The thing is, even a choice not to act has consequences. And as Christians, if the country becomes completely godless because of the church's inaction, do you think we will be rewarded for that? Do you think we can escape responsibility? I don't believe we can. Unless we are actively fighting against evil, we are complicit in it. When God judges our nation by giving us over to our own choices, don't we have some part in that judgement, in bringing the nation to this place by doing nothing when we might have tried to prevent it but remained silent? Our hands will not be clean.
(Some people seem to be having trouble with the link, so I linked to a Tweet wth the link instead because clicking through that way seems to work.Click through my tweet here.Oh, technology.
It was a little over a year ago now that I sat down and actually watched one of the videos from the Center For Medical Progress. Up to that point I had just read articles about the videos, describing the callous behavior and illegal actions of Planned Parenthood officials.
Head over to the Save The Storks blog to read about the one thing you should know before you offer to volunteer at your local pregnancy center!
“So are you done?”
Before I even start this post, I should say that I am in favor of vaccines. There are a lot of diseases that people still die from all over the world that are virtually eradicated here because of vaccines. We are getting Wyatt vaccinated (though we are also following an alternate vaccine schedule). This post is for those who have decided to vaccinate their children – if you are not getting your kids vaccinated, this information doesn’t really apply for you.
Last week my blog friend Katy directed me toward some information about certain vaccines that I was not aware of, and I feel like I need to pass it on.
First, a little bit about vaccines (I’m sure you all know this already, but stick with me). Vaccines contain a deadened form of pathogens that cause certain illnesses. When your body is exposed to these pathogen, it will create antibodies against the pathogen. Because the pathogen is already weakened or dead, it won’t cause you to contract the disease through the vaccine, but if you are ever exposed to the real thing, your body will already have everything it needs to fight it off.
Now, for diseases caused by bacteria, they can just obtain the bacteria by culturing them directly, but for diseases caused by viruses it’s a little more complicated. Viruses do not reproduce on their own – they need to grow inside living cells in order to reproduce. So in order to produce a vaccine for viral diseases, they need living cells to be able to grow the virus and produce the vaccine. Typically they use animal cells, like cells from chick embryos or monkey kidneys.
But what I wasn’t aware of is that they also sometimes use cells from cell lines that originally came from aborted human babies.
Please read this article for a more detailed explanation and for a list of vaccine brands that use fetal cells, as well as a list of alternative vaccine brands that do not use fetal cells: Vaccines, Abortion, and Fetal Tissue, Right To Life Michigan.
I am pro-life. I believe life begins from the moment that the sperm and egg meet, and it is sacred in whatever stage of development. It is horrifying to me that the medical community would take advantage of the victims of something as awful as abortion for research purposes. Even worse are the companies that use aborted children to test food products on, which you can read about here and here.
To say I was disturbed would be an understatement. I did some of my own research into the subject, and the more I researched the more I realized how wide-spread this kind of experimentation is. It’s enough to make me just wish I didn’t know. I feel like the life issue is my issue, something I can get passionate about. And maybe I was naïve before, but I never realized how much this kind of thing goes on. It’s so hard to care so much sometimes.
Thankfully I called my doctor’s office to find out what brands of vaccines they use, and they do use the non-fetal-cell alternatives where possible. Unfortunately there are a few vaccines that do not have an FDA-approved alternative, and therefore there is no non-fetal-cell alternative for them in the US (the Rubella (MMR), Varicella (chickenpox), and Hep A vaccines do not have ethical alternatives in the US).
I’m going to be honest and say that I’m still undecided on what to do about the MMR vaccine since there is no other alternative in the United States, but Derek and I will seek out non-fetal-cell alternatives wherever possible. I’ve just been spending the past week praying about what to do on this issue.
I have nothing more to say about this right now (to be honest even thinking about it stresses me out), but I wanted to give you all the information so that you can find the non-fetal-cell vaccines for your kids where possible, and so that you can make up your own mind about the vaccines that do not have non-fetal alternatives. I hesitate to post this, because I know how much this information has tormented me, but I felt you all had a right to know.
Senator Ralph Shortey introduced a bill in an attempt to ban fetal-cell research in developing food products earlier this year, and he received a lot of grief over it. To send him a note of support you can click here, especially if you live in Oklahoma.
Just a few things this Friday . . .
For all of you who are looking for the next installment of my homeschooling story, I decided not to post it today. I know I’ve been doing some pretty involved posts this week, so I figured we all needed a bit of a break going into the weekend. If you haven’t checked out the Urechek’s missionary story, please go check that out! The next homeschooling post will be up next week.
Okay, I take that back – one more serious thing. Were you all aware that 40 Days For Life is going on right now? It’s a peaceful vigil going on in front of abortion clinics across the country, where pro-life people are gathering to pray for an end to abortion. I would love to participate in this someday, but since I can’t this year (it would just be too hard with a one year old), I’ve been keeping up with the 40 Days For Life blog.
If you are pro-life, you must check this blog out! They post encouraging thoughts and stories for each day of the vigil, and it’s amazing how many babies have already been saved through this event. The posts are hopeful, which is something I crave when it comes to this topic – abortion is such a tragedy, and to hear of lives that are spared from that is so encouraging.
I feel so productive this week.
This week . . .
-I started and finished a book within a couple days. I can’t even tell you how long it’s been since I’ve done that. . .
-I made lemon truffles that I found on Pinterest (they did not turn out, and I’m not sure what went wrong) . . .
-I painted our upstairs spare bedroom, cleaned it out, re-organized and decorated it . . .
-I cleaned out the downstairs closet so that we can now move Harvey’s kennel down there (instead of leaving it in my newly fabulous spare room) . . .
-I finally caught up on laundry, ironed a few of Derek’s work shirts . . .
- And I took my sister out to get her nails done before the wedding this Saturday.
All of this in between taking care of my boy and hanging out with my hubby in the evenings! I kind of feel like Superwoman this week.
That is, I felt like Superwoman until I got home from our girl’s day yesterday and crashed on the couch. Then I made fudge, watched and couple episodes of Full House, and just played with Wyatt a bit. Oh, and I wrote this post. I felt like I needed to go to bed, and it was only 5:00 PM.
Wyatt is pulling himself up on everything, and he started walking along furniture! In the last couple weeks he has also finally decided that baths aren’t so bad. I think it’s because we switched him to the big tub. He still fusses a bit when we first put him in, but then he starts splashing and laughing . . . it’s so cute!
As you can tell in the picture, he’s also been doing this funny tongue-roll thing.
Have I mentioned that I have the cutest little guy in the world?
I found this quote a while back:
So true. I’m pretty sure mine really is the cutest though.
But you all are allowed to think yours are the cutest too . . . as it should be!
That’s pretty much it. I have some other things going on that are stressing me out a little, and that I’d rather not go into on this blog. Just say a little prayer for me if you think of it?
(I just can’t end on six . . .)
I only mention number six because I know you all will say a prayer for me – my blog readers are all so supportive! I always hear about these nasty comments that other people get on their blogs, but I’ve honestly never got a nasty comment on here – and that’s because all of you are so great! Glad to be navigating this crazy blog world with all of you on board!
Okay, that’s really it now.
She and her husband participated in the Walk For Life to support their local pregnancy center this year, and someone had left her a (anonymous) comment on a previous post about how they think that pregnancy centers help people to choose life for their babies and then drop them like a hot potato with no follow-up care.
Katy wrote a very mature and well thought-out response showing how many resources these pregnancy centers do offer to mothers who need them. I hope you'll take time to read it and give her a little encouragement for speaking out on behalf of unborn babies!
The pro-life movement has always been close to my heart, but especially since having my own baby, and seeing him on the ultrasound, watching him grow - it breaks my heart to think of these babies that never get a chance to live, and to think of the pain of the women who I know regret the decision to end their babies' lives.
I hope you'll also consider giving a donation to help your local pregnancy center in light of the Walk for Life events, and if you want to you can donate at Katy and Jason's fundraising page as well - even if it's just five bucks, I know they'd appreciate it! You may have missed out on the Walk for Life this year (like me), but you can still make a difference.