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I admire the courage of pro-life side walk counselors

Posted in Created Equal, pro-choice violence, Pro-Life, Sidewalk Counseling with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2015 by saynsumthn

I admire courage and especially the courage of pro-life sidewalk counselors. Case in point, most people would back away from anyone threatening them while they stood for preborn children outside an abortion clinic but not veteran pro-life counselor Michele Herzog.


In full disclosure, I know Michele very well. We both stood in the trenches together for years outside South Florida abortion clinics. She and I also had the unfortunate opportunity to attend the funeral of a woman who died from a legal abortion. The woman’s name was Carolina Gutierrez and I wrote about that experience to some degree here.

Michele has experienced abortion and therefore she has a lot of compassion for the women. But after becoming aware of the reality of what abortion does to the child, Michele also takes an unrelenting stand for the babies. Time after time I have watched Michele stand her ground in defense of little babies. She has been the recipient of all sorts of threats over her many years outside abortion facilities. But, Michele remained unyielding even when rocks were being thrown at her. She also stood up to an abortionist who had given her the most obscene gestures.

Abortionist Randall Whitney shoots the finger at pro-life activist because she refused to call him "doctor."

Abortionist Randall Whitney shoots the finger at pro-life activist because she refused to call him “doctor.”

Randall Whitney Shoots Finger

Michele represents a number of pro-life warriors who faithfully stand as the last defense to cry out for children about to be executed. Everyone is a hero and each should be commended. Often, they stand alone and a majority of what they receive is negative – yet they return day after day after day. I know this, because, although I know some personally I also follow many of these faithful activists on Facebook and I read the daily comments they post. Many share how often they are abused by the police, abortion clinic staff, passers-by, and patients.

It was such a post that prompted me to write this piece. It took place outside a Florida abortion clinic earlier this month. Michele and others were crying out for a baby whose mother had just driven into the Epoc abortion clinic. Michele wrote about what took place:

“This woman came with her abortion bound friend to the Epoc abortuary on Saturday and was as vile and wicked as they come. She laughed and encouraged her friend to go through with killing her baby and then left her there. Sandra and I wanted to make sure to plead with her one more time to do what she could to get her friend out and to save the innocent baby, so we waited at the corner.”


“When I first got there she told me she was going to kick my ___ if I didn’t move away. I had given the ministry phone to Sandra’s daughter so she could take pictures and video throughout the afternoon and in this video the woman in the car was ready to jump out after Sandra’s daughter.” That video can be viewed here.

In her usual calm way, Michele asked the woman if she was issuing a threat and reiterated her desire to see her friend’s baby saved from abortion. Michele then pointed out to the woman that the clinic’s owner has no license. James Pendergraft’s medical license has been suspended indefinitely by the state medical board and he was recently arrested in South Carolina for operating an illegal mobile abortion clinic there.

“We tell every abortion bound women and their companions of Pendergraft’s arrest and that they found with instruments with old blood and tissue on them. We tell them of the mobile abortion clinic he was running and the drugs found. Two couples left that day and chose life for their babies, but the rest of the women….none of that seemed to faze them,” she told Live Action News.

Instead of going back to the abortion clinic and warning her friend or simply driving away, the abortion supporter picked up a gallon jug of water she had in her car and hurled it at Michele.

Water abortion Michele Herzog 2

These kind of incidents have become regular events for pro-life activists. Earlier this week, another pro-life group had their signs illegally removed by an abortion supporter during an awareness campaign in a public overpass.

The intolerance of advocates of “personal choice” is increasingly more vocal and at times vicious. It is another sign of the desperation that the abortion lobby feels as it looses ground in this war. Given the current environment, it is only a matter of time before another abortion advocate physically harms a pro-lifer.

But, Michele and many others who stand between the baby and death on a daily basis do not think about their own risk. For them, their one and only concern is to stop the killing of each baby that day. Perhaps water is not such a scary thing – but – the impressive thing I noted in Michele’s latest video was how unflinching she was knowing the woman was threatening her. The truth is, I would have flinched or ducked or maybe even backed down. But not Michele and that is why I admire her courage and it is why I admire the courage of so many pro-life activists across the country.

‘Courage’ the German Shepherd dog starved by abusive owner

Posted in Animal Abuse, Animal Lovers, Animal Rights with tags , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by saynsumthn

Abuser is set for trail ; read here

Animal Abuse: Shocking case of neglect to 3 yr-old German Shepherd named Courage, who is now fighting for his life

Posted in Animal Abuse, Animal Lovers, Animal Rights with tags , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by saynsumthn

Shock, horror, disbelief, and resounding dismay over the condition of a 3 yr-old German shepherd recently named Courage.

On April 7, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County received an urgent call from a good samaritan who had secured a 3 yr-old German shepherd from a neglectful situation. Neglectful does not even begin to describe the horrifying condition of this dog.

Courage was chained in a back yard – completely and utterly forgotten by his owners. Judging by his horrific condition, the vet staff that is treating Courage estimates that the 37 lb dog had been without food OR water for 5 to 6 long, torturous weeks.

Mind you, 37 lbs on a 3 yr-old male German shepherd who should weigh in between 75-80 lbs. He is literally skin and bones. His fat depleted, his muscles wasted, his body nearly dysfunctional as a result of the starvation.

When the good samaritan first saw Courage, he was lying flat on the ground, eyes open, barely breathing, and looking lifeless. The only sound from Courage? An eerie whine signifying his pain and misery. So weak was Courage that the woman who rescued him did not think that the dog would live long enough to make it to the emergency vet clinic.

Defying odds and a testament to this dogs amazing courage and will to live, Courage did make it to the clinic. The team of doctors immediately gave Courage fluids and plasma and took x-rays that revealed a GI tract impacted with fecal matter that had failed to leave his body when his system had shut down.

With the aid of morphine for the pain, the doctors were able to flush the waste from Courage’s body – it was at this time that they discovered that the impacted material was soil – Courage had literally been sustaining himself on dirt.

Courage is currently on a special intestinal diet and thus far, has managed to keep his foods down. According to a rescue volunteer that I spoke with today, his prognosis is guarded. Though responding well to his treatment so far, he has a long, precarious road ahead.

Courage has lost so much muscle that he is unable to hold his head up without assistance. He is unable to stand, so he receives massages to help stimulate his circulation. It is too soon to know if the weeks without food and water took a toll on his kidneys or heart.

But in the meantime, this amazing dog is doing his best to beat the odds with the help of some supportive, caring individuals who are cheering him on. Courage is in a public area of the vet clinic that he is being treated at. Volunteers are able to sit with him, pet him, and let him know that for the first time in his life, he is loved and cared for.

The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is willing to do what it takes to get Courage the care that he needs. After the misery that this dog has endured, how could they possibly do anything less?

However, his medical expenses are going to be high – expenses hitting a rescue that was just slammed by high veterinary expenses incurred from treating 2 puppies who had Parvo.

Individuals who have been touched by Courage’s story are encouraged to make a donation to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. Donations can be directly at the rescue’s website via PayPal and are tax deductible (the rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization).

Courage has lived through unimaginable circumstances and his will to survive is inspiring. Please circulate this article and help the rescue who has stepped up to assist Courage on his road to recovery.

If you have one dollar to donate, or if you have $100.00 to donate, please do so. It is time that this dog was touched by the kindness of others.

Of special note on this story – so many people have expressed utter dismay that a dog could be chained and forgotten; especially to the extent that Courage was. Almost any other situation would have been preferable to what his owners put him through – he was a prisoner with no chance for survival.

If you are ever in a situation where you can not care for your pet, take him or her to a shelter. Even if you are concerned that he/she might be euthanized, it is a better alternative than dying a slow, miserable death on the end of a chain.

If you are a friend, neighbor or co-worker to anyone that you suspect (or know) to be neglecting or abusing their dog (or other pet), please report them as soon as possible. It is shocking that no one stepped up to help Courage before he reached the dismal physical condition that he was found in.

Please take a moment and share this article with others. Courage’s story is mind-boggling, to say the least. Everyone who loves dogs should see it. If you are able to contribute to Courage’s recovery, please do. He has faced one of the worst forms of cruelty.

To the good samaritan that secured Courage and brought him to the emergency vet clinic, thank you. To the rescue that is currently sponsoring his care and offering him emotional support and love – you are amazing.

Examiner Note: I was told that the people who did this to Courage released him to the good samaritan on the condition that their identity would not be revealed. At the time, the individual agreed to the stipulation because it was in the best interest of the dog. The rescue does not know who did this to Courage. May they never own another living being.

Links to this story and where to help are found here

Nanny Hero – Rescues boy from fire

Posted in Hero with tags , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by saynsumthn

A 22-year-old Ky. nanny is being hailed as a hero after risking her life to pull a 5-year-old boy from a burning home. Whit Johnson reports.

Alyson Myatt said her own safety never crossed her mind.

After waking to a loud boom and realizing smoke detectors were going off in the Shelbyville home where she worked as a nanny early Tuesday morning, all she knew was she had to get to the 5-year-old boy she cared for.

And she did, after walking barefoot through a flaming hallway and carrying the boy to safety from the house on Goldenrod Court. “I didn’t even think about me getting burned,” Myatt said. “I care for the kid a lot. I really do.”

She was new on the job — she’d only been working there two months, reports CBS News Correspondent Whit Johnson.

Speaking from a bed in University Hospital’s burn unit Wednesday evening, Myatt, 22, said she had been working as a live-in nanny for the family only two months.

Both her feet and her right hand were heavily bandaged after suffering severe burns, and she said it was too early to guess how long her hospital stay might be or what her recovery might entail.

Still, looking back, Myatt said she felt lucky. “I feel very blessed, it could have been a lot worse,” she said.

The boy’s father, J.B. Hawes, who was out of town, rushed back to Louisville.

“We went to the hospital from the airport, to see Ali,” he told CBS affiliate WLKY-TV, choking back tears. “When someone sacrifices, takes a chance with their life, for your son, it’s pretty amazing.

“He had about a minute to live. Most people wouldn’t have done what she did. I’ll owe her a debt for the rest of her life, because there’s no way to ever repay something like that.”

Myatt said she’s spoken to the boy on the phone long enough for him to tell her that he misses and loves her.

She downplays any heroics that others attribute to her. “I just did what I would hope every human being would do,” Myatt said.

But Shelbyville Fire & Rescue Chief Willard Tucker disagrees.

“She did it and I bet a lot of people wouldn’t,” he said.

He added that in his 20-plus years as a firefighter, the courage Myatt showed stands out.

“To physically run through flames is heroics to the nth degree,” Tucker said. “To make a choice to charge right through flames is kind of above what are normal heroics.”

After waking up around 6 a.m. Tuesday, Myatt raced from the basement bedroom, where she slept, to the main floor of the house to check on the boy.

She found a hallway bathroom engulfed in flames, and the fire had spread across the hallway carpet leading to the boy’s bedroom.

She called his name and the boy answered, shouting that he was in the room hiding under the covers.

Myatt ran barefoot across the flames into the room and snatched up the screaming boy.

Though she didn’t feel any pain, she said, something felt wrong, like she was “walking on goo.”

“It was all the skin, my feet were just burned off,” Myatt said through tears.

Myatt carried the boy back through the burning hallway and took him outside, where she jumped into a van and drove them both to a neighbor’s house, telling the boy on the way that he would have to run to the home and ring the door bell until someone answered.

A neighbor came to the door, called the fire department and drove Myatt to a Shelbyville hospital.

When Shelbyville Fire & Rescue arrived on scene minutes later, the attic of the home and entire front bedroom where the boy slept were engulfed in flames, said Tucker.

If the boy had still been inside, it would have been too late, Tucker said.

Tucker said the fire started in a ventilation fan in a hallway bathroom that Myatt said had been smoking three hours earlier when she first heard smoke alarms.

At that time, Myatt went to see what was going on and said she threw water on the smoking fan, which seemed to put out any fire.