God’s Grace

Ansley Rae October 031On September 29, 2009 I witnessed the most beautiful miracle I have ever seen. Against all odds a breathtaking little baby girl was born. The doctor’s gave us no hope for her. She would die at birth they said. Thirty two days later we are enjoying every little kiss on her cheek, every little smile, and every little touch of her adorable hand. God’s grace brought us together and I am forever grateful to him. He is most definetly a loving God of compassion. He gives us hope when the world gives us none.

I have lived the best thirty two days of my life and look forward to day thirty three. Every moment is precious and truly a blessing with our little angel sent down from heaven. I can’t even express how grateful I am to have been given the chance to know my granddaughter. Her strength is amazing and teaches us that all things are possible through God.

Remember this story when you are on the sidewalk. Tell others of the beautiful miracle that God gave us. Even when the odds are stacked against you, God will come through for you. “Ask and you shall receive”. I am a true believer of these words. For God answered my prayer and the prayers of many. She is a living, breathing testimony of God’s mercy and grace.

Thank you to all who prayed for my daughter and granddaughter. You helped make the miracle happen.

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Women have a RIGHT to KNOW!

Washington, D.C. (02 September 2009) – A woman in Austin, Texas, is the latest victim of the deadly side effects of the birth control pill.

Patti Kelly, 28, was diagnosed in August with multiple blood clots in both lungs. Her doctor told her that if she hadn’t come into the emergency room when she did, she “could have died instantly.”

Kelly’s doctor named birth control as the driving factor in the onslaught of the blood clots that could have caused Kelly’s death.

Marie Hahnenberg, project director for American Life League’ s “The Pill Kills” outreach, is not surprised.

“We are constantly hearing about problems that stem from the dangerous chemicals used in hormonal contraception,” Hahnenberg said. “Women have been told for years that the birth control pill is the answer to their medical complications, when it is only causing more problems – even death.”

In 2008, Johnson and Johnson spent at least $68.7 million to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by women who suffered blood clots, heart attacks or strokes after using the company’s Ortho Evra birth-control patch. This summer, lawsuits have been filed against Bayer’s dangerous and life-threatening Yasmin and Yaz birth control pills.

“Not only do the pill, patch, intrauterine device and similar birth control products cause great harm to the woman herself, but these products also can cause early abortions,” Hahnenberg said. “The physical and emotional perils associated with birth control are one of the most closely guarded secrets in the pharmaceutical industry. It’s time women knew the truth.”

Read the stories of some of the YOUNG Women who have Died

Check out the Side Effects of the Pill

Also, you will find the History of the Pill very interesting

Where the heart lies

love_god_in_sandToday was especially hard as the cars piled in one by one and young girls stepped out onto the black top. Devastated with my own feelings of impending loss of a granddaughter whom we dearly love, I found it most difficult to speak today. I stood there watching these young girls going in feeling more helpless than ever. I wished I could become every mother that drove up and tell her daughter, “I love you and we are not going to do this.” ” I am going to help you.” This is what I would tell my daughters. To know that my own daughter will suffer the agonizing pain of losing her beautiful newborn at birth is beyond words. I pray that God will spare her such pain. I pray for a miracle. I ask God for his divine intervention. As the day progressed and my heart was breaking, I saw an opportunity to talk to a young girl. I was told she was a rape victim, something, unfortunately, I know alot about. This was my call to speak and I chose to do so. The young girl got out of her car. I asked her if I could speak with her. She said, “No.” I continued on, “My daughter was raped when she was 15. I have a beautiful grandson now that I love very much.” Her head turned towards me. I told her I was a counselor and I would like to help her. She was quick to tell me she had a three year old and was not going to have an abortion. I asked her if she would like some information about the Allied Women’s Center and I explained some of their services. She walked over to take it and walked away to smoke a cigarette. Time went by and I prayed she would not go into the abortion clinic. She finally got up and as she was walking I told her that I was there for her if she needed help. I told her my name and let her know that I had three daughters and I understood what she was going through. Then the Planned Parenthood doors closed and I never saw her again. If nothing else, I pray this young girl knows that there was someone who cared about her.

We all have a story to tell. We all have a life experience that can help a young girl or woman. Sometimes it may be harder than usual to speak but please do. Ultimately, it is not whether you accomplish what you hoped for but WHO you spoke for.  We are the light of God, working for his own purpose not our own. We are here to show others where our own heart lies. Our heart lies with a God who gives unconditional love to all. Praise be to God!

“Abstinence Only” States More Effective

When it comes to effectively reducing teen abortions, it’s apparent that there are those who “get it”, and those who don’t. In this particular case, it’s easy to let the numbers speak for themselves.

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CDC abortion statistics for years 2001 – 2005 found @ www.cdc.gov

Annual census adjustments were calculated into abortion statistics for each year 2001 – 2005. Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

States rejecting abstinence only funds included: AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OH, RI, VA, WI and WY.

The following states not reporting abortion statistics to the CDC for each year 2001 – 2005 were excluded from the calculation: AK, CA, LA, FL & NH

For teen girls under the age of 15 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 7.5% decrease in abortions among the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.

For teen girls under the age of 15 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 23.1% decrease in abortions among the states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education.

The states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education showed a 208% greater reduction in abortions among girls 14 years old and younger, when compared to the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.

Overall, the abortion rate among girls younger than 15 years old in states which rejected abstinence only funding was 37.3% higher than in states which accepted funding

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CDC abortion statistics for years 2001 – 2005 found @ www.cdc.gov

Annual census adjustments were calculated into abortion statistics for each year 2001 – 2005. Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

States rejecting abstinence only funds included: AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, MT, NJ, NM, NY, OH, RI, VA, WI and WY.

The following states not reporting abortion statistics to the CDC for each year 2001 – 2005 were excluded from the calculation: AK, CA, LA, FL & NH

For teen girls under the age of 20 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 5.2% decrease in abortions among the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.

For teen girls under the age of 20 years old, from 2001 – 2005, there was a 20.5% decrease in abortions among the states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education.

The states which have accepted funding for abstinence only education showed a 294.2% greater reduction in abortions among girls 19 years old and younger, when compared to the states which have rejected funding for abstinence only education.

Overall, the teen abortion rate among girls 19 years old and younger for states which rejected abstinence only funding was 48.2% higher than in states which had accepted funding.

The Pontifical Council for the Family provides some guidelines for sex education within the family.

Reference links used in calculations:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5309a1.htm    – CDC 2001

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5407a1.htm    – CDC 2002

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5511a1.htm    – CDC 2003

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5609a1.htm    – CDC 2004

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5713a1.htm    – CDC 2005

 http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=D&-ds_name=D&-_lang=en&-redoLog=false&-mt_name=PEP_2008_EST_GCTT1R_US40S&-format=ST-2S  – U.S. Census estimations for 2001 – 2008

hot, hot, hot….

Last Saturday was a scorcher, but along with the higher heat and humidity, we welcomed the lower abortion numbers. Saturday the 27th there were 13 abortions and for the 20th of June there were 18. The last two abortion days complete the 2nd quarter for 2009, and we continue to see the incidence of abortions being almost half of where they were last year at this time.

Over all for 2009 , the amount of abortions at 104 Babcock have decreased 46% or by 215.

There were no real incidents to report over the past two weeks, but we continue to see the friends and family members of abortion minded women, come over to speak to our counselors and admit they are against abortion but feel there are limited options for their loved ones.  Its a testimony of our abortion minded  society who puts both, direct and indirect pressure on women with unplanned pregnancies to get abortions. It’s as though they believe pregnant girls and women “who have their entire lives in front of them”, contract some sort of disease, where they become completely disabled and incapacitated, forcing them to put their entire lives on hold.

Please continue to pray for the the abortion minded individuals and to those who perpetuate the lies and rhetoric of choice, and for all of us, that we may resist the temptations to unfairly judge others.

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giving some booties away

The abortion numbers for this past Saturday was 21 (keep in mind that all abortions must now be done @ the Babcock clinic). There was a good number of us out there for the first 4 hours or so, but things really thinned out after 11. Thanks to everyone who was out there throughout the week, you all certainly made a difference. The cumulative average of abortions per day (since December of 2007) has fallen to 24.8 with 187 less abortions at this clinic than during the same time frame in 2008.

Overall, there was a lot of activity particularly among the loved ones of the abortive minded women, with some of them brought to tears because they felt helpless in their efforts to offer any sort of emotional support to the expecting mothers.

Some great news from Tammy follows:

Hey everyone,

Quick follow-up on Sat.  It looked like an unusually busy day at PP–which was very disheartening.  I arrived around 10 AM to a packed lot, but with many prayer warriors and some dynamic counseling in progress ( Shannon, Amber, Jeff, Frank-others?)

As Shannon was leaving, she offered to give me one of her little gift packages of booties, blanket, etc.  I happily took one, but wondered when I would ever get the chance to give it away.  Well, time went on, and quite a few people had to leave.  Only Frank, Yolanda and I were left.  We kept trying to talk to anyone and everyone that came outside.  We had noticed a young couple talking outside, that had been there quite awhile.  They didn’t seem to pay us any mind whatsoever.  Finally, about 12:15, they headed for their car which was parked on the sidewalk side.  One last time I tried to get them to take some information–then, Yolanda called out “You weren’t considering abortion, were you?”  (or something like that).  Then, the young man rolled down the window and said that he would take the info.  I told him that I couldn’t walk on the black-top.  So, he smiles, gets out of the car, and tells us “Look, she was going to get an abortion, but she changed her mind!!”  I looked at her, and she was smiling also.  They took all the info about Allied and PCC–and Frank handed them some other pamphlets, also (about NFP,etc.).  Then, I remembered the booties, and reached in my bag, and gave them their first baby-gift!!  I also gave them the precious feet pin and the card with the info on the fetal development. It was an amazing encounter.

Thanks for all your hard work and prayers.  That couple definitely heard/saw many of you earlier in the morning. Your effort helped save a baby!!  Praise God!

Now, only one thing.  Shannon, can I get another pair of booties?

The next abortion day will be this coming Saturday.

Needing a Bump in Business?

Comprehensive sex education? Planned Parenthood’s research and education arm, the Guttmacher Institute now recommends the following:

Health care providers and health educators should discuss withdrawal as a legitimate, if slightly less effective, contraceptive method in the same way they do condoms and diaphragms. Dismissing withdrawal as a legitimate contraceptive method is counterproductive for the prevention of pregnancy and also discourages academic inquiry into this frequently used and reasonably effective method.

Does anyone remember the Consumer Reports assessment on Planned Parenthood condoms several years back?