RAPE IS NO REASON FOR ABORTION

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Many persons agree that abortion is bad, at the same time, they concede that it is justifiable on the ground of rape, incest or where the continued pregnancy will be harmful to the mother’ health. This is seen in many legislations including the violence against persons law passed in Imo state, Nigeria, last year.

I have tried several times to understand this logic but since it is illogical it cannot be understood with a logical mind. Is it that the child resulting from rape is not a child? or is it that the child would be different from other children on the basis that he/she was conceived through rape, if the child is born, is it written on the child’s fore head that he was conceived from rape. I do not think so, there are many persons who were conceived through sexual assault and as expected are like every one else, some are lawyers, judges ,doctors etc.

One of such persons is Rebecca Kiessling, who is a Michigan-based lawyer, and she is spending her life teaching the obvious truth that every child is the same and needs protection and love. Her story has done a lot of good.

Thanks to Lifesitenews.com we have this to share:

The story of an American woman who was conceived in rape convinced a German rape victim not to abort her baby.

Pro-life activist Rebecca Kiessling was fathered by a rapist, but given a chance to live. The Michigan-based lawyer now regularly shares her story and is active in the organization Save the 1, dedicated to protecting all children from abortion.

“A friend of mine was raped last year,” the German reader told Kiessling. “When she noticed she was pregnant, she did not know what to do.”

“She browsed the Internet for help and found your website and your story,” the reader continued. “After that it was clear to her to keep and love her baby.”

“So, you and your story saved her and the baby,” the German woman recounted.

The reader also commended Kiessling’s battle to safeguard rape victims and their children from further contact with their assailants. “I also love your fight for rapists not getting any parenting rights so that women and their babies can live in peace and without fear,” she said.

Kiessling is one of a growing number of people to speak up for the dignity and potential of children conceived from the most offensive crimes.

She, Ryan Bomberger, Pam Stenzel, Monica Kelsey, and others engage in pro-life activism nationally, telling audiences – and wavering mothers like her reader – of the grateful and fulfilling lives they lead.

Kiessling said she hopes this German rape victim’s decision serves as “an example to others not to be ashamed of your own difficult stories – whatever it may be – because you can make a difference!”

N.B..Please, it should not be understood that i am encouraging the rape of women, I am only saying that all children should be loved and protected not minding if their mothers were raped or not. Rather our interest should be in arresting and prosecuting the reckless persons who defiled their mothers since rape is a crime against humanity most especially motherhood and it is unfair to place culpability on the child who is innocent.

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WE CAN STOP THE WAR

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From May Feelings,

we will join Pope Francis’ proposal of prayer for Syria’s peace, that after more than two years of conflicts that have led to more than 100,000 deaths, are now facing one of the hardest times of armed conflict.
Trusting in the power of prayer, May Feelings wants to light up the world once again, for the right decisions must be taken in order to achieve peace and good for the Syrian people. The marathon will start today, September 4th, until midnight of September 7th, coinciding with the termination of the acts proposed by the Pope in the Vatican.
Start the countdown.
No matter what your beliefs are, enter in www.mayfeelings.com/prayforsyria and join the claim for peace.

I HAVE A DREAM – MARTIN LUTHER KING

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By Nwachukwu Joshua

50 years ago, on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln memorial In Washington, before a crowd of 250,000, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered a memorable speech, “I have a dream.” In this speech, he told the American people and the world, of his dreams for liberty, equality, fraternity and justice. This speech prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

King’s dreams are almost a reality today because there is no longer any constitutional segregation in the United States and the two-term election of Barack Obama, an African America, as the president of the United States of America is the culmination of that dream.

Like Martin Luther, I am also a man of dreams.

I dream of that day when all nations will rise up and live out the true meaning of a creed inherent in natural law that says that all men, including the unborn, are created equally and should be treated equally.

I have a dream that in our pursuit for human rights, that we will defend the truth that every human being, whatever society or age he lives in, is endowed with a dignity which must never be lessened, harmed or destroyed, but respected and safeguarded.

I have a dream that one day the clinics, hospitals, states and countries responsible for the blood of innocent human lives at any stage will be transformed into an oasis of respect for the dignity of the human person.

I have a dream that unborn children will be given the chance to live regardless of whether they were conceived, through rape or incest.

I have a dream that one day, pro-lifers and pro-choice would no longer disagree on the humanity of a child or value of the human persons, but will work together like brothers and sisters to protect the dignity of human life from the womb to the tomb.

I dream, that one day old peoples homes, orphanages and pregnancy crisis centres shall be exalted, all abortion clinics and houses of euthanasia shall be close, and the glory of the lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

I have a dream that in our pursuit for a real life for all people, we would embrace the truth that life starts from conception and that marriage is a union between a man and a woman till death do them part.

I have a dream that in our pursuit for peace, in our land, in our hearts, we should fight for justice, just payment for workers, no matter its cost.

I have a dream that the glaring gap of inequalities in the world today between the haves and the haves not would be reduced.

I have a dream that all persons who face persecutions and even martyrdom because of their faith will one day have the joy of religious freedom.

I have a dream that one-day people of the world will realise that there is God who is a Father- the giver of all liberties- and come to love him.

I have a dream that we will be freed from poverty everywhere in the world, because poverty, a result of tyranny and corruption, is a danger to the dignity human beings everywhere.

I have a dream that one day all will realise that true freedom is doing what one ought to do and not what one wants to do.

I have a dream that the world will come to see women as human beings and not as instrument of pleasure and that a woman’s needs are more than abortion.

I have a dream that the good persons in society will not remain silent when the values we cherish most are in peril but rise up to defend to truth.

I have a dream that despite the apparent victory of darkness over the world, light will and shall always overcome darkness.

I have a dream that my dreams will come through.

DEMOCRACY HAS FAILED IN EUROPE AND AMERICA

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Many Countries in Africa are called third-world countries, war torn countries, Dark Continent and a host of other names. All  with an underlying presumption that Africa is not democratic. African countries, like Egypt, are in the middle of coup, others like Zimbabwe and Cameroon have dictatorship of varying degrees of tyranny. Yet, still others like Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya with some-what stable government are referred to as practising pseudo-democracy.

With the rate of election rigging and annulments of legitimately held elections, imaginable in other continents, little wonder these accusations stick.

Lack of a stable democracy has been fingered as lead cause of corruption in Africa and a consequent reason for its underdevelopment and unproductivety.

Africans have been told to emulate the ideals of democracy and how it is practised from the western countries- “model democracies”- where government is of the people by the people and for the people, where every right is respected and preserved, where  freedom of speech, religion  are inviolable.

Well, the current redefinition marriage in U.S.A  has, to a great extent, shown that the so called “model” democracy are worse than the most reprobate African autocrats and despots.

Again, take Ireland another western Country, for an example. An abortion bill was recently passed there, by parliament allowing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, where the life of the mother is at risk which notably includes if the mother threatens suicide.  The Prime Minister Enda Kenny trampled over all consciences by denying a free vote within his party, demanding that his party colleagues should vote in favour of this horrific and fundamentally flawed piece of legislation and threatened to throw out of the party anyone who disagreed.

As Niamh Ui Bhriain of the Life Institute asked, “what kind of a leader is he? What kind of a leader throws a colleague out of the party for doing exactly what they told their electorate they were going to do before election?”

During their campaign in 2011, the Fine Gael party promised the Irish people that it would protect the lives of women and the unborn, this unfortunately they have broken. How many more promises will they break? Can the Irish people trust them any longer?

By their totalitarian action, the Irish Prime minister is no different from African despots who insist that their will must reign supreme? No different!

In the midst of all these threats, some party members broke rank and they were expelled from the party. Lucinda Creighton, one of those who voted against the abortion bill, resigned from her position as Ireland’s European Affairs Minister, saying the government broke a commitment to keep Ireland free of abortion. Another person, is Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames,(as she then was) who bucked her party’s leadership on Tuesday by invoking a rarely-used parliamentary procedure called a “reasoned amendment” to try and stop the bill from being heard by the Senate, unfortunately she did not succeed. She acknowledged that she was signing her own political death warrant, but said her conscience would not allow her to support a bill that ends human lives and, in her opinion, deceives women.

These are the true democrats and the heroes of democracy, since they understand, and rightly so, that their loyalty lies with their conscience and with the people who put them in power.

The Irish people in exercise of their democratic and constitutional right are calling that a referendum be called so that the people would have the final say, but the prime minister being a tyrant has refused.

The Irish citizenry are suffering from injustice; they are suffering from the infidelity of their representatives. In fact they are under the reign of the tyrants.

With this, I would be far wrong, were I to declare that democracy has failed in Ireland?

Population Makes A Country A World Leader

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At the World Population Day, that was celebrated some weeks ago, the National Population Commission (NPC) disclosed that teenage pregnancy among young girls between the ages 15 and 19 might increase to over 60 million by the year 2015. According to Mohammed Akubo Aikoye, the Federal Commissioner of the NPC in Kogi State, the figures were worrisome, stressing the need for drastic measures to prevent teenage pregnancy. He pointed out about one third of Nigeria population that is 44.5 million young people between the ages of 10-24 got pregnant in 2006.

The health, social and economic implications of this trend is alarming, it should noted that teenage pregnancy is the greatest killer of teenage girls worldwide, since many resort to abortion, and with poor ante-natal care, and weak pelvic bones, the girls are more likely to face pregnancy complications .

Reasons for the increase, Akubo rationalised, can be linked to poverty, sexual abuse, ignorance, cultural and religious beliefs. He also added that teenage pregnancy varied markedly in the North and South, with 1 in 3 teenage girls in the North and 1 in 10 in the South.

It is true that the with erosion of our societal values and morals and promotion of wrong notions of sexuality, many teenagers and adults engage in promiscuous sex. However, I have reason to suspect that Mr. Akubo is using his notion as a ruse to push for population control measures such as abortion, sterilisation, contraceptives and other artificial family planning techniques. That is probably what he meant by “government should take drastic measures at preventing teenage pregnancy.”

Already, the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) through its president Oladapo Ladipo is calling for “age-appropriate comprehensive sex education to develop the knowledge and skills of youths.” He also went on to say that education and information are not enough. Good quality reproductive health services must also be readily available for our adolescents to make informed choices and be healthy”. Everyone know that reproductive health simply means unfettered access to condoms, abortion and contraceptives.

The government is already succumbing to these lies and baseless predictions. Last year, the Nigerian government allocated the sum of $11.5 million to purchase condoms and contraceptive to reduce maternal mortality as disclosed by Dr. Bridget Okoeguale the Director of Family Health.

Europe and America are not comfortable with the population growth of Africa, seeing as a threat to their dominance of the world political power and even their existence. They camouflage their malicious intent, with ideas like over population, or the expectant explosion of the population bomb, and the need to curtail population growth. Already many are speculating that by the end of the century we all will be doomed since global population will be 10 billion. To prevent this population explosion, women are told to stop giving birth.

Please, Nigerians, do not listen to what these doom Sayers are saying. Nigeria is not over-populated. Moreover, population is a very big blessing. Why do population doom Sayers ignore the evidence that population is the major factor for development, as seen in countries like China, India and Indonesia? They do not want us to become economically developed. If not why would Europe and America be populating their economises through immigration, but turn around and tell us Nigerians and other AU countries that population is a curse and we should depopulate. They know that plenty of muscles and brains makes a country a world leader, and they would not have us become that.

We have to be wise.

GAY MARRIAGE: A TRAVESTY OF THE LAW

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I commiserate with the entire people of United States, most especially persons from California on the recent Supreme Court decision in the cases of Hollingsworth v. Perry and Windsor v. United States that declared Proposition 8 of California law unconstitutional and the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. This decision by five judges to redefine the age long notion of marriage as a union between one man and one woman is an unmitigated tragedy, a travesty of law, and a great injustice. By their decision, the judges place themselves above the voters of California or even members of congress and most importantly God the creator of the Universe and creator of the institution of marriage

In the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry, in 2008, there was a constitutional amendment passed in California that provided that only marriage between a man and a woman should recognised in California. Proposition 8 was passed with over 52% of the vote, capturing the support of over 7 million California voters. Proponents for this proposition argued rightly that heterosexual marriage was an essential fabric and institution of society which has been in existence from time immemorial, and that the gay persons though humans and ought to be respected do not have the right to redefine marriage for everyone else. Proponents and activists of the LGBT’s challenged this proposition in court, and it climbed the ladder of the courts until it reached the Supreme Court of America. In the Supreme Court, the plaintiff Hollingsworth like other LGBTadvocates argued their case, and opined that that proposition had to be struck out because freedom to marry is fundamental in their society and that the California constitution should guarantee the same freedom and rights to everyone. This case received a major setback because the Governor of California Jerry Brown and his Attorney General Kamala Harris, who receive political support from homosexual groups and activists, refused to defend Proposition 8 as such some private persons decided to defend the bill. It is quite unfortunate that the administration of Jerry Brown did not want to defend the wishes of the people who voted him into power; rather he chose to succumb to the wishes of the minority pressure group. This is corruption and irresponsibility.

Brain Brown, NOM’s president opines that “The Supreme Court’s holding that proponents of an initiative had no legal right to appeal ignores California law and rewards corrupt politicians for abandoning their duty to defend traditional marriage laws.

Commenting on this, Ryan T. Anderson, co-author of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense.” opined that the court made no ruling on the merits of Proposition 8, but said only that the citizens who passed the constitutional amendment didn’t have standing to defend their law. The only reason this jurisdictional question was an issue is because the governor and attorney general of California decided to not defend a law passed by the people. It is scandalous that those state officials refused to perform their duty. That abdication of their responsibility should not have prevented a vigorous defence in court. This outcome sets a disturbing precedent and distorts the balance of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. It would allow the executive branch to effectively veto duly enacted laws, simply by refusing to defend it against a constitutional challenge.

On the other hand, in Windsor v. United States in a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defence of Marriage Act. In striking down Section 3 of the federal Defence of Marriage Act, the court declared that the Federal Government cannot define marriage as the union of one man and one woman for its own policies and laws but must accept whatever the states decide about marriage.

Despite all these, our only joy is that the court did not hear the prayers of Ted Olsen and David Boies who were asking for the redefinition of marriage across the entire country as such making same-sex ‘marriage a constitutional right. The court’s ruling, though, does not affect Section 2, which provides that no state is required to give effect to another state’s recognition of same-sex marriages. Seems like the court has learnt from its mistake of 1973 in Roe v. Wade.

One may be quick to ask what this decision has to do with Africa and in particular, Nigeria. It has everything to do with African. In the judgment, the judges referred to persons who oppose gay marriage as hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race, and enemies of human decency. More of these assaults are coming

President Obama on hearing the news hailed the rulings as a “Victory for American democracy. In his $100 million tour around Africa, he was promoting the issue of gay marriage on the basis that people should be treated equally, and that is a principle that applies universally.This he pushed in Senegal and Tanzania. We in Nigeria have to be weary. The wind is blowing

A RIGHT ATTITUDE TO SEX: MARIA GORETTI’S LIFE

Through movies, advertisement, songs, videos, and even cartoons, most mainstream media in conjunction with governments are propagating a universal right to sexual indulgence; as if we were mere animals, governed only by instinct, lacking all self-control. Unfortunately, this way of thinking is gradually becoming the new norm and has spiked the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Young men and women now have, as it were, an unfettered license to play with sex. Among adolescent girls, the world over, teenage pregnancy is on the rise and since they are often not ready for motherhood, abortion rate is consequently on the rise.

The media and world leaders are lying when they treat us like animals living only by instincts. Apart from having intellect, we also have free will–an ability to choose and we can control our passions, desires and even our sexual urges. However, this can only come easy when society promotes ideal that help us do that. Ideal like chastity, virginity and faithfulness if promoted as something fashionable and attractive would attract many young people.  Unfortunately, today these beautiful ideals are regarded as unattainable and utopian. Many government agencies and non-government agencies are aggressively marketing pre-marital sex as something unavoidable—even as something good. To combat the spread of STDs they advise ‘safe sex’.  ‘Safe’ meaning having sex with condoms, and of course, never getting pregnant because pregnancy is a big disease that must be avoided.

There is, however, a story of a girl who died resisting this very immorality being promoted today.  Maria Teresa Goretti was a peasant girl from a poor family; she was born in Corinaldo, near Ancona in 1890, her father died when she and the other five children were small. At twelve she was very pretty. Alexander, a young man in the neighbourhood made sexual advances to her several times she refused and did her best to avoid him, but on July 5, 1902, when she was alone in the cottage mending some clothes. Alexander came again to force her to have sex with him, she refused, and when she resisted, Alexander stabbed her repeatedly over eleven times and ran away. Maria died the next day, July 6, 1902, but not before voicing a word of forgiveness for her attacker. Alexander was sentenced to thirty years in prison. He later repented, expressed remorse for what he had done, and lived to see his victim beatified in 1947 and canonized in1950 as a martyr for chastity.

Today, we commiserate with millions of women suffering violence in different forms mostly especially sexually. It is a shame but we know it happens; unfortunately, it will not stop until the culture of seeing women as mere instruments of pleasure stops. This culture will not stop until wide spread pornography stops which forms the mind of men that women are sex objects to be used and thrown away.

As such, we are calling on all mainstream media and government to promote an authentic sexual education that respects the dignity of man and woman, and that does not consider them as mere instruments of pleasure.