Incredible Photos of Babies Miscarried at 7 and 8 Weeks

After the tragic loss of two children through miscarriage, Mindy Raelynne Danison wants others to realize the humanity of unborn babies.

She recently posted a Facebook photo album for both her children, Annabelle and Riley, where she shows beautiful pictures of them. The grieving mother said she wants people to find the pictures and recognize the value of the unborn child, Live Action News reported

Annabelle was 8 weeks and 5 days old when she was miscarried. The photos show her little fingers and toes, nose and eyes. In one picture, she is placed in her mother’s wedding ring, which completely surrounds little Anabelle.

 

Anabelle’s brother Riley was 7.5 weeks old. With his pictures, Mindy explained what happened when she gave birth to her son: “He went to heaven November 6th but was born November 23. We are blessed to have got to meet our little one. Life is incredibly beautiful! We went to walmart, then at 1pm on the way to mom’s house i started having contractions. They got more intense. When i got to mom’s i got into the tub and had my beautiful amazing little Riley at 3:35pm. Home water birth is what I’d always dreamed of having and i finally got to. Seeing Riley has brought me peace and comfort. I love him and God will care for him for me until i can be with him again. baby Riley is estimated to being 7.5 weeks, Riley was born at 10 weeks.”

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After Aborting Twins, She “Fights Depression and Anger to This Day”

 

“Today is a day I hate myself,” a post-abortive mother revealed when telling her abortion story. Last month, The Atlantic published the online article written by an anonymous mother. The story reveals her intense regret after aborting twins.

The mother begins by describing her difficulties with her prior pregnancies. During the second pregnancy the father urged her to abort, however she refused. In the last trimester the diabetic mother became pre-eclampsic. After her baby boy was born, she began hemorrhaging. She writes that her heart stopped beating for several minutes.

After two frightening pregnancies, the author’s concerned family were against her having other children. However, over a year later she was pregnant again. Her Obgyn warned her that she might not survive if she tried to carry the baby to full term. Despite her concern, the mother told the doctor that she did not want an abortion.

The author described the moment that changed her mind regarding the proposed abortion: “Well I went home that night scared but determined—until my almost 3-year-old-daughter and 1-and-1/2-year-old son climbed into my lap for bedtime stories and my daughter said she loved me and I needed to stay. Where that came from I don’t know, as I had told no one at that time about my doctor visit. I silently cried and hugged my babies and told them momma was going nowhere.”

So she scheduled the appointment and had a medical abortion…

She Got an Abortion Just Because She Already Had a College-Aged Son, Saying “I Believe in Abortion”

Given her situation, Karen Hartman was surprised and worried upon discovering she was pregnant. She was 42 and her husband was already 56. With one son just entering his freshman year in college and the other in first grade, the couple was intending to enjoy their sudden free time. Yet, at the unexpected news of another life entering the household, Karen considered having an abortion.
Despite being an abortion advocate, Karen said she struggled with the decision. Both she and her husband had well established careers, and plenty of parenting experience. She admits that they were in a position to care for a newborn baby.
“We could do this – if we wanted to,” she explained in an article posted Friday in The Washington Post. For them the decision rested in determining if they wanted to welcome a baby into their happy family, or not.
As is often the case, Karen’s decision was greatly influenced by her husband. He did not want another child, mainly because of his age, according to the article. He was also ready to retire, and was worried that a baby might require him to continue working.
Yet Karen said she still remained “uncertain.”After all, there were several factors that caused her to consider choosing life. Her connection with her siblings contributed to these thoughts, “I come from a family of four kids, and I adore my younger siblings.” These fond memories from her own childhood affirmed the beauty of life. She went on to say that she was “excited by the chance of having a daughter.” Yet despite these thoughts, she continued to consider abortion…

2015 Summer Reading List

So with the summer season right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you the books I’ll be reading. Now I must admit that one of them I already completed, and all of them I’ve begun. Lately I’ve gotten into the awful habit of getting halfway through a perfectly lovely book and putting it aside for some other pressing issue. So now I’ll be taking them back up again and finishing them for once and for all!


Watership Down by Richard Adams

This one came highly recommended to me, and so I’m determined to read it. From what I can gather reading the introduction and the first few chapters, it follows the story of two particular rabbits, Hazel and Fiver on their great adventure. So naturally a tale of two rabbits is thus far very charming in its own right.

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

I started reading this book when I was about twelve years old, and so most of the symbolism went right over my head. Consequently, I will return to it and at last complete the book. I do so enjoy Lewis’ writing style, and so I’m eager to again pick up this book.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

So this particular novel is a bit dark for me. And I’m very sorry, but to me Heathcliff is not the hero of this story. Yes, his story is tragic, but he is so unbelievably selfish! I had gotten a bit stuck at the midpoint, where it seemed to me to be no place further for the story to go. But of course, I probably had only a few pages yet to read before another twist would present itself. Though it was a chilling read, I would like to at last know just how it ends!

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This book is a futuristic tale about people living in complete servitude. It portrays a society that esteems sin as virtue and regards virtue as sin. I believe it to be a startlingly accurate example of a world that has abandoned God. The elements of conditioning the people and suppressing the population through happiness seems a very real possibility for our future. A depressing but good read!

Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert

The first half of this book (the part I’ve thus far read) tells the story of St. John Paul II, beginning with the death of his mother and ending with his accomplishments as pope. This was extremely fascinating as it revealed the many miraculous event surrounding the St. John Paul’s papacy. And of course, it gave great insights not only to his constant humility and love, but also to his fight against communism. The second section delves into this saint’s five loves: the youth, human love, the Eucharist, Our Lady, and finally, the Cross. It is a quick and inspirational read.

There you are! Now, I’m hoping to add to this list as the Summer progresses, but I figured that this is a good start. 🙂 I hope that you’ll be able to relax and dive into a few excellent books the summer!

The Price Women Pay

THE EFFECTS OF ABORTION ON THE MOTHER

The issue of the legalization of abortion is one of the most significant debates of our time. The arguments are highly passionate and emotional, as women and men alike fight for what they believe to be fundamental rights. Often the issue of women’s well-being is thoughtlessly cast aside as the focus remains solely on the issue of life in the womb. The mother’s mental and physical health ought to play a substantial role in the abortion debate. Slogans are carelessly tossed about, and the statistics remain relatively unknown. Yet after careful and thorough research, it becomes abundantly evident that abortion jeopardizes the emotional and mental stability of the mother.


The main intent in this post is to evaluate the effects of abortion on women, yet we would be remiss to neglect the crucial matter of whether the fetus in the womb is a life at all. Without this evidence, there is no case against abortion. The issue of when life begins is pivotal. It is the difference between a woman having some scar tissue scrapped away, and her sanctioning the murder of her baby. Scientists have proven that life does in fact begin at the moment of conception. After a great deal of research, the US  Senate agreed, “Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings” (United States). It follows that if the fetus is indeed a living person, then any act to end his or her life is nothing less than murder. If so, then the doctor and nurses who perform the operation and the advisors who advocate it, all have the blood of a defenseless child on their hands. For a woman who has had an abortion, the realization of this knowledge has an enormously negative effect on her mental well-being.

“WOMEN DESERVE CHOICES THEY CAN LIVE WITH”

Unsurprisingly, scientists have discovered a strong link between abortion and emotional trauma. For the purpose of fully understanding these words, the reader can look to the dictionary definitions for aid. Noah Webster’s defines the terms emotional and mental in his American Dictionary of the English Language, “Emotional, adj. 1. Literally, a moving of the mind or soul; hence, any agitation of mind or excitement of sensibility” and “Mental, a. Pertaining to the mind; intellectual; as mental faculties; mental operations; mental sight; mental taste” (“Mental” and “Emotional”). And finally, his definition of stability is as follows, “Stability, n. 1. Steadiness, stableness; firmness. 2. Steadiness or firmness of character; firmness of resolution or purpose; the qualities opposite to fickleness, irresolution, or inconstancy” (“Stability”). These terms will be used frequently throughout this post, as the primary side effect of abortion is that of emotional and mental instability in the woman. This is demonstrated in a study performed by Professor of Human Development, Priscilla K. Coleman. According to the study, a woman who has an abortion faces an 81% increase in her chance of developing mental health issues (Coleman). Furthermore, a study by the University of Otago revealed that over 85% of the 500 women interviewed stated they had negative reactions from their abortion.  These reactions included regret, grief, and guilt (Fergusson 420-426). Abortion wreaks havoc on a woman’s mental health. The weight of her decision often causes a lifetime of regret and negative psychological effects. As psychiatrist Theodore Lidz points out, “Much of what goes on in life can be blamed upon others, but the ultimate decision concerning abortion and the refusal to give that new life a chance remains with the mother. The guilt, too, is hers” (Rosen 279).  The unique bond between a mother and her child is something precious. It isn’t difficult to imagine the anguish the mother feels when realizing she allowed the abortionist to end a life, especially when that life was her own child.

In order to better understand the emotional struggles abortion causes in women, there is the story of Beatrice Fedor, a woman who experienced two abortions. Both abortions resulted in years of self-loathing and emotional trauma. She chose to share her story in order to inform and encourage women. She disclosed the struggles she has dealt with because of her decision to abort, “Abortion impacts us long after we leave the clinic… women deserve choices they can live with” (Fedor). After marrying, Beatrice became pregnant a third time, and she wanted to have the baby. Yet she explained that her past continued to haunt her, as she slipped into depression. Even after the birth of her son, she felt disconnected from her new baby. In an interview, Beatrice confessed to her extreme mental anguish, “I had nightmares where I would hurt him with knives and say, ‘It’s OK, he can’t feel anything.’ Or he would drown and I couldn’t save him” (Fedor). She felt that this inability to bond with her son was a direct result of her former abortions. Sadly, thousands of women are forced to cope with similar emotional battles as they as they struggle with the reality of their decision.  Consequently, abortion cannot be viewed as a safe alternative.

DEFENSE OF WOMEN?

Those who advocate abortion are correct in their concern for the defense of women and their rights. Undoubtedly, the woman is also a person whose needs should be recognized. Even with the knowledge that the infant in the womb is a person, the dignity of the mother must also be respected. Contrary to popular belief, abortion threatens this safety with its numerous negative side effects. In fact, it could be argued that in order to protect a women’s safety and well-being, abortion cannot be an option. For example, according to the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, women who have had a prior abortion have an increased risk of premature births, “Large studies have reported a doubling of EPB (Early Premature Birth) risk from two prior IAs. Women who had four or more IAs experienced, on average, nine times the risk of XPB (< 28 weeks gestation, an increase of 800 percent)” (Rooney, 46). Women are told that having an abortion is taking control of her life and timing, yet most are unaware that this action often prohibits the birth of future children. Having this procedure endangers the choice of having children later. This is one of many examples of how abortion can harm the woman’s body, as well as her future life.

The abortion advocates argue that the mother’s health and mental well-being are reasons enough for condoning the procedure. Yet surveys suggest that the case of a mother’s health being the reason for an abortion is a rare one.  According to research performed by Louisiana State Center for Health Statistics and the Utah Department of Health, out of a total of 122,083 abortions performed in 3 abortion clinics, only 0.22% were caused from rape and incest, 0.42% were on account of the mother’s health, and 0.20% were due to birth defects. The total of “hard cases” made up a mere 0.84% of abortions, while 99.16% were performed for “other reasons” (Annual reports). These numbers are on the higher end of the spectrum, as research confirms the astonishingly low numbers of abortions performed out of “necessity.”  Using these extreme cases, abortion advocates have justified the deaths of millions of infants. Although these cases do present women and medical practitioners with a difficult decision, this in no way accounts for the other 99% of women who abort their babies. Abortion was legalized to protect women put in difficult positions, and although this small percentage of extreme cases are given a choice, now millions of otherwise healthy women are endangered mental and physically. We as a nation cannot overlook the damaging effects abortion has on women.

THE NEXT STEP

Abortion is a not merely a religious issue for the right-winged fundamentalists to battle out, it is the legalization of the death of millions of babies and the emotional scarring of millions of women. This practice comes at a high price. I propose we reevaluate abortion. Since Roe v. Wade, scientific research has informed us with the effects this procedure has on women. Consequently, it is in our nation’s best interest that we reassess the abortion issue, for the sake of American women. As widely published psychologist and avid feminist Sidney Callahan stated, “The feminist cause is being betrayed by the men and women pushing for public acceptance of the principle of abortion on demand. Arguments used in urging routine abortion deny fundamental values guiding the whole women’s movement” (Callahan 47).

My Summer Reading List

So I’ve gone on and on about why you ought to read worthwhile books this summer, so I thought I might share with you the books I’ll be pouring over. I must admit, a novel or two did sneak in there. But they were just such intriguing stories! So here are the books on my list. Some I’ve already read, some I’m part way through, and others I’ve yet to grab from the library. But without further ado…

Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley 
It was oh so good to finally discover what happened to the famous pair Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler! Yes, it was a long read. 884 pages, to be exact. But it was wonderful to follow Scarlett as she at last returned to Tara and pursued true and lasting happiness.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier 

I actually already read this book a few weeks ago. But it is truly the most delightful read I have encountered in years. I found it very easy to relate to the main character, and the shocking twists the plot took made it a real page-turner. This is perhaps my new favorite novel.
Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumball 
Written by a father of eight, this book is acclaimed to be the “single best volume on the subject of child training ever written”. A valuable tool for women intending to one day marry and raise a family.
The Herbal Drugstore by Linda White MS and Steven Foster 

Comparing herbs to over-the-counter antibiotics, this is an invaluable resource. Although in all honestly, I don’t know that I’ll read the 624 pages from start to finish, I am looking forward to comparing and contrasting natural medicine to the medication we are expected to use.

Women’s Life in Colonial Days by Carl Holliday 
Using letters and diaries from the 16th century, we are given a glimpse into the life of a woman from the colonial era. I love history, and it is fascinating to discover what really happened in our nation’s past. Thus far I have been amazed at what I’ve learned!

 

The Home Medical Library Volume I by Kenelm Winslow, B.A.S., M.D.
Although I’ve never had the stomach for this sort of thing, it goes without saying that knowing how to handle a medical emergency is always a good idea!

So there you have it! This list will undoubtedly expand as the summer progresses. And I’ll probably end up rereading those old favorites of mine, a habit I too often fall prey too. But for now this is it! I hope you’ll hit the books and enjoy the simple pleasures of reading this summer.

 

Offered in a Golden Cup

Never read books you aren’t sure about . . .
even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view.
Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because
it was offered to you in a golden cup? ~St. John Bosco

What would the perfect evening consist of? Imagine a very warm cup of tea in one hand and a heavy book in the other. A fuzzy blanket envelops your lap. The glow of the fire dances across the pages. Throw in a few bars of chocolate and perhaps a bit of Sinatra and you’re golden! There is only one tiny dilemma to our enchanting evening. Your book.

Classical novels have always held a sort of fascination with me, particularly if they are quoted often. I want to understand exactly what everyone is referencing and why. And so I read The Divine ComedyPride and Prejudice, and other similar classics. And when at last I place the book again on the shelf, a feeling of accomplishment is present. Although recently, there have been several classics that ended a bit abruptly for me.

One occasion in particular had a great deal of influence on my opinion of classics henceforth. My grandfather had given me the complete works of Ernest Hemingway. I had never read any of his works before and having heard so many references to The Old Man and the Sea I was quite excited to begin. At first I skipped around with a few of the short stories. After a few there was one with questionable dialogue. But it was brief and seemed to fit the gruff characters’ personalities. And so I shrugged it off and proceeded to read. And then a story came that made my jaw drop. I was shocked to find such material in an older story. One cannot be too carefully in the selection of suitable reading!

Recall in Dante’s Inferno the fair Francesca’s tale of woe. She and her beloved were reading Galleot, a romance that kindled untimely desires within them. She attributed the novel as the destruction of their souls. This is a good example of the  potential danger in books. Shall we court death over something so small as a novel?
Not all books categorized as “classics” should be read. So many are drenched in profane language, compromising scenes, and glorified evil that we really must ask ourselves, what is the purpose of reading such a book? The answer is, there is no purpose. The words might be masterfully woven and the scenes brilliantly arranged, yet the images that fill our mind are fatal.

There are so many books that lift our minds upward. There is no need to indulge in the idle pursuit of useless books. At the very least they snatch from you precious time. At the worst they snatch away your soul. Let us take the advice of St John Bosco; if you are uncertain about the book, do not read it!

The Promise of Morning

            When given the assignment to write a (very) short fictional story of a sinner’s turning away, realizing his sin, and return to the faith, I immediately thought of the men at whose hands so many innocent are done away with. The men that evoke society’s applause, the faithful’s prayers, and the innocent’s death. Here is that story…

The white walls dimmed to a hazy shade of grey. Andrew Hughes M.D. stood in a stupor. The throbbing of his heart pounded viciously against the walls of his ears. He removed the gloves with desperate haste, swallowing hard as the blood inevitably stained his hands.

            “Jane, I think I’ll sit down for a bit.”
            The nurse grabbed his arm and led him to the gray chair.
            “I’m not sure what’s wrong with me…” Was anything coming out? He could feel his vocal cords vibrating, but could hear nothing.
            “This was your first procedure. I’ll get you a glass of water. Just relax.” the nurse’s high-pitched voice came hazily through the maddening sound of bells.

            Andrew listened to her steps as she left. His heart seemed to be pounding in his throat. He attempted to swallow, and nearly choked. What was wrong with him? Never in medical school did he as much as flinch at the sight of blood. This was a standard procedure, yet he couldn’t regain his composure.

A cold Styrofoam glass was placed in his shaking hands. Andrew tried to raise his head to thank the nurse, but he could only stare at the lollipop pattern on her new uniform. Only after several moments was he able to stand.

            He glanced at the clock, 7:22. He rose and rushed down the hall, eager to return home.
He stopped as an arm brushed his. “Are you alright? You’re like a sheet! You’re not going to drive alone, are you?” An older nurse questioned.
“I’ll be fine.” Andrew muttered, ignoring the worried glances from a party of nurses.
 The drive was a blur. Somehow he managed to get home. He signed wearily, and fell into the plush chair nearest the door.
“Is that you, dearest?” Catherine strode confidently into the sitting room, her silver earrings bouncing as she walked. “Oh, what’s wrong? You’re like a sheet. Are you ill?” Her green eyes grew large with concern.
“Why does everyone keep saying that? Yes, I’m fine.”
“When did you last eat? Perhaps you’re just low on sugar. I’ll fix you something. I’m sure that’s what you need.”
Andrew clasped Catherine’s arm. “Catherine. I murdered. Can’t you see what’s wrong with me? I’ve murdered a child.” And he wept.
“Oh, dearest, I don’t understand.”
“The abortion. The horrid abortion.”
“You scraped away some unwanted tissue, that’s all.” She said softly.
 “No. No. No!” He wailed, his entire body rocking. “I saw what was taken away. It was a child I tell you! And I’m her murderer. There was nothing wrong with the little girl, until I came along. She would have grown into a healthy child…”
“Oh Andrew, this is nonsense. This is your job; this is what you trained all these years to do, to help these poor girls.” Her usually gentle voice was tainted with a harsh tone.
“Who am I to play God? How can I judge who’s worthy of existence and who is not? I cannot go back there, I will not.”
“Andrew! What are you saying? This is what you spent years and thousands of dollars for. We need this money! If you hadn’t done it, the girl would have gone to someone else.”
“Your reasoning was sufficient before. But Catharine, I saw the life end because of me. I saw a perfectly formed baby being destroyed. And you would want me to do this for money?”

Catherine’s eyes were clouded with doubt; she did not wish to understand.

Yet, surely the blackness of night crept upon him, till he could see no more. How cruel night is, without the sun for consolation. Yet he could not escape. And so he attempted to rationalize the matter, vainly wishing away the nightmare. In a shivering heap, he awaited the promise of morning.

          The heaviness became too much for his soul to bear. At 3:03 a.m. at last Andrew Hughes M.D. surrendered. He knelt down and whispered, “Lord, I know it’s been awhile. Please, I’m lost. I have sinned. I don’t know the way out of his darkness. Help me, I beg.” Despite the despondent swaying and tear-filled eyes he noticed the knuckles of his clenched hands had grown white.

After what seemed an eternity, morning arrived. Despite the relief of surrender, Andrew still felt the stain upon his soul. He knew he had not the power to remove it. Catherine was exasperated at his moping about the house, and sent him away to run some errands in town. It was there that Andrew noticed a Catholic Church. Never before would he have set foot in such a place, but he found himself walking in. It was larger than he expected. The stain glass windows and ornate ceiling were incredible. Behind the altar was a large crucifix.
“Good morning.” Andrew turned at the voice. It belonged to a young man, small in stature. He seemed at first a teenager, but then Andrew noticed his white collar.
“I need to confess Father, but I do not know how.”
The priest smiled gently, knowingly. “Come with me.”