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« on: May 02, 2014, 02:29:03 AM »
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  • Adoption offers not only an opportunity for children to live, but for women to make a "loving parenting choice,” according to the founder of a pro-life organization.

    "When you talk about abortion there are only two life-affirming options: either you're talking about parenting, or the loving parenting choice of adoption," Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation, told CNA.

    "It's an incredible parenting choice to say, 'I can't be the one for this child, but I'm going to make a loving plan for adoption.’"

    The Radiance Foundation is a Virginia-based organization which educates the public on abortion and its scope, particularly within minority communities. Bomberger participated in the March for Life, a witness in Washington, D.C. that draws hundreds of thousands of people to demonstrate against abortion.

    He later spoke at the March's Rose Dinner on the subject of adoption, which was the theme for the 2014 march.

    He explained that the choice of adoption as a theme "is such a natural expression of who the March for Life has been for years," adding that March for Life president Jeannie Monahan "understands that defending life means you have to finish that sentence by also promoting adoption."

    Bomberger noted that adoption has fallen out of favor as an option for women in difficult situations because of pressures from the abortion industry. The industry, he said "profits from one product, and that is the service of abortion," and it has an incentive to promote its product.

     "They demonize adoption all the time, and put it into people's minds all the time that somehow they're sparing themselves and their child if they choose to end that human life.”

    However, he continued, talking to birth mothers and those who have been adopted fights the "lack of awareness" about adoption, and helps people to "understand the beauty that arises from adoption."

    "What you'll find from birth moms all the time is that they feel blessed," Bomberger said, adding that many birth mothers are able " to finish education " and "make a plan for that child to be in a supportive and loving home."

    He also pointed to his organization's new initiative, adoptedandloved.com, which features "adoptees sharing their experience of being adopted and love."

    And for Bomberger, the topic of adoption is deeply personal.

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    Ryan Bomberger addressing the March for Life Youth Rally, January, 2014. Credit: LifeSiteNews.comWashington D.C., May 1, 2014 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Adoption offers not only an opportunity for children to live, but for women to make a "loving parenting choice,” according to the founder of a pro-life organization.

    "When you talk about abortion there are only two life-affirming options: either you're talking about parenting, or the loving parenting choice of adoption," Ryan Bomberger, founder of the Radiance Foundation, told CNA.

    "It's an incredible parenting choice to say, 'I can't be the one for this child, but I'm going to make a loving plan for adoption.’"

    The Radiance Foundation is a Virginia-based organization which educates the public on abortion and its scope, particularly within minority communities. Bomberger participated in the March for Life, a witness in Washington, D.C. that draws hundreds of thousands of people to demonstrate against abortion.

    He later spoke at the March's Rose Dinner on the subject of adoption, which was the theme for the 2014 march.

    He explained that the choice of adoption as a theme "is such a natural expression of who the March for Life has been for years," adding that March for Life president Jeannie Monahan "understands that defending life means you have to finish that sentence by also promoting adoption."

    Bomberger noted that adoption has fallen out of favor as an option for women in difficult situations because of pressures from the abortion industry. The industry, he said "profits from one product, and that is the service of abortion," and it has an incentive to promote its product.

     "They demonize adoption all the time, and put it into people's minds all the time that somehow they're sparing themselves and their child if they choose to end that human life.”

    However, he continued, talking to birth mothers and those who have been adopted fights the "lack of awareness" about adoption, and helps people to "understand the beauty that arises from adoption."

    "What you'll find from birth moms all the time is that they feel blessed," Bomberger said, adding that many birth mothers are able " to finish education " and "make a plan for that child to be in a supportive and loving home."

    He also pointed to his organization's new initiative, adoptedandloved.com, which features "adoptees sharing their experience of being adopted and love."

    And for Bomberger, the topic of adoption is deeply personal.

    "I am adopted," he said, explaining that he was adopted into a family of 15 after his mother was raped and gave him up for adoption

    "We come from different backgrounds, different ethnicities, differing abilities, some of us are special needs: all of us were loved like crazy," he said of his upbringing.

    His parents' love "showed us really that adoption is all about love; it's about unleashing love, unleashing hope," adding that his experience has made him "passionate" about the issue and influenced his and his wife's decision to adopt as well.

    "My birth mom was raped, but her courage started an avalanche of things that she never could have expected in the middle of that pain and chaos."

    He added that for Christians, adoption is a particularly important opportunity for witness.

    Adoption is saying to God that "I'm going to do what you have done for every one of us” -- pointing to the adoption of all Christians into God's family through Christ.

    "There is really no salvation without it."

    "That's why we're passionate about all cases, because you know, there could be tragedy now, but there may be triumph tomorrow."

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/adoption-a-loving-choice-for-children-women-activist-says/

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  •  A 19-week pregnant model who had said she would have an abortion to further her career in U.K. reality television now says that feeling her unborn baby kick made her turn away from an abortion clinic.

    “I just couldn’t do it,” Josie Cunningham told U.K. tabloid The Mirror. “I really thought I would be able to but I couldn’t. I’d felt the baby kick for the first time 24 hours earlier and I couldn’t get that feeling out of my head.”

    Cunningham already has two sons, ages six and three.

    “I’d forgotten what the feeling was like. It was magical. It was like the baby was telling me not to go through with it.”

    She said the kick “took me totally by surprise” and was “a real boot.”

    “I never imagined how hard it would be to have an abortion after that.”

    Two weeks ago, the 23-year-old model had said she was a candidate to appear on the U.K. reality show Big Brother, but started considering an abortion after the show’s producers “suddenly turned cold” when they learned she was pregnant.

    “This time next year I won’t have a baby. I’ll be famous instead,” she said.

    Her remarks about wanting an abortion in order to pursue other offers to further her career, fanned by the media, had triggered a backlash against her in social media and criticism from other media personalities.

    However, the day before her appointment, Cunningham felt the baby suddenly begin to kick. That night, she began watching videos of abortions of unborn babies close to Britain’s 24-week legal limit.

    “What I saw horrified me,” Cunningham told The Mirror.

    She said she felt “physically sick” in the taxi drive to the London abortion clinic the next day; she was shaking and “burst into tears.”

    “I wanted to throw myself out of the moving car to get away. I had my hands on my bump and I had the strongest feeling I couldn’t let anyone take my baby away,” Cunningham said.

    “As soon as I realized I was going to keep the baby, I felt happy – like a weight lifted.”

    Cunningham is still angry with those who criticized her plans to have an abortion, saying “no one had the right to threaten me and publicly humiliate me the way they did.”

    However, she added that her mother is supportive and excited by her decision to keep her baby.

    “I lost control and I wanted to be famous so badly I lost sight of what matters,” she reflected. “I’m disgusted with myself and I’m sorry – not to the haters but to the child I’m going to have. Now I’ve made this decision I am determined to be a good mother just like I am to my other children.”

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/babys-kick-dissuades-pregnant-model-from-abortion/


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    « Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 02:09:51 AM »
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  • During Italy’s fourth annual March for Life, two women shared testimonies of being conceived in rape, and expressed hope that they can offer light to women who are pregnant through similar circumstances.

    Speaking of women who become pregnant as a result of rape, Rebecca Keissling and Mary Rathke told CNA May 4 that they wish to “give them hope, and that they wouldn’t feel alone.”

    The women were present in Rome for a May 3 international pro-life leader’s conference, during which Kiessling gave her personal testimony and spoke of the importance of not making exceptions in one’s pro-life stance. They also participated in the annual March for Life event held the following day.

    Both hailing from Michigan, USA, Kiessling and Rathke are International Prolife speakers, and work as part of “Save the 1,” an organization dedicated to educating society on why “all pre-born children should be protected by law and accepted by society, without exception and without compromise.”
       
    Referring to the organization’s motto, taken from the Parable of the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 sheep in search of the one who is missing, Kiessling noted that “whenever I hear the motto in the pro-life movement of ‘save the 99 for the 1,’ I always think of the parable of the lost sheep where Jesus was talking about the little children, and he made the one a priority.”

    “He spoke quite a bit about the least of these, and who are the least of these in today’s society? Is it not all the hard cases? Children conceived in rape, and children with special needs?”

    Drawing attention to the talk she gave during the leader’s conference, Kiessling observed that “all life needs to be protected without compromise,” because “as soon as you say that children conceived in rape can be compromised, you’ve basically negated your whole position that life is precious.”

    Speaking of how she found out that she was conceived through rape, Kiessling revealed that she always knew she had been adopted, and that when the man she had believed to be her birthfather passed away, the family told her that “he had been covering because they didn’t want anybody to know that his wife had been raped on her way home from work.”

    Rathke explained that she found out when she met her birthmother at the age of 19, “and she told me the whole awful story, and that she tried to kill me in two illegal abortions, so she was honest with me.”

    “But today she says I’m a blessing to her, I honor her and I bring her healing.”

    She voiced her desire that the world would come to realize that “just because your conception might have happened from something bad, or in my case my mother is schizophrenic, that just because she’s mentally ill doesn’t mean that my life doesn’t have value and that I can’t be productive and be a voice.”

    When asked about their personal goals in participating in Italy’s March for Life, Rathke stated her hope that “it opens the eyes of the world” and “that others will come forward.”

    “What we see in the United States is that there are hundreds that are coming out and emailing us and saying ‘this is my story too,’ where they felt so alone,” she continued.

    And I know there are people here in Italy who have that story and I hope they’ll have the courage then to say ‘me too,’ and to not have to live with the stigma.”

    Keissling said that her greatest desire is to give women in the same situation hope, and recounted how she had received an email from a young woman in Germany who had decided to keep her unborn child because of her testimony on the organization’s website.

    “I had received an email from someone last year from someone in Germany who had Googled ‘pregnant by rape,’ and because on my website I have my story translated into many languages, it’s the first thing that came up in Germany when they Googled” it, she explained.

    “She said that my story had made her realize that life was the right choice. So it shows that speaking out, having the courage to share a difficult story really does make a difference.”

    Explaining how the use of social media has helped to make their voices heard, Kiessling noted that when people “see our pictures and hear our stories, it makes it real. It’s not just a hypothetical situation. We’re real people.”

    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/women-conceived-in-rape-seek-to-inspire-others-in-choosing-life/

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    « Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 05:40:49 AM »
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  • I'm old enough to remember when models had to be vaguely good looking.

     

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