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Personhood: A Pragmatic Guide to Prolife Victory in the 21st Century and the Return to First Principles in Politics.

by Daniel C. Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life.

Excerpt from the Preface of the book:

With a heaviness of heart, I answered the next call, “Daniel Becker speaking.”

A calm and measured voice inquired, “You live at 1862 Liberty Grove Rd?”

At last–an emotionally stable and quiet tone of voice bringing with it the hope of a reasoned conversation.

“Yes,” was my muted reply.

He stated his name, going on, “I am a former Navy SEAL.  I have seen a picture of you and your family in the news.  You have three beautiful daughters.  I am coming to rape them and then kill you!. . .@#%$%$. . . because of what you just did to MY family!!”. . .

. . .after an interminable period of horrendous verbal assault, I determined that I could stand to take only one more call.

“Daniel Becker,” I answered, my strained voice no doubt reflecting my horror at the realization of the scope of the consequences I had just unleashed upon my timid wife and five innocent older children.

Without identifying themselves, and with a momentary pause on the other end, a mother’s voice accompanied by her two teenage daughters began singing the first stanza of a familiar childhood hymn:

Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band. . .

Through the tears coursing down my cheeks, I thanked this homeschooling family for reminding me I was not alone.  This battle for the “hearts and minds” of Georgia’s citizens was going to be monumental in its intensity–that was to be expected; that Christ Jesus was with me and that ultimately “the battle is the Lord’s”–that was a promise!

What some people are saying about Personhood:
“Dan Becker’s book is a great blend of prudence, pragmatism and principled politics; it is certain to cause us to rethink prolife strategy in the 21st century.”

Dr. Donald Wildmon
Founder and Chairman Emeritus of
American Family Association and American Family Radio

The book can be purchased at Amazon.com here or go to the publisher’s website at www.tkspublications.com

 



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More news from around the country and the world

Only One Pro-Life Issue on the Ballot in Entire U.S. – ‘Personhood Amendment 62′ is Best Hope for Babies in November

September 14, 2010

Arvada, CO (MetroCatholic) – Pro-life voters will have only one pro-life measure to vote on this November, and that is only if they are registered to vote in Colorado. Colorado’s Personhood Amendment, Amendment 62, is the only pro-life ballot issue to make it to the November polls this year in the United States.

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A Legal Review of Sherley v. Sebelius and Obama’s Embryonic Stem Cell Research Policy

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by Margaret Datiles, Esq.   

datiles_new.jpgI.    IntroductionIn his August 24, 2010 order in Sherley v. Sebelius [1],  U.S. district court Judge Royce Lamberth declared that the Obama Administration’s new embryonic stem cell research policy is illegal because it violates the plain language and intent of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.  For a short time, all federally-funded embryonic stem cell (ESCR) research was halted. With the Sherley v. Sebelius case pending, a possible appeal on the horizon, and congressmen introducing legislation to override Dickey before the November elections, the existence of a ban on the use of federal funds for destructive ESCR appears to hang upon a thread.  However, the solid legal reasoning behind Judge Lamberth’s preliminary injunction, the overall public opposition to taxpayer funded ESCR, and other factors may indicate the opposite. Continue reading here. . .

Dr. Rapin Osathanondh Sentenced in Abortion Patient Case (09-14-10)

BARNSTABLE, MA — The doctor who performed an abortion on Laura Hope Smith and admitted that his actions led to her death while she was under his care was led out of Barnstable Superior Court in handcuffs this afternoon. In addition to receiving a jail sentence for pleading guilty to the criminal…

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More than six weeks after her feeding tube was removed, Trisha Duguay continues to hold onto life. While her health continues to decline, Trisha, in a coma since late May, sometimes blinks her eyes or moves her fingers.

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Help Us Win $1500 from America’s Giving Challenge: Give $10 from Thursday at 4 PM till Friday at 3 PM

The last time we sent out this challenge you met the request.
 
 While we didn’t win the $1000 for that day,america's giving challenge we did raise over $1000 on that day. 
 
We believe that God blesses this organization through many arenas and you our e-newsletter readers have been a blessing to us.
 
We are giving the America’s Giving Challenge one more shot.
This Thursday, November 5 at 4 PM Eastern until Friday, November 6 at 3 PM Eastern please give $10 to GRTL’s cause Bucks for Babies.
 
If everyone reading this email would give $10, we could certainly win the prize for the final day. 
 Here’s the link http://bit.ly/sSkcA to give.

Remember its not how much you give, its how many of you give that enables us to win. Will you help us?
 

Quick Reminders

1. Give $10 from 4 PM Thursday until 3 PM Friday.Here’s the link http://bit.ly/sSkcA to give.

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Help GRTL win $1500 in America’s Giving Challenge by giving $10 today. Click Here http://bit.ly/sSkcA to give.

 

 

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What are you doing November 14th?

Hi Everyone,

The question is very simple:What are you doing Saturday, November 14th, 2009? While there are many thingsbiotechface that you may have planned for that day, very few of them could be as important as this day. Georgia Right to Life is hosting its South Metro Conference in Tyrone, GA.

This conference “How to Be Pro-Life in the 21st Century” is crucial to understanding where the pro-life movement has been and where we are going in the future. 

Whether you are a mom, dad, pastor, student, teacher, prayer warrior, etc, there is no event like this conference that will give you key insight into the battle ahead of us and the tools to use in the fight for the sanctity of human life.

The Conference will feature Dan Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life discussing where the pro-life movement has been, and where we need to go in order to be effective in the 21st Century.

Catherine Davis will be discussing the History of Eugenics in America and how to Reclaim the Legacy of the African American community and society at large.

make a difference pic 2Other presentations will include the Top 10 Ways to Impact Life in the 21st Century and insight on efforts to get involved in the South Metro area and Georgia.

Again, you don’t want to miss this life changing event.

Tickets are $1o for Students, $15 for adults, and 2 for $25. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 12, 2009.

The conference will be held at Operation Mobilization, 285 Lynnwood Ave, Tyrone, GA.

For more information about the conference or to register online, click here

Remember in order to change the culture, we need you to be present!

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Personhood – Being Pro-life in the 21st Century

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By Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life
October 16, 2009

Personhood is the pro-life battleground of the 21st century. Throughout the history of the Church the doctrinal teaching of the “Sanctity of Life” (Genesis 1:26-27) has been the belief that Man is created Imago Dei (Latin: in the image of God) and therefore has worth at all stages of life. This is the bedrock of Western civilization’s understanding and practice of human dignity. We are told in the gospels that John the Baptist was known by God, called by God, named by God and then filled by God with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. This is an example of the biblical worldview of Personhood.

Let’s contrast our biblical worldview with an emerging secular worldview. Peter Singer is the DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. This excerpt was taken directly from his website’s FAQ’s:

 “Q. You have been quoted as saying: “Killing a defective infant is not morally equivalent to killing a person. Sometimes it is not wrong at all.” Is that quote accurate?

A. It is accurate, but can be misleading if read without an understanding of what I mean by the term ‘person’ . . .”

 He argues his case in his book, Unsanctifying Human Life. He believes that the “right to life” should be granted to all “persons” equally. Unfortunately, his definition of “person” is very narrow and excludes all pre-born children, disabled children, born infants (through 18 months) and the elderly infirm. He goes on to declare that his own mother probably wouldn’t be alive if he were the sole caregiver in his family.  According to Singer, a self-aware dog would have more “personhood” than his mom.IMG_0604

 One would think that Singer’s position would be considered on the loopy fringe of public policy discussions. Surprisingly, his prestigious position at Princeton and his vast international influence has earned him the acclaim of being one of the leading bioethicists of our day.  Don’t be surprised if twenty years from now we find his positions on “personhood” to be encased in our law, our hospitals, our research laboratories and universities. The Right to Life movement is “fifteen years behind the curve”, according to pro-life bioethicist Wesley Smith, “in addressing and responding to this threat.” Our narrow focus on being anti-abortion in the 20th century has not expanded to embrace a host of issues which are emerging in the 21st century.

Destruction of human children at the embryonic level has now expanded beyond research laboratories to be enshrined as a “pro-creative right” of infertile couples seeking to become parents.  It is not uncommon to create between fifteen and twenty children at one time and then through the processes of selective reduction and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) kill all but one of those children. When did it become acceptable for a couple’s “right to parent” to supersede another’s right to life?

 Drug companies and biotech businesses need human subjects to perfect their products. A steady supply of human embryos are needed in order to conduct these lethal experiments. Because fertility clinics can not possibly supply the large number of embryos needed, the biotech industry has resorted to a transgenic solution . . . combining 98% human DNA with 2% cow DNA to form a human-animal hybrid child known as a “chimera.” Cornell University, May 2008, created a “glow in the dark” human child by crossing human genes with a fluorescent gene from an Australian jellyfish. A spokesman for the National Institutes of Health said, “the Cornell work would not be classified as gene therapy in need of federal review, because a test-tube embryo (child) is not considered a person under the regulations.”

 Our effort to promote a culture of life in our day, requires that we develop a clear and consistent message to alert our culture to the dangers that lie ahead if the definition of “person” is eroded and changed from its historical meaning. This is the clear battleground of the pro-life movement in the 21st century. Our website at Personhood.net is our attempt to engage the 21st century with a clear “Sanctity of Human Life” foundation and we would encourage you to familiarize yourself with its resources and message.

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