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A Crowning Worth Writing About

A crowning worth writing about…
by Ashley Wiktorek on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 11:09pm

To look back two years ago, I could have never imagined that moment when God blessed me and I was crowned Miss Right to Life of Georgia 2010 last July. I have never participated in a pageant before and I never considered myself the stereotypical ‘pageant type’. However, if ever there was a pageant for me to be a part of then Miss Right to Life was exactly the pageant. It is a scholarship and benefit pageant that stands up for its beliefs and we practice what we teach. With all the profits of the pageant going to Georgia Right to Life and the mission statement, “Mentoring and fostering a respect for human life while touching hearts, changing minds, and saving lives.” It is a pageant that was created and established by a small board of young women with the purpose of being proactive and allowing their voices to be heard for the Pro-life community. I wanted to be a part of this purpose. Forget what the media’s stereotype is of pageants. I may walk on a stage with a pretty dress and smile, but as Miss Right to Life of Georgia that is only two minutes of my year reign.

A year of reigning to make others smile through community service from baking cookies and singing to the patients at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home to walking in the together for life march in Atlanta, Ga. To top it all off, the highlight of my year when we signed pictures while dancing with the Olympians of the Cobb County’s special Olympics. No matter where I go, I attempt to always wear my title of Miss Right to Life of Georgia 2010 held high. I brought that title with me to Liberty University where I was able to share about the purpose of our pageant to many on my hall and my professors. I even got to meet Ms. Lila Rose, the president of liveaction.org. Overall this year, I reigned to the best of my ability and I would have not had a year reign without God guiding me every step.

I look back on my year as Miss Right to Life and I see a pageant that is creating young girls to be proud women of God. As I told the judges around this time a year ago…It is not about me having confidence in myself but in my Savior. My goal as Miss Right to Life of Georgia was not to be a role model but to be the best woman of God that I could be. In the process of this transformation, I have noticed that maybe I do want to be a woman a girl can look up too. In society today, the word ‘normal’ for us has become young women assuming something is wrong with them if they do not look like a girl in a magazine to MTV marketing teen moms and making their show one of the most popular among the nation. If you ask a middle school girl in today’s society, she will most likely say the norm is sex and drinking. Well if my beliefs seem to be radical because I refuse to let this be my ‘norm’, then call me radical. Miss Right to life is not about molding girls into something they are not and piling extreme amount of makeup on their faces. Our pageant is about showing the world every individual’s natural God given beauty.

God has transformed me into who I am. Why be what society calls normal when we were created to be set apart from the ‘world’. I am nowhere near perfect, but as it is written in Songs of Solomon, “All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (4:7). So no matter what anyone thinks about me or the words they try to use to bring me down, I as Miss Right to Life and as Ashley Elizabeth Wiktorek stand strong to my beliefs. With my feet planted firmly, I praise the love God has for me because in the end, the only crowning worth writing about is Him, Jesus Christ.

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“Pageant” is a hard pill to swallow.

by Amy Nicole Brown on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 1:51am

“Pageant” is a hard pill to swallow for a lot of people, and rightly so. There is certainly a negative stereotype associated with the word. We all think of something. Big hair. Lots of makeup. Fake teeth. Hair pieces. Spray on tans. Fake. Fake. Fake. I get it, I really do. In fact, I used to think the same.

But, I’m here to break the barrier of this stereotype. If done genuinely with a true heart of service, “Pageant” should be one of the easiest pills you’ve ever swallowed.

The young girls in our country are hurting, and hurting bad. Low self esteem, teen pregnancy, and domestic violence with young women are on the rise all over our country. To all of us out there fighting to end abortion in this country, we have to begin somewhere don’t we? The ladies in our bible study class at church are most likely already pro life. Many of our friends at work are already pro life. Our family members, yeah- they’re mostly already pro life too. Lots of adults are either pro life or pro choice, and feel very strongly so.

The key is to start with our YOUTH. What about our girls? Our middle school girls? Our high school girls? Where do they sit? Truth is, many of them are still deciding. And the ones out there who believe in the right to life for ALL, where can they go where they are surrounded by girls their age who all feel the same way?

Miss Right to Life of Georgia IS a pageant program. A pageant program where score is based primarily on personal interview with three pro life judges, not big hair or deep tans. Pageant programs based on a more natural stance are popping up everywhere, and I think it’s wonderful.  These pageants build interview skills. They build confidence. They build sisterhood. They build soaring self esteem and worth. They build respect for others (and in Miss Right to Life’s case, respect for the preborn). Young women who trust in the Lord’s plan for their lives and who believe they are His, and His alone. And what do we get with wonderful young women with these attributes? Less unplanned pregnancies and fewer abortions.

That’s not all you get, either. These girls have changed my life. I had high hopes for this program when it first began two years ago, but my reality is tenfold. Their hearts are unreal. They have a zest for life and for the lives of the most innocent of all- the lives of the preborn. They have made this program. The day after the pageant, they put the “pageant” behind them and begin all of our favorite parts- the PROGRAM. A program where you are surrounded by pro life girls and young ladies, just like you.

This organization impacts girls of all ages. My goal? To save one life. To sway one decision. Just one. Maybe one day one of these girls will be faced with the decision of life or abortion? Maybe they will look back to one event, one day, one person, and remember who they and Whose they are. And once you are a “Right to Life” sister, you are a sister for life.

We have WONDERFUL pro life organizations in Georgia. The most well known of course, is Georgia Right to Life,  and all of its staff has been an inspiration to me- and made a huge impact on my life. They are what I like to call “Pro Life Warriors” and their efforts to end abortion are without measure. There are many pro life people in our state, but how many of us can get up every morning and say we are fighting for the right to life for all?

That being said, we can’t expect them to do all the work. And “Miss Right to Life”, well….that’s my portion and my contribution based on my knowledge and skills to aid in this war for life. It may not be biggest or best, but it’s my little part. Pro life organizations meant JUST for and centered around young girls are unheard of. There is nothing else like this out there for our girls in the United States of America, much less the state of Georgia. Where they can get together and be Christians, pro life, and be, well- girls?

Our future, and the future of babies in this nation, rests in their hands. My heart is dead set on mentoring as many girls as I can, and fostering the best environment in order for these girls to see the truth, and live the truth. It is too easy to get caught up in Satan’s lies, and it is my true belief that if God had his way in all of our hearts, abortion would not exist.

“Pageant” is a hard pill to swallow, but if it means we are able to impact our girls in a positive way and teach them the truth about abortion, well…. pass the glass of water.

Hope this has allowed you to pick my brain a little more, I love you all 🙂 – Amy

www.missrighttolife.com

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Election Fights: The Pill, Abortion, & Religion?

Religious opposition to contraception such as “the pill” and abortion for any reason is a simmering issue as health reform rules for insurance coverage are set and the mid-term elections loom.

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Pro-life Articles from the Blogosphere

Pro-life women on the rise

By Kathryn Lopez

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Christine O’Donnell was ecstatic on election night. The winner of the Republican primary in Delaware was happy and beaming and passionate — she’s a natural in front of television cameras — as she celebrated her unconventional win. Watching that image, Chris Matthews on “Hardball” announced, “I think she beats out Carly Fiorina in the likeability department.”

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Embryonic stem cell research: the blood trail of progress

By Paul A. Ibbetson

With a recent federal appeals court decision temporarily lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research, the question of destroying a life to save a life is again thrust back into the realm of public debate. As reported by medical AP writer Lauran Neergaard, the National Institutes of Health will rapidly resume embryonic stem cell research as well as remove holds on grants and contracts allowing the use of embryonic stem cells.

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When truth becomes debatable, death happens

By Judie Brown

Denial of the truth may be easier for some people when thinking about Catholic values. But regardless of whether truth is faced or denied, what the truth is does not change. Disregarding the truth to assuage guilt or make one’s actions fit into a mold that will alleviate distress from one’s conscience is still disregarding the truth. And when the truth is blurred, lives are lost.

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Gendercide:What Happened to 100 Million Baby Girls?

This article was featured  in the March 4, 2010 print edition of The Economist. The UN also released a report last week confirming these numbers. What is interesting is that while this is a worldwide problem, this article clearly states that this problem of gender selection is happening in America as well. What are your thoughts: should someone be able to kill a child because it’s a girl and he or she wanted a boy?

Gendercide: The War on Baby Girls

Killed, aborted or neglected, at least 100m girls have disappeared—and the number is rising

Mar 4th 2010 | From The Economist print edition

IMAGINE you are one half of a young couple expecting your first child in a fast-growing, poor country. You are part of the new middle class; your income is rising; you want a small family. But traditional mores hold sway around you, most important in the preference for sons over daughters. Perhaps hard physical labour is still needed for the family to make its living. Perhaps only sons may inherit land. Perhaps a daughter is deemed to join another family on marriage and you want someone to care for you when you are old. Perhaps she needs a dowry.

Now imagine that you have had an ultrasound scan; it costs $12, but you can afford that. The scan says the unborn child is a girl. You yourself would prefer a boy; the rest of your family clamours for one. You would never dream of killing a baby daughter, as they do out in the villages. But an abortion seems different. What do you do?

For millions of couples, the answer is: abort the daughter, try for a son. In China and northern India more than 120 boys are being born for every 100 girls. Nature dictates that slightly more males are born than females to offset boys’ greater susceptibility to infant disease. But nothing on this scale.

For those who oppose abortion, this is mass murder. For those such as this newspaper, who think abortion should be “safe, legal and rare” (to use Bill Clinton’s phrase), a lot depends on the circumstances, but the cumulative consequence for societies of such individual actions is catastrophic.

China alone stands to have as many unmarried young men—“bare branches”, as they are known—as the entire population of young men in America. In any country rootless young males spell trouble; in Asian societies, where marriage and children are the recognised routes into society, single men are almost like outlaws. Crime rates, bride trafficking, sexual violence, even female suicide rates are all rising and will rise further as the lopsided generations reach their maturity (see article).

It is no exaggeration to call this gendercide. Women are missing in their millions—aborted, killed, neglected to death. In 1990 an Indian economist, Amartya Sen, put the number at 100m; the toll is higher now. The crumb of comfort is that countries can mitigate the hurt, and that one, South Korea, has shown the worst can be avoided. Others need to learn from it if they are to stop the carnage.

The dearth and death of little sisters

Most people know China and northern India have unnaturally large numbers of boys. But few appreciate how bad the problem is, or that it is rising. In China the imbalance between the sexes was 108 boys to 100 girls for the generation born in the late 1980s; for the generation of the early 2000s, it was 124 to 100. In some Chinese provinces the ratio is an unprecedented 130 to 100. The destruction is worst in China but has spread far beyond. Other East Asian countries, including Taiwan and Singapore, former communist states in the western Balkans and the Caucasus, and even sections of America’s population (Chinese- and Japanese-Americans, for example): all these have distorted sex ratios. Gendercide exists on almost every continent. It affects rich and poor; educated and illiterate; Hindu, Muslim, Confucian and Christian alike.

Wealth does not stop it. Taiwan and Singapore have open, rich economies. Within China and India the areas with the worst sex ratios are the richest, best-educated ones. And China’s one-child policy can only be part of the problem, given that so many other countries are affected.

In fact the destruction of baby girls is a product of three forces: the ancient preference for sons; a modern desire for smaller families; and ultrasound scanning and other technologies that identify the sex of a fetus. In societies where four or six children were common, a boy would almost certainly come along eventually; son preference did not need to exist at the expense of daughters. But now couples want two children—or, as in China, are allowed only one—they will sacrifice unborn daughters to their pursuit of a son. That is why sex ratios are most distorted in the modern, open parts of China and India. It is also why ratios are more skewed after the first child: parents may accept a daughter first time round but will do anything to ensure their next—and probably last—child is a boy. The boy-girl ratio is above 200 for a third child in some places.

How to stop half the sky crashing down

Baby girls are thus victims of a malign combination of ancient prejudice and modern preferences for small families. Only one country has managed to change this pattern. In the 1990s South Korea had a sex ratio almost as skewed as China’s. Now, it is heading towards normality. It has achieved this not deliberately, but because the culture changed. Female education, anti-discrimination suits and equal-rights rulings made son preference seem old-fashioned and unnecessary. The forces of modernity first exacerbated prejudice—then overwhelmed it.

But this happened when South Korea was rich. If China or India—with incomes one-quarter and one-tenth Korea’s levels—wait until they are as wealthy, many generations will pass. To speed up change, they need to take actions that are in their own interests anyway. Most obviously China should scrap the one-child policy. The country’s leaders will resist this because they fear population growth; they also dismiss Western concerns about human rights. But the one-child limit is no longer needed to reduce fertility (if it ever was: other East Asian countries reduced the pressure on the population as much as China). And it massively distorts the country’s sex ratio, with devastating results. President Hu Jintao says that creating “a harmonious society” is his guiding principle; it cannot be achieved while a policy so profoundly perverts family life.

And all countries need to raise the value of girls. They should encourage female education; abolish laws and customs that prevent daughters inheriting property; make examples of hospitals and clinics with impossible sex ratios; get women engaged in public life—using everything from television newsreaders to women traffic police. Mao Zedong said “women hold up half the sky.” The world needs to do more to prevent a gendercide that will have the sky crashing down.

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Contact Georgia House Members to Vote Yes on HB 1155

Below is a list of the Georgia House members who make up the Judicial Non-Civil Committee. We are asking everyone to please call these members to urge them to vote yes on HB 1155 the Prenatal NonDiscrimination Bill. Tell them to stop discrimination in Georgia and vote for HB 1155.

(D) Roberta Abdul-Salaam 74th

404.656.0325

roberta.abdul-salaam@house.ga.gov

(R) Tim Beardon 68th 

404-656-0287

tim.beardon@house.ga.gov

(R) Charlice Byrd 20th

404.656.0298

charlice.byrd@house.ga.gov

(R) Sharon Cooper 41st

404.656.5069

sharon.cooper@house.ga.gov

(R) Tom Knox 24th

404.656.0188

tom.knox@house.ga.gov

(R) Matt Ramsey 72nd

404.651.7737

matt.ramsey@house.ga.gov

(D) Lee Thompson 104th

404.656.6372

lee.thompson@house.ga.gov

(D) Stacey Abrams 84th

404.656.0224

staceyabrams@gmail.com

(R) Jim Cole 125th

404.651.7737

jim@votecole.com

(R) Melvin Everson 106th

404.656.0188

mjeverson@bellsouth.net

(R) John Lunsford 110th

404.656.0213

john.lunsford@house.ga.gov

 (D) Nikki Randall 138th

404.656.0109

nikki.randall@house.ga.gov

 (R) Wendell Willard 49th

404.656.5125

wendell.willard@house.ga.gov

 (D) Stephanie Benfield 85th

404.656.7859

stuckey@mindspring.com

 (R) Doug Collins 27th

404.656.0188

doug.collins@house.ga.gov

(R) Bobby Franklin 43rd

404.656.0152

bobby.franklin@house.ga.gov

 (D) Randal Mangham 94th

404.656.0127

repmangham@gmail.com

 (R) Ed Setzler 35th

404.656.0177

ed.setzler@house.ga.gov

 (R) Rich Golick  34th (Chairman)

404.656.5943

rich.golick@house.ga.gov

 (R) Mark Hatfield 177th

404.656.0109

mhatfield@wayxcable.com

 (D) Kevin Levitas 82nd

404.656.0202

kevinlevitas@bellsouth.net

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Watch, Call, Pray, and Act: GRTL on ABC World News Tonight at 7 PM

Watch

Tonight at 7PM on the ABC World News Tonight on the ABC World News, Diane Sawyer is expected to cover a local story about the Atlanta billboard campaign, “Black Children are an Endangered Species”, sponsored by Georgia Right to Life and the Radiance Foundation. The featured story is going to be a part of the Friday night news on ABC at 7 PM Eastern. We encourage everyone to tune in to the program and see what is happening in Georgia. http://abcnews.go.com/WN

Call

Call CBS Outdoors and Thank Them. While there have been some attacks on the Black Children are an Endangered Species ad, we want as many people as possible to either email or call and thank CBS Outdoors for allowing Georgia Right to Life and the Radiance Foundation to express their first amendment rights. You can email CBS Outdoors at info@cbsoutdoor.com or call 1-800-926-8834.

A sample email could be:

Dear CBS Outdoors,

I wanted to thank you for allowing the Atlanta Billboard campaign Black Children are an Endangered Species to express their first amendment rights in displaying this billboard. Thank you for being a company that cares about continuing to allow the citizens of Georgia to have a voice through advertising.

 Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

 Pray on February 24th and Keep Praying

We are asking all churches in Georgia to join us and the pro-life members of the Georgia Legislature on this Wednesday, February 24, 2010 to pray for HB 1155 The Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act and to ask God to intervene in the state of Georgia in ending the racist strongholds that surround the abortion industry.

Also be praying for every member of the black caucus and the judicial non-civil committee for God to bring them to a place of surrender and for each one of them to see children as a blessing.

For more information about the day of fasting and prayer, click here .

Join the Atlanta 40 Days for Life Campaign February 17th thru March 28th by praying in front of the Feminist Women’s Health Clinic in Atlanta. Click Here to Sign up to pray at the clinic. They especially need people praying on Friday’s and Saturday’s in front of the clinic.

Act

Prayer is action, but we want to give you the opportunity to activate your prayers by attending a Pro-Life lobbyist training sponsored by Georgia Right to Life on March 4th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. If you are interested in attending the lobbyist training, please call 770-339-6880 for all the details. Space is Limited. More details to Follow.

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