Tag archives: Sanctity of Life

Human Trafficking: What Can we, as a Society Do to prevent this Crime?

by Krystle Gabele

June 20, 2013

Every day, human trafficking is occurring in communities around the world. Whether it is through sex trafficking, labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and forcing children to be “child soldiers,” this crime impacts approximately 27 million men, women, and children. This crime destroys families and causes trauma for the victims.

Recently, the U.S. Department of State released its “Trafficking in Persons Report” highlighting the number of human trafficking cases occurring worldwide, victims’ stories, and a section on victim identification. There is no doubt that we should work tirelessly to bring awareness to this issue, as it impacts the dignity of human life and families.

The Washingtonian recently published an article about a human trafficking ring that was taking place in the backyard of the nation’s capital. Underage girls were being targeted by the Underground Gangster Crips gang for prostitution. The D.C. area and other large metropolitan areas face this type of crime frequently with gangs recruiting underage girls as prostitutes. These girls come from all types of familial backgrounds and from all socioeconomic classes as well. Most of these victims are recruited using social media tools, like Facebook and Twitter, and websites such as Craig’s List.

Human trafficking is becoming a fast growing crime, but there is still some stigma in terms of recognizing who is the victim or perpetrator. It is important for communities to understand the signs and how to prevent this crime from occurring.

FRC published a brochure, “Modern Slavery: How to Fight Human Trafficking in Your Community,” and this brochure provides tips on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking. There is also another valuable resource, our webcast, “Sex Trafficking in America: From the Boulevard to Planned Parenthood,” featuring speakers from organizations that specifically work with human trafficking: Shared Hope International, Courtney’s House, and the Salvation Army.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” This has never been more true, in terms of bringing awareness to human trafficking and working towards ending this horrible crime.

What an Unborn Baby Learns

by Rob Schwarzwalder

June 4, 2013

In the fall of 2011, science writer Annie Murphy Paul gave a lecture at a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference in Edinburgh, Scotland that demonstrates with moving clarity that the unborn child is a person, capable of cognition and emotion from its very early stages.

Based on her book Origins, Murphy explains that the child in the womb absorbs all kinds of information that affects his or her life once born.  Here are some excerpts:

First of all, they learn the sound of their mothers’ voices … And because the fetus is with her all the time, it hears her voice a lot. Once the baby’s born, it recognizes her voice and it prefers listening to her voice over anyone else’s …From the moment of birth, the baby responds most to the voice of the person who is most likely to care for it — its mother. It even makes its cries sound like the mother’s language, which may further endear the baby to the mother, and which may give the baby a head start in the critical task of learning how to understand and speak its native language.

In addition to sound, unborn babies also learn taste and scent:

But it’s not just sounds that fetuses are learning about in utero. It’s also tastes and smells. By seven months of gestation, the fetus’ taste buds are fully developed, and its olfactory receptors, which allow it to smell, are functioning … They’re being introduced to the characteristic flavors and spices of their culture’s cuisine even before birth.

The baby’s mother has a profound bearing on the life of her child, biochemical but much more:

Much of what a pregnant woman encounters in her daily life — the air she breathes, the food and drink she consumes, the chemicals she’s exposed to, even the emotions she feels — are shared in some fashion with her fetus. They make up a mix of influences as individual and idiosyncratic as the woman herself. The fetus incorporates these offerings into its own body, makes them part of its flesh and blood. And often it does something more. It treats these maternal contributions as information, as what I like to call biological postcards from the world outside …The pregnant woman’s diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing conditions like a finger lifted to the wind. The resulting tuning and tweaking of a fetus’ brain and other organs are part of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our ability to thrive in a huge variety of environments, from the country to the city, from the tundra to the desert.

Ms. Paul inexplicably insists on calling the unborn baby “the fetus;” if he or she is not a baby, who cares what a “fetus” does and doesn’t know?  Regardless, she has done a tremendous service to all who care about the sanctity of unborn life.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made,” writes the Psalmist, made in God’s image and likeness.  Doubt it?  Watch Annie Murphy Paul’s lecture and share in the spontaneous, humble joy that accompany the miracles of conception and birth.

A Few Special Im Pro-Life Because Stories

by Family Research Council

January 12, 2012

You wont want to miss these special Im Pro-Life Stories Because stories nor the information about the conference at the end of this blog.

Isabel is a beautiful four and a half week-old infant in the picture submitted by her grandmother. In her words, My grandson and his wife were told the baby they expected had spina bifida. They were apprised of all the problems she would no doubt have: possible club foot, no control over bodily functions, trauma, toxic, irreversible injury. These were just a few of the possibilities. Quite simply, they chose Life. She was prayed hard for by everyone. She has not shown signs of these items or any others so far. She was 4 1/2 weeks in photo with her father. She is loved and adored by all and growing every day. They would not change things for anything and are grateful for the gift they were given. We all are.

Filip and Christopher are fifteen-year-old twins from Norway, both with Down Syndrome. They are pictured with their 22-week ultrasound. Their parents, Elly and Knut, write that their identical twins are two reasons they are pro-life! They describe Filip and Christopher as the Lords ambassadors. For fifteen years the Lord has used them to bless us and many others in so many ways.

To participate in the photo campaign, click here.

As one of our Sanctity of Life month activities, FRC is co-sponsoring a pro-life conference on the topic of prenatal disability diagnosis on January 21st: The Conference will bring together professionals from many different specialty areas, including genetic researchers, OB/GYN physicians, developmental pediatricians, hospital nursing staff, medical genetic counselors and medical students. Other invited participants and guests include peer ministry providers, social service support professionals, advocates for persons with disabilities and public policy specialists.

Conference on Medical Advances in Prenatal Diagnoses

Saturday, January 21, 8:30 am 5 pm

Family Research Council, 801 G Street, NW, Washington DC

Register by clicking here or watch the webcast by clicking here.

Sponsored by: Medical Students for Life, Family Research Council, Keep Infants with Down Syndrome & Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA

Presenters include:

  • Alberto Costa, MD, Ph.D.
  • Byron Calhoun, MD
  • John Bruchalski, MD
  • David Prentice, Ph.D.
  • Gerard Nadal, Ph.D.

For more information, contact Jeanne Monahan at Family Research Council, jfm@frc.org (202-637-4608) or Peg Kolm, at mkolm@adw.org (240-994-0603).