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Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 am

The days Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, respectively, saw the March for Life in Washington, D.C. with nearly half a million marchers and the Walk for Life West Coast with close to 50,000 — to commemorate 40 years of abortion with a loss of life of over 55 million children. This is not only a national tragedy but a national disgrace.

Obama stated that our first task is caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right we don't get anything right, and we should do the one thing that would keep them safe. Well, it's not banning guns — it's banning abortion. Abortion is a senseless act of violence perpetuated against a defenseless human being. Abortion kills a baby every 24 seconds — almost 4,000 a day. Such a barbaric violence has only been the response of pagan and uncivilized societies.

But God has a different way, the way of divine love. This is evident by the women who, although pressured to abort, choose life for their children, and some the loving option of adoption.

We are so grateful to these mothers because we are the beneficiaries of their love, faith, courage and sacrifice. They allowed their children to pursue their purpose and mission, and to show that every life is a gift from God. We have only to witness these high powered professionals in society: Andrea Bocelli, Tim Tebow, Colin Kaepernick, Steve Jobs, etc.

After 40 years of wandering in the desert of death and destruction, let us restore the right to life to every human person no matter how small, and support women in crisis pregnancies not with violence but with real love.

Mary C. Kaehler


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  • Mark Hillyard posted at 2:21 pm on Sat, Feb 9, 2013.

    Mark Hillyard Posts: 11

    Steve, many of us, at leas,t believe there is a God! I don't go along with the fearful or frightening, judgemental type of God that many seem to think of Him as, rather he claims to look at the inner person and not the outward person by which humans judge.
    We also believe His Word is true and meant for our good. When we read a passage such as the following it makes you wonder just how important a zygote is to our God. Jer 1:4 "Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
    (5) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."
    Take care! Who knows? Maybe God knew you also before you were born.

  • stan taves posted at 12:39 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Trista, thanks for bringing it back to reality.

  • stan taves posted at 12:38 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Oh Joanne, I give because I care. Yes, I am a brute at times, but I save my best for you. I am truly sorry that you feel threatened; but me, paranoid? maybe if I saw my shadow...

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:21 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting that Stan Taves makes veiled threats, and the paranoia is quite apparent.

    Another candidate who should be banned from this site.

    You are a sick man, Mr. Taves.

    Mr. Taves wrote: "But no! you would prefer that everyone play a part your murderous skit. "

    How dramatic. You are a sick, sick human being, Mr. Taves.

  • trista aquino posted at 12:05 pm on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    trista aquino Posts: 119

    Whew Thank God- it is so nice to know in this day and age that compassion is still in existance- and the people willing to stand up for it! You guys can bicker all you want back n forth- but I love pro-lifers! It doesnt matter to me what stage of life someone cares about or fights for- from a fetus to a funeral, as long as they still care. Ive always been prochoice myself but that doesnt mean Im going to slack off my duty as a parent in teaching my daughter about responsible behavior. She will be learning that well before she learns a sex education. Shes going to know how to behave before she learns how others behave on TV- and I dont care how popular and mainstream and 'normal' disrespect or promiscuity is these days- she wont see me accepting it as entertainment. But in the end I know shes going to grow up and the odds of her coming out clean after going through the depraved and filthy environment were providing for them are against her. I cant block the doorway hoping to convince her to change her mind- you cant Make somebody love or want something. All I can do is show her the direction and pray she wont take the path leading to an abortion clinic.

  • stan taves posted at 11:18 am on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Joanne, are you getting tangled in your semantic web again? Or, are you having difficulty understanding that which is written? Until now I haven't mentioned "pro-choice" -- the term can not, nor will it ever, effectively define a pro-abortion position. Besides that, I don't believe I've ever suggested that Roe v Wade be overturned. Furthermore, stop pretending that I want to come into your bedroom. I've explained, many times, that the state is out-of- bounds when it comes to assisting in the slaughter of the innocents. Again, when a woman decides to destroy an opportunity for life then she needs to do so without my help -- destroyers of life need to keep their blood from the hands of those who find the practice abhorrent. Is there a viable alternative to the disgusting practice of abortion? You know there is Joanne; it's called adoption. But no! you would prefer that everyone play a part your murderous skit. You know that it isn't right for the state to make us play; but when has doing the right thing ever influenced you, and your people? It is a bit funny however; you coming at me time and again with the engagement always ending the same. Call it Stan-Hog Day -- winter for the rest of your life.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:12 am on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

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    While Paul Broun has every right to have the beliefs that he has, can you imagine being a woman walking into his medical office and thinking that you were going to get professional, unbiased medical advice about any reproductive issue and then find out that he has these religious beliefs that prevent him from carrying out his duties as a physician?

    That is exactly what one gets at a so-called "crisis pregnancy center."

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:04 am on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Sam Heller is absolutely correct. What some states have proposed are the so-called "personhood" laws that would basically outlaw not only abortion, but any type of birth control method that prevents a zygote from implanting itself in the uterus, which is key to a viable pregnancy.

    Paul Ryan, failed vice-presidential candidate and a man who will certainly have the temerity to run for president in 2016, has just signed on to co-sponsor a personhood bill in the US Congress along with Georgia Republican Paul Broun, who's claim to fame is a speech he gave late last in year which he stated,

    "God's word is true. I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell,"

    Paul Broun is an MD.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:50 am on Fri, Feb 8, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I have written in this forum before that UNTIL we are able to educate human beings and make birth control available to all, abortion will continue to be the "birth control" of last resort for many women.

    The goal of these facilities that call themselves "crisis pregnancy centers" should be education about the realities of reproduction - not their twisted sense of reality in which human beings do not engage in sex. Many of these centers do not help women decide on an approprate course of birth control. They tell them they have to abstain from sexual relations. Period.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 7:56 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    I know of no one who wants to invade the bedrooms of anyone. As far as this matter is concerned, there are many of us who just want to ensure that human unborn children will have the opportunity to "life, liberty and their own pursuits of happiness," whether they be on the playground, the classroom, in the bedroom, the boardroom or perhaps even one day the Oval Office.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:39 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2677

    A zygote is no more a child than a fertilized chicken egg is a chicken.

  • Sam Heller posted at 2:28 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    I got into an interesting discussion about abortion a few weeks ago with a family member and was reminded that some types of birth control, IUDs and some birth control pills, actually cause the death of the fetus by creating an environment that the fetus cannot survive. They do not prevent the egg from being fertilized. I wonder how many people who love their birth control are aware of this. If abortions are outlawed then wouldn't these various forms of birth control become illegal too? Just something to think about.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 1:59 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    It still comes down to the point of whether "abortion" should be a valid form of birth control.

    " Life " says no .

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:40 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Really, does the state "fund the slaughter of innocent life?"

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:32 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Are you serious, Mr. Lauchland? You are comparing dogs and cats to human beings?

    When dogs and cats have the ability to feed and shelter their offspring, let me know. When dogs and cats have the ability to protect their offspring from being squished in the roadways, let me know. When dogs and cats can prevent humans from tossing their offspring out in the middle of nowhere (or as a friend of mine told me, her father used to BURY KITTENS ALIVE on their ranch to keep down the population). Then we can discontinue the practice of "pet" sterilization.

    When humans no longer have a need to hand their offspring over for adoption or place them in foster homes because they do not have the means or capability of taking care of them, let me know.

    Until then, educate people about birth control. Stop trying to defund programs that offer free contraceptives. Stop telling the public that sex education has no place in public schools. Obviously, mom and dad are not doing their jobs.

    And most of all, stop crazy Christians from bringing their 5 year olds to stand in picket lines in front of Planned Parenthood to protest abortion. Child abuse takes many forms - that is one of them.

    Life is not disposable, but until people let loose of their uptight, 19th century views on sex education, birth control, and the rights of women to control their own reproduction we will be subject to the views of the ill-informed and uneducated.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:16 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Seems the commentors who have to resort to abusive language are rampant this week.

    You are quite incorrect, Mr. Taves. Almost 70% of Americans are pro-choice.

    As far as "state involvement," what the state supports is the right of women to keep YOU out of their bedrooms and their personal decisions.

  • stan taves posted at 12:33 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Also, I could be upset that I sometimes I don't proof read my posts -- misspellings and grammatical errors are avoidable.

  • Ted Lauchland posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Ted Lauchland Posts: 261

    Funny .

    We sterilize pets before we can adopt them. Somebody's law that is aimed at reducing the pet population so the pet doesn't make that animalistic mistake again. - Mistake ?

    It's inhuman to allow a population of unsupportable life to exist . What makes you think it is unsupportable?

    Quality of life issues rising up ? Irresponsibility issues rising up ? Life is still life. Human life is important to me . Let's just get rid of the problem by throwing it away . Ah - the life of a disposable world.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:49 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Perhaps we would be better off forcing women to have babies they don't want and not helping those families who want to have children. It's logic like Stan's that makes me proud to be a lefty leftest lefter.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 11:30 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Stan are you upset that poor people are provided food so they feel it's ok to procreate or are you upset that we allow women to choose not to procreate?

  • stan taves posted at 11:11 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    Oh I forgot, pretentious, Eric. Your doing you're what you can to ignore the reality of state involvement in what is clearly abhorrent to the vast majority of Americans. Roe v Wade establishes a woman's right to choose death for the fetus. It does not, however, establish the right of the state to assist in that practice. What you people need to understand is that the left, through money creation, has enabled the poorest among us to procreate at a level that would not be seen otherwise. And how does the left respond to their folly? by establishing a "population management" environment devoid of any semblance of moral foundation. Simply put, you lefties believe that the counter balance to the immoral creation of money is the immoral destruction of life -- a double negative makes a positive, eh?

  • Eric Barrow posted at 10:45 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Stan I don't know what you're talking about I don't have any pets. I don't know what's illogical about recognizing established law and if you righties would quit bringing up the topic I would be glad to stop responding.

  • stan taves posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 320

    You just don't get it, Eric. As long as the state continues to fund the slaughter of innocent life then there is no moving on. You lefties are always so quick to describe the right as insensitive to your "pets", but no one wants to kill you "pets". Your arguments are specious, ill-conceived, and devoid of logic -- stop it!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:05 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I asked this same question when Ms. Houck's letter was published and I can only think that the "gay pride" topic evoked many comments that were abusive and inappropriate to the LGBT community - not mentioning any names, but those abusers know who they are.

    Individuals such as Ms. Kaehler, Ms. Houck and the commentors in this forum still hold out the hope that Roe v. Wade will be reversed and that abortion will be made illegal once again.

    That event will most likely not happen.

    So what are we to think of those who wish it to be true? That they believe that abortion will just "go away" if it is no longer legal? That is unlikely. Those who are "pro-life," as they like to be called rather than "anti-abortion," are actually condemning their fellow human beings to death via illegal and unsafe abortions.

    They dispense biased information to their fellow human beings via "crisis pregnancy centers" that are cleverly disguised as medical facilities when they are actually religiously based organizations that are designed to psychologically shame their victims (or "clients" as they like to call them) with graphic photos of aborted fetuses, tall tales of the "consequences" of abortion, i.e., infertility, cancer, psychological damage and, best of all, "spiritual consequences" such eternal damnation for even thinking about an abortion.

    Reviewing the website of a local CPC, one can see that a vulnerable pregnant girl or woman is given TWO ultrasounds before they are even allowed to THINK about what decision they want to make.

    TWO ultrasounds! Most women who have become pregnant intentionally and plan to carry their pregnancy to term are allowed ONE ultrasound by their insurance plans, and that only after the prescribed number of weeks at the direction of their physicians (unless, of course, they are medically necessary because their physician believes they are at risk for abnormalities).

    TWO ultrasounds? Why? Because an ultrasound has a psychological effect - if a woman SEES the fetus, she may be more likely to NOT choose abortion. That is why many states have recently mandated that forced ultrasounds be given before an individual, who has already decided to abort, has the abortion - in case they change their mind once they see the fetus. The medical professional, by law, must describe what the ultrasound shows for the "benefit" of the patient.

    In California, this is the law:

    A "medical facility" may legally refuse to provide abortion services AND they are NOT MANDATED to provide MEDICALLY AND FACTUALLY ACCURATE information or provide a referral for abortion services.

    No problem, right? One can not be forced to provide a referral for abortion services. But to INTENTIONALLY provide INACCURATE information? It's all totally LEGAL!


    California allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to comply with individual health-care instructions or decisions based on CONSCIENCE, i.e. so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" DO NOT have to comply with a patient's health care or decision to abort if they are conscientiously opposed to abortion.

    What does this mean? It means they can and will use any gimmick at their disposal to discourage, shame, or inflict any type of psychological or "spiritual" damage to stop an abortion.

    These recent letters are important because they reveal the flagrant mischaracterization of the abortion issue by the anti-abortion faction. They are not here to educate. They are making themselves heard in an attempt to disabuse the public's perception of a legal procedure.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 7:03 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    I would like to know why recently we were not allowed to comment on a letter that painted a negative picture of a gay pride organization and their involvement in the Lodi Holiday Parade the reason given for disallowing comment on this LTE was the topic had been fully vetted and required no further discussion and now there are currently three letters open for discussion, on this opinion page, addressing the topic of abortion. Many on the side of allowing individuals to control what happens to their own bodies realize that there are those who do not agree with us but Roe v Wade is law and will probably remain law it has been debated and decided can we please move on.


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