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Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 12:00 am

Jan. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Fifty-five million children have been killed by legalized abortion on demand since that decision was made by our Supreme Court. It's difficult to comprehend the number. This is almost equal to the size of California and New York combined, or almost 18 percent of the entire United States population.

Our country would look entirely different today had those babies been given a chance to live. These lives could've been people with jobs, with the potential of creating jobs for other people. There would be men and women marrying, having children of their own. Grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters are missing because of abortion!

Life isn't a choice, it's a gift. Only our Creator has the right to give and take life. I'm pro-choice — the choice of life for a baby who has no voice or choice.

Science has proven that the baby's heart is beating 21 days after fertilization and brain waves are detected in the sixth week. At 20 weeks, the baby can feel pain. At the time of conception, the DNA of both parents and 46 chromosomes are present in this miracle called life.

There are many resources available for woman who are dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. The Pregnancy Resource Center here in Lodi has open arms for women who are in a crisis pregnancy. Abortion is not the only option available.

I was disappointed with the News-Sentinel for having absolutely no coverage on the Walk for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 25, where over 500,000 people walked peacefully for the end of abortion and the support of life, or in San Francisco on Jan. 26, where over 60,000 people walked for life. With the media being so quiet on the issue of abortion, it speaks volumes about what they support and believe in.

We've become desensitized to the reality of life being taken by the thousands each day through the vile, inhumane act of abortion. The pro-life movement is growing. Christians and non-Christians alike are coming together for the sake of the unborn and hurting mothers and fathers who suffer in the wake of their terrible decision.

Please choose life!

Suzanne Houck


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  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:28 pm on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Of course it's not the point Mr. Dockter. The point is that had Ms. Houck's ideology been different not only would such an error been simply ignored, but her gracious and civil invitations would have been met in kind. But things aren't different. Sad.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:46 am on Thu, Feb 7, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Not the point, Mr. Crockter.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 5:56 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Robin wrote:

    If you are talking to me, Ms. Houck, sorry, my name isn't "Robin."

    Shameful. Especially for a person who attends to people. How many names do you get wrong each day?

    -I would say that most of us knew who Ms. Houck was referring to. But Robin has to again remind us how asinine she can be as observed by the second sentence.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:11 pm on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    If you are talking to me, Ms. Houck, sorry, my name isn't "Robin."

    Shameful. Especially for a person who attends to people. How many names do you get wrong each day?

  • Joy Cecchetti posted at 1:12 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    CaliJoyzie Posts: 2

    The thing that drives me the craziest about these posts have to be the hypocrisy of "Choose life" when really it should say "Choose life but live it OUR way, and your baby too!"

    The majority of these responses came from men, but this man swears child birth is less violent than an abortion. Less violent for whom? When his vagina splits to his ass crack birthing an unwanted child from rape, I will hear his views on fetal violence.

    News flash: The human species is not in danger of extinction due to abortion, we are in danger of extinction due to abusing our planet. Read about it, it's not a myth, or in fact just look around. We are over populated, why should we create more mouths to feed on low incomes? The majority of people receiving abortions have little or no income. Starvation is a serious problem in our country alone, why aren't you attacking people who are neglecting to feed the children they gave birth to? Or does quantity of life triumph over quality? Your ignorance is only surpassed by your arrogance. You speak nothing of what you know, you only regurgitate what others preach. It shows. Your passions could be used in other outlets... like underwater basket weaving. Live and let live, seriously, try it.

  • Joy Cecchetti posted at 12:55 am on Wed, Feb 6, 2013.

    CaliJoyzie Posts: 2

    Hey J-Till, hope all is well!

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 4:18 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Obamacare (Healthcare) funds abortions. Hardly a "conspiracy theory" unless of course you live on Planet Pop-Tart!

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:34 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Of course the differences between let's say a spinal fusion (I have had experience there) and an abortion are striking. But insofar as those of us who choose life over abortion are concerned, the former has only one life in the balance to consider; the latter has two (or possibly more). Therefore, to be as forthright as possible regarding what happens to both the mother and the unborn child are important. Of course, any patient is free to refuse such counseling or other information beforehand. Like anything else, if they truly feel their treatment is in any way out of line, the medical facility’s Patient Advocate should be notified.

    Yet to consider offering spiritual consequences of any surgery to be illegal would not be fair to either the mother or the unborn child. Once again, I would hope that all of us would want our medical care providers to at least offer to discuss such matters prior to performing any kind of medical procedure. In fact, prior to the myriad operations I've endured during my lifetime, a common question asked is my religious preference. Is such a question so abhorrent that even it should be disallowed? Or have I missed out on some sort of “separation between church and hospital” law?

  • suzanne houck posted at 2:09 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    suzanne houck Posts: 3

    Hi Robin

    Again, I invite you to visit our PRC in Lodi. We don't psychologically shame anyone.

    I'm sorry you've been so misinformed about our resource centers for women.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:37 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    So you would also advocate showing gruesome movies of individuals undergoing a heart bypass - their chests split open, their ribs exposed; individuals undergoing ANY type of surgery - let's show them the blood and guts and then let a perspective patient decide whether or not to proceed with the surgery.

    I don't know how many surgeries YOU have had, but the WRITTEN precautions (possible paralysis, infections, heart failure, etc.) alone are enough to scare someone off.

    So as long as we treat EVERY SURGERY the same, fine - go ahead with the bloody tiny baby parts photos. No problem.

    I just read again (on their website) the "process" that the PCR center goes through with a pregnant person who may be considering abortion. It is psychological shaming - there is no other way to describe it.

    They even tell women that there are "spiritual" consequences to having an abortion. THAT should be illegal.

  • suzanne houck posted at 12:51 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    suzanne houck Posts: 3

    Hi Robin

    I volunteer at the PRC.

    We do not show women grisly pictures of aborted babies nor do we share how abortions are performed unless a woman asks to know how it will be done. I would invite you to come to the PRC for a visit. Also, speak to our director about the Center. If you were able to speak to the majority of women who have come to us with an unwanted pregnancy you would hear from them that they were treated with respect and love and in no way coerced. We offer real "choices". We educate women as to their options and they ultimately decide what will happen with their pregnancy. And, yes, we do this in a Christian sort of way.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 12:17 pm on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    So, abortion isn't gruesome; it's clean and nice? Yeah, right!

    The act of abnormally extracting a human baby from its mother's womb is violent and destructive. It can't be anything but. Yet to advance that truth to women considering abortion when there are other less violent options is to be mocked? Providing them with what does happen during the abortion process is wrong?

    As far as I'm concerned, presenting the facts of abortion should never be pleasant regardless of who is describing it. It's horrid - and it's wrong. And women should expect to get the truth about it. After all, isn’t that what “education” is all about?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:55 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    The last time I commented (obviously without thinking) to my daughter, "Wow, it's great that your dog hasn't peed on the floor in a long, long time - I guess she has finally learned," and then....guess what happened that same night!!!?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:53 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Oh, know what happens whenever you think..."hey, THAT (fill-in-the-blank) hasn't happened in a long time, thank goodness!"

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:48 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2686

    One can only speculate.

  • John Lucas posted at 10:31 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    I have not been commenting lately but I still read them from time time. Anyone know what happened to Darrell Baumbach?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:27 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm curious why the LNS has not chosen to close comments on this topic since it has been submitted regularly in the past month.

    The letter writer stated: "The Pregnancy Resource Center here in Lodi has open arms for women who are in a crisis pregnancy. Abortion is not the only option available."

    I am sure the the PRC is an excellent resource for pregnant girls and women, but their main purpose is to convince women not to abort by showing grisley photos and explaining in detail how an abortion is performed - But in a friendly, Christian sort of way.

  • Jeff Tillett posted at 10:14 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Jeff Tillett Posts: 559

    "Society has always put the blame primarily on the male for all of these abortions."


  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:08 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ahhh...the nebulous "they."

    Amazing how Mr. Liebich can even make abortion a conspiracy theory.

    And to answer your question, yes, healthcare does kill people on an astonishingly regular basis.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 9:46 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2686

    The real tragedy here is the millions of Americans who have suffered the mental death that is "conservative thought".

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 9:42 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2686

    Didn't read the article, did you? At the end, the article notes that the consensus is that the effect is real.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    They told you abortion was healthcare.

    Does healthcare usually kill people? [sleeping]

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:44 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    Apparently, access to abortion is a human right and is essential to securing equal rights for women. Groups for ensuring women’s rights, human rights, and reproductive rights include access to abortion in their list of “issues.”

    It is noble to fight for equal rights. Be that as it may, though, men and women are biologically different. Men may not have to think about becoming pregnant, but it doesn’t do much to protect equal rights for women by expressing frustration over the fact that women can and do become pregnant, and that it is natural and necessary to give new life and continue the species. Equal rights can be fought for without advocating abortion. Seeking to end a pregnancy and life of an unborn child, while under the guise of fighting for equal rights, denies nature and biology but does nothing to change either.

    Abortion puts an end to what a woman’s body is doing naturally if sex and fertilization have occurred, which is carrying a child. Women were created with bodies to have the responsibility, joy, and sometimes pain of carrying and bearing children. Pro-abortion organizations claim to be fighting for “equal rights” and “human rights” when advocating for abortion so that women can have the same opportunities and choices as men. If pregnancy is inconvenient for a woman’s lifestyle and empowerment, than terminating the pregnancy and the life of the unborn child supposedly puts her at equal status with men. Except, the fact still remains that women can become pregnant multiple times, while men cannot at all. Seeking to change the results of a woman’s fertility in order to put her on equal status with men can never really work to empower women, but rather hide behind false promises that abortion will make everything okay.

    Saying that abortion is part of “equal rights” does not work, because it says that women need to be the same as men biologically to be equal. The ability to become pregnant and pregnancy should be a difference that is embraced, not something that is sought to get rid of for the sake of “equality

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:39 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

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    Society has always put the blame primarily on the male for all of these abortions.
    Perhaps someday society will grow up and lay the blame on the female too. A good start is too look at how the courts have convicted more women for assaulting men lately. Before, even if the man was put in a situation where he had to defend himself when a woman was striking him he ended up in jail.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:27 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    What's next Steve? Are you going to look for a possible little known stastistic where the crime rates went down as a result of Stailn's mass slaughters? Frankly, I find at the least morbid for anyone to justify any kind of mass slaughter of humans in or out of the womb.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 7:16 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2866

    -Not so fast Steve. I suggest you read this article.

    'Freakonomics' Abortion Research Is Faulted by a Pair of Economists

    A clip:

    The Boston Fed's Mr. Foote says he spotted a missing formula in the programming of Mr. Levitt's original research. He argues the programming oversight made it difficult to pick up other factors that might have influenced crime rates during the 1980s and 1990s, like the crack wave that waxed and waned during that period. He also argues that in producing the research, Mr. Levitt should have counted arrests on a per-capita basis. Instead, he counted overall arrests. After he adjusted for both factors, Mr. Foote says, THE ABORTION AFFECT DISAPPEARED.

  • Steve Schmidt posted at 6:25 am on Tue, Feb 5, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2686

    There was an interesting article published recently that linked the precipitous drop in violent crime in the mid 1990's (20 years after Roe) to the legalization of abortion.

    Anti choice jihadists have always been far more concerned about fertilized eggs than they have been about living, breathing, unwanted children and the results have been predictable.


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