December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Thought I would share this GREAT news that I just received from 40 Days for Life.

Dear Pro-life Friends,



I wasn't planning to send you a message today, but late
last night I couldn't go to sleep after reading some
GREAT news -- so I thought I'd share it with you to mark
the end of 2011, and to look forward to whatever great
things God has in store in 2012!

Ever since first getting involved in pro-life efforts in
1998 -- when Planned Parenthood announced plans to build
an abortion facility in my town -- one thing that has
always been a bit disheartening for me is when Planned
Parenthood releases its annual report.


Year after year, despite the best efforts of the
pro-life movement, Planned Parenthood's abortion numbers
and revenue dollars have continued to go up and up ...


... UNTIL NOW.


The abortion giant just released the annual report for
its last fiscal year (2009-2010) and these numbers have
FINALLY begun to decline!


Here are the stats ...


Abortions at Planned Parenthood:
* 2009: 331,796
* DOWN in 2010: 329,445

Planned Parenthood Total Revenue (income):
* 2009: $1.10 Billion
* DOWN in 2010: $1.04 Billion

Now, I realize that these are not huge declines -- and
the abortion numbers still demonstrate a STAGGERING loss
of life -- but the tide has begun to turn.


And these numbers were from BEFORE 2011, a year the
abortion chain's president, Cecile Richards, just
described to abortion advocates as "the most difficult
year in our history."


40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted outside
of more than 135 Planned Parenthood facilities this fall
alone, and it is clear that your prayers and faithful
efforts ARE paying off.


Let's commit to build on this momentum in 2012!
For Life,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 30, 2011

Too Many Aborted

I don't have time to post one of my mammoth talk-a-lot posts (yeah, you guys love those, don't you???) so I thought I'd share a little video that I came across that caused me to stumble upon a new website called Too Many Aborted.  The thing about this website is that it is quite strong and in-your-face.  It also is mostly about the racism of pro-choice Planned Parenthood.  So, here's the thing, this website may go overboard a little bit in how strong they present their arguments.  Plus, they're touching on a very sensitive problem in our country, racism.  But what they say about Margaret Sanger being racist is true and what they say about Planned Parenthood targeting minority areas is true.  And the truth that they preach about the beauty of adoption is beautiful.  So, watch this video and let us know what you think about the video and the website and the work that Too Many Aborted is doing!

December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

MerryCHRISTmastoyouall!



Just thought that I'd wish you all a very merry CHRIST-mas!  Enjoy time with your families and celebrating the birth of our SAVIOR, Emmanuel, GOD with us.  Think about that.  GOD with US.  It gives me the chills to think that CHRIST came down to Earth to just be with us.  He could have skipped the first 30 years and just died, but He didn't, He came down and spent time with us.  Anyways, love you all and have a spectacular Christmas weekend!

Love in CHRIST,

Aubry

P.S.  LOVE this song, and thought it would be perfect to share (especially since I'm a huge fan of Francesca Batistelli!)  Enjoy!


December 21, 2011

Why Abortion is Wrong: The Counterarguments

   Why Abortion is Wrong is a series that attempts to view the issue of abortion from a number of different views and angles. You can see the last two posts for this series here.


   In this post, I'm going to examine some of the key counterarguments pro-choicers might bring up against the key argument for pro-lifers. I did a post on that argument here, and I examined one argument against it, the question of defining murder. Just as a reminder, to disprove this argument, one would have to attack one of the premises. The argument is logically valid, so if the premises are true, the conclusion must be true. Just as a refresher, the argument is:
Premise 1: Murder is wrong.
Premise 2: Abortion is murder.
Conclusion: Therefore, abortion is wrong.
Now let's take a look at some counterarguments against this argument.

December 19, 2011

MUSIC VIDEO!!!!!

Jacob, don't laugh.


What could be better??? Pro-life message in country music! I found this video and when it was done I sat there, stunned. So powerful! Kenney Chesney sings this song, There Goes My Life.



See Jacob???? Country music really IS good! (Just so all of you understand, Jacob laughs at me for driving in my truck with the country music cranked up, window down, hair blowing, yeah, even throw in some cowboy boots!)

December 10, 2011

Guest Post: Becca French

Meet Becca French, a fellow worker in the pro-life movement. We met over the internet on the Rebelution forum and when I found out what exactly she was doing (let her explain), I asked her to write a little something about it for y'all to read. So, enjoy, and take a look-see at Becca's very own pro-life blog.


Hello, everybody!

My name is Becca French, and I'm a friend of Aubry's. Through a mutual friend and the Rebelution forum we met and became fast friends because of our similar passion for life. I love We Can't Ignore, it's so encouraging to see that other teenagers besides me care about abortion and want to make a difference! Aubry was kind enough to let me post, and I am honored to do so.

My second semester of my freshman year of high school I wrote a research paper on Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. When I wrote my paper I thought turning in my final draft would be the end of my days of writing about abortion, but God had different plans. Very, very different plans. For the rest of the semester and for the entire summer abortion was nagging in the back of my head. Statistics that I read in February still haunted me in July. Stories I read of grieving post-abortive women and pictures I saw of abortions would not leave my mind. Finally in August of 2009 I emailed my composition teacher I wrote the research paper for. I asked her what I could do about abortion as a teenager. She came up to me one of the first weeks of my sophomore year at school and said easily the last thing I would have expected her to say. "Becca, I think you should write a book about abortion for teenagers."

Oh snap.

Even though the thought of writing a book terrified me, I knew in that second that that was what God wanted me to do. It made so much sense; when I played house with my sisters when I was little I would always be a writer, I had always sensed that God had something big and unexpected in store for my life, I had even been randomly given somebody's old laptop that they didn't need anymore. Yet, it completely and utterly terrified me. There are a lot of words in a book, and choosing the right ones and the right order was way more than I could ever do, especially as a scared 15 year old. But, God chose to use a scared 15 year old to do His will instead of the thousands of people more qualified and competent to do this job. I believe He did this in order to show His strength in my many weaknesses, and to teach me to depend on Him.

Fast forward a couple of years. Now I'm a senior, 17 years old, God has given me faith to replace the terror (though occasionally the terror sneaks back, God is still always faithful), and I've written 31,000 words. Many of them are not the right words, and the rest are not in the right order. But it's a working progress and someday it'll be done and God can use it as He pleases. I'm as excited as ever to write this book and to serve my God. This morning somebody asked me what I was going to do next year when I graduate and I realized the only honest response I had was, "All I want to do is save babies, love people, and see people meet Jesus." There is so much hope and power and healing in Jesus: enough to save children, enough to heal hurting women who have had abortions, enough to heal broken families and lives devastated by abortion, enough to provide for women who are pregnant and choosing life, enough to help a scared teenager write a book that's way over her head!

Well, Aubry, I hope this is remotely along the lines of what you were looking for. Thank you, all, for taking the time to read this, for reading the incredible posts by the We Can't Ignore team, and for caring for life. Have a wonderful day!

-Becca

P.S. I have my own lil 'ol blog as well, if you're interested in learning more about my book. Both the book at the blog are titled The Unborn and the Uninformed. Be sure to check out the FAQ page if you have any questions. Thanks :)

December 9, 2011

Monthly...December

December's Monthly... is Be My Vote!  Check out the Monthly... page to find out more about how you can get involved in this opportunity.  If you're a minor, you can't vote.  Be My Vote is a way to still be involved in the life-related legislation and help others who can vote know how to do so as well.  Check it out!

December 8, 2011

We're on Twitter!

We Can't Ignore is now on Twitter! We'll be posting links to new posts on the blog along with links to relevant articles. Follow us at https://twitter.com/#!/WeCantIgnore.

December 6, 2011

Testimonies: Suzi Caughran, Part 4 (Last Part)

Here is the last part to Suzi Caughran's amazing testimony to God's grace!  I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did.  Comment on this post, or shoot us an email, to let us know what you thought of Suzi's story.  If you would like to contact Suzi and ask her questions about her story, email us to receive her email address.  She is willing to talk with you about anything!

As I started in my iChoice orientation and training, I was told that part of the training for consultants was to go through iPath. (Path of Life) is a post abortive counseling group which is based on the bible. I wanted to go and knew I needed to be there. Wow…I had no idea what was going to take place the next 8 weeks. I hated it and needed it at the same time. It was the most healing and beautiful counseling I could have ever imagined. I was with a group of 3 other woman who all shared their stories. I finally realized, that I was a mother of 3 beautiful children. I have no idea how I was able to end the lives of 3 children because of my own selfishness and stupidity. We had a me- moralization for our children the 7th week. I thought I would die, I was in so much pain for what I did……and how could I have done that…….I had so much love and support from the leaders of our group, Debbie and Laura. I prayed and prayed, and was finally able to write a letter to my children in their honor and ask for their forgiveness.

Why Abortion is Wrong: The Logical Argument

   Why Abortion is Wrong is a series that attempts to view the issue of abortion from a number of different views and angles. You can see the introductory post for this series here.

   In this first post in the Why Abortion is Wrong series, I'm going to take a look at the key argument pro-lifers put forth against abortion from a logical angle. But first, a quick lesson on logic. Every logical syllogism (a fancy logical term for a common form of a written argument) must both be valid and sound for it to be true. Valid simply means that the syllogism is set up in such a way that, if the premises, or supporting claims are true, the conclusion must be true. A sound argument is a valid argument with true premises. For example, if my premises were "All dogs are animals" and "All animals are alive" and my conclusion was "All dogs are alive," then as long as everyone agreed that my premises were true, my conclusion must be true because the argument is valid. So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at the key argument pro-lifers use against abortion.

December 5, 2011

Why Abortion is Wrong

Hello everyone! My name is Jacob, and I've been friends with Aubry for several years now. I've been a part of this blog since it began, but I haven't done much on it. I started out writing a series on the candidates for the 2012 presidential election and their views on abortion (found here) but didn't finish because of a couple reasons: first, I didn't believe that it really mattered; it was too early, and not really aimed at what I believed was the key demographic of our blog. Second, and to be quite truthful, probably more key to why I stopped, I gave up. I didn't feel like I really had much to say, and I didn't feel like anyone would listen. I've since come to realize that both of those feelings were wrong, but I still struggled to find the time and the gumption to write. I was thinking about the blog over the weekend, and thinking of what I could write, when I got this idea. Over the next couple weeks, I am going to write a series of posts on why abortion is wrong from several different aspects. I'm going to start with a logical argument and then move on to counterarguments that pro-choice people may bring up against my argument. From there I'll move on to a Biblical, Faith-based argument, and go from there to whatever else I can think of. I hope you'll read through my posts and comment on them, whether you agree with me or disagree. Thanks for reading this and I can't wait to continue posting in the future.

In Christ,
Jacob

December 4, 2011

Testimonies: Suzi Caughran, Part 3

I guess I was the lucky one, I got to read this story all in one chunk.  I promise, I will get the fourth part out as fast as possible.  Enjoy!

I continued in my relationship with this man. I even moved from Seattle to the bay area (San Francisco) with him and a few years later, married the man that was for me aborting our child. We eventually divorced and I left and moved to Spokane area. I remained single for the next 8 years. I still thought I could catch the man of my dreams as long as I gave up everything to him! Apparently, I am a slow learner.

November 30, 2011

Abort73 Blog Post: 858 Women. 1,000 Men.


Read this post about gendercide in India on the Abort73 blog: click here.


November 26, 2011

Testimonies: Suzi Caughran, Part 2

As promised, here's the second part of Suzi Caughran's amazing testimony.  After this, there will be two more parts.  Enjoy!



I had a “best’ friend that hung out with me and partook in my favorite activities. I thought I was having fun…I mean wasn’t I? I lived this life style for sometime…….went home with almost any guy that paid attention to me, and gave myself freely to them. Afterwards, I always hated myself. The first time I found myself pregnant I was scared to death…..never once did I identify that I had a baby in my womb. This time frame was shortly after abortion was legalized, thanks to Roe v. Wade. The only thing I was focused on at that time was finding a doctor who could abort it for me. I remember a friend of mine who had an abortion, so I contacted her. My mom overheard this conversation and was shocked. She drove me to my abortion and told me that if my father ever found out, “he would kill me”. So, I had the abortion and continued punishing myself by giving myself to men.

November 19, 2011

Testimonies: Suzi Caughran (Part 1)

Allow me to introduce to you Suzi Caughran, a woman who has an amazing story. She volunteers at iChoice (Life Services) in Cheney and is a consultant there. There will be four parts to her story, so stay tuned! The sharing of testimonies may become a regular feature on We Can't Ignore, so look for those! But now, read what Suzi Caughran has to say about her life and the amazing forgiveness God has poured out on her.



I entered into this world on February 19, 1958. I was born into a family that had two boys aged 1 and 2. My mother and father were in their early 20’s and my father was in the Air Force at that time. I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana at St. Patrick’s Hospital. We moved a few times due to my father being in the Air Force. My dad finally left the Air Force and moved the family to Culver City, California. At that time, a small suburb on the west side of town. My mom then had my younger brother 4 yrs later and then following 11 yrs later, her final son was born.

November 15, 2011

November Featured Activity

This month's Pro-life Featured Activity is the Susan B. Anthony list.  Check out what you can do to get involved in the political side of the Pro-life movement by going to http://sba-list.org/.  Check out my summary of the SBA list on the Monthly... page.

November 7, 2011

Featured Pro-life Activity

You may have noticed that I didn't post the supposedly Weekly Featured Pro-life Activity two weeks...or last week...or this week.  Yeah, well two reasons.

One, I've been a tiny bit busy, okay a lot busy, and my good friends are going through a really, really hard family crisis.  So there's the first reason.

Two, I've decided to change the "Weekly" part in that fancy title to "Monthly", so every month you'll get a new organization to dig into.  That way, you have longer to digest it, and I have longer to find all the good tidbits about it:)  So, I'll get November's up ASAP, and just so you know, November's Featured Pro-life Activity will be the SBA-list (sba-list.org).  So, there's your spoiler (spoiler alert!) for this post.

Thanks, as always, for reading!

Aubry

October 21, 2011

Why Christians?

What makes fighting abortion our responsibility?  We're not supposed to be in the world, right?

Wrong.

Yes, you read correctly.  And you might be going, "Whaaa??"

Me too, for a while.  Christ tells us to be in the world, but not of it.

So now you get it.

Some examples to back up my point.  Think of almost any godly character in the Bible: Moses. Abraham. Lot. Joseph. Jacob. Isaac. Daniel (big one here!).

Abby Johnson post

I was reading on Abby Johnson's blog the other day (abbyjohnson.org) and I came across this post:

Last year, I took my whole family to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., including my 4 year old daughter, Grace.  She frequently goes out to the abortion clinics with me to pray.  She knows what it means to be pregnant.  She has a very simplified understanding of abortion.  She had never been exposed to any graphic signs.  I knew she would be at the March for Life.  I didn’t know what she would say or how she would handle it, but I didn’t want to hide them from her.

October 13, 2011

40 Days for Life story

Since 40 Days for Life is the featured organization of the week, I thought it fitting to share this story.  I got this email from Shawn Carney the other day:

A visibly upset young woman and her mother had just
walked out of the abortion center where the 40 Days
for Life vigil is going on -- and walked right up to
one of the prayer volunteers.
She had been advised to have an abortion because she
had difficulties in her life.

October 9, 2011

Weekly Featured Pro-life Activity...New This Week!

Have you ever wondered, okay, so I know why I should do something about abortion, but I don't know what to do!!!  Yeah, realized, we haven't been too good about giving you options, because there are a lot of them.  So, here is how we are attempting to remedy that problem.

We will have Weekly Featured Pro-life Activity!  And that's just a fancy title for things to do in the Pro-life movement.  This could be as simple as a website that has some special quirk about it, or it could be as major as a National Organization that you can become a part of.  We'll have a page where the information on the activity idea will be posted and a button on our main blog that leads to the page.  Feel free to copy that button to your site every week!  It will give us more publicity and it will help those interested in doing something active to get ideas of what's out there.

So, I hope this is helpful to some of you, and thanks, as always, for reading our blog!

In CHRIST,

The We Can't Ignore Team

October 6, 2011

The Scarlet Letter

But she named the infant 'Pearl,' as being of great price--purchased with all she had--her mother's only treasure!  How strange, indeed!  Man had marked this woman's sin by a scarlet letter, which had such potent and disastrous efficacy that no human sympathy could reach her, save it were sinful like herself.  God, as a direct consequence of the sin which man thus punished, had given her a lovely child, whose place was on that same dishonored bosom, to connect her parent forever with the race and descent of mortals, and to be finally a blessed soul in Heaven!
~Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter

Are you familiar with the book, The Scarlet Letter?  It really is an amazing piece of literature, and it has to do so much with what is happening in the pro-life movement!  It offered me so much insight about the problems we face today in the pro-life movement.  This piece of gold in particular I'm going to share with you.

September 28, 2011

I MET ABBY JOHNSON!!!

Okay, sorry we haven't posted in a while.  I will get more regular, I promise!  But...

...You read correctly.  I met Abby Johnson!!  I think I have the right to scream.

So, story behind that. 

I'm going to be starting volunteer work at my local Crisis Pregnancy Center (well I guess I already kind of have, sort of), next Monday.  I'm going to be the Administrative Assistant for the Volunteers Coordinator (I know, fancy title, and I'm only a volunteer, haha) which I'm super super super excited about.

August 22, 2011

LOVE will overcome abortion: Part 2

Sorry it took me so long to post this!!  Here is part 2 of a mini-series I started a couple months ago.  To read part 1, click here.

Sometimes, when two sides of an argument sounds so right it is very hard to figure out who really is.  After all, someone has to be right!

August 16, 2011

The Holocaust of Jews and the Holocaust of Babies

Sorry it's been so long since we've posted!

So, recently, we received an email from Ray Comfort, the founder of Living Waters, an organization dedicated to helping Christian churches learn how to reach out to their communities.  Mr. Comfort has also made a video about abortion and the Holocaust.  He interviewed several people on their thoughts on the Holocaust, abortion, and morality. 
Here is kind of a summary of the video, and my thoughts on it.

You all know who Adolf Hitler was, right?  Two years ago, I read a book that was basically his diary called Mein Kampf which means My Struggle.  This book is huge, I'm looking at it right now.  It's big, black and about three inches thick.  And it is filled to brimming with reasons why Hitler hated the Jews.  Why Hitler killed 6 million Jews.  Yes, he killed 6 million Jews.

He didn't just kill Jews though.  The common number of deaths associated with the Holocaust is 11 million.  In a span of four years alone (from 1941-1945), 11 million innocent people were killed for no reason at all except that they were a nuisance, and the Nazis didn't want them around.  And all this was caused by the government of Germany.

You might start to see now what the Holocaust has in common with abortion.

Now fast-forward about 30 years.  1973 saw abortion become legal in the United States.  That year, 1.25 million abortions were performed.  The next year, that number increased by 100,000.  Every year, the number of abortions grew to reach a peak of 1,700,000 abortions performed in 1990.  Now, on average, about 1.2 million babies die a year due to abortion in the United States alone.

So, we have two somewhat different scenarios: the Holocaust of Jews, and the Holocaust of babies.  I would call this reckless abortion of babies a holocaust because the definition of "holocaust" according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition) is, "A thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life" or "A mass slaughter of people; esp Genocide."  This seems to describe both scenarios.

Now we come to what is really similar about both.  Hitler claimed that Jews were not human, they were a race, yes, and they were alive, yes, but they were not human.  Sound familiar?  Insert "fetus" for "Jews" and you have almost exactly what the majority of Americans say about a baby in the womb!

Would you say that the intended murdering of a Jew is wrong?  I'm assuming, yes.  Would you say that the intended murdering of a "fetus" is wrong?  Some would adamantly say, "Yes!"  Some would say, "That is a tricky subject," or "That's completely different."  But is it?  You have to decide for yourself.

If you have specific questions about abortion or would like to learn more, email us at wecantignore@gmail.com.  I would also encourage you to visit http://abort73.com/ for more information about statistics on abortion.

Thank you for reading my thoughts.

In Christ,

Aubry

July 13, 2011

What We Know: Ron Paul

The What We Know series attempts to explain each of the 2012 Presidential Candidates' views on abortion. Earlier, we did Mitt Romney. Next up is Ron Paul, who won the 2012 republican straw poll in June.

The Simple Answer: Three quotes compiled together, all found here: "I am strongly pro-life. . . . I can assure you life begins at conception. . . . The first thing we have to do is get the federal government out of it [abortion]. We don't need a federal abortion police."

Behind the Answer: Four long articles on Paul's stance on abortion can be found here, here, here, and here. Paul himself is pro-life, but he believes that the federal government should stay out of the issue of abortion. He believes that the states should decide whether or not to allow abortions. As a result of his mixed views on abortion, his voting record is similarly mixed. NARAL, which rated President Obama 100% pro-choice, gives Paul a 0% rating, indicating a firmly pro-life voting record. However, NRLC, which also gave Obama a pro-choice rating, gave Paul a 56% rating, indicating a mixed record on abortion voting. Prolifeprofiles.com (second "here" link in this section) is extremely harsh on Paul, placing him in their lowest tier of pro-lifers, which is reserved for those who are "pro-choice with exception." In summary, Ron Paul doesn't believe in federal regulation of abortion, even though he doesn't think that abortion is morally right.

July 12, 2011

"The Millennials, Religion, and Abortion Survey"

The Public Religion Research Institute recently released a study on abortion that they termed "the largest national public opinion survey ever conducted on abortion and the influence of religion and moral values on the issue." The survey, which can be found here, is forty-one pages long and was compiled through 3000 interviews. To go through all of the survey would take hours, so I will give you some highlights. The survey focused on the "Millennial" Generation's (18 to 29 year olds) view of abortion and the issues surrounding it. The study found that, contrary to popular belief, the Millennial Generation is not significantly more likely to favor abortion than the rest of American society, meaning that roughly 60% of their generation believes abortion should be legal in all or most cases, and 40% believes that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The study also found that those who knew someone who had an abortion were far more likely to support abortion than those who didn't know anyone who had an abortion. Those who had recently seen an image of an ultrasound were slightly less likely to support abortion than those who hadn't. Those who had seen TV shows such as "Teen Mom" or "16 and Pregnant" were more likely to support abortion than those who hadn't seen those shows. Another interesting fact this study found is that 60% of Americans who attend church weekly say that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

So what does it mean? Well, it confirms a lot of things that we already knew. Religious people are more likely than atheists or agnostics to oppose abortion, friendships influence beliefs, and television and the internet are now large influences in our lives. However, the key part if the survey made me pause temporarily. The survey suggests that the Millennial Generation, a generation considered one of the most liberal and "open-minded" generations ever, is no more open to abortion than the rest of society. In fact, the survey says that exactly half of that generation (50%) believes that abortion is morally wrong. The pro-life movement, contrary to popular belief, will not suffer through the Milennial Generation. In fact, this study shows that the pro-life movement could conceivably grow through this generation. That, I think, is the key find of this survey.

In Christ,
Jacob

July 8, 2011

What We Know: Mitt Romney

The What We know series attempts to explain each of the 2012 Presidential candidates' views on abortion. Earlier, we did President Obama. Next is Mitt Romney, considered by many to be the front runner for the Republican nomination.

The Simple Answer: A quote from Romney, found here: "I am prolife. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother"

Behind the Answer: Three articles on Romney's stance and record on abortion can be found here, here, and (wikipedia warning) here. Romney, at one point, was in favor of abortion and said he was pro-choice. However, in 2004, Romney claimed that he had become pro-life. Despite his proclaimed conversion, in 2006, Romney, then governor of Massachusetts, signed a health care bill that included taxpayer funding for abortion. Romney later claimed that, despite evidence to the contrary (noted in the first linked article in this section) the bill he signed did not fund abortion, and even if it did, it wasn't his fault. Romney now claims to be firmly pro-life and ready to de-legalize abortion, but his past record takes some of the legitimacy out of his claim.

July 6, 2011

LOVE will overcome abortion: Part 1



Mother Teresa is probably a person who I should know much more about.  She is a blessed person and someone who loved the people of this world much like Jesus Christ did.  For that I respect her.  She never stopped trying to love people.  She just loved people!  I can definitely learn a lot from her!

So, I am reading this book called ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments by Randy Alcorn.  When I am done, I'll write a book review on it.  I've barely gotten out of the introduction and I would already recommend it to anyone!  But in this book, there is an excerpt from a speech Mother Teresa made at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast.  Just the little bit that was in the book inspired me, so I decided to look for the rest.  I found the entire speech here.  It. is. amazing.  And it's not just about abortion.  Wouldn't you know it?  It's about love!  And it reminded me of something:


Day before last was the Fourth of July.  Different people have different things that they do on the Fourth and my family goes to a huge park called Riverfront Park that is in downtown Spokane, the city that I live in.  The park has a band come every year and a big fire works show and lots of booths where you can buy food and crafts and different things and it's really fun!  But there are also many, many people that smoke, get drunk, break rules, wear immodest clothing, and well, you get the picture.  These kinds of people scare me and disgust me.  For one, I'm not used to people like that, the "normal" people for me are Christian people who go to church regularly, don't smoke or have tattoos, don't swear constantly, and are law-abiding citizens that have a job.  So the contrast between those people and the people at the park last night was, shall we say, quite distinct.  After I got tired of all those people looking at me and coming too close to me, I sat down on the ground and hid behind my family. 
Then I prayed for every person that walked past me.  I wish I could say that I did this like God wants me to, humbly and lovingly, but I really didn't.  It was kind of an excuse to hide and I still felt that I was above them and better than them.  It is true that most of those people are to blame for the way that they are living, but does that make me any better than them?  After all, Jesus came for sinners, and sometimes the worst of sinners can understand and appreciate His love better than the best of them.  Mother Teresa, in her speech, paints a beautiful picture of what love should look like.  She was not afraid of picking up people on the streets and loving them as Christ commanded.  She had the courage to love, even those who were beneath her.

I have realized that I do not have the courage to love.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will give me that courage.  I pick and choose who I want to love, and the people at the park last night did not fit into my category of the people who "deserve" my love.  The problem is, I didn't realize that I don't deserve to love them!  Or, for that matter, to be loved by Christ, my Savior, the Man who loved me and everyone else (including those people I think are beneath me) enough to die.  So why am I writing this?

I am writing this because the Church (in America, in general) does the same thing to women who have become pregnant and who have had an abortion.  We judge.  We condemn.  Like we have any right at all to condemn those women!  We feel that we are above those women.  The Pastors in our Churches don't preach on abortion because they feel uncomfortable with it.  But this communicates to women who have had an abortion that their sin is too big for God to forgive.  This is why the best way to combat abortion right now is to love!  Making abortion illegal will help, I'm not saying we shouldn't try for that, but will that fix the real problem?  People (both girls and guys) are trying to find worth in dating and sex and when they make a mistake, they try to fix it with abortion.  Making abortion illegal won't stop people from trying to find worth in a boyfriend or a girlfriend.  But love will.  I encourage you to try to help those struggling in your school, and in your Church.  God calls on us to love, so please, love.

I encourage you to read Mother Teresa's speech (the link is above).  It has helped me gain a new perspective on what love really means.

In CHRIST,

Aubry

*Part 2 to come soon!*

June 30, 2011

Feedback Request

We'd love to get some feedback on the site in general, and the posts we've been writing. We want to know what you want from the blog. Also, we recently made some changes to the Nation page: We put the Planned Parenthood defunding votes for every senator up on the page. Like I said, let us know what you think. We welcome all comments and would love constructive criticism. We know you have thoughts and we'd love to hear what they are. Comment on a post or page or e-mail us at wecantignore@gmail.com. Thanks!

In Christ,
Jacob

Email President Obama and Secretary of Human Resources, Katherine Sebelius

So, anyone heard about how there have been four states so far who have completely cut funding for Planned Parenthood?

Yes!  And Indiana was the first.  Obviously, as the first, Indiana is getting the hardest time from President Obama and his secretary of human resources, Katherine Sebelius.

So, this is our job.  We're going to do something similar to what we did on June 17.  Except this is exciting.  We're going to email the President and Katherine Sebelius!

All you have to do is visit this link which will take you to a similar form as before on sba-list.org.  Same as last time, just enter your information, personalize your message, and send! 

Do it right now, before you forget!  This is a way that we can make a name for ourselves!  Thanks so much for protecting the unborn.

In Christ,

Aubry
Doctors were earning more than $1,000 on an eight-hour shift, with two abortions an hour and in some cases three. Some worked two shifts a day and doubled their income… Physicians would fight for the paying cases, find reasons not to do patients whom the clergy had sent with a request for reduced rates, and disappear altogether when asked to do the free cases.
That's an excerpt from a book by Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D. called Aborting America. Dr. Nathanson was probably one of the biggest reasons abortion became legal in the United States. He was an abortion surgeon and made big money from it.

But now, he's realized that abortion is completely wrong, and he's written that book and one other about why. He, more than most pro-life people, know the evil of abortion completely and can vouch for the dishonesty of those who work in the abortion industry.

This is a song they used to sing back in the 70's when he was a big name:
There's a fortune . . . in abortion
Just a twist of the wrist and you're through.
The population . . . of the nation
Won't grow if it's left up to you.
In the daytime . . . in the nighttime
There is always some work to undo.
Oh, there's a fortune . . . in abortion
But you'll wind up in the pen before you're through.
Now there's a gold mine . . . in the sex line
And it's so easy to do.
Not only rabbits . . . have those habits
So why worry 'bout typhoid and flu?
You never bother . . . the future father
And there are so many of them, too.
Oh, there's a fortune . . . in abortion
But you'll wind up in the pen before you're through.
And this isn't just the mindset of 1973. This is today. This is what is happening now. As many would say, "So much for choice." The only thing those in charge of Planned Parenthood think of is money. (Those who are in charge on Planned Parenthood's finances. Most of those who work in abortion clinics do really want to help girls, and they don't know what is really happening. They don't understand what they're causing.)

This is what we're fighting right now. Greed. "Need" for what we want. And in our day and age, that is a huge enemy and hard to conquer. This is why we need to pray. This is why we need God on our side. And He is. For sure, He is. But if we're sitting around doing nothing but hope that the senators will vote in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, or hope that someone else will do something, or hope that it will all just disappear and we won't have to do anything, nothing good will come out of that. If we are fervently praying, we will make a difference. If we are working hard to fight against abortion, we will make a difference. It takes faith and works. We can't ignore it anymore.

In CHRIST,

Aubry

June 20, 2011

What We Know: President Obama

The "What We Know" series attempts to explain each of the 2012 Presidential Candidates' views on abortion. We'll start with the incumbent, President Barack Obama.

The Simple Answer: A quote from the President, found here: "There is a moral implication to these issues [the issues of abortion], but that the women involved are in the best position to make that determination."

Behind The Answer: Three long list articles on Obama's view can be found here, here, and here. Some key points from those articles: In 2005, 2006, and 2007, Obama received NARAL(A major pro-choice group) 's highest rating, a 100%, in terms of pro-choice voting. In March 2009, President Obama restarted government funding for embryo stem cell research and ended government funding for adult stem cell research. President Obama is very pro-choice, and hesupports abortion whole-heartedly.

abort73

So, while researching abortion one day not too long ago, I came across this website: http://abort73.com/.  I was so excited when I found it!  I have been looking for a long time for a website that has lots of information, and basic information, one that assumes you have no idea what you're talking about, so uses basic words that the average person would understand.  And this website was exactly what I had been looking for.  But it went above and beyond what I thought it would!  Not only does it offer information (and it has a lot of information!), but it also has very educational videos!  And that's not all!  It sells different items like clothing, waterbottles, and bags (and has free graphic buttons to put on your blog/website) all of which point people back to abort73.com so that they can get real information.  To introduce you to this website, I am going to show a video.


This is one of the videos that I watched and it blew me away!  I hope that you will visit abort73.com because it provides sooo much information that is so helpful in realizing exactly what is going on in our country!

In CHRIST,

Aubry

June 18, 2011

Thank you!

To start out, thank you to all of you who took the time to contact your senators yesterday!  Because of those phone calls/emails/letters, our senators know that teenagers do care about the unborn!

For those of you who didn't contact your senators yesterday, you still can!  I understand that that was the last day of school for some of you, so it would have been hard to fit that in.  Please consider still sending an email at the very least by clicking here.  We are working on the vote count for all of the US senators regarding the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to put up shortly on the nation page.  When we're done, we'll write a post about it.  We will soon have another day to contact your senators (I need to come up with a better name for that!) regarding either the same bill, a different one about abortion, or both!  So stay tuned!

Thank you again to all of you who are protecting the unborn!

In CHRIST,

Aubry

June 16, 2011

Tomorrow!

So, I know I keep talking about this, but I wanted to give one last resource for contacting your senators.  I have already introduced sba-list, but I'll just give you a link to a specific page in that website: click here.  This will lead you to a web page where you can enter your zip code.  Press enter and it will take you to an email that they already have written for you.  Enter your information and personalize your message (remember what to include in your message!).  I would encourage you to read through what they have written and take some of it out (it talks about "my tax dollars" and since we don't pay taxes yet, then it wouldn't make as much sense:)).  Also, this way, you know what you are saying to your senator!  I really appreciate all of you who have decided to contact your senators tomorrow!  With all of us working together, we can help in the pro-life movement! 

If you are planning on contacting your senator in any way (phone call, email, or letter), please shoot us an email at wecantignore@gmail.com so we get an idea of how many people do this!

In CHRIST,

Aubry

June 13, 2011

June 17

June 17 is this Friday!  I am going to be making phone calls to my US senators and I'm really hoping that everyone reading this will too!  To help you out, I'll just tell you a few things that I would include in an email/letter:

  • Name and Age.  Your age will catch your senator's attention!
  • Why you believe abortion is wrong.  If you need help with this, email us at wecantignore@gmail.com.
  • "Please vote to defund Planned Parenthood because..."  This kind of goes along with why you think abortion is wrong.  If you would like statistics about abortion to use, click here.
  • "Thank you for serving our state and our country."  It is important to thank them for the hard work that they put in to serve our country.
These four things are all you really have to include in an email/letter.  Sometimes, the shorter the better!  Thank you to all of you who are protecting the unborn by contacting your senators!

Team Members

Hey everybody.  So, you've probably noticed that I'm the only one posting, but there is another team member involved!  That's my sister, Taryn, and she will begin posting soon.  She has been doing more behind the scenes work so far, which I am so thankful for!  But she will become more active on the blog, soon.  I am also going to introduce a new team member!  Jacob, who is like my long lost fifth brother, is going to be posting and helping us out on this main blog.  He's proof that it's not just girls who should get involved in the pro-life movement, but guys too!  He'll have a page, just like Taryn and I, he will help us with our legislative research that we will be putting up here, and he'll post his thoughts.  Um, yes, he has many thoughts.  I'm excited to have him here, and I think you will be too!!

June 2, 2011

Overpopulation: Yes, it's a myth

As I was going through my daily newsletters this morning, I came across an article about world overpopulation.  I'm kind of tired of the topic myself.  I'm doing Geography for an elective this year and they won't stop talking about it.  According to them, there is way too many people.  Another thing that really get's me is the phrase, "Save the Earth, abort a child."  But this article that I read completely did away with all that.  Overpopulation is a myth.  Here's the beginning of the post: 

Proclamations of overpopulation have circulated for decades. Are they true? First off, what is meant by the word “overpopulation”? It has nothing to do with the amount of people but rather to the resources and the capacity of the environment to sustain human activities.
To be overpopulated, a nation must have insufficient food, resources and living space.
With the world population  at around 6.8 billion last year, food and living space are hardly a concern. In 1990, it was estimated that the world could feed up to 35 billion people. Most sources estimate that the global population will level out at around 9.2 billion in 2050, and then start to decline....(to read the rest of the post, click here)
In our culture, it has become the fad for women to either have less children or have no children at all.  They can get married and enjoy a married life, but with medical help have no children (she might abort her child if she becomes pregnant, or get sterilized before).  And don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that a woman's purpose in life should be only to have kids and keep the house clean.  My plan in life doesn't involve kids right away (but you never know what God will bring you, so I'll trust Him with whatever comes to me).  I plan on going to college, pursuing music and possibly politics, starting a career, and if Mr. Right comes along, getting married.  But I am saying that if God does decide to bless a woman with pregnancy, that woman should not abort her child, even if her child is an "accident".  I was an "accident".  I wasn't "planned".  But I was planned by God, and that's pretty much all that matters.  Up to 12 million girls were aborted in the last 30 years in India by parents rich enough to get an abortion.  They just didn't want a girl, mostly because they might have already had one, they only wanted two kids, and they wanted a boy.  To read an article about this, click here

Anyways, all that to say, I just thought that it was interesting that pro-choicers, who use overpopulation as an excuse for abortion, now can use this excuse no more.  Thanks for reading my thoughts.

In Christ,

Aubry

Pro-life rankings

So, if you've been reading my blog lately, you've probably noticed a lot of layout changes.  Yes, I change things a lot.  But I think I finally found how I want it to look, so hopefully it will stay the way it is now.  Yay!  But this post isn't about the artistic developement of my blog, but about the pro-life activity going on in each state.  So, here we go:

States have been ranked according to their level of pro-life inclination and activism.  I live in Washington.  Washington, right now, is the lowest on the list.  A good friend, after I told him about it, said, "Well, you picked a good place to start!"  All those who live in Washington who are reading this, I especially challenge you to work hard at letting our senators, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, both Democrats, know what we feel about abortion.  Also, when the next state legislative session begins, we will definitely need to be very active in letting our legislators know that abortion is wrong!  Now, those of you who live in California (I used to), you are ranked #49.  You should be equally active in letting your senators know what you think about abortion!  Your senators are Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, also both Democrats.  I will post the complete rankings:

1.      Oklahoma
2.      Louisiana
3.      Pennsylvania
4.      Arkansas
5.      Texas
6.      Nebraska
7.      Missouri
8.      North Dakota
9.      South Dakota
10.  Georgia
11.  Indiana
12.  Mississippi
13.  Kentucky
14.  Virginia
15.  Kansas
16.  Ohio
17.  Michigan
18.  Arizona
19.  South Carolina
20.  Minnesota
21.  Alabama
22.  Wisconsin
23.  Idaho
24.  Colorado
25.  Utah
26.  Florida
27.  Rhode Island
28.  Tennessee
29.  North Carolina
30.  Delaware
31.  Maine
32.  Wyoming
33.  West Virginia
34.  Iowa
35.  Illinois
36.  New Hampshire
37.  Alaska
38.  New Mexico
39.  Massachusetts
40.  Maryland
41.  New York
42.  Oregon
43.  Nevada
44.  Connecticut
45.  Montana
46.  New Jersey
47.  Vermont
48.  Hawaii
49.  California
50.  Washington
This is all recent and was compiled this year, 2011.  To view that page, click here.  It was compiled by AUL Action, a site trusted by many legislators to give recent and accurate information concerning abortion.  In a previous post, I talked about this website and how they can give you the issues at hand in your state.  To view this post, click here.  I hope this is helpful to you all to know where your state stands in the pro-life world!

In Christ,

Aubry