December 2014 Newsletter

Posted By on December 26, 2014


Life Affirming News


40 Days for Life Update

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life

During the just-completed 40 Days for Life campaign, two more abortion centers where 40 Days for Life campaigns were conducted shut down for good … bringing the total number of closed abortion facilities to 59!

Also during this campaign, six more workers had a change of heart and quit the abortion industry … bringing the total number of workers who have quit to 107!

Two hundred ninety seven cities around the world participated in the 40 Days For Life Campaign this fall.

40 Days for Life is now able to move its headquarters into the former Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas — where 40 Days for Life first began.


Senate GOP Elects Pro-Life Mitch McConnell Leader, Promises 5-Month Abortion Ban

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC |

Fresh from their overwhelming victory on Election Day, handing them control of the Senate over pro-abortion Democrats led by Harry Reid, Senate Republicans have unanimously elected pro-life Senator Mitch McConnell as their leader.

McConnell, hailing from Kentucky, has promised the Senate will vote on a House-passed bill that bans abortions after 5 months because scientific research shows unborn children can feel pain at that point in pregnancy.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and would save at least 18,000 lives a year. McConnell previously pledged that if his party won the majority, he would advance a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation is supported by the majority of Americans – women in higher numbers than men.


Parents Reject Abortion of One Twin, Save Both Babies

by Heidi Miller | Washington, DC |

Last night I came across an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Ryman, parents of Byron and Lincoln Ryman, two sweet, relatively healthy identical twin boys. Their story is too precious not to share.

Mrs. Ryman’s pregnancy was far from easy. After she finally got pregnant through in vitro fertilization, it was discovered that the babies were not growing at the same rate, due to twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Byron was getting most of the nutrition and was three times the size of Lincoln.

The Rymans were given two options by the doctors: to continue the pregnancy of both twins, or to abort Lincoln in hopes of saving Byron. According to Mr. Ryman, the latter wasn’t an option: “I don’t think we even thought about it. We just said straightaway, ‘No we didn’t want to do that.’ … It was something I don’t think either of us really considered doing. We just couldn’t do it.”

“We were actually given the option to terminate Lincoln in the beginning, but thank God we didn’t,” Mrs. Ryman said. “I wanted two babies not one.”

Laser surgery was preformed to help correct the problem. The doctor believed that it was a “brave and tough decision to deliver both of the babies. And they made the right decision.”

Byron was born weighing 3 lbs, 6 oz, while his brother Lincoln weighed a light 1 lb 3 oz. Lincoln was only the size of his mother’s hand. The journey has not been without its struggles. Lincoln spent the first five months of his life in the hospital. He was two when he ate his own food instead of being fed through a feeding tube. But Mr. and Mrs. Ryman persevered.

“I honestly thought that we would have two boys with quite a lot of medical issues. But they are actually two fairly normal boys. I’m really proud of them.” Mrs. Ryman.

In a world that has a “convenience” mindset, these two parents fought the odds. The doctors did not think that both boys would live, much less live and be healthy. The Rymans didn’t take the “convenience” option and are blessed because of it.

“We are lucky to have them, like really lucky to have them.”


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