Scenes from a Beautiful Life: Heaven is Here

20120407-165034.jpgAs I sat waiting to get a haircut today, I picked up a copy of the April 2nd issue of People Magazine. Normally I can’t read this rag. The stories it carries are about as substantive, uplifting, and palatable as watching back-to-back reruns of “The View” or “Judge Judy”. It’s the literary equivalent of daytime TV, full of tawdry, shallow, narcissistic navel gazing by celebrities, and photos of other also-ran celebs doing nothing of significance in the larger scheme of life, the Universe, and everything.

Then I turned to page 82 (it was a long wait) where a story entitled “Scenes from a Beautiful Life” caught my attention immediately. The couple featured in the piece, Christian and Stephanie Nielson, had been the subject of a video posted on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The video had gone viral but had staying power judging by the number of times I kept seeing it pop up on mainstream social media sites I frequent.

And, for good reason. The story they tell of their freak plane crash (Christian is, or was, a private aviation enthusiast) and their being horribly burned and disfigured is a touching and heartbreaking example of the incredible adversity the most ordinary of people can find themselves enduring. The expectation of today’s popular culture environment would be that the formerly comely couple would lose interest in one another after losing their physical attractiveness. They smashed such low expectations by rekindling their marriage through a whole new courtship. They reconnected with their children, even though it wasn’t easy for the children or their parents, and became an even stronger family today than before.

As a fellow Mormon, everything about their story I could relate to. I could put myself in their shoes and wonder of I would react as valiantly as they did to their trials.

I hadn’t known that Stephanie was writing a book on her comeback. The book’s title is Heaven is Here. You can order it on


The Susan G. Komen debacle: Hypocrisy on cancer screenings, abortion…well, pretty much everything.

The other day I had an exchange on Facebook that highlighted some pretty tired re-tread arguments. I thought I’d share with you my responses in hopes that someone–anyone–with an axe to grind about pro-lifers will at least consider some simple truths around this critical issue of our times.

Planned Parenthood is Pro Life

Planned Parenthood is Pro Life (Photo credit: WeNews)

Political pressure vs. political expediency

First, the hypocrisy aspect. As my friend, who started the thread, noted, there is a stark hipocrisy on the part of pro-abortionists (and Komen) in saying that it caved to political pressure from the pro-lifers, but that switching back to the side of pro-abortionists was not due to political pressure.


It was political pressure. How could it not have been. Komen risked its reputation and PR backlash and made a huge leap one way, then risked (and got) even more major PR backlash for reversing its decision. To do that, to risk a major organization’s reputation, without some kind of significant pressure from the pro-infanticide crowd would have been foolish.

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Planned Parenthood volunteers help bring the fight for health insurance reform ($$$) to the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. (Image via Wikipedia)

Mammograms? I don’t think so.

One participant in the Facebook discussion stated, “[T]hey caved to political pressure when they chose to de-fund PP. Reversing that decision was not caving to *political* pressure. They wisely responded to the hundreds of thousands of outraged citizens who were appalled at the disregard for women’s health. And how can you applaud anyone who diverts funds from an organization that provides women access to healthcare?!! Pap smears, cervical cancer screenings, breast cancer screenings, contraception — you can’t tell me that you are against these things, can you? You do know that only 3% of PP’s activities are abortion and that abortion services are paid for with private donations, not public funds.”

Except, Planned Parenthood doesn’t actually perform any of those tests. They merely make referrals and pay the costs. Just like many other organizations do (but which don’t also provide abortions). Planned Parenthood is in the business of abortions. End of story.

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Roe v. Wade was a show trial resulting in fiat law

Then, this person, who by definition was born, said, “‎Before we move on to other topics, it’s worth noting a few things. Abortion is legal. It is a safe medical procedure. And it is rare. That’s exactly how it should be. Government has no business violating women’s privacy rights and making decisions about their reproductive rights. It is the worst kind of ‘big government’ imaginable. LEGAL. A PRIVATE MEDICAL DECISION.”

*POOF* In an instant, decisions about killing an unborn child become a matter of privacy. And, all of the true stories about women who were most definitely physically and psychologically harmed by abortion disappears in a whiff of rhetorical and emotional smoke. Ironically, included in this waving of the hands is Norma McCorvey herself, a.k.a. Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade fame. She never even had an abortion, and had been duped by unscrupulous attorneys, at least one of which was likely filled with self-loathing and self-justification for her own decision to abort her unborn child, to become the nation’s first test case in an attempt to overthrow the basic right to life, upon which is predicated the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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Propaganda: The tool of tyrants

Planned Parenthood’s new propaganda campaign is in full swing and attracting new and naive followers. They’ve convinced every media outlet on earth to only report their spin on their own numbers which are freely available online and tell a whole different story than the left is portraying.

As of March 2011, PPA murdered, by dismemberment, over 350,000 boys and girls within their mother’s protective wombs. Since 1973, over 55 million children have suffered the same fate at the hands of this awful organization. No child dismembered in its mother’s womb has a choice in any of that. It’s just plantation bigotry being transferred from the cotton fields to a woman’s body. The big, powerful person gets to decide whether the weak and vulnerable person gets to live or die.

Our society disgusts me with as much genocide (blacks are by FAR the majority recipients of these pruported “health services” from PPA), eugenics (Down Syndrome) and infanticide as we cavalierly allow.

For our hubris in allowing these atrocities, which are expressly forbidden in scripture, we deserve every bit of what’s about to come to us in the form of punishment from Heaven.

I mean, for crying out loud, even ABC News, known more for its liberal bias than its comprehensive and balanced news reporting, had the good sense not to censor a piece entitled “Down Syndrome Births are Down in U.S.“. The numbers don’t lie. There’s just no denying that instead of an expected 49% increase in Down Syndrome births due to later child-bearing of career-minded couples, there was instead a 15% drop. That was because 92% of women who were pre-screened and whose infant-in-utero was found to have Down Syndrome, aborted their child. The article goes on to describe that this irreversible decision to abort was driven largely by pure myth about the condition.

Intended Consequences, a film by Jonathan Torgovnik

Intended Consequences, a film by Jonathan Torgovnik

“Except in cases of incest or rape…”

But what about women who are raped and are impregnated as a result? Automatic abortion cards are handed out en masse in these types of situations. But is abortion in all cases of rape (or even incest) the best thing?

Cast your minds back to the horrible atrocities of Rwanda in the 1990s. The women who weren’t killed were brutally raped, some left to die, and many giving birth to children as a result of those crimes. By today’s standards, the U.N., because it chose to do nothing about the genocide, ought to at least have offered free abortions to all women affected thus by rape. But if they had, would we have these incredible stories to learn forgiveness and mercy from? Not all of the women who gave birth to a total of 20,000 children as a result of rape have rainbows and butterflies to report, yet there are enough (even one should be enough) who saw the beauty that God was restoring in their lives by sending them innocent children to remind them that He is still in charge, will give them hope, and will make all things new. More importantly, sending 20,000 more Tutsi children to their deaths would have accomplished exactly…what?

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Don’t have a uterus? SHUT UP! She explained.

The conversation predictably turned to the old pablum of how teens and sex are like salt in ocean water. “[E]ven if you support social conservatism, it’s important to acknowledge reality. in liberal California, the average age at which girls lose their virginity is 17. in family-values Mississippi, it’s… 16. that’s the *average*. the reality, in every culture, is that teenagers have sex. it’s better for children (and for society) if children are born by choice, rather than by mistake.”

Yes, I responded, let’s acknowledge reality. I’ve made the mistake of using too many words. Let’s simplify things: true or false – it is wrong to murder a baby.

Show proof that exactly zero (0) dollars of money raised by/for the Komen foundation go to abortion funding.

No proof. Just more spin.

Abortion Memorial“[A] fetus is not a baby. I know you will likely disagree with me on this so I’ll put it another way. Do you have a vagina? A uterus? Will you EVER in your life, be faced with a unintended, unwanted pregnancy? No. NO, you won’t. If you oppose abortion, don’t have one. That’s pretty simple.”

At this point, another individual chimed in with this one, which we’ve never heard before on the pro-life end of things. Nope, not ever.

“Perhaps if we spent as much time worrying about the born as much as we worry about the unborn there wouldn’t be a need to debate the ethics of abortion. When we can take care of each other (which we’ve proven we can’t) we can start criticizing other’s choices. But until then, I have no room to judge. It’s not a male/female thing–if we truly cared no one would perceive a need. Until that happens, I won’t inflict my morals or values on anyone else, because in the end we’re all actually part of the problem…”

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The Adoption Option

Yet in all of this pro-abortion posturing, not even one mention of adoption. That’s where I’d finally had enough and said:

[N]ot even one mention of adoption as an alternative to killing a child? Yes, I stick by the truthful phrase “killing a child” in direct replacement of the Newspeak phrase “terminating an unintended pregnancy” that is meant to replace it. A “fetus” is still a living human being with its own brainwaves, neuronal firing, and heartbeat. When do we stop calling it a baby and start calling it a fetus? When a woman walks into a PPA “clinic”. Even OB/GYNs have enough sense and courtesy to refer to the child as a baby when speaking with the mother.

Let me make it very clear to you and every pro-abortioner. There is no such thing as an unwanted child. It is estimated that over 18 million women have considered adoption. What if we poured funding into education about adoption and removing cultural, bureaucratic, political, and financial roadblocks to doing so? As a volunteer Spanish/English translator for a pregnancy crisis group, I know there are so many women who WANT to keep their child or find a loving home for him/her. Planned parenthood offers nothing but death and more suffering to desperate, uninformed, frightened women. Their “counselors” are not even allowed to help women make adoption plans, or even refer them to a pregnancy crisis center who will help them make a plan!

Interracial adoption

Interracial adoption

Today we brought home the newest member of our family. His birth mother was just barely pregnant when his birth father was killed in a car accident. Abortion was available for free, of course, but she, not knowing beforehand what she would do, mercifully chose to keep him despite her abject poverty. She was overjoyed to hear from his foster dad that he would come to our family and we are forever grateful to her.

The uterus and “don’t have one” arguments are just tired as they are disingenuous. No, I do not have a uterus. Yes, I do have a heart for the most vulnerable among us. Jesus said “Suffer the little children to come unto me” but he certainly didn’t mean “return to Sender”. As soon as Planned Parenthood drops abortion altogether, I’ll be glad to donate to their cancer screening budget, directly, through taxes, or via associated charities like Komen. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Given the honor that it was to be a parent of many children in Israel in His time, and how abortion was viewed with abhorrence in His place and time in history and culture, that obviously meant infants IN utero as well as out.

He also said, “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.”

So, how about it? Will you put your money where your mouths are and use your arguing power, tax dollars, and would-be PPA donations to turn away from destruction of life and instead make it easier for everyone to adopt? How about adopting a child yourselves?

Folks, seriously. How about it? Whether you are pro-choice or pro-abortion, what will you do to ensure that every allegedly “unwanted” child is given a chance a life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? What will you do to spare another woman the psychological and physical agony of allegedly “safe” abortion practices?

After almost 40 years of murdering hope, don’t we at least owe it to ourselves to try something different…for a change?

Planned Prostitution: When will enough finally be enough?

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Planned Parenthood is finally being shown, and showing itself, as the vile, lecherous, and exploitative organization it is. It is a cancer that has, for too long, been allowed to grow and fester and NOW is the time to cut off its public funding and make its operations fully illegal.

From the Family Policy Network article

  • Just before the first shocking video was released on the Web, Planned Parenthood realized they had been stung by the undercover pro-lifers. On January 18th, several days after the stings, they made an effort to stem the coming criticism by sending a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder acting as if they had uncovered a “potential” sex trafficking ring, even though they knew no such thing actually existed. Pro-abortion advocates have been pointing to the letter as proof that Planned Parenthood acted rightly in the wake of the undercover visits, which occurred in the beginning of January. But why did they wait so long to act on behalf of exploited children unless their real motive was to cast off any blame by belatedly acting as heroes?
  • On February 1st, the New Jersey clinic video was released, showing a foul-mouthed clinic manager cheerily advising the child abusing and sex trafficking pimp she thought was in her office. After explaining to the pimp how he can obtain birth control and abortions for his underage sex slaves, she proceeds to suggest sexual acts they can perform after abortions in order to still make money for him. At one point, she even hints that she would accept a bribe to expedite the abortions. Planned Parenthood and their advocates frantically decried the eleven minute video as a hoax. “It was edited!” they cried. Those claims were easily debunked when Live Action released the unedited twenty-two minute video on their website, which proved to be even more damaging than the highlight reel. But abortion advocates persisted, claiming that Amy Woodruff, the clinic manager in the video, was only playing along with the pimp in order to gather information for law enforcement. The explanation seemed flimsy. As Live Action’s President Lila Rosestated, “the undercover footage tells quite a different story. No shock, no outrage, no report, only a clinic manager working with the pimp and prostitute to enable their prostitution ring of underage girls.”
  • On February 2nd, less than a day after the original video was released, Planned Parenthood fired Woodruff. If it was a hoax, as Planned Parenthood originally claimed, why fire Woodruff? And if Woodruff was only playing along in order to gather more information for law enforcement, why fire her? Woodruff’s firing only proved that Planned Parenthood knew the video wasn’t a hoax, much less that it depicted a clinic manager cleverly playing along in order to help the underage sex slaves.
  • On February 3rd, Live Action released the second video showing the Virginia clinic worker’s advice to the self-described sex workers in her office. Just like the New Jersey sting, the “pimp” informed her of 14 and 15 year old girls he was prostituting. And just like the New Jersey clinic manager, she gave advice as to how to obtain abortions for these exploited children, insisting all along there was “no judgment” of the depraved pimp from Planned Parenthood. At the end of their appointment, she even joked about his need to “get back to work.”
  • On February 4th, Live Action released three more videos recorded at Planned Parenthood clinics in the Virginia cities of Roanoke (video here), Falls Church (video here), and Charlottesville (video here). Just like the others, the new videos depict Planned Parenthood clinic workers advising a self-professed pimp and sex trafficker on how to obtain birth control and abortions for his underage sex slaves.
What more do we need, as a nation of concerned Christians, than this? If our elected leaders do not act with haste to shut down Planned Parenthood, what will that say about where their true convictions lie…or who their true master is?

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unPlanned: Webcast with Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, author of “unPlanned”, a book revealing the inner workings of Planned Parenthood based on her experience as the former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility, participated in a webcast on January 10th, 2010.

The things she reveals on the webcast and in the book blows the doors of secrecy wide open, uncovering the methods and practices of murder perpetuated by this organization.

Pass it along!

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The Violent Hypocrisy of the Left

Every time someone uses violence against individuals to make a political statement, it is wrong. When the Left does it, however, all is quickly forgiven and inevitably blamed on the Right.

Michelle Malkin has put together an encyclopedic list of violent hate crimes and hate speech performed by leftists, many of which were ignored by our intrepid media outlets, and the rest of which were blamed on the Right.

As Screwtape advised young Wormwood:

Your patient must demand that all his own utterances are to be taken at their face value and judged simply on the actual words, while at the same time judging all [others’] utterances with the fullest and most oversensitive interpretation of the tone and context of the suspected intention.

Yeah, the Right has had its whackjobs. I’m not denying that. But the next time your leftist friends, family, and co-workers try to pin all violent political acts on the Right, send them this list and remind them where the majority of violence and hatred is truly coming from.

(Warning: Many of those links and embedded images are NSFW.)

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Liberalism is the Author of Death

Liberalism can rightly be called the Author of Death. Stalin, Lenin, Pol Pot, now Jared Loughner.

Oh, what did you say? You believed everything the left-stream media was saying about it being Palin’s fault?

Please reconsider.

MTV Documentary on Abortion Reveals Ongoing Black Genocide

Fierce reaction to controversial MTV abortion special

The documentary, “No Easy Decision”, is a startling reality check. Even more surprising, it comes from pro-choice, Planned Parenthood supporter MTV.

What MTV has unwittingly done with this show is bolster the pro-life arguments against abortion, particularly with regard to the pushy and dishonest methods used by Planned Parenthood “counselors”.

Despite the program’s clear “pro-choice” bent, it presented a raw display of Markai’s agony as she felt increasingly trapped into accepting the abortion. “I knew that abortion was, like, out there, I just never thought it would have been the option for me,” Markai says at first, and vents to her friend that “I’m in love with this baby already.”

“We made the decision but, like, I wonder if we could have made a better [one],” she says after the procedure.

At one point the young woman tells her boyfriend James that the abortion counselor has advised her to think of the baby “as what it is, nothing but a little ball of cells, which is true.” But when James reminds her that he had already suggested referring to the baby as a “thing,” she becomes irritated, saying he doesn’t understand the matter from a woman’s perspective.

Markai’s baby was at about six or seven weeks gestation, at which time a head, heart, rudimentary spinal cord, and limb buds would have formed.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but here’s a portion of the transcript from the show where the “counselor” tells her what to think.

“Don’t think of it as ten fingers and ten toes with a forehead and all that stuff. Because if you think of it like that, you’re going to be depressed. Think of it as what it is – a little ball of cells.”

And, as if that weren’t enough, her cad of a boyfriend jumps in with

“I told you that from the get go…I never called that thing a baby. Because I told you not to even think of it as a baby.”

to which she rightly responded

“Call that thing a baby. Alright, exactly what it is. A thing…A thing can turn out like that [pointing to their first, living child]….nothing but a bunch of cells can turn out to be her.”

It’s amazing to me that the interviews with the other abortion victims were allowed to air, for they contain some damning criticisms of the way abortion counseling is allowed to be carried out.

Two other post-abortive women joined Markai in the interview segment to share their perspective. One of them, Katie, claims she did not experience “negative feelings” after her abortion, but bursts into tears when she describes how her baby nephew reminds her of her own pregnancy. The women all appear to agree with Katie when she says that the abortion was “a parenting choice” because “I acknowledged it as a baby.”

Even Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a separate statement, had scathing rebukes for Planned Parenthood.

“Before one of my abortions, Planned Parenthood told me that my baby was ‘just a clump of cells.’ Decades later, this beautiful young mother was told the same lie.”

But we don’t need MTV or even pro-lifers to expose the murderous intents of Planned Parenthood.  In the now immortal words of founder Margaret Sanger:

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

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