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Beyond the lies and talking points, abortion is nothing more than a sexual safety valve

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My body, my choice. A woman’s right to choose. Planned Parenthood. Reproductive health. Family planning. Pro-choice. Safe, legal and rare. Bans off our bodies.

These phrases are just wordplay. They’re marketing messages. Every single one is cynical, illogical and useless in an honest conversation about abortion.

Why even have the conversation? Because modern abortion on demand is built on lies and talking points. Isn’t it past time for honesty about a “right” that isn’t, yet was created to enable sexual freedom without consequences?

The lie

In 1973, Roe v. Wade proponents assured us that abortion would be “safe, legal and rare.” Rare as in a million abortions per year, plus or minus a few hundred thousand? Rare as in 62,502,904 abortions since 1973? These numbers are not from a pro-life source; they’re from the Guttmacher Institute—and the CDC.

What about rape and incest victims?

According to a 2004 Guttmacher Institute study, the percentage of women who said they were seeking an abortion after being raped was one percent. Those seeking abortion as a result of incest was .05 percent. The study also found that these numbers hadn’t changed appreciably between 1987-2004.

The reason

Why do most women have abortions? They don’t do it for their health. They do it for their freedom. When asked why they wanted an abortion by the Guttmacher Institute, the number one reason was that, “Having a baby would dramatically change my life.”

Why do women use Planned Parenthood? According to Planned Parenthood’s own 2019-2020 Annual Report, 96.9 percent of pregnant women use their services to get an abortion. 0.7 percent seek adoption referrals, and 2.4 percent go for some form of prenatal care.

The truth is that most women who abort their pregnancies do so not for family planning, not for their reproductive health, and not to show the world that they are in control of their bodies and their choices.

Most use abortion as safety valves for their sexual freedom.

Before Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court’s legal gymnastics and creation of the aforementioned nonexistent right out of thin air, American men and women had children because they would change their lives. Children were built-in to the marriage arrangement. And if a couple decided not to have children, there was effective birth control. Pregnancies were prevented, so babies wouldn’t be aborted.

The revolution

Prior to the sexual revolution, pregnancy and children were seen as normal and genuine family planning. Yet as in any revolution, norms were discarded, so that so-called freedoms could be enjoyed without consequences.

My body, my choice is a legitimate right. Legally and constitutionally, we choose with whom we have sexual relations. Rare instances of rape and incest aside, once we choose, we’re responsible for the consequences of our sexual choices.

Here’s the abortion delusion: An unborn baby is only a baby, if he or she is wanted. Desire, not reality, is the deciding factor that determines one’s humanity.

In reality, our control over our bodies does not include control over others’ bodies. Morally, we have no right to kill our unborn. Their bodies are theirs, not ours.

If and when conception occurs, a new life begins, and another human being’s body becomes part of a new equation. He or she too has a right to life. Sadly, thanks to Roe v. Wade, this right has been stripped away to make room for selfish sexual freedom.

Here’s the dilemma: When it comes to choice, sexual freedom is incompatible with the sanctity of human life. We are free to choose how we live sexually. We are not free to choose whether another lives or dies based on our convenience.

The war

Attorney General Merrick Garland just held a press conference to announce his Justice Department’s lawsuit against Texas and its “heartbeat law.” He said the law makes it too risky for abortion clinics to operate. He said nothing about it helping to make life less risky for a virtually unprotected people group. Garland bases his lawsuit on the assertion that the Texas law violates the nonexistent constitutional “right” to abortion.

To explain, this phantom right to abort one’s pregnancy was created by the Supreme Court for their majority ruling on Roe v. Wade. The court based their decision on a contortion, alteration and expansion of the rights to privacy in the Constitution.

This creation of a woman’s right to abort her pregnancy in the name of privacy is a pivot point at which sexual freedom goes beyond choice to dehumanize human life.

In truth, Texas did what other states should do. They enacted commonsense legislation that provides unborn babies some level of protection. Their heartbeat law protects an unprotected people group against those who believe the lie that a fetus isn’t a person and that their freedom is more important than someone else’s life.

The Texas law also provides a check on an industry that values profit over people. President Biden and his party’s outrage against legislation that values life and seeks to protect it is proof positive of the efficacy of nearly fifty years of damnable lies and tissue-thin talking points.

It’s high time we as a nation of rights and freedoms extend those rights and freedoms to those who have little or no protection or recourse.

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Patrick grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in journalism and advertising. His undergraduate degree is in English and photography. He served six years in the U.S. Navy where his life was changed forever by the Lord Jesus Christ. He lives in the Sierra Nevada of Northern California with his wife, dog and two cats. He enjoys hiking and cycling, taking pictures, writing and blogging at https://luscri.com/



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A Declaration of War, Long in the Making

Leftist factions within the U.S. would like to bring it down and burn the entire country to the ground

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With all that’s going on in America right now, it would be easy for those of us who love this country to throw up our hands in despair. There is another way, however, to view what is happening.

Unquestionably, the nationwide protest following the 2020 tragedy in Minneapolis spiraled out of control and become something else. It was not spontaneous, however, it was crafted. In city after city, organized campaigns to commit violence in the guise of protesting police brutality, required weeks, if not months, of planning.

Three Distinct Groups

Those in the streets represent three different groups. First were peaceful, lawful protesters who had a legal right to march. Second were violent anarchist types, mainly composed of Leftists seeking to foment violence in American cities. We’ll come back to this group in a moment.

Third were your neighborhood looters, not necessarily organized, but those who actually enjoy smashing in storefronts and taking whatever expensive goods that they can, when the opportunity arises. These garden variety-type looters, while harmful to America, are not on the same plane as the committed anarchists.

The war that Leftists have chosen to wage on America has been brewing for many decades, and only coming to a head in the 21st century. Rather than lament the sad state of affairs, we can view what is unfolding in a different light.

Exposed Their True Agenda

Those perpetrating violence, theft, and destruction of property have thoroughly exposed themselves and their aims for everyone to see. The cat is completely out of the bag. There can be no mistake that such factions within the U.S. would like to bring it down and burn the entire country to the ground. Concurrently, the Biden administration will do nothing to vanquish Leftist marauders.

The planning and effort last year needed to perpetrate such mayhem costs multi-millions of dollars. Think of it, across the U.S. all of the trucks required where bricks were carefully collected, transported, unloaded, and assembled in neat piles. Such efforts took considerable planning. As seen in Kansas City, Dallas, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and countless other cities, those days represented a looter’s paradise.

The rioters, piggybacking off of the peaceful protesters, and the looters that they knew would be forthcoming, have an intricate network in place. And, mind you, this will not be their last major show. They know the press will cover for them and they know Biden will do nothing. They’re waiting for the opportunity to unload on our nation, or they will ‘create’ the ‘opportunity.’

The Commitment to Win

Today, at the least, anyone with functioning cognitive capability can understand that unless municipalities commit to arresting the ringleaders of such violence and publicly prosecuting them, local government unwittingly indicates that it’s okay to foment violence, that anarchy works, and that no one in authority will resist.

So, take heed. This revolution has been long in the making. Like it or not, we are at war internally. The war might last years or it might last decades. Regardless of how long it takes, we must resolve to win.

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Work-life Balance, Integration, and Harmony: Essential for Well-Being

Those who feel like they have work-life balance are better off than those who might actually have it but don’t perceive themselves to have it

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Organizations everywhere proudly proclaim that their people are their most important assets. Human resource departments, populated by human resource specialists, are assembled to ensure that the best people are brought on board, given the training and education that they need to be successful, and have an array of competitive benefits.

Over the years, however, as I speak at conferences and conventions, in person or online, it has become quite clear that while organizations proclaim that the work-life balance of their human resources is important, actually it is given short shrift.

Many times, when I’ve been booked to give a presentation or workshop on attaining work-life balance, integration, and harmony — and delivered more than 1060 of them — my session was scheduled by the host organization merely to placate attendees. These staff people then go back to an oppressive work environment, hoping for some type of respite as the weeks progress.

Misery Leaves Clue

What are some of the hallmarks of a workforce not in balance?  For one, credit card debt per capita remains high, meaning that people are spending more than they’re earning. If they had sufficient funds to pay off their credit cards, and avoid the exorbitant interest, most surely would.

Our workforce is gaining weight, which one might imply means that they have no time to exercise. Most people do have time to exercise but they choose not to, instead indulging in activities that require only armchair-related movement.

Perhaps worst of all, the reliance on chemicals – in liquid or pill form – is at alarming levels. Generally speaking, individuals who achieve a sense of work-life balance don’t need to pop pills for this and that.

Carve Out Space and Time

If your organization values work-life balance, you are fortunate. Whether or not that is the case, here are a few strategies, out of dozens, from my book Breathing Space. These strategies will help you to carve out a little space and time for yourself, if not every day, then at least several times per week:

1) Arrive at your workplace early. Don’t leave home at the last minute required to arrive on time. Depart 10 or 15 minutes earlier, even if not necessary. Why? When you arrive earlier than usual, you have a chance to center yourself, reflect on the day ahead, and make small changes to your immediate environment.

All things being equal, the employee who arrives even five minutes early has a better chance of starting the day more focused than the employee who arrives with only a minute to spare.

2) Is it tough for you to eat breakfast at seven and last ‘til lunch at 12, with nothing in between? If so, bring healthy snacks so that you can take that break as needed and maintain your blood sugar level. Otherwise, you might have a craving for the kinds of foods that you don’t need: highly sugared, salted, or fat-laden snacks.

Yes it takes a little time in the morning to cut carrots or put peanut butter on whole wheat crackers, but the payoff comes over and over again as you feel more productive and energetic at work and your performance reflects that.

3) Linger occasionally, 30 to 60 seconds, before going to the restroom, before and after meetings, before and after lunch, and so on. Those extra seconds can make a huge difference in your mental health for that day, and cumulatively, for the days and weeks that follow.

4) When you’re at lunch, be at lunch. Don’t bring work with you, and don’t fret about what you have to do when you return to work. Consume a good, nutritious lunch.

Actually taste the food, and chew it thoroughly. In short, do everything your mother told you to do several decades ago. It makes a difference.

Perception Matters

The personal quest for work-life balance is based more on perception than anything else. Those who periodically feel like they have work-life balance are better off than those who might actually have a balance between their work and personal life but don’t perceive themselves to have it!

So, acknowledge the good things going on in your career, at home, and everywhere in between. Your recurring positive thoughts lead to even greater positivity.

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