How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

David Pomerantz

On March 13, in Dallas, TX, an organization you’ve probably never heard of is going to revolutionize the pro-life movement.

It starts with a kid from Philly, a bus in New York, and an idea that brought him quite by accident to the city where Roe v. Wade started — the city where he hopes abortion will finally meet its match.

David Pomerantz, 23, does not look like a pro-lifer or a practicing Christian. He looks like a vegan hipster with emo hair. As a matter of fact, he sort of is a vegan hipster with emo hair. If you visit his loft apartment in an industrial section of downtown Dallas, he will offer you fermented tea with organic honey. You can lounge in a beanbag chair and talk about art while he surfs his Macbook and plays indie music and talks about Jesus.

A polite, friendly young man with a laconic kid-from-nowhere accent and a direct blue gaze, David Pomerantz — “Dave” to his friends — does not jibe with the stereotypical image of the angry activist holding signs outside a clinic. And he doesn’t mind, because that’s not the kind of pro-life activist Dave is.

He hails from Philadelphia, but he was attending Word of Life, a two-year Bible institute in New York, when he met Chris Slattery and Julie Beyel of EMC (Expectant Mother Care), a Manhattan pregnancy resource center. He was astonished to find that EMC had formulated a “new model” for approaching women outside abortion clinics.

EMC had a bus equipped with a sonogram machine. By approaching women outside the clinic with the offer of free help, with no mention of a pro-life ideology, they were able to see a staggering success rate. In fact, by their estimate, about 70% of women who got on the bus for a sonogram decided not to abort. In one day, they saw nine women decide on life for their children.

They did some simple math, and realized that if this success continued, 15 to 25 women a week, or about 800 a year, would choose life.

Excited by the possibilities inherent in this new approach, Dave contacted his friend and mentor Joe Baker, who flew in from Philly to see the results firsthand. Equally impressed, the two began to ferment the idea that would become Save the Storks.

Dave was already planning on attending Southwestern Theological Seminary in Dallas, so he headed down south. With Joe Baker developing the art and marketing, and the generous help of Dallas-based organization Get Involved for Life and other private donors to bring to life a sleeker, smaller, more mobile ultrasound vehicle, they were off and running.

Save the Storks was born. Or, if you prefer, flown in through the window.

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Help Keep Abortion Out of Prince Edward Island – Act Now!

Canada’s “ACTIVE-8” Campaign has the motto “I can make a difference“. In the last 2 years, the organization has brought together 16 young Atlantic Canadians who are an “inspiration for all of us who dream of a better world.” Together, these 16 ambassadors have contributed 5,433 acts toward the common good.

Right now, these ambassadors are competing for a $1,000 scholarship by rallying people to “pledge” for them. Each candidate has chosen a platform to run on by selecting an issue they feel strongly about, and will use the award toward.

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Inspiring Speech from David Bereit

Shawn Carney shows this video on Day 8 of 40 Days for Life of an inspiring speech from 40 Days for Life National Director David Bereit.

Keep up the good work with 40 Days for Life! 92 babies saved so far!!

Women Speak for Themselves Petition

There’s a petition out there that women might want to sign, affirming their opposition to the false claims of government leaders who claim to “speak for women”. The text of the open letter to PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY SEBELIUS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS is as follows:

DON’T CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR ALL WOMEN

We are women who support the competing voice offered by Catholic institutions on matters of sex, marriage and family life. Most of us are Catholic, but some are not. We are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Many, at some point in our careers, have worked for a Catholic institution. We are proud to have been part of the religious mission of that school, or hospital, or social service organization. We are proud to have been associated not only with the work Catholic institutions perform in the community – particularly for the most vulnerable — but also with the shared sense of purpose found among colleagues who chose their job because, in a religious institution, a job is always also a vocation.

Those currently invoking “women’s health” in an attempt to shout down anyone who disagrees with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken, and more than a little dishonest. Even setting aside their simplistic equation of “costless” birth control with “equality,” note that they have never responded to the large body of scholarly research indicating that many forms of contraception have serious side effects, or that some forms act at some times to destroy embryos, or that government contraceptive programs inevitably change the sex, dating and marriage markets in ways that lead to more empty sex, more non-marital births and more abortions. It is women who suffer disproportionately when these things happen.

No one speaks for all women on these issues. Those who purport to do so are simply attempting to deflect attention from the serious religious liberty issues currently at stake. Each of us, Catholic or not, is proud to stand with the Catholic Church and its rich, life-affirming teachings on sex, marriage and family life. We call on President Obama and our Representatives in Congress to allow religious institutions and individuals to continue to witness to their faiths in all their fullness.

Ladies can go ahead and sign it here. Government leaders, and groups like Planned Parenthood, may claim to stand up for all women… but they don’t.

Missouri School District Silences Pro-Life Students

 

The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a suit against the Missouri Dixon R-1 School District on behalf of a student who says she was unfairly censored for promoting the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.

While Dixon High School has typically been known to foster student involvement by allowing the promotion of events and causes, last October they decided to deny the female student’s request to post flyers encouraging her fellow students to give up their voices for the unborn.

Such promotions have been previously allowed, and follow district policy that states: “student expression regarding a variety of topics may be beneficial to the District’s educational mission,” including “discussion and debate regarding serious issues.” In recent years, this policy has been used to justify posters with political and anti-drug messages, posters and announcements promoting the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network’s Day of Silence, even photos of students edited to look like bloody zombies. Read more Missouri School District Silences Pro-Life Students

40 Days for Life Begins!

Today, February 22, 2012 begins the largest spring campaign ever for 40 Days for Life, a movement to end abortion through prayer and fasting, constant vigil, and community outreach. This spring 258 locations will be participating. This is an enormously powerful campaign that has had a lot of unexpected success since it began in 2007. It has even spread to other countries besides America, as shown in this new video from the campaign leaders:

This is really where the main battle of the pro-life movement currently rests. This is what can be done now. This is what can be done by everyone, not just politicians and legislators. This is how lives are being saved, by the courageous and loving witness of men and women. If you are Pro-life, I urge you to participate in this campaign. Remember the line from Edmund Burke: “All that is required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.”

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40 Days for Life Expects Largest Spring Campaign Ever

In just a few days, in 251 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain, pro-life advocates will join together to fight for life. The international campaign is called 40 Days for Life. The director of the campaign, Shawn Carney, noted, “With the January 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling, the United States began its 40th year of legal abortion. This is a critical year in terms of the sanctity of human life – a year in which people from across America and beyond are preparing to take a public stand on behalf of innocent lives at risk.”

With 251 campaign locations, this year’s 40 Days for Life will be the largest springtime 40 Days for Life in history. According to a press release from 40 Days for Life, the campaign consists of three components, which are “40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices, and 40 days of pro-life community outreach.” Anyone interested in participating in the event can find locations listed at http://www.40daysforlife.com/location.

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“The Basis for Defending All Human Life” Series

Different people often have different reasons for defending human life—specifically,  of course, the unborn.  For some, it’s a personal experience that converted them.  Perhaps they had an abortion and now regret it.  Maybe they are an abortion survivor or had a sibling aborted.  For others, it just makes sense that human life begins at the beginning, and it just makes sense that every human life is precious and worthy of protection.

Of course, you also have your pro-lifers with a heightened sense of justice who would like to ensure that the world is a place where justice is equally enforced.  Others are drawn to the underdog or the innocent and have a passion to speak up for the voiceless.  Some believe that abortion is the civil rights issue of our day and feel a responsibility to take a stand.  There is a countless myriad of reasons why people defend human life.

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Introducing Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

“China’s One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth.  I call it China’s War on Women and Girls.”  So says Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.  Watch the video I’ve posted below for more from Ms. Littlejohn.

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is an international coalition formed to take a stand against forced abortions and sexual slavery in China.  As this organization so aptly words it, “Forced Abortion is Not a Choice.”  Even those who claim to be “pro-choice” should be able to get behind the mission of ending forced abortion in China and elsewhere.

However, the “pro-choice” movement sadly lacks individuals who are willing to do more than just make a statement that they don’t agree with forced abortions.  Where are all the hard core women’s rights activists when  the women in China need them?  Where are the “pro-choicers” who work to help mothers who choose to keep their children?  They’re nowhere to be found, as far as I can tell.  This, my friends, is the irony of the “pro-choice” movement…support a woman’s “choice” as long as she doesn’t keep her baby.  If she wants the baby to live, well then, she can go ahead and fend for herself.  Some choice this is!

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Winning The Abortion Argument Without Losing Your Mind

Readers, I am on a mini-vacation. I have driven up to my dad and stepmother’s place in Oklahoma for the weekend. The area is semi-rural, and as one who works every day in the heart of Dallas, I can certainly use semi-rural every once in a while.

Tomorrow we will go shoot guns in a pasture, because — you might not know this if you’re not from the South — it is really fun. Nothing relieves stress like turning money into noise.

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Center Closing in Iowa

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Shawn Carney writes on the 40 Days for Life website that the Planned Parenthood facility in Storm Lake, Iowa is due to close on March 1 of this year. The leader of the 40 days for Life campaign there, Sue Theyer, was once manager of the clinic. She had been fired from her clinic in 2008. She claims this was done due to questions she had raised concerning ‘telemed abortions’. An article in the Des Moines Register recently recounted her story.

Carney notes that:

Just days after that article appeared — and less than three months after Sue finished leading the 40 Days for Life campaign outside the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood — the closure was announced.

40 Days for Life is due to start up again on February 22. You can find information on what locations are participating here.

Why My Generation Will End Abortion

America implemented a record number of pro-life laws in 2011. It is clear that we are consistently becoming a stronger pro-life country, but that is but a fraction of the indication that my generation will be the one to end abortion.

March for Life 2012
Youth March for Life in Washington, D.C. Photo by Sal Guerrero.

Support for abortion continues to plummet. The online campaign sponsored by Planned Parenthood and a slew of other abortion-rights groups, “Trust Women Week,” has garnered fewer than 110,000 “virtual” marchers, where the annual March for Life in DC had about 400,000 marchers—four times as many— physically attend the rally. That alone speaks volumes. Moreover, the media completely disregarded or distorted reports on the March—again— demonstrating not just bias, but practically media malpractice.

Polls are showing Americans (especially  those under 35) are more pro-life than ever, even though Planned Parenthood so desperately clings to the falsity that America is a “pro-choice” nation.

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