Throughout October I’ve been posting videos of old made for TV movies by ABC-TV broadcast in the early 70’s. These were well-done suspense thrillers.
Tonight marks the final installment and its apropos on this Halloween. A young woman investigating her sister’s suicide at a private girls’ school finds herself battling a Satanic cult. Two future Charlie’s Angels face the devil himself.
Originally broadcast on September 19, 1973.
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From Pro-Life Wisconsin.
Abortion Survivors Speak Out: ‘We Are Just as Human as You’
By Samantha Flom
October 28, 2022
Months after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, voters across five states will be considering ballot measures relating to abortion on Nov. 8.
Some of those measures aim to expand abortion access, while others seek the opposite. But whatever voters decide, one oft-overlooked group is asking that their experiences be considered in the process.
An Untold Story
“There’s another part of this [abortion] story that’s not being told,” said Sarah Moe, who heads up the Abortion Survivors Network Education and Policy Center (ASN), a Missouri-based nonprofit.
“The Abortion Survivors Network is an organization that’s actually led by abortion survivors,” Moe told The Epoch Times. “It empowers and equips abortion survivors to work through their trauma, their questions, and it’s a safe place for them in a society that really thinks their lives should have ended.”
ASN’s community engagement coordinator, California resident Jennifer Milbourn, takes special care to maintain that atmosphere of safety, understanding all too well how elusive it can be.
When Milbourn was 19 years old, she found out that she was a survivor of a vacuum aspiration abortion. “I was shopping with my adoptive mom and challenged her to tell me something I didn’t know about myself, and that’s what came out of her mouth.”
Milbourn learned that her biological mother had tried to abort her in the spring of 1978, but as her mother was further along in the gestation process than she had told the clinician, the abortion was unsuccessful.
“They began the procedure and realized that my head was larger than expected,” Milbourn said.
While unable to complete the procedure, the abortionist did manage to tear the embryonic sac. Assuming that Milbourn’s mother had miscarried, he sent her home. Then, months later, Milbourn was born.
At first, learning what she had survived came as a shock to Milbourn, and unsure how to process her feelings, she repressed them until years later when, as a mother herself, she was forced to confront them head-on.
“For a survivor of an abortion, there’s a lot of trauma that comes with it,” she said. “Rejection is the biggest component of that.”
However, bolstered by her Christian faith and the support of her family members, Milbourn found healing.
“It has meant a lot for her to have me just be there for her in every capacity that she needs me,” said Milbourn’s husband, Noah, who volunteers as the men’s program coordinator at ASN.
“I opened myself up to make sure that she had everything she needed, especially through this journey of finding out and healing from the trauma of knowing that she was rejected, knowing that she was unwanted. And that is a difficulty all in itself,” he said.
A Robin Finds Her Song
Like Milbourn, Montanan pastor and abortion survivor Robin Sertell has spent much of her life healing from the trauma of what she endured in the womb.
At the age of 9, during one of many stints in the hospital, Sertell learned from her grandmother that she had survived not just one but three saline abortion attempts that had left her with a variety of health issues, including difficulties hearing and walking, and problems with her skin, hair, and digestive and urinary tracts.
“The trauma is very real in my life,” she said, adding that she had also experienced symptoms characteristic of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Additionally, the realization of her mother’s initial rejection had a lasting impact on Sertell’s emotional health and her ability to trust others.
And while medical treatment and her faith have brought her to a place of healing and forgiveness, she noted, “The reality of these effects on my life means I really desperately want to see a world where nobody ever has to go through what I went through again.”
A Lack of Accurate Reporting
Although the voices of survivors like Milbourn and Sertell are rarely heard in abortion conversations, Moe said they are greater in number than previously thought.
A 1981 estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed the annual number of infants born alive after a failed abortion at between 400 and 500.
However, according to Moe, ASN questioned those numbers “because the United States has woefully horrible reporting requirements surrounding the abortion procedures that are done across the country.”
Currently, there is no federal requirement that states report abortion data to the CDC, but using the data available and the annual Canadian rate of infants born alive after a failed abortion (0.28 percent), ASN conducted a case study to extrapolate an updated estimate for the United States.
The results indicated that in 2019, there would have been approximately 1,780 infants born alive after a failed abortion.
While acknowledging that 0.28 percent is still a rare occurrence, Moe noted that other factors often considered in the abortion debate—such as rape, incest, or life-threatening health risks to the mother—are also rare, as per a Guttmacher Institute survey.
Lamenting that legislation to protect born-alive infants is sometimes dismissed as unnecessary, Moe added: “My goal is to help convince people that born-alive legislation may not affect them and their life, but it’s a decision to create a future you’re proud of—a future in which children who are at risk can thrive.
“With our data, hopefully, we can show that it’s not just a solution in search of a problem but, in fact, these are real lives.”
States to Decide
Since the reversal of Roe v. Wade, six states have put the question of abortion on the ballot.
Primary voters in Kansas rejected a constitutional amendment declaring that nothing in the state’s constitution outlines a right to an abortion, and on Nov. 8, other abortion-related ballot measures will be considered in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana and Vermont.
In Montana, LR-131 would entitle born-alive infants to “medically appropriate and reasonable” medical treatment and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who fail to provide that treatment.
Sertell, who supports the measure, contended: “Many abortion survivors … have been laid aside on cold steel tables and declared medical waste and left alone, crying and screaming.
“I was very blessed to not be in that situation because my dad was in the room and advocated for my life, but … there is an absence of proper legal protection, and that needs to change.”
However, some health providers have opposed the referendum, holding that laws already exist to protect the lives of infants, and that the new law would force doctors to provide care where it would be futile.
“LR-131 will deny grieving families the choice to spend precious time with their infant, even to provide spiritual care,” argues an open letter signed by more than 700 Montana health care providers.
Sertell, however, holds that such arguments are misleading.
“The detractors are saying this will force people to have unwanted care,” she said. “There is no forcing. This is saying that they must be treated as a legal person with the right to medically appropriate and reasonable care.”
In California, Proposition 1 would amend the state’s constitution to forbid state interference with an individual’s “reproductive freedom,” including their decision to have an abortion or to use or refuse contraceptives.
The amendment is supported by Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California President and CEO Jodi Hicks, who in July stated, “Prop 1 will ensure that individuals and families continue to have the freedom to decide if and when to have children because access to affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care—including abortion and birth control—allows people to plan their lives and achieve their dreams.”
Milbourn, however, said she felt the state had been underhanded in its presentation of the amendment.
“Every bill in the voter guide has pages of fluff and description, but Prop 1 is one tiny paragraph, right in the middle, hidden where no one can see it,” she noted. “I feel like that’s manipulation. That’s not a correct way to conduct business, if you will, at all.”
Noah Milbourn added that he found the positioning of abortion as a form of health care by those like Hicks to be offensive.
“That baby growing inside that woman is not a disease,” he said. “This is something that has a heartbeat, something that has the very essence of life. Calling an abortion health care is [like] saying that a child is a disease—that it’s something that can just be eradicated and no thought has to be given toward that child or that life.”
Further noting that his children would not have been born if his wife had succumbed to what others call “health care,” Milbourn added: “There are second-generation and third-generation survivors today because doctors failed. Usually, when doctors fail, somebody dies. But in abortion, when a doctor fails, people live.”
Hicks did not return a request for comment.
But whether the ballot measures pass or fail, the Milbourns and Sertell said they hoped voters would take their perspectives into account.
“Babies survive abortions,” Sertell said. “Not clumps of cells, not fetuses … but babies, human beings, survive abortions, and I am one of them. We are just as human as you and everyone else in the world, and the experience of having someone try to kill you before you were born makes a lasting impression on you—physically, emotionally and spiritually—that no other human should have to go through.”
AND FINALLY, LOVIN’ LIFE…
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Today’s read is from the Daly Caller. Here’s a brief portion:
Parental rights in education advocates told the Daily Caller News Foundation that television and radio stations do not allow them to talk about the obscene curriculums and books allowed in schools. Erika Sanzi, director of outreach at Parents Defending Education, told the DCNF, “This is a new phenomenon where you cannot discuss what is in a book used for children.”
Here are my most popular blogs from last week, Sunday – Saturday:
1) My COVID journey: The Power of Prayer
2) Milwaukee Co. Supervisor Steve Taylor (Franklin) comes to aid of sheriff’s department
3) WI law on swatting
4) Today’s highly interesting read (10/27/22): The Democrats’ ‘Waukesha’ Problem
5) In Franklin, we’ve got it…
6) Halloween: I’m not a fan
7) Today’s highly interesting read (10/23/22): Does God Dislike Joe Biden?
8) Today’s highly interesting read (10/25/22): 13½ Reasons to Vote Out All Biden Democrats
9) Week-ends (10/29/22)
10) Ronald Reagan’s 1976 ‘Letter to the Future’
My wife Jennifer is a sucker for puns and jokes that are real groaners.
She’ll love these and you just might, too.
By Guest Blogger Jennifer Fischer (my wife)
I have always been a fan of scary movies. Not “slasher” movies, mind you. I love the kind of movie that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and sends literal shivers down your spine. The ones that keep you up later than usual, and have you look over your shoulder “just in case.”
Likewise I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan.
I love his books for many reasons… Several of his novels contain dogs and he is a lover all off things Golden Retriever. His story lines are terrifying and dark, filled with twists and turns and some pretty vile characters. But they are also filled with hope and messages of love, friendship and the endurance of the human spirit. So while they certainly provide the creepy factor that I’ve enjoyed since my teen years, they are once again not anything so graphic that I have nightmares.
Having said all that I’m really not a fan of Halloween per se. Sure, it’s fun handing out Snickers to a gaggle of lady bugs, police officers, pop culture look-alikes and aliens. I certainly don’t complain if, at the end of the evening, there’s a Twix left over that seems to be calling my name. I enjoyed painting or carving pumpkins with Kyla when she was younger. And Fall in general is my absolute favorite season.
But Halloween? You can have it, really. I don’t decorate for it and have only hosted a handful of parties, mainly for Kyla and her friends. 2022 has reached a new level of disinterest for me however. Sure I will still read Dean Koontz as long as he churns out thriller after thriller. I will continue watching whatever vintage “made for TV movie” Kevin finds for us on YouTube that make my heart beat just a bit faster.
Honestly though I have no real desire to be scared anymore. October 29, 2022 marked the one month anniversary of my beloved husband coming home from an 11-day stay in ICU isolation at Ascension Hospital. While his healing process was nothing short of miraculous it was truly the most terrifying time in my nearly 50 years on earth. There isn’t anything scarier than a daughter and wife watching their Daddy and husband being carried out on a stretcher. No Michael Myers’ piano solo can match the terror instilled by a phone ringing at 3:00 am, with a doctor telling you he’s not sure if they will intubate your husband because his oxygen levels are so dangerously low. Nothing makes your heart sink lower than not being able to hug the man you have loved for over twenty years.
So keep your ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. I don’t need anyone chasing me with a butcher knife or chainsaw to remind me how fragile life is. I experienced first-hand how things can change for a family in the blink of an eye, and the only monster that brought the terror was a virus.
THERE ARE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF FOOD BLOGS, BUT ONLY ONE CULINARY NO-NO!
This isn’t rocket science. When trick or treaters descend upon your door you can be a hero or a bad guy.
Hard to believe but some Halloween Grinches will toss out NON-CANDY items to the unsuspecting kiddies. That’s commie stuff.
The food site Mashed did a survey of the worst non-food ‘treats’ given at Halloween. And let’s be honest. What the hell is wrong with these people? The worst six follow:
Checking in here, ANIMAL CRACKERS. Not all that horrible as only 3.64% said that they’d be upset to receive them instead of a piece of candy.
4.14% thumbs down to pretzels. Why not pretzels? They’re not sweet.
I totally concur with this choice. 7.45% hate the idea of receiving a granola bar.
13.91% mentioned fruit, especially apples. Given the scares about razor blades if any apples find their way into bags they’re headed right for the trash.
They’re loaded with sugar, but 23.68% scoffed at boxes of raisins. You’re asking for your house to be toilet papered.
Yeh, it’s tough to argue with how God awful this would be.
47.17% rightfully mentioned that would be the big fat PU.
What about CANDY?
Mashable said no to Werther’s. Now I like Werther’s but it totally got ripped:
The only reason anyone would give out Werther’s on Halloween is because they’re 90-years-old and they completely forgot to buy candy so they’re just giving crap away from their private stash.
Same for Milk Duds:
Milk Duds are the perfect candy if you want to pull caramel out of your teeth for 20 minutes, you sadist.
According to a Monmouth University poll these are the least favorite trick or treat candies:
1) The least: Tootsie Pops, followed by…
4) Candy corn
5) Plain Hershey Bars
Candy corn wasn’t #1?
“Candy corn even making the list may surprise some people, but it is one of the top-selling Halloween candies in the country. We don’t know if it’s one of the top-eaten candies, but it does have a fan base. And candy corn make great fake teeth to creep out your parents with,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.
You can always count on treehugger.com for some wacky suggestions:
1. Choose Your Candy Consciously
Conventional Halloween candy is synonymous with individually wrapped mini iterations of problematic brand-name favorites. Sadly, the commercial chocolate industry is driving deforestation in the rainforest, as both the cocoa and palm oil needed to produce it grows only within 10 degrees of the equator.
The waste these shareable minis create is a whole other problem. Most candies come in plastic or aluminum wrappers than aren’t widely recyclable and take 200 to 1,000 years to degrade in landfills. And that’s only if they are, indeed, unwrapped and consumed. Many families accumulate too much candy to eat and wind up throwing away more than wrappers.
One way to reduce your Halloween candy footprint is to choose products containing Rainforest Alliance-certified cocoa and certified sustainable palm oil. If possible, choose organic candies in recyclable packaging or no packaging at all.
2. Rethink Your Trick-or-Treat Offerings
Of course, candy isn’t the only thing you can give away to trick-or-treaters. If you’re willing to risk your reputation with the neighborhood youngsters, you could instead supply fresh, in-season fruits or homemade goodies like granola, popcorn, trail mix, crisp rice treats, or fruit leather. To make fruits more enticing to kids, consider decorating them. Turn your clementines into mini lookalike pumpkins or advertise your apples as poisonous à la “Snow White.”
OK. Wanna get huge smiles at your door from the little ones? Don’t mess around. Again, from Monmouth, the most popular:
1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Speaking of Halloween Grinches:
Haley Schiech and her husband Dr. Tarek Pacha
And Audrey Pendergast
ICYMI, last week’s Culinary, also Halloween-themed
Another fine list.
In the community where I live (Franklin, WI) the public library held a Trunk or Treat last Thursday.
What’s a Trunk or Treat?
Participants bring their decorated cars to a parking lot (usually), often with colorful, creative scenes out of their trunks. Children walk from vehicle to vehicle, collecting candy the way they would during normal trick-or-treating.
Here are a few upcoming Trunk or Treats in SE WI:
Sun, Oct 30, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Brookfield Congregational Church
16350 Gebhardt Rd, Brookfield, WI
Sun, Oct 30, 1 – 3 PM
City Of Light Church
6725 W Burleigh St, Milwaukee, WI
Sun, Oct 30, 2 – 4 PM
Saint Sebastian Catholic Church
3126 95th St, Sturtevant, WI
Mon, Oct 31, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Union Grove Congregational United Church of Christ
1106 11th Ave, Union Grove, WI
On this Sunday today’s read is from Emily McFarlan Miller, a national reporter for Religion News Service. Here’s an excerpt:
On Sunday (Oct. 23), just over a week before Halloween, the “Monster Mash” blasted from the back of an SUV decorated with tinsel ghosts and orange and black garland in the parking lot across the street from Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.
Communities like Baker Memorial (Illinois), which began hosting its trunk-or-treat event in 2015, also use them as outreach to their surrounding communities.
“We always try to think of how we can meet the children and the families where they are, and how we can challenge ourselves to give back to our community, showing the community that the church is a safe, loving place that wants to love on their children and get to know their children in the neighborhood,” said (Kim) Neace, who pastors the church alongside Pastor Mary Zajac.
Read the entire article here.
BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN DRAG QUEEN EVENTS