March 31, 2019

Positivity: ‘Unplanned’ star opens up about her own unplanned pregnancy

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From Washington:

Mar 29, 2019 / 03:19 pm

Ashley Bratcher, star of the film Unplanned, opened up about her own unplanned pregnancy during an interview Thursday on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly.

The film tells the story of Abby Johnson’s conversion from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life leader. After becoming pro-life, Johnson later converted to Catholicism and went on to found And Then There Were None, a ministry that helps abortion clinic workers leave their jobs.

Bratcher, who portrays Johnson in the film, wrote on Facebook earlier this month that she has her own “Unplanned” story.

“My Unplanned baby turned 9 today,” Bratcher wrote in the post honoring her son.

My Unplanned baby turned 9 today. ❤️ When I found out I was pregnant, I was young, unmarried, and jobless. My high school sweetheart and I could barely make ends meet. I was on Medicaid and WIC and it wasn’t uncommon to see our bank account in the red. Was it hard? Absolutely. But the best things is life are worth fighting for and this little man has taught my husband and I more than any other human. Having our son empowered us, it made us better people. We learned to love unconditionally. Today, this little dude is my Star Wars binge watching partner, my mario kart compadre, and most importantly my little prayer warrior. He wants to be an architectural engineer, loves science, and drawing comics. He continues to teach us so much about life everyday. I’m so so so proud of this little human and the incredible boy he is becoming. “As long as my God holds the world in His hands, I know that there’s no such thing as Unplanned.”

Wanna help me celebrate? Share your unplanned photos and stories with me!

In an interview with EWTN Pro-Life Weekly’s Catherine Hadro, Bratcher said that she had a “sense of shame” about her pregancy since she wasn’t married at the time, and spent “a lot of years keeping it a secret.”

Her role in Unplanned, Bratcher said, made her realize that sharing her own story would “empower a lot of people to share and say, ‘I chose life.’”

Contrary to those who told her she would throw away her acting career by having a child, Bratcher said she knew she could “have a successful, very happy life with a child.”

“Yeah, I was scared,” she said. “I was young, I didn’t know how things were going to go, I didn’t have a job, I wasn’t married, but I knew that there was this incredible life growing inside of me.”

Bratcher explained that though her journey was worthwhile, it wasn’t easy. …

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March 30, 2019

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March 29, 2019

Positivity: Poll finds two-thirds of New Yorkers oppose late-term abortion

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From Albany, New York:

Mar 29, 2019 / 11:30 am (CNA)

The vast majority of New Yorkers are opposed to late-term abortion, a new Marist Poll has found. The opposition comes despite the recent passage of the state’s Reproductive Health Act, which found a comfortable majority in the state legislature.

… average New Yorkers are far less radical on abortion compared to their representatives. The poll found that 75 percent of New York residents are opposed to abortion after the 20th week of a pregnancy. Only 20 percent of those surveyed said they approved of late-term abortion.

Those opposed to abortion after 20 weeks included nearly 70 percent of surveyed Democrats, 73 percent of political independents and 89 percent of Republicans.

Only two Democratic members of the state Senate voted against the Reproductive Health Act, alongside every Republican senator.

“New Yorkers simply do not support laws that allow late-term abortions,” said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus. Anderson called the Reproductive Health Act a “radical policy” that is against the wishes of average people from all political stripes. …

… Despite being home to one of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, the poll found that New Yorkers are not particularly any more in favor of late-term abortion than the rest of the country. In February, an earlier Marist found that 71 percent of Americans opposed abortion after 20 weeks. Only 18 percent supported late-term abortion. …

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March 28, 2019

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March 27, 2019

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Positivity: Armed Ohio Resident Faces Two Alleged Home Invaders, Shoots One

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A February story at Bearing Arms which makes important points:

Posted at 8:00 pm on February 21, 2019

If you have a concern about being face-to-face with a criminal, you need a gun.

That reality smacked an Ohio homeowner right in the face when he confronted two alleged burglars Sunday.

According to Sheriff Tim Rogers, deputies were dispatched to the 14000 block of OH 16 just after 11 a.m. Feb. 17, in response to a residential burglary.

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The suspects had fled the scene prior to deputies arriving.

The homeowner reported several items being stolen from his residence.

After the initial investigation, it appears the armed homeowner confronted two adult male suspects at his residence. As a result of this confrontation, one male suspect shot. He was transported from the scene to Genesis Hospital with a single gunshot wound.

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The wounds were apparently fairly minor. The two suspects, a man and a woman, are currently in jail.

… the reality is that if you’re outnumbered or outgunned, there’s no choice to make. You’d damn well better be either armed or running.

In this case, the homeowner was armed and he used his weapon.  …

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March 26, 2019

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Positivity — Federal Court: ‘Planned Parenthood Does Not Have a 14th Amendment Right to Perform Abortions’

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From Ohio, and Washington:

MAR 12, 2019, 6:21PM

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a major victory to Ohio taxpayers Tuesday when it ruled that the state may defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

Ohio lawmakers tried to cut off the abortion group’s taxpayer funding after it was caught in multiple states allegedly selling aborted baby body parts. Then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the pro-life bill into law in 2016, but Planned Parenthood challenged it in court.

The Sixth Circuit ruling, written by Judge Jeffrey Sutton, a George W. Bush-appointee, argued that Planned Parenthood does “not have a Fourteenth Amendment right to perform abortions.”

The justices also agreed that the government does not have an “obligation to pay for a woman’s abortion. Case after case establishes that a government may refuse to subsidize abortion services.”

“The State may choose to subsidize what it wishes—whether abortion services or adoption services, whether stores that sell guns or stores that don’t,” the ruling continued.

While the Supreme Court has ruled that women have a right to an abortion, it has not said that abortionists have a right to perform them, the court wrote.

“The Supreme Court has never identified a freestanding right to perform abortions. To the contrary, it has indicated that there is no such thing,” the justices wrote, pointing to the 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey as evidence.

“Any doubt about the point is confirmed by the debate at hand in Casey,” the opinion adds. “The abortion providers claimed that a Pennsylvania law, requiring them to inform their patients of the abortion procedure’s details and alternatives at least 24 hours beforehand, violated their patients’ due process rights and their own due process rights that arose from their relationship with patients. The plurality rejected both claims. Abortion rights do not arise from the provider-patient relationship ‘[o]n its own,’ the Court reasoned.”

Planned Parenthood claimed that the law somehow burdened women’s access to abortion, but it was not able to prove that was the case, since plenty of legitimate medical centers exist that provide non-abortion health care for women.

The justices said the Ohio law does “not violate a woman’s right to obtain an abortion. It does not condition a woman’s access to any of these public health programs on refusing to obtain an abortion.”

According to the ruling, the justices were not given any evidence that the law would close abortion clinics in the state. They noted that Planned Parenthood even told the court that it will not stop abortions if it loses taxpayer funding.

“Its vow to keep performing abortions sinks any pre-enforcement action, and any speculation about what would happen if it changed its mind is just that,” the ruling stated. …

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March 25, 2019

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Positivity: Pro-Life Advocate Abby Johnson Has Helped Nearly 500 Abortion Clinic Staffers Quit Their Jobs

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From Washington, via Life News:

MAR 13, 2019, 4:28PM

Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood director-turned pro-life advocate, recently shared her story of how she left the abortion industry and now helps others leave as well.

Despite growing up in a pro-life household, Johnson was drawn to Planned Parenthood after a representative on her college campus spoke of ideas like women empowerment and healthcare, The Blaze reported.

“I really didn’t know anything about the organization, so I think I was just really naive and really ignorant to what they were truly selling,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t working from a well-thought out position.”

Johnson worked at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Texas for eight years, eventually rising in the ranks to the role of director. However, everything changed in September 2009, when she was asked to assist during an abortion. It was then that she realized the terrible truth that an abortion destroys a unique, valuable human life.

“I just remember being really shocked. I couldn’t believe that I had allowed myself to be so blind to the reality of what was right there,” she said. “I had eagerly believed the lies of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.”

After leaving, Johnson took it upon herself to help others leave the toxic abortion industry that she had once been a part of. She formed a ministry called And Then There Were None (ATTWN), a group that has helped nearly 500 abortion workers leave the industry since its founding in 2012. Seven of those workers used to be doctors who performed abortions, Johnson said.

“As of now, we have helped 487 workers leave the clinics and…those workers have closed 21 abortion facilities, because they’ve worked with state officials,” she told the Pure Flix Podcast. “They have worked with health departments to go in and close those facilities because of bad practices, medical negligence, whatever it may be.” …

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March 24, 2019

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Positivity: Seven 20th-century Romanian bishops declared martyrs

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From Vatican City:

Mar 19, 2019 / 12:01 pm

Pope Francis declared Tuesday the martyrdom of seven Greek-Catholic bishops killed by the communist regime in Romania in the mid-20th century.

Bishops Valeriu Traian Frentiu, Vasile Aftenie, Ioan Suciu, Tito Livio Chinezu, Ioan Balan, Alexandru Rusu, and Iuliu Hossu were declared to have been killed “in hatred of the faith” between 1950 and 1970, during the Soviet occupation of Romania and the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu.

Each of the bishops was arrested and held in prisons and camps until he died, often from isolation, cold, hunger, disease, or hard manual labor. Most were never tried or convicted and were buried in unmarked graves, without religious services.

A year before his death, Bishop Iuliu Hossu was named a cardinal “in pectore.” After spending years in isolation, he died in a hospital in Bucharest in 1970. His last words were: “My struggle is over, yours continues.”

In addition to imprisonment and isolation, Bishop Vasile Aftenie was tortured at the Interior Ministry, later dying from his wounds May 10, 1950.

After meeting March 19 with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Francis gave his approval for the publication of the decrees of martyrdom of the seven bishops, and of another seven people on the path to sainthood.

The pope approved a miracle attributed to the intercession of Maria Emilia Riquelme y Zayas, foundress of the Congregation of Missionary Sisters of the Most Holy Sacrament and the Blessed Immaculate Virgin Mary (1847-1940), who will now be called ‘blessed.’

He also recognized the martyrdom of Italian missionary Alfredo Cremonesi, a religious priest of the Pontifical Institute for External Missionaries, who was born in Italy and killed in Burma in 1953. …

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March 23, 2019

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