This is the generation that will abolish abortion!

Mother killed during botched abortion three days ago was a kindergarten teacher. My heart breaks as I read the details about this senseless double homicide. We are praying for her family, but crying out for the senseless violence of abortion to end.

From our friends at Operation Rescue – Carhart’s Deceased Late-Term Abortion Patient Identified

February 10, 2013

Germantown, MD – The identity of the woman who died Thursday from complications to a 33-week abortion done by LeRoy Carhart has been reported by pro-life blogger Jill Stanek atwww.JillStanek.com.

That woman was Jennifer Leigh Morbelli, 29, a kindergarten teacher from White Plains, New York. The Morbelli’s had been expecting a daughter, Madison Leigh. The mother and daughter will be interred together in New York on Wednesday.

Operation Rescue extends heart-felt condolences and prayers to her family and friends in their time of bereavement.

Investigations into Mrs. Morbelli’s death are underway by the police and Medical Examiner’s office.

“Jennifer was a beautiful woman was loved and cherished by many, whose future appeared bright. Her passing is an unspeakable tragedy,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We are dedicated to working through the legal system to ensure that no more women will suffer Jennifer’s fate.”

Operation Rescue had already discovered the woman’s identity prior to its publication, but refrained from immediately releasing it out of sensitivity for the family.

Mrs. Morbelli died at Shady Grove Hospital on Thursday. While the Medical Examiner has yet to officially determine the cause of death, it is believed she died from massive internal bleeding as the result of a third trimester abortion she received at Germantown Reproductive Health Services, where Carhart works.

Efforts by family and hospital staff to reach Carhart when Mrs. Morbelli’s condition worsened were unsuccessful and may have contributed to her death.

“This is a case of not only shoddy practices, but patient abandonment that we believe rises to the level of criminal conduct,” said Newman. “We will press for criminal charges in this case, in addition to Board discipline.”

In 2005, another Carhart patient, 19-year old Christin Gilbert, also died from the risky late-term abortion procedure employed by Carhart and other third trimester abortionists across the nation. Operation Rescue has documented nearly a dozen additional serious complications over the past three years related to this same procedure, raising serious questions about its safety.

“We urge the immediate passage of laws at the state level banning late-term abortions in order to protect other women and their viable babies from unnecessary injury and death,” said Newman.

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Another woman killed by an abortionist yesterday! Are you ready to end this war on babies AND women?

The Silence Ends Today

It has happened again. Another mother has been killed by so-called “safe and legal” abortion.

What’s not going to happen again is the silence.

At the recent March for Life Youth Rally which our Priests for Life Youth Director coordinated, I distributed to the young people the “Tombstone Poster,” containing the names of many women killed over the years by so-called “safe and legal” abortion. I told the youth to take these posters home and use them to awaken the consciences of their communities.

That same day, at the prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood in Washington DC, I read publicly the names of a couple of hundred women killed by so-called “safe and legal” abortion as we prayed for each one, “Lord, have mercy on her.” I offered the Planned Parenthood staff and escorts a copy of the names. They did not want it and did not seem to care.

At the outset of my work with Priests for Life I collaborated with Life Dynamics on the book Lime 5, which to this day provides one of the best and scariest chronicles of the continuous carnage that the abortion industry inflicts on the very women they pretend to care about.

Last year, our Priests for Life team, and in particular our Director of African-American outreach, Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.), spoke out forcefully about the murder of Tonya Reaves by the abortion clinic she went to in the Chicago area.

And at the National Prayer Service at which I spoke on the occasion of the completion of 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, I distributed a disturbing brochure showing the autopsy photos — released by her parents — of Marla Cardamone, killed by abortion at a respectable Pittsburgh hospital.

And now it has happened again. Another woman has been killed by so-called “safe and legal” abortion. It happens constantly, in fact, but the abortion industry usually succeeds in covering it up. And even when they don’t, the rest of us succeed in keeping it relatively quiet.

That has to change today.

Late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart began an abortion procedure a few days ago on a woman who was about 33 weeks pregnant. These abortions are legal, and he performs them at his killing center in Germantown, MD. Yesterday, she developed complications. The abortionist could not be reached. She was taken to the emergency room by private vehicle, and she died.

Three things need to happen here. First, the state of Maryland has to shut down Carhart’s killing business. Second, every person who cares about this needs to spread the word immediately about this tragedy, to awaken the consciences of our neighbors. This includes pastors speaking out about the harm abortion does, and it includes all of us telling the stories of those harmed and killed by abortion (see RecallAbortion.com).

Third, we need to redouble our efforts to mobilize people in the pro-life cause. If this latest tragedy isn’t enough evidence that the time to end abortion is now, then what is?

Father Frank Pavone

Priests for Life

Read and listen to this column online at Priestsforlife.org/articles/4496-the-silence-ends-today
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Fr. Frank’s columns are podcast. See Priestsforlife.org/podcast

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As the medical board dismissing neglect charges against an abortionist, an ambulance was taking another patient away from her clinic to the hospital. WAKE UP!

This report from out friends at Operation Rescue.

BREAKING: Ambulance Transported Another Sella Patient to Hospital Moments Before Board Dismissed Negligence Charges

Albuquerque, NM — Operation Rescue has received word that as the New Mexico Medical Board was preparing to dismiss a negligence case against late-term abortionist Shelley Sella this morning, eye witnesses observed an ambulance arrive at Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque to transfer yet another of Sella’s patients to the hospital.

“This morning’s apparent medical emergency only validates not only our belief that Sella’s disciplinary case was wrongly decided, but also our concerns that Sella’s substandard abortion practices are placing women in grave risk,” said Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Policy Advisor for Operation Rescue. “We can only wonder how many women have to be hospitalized before authorities act to protect the public from Sella’s shoddy practices. Since it refuses to protect the public, there needs to be a complete and immediate overhaul of the New Mexico Medical Board.”

This is a breaking story and Operation Rescue continues to work with Project Defending Life to obtain additional information about the incident that took place around 9:30 am.

Press Release about Sella’s case dismissal
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Recall Abortion by Janet Morana: Questions for the Author

1.     In your book, you note that the statistics and facts regarding the dangers of abortion are often covered up or even faked by pro-choice organizations. How can we encourage the secular media to expose these lies about abortion?

We need to continue to speak the truth and challenge the media to report on abortion in a fair and unbiased and balanced way.

2.     Your book is unique in that it focuses primarily on the damage that abortion does to women. What prompted you to take this approach?

The many years working in the pro-life movement and especially my work with The Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which I co-founded and Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest international abortion recovery program has taught me first hand the damage that abortion has done to women, men, families and society as a whole.

3.     Recall Abortion features many heartbreaking testimonies by women who have been hurt by abortion. However, it also contains moving stories of healing and hope. Can you briefly relate one of your favorite hopeful testimonies that you have come across while working on your book?

I think the testimony of Patricia Sandoval, she herself had several abortions and also worked in an abortion clinic.  She has come full circle after quitting  her job in the abortion clinic, she found healing on a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat and currently is on a Rachel’s Vineyard Team in Southern California.  That is a real transformation.

4.     What advice would you give to a woman who has had an abortion, or whose friend or family member has had an abortion?

Any woman that has had an abortion should know that there is hope and healing.

They can visit the SilentNoMoreAwareness.org website where there is a directory of healing resources that will point her to the resources right in her area.

5.     You mention Rachel’s Vineyard in your book. What does a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat entail?

“Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. The program is an opportunity to examine your abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted you in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion.”

6.     Recall Abortion discusses the topic of IVF and how it so often leads to selective abortion in the case of multiple babies. How can we best show compassion to those couples struggling with infertility while at the same time condemning the evils associated with certain fertility treatments?

It is unnecessary to go down the IVF road.  Instead there is a science called Naprotechnology which examines the physical reasons a couple is having difficulty conceiving a child.  Sometimes corrective surgery on the woman and medications assist the couple in conceiving without using IVF.

7.     What can parents do to teach their daughters that abortion is not the answer to unplanned pregnancy?

You begin when they are young instilling in them values about the sanctity of life. Also letting them know that no matter what mistakes they might make they can always come to their parents.

8.     Some of the testimonies in your book were so powerful and the facts so shocking, it is hard to imagine being unmoved by them. Do you often encounter pro-choice individuals who are merely uninformed, and who change their stance on abortion after learning of its true nature?

Yes, absolutely, the voice of experience cuts through all the abortion debate and its pro-choice rhetoric.   Reading the testimonies of the women has changed many hearts and minds and will continue to do so.

9.     Your approach to post-abortive women is not one of anger or judgment, but of loving compassion. Do you think that enough people show compassion to these women, or that enough support is offered for women to decide not to abort their children?

No, society at large and the abortion industry still bill abortion as a simple procedure, have your abortion today and go back to work or school tomorrow. So when these women leave the clinic not feeling like it was no big deal but instead have feelings of grief and guilt, they feel like no one understands them and they feel isolated.

Also for a woman who decides not to abort her child, there is plenty of help with the pregnancy resource centers but the sad thing is that many women do not know these centers exist.  We can all save a life if we spread the website, optionline.org where they can find this assistance.

Recall Abortion can be purchased at http://www.priestsforlife.org/store/

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Ten Thousand Free Drop Cards Give Away

Update: We have reached the 100 winners, but you can still order them at – prolifeworld.com

We are so excited about the passion we are seeing in young pro-life activists, especially with their desire to use Pro-life Drop Cards. We have decided to give away TEN THOUSAND FREE Pro-life Drop Cards.

I have seen many organizations use similar cards over the years but recently they have become very popular. Our Pro-life Drop cards normally sell from our store at prolifeworld.com but today we will give away 100 packs of 100 cards to help get people started in some cool pro-life activism.

The idea is to take a stack whenever you leave the house and simply drop them where someone might have a chance to pick them up. Bank machines, gas pumps, check out lines, store shelves (pregnancy test isle), book stores (pregnancy books), newspaper stands…… You get the idea.

We will mail out a pack of 100 FREE Pro-life Drop Cards to the first 100 people who leave a comment telling us why they would want to have a free pack. Leave your e-mail so we can contact you about where to ship them.

Here is a look at a couple of styles we have, see the rest of our Pro-life Drop Cards and other Pro-life Merchandise at prolifeworld.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March for Life 2013 Photo Album

What an amazing year for young Abortion Abolitionists at the 2013 March for Life Week

Over 500 praying at the Stand True Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood

Over 1,000 at the March for Life Youth Rally

Over 1,200 at the Geaux Forth Youth Rally

Over 2,000 at the Students for Life Conference

Over 500,000 at the March for Life

This truly is the generation who will abolish abortion….

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Dear Friends

If you knew the 5 year old next door to you was being molested would you say “thats just not my ministry”? If you knew the young woman across the street was being beaten by her husband would you say, “I will just pray for her and not take actual action”? If you knew the teenage girl down the street was being raped would you keep quiet because “you don’t want to judge the guy who is raping her”? Ridiculous questions? I have heard every one of these excuses from people about abortion for the past 20 years that I have been involved in pro-life. Now that we have reached 40 years of legalized child killing and over 55,000,000 dead, do you think maybe it’s time to make this your ministry, take action and speak up?

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One Mother’s Journey To Forgiveness In Christ After Abortion. A Rachel’s Vineyard Story

Many years had passed, and I had confessed many sins, before I finally heard a homily by Father Larry Richards that discussed the true blessing of the sacrament of Confession. At the end of the CD, he went through an examination of conscience. I nearly froze in my steps when he said, “If you’ve had an abortion, confess it—your baby in Heaven is praying for you.” My eyes immediately filled with tears as I went straight home to make a list of things I needed to discuss with my priest. Chest heaving with sobs in the confessional; I told Father Roux that I had had an abortion 12 years earlier. He smiled kindly, held out a box of tissues, and assured me that the sin would be absolved. However it was clear that I needed more than absolution—I needed healing. Father Roux told me about Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry devoted to helping counsel women who suffer from Post Abortion Syndrome. Did you even know there was a name for what we feel? Because I had NO IDEA, and learning about Rachel’s Vineyard, coupled with the fact that clearly there were enough women suffering silently with me, seemed to lift an enormous burden.

I went home to research Rachel’s Vineyard, and sent a couple of emails to the contacts listed on the website. But I slowly started to discuss my experience more openly with my husband. I also became involved in a letter-writing campaign asking corporations to quit supporting Planned Parenthood, America’s largest provider of abortions. Eventually I felt like I had come a long way and that maybe I didn’t need to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat after all.

Practically out of the blue one day, I received an email from the Catholic News Herald asking if they could publish a piece about my efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. I hesitated, wondering if I wanted to wear that scarlet “A”, but ultimately decided that if nothing else, maybe I could recruit more people to my letter-writing campaign. Not long after the article ran in January, I received an email from a complete stranger who also attends the same parish as me and my family. She said that she had suffered silently for years from abortion and wondered if we could meet. My heart lurched. While I was thrilled at the opportunity to help someone, I felt enormously unqualified to do so. When we finally met (and wept), we had decided that we would attend a retreat together. We looked at dates, and decided that sooner was better than later, so we would attend the very next retreat available—a weekend in February in the Savannah diocese.

Knowing myself, I feared that I would get cold feet and cancel at the last minute, so I booked a flight from Charlotte to Savannah. I encouraged my new friend to do the same, but she decided it was best that she drive. In another attempt to keep myself honest, I told Father Roux that I was planning to attend a retreat (nearly a year and a half after his recommendation) so that if he saw me in Mass that weekend it would be obvious that I was too scared to go.

As the date neared, I became more and more hesitant to go. Eventually my friend told me that she didn’t feel ready to re-open her wounds by attending a retreat. My initial reaction was, “well if she’s not going, I’m not going! I only registered to help HER!” How very naïve of me! Finally it was time for me to pack up and head to Savannah. My Mom came to my house to take care of my young son, and asked me how I was holding up. I couldn’t control the tears that came in reply to her question. I hadn’t packed and was already considering holing up in some hotel in Savannah and just resting alone for the entire weekend. But I slowly packed and after much distraction, we left for the airport. I have never spent so much time in the security check point! This was when I was resigned to the fact that I would never arrive at my retreat. But I wasn’t upset. I thought about renting a car and going to Savannah, and I also thought about checking into the Ritz uptown and just taking a break from real life for a couple of days. When I finally got through security, the gate for my flight was closed. As I ran to the counter, the US Airways employee looked at me and said, “Rebecca Griffin?” I was so embarrassed at being so late and somehow he was able to ask the crew to wait for me. Just when I thought I was off the hook!

I boarded the plane and immediately saw the one vacant seat, which wasn’t mine. I had gone online the night before and paid the extra eight dollars to have a “premium” (or window) seat. But there was an enormous man in the seat I’d paid for. So I asked, “Are you 3B?” To which he said, “No.” The stewardess told me to “just sit down” because we were ready to take off. So I looked at the man and said, “I paid EXTRA for that seat, which is why I asked!” He couldn’t care less, and I was fuming. Over eight dollars. This really is not who I am. (Fortunately I was able to go to Confession during the retreat and the Priest and I had a good laugh over my ridiculous behavior.) But this is how uncomfortable I was about making myself vulnerable in front of a group of strangers about the most disgusting experience of my entire life. I absolutely did not want to go. I tried to read “Forbidden Grief” on the plane, but it was too excruciating, so instead I prayed. I prayed for the man in my seat. I prayed for my aborted child. I prayed for all of the women who might attend the retreat with me. I prayed for women who have been through abortion and don’t know that there is healing available to them. I prayed for every person I could think of, and finally I landed.

Picking up my rental car, the gentleman behind the counter asked where I was heading. I told him, and he said, “Chicken country!” Yeah, that’s what I needed to convince me to go… I was still thinking about a weekend alone in Savannah but decided to trudge forward. On the road, I reached into my purse for my sunglasses and found that one of the hinges had come undone, rendering them useless. Of course. I hadn’t printed an itinerary, so not only was I unsure of where to go, I also didn’t know what time to get there. Of course. I called the only contact number I had and went straight to voice mail. Of course. So I pulled over and had lunch. The chicken was delicious, and I figured, “Of course! I’m in chicken country!” Ugh.

I drove through a couple of very humble towns, still unsure of any landmarks and very sure that I was going the wrong way. When I finally spotted the balloons on the fence that would indicate where I needed to be, I thought I wanted to vomit. My head was killing me. I wanted a posh bed, a bubble bath and a glass of wine. But I found a sweet smiling woman on the porch. I felt like once she spotted me, I couldn’t turn back. I thank God for her.

The team was still preparing for everyone to arrive; I was a couple of hours early. Fortunately that meant I could attend Mass on Friday afternoon. I waited silently in the chapel. The Priest walked by and said hello, and asked how I was doing. Involuntarily my eyes turned into waterfalls. He smiled and said, “I know. But you’ll feel better soon. I promise.” I think I cried from my arrival at 4 pm until I went to bed at 11:00. I read the packed schedule thinking that this was immature and that I still might sneak away, but with each exercise I actually felt a little bit better.

The first night, after we had been very well fed, we had our first “Living Scripture” experience. I must admit that when I saw this on the schedule I thought it was nothing less than stupid. Except that it revolved around my favorite piece of scripture: John 8:1-11. “Has no one here condemned you?” “No one, Lord.” “Neither do I condemn you.” This was such a revelation for me: of course none of these women would judge me for having an abortion! We were all there to find forgiveness and healing, and none of us would DARE judge another one of us. This opened the flood gates and I was finally free to discuss my experience, along with the guilt and shame and regret, with a group who wouldn’t even consider passing judgment. Thank you, Lord!

We were up and going early on Saturday, which is NOT normal for me. My husband gets up with our children on Saturdays so that I can sleep. When my alarm went off at 6:30, I was startled, but I was also pleasantly surprised at how rested I felt. This might not be so bad. When I walked into the dining room, everyone commented on the “New Brice.” They told me I was not the Brice that was there the night before—bitter, arms crossed, weeping (again, this is NOT me!). I was a smiling Brice. It was a good start. I felt better already.

Saturday was our opportunity to “tell our story.” Never in my life had I had the opportunity to do this. Why would I?! From my parents’ (nasty) divorce when I was five to my present day, it all fell into place. Listening to the stories of all of the other participants (two men included), there was one common thread: each of us came from a broken home.
While I dare not share another woman’s abortion experience, I will share mine. I do not blame them in any way, but my parents divorced when I was five. It was ugly. Custody battles ensued. If I disagreed with whoever I lived with, I would threaten them with moving in with the other. Once the hormones kicked in, I spent several years seeking attention wherever I could get it. Tattoos, booze, boys, bands, whatever. I had no spiritual foundation and certainly no respect for the sanctity of life. So when I found myself knocked up by my rock star boyfriend, I didn’t even flinch when he said, “Well let’s take care of it.” Phew. Of course that’s what we would do. Because he said so. I mean, who else would I turn to? I was young and impressionable and I had the CHOICE to do whatever I wanted.

On Sunday we had a lovely memorial service for our lost children. After naming them, we had the opportunity to write them a letter to tell them anything we might be feeling. Everyone apologized to their child. Everyone begged for forgiveness. Everyone wept.

While I now feel a great sense of peace and healing, in retrospect I am stunned. Disgusted that no one ever told me that there was a child in my womb. Dumbfounded that the abortionist actually made small talk with me (his daughter liked the same bands as me and was going to see our favorite that very night). THE ABORTIONIST WAS THE FATHER OF A GIRL. This kills me today. I pray that she never became pregnant unexpectedly and he aborted his own grandchild. I am horrified that the pro-abortion movement does not acknowledge the damage done to a woman (or a man) when they go through an abortion.

Nothing in this world could ever make me feel like I made the right decision. But attending a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat helped me to realize so many things: I am not alone; God forgives me because I have contrition; and most importantly, my child forgives me. My little boy is waiting for the moment when I can hold him in my arms and tell him about all of his siblings, and how much we love him, and how I have missed him. Rachel’s Vineyard has given me so much more than healing. It has given me an ability that I never had before, to be able to vocalize exactly why I am adamantly pro-life and why I will raise my kids to be the same. I would never wish this experience upon anyone, and I want the world to understand that there is no such thing as an unwanted child.

Leaving the retreat on Sunday, I was a new woman. Finally, after 13 years, I had closure. I had peace. I felt that my God and my child had forgiven me. I had ten new friends, all of whom had suffered what I had suffered—some of them multiple times—and all of whom were now on the road to recovery.

Not a day passes that I don’t think about my abortion and about how my life would have been different if I had made the other decision. And now, thankfully, not a day goes by when I don’t thank God for Rachel’s Vineyard.

Brice Griffin

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My Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs Wade

Today my heart is heavy and I have tears welling up in my eyes. Today is the start of the second generation to live and die under the shadow of Roe vs Wade. Today I give my solemn word that I will not rest; I will give my life until my dying breath to make sure we never reach a third generation. While this date will always be known as one of the darkest dates in our nation’s history, one day we will celebrate a day of light. We will celebrate the day the evil of our age was defeated and the abolition of abortion was achieved. Until that day, until their voices are no longer silenced, I will cry out. I will Stand True.

Bryan Kemper

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Altar of Convenience

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