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Sacrificing Bits of Babies to the God of American “Civil” Religion

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By Antipelagian

Here is a link to a previous video You Tube took down.

Molechism is alive and well in America…and it thrives in our churches as well. The greatest repulsion, to many of us,  is not that abortion is still going on, rather, that people have the audacity to keep talking about it.

When the sheer ugliness of the concept is shown, proponents want to cover it up. Those who revel in the “freedom” infanticide delivers hate to be conftronted with the reality of what it actually is: infanticide.

 If freedom is your god, and the sacrifice is the unborn, I that is the sacrament of Freedom…how does Freedom taste? 

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January 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Pro-Choice Advocates Need to do Their Homework

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Written by Aleebannister. Edited by Paleocrat.
Jan. 2, 2009

A few nights ago, my husband and I were at engaged in a discussion with a pro-choice woman over the issue of when life begins. One of her main arguments was that a “fetus” doesn’t have a heartbeat until 12 weeks. She claimed that her working at an  OB/GYN gave her firsthand insight that my husband and I did not have. She went further by saying that a “fetus” is just a blood clot, that he or she does not move, that there is no brain function, that they are unable to think, that they are unable to cry, and that pregnant women don’t “feel life” until well after the time most women have abortions. This pretty much summarizes her arguments.

What I hope to do, then, is provide proof to the contrary. I am relying heavily upon authorites in this field so as to better substantiate the reason for our opposition. Listed below are just a few of the things I found.

When does the heart begin to beat?
At 18 days [when the mother is only four days late for her first menstrual period], and by 21 days it is pumping, through a closed circulatory system, blood whose type is different from that of the mother. (J.M. Tanner, G. R. Taylor, and the Editors of Time-Life Books, Growth, New York: Life Science Library, 1965, p. 64)

When is the brain functioning?
Brain waves have been recorded at 40 days on the Electroencephalogram (EEG). ( H. Hamlin, “Life or Death by EEG,” JAMA, Oct. 12, 1964, p. 113)

Brain function, as measured on the Electroencephalogram, “appears to be reliably present in the fetus at about eight weeks gestation,” or six weeks after conception. (J. Goldenring, “Development of the Fetal Brain,” New England Jour. of Med., Aug. 26, 1982, p. 564)

Only several generations ago, doctors used the ending of respiration to measure the end of human life. This is no longer true, for the use of artificial ventilators is common. Only one generation ago, doctors were using the ending of the heartbeat to measure the end of human life. This is no longer true, for now the heart can be stopped and restarted for different operations. It also may stop during a heart attack and sometimes can be restarted. Today, the definitive and final measure of the end of human life is brain death. This happens when there is
irreversible cessation of total brain function. The final scientific measurement of this is the permanent ending of brain waves. Since all authorities accept that the end of an individual’s life is measured by the ending of his brain function (as measured by brain waves on the EEG), would it not be logical for them to at least agree that individual’s life began with the onset of that same human brain function, as measured by brain waves recorded on that same instrument?

When does the developing baby first move?
“In the sixth to seventh weeks. . . . If the area of the lips is gently stroked, the child responds by bending the upper body to one side and making a quick backward motion with his arms. This is called a ‘total pattern response’ because it involves most of the body, rather than a local part.” ( L. B. Arey, Developmental Anatomy (6th ed.), Philadelphia: W. B. Sanders Co., 1954)

At eight weeks, “if we tickle the baby’s nose, he will flex his head backwards away from the stimulus.” ( A. Hellgers, M.D., “Fetal Development, 31,” Theological Studies, vol. 3, no. 7, 1970, p. 26)

Another example is from a surgical technician whose letter said, “When we opened her abdomen (for a tubal pregnancy), the tube had expelled an inch-long fetus, about 4-6 weeks old. It was still alive in the sack. “That tiny baby was waving its little arms and kicking its little legs and even turned its whole body over.” (J. Dobson, Focus on the Family Mag., Aug. ’91, pg. 16)

But pregnant women don’t “feel life” until four or five months!
The inside of the uterus has no feeling. The baby has to be almost a foot long (30 cm.) and weigh about one pound (454 gm.) before he or she is large enough to brace a shoulder against one wall and kick hard enough against the opposite wall to dent it outward. Then the mother feels it because the outside of the uterus is covered by a sensitive peritoneal surface.

What is the development at seven to eight weeks?
The baby’s stomach secretes gastric juice by eight weeks. Now we can listen to the tiny one’s heartbeat on an ultrasonic stethoscope. These are now common in doctors’ offices and on hospital wards. They are never used in abortion facilities, however, as this information is universally withheld from mothers prior to abortion. Abortionists know that if they tell women there already is a heartbeat — and certainly if they would let her listen to the heartbeat — some mothers would change their minds. The actual sounds of a six-week-old
baby’s heartbeat are available on tape from Cincinnati Right to Life, 1802 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45239 ($3.00).

“Eleven years ago, while giving an anesthetic for a ruptured tubal pregnancy (at two months), I was handed what I believed to be the smallest human being ever seen. The embryo sac was intact and transparent. Within the sac was a tiny (one-third inch) human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid, while attached to the wall by the umbilical cord. This tiny human was perfectly developed with long, tapering fingers, feet and toes. It was almost transparent, as regards the skin, and the delicate arteries and veins were prominent to the ends of the fingers. “The baby was extremely alive and swam about the sac approximately one time per second with a natural swimmers stroke. This tiny human did not look at all like the photos and drawings of ‘embryos’ which I have seen, nor did it look like the few embryos I have been able to observe since then, obviously because this one was alive. “When the sac was opened, the tiny human immediately lost its life and took on the appearance of what is accepted as the appearance of an embryo at this stage (blunt extremities, etc.).” ( P.E. Rockwell, M.D., Director of Anesthesiology, Leonard Hospital, Troy, New York, U.S. Supreme Court., Markle vs. Abele, 72-56, 72-730, p. 11, 1972)

He certainly can’t cry!
Although the watery environment in which he lives presents small opportunity for crying, which does require air, the unborn knows how to cry, and given a chance to do so, he will.

A doctor “injected an air bubble into the baby’s amniotic sac and then took x-rays. It so happened that the air bubble covered the baby’s face. The whole procedure had no doubt given the little fellow quite a bit of jostling about, and the moment that he had air to inhale and exhale they heard the clear sound of a protesting wail emitting from the uterus. Late that same night, the mother awakened her doctor with a telephone call, to report that when she lay down to sleep the air bubble got over the baby’s head again, and he was crying so loudly he was keeping both her and her husband awake. The doctor advised her to prop herself upright with pillows so that the air could not reach the baby’s head, which was by now in the lower part of the uterus.” (Day & Liley, Modern Motherhood, Random House, 1969, pp. 50-51)

Does he/she think?
In adults, when we contemplate a physical move or action from a resting state, our heart rate accelerates several seconds before the motion. Similarly, the fetal baby’s heart rate speeds up six to ten seconds prior to fetal movement. Is this conscious thought and planning? ( N. Lauerson & H. Hochberg, “Does the Fetus Think?” JAMA, vol. 247, no. 23, July 18, 1982)

The evidence, in my opinion, is compelling. The truth is easy to find, it just takes a willingness to do some homework. I think the saddest part of the entire thing is that the non-scientific arguments in defense of abortion were coming from someone who should have known better. It is just so sad to see people in the field of medicine and pregnancy say things that are so easily discredited, even by a lay person like me.

King Jesus, we pray for the end of the abortion holocaust. Kyrie, eleison.

For Want of Conviction the War was Lost

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It is often the little things that kill. Unfortunately, little things typically get overlooked. The old cause-and-effect story of a kingdom being lost on account of a nail falling from a horse’s hoof is rather appropriate. Were it not for what most consider a rather insignificant detail the empire would still be standing strong. But as the story goes, the domino-effect took place as one small setback created yet another until ending in the demise of a great people and vibrant kingdom.

This imagery came to mind as I perused a copy of Proposal 2, sent to me by my state senator. This particular proposal calls for increased deregulation of embryonic stem-cell research in the state of Michigan.

I do not wish here to deal with the traditional arguments against embryonic stem-cell research. Instead, I wish only to comment on what many on both sides of the issue may or may not recognize as the far-reaching ramifications of this particular proposal.

It is my contention that this proposal, while appearing rather modest, goes to the very core of the debate over abortion and abortifacient contraceptives.

On the one hand, arguing that embryonic stem-cell research is either morally neutral or should be restricted to a set number of pre-existing lines, the foundation of pro-life philosophy essentially disappears. If life is not sacred from the moment of conception, then one is left with the pro-choice crowd wishing to establish an arbitrary and unscientific stage of human development where mere tissue obtains what we would legally refer to as personhood.

On the other hand, if the pro-choice crowd concedes, as the proposal does, that stem cells would not be taken “from human embryos more than 14 days after cell division begins,” then pro-choice advocates will be left having to justify not only the rationale behind such an arbitrary decision, but also their continued advocacy of most all medical abortion. They’ll have to explain why they would permit the poisoning and dissection of babies who are well beyond 14 days after the point where cell division begins. In sum, why restrict experimentation on babies that they are already more than willing to deprive of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without due process of law, going so far as to inflict upon them what is nothing less than the most cruel and unusual of punishments? Their line of logic would place these poor innocent souls within the scope of their scalpel, making them prime candidates for such experimentation.

In either case, the vote will have far-reaching affects on the way the abortion and contraception debate is framed. Does either side fully understand the full reach of their position on this “modest” proposal? I highly doubt it. But as I said in this beginning of this post, the little things are all too often overlooked. The question, then, is what philosophy these “little things” will kill.

Democrats For Life of America

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This is Part 1 of my interview with Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America. She is also the author of Democrats for Life: Pro-life Politics and the Silenced Majority.

KRISTEN DAY ON PALEO RADIO

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Kristen Day, the Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America,will be on Monday, October 13, edition of Paleo Radio. She will be discussing the surge of pro-life Democrats in America as well something called the 95-10 Initiative that, according to DFLA, has the potential to minimize the number of abortions and unwanted pregnancies by 95 percent over a ten-year period of time.Much of the language of this initiative can also be found in the Pregnant Woman Support Act. The interview will begin just after the 6:00 p.m. break.

Make sure to tune in to http://wocrfm.com on Monday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m., EST. You may have to use Internet Explorer or open the streaming audio with Windows Media Player.

Questions and comments are welcome during the program. Just add Paleocrat to your Yahoo IM or AIM.

Palin: What’s the Value of a Family?

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Contrary to the age-old slogan, beggars can be choosers. Just ask the peddler if he would like to clean your room in return for food. You are likely to get bombarded with a billion reasons why you misread what they meant when saying “will work for food.”

But there are beggars who tend to be grateful for even a crumb or pre-chewed bubble gum. These would be your run-of-the-mill Christian conservatives. As reasonably outraged as they may be about various bills, so long as the language gives even a hint of a hint of hope, they jump on board with bells and whistles. The same can be said of political candidates. A politician may have failed them time and again, but so long as they can give due lip-service when lip-service is due, all is well and good. The crumb from the masters table may only be a crumb, but it’s better than starvation, right?

Take Governor Sarah Palin as an example. Social conservatives were on the edge of sanity until McCain shocked the political world with his pick for vice president. A pro-life, pro-gun, anti-gay feminist, and a Zionist to boot! Ignore for a second that the entire affair wreaks of political opportunism and unwarranted expectations, “she must be the one!”

Those with half a sense to them would approach the Palin matter with a teaspoon of caution. Well, make that a ton.

The governor stands accused of firing a top state law enforcement official who refused to dismiss a state trooper who just so happened to be in the midst of a rather nasty divorce dispute; a dispute that just so happened to include her sister. Worse yet, the dismissed officer, Walt Monegan, says he saved the emails sent to him by the governor. While the best case scenario is that she is found innocent, the possibility of being found guilty would a direct violation of the public trust and a gross abuse of her power. Worse yet, if found guilty, she will be found guilty of lying before an official investigation approved by the Alaskan state legislature.

Just as important as the judicial matter would be that of the role of women, and the role of mothers in particular. Religious conservatives have traditionally opposed the mother-on-the-run liberationists in the “Mommy War.” Believing that mothers are best at home with children, conservatives have fought to encourage policies where this would become the norm rather than the exception. Such sentiments may be little more than sentimental in this day and age. Palin is being heralded even by women such as Eagle Forum founder and long-time conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. This doesn’t come without a bit of irony, as Schlafly said that she thinks “a hard-working, well-organized C.E.O. type can handle it very well.” Schlaffly is describing a certain type of woman, this much is sure, but not the type with kids living in the home, one with down syndrome, and another who is pregnant on account of pre-marital sex.

Some not-so traditional “conservatives” will reply by insisting that Palin may be able to juggle the two. This is a hard sell when her daughter’s moral depravity went under the radar. And this was done while Palin was the governor of Alaska. How much more is required of a mother acting as vice president of the United States? Will she be able to provide the kind of nearness, attention, and affection that is so detrimental to the development of children? This question becomes even more important in light of the fact that her youngest was born with Down syndrome. The issue here ends up being just as much about whether or not she should do it as it has been, thus far, about whether or not she could do it.

Let’s grant for the sake of argument that she should. The question of whether or not she could still has yet to be resolved. If history can teach us anything, and I am convinced that it can, than the answer would be in the negative. Take Jane Swift, the acting governor of Massachusetts at the turn of the millennium. She gave birth during her time in office, only soon to realize the difficulties facing mothers in that position. Swift dropped out of the race for governor in 2002. In an essay published in Boston magazine, Swift wrote, “I know now that it was virtually impossible for me to take advice and make decisions when I was responding emotionally as a mother, not thinking rationally as a public official.” And before conservatives go howling partisanship, Swift is a Republican.

It is here that we see conservatives, traditional conservatives in particular, between a rock and a hard place. Yes, Palin is pro-life, pro-gun, supports the president’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq, and flies a little Israeli flag in her office. Better yet, we know she hasn’t been stained by years in the beltway, though such time in the mire is being touted as “experience” in favor of McCain. But we cannot overlook the ethical aspects of this decision. We must not bat an eye when talking about the role of mothers in the family unity. Unfortunately, the party of “family values” is glossing over the effects Palin’s decision will have on her own home. It appears that irony – or should we say tragedy? – has not lost its sting.