Is IVF Killing Kids?

Many infertile couples will seek treatment and turn to IVF as a solution to their problem. But what if IVF is actually killing kids? A new study shows that children born as a result of IVF are 33% more likely to get cancer, but that’s just the start of the bad news. The study says: “Children born as a result of IVF are a third more likely to get cancer, a major study found. Scientists said those born after fertility treatments were 33 per cent more likely to have childhood cancer. They were 65 per cent more likely to develop leukemia and 88 per cent more likely to develop cancers of the brain and central nervous system. The study suggests fertility treatment may change the way certain genes function when they are passed from parent to child in a process known as ‘genomic imprinting’. These faults in genes are linked to childhood cancers, the Danish researchers said.”

Could it be that the treatment thought to bring such joy to infertile couples will result in heartache when their child endures cancer? Are we as a society setting ourselves up for legalized child abuse by allowing IVF to exist? These questions will likely be discussed and debated as newer studies either confirm or deny this outcome. We should not however be so quick to turn to medical treatment to solve childlessness if it will result in the suffering of a child. No parent could ever wish that on any child. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abortion in America: A Passing Trend

LifeAmerica is fond of trends. I’m fairly certain we create more world trends than any other country. Either that or we take trends from other countries and “American-ify” them and somehow make them even trendier. When I was a kid we popularized slap bracelets, rolling your jeans, and hairdo’s the world still marvels at. Later came boy bands and pagers. Today we’ve managed to deep-fry everything imaginable, tattoo all parts of our bodies, and given the world some great dub-step artists.

Ok, so not every trend is all that great. We could add abortion to that list. In 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled in the Roe V. Wade case a new trend began here in America that has been making its way around the world: abortion on demand.

The culture of death has since touched nearly every person in the world, in some way or another. America is not as extreme as China, forcing women to undergo abortions as part of their one-child policy. But when a society gets to the point where nearly every day news is heard of another baby found in a trash can, dumpster, or toilet, it’s evident that we’ve reached a particular low reserved for the most savage of societies.

How it is possible to rationalize that women who kill their own child and dump the bodies in trash cans are “evil,” “cruel,” and “heartless,” while others who go to Planned Parenthood so they can kill their baby and dump the body in a trash can is beyond reason. I suppose the government is protecting its investment in Planned Parenthood and looking out for “the bottom line.”

Since that fateful decision in 1973 when abortion on demand became the law of the land and saw broad bi-partisan support, even among Southern Baptists, a new trend has emerged. This new trend is one I hope continues to sky-rocket in popularity until it is embraced the world over. The new trend is life. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Abortion Group Doesn’t Like Hearing the Truth

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/12/2012

Abortion groups have no trouble telling everyone how “safe” and “easy” abortion is. They want women to know that it is “no big deal” and they should not have any reservations about going through with an abortion. The problem is that none of this is true. Abortion has been linked in recent years to increased mental health issues, breast cancer, higher maternal mortality rates, infertility, and complications in subsequent pregnancies. But abortion advocates don’t want something as silly as the truth to get in the way of their high profit business. So it’s no wonder the abortion group Marie Stopes International would threaten legal action against a care pregnancy center for distributing leaflets explaining the side effects associated with abortion. A recent article says“’If you do not stop distributing the leaflet within 10 working days of the date of this letter MSI is considering making a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority and the courts on the basis that the information published in the leaflet regarding the physical and psychological implications of abortion is misleading or false.’ The leaflet, entitled ’Pregnant…..Worried?’ links abortion to an increased risk of mental health disorders, infertility and breast cancer. They are currently being offered to women entering the MSI clinic on Whitfield Street as part of a prayer vigil held by the pregnancy centre.” If more women knew the long lasting side effects and the actual risks involved, fewer women would seek abortions. Abortion advocates know that and understand that it would hurt their profits. It really is about the money. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Komen Apologizes for “Mistake” of Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/16/2012

Komen Planned Parenthood logoIn the space of just a few shorts weeks the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation went on a roller coaster ride in the court of public opinion. And while many people think the ride is over, it might be that it’s just beginning. And where this crazy ride stops is, at this point, anyone’s guess.

You might remember all the drama that started earlier this year when Komen announced they were no longer funding Planned Parenthood through its grant program. This was a long-awaited announcement for pro-lifers that had a hard time understanding how a breast cancer awareness group could support an organization that performs procedures (abortion) which have been linked to breast cancer. It seems counter-productive at best. Click here for article links covering the Komen fiasco.

With all that’s happened it comes as no surprise that Komen had laid low and done everything possible to avoid media attention; even going so far as to skip their annual lobbying day at Congress. And while pundits speculate on whether this move signals that Komen is still reeling from the beating they took at the hands of the media and Planned Parenthood, Komen quietly let Congress know that they still seek funding. But first, Komen president Nancy Brinker was sure to apologize for their recent “mistakes,” as Lifenews.com reports:

“In the past few months, we made mistakes that ultimately raised questions in the community about our commitment to the mission of saving lives,” Brinker wrote. “We take full responsibility for these missteps and we extend our deepest apologies. Our commitment to ending breast cancer for all women remains unwavering and sincere.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Jenni Lake: Teenage Portrait of a Real Mother

by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/12/2012

Jenni Lake

Jenni Lake and her boyfriend Nathan with their son less than two weeks before she passed away.

Martinsburg, WV – To be honest, I don’t know if this is a heroic tale of resolute pro-life conviction or just a mother doing what every mother is supposed to do; protect her child. But that doesn’t seem to matter. The choice this young girl made is heroic no matter why she made it. Her sacrifice is worthy of praise if for no other reason than she did what so many are unwilling to do: think of her unborn baby first.

Maybe you have heard the name Jenni Lake before. Her story made headlines across the nation as news of her decision spread like wild-fire among pro-life advocates. Ironically nothing is ever mentioned in many of the mainstream media stories about the possible pro-life conviction that led Jenni to choose her unborn child over her own life. Most of the coverage centered on the tragic loss of a teen to cancer. While that aspect is indeed tragic, her decision is by far the bright spot in an otherwise gloomy tale of death and disease. Too bad a biased liberal media can’t see that.

Take a look at the video below to be inspired by a teenager you have never met and the brave decision she made to stop her cancer treatment at the risk of her own life. Though it cost Jenni her life she did what every mother has the instinct to do; save her child at any cost. Something Jenni said to her nurse reveals the heart of a mother and the resolution to protect her child that I truly wish every mother possessed. It was recalled by Jenni’s mother:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Please Do Not Buy This Bible!

Correction (1/4/12): After this article was published and then distributed widely across our statewide network of churches and families, it came to our attention that Lifeway has since stopped this ill-fated project.  You can read more about this error here.  Below is the entire statement from Lifeway’s CEO announcing the error:

We made a mistake.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, B&H Publishing Group released to several mass market retailers a Cancer Awareness Bible as a way to place God’s Word into the hands of those suffering through breast cancer. As part of the project, B&H agreed to donate $1 from the sale of each Bible to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for breast health education, screening and treatment programs.

As this project has developed, we realized it was a mistake.

When our leadership discovered the overwhelming concern that some of Komen’s affiliates were giving funds to Planned Parenthood, we began the arduous process of withdrawing this Bible from the market. Though we have assurances that Komen’s funds are used only for breast cancer screening and awareness, it is not in keeping with LifeWay’s core values to have even an indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood.

B&H’s mission to advance the gospel through distribution of God’s Word is unchanged, so we will continue to seek innovative ways that are in keeping with LifeWay’s core values.

Thom S. Rainer
President and CEO
LifeWay Christian Resources

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by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/02/2012

Pink Komen BibleMartinsburg, WV – It probably seems odd to you that a faith based organization such as the Family Policy Council of West Virginia is asking you not to buy a Bible. It might seem even stranger knowing that I am a pastor with many Bibles on my shelves. But let me assure you that there is good reason for me asking you not to buy this very brightly colored pink Bible.

The Bible is a life changing book containing the words of God Almighty. The pages of Scripture have the ability to speak hope into the circumstances of life that each of us are facing. I can think of no better place to find grace, truth, love, and life than in the words of this sacred text. So the idea of buying a Bible and helping support abortion is so appalling to me that I am now asking you not to buy this Bible.

This new Bible comes from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for breast cancer research in conjunction with Lifeway Christian Stores and B&H Publishing (the publisher known for the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). You might be thinking that all that sounds well and good considering that Lifeway is the Christian stores of the Southern Baptist Convention and the HCSB Bible is a well-respected modern translation; and you would be right.

The problem here is that the link between Komen and Planned Parenthood has been well established. Komen, in 2010 alone gave more than half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood for “breast cancer screenings and women’s health.” But the truth is that very few (if any) Planned Parenthood clinics actually do mammograms or any other form of breast health examinations. So the money Komen funnels into Planned Parenthood is actually serving to fund abortion.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Video: Mother Refuses Abortion and Cancer Treatment to Save Unborn Child

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/31/2011

Martinsburg, WV – Stories like this one don’t seem to make the headlines very often. In fact, with prominent support for Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry so prevalent in the liberal media it’s nearly impossible to find these accounts. But the fact remains that the heroic tales of women willing to sacrifice their own life in order to save their baby need to be told.

This is just such an account.

Our friends at Lifenews.com recently shared the brave account of Stacie Crimm and the life or death decision she faced with her unborn daughter. Stacie learned, in a short period of time, that she was pregnant and also had head and neck cancer. She then faced the decision to either undergo radiation and chemotherapy, risking the baby’s life, or to forego any treatment for herself until after the baby was born; a potentially fatal path.

Stacie had no intention of ending her pregnancy or doing anything to jeopardize her daughter’s health. With steadfast resolution she decided to carry her baby girl, Dottie Mae, and give her a chance to live; even if it cost her own life in the process. Take a few moments to read Stacie’s story and watch the video below showing a healthy Dottie Mae. Though Dottie was delivered by C-section at barely over two pounds, she is now doing very well and has gone home.

Stacie’s decision is one no mother wants to make, but that every mother is willing to make in order to save the life of her child. Her decision and sacrifice will not be forgotten by the one she gave life to, Dottie Mae.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is Susan G. Komen a Complete Failure?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/26/2011

Martinsburg, WV – We like to follow up stories we write in order to let you know how things progress with a particular issue and/or organization. Not too long ago Family Policy

Adult stem cell

Image of an adult stem cell

 Council president Jeremy Dys wrote about the Susan G. Komen foundation’s support for Planned Parenthood; I also wrote about the odd partnership between the two organizations.

Neither Jeremy nor I can figure out why Komen is sending money to a group for services they don’t perform (mammograms). And with the very well documented link between abortion and breast cancer the partnership between Komen and Planned Parenthood seems all the more unlikely and odd.

Komen is coming under attack again. This time for news that it regularly sends funds to organizations that conduct embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research is research conducted on human embryos. This is not an ethical form of research because it destroys a living human embryo in order to conduct its research. On the other hand, adult stem cell research is perfectly ethical simply because it uses a living person’s own mature, adult stem cells for research; thereby not killing any living human beings. But that’s not all.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.