Small Texas city of Ackerly becomes 17th ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’ in U.S.

Small Texas city of Ackerly becomes 17th ‘sanctuary city for the unborn’ in U.S.

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this guest post are solely those of the author and are not necessarily reflective of Live Action or Live Action News.

On Tuesday, December 1st, the City of Ackerly, Texas (population 251), located about 60 miles northeast of Midland and 80 miles south of Lubbock, became the 17th city in the nation to outlaw abortion by the passing of an enforceable ordinance. As a result of the council’s unanimous 6-0 vote, no unborn child will be able to be murdered by abortion within the city limits of Ackerly.

The Ackerly Ordinance Outlawing Abortion states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to procure or perform an abortion of any type and at any stage of pregnancy in the City of Ackerly, Texas,” and, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly aid or abet an abortion that occurs in the City of Ackerly….”

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Preemie of the Week: Doctors left Benson to die at birth, but his parents fought for him

Preemie of the Week: Doctors left Benson to die at birth, but his parents fought for him

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In November 2017, Megan Artman went into premature labor at just 22 weeks and five days. She and her husband Tim were told their tiny son Benson would only live a few hours, but Benson had other plans. Today, he is a thriving three-year-old.

Benson was born weighing just one pound, two ounces. Believing he would not survive, doctors left him to die on his mother’s chest. At first, doctors wouldn’t even help Benson warm up because he wasn’t considered to be viable. But his parents fought for him, acknowledging that God was in charge of Benson’s life, not the doctors.

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New children’s book, ‘When You Became You,’ aims to educate about life inside the womb

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A new pro-life children’s book released on November 10, 2020, aims to teach children the truth that life begins at fertilization.

When You Became You, published by Contend Projects co-founders Brooke Stanton and Christiane West, “takes you on a scientific journey through the stages of a human being’s life.” In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), West and Staton said the colorful book states as “basic fact” that life begins at fertilization, not at birth.

“We can have an impact now on elementary school children and long-term impact on the culture, on the crisis of human life,” said West.

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Debunking 7 of the most common myths about adoption

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According to AmericanAdoptions.com, about 40% of American adults have considered adopting a child, though many will never follow through. Myths and other challenges surrounding adoption often intimidate people, but knowing the truth and gaining understanding can open hearts and minds to witness the hope and love that adoption brings.

Myth #1: Adoption is only for those facing infertility.

Truth: One of the biggest myths surrounding adoption is that it’s only for couples who are struggling with infertility. While many people who are unable to have biological children choose to adopt, there are many others who adopt regardless of their fertility.

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Teen girl adopted after more than 10 years in 24 different foster homes

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A 17-year old Kentucky girl finally has a forever home, thanks to a loving foster mother who decided to adopt her. After 3,739 days in foster care, which included placements with 24 different families, Akyra Holstein was adopted by foster mom Katie Holstein in an emotional ceremony that took place over Zoom.

Katie always knew she wanted to be a mom, so she decided to become a foster parent in 2017. At first, she thought she would only take in young children. “I was scared, nervous, or just hesitant about taking in teenagers because you do hear a lot of horror stories,” she told PEOPLE Magazine.

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Mom of Boy With Down Syndrome: Doctors Would Only Support Me if I Chose Abortion

Mom of Boy With Down Syndrome: Doctors Would Only Support Me if I Chose Abortion

If Lorraine Buckmaster had listened to her doctors, her family would have had a lot less joy in life.

Six years ago, the British mom refused to abort her unborn son Jaxon because he might have Down syndrome. She recently told the BBC that Jaxon is the “little comedian” of the family, and they expect he may become an entertainer someday.

But, like so many other families, the Buckmasters experience discrimination against their son before he was born.

Lorraine said she was 45 years old when she became pregnant with Jaxon, and, because of her age, she was at a higher risk of carrying a baby with Down syndrome.

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Record-Breaking 22-Week-Old Premature Baby Weighing Only One Pound Goes Home Healthy

Record-Breaking 22-Week-Old Premature Baby Weighing Only One Pound Goes Home Healthy

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One Michigan family will have a special holiday season with their little girl.  Baby Harper Rose Shultz who was born weighing a mere 11 ounces successfully came home in early November after 128 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Saginaw and Bay City News reports that Baby Harper was born at Saginaw’s Covenant HealthCare on June 29, almost four months ahead of her estimated due date of October 23.  At only 22.5 weeks’ gestation Baby Harper was considered a micro-preemie, a severely premature newborn, and was the smallest baby ever resuscitated at Covenant’s NICU.

Like so many parents, Harper’s father, Patrick Schultz, said his daughter has been a “glimmer of hope” in 2020 which has brought many difficulties amid an ongoing pandemic and political turmoil. 

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In Ireland, Babies are Being Born Alive After Abortion and Left to Die

In Ireland, Babies are Being Born Alive After Abortion and Left to Die

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Babies in Ireland may be surviving late-term abortions and being abandoned to die under the nation’s new abortion law, according to a new study.

Published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the study provides a horrific glimpse at how unborn babies are being legally aborted in Ireland.

“In Ireland, several babies have already been born alive after abortion and left to die, admits a new study,” David Quinn, director of The Iona Institute, wrote Tuesday on Twitter. “This will cause absolutely no controversy, no heart-rending national debate, no questioning of what we have wrought.”

Ireland voted to repeal its Eighth Amendment, which granted unborn babies a right to life, in 2018.

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UC Berkeley apologizes for using money from 40-year old research fund promoting eugenics

UC Berkeley apologizes for using money from 40-year old research fund promoting eugenics

When UC Berkeley bioethics professor Osagie K. Obasogie received a staff email in 2018 notifying him about the availability of research funds from the “Genealogical Eugenic Institute Fund,” he was reportedly shocked. The Fund was offering the University hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for “research and support” relating to “family planning, infertility, assisted reproduction technologies, prenatal screening, abortion, gene editing and gene modification” and came from a family trust to the University of California Board of Regents in 1975. Eventually, it was allocated to the Berkeley campus’ School of Public Health. According to Professor Obasogie, the $2.4 million fund’s stated purpose was “the improvement of the human race through research and education in that field generally known as eugenics.”

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South Dakota is Almost Abortion Free, Abortions Only Done One Day a Month

South Dakota is Almost Abortion Free, Abortions Only Done One Day a Month

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The last abortion facility in South Dakota is struggling to keep its doors open.

Sarah Stoesz, who runs the Planned Parenthood in Sioux Falls, told CBS News recently that they are only doing abortions once a month, and she does not know how long that will continue.

Though biased, the report included signs of hope for the future of unborn babies. It’s clear that pro-life laws and efforts like 40 Days for Life are making an impact in South Dakota – and saving lives.

South Dakota is one of only five states with one abortion facility, according to the report. The others are Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and West Virginia.

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Pro-Life Children’s Book “When You Became You” Teaches Kids That Life Begins at Conception

Pro-Life Children’s Book “When You Became You” Teaches Kids That Life Begins at Conception

Teaching little children when life begins is not only vital to helping them understand the morality of life issues, it’s also fundamental in fighting progressive ideology taught to children in schools, authors Brooke Stanton and Christiane West said in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“We can have an impact now on elementary school children and long-term impact on the culture, on the crisis of human life,” West told the DCNF. “Having a book that starts them off correctly and hopefully keeps them protected against false information later is part of the goal of this book as well.”

Stanton and West co-founded Contend Projects, a “secular, nonpartisan, science education nonprofit with the mission to spread accurate information and awareness about the biological science of human embryology and when a human being begins to exist.”

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Preemie of the Week: Naomi, born weighing 364 grams, has inspired others to choose life

Preemie of the Week: Naomi, born weighing 364 grams, has inspired others to choose life

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Angela Bakker and her husband Michael learned at 23 weeks that their baby girl was dealing with intrauterine growth restriction and was not getting the nutrition she needed to grow properly. Concerned, the couple sought a second opinion and were told they should consider abortion. They refused, and today Naomi is a happy and thriving five-year-old.

At 23 weeks and six days, there were four hours left until the technical abortion cut-off, but the couple was told that abortion laws didn’t apply to them because “that’s how bad” they thought Naomi’s health was.

 

 

Naomi was born at 25 weeks via emergency C-section after her mother developed preeclampsia.

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Family becomes party of 10 after adopting four siblings from foster care

Family becomes party of 10 after adopting four siblings from foster care

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The call to foster and adopt had been on Tabitha Goldsmith’s heart for over a decade when that dream finally became a reality. She and her husband Andy were parents to three boys, Elijah, Emery (who has Down syndrome), and Easton, and had just learned they were pregnant with their fourth son when they took in their first foster child. From there, their desire to foster grew.

Their first foster child was able to be reunited with her birth mother, and after giving birth to their fourth son Ezra, the Goldsmiths trusted that God had more plans for them to foster. It was two years later that Andy initiated the conversation to reopen their foster care license.

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Former Planned Parenthood CEO Accidentally Admits Unborn Children are “Babies”

Former Planned Parenthood CEO Accidentally Admits Unborn Children are “Babies”

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On her twitter account, Cecile Richards describes herself as “Former president turned lifelong supporter of Planned Parenthood.”

As our readers know, for 14 years, Richards was the savvy political operative who grew the bottom line of the nation’s largest abortion provider to the point where this “non-profit” rakes in a cool $1.6 billion+ each year.

Interestingly, as Sarah D. pointed out yesterday, Richards deleted a tweet celebrating what she anticipates is the election of Kamala Harris as the Vice President.

So what did the tweet say?

Excited for all the babies this year
 Who will be named Kamala

Babies?!

Yikes.

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University of California Berkeley Maintained Eugenics Fund to Kill Disabled Babies in Abortions

University of California Berkeley Maintained Eugenics Fund to Kill Disabled Babies in Abortions

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The chaos of the election drowned out a disturbing recent story in the Los Angeles Times. The article exposed a fund at the University of California Berkeley that was specifically designated for research in eugenics. The “Genealogical Eugenic Institute Fund,” active since 1975, has been suspended due to public outcry.

Times author Teresa Watanbe correctly notes that eugenics was “discredited after World War II as a horrifying ideology that sought to use science to improve the human race by promoting traits deemed superior and breeding out those judged undesirable. The judgments aligned strongly with social biases that favored white, able-bodied and financially stable people.

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Parents plan to adopt baby with Down syndrome after death of infant daughter with same condition

Parents plan to adopt baby with Down syndrome after death of infant daughter with same condition

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In October of 2019, Nick and Adelynn Stanton were excited to announce they were pregnant with their fourth child. Then in December, they learned the doctors had concerns about the baby’s heart. I January, they were told their baby girl had Down syndrome. Their reaction isn’t one society is used to seeing — it was one of “relief and joy.”

“Down Syndrome. Handicapped. Special needs. None of those terms will ever define our precious girl,” Adelynn wrote on Facebook on January 3, 2020. “Though we received the news today of her extra special chromosome, our sweet Piper Joy is so much more than a diagnosis.

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Father adopts five siblings from foster care: ‘I’m your dad forever’

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Foster care tends to be extremely misunderstood, with people often viewing foster children as “broken” or “damaged,” although this is far from true. The goal of foster care is reunification with biological parents whenever possible, but sometimes that isn’t an option. A former foster child has adopted five siblings from foster care, hoping to keep them from the same heartbreak he experienced as a child.

Robert Carter entered foster care when he was 12 years old and didn’t see his siblings for years. Eventually, once he was emancipated, he received custody of his younger brother and sister, but the experience had a long-term impact on him.

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No, abortion numbers today are not the same as they were before Roe v. Wade

No, abortion numbers today are not the same as they were before Roe v. Wade

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In his “What about Abortion?” video, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and his podcast co-host Skye Jethani claimed that  abortion numbers today are about the same as they were “every year” since the 1930’s when they were “illegal.” Today, nearly a million abortions are committed each year, according to figures from the Guttmacher Institute. Was this truly the case even before Roe v. Wade? The short answer: absolutely not.

The video states:

But even after those laws were passed in the 1930’s doctors still performed an estimated 800K abortions every year. That’s about the same number that’s happening today.

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Preemie of the Week: Viral video star Ward Miles Miller is now a thriving 8-year-old

Preemie of the Week: Viral video star Ward Miles Miller is now a thriving 8-year-old

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In July of 2012, Ward Miles Miller was born three and a half months early weighing just 1.5 pounds. His father Ben chronicled the first year of Ward’s life in a heartwarming video that went viral and has now amassed more than 35 million views on YouTube. Viewers loved watching Ward grow from a tiny preemie with his mother holding him for the first time into a laughing and thriving one-year-old. Now, eight years old and in the second grade, Ward continues to thrive.

Born at 25 weeks, Ward required the use of numerous machines to support him as he fought to survive.

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