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Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor [Colorado]
CatholicEducation.org ^ | May, 2006 | Ted Harvey

Posted on 06/28/2006 11:25:07 AM PDT by Salvation


Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor
   TED HARVEY


She sings the anthem to applause, then her secret is revealed to stunned silence.

Gianna Jessen

I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration.

I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He went on to state that there were still numerous resolutions on the calendar which we would need to be addressed prior to the summer adjournment. Interestingly, he specifically mentioned that one of the resolutions we would be hearing was being carried by the House Majority Leader Alice Madden, honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

As a strong pro-life legislator I was disgusted by the idea that we would pass a resolution honoring this 90-year legacy of genocide. I drove home that night wondering what I could say that might pierce the darkness during the debate on this heinous resolution.

On Saturday morning, I took my 8-year-old son up to the mountains to go white-water rafting. The trip lasted all day. As we were driving home, exhausted and hungry, I remembered that I had accepted an invitation to attend a fundraising dinner that night for a local pro-life organization. One of my most respected mentors had personally called me several weeks earlier and asked me to attend, so I knew I'd have to clean up and head over.

After our meal, the executive director of the organization introduced the keynote speaker. I looked up and saw walking to the stage a handicapped young lady being assisted to the microphone by a young man holding a guitar.

Her name was Gianna Jessen.

Gianna said "Hello," welcomed everyone, and then sang three of the most beautiful Christian songs I have ever heard.

She then began to give her testimony. When her biological mother was 17 years old and seven and a half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have an abortion. As God would have it, the abortion failed and a beautiful 2-pound baby girl was brought into the world. Unfortunately, she was born with cerebral palsy and the doctors thought that she would never survive. The doctors were wrong.

Imagine the timing! A survivor of a Planned Parenthood abortion arrived in town just days before the Colorado House of Representatives was to celebrate Planned Parenthood's "wonderful" work.

As I listened to Gianna's amazing testimony, the Lord inspired me to ask her if she could stay in Denver until Monday morning so that I could introduce her on the floor of the House and tell her story. Perhaps she could even begin the final day's session by singing our country's national anthem!

To my surprise she said she would seriously consider it. If she were to agree, she wanted her accompanying guitarist to stay as well. A lady standing in line behind me waiting to meet Gianna overheard our conversation and said that she would be willing to pay for the guitarist's room. Gianna then said that she would think about it.


As I was driving home from the banquet, my cell phone rang. It was Gianna, and she immediately said, "I'm in, let's ruin this celebration." Praise God!

When Monday morning came, I awoke at 6 a.m. to write my speech before heading to the Capitol. As I wrote down the words, I could sense God's help and I knew that this was going to be a powerful moment for the pro-life movement.

Following a committee hearing, I rushed into the House chambers just as the opening morning prayer was about to be given. Between the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, I wrote a quick note to the speaker of the House explaining that Gianna is an advocate for cerebral palsy. I took the note to the speaker and asked if I could have my friend open the last day of session by singing the national anthem. Without any hesitation the speaker took the microphone and said, "Before we begin, Representative Harvey has made available for us Gianna Jessen to sing the national anthem."

Gianna sang the most amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner that you could possibly imagine. Every person in the entire chamber was completely still, quiet and in awe of this frail young lady's voice.

Due to her cerebral palsy, Gianna often loses her balance, and shortly after starting to sing she grabbed my arm to stabilize herself, and I could tell that she was shaking. Suddenly, midway through the song, she forgot the words and began to hum and then said, "Please forgive me; I am so nervous." She then immediately began singing again and every House member and every guest throughout the chambers began to sing along with her to give her encouragement and to lift her up.

As I looked around the huge hall I listened to the unbelievable melody of Gianna's voice being accompanied by a choir of over 100 voices. I had chills running all over my body, and I knew that I had just witnessed an act of God.

As the song concluded the speaker of the House explained that Gianna has cerebral palsy and is an activist to bring awareness to the disease. "Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work," he said. The chamber immediately exploded into applause she had them all in the palm of her hand.


The speaker then called the House to order, and we proceeded as usual to allow members to make any announcements or introductions of guests. For dramatic effect, I waited until I was the last person remaining before I introduced Gianna.

As I waited for my turn, I nervously paced back and forth praying to God that he would give me the peace, confidence and the courage necessary to pull off what I knew would be one of the most dramatic and controversial moments of my political career.

While I waited, a prominent reporter from one of the major Denver newspapers walked over to Gianna and told her that her rendition captured the spirit of the national anthem more powerfully than any she had ever heard before.

Finally, I was the last person remaining. So, I proceeded to the microphone and began my speech.


At this point the chamber exploded into applause which lasted for 15-to-20 seconds. Gianna had touched their souls.


"Members, I would like to introduce you to a new friend and hero of mine — her name is Gianna Jessen. She is visiting us today from Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an accomplished recording artist.

"She has cerebral palsy and was raised in foster homes before being adopted at the age of four.

"She was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds at birth. She remained in the hospital for almost three months. A doctor once said she had a great will to live and that she fought for her life. Eventually she was able to leave the hospital and be placed in foster care.

"Because of her cerebral palsy, her foster mother was told that it was doubtful that she would ever crawl or walk. She could not sit up independently. Through the prayers and dedication of her foster mother, she eventually learned to sit up, crawl, then stand. Shortly before her fourth birthday, she began to walk with leg braces and a walker.

"She continued in physical therapy and after a total of four surgeries, she was able to walk without assistance.

"She still falls sometimes, but she says she has learned how to fall gracefully after falling for 29 years.

"Two years ago, she walked into a local health club and said she wanted a private trainer. At the time her legs could not lift 30 pounds. Today she can leg press 200 pounds.

"She became so physically fit that she began running marathons to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy. She just returned last week from England where she ran in the London Marathon. It took her more than eight-and-a-half hours to complete. They were taking down the course by the time she made it to the finish line. But she made it, nonetheless. With bloody feet and aching joints, she finished the race.

"Members would you help me recognize a modern-day hero Gianna Jessen?"

At this point the chamber exploded into applause which lasted for 15-to-20 seconds. Gianna had touched their souls.


Ironically, Alice Madden, the majority leader and sponsor of the Planned Parenthood resolution, walked over to Gianna and congratulated her.

As the applause began to die down, I raised my hand to be recognized one more time.

"Mr. Speaker, members, if you would allow me just a few more moments I would appreciate your time.


"My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story."


"My name is Ted Harvey, not Paul Harvey, but, please, let me tell you the rest of the story.

"The cause of Gianna's cerebral palsy is not because of some biological freak of nature, but rather the choice of her mother.

"You see when her biological mother was 17-years-old and 7-and-a-half months pregnant, she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to seek a late-term abortion. The abortionist performed a saline abortion on this 17-year-old girl. This procedure requires the injection of a high concentration of saline into the mother's womb, which the fetus is then bathed in and swallows, which results in the fetus being burned to death, inside and out. Within 24 hours the results are normally an induced, still-born abortion.

"As Gianna can testify, the procedure is not always 100 percent effective. Gianna is an aborted late-term fetus who was born alive. The high concentration of saline in the womb for 24 hours resulted in a lack of oxygen to her brain and is the cause of her cerebral palsy.

"Members, today, we are going to recognize the 90th anniversary of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood…"

BANG! The gavel came down.

Just as I was finishing the last sentence of my speech — the climax of the morning — the speaker of the House gaveled me down and said, "Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction, but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House."

At which point I said,

"Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today."

Silence.

Deafening silence.

I then walked back to my chair shaking like a leaf. The Democrats wouldn't look at me. They were fuming. It was beautiful. I have been in the Legislature for five tough years, and this made it all worthwhile.

The House majority leader wouldn't talk to me the rest of the day.

Was it because I introduced an abortion survivor, or was it because we touched her soul? She could congratulate an inspirational cerebral palsy victim and advocate, but was outraged when she discovered that the person she congratulated was also an abortion survivor.

The headline in The Denver Post the next day read "Abortion Jab Earns Rebuke." The majority leader is quoted as saying, "I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics."

Yes, Representative Madden, Gianna Jessen is a human being. She was when she was in her mother's womb, and she was when she sang the national anthem on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives.

The paper went on to quote Gianna, stating she was glad I told her story.

"We need to discuss the humanity of it. I'm glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb," she said. "If abortion is about women's rights, where were my rights?"

All I can say is, "Glory to God!" He orchestrated it all, every minute of it, and I was so honored to have been chosen to play a part. May we all continue to be filled with and to fight for the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Ted Harvey. "Planned Parenthood Celebration Jolted by Abortion Survivor." CERC.

Reprinted with permission of Ted Harvey.

THE AUTHOR

Ted Harvey is Assistant Minority Leader in the Colorado House of Representatives and is currently running for the State Senate. Visit his web site here. E-mail him here.

Copyright © 2006 Ted Harvey
 



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Enjoy the story of this young lady!
1 posted on 06/28/2006 11:25:10 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: cpforlife.org; Coleus; Mr. Silverback

Ping your lists, please.


2 posted on 06/28/2006 11:27:17 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Lady In Blue; NYer; american colleen; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ...
Catholic Discussion Ping!

Please notify me via FReepmail if you would like to be added to or taken off the Catholic Discussion Ping List.

3 posted on 06/28/2006 11:29:14 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; jdhljc169

That was an inspiring story. Thanks for it!


4 posted on 06/28/2006 11:31:00 AM PDT by jaredt112
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To: Salvation

This was posted several times to the News/Activism Forum, 2 weeks ago.


5 posted on 06/28/2006 11:31:37 AM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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To: Salvation

That story was Kick-ASS!
Thank you for posting it.


6 posted on 06/28/2006 11:31:37 AM PDT by Havok (I like meat, guns, and comic books. Am I a bad conservative?)
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To: Salvation

What's that in your eye Planned Parenthood"
My Thumb!


7 posted on 06/28/2006 11:31:46 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Salvation

Amen


8 posted on 06/28/2006 11:33:13 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Salvation

I guess pro-choice advocates can never accept an accidental life.


9 posted on 06/28/2006 11:34:11 AM PDT by baltoga
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To: Salvation
Gianna once testified before a U.S. House committee concerning an abortion-related bill. Pro-abort Rep. Patsy Schroeder walked out rather than listen to her testimony.

The baby-killing gang can't stand to see the proof that their "it's not really a human being" line is a dirty lie.

10 posted on 06/28/2006 11:36:54 AM PDT by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: baltoga

It's like the old saying: "It's easy to be pro-choice when you're not the one getting killed."

Great post. Thank you!


11 posted on 06/28/2006 11:36:55 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Salvation
A heart wrenching story. This young woman today wouldn't have Cerebral Palsy if her mother had only chosen life.

Yet.. she is a wonderful living testimony. A miracle indeed! God had great works for her to do and she is doing them by showing the world what a terrible option abortion is.

12 posted on 06/28/2006 11:37:20 AM PDT by FJ290
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To: Salvation

like Gianna Jessen, each of the other 40,000,000 US victims of abortion had a special gift from God to share with us.


13 posted on 06/28/2006 11:38:53 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: NYer

This is a story thought ought to be posted every single day.


14 posted on 06/28/2006 11:39:03 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Salvation
An article from the Rocky Mountain News

The House began its final floor session on a contentious note Monday when Rep. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, introduced guest Gianna Jensen. At his request, she had been been granted permission to sing the national anthem.

He told how the Nashville woman had been born two months prematurely and had cerebral palsy. Lawmakers were touched when he said that Jensen, 29, who wasn't expected to crawl, now can run marathons.

But then Harvey said that the reason Jensen was disabled was that her 17-year-old mother tried to have a late-term abortion. He said he wanted lawmakers to know that fact, because later in the day they were planning to vote on a resolution honoring Planned Parenthood.

Some lawmakers were livid.

"I came this close to standing up and saying something," said Rep. Mark Larson, R-Cortez. He and others said Harvey violated House rules and protocol.

"It was despicable," said House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder. "Ted Harvey doesn't care about proper decorum or the rules. He just wants to push his narrow agenda."

Said Harvey: "That was not my intention."


15 posted on 06/28/2006 11:39:29 AM PDT by Deut28 (Cursed be he who perverts the justice)
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To: Salvation

Awesome..........absolutely an awesome stort. I wonder why we didn't hear any thing about this in the drive by media?


16 posted on 06/28/2006 11:39:34 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Salvation

In my imagination I could hear her clear voice singing the Star Spangled Banner - what a great moment that must have been!


17 posted on 06/28/2006 11:41:39 AM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Sunshine Sister
But Planned parenthood claims they are neutral on abortion
18 posted on 06/28/2006 11:42:54 AM PDT by sachem longrifle (proud member of the fond Du lac band of the Ojibwa people)
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To: Salvation

Beautiful......


19 posted on 06/28/2006 11:43:22 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: NYer

-well I missed it two weeks ago. What a great feat. God Bless Gianna.


20 posted on 06/28/2006 11:45:17 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Salvation

I consider anybody born in the U.S.A. since 1973, an abortion survivor.


21 posted on 06/28/2006 11:47:52 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Salvation

What an amazing story.


22 posted on 06/28/2006 11:50:11 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: sachem longrifle

Neutral? My sit down part they are neutral!


23 posted on 06/28/2006 11:50:34 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Deut28

What a smack down! I'm thrilled to hear about it!


24 posted on 06/28/2006 11:51:39 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Salvation

A very touching story, and one that every single liberal should read. Thank you for bringing it to attention.


25 posted on 06/28/2006 11:53:21 AM PDT by wartman (http://wartman.blogspot.com)
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To: Nihil Obstat

Whenever I get a chance, I remind people of the post-Roe generation that abortion has been the Black Death of their generation.


26 posted on 06/28/2006 11:54:06 AM PDT by Tirian
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To: massgopguy

There's no thumb in MY eye but for some reason there are tears.


27 posted on 06/28/2006 11:57:20 AM PDT by Socratic ("I'll have the roast duck with the mango salsa.")
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To: Salvation
I hope O'Reilly & hannity pick up this wonderful exposure of Planned Parenthood.
28 posted on 06/28/2006 11:58:23 AM PDT by Apercu ("Res ipsa loquitur")
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To: Salvation
So aborted fetuses are not human life eh?

Next question.
29 posted on 06/28/2006 12:09:12 PM PDT by StJacques
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To: Old Professer

I consider anybody born in the U.S.A. since 1973, an abortion survivor.

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VERY WELL PUT. Thanks.


30 posted on 06/28/2006 12:13:47 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: RexBeach

It's like the old saying: "It's easy to be pro-choice when you're not the one getting killed."
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Amazingly, I hadn't heard that one. Excellent.


31 posted on 06/28/2006 12:15:30 PM PDT by Quix (PRAY AND WORK WHILE THERE'S DAY! Many very dark nights are looming. Thankfully, God is still God!)
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To: Salvation

The old switcheroo, executed perfectly, for a great cause.


32 posted on 06/28/2006 12:15:52 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Salvation

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod holds a triennial National Youth Gathering and Gianna is always there. I wish you could experience the atmosphere when she leads 35,000 youth in song. She is absolutely awe-inspiring. When she shares her testimony, you can hear a pin drop.


33 posted on 06/28/2006 12:20:33 PM PDT by rightwingmichigander (W2)
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To: Deut28
"It was despicable," said House Majority Leader Alice Madden, D-Boulder. "Ted Harvey doesn't care about proper decorum or the rules. He just wants to push his narrow agenda."

And you didn't, Alice?

34 posted on 06/28/2006 12:21:10 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (What is our exit strategy in the war on poverty?)
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To: FJ290
Yet we can't call that child abuse or child endangerment.
35 posted on 06/28/2006 12:22:12 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: FJ290
Yet we can't call that child abuse or child endangerment.
36 posted on 06/28/2006 12:22:15 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Deut28
Talk about pushing an agenda...

"...one of the resolutions we would be hearing was being carried by the House Majority Leader Alice Madden, honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains."

37 posted on 06/28/2006 12:25:09 PM PDT by weegee (If fetal tissue is non-viable, then why are they trying to use it to stimulate cell production?)
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To: Salvation

Outstanding!! Thanks for posting!


38 posted on 06/28/2006 12:37:54 PM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: Salvation

Outstanding story


39 posted on 06/28/2006 12:40:05 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

Thank you for posting!


40 posted on 06/28/2006 12:42:07 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Salvation
Gianna is an advocate for cerebral palsy

the speaker of the House explained that Gianna has cerebral palsy and is an activist to bring awareness to the disease. "Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today, but also for her advocacy work," he said.


I was, presumably, someone's unwanted pregnancy as I was adopted as an infant in 1957. It's easy enough to understand why I don't support Planned Parenthood. However, I find the manner in which this young lady was sneaked into the Colorado House on false pretenses to be dishonest and unChristian. This is exactly the kind of stunt that gives Christians a bad name.

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And it is by no means certain what causes CP

NINDS Cerebral Palsy Information Page

Cerebral palsy may be congenital or acquired after birth. Several of the causes of cerebral palsy that have been identified through research are preventable or treatable: head injury, jaundice, Rh incompatibility, and rubella (German measles).

Research suggests that cerebral palsy results from incorrect cell development early in pregnancy. For example, a group of researchers has recently observed that more than one-third of children with cerebral palsy also have missing enamel on certain teeth. Scientists are also examining other events-such as bleeding in the brain, seizures, and breathing and circulation problems-that threaten the brain of a newborn baby. Some investigators are conducting studies to learn whether certain drugs can help prevent neonatal stroke, and other investigators are examining the causes of low birth-weight. Other scientists are exploring how brain insults (like brain damage from a shortage of oxygen or blood flow, bleeding in the brain, and seizures) can cause the abnormal release of brain chemicals and trigger brain disease.


Flame away.
41 posted on 06/28/2006 1:17:17 PM PDT by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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To: Salvation

I just sent this article to the leader of my Pro-Life Ministry at Church.

Every Saturday morning, we group with another parish church to say the rosary in front of an abortion clinic in Miami.

(If anyone receives Florida Catholic, we are written up this issue).

Everyone should hear this woman's story.


42 posted on 06/28/2006 1:19:21 PM PDT by Brytani (Someone stole my tagline - reward for its return!!!)
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To: Salvation


Touching and inspiring story. Thank you for posting it.


43 posted on 06/28/2006 1:22:59 PM PDT by This Just In ("that protectionism, socialism, and communism are basically the same plant" The Law; F. Bastiat)
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To: Salvation; NYer
I am glad to see it this time... I missedit the last times.

SOME STORIES NEED REPEATING!!! Can I get an AMEN????

44 posted on 06/28/2006 1:24:52 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (islamics arn't religious, just set on on mass murder of non-muslims! NO FAT ISLAMIC broads!!)
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To: Locomotive Breath

I disagree with you completely.


45 posted on 06/28/2006 1:27:28 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (islamics arn't religious, just set on on mass murder of non-muslims! NO FAT ISLAMIC broads!!)
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To: NYer; Salvation
This was posted several times to the News/Activism Forum, 2 weeks ago.

And I'm just seeing it now for the first time. Thank you so much for posting it.

46 posted on 06/28/2006 1:31:37 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Evil never sleeps...)
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To: Lion in Winter

AMEN!


47 posted on 06/28/2006 1:31:54 PM PDT by ushr435
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To: Locomotive Breath

I totally agree with you.

And I'll raise you one for the "flame away" category...

I'd wager that 99% or more of people who are pro-choice would in NO WAY condone an abortion at 7.5-months into a pregnancy.

Even pro-choice people realize that at 7.5-months, it is no longer a "fetus", it is a premature baby.

So before everyone paints all pro-choice people with the same brush, please recognize that not all of them are whacko baby killers.

(And to reduce the number of people who will ask me at what point a "fetus" becomes a "baby", I'll tell you my personal definition: The point at which the baby can survive outside the womb.)


48 posted on 06/28/2006 1:35:49 PM PDT by BagCamAddict (Prayers for the victims - human and animal - of Katrina and Rita)
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To: ushr435

Bless you!!


49 posted on 06/28/2006 1:38:58 PM PDT by Lion in Winter (islamics arn't religious, just set on on mass murder of non-muslims! NO FAT ISLAMIC broads!!)
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To: Lion in Winter

So it's OK for Christians to lie in pursuit of a political agenda?


50 posted on 06/28/2006 1:39:40 PM PDT by Locomotive Breath (In the shuffling madness)
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