Beginning of Life

The Conscience Side of Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Simply speaking, Christian Life Resources divides its work into two areas – service and conscience. The service area involves the work we do in our care centers, the presentations we give, and…

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Faith and Planned Parenthood

By Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources In 2015 The Center for Medical Progress secretly video recorded conversations with executives from Planned Parenthood. The topic was the gruesome practice of selling fetal body parts to researchers. The expose made national…

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Looking Down the Road

In the Old Testament, Adam and Eve demonstrated shortsightedness when they ate the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). When Cain killed Abel (Genesis 4), he failed to consider the consequence of his action. Lot never considered…

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Abortion: An Update

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories by permitting a mother to take the life of her unborn child at any time during the pregnancy. This “right”…

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The Journey of Forgiveness – A Look at the Abortion Decision

Roe v. Wade seemed like a timely solution to a very big problem in young women’s lives, namely an unwanted pregnancy. What would one “do” with an unplanned baby? In my case, I was unwed and pregnant. At the time,…

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Pro-Life Bible References

God is the creator of life Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.” Job 33:4 – “The Spirit of God has made me;…

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January 22: A Sad Milestone

On this date in 1666 Emperor Shah Jahan, a descendant of Genghis Khan died. Not a big deal for most of us except Jahan built the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his third wife, Arjumand Banu Begum. Despite having…

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War Against Women – Really!

I recently joined Twitter. It’s a tool that uses the Internet, computers and cell phones to communicate short messages of 140 characters or less. I know – it didn’t sound terribly efficient to me either, but I have learned a…

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CLR Resolution on Abortion Adopted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)

CLR Resolution on Abortion (Memorial 2011-01U) Adopted by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod – July 28, 2011 WHEREAS 1) the Holy Scriptures clearly testify to a reverence for the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child…

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It Depends How You Say It

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director When the United States legalized abortion on January 22, 1973, the language changed. No longer was a little one growing and kicking in the womb referred to as a “baby.” Rather, the…

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A Tiny Step – A Look at Quality of Life Arguments

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director C. Everett Koop served as the U.S. Surgeon general from 1982-1989. He also served as a main speaker at an early Christian Life Resources convention. It was a tumultuous time in the…

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A Child Dies – A Look at the Dehumanization of Life in Abortion

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, Christian Life Resources National Director In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the movement to legalize abortion focused on two primary arguments: 1. No agreement could be reached on when life begins; 2. Women should have “control”…

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My Son, Maxwell

My son, Maxwell, was born on April 6, 2011. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS) when he was two days old. I have since learned that Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a chromosomal condition involving all…

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U.S. Abortion Statistics By Year (1973-Current)

National Right to Life Committee, 2020 TOTAL ABORTIONS SINCE 1973: 61,628,584 Based on numbers reported by the Guttmacher Institute 1973-2017,  with 2 percent added for GI estimated possible 3-5 percent undercount for 1973-2014. [1/20] Abortion Drop Continues There are two…

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Tragedies, Statistics, and Making a Difference

Rev. Mark Braun In a conversation with U.S. ambassador Averill Harriman, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin allegedly said, “The death of one person is a tragedy; the death of millions is a statistic.” Stalin would seem to be an expert on…

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Abortion Affects All

Stefanie Cox Abortion affects everyone. This includes not only the aborted child and the mother, her family and her friends, but also the entire country and world. Imagine if the mothers of people such as Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln and…

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My Body, My Choice – Really?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director The idol of “my rights” continues to wreak havoc on our lives, our families and our society. The sexual revolution of the sixties decimated social sanctions that rightly reflected the place of sexual relations…

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Q&A on Friend Considering Abortion

QUESTION: A friend of mine is unmarried and pregnant. She confided in me that she is considering an abortion. She gave me a long list of reasons why, but I didn’t know how to answer her. Do you have any…

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It Does Not Matter – A Look at Post-Abortion Syndrome

Lynn Klammer Over the past years, I’ve seen the professional community grapple with the question of whether or not post-abortion trauma really exists. Scientific evidence seems to indicate that abortion does not increase the risk of psychological problems any more…

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Position Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod on Abortion

WHEREAS, All people are commanded by God to love their neighbor as they love themselves, and WHEREAS, The Scriptures teach that human life begins at conception (Matthew 1:20, Psalm 51:5, Psalm 139:13-15), and WHEREAS, Each Christian must recognize that abortion…

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Abortion Can Hurt Women – One Woman’s Account

Jane Frantz, Freelance Write and Community Columnist for The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin As we reflect on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’d like to share a true story. I only tell it to help people understand that abortion can…

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A Primer on Partial-Birth Abortion

Description: An abortion technique used to kill second- and third-trimester unborn babies by removing the baby’s entire body, except for the head, and then sucking out his or her brains. Click here to view medical illustrations describing the abortion technique….

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Q&A on Abortion and Its Long-Term Effects

QUESTION: A friend of mine had an abortion a few years ago and never seemed bothered by it. Now she is concerned because she may be getting married but is hesitant to tell her boyfriend about her past. Why is…

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Talking About Abortion and God

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources People are more concerned about their horizontal relationships (with others and with themselves) than they are about their vertical relationships (with God). To change hearts we must migrate people from a horizontal…

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Abortion Limitations Definitions

Definitions of the major types of abortion restrictions, listed from most common to least common: Gestational Limits: Pertains to the abortion ban after a certain point in woman’s pregnancy, usually at fetal viability. Parental Involvement: Includes terminology involving parental notification…

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Counseling the Grief-Stricken

Catherine Lammert Grief is a strong and complex emotion. It is experienced by some after an abortion or miscarriage. Most experience it upon the death of a loved one. Here are some practical suggestions on how we may help others…

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A Trimester of Prayer // Pro-Life Prayer Suggestions

You can make a meaningful difference by including these thoughts in your daily devotion and prayer time. Week 1 – This week, pray for the unborn and their mothers. With the dawning of this day, around 11,000 women in America…

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Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet

“Parents are faced with a shell of a person and have no idea where they lost their child.” – Terri, who had a secret abortion as a teen 10 times more likely to try to kill themselves Teenage girls are…

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Q&A on Post-Abortion Syndrome

QUESTION: Does CLR counsel women who are in despair because they’ve had abortions in the past, or do you just work with women who are considering an abortion? ANSWER: Your question deals with a special issue called Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS)…

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Q&A on Abortion, Euthanasia Position Terminology

QUESTION: I’ve heard many different terms describing the positions of those who either oppose or favor abortion and euthanasia (pro-life, pro-choice, anti-abortion, death with dignity, etc.). What is CLR’s position on all of these terms? ANSWER: The position of CLR…

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Gianna Jessen: I Was an Abortion Victim at Seven and a Half Months

Gianna Jessen My biological mother was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when she decided to abort me. I don’t know why she made that decision. It was 1977. She and my biological father were 17 at the time and weren’t married. She…

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The Logic is Painfully Clear – A Look at Fetal Pain

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director In the August 24, 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association researchers concluded that an unborn child’s pain is not realized until 29 or 30 weeks into the pregnancy. Therefore, pain…

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Q&A on Church-Attending Abortion Advocate

QUESTION: I know a WELS member who is actively supportive of abortion rights and am greatly concerned. What should I do? ANSWER: You have reasons to be concerned and should address this issue with an attitude of Christian love and…

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Legal Abortion Isn’t Safe Abortion

Bradley Mattes, Life Issues Institute Editor in Chief Those who were responsible for legalizing abortion in the seventies claimed that if abortion were legally available, women would be protected from unsafe, back-alley abortionists. Pro-abortion politicians and activists have repeated this…

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G. U. L. A. G. – A Look at Ethnic Cleansing and Abortion

Rev. Fred Toppe Do you know these initials? They stand for Glavnoe upravlenie ispravitel’no-trudovykh lagerei, the Russian words for Chief Administration of Corrective Labor Camps. The GULAG was in operation in the former Soviet Union from the early 1920s until…

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The 39 Major Pro-Choice Arguments and Their Refutations

Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries CLR Note: This is an excellent article in understanding the debate rhetoric of the abortion issue. The only difference Christian Life Resources has with what is referenced here is that CLR talks about life existing…

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Shall We Call It ‘Doublespeak?’

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I don’t really know if there is a word for it. There is a secondary definition for “double talk”: Deliberately ambiguous or evasive language. Also called doublespeak. While some use this type…

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Q&A on Support for Women Following Abortion

QUESTION: Do you provide any help or support for women who have had abortions? ANSWER: Proverbs 31:8 tells us, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” so we defend the lives of the pre-born who are targeted by…

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A Chronology of Life in the Womb [Fetal Development]

Human Life Alliance Day 1 Fertilization The sperm joins with the ovum to form one cell. This one cell contains the complex genetic makeup for every detail of a new human life – the child’s sex, hair and eye color,…

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The Abortion Pill and the Morning-After Pill: Are They the Same?

There is much confusion about the two drugs which are often called “The Abortion Pill” and “The Morning-After Pill.” Surveys have shown that a majority of respondents are either misinformed or unaware of the differences between these two drugs.1 The…

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Abortion Must Be Labeled Murder

QUESTION: Can we call abortion murder? ANSWER: We answer YES for the following reasons: 1) The Scripture calls it murder. 2) It fits the definition of the word murder. Let us look at the second point first. MURDER is defined…

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Is There Any Hope of Salvation for a Child Who Has Been Killed Through Abortion?

John F. Brug Scripture does not answer this question directly. The same is true of the closely related question, “Can an unbaptized baby be saved?” Our answer must be limited to pondering four points that Scripture does make. All children…

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Bible Passages Relating to Abortion

Genesis 9:3,5 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting…

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It Sounds Like an Argument — I Don’t Think So!

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Stanford University’s John Donohue and University of Chicago’s Steven Levitt used economic modeling to assert in a recent study that part of the decreased crime rate we have enjoyed these past years…

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Remembering a Child Who Never Was

About five years ago, a young woman graduating from high school had a rather traumatic encounter. As she was in the hallway, lining up for the processional, a woman came up to her and tied a white ribbon around her…

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Post Abortion Syndrome // Bible Study

Introduction “I guess I was playing games with myself about God. Deep down inside I knew I had taken another human being’s life. Worse: the life of my own child. But I put that out of my mind–as far as…

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Planned Parenthood: An Abortion Network

History of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Born in 1879 6th of 11 children Father Fought in Sherman’s Army (March to the Sea) Never provided for his family properly Family Mother was a strict Catholic Father had no use for religion…

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Post-Abortion Syndrome – Direction From Scripture

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Hidden Shame — Nagging Guilt — Spectacular Deliverance Opening Prayer Describe 3 components of sin: 1. 2. 3. Describe 2 blessings of forgiveness: 1. 2. Describe 2 realities about sin and forgiveness:…

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Partial-Birth Abortion – An Accurate Description

Dr. J.C. Willke We are all aware of the semantic gymnastics used by the liberal press when describing Partial-Birth Abortion. They bend over backward obscuring what actually happens. We cannot control much of that. What we can control is our…

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Psalm 139 Says What Needs Saying

Pastor Joel C. Gerlach A noted Scottish churchman, Erskine of Linlathen, once said that Psalm 139 was one bit of writing he would choose to have on hand on his deathbed. Perhaps not your choice, nor mine either for that…

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Abortion Timeline: A Chronology of Endangered Unborn Life

ca. 2000 B.C. Hittites (The Hittite Laws ss.17) “If anyone caused a free woman to miscarry if (it is) the 10th month, he shall give 10 shekels of silver, if (it is) the 5th, he shall give 5 shekels and…

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The Pro-Abortion Policies of the March of Dimes

The March of Dimes (MOD) is an organization that enjoys a positive public image. And while MOD has done much to eliminate birth defects, their methods of accomplishing that admirable goal and their vision of a brave new world run…

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Who Needs the Counseling Here?

Sometimes It Is Not Just the Pregnant Woman Many of the women who come to the Pregnancy Care Center need a lot of sound Christian help. But sometimes they bring with them someone who is in much greater need of…

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Bible Study: Abortion Slogans

Lutherans for Life This study lists five statements often used to justify abortion and examines them in the light of God’s Word. I. “A fetus is not a person Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant…

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The Father and Issues of Life and Death

When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the father of…

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Biblical References Regarding Abortion Legislation

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 64:2-6 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,…

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Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod’s Resolution on Abortion

NOTE: At the July 1979 convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) meeting in Watertown, Wisconsin, the church body adopted this position against the killing of babies in the womb. This 1979 position on abortion is found below. On…

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Abortion – Men Hurt in Silence

Karen Fifer, Pregnancy Crisis Center of Wichita, Inc. “I’m pregnant.” These are powerful words that can evoke fear, anxiety, joy, and confusion in men. An unplanned pregnancy puts men in a peculiar place; on one side he is supposed to…

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Is It Time for Tolerance in the Pro-Life Movement?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources A strategy often used to win the public opinion for inauspicious moral positions is to refrain from arguing the position. Instead, the strategy is to argue for tolerance. In other words, you…

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Q&A on Abortion on Demand and Child Abuse

QUESTION: What do you say to the person who says that abortion on demand reduces child abuse? ANSWER: In response to pro-choice advocates, we can with Biblical conviction say to those who feel abortion on demand reduces child abuse: How…

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The Cost of Abortion — Higher Than You Might Think

I recently received a letter from an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The contents were chilling. The lawyer is representing a 28-year-old man who has been charged with criminal homicide of his fiance. Here’s what happened. A young couple met in…

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One Couple’s Struggle with Abortion

Fred Minnick, Daily O’Collegian (Oklahoma State University) In December 1977, an 18-year-old woman was faced with the choice of life or death. It began when she met a boy at a hometown IGA grocery store. He was a sacker and…

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What to Do With Baby?

Rev. Wayne Mueller Competent and sympathetic counselors understand that guiding an expectant mother to a God-pleasing decision is a complex job. There is always more to deal with in the heart of the soon-to-be mother than the basic ethical-moral question…

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‘I Knew You’ [God as the Author of Life] // Bible Study

The year was 628 B.C. The great Assyrian empire which had carried the northern kingdom of Israel into captivity was soon to be replaced by the Babylonian empire. Meanwhile, the days were fast approaching in which the Lord would send…

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I Had an Abortion This Morning

“I Had an Abortion This Morning” It is January 22, the anniversary date of the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States. Every year this date brings with it a mixed bag of emotions for me….

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Q&A on Unborn Babies’ Souls

QUESTION: What has become of the souls of the millions of babies that have died through miscarriage and abortion? ANSWER: The fate of an unborn child’s soul is always in question. The reason for that is because God defines the…

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Q&A on Overturning ‘Roe v. Wade’

Question: Is there any hope of overturning Roe v. Wade? Answer: Roe v. Wade was the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion across the nation. Many feel we are nearing the necessary majority margin on the Supreme Court…

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Court Decisions Legalizing U.S. Abortion

Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mothers life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in case of rape or incest, or for certain…

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Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Position on Abortion

NOTE: At the July 1979 convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) meeting in Watertown, Wisconsin, the church body adopted this position against the killing of babies in the womb. This 1979 position on abortion is found below. On…

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Fetal Pain: OK, What’s the Point?

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director Researchers claim they found a dramatic rise in fetal stress hormones when they inserted a needle into fetuses for blood transfusions. Already I hear some of my peers exclaiming, “I told you so!” The…

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Abortion Excuses

Rev. Wayne Mueller 1. The fetus is not life. “Why do you kill it if it is not life?” 2. The woman has a right to do what she wants with her own body. “Who cares what the father thinks?…

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Inconvenient People and the Quality of Life

Rev. Thomas Trapp An interview with Kenneth Schleef, a Christian with cerebral palsy. Q: Your appearance at the Life Chain-Madison this fall told me you’re concerned about life issues. I also know you have cerebral palsy. Tell me about your…

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Playing God — A Most Deadly Game

Pastor Glen Schaumberg “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman so that she delivers her child prematurely, but there is no harm to either the mother or child, the man should pay the fine her husband put on…

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The Book of Jonah and Our Mission to an Ungodly Nation // Bible Study

  Introduction Nineveh was a city where wickedness was rampant. Although we do not have all the details of what went on in the city. it is enough to see that God’s patience toward the city was wearing thin. Therefore…

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How About the Quality of Life?

Richard D. Balge Didn’t anyone tell Elizabeth that it was dangerous for a woman of her age to have a child? Didn’t anyone remind her that a child born to her after the normal child-bearing years was a poor statistical…

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‘Why the Tears? Why Not!’ – A Look at Partial-Birth Abortion

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources (Matthew 2:18 NIV) “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” It comes every year…

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Unborn Child’s Soul from Abortion or Miscarriage

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Question: What has become of the souls of the millions of babies that have died through miscarriage and abortion? Answer: The fact of an unborn child’s soul is always in question. The…

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The Shape of the Lutheran Ethic – A Look at Life Issues Decision-Making

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Gone are the days when your pastor’s toughest medical counseling was talking to grandma about entering the nursing home. The advance of technology, the growth of the health care industry and the huge investment of the…

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Post-Abortion Syndrome: There’s A Way Back

  Take Courage and Admit It It takes courage to admit that you might need help. You made the decision to have an abortion and it seemed like the only thing to do at the time, so why do you…

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How Would God Feel About an Abortion in the Case of Rape?

Professor John F Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary QUESTION: How would God feel about abortion in the case of rape? Personally, I am strongly against abortion, yet I feel that it would be acceptable in this instance. I want to know…

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A Wrong Diagnosis Could Have Cost Me My Life

Shauna Bauer Abortion is a very controversial issue. It always has been and probably always will be. These days, the battle between pro-life and pro-abortion activists seems to be very intense. There is a great need for support of the…

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Symptoms of Post-Abortion Syndrome

Teri Reisser, M.S. 1. GUILT: Guilt is what the woman feels because she has violated her moral code. For the woman who has come to believe, at some point after the abortion, that she consented to the killing of her…

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Spiritual Therapy for Abortion?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources NOTE: Despite the age of this article, the information is included as a resource on this website. “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage…

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I Am Personally Opposed, But…

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I am sure you have heard it too. “I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I can or should force my convictions on others.” Get real! It’s time we…

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What Is Post-Abortion Syndrome?

Mrs. Ann Warner Tolly Post-abortion syndrome (PAS) is the psychological aftermath of abortion. The victims are both women and men and the circle grows to include the siblings of the aborted child, the grandparents, friends, and other family members. PAS…

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On Assisted Suicide and Abortion Laws – What You Can Do to Be Pro-Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it did not find a constitutional right to assisted suicide. This ruling sharply contrasted the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. In 1973 the Court…

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Is Abortion Just an Election Issue for Christians?

Dr. James I. Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life “I could never vote for anyone who favors the destruction of innocent life in the womb,” Sam stated bluntly. Fred replied, “I’m opposed to abortion as much as you are, Sam,…

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What Does God Say About the Beginning of Life? // Bible Study

What Does God Say About the Beginning of Life? // Bible Study (Student’s Guide) READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES: A. Life Comes from God Genesis 2:7 The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into…

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Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation

Ronald Reagan [NOTE: Ronald Reagan published the following essay in 1983 when he served as 40th President of the United States. It was written on the 10th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. His words articulated his strong pro-life…

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Born to Live, Left to Die – A Look at Baby Abandonment Laws

Frederica Mathewes-Green, Author and Columnist for Christianity Today and Beliefnet.com Call it Sudden Infant Dumping Syndrome — newborns found in parking lots, supermarkets and trash cans. Can new “baby abandonment” laws reverse the trend? She wrapped her baby boy in…

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Death in the Nursery

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop once said, “Although infanticide (the killing of newborn infants) is being practiced in this country widely today, it is seldom given that appellation and unless you are privy to what goes on in…

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Adopting a Snowflake

  What should be done with 400,000 frozen embryos that are cryo-preserve after in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures? In some cases, those embryos are waiting to be thawed and transferred to their biological mothers with the hope they will implant…

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Birth Control Series [Part 3]: Controlling Birth and Christian Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources This is the third installment of the Clearly Caring series addressing the Christian viewpoint of birth control and contraception. In 1998, I first tackled the subject of birth control in the pages…

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Birth Control Series [Part 2]: Marriage and Children

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources This is the second installment of the CLR series addressing the Christian viewpoint of birth control and contraception. Married couples have at their disposal the ability to control childbearing. To some degree…

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Birth Control Series [Part 1]: The Paramount Value of Human Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources The following is the first in a series of articles exploring the topic of birth control and contraception from the Christian perspective. Christian Life Resources ran a similar series in 1998-1999 which…

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The Hidden Dangers of In Vitro Fertilization

Bradley Mattes, MBS, Life Issues Institute In vitro fertilization (IVF) is viewed as controversial technology within the pro-life community. Many have an ethical problem with how human life is created. The primary reason though is that most doctors who perform…

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A Scriptural Approach to Family Planning

  Family Planning Decisions Should Be in Harmony with God’s Revealed Will Concerning Marriage and Children God desires to bless those who enter marriage in three ways (not prioritized): Companionship Genesis 2:18 – “The LORD God said, It is not…

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A Biblical Look at Sperm Donation

Rev. Robert Fleischmann National Director, Christian Life Resources 1. A common method of sperm retrieval (masturbation with the assistance of pornography) involves a violation of the sixth commandment (Matthew 5:28; Colossians 3:5; Exodus 20:14). 2. Many ethical and practical issues…

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Bible Study: Surrogate Parenting

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Correct decision-making is determined by Scriptural principles. Some decisions are easy because some principles explicitly address a particular application. For example, it is easy to decide that not stealing is a proper…

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As God Wills: Understanding God’s Plan for Childless Couples

Mrs. Mary Schmal, Author, Christ-Light Curriculum Somewhere a young man longs to play for a professional football team. Another just hopes to see a live NFL game. Somewhere a young woman longs to be a star in the theaters of…

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Family Planning

Rev. Wayne D. Mueller Children seem to be an impediment to happiness these days. They are often the pawns of occupational pursuits. When children don’t fit in, they are aborted, abandoned, or divided by divorce. Parents try to prevent their…

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I Will Never Forget You: Finding Hope and Healing Following Miscarriage or Stillbirth

I will never forget you, my precious child. Just weeks ago, you were living inside me. I was more than a mere woman; I had tasted the sweet joy of motherhood. I had held the miracle of life in my…

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Motive // The Christian and Birth Control

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. For years the national office of Christian…

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Is There a Place Within Christian Marriage to Use Birth Control?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Yes, but an explanation is in order. God is the author of human life (Deuteronomy 32:39), and man is a steward, caretaker, and guardian of human life (Genesis 9:5). A Christian may…

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Q&A on Abstinence/Teaching Teens about Birth Control

QUESTION: I’ve heard that teen pregnancy rates have increased. Is it time to teach our kids about birth control? ANSWER: The teen birth rate has been on a steep decline since the early 1990s. Yet, teaching about birth control is…

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Is An Objection on Religious Grounds Enough?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources “The path of least resistance is the path of the loser.” [attributed to H.G. Wells, 1866-1946] We have done it before, and it appears we are poised to do it again….

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Q&A on the Beginning of Life

QUESTION: When does life begin? I know that life begins at the time of conception. I say with the Psalmist, “Truly I was sinful from birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived.” But when does conception take place? Is…

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Q&A on the Morning-After Pill

QUESTION: I’ve heard conflicting stories about the morning-after pill possibly causing abortions. Can you please clarify? ANSWER: The morning-after pill, also marketed as Plan B, is similar to typical birth control pills but contains a higher level of synthetic hormones….

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The Pill

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. It is more than coincidental that this…

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Q&A on Birth Control Pills

QUESTION: I have heard that birth control pills do not prevent conception but really cause early abortions? Is this true? ANSWER: The history of the birth control pill has been controversial for several reasons. One point of debate has been…

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Barrier Methods and Spermicides

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. Don’t read this chapter! If you haven’t…

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Mifeprex, Methotrexate, Misoprostol

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. There is a certain arbitrariness in our…

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Emergency Contraception and the IUD

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. This chapter brings us to the halfway…

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Depo-Provera, Cyclo-Provera, Norplant

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. Until now, this book dealt with what…

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Natural Family Planning and Sterilization

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book, click on the link at the bottom of this page. The “ends-justify-the-means” mentality permeates the world and…

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Vaccines, Quinacrine, Other Birth Control Methods

This is an overview of the information in The Christian and Birth Control book, published by Christian Life Resources. To purchase the book click on the link at the bottom of this page. When the Christian considers the possible use…

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Our Embryo Adoption Story

Mrs. Leah Bongard Article adapted with permission from its initial publication in LifeLines from Bethany Christian Services, the largest adoption agency in the U.S. and also a worldwide ministry that serves orphans and vulnerable children on five continents and 34…

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Adopted by My Parents… and God

Rev. Paul Prange Before a couple adopts a child, they may wonder how to tell the child that he or she is adopted. Do you wait until you think the child can understand the concept? What words do you use…

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A Model Family – Lessons Learned about an Adoptees Reunion with Her Birth Parents

Larissa Fasthorse I was brought to my parents’ home when I was 11 months old. My birth father delivered me to the house, and my birth mother was already long gone. After he left, my parents say they sat and…

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Blood Is Thicker Than Water – A Look at Arguments Against Adoption

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI No doubt you have heard this old saying before – and maybe you’ve even used it yourself. It’s a way of conveying that the ties that bind us…

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The Discovery – A Look at Unexpected Pregnancy and Adoption

Rev. Robert Fleischmann,  National Director, Christian Life Resources The discovery of Ashley’s pregnancy came more as a disappointment than a shock. Despite all of the warnings to the contrary, Ashley’s relationship with her boyfriend became increasingly intimate so when the…

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Children Need You – A Look at Caring for Youngsters in Less Fortunate Circumstances

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James…

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Adoption Resources

Public Agencies A majority of all adoptions in the United States (around 59-60%) involve the placement of children from foster care or the child welfare system. Contact your county or state social service agency about children who may be available…

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Q&A on Adoption Options

QUESTION: My 16-year old niece announced recently that she is pregnant. Her boyfriend and parents are unwilling to step in to help. She has come to me for advice. I don’t want to encourage her to abort the baby, but…

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Adopted Into God’s Family

Rev. Paul Prange When I was born, my parents could not take care of my spiritual needs. They certainly had faith of their own. But they knew that they could not pass salvation on to me by being my physical…

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An Adopted Child’s Perspective

Rev. Paul Prange, Michigan Lutheran Seminary President I was born to a single mother at an age when she was either a senior in high school or a freshman in college. She placed me with a Christian adoption agency, which…

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God Sets the Lonely in Families – A Look at Spiritual Adoption

Adopt: to take by choice into a relationship; especially: to take voluntarily (a child of other parents) as one’s own child (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The thought of voluntarily taking the child of other parents as their own can be pretty…

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Q&A on Pregnancy Options

QUESTION: A friend of mine faced an unwanted pregnancy but didn’t want to abort her baby. She didn’t know all of her options, and I’m not sure she made the right decision. Does CLR help with available options for these…

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Questions Most Birthmothers Ask About Adoption

How can I be helped financially? Can I get assistance with medical and living expenses while I am making an adoption plan? Can I choose a family for my baby? How much will I get to see my baby after…

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Questions Most Birthfathers Ask About Adoption

Are home pregnancy tests reliable? How can we find out if my girlfriend is really pregnant? I want to be involved, but I’m not ready to parent. What are my choices? Will I get to see my child if my…

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Well, At Least I Wasn’t Adopted

Diane E. Schroeder, President, National Lutherans For Life This column is dedicated to the birth parents of my children and all the millions more who sacrificed to give life and love to their children through adoption. “Well, at least I’m…

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Open Adoption

Gloria Hochman and Anna Huston, National Adoption Center What is Open Adoption? The Origins of Open Adoption Experiences with Open Adoption Conclusion What is Open Adoption? Open adoption means that birthparents and adoptive parents have some knowledge about one another….

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Adopted from China

Krista Preston The government of China wanted my baby dead. Was it because she was second born or because she was a girl? Because a political directive in China allows only one child per family, she could have been aborted…

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Adoption: Bringing Children and Parents Together

Thinking about adoption for your child? Here are a few things to clarify how adoption works. First, you can decide whether you want an agency to help you with the adoption process, or if you would rather do it yourself….

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Adoption: A Pro-Life Response to Families in Need

Jean Garton, Litt.D. In a classroom of six-year-olds, the teacher was discussing a picture of a family. One of the children featured had a different hair color than did the other family members. A little girl in the class said…

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I’m Your Child

The following was written by Justin, a ten-year-old born in 1986 in Korea, who was adopted by Roger and Lynne Tews of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, when he was seven-months-old. To My Birth Mom and Dad, I hope you remember me. I’m…

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Lord, Why Have You Been So Good to Us? – The Gift of Adoption

FATHER: Two questions point to my major feelings about the adoption. Before the adoption, the big question was, ‘Will I love an adopted child as I love my primary school age child?’ After the adoption the big question has been,…

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Tell the Truth

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources Why Are We Here? Christian Life Resources (CLR) was never a ministry about convincing pro-life people to be pro-life. Though we serve all people, we are doctrinally aligned with the…

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How Small Is Too Small? – Issues Surrounding the Low-Birth-Weight Infant

Linda L. Bellig, RN, BSN My first job as a new RN in 1969 was in the special care nursery at Babies Hospital in New York City. The environment was cutting-edge. We rigged adult ventilators for babies, grappled with the…

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Everybody But Me

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources We have a level of confidence in ourselves which blinds us to our own foibles. Jesus warned, “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew…

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Not So Fast!

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In 1993, a Wisconsin state senator introduced assisted suicide legislation, designed to give terminally-ill patients the right to ask a doctor’s assistance in ending their own life. It was a new…

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Let Us Not Love With Words or Speech but with Actions and in Truth

By Pastor James Hein, Lead Pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1 John 3:11-18 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered…

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What Should I Do?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources As life and family issues continue to expand, it’s often difficult to sort them out. Even church bodies differ on a particular issue though they claim to have the same Bible….

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Q&A on Donating Eggs

QUESTION: I’m interested in donating my eggs and I’m wondering if there is any way to ensure that they will not be discarded or used for science in a way that would not be God-pleasing. Do we have a Christian…

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Middle Ground

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Before I had children I was an expert on raising kids. After all, I had taken numerous college courses in human psychology. I understood the concepts of influence, incentive, and insistence….

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Q&A on Abortion to Save a Mother’s Life

QUESTION: Is there ever a medical situation where it is necessary to cause an abortion in order to save the mother’s life? ANSWER: The most obvious, though relatively rare, example is any pregnancy that occurs outside of the uterus (ectopic)….

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And So It Goes

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Pro-life Christians were appalled when Governor Cuomo signed New York’s liberal abortion law on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. Sadly,…

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46 Years of Legalized Abortion in America

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources It has been 46 years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 7-2 majority that a woman should have the right to end the life of her unborn child….

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Don’t Just Sit There!

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources The legalized killing of unborn children through abortion has been a part of the American landscape since January 22, 1973. The death toll has surpassed 60 million babies. Now you know….

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Q&A on Egg Donation

QUESTION: One of my friends is considering using an egg donor, so she and her husband can have a baby. (She has no eggs due to pre-menopause). Do you have suggestions for how I can help them understand more about this…

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Embryo Adoption

What is Embryo Adoption? When couples use in vitro fertilization to achieve pregnancy, they will often have embryos remaining after they complete their family. One option available to them is to donate those embryos to another couple. Embryo adoption allows…

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Transformed

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “I sure miss kindergarten.” I know you have heard or read these words from me before. The older I get the more I miss the simplicity of life that I enjoyed…

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A Pro-Life Future?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of July 2018. Kennedy was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan and began serving in…

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God’s Life-Giving Love Is Active at Conception

Prof. Ryan MacPherson, Bioethics Professor at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, MN When does human life begin? This question has perplexed our generation and divided our nation. The stakes are quite high. If a human embryo is a person, then abortion…

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Meet The First Snowflake! (Embryo Adoption)

Marlene Strege, First Adoptive Mother of a Snowflake Baby “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” — Dr. Seuss Horton Hears A Who is among our daughter Hannah’s favorite books, and she revels in reciting its recurring theme, that…

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The Value of Human Life

Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It is becoming more difficult to know what to do in life and death situations. Advancements in medicine, challenges in the court, and changing opinions have raised questions about when life…

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God’s Word on Life

The Bible teaches that life is a gift from God, our Creator. For example, Job says to God, “Your hands shaped me and made me…Remember that you molded me…Did you not…clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together…

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He’s Always There

Pastor Mark Cordes He’s Always There – or – Thou, God, Seest Me In the name of Christ our Life, my dear Christian friends: I once received a postcard which read, Dear Clergy, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day present a…

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Christian Life Resources Abortion Position Statement

Preamble Abstract Background Terminology The Issues Section 1: What the Scriptures Say About Human Life Human Beings are Unique and Prized in All God’s Creation Human Beings Consist of Body and Soul Human Beings Exist in the Womb Protecting the…

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Well, At Least I Wasn’t Adopted

Diane E. Schroeder, President, National Lutherans For Life This column is dedicated to the birth parents of my children and all the millions more who sacrificed to give life and love to their children through adoption. “Well, at least I’m…

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The Crisis at Hand: HIV/AIDS

Mr. Larry Dilgard One would hope that after all the years spent attempting to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the year 2004 would bring some good news. Unfortunately, the news is not good. Things are not getting better: in fact,…

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Scripture on Life

GOD IS THE CREATOR OF LIFE “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” ~ Genesis 1:27 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me…

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Sarah’s Story – A Look at a New Beginning After a Crisis Pregnancy

It was the day of my 18th birthday that I found out I was pregnant. At a time when I should have been young and hopeful and happy and free, I was terrified and lonely and angry and sad. And…

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Samuel’s Hand Continues to Reach Out to People Around the World

Liz Townsend While partial-birth abortion is being debated in the Supreme Court, Congress, and state legislatures, the tiny fist of a baby the same age as many of those killed in the gruesome procedure continues to grab the consciences of…

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‘On Eagles’ Wings’ – A Look at Support During A Difficult Pregnancy

It all began innocuously enough. A phone call, a cry for help. That’s what this ministry is all about. Help, love, support. Usually the call is from a distant place. The faces remain anonymous, the problems obscured by distance. But…

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Just Hold My Hand: Offering Support to a Loved One Who is Going Through Miscarriage or Stillbirth

Mrs. Amy Schultz When I was going through my first miscarriage some close friends sent me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. For a while they lit up my kitchen table while I wandered around the house in a saddened daze….

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Should I Baptize My Baby?

Christian Life Resources Why Baptize Babies? The Bible doesn’t tell us anywhere how old a person must be at the time of baptism. Jesus commanded us to baptize “all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and doesn’t make any mention of an individual’s…

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Prenatal Testing

1. Reasons for Testing (Motive) Enhance life to provide life-saving information and treatment Enhance death to eliminate children affected by physical deformity, wrong sex, or maternal preference 2. The Truth about Prenatal Testing (the search for the perfect baby) It cannot prevent birth defects…

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In Utero Tour

Month-by-Month Fetal Development In Utero Tour: Presented by StandUpGirl.com. Gives concise, useful fetal development and pregnancy information along with quick facts. Check it out!

Take the Child to Your Home (A Christmas Message)

Rev. Wayne Mueller Children have become increasingly offensive to the ego-driven American who is in hot pursuit of personal happiness. Frankly, children just cost money and get in the way. Like pets and loud noise, children are categorically banned from…

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Q&A on Miscarriage

QUESTION: A friend of mine just had a miscarriage. She seems okay on the outside, but I know she is hurting. What can I do to help her? ANSWER: Miscarriage is often overlooked as a painful event. You are very…

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Rose’s Story (A Pro-Life Story of Hope Against the Odds)

Jean Cross In January of 2004, a woman named Rose called the Alameda Pregnancy Counseling Center in San Jose, CA, and asked if she could share her life’s story to help the pro-life cause. I had the opportunity to meet…

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Comfort for Parents Grieving a Miscarriage or Stillbirth [A Pastoral Theology Brief]

John D. Schuetze, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI In his care of souls, the pastor faces many difficult situations, which like a sword can often pierce his own soul also. Few are as heart-wrenching as ministering to the mother or…

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The Value of Ultrasound

Dr. Peggy Hartshorn How is ultrasound done? Sound waves are bounced off the developing child using a hand-held device (trasducer) rubbed across the mother’s belly. Echoes from the waves are converted to an image (sonogram) on a TV monitor. For…

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The Youngest Surviving Preemie

J.C. Willke, MD Recently there has been considerable worldwide publicity announcing the birth of “the world’s most premature baby.” Little Amillia Taylor, of Miami, Florida, was born in October, 21 weeks and 6 days after conception. In multiple press reports,…

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Abortion and the Law

Former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Victor Manian On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a decision by seven of the nine justices, held that state statutes prohibiting abortion were unconstitutional. The decision has divided the nation,…

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The Scriptural View on When Human Life Begins // Bible Study

A Brief Study on Psalm 51:5 The Background of the Verse The title: A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. (This incident is recorded in 2 Samuel 12:1-14.) A penitential psalm,…

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Sarah Palin and the Lessons She Has Taught Her Children

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources By the time you read this commentary, Sarah Palin may or may not have been elected Vice President of the United States. There is and will be a great deal written about…

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Witnessing a Miracle – A Look at Pregnancy and Life in the Womb

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:13,14) This is a familiar passage in pro-life…

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The Preborn Child and Faith

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) The biological argument for protecting preborn human life should be compelling enough….

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The Preborn Child and Biology

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full…

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Waiting for Baby Taeh – A Look at the Providence of God During a Premature Pregnancy

Mrs. Ellen Kuber, Volunteer at Christian Life Resources When my daughter, Johanna, suspected that she was pregnant, she went to a newly-degreed medical doctor. The doctor performed an ultrasound to determine how far along she was in the pregnancy. After…

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Our Baby’s Life Begins (Fetal Development)

Day 1: Today your life began. The egg from your mother was fertilized by the father’s sperm within one of your mother’s two fallopian tubes. You received 23 chromosomes from each parent. You are unique and individual. Days 5-9: From…

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What Does the Bible Say About the Beginning of Life?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director Whether one talks about pregnancy, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, in vitro fertilization or miscarriage, one question becomes pivotal, “When does life begin?” Because the question regarding the beginning of life is generally rooted…

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Lily-Beth’s Miracle // A Look at Pregnancy Complications and God’s Love

Trey and I wanted to take the time to try to inspire others the way the Lord has inspired us. We are writing this to give credit where credit is due, show thanks to God, and to help others realize…

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He Came to Share Our Vulnerability – A Look at the Humanity of Jesus Christ

Rev. Mark Braun, Wisconsin Lutheran College Professor of Theology For centuries Christians have celebrated the miracle of the Virgin birth of Jesus in late December or early January—and it is good and right for us so to do. Yet the…

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Precious Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director of Christian Life Resources In a Salon website article dated Jan. 23, 2014, Mary Elizabeth Williams made a shocking acknowledgment: “Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal.” With those…

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – The Stages of Life in the Womb By Week

The miracle of life – more amazing and awe-inspiring than any other part of God’s creation. What we have been able to discern from research in chronicling precious life in the womb is remarkable. The pictures of babies still in…

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You Can Speak Up on Abortion

1. Some Basics of Good Communication in General The information you present is extremely important. You may talk and talk and speak up about the issues of abortion all your life and never do any good on anybody that you…

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A Fringe Family

“The anti-choice fringe is attacking Planned Parenthood like never before.” (www.plannedparenthood.org) Are you a part of the “anti-choice fringe”? Could your Christ-centered home also be called a “fringe family”? Among the definitions for “fringe” that the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives…

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