Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Walls Are Talking

by Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews: They are the abortion industry’s worst nightmare. They are feared and despised because they, more than anyone else, know what really happens on the inside of an abortion clinic. All of them were once abortion clinic workers and all of them left after experiencing a change of heart. And now, all of them have gripping stories to tell about what they actually did at their former jobs.

And the stories that they’ve recently revealed in a new book titled The Walls are Talking — published by Ignatius Press — has enough evidence to sink the entire abortion industry forever.

LifeSiteNews caught up with the book’s lead author, former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, to ask her what she hoped to accomplish by spearheading this project.

“Society is long overdue to hear what is really taking place inside the abortion industry,” she said.

“We have been given a false narrative by our secular media that tells us that the abortion industry is ‘safe, sanitary and provides high-quality healthcare for women.’ The only way to effectively combat that myth is by revealing the true stories and the real horror that is taking place behind those clinic walls. This book helps detail that truth and is an important read, no matter what side of the aisle you fall on regarding the abortion debate.”

The book’s title is a spin on HBO’s 1996 “If These Walls Could Talk,” a show that promised viewers an honest look into the issue of abortion but amounted to what pro-lifers called a propaganda piece that presented abortion as the only sensible answer to unwanted pregnancies.

Now, 20 years later, Johnson decided that the time had come to reveal what abortion does to men, women, and babies through the stories of the people who once were the industry’s biggest defenders and advocates.

Johnson said the stories destroy the industry’s biggest talking points.

“I hope that people's eyes will be opened to the reality of what's taking place inside the abortion industry. All we hear are scripted talking points from the abortion movement. It's time to move past the talking points and move into honest conversation about the reality of abortion,” she told LifeSiteNews.

There are a total of 17 stories in the 155 page book.

One is about the “hush money” that was used to buy a patient’s silence after a botched abortion. Another exposes the lie behind the abortion industry’s slogan “trust women,” revealing that it is the industry itself that is scared about giving women accurate information. Another story reveals the sick gallows humour that takes place in abortion clinic, for instance calling the freezer where aborted babies were stored until disposal the “nursery.”

Johnson said that each story was selected to reveal the “real horrors inside the abortion industry.”

“While the stories are difficult to read, they are necessary. It is necessary for pro-lifers to know what is truly happening inside these facilities. And it is also necessary for abortion supporters to read and know exactly what they are supporting.”

“No one will be able to read this book and then say they ‘didn't know,’ she said.

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Hillary Clinton Names Pro-Abortion Tim Kaine VP, Says He’s “Catholic” Who “Supports Abortion”

Pro-Abortion Ticket
Abortion activist Hillary Clinton today tapped pro-abortion Virginia Senator Tim Kaine has her vice-presidential running mate.

The Virginia politician is on record as trying to have it both ways — saying he is both a “traditional Catholic” and a strong supporter of abortion. Kaine has a pro-abortion record and the potential Clinton running mate is not following anyone. As LifeNews previously reported, Kaine said he is a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” despite supposedly being a “traditional Catholic.” . . .

As a U.S. senator, Kaine has voted against the pro-life position every chance he got. Sen. Kaine voted to allow government funding of abortion providers, and he voted against legislation to require an abortionist to notify at least one parent before performing an abortion on a minor girl from another state.

Kaine took his most extreme pro-abortion action yet with his recent co-sponsorship of the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S.217), known to pro-lifers as the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act.” This bill would nullify nearly all existing state and federal limitations on regulation of abortion, and prohibit states from enacting meaningful pro-life laws in the future. This revamped version of the long-stalled “Freedom of Choice Act” is a priority of the pro-abortion forces in Washington, D.C. . . .

Kaine is a longtime abortion advocate who has sought to appear moderate on abortion. But he was pro-abortion enough for Democrats for Life to yank its endorsement of him. His spokesman and website are now identifying him as a pro-choice Democrat.

Kaine says on his own web site that he doesn’t want to put any limits on the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason and has resulted in 55 million abortions. . . . Read More

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Compelling Pro-Life Commercial Makes it Clear How Pro-Life Voters Should Vote This Election

LifeNews.com: On Tuesday, the Right to Life of Michigan released a compelling new video asking voters to support pro-life candidates in the coming election. The two-minute video urging citizens to “vote for life” is airing across the state of Michigan.

The video begins by articulating the importance of preserving the values our nation was founded on. While scenes of daily life flash across the screen, the narrator describes America’s core principles.
It is in politics that the battle for life can have its greatest repercussions,” the female narrator says. “Our government is founded on the premise that every human being is endowed with certain unalienable rights. In the battle for life this means that the government, which is strong, would protect the rights of the individual, which by comparison, are weak.”

She continues: “The political candidates we vote for either uphold this principle, or undermine it.”

Next, the ad reminds viewers of the value and worth of every life. Protecting the lives of all, particularly the oppressed and disadvantaged, are among the fundamental tenants of the pro-life movement.

“Whether born or unborn, the life of a woman is equal to the life of a man. A person of one race is equal to a person of any other race. A person with disadvantages is equal to a person with many advantages,” the narrator states.

This coming election is critical for those involved in the abortion debate. Republican nominee Donald Trump just named Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who has spent his political career working tirelessly in defense of the unborn, as his choice for vice president. Meanwhile, the likely Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton consistently reveals her extreme pro-abortion stance.

Right to Life of Michigan shows its endorsements on its website, so pro-life voters can know which candidates will work to pass pro-life legislation. To effectively defend the lives of the disabled, elderly, and unborn, the pro-life group is urging voters to vote pro-life.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

At the UN, Obama's Ambassador Ramps Up Global LGBT Activism

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D., CFAM: The Obama administration is telling countries to be loud and proud about LGBT issues, especially countries that want to avoid international tension on this subject.

Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power
“Governments do not have to choose between advancing LGBTI rights within their own countries and around the world. We can and must do both,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power told some 30 countries belonging to a newly formed “Equal Rights Coalition” gathered in Montevideo for a conference.

Power urged agitation at a four-day strategy session last week even though some countries and organizations in the coalition fear international tension over this subject. Some LGBTI groups even say it puts their constituents in danger. The conclave in Uruguay included UN agencies UNESCO, UNFPA, and the World Bank, along with a who’s who of international LGBT advocates.

Power extolled efforts of the Obama administration to “integrate LGBTI rights into the DNA of multilateral bodies like the UN,” even though the UN Charter prohibits the UN system from taking directives from individual states or groups of states. The unipolar nature of the UN system on social issues is increasingly a source of tension in international circles.

As when addressing the Human Rights Campaign earlier this year, Power boasted of the diligence of US diplomats in promoting LGBT issues and emphasized the importance of “firsts”—most recently the creation of a new UN post for an “independent expert” on LGBT rights.

With each small advance “we weave another thread of LGBTI rights into the fabric of universal human rights,” Power said.

But she insisted above all that countries “must be willing to use all the tools in our toolkit” to pressure countries into changing their laws and social attitudes, even when it causes international tension. . . . Read More

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Donald Trump: “I Will Appoint Supreme Court Judges Who Will Uphold the Constitution”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in accepting the nomination of the party today, drove home the number one concern for pro-life voters this election — what will happen to the Supreme Court and its control over the fate of abortion.

The most basic duty of government is to defend the lives of its own citizens. Any government that fails to do so is a government unworthy to lead,” Trump said.

“We are also going to appoint justices to the United States Supreme Court who will uphold our laws and our Constitution,” Trump said. “The replacement for Justice Scalia will be a person of similar views and principles. This will be one of the most important issues decided by this election. The politicians have talked about it, I’m going to do it.

Trump also specifically reached out to evangelicals and pro-life voters with a message about religious liberty and allowing pastors and priests the opportunity to preach pro-life political values from the pulpit.

“At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical community who have been so good to me and so supportive. You have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits,” Trump said. “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans.”

Trump also went after pro-abortion presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying, if elected, she would leave a “legacy” of “death, destruction and weakness.” “But Hillary Clinton’s legacy does not have to be America’s legacy,” he said. . . . Read More

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Looking at the Principles of Christ: You Have to Conclude Abortion “is Evil”

Dr. Ben Carson has a reputation for making strong, candid statements about some of the most controversial issues in the nation. This week, he angered abortion activists when he called abortion “evil” and linked pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton to Satan.

Carson, a former Republican presidential contender, is back in the spotlight this week after his speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday drew heavy criticism from the liberal news media.

On Wednesday, he responded to the criticism on CNN’s New Day by speaking up for the rights of unborn babies, among other issues.

“When you look at the principles that are espoused by Christ, by Christianity, then look at what is espoused by evil, and then you look at things like killing babies … I think there’s pretty good consistency there,” Carson said. . . . Read More

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Mike Pence: “I’m a Christian, a Conservative and a Republican. In That Order”

Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence last night gave Americans a very clear picture of who he is and has been as a pro-life governor and Congressman and who he would be as a leader of the country.

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican,” Pence said. “In that order.”

Pence would later explain in his address: “For those of you who don’t know me, which is most of you, I grew up on the front row of the American dream. My grandfather immigrated to this country, and I was raised in a small town in Southern Indiana in a big family with a cornfield in the backyard. Although we weren’t really a political family, the heroes of my youth were President John F. Kennedy and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”

Pence understood well the biggest issue at stake for pro-life voters — whether another four decades of abortion are yet to come.

“As this election approaches, every American should know that while we’re filling the presidency for the next four years, this election will define the Supreme Court for the next 40,” he added. “”For the sake of the sanctity of life… We must ensure the next president is Donald Trump.”

Pence was also quick yo point out the contrast with Hillary Clinton, who supports unlimited abortions at taxpayer expense.

“This won’t be America’s first glimpse of the Clinton machine in action, as Bernie Sanders can tell you. And this time around, she’ll have the press doing half her work for her. The good news is, it won’t be nearly enough — not against a candidate who has captured the attention of this country the way Donald Trump has,” he said. . . .Read More

Watch Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence's full speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Macy’s Fires Catholic For His Beliefs

by Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Macy’s has fired an employee because he is a practicing Catholic. The case is now before the New York State Division of Human Rights.

In May, Javier Chavez, Senior Store Detective at the Macy’s store in Flushing, New York, received a phone call stating that a male had entered the ladies room with a female companion. A female customer, and her daughter, were afraid to enter because of the male’s presence. A security employee who reports to Chavez advised the man to leave and use the men’s room. He left claiming to be a female. He then complained to store officials that he was asked to leave.

Chavez was subsequently told by an Assistant Store Manager that certain males can use the ladies restroom. This was news to him. A few days later, an Assistant Security Manager told him that transgender persons can use the bathroom of their choice. He said he had just become aware of this policy, stating that it was contrary to his religion and the Bible. But he hastened to say that he would nonetheless enforce Macy’s policy.

Macy’s would not leave this alone, and this is where it crossed the line. Chavez was then summoned to meet with the Human Resources Manager, who suspended him. He was later terminated.

“After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy,” Chavez says in his formal complaint, “I was terminated because of my religion, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law.”

The most basic religious right is the right to believe; if conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing. Macy’s has no legal, or moral, grounds to stand on. For merely holding beliefs that are contrary to the store’s policy, Chavez was fired. This is what totalitarian regimes do, not American commercial establishments.

Contact Macy’s Media Events chief, Holly Thomas: holly.thomas@macys.com

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Abortion Rate in Indiana Continues to Decline Under the Pence Administration

. . . 161 fewer unborn babies killed in 2015 than in 2014

Pro-life Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
GOP Vice President Candidate
NRTL News: A new report by the Indiana State Department of Health shows that the abortion rate continues to decline in Indiana.

In 2015, there were 7,957 abortions, compared to 8,118 in 2014. Abortions have declined in Indiana for seven consecutive years.

Indiana’s all-time high number of abortions was 16,505 in 1980.

The report shows that chemical abortions, a drug combination of Mifepristone and Misoprostol, continues to increase. In 2015, chemical abortions accounted for 27.9 percent of abortion procedures. Other procedures used in Indiana in 2015 were dilation and evacuation (19 abortions) and suction curettage (5,713 abortions).

“If John Gregg [the Democrats’ 2016 gubernatorial candidate]was governor today, we would be looking at a much different trend over the last three years,” said Sue Swayze, Indiana Right to Life Vice President for Public Affairs. “The fact is, Gov. Pence’s pro-life administration has promoted life over abortion, leading to another year of declining abortion numbers in Indiana. Gov. Pence’s Real Alternatives program offers compassionate care at pregnancy resource centers to women in challenging situations. Indiana is a decidedly pro-life state because we have leaders willing to fight for alternatives to abortion.”

Swayze continued, “We will keep fighting for the right to life until no more babies lose their lives through abortion. The new state report indicates that 7,957 children never took their first breath and 7,957 women were sold the lie of the abortion industry. We mourn for both the lives lost and the women whose lives will never be the same. Abortion hurts both women and children.”

The full state report is available here.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thousands of Christians Flood the U.S. Capital to Pray for Our Nation

In the sweltering summer heat, thousands of Christians gathered near the Washington Monument on Saturday to pray for a “broken” America.

Nick Hall, a young evangelical Christian and leader of the Pulse ministry, organized the event to encourage young Christians to unite in prayer for the problems in the world and then take action . . . .

“We believe #JesusChangesEverything,” the organizers said. The hashtag became a trending topic on Twitter during the event. “We believe there’s power in coming together. Jesus promised whenever two or more come together in His name, He is present. It’s emboldening to join with others, to know we’re not alone, to realize we can do more together than apart.”

“God, we don’t need to hear from some man or some woman,” Hall said in an opening prayer on Saturday morning. “God we don’t need to hear from some band. We need to hear from heaven today. That’s why we’ve come.”

Speakers at the event avoided talking too much about politics. Instead, they focused on praying for an end to violence and suffering, and restored protections for the vulnerable all across the world. . . . .Read More

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Father Frank Pavone: We Will Eventually See Victory Over the Evil of Abortion

The Rev. Frank Pavone’s commitment to defending all life is evident in the gentle yet ardent manner in which he speaks. Through his work as national director of Priests for Life and his many other roles, his tireless efforts to protect all life continue to inspire pro-lifers across the world. . . .

LifeNews: As someone who has had an influential role in the movement for quite a while, what do you think is the future for the pro-life movement?

Pavone: Victory is the future. As we said in the civil rights movement, no lie can live forever. The truth about abortion is coming out. Even if we sat back and did nothing, the truth would eventually come out. We have to do something, because we have to speed up that process and assure that there are as few victims as possible. We definitely will see victory over this evil. America has always resolved questions of the exclusion of groups of people from the law, in favor of inclusion. We excluded blacks and slaves, eventually included them. We excluded women from many basic rights in society, we eventually included them. It’s always a story of more and more inclusion, so that will apply to the unborn as well. As far as the future of the movement, it will be one victory after another until we see the full protection of the unborn. . . . Read More

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Heresy at the UN

by Austin Ruse: Have you ever heard of the Stockholm Syndrome. It is what happens to victims of kidnapping who come to associate themselves with their kidnappers. Most famously, it happened to Patty Heart back in the 1970s.

It is a thing that happens even to good people when surrounded by great evil.

The other sorry thing that happens is the desire to be on the “inside,” to be accepted, especially by the powers-that-be.

From 1997 to the present, C-Fam has seen this happen with many groups that come to the UN to do pro-life work. They become hungry to be accepted by the powers-that-be. They want to be insiders. They mistakenly believe that this is the way to stop abortion at the UN. They are wrong.

I am proud to say that no one at C-Fam has ever been stricken with that malady. In all the nearly 20 years of our existence, we have consistently rejected insider status and have savored our outsider status.

Being on the outside means always being able to tell the whole unvarnished truth.
  • A few months ago we were told that we could not say anything negative about homosexual parenting, even though we know, the social scientists know, even gays know, that children do best when raised by their own mom and dad and do far worse in any other arrangement, including when raised by two men.
  • We were under great pressure not to release the Family Articles, an expert document agreed to by 164 groups from around the world, because it tells the truth, that gay unions do not have the status of man-woman marriage in international law.
  • We were also under pressure to accept the idea that “reproductive health” does not include abortion when it is abundantly clear that every major and most minor UN bodies say it does and work as if it does.
    We have refused to go along with these erroneous propositions.
C-Fam has never wanted to be on inside at the UN. The inside of the UN is rotten. Our job is to work with delegations who are fighting for their lives, for the lives of unborn child, traditional marriage, and national sovereignty, come what may.

We hold this view whether we are liked by European countries or not. We hold these views whether we are liked by UN bureaucrats or not.

The cost of this position is immense. It means that we are not supported financially by governments. It means we are not supported by wealthy donors. It means we are not supported by rich foundations. Who we are supported by is you and those like you

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Republicans Adopt Most Pro-Life Platform Ever Condemning Abortion and Planned Parenthood

On a voice vote at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio today, GOP delegates from every state and territory in the nation adopted what pro-life advocates consider to be the strongest pro-life platform the Republican party has ever adopted.

Historically, the party has been a champion for the right to life, with its platform recognizing “that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

The new platform calls for an end to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and a ban on the use of aborted babies’ body parts in research.

The new GOP platform also would condemn the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn a Texas law that required abortion clinics to meet basic health and safety standards, according to the report. It also calls for new Supreme Court judges who will reverse the decision and uphold the right to life for unborn babies, the report states. .... Read More

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Tim Tebow Won’t Speak at Republican Convention, Calls News Reports a “Rumor”

Life News Update: Tim Tebow, the celebrated pro-life football payer, won’t speak at the Republican convention after all. He says early news reports that he would be speaking at the convention which will nominate Donald Trump for president “a rumor.”

The New York Times first reported on Tebow speaking at the convention. ...

But it turns out those reports are not accurate, according to Tebow himself.“I wake up this morning to find out that I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention,” Tebow said in a video posted on his Facebook page. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly. And that’s exactly what it is, a rumor.”

Tebow was not on the speakers list put out by convention planners Thursday, but Republicans and Donald Trump officials said they hoped the Heisman Trophy winner would make an appearance next week in Cleveland.

It doesn’t sound like that is going to happen.
. . . Read More

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Democrats Privately Attempted to Obstruct Investigation Into Baby Body Parts Trade

One year to the day after the first undercover video was released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the aborted baby body parts trade, the Select Panel on Infant Lives issued an Interim Report detailing their findings so far.

Led by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, several panel members outlined discoveries that support the claim that procurement companies profited from the sale of baby body parts.

“Documents show abortion clinics and middlemen who were exploiting women and selling baby body parts as part of a business plan to make more money,” . . .

Rep. Blackburn also revealed, “The Minority privately attempted to obstruct the Panel’s fact-finding mission.”

“It is appalling, but
not unexpected that the rabidly pro-abortion Democratic members of the Panel would try to sabotage the investigation. They are only advancing the exploitation of women and babies through their underhanded acts to protect a corrupt Abortion Cartel – which, incidentally, contributes substantial amounts to most of their political campaigns,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue . . .

The Panel released a 94-page Interim Update detailing their findings so far and vowed to continue their fact-finding investigation until the end of the year when the Panel’s commission expires.

So far the Select Panel on Infant Lives has referred the University of New Mexico and Southwestern Women’s Options, a late-term abortion facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the State Attorney General for further criminal investigation. . . . read more

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