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Saturday, 11 July 2020
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The Thing About Empowerment…

Big Abortion is in big trouble—worse every day, in fact.

Evidence is continuing to pile up as to the nauseating and dangerous conditions of abortion clinics around the country, reams of paper are needed to chronicle the illegal activities of Planned Parenthood and others, and a slew of legislation is in the works from states including Ohio and Kentucky to protect children from the predatory practice throughout their final weeks in the womb.

Meanwhile, LifeNews’ Micaiah Bilger reports that Planned Parenthood has closed five of its abortion mills since early November, while the nation’s most prolific abortion business is reeling in the wake of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that its $550 million taxpayer cut is very much on the chopping block during the upcoming legislative session.

As my friend Kirk Walden pointed out last week, $550 million is a lot of scratch to make up for, even considering the cost of free Hamilton tickets and hocked jewelry from the Golden Globes’ red carpet.

As such, all the king’s horses and all the king’s (wo)men are being summoned to try to put a positive spin on the organization that takes the lives of 330,000 preborn children every year.

Enter Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the largest abortion-lobbying group in the nation and famous celebrator of her past abortion.

Reacting to Rep. Ryan’s announcement that Planned Parenthood may soon need to up and—as Students for Life so eloquently puts it, “Go Fund Yourself”—Hogue sounded off to Sen. Ryan and other Republicans that, “Your hypocrisy is showing.”

“Make no mistake, this is about healthcare, this is about denying women healthcare but it’s about more than that,” Hogue continued. “It’s about disempowering women and taking away our agency to build healthy, thriving families which is good for everyone in this country.”

I’m sorry, Ms. Hogue, did you just say “disempowering women”? As in, abortion is empowerment? More to the point, as in forcing your pro-life neighbors (let’s say 50 percent or so who are women) to pay for what we clearly understand to be the unjust taking of a human life at $550 million a year?

That’s empowerment?

No, no I wouldn’t say so. Let’s talk about what empowerment looks like for a moment, shall we?

Tweet This: Let's talk a minute about empowerment, shall we? #WhyWeMarch #DefundPP #prolife

Magalia found out she was pregnant when she was in her early ‘20s and working on her college education. It clearly wasn’t the time she had in mind to start a family, and she was terrified about her prospects with school, her relationship with her boyfriend and even what her mom would say.

Though she had visited a life-affirming pregnancy center and seen her baby via ultrasound, Magalia was still too crippled with fear, guilt and shame to do anything other than hide. The best way to do that, it seemed, was through abortion, so she went to an abortion clinic in Kettering, Ohio, near Dayton.

The clinic, which was shut down late this December because it failed to comply with a state law requiring a hospital transfer agreement, set Magalia’s appointment for an abortion and gladly took her $200 for a down-payment.

That’s when Magalia asked a question that’s really just started to hit the mainstream since David Daleiden and the heroes at the Center for Medical Progress began exposing the abortion industry’s black market of baby body parts in 2015. (As a side note, Daleiden wasn’t the first, but his effort has been the most successful to date.)

Magalia’s question: “What do you do with the babies after the procedure?”

The response from the abortion clinic’s staff shocked Magalia and, together with that look at her baby through a pregnancy center’s ultrasound, ended up changing her life—and saving her baby’s—forever.

“We throw the fetus in the trash,” the abortion clinic's staff told her. That's when Magalia changed her mind forever.

Today, because Magalia found the help she needed at Elizabeth’s New Life Center in Dayton, Ohio, she’s the mother of a beautiful young girl, Ayreon. Magalia is a strong, single mother and she knows the day-to-day joy of watching her baby grow.

This January 26, Magalia will have the chance—along with six other moms—to share her story of how she embraced motherhood with her elected lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with Heartbeat International’s Babies Go to Congress.

Just a few years ago, Magalia was a single decision away from ending her child’s life through abortion. Now, because she found the help she needed, she’ll be sitting knee-to-knee with her congressmen and senators in the nation’s capitol, telling the story of what changed her world.

Now that, Ms. Hogue, is empowerment. 

Jay Hobbs

Part-time thinker, full-time husband, daddy, pastor, and baseball fan, Jay Hobbs served as editor of PregnancyHelpNews.com from its 2015 inception through the spring of 2018. Jay served on staff at Heartbeat International from 2012 to 2018, the last four of those years as Director of Communications and Marketing. Jay's writing has appeared at Newsweek, The Washington Times, The Washington ExaminerThe Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Christian Post, CNS News and The Gospel Coalition, as well as several national pro-life news outlets.

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