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Doctor sentenced to prison after killing aborted baby born alive

According to The Korea Times, a South Korean court sentenced an obstetrician to three and half years in prison after he killed an aborted 34-week-old baby that had been born alive. Several staff testified they heard the baby crying and that Dr Yun, 65, then drowned the baby in a bucket filled with water. READ: Doctor jailed for killing baby who ‘burst out crying’ during abortion

Medical researchers state babies feel pain in the womb before 24 weeks

According to an article in England’s Journal of Medical Ethics written by two medical researchers, one of whom is actually pro-choice, they concluded that babies in the womb may feel pain as early as 13 weeks. The duo, Stuart Derbyshire and John Bockmann, added that there is “good evidence” that baby feels pain as early as 18 weeks. This is alarming because according to the latest statistics, England’s abortion industry performs about 6,000 abortions annually on babies 18 weeks and older. It is generally accepted that babies feel pain after 24 weeks and England forbids abortions after this point. However, this paper pushes the time babies in the womb feel pain earlier than previously accepted. In an article published in England’s Daily Mail, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service quickly rejected this study, even though Derbyshire has provided advice to two pro abortion giants, the American based Planned Parenthood and the UK’s Pro-Choice Forum. This also represents a 180 degree turn for Derbyshire, because in an article written for the British American Journal in 2006, he …

God knows your potential

J.K. Dobbins, 21, is a star running back with the Ohio State Buckeyes and some consider him a potential Heisman Trophy winner which honors the most outstanding football player in college football. Though, Dobbins is not considered a leading candidate for the award, he is certainly in the conversation. During the game, Gus Johnson, who was calling the game on behalf of the Fox Sports network, made a startling announcement about Dobbins. Johnson said that there was a player on the Ohio team, whose mother had nearly aborted her child but changed her mind at the last moment. As the TV cameras focused on Dobbins, Johnson said: “J.K. Dobbins’ mom became pregnant when she was 18 years old, she went to see the doctor because she was thinking about aborting the baby, but changed her mind.” Gus Johnson, Fox Sports Johnson added that Maya later described J.K. as her “miracle baby.” Then as if to add an exclamation mark on Johnson’s statement, Dobbins went on to have the best game of his college career, rushing …

‘Unplanned’ smashes box office expectations in Canada

Despite attacks from the radical left, politicians and the pro-choice crowd, the movie Unplanned did extremely well in Canadian movie theaters over the weekend. The movie is scheduled for a seven-day release running from July 12 through the 18th. Listing of theaters showing Unplanned at the end of the article. The movie tells the story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from the pro-choice movement to pro-life.  Abby worked as a director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in the US and dramatically changed her mind after witnessing the abortion of a 13-week-old baby. And Unplanned continues this tradition as according to its producers they have received  letters from many abortion workers have turned their backs on the abortion industry after viewing the film. According to reports, the movie earned an estimated $7,041 per screen based on reports from 49 Canadian theaters. This gave it the second highest per screen average in all of North America for that weekend. If the movie had shown in 1,500 theaters instead of 53, it could have grossed an unprecedented $5 …

‘Free speech’ victory: The Unplanned movie will now be shown in Canada

In what many believe is a battle for free speech in Canada, the movie Unplanned will finally be shown in selected theaters across Canada between July 12th and 18th. The controversial movie starring Ashley Bratcher portrays the story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from a former director of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in the US to a strong pro-life advocate in 2009. Abby walked out of Planned Parenthood after being traumatized as she watched the abortion of a 13-week-old baby. The movie was shown in selected theaters across the US earlier in the year earning revenues of $18 million compared to production costs of $14 million. For two weeks it ranked as one of the top ten most watched movies in American theaters. Though Rotten Tomato Reviewers hated the movie, often a good indicator it is probably worth seeing, the viewer rating was overwhelming positive. When there were talks of Unplanned being shown in Canada there was a huge uproar on social media with some theaters actually receiving threats if they decided to show the …

‘Light of life’: There is an explosion of light at the moment of conception in a human egg

Researchers at Chicago’s Northwestern University have videoed the moment of conception in a human egg and it causes a flash of light. In an earlier study, the research team noticed an explosion of light in mice eggs when they came in contact with sperm, and were uncertain if it took place in humans. Speaking on behalf of the research team, Dr. Teresa Woodruff said: “We discovered the zinc spark just five years ago in the mouse, and to see the zinc radiate out in a burst from each human egg was breath-taking. It was remarkable.” According to the researchers at the precise moment a sperm touches an egg, it causes a spontaneous release of calcium that results in zinc being released inside the egg. The light explosion occurs as the zinc binds with fluorescent molecules. The flash is so intense, it can actually be seen outside the egg. They now believe that zinc starts the process of creating a completely new genetic person. They were able to create this explosion by inserting sperm enzymes, versus …

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Abortion increases the risk of mental health issues for women

Many years ago, my wife and I were involved with a young lady who had separated from her husband who was involved with another woman. It had been a difficult time. The husband was also abusive and the police had gotten involved. However, as she was separating she didn’t realize she was pregnant and when that came to light, everyone in her life including family, friends and even the police counseled her to get an abortion, which she did. She wasn’t a Christian and now living thousands of miles away from her family, she was still haunted by the abortion and treated the abortion date like an ugly birthday. She was depressed and struggling because of the abortion. This is the one side of abortion that the activists don’t like telling anyone about, namely the emotional trauma associated with abortion that can follow a woman through out her life. According to Liberty Counsel (LC), a recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatryy concluded that there are several mental health issues associated with abortion. The …

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Today marks the anniversary of the remarkable water baptism of ‘Jane Roe’

August 8, 2018 marks the 23rd anniversary of the water baptism of Norma McCorvey in a Garland, Texas swimming pool.  She was baptized by an Evangelical minister Philip (Flip) Benham who today leads a pro-life organization called Operation Save America. For those who don’t know, Norma McCorvey was the woman involved in Roe vs Wade, the infamous 1973 Supreme Court case that ruled it was illegal to criminalize abortion, opening the door for unimpeded abortions across the US. She came from a rough family. Her mother was an alcoholic and her father abandoned the family. In 1969, Norma McCorvey, who was living in Dallas, Texas, was 21 years old and pregnant with her third child. She wanted an abortion which was illegal. Her friends recommended that she claim the pregnancy was due to rape, one of the rare exceptions that many states allowed for abortion. However, since she had not filed a police report that was ruled out. McCorvey was eventually told about two lawyers who were willing to take on her case. Using the …

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Singing sensation Andrea Bocelli nearly aborted

The Grammy Awards are held annually by The Recording Academy to honor singing achievements primarily in the English-speaking world. This year’s awards were held in New York’s Madison Square Gardens on January 28th and some described it as more political than musical. This may explain why its ratings are down 24% over the last year. Aside from the singing awards, one of the highlights of these type of events are the dresses and suits worn by celebrities. This year was no different. But the one that seems to have gained the spot light, was an anti-abortion dress worn by American singer and song writer Joy Villa. On her dress she painted an image of a baby in the womb and her handbag had the word “choose life” written on it. In an interview with Foxnews, Villa said she was honoring her decision to give up a child for adoption when she was 21, during a crisis pregnancy. Villa added that the image was “a painting of my daughter when I was eight months pregnant.” When …

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Canadian Government’s Assault on ‘Freedom of Speech’

With the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2015, Canada has taken a hard left turn against free speech. Last year, the Liberal government announced that it will no longer be handing out grants under its Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program to organizations that do not agree with abortion. Under the program, the government provides funding for about 70,000 students to be hired by religious groups that run day cares, summer camps and drop in centers. The problem started when an organization called the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada complained that the federal government was funding pro-life groups through such mechanisms as CSJ. The federal government publicly responded by saying that it will not longer fund anti-abortion groups. In order to prevent funding, last year the Canadian government chose to only hand out the CSJ grants to ridings that had Liberal MPs who could make sure the money only went to pro-abortion groups. Apparently, Liberal MPs are not allowed to think abortion is wrong. However, three pro-life groups who did not receive funding last …

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Abortion survivor tells her story of forgiving her mother, father and even her grandmother

On August 24, 1977, Melissa Ohden’s mother, 19, went to Saint Luke’s hospital in Sioux City, Iowa for the first step in her saline abortion that takes five days to complete. She was eight months pregnant and on August 29, 1977 she delivered her child. Her mother, who worked as an educational nurse at the hospital and was in the room as the abortion took place, had coerced her daughter into having the abortion. But unknown to her mother, Melissa was born alive and the staff left her to die in a pile of medical waste. But a while later when another nurse entered the room she heard a faint whimpering and rustling and discovered Melissa still alive. The nurse rushed Melissa to emergency and after a three-month stint in the hospital she was adopted by a Catholic family, Ron and Linda Ohden, who lived in Sioux Falls. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Melissa, 40, shared her incredible story of forgiveness as she spent 17 years trying to track down her parents. Initially …

Study suggests babies feel pain in the womb in first trimester

A recent study published in the journal Cell has provided evidence that babies feel pain in the womb sooner than many in the pro-abortion camp want us to believe. In recent years, several reports mostly by specialists doing procedures on preemies or the unborn concluded that babies feel pain in the womb. For decades, most did not believe this was possible. This most recent study published at the end of March confirmed what others are saying. But this study differed in one important way from earlier reports. It didn’t analyze a baby’s reaction to pain but rather looked at nerve development and concluded that a baby’s nervous system is fully formed by the end of the first trimester (12 weeks). The study described the development as an “adult-like pattern of skin innervation” and added that the baby developed it earlier than previously thought. Despite their findings, the researchers were quick to add that this did not necessarily suggest a baby feels pain in the womb. The theory that babies did not feel pain in the …

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God delivers a message to the Colorado State Capital

Ted Harvey is a Republican representative in the Colorado House of Representatives. He is also pro-life. Though, many in society are trying to quieten Christians in the public square, Jesus told His disciples not to worry when their adversaries were attacking because the Holy Spirit would give them the words and wisdom to impact society: 14 So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; 15 for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. (Luke 21:14-15 NASV) I believe this promise was on full display in the Colorado legislature in early May. In an article posted on Faith it, Ted shares a remarkable story of God providing him a message for the Colorado State Capital. Just before the May 7th weekend, the House Majority Leader, a Democrat, announced the following Monday, she would sponsor a resolution honoring the 90th anniversary of Denver’s abortion giant, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Horrified by this, Harvey left for the weekend. That weekend Ted remembered …

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Utah may pass legislation requiring anesthesia for aborted babies

The Republican governor of Utah says he would sign off on legislation requiring doctors to provide anesthesia to babies during abortions. Though Gov. Gary Herbert does not personally agree with abortion, if it is legal he believes it should be conducted in the most humane way possible. A bill requiring anesthesia in that state is being drafted by Sen. Curt Bramble. He is proposing legislation that would require anesthesia at the age a baby would experience pain. It is not certain at this point at what age this would apply. Herbert did note that a baby’s heart starts beating at five weeks. Already, those working in the abortion industries have come out against the bill arguing that providing anesthesia to the baby would be more government intrusion into the mother/Doctor decision. Minnesota passed legislation in 2005 requiring mothers be provided with the option of giving pain medication to their babies during an abortion. Up to the early 1980s, surgeons were routinely performing surgeries on recently born babies without anesthesia because they did not believe they …

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A disturbing side to scientific research on babies?

An article in the National Post reported on a study written by nursing professors Celeste Johnston from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and Carlo Bellieni of Italy’s Siena’s University Hospital. In their study, they called for an end of a disturbing “unethical” research practice used during pain therapy trials for babies. Referred to as comparison tests, researchers will typically lance or stab babies with needles or even perform medical procedures with and without pain medication. The tests are done this way so researchers can compare the benefits of pain therapies. Some of the studies looked at the impact of pain medication involving procedures on eyes and as well “suctioning airways.” The study, published in the Journal Acts Paediatrica, stated that of the 45 “neonate” studies published between January 2013 and June 2015, nearly two-thirds used some type of pain comparison research. Even after testing, the babies denied pain-medication often did not receive treatment to deal with any residual pain. Johnston and Bellieni called for research ethics boards to ban the practice and for journals to refuse …

Newsweek's cover image for its abortion article annoyed Sady Doyle.

Apparently, this ‘Newsweek’ cover said more than its allowed thousand words

Sady Doyle writes for a fashion and beauty website for women. She recently came out criticizing Newsweek magazine on a December cover story entitled “America’s Abortion Wars.” The publication was writing on the struggle to end abortions in America. A relevant topic particularly with the controversy this previous year involving a number of videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). CMP went undercover disguised as representatives of a research company interested in buying baby body parts off the abortion giant. However, as a pro-abortionist, Doyle was not offended by the article itself, what upset her was Newsweek’s cover story image depicting a baby. In her articled titled Why does Newsweek’s Abortion wars Cover show a cartoon fetus instead of a woman Doyle states she was “flabbergasted.” There are a couple of reasons for this. First, pro-abortionists are always disturbed when the conversation on abortion focuses on the child being killed instead of the mother. According to abortionists, the rights of the mother supersedes the rights of the child. The discussion on the …

Planned Parenthood director discusses providing intact baby cadavers

In its fifth undercover video, produced by Center for Medical Progress (CMP), recording conversations with officials at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) suggests the organization may be providing intact baby bodies for scientific research. In the videos, CMP uses actors pretending to be representatives of a biologic company who approach officials from different branches of PP about purchasing body parts of aborted babies. Be warned this recent video is probably the most disturbing released so far. Towards the end of the video, the group is in a laboratory picking through body parts of 20-week old baby ripped apart by its abortion — you can see full arms. Some medical researchers believe that babies as young as 20 weeks (perhaps even younger) can feel pain. The fifth video features negotiations with Melissa Farrell. She serves as a research director for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. In this video the conversation takes a disturbing turn. Instead of providing body parts, the discussion turns to providing fully intact baby cadavers. Farrell says: “If we alter our process, and we are …

“Another Boy”: Fourth video released exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of baby organs

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) just released its fourth undercover recording of negotiations with staff of Planned Parenthood. CMP uses actors who pretend they are buyers for a human biologic company interested in purchasing harvested organs of aborted babies. Much of the recent video centers around conversations with Savita Ginde, who serves as Vice President and Medical director at the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain (PPRM) based in Denver, Colorado. According to Center for Medical Progress, PPRM does about 10,000 abortions a year. Ginde says in the video they need to frame the possible contract as research instead of business to avoid contravening federal laws that prohibit the sale of body parts for profit. Ginde says: “Putting it under research gives us a little bit of a, a little sort of overhang over the whole thing.” She hints that there is the potential for problems: “If you have someone in a really anti-state who’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.” When CMP’s undercover teams asks for …

Third video alledgely exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvest and sale of baby parts the most disturbing so far

Over the past couple weeks, Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has released videos of their undercover sting operation involving members of Planned Parenthood (PP) on the sale of harvested body parts from aborted babies. In the previous videos, CMP members pretended to be interested parties interested in buying harvested organs. Be warned this third video, perhaps the most disturbing so far, allegedly shows the insides of Planned Parenthood body parts procurement room where harvested organs are displayed. In this video, CMP primarily interviews Holly O’Donnell who claims she worked as a “procurement tech” for Stem Express LCC at a Planned Parenthood facility for six months. Holly not only helped harvest body parts but worked with PP to process them. O’Donnell alleges: “For whatever we could procure, they would get a certain percentage. The main nurse was always trying to make sure that we got our specimens. No one else really cared, but the main nurse did because she knew Planned Parenthood was getting compensated.” She adds that certain parts such as brains and heart were …

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How much of your tax dollars goes to fund Planned Parenthood?

With a release of a second video showing an executive with Planned Parenthood (PP) haggling over the price of body parts harvested during abortions, many are wondering what really goes on behind the closed doors of the abortion giant. This was the second undercover video released by Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleging PP is harvesting and selling baby organs. In the most recent video, Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Mary Gatter eventually settles on a price of $100 for complete organs. During the negotiations, Gatter jokes, “I want a Lamborghini.” She even adds, similar to the first video, that PP will adjust the abortion procedure so not to crush the organs. Since the sale of body parts is illegal under federal law, Gatter insists that the price just covers its costs. She says in the tape: “We don’t want to be in a position of being accused of selling tissue and stuff like that. On the other hand, there are costs associated with the use of our space, and all that kind of stuff.” But some …

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Undercover video alleges Planned Parenthood harvesting aborted baby body parts to sell

An undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleges that Planned Parenthood is selling the body parts of aborted babies. In the sting,  a man and woman posing as potential buyers meet Dr. Deborah Nucatola for lunch to discuss the purchase. Nucatola is senior director at Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Medical Services division. Part of her responsibility includes training abortion doctors and performing the procedure herself. In the interview, Nucatola seems to suggest baby parts are for sale, a practice CMP states is illegal in the United States. Further the Planned Parenthood director seems to imply the abortion giant changes its abortion procedures to increase its chances of successfully harvesting body parts that includes lungs, livers, hearts and even heads, that seem to bring the best price. CMP alleges that Planned Parenthood is using the partial birth abortion method to get these body parts. It is a practice considered illegal in most states. In the video, Nucatola says: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver because we know that, …

Woman states “I’ve had 5 abortions because I love getting pregnant but just not ready for kids”

As evidence mounts that an aborted child feels pain, its easy access seems to have turned abortion into a game for some women. According to a report in the Daily Mail, women are anonymously sharing their feelings about abortion on an app called Whisper. Released in March 2012, Whisper allows users to anonymously post message overlaid on top of images. When a person opens the app they will immediately see six images with the secrets and even some confessions printed on top. It also provides a search feature for message themes. People can then respond to the person’s secret either publicly or privately, though no personal information is shared. It has about 10 million users, and according to reports it is popular among university students. Though most posts display a person’s fears or dreams, some women, taking advantage of its anonymity, are using Whisper to post their abortion stories. Perhaps the most disturbing involved one woman who stated: “I’ve had 5 abortions because I love getting pregnant but just not ready for kids.” Another woman …

Nearly 40% of women having abortions in England had a previous abortion

[by Dean Smith] New figures out of England show some disturbing news on abortions. According to the country’s Department of Health in 2014 37% of women in England and Wales who had an abortion had already had at least one earlier abortion. These figures match those found in France and Sweden. In an effort to justify these numbers, abortion activists claim that birth control is not 100% resulting in unwanted pregnancies, however, some suggest that for some women abortion is their form of birth control. Perhaps the biggest lie promoted by the abortion industry is that they involve unwanted pregnancies — inconvenient, maybe, unwanted no. Couples are paying tens of thousands of dollars to adopt children overseas because there are essentially no babies available in their home country. If a woman chose to carry her child to term, there would be couples lined up willing to adopt. So don’t call the child unwanted.

Study shows premature babies 22-weeks old can survive outside the womb, and yes it impacts the abortion debate

[by Dean Smith] Even admitting their recommendations could potentially impact the abortion debate, researchers are suggesting the medical community should re-look at the viability age of premature babies. Up to this point, it is generally accepted babies born as young as 24 weeks can survive outside the womb. However, a recent research project, reported in the New York Times, is now suggesting the age of viability should be reduced to 22 weeks because of growing evidence babies that young can survive, particularly with modern neonatal improvements.

‘The Silent Scream’ — ripped apart from limb to limb — the dark side of abortion

[by Dean Smith] In April, Kansas was the first state in America to ban dismemberment abortion. This procedure, allowed during the second trimester (fourth to sixth month), involves inserting a long bladed scissor type device through the cervix and ripping off the babies arms and legs allowing it to bleed out. Death often does not come immediately, but it is inevitable. It is the most common method of abortion in the second trimester.

Pain experienced by unborn babies

[by Dean Smith] In her article, The First Ache, published in the New York Times in 2008, Annie Paul reveals how doctors have discovered preemie babies as young as 20 weeks and possibly earlier experience pain in the womb. In 1983, Kanwaljeet Anand was working for a neonatal intensive care unit at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. Part of his job involved caring for premature infants who had just gone through surgery. He noticed when these babies returned from their operations, they had weak pulses, grey skin, shallow breathing and it took hours to get their vital signs stabilized.

Stepping off on the 13th floor at a Bob Zombie concert

[by Dean Smith] Ten years ago, Caleb Bislow was watching TV at his then home in Denver, Colorado when God spoke to him. It wasn’t through a TV program, but a commercial advertizing that rocker Bob Zombie would be having a concert at Red Rock Stadium. Caleb sensed the Holy Spirit telling him to attend that concert. Bob Zombie, whose real name is Robert Cummings, is a grunge rocker, with a Gothic, vampire edge.  He was a founding member of the group called the White Zombies popular in the 1990s. Bob Zombie left the group in 1999 and went out on his own producing such albums as Hellbilly. He has since moved into films releasing titles with names of House of a Thousand corpses and Devil Rejects. It gives you some idea what Bob Zombie concerts are all about. After praying, Caleb believed he was still supposed to attend. He was a bit confused  as to why, but was able to convince two friends to join him. However, they weren’t interested in paying for the …

Wife of ‘Duck Dynasty’ star confesses she had an abortion and has regretted it ever since

In a recent interview, Lisa Robertson, the wife of Alan Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame, spoke of her regret on having an abortion after an affair. She and her husband Alan were being interviewed by HuffPost Live TV. Duck Dynasty is A&E’s popular reality show that features the Robertson clan who own Duck Commander, a duck-call manufacturer. The family members, who are all Christians, are very bold about their faith, even during the program. Alan is the oldest son of Phil and Kay Robertson who started Duck Commander. Lisa and Alan had gotten together as young teenagers. They were separated for a time when Alan took off to New Orleans to find himself. While he was gone, Lisa turned to sex and drugs.  She ended up in a relationship with an older man and became pregnant at age 16. She decided to have an abortion.

Abortion debate at England’s Oxford University cancelled because of “mental security issues?”

[by Dean Smith] A pro-life group at England’s infamous Oxford University had booked campus facilities on November 18, 2014 for a debate on abortion. Both sides of the issue were to be represented. Everything was going fine, until a feminist group at the university complained. This resulted in the University stepping in and cancelling the debate citing “mental and physical security issues.” How a debate on campus could cause mental security issues is a bit beyond my pay grade, but the university said protestors could get violent.

After being pronounced dead, a preemie baby comes back to life lying on his mother’s chest

Jamie along with his twin sister were born at just 27 weeks. Each weighed just two pounds. However, when doctors were unable to resuscitate Jamie after 20 minutes, they pronounced him dead. In tears, his mother, Australian Kate Ogg, asked if she could hold Jamie for a bit to say her last good-bye. She unwrapped Jamie from the blanket and held him against her body skin-to-skin. And for the next couple hours she held and cuddled him. She told Jamie his name and told him that he had a sister. Jamie coughed once early, but doctors said it was just a natural reflex and assured his parents that he was dead.

Why would a new graveyard horrify feminists and infuriate the radical left?

Horrified feminists. Infuriated socialists. And it’s all over a new graveyard in Florence, Italy. Since 1996, the Trespiano graveyard set aside space for babies who died before birth. This included those killed in abortions. But it was all unofficial. In 1990, the government passed a law requiring municipalities to bury all children dying before birth. According to Stefania Saccardia, Florence’s deputy major, since 1996 over 1,000 babies have been buried in this area of the graveyard. In November 2013 — in an overwhelming majority vote (30 for, 4 against with 7 abstaining) — Florence city council changed the status of this area making it an official graveyard for children who died before birth.

“I felt like I died” — Patti’s heart-rendering testimony about her abortion

When the pro abortion movement launched its “1-in-3” campaign calling on women to share their happy memories on abortion, Virtue Media knew it needed to counter this message. The stats showed many women who abort a baby will suffer depression and even substance abuse as a result. The abortion movement will use the pro-choice testimonies in celebrations planned for 32 states. They based the “1-in-3” campaign name on their belief a third of women will have an abortion in their lifetime. At the end of October 2013, Virtue Media released six ads featuring heart-rending testimonies of women and their abortion experience. In this ad, we hear Patti’s testimony about her abortion at age 16. Though it happened years earlier, her grief is still real today.

Scottish activists pressure government to force sex ed on Christian schools

In its news release, the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) said it strongly opposed the government’s decision to allow Christian parents and faith schools to exempt themselves from the Scotland’s new sex ed program. Called Relationships, Sexual Health and Parent Hood Education, the program is still in its draft form and a provision —  the “conscience clause” — allows parents to exempt their children and schools from participating due to faith. The SSS is demanding the removal of the “conscience clause.” The organization believes the government should compel all parents and students to take part in the program, whether they want to or not. 

Babies thinking in the womb

Researchers from the University of Helsinki discovered unborn children actually remember words spoken before they were born. The study indicated babies are thinking and retaining information much earlier than previously thought. Because the sound processing part of a baby’s brain develops in the third trimester (starting at 28 weeks), researchers decided to test how much is going on in a babies brain prior to birth. To do this, they had a number of mothers play a recording to their babies a few months prior to birth. It was a