Breaking the Facade

Where The Lines Overlap

By Liz Reed, Executive Director of Georgia Businesses for Life

The Girl Scouts…My initial thoughts are of my own few years in the Scouts as a young girl. Selling cookies, earning badges, going to campouts, reading Bible stories around a camp fire, spending precious time with my mother who worked 3 jobs and yet still had time for every scouting event. Those memories are probably some of the most precious that I carry with me from my childhood.

I’m certain that for most Americans, this warm, fuzzy, sentimental reaction is pretty standard when considering the Girl Scouts. It is an organization that we trust, one that we turn our daughters to in complete faith that only good things will come of it.

Which is precisely why the conservative community is expressing such an outrage to the exposure of the once-so-innocent group’s ties to and outright support of pro-abortion organizations…

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Attention Pro-Aborts

If pro-aborts want to be taken seriously by pro-lifers, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Don’t personally attack those you are debating.  Calling us ignorant, controlling, stupid, etc, will get you nowhere in a hurry.
  2. Don’t attack our Faith. Screaming at us and telling us to “get your rosaries off our ovaries” does not make a good debate starter. First off, not all pro-lifers are Catholic,  and second, some are not religious at all.
  3. Stop ignoring basic biology. It has been scientifically proven that life begins at conception. Stating that a fertilized egg is not alive is a clear indication that you are indeed ignoring this fact.
  4. Stop regurgitating pro-abort slogans and propaganda.  We’ve heard it all before and we aren’t buying it. Move on please.
  5. Stop calling us “anti-choice”.  We support all kinds of choices: The choice to use birth control The choice  to either hold down a job or stay at home with your children. Just because we simply feel that killing a child in the womb is wrong and should be illegal does not mean that we do not support other choices.

I could go on and on, but you get my point.

Raising Special Needs Children

Raising Special-Needs kids has its rewards.

I was blessed with 3 beautiful girls. My oldest daughter who is now 16 was diagnosed in preschool as having something called Sensory Integration Disorder. Basically she would get input into her brain, but it wasn’t being processed correctly, causing her to have trouble responding appropriately. You could ask her a simple question like “what color is this?” and she would respond with a long-winded description of what she did in school that day.  Thankfully she outgrew that.

Later it was ADD, and now we think she may have Asperger Syndrome but that isn’t a definite diagnosis. We kind of came to that conclusion after dealing with our Twins, almost 6-years-old and  both of them have mild Autism.

Parents of children with Asperger Syndrome or Autism do not know that their child will have a disorder prior to birth. To me this is a good thing, considering  many women who discover their child will have a disability will abort that child in hopes of someday conceiving  a “normal” child.

I have to tell you, those women are missing out.

Yes, there are challenges to raising a special-needs child, but there are also abundant rewards, not to mention a few perks as well.

Let me tell you about a few of the perks:

My kids do not whine. I haven’t yet heard a “but Moooommmm…” out of any of them. Ever. Yes, the twins may sometimes screech like Howler Monkeys when they aren’t happy, but I have never been subjected to hours of whining.

My kids aren’t greedy. With birthdays or Christmas, they can get a ton of gifts or just one, and they are happy either way. Things do not even have to be brand-new. Its new to them, and that’s all that matters in their world. We can go shopping, and they may spot something they like and try to put it in the cart, but all I have to do is say “h honey, not today” and put it back, and they’re fine with it. No greed, no whining!

The 16-year-old isn’t hung up on having the latest model cell phone. As a matter of fact, she didn’t even care that she didn’t have one. We did get her one for Christmas, the most basic pre-paid model. She was happy to get it.. There was no tantrum over the fact that it wasn’t what “all the other kids have.”

Clothing is pretty much a non-issue. The twins aren’t old enough to be fashion conscious yet, but the 16-year-old? She’ll wear pretty much anything you buy her. Her favorites though are her older brother’s hand-me-down T-shirts.

I always know where my kids are.  Again, the twins are not old enough to go gallivanting  around, but the 16-year-old is, but chooses not to. She may take off on her bike and ride around the neighborhood for a while, but she never goes far. She has lots of friends at school, but that is where she chooses to socialize the most. Who knows, perhaps after she completes driver’s-ed (she starts later in June) and finally gets her license, that may change, then again it may not.

My kids have their challenges, the twins have a hard time with communicating, but they are just as smart (if not smarter) than any other child their age. They can, and have, figured out and conquered every single child-lock we have put on cabinets and doors. When we resorted to using actual padlocks, all it took was one time watching me use the key, and they had it down. That happened at age 3!

They are a source of great joy to me. Every day its something new to make me smile or laugh.

Bottom line: I wouldn’t trade my kids for “normal” ones. No way, no how.

 

 

Wow, just wow….

This was in response to my post Women Deserve Better In 2013.

“At under 12 weeks, when over 90% of abortions are performed, there is no life. That clump of cells cannot feel pain, cannot think and certainly could not survive without the mother. There is no life to kill, so stop using such emotive language to try and bring others to your cause.

Men can legally walk away, countless cases prove that. Additionally, if you cannot force a man to be a father, why force a woman into becoming a mother just because she has the capability to carry the child?

It doesn’t surprise me that you’re part of the “don’t want kids, don’t have sex” brigade. How many times have you had sex in your lifetime? Has every single time been in the hope of procreating?

It’s not about being mentally capable of “handling” the consequences. Having an abortion would be the most responsible choice for someone in my position. The foster system in the UK and US are so woefully overcrowded that putting another child to languish in the system is not fair. Again, can’t force a woman to be a mother.

Our bodies were not designed, by the way. Humans have evolved, proven fact. Though I guess it wouldn’t be surprising if you’re a creationist either.

There is plenty of logic in my statement. My having an abortion is nothing like child abuse (see aforementioned literal ball of cells which cannot think, cannot feel pain and by all biological criteria is not really alive), and trying to pretend it does shows a severe lack of understanding of both abortion and child abuse. Another woman choosing to have an abortion does not affect you, it’s a choice she has taken seriously to not bring a child into the world that she does not want and therefore could/would not look after. I have friends who want children later in life and would abort now as they are in the middle of advanced degrees, their choice to have children does not affect my life in any way, so how exactly does a woman’s abortion directly affect your own life? Do you have to be in the room when the procedure happens? Don’t think so.

Abstinence doesn’t work as a policy, by the way. I run a female support forum, and when children who are the product of abstinence education crop up – they are utterly unprepared for a sexual relationship. They are not educated about safe sex, they are not educated about proper consent. Also, rates of underage pregnancies in places where sex education is abstinence only are much higher than those with progressive education policies.

Get a clue.”

Seriously, this little girl is the one that needs a clue. Anyone care to enlighten her? She doesn’t seem to want to listen to me, but then again most children do not listen to their elders.

Myself, Bristol Palin And The Abstinence Message

lately I’ve been accused of being a hypocrite by the pro-abort trolls that can’t seem to keep their noses out of other people’s business.

I’m a hypocrite because I advocate for abstinence even though I myself have had a child out of wedlock.

My answer to that is: So what?

Why can’t I be an advocate for abstinence? Should I stand by and let others make the same mistake I did?  I don’t think so. People make mistakes. No one is perfect. I’ve never said that I was and I never will. I made a mistake. I learned from it and with that experience its my duty to teach others.

Bristol Palin feels the same way. She became an abstinence ambassador for the Candies Foundation after giving birth to her son Tripp.She’s using her experience as an example of what not to do. I think its admirable of her to use her experience to help prevent other teens from getting pregnant. There is a great interview with her  on the Christianity Today web site.

I understand that abstinence is not for everyone. I don’t expect every teen out there to practice it. I will however continue to advocate for it, as it is the ONLY 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy. That is what I intend to teach my daughters as well. If one slips up and ends up pregnant, they will have my full support. I can’t judge them because I’ve been there myself.

If some hear the message and decide its the way they want to go, good  for them. If they don’t, I can’t force them to, but at least I have put that information out there for them instead of sitting idly by while teens are getting pregnant and turning to abortion as a solution. Two wrongs don’t make it right.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

They Said What??

I have another pro-abort gem for you: “Consent to sex is not consent to pregnancy.”

What???

What kind of logic is that? Everyone knows that sex can lead to pregnancy. How can someone consent to the act and think that it isn’t consent to the consequences? This statement is more proof of how pro-aborts do not think that people need to take responsibility for their actions. Its failed logic, but then pro-abort logic usually is.

Apply that logic to other scenarios, and you can see how ludicrous it is:

“Consent to eating sweets is not consent to gain weight.”

“Consent to smoking is not consent to develop lung cancer.”

“Consent to tanning is not consent to develop skin cancer.”

“Consent to drinking alcohol is not consent to liver damage.”

“Consent to abusing drugs is not consent to brain damage.”

Anyone presented with the above would agree that each of these actions could result in the corresponding consequence. So why is sexual relations exempt?

Question for pro-aborts: Does this also mean that consent to sex makes someone exempt from the consequence of contracting a STD?

Doesn’t make sense does it? Neither does your argument about pregnancy.