What Happened When A 16-Year-Old And His Pregnant Girlfriend Went To Abortion Clinic Is Going Viral

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A four-sentence story, along with a picture of a child whose teenage parents chose life, has gone viral.

Over 720,000 have “liked” the posting on the popular Facebook photo blog Humans of New York, which reads:

“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and everything. Then right before we were called back, we looked at each other, and said: ‘Let’s get out of here.’”

“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and…

Posted by Humans of New York on Monday, July 20, 2015

The posting has also prompted nearly 10,000 comments; many of them consist of people sharing their stories of choosing life over abortion. Here is a sampling:

“*standing ovation* that’s what I call ‘courage.’” – Caroline

“My first child is adopted and she’s almost 3 months old. Her birth mom is one of the bravest people I know and she had made two appointments to go to an abortion clinic, but the both times she couldn’t go through with it. I’m forever grateful to her for giving us what we struggled for years to have.” – Erica.

“I was 16 and pregnant and also went to an abortion clinic. They did an ultrasound and turned the screen away from me. The doctor said I wasn’t allowed to see because it might make me change my mind. I started crying, sat up and said, “I think I just did, I’m keeping my baby.” Now my son is almost 9 years old, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.” – Daf

“October 16, 2000 will be a day I will never forget. I didn’t have the courage to walk out. Evan Alexander would have been 14. It took God a long time to heal my guilt and shame. Praying for you guys and your journey. Looking forward to holding my baby in heaven someday.” – Julie

“My then boyfriend, now husband and I did the same thing. I was on my way to the consultation appointment to abort and he called me as I walked out of my parents house and asked if I left yet. I told him no, and he said “don’t!” He heard a song on the radio on his way. A song that played at his aunt’s funeral. He said it was a sign that we need to keep the baby. I don’t think I have ever been more relieved in my life, then I was the moment I called the office and said I wouldn’t be coming in. Now she is 6 years old and we have a 3 year old boy and another little girl that will be born any day now. We are going strong ( going on 10 years) and we love our children with all of our hearts!” – Amanda

“Never heard of a woman who regretted not having an abortion.” – Christina

Perhaps, the recently released videos implicating Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the nation, in the sale of aborted babies’ body parts has made the story of this young New York couple choosing life resonate all the more.

President Ronald Reagan recognized that the practice of abortion was not consistent with the nation’s founding beliefs and issued a proclamation to highlight the problem. In it, he followed the same reasoning President Abraham Lincoln used when he pointed out the Supreme Court’s error of not recognizing the personhood of Americans of African descent in the Dred Scott case.

Reagan stated: “America has given a great gift to the world, a gift that drew upon the accumulated wisdom derived from centuries of experiments in self-government.” “Our gift is twofold,” he continued, “the declaration, as a cardinal principle of all just law, of the God-given, unalienable rights possessed by every human being; and the example of our determination to secure those rights and to defend them against every challenge through the generations.”

He noted that one of those inalienable rights, “as the Declaration of Independence affirms so eloquently, is the right to life.” He highlighted the “tragic and unspeakable results” since the decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973 – the loss of tens of millions of unborn lives. The decision, the president wrote, thus cheapened the nation’s respect for human life.

Based on these observations, the proclamation closed: “I, Ronald Reagan…do hereby proclaim and declare the unalienable personhood of every American, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.” Then, borrowing directly from the Emancipation Proclamation, he wrote: “‘Upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.’”

h/t: The Blaze and Life Action News

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Cruz Goes On Fox News, Drops This Incredible Truth Bomb On ‘Washington Cartel’ And Trump

While some in the Republican presidential primary field have trashed Donald Trump for his controversial remarks on issues like immigration, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz explained in a recent interview that he was observing his party’s 11th commandment.

Often cited by Ronald Reagan, Republicans obeying the rule agree to never “speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

It is not only party unity, Cruz told Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity Wednesday, that keeps him from criticizing Trump.

“He’s a friend of mine,” he said of the real estate tycoon. “He and I have sat down and visited many, many times.”

As for the attention – both positive and negative – his comments have received, Cruz chalked it up to Trump’s willingness to address uncomfortable truths.

“And he’s taking on the Washington cartel,” he added.

Cruz went on to charge that several others in the primary field are not so open to hearing a conservative immigration message.

Trump has focused on “illegal immigration and sanctuary cities” in recent speeches, Cruz explained, adding that “a great many of the candidates in 2016 for the Republican nomination have been vocal aggressive advocates of amnesty.”

On this issue, he pointed out, both he and Trump represent the field’s minority.

“When we come to the first debates in a couple of weeks,” he asserted, “I’m going to be one of the very few major candidates on that stage who has never embraced amnesty.”

Instead of throwing stones at a fellow GOP candidate, Cruz said he would prefer to focus on real proposals to address our immigration problem, including his plan to strip federal funding from sanctuary cities and impose a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for anyone convicted of illegal re-entry into the U.S.

Is Trump right on immigration? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH How Ronald Reagan Managed To Soothe Chattanooga Mourners From Beyond The Grave Like Only He Could

Sometimes even the distance of time cannot stop words from maintaining their relevance.

Thursday night, as the citizens of Chattanooga gathered to remember the four Marines slain by a senseless acts of violence, one church played the words President Ronald Reagan spoke at a Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in November 1985.

At that service, Reagan said:

Sometime back, I received in the name of our country the bodies of four Marines who had died while on active duty…

When they died, they gave up two lives: the one they were living, and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their country, and for us. And all we can do is remember.

The Times Free Press reports that multiple congregations had prayer services in Chattanooga last night. Charles Holloway, a resident, said he came to church that day because he believed in prayer.

“We have to pray for our enemies,” he said. “You hear about terrorism in big cities, but in a small city like Chattanooga it’s very surprising. Most people believed it couldn’t happen here.”

Perhaps the moment President Reagan is most remembered for as the nation’s comforter-in-chief was following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.

He want on national television from the Oval Office and said, in part:

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we’re thinking about you so very much. Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that special spirit that says, “Give me a challenge, and I’ll meet it with joy.” They had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to serve, and they did. They served all of us…

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s take-off. I know it’s hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them…

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to “touch the face of God.”

To the grieving loved ones of the four Marines killed in Chattanooga, Reagan would surely say that our duty is to remember, with gratitude, the lives they lived and the service they gave to our nation.

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WATCH This Repub Get Physically Silenced On Camera By Dem Who Doesn’t Like What He Says

A California Republican assemblyman was shocked on Wednesday, when the Democrat chair of the Labor and Employment Committee not only cut off debate on a proposed new minimum wage law, but also ordered his microphone to be physically removed.

The proposed Senate Bill 3 would raise California’s minimum wage in stages from $9 to $13 in 2017, and then generate automatic increases based on the inflation rate. The state’s two largest cities, San Francisco and Los Angeles, recently passed measures that will ultimately increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach (just south of Los Angeles), told The Blaze that Democratic chair Rodger Hernández called an end to debate while a witness was mid-sentence in testifying before the committee on the effects of raising the minimum wage.

“At this time, I’m going to call the vote,” Hernández stated twice over protest. Harper indicated to the chair that he had remarks he would like to make.

“At this time, I’m calling the vote,” Hernández reiterated.

“You are cutting off [debate]?” said Harper. “That’s totally inappropriate.”

“You’re inappropriate and out of order!” replied the chairman. “Madam secretary, call the vote.”

The measure passed committee in a 5-2 party line vote.

Hernández turned to Harper after the vote and said: “You can’t be yelling in this committee like that.” (The video clearly shows Harper was not yelling.)

“Mr. Chairman, the cutoff of debate is completely embarrassing and inappropriate and shows you how [the minimum wage law] is being rammed through the state of California,” Harper responded.

Hernández then reached over to turn off Harper’s mic.

“Sergeants, please remove the mic,” he instructed. “Please remove the mic. You’re yelling. You are out of order. You have not been recognized.”

When the sergeant hesitated, Hernández stated forcefully: “I’m running the meeting,” and the sergeant removed the microphone.

Reports of the incident reached Democrat Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, later that day, prompting him to intervene.

Atkins spokesman John Casey wrote in an e-mail to the Sacramento Bee that Hernández “acknowledged his oversight to Mr. Harper and expressed regret.” Casey added:

The Speaker believes that all members of the Assembly have the right to ask questions and voice their opinions on legislative matters while in committee and on the floor…The Speaker doesn’t expect any similar incidents to occur going forward.

In a statement, Harper said:

Blocking discussion in this manner is unfair, undemocratic and soils the decorum of the Assembly. I was sent here to represent the concerns of the voters of my district and chairman Hernández shut down my ability to speak for who I represent.

Our state’s underemployment rate is overwhelming and the bill being rammed through our committee would make it harder to hire. We are sent here to debate policy that impacts the lives of Californians, not shut down dissenting points of view.

The chair’s actions were offensive and disrespectful today, not just to me, but to Californians who want jobs and deserve to know the impacts policy will have on their chances of employment. The good people of the San Gabriel Valley deserve better from their representative and Californians as a whole deserve more from those who serve them.

As reported by Western Journalism, early indicators suggest that when Seattle became the first city to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour, it did not yield all the positive benefits City Hall intended. Among the unintended consequences were restaurant closures, fewer hours and benefits, and fewer employees.

Former California Governor Ronald Reagan had a similar experience as Assemblyman Harper, with his microphone being cut off during a presidential debate in 1980. Reagan asked to make an announcement before the debate began, indicating he had been promised the opportunity to do so. His campaign had underwritten the entire cost the debate in New Hampshire–when the other candidates declined to contribute.

The debate moderator replied: “Would the sound man please turn Mr. Reagan’s microphone off,” prompting the candidate to say with indignation that “I am paying for this microphone!” Reagan’s response drew roars of approval from the crowd and a standing ovation from even some of the other candidates on stage. Many observers saw it as a defining moment in his campaign for the presidency.

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Ronald Reagan On American Courage – Happy 4th Of July!

Today, we celebrate. Freedom, fireworks, meat… ‘Merica. It’s the 4th of July!

It’s on this day that we remember our heritage, our founders, those brave men and women of the very first Tea Party who stood and said “No!” to unrepresented taxation, “No!” to state religion, and “Yes!” to independence. Theirs is a courage that has grown into an American legacy of peace through strength and laid the foundation for both the greatest fighting force and peacekeeping entity the world has ever seen.

In honor of this most American of holidays, we give you the ever-inspirational President Reagan. Happy 4th of July, everyone!

This is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face. Their policy of accommodation is appeasement…

If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin? Should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the Pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the Patriots at Concord have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the first shot heard round the world?

You and I have the courage to say there is a price we will not pay. There is a point beyond which they must not advance… you and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope on earth.

Also, here’s a stern eagle. ‘Merica.

4th of July

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