Empowering Female ChoiceAn unwanted pregnancy changes a young woman’s life forever. None of us may judge women who face this challenge. However, we can all do more to support the women in this situation. Because, when a woman chooses life and gives her child up for adoption, she is nurturing her own body and mind. Abortion is not a natural or healthy way to “deliver” a child. Thus, if a woman can carry her baby to term, she will reap life-long physical and mental rewards. Many women will continue to choose abortion due to financial, cultural or emotional pressures unless we do a better job of proffering kindness, hope and resources. Some feminists champion a “woman’s right to choose” while curiously fighting prolife groups that simply want women to have access to all of the facts about abortion’s side affects. These so-called “women’s rights advocates” bar women from hearing the testimonials from women who have had abortions. If we care about women, why not let women hear all sides so they can truly make a choice? On behalf of myself, my girlfriends and all young women, I want to promote a culture where every young woman has access to all the information about abortion’s side effects. Which is why I need you to help me spread the word about two powerful new documentaries.
The Gosnell MovieIndependent filmmakers are raising funds on Indiegogo to make the Gosnell Movie. Gosnell is a villain. His story must be told in the powerful format of motion picture. Dr. Gosnell is an abortionist who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2013 for murdering seven newborn (live birth) babies and at least one pregnant mother. District Attorney Seth Williams described Gosnell’s actions thus: He “induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord.” Greedy Gosnell preyed on the mother, Karnamaya Mongar, 41, and ushered her into his abortion clinic after two other abortion clinics refused to perform the operation because she was so far along. Racism, sexism and child-labor violations were par for the course in Gosnell’s clinic. Mongar had spent 20 years in a Nepal refugee camp before coming to the U.S. Because of Gosnell, she only spent four months in America. Gosnell’s nurses testified that he took better care of white patients than minority patients, justifying his racism as: “That’s the way it is.” The day that Karnamaya Mongar went into cardiac arrest, Gosnell had his “expert medical staff” on-hand, namely a 15-year-old teenager named Ashley Baldwin. Instead of hiring qualified medical experts, Gosnell worked Baldwin to the bone (50 hours a week) so that he could make the maximum amount of money possible. Baldwin helped with delivery when Gosnell was gone, performed procedures, ultrasounds and intravenously sedated patients. He essentially lied to Ashley’s mother and said that a “grandfather clause” allowed him to bypass certifying his staff. A real pimp. Lynda Williams, 44 testified that she worked for Gosnell. She said that if patients complained about the pain (his medications often failed), he would just give their legs a whack. And if a baby was born alive, she said Gosnell would order her to get out the sheers. ‘I only do what I’m told to do,’ she told the jury. ‘What I was told to do was snip their neck.’
The 40 FilmWe also need to spread objective hope and education, which is where “The 40 Film”comes in. An investigative and emotional movie spanning 40 years of legalized abortion, 40 lets us hear both sides of the story. We hear from women who genuinely believe that abortion is a moral option as well as those who have experienced abortion first-hand. 40 answers the most salient arguments from the pro-choice movement and also humanizes the women who have made the choice to abort, and regret it years later. 40 give us new insight into young people—the Millennials who are essentially (according to Pew’s latest research) no more “pro-choice” than their parents. 40 shows us how many young people are taking it upon themselves to champion a culture that appreciates life from conception through natural death. You can learn more about 40 and how to bring it to a theater near you here. The federal government has no business involving itself in abortion or marriage. Likewise journalists could use their storytelling abilities to enhance society instead of handing the microphone to celebrities who kiss and tell. The Gosnell Movie and 40 are an answer to awakening a culture of life, hope, health, kindness, and genuine choice. Check out Katie’s new book, “Let Me Be Clear.” Preorder for early bird discount.
For the Girl on the FenceIf your sweetheart is not so sure she likes guns, a pink AR-15 might be pushing it for a Valentine’s Day gift. You don’t want to scare her away from the idea of owning a firearm. So, ease her into the idea of owning a special tool for self-defense. For example Bling Sting makes stylish and practical pepper spray keychains that are decorated in red, pink, black or diamond bling. She can attach one of these “charms” to her purse or key ring for an extra dose of protection. Along with a fabulous pepper spray, you could give her a gold-plated chain with a small charm in the shape of a handgun. She’ll feel edgy and tough… and by the time her birthday rolls around, she’ll be asking you for the real deal so she can truly protect herself from an assault. And, just for fun, give her chocolates in the shape of ammo with a note that says: “Bite the Bullet! XOX!” (Be willing to bite the bullet yourself after this horrible pun.)
For the Gun NewbieFor a gal who is already a Second Amendment supporter, you won’t need to win her over. Nevertheless, if she hasn’t spent much time handling firearms you will want to help educate her. Unless she already owns a gun and is extremely comfortable using firearms safely, give her a gift certificate to a gun safety and firearm self-defense course before you give her a gun.
For the Gun IntermediateYour sweetheart has handled firearms before and she’s already taken gun safety courses. She’s ready for her very own firearm. Since you’ll want to make sure that her gun fits well in her hand, you’ll need to ruin the surprise and take her to the gun store with you. Buying a gun is kind of like buying an engagement ring—it’s helpful to have the girl along with you because, unfortunately, her hands are not removable.
For the Gun GoddessFor the woman who knows more about guns and ammo than you do (though you’ll never admit it), a gift certificate for a conceal carry class along with a practical conceal carry holster or concealment tank top would be the perfect gift. A thigh holster is much sexier than a delicate, lacy negligee when you explain that you’re giving her this gift because you want to protect your most valuable asset—her. A gun or a gun-safety class is so much more meaningful than a teddy bear. When you give her a self-defense tool, you’re offering her a constant reminder of how much you value her and a present that will last far longer than a vase of red rosebuds. To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.
Prediction: 2014 will be an amazing year for you and me. To borrow a line from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, I predict 2014 will be: “Happy, Happy, Happy.”
We’re less than one week into the New Year, and I can already tell that 2014 has wondrous things in store. For nearly six years, independent and conservatively-minded Americans have endured the grey skies and choppy waters of the Obama administration. Now, I feel like the tide is finally turning. A new sun is rising. The smell of joy is in the air.
In Genesis, when Noah wanted to see whether the floodwaters had abated, he sent out a dove to search for land. Finally, the dove returned to Noah with a sign of hope: an olive leaf. Duck Dynasty’s recent success in weathering a storm of false controversies is the sign that gives me so much hope for 2014; Duck Dynasty’s success is our olive leaf.
Last January, many Americans had never even heard of A&E’s hit family-centered reality show, Duck Dynasty. However, this changed in December of 2013 when the star and founder of the family’s duck call business, Phil Robertson, was temporarily suspended for speaking his mind in support of traditional marriage. At first, the future for the show was murky. Soon, however, everyday Americans who were outraged by A&E’s intolerance for free speech launched peaceful protests. Phil was promptly welcomed back to the show.
A&E did the right thing, but not necessarily for the right reasons. (The network certainly did not want to lose the profit it was pulling from cable’s top-rated reality television program.) However, the monetary and viral success of Duck Dynasty is a ray of hope at a time when the economic and cultural news (think ObamaCare and Miley Cyrus) sounds less than uplifting.
Duck Dynasty’s success and the sell-out of their merchandise in stores before Christmas proves that most Americans still believe in family, faith and free speech; we value entrepreneurs; we’re not politically correct; and, we stick to our guns.
The Robertson family is prospering because, at core, they represent the values that most Americans hold—but have been told to repress. Even as a federal judge recently upheld most provisions of New York’s SAFE Act, which attacks our Second Amendment right to self-defense, Duck Dynasty’s success is a reason for optimism. Guns and love will solve crime—not liberal silliness.
Ironically, while the media has tried to destroy Duck Dynasty and all that it stands for by associating Phil Robertson with vitriolic language, the exact opposite is true. Last year, Robertson told Spectrum TV that A&E was trying to make their show look more obtuse than it really was, and he put a stop to it: “I asked the [editors]: ‘What’s the point of the fake bleeps?’ …[They added bleeps] like someone had used profanity, but no one had used profanity. …If we’re not using profanity, why make it look like we’re using profanity? What is the point? …So they quit doing that.”
By sticking to their guns, both literally and metaphorically, the Robertsons have found success. Even as we speak, they are launching a new gun line and Phil Robertson’s book, “Happy, Happy, Happy” has been flying off the shelves. The family inked a lucrative deal to roll out a new line of guns in 2014—a deal that Forbes calls: “a warning shot to A&E” because the gun line deal excludes A&E from all direct profits and puts the Robertson family in a position of greater financial independence.
So, hang in there my friends. Stick to your guns (both your values and your rifles) like the Duck Dynasty clan and you’ll have a happy and prosperous 2014.
Bake Martha Washington’s Christmas CakeAt Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday. The attended church services and also threw delicious feasts for friends and family. One of their favorite desserts was “Martha’s Great Cake.” Mrs. Washington’s original recipe, which she wrote by hand, calls for 40 eggs; five pounds each of flour and fruit; and four pounds each of butter and sugar. Oh yes, and half a pint of cream sherry and a dash of brandy! Martha’s recipe yields too much batter for the average American throwing a Christmas party. However, if you do a simple Google search for “Martha Washington’s Great Cake” and you will find many modern (and smaller) versions of the recipe. Consider inviting your grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even neighbor children over to make Martha’s cake. Pour the batter into cupcake tins so they each have their own cake; top with candles, and then celebrate the birthday of Christ—just like our first American President.
Celebrate Customs of Your American Immigrant AncestorsMost of us trace our roots back to a combination of European immigrants who came to America in pursuit of a better, freer life. Over the years, these immigrants melded their European Christmas traditions with new customs that they developed in the New World. Whether your ancestors are English, Irish, German, Swedish, or Scottish, your family has its own Christmas traditions. Consider practicing one or two of these customs at your house this year. You’ll instill an appreciation for the spirituality of the American settlers in the young people in your family. My mother’s side is Polish-American and every Christmas Eve, my 100% Polish grandfather led us in a Polish Christmas tradition. He is now deceased, but my grandmother and mother carry on his tradition. We break and share “Oplatki” or “Christmas Wafers,” which are thin, tasteless rectangular white wafers engraved with an image of faith, such as the infant Jesus; an angel; or the Star of David. Breaking bread is a symbol of communion, peace and forgiveness. The Oplatki ceremony involves breaking and sharing the wafers; praying; reading the Gospel; and giving each person a turn to voice thanks and good wishes toward their fellow dinner guests. Yellow and pink-colored Oplatki wafers are shared with the family pets or animals, such as dogs, cats and horses.
String Up Christmas LightsWe take Christmas lights for granted today and don’t necessarily see them as a sign of “faith,” but lights have a strong American and religious heritage. Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb; he also invented the first “string” of Christmas light bulbs in the late 1800s, which he strung around his Menlo Park lab as a way to show off his invention during the Christmas season. By 1900, Christmas lights were available, but only to the wealthy because one string cost the equivalent of $300 in today’s money. In a tribute to free enterprise, mass production made Christmas lights affordable to the middle class. A string of Christmas lights also hails to the faith and hope of early Christians who used the light of fire as a sign of their belief during the dark and gloomy winter months. Candles in Christmas trees; Yule logs; and Advent candles are examples of the early Christians’ “Christmas lights.” Capitalism, which I’ve shown glorifies God, has allowed us to produce fire-safe lights for everyone—from the poorest to the richest—to brighten their homes and yards as a sign of their hope and faith. Jingle bells, jingle bells. Dashing over amber waves of grain! To bring Katie Kieffer to speak at your professional event or college campus, please follow this link to inquire about booking a speech.
A confident woman who speaks her mind is a powerful force for good, and newly crowned Miss World Megan Young is unafraid to speak her mind on sex, marriage and life.
Young was born in the United States (Virginia) to a Filipino mother and an American father. When she was a young girl, her family moved to the Philippines. Young was crowned Miss Philippines 2013 and, last month, she was crowned Miss World 2013.
One month before she was crowned Miss World, Young was interviewed by the local television network ANC. She told the host: “I’m pro-life, and if it means killing someone that’s already there, then I’m against that of course. …I’m against abortion.”
ANC Host: What about contraception?
Young: “Well, I don’t engage in stuff like that as of now. I think that sex is for marriage.”
Host: Wow! Very good! Ok, divorce?
Young: “I’m actually against divorce because I’ve seen, of course, that in my family. So, I think that if you marry someone, that should be the person you should be with forever.”
Host: Now a woman as gorgeous as yourself, how do you say ‘no’ to sex?
Young: “You just say ‘no.’ That’s it. I mean, if they try to push you, then you step away because you know that that person doesn’t value you; doesn’t value the relationship as much; and if the guy is willing to, you know, to sacrifice that, then that means a lot.”
It is so refreshing to see a young, high-profile woman take a stand with complete confidence on her values, just as it was refreshing to hear Super Bowl champion Matt Birk speak out on life.
During the competition for Miss World, Young stressed her desire to stand by her “core values” and lead others toward social unity. Her integrity and willingness to stand by her beliefs attracted the judges’ attention. Although she was not as tall as many other contestants (Young is 5’7’’), she came out on top by (in her words), “thinking tall.” We all need to think tall. By speaking our minds with calm confidence, we can influence others in a positive way, just like Young.
Another example of gentle words that change the world are the words of everyday Americans who volunteer their time to pray and counsel outside abortion clinics across the country. In Minnesota alone, sidewalk counselors with Pro-Life Action Ministries have saved the lives of 90 babies so far in 2013 and a total of 2,900 babies since the organization was founded. These counselors peacefully stood outside of abortion clinics and offered counseling and brochures to young women who were about to abort their babies. As a result, they successfully convinced thousands of mothers to change their minds and keep their babies. They prayed for and offered encouragement to young, frightened and overwhelmed women whose boyfriends or family members were pressuring them to commit abortion. They also directed young women to pre-natal care, financial resources and adoptive resources that could help them manage their pregnancy.
Young women who face an unplanned pregnancy often feel like they are all alone. They do not realize what their options are, or they feel pressured to choose abortion because it seems like the best option available. They are unaware of all the pro-life doctors, nurses and ultrasound specialists who will volunteer their time to help them keep the baby themselves, or give it up for adoption. They also do not realize the negative health consequences, both physical and psychological, that can come from an unnatural delivery that ends in death.
Speak your mind with confidence and kindness like Miss World, Megan Young, and you will touch hearts.