Monday, June 26, 2017

SCOTUS: Gov't Can’t Exclude Christian Groups From Programs Just Because They’re Christian

In a huge victory, the Supreme Court today ruled that government programs can’t exclude Christian groups from them just because they are Christian.

The specifics of the case at issue are not directly related to pro-life causes but the decision certainly could have impact on pro-life organizations. Previously, Christian-based abstinence organizations have been denied funding and pro-life organizations have been denied participation in governmental programs.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday that the government cannot exclude churches and other faith-based organizations from a secular government program simply because of their religious identity. This marked the first major religious liberty case since Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Court earlier this year.

The much-anticipated decision came in the case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, involving a church-run preschool in Missouri. The state denied the church a partial reimbursement grant for rubberized playground surface material made from recycled tires solely because a church runs the preschool, even though the only purpose of the grant program is to improve children’s safety.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today affirms the commonsense principle that government isn’t being neutral when it treats religious organizations worse than everyone else,” said ADF Senior Counsel David Cortman, who argued before the Supreme Court on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church in April. “Equal treatment of a religious organization in a program that provides only secular benefits, like a partial reimbursement grant for playground surfacing, isn’t a government endorsement of religion. As the Supreme Court rightly found, unequal treatment that singles out a preschool for exclusion from such a program simply because a church runs the school is clearly unconstitutional.” . . . Read More

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Pro-Abortion AG Will Re-File Bogus Charges Against David Daleiden for Exposing Planned Parenthood

David Daleiden
California’s pro-abortion Attorney General, Xavier Becerra said his department will submit revised charges against the pro-life advocates who recorded undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts from aborted babies.

Last week, as LifeNews reported, a California court today dismissed almost all of the criminal charges against them.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 felony charges against both David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Becerra is a longtime abortion advocate with financial connections to the Planned Parenthood abortion company that the two pro-life Advocates exposed in the videos for selling body parts such as fetal brains and livers.

At the time, pro-life advocates said Becerra’s 15 felony charges were bogus charges meant to belittle the expose’ campaign and to cast aspersions on Daleiden and the organization behind the videos. They said the attempt was about drawing attention away from Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby parts.

The San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday dismissed 14 of 15 criminal counts but the pair are still charged with one count of conspiracy to invade privacy. However the court dismissed the charges with leave to amend — meaning Becerra could re-file the charges with additional supposed evidence against the pair.

The court ruled that counts 1-14 were legally insufficient. The state has the opportunity to amend if it can plead a more legally sufficient and specific complaint. The California’s Attorney General filed 15 criminal counts against Merritt, with counts 1-14 for each of the alleged interviews and count 15 for an alleged conspiracy. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite gave the state attorney general’s office until mid-July to file a revised complaint. . . . Read Nore:

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Trump Admin Strongly Opposes UN Resolution Supporting Abortion

In a huge change from the pro-abortion regime of Barack Obama, the Trump administration is taking pro-life values to the United Nations.

The United States rejected a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution today because it included the sanctioning of abortion. The decision was praised by leading pro-life advocates.

Advocates of abortion on demand have worked for many years to insert abortion rights language into every conceivable UN document, treaty and statement, regardless of whether those instruments address the care of unborn children and their mothers. Today’s resolution addressed violence against women particularly in the context of war. It called for access to abortion for women and girls.

U.S. First Secretary to the UN in Geneva Jason Mack articulated the Trump administration’s position, which excludes abortion and abortion funding from international agreements.

“We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance,” Secretary Mack said to the Council. He added that the U.S. “strongly supports the spirit of this resolution and joins other members of this Council in condemning all acts of violence against women and girls.”

Pro-life leaders were excited about the move.

“The United States has rightly refused to support an effort to treat abortion as family planning,” says Scott Fischbach, Executive Director of MCCL GO. “MCCL GO fully supports the U.S. decision to oppose abortion as a legitimate ‘treatment’ for women.”

“MCCL is encouraged by the Trump administration’s support of the right to life of unborn children,” says Fischbach. “There is no right to abortion under international law. In fact, a foundational document of the UN, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, explicitly protects the right to life.”

Following adoption by the Human Rights Council of a resolution by Canada that focused on the elimination of violence against women, A/HRC/35/L.15 : Accelerating efforts to eliminate violence against women: engaging men and boys in preventing and responding to violence against all women and girls, an explanation of position was read by U.S. First Secretary to the U.N. Jason Mack.

The statement confirmed U.S. support for “the spirit” of the anti-violence resolution and that the U.S. joined other the members of the Human Rights Council “in condemning all acts of violence against women and girls and in calling for the elimination of all forms of sexual and other forms of gender-based violence, including sex trafficking of women and girls”.

But then, the U.S. took a giant pro-life step and declared “the U.S. ‘must dissociate from the consensus’ specifically on access to safe abortions.” . . . . Read More @ LifeNews.com

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The OAS 47th General Assembly: New Hope for Life and the Family in the Americas

by Marianna Orlandi, Ph.D., C-Fam: Latin American countries pushed back this week against further promotion of gender ideology in a resolution at the Organization of American States (OAS).

On Wednesday, the forty-seventh General Assembly of the OAS adopted the annual resolution “human rights, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression” as it has since 2008. At the same time, however, it thwarted attempts to advance the protection of “sexual rights” further.

Unable to reach a consensus on this resolution at the OAS headquarters, member States held heated negotiations in Cancun.

The 2017 proposal went beyond any previously agreed-upon language, and beyond international law. It mentioned “individuals with intersex traits” as a new protected category and called for condemnation of undefined “homophobia and transphobia.”

Paraguay and Jamaica explained their refusal to adopt the resolution, citing national laws and constitutions. They proposed alternatives in order to reach a consensus; the “LGBTI core-group,” however, would not compromise.

Luís Carlos Garcia Escobar, representative of the Permanent Mission of Paraguay to the OAS, lamented the unwillingness of the sponsors of the resolution to modify the new text in any way so as to make it acceptable to all. “Instead of working to create consensual documents, we are left with adhesion agreements,” he explained. “We are worried with this dynamic,” he said.

Jamaica’s Julia Elizabeth Hyatt echoed his words, backed by the delegations of Suriname, Saint Lucia, and Barbados.

For the first time since 2008 pro-family states did not bend to the pressure of LGBTI advocates. On the last day, consensus was reached on adopting last year’s resolution. Reservations on the whole text came from Paraguay, Jamaica, Guatemala, Suriname, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados.

Following adoption by the General Assembly, Canadian Ambassador defined the result as “a missed opportunity.”

Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, Saint Lucia’s Minister of External Affairs explained her country’s position, saying “Saint Lucia cannot commit to any provision that undermine the institution of the family, or that may lead to the creation of controversial ‘sexual rights’ that may conflict with the rights of children and their families.”

Flood-Beaubrun reminded the room that international binding provisions protect the family as “the natural and fundamental unity of society,” and stressed her own country’s duty to protect it, and to protect the children.

The pro-family advocates from the Americas had hoped that the resolution would go to a vote, which was expected to be close, but they were bolstered nonetheless by the result, which came on the heels of other recent victories.

On June 15, hundreds of legislators from the Americas met in Mexico City where they released a declaration, signed by more than seven hundred politicians, explicitly denouncing OAS attempts to disregard sovereignty and to reinterpret international law through an ideological lens.

The Declaration calls on the Inter-American Human Rights’ Court and Commission to respect the family and the right to life from conception. It condemns abortion, and reiterates there is no right to same-sex unions, marriage, or to homosexual adoption in international law.

Another event bolstering pro-life advocates at the OAS General Assembly was the warm reception delegates gave to a presentation by Andrea Flores, a twenty-six year old woman affected by spastic brain paralysis.

As a member of the civil society, Flores delivered a statement to the OAS’ Heads of States, on Monday.

She condemned what she calls “true discrimination”—that of disabled children that begins in the womb and continues throughout their lives. The room, including OAS bureaucracy, fell in love with her.

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Senate Health Care Bill Is Out

by Brian Burch, CatholicVote:   At long last, Senate Republicans have a health care bill.

It’s not the same bill that passed the House. They even gave it a new name: “The Better Care Reconciliation Act” or BCRA.

It’s not as good as the House bill, but I’ll admit this: It is far Better than Obamacare.

Here are some key provisions of the Senate bill:
  • Prohibits most taxpayer funding from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood for one year, and redirect those funds to Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • Transforms Obamacare subsidies into tax credits and prohibits these credits from purchasing insurance with coverage for elective abortions. (This will be the toughest provision to pass through the reconciliation process). Tax credits will be adjusted for income, age, and geography.
  • Guarantees that children with medically complex disabilities will continue to be covered.
  • Maintains access to care for Americans with pre-existing conditions and lets children up to age 26 stay on their parents’ insurance plan
  • Expands tax-free Health Savings Accounts to help Americans control out-of-pocket medical expenses on their own
  • Allows for waivers so states can establish rules for alternative insurance plans that will help drive down skyrocketing premiums
  • Repeals almost all Obamacare taxes.
  • Rolls back Obamacare’s reckless expansion of Medicaid so that the program can be stabilized and provide for the people it was created for.

It’s worth noting that this is the base bill. There will be hundreds of amendments offered to change the bill. Some amendments could definitely improve this bill. Others will try to weaken the bill, or make it unaffordable.

Our position on the current state of things:

While we still prefer a clean break from Obamacare, we recognize the prospects for such a solution are near zero. For now, we are forced to work on incremental reforms to unwind the mess posed by Obamacare in so many areas.

We MUST repeal as much of Obamacare’s burdensome taxes, regulations and financing for abortion as possible. This will help stabilize premiums, offer Americans real choices, and stop using taxpayer dollars to kill children. These changes can help set in motion much needed changes to make healthcare more ethical and affordable.

Unwinding it won’t be easy because real people are tangled up in Obamacare’s mess.

Furthermore, the limits of the legislative process required to pass the bill (reconciliation) do not allow every change needed at this time. The slim Republican majority in the Senate is also complicating the process. Already as many as 4 Republican Senators have expressed serious reservations over the bill. But even these four Senators have said "we are open to negotiation." So changes will be needed to win their support.

Meanwhile Democrats have vowed not to negotiate whatsoever, and to obstruct instead -- choosing to hold health care hostage for political gain. They care more about “preserving Obama’s legacy” than helping hard-working Americans.

These Democrats deserve to pay a price for their stubborn refusal to reform a failing health care law. Which is exactly why we are laying the groundwork to defeat several of these Democratic Senators next year. If they refuse to do their job, they need to go.

We are working hard to represent you and the interests of Catholic voters in this fight.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ralph Norman Defeats Pro-abortionist in South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District

Ralph Norman
Exactly 64 years after the day he was born, Ralph Warren Norman Jr. was elected as the pro-life endorsed candidate to the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina.

Not only that, Republican Norman defeated Archie Parnell, a militantly pro-abortion Democrat, in the special election to fill the seat formerly held by Mick Mulvaney after President Donald Trump appointed pro-life Mulveney to head the Office of Management and Budget Office.

“We congratulate Congressman-elect Ralph Norman on this wonderful victory,” said Lisa Van Riper, President of South Carolina Citizens for Life. “Not only is it a perfect birthday gift for him, but because of his pro-life position it will also mean birthdays for many unborn children.”

Drew McKissick, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said of Norman’s victory, “We once again rejected a radical left-wing pro-abortion politician. We keep that seat in pro-life hands which is critical for the success of the pro-life movement going forward.”

Norman told supporters, “I believe with [pro-life Republican President Donald] Trump in the White House, we have a great opportunity as conservatives. Washington needs leaders to help maintain the God-given right of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Norman’s victory marks the fifth of five 2017 elections in which the pro-life candidate endorsed by National Right to Life won. . . . Read More

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Court Dismisses 14 Bogus Charges Against David Daleiden for Exposing Planned Parenthood

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In a huge victory, a California court today dismissed almost all of the criminal charges abortion activists filed against the pro-life advocates who recorded undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts from aborted babies.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed 15 felony charges against both David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt. Becerra is a longtime abortion advocate with financial connections to the Planned Parenthood abortion company that the two pro-life Advocates exposed in the videos for selling body parts such as fetal brains and livers.

At the time, pro-life advocates said Becerra’s 15 felony charges were bogus charges meant to belittle the expose’ campaign and to cast aspersions on Daleiden and the organization behind the videos. They said the attempt was about drawing attention away from Planned Parenthood’s sales of aborted baby parts.

The San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday dismissed 14 of 15 criminal counts but the pair are still charged with one count of conspiracy to invade privacy. However the court dismissed the charges with leave to amend — meaning Becerra could re-file the charges with additional supposed evidence against the pair.

The court ruled that counts 1-14 were legally insufficient. The state has the opportunity to amend if it can plead a more legally sufficient and specific complaint. The California’s Attorney General filed 15 criminal counts against Merritt, with counts 1-14 for each of the alleged interviews and count 15 for an alleged conspiracy. San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite gave the state attorney general’s office until mid-July to file a revised complaint.

In a statement to LifeNews, pro-life attorney Mat Svaer of LibertyCounsel, representing Merritt, said, “This is a huge victory to have 14 criminal counts dismissed.”

“We will now turn our attention to dismissing the final count. Sandra Merritt did nothing wrong. The complaint by the California Attorney General is unprecedented and frankly will threaten every journalist who provides valuable information to the public. This final count will also fall,” said Staver.  . . . Read More

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Pro-Life Advocate Karen Handel Who Took on Planned Parenthood Wins Congressional Election

Karen Handel
The woman who took on Planned Parenthood and tried to stop the Komen Breast Cancer organization from funding the abortion business won a special congressional election last night.

Karen Handel was in charge of Komen at the time it decided to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company. She later quit when the organization’s board quickly reversed her decision after Planned Parenthood and the mainstream media heaped significant scorn on the organization.

Now Handel will take her pro-life use to Congress and continue fighting the nation’s largest abortion business.

Today, pro-life advocates are congratulating Handel for her solid win against pro-abortion Democrat Jon Ossoff in the highly publicized special election for Tom Price’s seat in Georgia. The election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district was touted by many to be a bellwether race for the 2018 elections.

“Jon Ossoff supported abortion on demand and lost,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “Karen Handel’s position on life reflects the true values of Georgia’s voters. Karen Handel is pro-life and opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortions. She will help us continue to pass pro-life laws and save babies’ lives.” . . . Read More

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Senate Will Vote Next Week on Bill to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate will vote next week on legislation that is expected to repeal Obamacare and defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The House has already approved the reconciliation bill to accomplish both of those tasks and the Senate has been working for months trying to iron out language that will please both Liberal Republicans as well as conservatives. Liberal Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska support abortion and have been a thorn in the side of Republican leaders attempting to put this bill together because they oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion company.

Meanwhile pro-life Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has been a holdout on the bill as well because he believes it doesn’t go far enough and repealing every aspect of Obamacare.

Leading pro-life organizations have been calling for months for the Senate to move forward with the legislation after the house nearly approved it. Today news reports indicated they will get their wish. . . . . . . Read More

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ACLU, Planned Parenthood Challenge Five Arkansas Pro-Life Laws

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by Jerry Cox: On Tuesday the ACLU and Planned Parenthood filed legal challenges against five pro-life laws recently passed by the Arkansas Legislature.

Family Council President Jerry Cox released a statement, saying, “These lawsuits are almost unbelievable. The ACLU is challenging laws designed to do things like help protect underage girls and ensure doctors know a woman’s medical history before performing an abortion. Planned Parenthood is challenging laws that hold abortion clinics to reasonable health and safety standards. The fact the ACLU and Planned Parenthood would challenge laws like these shows they are severely out of touch with the rest of Arkansas.”

Cox noted that some of these laws passed the Arkansas Legislature with virtually no controversy. “Most of these are commonsense pieces of legislation that protect the health and safety of women. Act 733 requires the doctor to request the medical records of the pregnant woman before performing an abortion on her. I think most Arkansans would be shocked to think a doctor might perform an abortion without knowing the woman’s medical history, but the ACLU is challenging this provision in the law.

“Act 1018 made a small change to a law passed two years ago. It simply requires doctors to file a report with the State Crime Lab after performing an abortion on a girl under seventeen. It’s designed to catch perpetrators of human trafficking and incest. Act 603 requires aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated like miscarried fetal remains. It’s tragic the ACLU and others would have so little regard for the health and safety of women as to challenge these good laws.”

Cox said Planned Parenthood is challenging a law regarding licensure and inspection of abortion clinics. “This law simply ensures abortion clinics are properly licensed, inspected, and regulated. Courts have ruled repeatedly that abortion clinics can be regulated under public health and safety laws. That’s what this legislation does.”

Cox noted the ACLU is also challenging Act 45 that prohibits some abortion procedures in which an unborn baby is physically dismembered, saying, “Over the years, abortion procedures have changed. Some of the procedures that were fairly common years ago would be illegal and unthinkable today. Act 45 of 2017 is simply another chapter in that story. It generally prohibits one particular abortion procedure in which the unborn baby is physically dismembered, but does not affect other much more common abortion procedures.”

Cox said he expects a pro-life victory from these lawsuits. “I believe these laws can withstand a legal challenge. However, anytime someone challenges a pro-life law, there’s always a pro-life victory in the ruling. When the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck part of Arkansas’ fetal heartbeat law a few years ago, some of the findings in the ruling actually made it easier for us to pass more pro-life legislation in 2015. I believe these lawsuits will simply pave the way for even better pro-life laws in the future—no matter how the courts rule.”
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Jerry Cox is the founder and president of Arkansas Family Council and the Education Alliance.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Media Ignore's Shooter James Hodgkinson List Had of Other Pro-Life Congressmen to Assassinate

James T. Hodgkinson
Saturday evening, Eric Tucker and Erica Werner at the Associated Press were clearly determined to tell readers as little as they possibly could about the list of GOP lawmakers’ names found on James Hodgkinson after he was killed trying to assassinate several congressmen and others present at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday. . . .

. . . The Daily Caller first broke news about the list on Friday:

Assassination List Found On James Hodgkinson’s Body

James T. Hodgkinson, the shooter who opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday, had a list of Republican names in his pocket that was recovered by the FBI, The Daily Caller has learned.

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The news that the shooter had a list of names suggests the shooting was not a random outburst, but instead appears to be a premeditated political assassination.

The list was written out on notepad paper and found in the shooter’s pocket, according to multiple sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the investigation. The list of names included Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan and Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, TheDC has confirmed.
The Daily Caller report went on to acknowledge that Fox News had identified additional names on the list.

Here are several paragraphs from that Fox report:

Scalise shooter James Hodgkinson had list of Republican lawmakers’ names

The gunman who opened fire on congressmen at a Virginia baseball field on Wednesday had a list of Republican names in his pocket at the time of the incident, Fox News has confirmed.

The handwritten list was found in a van belonging to James Hodgkinson by the FBI, and the lawmakers named on the list are known to be conservative members associated with the Freedom Caucus:

Reps. Scot DesJarlais (R-TN) (pronounced day-zharr-LAY), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mo Brooks (R-AL) and Morgan Griffith (R-VA).
. . .

It’s all too easy to believe that what AP reporters and the AP itself really want is for most of the public to know as little as possible about Hodgkinson’s list — particularly that it only contained the names of conservative Republicans. . . . Read More

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Daleiden Charges: And the Arrest Is History

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Tony Perkin's Washington Update: If abortion groups are trying to keep a low profile, they're not doing a very good job of it. While Congress debates whether taxpayers should fund the likes of Planned Parenthood, the industry has spent the last six months trying to avoid headlines. That will be impossible now, thanks to a federal judge who's threatening to send the man responsible for exposing the grisly business to jail.

At issue now is whether Daleiden's team violated the court's order by posting new footage of clinic workers talking about the grisly details of abortion (and an admission that they sometimes "[alter the procedure for financial gain"]. BuzzFeed insists the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) is in serious hot water now, having "flouted multiple injunctions and court-issued seals by posting more shocking videos of abortion providers and identifying 14 of the John/Jane Does participating in the state criminal complaint against him and his recording partner Sandra Merritt. Those names were previously under a court seal." If the court holds Daleiden in contempt for going public with the tapes, it could be "punishable by fines, jail time and disbarment for the attorneys involved."

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is doing his best to make that pain a reality. Together with the National Abortion Federation, the state's top law enforcer is pushing for the maximum penalty against the Daleiden's team. And with Planned Parenthood's PAC on his donor rolls, it's no wonder why. "Before becoming the current attorney general," RedState points out, "Becerra was a state representative and over years received thousands in donations from PPFA." That investment is paying off handsomely for the abortion industry, which has watched with satisfaction as the courts and AG's office work overtime to protect their pals from investigations like David's.

The pro-lifer was already in an uphill climb against federal Judge William Orrick, who's responsible for putting the videos under lock and key to begin with. And according to records, Orrick has some interesting political connections of his own. Not only was he appointed by President Obama but as documents show, raised $200,000 for Obama's campaign. So much for impartiality! This is the same judge who -- despite an independent forensic report -- insisted, "[CMP's projects] thus far have not been pieces of journalistic integrity, but misleadingly edited videos and unfounded assertions." That intimidation continued with Orrick's warning: "Mr. Daleiden better be well advised by his lawyers ... that he is obligated to follow the Court's orders and not try to skate around them and cause real harm to human beings and [legally] to himself."

Of course, the tragic irony is that real harm is already being done to human beings. And not by David Daleiden! If his work has proven anything, it's who the real culprits are. To the pro-life movement, David is a hero, who's put an exclamation point on taxpayers' insistence that Congress defund these groups. In the meantime, the attorneys for CMP aren't taking this collusion lying down. They've argued all along that the tapes are protected by the First Amendment -- and former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley agrees. The case against Daleiden is "beyond weak," he told reporters. "He is being persecuted for using very law-based efforts to expose corruption and criminality." And he's not alone. Even the LA Times editorial board found the 15 felony charges bogus!

FRC's Arina Grossu is one of millions who thinks the abortion industry should be paying the price -- not CMP.
"David Daleiden is a courageous hero for exposing the gory reality of the abortion industry and its sale of baby body parts. The implicated parties, including the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood, want to hide the truth from the general public about 'the heads that get stuck', the baby eyeballs falling into laps during abortions, using forceps to 'pull off a leg or two', and executives even admitting that abortion is violence and killing a person. David Daleiden's First Amendment rights must be protected. The perpetrators exposed in these videos should be put in jail, not the messenger exposing them."Even staring down time behind bars, the pro-life leader has no regrets. "The story is not over yet," Daleiden said. "They've brought it all back front and center again." Even now, facing a prison sentence for blowing the lid off of these clinics' real agenda, he's just happy the videos are back in the news. "I'm all in. We have more videos that have yet to be released and there are more battles that have yet to be fought," Daleiden said. "I'm not giving up." Neither will we -- not until abortion is held in the contempt that it deserves.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Sec. of State Tillerson Defends Trump’s Pro-Life Actions in State Department Budget Hearings

by Lisa Correnti (C-Fam): U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended President Donald J. Trump’s pro-life policies during four separate Congressional hearings this week on the president’s proposed budget. The budget slashes global family planning monies, which have been used to fund international abortion groups.

Tillerson is tasked with reducing the U.S foreign policy budget by thirty percent to $37.6 billion. He testified that the foreign policy budget had increased sixty percent since 2007, and that President Trump’s budget reform restores historic funding levels while preserving U.S. leadership abroad.

Tillerson remained poised as he responded to criticism from Senate and House Members on cuts to multi-lateral organizations, humanitarian assistance, diplomatic programs and global health.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), an abortion advocate who sought to codify the permanent removal of the Mexico City Policy that prohibits foreign aid funds to abortion, challenged the Secretary of State on the policy and on the elimination of family planning funding. Those funds increased to over $600 million under the Obama administration despite near universal saturation of the contraceptive market in the same period.

Shaheen asked whether the administration would alter the Mexico City Policy if an assessment after six months revealed negative health outcomes. Dissatisfied with Tillerson’s first response, she pressed further, “Would you be comfortable with such an impact to women’s health?” Unfazed, Tillerson reaffirmed the policy, stating, “we will carry out [MCP] consistent with the President’s order.”

During the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA) continued Senator Shaheen’s line of questioning by asking Secretary Tillerson if he would recommend reversing Mexico City Policy if a six-month review revealed adverse effects. Tillerson replied that the implementation process included meetings with major health delivery non-governmental organizations to mitigate effects on delivery. While he said he would not recommend policy reversal he said he was open to issuing waivers should he and the Secretary of Health and Human Services deem it necessary.

Congressman Chirs Smith (R-NJ) urged Tillerson not to grant such waivers. “Global health ought to be inclusive not exclusive of unborn children,” Smith said. Waivers “would have the perverse impact of incentivizing foreign NGOs to be non-compliant with the Mexico City Policy,” he continued. The only groups that did not comply when the policy was last in place under the George W. Bush administration were abortion giants International Planned Parenthood and Marie Stopes International.

The Mexico City Policy implementation guidelines prevent, in most cases, foreign non-government organizations that perform or lobby for abortion from receiving global health funding. President Trump also withdrew funding from the UN Population Fund – a source that also funds abortion organizations.

Foreign organizations performing abortions in twenty-seven countries today would retain funding, however, due to the legal restrictions permitted under the Mexico City Policy. Eliminating family planning funding within the global health account would eliminate this loophole. Family planning through humanitarian assistance for victims of sexual violence would remain in place.

Appropriators in both the House and Senate are drafting their own State Department budgets. In an effort to ensure that pro-life advances overseas are maintained, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) drafted a letter signed by eighteen colleagues requesting the codification of the Mexico City Policy and the Kemp-Kasten provision. Congressman Smith drafted a similar letter, which gained eighty-one signatures.

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This Republican is “Committed” to Forcing You to Fund Planned Parenthood

At least one Republican is bucking the party’s pro-life stance by supporting taxpayer funding for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told her constituents that she is “committed” to forcing taxpayers to fund the abortion chain, according to a new Politico report. She and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, could get in the way of federal defunding efforts in the Senate, which is narrowly held by Republicans.

The U.S. House passed a bill in May to defund the abortion group of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and repeal and replace Obamacare, but the U.S. Senate has not taken action on the legislation yet.

Efforts to defund the abortion chain gained support in 2015 after the Center for Medical Progress began releasing undercover videos showing top Planned Parenthood officials possibly illegally selling aborted babies’ body parts.

Most Senate Republicans said they want to defund Planned Parenthood, but Murkowski and Collins are exceptions. To pass, a bill would need at least 50 of the 52 votes from Senate Republicans, plus a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, a pro-life Republican. . . . Read More

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If You’re Pro-Life With a Rape Exception You Think It’s OK to Abort Me

Mary Rathke
While many liberal media outlets and activists push an abortion-without-apology perspective, nearly all promote the view that abortion is justified in cases of sexual violence. Thus, it was refreshing when Washington Post reporter Danielle Paquette took a pro-life tone in her report of the stories of young men and women born through the tragedy of rape.

In the 1994 civil war that ravaged Rwanda, roughly 250,000 women were raped and 20,000 children born as a result. Now, as those children have come of age, many are defying the odds and proving that all life – even life conceived through sexual violence – has beauty and potential.

While the Tutsi genocide resulted in horrific trauma, and many of the victims and their children still suffer from poverty, HIV and psychological distress, young Rwandans like Angel are working to pursue their dreams and contribute to the world.

When she was younger, Angel’s mother Jacqueline tried to poison her. She rejected her and refused to call Angel her own. After all, Jacqueline had been happily married with two children when the Civil War began; by its end, she was left with HIV and an unwanted child who reminded her of the trauma she had endured.

A pattern of love and hate continued until the duo were able to begin therapy with Foundation Rwanda, where Jacqueline became a Christian. At that point, Paquette wrote, Jacqueline felt that her child was a gift and not a curse.

Mother and daughter both have HIV, but they have medicine for their bodies and hope in their souls. And they are not the only story of redemption in Rwanda, or the many other countries that have faced the horrors of war crimes. . . .

“Even those in the pro-life movement think it’s OK to abort me,” speaker Mary Rathke said. “Because I hear all the time, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of rape.’ I’m really hearing, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of Mary Rathke.”

“Just because my father was a rapist doesn’t mean I don’t deserve life,” she stressed.


Travon Clifton, who used to be pro-choice, quickly changed her mind when she discovered the truth of her own past.

“I realized that when I was supporting the exception [for rape or incest], I was consenting to my own death,” she explained.

“If we look at the message that society says, it says we are expendable,” she continued. “It says that there’s really no value in us, as if we were some kind of mistake.” . . .  Read More

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