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For Nothing is Impossible with God

Your Own Hands shaped me; modeled me. Job 10:8

Chris has implanted in the wall of his mother’s uterus, which usually takes place 10-14 days after conception.  Immediately, physical changes start taking place in his mother.  The placenta starts to form.  The placenta protects the child and provides nutrients to the new baby.  The mother’s uterus will increase its capacity by 1000 times during the pregnancy!

Luke’s gospel says that Mary went “in haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist.  Jesus, an embryo, was greeted by a fetus (John) who leaped for joy at the presence of his Savior.

“for nothing is impossible with God.”  Luke 1:37

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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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The Miracle of Life

8 cell embryo

Newly conceived baby

At conception the gender of the child is determined by the father’s sperm.  So our tiny human being is a boy named Chris.

Chris has not implanted into the wall of the uterus yet, so no one but God knows of Chris’ existence.  God has known Chris before He created the Universe.  God has known all of us and loved us all from all eternity.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.”  Jer. 1:5

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Catholic Writer wants Catholics to “Know the Deal”

Catholics should know the Deal by Kevin Wandra

Georgians will soon head to the voting booth to choose the state’s next governor, Republican Nathan Deal or Democrat Roy Barnes. The race is expected to be one of the closest in the nation, with the Cook Political Report rating it as a tossup

A key voting bloc that could decide the hotly contested race is the growing number of Catholics in Georgia; according to PewForum.org, 12 percent of the state is comprised of Catholics. Many of these Catholics are taking part in Respect Life Month events across Georgia that focus on key issues such abortion and embryonic stem cell research, among others. 

Based on my experiences as a conservative Catholic living in Georgia, these same Catholics are politically active and motivated. But will they overlook the aforementioned life issues in favor of, say, jobs and the economy during these immensely difficult economic times? 

If Catholics adhere to the Church’s teachings on placing a priority on respecting the sanctity and dignity of all human life above all other issues, they could give Deal, a staunch pro-life supporter, the votes he needs to decide the outcome of the race. 

The choice should be obvious for them. 

Barnes once was pro-life – he opposed abortion when he first ran for governor in 1990 – but his daughters later convinced him to become pro-choice. He also supports embryonic stem cell research. In fact, life-destroying embryonic stem cell research is such an important issue to Barnes that he discussed his support for it during his closing statement in the first formal gubernatorial debate

Deal, on the other hand, has a strong pro-life voting record, having received a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee during his last two terms in Congress. He has received the endorsement of the Georgia Right to Life PAC, as well. Deal proudly touts both distinctions on his campaign website, where he states he will “stand up for human life at all stages.” 

He reaffirmed his pro-life credentials at the first formal gubernatorial debate when discussing stem cell research. He proclaimed his support for research that is “scientifically appropriate as well as morally appropriate.” 

Deal’s support for ethically and morally sound stem cell research could be a decisive issue for devout Catholics, who believe embryonic stem cell research destroys a human life. Embryonic stem cell research is increasingly becoming a pivotal issue in Georgia. Atlanta doctors recently became the first in U.S. History to use embryonic stem cells in an attempt to treat a partially paralyzed human

Daniel Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, vowed to push the General Assembly, currently safe under GOP control, to enact legislation that would ban embryonic stem cell research. If elected, Barnes would likely do his best to thwart any effort to ban such research. 

Well-informed Catholics have a choice to make. Will they give Barnes, who openly supports abortion and embryonic stem cell research, another term as governor, or will pro-life supporter Deal be given the keys to the governor’s mansion? 

Catholics should know the Deal.

You can reach Mr. Wandra at http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinwandra.

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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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Will You Pray for Georgia for the Next 12 days?

“To get  nations back on their feet, we must get down on our knees first.”

We are less than two weeks away to the July 20th elections. With each vote we have the opportunity to make a vote that is principled or one that is led by the political wind of the day.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 states, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

We are encouraging citizens in Georgia to join Georgia Right to Life for the next 12 days to pray specifically for the elections and to humble yourself before God. We want men and women in office who see each human being as intrinsically valuable.

Below are some prayer points for you to follow in your daily times of prayer:

Day 1: Personal Preparation Psalms 51

Day 2: God’s Ability to Help Us- Psalm 77:7-15

Day 3: For the Church to Recognize Its Responsibility- Matthew 5:13-16

Day 4:For God to Open the Eyes of Our Fellow Georgians- Psalm 73

Day 5: Revival and Spritual Awakening- Psalm 85:6-13

Day 6: God’s Intervention to Turn the Tide- 2 Chronicles 7:12-15

Day 7: Confusion and Corruption- Isaiah 3:12-13

Day 8: The Killing of the Unborn- Psalms 139:13-16

Day 9: For Every Person in Georgia to Realize They are Created in God’s Image- Genesis 1:26-27

Day 10: For the Church and Our Leaders to Wake Up to the Call to Adoption-James 1:27

Day 11: For Revival Worldwide- Psalms 117

Day 12: Praise God for What He Will Do- Psalms 149

These prayer points were adapted from Intouch Ministries 140 Days of Intercession for America prayer points. You can visit www.intouch.org for the full list of prayer points until the general election in November.

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I’m Voting Yes on July 20th

By Hannah Carter, Director of Education

The year is 1906 and a young man by the name of Ota Benga, a Congolese pygmy, is put on display in a monkey house with an orangutan to show the effects of human evolution. He has no rights as a person because society views him as an animal, an extension of evolution. Subsequently, Ota Benga is sold to the highest bidder and Ota’s owner decides what he should do with “his property.” After public outcry from some clergy, Ota is removed from the zoo. He goes to live in an orphanage, but still faces taunts from others. In 1916, he becomes depressed and commits suicide. His personhood is robbed from him and so is his dignity.

One hundred years later, the situation is very similar. In 2006, Dr. Matthew Kuchinas of Sarasota, FL mistakenly aborts the wrong twin in a selective reduction procedure. Dr. Kuchinas believed that one of

Ota Benga

 the twins had Down syndrome and a possible heart defect. One week after aborting “the wrong child,” he informed the parents and they requested that the other child be aborted. The doctor later had his license revoked for killing the “wrong” unborn baby. Why was the child with Down syndrome deemed as the child undeserving of life? Was he any less human than his twin? Because of a series of genetic tests, he was deemed a non-person because he had the chance of being born with a disability.

We face a real moral tragedy in America today. Ota Benga was denied personhood because he was different; those twins were denied their personhood because they were unwanted or deemed disabled.  Defending the personhood of children in the womb, persons with disabilities, and the elderly is at the heart of the 21st century battle for the preservation of the sanctity of life of all persons.

Can something be done?

On July 20, 2010, voters from across this state will be given the opportunity to do something by voting for the Personhood Amendment Ballot Initiative. Each voter in the counties that have been certified to have it on the ballot will have the chance to tell their representative where they stand on the life issue by answering this question: “Do you support an amendment to the Georgia state constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the earliest biological beginning until natural death?”

The outcome of this ballot serves as a barometer to let your elected officials know what your county believes about protecting human life. In 2008, the citizens of Forsyth County voted on a similar question that asked voters if they would support an amendment to the Georgia State Constitution that would establish the right to life for all humans from the moment of fertilization until natural death. 64% of the voters said YES! 

This number matches the last major poll that was done in this state that showed that 57% of Georgians favor overthrowing Roe v. Wade.

Through the work of the Georgia Right to Life Chapters and a former state party chairman, forty-seven Republican Chairmen and one Democratic Chairman (Butts County) have requested their local Election Board to certify the question for the July Primary.

On July 20, 2010, I will be joining the pastors that stood up for Ota Benga in saying that no one’s personhood should be denied by voting for the Personhood Amendment Ballot Initiative. Every person deserves protection of their human dignity under the law. Remember your vote is your voice, so vote your principles in this election cycle.

The following counties will have the Personhood question on your ballot on the Republican ballot on July 20, 2010:

Appling, Bacon, Banks, Bartow, Brantley, Bulloch, Burke, Butts (Republican and Democrat ballots), Carroll, Chatham, Cherokee, Clayton, Coffee, Colquitt, DeKalb, Dooly, Fannin, Fulton, Glynn, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jones, Lamar, Liberty, Lowndes, Murray, Muscogee, Paulding, Pickens, Pierce, Spalding, Thomas, Tift, Towns, Troup, Twigs, Union, Walker, Walton, Ware, Wilcox, and Worth.

For More Questions about the Personhood Ballot Initiative, please call 770-339-6880 or visit PersonhoodAmendmentGA.com.

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Who Will Be The Superhero of The 21st Century: Adult, iPSCs, or Embryonic Stem Cells?

by Derek Doroski, Adult Stem Cell Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology

Many people have no idea that embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are not the only kind of stem cells.  The alternatives to ESCs include adult stem cells (ASCs), fetal stem cells (ESCs, from umbilical cord, amniotic fluid, or placenta – not to be confused with fetal tissue or cells obtained through abortion), and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).  Unlike ESCs, none of these other stem cell types require destruction of a human being.

In general, stem cells possess two properties; cell division (one cell becomes two) and potency (ability to change into a different kind of cell).  The two main advantages of ESCs are their immortality (cell division that is unlimited) and pluripotency (high potency that allows change into any cell type in the body).  No other stem cell types possess immortality.  However, fetal stem cells and iPSCs both seem to possess the same pluripotency as ESCs.  In addition, while any individual ASC is not pluripotent, there is an ASC for almost any cell type so they could be considered pluripotent as a population.  In short, the most commonly touted advantage of ESCs – their pluripotency – is not really an advantage over other stem cell types.

Two problems with embryonic stem cells include their immunogenicity (rejection by patient’s immune system) and  their tendency to form potentially deadly tumors.  The other stem cell types all have an advantage in this category.  None of the alternative stem cells types (ASCs, FSCs, and iPSCs) have the immunogenicity problem and only iPSCs share the tendency to form tumors.  I know a prominent bioengineering professor that asked his class whether they thought adult or embryonic stem cells would be more useful in the long term.  He has no qualms with ESC research, but his answer was that it was going to be ASCs providing long term cures because they did not have the immunogenicity issue.

Despite what you might assume from the media coverage, ESCs have yet to provide a single treatment.  Meanwhile, ASCs and FSCs have over 73 treatments to their name.  One example is Jaki Rabon.  She is a young woman that was the passenger in an SUV accident.  After being thrown from the car she fractured her spine at T12 making her a paraplegic.  She flew to Portugal to receive a treatment that involved ASCs from her own nose.  She now has feeling in her hips and legs.  With a walker she is able to walk independently.  The long term picture seems just as good for ESC alternatives.  I did a recent scan of the headlines of <http://www.stemcellresearchnews.com/&gt; to see what a third party site had to report.  6 stories about ASCs, FSCs, and iPSCs.  Just 1 about ESCs.

A search on <www.clinicaltrials.gov> reveals over 1000 clinical trials involving non-embryonic stem cells.  In comparison, the first clinical trial for ESCs just made the news recently and it already seems to be going badly.  ASC and FSC research is providing treatments now.  In the long term ASCs, FSCs, and iPSCs all seem to have better potential as stem cell specific news stories and clinical trials attest.  For more information go to <http://www.stemcellresearch.org&gt; and <http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.com&gt;.

Derek Doroski is a PhD Candidate in bioengineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He has had the opportunity to see the success adult stem cells are having while researching them as a doctoral student. Derek is also involved with the Students for Life group where he works to inform others about the benefits of adult stem cells.

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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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