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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pro-Life Hollywood

August 25, 2009 ( - Jim Caviezel, the actor who took the film world by surprise with his moving depiction of Christ in 2004 (The Passion of Christ), said this week that abortion has nothing to do with helping women and that he is willing to risk his career to say so.

Caviezel gave an interview with the US magazine Catholic Digest, in which he spoke about the challenge he received from a colleague to adopt a disabled child as a demonstration of his well-publicized pro-life stand. Earlier this year Caviezel adopted his second child - a five-year-old girl with a brain tumour from the Guangzhou region of China...

..."Look, I am for helping women. I just don't see abortion as helping women. And I don't love my career that much to say, 'I'm going to remain silent on this'. I'm defending every single baby who has never been born. And every voice that would have been unique....How do we know that we didn't kill the very child who could have created a particular type of medicine that saves other lives?"

Read the rest of the story here.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Closing Sale for Mum Mum's Jewelry!

Lucy of Mum Mum's Crafts will be closing her jewelry shop in order to focus exclusively on her bath and body shop. Lucy is having a clearance sale on all of her remaining jewelry...50% off of her beautiful work! A great opportunity to stock up on some quality, handmade gifts for Christmas. And a wonderful comfort to know that your money will be supporting an enthusiastic advocate for life!

Visit Mum Mum's Beaded Jewelry to shop her Closing Sale at

While you're at it, check out her amazing bath and body shop at Mum Mum's Crafts for Mineral Make-up, lotion, soap, lip balm and deodorant.

Mineral Make-up from Mum Mum's

Monday, August 24, 2009

Embracing Life--A Mother's Instinct Saves Her Baby

Even our smallest choices have big consequences. One mother's decision to hold her dying baby made the difference between life and death. This beautiful story was originally published on

Sometimes a preemie doesn’t need to be hooked up to 10 different machines to be given the chance to survive.
When Carolyn Isbister put her 20oz baby on her chest for a cuddle, she thought that it would be the only chance she would ever have to hold her. Doctors had told the parents that baby Rachel only had only minutes to live because her heart was beating once every ten seconds and she was not breathing.

Mrs. Isbister remembers saying:

“I didn’t want her to die being cold. So I lifted her out of her blanket and put her against my skin to warm her up. Her feet were so cold.

“It was the only cuddle I was going to have with her, so I wanted to remember the moment.” Then something remarkable happened. The warmth of her mother’s skin kick started Rachael’s heart into beating properly, which allowed her to take little breaths of her own.

“We couldn’t believe it – and neither could the doctors. She let out a tiny cry.”

“The doctors came in and said there was still no hope – but I wasn’t letting go of her. We had her blessed by the hospital chaplain, and waited for her to slip away.

“But she still hung on. And then amazingly the pink colour began to return to her cheeks.”

“She literally was turning from grey to pink before our eyes, and she began to warm up too.”

The sad part is that when the baby was born, doctors took one look at her and said ‘no’.

“They didn’t even try to help her with her breathing as they said it would just prolong her dying. Everyone just gave up on her,” her mom remembered. Ian Laing, a consultant neonatologist at the hospital, said: “All the signs were that the little one was not going to make it and we took the decision to let mum have a cuddle as it was all we could do.

“Two hours later the wee thing was crying. This is indeed a miracle baby and I have seen nothing like it in my 27 years of practice. I have not the slightest doubt that mother’s love saved her daughter.”

Rachael was moved on to a ventilator where she continued to make steady progress.

Miss Isbister said: “The doctors said that she had proved she was a fighter and that she now deserved some intensive care as there was some hope.

“She had done it all on her own – without any medical intervention or drugs.

“She had clung on to life – and it was all because of that cuddle. It had warmed up her body enough for her to start fighting.”

Because Rachel had suffered from a lack of oxygen doctors said there was a high risk of damage to her brain. But a scan showed no evidence of any problems.

After just 5 weeks she was taken off the ventilator and four months she was released home. She is currently doing well and enjoy cuddles, which her parents give whenever possible.

When a parent holds their baby on their chest – skin to skin it is referred to as Kangaroo Mother Care.

The benefits for all babies on KMC are that they stabilize faster on skin to skin care than in the incubator (they do not stabilize in the incubator in the first six hours of life)Then KMC babies have stable oxygen rates and breathing. The heart rate is stable. The temperature is most stable on the mother ( in skin to skin care the mothers chest automatically warms to warm a cold baby, and the mothers core temperature can drop if her baby has a temperature.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Facts about Health Care...

As most of you know, town hall meetings have been organized by politicians all over the country to discuss Obama's health care plan. The legal team at Americans United for Life (AUL) has written a concise flyer to distribute at these meetings. It provides details concerning the aspects of the bills under consideration that relate to abortion, end-of-life care and conscience rights. This flyer also includes three fundamental principles that must be in any health care plan that aims to protect life.

Click here to see the flyer.

Although this flyer was designed for the town hall forum, it could be used in many different situations. Print a few out and make sure that everyone in your life is aware of the disaster the President is trying to foist upon Americans.

And while it's on your mind, sign this petition(created by the National Center for Policy Analysis) opposing Obama's health care plan . It is being talked about all over the radio and exceeded 1 million signatures as of August 4th. Read what Bill Bennett has to say about this petition here.
And sign it here.


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