The Vine

Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.


Can we all agree that Ruth Bader Ginsburg needs to stay exactly where she is? After previously saying she doesn’t want the growth of particular populations, she has now followed the statement up by clarifying she meant poor people. As Molly Hemingway says at The Federalist, Ginsburg is somewhat “like a crazy old racist great-aunt who keeps embarrassing us and we can’t do anything about it.” Only, she isn’t embarrassing us, she’s embarrassing the pro-abortion lobby. She really lets their love of eugenics shine, to a degree of which Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger would be proud. It’s delightful to watch, made even more so by the fact that she refuses to step down before President Obama is out of office.

While you may be tempted to think the left only wants Ginsburg out so Obama has time to elect another Supreme Court Justice, some take issue with her because she isn’t pro-abortion enough! According to National Right To Life News, Ginsburg was accused of reinforcing the “abortion stigma” in the same interview in which she revealed her disdain for poor Americans having children. The issue, apparently, was Ginsburg admitting her daughter and grand-daughter hadn’t had abortions (yet). Author Dave Andrusko rightly wonders how long it will be before pro-aborts decide “that in the interests of pro-abortion feminist solidarity, women ought to have at least one abortion?”

Perhaps taking her cue from Ginsberg, potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been funding abortions in Africa, India and Asia through the Clinton Foundation. Highlighted by Life News, the Clinton Foundation supports two international abortion businesses: Pathfinder International, who provided 4,000 abortions last year and Population Services International, which provides supplies to international Planned Parenthood.


Of course private and public funding never stops abortion giant Planned Parenthood from asking for more money, which is part of their newest plea for help – the “Actionator.” Found by Americans United For Life (AUL) President and CEO Charmaine Yoest, the Actionator encourages supporters to “fight like hell for women’s health and rights before election day;” because throwing a curse word in means we are serious people. So serious that the Actionator, a Mad Libs (Giving new meaning to “Mad Libs”) type fill in the blank form, asks women what they need to drink to calm down their emotions from how mad pro-life politicians make them. Anna Franzonello, who works at AUL, noted the anti-feminist implication on the form – “So, women need to be medicated/drunk to control our emotions?”

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While Planned Parenthood is busy encouraging women to get their drink on, pro-lifers around the world continue to pray in front of abortion clinics for the 40 Days for Life fall campaign. As of today, the 6th day, 28 babies have been saved and reports are flowing in of, not only lives changed but empty parking lots and absent abortionists. Reading the stories makes one wonder if the abortionists are hiding from the inescapable truth of what they do for a living…

In previous years I’ve not had the opportunity to serve on the sidewalk during the 40 Days for Life campaign. This year, in addition to participation with prayer, I am excited that I will be able to join those praying at a clinic. In leu of extending The Branch for Life to one organization or person this week, I’d like to extend the Branch to you. We are in the season of financial need for all the organizations that work hard in the fight for life. I’d love for us to join together during this season’s 40 Days for Life campaign and contribute financially to the organization(s) that breathe life into us and the babies saved through their work. As we pray for lives saved, let us thank those that inspire us to keep going by helping them to keep going.


Until next week, I pray blessings for you and for all committed to life in The Vine. Please feel free to email or tweet me with any stories you’d like to see covered or any organizations you’d like to see as the Branch For Life!


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