Last year international media was awash with headlines about the case of pregnant 14-year-old Polish girl, who had become the focal point of the debate about abortion in the strongly pro-life country. In the end the girl aborted her child, apparently under intense pressure to do so from her mother and an international pro-abortion group.
But Amnesty International (AI), the human rights organization that last year announced that it now believes that legal access to abortion is a universal “human right,” has now claimed that the girl, dubbed “Agata” by the Polish media, became pregnant as a result of a rape, and was then prevented by the hospitals from obtaining a legal abortion and was harassed by pro-life groups.
However, Tomasz Terlikowski, coauthor of a book about the controversy, called “Agata. The Anatomy of Manipulation,” told LifeSiteNews (LSN) that AI’s statement is “one big lie.”
“There is absolutely no credibility to it,” he said, “This is all a story made up by abortionists; they have absolutely nothing to confirm it. I really can’t believe what we’re reading in this report by AI.”
The report, available on AI’s website, claims that Agata was “pregnant as a result of rape.” It also says that Agata “was subjected to delays in accessing a legal abortion,” and that, “hospitals in Lublin and Warsaw refused to perform the abortion, despite its lawfulness, and failed to refer her.”
The human rights group also accuses pro-life activists of “harassing” the girl and her mother, saying that Agata “and her mother were not protected from direct and personal harassment by abortion opponents.”
Terlikowski told LSN, however, that the clear facts of the case tell a dramatically different story.
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YouTube, the popular video sharing web site, has removed a new undercover video that exposes dishonest counseling practices at Planned Parenthood abortion centers. The new video shows a Planned Parenthood staff member telling pro-life activist Lila Rose that images of victims of abortion are “not real.”
Without offering any specific explanation, YouTube removed the new video, which features footage of a Planned Parenthood facility in Tucson, Arizona.
After the staffer tells a potential abortion patient that the images of babies killed in abortions are fake, the video shows photographs of a completed abortion and documentation of their authenticity.
Lila Rose, the UCLA student who founded Live Action Advocates and whose undercover videos have exposed Planned Parenthood staff members covering up possible cases of statutory rape, told LifeNews.com that YouTube should reinstate the video.
This isn’t the first time that YouTube has pulled one of Rose’s videos and not the first time it has pulled a pro-life video featuring images of babies who died in abortions.
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Cross posted from Life Site News:
NEW YORK, NY, June 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Irena’s Vow, a Broadway play with a strong pro-faith and pro-life message, has received acclaim from critics across New York.
The play has been called “engrossing and enlivening,” “gripping,” and “heart-stopping” by critics, while the Star Ledger said that “There’s no denying the emotional power of this miraculous story!”
One prominent local figure who has proved to be one of the biggest fans of the production is the newly installed Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who has praised the show in the highest terms.
“This is the best sermon I’ve heard in a long time,” he said.
“All I can say is hallelujah.”
“To think that there was a play that vividly expressed something that I felt for a long time; namely, that religion, spirituality, faith, brings forth what is most noble and uplifting in the human project.
“So often we see the tragedy of the abuse of religion today. Here, to have a play, that brings forth the reality of religion and faith, prayer, trust bringing forth reconciliation, forgiveness, solidarity, life, love, hope … to see a play do that, I thought, I need to hear that, and I think the world needs to hear that. I was not disappointed.”
The play centers on the true story of a Catholic Polish woman in World War II who hides a group of Jews in the basement of a German general’s house, for whom she was acting as a housekeeper. When one of the Jews gets pregnant, a decision has to be made.
But on top of the solid message of the play, In Support of Life is offering to donate 15% of each ticketpurchased through them to a pro-life organization. The donation does not increase the cost of the ticket and a pro-life group is given a donation.
Irena’s Vow Website
Scott Klusendorf has written an article entitled Five Bad Ways to Argue About Abortion. One of the mistakes he points out is known as the Ad hominem fallacy where people attack the person rather than refute the argument. The following is an excerpt from the article where he specifically deals with the challenge: you say you disagree with abortion – so how many babies have you adopted?
“Consider also the claim that pro-lifers are hypocritical to protest abortion unless they adopt babies they do not want aborted. For the moment, let’s assume there are not two million American families willing to do this, as is the case. How would the alleged reluctance of pro-lifers to adopt babies justify the act of abortion? While it is true that pro-life advocates should help those facing crisis pregnancies, it is not true that abortion is justified whenever that obligation is left unmet.
Imagine a bigot arguing, Unless you agree to marry my wife, you have no right to oppose me beating her. Or, Unless you are willing to adopt my three sons by noon today, I shall execute them. If you reject his ultimatum, is he morally justified performing acts of violence on innocent victims?”
Of course pro-lifers should offer to adopt unwanted babies whenever possible, and Prolife UC’s adoption offer stands. However attempting to defend abortion on the grounds that pro-lifers are not consistent when they don’t adopt, is poor logic.