Ban Abortion, Protect All Unborn Human Life!
Since 1973, abortion has been legal. It has been named a choice, a reproductive right and health care It is now seen as an essential service and right for women. An entire generation has grown up with abortion being legal. Get the facts here. Abortion is often seen as a solution to a wide variety of social ills as well as to personal problems. Yet abundant evidence suggests otherwise. Abortion has only aggravated both our social and personal illes. This is because abortion is the taking of innocent unborn human life. We can't heal ourself as a society by killing our children. We can't heal ourselves by killing our babies. Visit this website to see all the damage that abortion does. The objection that will come up is that women need Planned Parenthood. This is not true! It need not be true. We can end abortion without denying any woman any of the health care she needs. Get the facts here. Here are the steps to doing this: 1). Overturn Roe vs. Wade 2). Strip Planned Parenthood of government funds 3). Re-direct government funds to the estimated 13,000 comprehensive health clinics that serve women and families. 4). Legislate temporary foster care for those facing unplanned pregnancies to las no more than two years--as an alternative to abortion. 5). Strengthen existing adoption laws and increase adoption subsidies for qualified adoptive paents. The above photo is by American Life League via fotor under CC BY-NC 2.0
Require All Caring Professionals to Tell Clients About Abortion Alternatives!
Those facing unplanned pregnancies deal with caring professionals. These include doctors, counselors, teachers, social workers, pastors, and others. Their choice for abortions are often due to pressure from those whom they trust: parents, teachers, friends, boyfriends or spouses. Their choices for abortion are not free, informed choices. This is not acceptable. So many of these girls and women abort their babies because of lack of information about alternatives such as pregnancy resource centers, Birthright chapters, local churches, or other alternatives where they can find help and not have to undergo unwanted abortions. Abortion providers withhold the truth from clients or patients, especially the ambivalent or unwilling, when they do this. It is widely done, as so many women who have had abortions say that they would not have aborted if they had known of their options. Women are lied to, especially about pregnancy resource centers. My research and experience bear this out. http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-lies-about-pregnancy-resource-centers/. I know women who had abortions because their parents coerced them, and they were not informed of alternatives. Caring professionals, however, ought to tell their clients about abortion alternatives. This includes those who work in all middle schools, high schools, college and graduate schools. This includes all doctors. Require them by law to notify clients of abortion alternatives like local pregnancy resource centers or Birthright Chapters. Pregnancy resource centers, Birthright counseling chapters, maternity homes, and local churches provide services usually free of change. These services usually include counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, education on abortion, adoption, fetal development, and more. They typically provide referrals to life-affirming doctors and clinics, adoption agencies, shelters, housing, and financial assistance. They often provide Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) testing, and usually provide support and education to birth dads to get them involved in their babies' care. They often provide pregnancy loss and post-abortion care to both men and women. Pregnancy resource centers are being more and more regulated, much of that because of the efforts of Planned Parenthood. Abortion providers reportedy withhold info on alternatives. But all caring professionals in doctor's offices, schools, colleges and universities ought to be legally required to tell clients about pregnancy resource centers, Birthright chapters, and other alternatives! The issue here is informed consent and eliminating a reason many people choose abortion, ignorance of alternatives. If we really want to make abortion rare and then unthinkable, we will seek to eliminate the reasons these women seek abortions. The above photo is provided courtesy of Mary's Pregnancy Center, one of the countless centers who provide alternatives.
Reduce and Reform Prenatal Testing of Babies!
I have been disturbed by an alarming figure, that 90 percent of pregnant women who learn that their babies are diagnosed with Down's Syndrome, abort their babies. (http://www.teenbreaks.com/abortion/down-syndrome-babies-abortion.cfm). I am sure that this high abortion rate is similar for other genetic conditions that can be diagnosed in utero. We cannot blame the women alone for these abortions. They and their families are scared, confused and often uninformed about what having and raising a child with genetic conditions or other disabilities actually entails. So often, according to my experience and research, the main information these parents get from their doctors is that they have access to abortion and that it is legal to terminate their pregnancies. This is not providing parents with enough information to make an informed decision for their babies. To my knowledge, parents are not told that the challenges of having and raising these children are worth it and that these children are usually tremendous blessings and often go on to achieve great things. When I got pregnant at 39, it was considered a high-risk pregnancy because of my age alone. I was sent to a geneticist, a doctor who specializes in genetic counseling. I was offered genetic testing and warned that my child could have Down's Syndrome. I knew that having a child with special needs would be a challenge, but was not the end of the world. Such children are usually great blessings to their families and have much to teach us all. They usually are delighted to be alive I do not know if the doctor I was dealing with was aware of that. I was told this: "If your baby is diagnosed with a birth defect, you can terminate your pregnancy. It is legal." Why is it that the most that doctors can offer to their pregnant patients with high-risk or crisis pregnancies seems to be abortion? This is unacceptable. I recognize that abortion now is the law of the land, as much as I do not like it. Thus doctors and other health care providers are required by law to inform parents with high-risk or crisis pregnancies about it. Why not alternatives to abortion? Therefore, doctors should also be required to tell parents the challenges AND rewards, the hardships AND blessings, of having and raising children with genetic conditions and other special needs. Healthcare providers should take time to educate themselves about the specific conditions that they diagnose in unborn babies and also inform parents about adoption, as many couples are desperate to adopt babies with special needs including Down's Syndrome. Parents have the right to make informed decisions about their babies and many more babies diagnosed in utero with genetic conditions are more likely to be saved if their parents are fully educated and not just told about the legality of abortion. Doctors who are prolife about abortion should not have to tell patients about it, as abortion is the law of the land and patients likely are already aware that it is legal. Patients need to know about alternatives to abortion. Also, is all this prenatal testing really needed? The amniocentesis procedure is known to have the risk of miscarriage of babies as well as some health risks to the mother. Doctors and hospitals should phase out such testing unless needed to ensure safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery (as in fetal lung maturity). By signing this petition and sharing it with your own friends and contacts, and getting more and more signatures on this petition, we can persuade Congress and others that healthcare providers should be required to tell patients with high-risk pregnancies or unborn children with diagnosed genetic conditions, about not only abortion but about the pros and cons of parenting these children as well as about adoption. The above photo is provided courtesy of Online for Life, a public charity. I am not a partner of or affiliated with this public charity.
Release $$$ for Autism Services in All 50 States!
I'm a mother of a daughter, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and I'm diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder myself. I am passionate to see funds be released to provide more services of different kinds for adults with autism as well as to see covered services for all families of children with autism, including low-income families and minority families. Currently, the diagnostic and support services that do exist are for those 21 and under, and those are available usually to families able to pay or who have quality, private insurance. Sometimes states may provide limited coverage for these families. As for adults with autism, virtually no diagnostic or support services that families can access or afford. In my state, adults like myself who yearn for an autism evaluation must wait a year in advance if we must depend on insurance; if you are 21 or over, support services are almost nonexistent. In a nutshell, this petition calls for a comprehensive package of covered services for all persons with autism in the US. Goal of Petition: The goal is to obtain funding for mostly support services but also for research, for persons of all ages, races, incomes and walks of life who have suspected or diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Currently, most autism services are available only to autistic persons under age 21 whose families are able to pay for these services. Services for autistic adults are very limited or available only in certain areas in the US. Because of this, far too many people of all ages even in this age of awareness, continue to "fall between the cracks." This petition calls for comprehensive coverage for all autistic persons. Currently, there are $931 million available for autism funding; this includes $693 million in the Combating Autism Re-Authorization Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama in September 20, 2011 but never appropriated (http://www.autismspeaks.org/advocacy/federal). This also includes $238 million in autism projects that expired at the end of September 2012 (http://autismspeaks.org/advocacy/advocacy-news/19-million-risk-new-autism-research, Sept. 19, 2012). What is needed is for these funds to be re-newed, appropriated and then re-allocated to include adults with autism. Thank you for considering this petition. If you wish to find out more feel free to look at my letter to the US President and the US Congress below. Your support means very much to every person who is touched by autism! ***Note** The citing of Autism Speaks as a source does not imply that I endorse them. I am not a partner of them nor am I affiliated with them. I only cited them for legal and courtesy reasons.** To the US President, the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, the US Speaker of the House and the US Department of Education: We, the undersigned, request that you release funds for diagnostic and support services in autism for all those who feel the need or need such services. We understand that there are $931 million available for autism funding through the Combating Autism Re-Authorization Act (CARA), signed into law by President Obama in September 20, 2011, but have never been appropriated. We ask that you re-new these funds, appropriate them and then re-allocate them to diagnostic and support autism services for all who need them. Doing this will greatly reduce the stress on caregivers and families, reduce much bullying, and possibly save lives taken because caregivers feel overwhelmed or lost because of "autism wandering." Thank You Very Much!
Congress, Replace Abortion with Two-Year Foster Care!
The issue here is that so many pregnant girls and women in crisis pregnancies are scared, desperate and feel that they have nowhere to turn. When you feel that you have no options and nowhere to turn, you may be more likely to do something desperate, something you may not even want to do. More options means fewer desperate actions. Those facing crisis pregnancies often turn to abortion because they truly feel that they have no other options. So many of them believe or know that they are not ready for parenthood, whether for economic or other reasons. Yet so many of them find the very thought of placing a baby in adoption, horrific. It is easy for us in the prolife movement to tell girls and women to "Just choose choose adoption for your baby; it is the most loving and child-centered option." I'm in no way trying to discredit the many wonderful adoptive parents who have taken ichildren and loved them. But adoption is final, and re-uniting with your child in adulthood is just not the same as knowing both the joys and sorrows of seeing them grow up. But the only options that those counseling those facing crisis pregnancies can hold out to them are parenting, which many are not ready for or adoption, which is final and there is no chance of seeing your child until adulthood--if they choose to search for you. Isn't it time to try to improve the law so that those dealing with a crisis pregnancy can have even more options, thus giving more children a chance at life and their parents chances of good futures without losing contact with their children for good? When I was conceived in the 1960's, Mom was 16 and abortion was not legal. While she was a good mother to me, she freely admits that she was not prepared for parenthood. She was overwhelmed with the problems I presented, no doubt caused by my birth dad kicking her in the stomach when he learned of my conception. I stll live with the effects of my birth dad's actions even today. But he was 18 and he no doubt was thinking, "I'm not ready for parenthood but I can't stand the thought of giving up my baby for adoption. I'm mad and overwhelmed and I'm going to get rid of this crisis now!" I am only one of many who believe that crisis pregnancies would not so often end in abortion if the parties involved had more options. Today, of course, abortion is legal and girls, women, and their boyfriends or husbands so often turn to that choice in crisis. It seems to me that another option, temporary foster care, would be an incentive to many more pregnant girls and women in crisis to carry their babies to term. To protect the children, this grace period would last no more than two years, the time it takes girls and women to rebuild their lives so they can raise their own children. They should be allowed visitation during this time. This would not be a perfect option but it should open up another life-affirming option for those dealing with crisis pregnancies. Yes, I know that even two years (maximum) of foster care is not in "the best interests of the child," but from the standpoint of one who wants to help end abortion by calling for a new option, it is better than not having a chance to live! We cannot expect to end abortion unless we are willing to provide those in crisis pregnancies all the life-affirming options that would give them incentives to choose life for their babies! *** TO CLARIFY*** This petition calls for a law holding out the option of placement in temporary foster care for those facing crisis pregnancies. This would not affect adoptive parents in any way, shape or form. In this plan, babies would be placed in temporary foster care and NOT with adoptive parents. Adoption would remain safe, secure and lasting for all who place their children in it. Temporary foster care would, in fact, PREVENT the nightmare of adopting a child, only to watch in horror as the biological mom reclaims that same child.*** The above video is provided courtesy of The Abolitionist Society of Little Elm. I'm not a partner of or affiliated with them.