Month Archives: September 2007

I don’t have to say a whole lot, I can just walk into a room.”

by Jared Bridges

September 7, 2007

This story from The Courier-Journal in Louisville gives us a glimpse of a remarkable woman who survived an abortion:

A 30-year-old singer and marathoner who says she survived a botched abortion attempt urged a Louisville gathering of more than 200 people to oppose abortion.

What I often say is if abortion is merely about a woman’s rights, then what were mine?” Gianna Jessen told the annual gathering of Kentucky Doctors for Life Foundation at the St. Matthews Community Center. ” I live with the results of this tragedy in our lives.”

Jessen, a Christian singer from Nashville, Tenn., said her teenage mother was 7 12 months pregnant when she went to a Los Angeles abortion clinic.

Jessen said her mother had an uncommon method of abortion in which saline solution was injected. Jessen said she was born alive at two pounds, and taken to a hospital where she was placed in an incubator but suffered from cerebral palsy.

Read the whole story. Jessen is a living example that there are more than just one set of “rights” at play in the abortion issue.

Religion & Politics at American University

by Jared Bridges

September 6, 2007

Yesterday, I had the privilege of participating in “Table Talk Luncheon” at American University’s Kay Spiritual Life Center. The topic was “Religion & Politics in the US: Young Evangelicals in National Politics.” My worthy counterpart on the panel was Tim Kumfer from Sojourners, with whom I even found a few points of agreement (you’ll have to listen to the audio to find out exactly which points).

Before a packed room of American University students, we discussed “hot button” issues like same-sex marriage, embryonic stem cell research, abortion, and the nation’s “right-left divide” and evangelicals’ involvement in politics. Although most of the audience seemed to lean left, they were gracious hosts, and I had a great time. Thanks to all the students who attended, and to the chaplains who organized the event.

I’ll post a link to the audio of the event here whenever it becomes available.

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