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Rochester, NY Residents and Churches Ask, “Who Is a Person?”

 1000 Expected to Attend ‘Walk-for-Life’ Asking the Question: Who is a Person?

Largest Annual Display of Ecumenical Church Solidarity

Rochester, NY—1000 pro-life people from the Rochester area representing scores of churches from both Protestant and Catholic traditions are expected to converge on the Highland Bowl this Saturday May 4th at 9 A.M. to celebrate the dignity of women and the personhood of pre-born boys and girls. Over the last 15 years thousands have gathered for the annual Walk-for-Life and family festival hosted and promoted by local medical pregnancy care provider, CompassCare.

Given recent debate over expansion of abortion in New York as well as the gruesome trial of Philadelphia abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, CompassCare’s Walk-for-Life is expecting record turn-out. The Walk has always represented the largest ecumenical display of unity in Rochester every year. With all the controversy surrounding the recent over-the-counter release of Plan B to minors, Cuomo’s abortion expansion agenda, and the nationwide abortion abuses, the pro-life base is activated like never before. Personhood

The Walk raises approximately $130,000 in funds for CompassCare every year. CompassCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion. CompassCare facilitates the delivery of baseline pre-natal visits for women facing unplanned pregnancy as well as STD testing and treatment for both men and women. 95% of CompassCare’s pregnancy patients are at-risk for abortion. According to patient exit surveys, when asked to rate CompassCare’s services on a scale of 1-10 CompassCare’s average score is a 9.8. “We are proud of the fact that women feel like they are treated with dignity at CompassCare,” said James R. Harden, M.Div longtime President of CompassCare.

“CompassCare’s experience is that when women feel supported and secure more often than not they choose to have their babies,” said Harden. “Treating a woman with dignity means we support her autonomy and trust her with all the information about her options. Women most often have abortions because they feel there is no other choice. We empower women with the freedom to make the most difficult choice to have the baby. If she decides to abort after that, well then, it’s a truly free decision, isn’t it?”

Harden went on to say that, “When women get the information and care they deserve that most of the time they carry their babies to term.”

In light of recent national concerns over the safety risks of abortion and abortion-related drugs important questions are arising in the national conscience. Questions like, “What is abortion?” But even more importantly, “What is a person?” A child in the womb was denied personhood status by the Supreme Court in 1973 paving the way for abortion on demand. But the question as to who determines the criteria for personhood is one of grave concern. What’s to keep that same group of people from changing the definition to exclude other groups from the rights of humanity? “Personhood is what the 2013 Walk-for-Life is all about this year.”

You can sponsor a walker or register to walk online by clicking here.

Legislation Jeopardizes CompassCare’s Services

Let’s review. In 1970 New York became the first State in the Union to legalize abortion-on-demand without even considering whether or not the child is a person. In 1973 the Supreme Court stated that a child in the womb is not a person, completely dehumanizing pre-born children, despite thousands of years of human experience to the contrary. In so doing they ignored the weight of science demonstrating the personhood of the baby beginning at conception. What caused the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the most respected legal minds in the world, to blatantly ignore huge chunks of moral, biological, and medical truth, and then recklessly proceed to devastate a population with its ruling?

Curiously, during a 2009 interview with New York Times Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discussed her understanding of the Roe v. Wade decision: “Frankly I Ruth Bader Ginsburghad thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Stop right there . . . did Ginsburg say what I think she said? Shouldn’t she find it disconcerting that one group of people in America could use their power and resources to target certain population types for reduction and get away with it? That violates the very concepts of dignity and self-determination assumed in the whole ‘life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’ business the Supreme Court claims to safe-guard. Where is her outrage?

Fast forward nine short months to March 2010. Obamacare was birthed, forcing all Americans, including religious non-profits, to purchase healthcare insurance which pays for abortion-causing drugs against their deeply held religious beliefs. Forcing all citizens to underwrite an abortion agenda via socialized medicine appears like another flagrant population control policy. This is especially highlighted when one considers the fact that for the first time in American history the Supreme courts says it’s O.K. for State policy to trump individual religious liberty. We must not forget that the Bill of Rights is about the notion that the rights of the individual are at least equal to if not greater than the rights of the State lest the population be owned rather than represented.

Now back to New York in 2013, rumored to have 2016 Presidential aspirations, Governor Andrew Cuomo committed to make abortion and contraception fundamental human rights through the Reproductive Health Act, contrary to the sentiment of NYS voters. This would make abortion untouchable by reasonable regulation like parental notification and consent, and waiting periods. The proposed law would even allow non-doctors to perform abortions. Additionally those who refuse to refer for abortion, like CompassCare, could face costly discrimination lawsuits for violating ‘a fundamental human right.’ Why? It can’t really be about women’s access to reproductive health care when 1/3 of all pregnancies in New York State already end in abortion. New York is the abortion capital of the U.S. with over 111,000 abortions annually.

God says in Isaiah 10:1-2, “Woe to those who enact evil statutes and those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and to rob the poor of my people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.”

Who more than pre-born boys and girls are being actively deprived of their rights through evil statutes? Who is more widowed than young women abandoned by society whose only solution for unplanned pregnancy is destruction?

If there was ever a time to step it up, to demonstrate your passion for the personhood of mothers and their children, it is now. Walk with me this year at CompassCare’s annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 4th as we show Rochester that true choice respects the dignity of all women and the personhood of all pre-born boys and girls. True freedom occurs not within a cold and lonely abortion clinic but in a civilization that empowers women with the ability to make the hardest choice of all and have the baby.

Register online here.