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Listen to My Heart Beat

by Cathy Ruse

October 13, 2011

When Austin and I learned we were pregnant for the fourth time, we rushed to the radiology lab not the usual response to such happy news, but this pregnancy followed three miscarriages and so we had a routine: positive home pregnancy test followed quickly by a blood test to check for hormone levels and then an ultrasound to try to see what was happening. In prior ultrasounds we had seen a yolk sac but not much growth and, most important, no measurable heartbeat. Each of these pregnancies miscarried between 4 and 9 weeks.

This time was different. There on the ultrasound, at just 4 weeks, was the rapid flutter of a tiny rudimentary heart! What a sight! And then, what a sound! I had always held pro-life views. Always known that a tiny growing child in the womb was a living human being. But seeing and hearing Lucys heart beat brought me to a deeper knowledge of the truth of her humanity. It was my sweetest encounter with Thomistic epistemology.

A coalition of pro-life groups is embarking on a new effort to promote state laws nationwide that would do one simple thing: require abortion practitioners to make the fetal heartbeat audible and visible to pregnant women before an abortion. It does not ban abortion or restrict it in any other way. It does not require abortion practitioners to make pro-life statements. It simply requires the use of medical technology to impart medical facts. Genius.

An Associated Press report yesterday quoted Ohio Right to Life director Mike Gonidakis, whose group is part of the coalition, as touting the measure as both legally sound and effective: This is it, he said. This is the one thats going to continue to save lives in the current court environment we have. The approach is supported by Family Research Council Action, the National Right to Life, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Americans United for Life, and Susan B. Anthony List.

The pro-abortion crowd is sounding the alarm, of course, and falsely claiming this approach takes away womens rights. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Knowledge is power. Let those little hearts beat!

On the Passing of Dr. Margaret Ogola, Kenyan Pro-Life Hero

by Cathy Ruse

September 28, 2011

Margaret OgolaLast week Margaret Ogolas life on Earth came to an end, at the very young age of 53. Here was a woman who understood the gift of time, for she filled the hours allotted to her in radical solidarity with those God entrusted to her care, and in service of advancing the cause of human life and dignity.

Dr. Ogola was a medical doctor, an award-winning novelist, a university professor, a human rights advocate, and a mother of six children. She ran a hospice for AIDS orphans. She directed the Institute of Healthcare Management at Strathmore University in Nairobi. She was an advisor to the Catholic Bishops of Kenya. She was a powerhouse, yet was described as a person filled with peace. (For a comprehensive obituary see the Strathmore University web site.)

Margaret Ogola was well known in her country as an award-winning novelist. Her first novel, The River and the Source, won every African literary award around. Her subsequent works also received acclaim.

Dr. Ogola was well also known to many Americans active on the world pro-life stage. Family Research Councils own Pat Fagan and my husband Austin Ruse knew her from their work with her on the biennial World Congress of Families where I am told she kept huge audiences rapt with her soft voice and powerful message. In a speech she made at the 4th Women International Conference in Beijing (China) in 1995, she argued that, unless we recognize that each individual is valuable by virtue of simply being conceived human, we cannot begin to talk about human rights.

May God give comfort to her husband and children and may He rest her soul in eternal peace.

Dead Baby Jokes at Planned Parenthood: Not Funny, Give Us Back Our Tax Money

by Cathy Ruse

September 6, 2011

Abby Johnson has opened a window to the world inside Planned Parenthood, the nations abortion giant, and its disgusting, worse than imagined.

If you dare, read on:

Abby Johnson Recalls: Planned Parenthood Alarm Was 2229 (BABY)

It took a few weeks before I got the alarm code to our clinic. I guess it takes that long for them to trust you. I remember getting the code and feeling shocked. The code was 2229. That seems innocent…until they told me what it spelled out…BABY. Really. Wow. We were really joking about that…our alarm code was mocking the murder of children.

A few weeks later I was introduced to our freezer in the POC (products of conception) lab. This was the freezer that held the fetal tissue until the biohazard truck came for disposal. I found out the name for that freezer…the nursery. Again, that was a joke. How had that become a joke?

Read the rest at Life News.

Meet the Co-Parents: Friends Not Lovers

by Cathy Ruse

August 29, 2011

A few years ago the New York Times ran a story about a new social phenomenon: Couples, who claim to love each other, who have an exclusive sexual relationship, and who share financial expenses, are choosing not to live together. The arrangement is called Living Apart Together, and apparently its on the rise. The couples interviewed spoke of their need for alone time and personal space and a desire not to wait on the other person they claim to love. Why bother joining households and lose a great city apartment? one suggested.

Reading that story brought to mind how Woody Allen once described the perfect arrangement he had with Mia Farrow: separate apartments on opposite sides of Central Park where they could see each others lights go off at night. But we know how that ended. (For those too young to remember: Woody ended up having an affair with, and then marrying, his own stepdaughter, and in his defense famously said, The heart wants what the heart wants.)

Last week the London Telegraph reviewed another new social relationship trend: people who are neither married nor in love (nor, in some cases, even acquainted) are apparently having children together through the use of in vitro fertilization. Why?

The story leads with examples of homosexuals who wanted to have a child of their own partnering up with people of the opposite sex to share biological material. But also interviewed was this single heterosexual woman, approaching the end of her fertile years, who explained: In a worst-case scenario I would seek an anonymous donor, but Ive always thought a child needs a father. At the very least I wanted a donor who would visit regularly.

What kid wouldnt want Daddy Sperm visiting regularly? But why does little Johnny hide under the bed when the door bell rings?

WSJ: Britains Chief Rabbi on the Riots—Causes and Solutions

by Cathy Ruse

August 22, 2011

Here is an interesting piece from Saturdays Wall Street Journal.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks posits that it is the breakdown of the family and, even more fundamentally, a turning away from its Judeo-Christian faith, that has created a moral crisis in the West of which the London riots are a symptom.

I do not agree with everything he says (when he calls the rioters victims and says its not their fault, that is a bridge too far for me), but his broader argument for the moral reinvigoration that a return to religion can bring to society, and its necessity in bringing about a common good, is persuasive.

An interesting quote from the end of the piece:

One of our great British exports to America, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, has a fascinating passage in his recent book Civilization, in which he asks whether the West can maintain its primacy on the world stage or if it is a civilization in decline.

He quotes a member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, tasked with finding out what gave the West its dominance. He said: At first we thought it was your guns. Then we thought it was your political system, democracy. Then we said it was your economic system, capitalism. But for the last 20 years, we have known that it was your religion.

Another Abortion Apologia from the NYT Mag

by Cathy Ruse

August 15, 2011

This weekend the New York Times Magazine published another piece on a favorite topic: aborting one or more children in a multiple pregnancy, known antiseptically to those in the business as selective reduction.

A few years ago it featured Amy Richards first-person account of having two of her triplets killed so that she wouldnt have to shop at Costco and buy big jars of mayonnaise. This piece follows a married woman in her forties, with two young children in grade school, who became pregnant with twins following years of infertility treatments and aborted one at 14 weeks gestation. Apparently Jenny reasoned that:

[T]wins would soak up everything she had to give, leaving nothing for her older children. Even the twins would be robbed, because, at best, she could give each one only half of her attention and, she feared, only half of her love. Jenny desperately wanted another child, but not at the risk of becoming a second-rate parent.

Beyond the revolting illogical pro-choice platitudes (at least she didnt try to suggest there was no baby there; at 14 weeks that child was so well-developed she could move on her own), Jenny did touch upon something close to truth in her machinations; she had a glimpse of the post-modern problem of human commodification:

[W]e created this child in such an artificial manner in a test tube, choosing an egg donor, having the embryo placed in me and somehow, making a decision about how many to carry seemed to be just another choice. The pregnancy was all so consumerish to begin with, and this became yet another thing we could control.

Right. Its the logic of choice, and not even the logical end.

The right to abortion is limitless in this country. You can have a legal abortion at any time, for any reason. Thats a hard truth these Times Magazine pieces help to tell. Dr. Richard Berkowitz ofColumbiaUniversityMedicalCenter, who does this type of abortion, admits what the pro-choice movement would rather hide: that a woman can have an abortion for any reason financial, social, emotional.

You can even have a baby killed over worrying whether youll be able to love her enough.

If the child were given a say, no doubt shed happily give up any love for an ounce of respect and the chance just to keep living.

h/t Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner

Playboy Out of the Porn Business?

by Cathy Ruse

August 11, 2011

This week CBS online reported that Playboy is getting out of the pornography business. According to Jim Edwards of Bnet, the whole commercial porn industry is tanking. He cites Playboys losses of $15 million last year on revenue of just $55 million (down 9 percent from the previous year), as well as the declining revenues of other companies and cable pay-per-view porn.

Wouldnt you just like to gloat? I sure would. That reaction might be misplaced.

As for Playboy, while it will no longer actually make pornography, CEO Scott Flanders says the company is moving into brand management, licensing its name and logos. So it could survive and thrive yet.

And the assumption from every quarter is that the hits to this vile industry are due not to some beneficent cause but to the glut of free porn on the Internet and elsewhere. It could be even worse than that. My friend Donna Rice Hughes, who heads Enough is Enough, believes its not quantity but content: the big industry leaders cant compete with the type of deviant hard-core material that is now available on the Internet.

I hope shes wrong. Whether its big porn syndicates tied in with organized crime or mom and pop amateurs dumping more and more deviant material on the Internet, the heart of the issue is still the same. As Bruce Taylor, the nations most experienced porn prosecutor, told PBS: Its still the same industry. These are a bunch of pimps who make hardcore porn […] by hiring people, turning them into prostitutes, and then distributing illegal obscenity.

The problem is the same, and so is the solution. These people are violating long-standing federal obscenity laws. Prosecute them and convict them. Its deceptively simple. Enforce the law, and the Internet porn industry will decline.

Will Abortionist James Pendergraft Be Undone by the 10-year old Girl He Crippled?

by Cathy Ruse

July 28, 2011

Reading Internet stories about late-term Florida abortionist James Pendergraft is like walking through a funhouse mirror only the warped, grotesque image is the one thats true.

For over a decade, abortion defenders have propped up this man as a hero to their movement, lauding him in their blogs, inviting him to speak at their rallies. This man, who aborts babies as old as 27 weeks gestation and who sends women home to have abortions in their toilets or to emergency rooms for unwanted hysterectomies, has managed to continue profiting from his chain of abortion clinics for over a decade despite numerous run-ins with authorities, including repeated suspensions of his medical license. But a little disabled girl might finally be his undoing.

In 2001 he was convicted of federal extortion charges and put behind bars after threats he made against county officials were caught on tape. The abortion-rights crowd rallied behind him and invited him to speak at their rallies. (Source) His conviction was later overturned.

His license to practice was later suspended, Florida Department of Health stating that he showed a flagrant disregard for the laws of the state of Florida and a willingness to endanger the lives and health of pregnant patients. (Source: LifeNews)

After the suspension ran its course, he was suspended again. See Operation Rescue.

Now, a morbid lawsuit over a failed abortion brought on behalf of the little girl who barely survived it has resulted in a verdict of 36 million dollars. See Jill Staneks Article and LifeSiteNews.

The mainstream media has not reported on this verdict, but other sources say that attorneys on behalf of a young girl who survived one of Pendergrafts abortions filed a lawsuit seeking a lifetime of medical care for the child, and they have won a $36 million verdict. In 2001, the plaintiffs mother, Carol Howard, apparently paid one of Pendergrafts clinics $1,300 to abort her baby at 22 weeks gestation. She was given multiple doses of RU-486, according to a source, and after 12 hours of labor left the clinic upset and in pain, later to deliver the baby girl in a hospital. The child weighed 1 lb 6 oz at birth, and suffers from cerebral palsy, lack of function on one side of her body, strokes and brain damage, physical, emotional and cognitive delays, lung damage, chronic lung disease, and seizure disorders. According to pro-life witnesses inside the courtroom, the Florida jury verdict orders Pendergraft to pay Howard $18,255,000 in punitive damages, $18,000,000 in compensatory damages, and over $400,000 in court costs.

Will this finally stop him?

Ashton Kutchers Tweet Tirade Against the Village Voice on Child Prostitution

by Cathy Ruse

July 5, 2011

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are trying to raise awareness about child trafficking and prostitution in the United States and have created a technology task force to create solutions to end human trafficking online. Their blunt slogan is, Real Men Dont Buy Girls, and theyre recruiting celebrities to make this pledge and spread the word. Heres a video from their launch.

Good for them; they could be spending all of their free time (and money) redecorating their homes.

The sleezy yet still influential Village Voice mocked Kutcher saying he wildly inflated the number of girls who are sex trafficked in the United States. That number is notoriously hard to get, but Kutcher and his program are working with NCMEC, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a source to be trusted. Not only did the Voice play down the problem suggesting, ludicrously, that the number of actual arrests gives some scope of the problem — but Kutcher is right to point to the Voice as potentially part of the problem. Turn to their back pages and see dozens of ads for prostitutes. (They call people like us who support laws against prostitution prohibitionists.)

Good for Kutcher. He slammed the Voice with a tirade of late night Tweets. A sampling:

Hey @villagevoice hows the lawsuit from the 15 year old victim who alleges you helped enslave them going?

Hey @villagevoice speaking of data, maybe you can help me… How much $ did your “escorts” in you classifieds on backpage make last year?

Hey @villagevoice speaking of Data… How many of your girls selling themselves in your classifieds are you doing age verification on?

Hey @villagevoice Find another way to justify that YOUR property facilitates the sale of HUMAN BEINGS

Hey @villagevoice if you want to dispute the online data I’ve collected about the consumption of child porn or the hard facts from NCMEC lmk

Hey @villagevoice REAL MEN DON’T BUY GIRLS and REAL NEWS PUBLICATIONS DON’T SELL THEM

Read more on the Kutcher-Village Voice face-off here.

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