China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

China has undertaken a project to make their “slogans” for the One Child Policy sound better to the ear.  Well, at least that’s their goal.  According to the BBC News, China’s Communist Party conducted research on the slogans found around China concerning the policy.

Research by China’s National Population and Family Planning Commission, published in the People’s Daily, concluded that a quarter of slogans posted in furtherance of its policies had been crude and harsh in the past. It described some as spine-chilling.

Among the examples it cited were, “Kill all your family if you don’t follow the rule” and, “If you escape (sterilisation), we’ll hunt you down; if you want to hang yourself, we’ll give you the rope”.

The research said milder expressions should be used to “avoid offending the public and stoking social tensions”.

Of course, the Chinese media—which is the government’s media—blamed officials in local areas for the unpalatable slogans.  They also ensured that everyone knows the One Child Policy will go nowhere.  According to those in power in China, the policy is there to stay.  Read more China Attempts to Make One Child Policy More Palatable

The MORAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

“Moral” is defined as “concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.”  I think most of us can agree that there are right and wrong ways to behave and that humans can demonstrate both good and bad character.  So, on the issue of abortion—and the issue of defending human life in general—what is the moral position to take?

First, in order to come to any sort of moral conclusion in the matter, we need to make a basic assumption that this article is predicated on:  we’re talking about human lives.  You can’t argue against my conclusions on the basis that an unborn child isn’t a unique, living human being.  We’re already assuming that based on the Scientific Basis for Defending All Human Life.  If you don’t believe that an unborn child is a human being, you have an issue with science and morality, but you may need to resolve your science first.

Abortion: equally immoral as the Holocaust.

Next, let’s ask and answer four questions.  1)  What is the result of declaring certain classes of humans as “less” than others?  2)  We all agree that Hitler’s genocide of the Jews was wrong and immoral.  How does this relate to abortion?  4)  Is it actually wrong to fail to stand up for innocent lives?  5)  What should good moral character compel me to do?  Read more The MORAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

Chinese Mothers Forced to Flee to U.S. to Give Birth

Jenny Liu of the Epoch Times interviewed three Chinese couples who were forced to flee to the United States to save their babies.  For all three of the couples, the babies they wanted to save were second children and deemed “illegal” and “out-of-plan” by China.

In order to enforce their long-standing One Child Policy, China slaps heavy fines on parents who have out-of-plan pregnancies.  Or, if the parents are too poor to pay, forced abortions are the order of the day.  Women are dragged into clinics and their babies are violently taken from their wombs if they do not voluntarily submit.

Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers speaks out against China's forced abortion policy.

Though it’s a difficult and harrowing task to escape Chinese authorities, some mothers are able to flee outside the country—including to the U.S.—to give birth to their babies.

Take, for example, the compelling story of Mrs. Liu who has already had a previous abortion due to China’s policy:

The day before she left China, the officials came to her mother’s home to check on her. To look thinner and not pregnant, she tied a belt around her waist before meeting with them, Mrs. Liu said.

“They asked me to sign a guarantee statement saying that I was not pregnant, and that I would take responsibility for any consequences if I were [pregnant].”

Mr. and Mrs. Liu thought that the worst thing that could happen to them was paying the fines or losing their jobs. But later they found that the water supply, electricity, and heating of their apartment were cut off. Mrs. Liu’s parking space was also taken away, and they realized that they might even lose their apartment.

In order to save the husband’s job, the couple even considered divorce as a last resort, because if their apartment were confiscated, they would not be able to afford another one, even if they spent their life savings, Mrs. Liu said.

Mrs. Liu was eventually able to leave China and come to the United States, using the opportunity of accompanying her son to study abroad. But officials didn’t stop harassing them even after she left China.

“They even planned on sending someone over to ‘settle the score’ with me, but gave it up after learning that it wouldn’t work in the United States.”

On Dec. 2, Mrs. Liu gave birth to a healthy baby in Los Angeles.

“After seeing my baby, I felt that I could give up anything,” she said.  Read more Chinese Mothers Forced to Flee to U.S. to Give Birth

San Diego Senator Pushes for Greater Abortion Access at the Expense of Women’s Health

On Friday, Sen. Christine Kehoe proposed a bill in the California Senate that would greatly expand who can be an abortion provider in California.  Apparently, there is current confusion in California over exactly who can perform abortions.  Kehoe’s bill would

…clarify that the estimated 16,000 trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physician assistants in the state could provide first-trimester abortions in outpatient clinics and doctor’s offices.

Likely referring to the oft-cited claim that 86% of U.S. counties do not have an abortion provider, Kehoe claims that her bill will give greater access to abortion to rural women who would otherwise incur what Kehoe considers multiple hardships and great expense.  Ironically, the U-T San Diego News article reports that one of those hardships would be missing time away from “other children.”  “Other children” of course admits that the sought abortion is designed to kill a child, but I digress.

According to California Senate Bill 1501 the new category of “providers” would be allowed to perform “an abortion by medication or aspiration techniques.”  Basically, these providers would be allowed to give women the necessary medication for a Mifeprex/Misoprostol “do-it-yourself” abortion (read about these; they are horrifying), and they would also be allowed to use a vacuum machine to suck out the baby in the first trimester.

 

Kehoe’s bill does face opposition, notably from Assemblyman Brian Jones who makes several excellent points.

“That’s pretty aggressive,” he said. “My immediate question is where and how are they going to do these procedures. It sounds like they want to turn the clock back to the back ally practices they were against.”  Read more San Diego Senator Pushes for Greater Abortion Access at the Expense of Women’s Health

How the United Nations Betrays Its Own Treaty on Child Rights

Over 20 years ago, the United Nations held the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The purpose of this convention was to outline the universal rights of children throughout the world.  With the new human rights treaty, UNICEF and others could put social pressure on nations to conform their standards with the accepted rights of children.

Towards this end, the Convention decided that any human being under the age of eighteen would be considered a child, typically.  Yet the U.N. continually betrays its own standards when it pushes abortion throughout the world.  Take, for example, Article 6, which states that children have the right to survive and develop to the fullest.

The U.N. betrays the very children it claims to protect.

Hmmm…and here I thought that unborn children were indeed human beings under the age of eighteen.  Remember, it’s the U.N. that made the definition of child include human being rather than person, so you can’t argue a lack of personhood here.  By the U.N.’s own standard, unborn children have the right to survive and develop to the fullest.

Article 20 states that children have the right to a loving and caring family, and Article 5 says that every child has a right to a family.   This, of course, is why abortion is such a better option than adoption, right, U.N.?  Because there are no families out there who would give ANYTHING IN THE WORLD to adopt a baby and love him or her with all their hearts, right?  Read more How the United Nations Betrays Its Own Treaty on Child Rights

TIME’S Writer Thanks Rick Santorum for His Daughter’s Smile

Occasionally, in this world of liberal and biased media, a sane voice makes its way to the surface.  TIME Magazine’s Joe Klein has written a poignant salute to Rick Santorum, admitting that his daughter Bella’s smile has given him cause to stop and think.

Sometimes, it seems easy for some to stay in the same old rut, regardless of what we believe.  Pro-lifers sometimes fail to provide practical help for women who choose to keep and raise their children, though many pregnancy centers and ultrasound buses are a model of exactly what pro-lifers should be doing.  Pro-choicers seem to focus on convenience and to believe in the false weakness and helplessness of women—regardless of modern science, the amazing “window to the womb” that 3D and 4D ultrasounds provide, and the research on how abortion hurts women, too.

But I have to say that I admire any pro-choicer who allows themself to be moved by a compelling pro-life story, fact, or argument.  Or a pro-life face like Bella Santorum’s.

What, after all, does it hurt to stop and think about the consequences of your beliefs?  What do your beliefs really say about you and how you view the world?  What does your advocacy for “choice” do to the helpless and innocent who surround us in this world?
So, if you are pro-choice, I ask you to read the words of Joe Klein, look at the face of Bella Santorum, and stop and think for a minute.  Read more TIME’S Writer Thanks Rick Santorum for His Daughter’s Smile

The CHRISTIAN Basis for Defending All Human Life

You may wonder why I am discussing the Christian basis for defending all human life in this series, along with the scientific, philosophical, moral, and legal bases.  Well, in case you haven’t noticed, many active pro-lifers are Christians.  In addition, I’m a Christian, so I think I understand this basis well.  Furthermore, on a personal note, I believe that every Christian pro-lifer needs to be able to clearly explain why they are pro-life–from a Christian perspective–for their Christian friends who may claim to believe otherwise.  There are certainly Christians who get abortions and vote for pro-abortion candidates, sadly.

A  clarification  before I start:  while I am a Christian and believe that the Bible supports the pro-life position, I am not pro-life only because I’m a Christian.  I’m pro-life because it’s also the common-sense, scientific, moral, and logical position to take.  However, I do believe that being a Christian and believing in my Savior is what compels me to speak out for those more helpless than myself.

Here’s what I believe to be the Christian basis for defending all human life.  We can find all the evidence we need in the Bible itself.

1)    The Bible Clearly Teaches That Life is Precious.
Life is clearly precious to God, as He is  the giver of life (Acts 17:25), the fountain of life (Psalm 36:9), the defender of life (Psalm 27:1), the prince of life (Acts 3:15), the restorer of life (Ruth 4:15), and the conqueror of death (I Corinthians 15:55).  George Grant lists out these Scriptures and more in “Third Time Around”.

In this same book, Mr. Grant lays out an excellent Biblical basis for the sanctity of life.  I recommend you read the book for yourself online.  While laying out specific verses, he states, “From Genesis to Revelation, in the books of the Law, in the books of history, in the books of wisdom, in the prophetic books, in the Gospels, and in the epistles, the pro-life message of the Bible is absolutely inescapable.” Read more The CHRISTIAN Basis for Defending All Human Life

Nine Pro-Life Books You Should Read

I used to have quite the collection of pro-life books.  I’ve been into this issue since I was a very young teenager.  Now, I’ve thinned down my collection and have a few definite favorites.  For anyone out there who’d like to increase their knowledge or expand their thinking on the issue, here are my reviews and recommendations:

The #1 Book Out There Award goes to Why Pro Life? by Randy Alcorn.  This is an incredibly easy-to-read, yet appropriately detailed and informative book.  It’s thin and small, so anyone can read it.  It’s even available in an audio-CD format.  I’ve talked about this book before, and I highly recommend that you grab a copy.  When I was the spokesperson for Colorado’s 2008 Personhood campaign, Randy Alcorn mailed us copies of this book for free so we could hand them out.  I rate this an absolutely invaluable resource!

Third Time Around by George Grant (free online copy) is a wonderful history of the pro-life movement.  I’m going to guess that most of you had no idea the movement started so early or in such interesting ways.  I certainly had no clue.  If you’ve ever been curious about the Christian church’s involvement (or lack of involvement) on this issue over the centuries, if you’ve ever wondered about what early pro-life heroes did, if you’ve ever wished for a basic history of the movement…this is the book for you.

A Perfect Persecution by James R. Lucas.  Can I say amazing?  This book is a heart-stopping thriller of a novel.  It takes the reader into a not-so-difficult-to-imagine world where the pro-choice position has taken over the U.S.A.  (Now, I didn’t say I believe this will ever happen—I don’t!  But it’s not hard to imagine what kind of a world that would be.)  The really cool thing about this novel is that it is believable.  It’s not a sci-fi, pie in the sky, fake world book.  It’s the real thing.  Don’t pick up this book unless you want to be more motivated than ever to stand up for innocent life. Read more Nine Pro-Life Books You Should Read

The PHILOSOPHICAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

Have you ever wondered whether pro-life people who believe in the death penalty but oppose abortion are inconsistent; if outlawing abortion will lead to “pregnancy policing”; or why pro-life people are so insistent that a “fertilized egg” is a person?  Have you ever philosophically thought out your own position on abortion—whether you’re pro-life  or pro-choice?

If you are out there reading this article and you truly believe you are pro-choice, I have a challenge for you, should you choose to accept it.  Accepting this challenge is, of course, a matter of choice.  But if you think that abortion is sad or tragic; if you find yourself saying that it should be “safe, legal, and rare”; if you wish that abortion didn’t exist, but still view it as a woman’s choice, please take this challenge.

If you are pro-life, you simply MUST take this challenge to better understand and to be better able to argue the pro-life perspective. Read more The PHILOSOPHICAL Basis for Defending All Human Life

The SCIENTIFIC Basis for Defending All Human Life

If you are around young children very often, you’re probably familiar with the Olivia the Pig series.  My niece loves those books.  But you’re probably not as familiar with Oliver the Egg.  Let me tell you about him.  Christopher Franceschelli has written a cute book about Oliver, who is really a chick growing inside of an egg.

Since I’d really not enjoy being sued for copyright violations, I won’t quote this entire six sentence book.  Suffice it to say that Mr. Franceschelli describes the very few things that Oliver could do as an egg.  He says, “But he was simply an egg and that was that.”

This little book (while very cute) completely misses the boat on science.  It’s final pages say, “until one day” (with a picture of an egg) “everything changed” (with a picture of a chick).  While rather entertaining for a small child, this book lacks any scientific or accurate value.  It’s patently untrue to say that, before hatching, a chick is “simply an egg.”  Uh, no.  It’s an unhatched chick inside an egg.

Oliver serves to illustrate the general lack of scientific and medical knowledge that many people and some pro-lifers have about the beginning of human life.  When exactly does human life begin?  Is there such a thing as a “fertilized egg”?  What’s the accurate term to call a new human being at the earliest stages?  Can we really prove from science that we should defend all human life?  What do medical experts say about this issue?  Pro-lifers  need to be more knowledgeable about what we are for and why we believe what we believe. Read more The SCIENTIFIC Basis for Defending All Human Life

Washington House Votes to Force Pro-Lifers to Fund Abortions

They want to force her to pay for an abortion she'll never get.

It’s quite unfortunate that many pro-choicers think they need to strip people of choices.  Ironic, isn’t it, that the people who speak out for “choice” are now passing and supporting laws that could take away an important choice from Washington’s citizens.

To catch you up-to-date, the Washington House has just passed a bill that would force insurance companies who provide maternity coverage to also provide abortion coverage.  Similarly, any person who purchases maternity coverage must also purchase abortion coverage.  You either get them both, or you get neither.  David Schmidt provided more information about this bill back when it had just passed House committees.

Any normal person should find it incredibly offensive that, if they lived in Washington, they may be forced to purchase insurance for abortion simply because they want insurance to cover the birth of their next child.  This bill should be opposed by anyone who claims to support choice.  In fact, this bill is the ultimate in “anti-choice” legislation.

Read more Washington House Votes to Force Pro-Lifers to Fund Abortions

Oklahoma Personhood Measure Predicted to Become Law

In big news for the pro-life movement today, Oklahoma is positioned to become the first state to pass a Personhood law.  Personhood laws recognize the right to life of every unborn child at each stage of development and do not allow for abortion based on Roe v. Wade.  The Oklahoma Senate has already passed this law by a great majority…34 to 8.

A Tulsa Senator, Brian Crain, sponsored this law which, if passed, will become historic.  State Senates or Houses have passed Personhood laws previously.  But so far, no state has been able to get passage from both the Senate and the House. Crain’s law is positioned to do just that, as the Oklahoma House and Governor Mary Fallin are reportedly very pro-life.

Read more Oklahoma Personhood Measure Predicted to Become Law