Sunday, July 31, 2011
The other day at Emily´s a women had an abortion. She was with her mother, her boyfriend and her boyfriend´s mother. I couldn´t believe what happened: While the girl was crying with her boyfriend because she had an abortion, her mother asked the boyfriend´s mother why her daughter was crying, incredible. It was in that moment when I realized that a lot of people have no idea what abortion is and the consequences that it has. And worst of all do not want to learn or be helped.
Last Wednesday I read some news about Amnesty international. They are pushing the government of Nicaragua.(in Nicaragua abortion is a crime) for legalizing Abortion using this argument:
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The Summer of Mercy kick off was tonight. This starts a week long peaceful and prayerful gathering of pro-lifers from all over the nation.
In 1973 a court made a decisión that has changed the live of a lot of babies. This trial involves parts prolifers and proabortion.
A few days ago I discovered that one of the most important doners of the proabortion lawyers was Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. My question is: Why a man whose image of women consist of them being sexual objects without more ambitions than becoming the sexiest one, wanted to help pregnant mothers? Is the point of view of Hugh Hefner about sexuality and women the best way to help pregnant mothers?
For a lot of years proabortion have being saying that abortion is a gun for helping mothers. I’m tired of listening arguments like this when you see the mothers that have had an abortion crying. I’m tired listening arguments like that when one of the men who’s less interested in woman rights and says it.http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/ESQ0602-JUN_WIL
And forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
Thanks to all the people who work here and also those who donate money, with their enthusiasm and effort, this job is done well.
Something that I have in common with this people is the value that we give to life.
I met people from different countries, cultures… and the virtue that impressed me is the importance of fighting for what they believe in.
It will be easy to arrive home and be the same as always but I can’t. If somebody thinks something he should have the guts to make it real.
Thanks to the people who fight for this. I’m really impressed and I want to show my country what I have learned.
I hope to come back soon.
Today is my first time at Jerome Ave, and it was great, we put up a stand with the T.V. With a video about the development of the baby during the pregnancy, and the models of the different stages of pregnancy. Those little realistic dolls catch the attention of everybody, and that's why most of the people stopped asking us, what are we doing there. Also we hand out some pamphlets about us and the life of the babies.
Last week while I was in Emily’s I saw a situation that really impressed me in a bad way. I saw a pregnant mother who was walking in front of the door of Emily’s house when pro-choice told her they were sorry because of her pregnancy; and then she invited her to have an abortion what she refused.
I was really surprised. Prochoice understand having a baby as a tragedy and a huge problem difficult to solve. Prochoice don’t understand babies as a gift of God and a cause of happiness; otherwise they feel depressed when a mother choose life for her baby. The thing is: Do really pro-choice defense both options? I say no, don’t fool me, what they really want is abortion, that’s why from now on I will not talk about pro-choice I will only talk about pro-abortion.
There’s an intern in the house who’s shy, quiet and quite closed. She doesn’t like to discuss or being in hurries. Last week I was, for first time, doing counseling with her at the Bronx Center.
At the beginning I was the one who was really talking, but as soon as it seems that the mother really wanted to have an abortion the intern began to talk. My colleague begins to talk about the mother’s family, God, values… I don’t know if that mother will have an abortion but I am sure that this intern really has removed her mind.
What really impressed me about this intern is that she really was conscious about that what that mother had inside was a baby; it’s this feeling and knowledge that it helps you to take profit of all your resources in order to safe a life.
This past week I went with some friends to a little trip to Virginia and Maryland. There we had a great time: we went to the Luray Caverns, to the Natural Bridge ... We also spent some time in pools, hanging out. We had a really great time.
Friday, July 29, 2011
In addition, we also have a realistic set of fetal development models that attracts countless people who may otherwise not have access to that important information.
Many interesting conversations arise - as you might imagine - doing pro-life activism on the street. One girl for instance shared with me that after her abortion she suffered severe physical complications. Luckily for her, it was committed in the hospital so the following hospitalization wasn't further complicated by needing an ambulance. Many others will just say good job and give us a kind smile.
It has been a blessing to be able to listen to and share with girls the Good News about being pro-life, and if not for EMC, maybe this population would never hear such a message.
She shows up in your office for an abortion and doesn't seem to want to hear anything you say. You don't know what to do so you just look her in the eye and love her and say we are hear to help you with anything you need. And you mean it. Then she leaves and it's in God's hands. Prayer is what's needed now, by you and everyone else. Suddenly the next day she sends a text asking for a job. I don't know what to do but I say I'll call some people. Hang in there, don't worry, it's going to work out. From there an open line of communication is created over the next couple weeks. Suddenly she says she is thinking of keeping her baby. When did that happen? But she won't have a place to live. As she puts it, she'll either "have to kill my baby or sleep in the streets."
We continue to work on it. Calls are made and arrangements put in place. She is very worried and getting pressure from boyfriend and mom to abort. She is moving every week and up late worring. Through it all, she says she wants to keep, no matter what everyone else is saying, but she doesn't know how it will work. She comes for a sono and we set her up with prenatal. She has plans now to live with a relative. But does that mean the relationship is over? No, she is still pregnant, scared, has no idea what to do and is being stressed out by her mom. So who does she go to? The only one who came into her life offering to serve and help her: me. She told me I am her guardian angel. I told her she is a blessing to me.
The story does not end here, but God has been brought into this situation and as with every circumstance we encounter here, we do our best and trust him to take care of everything much better than we can.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
That's all I could think after I read an article written by a woman who was adamantly pro-abortion. Why did this upset me? The article was written against an upcoming pro-life event going on in Germantown, MD (very close to where I live.) The event is called Summer of Mercy 2.0. It is a peaceful, prayerful rally in which people from around the nation are coming and pleading for justice. We are standing up for what is right in the worst holocaust this country has seen.
The lady who wrote this article accused us (us being pro-lifers in general) of not caring for women. She wrote that the only reason we are "pro-life" is because we are religious fanatics who believe that the biblical mandate is that women should have babies - and lots of them.
Where is this coming from? The Bible does not require women to have tons and tons of babies. That's not the point - and the verses this woman quoted were thrown completely out of context.
I am pro-life. I love women. I deeply care about them. I care about their health. I care about their situation. My heart breaks for many them. These aren't easy situations. I have talked to women who have been raped. Who have been abused. Who are suicidal. Who have had multiple abortions. Who are left on the street. Kicked out of their house.
I also know that abortion is not a healing process. I have met many, many women who believe that abortion will "fix" their lives, that the pregnancy was a mistake and that an abortion can make things go back to the way they were. But abortion is not a quick fix. It's a decision that deeply affects a woman's physical and emotional health for the rest of her life.
I'm not saying this just because I'm a Christian. I'm saying this because I've seen it. I've heard many women tell me their abortion experiences.
I've seen her sob heartbrokenly.
I've seen her doubled over in pain leaving the abortion clinic.
And I won't stop.
A few days ago I was counseling in the North Bronx. A woman walked in with her five year old son. I was a little startled to see that she brought him - mainly because she was contemplating an abortion. The little boy sat quietly on her lap while we talked about abortion procedures and her alternatives. We showed the lady a fetal model of what her baby looks like at her specific stage of pregnancy. The little boy loved the little babies - he like touching them and asking lots of questions.
A few minutes later we showed the lady a simple non-graphic film that explains the two most common abortion procedures and the risks associated with them. The little boy was in the room the entire time. During the first explanation of the abortion procedure:
"Mommy, what are they doing to the baby?"
"They're taking the baby out."
"They're killing (yes, the woman used this word) the baby because the mommy isn't ready right now."
The little boy looks at the little fetal models on the desk next to us.
"Mommy, are they going to kill those babies too?"
Apparently the little boy had told his mom that she was pregnant about a month before she knew. He calls the baby "my baby".
This little boy will be the one who talks his mother out of aborting his little sibling.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
But there are also many people that cannot choose any of that. Those are the people with disabilities, physical or mental. These special people are as much a person as any of us and they have to be treated as equals. So they are not less or inferior. And of course, they have the same right to live that other babies do. It is very common that many women who want to abort their babies and know that the baby is coming with any disability, they want the abortion much more. That's complete nonsense.
These special people need to be loved more than anyone else. Although they can't respond to us in the same way, they really appreciate demonstrations of love and they really need to feel people's love around them. That's why we cannot consider these special people less than us and it's a crime to kill them before they born.
He was a charismatic leader loved by believers and non-believers alike, whose words were listened to and respected around the whole world.
What made him so interesting? One of the things that he defended during all his live was the respect for human dignity. His messages were so attractive because they were always about human dignity and his testimony was really convincing and authentic. John Paul II was the defender of life, his most important teachings are about the defense of unborn babies, mentally handicapped, and he reminded us that each and every person is unique and unrepeatable, that’s the reason to respect their lives from conception until natural death.
Sounds like conspiracy theory? I challenge you get to get educated on it. Do the research if you dare to find out what's going on under our noses, supported by our tax dollars. The holocost was almost unbelievable in it's inhumanity but it happened. Is it any less believable that while that was happening in Germany Hitler was getting some of his ideas from Americans who were looking for way to implement their own genocide on African Americans? Well, it's really something we all need to learn about and come to terms with for ourselves, especially if there is any hope of working against it.
I leave it up to you, you can start here: http://www.maafa21.com/
Don't be afraid to learn something. Knowledge is power.
There's a big necessity of education about pregnancy and abortion in our society. Today at Emily's a girl came with all her relatives. Her mom, her boyfriend and her boyfriend's mom. All of them pushing her to get an abortion. All of them yelling at us to shut up. Three times they passed by, three times they didn't want to listen to us.
This past Tuesday I worked outside of EMC´s Jerome Avenue office in the North Bronx. While there, Gabriel and I were responsible for setting a table up and showing a video describing the natural cycle of a pregnancy. Along-side the television set was a set of fetal models which progressively show the size and weight development of the baby while in the womb.
In addition to utilizing these visual aids, we also pass out pro-life literature which covers a range of topics including Planned Parenthood´s ultimate goal to suppress the minorities in America under the guise of ¨helping¨ get rid of unwanted children. This controversial magazine drew many questions including my favorite: ¨Are you even Pro-Life?¨ I confidently described that, through strongly woven deceit and manipulative tactics, strategy that Planned Parenthood formed so long ago under the guidance of a racist woman named Margaret Sanger.
This woman is painted as being a progressive who wanted equal woman rights, rather than the bigot who formulated a plan similar to Hitler´s Holocaust. Except unlike Hitler, Sanger had wealthy philanthropists on her side, as well as a deceit stronger than Hitler´s. This is evident in that Hitler was stopped in 1945, whereas Sanger´s plan stemming from Black Genocide has morphed into a Genocide of Minorities.
For those in disbelief, check the stats. For those who agree, take a stand for those who don´t or can´t take a stand themselves. Thank you for reading.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
People know us, we are EMC, we help pregnant women to have their children. We support them, we listen to them, WE HELP THEM.
We know that there are people that don't like us, they don't like what we do. But for these people I’m asking this question: "Are we doing something wrong? Do we force someone to do something that they don't want to do?¨ Here is my answer: no. We try our best but there are hundreds of women that don't listen to us and keep their choice of having an abortion. It is not ok but we cannot do anything else.
Yesterday I went to Doctor Emily's clinic, there were some of these people that don't like our job. We don't disturb them, and we don´t listen to them. The problem is that they do care about what we do, they write false things about us and they say lies about us. There’s no need to speak lowly of us. Do you people, improve your benefits by criticizing us?
What I’m trying to say is that the world deserves truth, pregnant women deserve truth. That’s what we offer. Does anyone really think that having an abortion is completely safe? Check this out: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2005.01538.x/full and this is only one medical article. At least, before doing nothing they should know everything related with the abortion procedure and all the risks.
What I wanna point out is that in life, like in poker, if you don't risk, you don't win. The thing that women need to know is that obviously risking is risky, I mean, in poker you need to risk and so you call and you raise and finally you win. There are some moments when you really think you are gonna loose, that you have no chance of winning but at the end you are the winner, the happy one. In abortion that would be the one that even if she is afraid of losing (not her money but her friends, job, etc) she keeps trying and fighting for her baby until he is born and they end up being the happy ones. On the other hand the woman that risks but gets scared and folds does not win, she's the sad woman, the ones that aborts and ends up with nothing. She may have kept her money but she has lost the possibility of winning, or, what is worse, of meeting her child.
If you play poker, risk it.
Today, while working in the Brooklyn office, I had the experience to meet a young mother who was strongly abortion minded. After our consultation, she went for a sonogram and found out she was not in the early stages of pregnancy, rather in a late term pregnancy.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
It's easy to be the man in a couple who is pregnant. It's the woman who is faced with the real issues. The man is not pregnant, and in fact can never be pregnant and as such how could a man truly understand and relate to a woman’s pregnancy? If the woman chooses she can give birth and keep the baby, however if she chooses abortion she will end a life, the choice is solely hers in the United States. She will be admitted to the hospital to undergo childbirth or in the "hospital" while the"doctor" is killing your baby while you are in the waiting room reading the newspaper.
Is this our role? Of course not! A lot of women come to us considering abortion. When asked about the father of the child, the majority of the time the relationship is not very good and often times we find that the man is pushing for abortion.
A lot of women say that if they were in a stable relationship they would have the baby. Where is the man? We should stand by our Significant Others and our children. We men also need to understand that children are a gift and not a “burden”. We need to stop being selfish and stand up as men, protecting our children and the women in our lives from the heart wrenching pain of abortion.
Remember, she holds the child in her body, but it is your child too. You should fight for the family and love it despite all the difficulties that arise. Men have much more of a role than we thought in the mind of our women.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I have been utterly amazed at the diversity of languages and cultures in New York. I was even able to work with a client who made me remember that what I do is as much a heart to heart counseling as it is a factual counseling. She had a difficult time understanding me, but we were still able to communicate.
Yes, a lot of the women speak Spanish, some even speak other less common languages. This woman however was deaf. She could not hear the words I spoke. She could not hear the videos. But with what little ASL I know, and her ability to read lips, we were able to talk.
It was not my words that touched her. It was not my facts that moved her. It was my heart reaching out to hers. The language of hearts is a gift. It is special, not because few have it. But because few use it.
Some of these situations look hopeless on the onset, but something have to continue to remember in every part of our work is...this isn't our work, it's God's, and nothing is impossible for God. It is in situations like this that I most especially see his power at work. Not just one life is saved, but three. And from what began as a lonely, hopeless and unhappy situation results in a uniquely beautiful expression of God's love: a family.
This picture is of our Brooklyn Center Director, Linda, with a "turnaround" family.
On Saturday I went to sidewalk counsel outside Doctor Emily´s Abortion Clinic. However, this week, our band of interns was neither little nor afraid. As we walked out of the subway station, I felt as though God had bestowed new courage on me, not to mention there was five Friars there as well. Their prayers and counsel helped me to overcome the fear, apprehension and hate for the Pro-Choice escort crew.
Yesterday I read an article about a Pro life film; Blood Money. The narrator of the history is the Doctor Alveda King (Matin Luther King nephew) she guides the spectator throw the history about the abortion in the EE.UU, since the first public politics about family planning until the actual business situation.
A lot of Viewers tell that the movie is helping to change lives by providing hope for women and offer them a better choice.
Blood Money. The value of a life is a risky bet done by the film director David K. Kyle and presented by the same distributor that few years ago presented Bella film.
So if you want to help with abortion you can show this film for help other women also keep your eyes open, and when you come across a young women in crisis, be there to listen, to support, and then tell her the truth.
These are some of the big amount of questions that some of my relatives or friends have asked me in the last few weeks. But I'm not the only one: other internships of the Bronx Lifehouse also have been asked on the same way. And we all answer the same: because we want to.
We want to help poor people. We want to give information to those who doesn’t know what is a real abortion. We want to support the people who say no to this crime. We want to show our rejection to the abortion clinics. We want to play and enjoy of the child who could be dead many years ago. We want to give a good life to that mother who wants to grow up her baby but she can’t because she has no job, clothes, a apartment… We want to try to shut up those who try to confuse and lie to pregnant women just to take their money. We want to explain that the life is not a choice, it’s a right. For all of us. Since the moment of our coception.
I hope that these words could answer to those who can’t understand our objective: save as many lives as we can. Because life is the most value thing that it has been given to us. We have to communicate this on the best way we can.
If anybody still have doubts of why we are here, let me know. Or what is better, come here a few weeks and discover by yourself. Thank you.