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Sanctity Of Life

Promoting the Sanctity of Human Life and the Right to Life for the Baby in the Womb

Refuting the culture of death as in abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, suicide & doctor-assisted suicide, Abortifacients, cloning & embryonic stem cell research, and the killing of excess babies, as in in-vitro-fertilization (selective reduction).

Introduction

In today’s humanistic culture, individuals are tinkering with ethical boundaries in science, namely genetics, pushing research and experimentation to the limit. In 1973, the monumental court case, Roe v. Wade, altered the bioethical playing field in the United States forever. For the first time in history, a mother could kill her unborn child without any legal consequences. Years later, a sheep named Dolly was cloned in a Scottish laboratory, and scientists around the world claimed they could clone human beings next. Likewise, stem cell research is one of the pivotal debates of the twenty-first century. In-vitro fertilization poses severe ethical concerns because it often leads to the destruction of excess embryos. Infanticide, euthanasia, and suicide, while not necessarily “scientific,” are issues also facing our modern “culture of death.”

 

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Abortion Fact #7: The differences between embryos and adults are differences of degree not of kind.

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #7 exerpt  and the link to full informative article below.

Like toddler and adolescent, the terms “embryo” and “fetus” do not refer to nonhumans but to humans at particular stages of development. Human beings inside the womb are smaller, less developed, and more dependent than human beings outside the womb. These are differences of degree, not differences of kind. We can all point to other people who are bigger, stronger, smarter, or less dependent than we are, but that doesn't make our life any less valuable or any less deserving of protection. 

i am not a clump of cellsThe lives of newborn children are protected by law. The lives of embryos and fetuses are not, at least when the context is abortion. If you asked the average abortion-supporter why this is, why it is generally legal to kill a human being before birth but not legal to kill the same human being after birth, they would likely point you to some of the differences that exist between humans in the womb and humans out of the womb.

Stephen Schwarz, in his book, The Moral Question of Abortion, notes that there are four basic ways that an embryo or fetus differs from a newborn baby. He coined the acronym SLED to help people remember and categorize these differences.

They are: Size, Level of Development, Environment, and Degree of Dependency. By looking at each of these differences in context, it is easy to see that none of them are sufficient to justify abortion, because each of them are equally applicable to many people outside the womb.

Size

The first difference is size. Embryos are smaller than fetuses who are smaller (usually) than newborns. But what does size have to do with rights of personhood?

Smaller people are no more or less human than those who are bigger. Embryos and fetuses are smaller than newborns, just as newborns are smaller than infants, just as infants are smaller than toddlers, just as toddlers are smaller than adolescents, just as adolescents are smaller than teenagers, and teenagers are smaller than adults.

Size doesn't matter. It is lawful to kill a fly and unlawful to kill a person, not because the person is bigger, but because the person is human. Trees are generally bigger than people, but while it is lawful to cut branches off of trees, it is unlawful to cut arms off of people. Why? Because humanity, not size, is what determines rights of personhood.

This might seem laughably obvious but there are people across the globe who try and justify abortion on the claim that the diminutive size of the embryo or fetus makes them ethically insignificant. Since size does not determine personhood after birth, it shouldn't be used to determine personhood before birth.

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Black Protesters Against “Black Genocide” of Abortion Win Case in Washington DC

— Protesters win case filed against the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) —

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The National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC

Washington, DC — Late yesterday, the American Freedom Law Center, a national public interest law firm, resolved an important First Amendment case against the federal government in favor of several pro-life demonstrators who were prevented from expressing their pro-life message outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. 

 The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. (CBR), a California-based pro-life organization, its executive director, Gregg Cunningham, Reverend Clenard H. Childress, Jr., an African American pastor and assistant to National Director Rev Dr, Johnny Hunter of LEARN (the Life Education And Resource Network), the largest African American Pro-Life Network in USA, and Jacqueline Hawkins, an African American woman who is the director of minority outreach for CBR. Pastor Childress and Ms. Hawkins direct the NMAAC project, which was developed by CBR in collaboration with LEARN.

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Fact #6: Poverty, Rape, Disability, or “unwantedness” Do Not Morally Justify Abortion.

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #6 exerpt  and the link to full informative article below. Even the most skilled pro-choice debater would be thoroughly defeated by these facts.

There are all sorts of circumstances that people point to as justification for their support of abortion. Since none of these circumstances are sufficient to justify the killing of human beings after birth, they're not sufficient to justify the killing of human beings before birth.

If abortion is wrong because it is killing a child, then whether or not the child is "wanted" has no bearing on the matter—unless, of course, it is wrong to kill “wanted” people, but right to kill "unwanted" people.

When it comes to abortion, there is no shortage of "What if...?'s." Just when it seems the injustice of abortion has been firmly established, you'll hear things like: "What if the woman was raped?", "What if she can't afford a child?", or "What if the baby is deformed?"

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Abortion reversal is catching like wildfire: Here’s what women are saying

/ Laura Peredo | LIVE ACTION

Immediately after taking the first of two pills used to complete a medical abortion, 19-year-old Karen Raya was flooded with regret, and searched the internet for abortion pill reversal. She found Dr. George Delgado’s pioneering research, which saved her preborn baby, now safely growing into her second trimester.

In a recent interview with NBC San Diego, Raya said “the results are a miracle.” A single mom to a toddler, Raya was driven by fear and loneliness, like many other women, toward obtaining an abortion. But after experiencing immediate regret and seeking reversal, she said “hearing the first heartbeat gave me a sense of hope.”

Dr. George Delgado of the Culture of Life Family Services in San Diego, California, along with Dr. Matthew Harrison, has been pioneering a reversal protocol for several years and now receives 100-150 calls a month on the abortion pill reversal hotline. Of the women who have undergone the treatment, 60-70 percent have successfully carried their pregnancies to term, Dr. Delgado told NBC San Diego.

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Abortion Fact #5: The Right To Not Be Killed Supersedes The Right To Not Be Pregnant

The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published Abortion Fact #5 and the links to the rest below. 

The comparison between a baby's rights and a mother's rights is unequal. What is at stake in abortion is the mother's lifestyle, as opposed to the baby's life. Therefore, it is reasonable for society to expect an adult to live temporarily with an inconvenience if the only alternative is killing a child.

Of course a child does not have more rights than her mother. Any two people are equal, and any two people have equal rights. Hence, a mother has every bit as much right to live as any child. But in nearly all abortions, the woman's right to live is not an issue, because her life is not in danger.

The mother has not only the right to live, but also the right to the lifestyle of her choice—as long as that choice does not rob other people of even more fundamental rights, the most basic of which is the right to live. The right to a certain lifestyle is never absolute and unconditional. It is always governed by its effects on others.

Planned Parenthood states: [1]

The desire to complete school or to continue working are common reasons women give for choosing to abort an unplanned pregnancy.

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Abortion Fact #4: It Is Just, Reasonable, and Necessary for Society to Outlaw Certain Choices.

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published a portion of Fact #4 and the links to the rest below. 

The pro-choice position always overlooks the victim's right to choose. The women don't choose rape. The blacks didn't choose slavery. The Jews didn't choose the ovens. And the babies don't choose abortion.

The only way people can successfully live together in community is to give up a measure of personal freedom. Personal choices that infringe on the life or livelihood of another human being must be legislated against. Therefore, it is impossible to justify abortion by simply arguing that women should be "free to choose."The only way people can successfully live together in community is to give up a measure of personal freedom. Personal choices that infringe on the life or livelihood of another human being must be legislated against. Therefore, it is impossible to justify abortion by simply arguing that women should be "free to choose."

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(VIDEO) Planned Parenthood Med Director: “dismemberment” Abortion “checkbox” Skirts Federal Partial-Birth Law

(VIDEO END OF ARTICLE) Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, Medical Affairs VP for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, Confirms PPFA Uses Paperwork to Fake Compliance with Late-Term Abortion Rules

ORLANDO, July 27–Never-before-released undercover video shows Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, graphically discussing Planned Parenthood’s late-term “dismemberment” and partial-birth abortion protocols in the context of fetal body part harvesting.

The new video comes as the U.S. Senate is debating provisions to terminate taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business.

At a Planned Parenthood conference evening reception, CMP investigators posing as buyers from a biotech company discuss partnering with Dr. Prabhakaran’s Planned Parenthood affiliate in order to harvest fetal organs and tissues from the 2nd-trimester abortions performed there. Prabhakaran advises that her affiliate is merging with the Orlando Planned Parenthood, which does abortions up to 23 weeks and has a high procedure volume, with eighteen abortions at 18-weeks and above scheduled for the next week.

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Fact #3: Beginning at Conception, Every Pregnancy Involves Two or More Bodies.

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published a portion of Fact #3 and the links to the rest below 

No matter how you spin it, women don't have four arms and four legs when they're pregnant. Those extra appendages belong to the tiny human being(s) living inside of them.

The slogan, "My Body, My Choice," betrays a tragic misunderstanding of what is taking place inside the womb. At no point in pregnancy is the developing embryo or fetus simply a part of the mother's body.

There are a number of clear biological facts, and all sorts of legal precedents, that easily refute the claim that the embryo or fetus is simply part of the mother's body.

Proof #1: Different genetic code.

An individual's body parts all share the same genetic code. If the unborn child were actually a part of the mother's body, the unborn's cells would have the same genetic code as the cells of the mother. This is not the case. Every cell of the unborn's body is genetically distinct from every cell in the mother's body.

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Fact #2: Every human being is a person.

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published a portion of Fact #2 and the links to the rest below AND please do not miss the video below.

Abortion Fact #2

Personhood is properly defined by membership in the human species, not by stage of development within that species. 

A living being's designation to a species is determined not by the stage of development but by the sum total of its biological characteristics— actual and potential—which are genetically determined…. If we say that [the fetus] is not human, e.g. a member of Homo sapiens, we must say it is a member of another species. But this cannot be. [1] 

Dictionaries define person as a “human being,” “human individual,” or “member of the human race.” What makes a dog a dog is that he came from dogs. His father was a dog and his mother was a dog, and therefore he is a dog. What makes a human a human is that he came from humans. His father was a human person and his mother was a human person, so he can be nothing other than a human person. [2]

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Fact #1: Every Abortion Kills An Innocent Human Being

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The Virginia Christian Alliance recommends to our readers to visit "Abortion Facts", which lists 20 facts on abortion.  We have published a portion of Fact #1 and the links to the rest below AND please do not miss the video at the end.

Abortion Fact #1

It is false to claim that no one knows when life begins and dishonest to argue that abortion does not kill a human being.

Every new life begins at conception. This is an irrefutable fact of biology. It is true for animals and true for humans. When considered alongside the law of biogenesis – that every species reproduces after its own kind – we can draw only one conclusion in regard to abortion. No matter what the circumstances of conception, no matter how far along in the pregnancy, abortion always ends the life of an individual human being. Every honest abortion advocate concedes this simple fact.

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Why A Virginia Woman’s 3rd Trimester Self-Abortion Should Make Us Question Abortion

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In early 2016, the remains of a baby aborted in the third trimester were found buried in the backyard of Richmond, Virginia, resident Michelle Frances Roberts. Since that time, an investigation into the child’s death has determined that the baby died from “penetrating injuries to the head and maternal use of methadone, alprazolam and amphetamines,” an administrator at the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Richmond told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Roberts has been indicted on the charge of “producing an abortion ‘with intent to destroy her child,’ a Class 4 felony.”

According to an earlier article by the Times-Dispatch, Roberts’ boyfriend’s mother informed police that “Roberts admitted in July 2015 that she was five months pregnant at the time and… Roberts was due to deliver in September or October 2015.” Then, in mid-October of 2015, the boyfriend’s mother “noticed that Roberts no longer appeared to be pregnant but Roberts did not directly confirm it.”

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Planned Parenthood’s depictions of abortion are far from reality

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Planned Parenthood’s depictions of abortion are far from reality

Planned Parenthood would like for you to think that an abortion is a routine medical operation. The organization, which commits more than 320,000 abortions per year, prefers to use terms that are as emotionally detached as possible, like “fetus,” instead of “baby,” and “the pregnancy” instead of “preborn child.”

These aren’t efforts in accordance with a desire to be medically accurate. A recent Planned Parenthood video illustrates that by depicting an abortion as nothing more than removing a tiny blue dot from a mother’s uterus. The Planned Parenthood video states, “During an in-clinic abortion, a doctor, a nurse, or other healthcare provider empties your uterus using gentle suction and sometimes other medical tools.”

This is medically inaccurate. Abortions are gruesome procedures. In a Live Action video which points out the Planned Parenthood video’s inaccuracies, former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino — who himself once committed over 1,200 abortions — detailed what actually happens during an abortion:

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