Open Adoption Option

This week I will have the privilege to once again visit the Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach (APO) center in College Station, Texas.   The Executive Director, Kim Schams, is an individual whom I admire deeply for her daily, life-affirming work.

Kim and her team strive to see that children born from unplanned pregnancies, all across Texas are raised in nurturing families who are ready and prepared for them.  In addition to full adoption services, the APO team comes alongside teen moms who choose to parent, to help prepare them to be the best moms they can be. Continue reading

Plan B is Bad News for Teen Girls

“There is not enough data on the health effects of Plan B on teen girls”, says HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“Young people have approximately half of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) nationwide. The availability of Plan B (Morning After Pill birth control), over-the-counter for all ages, would bypass necessary routine medical care for sexually active teens”, says Jeanne Monahan, Director of Family Research Council’s Center for Human Dignity.

Two voices, which might disagree on other topics, agree on this one: Plan B Morning After Pills are not in the best interest of young women. And yet, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved the sale of this poorly tested drug, without a prescription, to girls as young as 15 years old.  Our sisters, our nieces, our daughters and granddaughters will no doubt be the target of major marketing campaigns.  Planned Parenthood has already hailed the FDA announcement as “good news”.

What is good about a drug that could be used to cover coerced sexual activity, forced by a predator?  What is good about an easily accessible drug that may cause serious harm to a young woman with pre-existing medical conditions that may only be known by mom and dad?  Why should we celebrate a drug that doesn’t protect girls from STIs’, which currently infect over 110 million?  Nor will Plan B won’t protect young women from a broken heart.

In spite of the drug maker’s admission that the drug can cause an abortion, the FDA in announcing the expanded availability of the Plan B Morning After Pill denied this fact.

President Obama has until May 5 to appeal the FDA decision. Perhaps he will share the concerns of his HHS Secretary.  My prayer is that the President will respond with a father’s heart, protecting daughters across America.

Moms and Dads have a great opportunity to use this news as a conversation starter with their teen girls.  Let them know of their value and worth, of your unconditional love for them, and God’s plan for healthy sexuality, saved for the marriage bed. Keep communication lines open with your teen and pray with them to stay pure for their future spouse.  Talk to your daughters before someone else encourages them to get birth control.  Need help with this conversation?  Contact the Medical Institute for Sexual Health at www.medinstitute.org

Has Planned Parenthood Fooled You?

If you are a female in college, be warned that you are a target for Planned Parenthood’s marketing schemes, and they are not honest.

Of course, this abortion industry giant has laid the foundation for their trickery long before you arrived on campus.  In fact, they began to woo you back in middle school.

Remember the nice lady from Planned Parenthood who volunteered to speak to your health class, or perhaps your gym class?   You may have been surprised to hear that she just assumed you were, or would be, sexually active before marriage.  She told you that waiting until marriage is impossible, and though your parents may not understand your hormones, you could trust Planned Parenthood to listen and to offer the help you need to enjoy safe sex. Continue reading

Fetal Pain Laws Are Now in Place in Eleven States

North Dakota is the most recent state to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Research on fetal pain now shows that at 20 weeks of gestation, the baby’s pain receptors are fully developed. In fact, at this stage of development, each side of the brain has a billion nerve cells.

In signing the bill, Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple stated, “Although the likelihood of this measure surviving a court challenge remains in question, this bill is nevertheless a legitimate attempt by a state legislature to discover the boundaries of Roe v. Wade.” Continue reading

Speak Out For Those Who Have No Voice

Before the children of Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land, Moses gave them an “object lesson” to remind them of God’s commands once they entered Canaan, a land filled with idolatry. He charged half of the tribes to stand on Mount Gerizim and the other six to stand on Mount Ebal.

Mount Gerizim represented God’s blessings; Mount Ebal represented the curses that would come upon those who disobeyed God’s commands. Continue reading

Remember SLED when Defending Life

Defending Life

Most arguments against defending the unborn are centered around four issues:

  • Size of the baby
  • Level of development
  • Environment – or location of the child
  • Degree of dependency

These can easily be remembered by the acronym S.L.E.D.   My friend Scott Klusendorf, with the Life Training Institute, has used this easy acronym to help pro-lifers, like myself, be prepared to respond to pro-abortion arguments with logical truth. Continue reading

Forced Abortion in America

Does forced abortion occur in America?  Yes

There are three common types of forced abortion in America.

  1. Parent-Minor;
  2. Father forcing the mother of his child;
  3. Prostitution/Human Trafficking.

The Justice Foundation’s Center Against Forced Abortion (CAFA) deals most commonly with adult parents forcing a minor daughter to have an abortion.  This problem happens thousands and thousands of times in America every year. Continue reading

If Only I had Known There Were Other Options

The choice to abort is not normally a flippant, easy decision.  There is often much agonizing about the “desperate” circumstances one finds herself in:

  • Pregnant and still in high school
  • Pregnant and just beginning a promising career path
  • Pregnant, yet single with two more kids to feed and care for,
  • Pregnant and abandoned by the child’s father
  • Pregnant, and my dad will kill me

But why choose abortion? Continue reading