Saturday, April 13, 2013

Save the Storks

*I've have been drafting this post for a while. As a doula, a mother and a foster mom, this issue is extremely important to me. It's hard to talk about. Since the Gosnell case came out, I've felt more inclined to post this and feel very confident in Save the Storks, their work and how they are are actually changing and saving lives. I think both sides of the argument would agree that women's health care is important and I firmly believe that is the foundation for Save the Storks. Please at least check out this organization!

You may have seen the recent article by USA today about the horrific abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder, but where is the news coverage? Where is our government? Where are we?? 

Seriously, this 20 minute 3801 Lancaster Film Project is eye opening and needs to be seen. It's a documentary series which will continue to follow the case.

"How is it, that we have more oversight over hair salons and nail salons than we do over abortion clinics?"

"Abortion facilities are purposefully placed in inner cities and minority neighborhoods to crush the bodies of innocent black children. Make no mistake, abortion is a civil rights issue."

I am constantly amazed at how quickly Americans will argue and fight for their rights to silly things like smoking inside a bar or having the choice to wear a seat belt or not (it's their body, right?). When it comes to human lives, we are out to lunch. I love the quote below which is from the USA Today article:

"You don't have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being "pro-choice" or "pro-life". It's about basic human rights. The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace."

Planned Parenthood is no better, y'all. I know that they offer many resources to women, including birth control and although we all might have differing opinions about this organization (company?), I think we can all agree that the video below very much unveils how PP really feels about the unborn.

If you still want to give PP the benefit of the doubt, you can hear it straight from the horses mouth. Margaret Sanger, the mother of Planned Parenthood was very open about the purpose and goals of her birth control clinic, originally non-governmental.


Where does this leave us? Depressed, angry and calling out for Jesus to return, that's where I'm at! But I want to encourage you. There is so much to be done! Of course, living in community with moms in need, education, support, adoption, fostering - all of these things help to prevent the desire for abortion and we need to be involved.

In light of our latest foster placement, I've been thinking a lot about ways people should be fighting the abortion battle. Many people actually use foster care and welfare to encourage the use of abortions throughout our country.  Our world is broken and there are always people in need. The solution is not to wipe them out!

Personally, words do not mean as much to me as actions do. I'm not talking about the action of holding a sign outside Planned Parenthood, but more along the lines of what Save the Storks is doing. It's really an incredible thing!

Pro-Family. Pro-Health. Pro-Life.

How can you help?
  • You can donate your money. The money you would otherwise spend on unnecessary items like iTunes or another pair of black shoes. Save a bit for a month and give that to this organization.
  • You can blog, tweet, and share on facebook about Save the Storks. Getting the word out helps others to get involved and support this amazing ministry which in turn, saves lives.
  • If you have a hard time just giving your money away, consider purchasing a t-shirt. All proceeds go towards purchasing more vans to give to pregnancy centers.
The reason I love this organization is because they offer women a chance to actually see their babies, to get information and to learn about their choices. Planned Parenthood claims to do that, but I personally believe their main agenda is not centered around women's health. Save the Storks empowers women, respects them and gives them the time and information they deserve when facing such a difficult choice.

My friend wisely posted this as her facebook status in response to the Gosnell trial. It describes exactly how I feel.

To mothers who think they cannot bear to have or care for a child, hear this: 
we love you, we want to support you, and we want to raise your children 
through adoption. Please let them live.

To the people who are performing these abortions, Jesus wants to redeem 

you. Your actions are murder, and there is forgiveness.

To our nation's leaders, DO SOMETHING. Make abortion, especially late 

term abortion, illegal. Provide or fund support programs for mothers who 
can't care for a child. 

To parents, talk to your children about sex and about consent. If your child 

finds themselves with an unwanted pregnancy, support and love them. Do not 
shame them.

To myself, pray. Keep moving toward adoption. Become an advocate for 

mothers and their unborn children. Stop being quiet.


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