Saturday, May 19, 2018

More False Information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, by Rachel Mary Guy

As I was scrolling through the Facebook page of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology I found an article done by Northwestern University.

According to a Northwestern University national survey on Teens, Technology, and Health, 84% of teens have gotten health information online. In addition to recommending teens see a Gynecologist before age 21, ACOG also has an entire patient FAQ section dedicated to questions and health concerns specific to teens.

I found it quite concerning as I looked at the flier done by ACOG also talking about the reasons why it is important for women to see a GYN before 21. Some of the topics they covered were LGBTQ, trans gender, bisexual, and "pregnancy options" (talking about abortion, adoption and parenting).  The site goes on to mention women's "options" talking about the way to keep their baby safe if they are parenting or talking about the option of adoption. ACOG mentions abortion as the first listed option when going over again the "options" for a pregnant woman. They say, "If you choose to have an abortion, it should be done early in pregnancy when there are fewer risks. If you have a medical condition, pregnancy may pose risks to your health and increase the risk of complications for the baby." There are two concerns and false information given.  First, abortion is not "safer" when it is done earlier. There are even more emotional effects on women who have abortions earlier particularly women who take RU-486 because they are the ones doing the abortion, their home is the abortion clinic and they often see their dead child. Also abortion is never necessary to "save a woman's life."

Also ACOG never mentions the side effects of abortion and their description of one claims the procedure to be "safe" yet they never explain what actually happens to the child and they never give the side affects of what truly happens to women after an abortion.

Sarah Torez wrote this Live Action article which talks about a woman's experience at an abortion clinic. This blog talks about the effects of a late term abortion on women. In Live Action's article it states, "Studies show that post-abortive women are 65 percent more likely to suffer from depression. Two studies based on medical records found that post-abortive women were six to seven times more likely to commit suicide. Other studies have linked abortion with post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disturbances, and substance abuse." (https://www.liveaction.org/news/blogger-writes-intense-suffering-women-late-term-abortions/)

Here is the description from ACOG:

"In an abortion procedure, the embryo or fetus is removed from a woman’s uterus. If you decide to have an abortion, it should be done as early as possible. After 12 weeks, an abortion requires more steps and takes longer to perform.

What are the different types of abortion procedures?
Some abortion procedures are done by surgery. Some are done with medication. The type of abortion you have depends on your choice, your health, and how long you have been pregnant. See the FAQ Induced Abortion for detailed information about each type of abortion procedure.

When can each type of abortion be performed?
The most common type of surgical abortion is called vacuum aspiration. It can be performed up to 14 weeks of pregnancy in a health care provider’s office or clinic.

After 14 weeks of pregnancy, the abortion procedure is called a dilation and evacuation (D&E). A D&E takes longer to perform than a vacuum aspiration and it may require more than one visit. This procedure can be done in a health care provider’s office, clinic, or hospital. You usually can go home within a few hours after the procedure is completed.

In a medical abortion, certain drugs are taken to cause an abortion. For this option, a woman usually must be no more than 9 weeks pregnant.

What are the risks associated with abortion?
In general, abortion is a low-risk procedure. Risks and complications depend on how early the abortion is done and the method that is used. Fewer than 1 in 100 women have complications from an abortion performed before 14 weeks of pregnancy. For later abortions, up to 2 in 100 women have complications. In most cases, the risks from an abortion are less than the risks of giving birth to a baby. Most health care providers agree that having one abortion does not affect later pregnancies or a woman’s future health. However, the longer a woman waits to have an abortion, the more risk it carries for her.

What should I expect after having an abortion?
You usually will have a follow-up visit with your health care provider after the abortion. Be aware that you can get pregnant soon after having an abortion. You should use a birth control method to prevent pregnancy right away."

Glossary

Former abortionist explains to Live Action founder Lila Rose, "https://www.abortionprocedures.com/questions/"

Friday, May 4, 2018

Iowa Heartbeat Bill: The Exceptions Speak for Themselves by Sarah St. Onge

Iowa Heartbeat Bill: The Exceptions Speak for Themselves, by Sarah St. Onge


Last month Ben Shapiro shared a video clip showing a mother speaking passionately about the value of her son’s life. Having conceived her son during a violent sexual assault, Jennifer Christie has bravely stood up to defend his right to life a number of times at rallies and before a variety of state legislatures.

Her words were well received by most pro-life believers. But her passion was evidently not enough to persuade Iowa lawmakers, and the Iowa Heartbeat Bill was passed with exceptions for rape and serious fetal anomaly. 

If we can ignore the glaring discrimination, the passage of Iowa’s heartbeat bill was a watershed moment in pro-life advocacy. While the bill still hasn’t been signed into law, it sent a strong message out to the rest of the country: we can pass restrictive pro-life legislation in a state which is not necessarily conservative. It would seem to be a shining achievement for the pro-life movement. 


But with the exceptions, the bill sent another message: A message of exclusion for those conceived in rape or who have been diagnosed with a serious birth defect, and there have been some who’ve spoken out against that message, including Ms. Christie herself.

Watch HERE.

Viewing the very personal video, seeing the visceral reaction the news has provoked in her, leaves the watcher feeling a bit less certain about whether the Iowa bill is as great as it seems. 

We move on to a statement from Rebecca Kiessling who, with tears in her eyes and audible distress in her voice, explains the emotional toll these
Sarah St. Onge with Rebecca Kiessling and Darlene Pawlik
exceptions take on her.


Watch HERE.

As a strong and outspoken representative of those conceived in rape, her words add an element of intimacy to the proceedings which highlight the fact we’re speaking of real people: children conceived during a sexual assault aren’t just a philosophical concept -- they’re our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. They deserve equal protection under the law -- the same protections you or I deserve.

Last, we hear from me, Sarah St. Onge.

Watch HERE.

My daughter was diagnosed with a lethal birth defect before birth. Exceptionally frustrated with the liberties lawmakers take in excluding children like mine from protection, I want to know why we continue to place these exceptions into laws we are writing. Why not leave the picking and choosing to the pro-choice side? Why ruin our reputation with an inconsistent message regarding the value of an unborn child? 

With the wealth of information available about the life of the unborn, it’s foolish for us to continue on the discriminatory path we are headed down. Rarely, if ever, do these exceptions get removed once they’re in place. We are sentencing valuable, wanted, and fragile innocents to death. There is no excuse for this -- the time for political maneuvering should come when we meet those who oppose us on the floor, and not before we've even put an offer on the table.

We beg you to continue to help us fight for our rights, and the rights of our children, to have equal protection under the law, like all other American citizens. 

BIO:  Sarah St. Onge is a mother and pro-life blogger for Save The 1.  She blogs on faith, grief, loss, and pro-life issues pertaining to continuing a pregnancy after a lethal anomaly has been diagnosed, at www.shebringsjoy.com.



Thursday, May 3, 2018

Pregnant by Rape, I Threw the Abortion Pills to the Floor, by Genesis James

I love storms -- seeing the dark clouds, watching the storms roll in, and dancing in the rain.   I love to see the lightning and hear the thunder roar, shaking the Earth.  But this was a storm that I had no opportunity to anticipate. . . .

About four years ago, I was studying Christian Leadership to be a chaplain at Barclay College and about ready to get married.   I was on my way to work to give a therapeutic massage.  Little did I know it was going to change my life forever.  During that appointment, I was raped by my client.

I initially stayed silent about it because I was convinced no one would believe me.  Also, I had so much going for me at the time and I thought if I told anyone, it would instantly jeopardize all of my future.  So, I decided to just keep my mouth shut and pretend that it did not happen.

Exactly ten days later, I found out I was pregnant.  As if living with the rape was not hard enough for me, how in the world could I deal with this?   I already had three girls and I was sure I could never be able to handle four -- especially on my own, since I was certain my boyfriend would leave me.

I am a girl who has always been so strongly outspoken against abortion.  There was never ever a reason to have one in my mind, but boy does your mind change when you are faced with this.

I had a handful of pills in my hand which someone told me would naturally abort the baby.   I had them inches from my mouth when I threw them on the floor.  What if I took these pills and instead of aborting my baby. it would cause her to have a birth defect and I would end up causing her severe problems in her life?  This thought caused me to realize I could not cause harm to my baby in any way.  In tears, I decided not to abort her.  Little did I know, that was the start of the hardest and yet most beautiful journey I would ever take.

Finally I was able talk to David, my boyfriend, on December 10th and told him what had happened.  But I was afraid he'd make me quit my job, so I told him I was raped at a club I went to a week prior. Even thinking of it that way made it somehow easier in my mind -- if he were drunk and making a poor decision while intoxicated, I could at least wrap my head around that as opposed to the premeditated evil.  I was so afraid that if I told people the truth that I was raped while working, then I would lose what I felt God gave me as a means of income.

David was very angry and upset.  He told me he needed some time to figure out what he wanted to do.  Two days later, he told me that he loved me and he loved my daughters, and he was going to be there and support me through this.

Nevertheless, many days I felt very suicidal.   It took everything I had not to drive the car off the bridge.  And the tears came often.  I knew I needed to get help, so I started going to a counselor at my church, which helped me a little bit.  But it felt like she did not understand the pain I was going through.  I never felt free to open up and share with her all my dark corners that I had.

At that point, I could hardly work at my job anymore without totally breaking down in tears and shaking.  I found a group on Facebook with members who told me about Anchor Point which specializes in helping pregnant women, and how they might be the exact thing I needed.  Their website said that they are "champions for the future of child by educating and empowering parents because no one is beyond hope," and I needed hope!

I called them up and made an appointment.  I was told that there was a lady who used to volunteer with them and worked with women who had gone through similar situations.  However, they said she was in a transition at the time, so they were unsure if she would come back and see me.  I left and prayed hard about this because I was desperate for any ray of sunshine at the moment.   Then God gave me Angel, who has lived up to her name for sure.

For once, I felt like I was heard.   I held onto so much pain from past abuses that when I went through this rape, I never felt I was worthy of help because “who really cared?”  I and everyone else beat me up all the time with the whys and why nots so much so that I felt like I was crazy.

But not Angel.  She heard me as she listened to the pains and hurts I endured as I was growing up.  She wanted to uncover all of that.  I for once felt safe enough to tell someone my whole entire story of my life -- even the really dark areas which I felt would result in no one ever accepting me if I told them.  She never condemned me and she never told me I was crazy, which are the things I was telling myself repeatedly.

After talking with Angel about everything, there were no more shadowy places left in my life.  Satan
no longer had a foothold and I was finally free!!!  Angel helped me see that I was not alone on the path that I choose and that it was normal to choose the path that I took.  I no longer had to travel on this path alone because now there was light on the path and I was going to be okay.   I came in weekly and met with her up until my daughter was born.

If it was not for this wonderful woman at Anchor Point, who gave of her time to meet with me, I do not know if I or my beautiful daughter would even be here now.   She helped me see God’s strength and the love that He had for me.  She helped me see that I was not the piece of trash which I felt I was.   She helped me see that God still had a meaning and purpose for my life.  I for once felt like a huge weight had been lifted.  I was finally able to tell David and others about the truth in the rape because I no longer took the blame and I could deal with the truth myself.

I would like to say that all the pain and struggles were finally over and everything else was easy, but after I had my daughter, I often saw the person who had raped me in her.  This made it so very hard for me.  I love my daughter and she did not deserve me pushing her away.  I did everything I could do to make sure she had someone around her to show her love when it was hard for me to do so.

I went back in to Anchor Point again to get some help through this, so that I could see God when I look at her. They listened to me and prayed with me.  Each day I have been getting stronger.  The days that I see him in her have been fewer and fewer.  I now see a wonderful baby girl who God is going to bless and use for His glory!  God has shown me a vision of being able to share my story and help other women who have or are going through the same hurt and pain as I have.

I mentioned in the beginning my love for storms because, when you are going through the storms and the clouds are so dark, it makes the light just that much brighter when the rays of sun start coming through.   I just thank God that He put Anchor Point and Angel in my path to be a ray of light, to help me find God’s strength which has kept going each and every day.

My daughter is three and a half years old now.  I gave her a name which means the light of Christ, and she truly is.  I am a year out now to getting my masters degree in Spiritual Formation, and I am celebrating my 3rd year of owning my own massage clinic, so I can still use the gifts God has given me.  My God is so good!

BIO:  "Genesis James" is a mother of four children, a professional masseuse and now a pro-life blogger for Save The 1.  She is using a pseudonym to protect her family.