The People of South Dakota are Ready to Finish the Job!

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The face of South Dakota–farmers, ranchers, Native Americans, teachers, doctors, nurses, veterans, mothers, fathers

The people of South Dakota have spoken!  Nearly 50,000 signatures were collected to get the pro-life initiative on the ballot!  That is almost 3x the number required by the state!  The VoteYesForLife.com team would like to thank everyone who worked so hard and who will continue to work hard to finish the job and pass the initiative in November.  Thank you!

 Go to www.voteyesforlife.com to see more pictures from the People’s Initiative Party!

The Importance of One

Mother Theresa with armless baby

Mother Theresa with armless baby 

Mother Theresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” In other words, if we cannot save 100% of the babies, we should try to save all we can.  Mother Theresa said, “If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out.  To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil on it.” “In this life we cannot do great things.  We can only do small things with great love.” “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of missing that drop.”  Each child saved is of infinite value to the human race.  Every snowflake must take responsibility for its part in the avalanche.

Quotes of the Day–Indifference vs. Incrementalism

The greatest of all evils is indifference towards evil.

There are too many semi-Christians.

Nothing is as tiresome as doing nothing.

All Men are Created Equal

By Dr. Allen Unruh 

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”     

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable…Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” 

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of this creed – We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” 

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period…was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”    

“It is not possible to be in favor of justice for some people and not be in favor of justice for all people.”    

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the staircase.” 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”    

“Every person must decide whether to walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.   This is the judgment.   Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”    

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law of the law of God.” 

“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” 

“I believe the unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”    

Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a staunch supporter of the voteyesforlife.com campaign.  She said that Martin Luther King, Jr. would have also been supporter of this important campaign. These profound statements were given because black people were not considered completely human—just like the unborn.  Their fight for equality demanded an understanding of what the statement, “All men are created equal” really means.  If God created man in his own image, why are the unborn given no value?  Connecting the dots requires an understanding that the arguments are the same in the fight for protecting the unborn as it was for black people in America.      

Over a half a million Americans died in the Civil War.  Over 48 million have died on the altar of sexual promiscuity defining freedom as license.  South Carolina challenged the Plessy vs. Ferguson case of “separate but equal” in 1952 and drove the final stake in the coffin of the doctrine of separate but equal.  Let South Dakota be the state that wins the battle to protect the lives of women and their unborn children.  May Biblical principles combined with the wisdom of our forefathers,  pave the road to freedom and equality in America.  

Volunteers Verifying Signatures!

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VoteYesForLife.com volunteers have been working hard to verify petition signatures before the state’s petition due date!

Half Truths

Benjamin Franklin said, “Half a truth is a great lie.” Planned Parenthood’s half truths consist of quotations like: “We all want to decrease abortion.” The truth: They fight any restrictions on abortion at any time including partial birth abortion. They say their goal is to decrease unwanted pregnancy. The truth: They hand out condoms and diligently fight to promote contraceptives to children as young as 9 years old. This promotes promiscuity which results in more pregnancies which leads to more business for Planned Parenthood. It’s like trying to cure a drunk of drinking by giving him another drink. Putting Planned Parenthood in charge of sex education in our schools is like hiring the mafia to fight crime. It’s like hiring Madonna to be in charge of abstinence education.

News From the SD Pro-Life Physicians for Life

The American Psychiatric Association currently has a task force in place evaluating the literature evidence for adverse psychological effects of elective abortion.  We will carefully evaluate their report when it is available, and we will share our evaluation with you.  In the meantime, the Brits are ahead of the APA, and below (excerpted) are news items on their findings, and a copy of the statement itself.

The Sunday Times

March 16, 2008

“Royal College Warns Abortions Can Lead to Mental Illness”

            By Sarah-Kate Templeton, Health Editor

Women may be at risk of mental health breakdowns if they have abortions, a medical royal college has warned.  The Royal College of Psychiatrists says women should not be allowed to have an abortion until they are counseled on the possible risk to their mental health.  This overturns the consensus that has stood for decades that the risk to mental health of continuing with an unwanted pregnancy outweighs the risks of living with the possible regrets of having an abortion.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends updating abortion information leaflets to include details of the risks of depression.  “Consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information,” it says.  Several studies, including research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2006, concluded that abortion in young women might be associated with risks of mental health problems.

The controversy intensified earlier this year when an inquest in Cornwall heard that a talented artist hanged herself because she was overcome with grief after aborting her twins.  Emma Beck, 30, left a note saying: “Living is hell for me.  I should never have had an abortion.  I see now I would have been a good mum.  I want to be with my babies; they need me, no one else does.”

The College’s revised stance was welcomed by Nadine Dorries, a Conservative MP campaigning for a statutory cooling-off period: “For doctors to process a woman’s request for an abortion without providing the support, information and help women need at this time of crisis I regard almost as a form of abuse,” she said.

Dr. Peter Saunders, general secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: “How can a doctor now justify an abortion [on mental health grounds] if psychiatrists are questioning whether there is any clear evidence that continuing with the pregnancy leads to mental health problems?”

  

March 14, 2008

“Royal College of Psychiatrists Position Statement on Women’s Mental Health in Relation to Induced Abortion”

In the government response to the report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the Scientific Developments Relating to the Abortion Act 1967, the following request was made:  “In view of the controversy on the risk to mental health of induced abortion we recommend that the Royal College of Psychiatrists update their 1994 report on this issue.”

The College has undertaken a literature review to inform the following position statement, which includes the recommendation that a full systematic review around abortion and mental health is required.  The Royal College of Psychiatrists is concerned to ensure that women’s mental health is protected whether they seek abortion or continue with a pregnancy.  Mental disorders can occur for some women during pregnancy and after birth.

The specific issue of whether or not induced abortion has harmful effects on women’s mental health remains to be fully resolved.  The current research evidence base is inconclusive – some studies indicate no evidence of harm, whilst other studies identify a range of mental disorders following abortion.

Women with pre-existing psychiatric disorders who continue with their pregnancy, as well as those with psychiatric disorders who undergo abortion, will need appropriate support and care.  Liaison between services, and, where relevant, with careers and advocates, is advisable.

Healthcare professionals who assess or refer women who are requesting an abortion should assess for mental disorder and for risk factors that may be associated with its subsequent development.  If a mental disorder or risk factors are identified, there should be a clearly identified care pathway whereby the mental health needs of the woman and her significant others may be met.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists recognizes that good practice in relation to abortion will include informed consent.  Consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information regarding the possible risks and benefits to physical and mental health.  This may require the updating of patient information leaflets approved by the Royal Colleges, and education and training relevant to health care professionals, in order to develop a good practice pathway.  These difficult and complex issues should be addressed through additional systematic reviews led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists into the relationship between abortion and mental health.  These reviews should consider whether there is evidence for psychiatric indications for abortion.