Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Winton’s List: This Man Saved Hundreds of Jews From Death, Now He Meets Them 50 Years Later

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com: You’ve heard of Oscar Schindler, but have you heard of Sir Nicholas Winton?

Winton organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War, in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for the children and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. The British press has dubbed him the “British Schindler.”

Despite his heroics, Winton never spoke of his heroism.

Fifty years later, he comes face-to-face with 80 people whose young lives were saved as a result of his bravery.

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Pro-Life News, July 22, 2014

Ex-Planned Parenthood Director: They Told Me Every Baby Killed in Abortion Made Them $313.29 in a new expose’ video released today, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director says Planned Parenthood put a price on the value of a human life: $313.29. That’s the amount of money Abby Johnson says the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic she ran in south Texas would make every time it would kill a baby in an abortion. Johnson, who is now pro-life, released a video this morning exposing the abortion quotas that take place at Planned Parenthood. Read More

First-Time Dad Can’t Get His Newborn Girl to Stop Crying, What Happens Next is Priceless Here is a powerful video with a pro-life theme that you should spend two minutes watching. Dave Andrusko of the National Right to Life Committee tells us why this video is so amazing: It’s been a long, long time since I was a first-time dad trying frantically to figure out what to do (in the absence of my wife) when our newborn daughter would cry, seemingly inconsolable. Read More

Court’s Decision Strikes Huge Blow to Pro-Abortion Obamacare A decision by a federal appeals court today strikes a huge blow to Obamacare, which the pro-life movement steadfastly opposed because of its abortion funding and rationing components. A federal appeals court rejected subsidies paid by the government to millions of new enrollees and the court determined that those federal subsidies can only go to people who sign up to Obamacare via state exchanges and not the federally-run exchange. Read More

His Celebral Palsy Should Have Left Him Unable to Walk, But He’s a Star Athlete Meet Ben Jackson. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Ben didn’t want that to define him. So he pushed himself to become a wrestler.Read More

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Georgia County Church Sees Victory in ‘Zoning Code’ Case

by Bethany Monk, Citizen Link: A Georgia County has revised a zoning policy that forced a church congregation to temporarily hold its services in the basement of a jewelry store. As part of the settlement, the county has agreed to pay several thousand dollars to the church in damages and attorneys’ fees.

In June 2012, a Christian legal group filed suit against Rockdale County for refusing New Generation Christian Church access to different properties to hold worship services. The zoning code prohibits churches from meeting on property of less than three acres in any zoning district.

“Government officials shouldn’t use zoning restrictions to discriminate against small, start-up churches that want to minister to communities in need,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “There’s no legitimate reason to require churches to have a minimum of three acres of property.”

This zoning restriction did not apply to other groups including sports centers, day care center, libraries or performing arts centers.

Before filing the suit, the church requested permission to rent the vacant property it initially occupied. The county rejected the request because of the zoning restrictions. The congregation began meeting in the basement of a jewelry store.

“Small churches have the same constitutional freedoms as non-religious groups and larger, wealthy churches,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “Zoning regulations shouldn’t force small churches to go underground simply because they can’t afford property of more than three acres.”

In the complaint, New Generation said the zoning code violated its free exercise of religious guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It also said the code violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The law protects churches and other faith groups from discriminatory zoning laws.

“Federal law prohibits saddling churches with these kinds of unjustifiable, targeted zoning restrictions,” Stanley explained. “We commend the county for changing its regulations so that small ministries can afford properties appropriate for their size.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION Read the complaint in New Generation Christian Church v. Rockdale County.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 21, 2014

I Used to Be Pro-Choice, Pro-Choice to the Core, Then I Had an Abortion Every morning, the faithfulness of the sun touches our eyelids. Unfortunately, the faithfulness of the alarm clock also reaches our ears. We slowly rise from the pillow, sneak out from under the sheets, and begin the tasks for that day. For most people, there is a passion that gives us the encouragement to live each day. It might be a job, a child, a spouse, a religion. My passion is being pro-life. It drives and it motivates me. I find joy in being the voice for the unborn every day, even if it’s just in the smallest ways. There was a time in my life when you couldn’t have paid me a million dollars to truthfully and passionately say the statement above. I used to be pro-choice. Pro-choice to my very core and then everything changed… Read More

Pro-Abortion Lena Dunham’s Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You < Lena Dunham isn’t exactly the first person you’d expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show ‘Girls’ and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the “first time” was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunham’s racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl,” coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. Read More

These Buildings Used to Be Abortion Clinics, What They Do Now is Amazing Years ago, I encountered a piece in Feminism & Nonviolence Studies entitled “Feminist, Prolife, and Atheist,” by Kathryn Reed. At the time, I had no idea that atheism was in my future. What really stuck with me was not the title, or even the body of the article, but one of the subheadings: “Converting Abortion Clinics To Peacetime Use.” The idea of “peacetime use” has been on my mind a lot lately, as the pro-life movement has seen a record number of abortion businesses close in recent months. On a whim, I thought I’d put together a list showing how some former abortion sites are now being used. In chronological order: Read More

This 11-Year-Old Just Helped a Governor Sign a Bill to Stop Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome We have a young heroine for life in our state. Her name is Chloe Kondrich, and she has Down syndrome. The 11-year-old and her family have made it their mission to educate people about the precious value of individuals with Down syndrome. The family received our Pennsylvania Pro-Life Leadership Award in 2011. Read More

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Obama’s Executive Order Discriminates Against Christian Colleges, Organizations

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: President Obama signed an executive order today that will force Christian universities and organizations to hire people who disagree with God’s timeless design for marriage and relationships. The president ignored the request of faith leaders across the country who urged him to include a strong religious exemption.

The order mandates federal contractors and subcontractors to give special rights in the areas of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the workplace. Christian colleges and organizations are not exempt.

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council, said Obama’s order bullies those who have “moral objections to homosexual behavior.”

“Religious faith is not simply a matter of intellectual affirmation but of active practice,” he explained. “A religious organization which is denied the power to require its employees to conduct their lives in a way consistent with the teachings of their faith is an organization which is being denied the right to exercise its religion, period. People with deeply held convictions regarding the morality of certain types of sexual behavior should not be bound by the dictates of President Obama’s agenda.”

Earlier this month, 14 faith leaders from across the country sent a letter to the president. They asked for protections similar to the ones found in the problematic, Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

One of the leaders — Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay — faced severe backlash from media groups and gay activists. In response, CitizenLink created a petition to show support for Dr. Lindsay. In just one week, more than 12,000 people have signed it.

Obama’s actions today amended two previous executive orders: The first, 11478, was signed in August 1969. The revision substitutes “sexual orientation, gender identity” for “sexual orientation.”

The other, 11246, was signed in September 1965. The amendment substitute “sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin” for “sex, or national origin.”

Without a strong exemption, Gordon College — and other Christian colleges — could lose federal funding, student financial aid and accreditation.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel KristenWaggoner said the administration has “brazenly” bypassed Congress by issuing this order. The administration has declared that “the only religious non-profit organizations it will do business with are those willing to line up with the administration’s doctrine and theology on sexual behavior,” she said. “That’s the kind of government entanglement with religion that the Founders sought to prevent — and that the First Amendment prohibits.”

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Obama Rejects Religious Exemption

Bill Donohue, Catholic LeagueFor 20 years, Congress failed to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), suggesting that the legislation must be burdened with more than just a few controversial features. President Clinton and President Bush respected the right of the legislature not to pass the bill, but President Obama is different: he said he signed it because the bill had stalled in the Congress. Why we need the Congress at all he did not explain.

The president not only issued an Executive Order imposing ENDA, he chose to sign that version of the bill which fails to grant a religious exemption; all he did was to preserve the limited religious exemption that was coined by the Bush administration. He explicitly rejected several proposals that would have insulated religious institutions from state overreach. This is critical because of what is at stake: ENDA applies to “sex, sexual orientation [and] gender identity”; as we have learned, this includes behavior, not simply status.

Earlier versions of this bill said that “This Act shall not apply to a religious organization,” but in 2007 this exemption was made conditional. Obama, who has no aversion to exemptions—over 100 million are exempt from his signature ObamaCare legislation—cannot bring himself to exempt religious institutions whenever the issue touches on homosexuality. Which is why the bishops oppose ENDA.

Most reasonable persons distinguish between sexual orientation and sexual behavior, but not this gay-friendly, religion-unfriendly, administration. What does this mean? Look for cross-dressers and other lovely types to spring forward demanding their rights. Look for homosexuals to sue Catholic institutions that do business with the federal government insisting on pension benefits for their “spouse.”

The heart of the problem is (a) the mad idea that sexuality is a social construction, when, in fact, it is rooted in nature, and (b) an unyielding hostility to religious liberty.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Marriage Amendment

by Bethany Monk, CitizenLink: A federal judge said today that the Oklahoma constitutional marriage amendment is unconstitutional. Today’s 2-1 decision affirms a lower court ruling.

It will likely be appealed.

“Every child deserves a mom and a dad,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Byron Babione. “And the people of Oklahoma confirmed that at the ballot box.” In his dissent, the judge “rightly noted that ‘any change in the definition of marriage rightly belongs to the people of Oklahoma, not a federal court.’”

Approved by more than 75 percent of voters in 2004, the amendment defines the institution as a union between a man and a woman. Two couples filed suit in January.

The District of Columbia and 19 states have created same-sex marriage either by court order or legislation.

This afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court put a Utah court ruling on hold. The high court said the state does not have to recognize the some 1,300 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples after a federal judge struck down the constitutional marriage amendment. The high court ruling will be in effect pending the outcome of an appeal.

On Thursday, a Florida state judge issued an opinion that would have allowed a county clerk to give out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but an immediate appeal by state officials stayed the effect of the ruling for now. Federal courts have yet to issue a final ruling on other pending challenges to the state constitutional marriage amendment.

John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, said the opinion, issued by state judge Luis M. Garcia, represents a “stunning act of legal arrogance and raw judicial activism.” Garcia did not even put the ruling on hold pending an appeal — which is what judges often do in such cases.

“With one stoke of a pen,” Stemberger said, “a mere trial judge has attempted to overthrow an act of direct democracy by five million Floridians. Judge Garcia has ignored the constitution, ignored the will of the people, and has asserted his own personal views over the rule of law.

All states in the country have had their marriage law or amendment challenged. Appeals are pending in 13 of these cases.

It is likely today’s decision involving the Oklahoma marriage amendment will be appealed.

“Ultimately, the question whether the people are free to affirm marriage as a man-woman union will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Babione explained. “If the high court remains consistent with what it held in its Windsor decision, the states will ultimately be free to preserve man-woman marriage should they choose to do so.”

Read the complaint in Bishop v. Smith.
Read the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision.

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SCOTUS 6-3 | Wheaton College Wins Religious Freedom Case

Justice Sotomayer asserts: “Courts are still supreme”
by Dr. Tom Askew, Presidential Prayer Team: In the latest of what is certain to be a series of Supreme Court tests of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), the justices have voted 6-3 to grant Wheaton College temporary relief from the Health and Human Services (HHS) birth control mandate. That stipulation requires organizations to provide health care which includes types of birth control which violate the Christian college’s religious beliefs.

In her report for The Christian Post, Melissa Barnhart explains that “the HHS contraceptive mandate gives Wheaton College the option to not provide direct coverage for birth control by completing [a form] that would enable a third party to cover birth control, [however] the college has argued that submitting the form would still make it complicit in providing these products, for which it has religious objections.”

What this decision does and doesn’t mean:
  • It means that Wheaton College leaders cannot currently be fined for refusing to file a form which they believe would make them a party to approving abortifacient funding for their employees.
  • The ruling does not mean that the issue is settled. It is a temporary injunction until a pending case regarding the contraception mandate can be resolved.
  • The court decision does not mean that Wheaton stands alone in opposing the HHS mandate. In another recent decision, six different Catholic organizations were granted the same injunction (also pending a further decision at some future date).
Sotomayer’s chilling dissent - Writing for the minority, Justice Sonia Sotomayer repeatedly affirmed that she knows that Wheaton is sincere in its opposition to certain kinds of contraception on religious grounds. But, according to Sotomayer, that does not outrank the court’s authority to compel the college to violate its conscience, even under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“Wheaton is mistaken,” Sotomayer wrote in her dissent, “not as a matter of religious faith, in which it is undoubtedly sincere, but as a matter of law: Not every sincerely felt ‘burden’ is a ‘substantial’ one, and it is for courts, not litigants, to identify which are.”

Here, Sotomayer is quoting from the language of the RFRA itself, which states “the government may not ‘substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion’ unless the application of that burden ‘is the least restrictive means of furthering [a] compelling governmental interest.’”

When Sotomayer asserts that “filling out a form” is not a “substantial burden,” she ignores the heavy fines that employers are required to pay for not complying with the HHS mandate. In the recent Hobby Lobby case, these fines would have amounted to over $700 a day.

But that is not as disturbing as what Sotomayer now identifies as a “compelling government interest” – requiring not only privately held businesses (such as Hobby Lobby) to provide abortifacient health care, but even compelling religious colleges to do so. To put it bluntly, she is saying (in admittedly extreme terms here) that:
  • A religious organization, which employs people (under the condition that they agree with its religious beliefs), must provide “health care” which violates the beliefs of the organization, and to which the employee agreed to when hired.
  • Because it is a “compelling government interest” that insurance fund the killing of babies (even when the employee has agreed not to kill a baby), the government is free to punish the employer with large fines because the courts know better than the employer about whether or not this is a “substantial” burden to the employer.
How to pray
When you hear of religious freedom atrocities in third world countries, such as Sudan, you are rightly horrified. Are you as horrified at the current large scale intrusion into the religious lives of Americans by its own government?

As you pray for the protection of religious freedom in this country, remember these promises of Jesus:

“You will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them and the Gentiles.” (Matthew 10:18)

“You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Above all, pray out loud. Let others hear your stance on the freedom to follow God.
Dr. Tom Askew has been an educator in both public and private schools for over 40 years, in both the U.S. and overseas. He is currently doing educational consulting and instruction for Christian schools in Arizona.

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In Undercover Videos, Planned Parenthood Suggests Sadistic Sex to Teen Girls

by Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal: “Choking,” “whipping,” and “tying up” are a few of the sadistic sexual behaviors Planned Parenthood staffers in Denver were caught on camera promoting to underage girls as part of Obamacare-supported “sex education” inside their facilities.

This report and video contain graphic language about disturbing practices.

Today, in two undercover videos released by the pro-life group Live Action, counselors for Planned Parenthood are seen offering advice about “BDSM”— a practice in which sexual partners beat, lash, or otherwise inflict pain on each other — to girls who the staffers think are 15- and 16-year-olds.

The videos, “Sex-Ed Two: Planned Parenthood’s Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids,” are part of Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record:
The motto at Planned Parenthood seems to be ‘sex with no strings attached.’ Teens are told they can have sex whenever, however, with whomever, as long as it’s contracepted.In the undercover footage, staff for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains tells minors that “sexual exploration is normal.” One counselor suggests the 15-year-old read the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” and search online “to see kind of how they execute it.”
Lila Rose, president of Live Action and an undercover actor in many of the group’s videos, told The Daily Signal in a telephone interview this morning:
Planned Parenthood promotes themselves as a clearinghouse for sex advice for teenagers, and that’s one of their justifications to receive taxpayer money. They’re promoting dangerous sexual behavior as normal and OK for kids to practice. … As a sex educator, they’re not to be trusted.Planned Parenthood’s “sex education” funding through Obamacare is a fraction of the more than $500 million it receives annually from taxpayers. The organization is the largest provider of abortions in America.

“Here’s an abortion corporation, which gets 45 percent of its budget from the taxpayers, telling 15- and 16-year-olds not only to have sex, but also to choke each other in the process,” Rose said of the undercover video in an earlier prepared statement. “Police should be busting down its door.”

Rose voiced concerns over staffers undermining and invalidating a fundamental rule in relationships, that “no means no.”

In the video, Live Action’s investigator is advised that a young girl using words such as “stop” when she is uncomfortable “can get mixed up.” A second counselor concurs: “Usually, a lot of people will say ‘stop’ even though it feels good, so that’s usually not something that is used.”

Live Action is campaigning for Colorado residents to take action, in particular to ask schools with links to Planned Parenthood: “Are you OK with this sort of behavior being pushed on my children?’

A Planned Parenthood facility in Denver already was under fire over accusations that clinic staff failed to report on the suspected sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl by her stepfather.

According to a report by Life News, the man took his pregnant stepdaughter to an abortion appointment on May 3, 2012. After the procedure, Planned Parenthood staffers returned the girl to her stepfather’s custody, and the abuse continued.

The stepfather is behind bars on multiple counts of felony sex abuse. On June 20, the girl’s mother filed a lawsuit against Planned Parenthood, arguing that four staffers failed in their responsibility to report suspected child sex abuse, which in Colorado is required by law.

“Parents need to get involved on the community level and ensure there’s no relationship between the schools and Planned Parenthood,” Rose told The Daily Signal:
Planned Parenthood does not take sexual abuse seriously and they even go as far as covering it up. We’ve documented it for years; we found over a dozen clinics [where staff] have coached underage girls to lie about their age to put power in the hands of their sexual abuser.Planned Parenthood has not responded to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 18, 2014

Shock Report Reveals Girl Had Four Abortions Before Her 16th Birthday The pro-life movement is sometimes scoffed at by abortion activists when it points out that abortion is mostly used for birth control reasons. Here’s a report that provides more confirmation that that’s the case. A British schoolgirl had her fourth abortion in 2012, figures today revealed. She is one of 200 teenage girls who have had repeat abortions before the age of 16.Read More

Mother Pregnant With Her 10th Child Refuses Cancer Treatment and Abortion “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.“A mom who is pregnant with her 10th child and who is refusing cancer treatment so she will not harm or cause the death of her unborn baby exemplifies this Biblical passage. Meet Donielle Wilde. She and her husband Keith are expecting their 10th child, who is now 17 weeks old. Donielle had breast cancer in the past; it has returned and metastasized. Read More

CBS Airs Feminist’s Anti-Christian Song: “I Wish The Virgin Would’ve Had An Abortion” CBS put on an anti-religion jeremiad early Thursday morning on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: a feminist musician who likes “wearing and making something Satanic since music is so not right now.” Piano-banging rock singer Kristeen Young made her late-night TV debut, accompanied by Foo Fighters stars Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. She sang the song “Pearl of a Girl” that criticizes Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, but most gratuitously proclaims about Jesus “I wish the virgin would’ve had an abortion.” Read More

Megyn Kelly Eviscerates Pro-Abortion John Stewart’s Left-Wing Anti-Hobby Lobby Rant Fox News’s Megyn Kelly has clearly had it up to here with the disinformation, misinformation, distortions and outright lies coming from the left in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. A recent dishonest rant by Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (noted at NewsBusters by Jeffrey Meyer early Tuesday morning) and attempts by certain doctors to deny scientific truth caused Kelly to correct the record on the air. The topic is the science behind whether or not the contraceptive methods Hobby Lobby’s owners would not cover in its employee health insurance plan on conscience grounds are or are not abortifacient in nature. Read More

Planned Parenthood Confirms it Gave Clinic Award for Killing More Babies in Abortions Remember that award a Planned Parenthood abortion business received for increasing the number of babies it killed in abortions? Some LifeNews readers wondered whether the award was real. Apparently it is, as the Planned Parenthood affiliate that gave the award has confirmed it did so. Former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director Abby Johnson posted on her Facebook page about the update. Read More

When He Learned His Business Was Being Used to Build an Abortion Clinic, What He Did Was Priceless A baby graveyard is being built in New Orleans, and it’s quite an expensive one too. Who’s building it? None other than Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in America. The facility is costing 4.2 million dollars, and the advertisements for this monstrous tomb is amounting to somewhere deep within the six-figure range. In New Orleans, you can’t turn on the radio, open your mailbox, or visit popular websites like Yahoo.com, without hearing or seeing Planned Parenthood’s rhetoric. Read More

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The Blumenthal “Kill Them Later And Later” Bill

Ken Blackwell
by Ken Blackwell, ARRA News Service: Connecticut’s liberal Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants no one to have to worry about aborting unborn children late in pregnancy, very late. He favors abortion at any time prior to birth. It’s not clear yet whether he would vote to deny federal protection to newborns who survive an attempted abortion. Blumenthal was not in the Senate when that bill passed. Barack Obama was in the Illinois Senate when that state’s Infant Born-Alive Bill was killed. Then-Sen. Obama made sure that bill never got to the Governor’s desk.

We should know what Sen. Blumenthal wants. He wants no protections at all for mothers or their unborn children. No waiting periods. No ultra-sound images, especially no ultra-sound. Why?

As liberal columnist Joe Klein has written in TIME Magazine, “ultra-sound has made it impossible to deny that that thing in the womb is a human being.” Easy for you to say, Joe Klein! You are not running for public office and seeking campaign cash from liberal donors. Liberal politicians do the impossible every day. Richard Blumenthal denies that “that thing” is a human being. His bill treats that thing as nothing. It simply does not exist in his vocabulary. It is a choice, nothing more.

Warren Hern is not so squeamish about acknowledging what it is he does when he kills unborn children. He is pretty open about it. He famously told the newspaper of record, The New York Times, how he feels about what he does when he ends the life of unborn children late, very late, in pregnancy.

Here’s that memorable passage from the Times.Boulder Abortion Clinic in Colorado, said abortion doctors "are treated as a pariah by the medical community," adding, "At best, we are tolerated."

He said a recent incident illustrated "the fundamental rejection of what I do by what passes for the sympathetic medical community." Dr. Hern said he called an old friend the day before New Year's Eve, wanting to bring the friend a gift.

"He is one of my best friends, a medical colleague, who is strongly pro-choice and who has done abortions himself," Dr. Hern said. "I called him late Saturday afternoon and said I wanted to come over. He asked me where I was and I told him I at that point." Dr. Hern said, his friend quipped, "Still killing babies this late in the afternoon?"

"It was like a knife in my gut," Dr. Hern said. "It really upset me. What it conveys is that no matter how supportive people may be, there still is a horror.
This long-ago story did not upset Warren Hern enough to make him stop killing unborn children. He has been targeting these defenseless human beings for more than a quarter of a century. Those insensitive comments by his fellow abortionist may have felt like a knife in the gut, but Hern has actually used his knife to slay thousands of innocents. And it has all been legal.

The horror that Hern says even fellow abortionists feel about what he does every day is called humanity. Even in the hardest of hearts, there is a remnant of humanity. It is that still small voice of conscience that Warren Hern has learned never to heed.

That Times article, from as long ago as 1990, shows that people continue to view the slaughter of innocents with horror. In the last four years, some 216 pro-life laws have been passed in the states. These pro-life laws are not “restrictions” as the media keeps saying, but protections. They are efforts by Americans’ elected representatives—women and men—to do what can be done for life under the unjust restrictions of Roe v. Wade.

These laws afford a measure of protection to unborn children and to their mothers and fathers. Overturning these laws—as Blumenthal’s bill would do—is another way of bringing us more Kermit Gosnell cases.

Gosnell ran a filthy abortion center in Philadelphia. Bloody, dirty, and dark, this facility victimized women and thousands of their unborn children. Gosnell was tried and convicted for “snipping” the spinal cords of children who were born alive and screaming after he had failed to end their life within their mothers’ wombs.

Pennsylvania has stronger protective laws on the books, but a succession of “pro-choice” governors—Tom Ridge (R) and Ed Rendell (D)—made sure that there would be no serious effort at enforcing even the most elementary standards of clinic cleanliness.

In Gosnell’s center, it was said to be “raining fetuses” and blood was all around. Women died because of his failure to take adequate care of them. Did the media call this a “war on women”? Not likely. They stayed away from the Gosnell trial in droves. Viewers of FOX were perhaps the only people in America to see on TV the rows of empty seats reserved for the press. “Nothing to see here, folks, just move on.”

So, now Richard Blumenthal wants to overturn hundreds of pro-life laws, protective laws, and open the way to more Herns and eventually to more Gosnells. The Blumenthal abortion-on-demand bill should be defeated in this Senate — and in any Senate.

The Blumenthal bill would have an especially damaging effect on minority mothers. Most of Gosnell's victims were black and Hispanic. We have learned how Planned Barrenhood (Parenthood) targets minority communities. And in Harlem, 61% of black women's pregnancies end in abortion. Blumenthal thinks that 61% is not enough.

Joe Klein was right: “That thing in the womb is a human being.” Or, more to the point, that thing in the womb is a child.
Ken Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council.  He is a contributing author to the ARRA News Service.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 17, 2014

Planned Parenthood Counselor Caught Telling 15-Year-Old: Let Your Partner Whip and Beat You It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood preys on children. By getting their hooks into our kids early, they ensure a lifetime of faithful customers who will continue to line Planned Parenthood’s pockets with blood money. In the recent past, Live Action’s undercover investigations have shown how dangerous Planned Parenthood can be to children – by covering up sexual abuse and child sex trafficking -but our newest investigation shows that they’re also peddling depravity to children. Read More

Planned Parenthood Suggests Teen Girl “Poop” on Her Partner for “Sexual Exploration” Just because the folks at Planned Parenthood don’t really do mammograms with the tax dollars they get doesn’t mean they’re not experts in some things. Take, for example, the Planned Parenthood counselor who told what she thought was a 15-year-old girl about the sexy side of defecating. Pro-life advocacy group Live Action released a second investigative video on July 15 showing what Planned Parenthood “counselors” teach minors. Read More

Ted Cruz Rips Pro-Abortion Democrats: “If You’re Litigating Against Nuns, You’re Doing It Wrong” Yesterday, Senate Democrats their bid to approve legislation to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Republicans were able to sustain their filibuster against the bill atedcruz7nd prevailed on a 56-43 vote, with Democrats voting to move to a vote on the pro-abortion bill and almost all Republicans uniting to vote against it. Read More

Ice Cream Shop Creates Planned Parenthood Flavor for Abortion Giant’s Political Group Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them. No it will not be called Blood and Scream! The announcement was made on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon’s Events page on Facebook and reads: Read More

Activist Admits She Doesn’t Want Abortions to be Rare: “We Want as Many Abortions as Needed” Safe. Legal. Rare. Three simple words. On their own, powerless. Devoid of any meaning but their individual Merriam-Webster definitions. But string them together and they become something else entirely. “Safe, legal and rare.” A phrase that has been used by abortion advocates since the 1990s. A phrase that admits there is something about abortion that demands its rarity. A phrase that, in its beginning, seeks to ominously remind us of the pre-Roe era, a time period during which abortion advocates claimed women died in droves from back-alley abortions. (The truth is much less macabre.) Read More

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New York Declares War on Kids

Bill Donohue, Catholic League: The New York City Health Department, New York State Department of Health, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation announced today that they are launching a new initiative to increase access to contraception "immediately after childbirth":

The anti-child mentality that marks Western nations has now been taken to a new level in New York City, the abortion-murder capital of the United States. So-called health officials will now try to convince a mother, "immediately after childbirth," not to expand her family any further. This assumes, of course, that these anti-child crusaders first fail to persuade pregnant women to kill their child in utero.

The idea that the government is now in the business of arm-twisting women not to have more children, "immediately after childbirth," is morally obnoxious and socially disturbing. It is so apt that this is happening in a city where its mayor lusts for abortion rights—showing no concern whatsoever for the health of unborn babies—while at the same time showing a maniacal concern for the alleged mistreatment of carriage horses in Central Park.

The health police have fast become a menace, and they most definitely do not speak for the dedicated men and women in the health professions. Moreover, contrary to what this initiative presupposes, humans are not the problem—they are the answer. In fact, given our dangerously low fertility rate, we need a pro-breeders campaign, not one that puts a cap on kids.

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Death Panels? Obama Admin May Pay Doctors to Conduct “End of Life” Discussions With Patients

by Jennifer Popik, JD, LifeNews.com: In a recent Politico Magazine article titled, “Let’s Talk About Death Panels,” Harold Pollack urges reviving one of the most notorious proposals that did not make it into the Obama Health Car Law – “advance planning consultations.”

During the debate over Obamacare’s enactment, there was considerable controversy over a provision in an early version under which health care providers would have been paid by Medicare to discuss with their patients whether they would want life-saving medical treatment.

After former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin dubbed the planning sessions “death panels,” the provision was dropped from the law ultimately enacted.

As Pollack acknowledges, “The ‘death panel’ charge stuck because it tapped into the primeval fears of millions of Americans. It’s only human to worry that we might someday be abandoned when we are old and sick, and thus judged to be a social burden. Such worries run especially deep among senior citizens, who had the most reason to feel vulnerable, and who perceived that they had the least to gain from the ACA.”

In the time since the “advance care planning” provisions were struck from the Obama Health Care law, there have been several attempts to resurrect the concept through various stand-alone bills in the House and Senate. Now, according to media reports, the American Medical Association (AMA) is working directly with the Obama Administration to implement reimbursement by administrative action, bypassing Congress.

In to a Stateline Article from the Pew Foundation titled, “Feds to Consider Paying for End-of-Life Planning,” Michael Ollove writes, “The current effort began last year, when the Illinois State Medical Society recommended that the AMA adopt specific medical codes for the reimbursement of doctors for advance care conversations. Medical codes provide a uniform description of hundreds of medical procedures and services and are used by medical providers, hospitals and insurers across the country. In response to the Illinois request, an AMA panel approved a new code for advance planning.”

The AMA is expected to submit the proposal to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services soon so that providers all across the country can be reimbursed for these “advance planning conversations.”

Such federally funded “advance care planning” conversations pose a very real danger, because they are likely to be used to nudge people to reject life-saving medical treatment they might otherwise want.

Advocates of using tax dollars to pay for “advance care planning” claim it is intended to promote neutral, fully informed planning by which patients can be assisted to implement their own values through legally valid advance directives. Unfortunately, however, there is abundant evidence that a combination of cost pressures and the ideological commitment of a significant number of health care providers to limitation of life-saving treatment for those deemed to have a “poor quality of life” would in practice lead to many federally funded advance care planning sessions being used to exercise subtle – or not-so-subtle – pressure to agree to reject life-preserving treatment.

While the advance care planning provision in the early version of what became Obamacare was being debated in Summer 2009, author and blogger Lee Siegel, in general a strong advocate of President Obama’s approach to health care restructuring, wrote:
[O]n one point the plan’s critics are absolutely correct. One of the key ideas under end of-life care is morally revolting.

. . . . The section, on page 425 of the [original House] bill, offers to pay once every five years for a voluntary, not mandatory, consultation with a doctor, who will not blatantly tell the patient how to end his or her life sooner, but will explain to the patient the set of options available at the end of life, including living wills, palliative care and hospice, life sustaining treatment, and all aspects of advance care planning, including, presumably, the decision to end one’s life.
The shading in of human particulars is what makes this so unsettling. A doctor guided by a panel of experts who have decided that some treatments are futile will, in subtle ways, advance that point of view. Cass Sunstein, Obama’s regulatory czar, calls this “nudging,” which he characterizes as using various types of reinforcement techniques to “nudge” people’s behavior in one direction or another. An elderly or sick person would be especially vulnerable to the sophisticated nudging of an authority figure like a doctor. Bad enough for such people who are lucky enough to be supported by family and friends. But what about the dying person who is all alone in the world and who has only the “consultant” to turn to and rely on? The heartlessness of such a scene is chilling.

It has become widespread to now talk about treatment as being costly and burdensome, depending on one’s ‘quality of life.” Pollack himself illustrates this, writing, “Under the current system, physicians can bill Medicare for aggressive imaging, procedures and chemotherapies treatments that may bring little patient benefit in advanced illness. Doctors and hospitals are far more handsomely rewarded for the placement of a feeding tube or a ventilator than they are for meeting with patients and families to determine whether these therapies are helpful or wise.”

In a taxpayer-funded advance care planning session, a patient with cancer might well be told chemotherapy provides little benefit because it will leave him or her with a disability and only “prolong life,” without a cure. The extra period of life might be exactly what a person would want, but because the treatment was presented in such a negative way the patient might well be lead to agree to reject treatment.

A major campaign (the subject of a forthcoming NRL News Today article) is now being waged to show videos to patients that are clearly weighted to persuade them to forego cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and its proponents do not hesitate to cite the financial savings associated with the increased number of viewers (as opposed to patients not subjected to the videos) who agree to DNRs. Importantly, there is no apparent realistic way to adequately monitor the interactions in such tax-funded sessions to ensure that the presentation of options is done in a neutral way, rather than one biased toward rejection of treatment.

A precedent on the federal level is a Veterans Affairs patient decision-making aid that was the subject of considerable discussion during the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a 53-page production entitled “Your Life, Your Choices.” The booklet had worksheets to fill out for “Current Health,” “Permanent Coma,” “Severe Dementia,” “Severe Stroke” and “A future situation of concern when I might not be able to express my wishes.”

For each of these there was a section on “quality of life.” Only for current health was there a choice to affirm that life is worth living without reservation. For all of the others, the choices were “Life like this would be difficult, but acceptable,” “Life like this would be worth living, but just barely,” and “Life like this would not” – the “not” is underlined – “be worth living.” In each circumstance except current health a negative picture was given. For example, “Terminal Illness” was described as a state in which you “have a lot of discomfort that requires medication [,] are in bed most of the time due to weakness [, and] need help with getting dressed, bathing, and bowel and bladder functions.” You can read more about this at here; and here.

Of course, what people experience when terminally ill varies widely depending on the particular illness and many other factors, but this booklet seemed designed to lead people to believe that life with terminal illness will be almost unremittingly bleak. In the words of Paul Malley, President of the national non-profit organization Aging with Dignity, “’Your Life, Your Choices’ encourages our nation’s service men and women to look at illness and disability as things that render life not worth living.”

When “advance planning” is so heavily promoted by advocates of cost-cutting and the “quality of life” ethic, we need to consider it with a critical eye – one that asks “who is driving these conversations, and what will they say to people in a vulnerable position?”

Note: The National Right to Life Committee supports the use of advance directives by which individuals may indicate their wishes regarding medical treatment should they become incapable of making health care decisions; indeed, we promote our own alternative, the “Will to Live,” and make available separate forms complying with the laws of each of the states.

Our concern is that in practice federally funded “advance care planning sessions” are likely to pressure patients into rejecting treatment essential to preserving their lives in a manner they would be unlikely to agree to under conditions of truly informed consent.
LifeNews Note: Jennifer Popik is a medical ethics attorney with National Right to Life. This column originally appeared in its publication National Right to Life News Today.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pro-Life News, July 16, 2014

Senate Defeats Democrats’ Bill to “Overturn” Supreme Court Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby Senate Democrats today lost their bid to approve legislation to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Republicans were able to sustain their filibuster against the bill and prevailed on a 56-43 vote, with Democrats voting to move to a vote on the pro-abortion bill and almost all Republicans uniting to vote against it. Read More

Planned Parenthood Coaches 15-Year-Old Girl to Hide Porn From Her Parents A new investigative video produced by Live Action shows a Planned Parenthood staffer coaching a 15-year-old girl on how to view pornography, visit sex shops, and experiment with torture and bondage sex without parental knowledge. Episode Two of Live Action’s video series, SEXED, details how a counselor in Colorado’s Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains encouraged a teenager to subject herself to or inflict sexual pain on her boyfriend. Read More

Planned Parenthood Calls Killing a Baby With the Abortion Drug a “Voluntary Miscarriage” Every day, women around the world deal with the pain and grief of losing a baby in a miscarriage. Never one to show much compassion to women or their loved ones, Planned Parenthood is taking advantage of the term miscarriage to justify abortion.Read More

Pro-Abortion NOW Calls on Obama to Sign Executive Order to Respond to Hobby Lobby Ruling The abortion activists at the National Organization for Women are none too happy with the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby from being forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees and they want President Barack Obama to do something about it. Read More

15 Reasons Why the Pro-Life Movement is Winning on Abortion On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade in January 2013, Time magazine published a surprising and iconic cover story about how the pro-choice side has been losing ever since it thought it won in 1973. Read More

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