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Wendy Davis is no Hero of Mine

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by Cortland Bobczynski

When my mom was pregnant with me, she considered having an abortion. I was born out of wedlock, and my mom didn’t have the means or resources to take care of a baby. She was young, scared and others had encouraged her to get an abortion. It might have been easier to dodge responsibility and to abort me, but eventually she chose a better path. It was that decision that gave me life; however, others haven’t been so fortunate.

Because of this part of my story, the past few weeks have had quite an impact on me. I cannot say it has been easy for me to hear about Wendy Davis and the pro-abortion protestors in Texas.  Wendy Davis, a pro-abortion senator in Texas, filibustered for 11 hours to block the passing of SB5 – a law that would put common sense safety regulations on abortion centers and ban abortions after twenty weeks of gestation.  Read More »

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Endangered Gender?

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by Cortland Bobczynski

Class was right about to be let out; there were seconds left before my classmates and I could leave this dreary classroom. Our professor wrapped up his lesson and then announced an extra credit opportunity. My ears perked up. Any opportunity to boost my grade in this class got me excited. He told us that if we attended the Endangered Gender Symposium over the weekend we could have 5 extra credit points. I wasn’t quite sure what endangered gender meant, but I went anyway in order to boost my grade.  I figured I could get some homework done while the symposium speakers were lecturing; however, when the lectures began, I found myself on the edge of my seat hanging onto every word. Read More »

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Infertility Then and Now: Part 2

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by Jenny Abel

Times have changed in many ways with respect to infertility. The biblical women mentioned in Part 1 can seem a far and distant cry from modern-day women. Not only are we “empowered” and “liberated” to be educated and choose a career of just about any type, we have (or at least think we have) more control over decisions about children. Innumerable medical technologies and medicines are at our disposal so we can try to achieve the ends we desire—when we desire them.

But are we better off for it? In some ways, possibly, but overall, I’m not so sure. Read More »

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Infertility Then and Now: Part 1

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by Jenny Abel

Another Mother’s Day come and gone. [Exhale.]

For the past several years, I’ve come to anticipate the second Sunday in May with a similar kind of dread to how singles probably cringe upon seeing February 14 approach on their calendars. It’s yet another reminder of what’s missing in my life—as though I needed reminders. To borrow from Charlie Brown: “I know I’m not a mother. Why do we have to have a holiday to emphasize it?”

Infertility, barrenness, childlessness—whatever you call it, it’s one of the worst trials a woman can go through. While the Bible labels singleness as one possible life calling from God, never do the Scriptures characterize barrenness as a blessing. A test of faith that God sometimes allows, and can use to grow us in our faith, most definitely. But in general, bearing and rearing children is characterized as a blessing—and as one of the original, central purposes of creation and marriage, going all the way back to Adam and Eve.

For those unable to have children, for whatever reasons, temporarily or for their entire lives, the command, “Be fruitful and multiply” can seem like an impossible—even mocking—mandate. Read More »

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Abortion’s True Colors

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by Jenny Abel

Outrageous and sickening. That was my initial reaction to hearing the charges against abortion “doctor” Kermit Gosnell.

Of course, I might not have heard about these charges at all if it weren’t for an op-ed column by Kirsten Powers in USA Today on April 11. It goes to show what the courageous voice of a single citizen can accomplish even in a society where the mass media’s control of the message often feels unlimited and beyond our influence.

The subtitle of Powers’ article, “We’ve forgotten what belongs on Page One,” speaks to the fact that the mainstream media largely ignored the case. Those that did run stories buried them in the back of their news sections. It certainly didn’t receive the kind of outrage and attention that the Trayvon Martin, Casey Anthony, and other high-profile murder/accidental death cases have received. Now, several of the media outlets have repented (albeit not without first making excuses, like, “Every story we cover could warrant more [coverage]”) and sent reporters to cover the case. Now, at least, they are “monitoring” the trial. Read More »

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Women Voters and the “Jenni Ad”

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by Jenny Abel

Am I the only woman insulted by the Obama campaign’s “Jenni ad,” which ran more than 7,000 times over the two weeks ending Aug. 6? Maybe I paid particular attention because I share the starring actress’s name and age group.

The ad starts with Jenni, face covered in feigned freight, saying: “I’ve never felt this way before, but it’s a scary time to be a woman. Mitt Romney is so out of touch.” The ad proceeds with another female narrating, ending with Jenni saying: “There’s so much to do. [W]e need to attack our problems, not a woman’s choice.”

My reaction, as a member of the ad’s target audience: “They have to be kidding—they really think they can sway votes based on that?” Read More »

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Beyond Protest: Fixing the Abortion Problem

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by Anna Blankenship

I run a blog for adoption awareness and orphan advocacy.  A couple months ago, we posted about the high number of children who age out of the foster care system every year in America.  Our desire was to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families to intervene.  However, another blogger re-posted ours, adding her own comment: “Keep giving those kids up for adoption! Not to say that it isn’t an option, it is of course, but all those conservatives touting adoption as the perfect fix as an alternative to abortion are obviously not informed. I could keep going on, but I will refrain.” Read More »

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Thanks, Mom and Dad

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by Alixandria Olsen

After reading Jim Daly’s recent blog post, When it Comes to Genetics, God Doesn’t Make Errors, I was struck by an incredible sense of thankfulness toward my mother and father. His discussion stirred a wave of powerful emotions within me, especially when he mentioned that around 90% of pre-born babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.

You see, my mother was urged by several doctors to abort three of her four children. At 17 years old, she was literally chased out of Planned Parenthood by one of their employees after she refused to abort my brother, Jon. The woman who chased her out would not relent, telling her she was too young to have a baby. When my mom found out she was pregnant with my second brother, Robert, she had been in the hospital taking medication for an illness. The doctors suggested the option of aborting my brother because there was a chance that the medicine she had been taking could cause birth defects, including blindess. Again, she refused. My third brother, Matthew, was the only one of us that the doctors didn’t urge my mom to abort. Some of them might have if they had known he had Down Syndrome, but no one found out until he was still-born. Read More »

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Changing Lives: One Homeless Person at a Time

Dawn McBane

Have you ever felt a little discouraged about the enormity of the problems that exist in our world today?  Have you felt like your talents, interests, and abilities are inconsequential when it comes to helping to fix those problems?

I recently came across this story of a Denver church that is making a real difference in the lives of women.  In a city of more than half a million residents, the 25 members of New Jerusalem Baptist Church open the doors of their church every night to homeless women.  They’re the first and only church in Denver to shelter homeless women every night during the cold winter months. 

So next time you think you can’t make a difference, think about this small church and the words of their pastor:           

“We don’t have any money,” said the Rev. Calvin Kelly. “Any dime that comes into the church goes back out into the community.”

Remember that it’s not a matter of solving all the world’s problem but making use of what God has given you to help those in need.

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It’s Not About Birth Control

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by Ashley Horne

The latest rule issued under the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandates that private employers offering health insurance to employees must pay for contraception coverage despite their religious or moral objections.

What’s the big deal, right? Millions of people use birth control. And it’s expensive. So why shouldn’t health insurance cover contraceptive drugs? Read More »



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