Open Arms Charity Banquet

Jill StanekI had the privilege of meeting [Jill Stanek] last week at the annual [Open Arms] banquet, a local pregnancy clinic that I support which offers free counseling and ultrasounds to women in crisis pregnancy situations.  When I heard Jill’s story, I was amazed at her courage. She risked her job, her friends and her own reputation in order to stand up for the injustice she witnessed in her workplace.  Jill was a registered nurse who discovered that babies were being aborted alive in her hospital and left to die alone in a utility room.  When she reported it to the hospital Chief of Staff she was told that this was an acceptable practice by law and they were not going to stop.  Jill wrote letters to her local officials and met with her pastor who wrote letters to 70 other churches telling them of the atrocities going on and soon after that the New York Times picked up the story.  That sent Jill on a ride that brought her before the House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee to testify.  In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which protects live aborted children from infanticide. He invited Jill to the signing and publicly thanked her for her help with the bill.  Amazingly, this bill passed the Senate with a 98-0 vote.  Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Barbara Boxer all voted in favor of it.  Barbara Boxer said “All of our people deserve protection, from the very tiniest infant to the most elderly among us”.  I couldn’t agree more.  Jill continues to be a voice for the voiceless in Congress.  In fact, just before this speaking engagement last week she was arrested for a prayer sit-in outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office protesting the House delay of the vote on the 20-week abortion ban.  The reason for the 20 week cutoff is that is the time that babies can feel pain.  Her passion stems from her own experience.  As a registered nurse, she once held a 21-week old baby boy, helpless to do anything but rock him as he fought for each breath for the 45 minutes that he lived.  It’s this real-life experience that fuels her sense of urgency for this vote to protect these little ones.    These atrocities toward babies sound more like a page out of The Giver  than real life happenings, but unfortunately they are real.  The good news is that we can stand up against them and we have a real opportunity to see justice if we make our voice heard.  Jill Stanek is living proof of that.