"The issue of human life and its preservation and development is one that begins with conception and ends only when God calls a person back to himself in death. If we are consistent, then, we must be concerned about life from beginning to end. It is like a seamless garment; either it all holds together or eventually it all falls apart." Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, 1975

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Wonder

Doctor handed live baby at 8 weeks gestation...
Consider Dr. Rockwell's testimony:
Statement by Paul E. Rockwell, M.D.:
"Eleven years ago while giving an anesthetic for a ruptured ectopic pregnancy (at 8 weeks gestation), I was handed what I believe was the smallest living human ever seen. The embryonic sac was intact and transparent. Within the sac was a tiny human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid, while attached to the wall by the umbilical cord. This tiny human was perfectly developed, with long, tapering fingers, feet and toes. It was almost transparent, as regards the skin, and the delicate arteries and veins were prominent to the ends of the fingers."
Dr. Rockwell continues, "The baby was extremely alive and swam about the sac approximately one time per second, with a natural swimmer's stroke. This tiny human did not look at all like the photos and drawings and models of 'embryos' which I had seen, nor did it look like a few embryos I have been able to observe since then, obviously because this one was alive! When the sac was opened, the tiny human immediately lost his life and took on the appearance of what is accepted as the appearance of an embryo at this stage of life (with blunt extremities etc.)."
The statement by Paul E. Rockwell, M.D., an anesthesiologist, was quoted by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke in their Handbook on Abortion.  Dr. Rockwell did not testify before the U.S. Judiciary Subcommittee.

http://www.prolife.com/fetaldev.html

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Abortion Clinic Worker Quits, by Abby Johnson

Abortion Clinic Worker Quits: “No Two Week Notice,” “I’ll Never Set Foot in There Again”

by Abby Johnson | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 10/15/13 4:58 PM
                                   
We got this message from woman who is now part of our ministry: “I quit this morning. Effective immediately…no two week stuff. I’m done. Never to step foot in there again.”
 
You have helped us make this happen.  In fact, 84 workers have come through our ministry, thanks to all of you and your support!  Below are some of the updates from our ministry!

A Fresh Start
Recently on Facebook, I shared about a clinic worker who left her job after becoming a Christian. She was homeless for over a week. She found out about ATTWN and immediately contacted us. Her story was so courageous. She had a very intimate moment with Christ one evening and decided to give her life to Him. When she walked into work the next day, she knew that helping to facilitate the deaths of the unborn was NOT part of God’s plan. She walked out that day with nothing. She left behind her paycheck, picked up her children and tried to start a new life. But after the money she had ran out, she found herself jobless, penniless and homeless…with her two daughters.

With the help of ATTWN and your prayers, she is now in a safe apartment, her children are enrolled in school and she has an AWESOME, life affirming job!!

Just another story to remind us that God is ALWAYS faithful!
 
Healing Retreat
In September, a group of women came together for an ATTWN former abortion clinic worker healing retreat.  They were of different religions and different life backgrounds; some left the industry recently and some left several years ago.  What they all had in common, though, is they all took a huge leap in a journey towards healing from their time in the industry.

None of them started out in the industry wanting anything to do with abortions.  They started out as receptionists or working as a translator, so they felt more at ease justifying their jobs.  However, it didn’t take long for Planned Parenthood and the abortion clinics to pull them back into the operation rooms to assist in abortions.  ”Sandra” began her work in the abortion industry as a translator, but eventually, she was “there holding the instruments as the baby came out, alive.”  Sandra continued, “The largest I saw done illegally was 28 weeks.  They were supposed to go up to 25 weeks… the doctor would fudge the numbers on her chart.”  The recollection of those particular abortions brought on tears.

“Ellen” recalled her time working at Planned Parenthood.  Like many others, she felt uncomfortable with her job there, but it paid the bills and offered the benefits she needed.  She was hired on as a patient educator and was reprimanded for quietly giving patients information on adoption services and resource centers in the counseling rooms, because she was not pushing the sale of abortion onto women who weren’t sure what they were going to do. ”It took a huge physical toll,” Ellen said. “I would always come home from work and cry.”

Opening up about the activities that they partook in at the abortion clinics were very difficult on the retreat attendees.  Flashbacks, nightmares, and visions of aborted babies and baby parts are common among former clinic workers. “Christa” worked at Planned Parenthood in the back rooms where clean-up after abortion procedures took place.  ”I’m guilty of counting body parts and freezing the, only for them later to be burned,” she said.

“Rebecca” worked as a receptionist in an abortion clinic for years.  She had been reassured she would have nothing to do with abortion when she began working there.  She recalled the especially difficult cases of women who would call to schedule abortions into their third trimesters.  She started to cry when she admitted “I didn’t do abortions, but I was the accomplice.  I scheduled them.  I took the money.”

This was the first real step to healing that most of the women on the retreat had taken.  One of the biggest obstacles a converted clinic worker has is the feeling of isolation and believing that there is no one else like them.  These retreats that ATTWN hosts throughout the year work to break down that obstacle and allow former clinic workers to open up to each other; to open up to others who have been in their exact situations and know what they are feeling.

Without your financial contributions, we wouldn’t have been able to put on this healing retreat.  Thank you to our supporters who donated and sponsored a former clinic worker to go on this retreat.  Your prayers and your generosity make it possible for us to put people on a path to healing.

And Then There Were None - ATTWN - http://www.attwn.org/

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Respect Life Month

You may have seen crosses on church lawns or people standing in a group praying.  October is designated as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Respect Life Month recognizes life in all its glory and in all its forms, providing opportunities to embrace the whole cycle of life with which humanity has been blessed, from conception to natural death.
Visitation Catholic Church Elmhurst, IL
 
PRAYER FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE
Lord God, We thank you for our salvation in Jesus Christ. We thank you for the call he gives us -– not a call to sit in a corner cowering in fear over our enemies, mystified about how to overcome the Culture of Death, despondent because of our sins or worried about the perceived strength of our opponents. Rather, it is a call to stand victorious in the light of the Resurrection and to proclaim to the Culture of Death: “You have been conquered! You have no place here, no power to defeat the forces of truth and goodness!”

Yes, Lord, we stand in that light and we are filled with joy –- not a superficial joy that rises and falls with the ebb and flow of circumstances beyond our control, but with the profound joy that only you can give and that nobody can take away. In the strength of that joy, may we your people continue to proclaim your truth and share your grace not only within the walls of our Churches, but in the halls of government, in the voting booth, in the media, and in every inch of the public square.
Lord, in our work for you, may we find you in our efforts to change the world, may we ourselves be changed. In our struggle to build a Culture of Life, may we find life eternal. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(From bulletin of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Chicago)


National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Down Syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21.
  
http://www.ndss.org/


 90% of those who test positive for the extra chromosome in prenatal testing are aborted.