Thursday, January 19, 2017

76% of the Abortion Clinics That Were Operating in 1991 Have Closed

Just days before the nation marks the 44th memorial of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, the Guttmacher Institute released a survey of 2014 abortion numbers that show abortions have dropped to their lowest level since the 1973 ruling that decriminalized abortion in the U.S. According to the survey, abortion numbers have decreased by 14 percent since 2011.

The question no one seems to be able to definitively answer – and the authors of the survey did not address – is why?

Operation Rescue has been monitoring abortion facilities for years and conducts its own annual survey, which shows abortion businesses have been steadily declining since 1991. That year, there were 2,176 surgical abortion facilities in the U.S. Today, there are 517 – a decrease of 76 percent.

To directly correlate it to the abortion-supporting Guttmacher Institute survey, since 2011, there has been a 23 percent reduction in surgical abortion facilities.

While abortion is decreasing nationwide, the drop is particularly sharp in states where abortion facilities close, according to data found in state abortion statistic reports.

“When abortion clinics close, lives are saved,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “When there are no abortion businesses in a community actively marketing abortions to women, abortions decrease. Abortion businesses create a fake ‘need’ for women to get abortions through aggressive marketing campaigns. Take away the supply, and we find there is little actual demand.”. . . Read More

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Pro-Life Ronna Romney McDaniel Elected Republican Party Chair, Wants to Keep GOP Platform Pro-Life

Ronna Romney McDaniel 
Michigan Republican Party chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected today as the new chair of the national Republican Party. McDaniel succeeds pro-life former RNC chairman Reince Priebus who is now chief of staff for President elect Donald Trump.

McDaniel is pro-life on abortion and says that her own experience having difficulty having a baby enhanced her pro-life views. When she finally became pregnant, McDaniel described her unborn child as “life inside of me.”

Ask if she is pro-life, McDaniel previously said: “[I am] Pro-life [with the] exception for Life of the mother. I had an extremely difficult time conceiving my first child. The emotional toll that took on me and my husband was difficult to bear as each pregnancy test came back negative. I will never forget the joy I felt the moment I learned I had life inside me.”

She also says she favors repealing Obamacare, the pro-abortion government-run health care scheme.

“Repealed. Period. I speak regularly with small business owners in my area who are frightened about the ramifications of Obamacare once the employer mandate does kick in. Many will be forced to cut hours for their employees or cut jobs altogether,” McDaniel has said.

McDaniel also favors keeping the current Republican Party platform, which is pro-life on abortion. . . . Read More

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Bigotry and Blood Mark Planned Parenthood

by Bill Donohue: Lena Dunham was a great choice to co-produce this Planned Parenthood propaganda film. She is not only a confessed child abuser, she recently regretted not having an abortion. Having Meryl Streep do some of the narrating was also wise. When she was a freshman at Yale, she took an acting class where she was asked to act out a death scene: she chose to perform an abortion on herself.

The founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was both a racist and an anti-Catholic. Indeed, she was so extreme in her hatred of African Americans and Catholics that what she said was indistinguishable from the rants of the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Dunham knows Sanger was a racist, but glosses over it nonetheless; she does not even acknowledge her virulent anti-Catholicism.

Here is what Dunham says about her champion, Margaret Sanger:

“Margaret worked for civil rights leaders, immigrant women and black communities, but also aligned herself with eugenicists. Ugh. It doesn’t seem to make sense. But way back in the early 20th century, eugenics was an immensely popular social movement, one with the kind of widespread legitimacy Margaret craved for her own birth control campaign.” Dunham then praises Sanger, noting her “conflicting legacy.”

Dunham’s account is twice flawed. Sanger did not “align herself with eugenicists”—she played a leading role. The goal of Planned Parenthood, she said, was to “weed out” the “undesirables.” By that she meant blacks. Her eugenicist journal, Birth Control Review, boasted that “Many of the colored citizens are fine specimens of humanity.” This is exactly what slavemasters said at the auctions.

Not all blacks were a choice cut. “A good share of them, however, constitute a large percentage of Kalamazoo’s human scrap pile.” This was written in 1932, the year before Hitler took over Germany. In fact, Sanger published several articles by Nazi officials; they were dealing with the “human scrap pile” of Jews on their way to concentration camps.

Dunham is wrong to say that Sanger’s eugenicist vision “doesn’t seem to make sense.” Indeed, from her perspective, it made a great deal of sense. To wit: If the goal is to filter the population, getting rid of “undesirables,” then preventing what she called the “lesser breeds” from reproducing made a whole lot of sense.

Dunham is correct to note that “eugenics was an immensely popular social movement.” Yes, it was very popular in Nazi Germany. What she failed to note is that the Catholic Church was almost alone on the world stage at the time opposing eugenics. On December 31, 1930, Pope Pius XI’s encyclical, Casti Connubii, condemned the eugenics movement.

Sanger was also a classic anti-Catholic. When New York Governor Al Smith ran for president in 1928, Sanger’s journal warned of “tyrannical intolerance and usurpation of power exercised by office-holders born and bred in the Roman Catholic faith.” She even went so far as to say that no Catholic “has any moral right to hold a position of authority for the State.” So much for the Constitution’s prohibition of a religious test for public office.

Margaret Sanger wore her bigotry on her sleeve, but at least it wasn’t dripping with blood. She opposed abortion; it was her successors who took up this cause.

Planned Parenthood was born in bigotry, and later bathed in blood, which explains why its leaders are Hollywood’s heroes.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Abortion Rate Dips to New Low

by Bill Donohue: The Guttmacher Institute, a research firm that is squarely in the pro-abortion camp, has released a new study, “Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2014,” that is as interesting in its findings as it is in its interpretation of the data.

Its central finding is striking: The number of abortions has fallen to the lowest level since 1974, the year following Roe v. Wade.

“In 2014,” it concludes, “an estimated 926,200 abortions were performed in the United States, 12% fewer than in 2011; the 2014 abortion rate was 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15-44, representing a 14% decline over this period.” It also found that “The rates declined in almost all states.” Regionally, the decline was steepest in the West and the South.

The data on the Northeast are particularly interesting. Not only was the decline less impressive than in the West and the South, but it was the only region that had more clinics performing abortions. Moreover, New York and New Jersey were among the five states with the highest abortion rates in the nation.

The District of Columbia deserves special mention. Access to abortion spiked there, and none of the 50 states had a higher abortion rate—D.C. is number one. The victims of abortion were overwhelmingly African American. This raises the question: Why is access to abortion increasing in an area that is largely poor and black? This is not an accident.

“Abortion restrictions were associated with a decrease in the number of abortions and nonspecialized clinics [e.g. Planned Parenthood],” but the study cautions that there is no clear evidence that would allow for a cause and effect conclusion. That is true—fluctuations are evident—but it is also true that the data are suggestive of an association between restrictive abortion laws and a decline in abortion rates.

From a pro-life perspective, the historic decline in the number of abortions is encouraging. But what does it mean to the pro-abortion industry? The perspective of the report’s lead author, Rachel Jones, is telling. For her, a decline in abortion is not, per se, something to celebrate.

“If there are women in these highly restrictive states who want abortions but can’t get them because there aren’t any clinics that they can get to, and that’s why abortion’s going down, that’s not a good thing,” she says.

In other words, it is not the body count that matters, it’s whether states have passed more restrictive laws on abortion access. Jones says it would be a “good story” if the abortion decline were due to fewer women “having unintended pregnancies.”

Jones has gotten herself into another jam. She does not say why a decline in abortions—for any reason—would be good news. After all, if abortion does not result in the certain death of innocents, then what’s so great about having fewer of them?

The study says that some of the decline in unintended pregnancies is due to contraceptives, and it offers some evidence for that position. What it does not mention is the possibility that women are less sexually active these days. In fact, they are.

Last year, a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior considered data collected as part of the General Social Survey; it focused on the answers of 26,707 adults to questions regarding sex and relationships. It found that millennials are a whole lot less sexually active than their parents were at the same age. The authors of the study explained this finding by saying that today’s young people are a “very risk-averse generation.”

Yes, fear of sexually transmitted diseases, as the researchers concluded, is real. But it is also true that young people today are much more likely to know that abortion results in sudden death. This is not due to sex ed. The credit goes to technology: Pictures don’t lie, and the pictures of life in the womb offer the most devastating evidence that life begins at conception.

The abortion industry is in trouble. It is losing money, and it is losing the support of youth. Look for brighter days ahead.
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William "Bill" Donohue is President of the Catholic League.

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Once Again, Feminists Silence Pro-Life Women

by Katrina Trinko, The Daily Signal: It’s 2017 and women are still being silenced.

The twist is that it’s now by other women.

The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled to occur the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, had listed a pro-life group, New Wave Feminists, as a partner organization. After The Atlantic highlighted the group’s participation as a partner in the march, the Women’s March took the group off the list, saying its inclusion had been an “error.”

“The protest is pro-choice and that has been our stance from Day One,” the Women’s March said in a statement. “We want to assure all of our partners, as well as our participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles. We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive choices.”

Never mind that the event’s organizers had told The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness in December that pro-lifers were welcome to participate in the Women’s March. “The message is not whether a person is pro-life or pro-choice,” said march organizer Tamika Mallory at the time.

It wasn’t entirely surprising they caved. Since Mallory spoke to The Daily Signal, Planned Parenthood has become a partner. And after The Atlantic published its article about the New Wave Feminists’ inclusion, liberal feminists tweeted their dismay:

The exact mission of the Women’s March, which started with Hawaii grandmother Teresa Shook’s Facebook comment on election night that “I think we should march,” has been somewhat … nebulous from its inception.

“What sparked the need for this movement was the rhetoric of the campaign was so demeaning to women,” Shook told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview. “I just felt women needed to stand up and say, ‘Here we are, hear our voice, we’re strong, we’re empowered, and we’re not going away.'”

But regardless of the mission that the event organizers finally settled upon—(assuming they did settle on one—the Women’s March is now in trouble with liberal feminists for removing a statement on rights for sex workers)—it shouldn’t be called the Women’s March if it isn’t meant to be inclusive for all women.

As much as the left (and some of their cheerleaders in the media) love to portray women as a unified bloc of pink-wearing Planned Parenthood cheerleaders who cherish no political right as much as they do the right to abortion, the political reality is far more complicated.

Four out of 10 women in America think abortion should be “illegal in all/most cases,” according to a poll released last year by the Pew Research Center. And two-thirds of women voters support legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except if the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest, according to a November poll commissioned by the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization.

In other words, the pro-choice position of the “Women’s March” is excluding a lot of American women.

And unfortunately, that’s all too common. In our political discourse, it’s regularly assumed that all women agree with the Lena Dunhams of the world.

It doesn’t matter how many women passionately believe that both female and male unborn children deserve the right to life, despite being small and dependent. It doesn’t matter how many women think all women deserve something better than the kind of treatment delivered by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, under whose care a woman undergoing a second-trimester abortion died.

It doesn’t matter how many women think that what can best help a woman facing an unexpected pregnancy is financial support and personal care, the kind delivered by pregnancy centers across the country—not a push that she end the life of her child.


Or at least that doesn’t matter to the liberal feminists who constantly demand pro-life women be excluded.

It’s time the left accept that women have a diversity of views on many issues, including on abortion.

And if liberal feminists are sincere about women’s rights, they’ll realize that means that all women, not just those they agree with, deserve a seat at the table (or a place in the march) to represent their views.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

President-elect Trump Will Decide Supreme Court Decision "Within 2 Weeks” of Inauguration

President-elect Donald Trump will offer a nominee
to replace the “great, great” Justice Antonin Scalia
within two weeks of his inauguration.
Editor, National Right to Life Newsletter: If you have 48 minutes to spare, a very good use of your time would be to go to YouTube and watch pro-life President-elect Donald Trump spar with reporters January 11 at his first formal press conference since he was elected. It no doubt foreshadows what we will see for the next 4-8 years.

Here’s what the President-elect said when asked about making an appointment to the Supreme Court. (The High Court is currently short one member due to the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia.)
I’ll be making the decision on who we will put for justice of the United States Supreme Court, a replacement for the great, great justice Scalia, that will probably be within two weeks of the 20th. … I’ll be making that decision, and it’ll be a decision which I very strongly believe in, I think it’s one of the reasons I got elected, I think the people of this country did not want to see what was happening with the Supreme Court, so I think it was a very, very big decision as to why I was elected.The importance of the Supreme Court to his victory is hard to exaggerate. As NRL News Today has discussed on numerous occasions, the electorate knew where Mr. Trump and pro-abortion Hillary Clinton stood on abortion, particularly because of what Mr. Trump said at the third debate and his pledges to the pro-life community, and because the political arms of the Abortion Movement trumpeted Clinton’s absolutist position. One of the exit poll question asked how important the Supreme Court was in people’s vote. The graph below is startlingly revealing. 56% of those who voted for Trump said it was the most important factor, compared to 41% for Hillary Clinton--a whopping 15 point advantage for Trump.

One of the exit poll question asked how important the Supreme Court was in people’s vote. The graph below is startlingly revealing.

56% of those who voted for Trump said it was the most important factor, compared to 41% for Hillary Clinton--a whopping 15 point advantage for Trump.

In addition to pledging to nominate only pro-life justices to the Supreme Court and filling his cabinet and White House staff with pro-lifers, Mr. Trump also vowed to retain the life-saving Hyde Amendment, sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide, defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and reallocate their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.

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Planned Parenthood Caught on Video Covering Up Sex-Trafficking, Its Response is Horrifying

A new Live Action investigation reveals that Planned Parenthood did not fulfill its promises to change after its employees were caught willing to help sex traffickers cover up abuses of young girls.

The pro-life group recently decided to follow up to see if the abortion chain retrained staff about sex trafficking and abuse, and if it had reported the suspected sex traffickers to authorities, as it said it would.

The abortion group made these promises to media outlets and others in 2011 after a Live Action investigation uncovered wide-spread willingness among Planned Parenthood employees to help sex traffickers abuse young teens.

But it did not keep them, according to Live Action’s latest findings.

“It appears that many media outlets simply took Planned Parenthood’s word that it reported the suspected child sex traffickers to the proper local authorities,” Live Action President and Founder Lila Rose said. “If Planned Parenthood can provide proof that it actually tried to protect children it thought were being forced into prostitution by reporting the suspected crimes to local law enforcement, we’d love to see the evidence.” . . .
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Teacher Who Had Abortion to Cover Up Raping 13-Year-Old Boy Sentenced to 10 Years

A Texas teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old male student and then having an abortion to cover it up was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty.

The New York Daily News reports Alexandria M. Vera, 24, faced up to 30 years in prison based on the sexual abuse charges, but her sentence was reduced to 10 years because she pleaded guilty. She will be eligible for parole after five years, according to the report.

Vera allegedly had an on-going relationship with the 13-year-old student while she was teaching eighth-grade English at Stovall Middle School near Houston, Texas.

In June, Vera turned herself into police after investigators uncovered evidence of her sexual relationship with the boy. According to court documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle, Vera said she and the boy were in love and began having sex in September 2015.

Vera told authorities that the boy’s parents accepted their relationship and were excited when they learned that she was pregnant. However, she reportedly decided to abort the baby when authorities began to ask questions, according to court documents. . . . Read More

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Roe vs. Wade Was Called an “Unspeakable Tragedy.” 59 Million Abortions Later It Still Is

Dictionary.com defines “prescience” as “knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight.”

An apt visual to accompany that definition would be a video from the March for Life, for, if ever there were an entity that embodied prescience, it is the pro-life movement.

On the night of January 22, 1973, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite led off his newscast with a report on Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that had been issued earlier that day. . . .

In the past 44 years, millions of mothers have been left to grieve children lost to abortion–often silently, as the abortion industry fails to recognize the pain and suffering of its dissatisfied customers. Research has shown that in as many as 60 percent of cases, women are coerced into abortion–meaning that a boyfriend, husband, parent, grandparent, or someone else is pressuring them to patronize an abortion facility. Fathers often wordlessly grapple with their role in the decision to end the lives of their offspring. . . .

The prescience of the pro-life movement cannot be denied. The predictions that Roe would undermine respect for life in our culture…give rise to an unspeakable tragedy…result in abortion double-speak…and cause the exploitation of women have all come to pass.

Thankfully, a significant number of the children who survived Roe, who are now adults often with children of their own, are dedicating their lives to exposing the tragic fall-out from that 1973 Supreme Court decision. They have both the benefit of the lessons of history and the blessing of foresight to know that our nation will be stronger…women will be empowered…and millions of children will be saved once Roe is reversed.

Truth and goodness and justice will win in the end. That is the prescient promise of the pro-life movement. . . . Read More

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Russian City Bans Abortions for One Day to Remember King Herod’s “Massacre of the Innocents”

At the request of a Russian Orthodox Church diocese and local health officials, abortions are banned for one day in the Russian city of Yaroslavl to commemorate the “massacre of the innocents” in Bethlehem around the time of Jesus’ birth . . . The church described January 11, 2017 as a “day of silence without abortions,” BBC News stated.

“On this day, all public health institutions of the Yaroslavl Region are prohibited to perform abortions,” the Archdiocese of Yaroslavl told RT News. “Certain events have been scheduled aimed at combating the murder of babies in the womb and protecting the priceless value of motherhood.”

The “Massacre of the Innocents” refers to King Herod’s planned execution of young boys under the age of 2 living in proximity to Bethlehem around the time of Jesus’ birth, according to the Second Chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible. Herod ordered the mass-slaughter of infants because he feared losing his coveted throne to the newborn King of the Jews, based on news delivered to him by the Magi.

The Yaroslavl diocese simultaneously plans a “Candle of Memory” event to commemorate the children whose lives ended not only under the reign of King Herod, but also due to abortion . . . read more

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Sick! Grandmothers for Abortion Group to Promote Aborting Grandkids

A group of elderly women wearing yellow T-shirts with the word “GRR!” splashed across the front gained public attention recently at the Maine state Capitol as they advocated for abortion, the Free Press reports.

GRR! stands for “Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights.” The group seeks to educate women at the local level about the pro-abortion agenda, and encourage women to speak with their local government officials about supporting abortion and other reproductive health issues. About 40 grandmothers participate in GRR!, according to the report.

... “Abortion is a sticking point for many because it has become connected to religion,” Kahrl told the Free Press. “It’s not a religious issue. It’s not a Republican or Democratic issue. Reproductive freedom is a human rights issue.”

“This isn’t about us,” Kahrl added. “We’ve had our children and grandchildren. This is for them.”

Kahrl’s father, Dr. Clarence Gamble, associated with Procter and Gamble, graduated from Harvard Medical School, and later his practice delved into women’s health issues including birth control advocacy, according to the New Maine Times.

Gamble was “good friends” with Margaret Sanger, the founder of the Planned Parenthood abortion business, according to the report. He founded a grassroots organization called “Pathfinder International” devoted to international reproductive health education, including the promotion of abortion. Judy Kahrl sometimes accompanied her father on these trips, the report continued. . . . Read More

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Speaker Paul Ryan: We Will Defund Planned Parenthood Period

. . . in an interview on CNN, pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan explained why the Republican Congress will defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Ryan said Congress has a long-standing pro-life principle that it will not force taxpayers to be involved in the abortion industry. He also said that defunding Planned Parenthood will have absolutely no negative effect on women’s health because the funding will be rerouted to legitimate Health Care Centers that actually provide healthcare for women as opposed to abortions.

Ryan said federal community health centers are “all throughout Wisconsin, they’re in virtually every community,” adding: “By putting these dollars in the federal community health centers, which provide the same kinds of services. For every Planned Parenthood, there are federal community health centers. They are vastly bigger in network, there are so many more of them, and they provide these kinds of services without all the controversies surrounding this issue.”

“Well there’s a longstanding principle that we’ve all believed in — and by the way, this is for pro-choice/pro-life people — that we don’t wanna commit taxpayer funding for abortion and Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider,” Ryan said. “So we don’t want to effectively commit taxpayer money to an organization providing abortions but we wanna make sure that people get their coverage.”

Ryan said funding the Planned Parenthood abortion company is “surrounded by a lot of controversy and we don’t wanna commit peoples’ taxpayer to effectively funding something that they believe is morally unconscionable.”

“But they get a lot of money and you know money’s fungible and it effectively floats these organizations which then use other money, you know, money’s fungible. You don’t have this controversy by funding health centers,” Ryan explained. . . .

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Terminally Ill Mom: Medicare Offered Me $1.20 for Assisted Suicide Drugs, Refused Me for a Clinical Trial

California residents are feeling the damaging effects of the state’s doctor-prescribed suicide law less than a year after the deadly procedure became legal.

Wife and mother of four Stephanie Packer is one of them.

In an interview with Orange County Catholic, the young, terminally ill mom said her state Medicare plan initially refused to pay for her medical treatment but offered to pay for assisted suicide drugs instead.

Packer said she was diagnosed with autoimmune disease scleroderma, a potentially fatal condition, in 2012. Recently, when she talked with a Medicare representative about covering her treatment with a new clinical trial, she said she was refused.

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Packer’s story gained a lot of media attention, and Medicare eventually agreed to cover the cost of her care, according to the report.

What happened to Packer is not an anomaly. In states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal, sick people are being denied medical treatment coverage and offered assisted suicide instead. LifeNews has reported about cases in Oregon and Vermont as well as California.

“… what the public isn’t told is that sick people have other options,” Packer told the newspaper. “In supporting the new law, they are backing something that could very easily take their lives sooner than they want. They are making it impossible for some people to live. It’s disgusting and sad.”

Packer said she relies on her Catholic faith to help her through the difficult days.

“As a Catholic, I trust my faith and know there are certain ways God would want me to handle things,” she said. “I believe God is our maker and our lives are not our own. We are given our bodies and our place in the world; everything that I am and have belongs to Christ.”

The California doctor-prescribed suicide law is modeled after a law in Oregon, which, in 1994, became the first state in the nation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide. The deadly procedure involves a doctor prescribing a lethal dose of medication to an adult patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The California law took effect in June 2016.

. . . Another concern is that the law does not require psychological evaluations.

“A primary risk associated with depression is suicidal ideation,” Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition previously told LifeNews.com. “The data indicates that legalizing assisted suicide does not reduce suicide, rather it appears to have a suicide contagion effect.”

Many also fear that more patients like Packer will be pushed toward assisted suicide for monetary reasons. Assisted suicide drugs tend to be a lot cheaper than medical treatments in cases like her’s.

Colorado and the District of Columbia recently voted to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide, following Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California. However, Congress could stop the D.C. bill. Euthanasia advocates also are pushing bills to legalize the deadly procedure in other states around the country.

Readers can follow Packer’s story at fundingmorality.com and gofundme.com/StephaniePacker. . . . Read More

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Senate Passes Budget Resolution That’s a Precursor to Defunding Planned Parenthood

. . . Yesterday, the U.S. Senate took the first step in paving the way for a vote on defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation.

The Senate approved on a virtual party-line vote a budget resolution bill. This repeal resolution is the first step in the process to re-direct Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to legitimate health care entities and repeal Obamacare using the budget reconciliation procedure.

The Senate voted for final passage 51-48 of the 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3), which will guide the legislative process to repeal and replace Obamacare as well as defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company. . . .

After the final passage was announced, Sen. David Perdue (R.-Ga.) said he understood that there was more work to do to fix healthcare in America, but it was most important to start.

“Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight,” he said. . . .

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews.com: “We urge Congress to swiftly pass the budget resolution so they can pass a reconciliation bill that re-directs abortion giant Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding to community health centers.

She added: “Community health centers provide the same services Planned Parenthood does, but do not perform abortions or harvest fetal body parts. They far outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by a 20:1 ratio. Re-directing the abortion giant’s taxpayer funding will fulfill a major pro-life commitment made by the President-elect to end Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding as long as they continue to perform abortions.” . . .
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Democrats Desperate to Preserve Obama Legacy on Abortion

by Lisa Correnti : Pink-clad feminists ready to disrupt a second day of Senate confirmation hearings were ejected before Rex Tillerson’s testimony began. But that didn’t stop Senator Jeanne Shaheen from pressing President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State on his reproductive rights agenda.

“Will you pledge to continue to prioritize quality family planning and reproductive health services for women worldwide and ensure that resources and access to these programs are not conflated with support for abortion,” asked the New Hampshire Democrat senator.

The scene was just one episode in the showdown in Washington over President Obama’s legacy on abortion rights.

Shaheen tried to get the incoming Secretary of State to commit to keeping the growing gender bureaucracy at the State Department.

Tillerson affirmed his commitment to economic empowerment for women, providing personal accounts of women changing the cycles of poverty for their children through small business ventures in their local villages and communities.

Unsatisfied, Shaheen pressed on, asking if the nominee would pledge to include sexual and reproductive health services as a policy priority.

Tillerson said he believed current funding for family planning was half a billion dollars annually and that he would need to examine the programs.

Shaheen used her remaining time to cite refuted statistics on unmet need for family planning invoked by groups vying to get more funding for family planning programs. Under the Obama administration, more than $5 billion was appropriated to family planning through the global health initiatives. The figure is specific to USAID and does not account for family planning funded through other State Department bureaus or for contraceptive funding programs through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)–previously limited to condoms.

Senator Shaheen became the highest ranking woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Barbara Boxer’s retirement in December. Shaheen seeks to institutionalize the gender equality agenda spearheaded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through legislation.

Clinton restructured the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to promulgate gender integration through all U.S. development and diplomatic programs. Clinton established the Office of Global Women’s Issues, the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, and a Global Office for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment—all without legislative approval. Their mandates give wide latitude to the offices to interpret “empowerment” and “equality” to create programs, including abortion on demand.

The State Department issued policy directives on gender-based violence and women in conflict to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and abortion rights in traditional countries. This led to a backlash against the U.S. by countries and communities who felt foreign values were imposed upon them.

The State Department Authorization bill that passed the Senate last month came close to enshrining Clinton and Obama gender policies in law, but the House amended it to remove the Global Strategy on the Prevention of Gender Based Violence which contains those policies.

Democrats expressed alarm last month when the Trump transition team requested the State Department and USAID to provide a list of “existing programs and activities to promote gender equality” and the funding for 2016 for these programs.

President-elect Trump has an opportunity to repeal a hallmark of Obama’s abortion legacy on his first day in office if he follows his Republican predecessors and re-institutes the Mexico City policy. The 1984 policy bans funding to international organizations that perform or promote abortion. President G. W. Bush expanded it beyond USAID global health initiatives, applying it to State department grants and contracts that Democrats wielded again under Obama.
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Lisa Correnti joined C-Fam in 2011 and now works as the organizations Executive Vice President dividing her time in both the Washington DC and New York offices. Prior to joining C-Fam, Lisa focused her efforts on promoting policy that strengthens the family and defends the life of the unborn engaging in political activism at both the state and national level.

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