"We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed
by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
Life . . . . "
In my circle of friends and
family, I am usually the most conservative view on abortion at any gathering.
Still, I most certainly am not walking alone. Yet, as in the majority
of life, pro-life people run the gamut in personalities, viewpoints,
and actions. I often find myself standing apart from both sides of the
issue as a result.
Abortion is one of the few areas
of life where I feel I have a clear sense of what is right, and what
is wrong. But, what would Jesus have me do with that is a completely
different question. As talked about in other parts of this newsletter,
some basics apply. Do not judge the person. Forgive. Provide healing
when needed. Discern, and help to share the truth so someone has the
information they require to make a wise choice. That brings to mind
Jesus standing for judgment before Pilate saying He came into the world
to testify to the Truth, with Pilate mockingly replying . . . what is
I have given much consideration to what is the Truth
over the years.
Here are some of my thoughts.
Early on, I used to remark that the Right to Life
movement missed the ball completely when it allowed the pro-abortion
folks to start hiding behind such words as pro-choice. There are life
option choices. I am a great proponent of letting people make their
own choices, because they are the ones who will be living the consequences.
God is pro-choice. How do you think we got all of this free will in
the first place. It does not mean, however, that God approves the killing
When God gave the mother dominion over the life of
a new person for the first nine months, it seems unlikely it was with
the intent of having her decide whether to destroy the baby, or let
this new child live, and emerge into the world from within her sole
care. I suspect the last option was the desired intent. God was not
likely abdicating, and asking her to fill the Role.
I remember the early months of Covid-19 in 2020.
Any number of newscasters were using the word "unthinkable" to describe
the situation where a doctor, because of circumstances, would be faced
with making the decision who would be treated, and who would not. Who
would be given a chance to live, and who would likely be left to die.
Unthinkable. It was all over the news. Yet, that is exactly what every
person in the "pro-choice" camp is asking for. The right to decide who
is going to live, and who, in this case, will be intentionally killed.
You can put all the nice sounding phrases around it that you wish, but
that is essentially the bottom line.
You can even argue about if the word "who" is legitimate.
You can claim the fetus is just a part of the woman's body, like a finger,
or a toe. Should a woman not have the right to control her own body?
That would seem to be a no-brainer. Yet, I no longer see it that way.
Sure, if it were her body. But, it is not. What kind of religious hogwash
led me to believe that you might ask? It was not religion. It was science
which brought me to this conclusion. Every part of a person's body has
the same basic DNA. In theory at least, you could be cloned from a single
strand of your hair. The baby, from its moment of conception, has its
own distinct DNA. It may be currently dependent on the mother's body.
Attached inside to her body. Her body, in most cases, contributed half
the DNA to its own unique body. None of that makes it just a common
ordinary part of her body, as if it were some random organ, or appendage
completely comprised of her DNA.
I am amazed sometimes by how far someone in the abortion
allowing camp will stubbornly stretch their arguments to stand their
ground in the face of truth. I had someone say to me, how about a person
who has had a transplant. That DNA does not match their body, yet is
considered a part of it. Yes, this is true, but that heart, or liver,
or whatever, is not going to emerge someday, learn to crawl, and then
to walk on its own. Give it up. It is not going to become something
it did not start out as. The baby starts out as a real person with its
own DNA, because it is a real person.
It is true, that God, in His infinite wisdom, has
made a newly conceived human being completely dependent on only one
person in the initial months of his, or her, life. I used to say for
the first nine months. But, I have a grandson who started out with a
twin brother. One grandson died in the womb, leaving the other grandson's
life in peril. The doctors kept trying to buy a little more time, but
finally had to remove my recently turned one year old grandson from
his mother's sole care three months before he was scheduled to emerge
into this world from her complete protection. That event all by itself
changed my mind regarding even middle of the road laws pertaining to
Once I got past the impetuousness of youth, I grew
to believe it was not my place to try to make others believe as I do,
or to live according to my beliefs. But, we do set rules based on common,
or sometimes just majority, concepts. Remember the opening quote on
this page from our Declaration of Independence? That is an example of
There are rules, or laws, bigger than those we choose
to make. Gravity would be an example. As a Christian, I belief the Bible
spells out some of those bigger laws. I would safely discern that not
killing babies would fall into that category. Peace Pilgrim pointed
out that spiritual laws are just as immutable as the physical laws of
the universe. Trying to go against the law will most often result in
not so great consequences. Included in our God given free will choice
is what we choose to believe regarding the validity of laws. Maybe you
are a person who claims there is no God. That does not necessarily eliminate
consequences. Choices always come with consequences.
I saw a program on TV a week or so ago where a man
was claiming that the day with the highest death toll from Covid-19
in New York City was exactly 15 years (or some similar number) to the
day, from an equally horrific event related to abortion in New York
City. He had more than one example supporting his perspective that we
were in a period of severe consequences for basically ignoring God.
Maybe he is right. Maybe not. Only God knows for sure. The Bible says
(see Exodus) that the Egyptians chose to defy God's instructions, and
it took ten plagues before they relented. Then they changed their minds,
and rushed head long into complete disaster. I hope that is not the
path we are on. I would not wish to go through such as Covid-19 on a
regular basis just because of our obstinacy. But, even Christians feel
perfectly safe ignoring God these days. Especially in affluent countries.
Repentance is a word we hardly ever hear, including in churches. I understand
its meaning is basically to change our direction. Back toward God is
the obvious implication.
So, what would Jesus have me do? If, as I believe,
it is not my place to insist someone needs to see things my way, perhaps
I could at least suggest considering possibilities beyond our typically
entrenched opinions. That fellow's perspective is not so far fetched
as to be unworthy of consideration. I have pondered the possibility.
God would not even have to be the deliverer of such a thing as Covid-19.
All He would need to do is step back, remove His grace and protection,
and let us fend for ourselves. The Bible is full of examples of His
chosen people, the Israelites, deciding to go in their own direction
with dire consequences. God could have created us as automatons, but
He gave us the ability to choose even against Him. Not usually a good
place to be. Because it does not mean He approves of whatever we choose.
And, as described in Scripture, God is not indifferent, wishy-washy,
or changing things on the basis of what we believe should be the truth.
"When abortion supporters say, 'abortion should be
between a woman and her doctor,'
they don’t really mean it. Only 1.8% of women who had abortions in 2018 were
to the abortion facility by their doctor, according to 2018 Michigan abortion
Abortion is a medical procedure. I do not understand
why pro-abortion people do not even support laws requiring abortion
facilities to measure up to the same standards that all other medical
facilities must adhere to. If the concern is for the woman, why not?
A short time ago, the Supreme Court voted against a Louisiana law requiring
such standards. Apparently, the chief justice, who cast the deciding
vote, wrote in his opinion that the law was well written, and constitutional.
But, because they had already voted against a similar Texas law, for
consistency, he voted against it. I do not understand this at all. It
was my understanding that our highest court was primarily given the
job of ruling on the constitutionality of laws, not whimsically deciding
based on social preference.
"Abortion is the great moral scar on the modern age,
and it is to the great shame of the
United States. Since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, more than
61 million lives have
been extinguished in American wombs.
(Decision Magazine, October 2020, page 7)
If, as a culture, we deem ourselves to have the right
to decide who is going to be allowed to live, and who will be killed,
especially when it concerns a brand new life, it seems to me that having
enough information to make an informed choice would not just be a basic
given, but an absolute essential. A wise choice is pretty much paramount
if you wish to avoid disastrous consequences as a result. There are
always consequences. In my October 2016 newsletter I pointed out that
"Planned Parenthood’s most recent report states that from Oct. 1, 2011
to Sept. 30, 2012, the organization performed 327,166 abortions and
only 2,197 adoption referrals. That equals just 1 adoption for every
149 abortions." Planned Parenthood is a major player in the abortion
business. You cannot convince me that women are being given plenty of
time, information, and unbiased views to make a wise informed choice
considering such a ratio. Subsequent testimony has born out that they
are not. The abortion industry is big business.
Part of that is because a great many people who are
OK with abortion to "protect a woman's right to choose," especially
those who deem themselves Christian, have no clue. Just last week (as
I write this), I met a pastor new to our area who told me Covid-19 was
now the third leading cause of death in our country, behind only heart
disease and cancer. I informed him that it would actually be fourth.
Then, as I often must because people do not know, I explained that by
far abortion is the leading cause of death. Often more than the top
three combined. But, since the CDC does not consider an abortion to
be a "cause of death," it is never reported as such in the general media,
which these days has its own biases. Even allowing for the fact that
removal of a baby that simply died in the womb is listed medically as
an abortion, does not change abortion as the leading cause of death.
I am not going to quote numbers here. I have already done so elsewhere.
As far as I am concerned, the choice to kill even only one baby is a
So, where does that leave me? God has granted us
free will, and the right to make our own choices. Yet, even as a culture
which elevates personal freedom to the top of the list, we pass laws
for the greater good, and to protect one person's choice from infringing
on another's unalienable Rights. God designed it so human babies would
spend the first months of their life protected within their mother's
body. For a period of time, that child cannot be cared for by any other
person. However, that period is getting shorter, as could be testified
to by the life of my own grandson. That is where I draw my line. I would
not take away someone's choice over something God has given them exclusive
control over. But, if given only a one extreme or the other option,
as has so often been the case, I would without any hesitation opt for
a complete pro life stance. All the rhetoric used to make killing babies
sound like a noble thing to protect women's rights, has not influenced
my belief at all. I just shake my head in disbelief that others so easily
buy into it without any serious examination of the broader picture.
Two big questions remain. As said, I do not believe a newly conceived
child to simply be a part of the woman's body. Not with its own unique
DNA. So, if the culture were to make abortions totally illegal, what
types of support would we create along with that for the woman in a
crisis pregnancy, or untenable position? And, for the children coming
into the world in greater numbers? Their lives are just as sacred to
God as mine, or yours. Being pro life does not stop at birth. I do not
honestly believe we will ever go back to a complete prohibition. That
still leaves the second, and most important question. At what point
does this new human life, with its own distinct DNA, get protection
for the unalienable Rights we tout as one of the founding principles
of this United States of America?
Women are in charge of their own bodies. I agree.
I believe every capable adult is in charge of their own bodies. I think,
as long as it does not infringe on someone else, all adults have the
right to make their own choices. How I might perceive those choices
is irrelevant. It is their life. But, if I were to try to hide behind
any of the nice sounding euphemisms used by those who deem themselves
"pro-choice" rather than "OK with abortion," then I would be a hypocrite,
and not following one of my signature poems. If I cannot even publicly
say I am against killing babies, especially beyond the stage when they
are capable of surviving outside of the womb, then my very actions,
or lack thereof, declare I am OK with abortion. I am not. And yes, for
those who like to challenge the whole concept of someone being "pro-life,"
the same applies to the death penalty, war, and allowing children to
suffer in miserable circumstances after they are born. The life I have
committed to includes actions based on my beliefs on all of those "pro-life"
issues. Otherwise, my beliefs are meaningless. For others who call themselves
Christians, I have a simple question. What do you believe Jesus would
have you do? If you are unsure, you might consider participating in
the In His Steps Discipleship Development Program offered by the Teaching
& Sharing Centers. More information can be found here, and on the www.tscenters.org
If a woman truly gets to have
"control" over her body by our say so, she should simply tell it not
to become pregnant in the first place. Sound absurd? That is because
the whole premise of any real control is a fallacy. It is just one more
example of people creating nice sounding excuses to do what they know
they should not be doing. They might fool other people, but God is not
impressed by our rhetoric. All "choices" have consequences. Directly,
and indirectly. Individually, and as a culture. (2/28/21)
As with some of the above, the below items have been
saved over the last few years from an abundance of emails and newsletters
received. I felt them worthy of sharing. I am making another exception,
and placing the following link, which appears in my links pages, here
"To many African-Americans . . . abortion cannot
be debated without considering the quality of urban schools. Or the
disproportionately high unemployment rate in black communities. Or the
significant racial disparities in health care." (www.nytimes.com/2019/07/06/us/black-abortion-missouri)
What Abortion Really Is
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:16 PM
Subject: Why Aren't Enough People Told?
PEOPLE SHOCKED BY THE ABORTION STATUS QUO
In recent days, pro-abortion legislation has passed
in New York, failed in Virginia, and has been promised to be signed
into law by Rhode Island’s governor. These bills have several things
First, each bill has generated shock and outrage
among many people. Second, the main part of each bill is to legalize
abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Third, each bill really
doesn’t change anything.
Many Americans have heard of Roe v. Wade. Few understand
what the case said and how it functions. Very few have ever heard of
Doe v. Bolton, its companion case decided on the same day, January 22,
1973. Roe says you can restrict late-term abortions, as long as you
leave an exception for “health.” Doe defines “health” to mean practically
anything. So, states can restrict late-term abortions as long as they
allow them for any reason.
This jurisprudential sleight-of-hand is by design.
Numerous institutions have utterly failed the American people in educating
them about abortion as a policy issue. That list includes our schools,
universities, law schools, media outlets, and our political class on
both sides of the aisle. Of all people, it took Donald Trump to correctly
bring up the radical position of abortion advocates during a presidential
With this in mind, it should be no surprise people
are shocked to learn that abortion advocates believe an unborn child
has zero moral worth. People outraged by the New York bill have practically
never been told abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy
has been the law of the land for 46 years.
It also should be no surprise abortion advocates
in Michigan also want to make sure abortion-on-demand is protected in
actual law in preparation for Roe v. Wade to be finally overturned.
Newly-elected Governor Gretchen Whitmer made a promise in her primary
campaign do to what New York did. Will anyone have the good sense to
ask her exactly why she believes abortion a day before birth should
be legal? How many people in Michigan know what her position is?
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam got into hot water
yesterday by stating disabled infants born alive can be left to die.
His position is nothing new. The Baby Doe case from Indiana in 1982
involved parents letting their child with Down syndrome die rather than
perform a relatively non-risky surgery to fix his throat. President
Barack Obama vocally opposed a version of the Born Alive Infant Protection
Act in Illinois, after evidence was revealed of children born alive
and left to die in Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. During the
1996 debate on legislation to end the heinous partial-birth abortion
procedure, then U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said, “I think when you
bring your baby home, when your baby is born—and there is no
such thing as partial birth—the baby belongs to your family and
has all the rights.”
Abortion supporters have been getting away with not
having their position properly scrutinized for decades. They are in
a terrible conundrum. Once you recognize that a child before birth has
moral worth at a specific point, there’s no logical reason to say a
child a day before that point can be killed for any reason. How much
longer will they get away with never having to explain what they really
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2019 10:16 AM
Subject: Stopping Infanticide
HAVING A DISCUSSION ABOUT INFANTICIDE
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's career lingers
on, as does the effect of his comments suggesting that parents and doctors
can simply decide to end the life of a child after birth if the woman
goes into labor before her abortion.
We have addressed the situation of infants who survive
botched abortions in Michigan. Our 2002 Born Alive Infant Protection
Act (BAIPA) goes further than current federal law, requiring the
abortionist to seek an immediate emergency transfer to a hospital.
There is currently an effort to update the federal
BAIPA, which states that children born after botched abortions are considered
persons under every United States law. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors
Protection Act would add specific requirements that a child born alive
after a botched abortion be treated with the same level of care as a
premature infant born at the same stage of pregnancy, and that the child
be transported to a hospital for proper care.
If you do not spell out every inch of a law, Planned
Parenthood and other abortion facilities will take a mile every time.
To many abortion supporters, a child who survives a botched abortion
was targeted for death and is no human being at all.
Many states do not have born-alive protections like
Michigan. States with pro-abortion legislative majorities are moving
to remove any prolife law they can in preparation for a potential reversal
of Roe v. Wade.
These laws can have numerous other side effects that
should make even the average "pro-choice" person recoil.
A case in New York from a few days ago provides a
perfect example; a prosecutor had to withdraw one charge against a man
accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend. The prosecutor was never
told by the mainstream media that New York's new law means he has to
treat the victim's child as nonexistent. Even killing the girlfriend's
pet would have added a criminal charge in New York.
Our society has accepted a double standard in how
we treat the disabled even after birth. We know of situations where
children were denied care because they were deemed unworthy of life,
or parents were not even told treatments exist to help their children
These issues should not be difficult. The original
federal BAIPA was passed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate; they
did not need to even take a vote. Senator Debbie Stabenow was among
those who did not object. Now, the effort to add specific protections
in light of this new embrace of infanticide was blocked from receiving
unanimous consent by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
How could anyone object to a law that simply requires
born-alive infants be given the same medical care as any preemie in
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 1:27 PM
Subject: Infanticide: Between a Woman and Her Doctor?
BORN ALIVE ACT FILIBUSTERED IN US SENATE
During the 1996 partial-birth abortion debate, U.S.
Senator Barbara Boxer said babies don't receive human rights until they
come home from the hospital. Last night, 44 U.S. Senators affirmed that
as their position on when life begins.
That list includes our two Michigan senators, Gary
Peters and Debbie Stabenow.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act(S.
311) would require that a baby born alive after a botched abortion must
be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply “to any other
child born alive at the same gestational age,” including transportation
to a hospital.
The 2002 federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act
lacks specific legal protections for children who survive botched abortions.
That bill passed the U.S. Senate unanimously.
Before the vote, several senators criticized the
bill by saying medical decisions should be between a woman and her doctor,
especially focusing their arguments on sick or disabled children.
Prolife people see no difference between taking the
life of a child an hour before birth or an hour after birth; both are
wrong. Many abortion supporters will admit abortion kills a human being,
but say it's justified because a woman has complete control over her
body. Last night's vote about treating children outside the womb exposes
that argument as an excuse. Those 44 senators agree that there is no
difference between taking the life of a child an hour before birth or
an hour after birth; they are for it. They are frankly admitting that
abortion is not about women's rights; it's a right to a dead baby.
The logic of abortion demands we dehumanize our own
children by suggesting that some lives are unworthy of life. It's foolish
to believe that logic doesn't ultimately extend to infanticide, and
eventually to an embrace of euthanasia for adults.
Three Democratic senators and one pro-abortion Republican
opposed the filibuster. Every senator filibustering the bill is a Democrat.
Not too long ago, many elected Democrats were prolife. Today, the abortion
industry has captured the party's leadership, purging almost everyone
who doesn't agree with abortion up to and even after the moment of birth.
A significant portion of Democratic voters believe
late-term abortions should be banned. However, the party's national
leadership goes way beyond 20 weeks; they are committed to seeing no
evil about infanticides in abortion facilities.
Infants who survive botched abortions deserve equal
treatment, not the death they were originally marked for.
MORE PEOPLE MUST KNOW
We always face an uphill battle when it comes to
educating people. We can never rely on cultural forces getting outraged
about infanticide in the way they were outraged at a teen at the March
for Life wearing a Make America Great Again hat. Even academia looks
the other way; Peter Singer is a prominent infanticide advocate on the
faculty of a elite institution in Princeton's University Center for
Accepting infanticide is an anti-human value, and
one of the most valuable goals of Right to Life of Michigan is doing
everything we can to make sure people understand where support for abortion
leads us as a society.
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:18 PM
Subject: Missing Women's History
MISSING WOMEN'S HISTORY
Women’s history month was instituted to celebrate
the important role women have had in building history. This month celebrates
women who have made famous impacts in fighting for justice and equality
like Susan B. Anthony and Harriet Tubman, as well as the many unrecognized
efforts of women throughout history whose names are unknown.
During this month, we cannot forget the group of
women who have been by far the most unrecognized and undervalued in
all of history: the nearly 30 million women in America whose lives were
taken from them in the womb since 1973.
Many speak about abortion as if it liberates women.
In reality, abortion is a tool for discriminating against women. According
to one estimate, more than 160 million women around the globe were denied
the chance to impact the world because of sex-selection abortions and
infanticides in recent decades. Women's organizations should be outraged;
it's alarmingly unjust that tens of millions of women’s lives ended
simply because they were female instead of male.
(The original email had a "Full Story
" link following the above excerpt)
Abortion is a powerful force for dehumanization and
discrimination. It ends the lives of nearly 1 million children in the
womb in the United States every year. Abortion declares that the value
of a group of human beings is purely subjective; it’s all up to personal
opinion. Once you declare one group of human beings as unpersons, it
becomes easier to change that arbitrary line of who counts as a person.
Children with disabilities or health conditions are
a prime target for abortion. Many see their lives as less valuable,
and thus see the children as less valuable themselves. While the word
"eugenics" may be unpopular to speak, our society has largely embraced
the logic behind it.
(The original email had a "Targeted
Abortions Fact Sheet" link following the above excerpt)
Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019 10:46 AM
Subject: We Have the Floor
DISMEMBERMENT BAN ON HOUSE & SENATE FLOOR, WAITING
FOR FINAL VOTES
Today, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee voted
5 to 2 in favor of our bills to ban dismemberment abortions in Michigan.
On Tuesday, May 7, identical bills were passed on
by a 7 to 5 vote in the Michigan House Judiciary Committee.
House Bills 4320 & 4321 and Senate Bills 229 & 330
would add dismemberment abortions to our state's ban on partial-birth
abortions. They are now on the floor of the full Michigan House and
Senate waiting for a final vote.
Throughout the committee hearings, abortion supporters
wanted to discuss everything except for the dismemberment procedure
itself. When asked to describe the procedure, one abortionist said the
"parts" of the fetus were removed—she could not bring herself to say
"arms" or "legs."
While abortionists may try to hide behind lab coats
and vague euphemisms like "D&E abortion," they can't hide the reality
of a dismemberment abortion. Of all people, retired pro-abortion U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has given the best description
of dismemberment abortion we've seen. These descriptions come from his
opinions on partial-birth abortion bans in Gonzales v. Carhart
(2007) and Stenberg v. Carhart (2000).
In Gonzales, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The doctor
grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix
and vagina, continuing to pull even after meeting resistance from the
cervix. The friction causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a
leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is pulled through the cervix
and out of the woman.”
In Stenberg, Justice Kennedy wrote, “The fetus,
in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds
to death as it is torn limb from limb. The fetus can be alive at the
beginning of the dismemberment process and can survive for a time while
its limbs are being torn off.”
The inhumanity of dismemberment is obvious.
Let's continue making sure people are informed of what a dismemberment
abortion does to members of our human family.
(The original email
had a "Full Story " link following the above excerpt)
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 11:46 AM
Subject: Defending Self-Evident Truths
CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE AND OUR RIGHT TO LIFE
Tomorrow is Independence Day! America's independence began with a
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all
men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
We enjoy certain rights because we are human, not
just because they are good or a government allows it. This bold claim
asserts that these rights are self-evident and unalienable, meaning
they always have been and always will be true—no matter what is done
to obscure or trample upon them. The claim goes further:
"That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
You could say these claims are America's mission
statement. Our government derives its authority not from a king or force
of arms, but from the citizens. That authority's purpose is to protect
and defend our rights, which are given to us by our Creator.
Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of
Independence, said it another way in a letter in 1809: "The care of
human life & happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and
only legitimate object of good government."
Jefferson may have been writing about avoiding war
and conquest, but his words should encourage those of us in the prolife
movement. Our mission is to convince our fellow Americans to end our
war on the unborn child—a war with nearly 60 million dead and many more
casualties for the women and men involved in abortion.
We remain thankful for the blessings of our own rights
which we enjoy every day, and we will return on the fifth of July more
devoted to our mission. We must end the unjust government actions that
claim the power to withdraw the unalienable right to life from members
of our human family.
Right to Life of Michigan News
Barbara Listing — September 2019
It’s a Sunday afternoon. You decide to take in a
matinee. You walk off the street into a dark theater. Instantly, you
stop dead in your tracks. You’re stunned!
The stark reality of the darkness has overwhelmed
you. But within just mere seconds, your eyes begin to adjust. With ease
you safely navigate to your seat.
You’ve gotten used to the darkness!
This is exactly what has happened in our culture
when it comes to the abortion issue. At first, abortion stopped America
dead in her tracks. Our fellow citizens were stunned by the darkness.
But not anymore! We’ve gotten used to it.
Statistics tell us one in every four women today
have had an experience with abortion. Then there’s the fathers, the
friends, the parents, counselors at school and the list goes on and
As America continues to stumble around in the dark,
the consequences have been absolutely devastating. After nearly five
decades the results of the abortion mentality are “now showing:”
Relationships - The divorce rate, the breakup
of the family, the number of single parent households and child abuse
all at unacceptable levels!
Responsibility - We’re now a society which
avoids taking responsibility at all cost. We are always looking for
the “quick fix” to our problems.
Depression and despondency - Have you noticed
how negative and pessimistic our society has become? We’ve even reached
the point where many “do not want to bring a child into this world.”
The slippery slope - Infanticide, euthanasia
and assisted suicide are now widely embraced. Even though we talk a
good game, the disabled—especially disabled children—are considered
of lesser value in our society.
Violence - We live in a very dangerous world.
Violence inside and outside the womb is more prevalent than ever before.
No surprise. We have slaughtered more than 59 million innocent children
Just a few weeks ago, our nation was rocked by two
mass shootings just 13 hours apart. First in El Paso, Texas. Then in
Dayton, Ohio. A total of 31 dead and dozens more wounded.
Our entire nation was grappling with the question,
“why?” How can this kind of thing ever happen?
If you ask me, the answer came out of a courtroom
in Los Angeles a number of years back. A notorious gang leader was on
trial for murder. He answered the question “why” when he said
“You adults whack ‘em in the womb. We wait until
they hit the streets.”
Tragically, we have lost our respect and reverence
for human life. Instead, life has become cheap. Disposable. In the eyes
of many, the dignity of the human person is no longer of paramount concern.
But this is where you and I come in. We have the
solution. We know how to dispel the darkness. The darkness always has
to yield to the light. The two cannot coexist!
You and I are agents of the light . . . .
Our love and concern for the unborn is “now showing.”
Everything about the abortion issue is shrouded in secrecy and darkness.
But our commitment to the unborn child is “now showing!” We are
going to show up in every corner of this state to drive out the darkness.
I hope and pray you will shine your light by joining
us in this monumental effort. Thank you!
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2020 11:56 AM
Subject: Euthanizing Your Ex
BELGIAN DOCTORS CLEARED AFTER KILLING DEPRESSED PATIENT
A disturbing case out of Belgium highlights how the
culture of death is never satisfied with the status quo.
Three doctors were responsible for giving a lethal
injection to a 38-year old Belgian woman. The woman said she was depressed.
In Belgium, the law allows doctors to euthanize people deemed to have
incurable illnesses, even if that illness is psychological in nature
and calls into question the ability of the patient to be of sound mind.
The woman's family objected to her being pushed into
killing herself, and sought to bring charges against the doctors responsible.
Her sisters allege the woman was sad because of a recently broken relationship,
and had not sought mental health treatments in years. The jury decided
the three doctors did nothing illegal, and cleared them of all charges.
Media coverage said the courtroom cheered the verdict.
The culture of death is not done with you if you
manage to make it home from the hospital after your birth.
While abortion claims far more lives than euthanasia,
yourself and everyone you know is threatened by euthanasia, doctor-prescribed
suicide, and the mindset they further. It doesn't matter who you are,
or who you know; it can happen to you. Believing the medical system
is going to listen to you when you say you want to live is not good
RIGHT TO LIFE RESOURCES: A TRAGIC FIGURE
This is a statistic that should leap off of the page.
It should be discussed every month, not just February--perhaps even
every day. Abortion has taken more Black lives since 1973 than EVERY
SINGLE CAUSE OF DEATH COMBINED. The total numbers are not even close.
It's only because of reductions in the abortion rate that the numbers
are comparable in recent years. So much Black history has gone unwritten
so that Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses can continue
their high volume of sales.
A tragedy can't be addressed if we can't identify
it by name.
(The original email
had a "Black Abortions by the Numbers " link following the above excerpt)
BLOOMBERG SPENDS HIS WAY IN
Backed by a large personal fortune and advertising
campaign, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg has entered the
presidential race. Though previously a Republican, Bloomberg is running
as a Democrat. His position on abortion is the same as the other Democratic
presidential contenders. He and his foundation have donated millions
of dollars to Planned Parenthood.
The prolife movement doesn't have billions of dollars
to run ad campaigns, or a Warren Buffett, or a Bill Gates, or a George
Soros, or a Ted Turner, or the Rockefellers; the list goes on, and on,
and on. Even so, here we are, 47 years after tons of predictions that
prolife views would fade away after Roe v. Wade and the unborn child
would be utterly forgotten.
Planned Parenthood may have Warren Buffett, but we
have the truth, and people like you willing to help us share it. Thank
From: Right to Life of Michigan [rtl.org]
Sent: Monday, June 29, 2020 1:56 PM
Subject: Chickening Out Constitutionally
U.S. SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN LOUISIANA ABORTION
Today, 5 U.S. Supreme Court justices agreed Louisiana's
abortion clinic regulations do not violate the U.S. Constitution. However,
by a 5 to 4 vote, the Court struck down those perfectly acceptable rules
in June Medical Services v. Russo.
Louisiana's law is as clear as can be. Louisiana
requires ambulatory surgical facilities to obtain admitting privileges
at local hospitals. Louisiana classifies abortion facilities as ambulatory
surgical facilities, since they provide same-day surgical services.
However, for the four pro-abortion Supreme Court
justices, abortion facilities are above the law; it does not matter
what the Constitution says. Today, they found a surprising apologist
in Chief Justice John Roberts.
Roberts starts his opinion on the case by expressly
siding with Louisiana and suggesting their law is perfectly fine according
to the U.S. Constitution. However, he then suggests that because the
Supreme Court recently decided a similar Texas case in 2016, Whole
Women's Health v. Hellerstedt, he had to go along with the wrong
There are many ways to express our EXTREME disappointment.
Chief Justice John Roberts would rather be consistently wrong than constitutionally
right. Pro-abortion judges are playing by Calvinball rules they make
up as they go, and the Chief Justice decided to play by their rules
rather than the document he is sworn to defend. Abortionists can apparently
harm an infinite number of women through botched abortions and never
be held to the same standards as the medical clinics they portray themselves
(The original email
had a "read the opinions" link following the above excerpt)
Right to Life of Michigan News
Barbara Listing — July 2020
Have you noticed?
For weeks, the American flag was flying at half-mast
from coast to coast. Local, state, and federal government buildings,
schools, churches, businesses, along with private citizens participated.
So did we.
Even though the exact origin of this tradition is
a little unclear, flying the flag at half-mast has become an important
symbolic gesture of national mourning or remembrance.
For decades, lowering the American flag to half-mast
was an informal gesture. Then in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower
issued Proclamation 3044 establishing rules and regulations for this
Today, most Americans recognize that our flag has
been at half-mast in remembrance of the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And rightly so! Tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have lost
their lives to this deadly virus.
Indeed, this has been an appropriate time for national
In every newsletter I send your way, I do my very
best to convey an upbeat, positive, can-do attitude. I hope you’ve noticed.
But I must be honest with you . . . I’m very concerned. I’m very concerned
about America. I’m very concerned about this country which we love so
COVID-19 was a major crisis. No doubt about it! But
so was the way it was handled — not only here in Michigan, but in many
other parts of the country as well.
We totally crashed our economy even in places with
no reported cases of coronavirus. This destroyed lives and livelihoods!
You could go to Walmart and shop with everyone else, but if you were
a senior in high school, your once in a lifetime graduation ceremony
was canceled! Liquor stores were open, but churches were closed!
The Governor shut down our life-saving operation
on March 26th. We were deemed “nonessential.” Pregnancy crisis
centers throughout the state were also closed. Yet, Governor Whitmer
kept abortion clinics open and operating at full tilt, claiming that
abortion was “life-sustaining.”
As this newsletter went to print, the official COVID-19
death toll in Michigan was 5,711. A conservative estimate of the death
toll in the womb, in Michigan, during this same time period was 12,134.
According to our radically pro-abortion governor,
COVID-19 was “an unprecedented threat to our public health,”
while abortion on demand was “life-sustaining.”
Just as things were beginning to return to normal,
George Floyd was tragically killed by a police officer in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. The reason Mr. Floyd lost his life is the same reason why
an unborn child is destroyed in the womb: a lack of respect for the
dignity and the sanctity of human life.
You know what happened next . . . the country exploded
in protest. At first, most gatherings were peaceful. But soon looting
and rioting took center stage, spreading like wildfire to over 100 major
cities across America.
Once more, we saw a lack of respect for human life
take a deadly toll. Police officers were shot or beaten in the line
of duty. Ordinary citizens were violently attacked and left for dead
in the middle of the street. Criminals plowed their cars into crowds
Rioters even attacked a disabled woman in a wheelchair.
They claimed she “deserved it.” Local police did nothing, having
been ordered to “stand down.”
In St. Louis, thugs killed a retired Black police
captain because they wanted to steal some second hand TVs out of a pawn
shop! In a Wisconsin city, officials refused to arrest rioters, but
insisted on handing out fines to churches with more than 50 worshipers!
Again, we were eyewitnesses as deadly situations
were mismanaged. Politicians and so called “leaders” made excuses
for chaos and mayhem in the streets. The liberal media provided cover
by calling looters, rioters and murderers “protestors.”
No doubt about it, we desperately need to address
the racial divide in America. Hopefully, recent events will help advance
that discussion. But this is also a good time to raise a very important
question as it relates to racism: what about innocent Black children
in the womb?
Abortion continues to decimate the African-American
community. While Michigan’s population is 14% Black, 51.1%
of all abortions were performed on African-American woman according
to the latest annual statistics.
Black babies are almost 3 times more likely
to be aborted than White babies. Nationwide, since 1973 abortion has
killed more Black Americans than aids, cancer, diabetes, heart disease,
violent crimes, and every other cause of death combined!
So why are Black unborn children left completely
out of this discussion? If “Black Lives Matter” shouldn’t that
include Black children in the womb? Where is the congressional Black
caucus? Where is the NAACP? Where is the liberal media? Where is Hollywood?
Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson?
The death of Mr. Floyd is an unspeakable tragedy!
But the hypocrisy staggers the imagination!
The greatest challenge is that society has failed
to acknowledge this crisis even exists in the Black community. You cannot
address a problem which has not been identified. That is why we are
constantly cutting through rhetoric to expose reality.
Pregnancy centers, especially in Detroit, rarely
get the attention they deserve for their heroic work, which includes
help after the baby is born. They are most often staffed by volunteers
and run entirely on donations. I am very proud of the fact that we are
actively supporting the life-saving work of seven of these centers in
inner city areas. Decisive action in a deadly situation!
But here is the bottom line: it is morally bankrupt
to pick and choose the people you are going to protect, and the people
you’re going to neglect! You and I need to persevere in order to restore
respect and dignity for absolutely everyone!
|From: Right to Life of Michigan
Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2020 12:12 PM
Subject: Enter Sandmann
Redemption for Nick Sandmann
On Tuesday night, prolife teen Nick Sandmann had
a recorded speech play during the Republican National Convention.
Nick was the victim of a quickly-engineered media
smear campaign following the 2019 March for Life. His crime? Standing
still and trying to de-escalate a situation while one adult walked up
to him, banging a drum in his face — while other adults nearby hurled
bigoted epithets and insults at his fellow students.
Video clips and pictures were quickly spread around
by major media outlets, and a narrative was created that Nick and his
fellow students set upon an elderly man, smugly grinning as they prevented
his peaceful march to the Lincoln Memorial. The media crossed the line
from reporting into annihilating his character through ritualistic denunciation.
Following this vicious campaign directed at a minor
teen, the full video evidence began to emerge, and many commentators
from all sides of the political aisle were forced to apologize for their
mad rush to ruin the life of a quiet teen in a red hat.
Nick has pursued lawsuits against major media outlets
for their defamatory coverage, and already the Washington Post and CNN
have settled them.
Repeating the same mistakes over again — with no
hint of remorse — some political commentators took to the airwaves to
denounce and insult Nick following his speech.
(The original email
had a "watch his speech" link following the above excerpt)
(A similar link can
be found on my Expression links page under the heading
People Who Impressed Me)
Right to Life of Michigan News
Barbara Listing — August 2021
On June 5th, Richard Scott William Hutchinson was
caught on camera totally demolishing his first birthday cake. This adorable
little boy and his loving family had an awful lot to celebrate!
In just one year, Richard has established himself
as quite the overachiever.
For one thing, even before his first birthday, he
was recognized by Guinness World Records. But that’s not even Richard’s
greatest achievement. His greatest accomplishment is survival!
Richard was born 131 days premature. He only weighed
11.9 ounces! A loaf of bread outweighed him. Guinness World Records
named Richard as the “World’s Most Premature Baby to Survive.”
The neonatology team at Children’s Minnesota Hospital
in Minneapolis, sat Richard’s parents down immediately after his early
arrival. They gave Richard “. . . a 0% chance of survival . . .”
That’s nada, not, zero!
Due to COVID, Richard’s parents were unable to stay
overnight with him at the hospital, forcing them to travel daily from
their home in western Wisconsin.
Richard’s dad said this, “We made sure we were there
to give him support. I think that helped him get through this because
he knew he could count on us.”
After more than six months in the hospital, Richard
went home! In his wake: grateful parents, an adoring fan club at the
hospital in Minneapolis and a Guinness World Record!
The implications of a story like this are absolutely
The technology now exists to help premature babies survive earlier
A case like this can change the entire culture in a huge hospital
– and the community at large. Richard’s fan club were all in tears
bidding him farewell.
Richard’s story is yet another powerful testament
to the spirit of survival residing in all of us.
Life is a miracle! It is precious, in all
its stages, and worth protecting!
But you and I must face reality. There are little
Richards being aborted every single day . . . right in our own backyard.
We have Michigan hospitals who will abort a child like this on the third
floor. Yet, at the same time, up on the fifth floor, they will go to
heroic efforts to save a child at the same age of gestation.
I know you agree: that does not make any sense!
Little Richard’s story has all the “ingredients”
you and I will need for success. Courage, determination, and a fighting
spirit to overcome all odds. All these ingredients are necessary, on
a daily basis, if we are ever to restore full legal protection to the
little Richards of this world.
As I close, here’s what you need to know:
||Without you, we have a 0%
chance of success!
||Without you, there is a 0%
chance that we will be able to reach our fellow citizens.
||Without you, there is a 0%
chance of ending legalized abortion in Michigan.
I hope that little Richard’s story has been an inspiration
to you. This is a perfect opportunity to recommit ourselves to the monumental
task at hand. We need to pray harder. We need to dig deeper. We need
to redouble our efforts to rescue these innocent children.
I was deeply moved by what Richard’s dad had to say
when interviewed by Guinness World Records, “. . . he knew he could
count on us.”
Can I count on you? Because without you we have a 0%
chance of ultimate victory!
Here are some additional notes
I found I had already typed into the computer. Some of them have unquestionably
made it into the main text, or been perhaps paraphrased as I typed text
while I was composing the page. I do not have the time to cross check
them for duplicates. Usually, I delete text from my notes when I add
them onto the page I am working on, or decide not to use them at all,
but apparently I overlooked some. Occasionally, I will use a digital
highlighter to accomplish the same thing. I did not do that either.
So, I thought I would just randomly add these as a way to close out
this page, and then delete them like I should have throughout the process.
I see abortion much like I see divorce, and war.
They are not real solutions, only last ditch alternatives when we have
failed to find a real solution. Even some of our greatest generals have
said as much about war. Peace Pilgrim saw war as a sign of our immaturity.
I do know you cannot legislate morality, any more
than you can force someone to believe something they do not. But,
we do not allow people to ignore red lights, and stop signs, even if
there is no one else approaching the intersection at the time. Just
deciding, and making a law, we will all drive on the right side of the
road has a moral dynamic to it. In some countries they drive on the
"wrong" side of the road, according to us. But, that is simply because
they decided, as a culture, that the left was right, and the right was
"wrong." Yet, the legislation still makes it less of a life and death
issue every time you get into a vehicle, there or here. (I included
this mostly because I just liked the flow of the words.)
The based on actual events movie Heaven Is For
Real was a turning point. When does a baby get to have rights here,
if it exists eternally as a person even before it is born into this
Quoted from you'll get through this
by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2013, Billy Graham Library Selection 2020
), chapter 13, 137-138.
Colton Burpo was only four years old when he survived
an emergency appendectomy. His parents were overjoyed at his survival.
But they were stunned at his stories. Over the next few months Colton
talked of his visit to heaven. He described exactly what his parents
were doing during the surgery and told stories of people he had met
in heaven—people he had never met on earth or been told about. In the
book Heaven Is for Real, Colton’s father relates the moment that the
four-year-old boy told his mom, “You had a baby die in your tummy, didn’t
The parents had never mentioned the miscarriage
to their son. He was too young to process it. Emotion filled his mother’s
“Who told you I had a baby die in my tummy?” Sonja
said, her tone serious.
“She did, Mommy. She said she died in your tummy.”
. . .
A bit nervously, Colton . . . faced his mom again,
this time more warily. “It’s okay, Mommy,” he said. “She’s okay. God
Sonja slid off the couch and knelt down in front
of Colton so that she could look him in the eyes. “Don’t you mean Jesus
adopted her?” she said.
“No, Mommy. His Dad did!” . . .
Sonja’s eyes lit up, and she asked, “What was her name? What was
the little girl’s name?”
. . . “She doesn’t have a name. You guys didn’t name her.”
The parents were stunned. There is no way Colton would have known
But he had one more memory. He shared it before
he went out to play: “Yeah, she said she just can’t wait for you and
Daddy to get to heaven.”
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent, Heaven
Is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and
Back (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011), 94–96.
New information: Miscarriages are shown in the abortion
statistics, because medically that is how they are classified when the
remains of the baby are removed. It does not change much in what I have
said over the years except for raw numbers. More than half of all medical
procedures listed as abortions would have to involve natural miscarriages
before abortion would move to second place behind heart disease, or
cancer, as the leading cause of death in the United States. You would
think, considering the negative volatile stigma of the word abortion
in our culture, that the medical profession could come up with a term
to differentiate between a natural death, and one where a baby is willfully
killed by choice. Of course, all of this is about numbers. For me, even
one child denied life by human choice is one too many. I see that as
I have never claimed to have Truth with a capital
T, but I do seek it wherever it leads. I will continue to do so, but
I am tired of participating amidst the loudness of our culture's "discussions."
In our win or lose culture (compete and compare), even those seeking
the truth "on their side," often have no interest seeing any truth of
the other perspectives.
I am not the creator of the universe. I am not even
the creator of myself. I do believe I am a co-creator of how my life
plays out. Based on my thoughts and choices, I believe I play a significant
role in my consequences, good or bad.
I know there have been throughout world history,
and still remain in some countries, cultures that saw children as nothing
more than property, with no inherent rights of their own. Early Christians
became known for their retrieval of babies others had abandoned at the
town dump. They did not fight anything politically because they themselves
were among the persecuted. They simply took them in as their own, caring
for, and guiding them into an eventual adulthood.
There is a large gap of possibilities between no
abortion is legal, and all abortions are legal even up to the moment
of birth (and beyond). Yet, our culture gets so caught up in who is
going to "win" a discussion, liberal and conservatives alike have a
sort of blindness infused by the compete and compare model of living
we endorse in our country.
He was born three months prior to a normal due date
when his twin brother died in the womb and doctors deemed his life to
be in peril. An extraordinary effort to save the baby became paramount.
No one argued over whether he was a legitimate human being yet, or why
you would commit so many resources to a, deemed by many, "non-person."
You cannot legislate morality. I agree. However,
we legislate making moral choices all of time. We do not allow the killing
of a two year old, regardless of how "terrible" that age might be called.
Nor are you allowed to discard a four year old no matter how many constant
questions they might be trying your patience with. And, that rebellious
teenager? Even though I refer to those years as the "dark ages," we
do not allow dark age remedies for the situation.
It would seem that, from the beginning of human existence,
our egos have lead us into choices of trying to usurp God's role. We
apparently still wish to play God, especially if we do not believe there
is a Real One. Such choices have most often lead to our own peril, and
a destructiveness far exceeding the boundaries of whatever was the original
choice we made. It was God who granted us the ability to choose to ignore
even the Designer in our journey. Therefore, it is not outside the boundaries
of the gift. But, I cannot see any wisdom in excluding the One with
the greatest knowledge from guiding me all along the way.
Killing a baby who could survive outside of the womb
with proper medical care, under the guise of protecting someone's rights,
is barbarically wrong in my book. All of the slick rhetoric and slogans
in the world cannot make it look any different for me. It would take
a revelation directly from God, the Creator of the universe, telling
me it was no big deal, and that I can detach emotionally from perceiving
it as a horrific choice by a group of people deluding themselves. And
still I would be perplexed, even in my silence.
At what point does the baby have rights? Including
the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, in this country
of choices? I am in general agreement with the statement "you cannot
legislate morality." Yet, we do it all of the time. We have laws against
killing your two year old in spite of that year having achieved the
designation as "the terrible twos." Nor are you allowed to kill a four
year old who can "why" you to death. In so many areas we legislate morality.
No matter how much your neighbor's dog barking bothers you, it is illegal
to take a gun and shoot it while it is outside in its own backyard.
Parents are not allowed to kill teenagers, though many threaten to.
You cannot simply kill someone bullying you, verbally or otherwise.
You are not allowed to kill classmates, co-workers, or complete strangers,
no matter how much you feel mistreated. You cannot crash people out
of your way with your big sturdy vehicle because they are an inconvenience.
People still do these things, of course, because there is no absolute
way to legislate morality. But, in a civilized culture, or any culture,
"moral" rules are created. And, there are consequences for breaking
During the Covid19 pandemic authorities were trying
to slow the rate of infection partly so hospitals, and the health system
in general, would not become overwhelmed beyond available resources.
The news people warned us that this could lead to the "unthinkable,"
where medical personnel would need to choose who would get treatment
to live, and who would be left to die. "Unthinkable" is the word they
used. But, that is the very thing a pro-choice person claims to want.
The right to decide who is going to get to live, and who is going to
die. For me, the idea of being "pro-choice," beyond the nice sounding
rhetoric, is "unthinkable."