Natalie Bauman - ProLife Youth Blogger
In today's society, being pro-life can seem daunting and fruitless. However, making a difference and spreading a culture of life isn't as difficult as you think! Here are five easy ways to be an effective pro-life advocate:
By Austin Coulter - ProLifeYouth Blogger
Late in April, it was revealed that scientists from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully managed to keep several lamb fetuses alive in an artificial womb. This device, a plastic sac connected to machines that provide oxygen and nutrients, was designed to help premature babies finish their development as current methods of aiding severely premature babies often end in failure. In addition to this noble intention, the scientific development could help lead to the end of abortion.
Andy Cavadino - ProLife Youth Blogger and Editor
I was on my way to work when I read an article about one of the best footballers of modern times. This guy has lifted the Champion’s League, Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup trophies (he’s only missing the Premier League from his club resume). He played his whole career at Liverpool, one of the most famous clubs in the world. I’ve seen him playing live against Leeds United and hated him because he was so good, both in defence and midfield!
Jamie Carragher, take a bow. However, doctors advised his parents to terminate him as he wasn’t going to live. Wow.
By Cambria Stame - ProLife Youth Blogger
Nobody will disagree that the greatest hardship a parent could ever face is the death of their child. Every time a young life is taken from this Earth is a cause for great sadness and lamentation. Recently, this sadness has been multiplied in the case of Charlie Gard, a British infant born with a rare disease, mitochondrial depletion syndrome. His parents have raised enough money to send their baby to the United States for experimental treatment. All they need is for the hospital to release him, but their request has been denied. Charlie's parents have appealed to every UK court and, ultimately, the European Court of Human Rights for the right to potentially save their son. Yet, those with judicial power have turned their backs on the desperate couple ruling that baby Charlie must “die with dignity”. Not only must this baby die a premature death - his very life must be extinguished by removal of life support at the hands of unjust laws.
His parents weep and we weep with them. No one can "die with dignity". Death is inherently undignified. It comes at inconvenient times, it reduces grown men to sobbing and tracks tears on those whom we consider to be the strongest among us. Death rips holes in our hearts that can never be filled again. Death stings bitterly. Death takes those whom we love when we'd rather not part with them and, to us, that feels unnatural. To call something dignified means that it is worthy of honor and respect so why would Death ever be such a thing? Death lays claim to all. It is our most mortal enemy.
"Death with dignity" is a philosophy devoid of human comfort in times of suffering. It is an offense to the estate of medicine whose chief goal is to delay death whenever it is humanly possible. Not only that, but a philosophy is “a set of ideas about how to live." Euthanasia is a set of ideas about how to die. It claims that an "easy death" is more valuable than a "frail life," that financial matters take precedence over the desire to save a human being, and it insults the innate will to live that is present in every physically suffering soul. It denies our pro-life philosophy of vocation, or in other words, our calling to suffer with each other even when the world deems it inconvenient.
If everyone decided to die when life turned sour, would we still have Stephen Hawking? His brilliant mind and groundbreaking work in the field of science benefits mankind despite his crippling ALS! Would we have ever heard Beethoven’s musical masterpieces despite his inability to hear? What if Vincent Van Gogh decided to cut off his head and not just his ear when depression assaulted his conscience? These brave souls show us that brilliance and compassion are heightened when life seems to be at its lowest. They teach us that life is just as valuable when it is near death as it is at its peak. After all, a dimly burning wick, although it is no blaze, is still fire. Life fragmented with disease is still life worth fighting for.
Andy Cavadino - ProLife Youth blogger and editor
“I woke up this morning, I could hardly breathe”. Bruce Springsteen’s words after 9/11. That’s how I felt this morning.
The editors of PLY have given me permission to write this. I will not be political in the slightest. That’s a promise.
Manchester. Famous for football, music, academia, God knows what else. The first time that the WWE filmed RAW outside of the USA was in that very Arena. I was there.
By Austin Coulter - ProLife Youth Blogger
Like many others, religion has been a key influence for my involvement in the pro-life movement. I, raised in a passionately Catholic household, have been taught the infinite value of human life and God's love for each of His creations. I see abortion, therefore, is the murder of a completely innocent soul made in the image and likeness of God. These beliefs led me to abhor the senseless slaughter of the unborn and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. However, my religious beliefs alone cannot end abortion. Abortion is not just a religious issue. It's more important than that.
As Western culture has grown more and more secularized, people more and more easily disregard any religious arguments with no regards to their truth or validity. Secular pro-choice proponents often attempt to write off the entire pro-life movement as a bunch of old women, crazy church goers, or primitive and superstitious dolts. Although these stereotypes are untrue, it is often easier to judge someone as a zealot rather than listen to their arguments. This is why it is important to separate the pro-life movement from a particular religious sect. We cannot let them so easily disregard the truth in this way because abortion isn't a religious violation, it is a human's rights violation.
In order to protect every human's right to life, we should emphasize the atheists, agnostics and members of all religions that have joined together in the fight for the unborn. Many organizations like Secular Pro-Life, Pro-Life Humanists, and ourselves (ProLifeYouth) have been created to fight against abortion without a religious affiliation. I am not saying anything bad against the countless religious groups and organizations that have fought and continue to fight so hard for the rights of the unborn. I am stressing the importance of diversity within our movement because diversity gives us credibility, which should force people to listen.
In order to abolish the murder of millions, we need representatives from every part of society to work together. The surprising thing is that there are people from every background willing to fight against this great evil. Abortion is not just a religious issue. It's more important than that. It is a race issue. It is a gender issue. It is a poverty issue. It is a world issue.
By Andy Cavadino - ProLifeYouth blogger and editor
OK, this really annoyed me. Apparently tax payers’ money is allowed to fund pro-choice organisations but as soon the government gives some money, said to be raised from a tax on women’s sanitary product, the so called “tampon tax”, to a pro-life charity’s operation that has nothing to do with abortion, apparently it’s abhorrent.
This grant has been given to fund a project to support homeless pregnant women in London. The tax was introduced with the purpose of improving women’s health. Really? How can this project be detrimental to women’s health?
By Nathan Grime - ProLife Youth Blogger
I don't remember anything about my life before I was adopted. I don't remember the moment my parents told me I was adopted. I don't "feel" like I'm adopted, whatever that means. I don't feel any disconnection with my parents because I'm adopted. They don't love me any more or less because they adopted me. And that's the greatest blessing in the world...
Natalie Bauman - Prolife Youth Blogger
If you listen closely, you can hear the cry of fifty-nine million citizens. Some of them are older, some are small enough to hold in one hand. Some have dark skin, some have light. Some like to sing and dance, others like to watch and play each one of America’s favorite pastimes. Some of them prefer the cool breeze of Northern Minnesota, others prefer the heavy heat of Southern Florida. But yet, they are all citizens.
And all of them are dead.
By AudreyGail Johnson - ProLife Youth Blogger
The claim that more abortion regulations will result in dangerous, illegal procedures for women can be persuasive if you haven’t looked at the statistics. This misleading narrative collapses after checking a few figures.
On March 29th, Planned Parenthood supporters are planning a #PinkOut day. They are planning on flooding social media with their signature pink color to show support for abortion rights. We here at ProLife Youth know that they don't own the internet, so we are launching our own campaign #AnchoredForLife! Show your support for life by using the hashtags #AnchoredForLfe and #ProLifeYouth and change your profile picture in support of #AnchoredForLife through our specially made twibbon!
We are #ProLifeYouth! We will not be moved! We are #AnchoredForLife!
By Nathan Grime - ProLife Youth Blogger
Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, said during confirmation hearings that he would have "walked out of the room" had President Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Should the pro-life community be concerned that Judge Gorsuch's respect for judicial precedent overrules his respect for human life?
Cambria Stame - ProLife Youth Blogger
•march• [noun]: an organized procession of demonstrators who are supporting or protesting something.
Already, 2017 is shaping up to be the Year of the Marches, and for good reason! Simply name your societal “injustice" and, quite likely, there's a march (the March for Women and the Anti-Trump marches, to name a few) to go along with it. Literally and figuratively, a march is about moving forward. It's about taking measured steps in the right direction. It's about making progress, so hence the term “progressive” was born. Unfortunately, according to our scope of understanding, progressivism is associated with feminism, and feminism is typically coupled with an unbridled lust for abortion. In turn, abortion kills little women in the womb, which nullifies all supposed “progress” achieved by the progressive feminists. Apparently, feminists stand up for women, yet turn a blind eye to the thousands of miniature women murdered in abortions. Thus, feminism and progress arithmetically cancel each other out, effectively leaving society with nothing but more lives snuffed out from the face of the earth. Sure, they're making progress all right, but it's progress in the wrong direction. Their progress is marching downhill to the abyss; it's spiraling downwards towards the graves of those little ones who've never seen the light of day.
But don't despair! Remember that there is one march that stands for authentic progress. Among its well established ranks, the young and old march side by side for those whose lives are stolen by abortion. Truly, I say to you, the March for Life is concerned with real progressivism. After all, progress is equated with the future, and children are our future. For that matter, progress is inherently biological and instinctually procreative. Here, we are presented with a beautiful juxtaposition: progress is both forward-acting and backward-looking. Allow me to clarify. Man looks forward to the future by looking to his children. Yet, how can man do this, if he does not first look back to the parents who have begotten him, to the grandparents who nurtured him, to his distant patriarch whose life and convictions deeply impacted his own? Ergo, it is the past, not the present, that begets progress.
By Andy Cavadino – ProLife Youth Blogger
OK, so previously I blogged about refusing to join an anti-abortion team outside a clinic as part of a nationwide project. This time, I did it. It’s actually been a while (months) since then before I’ve written this and, to be honest, the reasons are the same as that initial refusal. Fear, ridicule, potential abuse…
It was amazing when I eventually plucked up the courage to do it though…
Natalie Bauman - Prolife Youth Blogger
“There is no time like hospital time.”
These words became increasingly true as my family and I sat encased within the white walls of a trauma-level waiting room. Wednesday night morphed into a gray Thursday morning, but we didn’t know the difference.
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