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Life Right Now Podcast 08-23-14

On this week’s show:


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Life Right Now Podcast 07-05-14

On this week’s show:

  • We continue the build up to our launch event on July 19th with a tease of his presentation, “Unjust Laws are No Laws at All”, Michael Peroutka of The Institute on the Constitution. Check him out at
  • And what better way to celebrate Independence Day than talking about the Declaration of Dependence?! Well, we try…BUT, you can check it out at, and you should! Also, please SIGN, LIKE, & SHARE!
  • God Bless America!


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Life Right Now Podcast 06-28-14

On today’s show:

  • It is not a cliche’. Laura Limmex of Restored By Grace joins us to discuss the other victim of abortion and Post Abortive Stress Syndrome (PAS). We must be more Christ-like in our message…Truth AND Grace!
  • REAL FEST…what is it? Wes Treadway joins us to talk about the line-up (WOW, btw!) and the message at the heart of this great weekend event! Tune in over the next couple of weeks for your chance to win FREE tickets!
  • More information and why you have to be at Personhood Iowa’s Pro-Personhood Boot Camp.


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Life Right Now Show Podcast 06-21-14

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Life Right Now Podcast 06-14-14

Our Father’s Day tribute to dads.
*Part 1 of our Dad’s Day roundtable…What “fatherhood” really means, how our society seems to diss dads, and why fathers are important, with a panel of distinguished dads: Pastor Tim Rude, Rev. Keith Ratliff, Jan Mickelson of WHO Radio, and Matt Eichhorn, a brand new father.
*What a dad means to a son…perspective from Carl Christiansen of Beauty Amidst the Ashes.


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Life: A Work of Art

A new viral video is a very cool work of art made of water. It’s also accidental pro-life activism.

“To raise awareness among the general public about the global clean water crisis, the artist Belo created an image composed of 66,000 cups of colored rainwater simulating levels of impurities found in water all over the planet. This major work of 3,600 square feet, representing a fetus in the maternal womb, emphasizes the necessity of water, even before birth, for each living person.”

For each living person…from the very beginning.

Life truly is a work of art.

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by | May 27, 2014 · 12:36 pm

When the “Experts” are Wrong


by Rebekah Maxwell

Imagine that, at long last, you and your spouse are expecting. You want everything to be perfect. So you start planning the nursery, staying healthy, and you go to the see the doctor for the appropriate tests. The doctor comes back with the test results…and tells you your child will be disabled.

The news shatters your world. The perfect bundle of joy you were expecting will need much more care and special attention than you were prepared to give.  How can you afford it with your lifestyle? This not what you wanted.   So you decide, based on the doctor’s diagnosis, that it would be better for the child to die. A choice so often made, it’s not unusual. Just one of those reasons we “need” abortion, right? To save us from disabled children.

But what if the doctor was wrong?

There’s no going back.

Courthouse News Service reports:

A New York couple who had an abortion after doctors misinformed them about the results of certain prenatal tests cannot recover damages.

Collette and Jeffrey Alger sued the University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, a certified genetic counselor (CGC) and the director of Rochester’s Cytogenetics Laboratory for medical malpractice and for emotional injuries after Collette decided to terminate her pregnancy.

“We conclude that a reasonable view of the evidence supports the jury’s view that Laniewski, a certified genetic counselor, was not negligent,” the unsigned opinion states.

“We conclude that there is a fair interpretation of the evidence pursuant to which the jury could have found that defendants Hospital and Wang were negligent in reporting erroneous test results to plaintiffs, but that their negligence did not proximately cause plaintiff’s injuries,” the five-justice panel wrote. “The evidence presented ‘factual question[s] … whether, under the circumstances, it could reasonably be expected that plaintiff … would elect to undergo an abortion’ and whether that decision was sufficiently independent of defendants’ conduct to constitute an intervening cause. Those questions presented issues for the jury to resolve and we decline to disturb its resolution of those issues in defendants’ favor.”

This couple made the wrong decision. A decision that haunts them, causes them distress and heartbreak each day. It was based on wrong information, the wrong diagnosis…but ultimately (as the court points out), it was their own decision to kill their unborn child. They tore their own world apart. Why? Because they based their choices on the wrong premise.

They believed that their baby’s worth depended on his or her ability, that the little one fit the image of what his or her parents wanted for their lives. That if Baby Alger didn’t meet certain standards, then Baby Alger didn’t deserve to be here anymore.

I don’t know all the details of the parents’ reasoning, or exactly how they justified their choice. I just know what they did: they chose to take their child’s life away, rather than give them a chance to live a “less than perfect” life.

So when they discovered the truth, that their child was not physically disabled, they’re outraged. How dare you let us kill our child? We wouldn’t have done it if we knew the child was “normal”!  Make the doctors pay!

Yet, as the court found, the diagnosis of a disability does not mean a death sentence.  We’re not required to kill the weak…in fact, some would argue we’re required to protect them.

“Normal” or not, “healthy” or not, we all have some needs that require care and love. None of us are always strong enough on our own. When I’m a burden to handle, when my medical needs cost my family, when I need help, am I then less human? Less than a person? Is my life less valuable? Because I thought that’s what family is for…to carry and support us in our weaknesses. Not to eliminate us because we don’t fit the “perfect” ideal.

If Baby Alger had been given a chance, who knows what he might have done for his family to be proud of?

There are no “perfect people.” There are no second-class humans. Everyone deserves a chance. It’s so sad that the Algers (and hundreds of thousands of post-abortive parents) have learned this the hard way. There’s no going back with abortion. There is only emptiness, a pain that takes years and tears and the power of grace to heal.

The “law” that allows us to kill our own children for their inconvenience or imperfection will not protect us from our regret and our shame.  Experts can be wrong. And the experts that told us we should kill off the weak and undesirable people are dead wrong.

When we listen to them, so are we.

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Life Right Now Podcast 02-08-14

*My challenge to the President, and to an Iowa State Rep on human rights.

*”I’m personally pro-life, but…” How do we respond?
Some great communication strategies from Stephanie Gray at the 2014 Students For Life Rally.

* A dad faced with tragedy chooses hope and life…for the memory of his wife and the future of his son.

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Life Right Now Podcast 02-01-14

*The tragic end to the Munoz case in Texas and the terrible precedent it sets.

*It’s time to declare our Dependence, America…Tim and Rebekah analyze the Declaration of Dependence, a landmark call for all Americans to unify for the cause of life.


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Life Right Now Podcast 01-25-14

* A shout out to the pastors and preachers on Sanctity of Life Sunday. Why won’t some pastors preach on abortion? How can we encourage those that do?
*Real-time coverage of the Crossfire debate on CNN between Lila Rose of Live Action and the president of NARAL.

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