We are a bloody people.

Bear with me there are extensive quotes below from several different articles.

From Whitehouse .gov

Speaking shortly after the confirmation, the President said he was grateful for the Senate’s confirmation, and gave special thanks the Senate Judiciary Committee for their hard work. He then reflected on Judge Sotomayor’s qualifications, and the historic nature of her confirmation:

….They’ve gauged her respect for the proper role of each branch of our government, her commitment to faithfully apply the law to the facts at hand, and her determination to protect our core constitutional rights and freedoms….

This is a role that the Senate has played for more than two centuries, helping to ensure that “equal justice under the law” is not merely a phrase inscribed above our courthouse door, but a description of what happens every single day inside the courtroom...And in the end, the outcome of your case will be determined by nothing more or less than the strength of your argument and the dictates of the law.

These core American ideals — justice, equality, and opportunity — are the ideals she’s fought for throughout her career…

You can read the President’s full statement here.

(emphasis mine and every time I read one of the phrases I thought “Unless you are an unborn child”)

In a National Review Online article titled “Death by Privacy” Contributing Editor Mark R. Levin tells us

“Finally, Blackmun focused on his legal rationale in Roe. He began with a review of the right to privacy, writing, in part:

The Constitution does not explicitly mention any right of privacy. In a line of decisions, however…the Court has recognized that a right of personal privacy, or a guarantee of certain areas or zones of privacy, does exist under the Constitution. In varying contexts, the Court or individual Justices have, indeed, found at least the roots of that right in the First Amendment…in the Fourth and Fifth Amendments…in the penumbras of the Bill of Rights…in the Ninth Amendment…or in the concept of liberty guaranteed by the first section of the Fourteenth Amendment….These decisions make it clear that only personal rights that can be deemed “fundamental” or “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty”…are included in this guarantee of personal privacy. They also make it clear that the right has some extension to activities relating to marriage… procreation…contraception…family relationships…and child rearing and education….

Blackmun felt that the right of privacy, wherever it comes from, includes the right to abortion. Do not look any further for legal argument amidst the voluminous opinion, because it does not exist. Perhaps the extensive historical analysis was included to compensate for the lack of legal analysis.

But Blackmun went further, and the Court followed. Not satisfied to strike down the Texas law, Blackmun began to write what seemed to be a new federal statute. According to Blackmun’s opinion, a woman’s right to abortion could only be abridged by a compelling state interest. In effect, Blackmun argued that there was an inverse relationship between a woman’s interest and the state’s interest that ranged across a spectrum from conception to birth. Therefore, the state’s interest at conception was minimal but increased as the pregnancy progressed, reaching its peak at the end of the pregnancy. A woman’s interest, paramount at conception, began to give some ground to the state’s interest in protecting the fetus as it matured toward being able to live outside of the mother. But Blackmun specifically declared that the unborn child was not a “person” under the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus had no equal protection rights.”

During her confimation hearings Rupublicans asked Judge Sotomayor how she felt about the status of abortion in America.

“The court’s decision in Planned Parenthood vs. Casey reaffirmed the court holding of Roe. That is the precedent of the court and settled in terms of the holding of the court.”  – Sonya Sotamayor speaking before the Senate Judiciary Comittee during her confirmation hearings.

You cannot make immorality moral by court precedent or legislation. Abortion remains an evil, murderous thing whether or not the court and the legislative branch.

So in honor of Judge Sotomayor’s historic confirmation I am posting a video that puts a live face on the “private” act of abortion, and saying a prayer. I am prayng God will grant repentance in time to spare us from chastisment.

Now I will be joining the 40 days for life campaign this fall.

How about you?


  1. I had never heard of this! I wept! This is absolutely terrible! How could you possibly explain to your child that the reason she was without an arm was because you tried to abort her! Really sad though is that some people are aching for children while others are carelessly throwing babies away! During High School there was a frequency of girls leaving babies in toilets at prom and in dumpsters and I remember my father telling me that I should never do that, that a baby was not that big of a problem. Thankfully, I was never in that situation but I’m also thankful that had I been, I wouldn’t be living with guilt for making a stupid decision based on fear of what my father would say or anything else that drives women to these desperate actions. I’m just absolutely shocked! Thanks for spreading awareness!

  2. Thanks for a great post. I had not read or heard about that article, so thanks for keeping me informed.

    Is it bad when I keep up with current events via a blog?

    From one Bigfoot to another!

  3. Life begins at conception. There is no doubt about this.

    It’s only when we twist words to meet certain expectations that society accepts murder as an acceptable form of conformity.

    It’s murder. Plain and simple. If it’s not a baby, then you’re not pregnant.

  4. Thanks Karen. No, I don’t feel like they’re a pest… I love my kids. I don’t feel anything like my mom did in fact. I have 6 and they are all different and gifted in so many different ways. I have a lot in common with fundamental Christians, but not everything. I was called here by the fact we do have so much in common.

  5. Dody, I appreciate your honesty – it’s quite refreshing. And I remember you from some discussions in the past.

    By definition, a parasite is “an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.” A quick reading would seem to meet up with your mother’s sorrowful definition, Dody. But a baby is not a different species from his or her mother. A baby is a human, just as the parents are human. While we as mothers do, indeed, “host” babies, we really ought to consider it a privilege to do so, with humble awe and sobriety. (Don’t get me wrong – I didn’t get the impression you were in complete agreement with your mother’s assessment. As you are a mother yourself, I am almost sure of it! I just wanted to bring that clarification for anyone reading who might glom onto the idea of pregnancy being parasitical.) 🙂

    I don’t know what effect your mother’s words and actions have had on you, but the fact that she tried to end your life breaks my heart, and I don’t even know you. I was an unexpected pregnancy to an 18 year old mother – and that has most definitely had a lifelong impact on me. I, for one, am grateful that your mama wasn’t successful, because life on earth would be completely different without YOU.

    Finally, please consider that you have been directed to read and view the providences of God through the Coghlans’ blog for a reason. You are here, alive, and are in contact with some great folks who know of and serve your very Creator. And despite your rough beginnings, you should know that you were fearfully and wonderfully made by Him, and while one was trying to tear you out of your mother’s womb, He was carefully “knitting” you together in there, with every thought and detail as to your being. God KNOWS you…your every breath and heartbeat are because of Him. Will you join me in thanking Him for your life, dear one? Maybe just sometime today whisper out, “Thank you, God, for creating me. I am so, so grateful.” From the Pacific Northwest, I will be doing the same today!

    All blessings to you!

  6. Oh I agree that a baby is alive at even 10 weeks. I can not argue that. My argument is when can it be considered a separate entity entirely. Life is life, but at some point the baby has it’s own life, and can live separate from the mother.

    This is going to seem nuts, but this is how I was taught by my own mother (whom by the way did try to abort me much much too late with alcohol and hot baths). Take it as you will and then I will explain how I took it. My mother said babies are parasites. You heard me right. She said, she thought she got rid of the parasite inside of her when I was born, but in truth she would not until I was 18. Now, to be clear I DO NOT hold this view entirely. It is horrific. However, I did research and young babies or fetuses hold a parasitic relationship with a mother. When I was pregnant with my first child, I felt like I had the flu. Imagine my surprise when I found I was pregnant. I found that the baby has his/her own separate blood, even has it’s own room inside the womb. However, the baby must use the mother’s blood for O2 and nutrients. I guess this is what my mom meant… but she took it to the extreme.

    My argument isn’t based on when life begins, it is based on when survivability begins. Perry and you are both correct in killing it before this point is killing it no matter what. I can’t argue that. Wouldn’t even try. Perry is also right that survivability is a moving target, but I would also like to add that laws are also. I believe that a child has rights when they are no longer 100% dependent on their mother to survive. Okay, we can bring up the argument of children turning 18 etc…. However, I don’t mean in that way. I mean as in, can breathe, eat, and thrive in the right conditions with out a womb. That could mean right after conception if they make virtual wombs! It could have meant later than 28 a week a couple of decades ago.

    It’s the concept of adulthood turned on it’s head. A long time ago, once a woman was married she was an adult. That could be at 29 or 15. That really depended on when she was married. Laura Ingalls was married at 16, would anyone argue she wasn’t adult enough to handle her new role? Never. Now days 16 year olds are treated like little children, disallowed to even date. Marriage before 21 is seen as a tragedy in some circles. Having a child at 16 the worst tragedy of all, even if one is married. What has changed? The complexity of our society for one, and values for another. Now with more and more technology, younger and younger in utero infants can survive, making them more and more likely to be “viable”. Why isn’t this standard good enough?

    No one is going to make abortion anything but a murder if taking life is the standard. I understand your position, but reasonable people even caring people will not be able to. Because they can’t accept absolutes. I know, religion, or at least American religion is all about absolutes. However, we are not trained in government schools to think in absolute terms.

  7. an unwanted life? who said the baby didn’t want life? Are you saying that adoption is not the answer to unwanted pregnancies….but abortion (murder) is?

    Kenzi, of course the video used Obama’s words against him…..its propoganda. So, if it bothers you, ignore the special affects, sob stories, dramatizations etc and look at the facts. They speak for themselves. Obama’s words are enough to condemn him on their own, minus the video.

    What’s more, you’re example of spilled coke is a great analogy. Fast food places don’t have a waiter standin near you with a mop and bucket, but they do have the waiter, mop + bucket in the building, ready to help out when needed. Its the same with doctors in a hospital – maybe they dont have to be in the same room, but they should be there to be called in an emergency!

    and since when was strangling a child a suitable response to not having a doctor close by? Oh that’s right, when abortion was legalised. What difference does it make outside the womb when it was already going to happen inside the womb already, right?

    Sorry hope this didn’t sound mean, im not trying to be mean, I just don’t understand how people can brush this off as okay. 🙁

  8. I dislike how the video uses President Obama’s words against him. I think it was eloquently delivered. I think that it would be a waste of resources to involve a party that is not needed in every procedure…

    To me, it would be like ordering a coke at a fastfood restaurant, and having it be mandatory that an additional person holding a mop and bucket be there, just incase there is an unexpected fluke, and the cup spills…

    Am I right? I know that a life, and a cup of coke are not the same, but my point is that having a pediatrician, or neonatologist attend every abortion is unrealistic and truly a waste of resources.

    Yes, having a doctor there could save lives, but if the woman didn’t want the child in the first place, then what is the point in saving an unwanted life? In my opinion, adoption is not the answer to everything. I’m not trying to be a hypocrite either. I am adopted.

  9. p.s. on what Dody was saying, I do think that abortions at any stage are wrong, however the late-term and live birth ones horrify me more, I guess, before of the intention behind them.

    People -loving, reasonable people- can reason that an 8-week-old embryo doesn’t feel pain, and therefore its ok to kill it. I disagree, but i understand the logic. However, when a society openly condones the voilent strangling of a living, 32-week-old infant, it tells you something about that society- thats its bloodthirsty and cruel.

    Bottom line is, activly terminating life is always murder. When we start to blur the lines – even just a little- then thats when the moral slippery slope comes in. Small evils become great evils.


  10. so sad! thanks for posting the vid, I put a link to it on facebook.

    I hope this isn’t happening in my country – although late-term abortions already are, so I’m sure its not far off even if isn’t 🙁

  11. Dear Dody,

    I would like to chime in on this discussion. I probably won’t do justice to the subject. I would just like to ask you, do you think that a 10 week old (in the womb) baby is alive? If you do, shouldn’t you be willing to say so? I would highly recommend you watching a movie called Come What May. It is about a college student, studying to be a lawyer, who must decide if he is going to fight for life in a contest that he MUST win in order to return to the college he wants. It was made by some students from Patrick Henry College. It is very well done and clearly presents the case for life and standing firm on the truth.

    If you don’t think that a 10 week old baby is alive, I would like to give you an argument that was proposed in that movie.

    You, Dody, pick any time when you know the baby is alive. Any time.

    Now I am going to suppose that you picked 20 weeks, since you have said before that the baby is definetly alive then.

    Now, I ask you, was the baby alive the day before that? And the day before that?

    Hopefully you logically saw the baby was alive then. Life doesn’t happen incrementally. It is radical, and it only happens once in a human’s existence. At conception. Which means that a 10 week old baby is ALIVE. And we should fight to protect that baby just as much as we fight to defend the 20 week old baby.


    P.S. Here is a link to the scene I was taking my argument from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RndNVjZnQ6g Careful! the related videos are not from the movie I am referring to.

  12. *advocate against the early ones sorry….

    I am currently ill, so my mental faculties are not up to par.

  13. I see Perry that you are right. With an incremental approach you would lose moral high ground, but I would rather lose this and save more lives. You’re also right it is a slippery slope, that viable may be 15 weeks in a few years. May be in 50 years we will not even need a womb to grow children…the thought is both awe inspiring and frightening (frightening because how much are we playing God at that point?).

    I don’t think you are a raving fundamentalist. You are a convinced man with a passion for your beliefs. This is fine. At least you stand for something and do what you preach. You have definitely made me think about the abortion debate. I will advocate against late term abortions. I can’t advocate the early ones, because I don’t have a moving reason to (I don’t know enough about them honestly). I am an unbeliever, it’s true, but I do appreciate Christianity and what it has done over the years for this country. In peace, Dody

  14. Um… but what about “hate crimes?” Why would a gay man’s murder warrant more time in prison than someone murdering my husband might? *All* murder is wrong, even if the murdered person was immoral. (Exception, of course, for execution for convicted criminals of certain especially heinous offenses.)

    I know the argument goes that we might have aborted the cure for cancer discoverer or future president, etc. but IMO it shouldn’t matter. Let’s just pretend there were some prenatal test for criminal deviance in the unborn person… it would still be wrong to “terminate.”

    Kim and Perry, I have three autistic children. One is non-verbal. My child is not “worth” more or less than anyone else’s. I am sad that Sotomayor has been confirmed, but not particularly surprised. Dare I say it? No one wanted to vote against the first Latina put forth for the position.

    I am ashamed that my country is so racist, in attempts to not be so racist. (!!)

  15. This comment is so Kim can follow the discussion via email since Perry wrote the post.

  16. Dody I think our last two comments passed in cyberspace.

    I am glad we share substantial agreement on the issue of life.

    I do disagree with you on an incremental approach on this issue. By condoning some abortions we lose moral authority to criticize other abortions. If the arguments for life are not absolute then we have placed ourselves on the slippery slope that leads to Nazis death camps or Somali genocides. All life has value and this is true for all people at all times. I know I may sound like a raving fundamentalist to nonbelievers but I also know that the Bible teaches us that the “law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul” so while nonbelievers obviously don’t believe and they won’t like to hear Scripture it’s exactly what they need 🙂

  17. The saddest thing to me is the evil the Roe v. Wade unleashed. A halocaust against the unborn. Now, the woman identified by the alias “Roe” is now against abortion. Sadly, she is powerless to change the law. i

  18. My heart trembles in fear and trepidation when I think about the chastisement this nation will receive if we do not rush to repentance.

    In our family, we are diligently praying that God will raise up righteous men to stand up in this country! We are praying for the “7000” who will not bow the knee.

    Thank you for posting this video.

  19. This is one of the most heartbreaking things that I have ever seen. May this nation turn back to God. May God have mercy on this nation.

  20. There is a second reason for you to reconsider your position and that is that the “viability” argument is a slippery slope. It places us in the position of the Nazis who were deciding for all of Germany and much of Europe who was a viable human life.

    Just a few years ago it would have been inconceivable that we would call a baby viable at 23 weeks. I have a friend who worked an Army medical ward in the late 60s and they didn’t have babies ever that were earlier than 30 weeks. Now we consider them “viable” at 23 and 20-21 week preemies to survive are not at all uncommon – but many doctors want to let them die because they don’t consider them “viable”.

    My over all point is to urge you to reconsider your position of viabilty. Who knows where our medical science will move the bar to in the next decade. Will we have 15 week “viability”?

    If we have a fixed moral standard based on Jehovah God’s objective law then it won’t matter what the scientists call viable we won’t have blood on our hands.

  21. My arguments were ones you could use to reach non-Christians, or at least those that are not as devout. Baby steps are always better than none. I understand you position and respect it immensely. However, few in America could abide by that which you and your family does daily. It is better to save those 500 born alive than to save none at all right? My arguments would do at least that. I don’t like the situation either.

    From there saving them all would be one step closer.

    I do not advocate killing or with holding treatment for anyone already born or unborn, irregardless of their mental faculties. But this brings up an interesting question, what of those too poor for care? Our country regularly with holds basic care for breastfeeding mothers which may pass basic infections to their children through breast milk. What of the older person not quite old enough for social security? The one that must face starvation in order to afford medications to live?

    We too must think of these people. They have as much right to medical care as the unborn child brought to the is world too soon.

    Your family is blessed in that your Christian family provides for you. The Church and the Body of Christ gives to one another in love and compassion. My family is not. We have no such church family to help in our times of need. When I become ill, my son does. He goes to the doctor and receives treatment, but will continue to become ill so long as I do not get treatment. Oddly enough if they treat me, he requires no treatment to become better as antibiotics pass through my breast milk. What an enormous over sight in health care and child care this is.

    Thank you for sharing the video. I keep watching and crying. All those beautiful children. The child Rowan looked a little younger than my son at birth. My son’s head was the same, completely undeveloped with skull plates too small to cover his brain. I had never seen a child so undeveloped before and this frightened me. We brought him home on Easter this year, just a couple days after he was born. They gave him nothing to help him survive, he simply did. He finally looks like a normal 1 month old baby now. So, it really hits home seeing these children.

  22. I absolutely can’t stand it. I can’t get my head around it at all – why are people killing babies? Why are they killing babies at ALL, but more so babies who are born alive?! I just can’t understand it, and it just makes my heart feel clutched with cold. I’m rocking my 4-week-old baby boy as I type this, and I just can’t can’t can’t comprehend what people are doing out there in this world. It saddens and sickens me.

    This video moved me so much – horrified me, but also just opened my eyes to the extent of the problem. Thanks for posting it.

    I never comment here but always read. I think I last posted when I first discovered your blog when Perry was born! I had just had my 2nd baby and had not really heard of leaving the family planning to God before! Three years later, I have just had my fourth baby (God’s timing!) and we’re eager for God to bless us with more! Thanks for living out your lives for all to see, and giving glory to God! 🙂

  23. Sorry for the third comment, but this is the next reason they will use…

  24. Dody it makes me unbearably sad also.

    I urge you to reconsider your position on abortion. We must not go down the path of deciding who is viable and who is not. Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of Jehovah God. Here is a quote that Is relavant to the issue it was from an article my boss wrote on the Terri Schivao murder a few years ago, but is very applicable to the abortion question.

    2. Life, Personhood, and the Right to Life
    Human life is special and must be distinguished from animal life. It is special because it is soul-ish life made in the image of God. Life begins at conception and continues as long as the soul remains in the body. The Bible teaches that to be “absent from the body [is] to be present with the Lord” (II Corinthians 5:8). So-called “brain dead” men and women with functioning organs are very much alive, and their souls remain connected to their bodies. Science history is replete with numerous examples of individuals diagnosed as comatose, with minimal brain functions, who return to consciousness after many years. They never lost their souls or their personhood, and they were grateful that their lives were not terminated.

    Contrary to the teaching of pro-eugenics bio-ethicists, consciousness is not the criteria for life or for personhood. As long as a soul remains in the body, a human is “alive” and is a unique person worthy of respect and protection with the God-given right to life. The popular term “vegetable” and the medical term “vegetative state” are inappropriate, emotionally-charged verbiage designed to reduce the status of a human being to that of a plant in order to rob it of its personhood as a pretext for termination. After all, what could be wrong with killing a vegetable — i.e., a plant? However, to knowingly terminate the life of a living, soul-filled person by depriving him of basic care is to murder the individual, contrary to the Sixth Commandment.

    You can read the rest of the article here: http://www.visionforum.com/hottopics/newsletters/newsletter.aspx?id=03-30-05

  25. I would also like to add, that at 20 weeks it is usually hard to hide one is indeed pregnant and thus there is no expectation of privacy as complete strangers want to give belly rubs in my experience. :/

  26. You made me cry. Abortions should never be performed after the 20th week. My son was born, naturally at 34 weeks. At that late a period in time it is murder. Even at 28 weeks, it is murder. My mother lived after being born at 28 weeks. I do not make the distinction that all life that is terminated is murder. Perhaps I am wrong. However, if a child can feel pain, if a child has a chance, however slim, of surviving outside of the mother… that child is a person. Unborn children start to feel pain around 20 weeks.

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