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Assistant Admits to Killing 10 Babies With Scissors During Trial for 'House of Horrors' Abortionist
As the trial for notorious Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell proceeded this week, one of Gosnell's employees testified that she had personally been involved in the murders of 10 newborn babies, the Christian News Network reports. Adrienne Moton told the court the babies who were born alive had their spines "snipped" with scissors. "I learned it from Dr. Gosnell," she said when asked by prosecutors where she came up with the idea. "I never asked why. ... I could remember a good 10 times that I did it." Moton has been incarcerated since 2011, and has pled guilty to third-degree murder, along with other charges, for her participation in Gosnell's late-term abortion operation. She is the first of at least two employees who are set to testify against the abortionist in the trial. Gosnell, 72, faces seven counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of babies who were born alive but had their spinal cords "snipped"; he also faces one count of third-degree murder for the death of an abortion client who was administered a lethal amount of medication, in addition to approximately 20 other charges. Gosnell was taken into custody in 2011 following an investigation into his practice, called the Women's Medical Society. Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams, who initially leveled the charges against Gosnell, described the clinic as a "House of Horrors." In addition to several babies found with their spinal cords severed, investigators "found jar after jar after jar of fetal remains and specifically severed feet in jars" and "medical waste bags just strewn everywhere," according to Williams. Gosnell, if convicted, could face the death penalty for his crimes.
China: 336 Million Abortions in Barely Four Decades
China has aborted 336 million unborn children, many of them forcibly, during slightly more than four decades, the government has announced. The staggering number of abortions should prompt mourning for the victims, but it should not be shocking, said pro-life observers of China's policy, because the Communist government has enforced a coercive "one-child" policy for more than 30 years. On March 14, the Chinese Health Ministry reported the following statistics for its family planning practices since 1971, according to the Financial Times: 336 million abortions performed, 196 sterilizations conducted and 403 million intrauterine devices inserted. China, the world's most populous country, first instituted limits on population growth in 1971 and established its "one-child" population control program in 1979. The policy has resulted not only in many reports of authorities carrying out forced abortions and sterilizations, but also in accounts of infanticide. The 336 million abortions surpass the current U.S. population of about 315 million, and also dwarfs the number of abortions -- 55 million -- reported in the U.S. during the last 40 years.
Pastor Saeed, Family Allowed Visit as World Pressure Mounts
After a public hearing and a petition with more than half a million names, pressure is mounting on Iran to release an American pastor sentenced to eight years in one of the country's most notorious prisons, CBN News reports. According to the American Center for Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini met with his family in Iran for an extended two-hour visitation Monday. The visit was allowed in commemoration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. After the visitation, more information about Abedini's medical condition has come to light. The ACLJ -- which represents Abedini, his wife and their two children -- says he has been examined for internal bleeding and will be taken to a hospital to receive medical care. "With his medical condition worsening each day, such medical attention is needed immediately," the ACLJ said.
Support for Gay Marriage Grows as Supreme Court Cases Near
A new national poll reflects the continued cultural shift in attitudes toward gay marriage one week before it faces a monumental test at the Supreme Court, PBS reports. The Washington Post/ABC News survey released Monday found that 58 percent of Americans believe it should be legal for gay couples to get married. Thirty-six percent of respondents opposed making same-sex marriage legal. The survey "reflects a remarkable -- and remarkably fast -- turnabout in American public opinion one of the most emotionally raw and politically divisive issues of the past decade," according to the Washington Post. It also found a "broader shift in American attitudes about homosexuality. ... Two decades ago, fewer than half of all Americans said being gay was an identity people are born with, not a choice; today, a sizable majority, 62 percent, says so." Among certain demographic groups, the survey revealed dramatic splits on the issue: voters ages 18-29 support legalizing gay marriage 81 percent to 15 percent; non-white voters support legalizing gay marriage 61 to 32 percent; and college-educated whites support legalizing gay marriage 65 to 29 percent. All of these constituencies have favored Democrats in national elections.
Group Urges Prayer for Gay Marriage Cases
A prominent Christian legal group is urging Christians nationwide to pray as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to decide the legal definition of marriage, Baptist Press reports. The court will take up two separate cases March 26-27 -- a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 -- and will either affirm the traditional definition of marriage or redefine it to include same-sex couples. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which has been heavily involved in defending the traditional definition of marriage, is in the midst of a "nine weeks of prayer for marriage" initiative that includes weekly downloadable printouts naming attorneys and Supreme Court justices for whom to pray. "They need your prayers like never before," said ADF's president and CEO, Alan Sears. "God's design and purpose for marriage does not change, no matter what today's politicians, activists or courts choose to accept." For more information about the prayer initiative, click here.
North Dakota Second State to Pass Bill Criminalizing Abortions After Heartbeat is Detected
Legislators in North Dakota have passed one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation, criminalizing any abortionist that kills a baby after a heartbeat is detected, the Christian News Network reports. Senators voted to approve the "Heartbeat Bill" Friday, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple for signing. Dalrymple, who is pro-life, has not yet indicated whether he will sign the bill into law. According to reports, the bill would require any abortionist in the state to check for a fetal heartbeat, which can be detected by medical equipment as early as 12 weeks -- though fetal development experts state that an infant's heart begins beating just 20-25 days after conception. If the abortionist performs an abortion despite the existence of a heartbeat, he or she would face felony charges and could spend up to five years in prison and/or pay up to $5,000 in fines. The mother would not face any criminal charges. The bill includes exceptions for the physical impairment or death of the mother, but no exceptions for rape or incest. "The images and heartbeat from the womb provide strong and overwhelming evidence of -- at the very least -- potential life," said Sen. Spencer Berry, a sponsor of the bill. "And we have been instructed by the Supreme Court to protect that very potential." North Dakota becomes the second state in the nation to pass the "Heartbeat Bill"; legislators in Arkansas voted the week prior to override the veto of their Democratic governor and make the bill state law.
Like a puppet on a string?
Or a lifeline for which to cling?
A dance of suspense, like tightrope tip-toeing?
Or a sound of a chain clanking?
Excerpted from my first novel, "The Field: A Social Worker's Journey". Please also see the Foreword for this novel on Roshana page, Act One.
To write. Just to write, to let the words flow freely. Like buttercups and butterflies, so softly flowing. They would flow so free, gaining more and more momentum from the blessed winds, to soar- ever higher. She was like a faerie in the wood...
fleeting, beautifully sweet and delicate-
Alternately cruel, arrogant, seductive and michevious. She was dying to fly free, but continually struggling...
in the fear of her own delicacy.
Wild- she likes to be, for wild means free,
among the green of the woods.
Free- with such natural beauty:
A truth she can see,
A truth she can feel,
A truth she knows
And, Love that is radiant!
Evil often whispered to her though that true love did not exist,
always so seductive in the wood,
but, she will never choose to see it-
she believes she is free.
yet so brutal she can be,
stung too many times by the wasp of human love, and
grown skittish from the possibility, of the painful hurt,
that no wild thing can endure...
Fly little wing.
She's afraid to truly be connected again,
to the human chord.
She still flitters back and forth,
To and fro,
in the hopes of finding that human connection,
that she must have to be real again,
and not an illusion.
Oh- and how painful these experiences were. Very painful at times, because of the crushing loneliness, the frustration and disappointment, from the constant reminder of how different she really was. Can't they see? Don't they know? No. It would seem not, for they are not free. How can this be? To not be free? Such a natural thing to me. Truth: inside, am I real, or am I the illusion?
And now, a tree. Yes. If there were such a thing, as reincarnation,
For I be a living thing,
Perhaps, not a faerie then,
but, a tree.
Beautiful and majestic sparkling,
and breathing deeply,
Transforming the earth into fresh, clean
Young, old, and wise-
From the eyes,
So very, very much.
Not too much is a surprise,
To the observer.
As a tree:
So passively rooted in place,
Taking it all in,
and then reconfiguring it,
into something new.
and, so it passes.
Can anyone tell me how this site works? im new to this-_-
Christians in North Korea Face More Uncertainty After New Sanctions Imposed
A fresh set of sanctions agreed by the United Nations last week will impose further restrictions on North Korea and increasingly limit its ability to function in the international community. According to Open Doors USA, Christians also could be impacted as uncertainty and threats of attacks against the United States and South Korea increase. The new resolution instructs North Korea to cease all nuclear and missile testing. It contains measures that will block financial transactions, impound cash, empower countries to inspect suspicious cargo, and expand a blacklist of items that North Korea is prohibited from importing. The sanctions place new constraints on North Korean diplomats, raising their risk of expulsion, but they do not allow countries to stop and inspect North Korean shipments on the high seas or force down aircraft suspected of moving contraband -- acts that could set off a violent confrontation. "The situation is unclear, North Korea may not be allowed to receive any form of external assistance anymore," said a member of the Open Doors field team. "But since Open Doors does not have any 'above ground' projects, the immediate future of our work should not be impacted by the new sanctions. We work in secret and will continue to do so." North Korea has been No. 1 on the Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of believers for 11 years in a row.
Gay Activists Demand Tebow Cancel Speech at Liberty University
Gay rights activists demanded last week that Tim Tebow back out of a speaking engagement at Liberty University, just two weeks after pressuring the New York Jets quarterback to cancel an appearance at First Baptist Church of Dallas, Todd Starnes reports. Tebow spoke this weekend at Wildfire, a men's conference hosted by the conservative Christian university, and his remarks were closed to the general public. Tebow is well-known for sharing his faith in Christ, but in recent weeks he has come under fire from the media and gay rights activists for speaking in churches that follow biblical teaching. More than 10,000 people signed a petition launched by Faithful America calling on the quarterback to cancel his speech, and the Huffington Post, which called Liberty a "notoriously conservative private college with an anti-gay reputation," said, "Due to Liberty University's reputation for intolerance toward the LGBT community, some might interpret the athlete's appearance as a tacit acknowledgment of similar values." Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality urged Liberty and Tebow to stand firm -- and warned that homosexual activists cannot be appeased. "Their goal is to marginalize and to discredit Christians," LaBarbera said. The university declined to address the controversy.