Author archives: Sherry Crater

Babies Go to Congress

by Sherry Crater

January 20, 2010

Heartbeat International, an association of more than 1100 pregnancy help centers, is providing an opportunity for women served by these centers to bring their babies to Capitol Hill. These moms, accompanied by their babies, will meet with Members of Congress on January 21, 2010 to express their gratitude for the life-saving work of pregnancy help centers.

Our elected representatives need to know that pregnancy resource centers exist in most of their districts. These help centers are serving communities by uniting thousands of compassionate individuals with a passion for life, who also fund the community-based centers and serve as volunteers, to provide the emotional and practical help women facing unexpected pregnancies need. This network, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, social workers, educators and other professionals, provides the vital information women need to make an informed decision, the facts that abortion providers often leave out. As Peggy Hartshorn, President of Heartbeat International, stated, Alternatives to abortion must be available so no woman ever feels forced to abort her baby.

Moms and babies saved by pregnancy help centers want to send the clear message that pregnancy resource centers (PRC) are good for America. You can find out more about the untold story and impact of the PRC movement, and the tremendous good being done in our midst, at www.apassiontoserve.org. A combined services report, A Passion to Serve, A Vision for Life, records the development and vital work of the three major pregnancy resource network groupsHeartbeat, CareNet and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA). If you are interested in locating a pregnancy resource center, you can access http://www.optionline.org.

Rape of a Minor — No Joke!

by Sherry Crater

June 18, 2009

The furor over David Lettermans outrageously crude comments regarding the 14-year- old daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin being knocked up by New York Yankee Alex Rodriquez has quieted down. Governor Palin accepted the apology of the 62-year-old Letterman on behalf of young women like her daughters who want to draw the line, in her words, with men who joke about sexual exploitation of girls.

After much prodding even the National Organization for Women (NOW), certainly not fans of Sarah Palin, had a statement on this situation. NOWs website said: Comedians in search of a laugh should really know better than to snicker about men having sex with teenage girls (or young women) less than half their age.

Letterman may have dodged a bullet in the Palin incident. However, his lewd sexual comments exposed again the hard, ugly truth that criminal sexual abuse of underage girls by older men is occurring in communities all across America. Adding insult to injury, the abuse is actually being covered up by some who claim to help young women.

Consider the findings of a young student at UCLA, Lila Rose, who did some investigative reporting on Planned Parenthood clinics around the nation. Equipped with a hidden camera and posing as an underage girl impregnated by a much older man, Lila produced videos and audio tapes of her interviews with Planned Parenthood personnel.

Lilas work exposed sexual abuse, including unreported statutory rape, as well as other blatant violations by Planned Parenthood of state statutes that were intended to protect young girls.

Above is a video of Lila posing as a 13-year-old girl going to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis, IN for an abortion because she is pregnant by her 31-year-old boyfriend. The counselor violated Indiana law by not reporting the apparent statutory rape of a minor girl. Further, she went on to coach the young girl on how to conceal an abortion and get around parental consent laws by going to a surrounding state for an abortion.

For more examples of criminal violations of law by Planned Parenthood go here.

Sarah Palin was rightsexual exploitation of young girls is no laughing matter. There is nothing funny about it.

African-Americans in the Crosshairs

by Sherry Crater

February 19, 2009

February is Black History Month, and we are reminded of the many African-Americans who have made remarkable contributions to our great country. Sadly, I am reminded also of the huge number of African-American babies aborted every day in the United States snuffing out enormous future potential from this community. Adding insult to injury, evidence has surfaced over the last few months concerning anti-African-American attitudes in the abortion industry.

I refer to the explosive news regarding racist behavior by employees of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A student reporter at UCLA who did some investigative journalism released some shocking recordings showing that the eugenic and racial origins of Planned Parenthood are evident in the work of the organization even today.

It has long been known-but largely unreported—that Margaret Sanger (the founder of Planned Parenthood) advocated population control and birth prevention among the “unfit” from the beginning of her public work. As early as 1915, Sanger’s first handbook entitled, What Every Boy and Girl Should Know, discussed the vicious cycle of ignorance breeding poverty and poverty breeding ignorance. Sanger’s solution to this problem was to prevent the birth of children who would not have an inheritance of health or intelligence and whose parents could not provide for them. This philosophy resulted in the creation of Sanger’s Negro Project in 1939-a program aimed at restricting reproduction among the African-American population.

Fast forward to February 2008, when Lila Rose, the UCLA student mentioned above, and a friend called Planned Parenthood clinics in seven states. The friend played the role of a blatantly racist man inquiring as to whether the organization would take his donation if it was earmarked specifically for the abortion of an African-American baby. The caller explained that he didn’t want his son’s chances of being accepted to college lessened due to affirmative action.

The recorded calls to Planned Parenthood involve conversations between the would-be racist customer and several employees. The employee at Ohio Planned Parenthood told the caller that, “For whatever reason we’ll accept the donation.” The Director of Development at Planned Parenthood of Idaho, Autumn Kersey, was told that the caller wanted his donation directed toward an African-American because, “We just think the less black kids out there the better.” Autumn’s response was laughter followed by the comment, “Understandable, understandable.” Seven clinics were contacted, and Planned Parenthood went 7 for 7 in accepting donations specifically targeted for the abortion of African-American babies.

Abortion is the leading cause of death in the African-American community, and Planned Parenthood has had significant impact on the astronomical decline in the birth rate of this group of people. According to Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., abortion is the primary agenda of groups like Planned Parenthood in the African-American communities. They also offer birth control and some health services, but the emphasis is on abortion for these particular parents. The organization operates a disproportionately high number of facilities in metropolitan areas with high African-American populations. Since 1973 abortion has taken the lives of about 14 million African-American babies, nearly 1450 every day in this country. Approximately 35% of all abortions in the U.S. are performed on African-American women, while they represent only 13% of the female population of the country.

The exposure of these actions by Planned Parenthood employees reminds us again how seriously divisive this hateful behavior is. The conduct of Planned Parenthood should fuel a revolt to end taxpayer funding of this organization. The decimation of the African-American community should ignite a movement aimed at stopping the eradication of an entire generation of children by removing African-Americans from the crosshairs of the Planned Parenthood abortionists.

The Silence of Our Friends

by Sherry Crater

February 16, 2009

In the window of the Martin Luther King Library in downtown Washington, D.C., is a sign with a quote from Rev. King, the famous pastor and civil rights leader. It reads, “In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.”

For too long, women and men who know better have been silent about the negative effects of abortion on the women and babies who undergo the procedure and on their family and friends.  Women in high stress situations of unplanned pregnancies, and the babies they have conceived, have been without the benefit and support of people who could have spoken up about the serious negative after effects of their own abortions or the abortions of women they know. For too long knowledgeable people remained silent while women facing abortion believed the lie that this “product of conception” was just a blob of tissue, only to be told after the abortion that, “It was a boy/girl.”

Perhaps it was hidden guilt, deep shame and emotional pain, private agendas of some sort or fear of being perceived as judgmental. For many understandable reasons, women and men neglected to talk about this very serious issue that has devastated so many lives and killed millions of babies. Women contemplating abortion often believed they would be happier and have more opportunity if they just aborted or got rid of their unwanted baby. However, these same women would have benefited greatly from full disclosure by those who knew that abortion could be a very traumatic experience with potentially serious health and emotional consequences.

Ultrasound, the “window to the womb,” has been a clarifier for many abortion-minded women. But, now many are also being helped by brave women who regret their abortions and have come forward to speak openly about the unresolved grief, depression, feelings of unworthiness, addictions, eating disorders, relational problems and feelings of bitterness that resulted from having an abortion. These women are committed to helping others by being silent no more, and you can find out about some of these women at www.silentnomoreawareness.org. Many pregnancy resource centers around the country, such as Care-Net and Heartbeat International, offer post-abortion recovery groups for women and men seeking to find healing after abortion. Another resource for abortion healing can be found at www.abortionchangesyou.com.

Even those who have not had an abortion can have very helpful input based on what they know about the effects of abortion. When I first realized how important it is to speak up about this difficult subject, I was at a business meeting where one of the young mothers had brought her new baby. Several women were admiring the infant and congratulating the mother when one of the onlookers said, “I’m afraid I will never be able to have a baby. ” When I inquired why she felt that way, she explained that she worked as a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic and “just saw a lot that makes me afraid.” In response I simply said,” That’s interesting because if the counselors at Planned Parenthood would encourage girls/women to carry their babies to birth instead of aborting them, there would be babies for women like you to adopt if you could not get pregnant.” Others acknowledged my statement and agreed that what I said made sense. This experience confirmed to me that each of us needs to kindly and carefully speak the truth because it just might really help someone in need. It is fitting that the friends of life are being silent no more on the devastating effects of abortion, but also regarding the hope of healing and adoption.

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