RICHMOND, Va. — The Benham Brothers have said that being pro-life is a vital position to hold and one that requires more than just opposing abortion.
At a gala held Thursday in honor of a pro-life facility called the Pregnancy Resource Center, Jason and David Benham stressed the importance of the pro-life movement in national politics.
Before over 500 attendees at the Richmond Marriott, the brothers called on Christians "to be lightning bolts" instead of "lightning bugs" when it comes to witnessing, adding that "where you stand on life is where you stand on everything." more >>
My involvement with issues surrounding maternal and child health began in 1997 when our oldest daughter, Emily, and I traveled to Haiti. It was my first time to visit a developing nation; I was heartbroken and challenged by what I saw and experienced. I will never forget walking the streets of Port-au-Prince, hand-in-hand with my daughter, and being approached by a Haitian mother with a young child on her hip. "Please, please, oh please," she begged me, "Please, take my child with you."
I believe her plea was one of loving desperation. Reflecting on the sacrifice his son's birthmother made in choosing to place her child for adoption, theologian Miroslav Volf writes, "She loved [my son] for his own sake, and therefore would rather suffer his absence if he flourished than enjoy his presence if he languished."
Mothers and their children should be able to remain together. It is a bond and relationship that is not easily broken. A mother wants to provide the very best for her child, and she will go to great lengths to do so. But, often due to circumstances beyond a woman's control, mothers around the world feel forced to make a decision between her child's wellbeing and her familial integrity. I can't imagine the anguish and heartbreak these women experience feeling incapable of fulfilling their desire to nurture and protect their own. I think of the women who birthed our three youngest daughters; I can't imagine feeling coerced, whether it be because of extreme poverty, oppressive sexism, or government regulations, to forever separate myself from my child. more >>
This week's episode of the ABC show "Scandal" depicted the lead character Olivia Pope undergoing an abortion to the tune of the Christmas hymn "Silent Night." The winter finale seemed like a one-hour commercial for the controversial abortion provider Planned Parenthood and was "Hollywood's moral depravity on full display," critics said.
The episode, "Baby It's Cold Outside," aired Thursday, showed the lead character, portrayed by Kerry Washington, lying on a hospital bed and having an abortion while the hymn "Silent Night" played in the background.
Then a voiceover is heard, of Olivia's father, telling someone: "Family is a burden … a pressure point, soft tissue, an illness, an antidote to greatness. You think you're better off with people who rely on you, depend on you, but you're wrong, because you will inevitably end up needing them, which makes you weak, pliable. Family doesn't complete you. It destroys you." more >>
"And step by step, You'll lead me / And I will follow You all of my days." – Rich Mullins, 'Sometimes by Step'
Busy young professionals in the Washington, DC area, Erik and Nikki Vonderhaar have radically altered their lives over the past three years — a process that led them to welcome a baby girl into their family through domestic infant adoption. The transformation happened day by day, as they took small steps that led to big changes.
With their daughter busy playing and sometimes pulling one of them away, the young couple shares in an exclusive Bound4LIFE interview on how they saw their way through practical details of paperwork and home preparation … once they refocused emotionally and spiritually. more >>
It appears to be a storybook ending for 72 adopted children after the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally granted them permission to live with their adoptive families in Europe and North America after the children were forced to wait two years for clearance to leave the country.
After the Congolese government suspended the issuance of exit permits to internationally adopted children in September 2013, effectively freezing international adoptions in the country, approximately 1,000 adoptive families became trapped within Congo's adoption system and have been anxiously waiting to finally take their adopted children home to live as happy families.
Last Monday, the Congolese government announced that it approved 72 adopted children for exit letters. The announcement marks the first action the government has taken since September 2013 to help alleviate the stress for some of these adoptive families. more >>
A rescued sun bear that was orphaned by poachers has been situated in a new recreational environment, courtesy of an Asia-based animal rights group.
Murphy, as the adorable bear is called, joyously plays about his new place, which bears (no pun intended) a strong resemblance to a child's playground.
According to Animals Asia, Murphy was initially destined for a far less pleasant fate following the death of his mother. more >>