The Duggars Destroy the “My Body My Choice” Argument

A recent article at LifeNews.com reveals how false the “my body my choice” argument really is. The writer talks about Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the family who now has 20 children of their own. People often spew hateful comments at the Duggar’s for their decision to have so many children. And yet, I would think the pro-choice feminist crowd would stand behind the Duggar’s and scream “my body my choice” at all those who insult the family for making a…choice.

The article points out though: “The reality is that there are still women out there who have no desire to have careers and simply want to stay at home and raise a family. And if that’s what a woman wants to do, whether it’s for religious reasons or just because she loves children, ‘it’s her choice’ and she should be able to exercise that choice without being verbally assaulted and degraded. Based on the sentiments presented in the article’s discussion section, the ‘it’s my body, my choice’ slogan only seems to apply when a woman wants an abortion. When a woman chooses to have more children than average, in the eyes of those who made these hateful comments, she becomes a ‘repulsive freak’ and should stop bearing children.”

Once again the rhetoric of the pro-abortion position falls short of logic and consistency. If these women were truly pro-choice, as they claim, they would laud Michelle Duggar for making “her choice” to have so many children and be thankful that she had that choice to make. I guess for them, there’s just one choice. Not much of a “choice.” 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.

Pope Francis Says Pro-Abortion Politicians Cannot Receive Communion

Pope Francis has made a lot of waves since being elected Pope of the Catholic Church. Thankfully, they are good waves as the newest Pope seeks to serve in humility. His latest wave comes as he issues a letter to all Catholic Cardinals and Bishops stating that those people, particularly politicians and world leaders, that are pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia are not eligible for communion. This is sure to upset the likes of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi who claim to be practicing Catholics while supporting abortion. Part of Pope Francis’ letter states:

“[people] cannot receive Holy Communion and at the same time act with deeds or words against the commandments, particularly when abortion, euthanasia, and other grave crimes against life and family are encouraged. This responsibility weighs particularly over legislators, heads of governments, and health professionals. These are the guidelines we need for this time in history.” We hope the Pope continues to be staunchly pro-life and condemn the violence of abortion and any practice that does not convey the sanctity of human life. 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.

Gosnell Case: Babies Swimming in Toilets and Snapped Necks (Warning: Graphic Language)

Kermit GosnellThe media has been blasted from all sides for not covering the Gosnell abortion trial. They’ve turned a blind eye to the brutal murder of unknown numbers of children and even some adult women while screaming like crazy people over the deaths of 20 kids at Sandy Hook. I’m not minimizing those deaths, I’m simply pointing out the inconsistency.

At least one liberal pro-abortion blogger is being honest enough to admit that the lack of coverage has been to protect abortion rights:

“But I understand why my readers suspect me, and other pro-choice mainstream journalists, of being selective—of not wanting to cover the story because it showcased the ugliest possibilities of abortion rights. The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories—if the sick-making was done by ‘our side.’ Of course, I’m not saying that I identify with criminal abortionists who kill infants and grievously wound their patients. But I am pro-choice. What Gosnell did was not some inevitable result of legal abortion. But while legal abortion was not sufficient to create the horrors in Philadelphia, it was necessary.”

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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.

Where Does West Virginia Rank on the “Anti-Abortion” Scale?

The pro-life group Americans United for Life have released their annual “Life List” showing where states rank in relation to their pro-life or pro-abortion policy. Take a look at the list below to see what states are the most pro-life, and which states are the most pro-abortion. It’s interesting that West Virginia doesn’t fall anywhere on the list, but rather into the “murky middle” of not being a strong pro-life or pro-abortion state. I find that interesting since most of our elected state lawmakers claim to be pro-life and roughly 70% of West Virginian’s are pro-life. Seems like we could be doing better. Maybe we should reconsider our election choices. Click here for original article. Click here for Americans United for Life Website.

 

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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.

Pro-Life Victories in 2012

child with abortion signAs the year draws to a close it is almost standard to be reflective and look back at accomplishments from the previous year. This is helpful in determining where we have come and where we are headed. For those in the pro-life movement it is a critical part of staying motivated to press on in the face of constant media attacks, legislative attacks, social media attacks, and certainly attacks from pro-abortion advocates.

If you didn’t know better, you would think most of the U.S. and even the world overwhelmingly favored abortion on demand and thought anything less was barbaric. You would be wrong. A consensus from multiple layers of data – polling, surveys, ballot initiatives, and legislation shows the tide is turning in favor of life and that few people actually claim to support abortion on demand. Even among those who do support abortion, many believe it should be limited to extreme circumstances rather than sold on street corners.

So what are some of the key moments from 2012 that pro-lifers can rally behind and carry into 2013 as a banner to march behind as we seek to further strengthens life laws? A recent article from LifeNews.com lists ten victories for the pro-life movement in 2012:

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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.

Gruesome Details of Children Victimized by Abortion and Hospitals

sick childSome are demanding “abortion on demand and without apology.” This small group is completely out of touch with the majority of Americans that believe abortion should be illegal, or only legal in rare cases. While I believe abortion should be outlawed completely, with perhaps the exception of saving a mother’s life, I resolutely reject abortion on demand.

I don’t like the images conjured in my mind when I read stories about abortion. The images stay with me and cause grief, heartache, and pain. Maybe it’s because I have kids of my own and I superimpose their faces into the images. Maybe it’s just because I recognize that every child – born and unborn – is created in the image of God with a right to life guaranteed by the Constitution and endowed by that same Creator that gave life with the inherent right to life.

One recent article brings such images to mind. There is a happy ending to this story, in one sense. It’s the account of a former abortion clinic worker that left her life of abortion and is now an outspoken pro-life Christian. I like the part where God reaches down to extend grace and forgiveness.

Dina Madsen shares her experience of working in a Sacramento abortion mill in the early 1990’s in a recent article. She says her duties included:

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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.

Does Anyone Have a Right to Complete Bodily Autonomy?

heart monitorOne of the most often-made claims of the pro-abortion, pro-“women’s rights”, destroyers of babies and other differences between the sexes is that of the right of “bodily autonomy.”

Bodily autonomy can have different meanings depending on what liberal cause is being defended.  However, I  take this opportunity to state, unequivocally, that in none of those cases does anyone have total autonomy over their bodies, nor should they.

It is often used to argue for the right of a woman to choose an abortion to end an unwanted pregnancy.  Loosely stated, “It’s my body, and if I don’t want to be pregnant, I should not have to be.  Nobody has the right to force me to have a baby I didn’t want in the first place.”

My response to this is that, at the point of conception, there is another individual impacted by that decision beside yourself and when you undertook the act that allowed conception to take place, you took a calculated risk that a pregnancy would occur.  As a result, someone else’s life is severely impacted by the decision to abort the pregnancy.  Doesn’t that person have the same right to “bodily autonomy?”

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Maybe We Should Post Ultrasound Images on State Websites

A pro-life group in Nebraska is seeking to have 4-D ultrasound images posted to state websites as part of the state informed consent laws. According to one article, they are asking lawmakers to “pass legislation that requires four-dimensional ultrasound images of human fetuses to be posted on a state website. So-called 4-D ultrasounds take images of the fetus from several angles, showing such things as facial features and capturing movement. Nebraska Right to Life said Tuesday it has been in contact with Kansans for Life about legislation passed in Kansas that resulted in such images being shown on that state’s Department of Health and Environment website as part of its ‘informed consent on abortion’ statute. Nebraska’s Informed Consent on Abortion law was passed in 1993, before 4-D ultrasound images were available.”

Pro-abortion advocates fight ultrasound laws because in every place they are implemented the number of abortions drops significantly; showing a connection between lack of information and abortion. But life is winning and more pro-life laws have been passed in the last four years than in recent history. Maybe we need to talk with our own West Virginia lawmakers about informed consent laws and 4-D ultrasound images. Any takers? 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.

Secular Pro-life…Watered down policies are no policies at all.

secular pro lifeThe Secular Pro-Life website is, in a nutshell, no nonsense, has the touch of a woman, and presents articles that are both original and re-postings from individual blog sites.  But are they seriously pro-life?

I ran across one this evening that really deserves a closer look so here we go…

The title of the blog was “Yeah, but…” The Larger Agenda.”  Author Laura Nicholson posits the following:

“If we suddenly stopped arguing about the legality of abortion and just skipped straight to an appeal to morality independent of legality (as if that’s even possible), how would people react?”

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About Tom Stark

Tom Stark began writing for the Engage Family Minute blog in February 2012. As a small business owner Tom is passionate about the intersection of faith and politics in the life of Christians and the community around him. Having been touched by both the abortion issue and the issue of homosexuality in his own family, Tom is passionate about defending the lives of the unborn and upholding Biblical Truth. Tom also writes for www.westvirginiaconservative.com

Have You Heard? The New President Is…

we vote pro lifeI don’t actually know who the president is. As I’m writing this the election is still a day away and millions of Americans are right now preparing to vote. I can tell you that I believe Mitt Romney has an excellent chance of winning and that it is my intention to vote for him. But whether he wins or not is still to be determined.

Even though the election is over and Facebook walls have returned to “normal” and folks on opposite sides of the aisle who were not speaking are once again friends. There is much to remember about the importance of voting for a president and the ability of the president to affect policy change. In particular I am referring to the issue of life, and just how great an impact the president can have in defending life, or helping to end life.

Over the past four years we have lived under the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. No other sitting U.S. president has done more to advance the liberal pro-abortion agenda that Obama. From revoking the Mexico City policy and funding UNFPA, to helping Planned Parenthood through billions in tax-payer funding, Obama has been a very good friend of the abortion industry.

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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.