Catholic Spirit: A Special Respect Life Time in West Virginia

The following article appeared at The Catholic Spirit WV on Sept 23. We appreciate our Catholic partners for defending life and sharing the Illuminate Campaign and Illuminate Sunday with their people via this article. We also encourage people to use the information at the end of the article to contact Gov. Tomblin and share your thoughts with him. Click here for original article.

WEST?VIRGINIA—For decades parishes throughout the United States have observed “Respect Life Sunday” on the first Sunday of October. The prayers of the liturgy uphold the culture of life, the church’s call to cherish human life from conception to natural death. This year many Protestant churches in our state will observe on the very same date “Illuminate Sunday,”  a time of special prayer for victims of abortion and those affected by abortion. In a beautiful way, on this Oct. 6 churches across the state will witness to West Virginians how central the gospel of life is to the Christian message.

The worship event of our Protestant sisters and brothers is part of the “Illuminate Campaign.” Since charges were brought against a Charleston abortion clinic earlier this year regarding malpractice, the attorney general of West Virginia has investigated the need for regulation of the clinics in our state. The campaign supports the further regulation of clinics, especially in light of such disasters in other states such as the Gosnell case in Philadelphia. [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.

Gosnell Believes He Was Right

Kermit Gosnell, the disgraced abortionist convicted on numerous charges stemming from the investigation into his “House of Horrors” in Philadelphia has shared some of this thoughts on his work with a local Philadelphia reporter. The reporter shares those thoughts: “In this larger spiritual sense, he believes he was performing a service for people…It’s not as if he feels guilty about what he did. He believes he was a soldier at war with poverty. He has a sense of righteousness, that whatever rule he broke, it was worth it. He believes if he could have spoken about his rationale for doing things, he wouldn’t be in jail. He believes he was in a war, and that ‘they’ won.”

The level of self-deluded grandeur is hard to digest. Yet this man will be made a hero by the abortion lobby that has refused to condemn his actions or speak against what he did. Gosnell shows his narcissism by believing he only “broke a rule, rather than kill innocent children post-birth; among other things. This is the logical result of the culture of death endorsed by Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates. 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.

No Respect for Gosnell Victims

LifeNews.com: “Currently, the city’s medical examiner’s office faces quite the conundrum. Archbishop Charles Chaput along with several pro-life leaders asked for the release of the remains of the 47 babies for proper burial. Now, mind you, Gosnell was only convicted with the murder of three of these bodies, not all. The rest were what, collateral damage? Here’s the thing, to allow those babies to be released, honored, and buried would admit their humanity. But Philadelphia doesn’t want to be seen acknowledging the humanity of abortion victims.

A spokesperson for the city reportedly said the city can only release the bodies to family members. That appears to be a lie because on the city’s website under FAQ’s it states: Who can claim a body at the Medical Examiner’s Office? Anyone, including friends and neighbors, may claim a body three days after the date of pronouncement of death.

“Anyone…” “Anyone…” Maybe “Anyone” means something different to the city of Philadelphia. Because it seems to me that by “Anyone” they mean anyone except those who will respect the humanity of Gosnell’s victims. You see, once anyone starts burying the bodies of the aborted, it changes the discussion. If anyone acknowledges the humanity of the aborted, where does it stop? City Hall doesn’t want to go there. They seem more comfortable with talk of ‘products of conception’ and ‘blobs of tissue.’” 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.

Seeking Burial for the Gosnell Babies

Several pro-life groups are seeking possession of the bodies of the ‘Gosnell Babies.” These are the remains of the 47 babies found in Kermit Gosnell’s freezer. The groups, quite correctly, say these children deserve a proper burial like any other child. So far, the medical examiner is refusing to hand the remains over. A recent article states:

“The city Medical Examiner’s Office has declined to turn over the fetal remains to a coalition of antiabortion groups, saying they are not related parties, and it has has pledged to give the remains ‘a respectful disposition.’ In past cases of unclaimed remains, the city has waited up to 10 years before burial…” I can think of no legitimate reason not to hand the bodies over for proper burial. And, unfortunately, when a medical examiner says they will get “a respectful disposition” it generally means they will be incinerated.

The only reason I can conclude the medical examiner will not release the remains, despite the fact the ME’s website says anyone, including friends can claim a body, is that he doesn’t want to admit they are human. If they are given a proper burial, they will be treated and considered human. Pro-abortion advocates don’t like admitting their victims are human because then it’s murder. Wasn’t Gosnell convicted of murder? 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.

Illuminate: Pastor Don Cherry: Let’s Talk Women’s Health

Illuminate-GraphicImage-TextAndWeb-SocialMediaThe year 1973 holds a mixed bag of memories for me.  On the upside it was the year I graduated high school on the down side it was the year the Supreme Court affirmed the right for women to abort their unborn child.

Since that ruling over 50 million unborn precious souls have fallen victim to the abortionist scalpel.  This decision certainly ignited a cultural clash that has pitted Americans against each other for the past 40 years not to mention endangering the most innocent and helpless of our society.

In my humble opinion, while the left has argued a woman’s right to do with her body as she will, those on the other side of the isle truly are concerned for the health of both mother and child.  We were all shocked and dismayed when the revelations were made with regard to the Kermit Gosnell case in PA.  Mutilated babies, deplorable conditions and cover-ups run amok sent chills throughout the soul of this nation.

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How does something like this happen in a nation where we boast the finest medical industry of any country in the world?  Not just that, but is what took place at the Gosnell clinic merely an aberration or a harbinger of more atrocities taking place behind the abortionist doors?  While abortion is indeed the law of the land (for now), what can be done to make sure there is not a repeat of the horrors which went on in Philly?  [Read more...]

Common Sense Abortion Measures Protect Women

Illuminate-GraphicImage-TextAndWeb-SocialMediaAside from killing a child, abortion carries life-long consequences. I am guilty of being too focused on the unborn and forgetting the scars a woman will carry as a result of abortion. In no way am I diminishing the loss of life as I believe that is the greatest harm caused by abortion. But the reality is that a woman will experience temporary and permanent side-effects due to her choice to kill her unborn child.

While pro-abortion groups try to downplay or downright refute studies linking abortion to mental and physical health issues, the body of evidence is growing larger each year. One recent study concludes that abortion carries a higher risk for mental health disorder than birth:

“[T]he psychiatric journal ‘Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences’ recently published a study linking abortion with depression and anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder. The study compared the women’s psychological well being with childbirth outcomes such as delivering the baby, miscarriage, or abortion. The conclusion of the authors is that ‘fetal loss seems to expose women to a higher risk for mental disorders than childbirth; some studies show that abortion can be considered a more relevant risk factor than miscarriage.’”

Another article, commenting on the same study says that the conclusion of the study merits further research into a post-abortion syndrome much like PTSD. [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.

The Narrative on Abortion is Being Re-Written

unborn childI enjoy reading the real life accounts of public figures as they pertain to critical issues. Our society seems bent towards personal narratives that evoke emotional reactions. At times that can be problematic, as in the case of Trayvon Martin, when emotions get in the way of evidence and condemn a man before he stands trial. At other times it can be helpful, as in the case of Kermit Gosnell, when emotions fueled the vigilance of reporting the case for pro-lifers in the absence of a mainstream media presence.

Matt Barber recently wrote about his own personal experience with abortion. He told of being a 15 year old kid and being informed by a girl he knew that she had had an abortion and the child was his. At the time Barber says he was relieved, today he says he is grieved by the memory of that experience. He also says it’s one of the reasons he is pro-life today.

Conservative commentator Dana Loesch also shared a personal narrative from her past. Loesch says that even though she was a “broke unwed student” and pregnant she chose life. She says she rejected the liberal rhetoric she was being fed in favor life because she was tired of liberals and feminists “making women feel like they can’t survive without the government’s assistance” and “telling me that as a woman, I wasn’t strong enough to raise a child in my circumstances.”

The narrative on the issue of life is a critical one. It’s foundational to everything we believe as a society and the shape our culture takes in regards to everything from public policy to tax laws. It’s not unimportant to our worldview as Christians either. The Gospel of Jesus is one of life which cannot be properly shared without first being absolutely convinced of the worth and value of every human from the moment of conception. [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.

Former Gosnell Worker Seeking Jesus

A recent article shares the news that a former Kermit Gosnell employee is reaching out to pro-life warrior Abby Johnson in seeking to change her life. After the details of the case and the reality of her part in it, the former worker is claiming to be pro-life and wanting to have a relationship with Jesus. Abby Johnson told TheBlaze.com:

“We have been praying for all of the [Gosnell] workers — but this worker in particular by name for months and months, so to have her contact us was pretty exciting…She wants to live a Christ-like life…She’s going to need to know that there’s support from the pro-life community and not condemnation.”  This is why we defend life and share our views, for the Gospel. The ultimate end is not that everyone be pro-life, the ultimate end is that everyone know Jesus. Sharing the sanctity of human life in light of the Gospel is a great way to help people start a relationship with Christ. 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.

Breaking: Texas 20 Week Abortion Ban Passes

A recent article reports: “The Texas State House of Representatives had passed HB2, a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, would add safety measures for abortion pill distribution, and would require that abortionists maintain hospital privileges within 30 miles of their clinics. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor with 98 yea votes to only 49 nays.  The long day of debate ended at around 8:40 pm when a final vote was taken after lengthy debate on nearly two dozen amendments that threatened to strip the bill of its teeth. All amendments failed and the bill passed intact.”

This is a great victory for women and children that are often victimized by abortionists such as Kermit Gosnell, Leroy Carhart, and Douglas Karpen. The women of Texas will be safer and unborn children defended when they are most vulnerable. We hope common sense measures such as this can be passed in West Virginia as we work to protect the women and children of our state. 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.

Texas Abortion Bill Would Be Nation’s Toughest

Texas is seeking to pass a bill that would be one of the nation’s toughest on abortion. A recent article reports: ”The measure would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and limit abortions to surgical centers. Supporters say the bill will raise the standard of women’s health care, but opponents point out the bill would shut down 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state.”

Let’s see, ban abortion after viability, require abortionists to be real doctors that can get into the hospital in the event of an emergency, require abortion clinics to be up to state standards for medical procedures. I’m not seeing the problem. So rather than protect unsafe clinics where the Gosnell’s and the Karpen’s can continue to harm women, Texas wants to protect them. But don’t worry, Planned Parenthood will protest because they care about women. Who’s really at war with women. 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.