The latest pro-life news (05/16/22)

THIS WEEKLY BLOG POSTED EVERY MONDAY PROMOTES A CULTURE OF LIFE

Don’t miss our heartwarming closing story every week!

Here is the latest Monday Update from Pro-Life Wisconsin.

From WRTL.

Vandals, arsonists target more pregnancy centers.

Liberal, Pro-Choice Yale Law Professor: Roe Was Bad Law and the Alito Draft Is Constitutionally Sound.

5 Lies Abortion Supporters Spread About Overturning Roe.

Dispelling the myths about abortion.

Better Questions To Ask Americans on Abortion.

Mark Levin: If It’s Not a Baby, ‘Why Haven’t We Ever Seen Partial-Birth Abortion on PBS or the Discovery Channel?’

AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…

Abused Woman Survives 4 Abortions, Turns to God After Dad’s Premonition, Tells the Truth of Abortion Clinics
The Epoch Times, May 6, 2022

Kelly Lester speaks in a prayer rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. when it was announced that the Dobbs v. Jackson case would be heard in December 2021. (Photo: Courtesy of Kelly Lester)

The life of a pastor’s daughter was changed forever when she was molested as a child, and raped at just 12 years old. Riddled with shame, the budding athlete lost faith that she was worthy of God’s love.

It took years of suffering, including drug and alcohol addiction, four abortions, and domestic abuse, before Kelly Lester of Richmond, Virginia, got the wake-up call she needed to relocate her faith and reclaim her life.

Speaking to The Epoch Times, Lester, 45, said that her turning point came when her father had a vivid dream of her being dead due to a fatal head injury, and he prayed for her protection. The vision coincided with the time her boyfriend was threatening to hit her on the head with a wooden board before dropping it.

“That was definitely the final thing that led me to turn my life around. That was the wake-up call,” Lester said. “By this time, I was almost 30 years old, and just tired; tired of being tired, tired of running.”

Lester was molested by her great-uncle at 3 years old. The trauma was internalized, but Lester was a bright child, and she fast-tracked into high school for her academic prowess. However, as a freshman at 12, Lester snuck out of the house to attend a party and fell victim to sexual assault. Terrified, she confided in her youth pastor.

“She told me that if I hadn’t left the house and gone to that party, that would never have happened,” Lester said. “I was feeling shame, because I had planned on waiting until I got married to have sex. For that to happen, and for her basically to blame it on me, I shut down. That is partly what led me down the path I was on.”

Lester became promiscuous by her early teens while craving the love she felt she no longer deserved from God. She became pregnant at 15; desperate not to shame her family, she had an abortion, and went on with her life, graduating from high school two years later. Once a promising student who dreamed of becoming an astronaut, engineer, or professional dancer, her college career was short-lived.

“I went to the University of Georgia for one semester, and then came back to Richmond and went to Virginia Commonwealth University for a semester. That was it,” said Lester. “We were partying really hard. I wasn’t really going to school, and my grades were bad. My parents told me I needed to take a break and figure out what I wanted.”

Lester claims her parents, albeit loving and attentive, were sidetracked by her troubled younger sister who ran away from home around the time Lester’s rebellion began.

“I’m not going to say they didn’t see what was happening to me, but my need wasn’t as dire in their mind, and I did a really good job of hiding it,” she recalled.

Lester plunged into a world of shame-fueled drug and alcohol dependence, relationships with violent men, and three more aborted pregnancies roughly five years apart. She also experienced abortion from the other side of the counter: working in the abortion industry. Lester was bartending and “living a really chaotic life.” She was looking for a job when she noticed a local women’s clinic was hiring for a receptionist. Attending the interview, she realized it was the same clinic that had performed her second abortion.

“The thing about sin is, when you’re dealing with the shame and the guilt and the condemnation from your sin, you oftentimes lead other people into it as a way to cover up, to make yourself feel better—I certainly wasn’t trying to do that on purpose.”

Lester now believes her insider’s perspective informed the strength of her current pro-life stance.

She said: “Everything about it alarmed me. When these women would come in for their appointment, the first thing we would do is hand them a Dixie cup with Valium. They would take the Valium, then they would sit in the waiting room.

“Sometimes, women would come up and say, ‘You know what, I’ve changed my mind.’ We would say to them, ‘Okay, we understand that you are currently under medication, so we’re required by law to monitor you.’ Once the Valium had kicked in, one of our nurses would come out and say, ‘Now look, honey, you are here. You’ve got the money. We’ve got everything that we need to do this. Let’s go ahead and take care of it for you today.’”

Ironically, the “interesting thing” amid this feigned care, Lester said, was that the staff wanted those women “out the door within 20 minutes” even after having their procedure done under “heavy sedation, which includes a cocktail of drugs, including fentanyl.”

Lester recalls women hemorrhaging and not receiving the proper aftercare, and women being sent home, uninformed.

“The majority of the procedures we did were under twilight sedation, a very heavy sedation where not only do you not feel much, but it actually erases your memory of what happened during the procedure and for most of the day. These women would have no idea what happened to them, and that bothered me,” she explained.

Yet, still shrouded in shame, it took a series of life-threatening accidents to convince Lester she could start over, and this time, holding firm to her faith in God.

Hit by a car while driving a Jeep in Phoenix, Arizona, Lester was thrown from the vehicle but felt something grab her and bring her back inside. “I had two other people with me,” she recalled; “nobody had seatbelts on, nobody got thrown out, and nobody got injured.”

On another occasion, Lester hit an embankment, and felt a presence envelop and protect her. “[It was] almost like an airbag, but that was pre airbag age,” she recalled. “I’ve had countless incidents over the years where there was undoubtedly the hand of the Lord protecting my life. I just wasn’t ready to surrender my life to Him.”

Lester’s surrender came after a further incident in New Orleans, in which an abusive boyfriend threatened to hit her over the head with a length of wood. It led Lester to call her father to come get her.

Lester said her father was her best friend growing up, and their relationship remained strong until his passing in July 2021 at the age of 73. Lester and Robbie, who have six children together, have since bought the beloved Richmond home she grew up in.

“Over those years, the Lord began healing those places in my heart that led me to sin, restoring my identity, restoring that He loves me in spite of what I had done,” Lester reflected. “Over the years of trusting Him more and allowing Him to work, my faith and trust became stronger.”

Lester now works for Abby Johnson’s ProLove Ministries as director of outreach and government engagement and has testified to help get legislation passed. She travels the country to spread the pro-life message, meets with investors, and leads sidewalk advocacy campaigns in her hometown of Richmond.

“I’ve been a woman who’s had abortions, I’ve been a woman who’s worked in the abortion industry, and now I’m a woman who’s stood up against abortion clinics,” she said. “Forgiveness is a very powerful thing.”

Thanks for reading!

Today’s highly interesting read (05/16/22): The Five Most Important Americans Alive Right Now

Today’s read is from columnist Scott Morefield. Here’s an excerpt:

This is a different list. Instead of simply naming the most powerful people, or the richest, or the prettiest, or the most likely to find themselves in a drug-induced coma by the end of 2022, my purpose here is to list the five most “important” people alive in America today. “Important how?” you ask. Great question!

In addition to having power on their own, whether through their massive platforms or money or positions they hold, the people on my list all play key roles in sparking the kinds of conversations that don’t just perk up ears at dinner tables and water coolers, but change enough minds in ways that have the potential to change the culture and turn this country around in a positive way.

Read the column with the list here.

The most precious photo you can find

Thomas Reeves, a friend of mine, wrote on his Facebook page:

If the beauty of May was insufficient to raise our spirits, the large Catholic, Latin Rite church we attend in Milwaukee chose Sunday to celebrate First Communion. The thirty children, dressed up, and surrounded by admiring relatives, were now able to partake of the grace found in the Blessed Sacrament. It was beautiful to behold the aftermath when we entered—all of the cameras, the smiles, the pride, the sense of belonging, the spiritual presence—here was something ancient, Christian, and inspiring. Watching all of this, I felt, well, clean. Here were young people drawing closer to Christ. And most, if not all, of them would have the power to resist and oppose the Culture of Death that is mounding the vast majority all over the world. Thanks be to God.

Another friend of mine is Ryan Patrick McEldowney. Ryan used to be the organist at my beloved St. Anthony’s parish in Milwaukee. He now lives with his family in Louisville.

Ryan’s daughter Mary Cecelia made her First Holy Communion on May 12 at Christi Classical Academy. Words cannot describe. Unbelievably precious.

There also was a May Crowning.

God bless you Mary Cecelia and your whole family!

My Most Popular Blogs (05/16/22)

Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:

1) Who will be Franklin’s new school superintendent?

2) Equity does not mean the same as equality

3) They could be wild in your neighborhood

4) Public vs. Catholic schools

5) FLASHBACK: How to fight porn in your school library

6) Best Cartoons of the Week (05/14/22)

7) Today’s highly interesting read (05/10/22): Dear Teachers, They Aren’t Your Kids

8) Why no Festa Italiana in Milwaukee this summer?

9) The latest pro-life news (05/09/22)

10) Week-ends (05/14/22)



WHY DID THE BUCKS LOSE THEIR 7-GAME SERIES AGAINST THE BOSTON CELTICS?

1) No Khris Middleton

2) Lack of support for Giannis

3) Celtics were the better team

4) Bucks choked

How about Coach Budenholzer lost the series weeks ago.

On April 10, 2022, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the Bucks’ regular season finale:

On paper, Sunday afternoon’s mission was pretty simple for the Milwaukee Bucks: Beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

But things are rarely that simple.

With no worse than the No. 3 seed locked up – the position from which they won the NBA championship last year and the spot Giannis Antetokounmpo joked they should aim for – the Bucks elected to give most of their top rotation players a reprieve at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

“I think most importantly – we’re not completely healthy – but I think we have significantly good health and that’s probably more important than anything,” head coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “Feel good about being (the) two or three (seed).”

So with Cleveland still fighting for play-in positioning and Milwaukee playing their bench the Cavaliers rolled to a 133-115 victory.

As a result, with Boston winning their final game the Celtics became the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and the Bucks finished at #3. That meant in the incredibly critical Game 7 Sunday against Boston the Celtics got to play on their home court. The Celtics played out of their minds to an uproarious crowd. It could have been played in Milwaukee. If not for Budenholzer throwing that game in April to Cleveland.

Culinary no-no #735

THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!

A couple of years ago (2019) on National Beer Lover’s Day Milwaukee’s Mitchell International posted a picture of a great deal inside the airport. Take a look. A 12-pack for $28, about $2.33/can

Nothing special like that these days at LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark airports.

Last summer, the company that operates food and beverage concessions at the airports, OTG, got blasted on Twitter by travelers outraged over a $27.85 Sam Adams Summer Ale and a $10.90 order of fries.

“It’s just Sam Adams Summer Ale — that’s insane!” said Cooper Lund, 32, of Brooklyn, who discovered the expensive 23-ounce brew at an airport Biergarten restaurant while flying from LaGuardia to visit family in Minnesota. 

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ordered that a full audit be conducted of concession prices.

Here’s how the authority tries to, ahem, toe the line on excessive pricing. A policy was instituted in 2020 that caps what airport concessionaires can charge to 10% over the street price for food and beverages. The new guideline went into effect when the authority increased the minimum wage for airport workers employed by contractors.

“Oh my goodness, I thought it was going to be $2.50,” said Emily Fishman, 75, after paying $4 for a 12-ounce bottle of Minute Maid orange juice at a JFK food court during a layover on a flight to Israel. “They’ve got you, they know you don’t have a choice.”

“I paid $8 for two Fantas, that’s a ripoff,” said Felipe Rodriguez, 61, who flew into JFK from Puerto Rico. “It’s not like this is freshly squeezed juice — it’s Fanta!”

The excuse offered by a spokesperson for the businesses? The prices were “incorrectly posted” and “quickly corrected.”

THE CITY, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, digital news platform in New York, did some comparison shopping. The airports came off looking as gougers in the final results.

At a NYC Aglow by Hudson newsstand/convenience store inside Terminal B at LaGuardia, a five and a half-ounce tin of Pringles potato chips sells for $5.99, while an 11.5 ounce bottle of Simply Lemonade goes for $4.69 and a five-ounce bag of Kettle Corn Popcorners can be had for $5.49.

At the Pronto Lotto and Vape convenience store in Flushing, the Pringles are priced at $2.50, with the Simply Lemonade bottle at $2.75. The Kettle Corn Popcorners, meanwhile, are $2.99 at the Saanvi Food Mart in Flushing.

At the Long Island Express Deli across from the AirTrain station in Jamaica, a 20-ounce bottle of soda sells for $1.75 — compared with $3.89 at a Hudson News in Terminal 1 at JFK. While a bottle of Dasani water is $3.69 at that same airport newsstand, it goes for $1.75 in Jamaica.


BTW, the cost of a beer at Citi Field, home of the NY Mets: $11.75. At Yankee Stadium, it’s $6.

So, what’s being done about the highway robbery at the airports, you ask? Here’s the latest.

CULINARY NO-NO BONUS

ICYMI, Culinary no-no #734

Best Photos of the Week (05/15/22)

A pictorial week-in review posted every Sunday.

1) Empty shelves show a shortage of baby formula at a CVS store in San Antonio, Texas.  Photo: REUTERS/Kaylee Greenlee Beal

2) A man watches a drone video of an attack to a Russian tank at an exhibition of the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, in the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War, as Russia celebrates Victory Day marking the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Reuters

3) Ukrainian servicemen load bodies of Russian soldiers into a railway refrigerator carriage in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: AP

4) A child stands on a destroyed Russian tank near Makariv, Kyiv region, Ukraine. Photo: REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak

5) Natalya Suhotsha, 24, looks at her two-day-old twin girls, Zlata and Sophia, at the perinatal centre in Lviv. She had fled Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, in the earliest days of the war when the Russians began to bombard a nearby airport. Her husband gave her five minutes to gather things and go. At the hospital she has met other displaced new mothers. ‘We just talk about pretty babies,’ Suhotsha said. ‘We don’t talk about the war. Every time you talk about the war, you stress.’ Photograph: Nariman El-Mofty/AP

6) Russian Ambassador to Poland Sergey Andreev reacts after being covered with red paint during a protest prior a ceremony at the Soviet soldier war mausoleum in Warsaw, Poland, on the day of the 77th anniversary of the 1945 Soviet victory against Nazi Germany.  Photo: AFP


7)  A colleague reacts next to the dead body of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed by Israeli army gunfire during an Israeli raid, according to the Qatar-based news channel, in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Photo: Al Jazeera/Handout via REUTERS

8) Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem. Photo: AP

9) WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Brittney Griner leaves a courtroom after a hearing, in Khimki just outside Moscow, Russia. Griner was detained at the Moscow airport in February after vape cartridges containing oil derived from cannabis were allegedly found in her luggage, which could carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  Photo: AP

10) A Palestinian beekeeper uses smoke to calm bees in the process of collecting honey at a farm in the central Gaza Strip. Photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

11) Our Lady of Fatima (the Virgin Mary) statue is seen during an event marking the 105th anniversary of the reported appearance of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children, at the Catholic shrine of Fatima, in Fatima, Portugal. Photo: Reuters

12) One of the ”Las Doncellas” (maidens), holds a basket covered with white cloth transporting a loaf of bread on her head, during the ”Bread Procession of the Saint”, the ceremony in honor of Saint Domingo de La Calzada (1019-1109) who helped poor people and pilgrimage, in Santo Domingo de La Calzada, northern Spain. Photo: AP

13) Sonny Leon aboard Rich Strike celebrates winning the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, May 7, 2022. Photo: Reuters

14) Participant Olivia Locking, 11, walks her horse, Lucky, together with June Trotter and her horse, Merry Legs, beside the River Thames after competing on day one of the Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor, Britain. Photo: Reuters

Today’s highly interesting read (05/15/22): The Price America Is Paying for Rejecting God

On this Sunday today’s read is from Oliver L. North and David Goetsch. North is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine, founder and CEO of Fidelis Publishing and Fidelis Media. Goetsch is a Marine Corps veteran, member of the Florida Veterans Hall of Fame, professor of business, and Christian counselor.

Here’s an excerpt:

The actions of the secular left in pushing God out of the culture have resulted in tragic consequences. The cultural degradation wrought by the left includes rampant abortion, gun violence, mass shootings, human trafficking, child abuse, mob violence, pornography, censorship, drug and alcohol abuse, corruption, road rage, gutter politics, teen suicide, sideline rage, demise of the traditional family, and the list goes on.

The tragedies you see on the nightly news and read about in your morning newspaper are what happens in a country that rejects God. What you see all around you every day is what a Godless culture looks like.

Read their entire column here.

Do not forget her; the 105th anniversary of the Lady of Fatima

I think this blog is perfect for this Sunday (albeit a couple days late).

Between May 13 and October 13, 1917, three Portuguese children–Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their cousin Lucia dos Santos–received apparitions of Our Lady at Cova da Iria near Fatima, a city 110 miles north of Lisbon. Mary asked the children to pray the rosary for world peace, for the end of World War I, for sinners, and for the conversion of Russia.

From the cable TV network EWTN:

In 1915 an Angel appeared to four little girls, among them Lucia de Jesus dos Santos. While saying the Rosary they saw what looked like a cloud that was whiter than snow, slightly transparent, with a human outline. This same apparition took place on two more occasions, leaving the girls in a state of amazement.

One year later Lucia was tending sheep with her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto. This time the Angel came with very distinguishable features. He said to them: “Don’t be afraid. I am the Angel of Peace. Pray with me.” He then knelt and, bowing with his forehead to the ground, prayed three times: “My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love Thee! I beg pardon of Thee for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee!” Then He said to the children: “Pray thus. The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplications.” With these words the Angel left them. The children felt so enveloped by God’s Presence that they remained bowed to the ground for a long time repeating this prayer. This special atmosphere which they felt then gradually left them. Soon the three children were back to spending their days playing games together.

On May 13th, 1917 the children were again playing their games, this time building castles out of rock in the field. Suddenly they saw a flash of light. Believing it to be lightning, even though the sky was clear, the children gathered the sheep and started for home. They took refuge under a tree about a hundred yards away. They saw a flash of light again. They began running, going about a hundred yards further when suddenly they saw, standing over a small holmoak tree, a Lady dressed in white more brilliant than the sun. She said, “Don’t be afraid. I won’t hurt you! I am from Heaven. I come to ask you to come here for six months in succession, on the thirteenth day at this same hour. Then I will tell you who I am, and what I want. And afterwards I will return here a seventh time.” (Our Lady appeared at the holmoak a total of six times. To this day there are only conjectures about when the seventh apparition took or will take place.) Lucia asked if the three of them would go to Heaven. The Lady said they would except that Francisco would have to say many Rosaries first. Lucia asked about two of her friends who had died. The Lady responded that one was in Heaven but the other would be in Purgatory until the end of the world. The Lady went on to say, “Do you wish to offer yourselves to God, to endure all the sufferings that He may please to send you, as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended and to ask for the conversion of sinners?” Lucia responded, “Yes” for all three of them. Then the Lady said, “Then you will have much to suffer. But the grace of God will be your comfort.” With this the Lady opened Her Hands and enveloped the children in light. Moved by an inward impulse, they fell to their knees praying, “O most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament.” Again the Lady spoke saying, “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war” [World War I].

Up to this point the visions of the children remained secret. This time Jacinta told her mother about her experience. News spread quickly around the village exposing the children to ridicule and disbelief. On June 13th Our Lady appeared again at the same spot, known as the Cova da Iria, and said to the children, “I want you to come here on the thirteenth day of the coming month and to recite five decades of the Rosary every day.” Lucia asked if the Lady would take them to Heaven. The Lady responded that Jacinta and Francisco would be taken soon. But Lucia would have to remain to help establish in the world devotion to Her Immaculate Heart. Lucia began to cry thinking she would be left all alone. Our Lady comforted her by saying She would not forsake her. Then the children saw a Heart in Our Lady’s right hand with thorns encircling It. They understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, for which reparation had to be made.

On July 13th crowds began to gather for the apparition. This time Our Lady said, “I want you to come here on the thirteenth day of the coming month, and to continue to say five decades of the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war. For She alone will be able to help.” Lucia asked for a miracle to prove Her appearances to people who doubted. The Lady responded, “Continue to come here every month. In October I will tell you who I am and what I wish, and will perform a miracle that everyone will have to believe. . . Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: `O Jesus, it is for Thy love, for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'”

With these words light streamed from the Lady penetrating the earth. The children saw demons and people immersed in a sea of fire. From them came shrieks and groans of despair. Our Lady then said, “You see Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If they do what I will tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace. The war is going to end. But if they do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that is the great sign God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, of hunger, and of persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this I come to ask the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart and the Communion of reparation on the first Saturdays. If they listen to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not she will scatter her errors through the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and it will be converted and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be kept. Do not tell this to anyone. Francisco, yes, you may tell. When you say the Rosary, say after each Mystery, `O my Jesus, pardon us and deliver us from the fire of Hell. Draw all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need.'”

May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church. We and many others will pray to her today and all this month.

Stunningly, Hollywood thought enough of our Lady to highlight her on the big screen, twice.