Exclusive: How Technology Revolutionized The Abortion Debate – And Made Americans More Pro-Life

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In the age of the Internet, virtually any business or organization that shuns technological advances does so at its own peril. In some cases, however, a strong online presence serves an even higher purpose than protecting market share or increasing a company’s bottom line.

For those whose mission it is to protect the lives of the unborn, the Internet has provided a level playing field for the free exchange of ideas. This trend has correlated with surveys indicating that Americans in general are growing less supportive of abortion on demand.

Western Journalism recently spoke to officials involved in two leading pro-life groups who explained the benefits of sharing their message online. Online for Life President Brian Fisher has made it his mission to leverage the power of the Internet while Pro-Life Action League assistance communications director Matthew Yonke explained his organization utilizes technology to expand its reach.

“Prior to the expansion of digital communications,” Yonke said, “the Pro-Life Action League had to communicate through print and phone exclusively, and often by our National Director, Joe Scheidler, traveling across the country to meet with individual right-to-life groups to inspire more people to activism.”

He said that, while those techniques are still being employed across the nation, the Internet has allowed the organization to use its human resources more effectively while recruiting and equipping “hundreds of thousands more people to fight abortion through direct, grassroots activism and prayer presence at abortion clinics.”

In addition to the group’s website, Yonke stressed the importance of social media sites, which he said plays a significant role “both in sharing the kind of activism we’re doing with the world and in allowing people to reach out to us for help getting involved.”

Fisher echoed Yonke’s sentiment regarding the potential for social impact the Internet provides those in the pro-life movement, recalling the motivation behind creating Online for Life.

“There are over two million Internet searches a month in the U.S. for abortion-related terms,” he explained, “so we just determined many hurting women were using the Internet to find abortion options or just information.”

He too touted social media, calling sites like Facebook “probably our strongest way to connect with like-minded communities.”

With hundreds of thousands of Facebook users interacting with his group, he said his is “the most active pro-life social community in the world.”

By taking feedback seriously and encouraging that interaction, he said the group has been able to extend its influence and partner with many other groups.

Another unique aspect of a strong online presence, Fisher noted, is the promise of “virtually instant feedback.”

He described the organization’s leadership as “data junkies,” individuals from the private sector interested in quick results and open to trying new approaches based on the data they receive.

“That knowledge helps us to improve our outreach over time,” he said.

Pro-Life Action League offers links to a litany of other groups with an online presence, signaling a level of partnership unimaginable prior to the Internet.

“It certainly is easier to work together with other organizations these days,” Yonke acknowledged. “For example, the Pro-Life Action League collaborated with dozens of other pro-life and pro-religious freedom groups on our ‘Stand Up for Religious Freedom’ rallies against the [Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate] in 2012. Almost all of the work that went into rallying hundreds of thousands of people to nationwide rallies in hundreds of cities was organized from our offices here in Chicago.”

If not for the Internet, he insisted, “that kind of collaboration would have been impossible.”

While technology’s inherent democracy does not specifically favor the pro-life position, Yonke explained that it does make it easier to combat the misleading rhetoric emanating from the pro-abortion camp.

“Certainly the expanded reach technology has given us has made it harder for pro-abortion forces to push their obfuscations like claiming a baby in the womb being ‘just a blob of tissue,’” he said. “Ultrasound photos and in-utero photography can now be easily shared, as well as photos of abortion’s victims, which are easily available on pro-life websites including the Pro-Life Action League’s site.”

Both men recognized a shift toward the pro-life position among Americans, a trend documented in the results of several recent surveys. Furthermore, they predict the nation will continue to grow wearier of the permissive attitude toward killing the unborn.

“Young people becoming adults these days have grown up under the threat of legal abortion,” Yonke said. “They know that many of their peers, classmates, and siblings have not made it out of their mother’s womb alive, and I think that affects the way they think about the issue.”

Fisher agreed, forecasting his belief that “we will see abortion become unthinkable and unavailable in our lifetimes.”

He concluded that there exists “a convergence of science, medicine, cultural opinion, and logic, and that convergence will lead to the end of this terrible blight on America’s history.”

In the meantime, however, Yonke and Fisher stress the importance of pro-life Americans to remain active in their communities and beyond, using technology to amplify their voices.

“You can help spread the pro-life message online in lots of ways,” Yonke said. “Post pro-life news stories on your Facebook, Twitter, blog or other social media sites – particularly helpful stories that expose the depravity of the abortion business or the help available for women in difficult pregnancies.”

Additionally, he noted that Pro-Life Action League – as well as most other related organizations – offers an email list with the latest news affecting the nation’s abortion policy.

“Get email alerts from your local pro-life/pro-family lobbying organization so you are alerted when you can make an important phone call to your legislator that can make a huge impact on the laws of our land.”

He encouraged advocates, however, to share their convictions in a loving way without making accusations or moral judgments.

“Pro-abortion people are not our enemy,” he concluded. “They’re children of God who are wrong about this issue but nevertheless deserve to be treated with the kind of love Jesus showed to all people in His earthly ministry.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom

A Man Made A Shocking Discovery About ISIS In America, But What Happened Next Is Unbelievable

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So, you’ve dropped into a Houston, TX deli for a little lunch; and you spot a guy in front of you wearing full Islamic attire with what appears to be the ISIS emblem on the front and back. You subtly take a few pictures. Then you post them on facebook, only to have them removed for supposedly depicting “graphic violence.”

Your facebook page, “Tactical Advantage,” is then flagged because the cover photo of you and your family violates the social media site’s “nudity” policy…even though no one in the picture is anywhere close to naked.

That’s reportedly what happened to an observant facebook user named “Mike,” who has since republished the photos of the apparent ISIS follower/supporter he spotted in Houston. You can see the main one here:

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According to madworldnews.com, Mike has also turned over his pictures to the FBI.

While President Obama denies ISIS is any threat to America, ISIS has repeatedly encouraged followers to cross over the Southern border to infiltrate U.S. cities.

Reports of ISIS in Ciudad Juarez on the Mexico-U.S. border have recently surfaced, which puts the insurgents only 8 miles from El Paso, Texas. This revelation proves even more threatening with photos of supporters in Ferguson, Chicago, and now Houston.

Newsmax.com recently posted a piece about the presence of ISIS supporters and recruiters in America, some of whom have reportedly entered the country by sneaking across the porous southern border.

Islamic State (ISIS) cells are already in the United States, and some of them have entered by crossing the Mexican border says former CIA agent Bob Baer.

Baer told CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on Tuesday that people working in intelligence-gathering have told him they don’t know what ISIS members’ plans are, but “it’s a definite concern.

“People who do this for a living are very alarmed,” Baer said.

Other ISIS members are American citizens who have been to Syria and have returned, he said. While intelligence agencies are aware of some of the people they suspect of being ISIS members and are working to gather evidence to apprehend them, they fear there are more that they don’t know about.

 

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Police Cite and Fine Woman For Misinterpreted Facebook Post

Most social media users understand that whatever they post publicly online is available to anyone with a desire to view it. What some might not consider, though, is that those potential viewers include law enforcement personnel who can use your words against you – even if they are taken out of context.

A Will County, Ill. resident found this out recently after adding to a Facebook conversation regarding a local dog park. Commenters complained pets were getting sick after visiting Whalon Lake Dog Park; and in response, the resident expressed her relief that she had not exposed her dog to the threat.

In hindsight, she admits her wording was a bit clumsy; however, the intention of her comment should be fairly clear.

“I was feeling bad that I haven’t bought a pass and been bringing Ginger there but I’m pretty glad I haven’t,” she wrote.

What she meant was that she had not used the park at all. The Will County forest preserve police department, however, took her message to mean that she had taken her dog to the park without a license and quickly responded by mailing her a citation.

It is unclear why they thought she would be “pretty glad” that she had exposed her pet to a potential illness – whether with or without a park license. Nevertheless, she found the citation in her mailbox, telling a local reporter that she was “shocked and confused” to receive it.

Officers, however, are defending their method of acting based on nebulous social media entries alone.

“We did issue a citation to a woman based on her Facebook post,” said department spokesperson Cindy Cain. “The only reason we were monitoring the group is because of the complaints of kennel cough. When we saw her post about visiting the dog park without buying a permit, it was our responsibility to respond.”

Now the woman will be forced to go to court if she hopes to contest the outrageous citation, Cain explained.

County forest preserve officials, including its president and at least one commissioner, however, reportedly disagree with the tactic and do not believe officers should rely on Facebook posts as the sole basis of issuing citations.

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You Won’t Believe What Facebook Did To This Fox News Reporter’s Pro-Bundy Post

Countless conservative Facebook users have complained the social media site limits their ability to post politically incorrect comments, even when such posts in no way violate stated rules. While the credibility of such allegations can easily be called into question by leftist naysayers, occasionally, high-profile accounts are subjected to the same censorship.

Such was apparently the case for author and Fox News personality Todd Starnes. In a recent report, he detailed his personal experience upon attempting to publish a post decrying the Bureau of Land Management’s behavior during the recent standoff on the Bundy Ranch.

He included the text of his post, which included no profanity, threats, or any other unacceptable language. Nevertheless, Starnes said Facebook administrators removed it.

“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.”

The above post includes a jab at Republican Jeb Bush, who recently used “an act of love” to describe the motivation of many illegal immigrants. After attracting interaction from thousands of fellow Facebook users, Starnes wrote that he received a blunt message from the site regarding why the post was taken down.

“We removed something your page posted. We removed the post below because it doesn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards.”

Understandably confused, Starnes tried to contact administrators and, as of his report, had yet to receive a response.

“I reached out to Facebook to find out which part of the message violated their standards,” he wrote. “Never heard back. I suspect I should’ve used the term ‘illegal alien cows.’”

Outrageously, he said this is just another in a long series of posts Facebook has deemed unworthy of publication. He said he has been “banished blocked and censored” for opinion on issues including “Chick-fil-A, God, the Bible, Paula Deen, Cracker Barrel rocking chairs, sweet tea, Jesus, the Gaither Vocal Band, the Gideons, the National Rifle Association, and June Bugs.”

Facebook apparently finds such topics objectionable, which Starnes admits is its right as a private company. Unfortunately, the same vigilance is demonstrably missing in dealing with truly disgusting content. A quick search of the site can produce a multitude of disturbing pages, including one page simply called “RapeVan.”

It’s most recent status update, by the way, is “RAPE RAPE RAPE.”

Facebook allows users to report content they find distasteful. Conservatives, who generally support the right to free speech even when they disagree with it, are obviously less likely to report other users than are notoriously intolerant leftist activists.

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Disgusting: Facebook Wants Underage Teens To Become Online Webcam Models

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