We must choose Life!
Statistics on Abortion
Dated January 18th, 2009
Annually, 46 million babies die from abortion worldwide. That’s approximately one baby being aborted every two seconds.
Abortion in the United States
An estimated 48 million babies have been aborted since 1973. Approximately 24% of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion.
Characteristics of Women Having Abortions
1) Over half (56%) of all women having abortions between 15-44 are in their 20’s.
2) Nearly eight in 10 U.S. women obtaining an abortion report a religious affiliation.
a) 43% are Protestant
b) 27% are Catholic
c) 8% are other religions
3) 41% of women having abortions are white, 32% are black, and 20% are hispanic.
4) Black and Hispanic women have higher abortion rates than non-Hispanic white women. Black women’s abortion rates are 49 per 1,000, Hispanic women’s are 33 per 1,000 and non-Hispanic white women’s are 13 per 1,000.
5) According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the most recurrent characteristics of women having abortions over time are nonwhite, poor and unmarried.
Reasons For Abortion
1) 98% Personal Choice (unwanted or inconvenient).
2) 1.7% Life/Health of Mother or Child.
3) .3% Rape/Incest
Abortion by Gestational Age
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WITH INFANT IS NOT JUST FRESHNESS OF NEW
START AND LIFE BUT ALSO POWER TO HEAL
Did you ever stop to contemplate the spiritual power of a baby? They're innocent -- fresh from Heaven -- and breathe purity. One priest recently said that he would take the power of the presence of an infant over that of an adult healer.
A baby enters the world and brings people together, as Jesus was a magnet in the manger. A baby comes with angels -- as an angel appeared to the shepherds. Angels heal. A baby loves without reserve (there is healing in love) and does not judge. A baby finds joy in simplicity.
From the very start of life, a person -- a baby -- has a mission. Some babies complete their task by the simple act of birth and what they convey during that birth.
There is healing in purity and we appreciate better the Power of the Infant Jesus.
Can we seek special healing at this time of year? Can it help us with inner and exterior health for the new year?
A new year is like an infant and we must work to preserve its freshness. The Bible tells us that we reach Heaven only if we are as a child, which offers yet more food for meditation.
We are sullied by the temptations of this world and must seek to cleanse our souls to the whiteness with which we were born before we are born into eternity.
We have to erase bad habits. We have to love without reserve. We have to cleanse ourselves of criticality.
An infant is humble. An infant has no bias. An infant is unafraid to show emotions. An infant is honest. They bring joy as Christ as joy to the world. Our world is joyless because we have negated so many -- halted the entry of joy millions of times.
It is a double tragedy that we realize, then, with abortion. In fact, those who terminate the life of an unborn child often suffer mental and physical ills while having a baby has been found to promote health. Birth lowers the chance, it has been found, of breast cancer (while those who abort suffer a higher rate). The more children, the less the risk.
One study in England shows that mental illness is more common following first-time abortion. As the number of abortions grows, so does antidepressant use. There has been a radical upswing in the incidence of British breast cancer since the legalization of abortion. Rates of breast cancer have risen by an astonishing eighty per cent since the late Seventies. The same is true elsewhere. We see then the actual scientific foundation for the healing of the innocents!
They love and are close to God and bring God around us!
"A Sacramento family is experiencing its own Christmas miracle after doctors performed emergency surgery to save twins when they thought the mother was dying of a heart attack," said a fascinating news story last week.
"Theresa Fuavai-Fatu's heart stopped while she was at Mercy General Hospital in early November after complaining of having trouble breathing. The forty-year-old mother was just 29-weeks pregnant and was not due until late January. Without a pulse, she underwent an emergency Caesarean section, with doctors delivering a boy and a girl. As the obstetrician was closing the incision, the mother suddenly regained her pulse and opened her eyes."
With the babies came a wonder.
Note the new year is symbolized by an infant. Through children comes the Holy Spirit. Through the mouth of babes, often, comes the truth. Through them comes a fresh start when we are in tune with the spirit of The Infant.
Want heaven? Want health? Plead the spirit of the Infant Jesus. Plead His breath. Be "born again" (however "uncool" or unmanly it seems, in our strange culture). That is, regain the purity and true manliness or womanliness with which you were born and like a baby, love without holding back.
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DIARY OF AN UNBORN CHILD
May 5 - Today my life began. My parents do not know it yet. I am small as a seed of an apple, but it is I already. And I am to be a girl. I shall have blond hair and blue eyes. Just about everything is settled though, even the fact that I shall love flowers..
May 19 - Some say I am not a real person yet, that only my mother exists. But I am a real person, just as a small crumb of bread is yet truly bread. My mother is. And I am.
May 23 - My mouth is just beginning to open now. Just think, in a year or so I shall be laughing and later talking. I know what my first word will be: Mama.
May 25 - My heart began to beat today all by itself. From now on it shall gently beat for the rest of my life without ever stopping to rest! And after many years it will tire. It will stop, and then I shall die.
June 2 - I am growing a bit everyday. My arms and legs are beginning to take shape. But I have to wait a long time yet those little legs will raise me to my mother's arms, before these little arms will be able to gather flowers and embrace my father.
June 12 - Tiny fingers are beginning to form on my hands. Funny how small they are! I'll be able to stroke my mother's hair with them.
June 20 - It wasn't until today that the doctor told mom that I am living there under her heart. Oh, how happy she must be! Are you happy, Mom?
June 25 - My mom and dad are probably thinking about a name for me. But they don't even know that I am a little girl. I want to be called Kathy. I am getting so big already.
July 10 - My hair is growing. It is smooth and bright and shiny. I wonder what kind of hair mom has.
July 13 - I am just about to see. It is dark around me. When mom brings me into the world it will be full of sunshine and flowers. But what I want more than anything is to see my mom. How do you look, mom?
July 24 - I wonder if mom hears the whispering of my heart? Some children come into the world sick. But my heart is strong and healthy. It beats so evenly: tup-tup. You'll have a healthy daughter, mom!
July 28 - Today my mother killed me. (Why did you do this, Mom???)
Woman Has Problem With Pregnancy
'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help!
My baby is not even 1 yr. old and I'm pregnant again.
I don't want kids so close together.'
So the doctor said: 'Ok, and what do you want me to do?'
She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.'
The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady:
'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.'
She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.
Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms.
This way, you could rest some before the other one is born.
If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is.
There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.
The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!
'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be ok with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.
Another 'champion of abortion' becomes defender of life: the story of Stojan Adasevic
The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.
“The medical textbooks of the Communist regime said abortion was simply the removal of a blob of tissue,” the newspaper reported. “Ultrasounds allowing the fetus to be seen did not arrive until the 80s, but they did not change his opinion. Nevertheless, he began to have nightmares.”
In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. ‘My name is Thomas Aquinas,’ the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn’t recognize the name”
“Why don’t you ask me who these children are?” St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.
“They are the ones you killed with your abortions,’ St. Thomas told him.
“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.
“That same day a cousin came to the hospital with his four months-pregnant girlfriend, who wanted to get her ninth abortion—something quite frequent in the countries of the Soviet bloc. The doctor agreed. Instead of removing the fetus piece by piece, he decided to chop it up and remove it as a mass. However, the baby’s heart came out still beating. Adasevic realized then that he had killed a human being,”
After this experience, Adasevic “told the hospital he would no longer perform abortions. Never before had a doctor in Communist Yugoslavia refused to do so. They cut his salary in half, fired his daughter from her job, and did not allow his son to enter the university.”
After years of pressure and on the verge of giving up, he had another dream about St. Thomas.
“You are my good friend, keep going,’ the man in black and white told him. Adasevic became involved in the pro-life movement and was able to get Yugoslav television to air the film ‘The Silent Scream,’ by Doctor Bernard Nathanson, two times.”
Adasevic has told his story in magazines and newspapers throughout Eastern Europe. He has returned to the Orthodox faith of his childhood and has studied the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas.
“Influenced by Aristotle, Thomas wrote that human life begins forty days after fertilization,” Adasevic wrote in one article. La Razon commented that Adasevic “suggests that perhaps the saint wanted to make amends for that error.” Today the Serbian doctor continues to fight for the lives of the unborn.
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