abortion / Catholic / Fetal Development / planned parenthood

Harmonizing Mother Earth & Baby in the Womb




Last week, for the 5th consecutive year, I  joined over 30 Survivors from all over southern California to stand for the sanctity of human life in the womb at Earth Fair in San Diego.  This fair is the largest environmental fair in the world, which takes place on the Sunday before Earth Day, on April 20th, where more than 50,000 attendees from all over come together to celebrate mother earth.  Groups stood to protect whales, walruses, and a variety of endangered species where they had their usual booths informing society of their causes.  Exotic hand made items, plants, and organic materials were sold; and in the middle of the mix Planned Parenthood had their usual pink booth set up where they “educated” about reproductive issues and counseled women.  




This year, Survivors returned with two booths: one booth was surrounded by the beautiful “Watch me Grow” fetal development signs with the theme “A Person’s a person, no matter how small.” from Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who.  The goal of this booth was to teach young children the beauty of life and of the developing child in the womb.  Children learned about life in the womb and participated in numerous arts and crafts, from beading to coloring in their own t-shirts with the outline of a pro-life cartoon.  
On the opposite side of the fair a “Life Booth” was set up with educational information about abortion and contraception, and the crowds were challenged to the reality of abortion with the use of graphic images.  


I find this is the perfect opportunity to use abortion images to challenge people with the reality that abortion is the destruction of human life.  We challenged them to see that abortion is not a lesser issue than the abuse of animals and nature.  To help Earth Fair attendees see the wrong of abortion, graphic images of an abused monkey with nails in its head were set next to an image of an aborted baby’s skeleton with fingers, legs, and toes.  There was a caption above the two pictures asking if abusing monkeys is wrong, why isn’t aborting a child wrong as well? While for some, seeing the graphic images was painful, for others the images of an abused monkey next to an aborted child was shocking because they never thought of it that way.  On lookers were challenged to consider, if abusing a monkey is wrong, look at the picture of a brutally aborted 12 week old child and say that the abortion of the the child is not wrong as well.  When faced with that truth people just stopped and stared.  Some cried and others were speechless.  This opened up a conversation on the issue where countless people either changed their position, or now have a position when it comes to abortion. 


Throughout the day our group encountered some struggles from those who did not agree with the pro-life message or who loathed being told abortion hurts women and children and would try to cover or stand in front of the signs exposing that truth.  At one point two Survivors were assaulted by a young man who proceeded to kick a hole through one of the graphic signs (the man was chased down and arrested by the San Diego Police Department).  I was proud of the two young men, about 16 years old, who instead of doting on the incident and becoming angered by the assault, stepped back into the crowd and continued to have peaceful conversations where they educated the crowds about about abortion and changed the hearts of many to stand with us in protecting the right to life.

Something that was very difficult for me throughout the day was the support Planned Parenthood received all day long.  At their booth there were at least 20 people waiting at any given time to talk to Planned Parenthood representatives or to write a message that was posted on a bulletin board saying why they support Planned Parenthood (see picture below).  It made me sad to see hundreds of people voicing their support of Planned Parenthood, and hundreds of people walking around with the bright pink “I support Planned Parenthood” button attached to their shirts.  Pro-lifers had to take a bold stance, hold their ground, and reach out to people while Planned Parenthood staff sat in their booth eating up the support.  What made me even more upset was that more than I saw women wearing the pink Planned Parenthood buttons, I saw men everywhere with these buttons.  It’s not only women who love Planned Parenthood.  Men love them too because they don’t have to be responsible for their actions as long as Planned Parenthood is there to abort their children.  I know it’s not just the man involved, but it breaks my heart when I recall some of the women whom I’ve counseled outside the clinic with the common response saying that their man didn’t want the child, he was making them have the abortion, or she was terrified to even tell him she was pregnant.


I found it ironic when some of the Earth Fair participants become angered over the pro-life message because they say “there are animals being abused” or “without abortion, more children will hurt the earth because it’s already over populated”.  My response: “If we cannot even respect ourselves and what lives within us, how can we respect animals, nature, or anything else for that matter?”  Some continued to fight without any thought of abortion as being wrong, and others stopped to listen.  Some people become angered at the horror that was shown on the signs, but as some in the group will say “If it’s hard to look at, that means it’s wrong.”  The abortion images were a true aid that drew people in and caused them to contemplate whether or not abortion is right.

One of the things I love most about the Earth Fair event is that it attracts people of every age, and there are many large groups of teens and young adults.  When I call out to my generation asking them what they think of the signs or about abortion they’re open to talking.  Throughout the day I spoke to at least 20 groups of 3-6 teens, and we had pleasant conversation sharing our thoughts on the issue.  When one or two in the group said they’re impartial or pro-abortion I asked them to look at the literature and signs in front of them and I taught about fetal development, abortion procedures, and how abortion damages both the mother and child.  99% of the time all in the group walk away with a 100% pro-life stance and sincerely thankful for the shared information.

Standing for the sanctity of human life in the womb was a success at Earth Fair, thousands of people were talked to and many hearts were changed.  Seeds were planted that made people think about the issue and recognize the importance of the issue on a global scale.  It was wonderful to be surrounded by many others who support life and who were’t afraid to talk to people who disagreed with them and share why life is so precious.

Happy Easter!

Standing In Defence of the Voiceless,

Timmerie Millington

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    Anonymous

    Apr 27, 2011

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    happy easter!

    kudos to your blog. you will reach many. do not get tired of writing about the importance of life. in one way or the other people can read and hear you. in one way or the other people's lives will change by one small act of concern and love from you. god bless!

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    Timmerie Millington

    Apr 27, 2011

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    Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating our Lords resurrection.

    I really appreciate your kind words of encouragement. I pray that what is said on this blog helps touch the lives of others and makes a difference. Thank you and God bless you too!

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    Susie Allen

    Apr 29, 2011

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    I wrote about you in Proliferations today. I am so impressed with your persistence and ingenious method of engaging.

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    Timmerie Millington

    Apr 29, 2011

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    Hi Susie, Thank you for your support! I would love to see what you put together.

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    Rosalie

    Apr 29, 2011

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    Great job! Thank you for taking the time out to do this!

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    Timmerie Millington

    May 11, 2011

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    Thank you Rosalie. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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    Rifky

    Apr 03, 2012

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    Pro-Choice, First, I’d like to tell you that I truly appreciate your itivsing this site and taking the time to consider a view different than your own – that is something that many in today’s culture are reluctant to do, and I am very grateful for your willingness to engage in discussion. Although I do not believe WhyProLife.com is affiliated with any particular religious point of view, the questions you pose do hold merit. Personally, I actually am Christian and would be happy to explain what I believe. The first point you raise actually relates to a much broader question that we all find ourselves pondering at some point in our lives – “Why do bad things happen to good people?” and similarly,” Why would God allow these bad things to happen?” In order to gain an understanding of this of what initially may seem to be irreconcilable, you have decided that there must be a good reason why bad things happen. In this view, an abortion must have been in the divine plan and have a deeper meaning than we can see. However, I would like to offer you an alternative view, which is this: God is not responsible for the evil in this world, humanity is. The responsibility to end evil lies with us. There is a divine plan in this world. From the very beginning, God has possessed the ability to control all of his creation and knowledge of what all his creation will do. However, this does not mean that he will intervene and control all of what we do. If he would, then we would be nothing more than mere puppets and life would have very little purpose. What defines our lives the most is not what happens to us as much as how we choose to respond to whatever it is that happens to us – whatever circumstances we face. As long as we live on Earth, ours will always be an imperfect existence in which we will likely encounter some form of suffering or hardship on a daily basis. Bad things will happen. As a Christian, I feel it is my duty to be a force for good on this Earth, take an active role in trying to help others, and pray that I may one day be considered worthy to enter a realm that is perfect, heaven. While it has never been my approach to use yelling in arguing a point as a few others in this thread have (the volume at which a statement is made cannot be thought to bear impact on its legitimacy), I can understand the sense of urgency in their statements. I will try to respond point by point to your arguments to explain why. You mentioned that an unborn baby is not alive. The abortion industry used to be fairly effective in persuading people that this was indeed the case – to this day, they make every effort to refer to preborn babies as mere uterine contents, products of conception, blobs of tissue, and other similar terms. Instead of letting women know that abortion ends an innocent life, they try to describe it with euphemisms, such as “terminating a pregnancy.” However, the only problem with this is that the facts tell an entirely different story. For example, according to a 1985 Senate report, “Physicians, biologists, and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being – a being that is alive and is a member of the human species. There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings.” I would actually have to agree with the statement you made, which is that rights do not apply to a person who is not alive. However, this argument is not applicable to the discussion of the preborn, because science actually shows that preborn children are very much alive. There is a great deal of additional evidence I could give you that the preborn/unborn baby is human and alive –a preborn’s heart can start beating between 18-21 days after conception, development of organs begins during the fifth week of development, and the head and spinal column begin to form just a few weeks after that. However, all of these developmental facts are really beside the point. While they make the preborn’s personhood more apparent, the indisputable truth is that all of these preborn babies are at stages in life that is every bit as valid as any other stages in life. They may not yet be able to use their voice or be educated in the ways of the world, but they are just as alive as anyone else in the world. Whether a life is still inside the womb, several years from having been inside the womb, or many years from having been inside the womb, the individual deserves to have his or her life protected at every stage. You mentioned that a mother is not able to abort a child if the baby is only a month or two from its delivery date. While I wish this were true, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton actually allow a baby to be aborted at any point in the pregnancy, for any reason (or no reason). Approximately 98% of abortions may be categorized as convenience abortions, abortions due to rape are extremely rare, and (thanks to modern medicine) situations where a pregnancy must be ended to save the life of the mother are practically not existent – we have found ways to protect the mother’s well-being without endangering the life of the preborn baby. I believe you mentioned something along the lines of that abortion is ultimately the choice of the woman, because it is her body. In response to this, I would say that no one (neither men nor women) should have the ability to do whatever they want with their bodies. Please let me explain… One of the greatest minds in philosophy, J.S. Mill, published a book entitled On Liberty, in which he advocated several key principles for society. One of his key ideas is the harm principle, which holds that individuals may act as they wish, as long as these actions do not harm others. When they do, we must intervene and provide protection to whoever is the target of that harm. Also, because no one lives in isolation, even harm that is thought to be done exclusively to oneself often results in harm to others as well – immediate family members perhaps, but also the community, and we do have an obligation. This general philosophy might seem familiar; it underlies much of the legal framework we see in America today. We often hear the phrases “My Body, My Choice” and “Pro-Choice: the radical idea that women have control of their bodies” uttered by those who are in favor of abortion. However, what those who hold these signs don’t seem to be aware of is that the pro-life movement is not out to take away any of their rights, nor deprive them of any of their freedoms. All individuals, both men and women, have every right to exercise their freedom, but society always has an obligation to intervene when harm is being brought to another life. This is the case in all areas of society, not just abortion, and it holds true for men and women alike. Especially given the great damage that abortion does to women (let alone the unborn life), society has both a personal and public obligation to discourage abortion in whatever ways it can. This actually brings me to another argument you made – that an abortion is relatively painless for both the baby and mother and the mother can resume life as normal the very next day. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case for the mother or the preborn child being aborted. It has been found that a preborn baby is capable of feeling pain by as early as 8 weeks. Many abortion clinic employees have actually been shocked when they first see an ultrasound of an abortion procedure – they see babies doing everything in their power to move away from the abortion instruments, only to find nowhere escape. Despite the pro-abortion rhetoric, the reality is that abortion can be incredibly painful for the baby. As for the woman, her pain can come in a great variety of forms – immediate physical complications, long-term problems, and psychological/emotional trauma. The reason why these women suffer from these problems is not because they are stupid, but because the information regarding risks is suppressed, they are lied to about the facts regarding their pregnancy and the abortion procedure, and they are often pressured (nearly 2/3 of the time, according to surveys) into getting an abortion by others who do not necessarily have their best interests in mind. The list of painful consequences to abortion are far too numerous to mention here, but they include an increased risk of breast cancer, depression, an inability to have children, post-traumatic stress disorder, and various anxiety disorders to name a few. Many women also find themselves in deep emotional pain over their abortion for the rest of their lives. In fact, much of the core of the pro-life movement is post-abortive women who have learned firsthand of the hardship of abortion and have dedicated the rest of their lives to trying to prevent other women from making the same mistake. - Mike Y.

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    Filip

    Apr 04, 2012

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    No. No, I don't think you understand. I'm pro-life, as in pro ppeloe who are alive without being attached to another being. Abortion is a personal choice; contraception is a personal choice; I never want either choice taken from me, or YOU.Having an abortion doesn't make a person evil or irresponsible, though I do consider having an unwanted child forced upon any person pretty irresponsible. Oh, did I hear someone say adoption? There are thousands of children waiting to be adopted! They're not cute, little mold-able babies, though, now are they? People will step on their momma for a pretty, little white infant in this country, but after oh, about 4 years? The numbers drop pretty precipitously.You want to end abortion in this country? Start with you and your family. Stop being afraid of sex! Learn all about it, then teach your sons and daughters the FACTS. Stop de-funding sex education, for those souls that aren't brave enough to teach their children, or just don't have the facts. Teach your children that though you may not support their choices that you will always support THEM; that they don't need to hide, if they find themselves in a position where they find themselves having to face making a choice. Your daughter is not a whore, is she? She's not a murderer. She is not evil! But, she may feel the need to hide a really big secret from you, if you tell her all her life that she is worthless if she does not meet your moral expectations. If she does not know how to properly prevent pregnancy, because all she knows is abstinence, but her boyfriend is pretty persuasive and she's kind of curious things are going to happen.Teach your children to love themselves! Many young ppeloe are looking for approval and acceptance than love when they choose to have sex. Teach your sons to respect the burden a girl bears if she sleeps with him. Teach your daughters that she doesn't owe it to him for taking her out, or being nice to her.Teach your children that masturbation is healthy and natural! In fact, perhaps those of you who have boys might want to consider giving their young men condoms hear me out! I'm not even talking about encouraging them to have sex, but more to get used to the feeling of sexual arousal with a condom. Get it into their minds that sex feels good, even with latex. This is your chance to be the coolest dad, ever. You care enough about your son that you can treat him like a man. (Perhaps you can save a little laundry, too? Just sayin'.) Girls like the rub, too! It's excellent stress relief, costs nothing and is harmless. Girls who know how to get themselves off suffer less neurosis when they are sexually active. They know how they like to be touched. They appreciate sex for the pleasure of sex. There's less shame, guilt and remorse. They're better lovers, simply because the sex is enjoyable and not filled with head-trips. They are less likely to feel like an object, to be used. They, sons and daughters, are more likely to be sexually confident adults. Now that's a gift worth giving!I'm not saying I like the idea of abortion, but I like the idea of keeping mothers, daughters and friends healthy and safe; I demand reproductive rights, including the right to not reproduce. These women should not have their motives questioned, because it's their bodies and their lives and frankly, none of my business. They ought not be shamed or harassed. It is their path in life, and not anyone else's. I will defend them, because I hope that they would to do the same for me. If you must do something for these women, pray for them, they could probably use it, as well as the rest of us.Late term abortion: abortion becomes more of a procedure the longer we wait. Truth is, most doctors could perform an early abortion in the time it takes to get treatment for an ear infection. Women could work with their doctors on the cost of an early abortion, rather than being forced to wait, then to be gouged. The women would not be subject to heavy bleeding or cramping. They would not need to have their privacy invaded by a picket line. If we are educated enough to realize when we may be pregnant, if we have an office within our logistical reach, if we aren't caught up in red tape, if our doctors would be willing to perform the service, without shunning us to the clinics that specialize because they don't want to become targets perhaps we could avoid the bulk of procedures that get pretty gruesome, the ones on picketer's signs, which are relatively, already, a small percentage of abortions performed.Be conscious of these rights. Be conscious of ALL your rights, because they seem to need watching in these times. Don't let our rights be nickel-and-dimed away from us, because it offends your personal sensibilities; because if we tell them they can have one right, chances are good that they'll be looking for more in short order. Keep the need for abortion low by being the best and most educated human that you can, in the circles you influence. Love ppeloe even when you hate their actions. (Like Jesus, if you prefer.) If you must, pray for those who you cannot influence, directly. But, don't make choices for all, and for the sake of all that is good in the world, stop harassing, threatening and hurting doctors! If you don't think God dislikes ppeloe who kill babies, imagine how irritated he is by ppeloe who would snuff out a life with the brains to get through medical school, who have families, friends, responsibilities and unique talents. They're somebody's baby, too.