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To Tell Or Not To Tell

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There’s a tradition in our society that says it’s not a good idea to tell people about your pregnancy until you’re past the “safe mark” of 12 weeks, when the risk of miscarriage diminishes. The unspoken message is that miscarriage is best kept quiet. Nobody wants to know about the ones that didn’t make it. In fact, our culture barely regards them as even human. That’s why you hear statements like “thank goodness you weren’t that far along,” “don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll have another, “ or “at least you have (your older children),” as if you’d lost a dream instead of a living child. These are things people would NEVER say to parents who’d lost an older child, but because of our culture’s dismissive attitude towards unborn life, these children are viewed as less valuable. Their mothers are expected to grieve in private silence, if they are given permission to grieve at all.

For those who find themselves pregnant after losing a baby, we know there is no such thing as a “safe mark.” We know that life is fragile, and that it can just as easily be lost after 12 weeks as before. There are no guarantees. We have lost our innocence…the ability to look at that little plus sign and instantly be filled with the joyful expectation of holding that little bundle in nine months. We walk a tightrope of joy and sorrow, hope and dread, knowing that the next appointment may bring the words that we fear most: “I’m sorry, I can’t find a heartbeat.”

Even though I never got to hold Autumn, Eden and Hope, they’re still my babies. I’m still their mother. The only way I know to parent them is to honor their brief lives here on earth, and acknowledge that they are real children, now waiting in heaven for me. They weren’t just blobs of tissue. They weren’t just lines on a pregnancy test. They were precious, individual souls…and so is the one I carry now.

My last three babies didn’t make it to the “safe zone” of 12 weeks. I live with the knowledge that there is a very real possibility that I won’t get to meet this baby on this side of heaven, either. My children’s lives, like my own, are in God’s hands, and I have no control over them. But whatever the outcome, I have peace that God is in control, and I WILL meet my babies someday, although perhaps not as soon as I would hope. In the meantime, I best way I know to honor their lives is simply by acknowledging their presence. By recognizing that every life matters, no matter how brief.

So for now, I will partner with God in carrying this little life as long as He allows me to, and accept each day we have together as a gift.

Autumn Peace

Eden & Hope

Life Is A Miracle

Grieving What Should Have Been

Fighting Through The Pain

The STILL Project: Breaking The Silence Surrounding Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Be Not Afraid: Every Life is Precious

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Obama: Religious Schools Create ‘Division, Fear, Resentment’

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Funny…he wouldn’t dare say that about Sunni and Shi’a Madrasas.

Jason Howerton reports at The Blaze:

President Barack Obama reportedly offended Catholics and Protestants during a speech he gave while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit.

Speaking to about 2,000 young people, which included many Catholics, Obama seemingly argued that religious education can promote division and resentment.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” Obama said, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

Read more at The Blaze

Dr. Susan Berry opines:

Just two days before Obama made his comments, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke to a crowd in Glasgow, Scotland. Mueller told his listeners that religious education upholds the dignity of the human person, and Catholic schools should promote “all that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture.” Mueller said that Catholic education is “a critical component of the Church.”

In addition, Mueller advocated for an understanding of “Catholic” which includes the breadth of “all that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture.” The archbishop spoke of relativism as a threat to education because the objects of education—the true and the good—“stand in some way outside the person” and are transcendent.

“A danger in the relativism of modern society is the assumption that human freedom essentially entails creating one’s own truth and moral good.”

Mueller said that the implications of relativism “would lead to the breakdown of society… if pursued to their logical conclusion.”

How ironic—and perhaps providential—that Archbishop Mueller spoke his faith-filled words in Scotland at about the same time President Obama spoke his words of sabotage in Ireland.

As is often the case, Obama begins his process of undermining faith, the Constitution—whatever—by speaking to young people, hoping to divide them from those who will hand down the traditions and the culture to them. In truth, it is Obama—not faith or the Church—who is the Great Divider, the promoter of class warfare, envy, racism, etc.

Read more at Breitbart

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Fighting Through The Pain

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When I was 8 weeks pregnant, I went with some friends to a 3-hour women’s self defense seminar offered by a local Krav Maga studio.   I put a name tag on my belly that said “baby” so nobody would grab me around the waist, and enjoyed every minute of it.  They gave everyone a coupon for a month of free classes, but I didn’t want to push it as my pregnancy progressed.

What I didn’t know was that I was carrying twins, and they were already gone.   Four weeks later, we buried them.

When the studio offered a summer special on classes, I decided to take them up on it.   I’ve been wanting to learn self-defense for awhile and need to get the baby weight off.   Though most people I know do Zumba, my mood right now is much more towards fighting than dancing.

During my first class the instructor told me, “you’ve got a lot of aggression and fight in you.”   No one has ever told me that before.  I immediately knew it was coming from all the frustration of trying to fight something that can’t be conquered.  The only reason I was even able to take the class was because I was no longer pregnant.  No matter how hard I try, I can’t change that fact.  I can’t bring my babies back.   Suddenly I was slammed by a wave of grief and anger.  The lump in my throat strangled me far more than my partner’s practice choke-hold.

The next day I argued with myself over what I had gotten myself into and whether I should go back.   I hate it when my grief catches me off-guard in public, and was afraid of losing it in the middle of class.   I forced myself to go back at the next available opportunity, knowing that if I didn’t face the fear immediately, I would find an excuse never to return.

Towards the end of my second class they did a drill where they exhausted you and then had you fight off an attacker with pure instinct and adrenaline.   I was ready to give up and the instructor and two other students kept telling me I could do it.   It reminded me of being in labor, when I’d be convinced I couldn’t go on and everyone around me would encourage me.   But the difference was, there was a wonderful reward at the end of all that labor.   And the last time I had been pushed to my limit like this, there had been no reward.  Nobody to cheer me on.  Just silence, and the remains of my babies to be buried.   Another grief trigger.  I managed to fight off my opponent but I couldn’t stop the tears once the class was over.   They probably thought I was nuts.

It’s amazing how raw emotion rises to the surface when you’re pushed to the limits.  The ache in my muscles is nothing compared to the aching chasm in my heart, and no amount of Advil can touch it.  Right now I’m faced with two choices: keep learning to swim in this ocean of grief, or allow myself to drown in it.   I’m coming to terms with the fact that sometimes the only way to heal is simply to fight through the pain.

Grieving What Should Have Been

The STILL Project: Breaking The Silence Surrounding Miscarriage and Infant Loss

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Sebelius Forces Insurers Cover Planned Parenthood Services

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How have we gotten to the point where government can force private companies to pay for controversial services like abortion from another private company?  Whatever happened to the freedom to VOLUNTARILY decide which products and services you want to purchase, and from whom?

Dr. Susan Berry writes at Breitbart:

In a move that sends the message that her role is a powerful one, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has required health insurers to include Planned Parenthood as an “essential community provider” along with other doctors and health facilities in their networks.

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner (WE) reports that most of Planned Parenthood’s 750 health and abortion clinics in the country will be covered by ObamaCare. Sebelius’ command means that health insurers who wish to participate in the state health care exchanges must cover services by Planned Parenthood, as well as other “essential community providers,” such as AIDS clinics, pain management facilities, and alternative medicine providers.

[…]   Though ObamaCare is not, technically speaking, supposed to cover abortions, the fact that Planned Parenthood has always had significant support from Sebelius, and is already an important player in the “navigator system”–assisting insurance advisers in signing Americans up for the exchanges–is a real concern for Americans seeking limited government and those who are pro-life.

Read more at Breitbart

Tony Perkins observes at Life Site News:

Planned Parenthood, which she deems as an “essential community provider,” is part of the long list of local organizations that insurers are required to partner with. (Others, Bedard says, include lesbian and gay centers, family planning clinics, and “holistic” centers.)

“We’ve never covered these sorts of thing,” a Wisconsin provider told Bedard. He, like most health care representatives, is probably horrified at the prospect of collaborating with an organization which (when it isn’t lobbying for infanticide) is on trial for government fraud and botched abortions. Unfortunately for Americans, Sebelius — not Congress — decides what belongs in state exchanges. And if her past relationships are any indication, taxpayers are in for even more surprises when ObamaCare goes into effect January 1.

Read more at Life Site News

Planned Parenthood is a bully, using the power of the state to force those who disagree with their practices to buy their grisly product, anyway.

We The People have been negligent in allowing government to wield this unconstitutional power and groups like PP to manipulate it.

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Pro-Life Congresswoman Shares That Her Unborn Baby Has Fatal Condition, Leftist Hate-Fest Ensues

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Praying for Rep. Beutler and her husband, especially since she is now the target of hate mail from Lefty trolls who are reveling in her pain.

Steven Ertelt reports at Life News:

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, a pro-life Republican from Washington state, recently shared the sad news about her unborn baby and a potentially fatal diagnosis.

Beutler posted a message on Facebook saying her unborn child has been diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, a condition which prevents the child’s kidneys from developing properly and is typically fatal for the baby.

On May 1, Beutler, 34, announced that she and her husband, Daniel Beutler, were expecting their first baby this fall.

“We don’t know what the future holds for our family, but we ask for your prayers and appreciate the privacy a family needs in such circumstances,” Herrera Beutler wrote. “According to the medical information and advice we’ve received, I will be able to continue to balance the responsibilities of an expectant mother with serving as your representative in Congress.”

“Our baby has a serious medical condition called Potter’s Syndrome,” Herrera Beutler announced Monday on Facebook. “We have had a second opinion and the medical diagnosis was consistent with the initial news: there is no medical solution available to us. We are praying for a miracle.”

Read more at Life News

Unfortunately, “tolerant” leftist hatemongers have decided to unleash their venom on a suffering pregnant woman:

While many offered Beutler love and support, others took it as an opportunity to gloat or proclaim that the child should be aborted. Matthew Archbold, a writer for the National Catholic Register, collected some of the comments left at the Huffington Post and elsewhere. A few gems:

– Oh goody… and she’s GOP…. let’s all watch this one develop. Let’s see if she follows the party line ….

–Abort the baby. Wait a few months. Get pregnant again. This is not a big deal.

– Why not be proactive and get an abortion?

– Sorry, prayers won’t do a damn thing.

– She should just go to a Planned Parenthood and be done with “it”, after all, it’s not a human yet.

–I laugh at her in that her political ideology has her in a corner I would wish nobody in.

This sickening behavior – gloating over a baby’s illness and her mother’s pain – is more common than you might think.

[…]  What motivates these people to abuse women who have chosen to carry to term despite a poor prenatal diagnosis? I strongly suspect that many of them have been involved in an abortion – or know they would want one in a similar situation. It angers them to see someone make a choice they didn’t have the courage to make themselves. But it’s impossible for any normal-thinking person to really know what motivates them.

Like all good sociopaths, the bullies try to shift blame on to the victims, saying they were “asking for” such treatment because of their political views. Since a pro-lifer would “force” women in her situation to give birth, she deserves to be shamed and harassed throughout her difficult pregnancy.

But anyone with a normal sense of compassion and empathy would say that’s not just irrational. It’s evil. Few things are more sociopathic than abusing a pregnant woman carrying a terminally ill child – no matter what her political affiliation.

Read more at Life News

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Be Not Afraid: Every Life is Precious

The STILL Project: Breaking The Silence Surrounding Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Pressuring Parents to Abort Disabled Babies is Dead Wrong

A New Eugenics: Aborting the Child With a Disability

Baby Audrey: the story behind “I Will Carry You”

Choosing Thomas — Inside a family’s decision to let their son live, if only for a brief time

Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum

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More Americans Choosing Homeschooling Than Enrolling In Government Schools

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I can’t imagine why (besides wanting to avoid sexually explicit indoctrination, gun hysteria, censorship of religious expression, anti-patriotism, Obama worship and Marxist propaganda)!

Dr. Susan Berry writes at Breitbart:

As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.

A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.

As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.

Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams.  […]

Similarly, the common myth that homeschoolers “miss out” on so-called “socialization opportunities,” often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings, has proven to be without merit. According to the National Home Education Research Institute survey, homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and demonstrate “healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.”

Read more at Breitbart

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‘Common Core’ Threatens Homeschooling Freedom

Why Christians Should Care About School Choice

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What Students Will Read Under Common Core: Sexually Explicit Novels, Government Memos

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“Common Core” will force schools to teach kids only what they need to know to pass standardized tests. Much of the content is worthless at best and at worst, highly inappropriate for kids.

Robby Soave gives us an overview at The Daily Caller:

Common Core’s English standards stress nonfiction over literature. By grade 12, 70 percent of what students read should be informational rather than literary. Supporters of the guidelines say an increased focus on informational texts will better prepare kids for post-college employment.

Many of these nonfiction texts come from government websites and promote the findings of various government agencies.

Some might find the texts a bit dry. (And that’s without including “Kenya’s Long Dry Season.”)

Here are a few recommended informational texts.

  • Invasive Plant Inventory,” by the California Invasive Plant Council. This is just a list of invasive plant species in California.
  • “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While assuredly a fascinating read, The DC News Foundation was unable to review “Recommended Levels of Insulation,” because the website was hacked.
  • “FedViews,” by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. This report from 2009 explains that the federal stimulus helped to stabilize the economy and asserts that there is no link between deficit spending and inflation.

Read more at the Daily Caller

Good-bye, Tom Sawyer!  Hello, “Recommended Levels of Insulation.”  Or, if you prefer, Marxism mixed with soft porn:

I must admit that I would have been too embarrassed to teach Julia Alvarez’s sexually explicit novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, to the college students I have taught for over twenty years, much less to ninth- and tenth-graders, as many Georgia high school teachers have been instructed to do.

Some high school teachers also have a problem with its overtly feminist and leftist-leaning ideology. The men are portrayed as weak drunkards, continually cheating on their wives.

For example, there is a drunken New Year’s celebration of “the triumphant announcement.  Batista had fled!  Fidel, his brother Raul, and Ernesto they call Che had entered Havana and liberated the country.” No indication in the novel that Fidel and Raul turned out to be tyrants, or Che a mass murderer.

The novel has explicit descriptions of masturbation and intercourse, but I’m too embarrassed to quote those.

The novel is taken straight from Common Core’s “Text Exemplars” for ninth and tenth grades.  Although the “exemplars” are officially intended to be suggested readings, educrats take the suggestions literally.  They know that they have to prepare students for the national tests being rolled out in 2014/2015.

[…]  Even my question in private to the school board member (who claimed to love “literature”) about the fact that informational texts like EPA directives will be replacing a large percentage of literary works was met with the retort, “So how many times do you use Beowulf?  Graduates need to learn how to read informational texts in order to be able to read instructions at work.”

No doubt, high school students sharing his opinion would rather read Alvarez’s unchallenging polemical and titillating prose than Beowulf or Paradise Lost.   No doubt, her novel will bring them up to speed on politically correct figures and sex tips.  The accompanying EPA directives will teach them how to scan boring texts for required instructions at their “21st century” jobs where they will do tasks that require little concentration or independent thought.

Read more at Front Page Mag

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Planned Parenthood Partners With Oregon Education Department To Teach Porn, Promiscuity To Teens

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What are your teens being taught in Oregon schools?

Rita Diller reports at Life Site News:

When I walked into this year’s Oregon Adolescent Sexuality Conference in Seaside, Oregon, one of the first things I encountered was a table manned by three young teen boys. On the table was a collage that included many depictions of totally bare female genitalia—obviously pornographic and, one would think, illegal.

The collage included a drawing of a woman circa 1950 declaring, in the most base terms, what a woman’s private parts should smell like. It also included a drawing of a pigtailed little girl riding on a tricycle with the word “Vagina!” written above her, and another drawing of a young female child standing by a rose, with the word “Vagina” written below her on a chalkboard.

“Everyone can come inside” are the words visible along the outer edge of the piece, which appeared to be a decoupaged plate.

The boys smiled nervously as hordes of teens, who had arrived for what some described as a field trip, passed the display table. Planned Parenthood was on the steering committee of this conference.

The booth belonged to Youth for Education and Prevention of Sexual Assault (YEPSA), a supposedly teen-led initiative from Eugene, Oregon. At a booth whose stated mission was the prevention of sexual assault, I could only wonder why the teen boys would be manning a table containing graphic pictures of female genitalia, suggesting that “everyone can come inside” a pigtailed little girl on a tricycle.

With that question in mind, I checked on the Internet and found that the group puts on performances, the first of which was The Vagina Monologues. The students stated they just finished a run of a play that they wrote about the life struggles of a transgendered woman. They have a transgender education panel coming up, and they do art shows around teen sexuality and gender.

Day two of the conference found me very reluctantly attending a workshop led by YEPSA entitled “You Say Porn, I Say Porn!”

The program description did not even begin to touch the stark reality of the session. “To porn or not to porn, that is the question. YEPSA will be leading the masses through the very exciting world of pornography.” The session was held in a large room, filled with teens and adults. It started with a soft porn video commercial.

About 10 teen facilitators lined up across the front of the room and introduced themselves. They gave their names and the pronoun they prefer (“I prefer ‘she,’” “I don’t have a preference but I identify as male,” etc.). This was in keeping with a theory emphasized over and over at the conference—that gender is fluid and is determined only by the person in question and how that person feels at that particular time about his or her gender. In others words, biology has nothing to do with gender.

[…]  This is just a sampling of the plan that Planned Parenthood has for our teens. Check out our website at www.stopp.org, where I will be writing for several weeks on the unbelievably inappropriate materials and scenarios that were presented at this conference.

Oregon Education Department “sexuality education expert” Brad Victor prides himself on the fact that Oregon has the “most progressive sex education laws in the nation,” and brags about how he easily slid Oregon’s explicit Administrative Rule under the radar as a consent item at the state board level. The plan is that other states will follow suit. Many are already deeply embroiled in Planned Parenthood’s sex education. Those who are not embroiled are targeted.

But as we pointed out in our last edition of The Wednesday STOPP Report, Brad Victor also demonstrated that if parents will speak out at every level, sex education can be easily derailed in a school district—even one where the programs are already firmly in place. The sooner parents start their challenges, however, the better.

Jim Sedlak’s book Parent Power!! is available free of charge on our website. It is a brilliant instructional tool that lays out the plan that parents can follow to get Planned Parenthood out of local schools. It is a plan that has been proven to work time and time again when parents follow it. Read Jim’s book today and take action!

Read more at Life Site News

If you want to keep tabs on what these groups are teaching Oregon’s children, check out the Facebook pages for Sex Ed in Oregon and The Adolescent Sexuality Conference.  Notice which groups and pages they “like” and recommend to young people.

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Churches Dissolve Boy Scouts Affiliations After BSA Caves To Gay Agenda

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All over America, churches are being forced to reassess their relationship with a scouting program that no longer adheres to Biblical moral standards:

Nationwide, congregations and families are coming to terms with the BSA policy change. In an effort to remain strong in their biblical convictions, many are being forced to cut ties with the BSA despite years of financial support and mutual trust.

But in doing so, their decision to withdraw support of the nation’s largest scouting organization has come under scrutiny by the liberal media and the leftwing blogosphere. Just days following the vote, Atlanta-area pastor Ernest Easley made national news when he advised his parishioners to cut all ties with BSA.

I never dreamed I’d have to stand up publicly and say to parents: Pull your kids out of the Boy Scouts,” Easley told the Baptist Press May 28. “If you would have asked me that five years ago, 10 years ago, I would have laughed,” Easley said. “And even as I was saying it Sunday morning, I thought, I cannot believe I’m having to address this and encourage parents to pull their children out of the Boy Scouts of America.

Louisville’s largest church, Southeast Christian Church, also made headlines when they cut ties with the Boy Scouts after the national organization decided to drop its ban on gay youth.

We want everyone, including ourselves, to live by biblical standards,” said the Executive Pastor Tim Hester. “Truly for us it’s a logical decision … We cannot be distracted from the mission God has called us to.

Churches, families and the Scouts themselves are what some might consider collateral damage of a decade-long battle waged by the LGBT organizations against the BSA to impose their morality on a non-government entity. And thanks to a compliant media, clearly in the LGBT camp, these institutions must fend off accusations of intolerance and bigotry while trying to stand strong in their biblical convictions.

“We hoped to keep sex and politics out of Scouting,” lamented John Stemberger, a lifelong Scout with two sons in scouting, now leading the fight to start a new scouting chapter in defiance of the adopted policy. Unfortunately the LGBT community and the liberal media had other plans.

Sadly, it’s the parents and churches that must unravel this messy BSA policy and tenaciously step through the landmine of media scrutiny as they seek to live biblically in an increasingly anti-Christian society.

Read more at The Black Sphere

The Associated Press reports:

In suburban Atlanta, northern Idaho and a number of other places, churches have moved swiftly to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the vote last month to let openly gay boys participate in Scouting.

To date, it’s far from the mass defection that some conservatives had predicted before the vote by the Irving-based BSA’s National Council. But the exodus could soon swell, depending on the outcome of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting next week in Houston.

Read more at the Dallas News

Daniel Burke reports at CNN:

Baptist churches sponsor nearly 4,000 Scout units representing more than 100,000 youths, according to the Boy Scouts of America.

That number could drop precipitously.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, will soon urge its 45,000 congregations and 16 million members to cut ties with the Scouts, according to church leaders.

Read more at CNN

In light of the BSA’s recent decision, there is already a move to create a faith-based alternative called “Faith Based Boys.”  The name and program are still being developed, but they’re looking for families that are willing to give them feedback and join their efforts.

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The STILL Project: Breaking The Silence Surrounding Miscarriage and Infant Loss

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Every life matters.

STILL is a documentary film aimed at breaking the cycle of silence surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss.  STILL will examine the effects of a grief avoidant society and will tell the stories of individuals and families from all walks of life who have suffered the death of a baby during pregnancy or infancy:


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Grieving What Should Have Been

Life Is A Miracle

Eden & Hope

Autumn Peace

Baby Audrey: the story behind “I Will Carry You”

Choosing Thomas — Inside a family’s decision to let their son live, if only for a brief time

Letters to Gabriel: The True Story of Gabriel Michael Santorum

Be Not Afraid: Every Life is Precious

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Grieving What Should Have Been

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Should. Shouldn’t. These are loaded words, borne of disappointed expectations. We shouldn’t be living in a world marred by sin, disease and death, but we do. No mother should have to bury her child – much less three – but I have.

I was sitting with several of my mommy friends at church, watching them nurse and entertain their infants, when I was suddenly struck with the realization that I should be nursing a two-month-old right now. But I’m not, because she’s buried under our maple tree. And suddenly I couldn’t breathe.

I’m a tummy sleeper. One of the things I hated most about being pregnant was how difficult it was to get comfortable when I couldn’t sleep on my tummy. But lately, as I curl up comfortably in bed, I weep. My belly should be getting in my way right now, but it’s not, because my babies are gone.

I keep getting maternity junk mail from companies who probably got my address when I registered to track my babies’ development online. Those accounts are deleted now, but the cheerful baby coupons keep coming to torture me, because an automated mailing list doesn’t know when a mother’s hope has turned to grief. My heart shouldn’t sink when I open my mailbox, but it does.

With my confused body trying to adjust to the loss of two pregnancies in nine months, I once again pack away my maternity clothes with the awareness that I still look pregnant, and will until I can muster the energy to lose the baby weight. I shouldn’t dread the innocent congratulations of strangers who look at my belly and wonder whether we’re having a boy this time, but I do.

There are days when I’m able to forget for awhile. When I can laugh with friends, enjoy a movie or get through my to-do list as if nothing happened. But I’m continually nagged by the feeling that I’m forgetting something, like when you walk into a room for a purpose and then can’t remember why. It’s as if I’m constantly looking for something, but don’t know what it is or where to find it. I shouldn’t be haunted by this aimless emptiness. But I am.

My moods unexpectedly swing from numbness to overwhelming sorrow, from frustration to anger, but I never know which wave I’ll have to ride next, when it will hit or what will trigger it. Some days I’m resigned, and others I rage, “Why offer me a precious gift and then yank it back, Lord? Why raise my hopes only to see them dashed? I don’t want promises or comforting words. I want my babies here in my arms! That’s how it SHOULD be!

But in the end, I know that when I say “should,” what I’m really saying is, “If I were God…” But I’m not. And the truth is, my children ultimately aren’t mine. They’re His. Even the three tucked safely in their beds are just on loan for awhile. He is ultimately their Heavenly Father, who loves them even more than I’m capable of.

The three precious babies He took home were only here for a few weeks, and they were born immediately to a place where they’ll never have known suffering, fear or grief. That must be an extraordinary experience. Their mommy isn’t so lucky, but God knows that our sufferings here are temporary, and eternity is a long, long time to enjoy the healing and restoration of what was lost. It doesn’t feel brief or temporary right now, but in comparison with eternity, it is.

In the meantime, I just have to remember that I’m not alone, and make it through another day…

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Life Is A Miracle

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Hope and Eden were born at 10:30pm on Wednesday, May 15th. They were buried next to their sister Autumn under our Maple tree.

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A few months ago I started reading a series of biographies from YWAM Publishing. With my own recent loss, I was particularly struck by how many of these Christian heroes had lost children. William Penn lost five of eight children with his first wife before she passed, and three of his eight children with his second wife. Of Count Zinzendorf’s twelve children, only three daughters survived. John Wesley’s mother, Susannah, outlived nine of her 19 children. Only one of Abraham Lincoln’s four sons made it to adulthood. George Washington had no children of his own, but both of his stepchildren died young. Of course, these are the children who made it at least to birth. Nobody knows how many miscarriages, if any, these families suffered, since it remains a hidden grief even to this day.

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Until two years ago, I hardly knew anyone who had lost a child. Now I know several. Whether from disease, accidents, stillbirth or miscarriage, nearly every family I know has been visited by death in some way. Having now buried three of my own, I understand their grief. Its a very sobering reality to be faced with, especially in a modern culture that largely sweeps death out of sight and doesn’t really know how to deal with the grieving. We don’t dress in black and observe extended periods of mourning anymore. We expect loved ones to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives almost as soon as the funeral is over. And we definitely don’t know how to deal with the loss of children, especially the unborn. Infant mortality rates are so low in the Western world, it’s largely unexpected and comes as a great shock. While 1 in 4 pregnancies ends in miscarriage, it often remains a private, hidden grief. It can be very isolating to grieve while everyone else seems to be enjoying their intact families, especially if the people around you barely acknowledge that what you were carrying was even a baby at all.

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The healing comes in acknowledging that every life is precious, even those we never got to meet. Every life is a miracle, no matter how short. With all the things that can go wrong, it really is amazing that any of us make it at all. That’s why, even though some may think it silly or unnecessary or morbid, we decided that it’s important to bury our unborn children with dignity.

God keep you until we meet in heaven, little ones. Mommy loves you.

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Eden & Hope

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Mother’s Day this year was full of joy and tears.  I loved the sweet kisses, cards and handmade gifts from my three beautiful girls.  I was missing Autumn, who would be almost two months old today.   And the sight of blood told me that I was saying goodbye to another sweet angel baby I’d hoped to meet in December.

After several days of spotting and no progress, my husband and I decided to go get an ultrasound and got the shock of our lives: I was carrying identical twins.  They had stopped developing at 7 weeks.  Even through our sadness, I had to laugh at the look on Dave’s face when the ultrasound tech said “twins.” It was priceless!

Hope and Eden were born at 10:30pm on Wednesday, May 15th. They will be buried next to their sister Autumn under our Maple tree.

It’s been quite an emotional roller coaster, but I have peace that God knows what He’s doing. There hasn’t been a lot of grief in my life up until recently, so I don’t begrudge that it’s my turn. I know a lot of people who have suffered a lot worse.  I know that I’m not alone.  I know we live in a fallen world with broken bodies, and sometimes things just go wrong. That’s why I chose the names Eden and Hope. Eden is what we lost when sin came into the world, and it’s what God will restore someday, but in the meantime we’re stuck in this fallen world where bad things happen. But we have hope because we know it won’t always be this way. Someday everything will be set to rights. This is not the end.

God keep you until we meet in heaven. Mommy loves you.

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IRS Targeted Billy Graham, James Dobson, Christian and Pro-Life Groups

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If you’re opposed to the idolatrous cult of the Messianic Nanny State, beware…the Obama administration has you in their cross-hairs.

John Boyle writes at The Citizen-Times:

In a blistering letter to President Barack Obama, the Rev. Franklin Graham said the IRS targeted the two non-profits he heads with an audit last year after the organizations took out ads urging people to support biblical principles on marriage and in choosing political candidates.

In the letter, dated Tuesday, Graham said in light of recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, he does not believe the audit was “a coincidence — or justifiable.” Graham, son of famed Christian evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, now heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association based in Charlotte, N.C., and Samaritan’s Purse, a worldwide relief organization headquartered in Boone.

“I am bringing this to your attention because I believe that someone in the administration was targeting and attempting to intimidate us,” Graham concluded in the letter. “This is morally wrong and unethical — indeed some would call it ‘un-American.'”

Read more at The Citizen-Times

Steven Ertelt writes at Life News:

James Dobson, the pro-life family advocate disclosed today that he was a victim of IRS discrimination, in a revelation that adds to the growing Internal Revenue Scandal.

Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, says he faced discrimination from the federal agency when trying to start a new group.

Family Talk Action Corporation is a Christian ministry that was formed for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ; of providing Christ-oriented advice and education to parents and children; and of speaking to cultural issues that affect the family. Dobson is the president and CEO.

On September 2, 2011, Family Talk Action filed a Form 1024 with the Internal Revenue Service requesting § 501(c)(4) status. The attorney completing this form had submitted scores of similar applications over his 26 year career with none being rejected.

In January and February 2013, Family Talk Action’s counsel called the IRS reviewing agent, R. Medley (ID no. 52402), to inquire regarding when there would be a determination of the application. Her voice mail box was full on each of these calls so no message could be left. On March 6, he called Ms. Medley again and got routed to her voice mail again. This time, he was able to leave a voice mail message and requested a return call.

Medley did not call back until March 19. Family Talk Action’s attorney asked her when the IRS would issue its determination letter. Ms. Medley responded saying, I don’t think your Form 1024 (application for exemption) will be granted because Family Talk Action is “not educational” because it does not present all views. She continued, saying that Family Talk Action sounded like a “partisan right-wing group” because, according to Ms. Medley, it only presents conservative viewpoints.

She then added, “you’re political” because you “criticized President Obama, who was a candidate.”

Read more at Life News

Dobson and Graham weren’t the only targets during the 2012 campaign:

The Biblical Recorder, the official news journal for North Carolina Southern Baptists, found itself in the same situation in March – audited for the first time since the Baptist newspaper was founded in 1833.

The newspaper garnered national attention last summer after Editor Allan Blume published an interview with Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy. In reference to his support of the traditional family, Cathy said he was “guilty as charged.”

The Biblical Recorder also published the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s ads affirming traditional marriage.

And then – came the telephone call from the Internal Revenue Service.

“It raised some red flags and made me wonder why we were being targeted for an audit when we have been around since 1833 and have never been audited before,” Blume told Fox News. “Putting it all together made me wonder.”

Blume said the timing may have been coincidental – but “it didn’t seem that way.”

“There seems to be a very anti-Christian bias that has flowed into a lot of government agencies – oppression literally against Christian organizations and groups,” he said. “It makes you wonder what’s going on.

Blume said the newspaper was eventually cleared, but the audit consumed time and money.

“It was a lot of time and energy that we didn’t have,” he said. “It took some of our staff literally several weeks of doing nothing but that (the audit),” he said.

Read more at Red State

It’s also come to light that the IRS was targeting pro-Israel groups and pro-life groups:

IRS officials refused to grant tax exempt status to two pro-life organizations because of their position on the abortion issue, according to a non-profit law firm, which said that one group was pressured not to protest a pro-choice organization that endorsed President Obama during the last election.

“In one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa. In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent ‘Ms. Richards’ told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood,” the Thomas More Society announced today. “Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.”

Planned Parenthood endorsed Obama in 2008 and 2012.

The IRS also pressured another pro-life group about its religious activities. “The IRS withheld approval of an application for charitable tax-exempt recognition of Christian Voices for Life, questioning the group’s involvement with ’40 Days for Life’ and ‘Life Chain’ events,” according to the law firm. “The Fort Bend County, Texas, organization was subjected to repeated and lengthy unconstitutional requests for information about the viewpoint and content of its educational communications, volunteer prayer vigils, and other protected activities.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner

With this much coordination against his “enemies,” there’s NO WAY Obama didn’t know about it.

“Very Frightening”: Prominent Catholic Professor Claims IRS Audited Her After Speaking Out Against Obama And Demanded To Know Who Was Paying Her

Why Would the IRS Target Billy Graham?

Surprise!  Director of IRS Tax-Exempt Determinations Office Is Obama Donor

IRS Admits To Targeting Conservative Groups For Harassment

IRS Tried to Swing 2012 Election Towards Obama

Why is the IRS Regulating Speech In The First Place?

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Shocking Undercover Video: Late Term Abortion Describes Gruesome Procedures, Lies About Risks To Patient

Unreal! Late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart was caught on tape describing the grisly abortion procedure and lying to women about the dangers:

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John Hayward gives a chilling overview of the content:

The fourth undercover video in LiveAction’s “Inhuman” expose of late-term abortion brings us renowned abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart reassuring a pregnant woman that carrying a dead 26-week baby inside her womb for three days is no big deal.  ”It’s like putting meat in a Crock-Pot, OK?” he says.

Carhart also jokes that his tools for dismembering and removing a dead child include “a pickaxe” and “a drill bit.”  When advising the woman to allow nothing into her vagina for three weeks after the procedure, he says, “As I tell everyone, that includes fingers, friends, and fruit, OK?”

The famed abortionist begins telling his patient that she’ll be affected emotionally and psychologically by the procedure… but then he tries to portray it as a positive life experience, dismissing the notion of post-abortion depression.  […]

Like other late-term abortion doctors and clinic staffers profiled in the “Inhuman” series, Carhart frantically instructs his prospective patient not to call 911 if she goes into labor during the procedure, because “they’ll take you to the hospital, right?  They won’t bring you to the clinic, so…”

Instead, he advises her to get in a car and drive to the clinic, or call him.  And this later segment of the video was made 7 weeks after Jennifer Morbelli’s death.  Put that in your Crock-Pot and slow-cook it.

Read more a Human Events

Undercover Video Exposes Dark Underworld Of Late-Term Abortions

Infanticide in America: it’s real, and it’s happening more often than you think

Abortion’s Underside: Kermit Gosnell is not the only seedy backroom abortionist operating in the age of Roe v. Wade

Planned Parenthood Argues For ‘Right’ To Murder Infants Already Born

Obama’s Twisted, Symbiotic Relationship With the Abortion Industry

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