American Tears

Otto over at American Interests left me a link to this video. This song was written by Teresa Jennings, a children’s music writer. I believe it shows the heart of many Americans, both young and old.

Be forewarned, if you have any American spirit or pride at all, you will need to grab some tissues before you watch it.

Update from California’s Lawmakers: Sarah’s Law

Sarah’s Law is named after a 15 year old girl who became pregnant and had an abortion without her parents’ knowledge. During the abortion procedure, Sarah’s cervix was torn. As a result, Sarah suffered blood poisoning, fever, chills, abdominal pain, and nausea for four days before finally being admitted to the hospital. By the time Sarah received medical attention, the infection raging in her body was too far advanced and she died.Sarah’s life could have been saved if only her parents had known about the abortion and she had received prompt medical care.

In California, a child under the age of 18 can’t get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent. But a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion on that same child without her parents ever knowing about it.

Sarah’s Law addresses this inconsistency in our laws by requiring that a physician notify a parent or, in the case of abuse, another adult family member, like a grandparent or favorite aunt, at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a girl under the age of 18.

Sarah’s Law will help protect our daughters. Sarah’s Law will save lives!

Unlike Proposition 73 and Proposition 85, similar measures that narrowly failed at the ballot box in 2005 and 2006, “Sarah’s Law” does not limit notification to a parent, but allows a physician to notify another adult family member designated by the girl in instances of abuse.

“We have conscientiously studied the results of Proposition 85,” said a spokesman for the campaign. “With the changes we have made, it is difficult to imagine what rationale anyone could have for opposing Sarah’s Law. We are, after all, talking about protecting young girls from exploitation and abuse. Who, pray tell, opposes that-and more importantly, why?”

694, 354 valid signatures are required to qualify Sarah’s Law for the November 2008 ballot. It will take at least 1.1 million signatures, however, to guarantee there are enough valid signatures. As of March 3, the campaign has received 663,759.

To learn more about Sarah’s Law and help qualify it for the ballot, you can e-mail info@friendsofsarah.com, call toll free (866) 828-8355, or go to the website.

Goodbye My Army Man

I write this post with a heavy heart.

My very close friend Private Caleb Sanderson is leaving this Sunday to go to Georgia for 15 months. Then he is off to Iraq to the frontlines of the fighting. He has been home on leave for the past three weeks and it has been wonderful having him here.

As you all know, I have been a very strong supporter for the war and the work we are doing in the Middle East every since it started. But as I consider him leaving, part of me desires nothing more than this whole war to be over. I now know how family members of soldiers feel.

This does not mean however that I am against the war. As I have told Caleb many times, I am so proud of him for serving our country and putting his life on the line to preserve my freedom! He is my hero. But that doesn’t lessen the pain of him leaving.

So for now, I sit in contemplation while periodically wiping the tears from my eyes. I will miss him greatly. But I understand the need for these brave men and women to fight.

Please keep him and all the other soldiers in your prayers. They need it more than we know.

Sad Army Video

This video is dedicated to all the families of the fallen soldiers. God bless them and please keep them safe.