Saturday, February 10, 2018

The heartbeat Bill, by Rachel Mary Guy

Huge Development-Heartbeat Bill

The heartbeat bill (H.R. 490) if passed will most definitely change the course of this nation. The heartbeat bill is sponsored by Representative Steve King of Iowa. The bill was considered Wednesday, November 1st, for the full Judiciary Committee, and it is now in the subcommittee. There has not been any huge movement for this bill. This bill is the first heartbeat bill to be introduced at the Federal Level. This bill would make an abortion illegal once the heartbeat would be detectable. Most women do not find out they are pregnant until after the heartbeat has started and therefore this will impact the abortion mills. If made into a law, HR 490, would shut down every abortion clinic as when girls find out they are pregnant their baby’s heart has already started beating. This bill has no exceptions. Sadly often times there are exceptions in legislation which means that in a certain situation the law doesn’t apply to particular children to be saved from abortion. Therefore this bill has demonstrated to the subcommittee that we in the pro-life movement will never make exceptions in the fight to acknowledge that ALL life is intrinsically valuable and worth protecting.
I spoke to a man in Congressman King’s office. Congressman King is the sponsor of the heartbeat bill. There is such a call to action for all of us to raise up our voices and share with our congressmen that we support HR 490 and want to see this become a law.

Imagine knowing that millions of lives would be protected from the time of their heartbeat and shown the dignity of their life in society. Imagine a world that embraces every person. Imagine a world that does not discriminate against a people because of their location. If H.R. 490 were passed it would cause our nation to give protection to children as soon as there is a heartbeat. If abortion were ended at the heartbeat the Constitution would closely be restored. Our whole world will change forever!
Our pregnancy crisis centers, places where girls can come to be encouraged in the empowerment of Jesus Christ and the hope in choosing life for their child/children as a girl comes in to a pregnancy crisis center, the narrative will completely change. Our pregnancy resource centers will be honored by all OBGYNs.

Preborn children who are sick will always be safe. There are sick children who every day their lives are purposely ended because they are sick or have a “defect” such as cleft palate. Every child who has Down syndrome will never be aborted. Every child will never be seen as or treated as “a burden” or “try again” or not as worthy of fighting as their life will be seen as valuable. Medicine will be used to teach how to care for the children who are sick and they will also learn what medical care looks like for the preborn child. Every person in the medical field will treat the preborn child not as a part of the woman’s body but as a separate patient. The preborn deserve as much dignity and respect and as much vigor in fighting for their own life as their moms. Medicine will not be able to only see the woman as the patient in OB or GYN care. They will be taught to realize and hopefully their hearts will know that harming a child’s life purposely can’t solve the OB problem for the child or mother or father. If and hopefully when the preborn child is seen as a person under the law they will view the preborn as equally valuable as EVERY person in the womb will receive equal rights! Every preborn child will be treated on the same level of value and dignity as the mom. The preborn child will not be seen as less valuable as the mother. The preborn child will never be harmed by a doctor through abortion as they will be seen as much a patient as their mom. Medicine will never be able to give statistics that are incorrect as a tactic to have a parent feel they are backed into a wall and must abort. The medical field will not be able to get away with neglecting the preborn child of proper care because they will be seen as a person and a patient. The medical field will not have murder charges towards them or neglect of care for a preborn child they just let die because the preborn child will be protected under the law once the heartbeat is detected. The field of doctors in OBGYN and MFM will actually be taught in depth how to care for a child who is sick, and how to sustain their life. This law will change medicine.

And lastly, we will be extremely close to personhood toward the preborn being restored. Personhood is the understanding that the preborn child is a person from the moment of fertilization. Some may bring up the concept of SLED. SLED stands for size, location, environment and degree of dependency. The law will then recognize these as developmental stages not as a manner to redefine their personhood and not to dehumanize. A zygote, embryo, fetus, newborn and so on are all names of stages of every persons’ development. These are terms that describe every person’s stage of life. A purity will be shown toward the preborn in a world that needs desperately to honor those without a voice.
Monday, January 15, 2018

My Mom Wanted Me to Live; I Want The Same For Her, by Travon Clifton

This is an urgent prayer request, published with permission from Travon Clifton, and as you read it, you will see that what Travon has to say is quite profound.  I hope it will move you to prayer, as it did me. 
-- Rebecca Kiessling

I'm reaching out to inform some and update others on my mother's health. For the last 8 months, my mom has been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and it has taken a toll on her little frame.  Only last week, we bid a fond farewell to my maternal grandmother Isabel Williams (78) and that caused further trauma to my mother's emotions.  Some of you may recall that my grandma was an unwed teenage mother, giving birth to my mom at age 15.  This had a huge effect on my mom's decision to choose life for me at age 19 when she conceived me during an awful rape. 

My mom asked me to preach my grandmother's eulogy, and at first I declined her request.  However, the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to say yes.  It was in that moment of obedience, I could really see the magnitude of her decision and my grandmother's influence as I looked into my mother's face, telling the story once again.  I could also see the endurance, perseverance, and her joy of seeing me share the love of Jesus and her mother's legacy.  This was the first time many in my own family heard me tell it (and more) outside of the Compassion Project commercials and the Life Uninvited documentary produced by Right to Life of Michigan and aired on state-wide television.

Because my mother so courageously stood with me from the womb and chose life for me, I am compelled to do the same for her as I advocate with the doctors and intercede by faith on her behalf. What I know is that I cannot bear this load alone, which is why I'm coming to you asking that you join me in prayer for my mother's complete healing.

Since I know her eternal home is secure in Jesus Christ, I can afford to be so bold in my faith and ask the Lord for this miracle.  I want to see my mother rise from her death bed and go forth in ministry, telling her side of the story so that other mothers won't feel the need to carry the shame of being raped and loving the child who they didn't ask to be conceived.  

My mom wanted me to live.  I want the same for her.

Will you pray with me for the healing of my mother Victoria Forté and share with other prayer warriors? Thank you in advance for your commitment.

You can follow updates here:
BIO:  Travon Clifton is a daughter, a wife, and a mother of two.  She's also an international pro-life speaker and blogger with Save The 1.  Her interview, Conceived In Rape, will be re-airing with Dr. James Dobson on Family Talk Tues - Th, Jan. 16-18th.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Rapist Was Culpable But My Birthdaughter Was Innocent, by Jerusha Klayman-Kingery

I grew up in a Christian home. My relationship with my father was rather difficult and ultimately,  unloving. I thought I could fill the void with the things of this world, seeking acceptance, attention, and affection from men, drinking and partying.

For years this was my cover-up, yet I was still empty. It wasn’t until the age of 17, when I had an encounter with Jesus Christ and surrendered my life to the Lord. I was a virgin and at this time I made a vow to God that I would remain a virgin until marriage and in addition I would turn away from my past life of drinking, partying, and seeking affection from men.

At the age of 19 I was working as a waitress at IHOP. Oftentimes, I had to work late shifts and take the bus home after midnight. One night, walking home from the bus stop, I met a man who seemed nice enough.

We began texting for a few weeks, then he asked me if we could hang out at my apartment.  I wasn't attracted to him.  I didn't want to be with him, but I never wanted to hurt people's feelings and I was so naive back then, thinking that he just wanted to hang out and be friends.  For years, I struggled with the shame that I had let this man into my home without truly knowing him.  Since then, I've learned how to forgive myself and how to be more cautious in my associations and decision-making.

He was in a chair in my family room and pulled out a gun and set it on the table right next to him at arm's length.  I was sure it was loaded. In that moment, I was terrified.  I froze.

For years, I struggled with questions I'd ask myself: "Why didn’t I grab the gun?"  But then I think, I had never handled a gun, or even knew how to take the safety off.  What if he grabbed it back and shot me?

In the moment, I had all these thoughts of how to get away -- me screaming in my head, “Run! Run!”  But in the physical, the fear that had taken over my body, seemed to take any muscular strength with it.  I heard stories of women being raped before and I had always said what I would have done.  And then, that all changed. I never predicted that I would ever be in this situation.  I felt like it would never end.  I felt like a little girl with all power stripped away.  Time stood still, noises faded out.

When he left, I ran and locked the door.  I slid to the floor, sat in complete shock, my heart aching, and tears endlessly flowing.  I was a virgin planning to save myself for marriage.  My whole world was shattered.

The only person I reached out to was my best friend.  I called about 30 minutes after the rape and just sobbed and sobbed, telling her something bad had just happened. I couldn't even explain it right away.

The following weeks were hardly bearable, but I did my best to carry on without any attention being brought on me.  All I wanted was to move on, and act like that was all a terrible nightmare.  On the outside I smiled, laughed, and acted normal, on the inside I was dealing with hidden pain.  I was angry.  I was hurting.  I blamed myself.  I blamed God.  I no longer saw value in my life.  I was utterly broken.  I didn’t tell a single soul.  I didn’t want anyone to know.  I had a constant mental battle, causing me to lose sleep, and although I tried everything to set my mind on other things, my thoughts seemed to never let me rest.

I began to get sick, and grew sicker by each day.  I thought it was just stress or that I had come down with something.  Though, after six weeks of this unrelenting sickness, I finally went to a doctor.  She asked what my symptoms were and then immediately asked if it was possible that I was pregnant.  I was in such denial, that I told her that I was a virgin.  When the test came out positive, I finally broke my silence and told the doctor about the rape.

The world suddenly got very silent.  Walking out of the office was the slowest I’ve ever walked.  I saw so many pregnant women around me, but it seemed too far-fetched to have happened to me.

Countless tears accompanied the many emotions running through my heart.  I looked down at my stomach and I put my hand across my abdomen.  There was a six-week old baby in there somewhere.

Soon after, I told my mom.  She was heartbroken for me, but never left my side.

Over the next few months, my attitude and heart began to change.  I started to trust God and believe there was a purpose to this whole circumstance.  Prior to all of this, my walk with Christ was very surface-level.  Amazingly, during this time in my life is where my relationship with Christ grew to a deeper level than I had never known.

This baby actually gave me hope -- a reason to live and march forward.  There was life within me, but the reality was, this baby gave me life.

I had actually always had a stance of believing abortion was morally wrong, but it wasn’t necessarily a strong stance.  I had a few people very close to me telling me that they would “understand” if I chose to abort, and they even offered to help to obtain an abortion.

Yes, I was in a vulnerable place, but despite my feelings, my heart stood strong on the conviction: How can it be justified to take this baby’s life because of the tragic act done by a man who knew what he was doing?  The rapist was culpable.  This baby was innocent.

I would oftentimes hold my growing stomach and think, “I can’t feel you, see you and I don't even know if you are a boy or girl at this point, but I feel compelled to protect you.  It's my duty and my duty alone, no matter what.”

Whether a baby is conceived consensually or through incest or rape, it’s an innocent life.  Through my journey I came to the conclusion that a life is a life no matter what stage.

I chose open adoption for my daughter after much prayer and thought.  I wanted a stable home for her
and a dedicated father.  This was the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but I put her needs before my desire.  I placed her with a beautiful family, and we have since grown into one huge family for our daughter.  I gave birth to my sweet girl, and when I laid eyes on her, all I could think was how beautiful she was.  I never thought she was a mistake or tragedy.  I was able to give my daughter physical life, while God used her to bring me into a true and deep relationship with Christ where I could fully rely upon and trust Him, no matter what comes my way.

Today, I am married to an incredible man who adores my first daughter, while we are raising two daughters and one son together.  I speak internationally to schools, churches and other interested groups about adoption, pro-life issues, self-esteem and related topics.  I facilitate an online birth mother support group, fight for the 1% of babies targeted for abortion due to rape or incest, and I embrace the women who lack support and are scared just like I was.

The lives of those babies who are recklessly justified to be ended, deserve a chance.  And so does the woman who thinks there is no hope.  Grasp her hand, walk through this rough journey with her, and believe in her ability to overcome the rape, while nurturing life.

"You (Satan) intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."  -- Genesis 50:20

BIO: Jerusha Klayman-Kingery is wife, mother of three, and birth mother to one. She's also a part-
time missionary, singer-songwriter, pro-life activist and pro-life speaker and blogger for Save The 1.  As President and Founder of As His Miracle Grows, she and her husband speak to youth and do missions.   Follow her on her Facebook page:  Jerusha Klayman-Kingery Pro-Life Speaker