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Jerusalem mayor says he’s in talks with US about embassy move

January 23, 2017

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said Monday he has held talks with American officials about moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a day after a White House official said discussions of the controversial transfer were only in their early stages.

The Times of Israel

Donald Trump signs three executive orders

January 23, 2017

President Trump signed three executive orders on trade Monday morning — one withdraws the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), another reinstates the Mexico City Policy dealing with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and abortion access, and a third freezes federal workforce hiring.


Anne Graham Lotz Calls Women’s March a ‘Destructive’ Movement Leading Women to Their ‘Moral Graves’

January 23, 2017

More than a million people worldwide took part in the Women’s March on Saturday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump and show their support for women’s rights, specifically abortion. Conservative Christian evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, however, has warned that the movement is “destructive” and will lead women to their “spiritual and moral graves.”

The Christian Post

Turkey Approves New Powers For Erdogan

January 22, 2017

Turkey’s parliament gave preliminary assent to sweeping constitutional amendments that would abolish the office of the prime minister and see Turkey’s president gain executive powers. The vote will be put to a nationwide referendum in the spring.

The Clarion Project

First days of Trump era signal America’s deepening political divide

January 22, 2017

In the blocks surrounding the White House, signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Build Bridges Not Walls” littered the sidewalks on Sunday, the detritus of the Women’s March protesting the policies of President Donald Trump.


Gay Clergy To No Longer Swear Celibacy

January 22, 2017

Gay clergy will no longer be forced to vow celibacy under new proposals to be announced by Church of England bishops, according to the Sunday Times. Current rules mean LGBT clergy promise to be sexually chaste, even if they are in a long term relationship, whenever they apply for a new role or seek promotion.

Christian Today

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution

January 20, 2017

If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialized field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI).



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Abortion in U.S. at Lowest Rate 44 Years after Roe v Wade

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Baby in the Womb

Baby in the Womb

Modern technology has given us the awesome ability to gaze into the womb and spy on growing unborn children. We can see them suck their thumbs and smile, cry and kick. We can count every delicate rib and make sure their developing hearts have all four chambers. We can count the toes of tiny feet that are not yet one inch long.

The blessings of ultrasound and modern 3-D imaging have enabled us to see that human embryos are miniature human beings just months away from life in the outside world. They have enabled doctors to see potential birth defects and problems in advance, and have given surgeons the opportunity to operate before the unborn tots have even blinked in the light of day.

Gone are the days when we thought of unborn babies as formless blobs. Abortion advocates might call them, “products of conceptions,” but we all know they are young humans. They are small people still largely unprotected by the law in many western countries.

January 22nd marked the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and women who might have been aborted years ago are now old enough to be grandmothers. Prayer vigils and marches took place in cities around America to commemorate the 1973 US Supreme Court decision, and additional events are planned throughout this week. The Virginia House of Representatives passed a resolution last week calling January 22nd a “Day of Tears” and urging private Virginians to fly flags at half-staff on this day.

The nation’s largest abortion protest, the March for Life in Washington D.C., is scheduled for Friday, January 27, 2017, beginning before noon at the corner of Constitution Ave and 15th St and ending at the U.S. Supreme Court. This year’s speakers include people as varied as Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, who is now pro-life.

The past 44 years represent 59 million abortions, 59 million faces gone from our classrooms and streets, our homes and our businesses.

Statistical Matters

According to a recent report in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the abortion rate has dropped 14% between 2011 and 2014, reaching its lowest level since its legalization in 1973. The US abortion rate in 1981 was its highest at 29.3 abortions per 1000 women, and remained high at 27.4 per 1000 women in 1990, the year that marked the highest number of abortions at 1.609 million. By 2008 the abortion rate had dropped to 19.4, and in 2014 it was 14.6 abortions per 1000 women. These numbers still represent a multitude of deaths, and a multitude of wounded hearts. There were 1.212 million abortions in 2008 and 926,200 in 2014.

The numbers vary greatly between the states, however. Wyoming has the lowest abortion rate with a single abortion per 1000 women, and Delaware’s abortion rate decreased from 28.4 to 16.7 abortions per 1000 women between 2011 and 2014. The abortion rate has dropped fairly consistently across the board, with Washington DC standing out as a significant contradiction; the abortion rate decreased in the District of Columbia from 54 per 1000 in 2005 to 28.5 in 2011, but bounced back up to 32.7 in 2014.

Legal Matters

Abortion advocates are greatly concerned by the Trump presidency, especially with his power to appoint new U.S. Supreme Court justices. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016 was a traumatic shock to the court and left a crucial vacancy. Scalia was well-known as a constitutional conservative, who rejected the tendency of other court members to read their political positions into the Constitution. For his part, Justice Antonin Scalia blatantly called Roe v Wade a constitutional “absurdity.”

“You want a right to abortion?” he said in 2011. “There’s nothing in the Constitution about that. But that doesn’t mean you cannot prohibit it,” he said in an interview with California Lawyer. If people wanted abortion to be legal, they didn’t have to find a non-existent right to it in the Constitution, he said.

“If indeed the current society has come to different views, that’s fine. You do not need the Constitution to reflect the wishes of the current society,” he said. “If the current society wants to outlaw discrimination by sex, hey we have things called legislatures, and they enact things called laws. You don’t need a constitution to keep things up-to-date. All you need is a legislature and a ballot box.”

Heart Matters

While abortion numbers are still high in many parts of the country, crisis pregnancy centers outnumber abortion clinics three-fold in America. After 44 years, America has grown to realize that “choice” can cause grief and heartbreak that few women in 1973 truly understood.

Mothers are known for their protective instincts. Woe to the person who gets between a mother bear and her cubs, and woe to the person who hurts a woman’s kids. It’s a painful decision for the vast majority of women who choose abortion, and many women still live with brokenness in their hearts because they made a difficult decision in a desperate time. Telling women they have a right to abortion is like telling them they have a right to saw off their legs. Most would rather not have to make that choice, but they see no other option.

NARAL Pro-Choice America, a pro-abortion organization, has gone into full battle mode against crisis pregnancy centers. They have accused these free centers of being anti-abortion and of giving women false information. Crisis pregnancy centers provide much needed testing and gentle counseling so that women know all their options, without Planned Parenthood’s harsh history of pushing abortion.

The abortion advocates have not put down their weapons. However, the more we can find ways to support and care for scared, agonizing pregnant women, the better they and their children will be in the end.

In remembrance of the 59 million, consider donating something — time, money, clothes — to a crisis pregnancy center near you, and take special care of the scared women in your midst who need to feel a warm arm and hear the assurance, “It’s going to be okay. You won’t be alone.”



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