Monday, May 2, 2016

Dubuque's Planned Parenthood Officially Closed

by Shirley Descorbeth, KWWL: DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Dubuque's Planned Parenthood is no more. A note on the door says it closed on Thursday. . . . Dubuque's clinic wasn't around for long -- just eight years. It didn't offer surgical abortions. They were done by giving women medication.

During those years, people against it have demonstrated everyday, protesting, and holding signs. "We stood here every hour that this facility was open for business, to show the women that we care, they are not alone," said Bourek. . . . Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had to say about the closure: After assessing the shifting health care landscape, changing demographics, and the challenges of operating in areas with low patient volumes, we made the tough decision to close the Dubuque Health Center. This change allows us to expand hours and see more patients in Cedar Rapids, where there is unmet demand due to lack of clinician hours.

This move being supported by those who are pro-life advocates, like the organization, Dubuque County Right To Life. "This is a victory for women and their unborn children," said Marian Bourek, executive director of the organization. . . . Read More

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StemExpress Refuses to Turn Over All Documents on Purchase of Aborted Baby Parts

The biotech firm StemExpress is refusing to turn over all documents to Congress related to its purchasing and reselling of body parts from aborted babies sold to it from Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses.

Chairman Marsha Blackburn has sent a letter to Cate Dyer, CEO of StemExpress, requesting full cooperation with the Select Investigative Panel’s efforts to obtain all business and accounting documents from the fetal tissue procurement organization.

“Over the last several months, we have made numerous attempts to acquire business and accounting documents from StemExpress that are necessary to complete our work at the Select Investigative Panel,” Blackburn wrote in the letter.

It continues: “All of these requests have been met with verbal and written objections from your attorneys. In light of recent public comments you have made and the consensus reached by witnesses at our April 20 hearing on The Pricing of Fetal Tissue that a complete review of StemExpress business and accounting documents was necessary, I am writing to personally request you turn this information over to our investigators.”

The letter says StemExpres is failing to turn over all of the documents the investigating committee has requested. ... Read More

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Hillary Clinton Slams New Law Banning Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

While campaigning in Indiana over the weekend, pro-abortion Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear she has no love for the new pro-life law in Indiana that protects unborn babies who have Down syndrome. As LifeNews has reported, Indiana approved a measure that pro-life Governor Mike Pence signed banning abortions done on babies if done because they have the genetic condition.

Hours after the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the new law seeking to overturn it in court, Clinton said she supported that pro-abortion lawsuit. . . . Read More

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Infant Lives Congressional Hearing

by Penna Dexter: Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee really did her homework in preparing for hearings before the committee she chairs: the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. This committee is looking into revelations that Planned Parenthood is likely profiting from the sale of the body parts of aborted babies, in violation of federal law. The Committee is also inquiring into whether the companies procuring the parts from abortion centers — including many Planned Parenthood clinics — and selling them to research institutions are also violating the law. Billing information, consent forms, advertising, accounting and marketing materials, and several other exhibits were presented at the hearing titled, “The Pricing of Fetal Tissue.”

Charts listing the pricing of fetal parts are nausea-producing. A research institution paid a middleman procurement company $3340 for a fetal brain. A baby skull matched to upper and lower limbs went for $595. Upper and lower limbs with hands and feet went for $890.

Videos obtained undercover and released last summer and fall by the Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood officials, the organization’s lead doctors, admitting they alter the abortion procedure, which makes it riskier to the mother, to obtain parts as intact as possible. Now Congress has this evidence showing the prices these large sections of baby bodies command. The videos even hinted at the sale of intact babies. The evidence did not show prices for those.

One thing the hearing revealed is that more Planned Parenthood clinics and more middleman procurement businesses than just the ones covered in last summer’s videos are now suspected to be involved in this grisly business.

A law passed in 1993 makes it illegal to profit from the sale of fetal tissue. It is legal to provide and accept payment to cover reasonable costs associated with transporting and preserving human fetal tissue. Under federal law, the transportation of fetal tissue is based upon a non-profit model. But these documents appear to suggest that abortion clinics bore none of these costs. And yet they received fees from procurement companies. Now Planned Parenthood says it will no longer accept these fees.

Chairman Marsha Blackburn suspects that, “it is more than likely that payments to the abortion clinics and to the procurement businesses have exceeded reasonable cost.”

Three former federal prosecutors testified before the committee that a criminal probe is warranted.

In written testimony to the committee, Ben Sasse, U. S. Senator from Nebraska, wrote: “Babies are not the sum of their body parts. Babies are not meant to be bought. Babies are not meant to be sold.”

Rep. Dianne Black, another stalwart pro-life congresswoman from Tennessee, a nurse during her pre-congress career, asked, “Have we reached a point in our society where there effectively is an Amazon.com for human parts including entire babies?”

There’s no chance the current U.S Justice Department will act on this information. But let the investigation continue.
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Penna Dexter is a radio talk show host heard on numerous stations via the Point of View Network endorsed by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service and Greater Fitchburg for Life..

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

#BoycottTarget Climbs To Over 1 Million

by Claire Chretien, Life Site News: Over 1 million people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its new policy allowing men to access women’s bathrooms.

The American Family Association’s Boycott Target petition gained traction immediately, reaching the one million mark in only nine days.

“Corporate America must stop bullying people who disagree with the radical left agenda to remake society into their progressive image,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “#BoycottTarget has resonated with Americans. Target’s harmful policy poses a danger to women and children; nearly everyone has a mother, wife, daughter or friend who is put in jeopardy by this policy. Predators and voyeurs would take advantage of the policy to prey on those who are vulnerable. And it’s clear now that over one million customers agree.”

Target defended its policy in a statement saying that it believes everyone “deserves to be protected from discrimination, and treated equally” and earlier this week, a Target spokeswoman defended the policy as “inclusive.”

The AFA said that unisex bathrooms are a common-sense alternative to allowing men unfettered access to women’s bathrooms.

“Target should keep separate facilities for men and women, but for the trans community and for those who simply like using the bathroom alone, a single occupancy unisex option should be provided,” the petition says.

The AFA warned that Target’s new policy benefits sexual predators and poses a danger to women and children.

“With Target publicly boasting that men can enter women's bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?” the petition asked.

There have been numerous instances of predatory men accessing women’s bathrooms and intimate facilities in the wake of “transgender” bathroom policies allowing them to do so.

“We want to make it very clear that AFA does not believe the transgender community poses this danger to the wider public,” said Wildmon. “Rather, this misguided and reckless policy provides a possible gateway for predators who are out there.”

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New Civil Society Coalition Formed at UN to Protect the Family

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D., C-Fam: A new coalition to confront the growing international threat against the family is launching a pro-family platform to unite organizations against overreach by international institutions.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and binding international instruments reserve singular protections for the family in recognition of the family’s irreplaceable role as the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children,” declares The Family Articles organized and led by C-Fam [publisher of the Friday Fax], Family Research Council, HazteOir, CitizenGo, Human Life International, Derecho a Vivir, National Organization for Marriage, and the TransAtlantic Christian Council.

“Relations between individuals of the same sex and other social and legal arrangements that are neither equivalent nor analogous to the family are not entitled to the protections singularly reserved for the family in international law and policy,” the Articles state.

The coalition, called Civil Society for the Family is the first pro-family coalition to explicitly push back against UN entities attempting to redefine the family to include same-sex relations, something the UN General Assembly has also opposed.

“The international community has repeatedly rejected attempts to redefine the family in international law and policy,” the Articles state. “Any mention of the family in UN resolutions and conference outcomes can only be interpreted in reference to a man and a woman united in marriage, and relations that are equivalent or analogous, including single parent families and multigenerational families.”

The platform explains how “pressure to grant international status and recognition to social and legal arrangements between individuals of the same sex in the context of the United Nations has led to confusion and acrimony in international negotiations on the subject of the family. Unfortunately, this has led to the exclusion of the family altogether from recent debates in the UN General Assembly.”

Organizers say The Family Articles are intended to move the debate beyond the current impasse and to encourage delegations who are under increasing pressure to conform.

“The world cannot be held hostage by a small minority of countries blocking any discussion of the family unless they can impose same-sex marriage on the entire world,” said C-Fam president Austin Ruse. “This is harmful both for the family for the United Nations.”

The statement details episodes of overreach by UN entities and bureaucrats who claim same-sex relations must be treated on the same footing as marriage and the family, from the UN Secretary General down to UN agencies, including UNICEF and the World Food Program.

These attempts by UN entities to treat same sex relations as equivalent to the family, including claims that sexual orientation and gender identity are human rights, “cannot give rise to binding legal obligations on sovereign states,” the statement declares.

Governments that treat same-sex relations on the same footing as marriage and the family, including through parental rights “undermine the fundamental human right of children to know and be cared for by their mother and father, and may jeopardize their health and wellbeing.” Social science shows children do best when raised by their mother and father.

The coalition hopes the UN will renew its focus on the family in UN policy, but not at the cost of redefining the family to suit countries that offer same sex relations special benefits or protections. This would be “incompatible with international human rights law,” the platform concludes.

Organizations can join the platform and become members of the coalition “Civil Society for the Family” online.

“We expect hundreds of groups from all over the world to sign onto The Family Articles and to join Civil Society for the Family,” said Ruse.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dude, Get The Hell Out Of The Ladies Room

Hugh R. Brown, American Life League: Curt Schilling is a former Major League baseball pitcher who was fired this week by ESPN. During his playing career, Curt was a 6-time all-star, a 3-time world champion, and a world series MVP; he ended his playing career with over 200 wins. Curt has been a baseball analyst for many years, most recently for the left-wing ABC owned sports network ESPN.

ESPN fired Curt for simply sharing and commenting about a meme on Facebook. The meme stated that men should stay out of women’s restrooms. The left-wing media push for a complete acceptance of insanity, such as support for supposed “transgenderism” as natural and normal, burns at a torrid rate. The world, ABC and ESPN, and many businesses think that you either accept their insanity or pay the price. You will be fired, you will be labeled, and you will be corporately ostracized. Our response is “to hell with them.”

It’s simple. Men who think they are women need help. Whether their gender dysphoria is the result of confusion, trauma, or mental illness, it is not natural and thus cannot be accepted such; it is a condition that requires help. To treat this condition as natural is irresponsible; it is a lie.

Did you know that 41% of active transgender men and women attempt suicide? That’s 10 times the rate of the rest of the American population. These individuals need help, not false acceptance. Nevertheless, the promoters and enablers of treating perversity as wholesome truth will not stop. They want grown men in the ladies’ bathroom with your wives, with your mothers, and with your daughters. Welcome to a world without faith or reason.

Fear of speaking out exists because the death of reason and common sense allows politically correct human secularists, like the empty shells at ESPN, to flap in the wind and fire men who speak the obvious.

American Life League applauds and thanks Curt Schilling for having the courage to speak the truth that even a four-year-old knows. Men are men, women are women. The attempt to redefine nature is not only unnatural, but also has an underlying evil design that seeks to brand faith and reason as bigotry. The wicked end game is persecution.

You DO NOT have to accept and tolerate this nonsense. Speak your mind, hold your ground, and move forward. The truth is on your side along with the power of prayer and the strength of Heaven. Our own Emily Brown of Life Defenders knows the truth is on our side and has boldly proclaimed it (link to video). Join American Life League in standing up to this latest push for madness!

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Louisiana House Passes Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood Abortion Company

The Louisiana state House has approved legislation that would further defund the Planned Parenthood abortion company in the state. Last year, pro-life former Governor Bobby Jindal cut off a taxpayer-funded contract with Planned Parenthood after the abortion business was caught selling aborted babies and their body parts.  ... Read More @ LifeNews

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Republicans Stop Abortions on Military Bases

Family Policy Alliance: Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee rejected an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have turned military base hospitals into abortion centers. Department of Defense policy does not allow taxpayer-funded abortions.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Ca.) offered the amendment with the understanding that the abortions would be ‘privately funded.’ Military medical facilities are all funded with tax dollars and it would take a great amount of maneuvering to allow privately funded procedures within them.

Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona called on the members of the committee to think about what’s really at stake.

“I think it’s time for all of us to ask the real question, as hard as it is, and that is, ‘Does abortion really take the life of a baby?’” Franks asked. “If it doesn’t, I’m glad to stop talking about it. But, if it does, then those of us living here in the seat of freedom in the greatest country in the history of humanity also find ourselves in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity.”

The amendment was killed 25-37 with all Republican committee members voting against.

“It’s always difficult for me to understand the fact that we take the lives of over a million children a year in America and that is somehow not enough for my friends on the Left,” Franks said. “Now we come and we want to make our military bases abortion clinics. I think it dishonors everyone who gave everything they had for this country and what it stands for.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton: If Fighting for Abortion is Playing the Women’s Card, “Then Deal Me In”

Hillary Clinton has responded to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claims that she is “playing the women’s card” to get votes from women. Clinton essentially re-upped her support for abortion and usage of abortion as a tool to gain support from women. . . . Read More

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AmeriCorps or AmeriCorpse? Abortion Scandal Stuns Hill

Tony Perkins' Washington Update: Volunteers or political operatives? That's what most people are asking after an investigation blew the lid off of a shocking new scandal involving AmeriCorps program. The "public service" arm of the federal government, created by Bill Clinton in 1993, did a tremendous disservice to taxpayers, an inspector general has found, by teaming up with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to encourage -- and in some cases facilitate -- abortions. On Capitol Hill, the news of these "abortion doulas" stunned conservative members, who have long seen the Community Health Centers an ethical alternative to funding Planned Parenthood.

Over the past 48 hours, those opinions have radically changed, as congressmen and women demand answers for two years of illegal abortion advocacy. According to the inspector general, the NACHC authorized at least six AmeriCorps volunteers to transport women to abortion centers and offer "emotional support" -- breaking a series of federal laws in the process. As if that weren't outrageous enough, the report also found that senior staffers were covering up several instances of "waste, fraud, and abuse."

This isn't the first time AmeriCorps has been caught offering support to the abortion industry. In 2011, the group's workers were discovered at Planned Parenthood centers, serving out nine-month terms as "volunteers." . . . [Read More]

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UN Commission Steamrolls Over Pro-Life/ Pro-Family Concerns

by Stefano Gennarini, J.D.: Ending negotiations unusually early last Friday, the UN Commission on Population and Development chose to embrace ambiguity on divisive social issues in a resolution about the need for accurate data to measure progress on UN development policy. ”

The annual commission chose language that might be construed within the UN system as a license to promote homosexual rights, abortion rights, sexual rights, and other controversial social policies despite insistent calls to anchor controversial terms in the context of previous agreements that excluded these notions.

This comes at a volatile time, as the UN system ramps up advocacy to get countries to relent on contentious issues at the behest of powerful developed nations.

In order to avoid ambiguities, the General Assembly and other UN Commissions qualify terms such as “sexual and reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” by referencing a 1994 UN Conference that prevented abortion from becoming an international right, and excludes the notions of homosexual rights and sexual rights. This happened as recently as last month at the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission on Population and Development, held each April, also qualified both terms in the past.

This time, instead of grounding the terms in previous agreements, the Commission chose to leave them unqualified.

Countries that normally insist on deleting or qualifying the terms were reportedly assuaged by assurances that there was no need for qualifiers, since they could only be understood in the context of the 1994 Conference on Population and Development.

To appease them further the United States and the European Union conceded a hotly contested paragraph that acknowledges the sovereign prerogative of states to implement UN policy in conformity with national priorities, culture, and religion.

In exchange, developed countries pushing the sexual agenda excluded express references to “comprehensive sexuality education” which derailed the Commission last year, or open-ended language about discrimination that would be construed as including sexual orientation as a category of human rights law.

In the long term the tradeoff is likely to benefit proponents of the sexual agenda, since other elements of the resolution are likely to erase these gains.

In particular, the resolution appears to endorse unspecified “reviews” of the 1994 UN Conference carried out by the UN bureaucracy that expands the 1994 agreement to include precisely the controversial elements it excluded.

The wording in the resolution ambiguously opens the door to agreements that UN agencies deliberately concocted outside of the normative framework of the UN Charter to gin up support for controversial social policies that would never fly at UN headquarters. Now they are asking the UN membership to endorse these agreements, without ever negotiating their content.

This undermines how only agreements negotiated by UN member states in the context of UN Charter bodies can provide normative guidance for the entire UN system.

To avoid this confusion recent agreements referred to “outcomes of review conferences” instead, a less ambiguous phrase that can be interpreted as referring only to agreements by the General Assembly.

Russia was one of a few countries that expressed its disappointment at the outcome. Countries were “forcing their own agenda” through “terms with vague and arbitrary interpretations,” and proved “blind and deaf” to other positions, the delegation said when the resolution was adopted.
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Stefano Gennarini is the Director of the Center for Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights C-Fam).

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton: I Want to “Go Further” Left Than Obama

President Barack Obama has been derisively called the Abortion President by some pro-life advocates for the manner in which he has gone out of his way to promote and fund abortions and the abortion industry. From funding Planned Parenthood to pushing abortions on an international level at the United Nations and in other countries like Kenya, Obama has been the abortion movement’s best friend.

But if you think Obama has been bad, Hillary Clinton wants to multiple his pro-abortion efforts. At a campaign rally, the best friend of Planned Parenthood says she wants to “go further” left than Obama. . . . Read More

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Abortion Activists Target Pro-Life Governor With Sick “Color Your Junk for Pence” Event

What abortion activists think they’ll accomplish by sending Indiana Gov. Mike Pence coloring pages of genitalia isn’t quite clear.

But a small group of abortion activists are doing just that in an effort to oppose a new Indiana law that protects unborn babies from discrimination because of a disability, their sex or race. Pence signed the measure into law at the end of March, making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. Planned Parenthood already filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

Fuming, abortion activists also launched a series of juvenile campaigns to attack Pence and the pro-life legislators who supported the life-saving law. Ignoring that the purpose of the law is to protect unborn babies, abortion activists have been claiming the law is all about controlling women’s reproductive organs. . . . Read More

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Compares Promoting Abortion to Fighting Racism

Cecile Richards loves abortion and she thinks the destruction of unborn children in abortions is the women’s rights and human rights cause of our time. Shamefully, during her speech at Georgetown University last week — a scandal in and of itself that a leading Catholic educational institution would give a platform to the woman who runs America’s biggest abortion business – Richards compared defending abortion to fighting racism. Read More

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