Just so you know, the Salvation Army Supports Abortion in Some Cases

Tulsa_Red_Kettle_and_Bell_2-web-smallSalvation Army bell ringers are as much a part of the Christmas season as carols and gift wrapping, with their red kettles and the cheerful sound of their bells greeting us almost everywhere we go.

And yet it’s the very  ubiquity of bell ringers that prompts us to remind you of a not so cheerful fact: The Salvation Army supports abortion in some cases.

Here is the official position on abortion from the Salvation Army International website (keep in mind that “termination” is a euphemism for abortion, which is the direct, intentional killing of a pre-born human being):

The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when

  • Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
  • Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.

In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally.This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.

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Also, it is worth pointing out that the Salvation Army also promotes contraception. Here’s their position:

A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us to a commitment to the prevention of unwanted pregnancy through means such as access to reliable birth control, safety in relationships, and societal respect of women.

There you have it. We recognize the Salvation Army does many valuable things, and that many good, pro-life people are involved with this organization. Still, we feel it is important for our supporters to know that the Salvation Army holds these positions officially.

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5 Pro-Life Books You Need to Read

As someone who believes in the dignity and worth of every human life, chances are you’ve gotten into a discussion at some point with a friend or family member who is pro-abortion. If so, you know that a calm, charitable discussion of the facts, rather than angry rhetoric, is the most effective method of engagement.

But having such fact-based discussions requires that we first be educated in all the issues involved—and no, just saying “abortion ends a human life” isn’t sufficient argumentation (even though it should be). With that in mind, here are 5 books to better equip you to engage family and friends who believe abortion is a woman’s right.

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1. Ten Universal Principles

18619_TenUniversalPrinciplesby Rober Spitzer, S.J.

Like it or not, the debate over issues like abortion and euthanasia is shaped by philosophers, ethicists, and college professors. These men and women argue about philosophical concepts like like bodily autonomy and personhood—-issues that call into question what it really means to be human. As abortion statistics show, the wrong philosophy can have a devastating impact, leading to death for thousands, even millions of human beings. If we are going to be effective pro-life witnesses, we must understand the philosophical ideas involved and know how to address them rationally.

I can think of no better book to equip one to defend the solid philosophical foundation for the pro-life position than Fr. Robert Spitzer’s Ten Universal Principles. Brief and easily understood, Ten Universal Principles walks through 10 moral, ethical, and philosophical beliefs that are the foundation of the pro-life position. If these beliefs are denied, the foundations of justice collapse. Every pro-lifer should read this book at least once.

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2. Adam and Eve After the Pill

9781586178222_0by Mary Eberstadt

Few things have transformed our culture more rapidly or profoundly than the sexual revolution. In Adam and Eve After the Pill, essayist and author Mary Eberstadt deftly chronicles the moral, social, and cultural consequences of severing human sexuality from procreation. This is the go to book for understanding just how deeply the contraceptive mentality has transformed the world as we know it.

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3. Abandoned

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Some have called Abandoned the best book ever written on abortion. In this gripping account, professor and activist Monica Migliorino Miller relates how she came face to face with the gruesome reality of abortion, and how it motivated her to tell the world about the holocaust happening in our own backyards. Click here for our full review of Abandoned.

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4. Personhood

personhood-becker-book-coverby Dan Becker

A growing consensus among pro-lifers acknowledges that personhood is not an issue for pro-lifers, it is the issue, and abortion will continue until the personhood of the pre-born child is affirmed and enshrined in our laws. If you’re looking for a concise and practical introduction to the concept of legal personhood, and how it can bring an end to abortion, look no further than Dan Becker’s Personhood. This excellent little book explains the moral and legal foundations of human personhood, and how you can bring the personhood movement to your state.

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5. Unplanned

unplannedby Abby Johnson

While many don’t realize it, Planned Parenthood is a business that generates most of its income through abortions. No one knows this better than Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-lifer. Her powerful and compelling story is sure to renew your passion to end abortion once and for all. But most of all, it will encourage you to love and pray for those in the abortion industry—women and men like Abby who might just have a change of heart.

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What books do you recommend? Leave your answer in the comments. 

 

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PLW Victory Fund Announces 2014 Candidate Endorsements

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Candidate endorsements by Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) are now available to be viewed on the web at www.ProLifeWisconsin.org. The Victory Fund PAC has endorsed a total of thirty-seven candidates for state office in the upcoming fall primary and general elections. Included on the endorsement page is a message on what it means to be “100% pro-life.”

“We are proud to endorse these candidates who recognize the personhood of the preborn baby and who hold the principled and compassionate ‘no-exceptions’ pro-life philosophy,” said Matt Sande, director of the Victory Fund PAC. “Only when we have lawmakers who will fully protect preborn children as ‘persons’ will we see an end to the scandal of legal abortion.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund supports candidates for public office who demonstrate a commitment to protect each and every innocent human life – in all circumstances and at all stages of development. To be “100% pro-life” is to know that a human being begins at conception and to therefore understand that there may never be a legal exception to an innocent child’s inalienable right to life. Accordingly, it requires defending the child conceived in rape, the child whose mother’s life is perceived to be in danger, the disabled preborn baby, the tiny embryo vulnerable to experimental research, or the terminally ill patient who is viewed as a “burden” on society.

“The Victory Fund PAC stands behind the candidates who are willing to stand behind 100% of the babies,” said Sande. “2014 is an important election year, an opportunity to strengthen pro-life majorities in the State Assembly and State Senate. We are galvanizing our members to actively support these pro-life candidates and push them on to victory.”

For further information, please contact the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee by phone: (262) 352-0890, or email: msande@prolifewisconsin.org.

Paid for by the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC, George Kriegl Treasurer
Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee

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Sign the Petition to Defund Americas Biggest Abortion Business

941480_543657145696854_1921223654_nPlanned Parenthood does one abortion every 95 seconds. That’s well over 300,000 abortions each year, making this organization America’s number one abortion business.

In addition, Planned Parenthood has been caught time after time aiding and abetting rapists, involved in medicaid fraud, false advertising, and deceptive counseling practices among other things.

To top it all off, Planned Parenthood received over $500 million in taxpayer funding last year. Why exactly are our tax dollars going to fund an abortion whose services include the violent destruction of innocent human lives?

Click here to sign the petition to have Planned Parenthood defunded once and for all!!

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Griswold v. Connecticut: The Decision the Changed Everything

photo2_editedSince 2004, Pro-Life Wisconsinites have marked the anniversary of the June 7, 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut. This Supreme Court decision paved the way for abortion on demand in America by defining the “right to privacy” upon which the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was based.

In June pro-lifers across the state will once again remember the seminal decision by gathering for prayer vigils, followed by celebrations of the family.

There has been a long-standing tradition in the pro-life movement of commemorating January 22nd in remembrance of Roe v. Wade and its millions of casualties. Why not commemorate the day that truly set the stage for Roe? The deadly connection between contraception and abortion is all too real. We know that hormonal birth control has an abortion-causing effect, and we know that the contraceptive mentality perpetuates abortion as back-up contraception. It may be politically naïve and totally countercultural to say so, but it is the truth.

By judicial fiat, the Court in Griswold established a constitutional “right to privacy” in striking down a Connecticut ban on the sale and use of contraceptives. That’s right, contraception was once illegal!

The right to marital privacy as set forth in Griswold was one of the main foundations of the court’s Roe decision, overturning state abortion statutes.

The right of privacy is not a constitutional right, it is a court ordered right. It is pure invention and has less to do with protecting privacy than with imposing the radical social policy of a politicized court. Those who are appalled by abortion and judicial tyranny will have both a moral and civic interest in exposing the fraud of Griswold.

Griswold set the stage for the destruction of millions of innocent human beings through chemical and surgical abortion. Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates will be marking the day across the state in solidarity with each other, both in solemn prayer, and in celebration of marriage and family.

Griswold Vigils

Milwaukee/Waukesha County will hold a vigil in front of the West Allis Planned Parenthood at the corner of Hwy 100 and Lincoln Ave. on Saturday, June 7th from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. The vigil will be followed by a brief ice cream social. We will decry the contraceptive mentality, then gather to celebrate God’s gift of life. Signs will be provided.

Madison/Dane County - A vigil will be held on June 5 at 11 am at the Planned Parenthood on Orin Road.

Wisconsin Rapids/Portage County – The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pro-Life Wisconsin Portage County will hold a prayer vigil in reparation for the tragic Griswald v Connecticut decision made on June 7, 1965. The first event is: June 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Rapids (meet in front of Element Mobile). AND an additional vigil will be held June 11 at 5:15 p.m. in Stevens Point at the Family Planning Health Services on Division St. Please join us at one or both. Pro-life Wisconsin’s Emma Scuglik will be our speaker. Any questions contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or vitapretiosa@gmail.com

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PLW Goes to Ireland!

This summer, Pro-Life Wisconsin is proud to help sponsor the pro-life missionary work of long time supporter Jay Egan. This passionate young man is dedicating his summer vacation protecting innocent human life throughout the country of Ireland that is fighting a strong political battle to remain pro-life!

To learn more about Jay and his travels, please read his personal introduction below! You may also generously contribute to sponsoring his trip by clicking on the link below!!

Hello Pro-Life Wisconsin friends!! My name is James Egan, and I have just arrived back

jay pro lifehome to my family in Wisconsin after finishing my first year at St. Joseph’s college seminary in Chicago. I am the oldest of 8 children, and  have 4 other brothers, including my twin brother, and 3 sisters. We have lived in Wisconsin for the last 14 years, and have been very blessed to be a part of the community of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Milwaukee. This community and my faith has been instrumental to my discernment of the priesthood, as well as my passion for the pro-life movement!

It was during my high school years when I felt personally the call to Pro Life activism. I became involved in a homeschool Pro Life group, and served on its leadership for 2 years. In that time I became locally involved in the Pro Life movement, especially with Pro Life WI and 40 Days For Life. Meeting with Pro Life leaders, and especially going to the March for Life in Washington DC has really motivated me to become deeply involved in the Pro Life movement, and that has become a central part of my life.

I’ve always been Pro-life, for the very simple reason that few things in this world are as obvious as the evil of destroying an innocent human life (especially a baby). But this went beyond just a moral abstraction and became something deeply personal when I began to get involved in the pro-life movement, and I witnessed firsthand the anguish and destruction that abortion causes. Abstract ideas are easy to live with, dead babies are not. I realized that abortion destroys something infinitely beautiful and that the evil of abortion is not a static piece of information, but something that changes everything. It’s like the belief that your house is on fire. It’s a matter of life and death that demands a response. I realized that I had an obligation to stand up for these little ones and fight for their lives. If I did not, I too was participating in their wholesale rejection. Abortion is the ultimate abandonment of the most innocent of all human persons, claiming that a person can be totally unwanted and cast out. I realized if I stand up for these precious children, I can undo that. I can show that they are not disposable, they are not unwanted, and they are not alone.

I really thought about this during the March for Life this last January, and it motivated me to seek out some way to oppose abortion this summer. Several people recommended that I should look into the pro-life organizations in Ireland. My family’s Irish heritage is an important part of our family life. Because of that, for some time now I’ve been following the culture war underway in that country. Ireland is one of the few places in the world where abortion on demand is not legalized. Groups like Youth Defence, whom I will be joining this summer, focus on public engagement to keep Ireland abortion free. One of the ways they accomplish this is through a roadshow around Ireland, taking the message to the streets of major Irish cities.

I believe that nations like Ireland are very important in the long term struggle against abortion. If they can maintain legal bans on abortion, they are a real sign of hope for the world. Coming from a nation in which every 1 in the 3 children are victims of abortion, I hope that I can offer insight and assistance to the courageous activism of the Irish pro-life movement.

Please consider supporting me, but above all continue to pray for the ending of abortion and for the continued protection of the preborn in Ireland!!  Erin Go Bragh!

 

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“Living Exceptions” Explain the Need for Personhood Without Compromise

Pro-lifers from all over the state gathered in Brookfield on May 8 as Pro-Life Wisconsin hosted nationally known speakers Pam Stenzel, Monica Kelsey, and Kristi Hofferber in a dynamic, action packed evening at St. Dominic Parish. Attendees were taught to think, feel, and act on their pro-life convictions, and to be 100% pro-life without exception.Moving testimonies, a humorous skit, and video presentations combined to demonstrate the need to end abortion once and for all through the recognition of the personhood and inherent dignity of each pre-born child.

“Pam, Monica, and Kristi were each conceived in rape,” said Peggy Hamill, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director. “What a tragedy it would be if even one of
these remarkable women would have been
aborted.”

The speakers also confronted common problems within the pro-life movement, challenging the audience to shun compromise and to fight to protect the life of every child, regardless of how he or she was conceived. The evening ended with a rousing call to action, set to a military cadence, that inspired attendees to act to end abortion in their lifetime.

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‘Knights for Life’ Bring Pro-Life Week to College Campus



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Last week, the first-ever Pro-Life Week was hosted at St. Norbert College by the Knights for Life—a student group frequently involved with Pro-Life Wisconsin. The Knights began the week with a grave for the unborn, consisting of 3,660 flags displayed on campus in honor of the lives lost to abortion each day in the United States.
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Throughout the week, the Knights hosted other events such as a showing of the movie “Blood Money,” Eucharistic adoration for the elderly, and a candlelight vigil for all stages of life. The week was ended by the Knights giving away free donuts to remind students of the joyful circle of life.

If you’re a college student who would like to get involved in pro-life advocacy on your campus, contact Emma Scuglik, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Outreach Director, at escuglik@prolifewisconsin.org.

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Meet Jen Dunnett, Our Activist of the Year!

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At this year’s Spring Awards Dinner, we’re honoring Jennifer Leigh Dunnett as our Activist of the Year! Recently, we sat down with Jen and asked her to share a little bit about herself.

Where did you grow up?

On my parents farm between Coloma and Westfield, WI

Where did you go to school?

I attended Madison Area Technical College and graduated with a diploma in Data Enty Operations.

Have you always been pro-life?

I think deep down I was always pro-life. I knew I could never have an abortion myself but I always felt I couldn’t tell another woman she shouldn’t. It wasn’t until I converted to the Catholic faith that I learned the realities of abortion.

How did you become involved full-time pro-life work?

After converting to Catholic faith a fellow tenant in my apartment complex car broke down. I offered to drive him places if needed. This person was Will Goodman, director of the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Little did I know that this was going to lead to becoming a full-time volunteer with the SOLG a few years later.

What do the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe do? What is your role?

The mission of the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe is prayer, study of the church’s teachings, and missionary outreach. I am a full-time volunteer with the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

What is your favorite aspect of pro-life work?

My favorite aspect would probably have to be training other sidewalk counselors, and next would be sidewalk counseling, though sometimes it is very challenging.

Do you have any great stories from your time with SOLG?

groupphotowithzionThe best story I have to share is the story of Baby Zion. PLW has actually shared this story in the Monday Update.

Mark Kimble who used to be a Madison resident and was involved with PLW Dane county and myself were out at the Planned Parenthood one summer Friday in 2009. Mark saw a man outside smoking. Mark decided to call him over to talk. The man did come over. He told Mark that his girlfriend was pregnant and they couldn’t afford the child. The man didn’t want to abort his child.

Through the conversation it was learned she was going to take RU-486. While Mark was talking to him I was able to hand him some pamphlets. Mark convinced him to go back in and get her out of there. He went back in and in about 10 minutes they came out. She was driving the car as they drove out so I went to her side of the car. They did stop but she wouldn’t look at me. I talked to them and offered assistance. The father wrote my phone number on the pamphlets I gave them. After they left we got out the prayer requests for them.

Weeks went by and you figure you probably aren’t going to hear from them. One day I was by some friends and my cell phone rang. It was a number I didn’t recognize.

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Something told me I better answer it. When I did there was a man on the phone and he said “Is this Jen?” I said, “yes.” He said this Melord, we decided to keep the baby and we need help! I was filled with joy and excitement at the same time. I congratulated them and asked questions. I told him I needed to get in touch with people in the Madison area that could help and I would call him back.

By the end of the week Mark Kimble, Steve Karlen, and myself met them at Care Net on the east side. We found out what their immediate needs were. Mark did what he could to help them with their immediate need which was moving. We also started trying to help Melord find a job. It was also agreed on that we would throw them a baby shower but it would be best after the baby was born. It so happened the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe were asked to bring the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Madison for Good Friday. Early Friday, April 2, 2010 I received a call from Sara and Melord that little Baby Zion was born at 12:02am. The first Baby on Good Friday morning. We were able to go visit them in the hospital and hold him.

Now you know a little about Jen! Come honor this wonderful pro-life warrior at our Spring Awards Dinner!

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