Carol Anne Kemp

Carol Anne Kemp is a writer and musician, married to a philosopher and mom to a faerie-child. She currently writes from Atlanta, where she lives with her husband, their baby, and their books. On her blog, she writes about femininity, family, and the daily graces.

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3 Reasons Adoption is Better than Abortion

Is adoption really an alternative to abortion? This question used to be easier for me to answer. I thought it was fairly cut and dry – one ends in life, the other in death, and the only other difference was roughly nine months. But then I became a mom. I realized that pregnancy and childbirth…

Terminal Prenatal Diagnoses — Why We Have a Responsibility to Care for the Most Vulnerable. No Matter the Cost. No Matter the Stage.

We often talk about the fact that we don’t have the right to decide whether the unborn will live or die. But what if we know already that death is certain to be their fate? Last year a woman named Valerie wrote an article for the New York Times about her difficult abortion experience. Her…

3 Facts About Abortion Your Pro-Choice Friends Can’t Deny

Terms like “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are automatically polarizing. The moment you choose to share your beliefs about abortion with another is often the moment they stop listening. The issue has been hashed and rehashed. It’s all too easy to forget that we are talking to real people. Many of the very women we speak with…

MYTH: The Abortion Pill is a Quick Fix

We live in the age of the quick fix — of Sparknotes and Advil and microwaves. Perhaps it’s human nature to desire the quickest possible fix to any given problem, but it certainly seems like our society, more than ever, exalts this idea. All our medicines and beauty treatments promise to be “fast acting” or…

5 Greatest Myths of Motherhood

My husband recently mentioned to a colleague that we were expecting again. We have one daughter who is sixteen months and we are expecting a little boy this summer! My husband is finishing up his second year of grad school, and when he made this announcement, his fellow student immediately replied, “What did you do that…

3 Facts About Abortion Your Pro-Choice Friends Can’t Deny

Terms like “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are automatically polarizing. The moment you choose to share your beliefs about abortion with another is often the moment they stop listening. The issue has been hashed and rehashed. It’s all too easy to forget that we are talking to real people. Many of the very women we speak with…

Why Don’t We Talk About Miscarriage?

“How many do you have?” “Is this your first?” “Isn’t life such a miracle?” These are common mom-questions. Clichés even. Which is probably why we don’t stop to consider that they may be incredibly painful for many mothers to answer. How should they respond? “Do you mean how many are living?” or “No, she’s not…

3 Reasons Adoption is Better Than Abortion

Is adoption really an alternative to abortion? This question used to be easier for me to answer. I thought it was fairly cut and dry – one ends in life, the other in death, and the only other difference was roughly nine months. But then I became a mom. I realized that pregnancy and childbirth…

3 Horrifying Facts that Prove Abortion is Bad for Women

Terms like “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are automatically polarizing. The moment you choose to share your beliefs about abortion with another is often the moment they stop listening. The issue has been hashed and rehashed. It’s all too easy to forget that we are talking to real people. Many of the very women we speak with…

The 3 Biggest Myths About Down Syndrome

“Knowledge is power,” said my doctor as he offered me the screening test for my first pregnancy. Thanks to developments in prenatal screening, it is possible for expecting parents to detect whether or not a child in the womb will have Down syndrome. My doctor is pro-life and I agree with his words. But power…

3 Practical Ways You Can Help Adoptive Parents

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” -C.S. Lewis At Save the Storks, we believe that adoption is an amazing opportunity for families to live out the gospel, and for parents and children to be jointly blessed. Maybe you’ve thought vaguely about the possibility of adopting in…

5 Misconceptions of Western Motherhood

My husband recently mentioned to a colleague that we were expecting again. (We have one daughter who is sixteen months and we are expecting a little boy this summer!) My husband is finishing up his second year of grad school, and when he made this announcement, his fellow student immediately replied, “What did you do that…

Abortion and Knee Surgery Are the Same – Right?

Rewire recently published an interesting piece on the state of women making decisions about abortion. The article, written by Nicole Knight, is titled, “New Research Eviscerates Widespread Anti-Choice Myth.” Ah, don’t you just love loaded language? The “research” they cite refers to a study that shows that women feel more certain about their decision to…

No Salon, Pregnancy Centers Are Not Support Shams

The website Salon recently ran an article titled “Support Shams: Anti-abortion clinics masquerading as pregnancy support centers.” It’s a common hit piece that we’ve seen before (namely on Planned Parenthood’s website). Salon says that pregnancy resource centers tend to hide their pro-life bent, pretend they are a medical clinic when they aren’t, and give out…

Why Pregnancy Isn’t a Crisis

Pregnancy resource centers – often called crisis pregnancy centers (which is a dated name) – get talked about in the media like they are the half-baked, pro-life version of Planned Parenthood. The image you get is one of pastors playing doctor, luring vulnerable women in by advertising to be an all-inclusive women’s health clinic only…

A Matter of Life and Death

We often talk about the fact that we don’t have the right to decide whether the unborn will live or die. But what if we know already that death is certain to be their fate? Earlier this month Valerie Peterson wrote an article for the New York Times about her difficult abortion experience. Her situation…

How Are Pregnancy Centers Really Using Smartphones?

“Anti-choice groups use smartphone surveillance to target ‘abortion-minded women’ during clinic visits.” That was the title of a recent Rewire article by Sharon Coutts. The impetus of the article was the new advertising strategy employed by Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency, and RealOptions, a chain of pregnancy resource centers. The campaign, invented by John…

We Heard the News on Sunday Morning

It was Sunday – one of the greatest mass shooting in U.S. history had happened in the middle of the night at a nightclub in Orlando. We were in church when we found out, and all we knew was there were fifty people dead. A murky mix of facts and theories trickled in throughout the…

Three Reasons the Abortion Pill Isn’t a Quick Fix

We live in the age of the quick fix — of Sparknotes and Advil and microwaves. Perhaps it’s human nature to desire the quickest possible fix to any given problem, but it certainly seems like our society more than ever exalts this idea. All our medicines and beauty treatments promise to be “fast acting” or…

Are We the Ultrasound Generation?

Is this the ultrasound generation? That’s the question Mattie Kahn asked in her recent piece for Lenny Letters. “Is it true that more millennials believe abortion should be outlawed compared to previous generations?” she asks. “If they do, how did social media influence them? And how many “likes” would it take to make, say, me…

The False Dichotomy of Abortion and Miscarriage

Last week Valerie Tarico wrote an article for Salon discussing the “abortions” of caribou, orcas, and humans. You didn’t know caribou or orcas had abortions? Yeah, neither did I. Tarico opens the article with, “Spontaneous abortion, also known as miscarriage, is an ordinary but important part of normal reproduction – one of several ways that…

Why Don’t We Talk About Miscarriage?

“How many do you have?” “Is this your first?” “Isn’t life such a miracle?” These are common mom-questions. Clichés even. Which is probably why we don’t stop to consider that they may be incredibly painful for many mothers to answer. How should they respond? “Do you mean how many are living?” or “No, she’s not…

When Motherhood is Hard

The first night after I gave birth, I slept three hours – and not all at once. The day we came home from the hospital I had the biggest crying meltdown I’ve possibly ever had (me, not the baby). Why? Great question – postpartum hormones apparently. The second morning home, after a particularly horrifying diaper…

Tell Me Your Story

  Tell me a story. In this century, and moment, of mania, Tell me a story. Make it a story of great distances, and starlight. The name of the story will be Time, But you must not pronounce its name. Tell me a story of deep delight. -Robert Penn Warren I picked up a ragged,…

Hillary’s Pro-life Philosophy

Hillary Clinton was asked on “The View” a few weeks ago whether she thought it was possible to be pro-life and to be a feminist. Her response? “Absolutely.” It was a surprising moment for the staunchly pro-choice presidential candidate, and we appreciate her open-mindedness. It was refreshing and indicative that feminism may be having an…

Is the Pro-Life Movement Violent?

The Guardian reported last week on a study done by the National Abortion Federation tracking threats of violence against abortion clinics. Apparently, the number of threats in 2015 rose dramatically from 2014 (94 identified this past year, as opposed to one identified in 2014).. They attribute the rise in threats to the undercover Planned Parenthood…

Indiana’s New Law Protects Mothers & Babies.

Indiana just passed a law that makes discrimination among the unborn illegal. The most obvious impact of this law is that in Indiana, children can no longer be aborted because of a Down Syndrome diagnosis. But it extends far beyond that — prohibiting abortion on the basis of gender, race, or disability. Of course this…

Redemption After Easter

This time of year we tend to hear the word “redemption” often. It’s just past that time in the church calendar – when hosannas are sung as Lent gives way to Easter and everyone is saying “He is risen!” We just celebrated that death was not the end – with the rising of our Savior…

Why Don’t We Talk About Miscarriage?

“How many do you have?” “Is this your first?” “Isn’t life such a miracle?” These are common mom-questions. Clichés even. Which is probably why we don’t stop to consider that they may be incredibly painful for many mothers to answer. How should they respond? “Do you mean how many are living?” or “No, she’s not…

The Irony of Pro-Choice

The Student Lounge at Harvard Law School is currently home to a “free speech” wall – created by student activists to be a place where disgruntled students can express their thoughts about the school. The wall reads “Harvard Law should stop/continue/start…” Students can place sticky notes with their opinions under the headers. When pro-life law…

Three Fearless Women

It is easy to see history’s leaders and activists for social justice as saints and devils fighting a holy war. We know that Hitler was evil and Martin Luther King Jr. was a champion. We know the tyrants and the fearless leaders. We remember our cultural sins with the clarity of hindsight, and we always…

Why Our Language Needs to Change

The National Institute for Reproductive Health, in cooperation with an anonymous partner, has invented a web browser extension that will spare sensitive readers from a particularly offensive term, translating it into nicer, “more accurate” language. The offensive term? “Pro-life.” According to the makers, this term is “problematic” and shouldn’t be forced upon web-users. So now,…

Why True Feminists Are Pro-Life

Daniel Payne wrote for the Federalist earlier this month that it is impossible to be a feminist and be pro-life. While this sentiment is shared by many who find their pro-life values constantly attacked by feminists, it simply isn’t true. As we’ve written previously here at Save the Storks, pro-lifers may in fact be in…

Love – Each Day at a Time

Marriage images the kingdom – it was called good by God before sin was in the world. Jesus calls himself the bridegroom and the Church his bride. The scriptures return to the theme of marriage throughout, ultimately climaxing at the wedding supper of the Lamb, the day of restoration we all long for. Of course…

Three Surprising Abortion Facts

Terms like “pro-life” and “pro-choice” are automatically polarizing. The moment you choose to share your beliefs about abortion with another is often the moment they stop listening. The issue has been hashed and rehashed. It’s all too easy to forget that we are talking to real people. Many of the very women we speak with…

Pro-Women + Pro-Life

As we head into a new year and an impending presidential race, all of our cultural hot-button issues are competing for political and media attention. One that keeps coming up: feminism and women’s issues. How will our next president be pro-women? Will this be the term of the first woman president? How will our next…

Through the Stable Door

This is my first Christmas as a mom. My daughter is currently three months old, and as Advent progresses, I repeatedly find myself staring at her tiny face trying to fathom how God himself became not just a human, but a human baby. We talk a lot about the incarnation this time of year –…

A Pro-Life Response to Violence

I once took a class with Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft, in which he gave a potent illustration of the difference between an absolutist morality and a consequentialist morality. “Suppose a serial killer comes into the room and says he lusts for blood. He will let all of us live if we will let him slit…

Five Ways to Empower Your Church to Adopt

“It is beautiful, but hard.” This was the overture common to all three of the families I talked with last week. Each one had a very different story, but all three had adopted. Wayne and Bethany brought Ivy home from the hospital. Ivy’s birth mom specifically chose them to be the parents of her baby….

Adoption: A Viable Alternative to Abortion?

Is adoption really an alternative to abortion? This question used to be easier for me to answer. I thought it was fairly cut and dry – one ends in life, the other in death, and the only other difference was roughly nine months. But then I became a mom. I realized that pregnancy and childbirth…

Cade’s Story

(Child pictured is not Cade Lyons.) “Stay curious. Think well. Advance good.” This is the motto behind Q, a nonprofit dedicated to redeeming culture through conversations. I had the privilege of getting to know Gabe and Rebekah Lyons, the founders of Q, and their three children, while I was in New York for college. Their…

Bonow’s Brave New World

About a month ago, activist Amelia Bonow ignited an Internet frenzy by posting this on her Facebook page: Hi guys! Like a year ago I had an abortion at the Planned Parenthood on Madison Ave, and I remember this experience with a nearly inexpressible level of gratitude. I would tell you all about the exceptional…

Three Myths About Down Syndrome

“Knowledge is power,” said my doctor as he offered me the screening test for my first pregnancy. Thanks to developments in prenatal screening, it is possible for expecting parents to detect whether or not a child in the womb will have Down syndrome. My doctor is pro-life and I agree with his words. But power…

#ProtestPP

A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended our local ProtestPP rally. Not being a particularly experienced protestor, I showed up feeling unprepared and anxious. Were we going to just stand there? Hold signs? Learn some kind of chant? Having had the misfortune to drive past a Westboro Baptist Church demonstration once when I…

What about the Mothers?

“These are fake clinics run by people who are anti-abortion. They have a history of giving women wrong, biased information to scare them into not having abortions.” So says Planned Parenthood of pregnancy resource centers. They’ve devoted a whole page of their website to warning women about them. After the GOP’s attempt to defund Planned…

The View from Where We Stand

I recently had an encounter with a Planned Parenthood employee. I was in New York, walking up Lexington Avenue to meet a friend for a Saturday afternoon coffee. A kind-looking young man holding a clipboard and wearing a pink Planned Parenthood t-shirt approached me and asked me if I’d like to support women’s reproductive rights….