Roe and the Road Ahead By Penny Nance and Kellyanne Conway , Special to CP

Frederica Mathewes-Green, author and former leader of Feminists for Life, said, “No one wants an abortion as she wants an ice-cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal, caught in a trap, wants to gnaw off its own leg. Abortion is a tragic attempt to escape a desperate situation by an act of violence and self-loss.” These words are the heart’s cry most of the estimated 400,000 plus Americans (mostly under the age of thirty) who will join together in the March for Life in Washington on January 25. We will remember and mourn the 52 million abortions performed in the United States since the Roe v. Wade decision forty years ago. We believe that abortion ultimately hurts women as well as destroys another human life. We believe that being Pro-Life is being Pro-Woman.

This is a difficult time for the pro-life movement. Our sadness is heighted by the second inauguration of the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history – the one who when asked four years ago when life begins joked that the question was “above his pay grade” and then proceeded to do everything in his power to support Big Abortion, the billion-dollar industry that profits from women’s lost, pre-born lives, including exporting our tax dollars abroad for those purposes.

We are faced this week with the juxtaposition of wrong-headed national leadership and the grim fortieth anniversary of one of the most divisive Supreme Court decisions in U.S. history
Even the most unapologetic pro-choicers must rue the FACT that in the U.S. 1.2 million abortions are performed each year (well over forty percent of which are repeat abortions, according to the left-leaning Guttmacher Institute). Just looking at those numbers alone would leave one to believe that the right to life, which was specifically enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, is a lost cause. However, when examined more closely, a different picture emerges – and one so clear that that Time Magazine declared this month in bold headlines “What Choice? Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.”

That is true. Many Americans question the abortion on demand credo of abortion, anyone, anytime, anywhere, especially when they learn the extremes of elective and selective abortion, including those done late in the pregnancy, because the sex of the baby is not desired (most often, a female), and to married women who regard this as one too many or an unplanned inconvenience. Sonograms and 4D images of fetal development have upended the “out of sight, out of mind” argument that sustained the abortion rights movement for decades. And despite their phony “war on women” concocted to distract people from the Obama Economy, the abortion industry seems to be in a tailspin because the American public isn’t buying the lie.

The majority of Americans believe that this is a baby and refuse the pro-choice label (59% Gallup). The “problem” for them is even more pronounced among young people with numbers as high as 72%, according to Gallup, saying abortion is morally wrong.

Big Abortion’s biggest player, Planned Parenthood, is responsible for one of every four abortions performed in the U.S., yet, according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual reports, we still lavish them with over a half a billion dollars a year in taxpayer money. Pro-life taxpayers cannot exempt themselves from bankrolling the travesty. Cecile Richards should have to raise her own budget the way pro-life organizations do. Why should we all be held complicit in their dirty work?

The real action on abortion, like the real action on most major issues, is happening in the states. In 2011 alone, a record high ninety-two state laws were passed placing reasonable limits on abortion on demand in twenty-four states. These include clinic regulations that will keep women safe and minimal standards for the abortionists, like the requirement that they have admitting privileges at an area hospital. Other commonsense reforms include parental notification laws and right-to-know laws. Several others have banned abortions after twenty weeks. Four states – North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Arkansas – are down to just one abortion clinic, proving once again that public opinion is upstream of public policy. It will be exciting to see how the nation’s change of heart continues to impact our laws in the next five years.

Yep, the pro-aborts have an image problem. Apparently, most people don’t really think abortion is a noble cause. What to do? Like any major corporation receiving bailout money from the feds, rebranding is the next step. Using your tax dollars, they are already testing terms like “reproductive justice” and “reproductive health” and even “women’s health.” They know the public squirms when faced with their product and its results, and so they hide behind unobjectionable, albeit disingenuous, phrases like “women’s health.” To employ that with a straight face, they should be forced to include issues that actually impact ALL women’s health more commonly, e.g., cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and nutrition, long-term care.

Big Abortion lies when they say that without them, poor women would be without basic health services, including birth control, is patently false. The U.S. spends $2.37 billion per year on those services, both through Title X clinics and community health centers. Community health centers alone offer at least fourteen delivery sites in each state, with most having at least forty, according the Department of Health and Human Services. There is no dearth of birth control in this nation. There is also no shortage of people who confuse the abortion industry’s carefully crafted message with the reality that abortion, not mammograms or menopause medicine, is their cash cow.

Pro-life organizations are often accused of caring for the mother only until she gives birth. The opposite is true. Millions of pro-life Americans hold that opinion not just for the love of the baby but for the mother, too. A recent meta-analysis of twenty-two abortion studies, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by American researcher Dr. Priscilla Coleman, showed that women who undergo an abortion face an eighty-one percent increase in risk of mental health problems. The study linked abortion to increase risk of anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol abuse, and even suicide.

Take a moment and read some of the heart-wrenching stories of regret from women who anonymously post on the website silentnomoreawareness.org. Is there anyone reading this who does not know a woman who has not experienced deep regret and even lost motherhood due to their abortions? Occasionally, I meet women who are extremely proud of their abortions.

Our community has invested in options including adoption services, parenting support, counseling, and fully licensed health clinics called pregnancy care clinics. The pro-life community has been the one to bring women in need into our homes and churches. We are the ones who help them find jobs, buy them food, drive them places, and help them sort out their messy lives. We are the ones who hold the post-abortive woman while she cries and teach her about God’s grace and forgiveness.

We cannot grow weary. We must do more. Being pro-life is being pro-woman. And 52 million “choices” – abortions – should be seen as a scourge, not as a down payment on another 40 years of turning a blind eye to what the image on the screen really is.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/roe-and-the-road-ahead-88862/#tbrCWw61BEv6waSf.99

Jesus – Our Champion!

“ ‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ ” Matthew 16:15

At some point in life we’ve all felt the frustration and fear of being up against situations that we can’t deal with and, worse yet, there seems to be no one to help. If you were to ask me to tell you about the times I have felt the twinges of hopelessness, my early recollections would be from my first year in high school.

From kindergarten through eighth grade I attended a small Christian school. My dad was a well-known pastor in the area, which meant that I was the big man on campus. Everyone knew who I was, and I had it made—until the day I graduated from that school and enrolled in the nearby public high school. Nobody knew me or my dad at the new school, and nobody cared. So, needless to say, I wasn’t a big shot anymore. What’s worse, I became the victim of Ronnie, who decided to prove his emerging manhood on me. Whenever I passed him in the hall, he would shove and taunt me. I was traumatized. Every day at school I was filled with anxiety and fear because of Ronnie. I needed somebody to help me. I pleaded with friends who knew Ronnie to ask him to stop, but they never did. I was all alone in my problem, and I needed a champion.

In Jesus’ day, the Jewish people were up against the oppressive regime of Rome. Every day they lived with the shame of being a despised minority under the tyrannical thumb of Caesar, who demanded hefty taxes and unflinching allegiance. The once-proud Israel was now a puppet servant state of a brutal and pagan empire. They desperately needed someone to champion their cause. Could it be that Jesus was the long-awaited deliverer? Hence, this on-the-spot quiz! Peter came up with the right answer when he declared Jesus as “the Christ”—the “Messiah” who would deliver them from the oppression they had endured for so long. Against the backdrop of Caesar-worship and rampant paganism in Caesarea Philippi, the disciples pinned their hopes on Jesus.

What Peter didn’t know was that Jesus would be their champion on a far more significant level than a political one: the oppression of Rome. Jesus came to overthrow the source of our problems, not the symptoms. Rome was merely the tool of Satan to defeat God’s people and tarnish God’s glory. Defeating Rome would have been a great accomplishment, but the enemy of our souls would have found another way to wage war against the people of God. So Jesus went head-to-head against Satan, engaged in battle on an old rugged cross, and after a three-day struggle with death rose victoriously from the grave to assure the final victory over the enemy of our souls.

Jesus is the ultimate champion! And when we cast our lot with Him, He assures us that the victory is already won on our behalf. The next time you find yourself in a full nelson up against the wall of despair, claim Jesus as your champion. As Paul declares, you may be “struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:9). Since He won the battle at Calvary, you are now entitled to share in the spoils of His victory. Thanks to Jesus, the word defeat is not in our vocabulary!

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • How would you answer Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am?”
  • Read Romans 8:31-39 and 1 Corinthians 15:50-58. What types of things threaten to defeat you? What promises are listed in these verses?
  • What are the “spoils of victory”? Take some time to list some of the benefits that the Champion has made available to you.

http://getmorestrength.org/daily/jesus-our-champion/

Look Again and Consecrate

If God so clothes the grass of the field . . . , will He not much more clothe you . . . ? —Matthew 6:30

A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us because we will not be simple. How can we maintain the simplicity of Jesus so that we may understand Him? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, and obeying Him as He brings us the truth of His Word, life will become amazingly simple. Jesus asks us to consider that “if God so clothes the grass of the field . . .” how “much more” will He clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him? Every time we lose ground in our fellowship with God, it is because we have disrespectfully thought that we knew better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed “the cares of this world” to enter in (Matthew 13:22), while forgetting the “much more” of our heavenly Father.

“Look at the birds of the air . . .” (Matthew 6:26). Their function is to obey the instincts God placed within them, and God watches over them. Jesus said that if you have the right relationship with Him and will obey His Spirit within you, then God will care for your “feathers” too.

“Consider the lilies of the field . . .” (Matthew 6:28). They grow where they are planted. Many of us refuse to grow where God plants us. Therefore, we don’t take root anywhere. Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the “much more” He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him? Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?

http://utmost.org/look-again-and-consecrate/

Micaiah’s Courage In Telling The Truth

For three years there was no war between Aram and Israel. But in the third year, when Jehoshaphat the ruler of Judah came to visit the ruler of Israel, Ahab said to his followers, “Do you not know that Ramoth in Gilead belongs to us; yet we sit still instead of taking it from the king of Aram?” Then he asked Jehoshaphat, “Will you go with me to attack Ramoth in Gilead?” Jehoshaphat replied, “I am with you, my people are as your people, my horses as your horses.”

And Jehoshaphat said to the ruler of Israel, “Ask now what Jehovah has to say.” So Ahab gathered the prophets together (in all about four hundred men), and asked them, “Shall I go to fight against Ramoth in Gilead or shall I not?” They said, “Go up; for Jehovah will give it into your hands.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there any other prophet of Jehovah, that we may ask him?” The ruler of Israel answered, “There is another by whom we may ask of Jehovah, Micaiah, the son of Imlah, but I hate him; for he prophesies for me nothing good, but only evil.” Jehoshaphat said, “Do not say so.”

Then the ruler of Israel called a servant and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah, the son of Imlah.” The messenger who went to call Micaiah said to him, “See, the prophets have all of them promised the ruler of Israel success. Agree with them, and prophesy success.” But Micaiah said, “As surely as Jehovah lives, I will speak what he says to me.”

When he came to Ahab, he said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth in Gilead to fight, or shall we not?” He answered him, “Go up and conquer! Jehovah will give it into your hands!” But Ahab said to him, “How many times shall I warn you to speak nothing to me in the name of Jehovah but the truth?” He said, “I saw all the Israelites scattered upon the mountains as sheep that have no shepherd. And Jehovah said, ‘These have no master; let each of them go home in peace!'”

The ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would prophesy for me nothing good, but only evil?” Micaiah said, “Hear then the message from Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on his throne and all the host of heaven standing about him. And Jehovah said, ‘Who will deceive Ahab, so that he will go up and fall at Ramoth in Gilead?’ One suggested one thing and another, another, until a spirit came out and stood before Jehovah and said, ‘I will deceive him.’ Jehovah said to him, ‘By what means?’ He said, ‘I will go out and become a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then Jehovah said, ‘You shall succeed in deceiving him. Go out and do so.’ So Jehovah has now put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, for he has decided to bring evil upon you.”

Then Zedekiah came near and struck Micaiah a blow on the cheek and said, “How was it that the spirit of Jehovah went from me to speak to you?” Micaiah replied, “Indeed, you shall see on the day when you shall go from one hiding-place to another.” Then the ruler of Israel said, “Take Micaiah back to Amon, the governor of the city, and to Joash, the ruler’s son, and say, ‘This is the ruler’s command: Put this fellow in prison and feed him with a scanty fare of bread and water until I return successful.'” Micaiah said, “If you indeed return successful, Jehovah has not spoken by me.”

Then Ahab, the ruler of Israel, and Jehoshaphat, the ruler of Judah, went up to Ramoth in Gilead. And the ruler of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will dress myself so that no one will know me, and go into the battle, but you can put on your robes.”

But a certain man shot an arrow, and by chance it struck the ruler of Israel between the breastplate and the lower part of his armor. So Ahab said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn about and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” But the battle grew more intense, so that Ahab stayed until evening propped up in his chariot in the sight of the Arameans, and the blood ran out of the wound into the bottom of the chariot. And that evening he died.             About sunset the cry went out through the army, “Each to his town and each to his land, for the ruler is dead!” So they went to Samaria and buried Ahab there. And when they washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, the dogs licked up his blood just as Jehovah had said.

http://kids.ochristian.com/Childrens-Bible/Micaiahs-Courage-In-Telling-The-Truth.shtml

 

“I called him alone and blessed him” (Isa. li. 2).

When we were in the East we noticed the beautiful process of raising rice. The rice is sown on a morass of mud and water, ploughed up by great buffaloes, and after a few weeks it springs up and appears above the water with its beautiful pale green shoots. The seed has been sown very thickly and the plants are clustered together in great numbers, so that you can pull up a score at a single handful. But now comes the process of transplanting. He first plants us and lets us grow very close to some of His children, and in great clusters in the nursery or the hothouse, but when we reach a certain stage we must be transplanted, or come to nothing. He calls us out by His Spirit and Providence into situations where we have to lean directly on Him, where He puts upon us a weight of responsibility and service so great that we have an opportunity of developing and are thrown upon the great resources of His grace.

“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is; for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters and that spreadeth out her roots by the rivers.”

http://devotionals.ochristian.com/a-b-simpson-devotional.shtml