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Year in Review: A post–Roe America
Republicans Who ‘Poorly Handled’ Abortion Responsible for Disappointing Midterm Results: Trump
By Frank Fang
January 2, 2023
Former President Donald Trump blamed Republican candidates who mishandled the issue of abortion as the reason for the GOP’s lackluster midterm performance.
“It wasn’t my fault that the Republicans didn’t live up to expectations in the MidTerms. I was 233-20!! Trump wrote on his Truth Social account on Jan. 1, referring to his endorsement records for the November elections.
“It was the ‘abortion issue,’ poorly handled by many Republicans, especially those that firmly insisted on No Exceptions, even in the case of Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother, that lost large numbers of Voters,” Trump added.
Democrats defied expectations of a sweeping “red wave” on Nov. 8, doing better than expected in House and the governor races, while keeping their majority in the Senate. Since then, some have pinned the blame for the GOP’s underperformance on Trump, including those within the Republican Party.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blamed Trump in mid-December, when he told reporters that the GOP couldn’t field better nominees because of Trump’s endorsements.
“Our ability to control primary outcomes was quite limited in  because the support of the former president proved to be very decisive in these primaries,” McConnell said. “Hopefully in the next cycle, we’ll have quality candidates everywhere and a better outcome.”
McConnell specifically called out nominees in three states.
“Look at Arizona, look at New Hampshire, and the challenging situation in Georgia as well,” McConnell added. “You have to have quality candidates to win competitive Senate races.”
Trump has 16 to 8 endorsement records in the Senate races, according to Ballotpedia. The losses include Blake Masters in Arizona, Don Bolduc in New Hampshire, Herschel Walker in Georgia, Kelly Tshibaka in Alaska, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, and Adam Laxalt in Nevada.
In his post on Sunday, Trump also blamed McConnell for GOP midterm losses over his campaign spending.
Sunday was not the first time that Trump has pinned the blame on McConnell. In November, he said McConnell “blew the midterms” when he chose not to support Republican candidates including Masters.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee with close ties to McConnell, slashed millions in campaign spending for the Arizona Senate race in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election.
Also on Sunday, Trump said voters who pushed against abortion “got their wish” when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, but these people “just plain disappeared.”
The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24 following a 6–3 vote. Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the court’s majority opinion, said that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” and “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
In an interview with WABC 77 radio station on Sunday morning, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Democrats will continue to push for abortion and Republicans must “fight back.”
“The ostrich method doesn’t work if they’re spending $30 million against you saying you won’t protect a woman who’s had a miscarriage or has had an ectopic pregnancy,” McDaniel said. “Republicans have to fight back.”
“We have to push our consulting class to not ignore issues,” she continued. “And we have to be conversant and push back on the Democrats who are extreme on this issue.”
“We don’t believe in gender-selected abortions. We don’t believe the baby should be aborted on its due date,” she added. “We should be able to talk about being pro-life in a way that’s humanitarian and also talk about building consensus.”
“We know that the Democrats are going to continue to push on this issue heading into 2024,” McDaniel concluded.
Trump is currently the only known candidate for the 2024 presidential election, after he announced his bid for the presidency in November last year. Last month, the White House revealed that President Joe Biden was expected to make a decision on 2024 after the holidays.
A recent poll by Vanderbilt University, when 1,180 registered Tennessee voters were polled between Nov. 8 and Nov. 28, showed 75 percent of Tennesseans across the political spectrum supported access to abortion in cases of rape or incest.
When breaking down the response by party affiliation, 62 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Independents, and 93 percent of Democrats favored exceptions.
The poll also found that Tennesseans did not want to see a repeat of the 2020 presidential election. Only 36 percent wanted Trump to run for president, while only 22 percent would like to see Biden run for reelection.
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis enjoyed more support in a potential head-to-head matchup against Trump in 2024, according to the poll. Fifty-four percent of registered Republicans said they would support DeSantis, while 41 percent favored Trump.
However, Trump had an edge over DeSantis in another poll. McLaughlin & Associates, in a poll (pdf) conducted between Dec. 9 and Dec. 14, found that 58 percent would support Trump in a Republican presidential primary, while 36 percent threw their support behind DeSant
—Frank Fang is a Taiwan-based journalist. He covers US, China, and Taiwan news. He holds a master’s degree in materials science from Tsinghua University in Taiwan
‘We Are Deceived’: After 3 Miscarriages From Abortion Scarring, Mom Overcomes Shame, Spreads the Truth
BY Louise Chambers, DECEMBER 25, 2022
A woman’s abortion at 18 haunted her through her twenties and into her marriage when she suffered three miscarriages because of uterine scarring. Riddled with shame and regret, she underwent surgery to restore her womb and intense spiritual healing to repair the damage to her soul.
Today, she is rescuing people from the dark lies of abortion and delivering them to the redeeming light of truth.
At 40, Ashley Steinhauer is a nurse practitioner and pro-life advocate living in Covington, Louisiana, her home state. She and her husband, Cassidy, share a son, Cross, 8, and a daughter, Collins, 6.
Misled in her youth by a lack of knowledge of what is appropriate, good, and healthy, Ashley wishes she had known at 18 what she knows today.
“I believe I was deceived,” she told The Epoch Times. “Maturity and wisdom come with age, but I wish I would have had that wisdom and maturity earlier on, because I wouldn’t have made the decision that I made. I would have been able to see beyond the myopic vision of the scary situation I was in at that moment.
“We are deceived … I believe there’s the degree of deception, both from Satan, and also, just politically speaking, [from] so many people with the agenda of pro-choice and promoting abortion. They’re going to minimize and downplay the reality and the darkness of what abortion is … [and] people get desensitized.”
She believes things will change if schools start showing children the truth, instead of forcing sex education on kids and advocating the deceptive thoughts of “you have to accept that a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man.”
She said: “Show teenagers what truly happens in an abortion, but you’d have to be honest about it. You’d have to say it’s more than just a blob of tissue. It’s an actual human life and a human being.
“I would just love to see a revolution of women and men, who are confident in what they believe to be true and right, in good. And see the lies squashed related to abortion.”
‘My Life Was Over’
At 18, Ashely was in her second college semester at Southeastern Louisiana University, living at home with her mom and stepdad to save money. She had been with her boyfriend for about a year when she became pregnant.
“I was on birth control, so obviously I was very surprised,” Ashley said. “I just was very scared immediately because … I believed the lie that if I got pregnant, if I had a baby, my life was over.”
While “not atheist,” Ashley had favored drinking and partying over regular church attendance. She was not close with her mom and didn’t feel able to go to her for advice. She deduced that she must be around six to eight weeks pregnant. Terrified and without support, she found an OBGYN clinic in nearby New Orleans and asked a friend to accompany her there.
On March 24, 2000, Ashley entered the clinic.
She said: “I was instructed before going that day to take a pill. I think it was a Valium, something to that effect, just to make me more relaxed. When I got there I wasn’t completely out of it; I could walk and I could talk, but I was still inhibited, so to speak. I remember signing in at the front desk, sitting down, and I remember the waiting area just being very plain, very gray.
“I went back by myself, and the nurse got me into position on the bed … the ultrasound machine was to the right of me. The physician walked in and … basically said ‘Hi, okay, let’s get started.’ I never had any kind of counseling or anything like that. I never had anybody talk to me about options.”
Ashley looked over to the ultrasound screen and saw her baby. Before she could react, a “very immediate, fast, abrupt, aggressive suction procedure” began and before she knew it the abortion was over.
“I was awake, I could have a conversation, but I wasn’t totally coherent like I am right now,” Ashley said. “I try to be very humble and very honest to the best of my ability with my memories of the situation. I never want to overdramatize things to seem as though I don’t have full responsibility for what I did … however, I definitely was under the influence.”
Shocked by the way her unborn baby’s remains were discarded by clinic nurses, Ashley, now herself a nurse, reasons that there’s a “healthy amount of dissociation and desensitization” in the medical profession. It helps to keep one’s emotions in check in order to effectively care for patients. But there’s also an “unhealthy boundary” with it, and the people in the abortion industry, she said, “take that dissociation to another level so that they can emotionally cope with what they’re doing.”
‘Nobody Helped Me’
Ashley’s friends, who were equally deceived by the women’s liberation and abortion lies, had not tried to stop her. A friend’s father even gave her $500 to pay for the abortion.
“He was a good man, I don’t think ill of him, I think he was just trying to help and did not know any better,” Ashley said.
“I had a lot of anger,” she said. “I was still so angry that nobody helped me, that nobody stopped me, that nobody tried to talk me out of it. I had a lot of shame because … I took the life of my child. I drank a lot, I was much more insecure even than I was before, and I was very guarded.
“I tried to forget. I tried to just tuck it away and pretend like it never happened.”
Ten years after her abortion, on Feb. 19, 2010, Ashley married Cassidy. Terrified that she would miscarry their baby, she decided to tell him about her abortion but worried she would be judged.
She said: “I felt at that point that I didn’t deserve to have a baby, you know? So then I told my husband, and that was really difficult, because I just felt like he was going to look at me so differently. Would he regret marrying me? But he was very supportive and understanding.”
Cassidy supported his wife, but Ashley’s fear was realized; she miscarried their first three pregnancies due to scars in her uterus, sustained during her abortion.
Medics at the Fertility Institute in New Orleans—ironically linked with the hospital where Ashley had her abortion—explained that the embryos had attached at the site of the scar tissue, and could not get the nutrients they needed from the placenta to survive.
Ashley believed her doctors tried to “sugarcoat” their diagnosis; she felt fully responsible for losing her babies. She and Cassidy were offered a procedure, a uterine septoplasty to repair the site of the scar tissue, and prayer led them to an affirmative answer.
‘It’s Not a Clump of Cells’
Months later, Ashley became pregnant again. She was working with breast cancer patients at the time and had access to ultrasound machines in the oncology ward. She watched her babies grow.
“I’ve looked at all of my babies with ultrasound and could see heartbeats, the buds of their hands and feet, the head. I mean, it’s incredible,” she said.
“At six weeks, you can see where their little spinal cord and vertebrae are beginning to form. Absolutely, it’s not a clump of cells. It’s not a clump of tissue. It’s absolutely a formed human being.”
Ashley gave birth to Cross on March 25, 2014, and experienced unconditional love for a child for the very first time. At the same moment, her perfect baby boy made her abortion all the more unbearable.
When she and Cassidy hit a rough patch in their marriage and attended counseling with a Christian couple, Ashley was offered a lifeline: an abortion recovery group with a spiritual workbook, Forgiven and Set Free.
The group changed Ashley’s life. Through Bible study, engaging with fetal models at different stages of development, and a memorial service for lost babies, the few women in the small, intimate group faced the reality of their abortions and learned to forgive their past selves.
After her transformative experience, Ashley began co-hosting the group, and eventually became its leader.
Ashley said: “I know how many women there are just like I was, they’ve reached out to me privately. I know they’re Christians, they have so much shame and guilt because they have this pressure to look and be so perfect … but if you look in the Bible, none of them were.
“Faith made, for me, all the difference in the world, because if not, you’re just relying on yourself to be forgiven … some days I don’t feel like I deserve that from myself, but I know God forgives me no matter what.”
Walk Through Healing
Today, Ashley advocates for unborn babies and pregnant mothers and attends public rallies to spread the pro-life message. She has spoken at Washington, D.C.’s March for Life more than once and claims while the pro-choice opposition is “angrier and louder,” sharing the pro-life message with confidence takes away the power of the darkness.
“If you truly have an awareness of the reality of the human life that is living and breathing and growing inside of you, then how could you willingly and knowingly murder that child? Why should we be able to do that, to take the life of a child, just because it’s vulnerable and cannot speak yet? That’s inhumane.”
Ashley meets women in their sixties and seventies at every rally, who tell her that her story echoes their own. Many could not bear children, some even had to have their uterus removed. Ashley continues to share her story to help prevent this from becoming a reality for more women.
“At the end of our lives, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, but it matters who we’ve helped and who we’ve served. If even one person would choose to keep the life of their child, it’s worth it, to walk through healing and be honest about how it impacted you. That way, it will stop other people from making the same decision,” Ashley said.
—Louise Chambers is a writer, born and raised in London, England. She covers inspiring news and human interest stories.
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