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This tumblr began with a dedication to speak out against abortion, but I have since branched out to include posts pertaining to my Catholic faith as well. My pro-life beliefs are the greatest driving force in why I have a tumblr, so that is a majority of what you see here.
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Those who hold the reins of government should not forget that it is the duty of public authority by appropriate laws and sanctions to defend the lives of the innocent, and this all the more so since those whose lives are endangered and assailed cannot defend themselves. Among whom we must mention in the first place infants hidden in the mother’s womb. And if the public magistrates not only do not defend them, but by their laws and ordinances betray them to death at the hands of doctors or of others, let them remember that God is the Judge and Avenger of innocent blood which cried from earth to Heaven.
Pope Pius XI, Casti Connubii, 67 (via badwolfcomplexarchive)
Asker Anonymous Asks:
If you're going to promote pro-life then let me tell you, you chose the wrong website to do it on.
emilye emilye Said:

cultureshift:

Actually, I am exactly where I should be. If you are pro-life, you must enter the wolves den. You must allow yourself to be surrounded by them. You must absorb the impacts of their blows and become a lightening rod for the hate. We must shine the light of truth into the darkest abyss and help those born into this culture to open their eyes and see the death that swirls around them. There is no other place I would rather be.

"…we are lanterns not lit to merely shine our light in an already illuminated room, for that would be redundant. Rather, we are to shine our light in darkness. It is the darkness that is deprived of light."

sweetandlovelygirl7:

Religious Freedom and Protecting Healthcare for Women and Children

badwolfcomplex:

osvnews:

by Cardinal Timothy Dolan

“We bishops of New York sponsor an agency called Fidelis, which provides health insurance to low-income folks.  I’m told we’re the largest such private provider in our state. A recent physician survey of Fidelis showed that we got the highest ratings of anybody else in the area of – - guess what? – - supporting healthcare for women and children. … 

“A couple of years ago I visited a woman’s prison. The warden asked me if I wanted to visit the expectant and new mothers’ healthcare center. It then dawned on me that, of course, some women would enter prison pregnant. I was so happy to see the expectant moms, getting good health care for themselves and their unborn babies, and to see the moms with babies under two getting classes in childrearing and parenting skills, with the babies receiving tender care right next to their moms. When I told the warden how grateful I was to see such excellent care for these women and children, he replied, “Thank yourself. Catholic Charities runs it.” …

“I could go on and on:  if you want to see creative, daring, lifegiving healthcare for women and their children, look at what the Church is doing.”

(via closertothelost)

propaganda-for-life:

Your common misconceptions never cease to flabbergast me.

  • Birth control does not induce abortion because it prevents pregnancy to begin with (link is a great video of Rachel Maddow hilariously explaining the science to Mitt Romney). Meaning that when birth control is in use, there should be nothing there to abort.
  • Abortion does not cause breast cancer, but childbirth can transiently increase your risk for it.
  • Abortion is not a mental health risk, but childbirth is.
  • Pregnancy is NOT a simple nine months of your life. Forced pregnancy and childbirth are torture. The medical complications associated with pregnancy can form a Shakespearean litany, and no one should have to go through that if they do not want to.
  • Learn how fetal development actually works. Fetuses cannot think, talk, hear, or write. They cannot feel pain until 35 weeks, and most abortions happen before 12. I’ve seen propaganda pieces depicting a 4 week embryo as an inch long, when in reality, it’s about the size of a poppy seed. That shit is nothing short of factual inaccuracy and emotional manipulation.

Pro-life and Pro-choice both claim that science is on their side. I, myself, have
even made this claim about my side. Despite the fact that science is silent on issues of morality, each side of the controversy still claims that science is on their side, as if this assertion gives them the upper-hand in the debate. But the truth is that the only thing science says about abortion is how it happens. (Yes, this is the is/ought divide.) 

Through biology, we can understand human reproduction and human development both inside and outside the womb. Science comments on the average length of a full-term pregnancy, on how fertilization happens, on how cells divide and how human beings develop. Science tells us how a zygote grows into an embryo and then into a fetus. Science tells us how a woman’s body is capable of pregnancy. Science tells us that the zygote and early embryo are living human organisms. Science observes these natural events and conditions and explains how things happen.

But science can’t answer all of humanity’s problems, for to do so would be to give the erroneous perception that science is an unlimited source of philosophical insight. Science is limited in its applicability because it is grounded in its very exactness, not in broad interpretations. Science is not an output of moral philosophy.  Science is a tool, and it is often misused.

Humans possess the beautiful ability to reason. How many times have you heard “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”? Science may be able to tell us how to do something, but it doesn’t tell us if we should. Our human reasoning is what tells us the “ought.”  It is very difficult to get a base for morality in science because ethical values lie outside the scientific realm.

When you claim “science is on my side,” this is applying a false power to science. It’s saying that it is possible for science to give you answers to non-scientific questions. Is it moral for adult human beings to put their offspring to death in the womb? This is not a scientific question.

And this goes both ways. Neither can the pro-life say that it is science that tells us not to kill, but rather our ethics. These questions belong to philosophy and theology.

Science is theorized generalizations and investigations about the physical world, it is a universal enterprise of physical laws and systems of laws. Whether or not abortion is acceptable within our society is a moral question, not a scientific one. At no point can science speak in favor of aborting a fetus.

Another thing to consider is that one cost of assigning this moral weight to science is that it can distort the way a person responds to research conclusions.  For example, if one advocates a particular political ideology (for example, pro-choice), they will be apprehensive to accept scientific research that negatively reflects their firm-held ideology and will question the integrity of the researcher even if the conclusions are facts.  

Whatever the facts are, you’re going to look at the evidence you want, ignore the evidence you don’t want, and continue viewing life through your personal lens while trying to draw a line in the sand and say “science is with me that I’m on the right side.”

On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated first in her class, becoming the first female doctor in the United States. Her decision to become a physician was cinched when she heard of women performing abortions. Referring to an article in the New York Herald about the notorious abortion provider Madame Restelle, Elizabeth wrote in her diary:"The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term ‘female physician’ should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women.”
On January 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell graduated first in her class, becoming the first female doctor in the United States. Her decision to become a physician was cinched when she heard of women performing abortions. Referring to an article in the New York Herald about the notorious abortion provider Madame Restelle, Elizabeth wrote in her diary:

"The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term ‘female physician’ should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women.”

your-lies-ruin-lives:

emilye:

your-lies-ruin-lives:

emilye:

March For Life — Olympia, WA

And.. if everyone there had spent the money involved on helping families instead, how many families could have been actively helped? 

Oh this March for Extravagant Waste of Money And Not Helping Anyone nonsense is getting obnoxious. 

STOP BEING LAZY. Get up and ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE.

If we simply walked around with signs protesting against abortion without taking any action to help people, then you’re right, that would be absolutely useless.  But that’s not what these “Marches” are about — in fact, every speaker that afternoon called us to action.  Many pro-life people ARE actively volunteering in their communities, myself included!  We can do both!  We can March for Life and actually help people!

Then explain how homelessness, poverty, starvation, lack of basic necessities (and population within the foster care system) have only gone up? Were you aware 20,000 kids die a day from totally avoidable causes? And that’s gone up too? 

Because y’all are being lazy and walking with signs for the most part, standing around outside clinics. Not helping raise funds for helping abolish poverty. Because you literally couldn’t care less about born people.

"All babies need to be borned" so they can starve, be put into foster care, neglected, abused, molested, raped, beaten within an inch of their lives, grow up feeling unloved/unwanted.. etc.. .etc.. since people spend their money on signs and silly marches instead of legislation that would improve the very fibers of the foster care settings if nothing else. 

BUT YOU DON’T DO THAT.. because your approach for 30 years has been “BAN TEH ABORSHUNS AND LET PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THE CHYLDRUNS” .. but that hasn’t worked in 30 years. So try another approach. One that’d actually require helping people. Just sayin.

I can tell you’re upset, and that this is a passionate issue for you.  It’s a passionate issue for me too.  But I can’t stress enough that we actually have some common ground here: if pro-lifers did nothing but try to save babies from abortion, but not care about the mothers, the fathers, the babies who are born, then you’re right, that would be a completely hypocritical stance that solves nothing.  

It’s a common misconception placed on people who are pro-life: it is often assumed that we only care about fetuses and don’t care about the members of humanity who are born.  If that were the case, then that would be a legitimate frustration.  If there are pro-life people out there who want to save babies from abortion and not do anything else, then I totally agree with you, those people need to step up.

But here’s the deal.  When I say I’m pro-life, it means I have a consistent life ethic across the board.  It isn’t about valuing only the unborn and marching around with signs.  It’s about valuing the dignity of human life at all stages and working towards a society that values each member of humanity.  All people have an equal right to life.  We must reflect this attitude to protect the rights of the weakest and most vulnerable in our society: the unborn, the infirm, the refugee, the homeless, and the poor.

The people that know adopt abandoned newborns.  I have friends who are on waiting lists at hospitals; when an infant is abandoned at a hospital, there are literally lists of people willing to take those newborns in.  And I soon hope to be on that list too (pending paperwork.)

The people that know adopt and foster children with disabilities.  One friend adopted a baby girl who was abandoned because she was deaf, another adopted a little girl with down syndrome who needed expensive heart surgery.  There are people in the world who do what they can to take these children in, to love them, and to provide for them.  Many of my friends are not able to adopt, so instead they donate money to other’s adoption funds.

I have friends who volunteer at hospice centers, and go grocery shopping for shut-ins, and who organize support groups for parent’s of special needs children.  My cousin works her off ass volunteering to help foreign refugees find homes, with little to no compensation.  In my local community, I have seen people throw elaborate baby showers for single mothers they hardly know.  I personally work to arrange for new mothers to receive car seats, diapers, and other baby equipment.  Those who identify themselves as pro-life can and do seek to help needy members of our human society, beyond just the ones in the womb.  We’re not just saying that life is precious in the womb, but life is precious when someone has Alzheimer’s, when someone has AIDS, when someone is poor, when someone has mental illness. Their humanity is not diminished.

But here’s the thing.  I’m only one person, and I can only do so much.  It takes a huge effort to make a real difference.  It takes a lot of people.  That’s why I’m here on tumblr, that’s why I have a blog.  I’m here to spread that message.  If we all do our part, we can make a world of difference!

We might not agree on the issue of abortion, but I think we can agree that there are many issues facing our country — child abuse and neglect, poverty and starvation, homelessness — and that anyone who is able should offer their assistance in alleviating the suffering of our fellow man.

your-lies-ruin-lives:

emilye:

March For Life — Olympia, WA

And.. if everyone there had spent the money involved on helping families instead, how many families could have been actively helped? 

Oh this March for Extravagant Waste of Money And Not Helping Anyone nonsense is getting obnoxious. 

STOP BEING LAZY. Get up and ACTUALLY HELP PEOPLE.

If we simply walked around with signs protesting against abortion without taking any action to help people, then you’re right, that would be absolutely useless.  But that’s not what these “Marches” are about — in fact, every speaker that afternoon called us to action.  Many pro-life people ARE actively volunteering in their communities, myself included!  We can do both!  We can March for Life and actually help people!

increasinglyinsatiable:

Are you pro-life enough to offer to love and support to the mother of an unborn child, regardless of her choice?

Are you pro-life enough to sacrifice your own future by offering to adopt the child, since you think abortion is murder?

 Are you pro-life enough to love those already alive? Will you spend your time with the homeless and the poor instead of writing angry comments on videos supporting abortion?

 Are you pro-life enough to defend the “sanctity” of life even when it comes to a serial killer on death row? 

Are you pro-life enough to stand against wars and call for peace?

Are you really pro-life?

It’s easy for me to claim the title of “pro-life.” It’s much harder for me to live in a way that is actually pro-life.

Valid questions.  Being pro-life requires action, sacrifice, and selflessly helping and loving others.

If the pro-choice view is correct, women who miscarry are mourning nothing but the possibility of becoming pregnant, not an actual child she just lost. This is a lie, and it is insulting.
Laura Horn (via renovatedheart)

the-treble:

People are apparently mad that a half-cooked fetus doesn’t get to use a reanimated corpse as an incubator. They really ought to reevaluate their whole life right now.

Human beings don’t cook in the womb — they are not muffins.  Human beings grow and develop.  Growth and development takes place inside and outside the womb.  An embryo grows into a fetus, a fetus grows into an infant, an infant grows into a child, a child grows into a teenager.  The day we are born, our brain is only 25% developed — technically, we still aren’t even finished “cooking” at birth, we still have a LOT of developing to accomplish!  In the first year of life, the neocortex has only just begun to build up the area for reasoning, thinking, planning, and other executive functions — these systems don’t finish themselves until the third decade of life!

And it never ceases to amaze me that it is the “pro-choice side” that continually tries to reduce a woman to an “incubator” and refer to her body as a “corpse” while she is pregnant.  Such language is disgusting and degrading, and I have never - not once - heard someone who calls themselves pro-life use such dehumanizing language about a woman.

by-grace-of-god:

About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. The birth of a child with Down syndrome is just like the birth of any other child - it is a gift, it is significant, and it brings with it full potential and hope for that child’s future. - Online for Life

cultureshift:

This child is alive and healthy. Some mothers pay abortionists to kill children like this. They pay them to inject digoxin into their hearts or they simply have them reach through their artificially dilated cervix to literally rip the limbs off of their child while still alive.

This gif reminded me of an ultrasound I had with my third child.  After the doctor had completed the ultrasound, he asked if I would mind if an intern came and took a look for learning purposes.  I agreed to this, so the ultrasound was repeated.  During this time, we saw him swallow some amniotic fluid… and then we saw him pee!  It was kind of hilarious.  
I can’t understand how some people can deny the unborn’s obvious humanity.

cultureshift:

This child is alive and healthy. Some mothers pay abortionists to kill children like this. They pay them to inject digoxin into their hearts or they simply have them reach through their artificially dilated cervix to literally rip the limbs off of their child while still alive.

This gif reminded me of an ultrasound I had with my third child.  After the doctor had completed the ultrasound, he asked if I would mind if an intern came and took a look for learning purposes.  I agreed to this, so the ultrasound was repeated.  During this time, we saw him swallow some amniotic fluid… and then we saw him pee!  It was kind of hilarious.  

I can’t understand how some people can deny the unborn’s obvious humanity.

(via twocrowns)

runningrepublican:

When I make a pro-life post:

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When my inbox explodes because of it:

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(via thelittlealpaca)

Don’t accept any law that says some human beings are not human beings! No Member of Parliament should remain silent in the face of any law that says some human beings are not human beings.

Now there might be some people who can convince themselves that a child magically transforms into a human being when their little toe pops out of the birth canal…However, I’ve concluded that modern medical science will inform us that children are in reality human beings at some point before the moment of complete birth.

History is littered with disastrous examples of laws which pretended some people were not human beings to achieve some desired result or suit someone’s philosophy…Just laws must be based on accurate evidence, not arbitrary lines unrelated to reality. If there’s no objective criteria for who’s a human being, then personhood and the fundamental rights that go with it can be defined in any way any powerful person or group decides. Is that the Canada you want?

Canadian MP Stephen Woodworth (via stereo-farts)

(via floaccount)

themorningstars:

I’ve been thinking about making this post for a while, and I finally decided to make it.

At a certain point in my life as a pro-choicer, I discovered something: In order to be intellectually honest in my pro-choice thinking, I had to be willing to look around at all of the people I knew—my family, my friends—and be willing to say, “It would be okay if you had never been born.” And I had to be willing to say the same about myself, too.

And I actually was willing to say this. While my mother was pregnant with me, my father tried to pressure her into an abortion, and you know what I thought when I found out? I thought, “She should have gone through with it.” I was a burden; I made everyone’s lives difficult; I wasn’t worth loving or sacrificing for; I didn’t matter. I had so completely internalized this message about myself that finding out that I had almost been killed in my mother’s womb was no big deal. I mean, hey, it would have saved us all a lot of suffering. The cost-benefit analysis seemed perfectly clear: I just wasn’t worth it.

I wasn’t quite so obviously callous in my estimation of other people’s worth, but, had they asked me if I believed that they mattered in any real way—mattered in some way which did not include some reference to my thoughts or feelings about them—I would have had to say no. I would have had to say, “I am overjoyed that you were born because you have contributed so much to my life, and you make me so happy, and I think you’re wonderful, and look at all of the people who love you, but, ultimately, if you had not been born, it would have been okay. At the end of the day, there is nothing necessary about your existence. You are replaceable.” Those were the consequences of my worldview—the worldview which says that each and every child conceived in his mother’s womb is theoretically disposable; the worldview which can talk about “what you have to offer” and how “useful” you are, but can say nothing about the worth of the “useless.”

And I think our society has done a pretty decent job at living out that vision: the Vision of Replaceability. We don’t just treat the unborn this way. We treat the born this way, too. We give up on our spouses when our marriages stop being “useful” contributions to our lives. We give up on our families when the going gets too tough. We give up on our romantic partners when “the spark is gone.” We give up on our friends when we’re not getting what we “need” from them. We’re a culture of quitters. We love when it’s convenient for us. And people are often inconvenient; they demand our time and attention and care; they’re not perfectly suited to our desires the way objects are. So, we objectify them. We pay attention when it suits us and then tuck them away on a shelf somewhere where we keep the rest of our “toys.”

Is it any wonder that we don’t think that we matter? We’ve never seen it. Is it any wonder that many of us cannot even conceive of true selflessness? That the notion that someone might actually want good things for you and might actually not expect anything in return and might actually not just be doing it because “it feels good to do good things” seems so foreign and strange? Should we be surprised? It’s all we know.

And this is the root of the culture of death. This is where death starts. It doesn’t start in war zones or brothels or abusive homes or abortion clinics or execution chambers. Those are its manifestations, but that’s not where death starts. Death starts with people as things. It starts with “you are only as necessary as you are useful.” It starts with “you are not precious; you are replaceable.”

So, we leave ourselves with no resources when we are truly confronted with death. We have nothing real to offer to the suicidal, the eating disordered, the self-injuring, the depressed, the lonely, the abused. Nothing but empty words. We may say, “You are irreplaceable,” but do we mean it? Do we know what it would mean to truly mean those words? I don’t think we do. Not as long as we see each other as “choices,” as “options” in a sea of options. Not as long as we cannot honestly look one another in the eye and say, “It would not have been okay if you had never been born. You belong alive, and you matter, not because of what you do, but because you are you.” 

And for those of us who call ourselves pro-life, that has to mean something. It has to mean that we see people as people; that we treat them like people; that we love them. Maybe the reason that the pro-choice movement so often accuses us of “only caring about fetuses” isn’t all unwarranted hyperbole; maybe they’re responding to the very real lack of true, genuine, selfless love in our society, and maybe we’re all in that battle together. How on earth are any of us supposed to know that that’s possible—that we could matter in that way—unless someone shows us? That’s where the culture of life starts: the moment when we discover that we’re loved.