Pastor Harry Reeder: Abortion industry ‘doulas’ try to normalize killing of unborn, but we know abortion is not normal


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TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, I want to take you to a couple of good news/bad news stories. The good news out of National Review: Last week, The Center for Disease Control released U.S. abortion data for the year 2014 indicating that the U.S. abortion rate declined, which began back in the early 1980’s and continues at a steady pace. According to the CDC, both the number of abortions and the abortion rate declined by about 2 percent between 2013 and 2014. The second story out of World Magazine: Oregon officials have misspent about $152 million in taxpayer money, including $1.8 million in federal funds allocated for abortions according to a new report.

DR. REEDER: I’m reminded of, I think it was, Senator Everett Dirksen, years ago when I was growing up, who said, “A million here, and a million there – before long, you’re talking about real money, aren’t you?” Now we’re in trillions and we drown ourselves in the terms.

And so, here’s $147 million that a state – a midwestern state which, by the way, has nowhere near the financial revenues like the State of New York or California involved – but let’s look at all these large numbers. You lose $147 million and, by the way, over here’s just a couple of million that has now been sequestered to promote abortion by the state through Planned Parenthood.

Well, let’s don’t get to that story first. Let me get to the other story, the good news part – and that is the decrease in the number – and it continues to decrease year by year – in the number of abortions.

Now, what is going to be stated by the news outlets – and understandably – is they’re going to simply say, “Well, that’s because we make available birth control devices and chemical abortion pills and, therefore, the number of reported abortions continues to decline.

And I’m not denying – particularly, the matter of at-home pills to engage in chemical abortions – I am not denying that that doesn’t have some effect in the raw numbers, themselves, but there’s another issue.

You can see it, for instance in our own city, the closing down of the abortion clinics that are here, the view of abortionists as the pariahs of the medical field – which they ought to be viewed as such – and then the revelation the No. 1 proponent of abortion, Planned Parenthood, with all of its corruption and its unseemliness as well and the fact that the arguments constantly go in the pro-life direction.

It is not hard to get into a public debate in order to affirm the sanctity of life in any and every situation you find yourself and so, when you do, you continually bring to bear in the court of public opinion, this distaste for abortion even though it has become a right of passage. It’s actually a sacrament of the secular progressive religion and movement because it undergirds the whole Sexual Revolution in rebellion against God.

I’m preaching right now about how Jesus has redeemed us from all lawlessness. Now, why is sin called “lawlessness?” Well, because sin is the transgression of God’s word. And, in our sin, here is where we are: We’re born with a sin nature and, unless God’s grace restrains us in common grace or changes us in redeeming grace, we stand with a clenched fist against God and we will not embrace His Law.

We will not embrace His creation law. We will not embrace His revealed law. We will self-identify not how God made us, but how we say we ought to be. We will declare sex can be practiced anywhere we want to and, by the way, whenever you do that, you have consequences and one of the chief consequences of the Sexual Revolution is unwanted pregnancy.

So, what do we do? We push for the opportunity – the right, the privilege and now we declare it a constitutional right – to end the life of an unwanted child which is there, many times, not because of rape or incest – that’s less than 1 percent – it is there because of the Sexual Revolution so we want to erase the inconvenience of our sin and we want to say it’s normal to do that.

My friend, Al Mohler, did a program on this recently. There was a wonderful institution called the “doula,” which was a woman who was trained to care for the emotional well-being of a woman when delivering her child.

Well, now the abortion industry, because of all of the difficulties around abortion and because of the very thing that I’m talking about that we know it’s not right, they have now developed the abortion industry doula.

It’s interesting – the doula in a birth room is talking the woman through the process. “Oh, you’re having a baby. Oh, look, everything’s going well. How are you feeling? Remember these moments,” and it’s coming alongside them, encouraging them, “What a glorious moment,” celebrating the moment.

Now, what does the doula in the abortion industry do? Here’s their training: “Well, listen, you don’t need to think about this now. By the way, this is normal, the feelings that you’re feeling about the killing of this child. That’s normal.” And, as he said in his analysis, every time you have to keep telling somebody, “This is normal,” when you have to keep repeating it, what you’re really revealing is that, “It’s not normal. We want you to think it’s normal but, actually, it’s not normal.

And the whole purpose of the doula is to distract the woman from what’s actually taking place and her feelings about what is taking place. We have an industry in which the purveyors of it are seen as medical pariahs, the people who try to support it burn out overnight and, therefore, it is in demise for which I’m grateful.

However, here’s what we need to realize from a Christian world and life view: While the statistics are going down for various reasons, some of them very positive, the fact is our nation keeps tenaciously holding to the right to kill a child to erase the unwanted effects of the Sexual Revolution that says that sex is not designed by God to enjoy within marriage for the blessing of the marriage and procreation within marriage – it is there to be enjoyed for one’s own gratification.

And, of course, need I simply point out the catastrophic consequences of sex being viewed as a matter of personal gratification in terms of the current meltdown of sexual predators within the industries of power such as politics and the media and Hollywood?

TOM LAMPRECHT:  It is interesting, as you look at the situation in Oregon, it’s not atypical where you see many different individuals and groups of individuals saying, “We know what the law says, but we can come back and say we’re sorry later. We’re going to spend these funds like we want to spend them.”

DR. REEDER: As one guy said one time, “Follow the money.” If you’ll trace this back, it’s amazing that the bureaucrats – who are put in place by elected officials who are heavily funded in their campaigns by the abortion industry, in general, and Planned Parenthood, in particular, – what I believe is taking place is, through the, “mistakes,” and through the turning of the eye and the accounting mistakes, there is the trough of public money going to Planned Parenthood because those who have been elected, by their support in the community, they have to pay them back and that’s their payback.

We could go into numerous states and the federal government to point out how this is happening continually. This, “Oops, mistake,” $140-something million, oh, and by the way, look how much went to support abortion.

By the way, how much of that makes it into the coffers of Planned Parenthood, who, by the way, made the contributions for the elected officials who were overseeing the public monies that were siphoned off into the abortion industry.

If these are genuine mistakes, then somebody ought to lose their job to make that kind of a mistake. If you were in a corporation and you’re the chief financial officer and you did this, you would be gone if it’s a mistake. That won’t happen because it’s not a mistake.

I believe that this is an orchestrated payback to the abortion industry, in general, and Planned Parenthood in particular. And, unfortunately for them, there are audits so it does come out so now they have to do the mea culpa, “Oops, mistake. We’ll try not to move so many decimal points next time.”

TOM LAMPRECHT:  Harry, we are out of time for today. Tomorrow, let’s go over the Europe. There’s several stories I want to cover, including Sweden’s national Evangelical Lutheran Church. They’re urging their clergy to stop using gender pronouns.

DR. REEDER: As well as an unbelievably incoherent decision that is being propagated in France concerning a statue so let’s talk about that tomorrow.

Dr. Harry L. Reeder III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

This podcast was transcribed by Jessica Havin. Jessica is editorial assistant for Yellowhammer News. Jessica has transcribed some of the top podcasts in the country and her work has been featured in a New York Times Bestseller.

14 hours ago

Goat Island Brewing is an Alabama Maker concocting interesting beers

Their slogan is “Life is too short to drink baaad beer” and Goat Island Brewing Co. is doing its part to produce nothing but good brews in Cullman.

Started by a couple of homebrewing friends, Goat Island has added a head brewer, who is a microbiology major with no homebrewing history. The result is an array of tasty beers that are finding a following in northern Alabama.

“People across the board love all of our beers,” said Mike Mullaney, president and co-founder of Goat Island Brewing. “If you want to come in and have a whole bunch of good, variety of craft beers that have a lot of flavor, try us out.”

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The brewery is open to community events and fundraisers in Cullman.

“I like the fact that we are kind of a cultural community center,” Mullaney said.

With seven beers on tap – excluding a seasonal or a small batch – there is always something for any beer drinker. The Blood Orange Berliner Weisse is the bestselling beer on tap, and keeping up with the demand has been a little challenging. A new canning line should help.

The growth is welcome, but the beer has to be the star.

“We always emphasize quality and making sure everything we put out of here is up to the highest standard,” said Paul White, head brewer and operations manager.

Goat Island Brewing Company

The product: Craft beer.

Take home: A growler of Blood Orange Berliner Weisse.

Goat Island Brewing Co. can be found online and on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

16 hours ago

Renew Our Rivers kicks off 21st year

The third decade of Renew Our Rivers (ROR) gets underway in February with the first of the year’s 32 cleanups of Alabama rivers and waterways. If last year is any indication, there will be more volunteers and more trash removed in 2020, said Mike Clelland, ROR coordinator.

Since 2000, when the program began, 122,000 volunteers have collected almost 16 million pounds from waterways and shorelines in the South. In 2019, more than 5,000 volunteers removed almost 450,000 pounds of trash, including old boats, mattresses, tires, appliances and other unsightly items, a 4% increase over the previous year’s haul.

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“We not only picked up more trash in 2019. We also had more volunteers,” said Clelland, an Environmental Affairs specialist for Alabama Power who helps coordinate the cleanups with multiple partners. “Twenty years in and the enthusiasm and participation remain strong. I fully expect 2020 to be just as successful as 2019, if not more so.”

An Alabama River cleanup in Autauga County on Feb. 15 leads off this year’s schedule, which concludes the first week of November at Lake Martin.

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Renew Our Rivers began in 2000 with a cleanup by Alabama Power employees along the Coosa River at the company’s Plant Gadsden. It has grown to become one of America’s largest river cleanup initiatives, with the help of community partners, volunteers and organizations.

“Alabama is a beautiful place with extraordinary natural resources,” said Susan Comensky, Alabama Power vice president for Environmental Affairs. “Protecting those resources, while providing reliable, affordable electricity for our customers, is at the heart of our company’s mission. The commitment by Alabama Power employees to Renew Our Rivers remains strong, but we couldn’t do it without the support of our community partners across the state who support the effort year after year.”

Renew Our Rivers is one of many initiatives in which Alabama Power partners with others to promote conservation and environmental stewardship in communities across the state. The 2020 schedule of Renew Our Rivers cleanups is below. For updates to the schedule, visit alabamapower.com/renewourrivers.

2020 Renew Our Rivers Schedule

Feb. 15: Alabama River

Contact: John Paul O’Driscoll at 334-850-7153

or johnpaulod@juno.com

 

Feb. 29: Bankhead Lake (Warrior River)

Contact: Ronnie Tew at 205-908-4857

 

March 7: Lake Eufaula (Chattahoochee River)

Contact: Brad Moore at bmooreless@gosuto.com

 

March 14: Valley Creek (Spring)

Contact: Freddie Freeman at 205-424-4060, ext. 4188

or ffreeman@bessemeral.org

 

March 21: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Mike Clelland at 205-354-9348

 

March 28-April 4: Logan Martin (Coosa River)

Contact: Bud Kitchin at 256-239-0242

 

March 28: Minor Heights Community at Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

or yohancevilcreek@yahoo.com

 

March 28-April 4: Lay Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Judy Jones at 205-669-4865

 

April 11: Lay Lake at E.C. Gaston Plant (Coosa River)

Contact: Tanisha Fenderson at tfender@southernco.com

 

April 4: Cahaba River

Contact: David Butler at

info@cahabariverkeeper.org

 

April 14-15: Mobile River (Plant Barry)

Contact: Bo Cotton at 251-331-0603

 

April 18: Lake Jordan (Coosa River)

Contact: Brenda Basnight 334-478-3388

 

Date TBD: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: TBD

 

April 22-23: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Allison Cochran at 205-489-5111

 

April 24: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

 

April 25: Weiss Lake

Contact: Sam Marko at 404-626-8594

 

May 1: Plant Gorgas (Mulberry Fork)

Contact: John Pate at 205-686-2324

or johpate@southernco.com

 

May 15: Lake Seminole

Contact: Melanie Rogers at mlrogers@southernco.com

 

May 16: Chattahoochee River (Plant Farley)

Contact: Melanie Rogers at mlrogers@southernco.com

 

May 18-19: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

 

Aug. 8: Holt Lake (Black Warrior River)

Contact: Becky Clark at 205-799-2449

 

Aug. 14: Plant Miller (Locust Fork)

Contact: Madison Maughon at 205-438-0150

or mtmaugho@southernco.com

 

Aug. 15: Valley Creek

Contact: TBD

 

Aug. 15: Upper Tallapoosa River

Contact: Lex Brown at 256-239-6399

 

Sept: 8-9: Smith Lake (Walker County)

Contact: Roger Treglown at 205-300-5253

 

Date TBD: Village Creek

Contact: Yohance Owens at 205-798-0087

 

Sept.18: Smith Lake (Cullman County)

Contact: Jim Murphy at 205-529-5981

 

Sept. 24: Smith Lake (Winston County)

Contact: Jim Eason at msgjeason@yahoo.com

 

Oct. 2-3: Lake Demopolis

Contact: Jesse Johnson at 334-289-6160 or 251-238-1257

 

Oct. 13: Dog River (Mobile County)

Contact: Catie Boss at 251-829-2146 or clboss@southernco.com

 

Oct.17: Lake Mitchell (Coosa River)

Contact: Dale Vann at 205-910-3713

 

Oct. 20-22: Lake Harris (Tallapoosa River-Lake Wedowee)

Contact: Sheila Smith at 205-396-5093

or Marlin Glover at 770-445-0824

 

Oct. 26-31: Neely Henry Lake (Coosa River)

Contact: Lisa Dover at 256-549-0900

 

Nov. 6-7: Lake Martin (Tallapoosa River)

Contact: John Thompson at 334-399-3289

or 1942jthompson420@gmail.com

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

18 hours ago

Time-lapse video of Birmingham’s new downtown interstate bridges

The new Interstate 59/20 bridges through downtown Birmingham are scheduled to open within the next few days, 12 months after they were closed for replacement.

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced Jan. 13 the contractor, Johnson Brothers Corp., would have the bridges completed and ready to open no later than Jan. 21. The interstate bridges were closed to traffic Jan. 21, 2019, as part of ALDOT’s phased repair plan for the more than 45-year-old bridges.

Alabama Power recorded the demolition and construction of the western half of the bridges from a 17th-floor window overlooking the junction of the bridges with I-65. The 12-month recording was condensed into a one-minute time-lapse video.

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A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Once the bridges reopen to traffic, ALDOT says crews will spend the rest of 2020 repairing detours and completing work around the bridges. Plans to develop public space underneath the bridges are not yet finalized.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)

19 hours ago

Roby: More flexibility for America’s working parents

The American workforce has witnessed considerable change in dynamics during the 21st Century: it is more diverse than ever before.

Statistics consistently show the percentage of U.S. families with at least one working parent is on the rise, and it’s no secret that today’s working parents struggle to balance the demands required of them by their jobs and their children.

Time is the most precious resource, especially for mothers and fathers who are putting forth their best efforts to manage families while simultaneously excel in their careers. These hard-working parents deserve and need more choice and flexibility in their daily schedules in order to accomplish both. As a working mom myself, I understand the challenges parents face in managing these responsibilities. I always say that Congress cannot legislate another hour into the day, but we can update our laws to allow more choice and fairness in how employees choose to use their time.

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As the dynamics of the workplace have changed over time, our policies that govern the workplace have not adapted to keep up with these changes. I am proud to again introduce the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2020. This piece of legislation offers compensatory time, or “comp time,” benefits in lieu of cash wages for overtime, allowing private-sector workers the same opportunity that currently exists in the public sector.

This bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and removes an outdated and unnecessary federal restriction on the use of comp time in the private sector for hourly employees. Comp time would be completely voluntary for the employer and employee with strong worker protections to prohibit coercion. This is the same legislation I have introduced numerous times, and it passed the House on several occasions. This change in law would provide more flexibility for working moms and dads who need more time to manage their families.

Think about it this way: should a working dad be forced to use all of his vacation time to be involved in his child’s school? Should a military mom have to take sick leave in order to make sure her child is properly taken care of? Whether it’s a parent coaching a child’s sports team, caring for a sick or elderly family member, or getting children to and from school and extracurricular activities, family responsibilities often require parents to take time away from work.

As times have changed, so have demands on our time. This is one proposal that would offer private-sector American workers more freedom and more control over their time in order to spend it the way they choose. This piece of legislation is about the working moms and dads across the country who value their time. I am honored to introduce this bill again in order to show my support for all of the working parents across our nation and to hopefully make life a little easier for the moms and dads in our American workforce.

Martha Roby represents Alabama’s Second Congressional District. She lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with her husband Riley and their two children.

20 hours ago

Alabama hunter grants wishes for kids

Jeff Carter didn’t have a plan in 2011 when he started Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic, an organization that takes sick kids on a weekend hunting trip in northwest Alabama.

“At that time I really didn’t know what it looked like,” Carter said. “The Lord put it on my heart and he called me to do this. We stepped out on faith.”

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Carter’s faith paid off. The event, now in its ninth year, has grown from a hunting trip for one child into an extended weekend experience for three kids at a time. The kids are selected through the United Special Sportsman Alliance, all recovering from a life-threatening illness, such as cancer, or a life-altering disorder like autism.

“This is just an opportunity that God has given us to be able to give these kids and their families a chance to get away and get their mind off of a lot of what they’ve been dealing with,” Carter said.

Beau Terry, 18, is one of the young people hunting in this year’s classic. Terry said he was thrilled to get the chance.

“It’s kind of like having a lot of uncles around,” Terry said. “It means a lot.”

In addition to the hunting trip, the kids are given hunting clothes, a DVD video of their weekend and a canvas picture. Carter said their smiles are a blessing to him and his volunteers.

“It’s awesome,” Carter said. “When God calls us to do something, there’s no sense in worry about how much and how, just step out on faith and roll with it because he’s got it figured out already. He will provide.”

For more information about the Pine Hills and Oak Hollars Child Classic, visit the organization’s Facebook page here.

(Courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter)