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Beginning of Life Pregnancy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Things I Have Learned – A Mom’s Look at the Potential of a Child with Down Syndrome

The things I have learned in the last four years are not written in any book. My son has taught me a world I never would have known without him. It is a world in which every person is celebrated…

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CLR’s Official Positions and Thoughts to Ponder on Life and Family Issues

Abortion Human life exists already at conception. It is a gift from God. He also reserves for himself the authority to take human life. Aborting an unborn child for any reason, other than to preserve a human life, is a…

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