have an abortion of an unexpected pregnancy than to keep the baby. …. The study backs up the contention made by research in the United States that an inordinate number of women who have abortions do so because they feel pressure or coercion from a husband or boyfriend.”

Source: “Study: Women Having Abortions More Likely to Be Abused by Their Partner,” by Steven Ertelt,, April 3, 2007

bullet (04/03/2007) “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”

I Peter 2:24

bullet (03/27/2007) “By the 10th week, the unborn baby can squint, swallow and wrinkle its forehead.”

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

bullet (03/20/2007) “The international community has now come to a consensus that the best place for a child to be raised is in a family with a mother and a father in an atmosphere of love and support. Children raised in families with both a mother and a father, whether adopted or biological, generally fare better on all measurable statistics. Children raised by a father and a mother are healthier, wealthier, happier and experience lower rates of drug use, delinquency, crime and demonstrate higher levels of academic achievement. In other words, for optimal development, children need parents.”

Source: “Guide to Family Issues: Inter-country Adoption,” published by United Families International, c.2006, p. 5.

bullet (03/13/2007) “Before my abortion … I wasn’t afraid of death. Whenever I thought of the day God would come for me, even while knowing I have sinned, with all of my sins, I wasn’t afraid. Now, I live with that fear. I feel that I don’t want to die because I wonder how I would face God if I should see him. I don’t have peace.”

Source: Words spoken by Yeni in interview with Miguel Vazquez, “It Was Horrible, Horrible! A First-Hand Account of What Goes on Inside a Chula Vista Abortion Clinic,” by Miguel Vasquez, San Diego News Notes, January 2005.

NOTE: If you recognize yourself in Yeni’s words, there is hope and help. Contact the Lifewatch office or one of the ministries listed in the “Where Can I go?” brochure elsewhere on this website.

bullet (03/06/2007) “Although the sperm from one [male] ejaculation may outnumber the egg by some 500 million to 1, fewer than 500 sperm reach the upper part of the fallopian tube where fertilization occurs. Of these, usually only one can fertilize the egg, plunging in headfirst as it penetrates the egg’s plasma membrane….”

Source: “Beginning the Journey” by Susan Schiefelbein, The Incredible Machine, published 1986 by the National Geographic Society, p. 23.

bullet (02/27/2007) “A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that the majority of doctors in the United States had objections to resorting to abortion to kill an unborn child if a contraception fails. An even larger majority believe that it is ethically permissible for a physician to explain his moral objections to his patients.”

Source: “Study Finds Majority of Doctors Object to Abortion for Failed Contraception” by Meg Jalsevac, Feb. 9, 2007,

bullet (02/20/2007) Preparations for the 2007 Annual Conferences are, or soon will be, under way. Lifewatch can provide materials for display tables. For more information, please call the office.
bullet (02/13/2007) “Between 1985 and 1999, the minor abortion rate [number of abortions per 1000 minor women] fell by almost 50 percent, compared to a 29 percent decline in the overall abortion rate. While a number of factors may have contributed to this decline, the impact of pro-life legislation on the incidence of abortion among minors cannot be overlooked. …. [P]ro-life legislation enacted during the 1990s, particularly parental involvement laws intended to influence minors, were effective in reducing abortion.”

Source: “A Report … Analyzing the Effect of State Legislation on the Incidence of Abortion Among Minors,” by Michael J. New, PhD, The Heritage Foundation, Feb. 5, 2007, pages 1,8.
bullet (02/06/2007) The PAS (post-abortion syndrome) woman “is often given no societal support for processing what has happened to her, so she continues to deny the event, the feelings connected with the event, or both. Keeping memories and feelings pushed under is hard work, but the alternative is too painful for the woman in denial to face. Thus she will avoid anything that threatens to bring back those repressed thoughts and feelings.”

Source: Terry Selby, The Mourning After, Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, 1990, p.51.
bullet (01/30/2007) “This isn’t another scandal. This is a baby, this is a life.”

Source: Ashley Harder, 2007 Miss New Jersey USA
bullet (01/23/2007) “During the fourth month, fine palm lines have formed that can be used to permanently identify the child. Finger, palm and footprints are never duplicated among individuals.”

Source: “Science Sheds Light on Unborn Human Life,” by John F. Cogan. 
bullet (01/16/2007) “Prior to 1973 – just think about this for a minute – the laws of America reflected an overwhelming pro-life consensus that children before birth deserve the protection of the law. That consensus was a secular consensus. Those laws were not written by clerics, or in monasteries, or by the great organized religions of America…. Not unique to our left or to the right, Democrats or Republicans, Liberals or conservatives, it represented the mainstream of America. My friends, it still is the mainstream of America, so don’t be fooled…. The American people have not accepted abortion on demand… We cannot become comfortable with it, because it’s fundamentally contrary to what we believe as Americans…. Every poll shows a vast and growing unease with the abortion license and the industry that serves it. I believe a pro-life consensus already exists in America. And it grows every time someone looks in a sonogram.”

Source: Former governor of Pennsylvania Robert Casey (D), addressing students at Notre Dame University, 1999
bullet The 34th Annual “March for Life” takes place in Washington, DC at noon on Monday, January 22. Before the march, at 9:30 am in the United Methodist Building next door to the US Supreme Court.

Lifewatch holds its annual Service of Worship, with Dr. William “Billy” Abraham (Southern Methodist University School of Theology) preaching.

Following the march, also in the United Methodist Building, the Annual Lifewatch Board meeting commences at 3:00 pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend the events of the day.

bullet (01/02/2007) “The public’s support for embryonic stem cell research has declined four percent, according to a new survey from Virginia Commonwealth University. Meanwhile, the number of people who oppose the controversial science has increased five percent from the last VCU poll.”

Source: “Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Down 4% New Survey Shows,” by Steven Ertelt, December 14, 2006
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