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About Michelle McIntyre

Michelle is a pro-life activist in Washington State, founder and Chief Editor of Life of the Party, residing in Snohomish County, Washington. Michelle hosted the only pro-life U.S. Senate debate in 2010 in Washington and has served on platform committees of the Snohomish County Republican Party Conventions in 2006 and 2008 and of the Washington State Party Convention of 2010. Michelle is currently a PCO and served as the vice chair of the 38th district Republicans from 2008-2010.

Why Do I (We) Not Act Like It?

Guest Author Ed Mohs (Originally posted at Gerard’s Thoughts and Commentary)

Two prophetic speakers at our Everett 40 Days for Life 2014 fall kickoff moved the hearts of those who attended September 19th at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish Hall in Everett.  Matt and David “walk the talk” daily defending the unborn, witnessing on the streets, while sharing the Gospel.

Matt Ulrich and his wife, Georgene, are long-time prayer warriors and parishioners at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Shoreline. The Ulrich’s are co-directors of Prolife Washington, also known as “The Billboard People”.  Prolife Washington raises funds to purchase pro-life billboards across Washington State.  Matt and Georgene are also directors of the local affiliate, (Seattle) Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. The Helpers adopt and hold vigil at several abortion clinics (mills) in Greater Seattle area (Aurora, Everett, Lynnwood, Northgate, Seattle) while frequently attending Mass beyond Sunday and often praying for the end of abortion during adoration before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

I first met David Graves (Rhonda) during Everett 40 Days for Life Campaign several years ago.  He attended our kickoff event and prayed at the local Planned Parenthood clinic in Everett. David stayed in the background, but observant and seeing what 40 Days for Life was all about.  He attended the organizational meetings the following campaign signing up for several time slots per week.  Clearly, David was in this for the long haul, leading and starting the first-ever 40 Days for Life Campaign in Marysville, in addition to keeping his vigil hours at the Everett site. David is currently spreading his commitment to ending abortion in Mount Vernon.  David and Rhonda have seven children and attend Atonement Free Lutheran Church in Arlington. Further, they created a pro-life committee to share and activate their fellow parishioners on life issues. David spends much of his (spare) time being “on the streets” praying.

Matt began with a series of questions and with a show of hands. “Is abortion killing? Is abortion murder?” He continued, “Why do we not act like abortion kills an unborn child that has just been murdered?”
Tough questions!  Unmistakably, abortion is killing the unborn child. Therefore, although there may be a stigma with calling the intended killing of the pre-born “murder,” it is. Webster’s defines murder in legal terms as: the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought. Obviously, the doctor performing the abortion commits this horrendous and fatal act, and gets paid for it, too. Collectively, you and I (Americans) have sinfully allowed abortion to occur for over 40 years.

Do I act like abortion is murder?  No, not as I should. What do I mean? Even though abortion is constantly on my mind and I do have current responsibilities such as family and work, there are many prayer occasions that are passed up.  Do I attend Mass more than once per week? How often do I travel through Everett on my way home without stopping to pray at either Planned Parenthood or a few blocks away at Immaculate Conception? How frequently do I say a rosary for an end to abortion?  Do I (daily) lift up my heart in prayer for the end of abortion and for those contemplating abortion? Beyond the semi-annual 40 Days for Life campaign, do I fast with the intention of ending abortion?
“I am tired,” Matt said. I am tired of people saying they are pro-life – but not acting like it! I am tired of hearing about this or that person who I need to talk to and connect with. After the contact, it becomes only lip-service, said Ulrich in closing.  He made it clear though, “we will never give up” and vowed to “press on” in our defense of the pre-born, because “that is what we do.”

After a short break, David begins with this scene: “Parents walk in (anywhere) with two children in a stroller and when they leave – only one child is in the stroller?  David asks, “What happened to that second child?” Two entered, only one came out.

(Pregnant) parents walk into the abortion mill (clinic) with the intention of aborting the baby which is concealed and protected within a mother’s womb. The infant is alive, kicking, sucking its thumb, swimming in the amniotic fluid. Then, in an instant, it is suddenly and brutally killed. It dies a horrible death.  Depending upon the specific procedure, this process may take two or three days.

Humbly,  Graves said, “I simply do not value the lives of the unborn as I do my own born children,” and named them aloud. David knelt in prayer as a sign and example for all. If we are honest, David’s assessment belongs to each of us, too.

It is worth noting the statistics: Lifenews.com reported, January 12, 2014 America has aborted over 56 million pre-born children since 1973.We have put to death fifty-six million plus infants! Unbelievable!  Purely evil!  This contrasts with the Nazi Holocaust where six million (Jewish) people were exterminated between 1933 and 1945.   Yet, abortion continues, roughly 3,200 daily.

America has witnessed plenty of natural disasters the past fifty to sixty years. Earthquakes in Alaska, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Hurricanes Camille, Katrina, and tornadoes such as in Joplin, MO. We witnessed the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s in 1980 and were touched by those who lost homes and property in the fires in California, and E. Washington. Most recently and very close to home, the Oso Mudslide.  These are all “acts of God.”  We wept with the communities as the dead were announced, and we opened our hearts and wallets for those who survived.  We are a compassionate people willing to help our fellow human beings.

However, abortion is a man-made holocaust.  It is our sin and turning away from God that has caused this enormous tragedy.  Why would we expect God to jump right in and end this slaughter of infants – although, He could in a blink of an eye.  No, He has already given us (the church – all baptized believers in the Lord) all power and authority; He desires/wants our pro-active prayerful, humble participation. He waits for our response.

The church should demand abortion be put to an end. Sidewalks should be overflowing, but they are not. Apparently, there is no urgency. Where is the church? For the most part, we are silent; we have more important things to do than being on the street in front of this place of death.  With God’s help –  the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit,  let’s be equally compassionate as we are in natural disasters and truly help those that are intent on abortion. We must pray for them, that they realize the enormous gift of life God has entrusted with them and seek life for their unborn child.
Matt said it this way: “We come to this place of death in prayerful love so that our brothers and sisters will not die without love and prayer.  We come together to bear public witness to God’s great Love and Mercy which can move hearts and forgive sins.”

Please join us! Stand up and pray for an hour or more per week to help end abortion in our community.  Sign up online at www.40daysforlife.com/everett or stop by at the vigil located at Planned Parenthood, 1509 – 32nd Street, Everett, WA.
-if then my people, who have called my name, (will) humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land. 2 Chronicles: 7: 14

Pregnancy Help Resources:

Gabriel Project (Seattle) Helpers of God’s Precious Infants Next Step Pregnancy Services Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County Pregnancy Resource Center Silent No More Awareness

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Calling All Pro-Life PCOs in the 26th District!

adamTomorrow night 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Givens Community Center at 1026 Sidney Ave., the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) of the 26th legislative district will meet to select three Republican nominees to be considered by the Pierce Co. Council and the Kitsap Co. Commission.  One of those candidates will replace the state house seat that was vacated by Jan Angel when she won her bid for state senator in the special election last month.  The Tacoma News Tribune covered the story, but failed to mention all of the candidates who have thrown in their hats.

I have had the pleasure of chatting with Adam Berman, who is one such candidate seeking the nomination of the PCOs.  I’m pleased to report that Adam is solidly pro-life and supports legislation that would define life as beginning at conception/fertilization and place all children, from the moment of conception, under protection of the law.  Adam has been receiving endorsements from prominent figures in the “liberty movement”, which caught my attention, so I decided to see just how thorough his understanding and commitment to liberty is.  Of his pro-life view, he says, “It’s the only fit with the philosophy of liberty.”  Not everyone in the “liberty movement” would agree with that, but he’s absolutely right.

I asked him if he would support Jason Overstreet’s bill (if elected), which I have called “The Gold Standard of Pro-Life Bills“, and since he is in the middle of preparing for tomorrow night’s election, he did not have the time to go and read the bill, and therefore, reserved promising support for a bill he hasn’t read (a refreshing quality in a politician).  He did however take the time to talk with me and he was willing to say he would support a simple bill that defines life as beginning at conception/fertilization and places all children under the protection under the law.  He did not express any of the usual “exceptions” that are common for politicians who call themselves “pro-life”.  He didn’t budge a bit from his position when I specifically asked about them either.

Therefore, I urge the pro-life PCOs in the 26th District (Pierce and Kitsap Counties) to elect Adam as one of the nominees for the house position.  Please press the other candidates for their detailed views before choosing the other 2 you send to the Pierce Co. Council and Kitsap Co. commission for consideration.

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Is Loving Our Neighbor a “Calling” or a Commandment? A Sidewalk Counselor Reflects on His Experiences in Front of Planned Parenthood

(Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by David Graves, who has served as the director for two Everett 40 Days for Life campaigns)

When I am at Planned Parenthood, if I am not sidewalk counseling, I will usually hold a sign with the picture of a beautiful newborn baby and the words “LIFE IS A MIRACLE”. If you’ve ever stood in front of an abortion facility holding a pro-life sign you may have noticed that those who pass by generally belong in one of the three following categories:
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Neutering the Pro-Life Movement

pb-130125-prolife-01_photoblog900 (2)How Pro-Abortion-Republican Groups Keep the Pro-Life Movement from Achieving Electoral & Legislative Success

Pro-life advocates have fought to end legalized abortion in America for forty years. Every state claims at least one Right to Life group.  There are over 4,000 pregnancy centers.  Ministries and retreats have taken place for men and women affected by abortion.  Prayer vigils and sidewalk counseling teams have successfully saved many lives, one at a time.  Pro-life advocates have been effectively engaging the culture with the goal of “changing hearts and minds” through debate, film, literature, billboards, demonstrations and countless other creative ways with great success. Former abortion workers have had high profile conversions and are now outspoken pro-life activists.  The annual March for Life in Washington D.C. and in state capitals continue to be the largest annual demonstrations on any issue.  Advances in science and technology have contributed to a widespread recognition of the humanity of the unborn child.  In recent years, pollsters have acknowledged a shift in public opinion and a majority of Americans consider themselves to be “pro-life” when it comes to abortion.

The pro-life movement is winning when it comes to public opinion.  So why has there been no change in policy to restore the right to life to all persons? There are multiple factors involved, but one of the biggest is Continue reading

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When Liberty Trumps Life, It’s Time to Move On – Why I’m resigning from the RLC

KickOffOn Saturday, April 27, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington (RLCWA) held its first state convention. Many liberty activists like me were hopeful about this organization as a vehicle to organize under, for the purpose of continuing the liberty movement inspired by Ron Paul who insists, “You cannot defend liberty without defending life,” and as an OBGYN who has delivered over 4,000 babies, he asserts, “The debate about when life begins should not be a debate…Let me assure you that all life begins at conception.” We were hopeful that in forming a state charter of the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), we could make it the vehicle to influence local and national politics for what we perceived as our shared goals. At our statewide kick-off in Yakima, in January, I was very hopeful about our prospects when our featured speakers of the event were the Freedom Agenda-Washington Team. In both speech and practice, they are effectively moving forward on these goals without compromise. But my hopes were dashed for the RLCWA when we met in Yakima again for the state convention.
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A Tree Beside the River of Truth

claytonHappy Birthday to Life of the Party Co-Editor, Clayton Strang

“We deserve leadership that when told by the press, those in our own party who do not share our principles and the whole world, to move, understand that their job is to plant themselves like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the entire world, ‘No. You move !’”

Those were the words of Life of the Party’s co-editor, Clayton Strang, when he ran for Snohomish Co. Republican’s State Committeeman earlier this year. He was paraphrasing the words of his favorite Marvel Comic Superhero, Captain America, in case you are not familiar with the quote. Although his bid for that office was unsuccessful, he has proven himself to be a man who lives by these words. He has fixed principles on which he will not budge. In politics, that means the Unalienable Right to Life is the first of these fixed principles, which is why I chose him to have a key role in what we’re building here at Life of the Party.

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Why Single Out Gosnell?

Dr__Kermit_Gosnell_620x350For the past month and half, notorious late term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been on trial for murder, due to the filthy conditions of his abortion business and the horrific manor in which he conducts his practice.  Pro-life columnist Kristen Walker Hatten makes a compelling case that Gosnell should be aquitted (Yes, you read that right), and I agree with her:

Let him go. You know what, drop the charges. If I were the prosecuting attorney I’d say, “We thought about it, and we Continue reading

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