Monday, April 21, 2014

Pro-Life News, April 21, 2014

18-Week Pregnant Model Wants Abortion so She Can Star on Reality Television Show An aspiring glamor model in England says she wants to get an abortion so she can star on a reality television program. Josie Cunningham, 24, is a mother of two but wants to abort her third baby so she could appear on Big Brother. Yesterday, the aspiring model said she planned to abort the child to further her television career, adding: “This time next year I won’t have a baby. I’ll be famous instead." Read More

Gosnell Movie Passes $1 Million in Pledges to Help Expose Abortion The makers of the Kermit Gosnell expose’ movie have surpassed $1 million in pledges to help expose the late-term abortion practitioner and the abortion industry with a Hollywood-style movie. The movie has just become the most successful film ever on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Read More

12-Year-Old Girl Sends a Letter to Every Legislator Urging Them to Stop Abortion A week ago, I told you about Brenn, a 15-year old who spends her free time praying outside her local Planned Parenthood clinic (a clinic that was just shuttered last week, in part due to her efforts!). Now I want to tell you about Samantha. She is 12 now, but she was 11 when she figured out what part she could play to help stop abortion in America. Read More

ABC Refers to Chelsea Clinton’s Pregnancy as American “Royal” Baby Chelsea Clinton announced last week that she is expecting her first child with her husband Marc. While the majority of reactions to this news were positive, ABC took things to a whole other level when Good Morning America host Bianna Golodryga proclaimed that Americans now get to look forward to the birth of “their own royal, or, rather, presidential baby.” Read More

Unearthed Video Shows Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger: “No More Babies in Starving Countries” A newly-unearthed video of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger shows her pushing population control and saying she believes there should be no more babies in “starving countries.” In the video, Sanger, called Margaret Slee, which was her second husband’s name, demands that women in poor areas of the world have “no more babies.” The footage was filmed at the Dorchester Hotel in London and Sanger was president of the America Planned Parenthood Federation at the time. Read More

Justina Pelletier’s Father Says Her Health is Failing: “She Doesn’t Have Much Longer” On Good Friday, the Pelletier family delivered over 700 “Get Well” cards for Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The Pelletier family was not allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Read More

Inspirational Father-Son Team Dick and Rick Hoyt Race Their Last Boston Marathon For those of us who are runners or who follow running, this Monday is not your average Monday: it’s Boston Marathon Monday. And while thousands of runners gather to tackle the epic 26.2 miles, I’d like to draw your attention two runners who will be marking their last Boston together. I remember the first time I heard about Team Hoyt. It was several years ago, and I was watching coverage of the Hawaii Ironman – some people watch football; some watch baseball; we runners watch races. The coverage was interspersed with profiles of the runners, and that’s where I first saw the story of father-and-son team Dick and Rick Hoyt. Read More

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Pro-Life Group to Argue at Supreme Court

by Kim Trobee, CitizenLink: The Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a group dedicated to supporting pro-life candidates for public office, will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday. Attorneys representing the organization will argue for the group’s right to sue Ohio election officials for violating its First Amendment freedoms.

In the 2010 election cycle, SBA List purchased billboards saying Democrat candidate Steve Driehaus supported taxpayer funding of abortions because he voted for Obamacare. The health care law leaves the door open for government funding of abortions.

Driehaus then filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission. After the commission decided in favor of Driehaus, SBA List filed suit to vindicate its First Amendment rights. But the state claimed that SBA List did not have the right to sue.

The group is petitioning the high court to allow its First Amendment challenge to Ohio’s “false statement” law to go forward. In Ohio, a “false statement” law puts election officials in charge of deciding what is “true” in campaign ads and what is “false.”

If the justices agree with SBA List, the case will go back to Ohio and work its way through the system on the First Amendment claims.

SBA List has already seen one victory in another case related to the Driehaus billboards.

After the election, Driehaus filed a federal defamation lawsuit claiming SBA List contributed to his loss. Last year, the court ruled in favor of the pro-life group.

“There are many Americans who hold pro-life views,” said Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for SBA List. “When you have an individual who claims to be pro-life, like Driehaus, and then they vote for the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, voters certainly need to know that.”

SBA List has long argued that Obamacare is the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Bruce Hausknecht, legal analyst with Focus on the Family, said the case could affect our rights as citizens to criticize our elected officials.

“Truth in campaigns includes a lot of gray areas,” he said. “You’ve seen any number of campaign ads in your lifetime that say, ‘This is true about Candidate X,’ and Candidate X gets on TV and says, ‘That’s absolutely false, don’t believe them.’ It all turns on the interpretation of the facts that they’re both arguing about. The danger in any democracy is having the government, or government bureaucrats be the decider of what is true and what is false. That is a dangerous situation.”

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Planned Parenthood Mocks Nuns

Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Comments on Planned Parenthood's bigotry: Tomorrow night in Seattle, Planned Parenthood will stage "Bar Nun Bingo" at Poquitos in the Capitol Hill neighborhood; two days later, it will hold another "Bar Nun Bingo," this time at the downtown Pike Brewing Company. Both fund-raising events will bash nuns, and will be led by the demonstrably anti-Catholic gay group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Pictures of previous "Bar Nun Bingo" affairs show how sick it is.

Planned Parenthood has a long history of Catholic bashing. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, was both a racist and an anti-Catholic. In 1987, it trashed Mother Teresa, calling her an "old and withered person, who doesn't look the least like a woman." In 1994, it mocked the Eucharist at the Monmouth County Fair in New Jersey. In 1995, it blamed New York Archbishop John Cardinal O'Connor for the killing of an abortion doctor in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 1998, its opposition to school vouchers led it to brand the Catholic Church an "extremist" group on Long Island.

In 1999, Planned Parenthood passed out green condoms on the eve of St. Patrick's Day at the state Capitol in Connecticut. That same year it sought to oust the Holy See from its non-member state permanent observer status at the U.N. In 2000, it accused Pope John Paul II of waging "war" against the "sexual and reproductive rights" of women. In 2009, one of its male leaders in Florida dressed as a pregnant nun at a Halloween party; others joined him in a "Safe Sex Bash." It regularly insults Christians at Christmas with its "Choice on Earth" program. And so on.

Planned Parenthood receives more than half a billion in tax dollars per year, a quarter of which comes from Catholics. We are writing to Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who has introduced a bill prohibiting public funds for abortion providers, about Planned Parenthood's bigotry. We urge everyone to contact her and your representative.

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Liberal Calls For Purge Of Christians

matt_barberBy Matt Barber: They were always deadly serious about criminalizing Christianity and killing free speech, but now the American left has stopped pretending otherwise. In a recent column titled, “Why Are They Called ‘Homofascists’? Here’s Why,” I wrote that “progressive,” “Christian-hating fascists” – but I repeat myself – are “hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.”

I was referring specifically to the left’s well-organized and highly disturbing character assassination of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for his private support of natural marriage. I was also addressing the larger goal of the American left to completely shut down free speech and freedom of religion and to severely punish anyone who maintains both biblically and biologically correct views on human sexuality.

I closed with this: “They smell blood in the water. I’ve often said that these folks want those who speak biblical truth about human sexuality and legitimate marriage either 1) dead, 2) imprisoned or, if they can have neither of these, 3) marginalized to the point where they can’t even support their families.

“Check No. 3 off the list. I guess they’re working backwards.”

The very next day, and as if right on cue, lefty rag Slate magazine vomited evidence of my claims. It could not have been better scripted if I’d written it myself.

In an article titled, “Purge the Bigots,” Slate writer William Saletan penned these chilling words: “Some of my colleagues are celebrating. They call Eich a bigot who got what he deserved. I agree. But let’s not stop here. If we’re serious about enforcing the new standard, thousands of other employees who donated to the same anti-gay ballot measure must be punished.

“More than 35,000 people gave money to the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that declared, ‘Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,’” he continued. “Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them.”

Now, to be fair, Saletan later claimed that his article was intended as satire to illustrate the hypocrisy of his own “progressive” movement. Many, if not most, of his readers seemed to miss the joke,and the article’s comments section quickly filled with people agreeing that it was, indeed, time to “purge the bigots” (read: Christians).

The Fox News Channel observed that the piece “may or may not be tongue-in-cheek.” Satire is traditionally somewhat clever, witty and fairly easy to recognize as such.

Mr. Saletan’s piece was none of these things. Nevertheless, I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute noted, “The problem with Saletan’s satirical piece is that, unlike Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ Saletan’s is not outrageous enough. It should be outrageous enough for a satire, but unfortunately, homosexual activists and their allies are tyrannical enough to do just what he’s proposing.

“I know there are many progressives who think such a proposal is defensible,” she observed. “In fact, eight years ago, a colleague (AMM) at Deerfield High School told me that she is so sure conservative beliefs about homosexuality are wrong that they shouldn’t be allowed to be spoken in public schools – even if kids are studying homosexuality-affirming resources. And she was not speaking satirically.”

So here we have Mr. Saletan playing the role of today’s Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi propaganda minister, in an effort, albeit a clumsy one, to underscore how utterly out of control his own “progressive” movement has become and, in the spirit of argumentum ad absurdum, gently coax his fellow bohemians from madness.

Slate was apparently in on the fun too, pretending, for a day, to be “Nationalsozialistischen Briefe,” Goebbels’ parallel publication, in an equally awkward attempt to use the power of metaphor as a scrub brush to wash away the stench of totalitarianism from an American left bathed in it.

But as you read the article a frightening reality quickly rises to the surface. It’s neither funny nor untrue. None of it. The cultural Marxist American left is 100-percent serious about “purging” Christians from society.

They’re as serious as Josef Stalin’s heart attack.

Continued Saletan: “To organize the next stage of the purge, I’ve compiled the financial data into three tables” (he actually did this). He then listed details from, and linked to, the Proposition 8 hit list reportedly leaked by the Obama IRS and meticulously assembled and published by the Los Angeles Times.

This was all by design. It’s what led to Brendan Eich’s career beheading. But Eich was just the opening act. The list provides the exact names, employers, places of residence and dollar amounts of every single person in America who donated even a dime to the Golden State’s campaign to protect natural marriage (I realize it’s hopelessly symbolic, but as matter of principle I will not link to the list).

This is a level of voter intimidation and journalistic terrorism on the part of the Obama administration and the L.A. Times that is unprecedented in American history.

Joking or not, Herr Saletan then gave the rainbow-shirts their jackbooted marching orders: “If we’re serious about taking down corporate officers who supported Proposition 8, and boycotting employers who promote them, we’d better get cracking on the rest of the list,” he said, concluding, “otherwise, perhaps we should put down the pitchforks.”

You do understand this, right? Obama, the L.A. Times and America’s larger “progressive” movement are dead serious about purging Christians and other traditionalists from both the workplace and society at large. It’s coming. Mozilla was just the opening salvo.

In the very same way Eich’s forced resignation was deliberately calculated to terrorize any American who might resist the left’s sexual anarchist agenda, and support some future, legally executed pro-family ballot initiative, the clear purpose behind releasing the Prop 8 donor list was to instill terror in the hearts of Christians and other traditionalists who support natural marriage, family and human sexuality. It was a not-so-subtle shot over the bow.

It was also a call to arms.

It’s fight or flight time, America.

I’ve made my choice.

What about you?

I say that if we once crushed fascism from without … we can sure as hell crush it from within.
Matt Barber (@jmattbarber on Twitter) is an author, columnist, cultural analyst and an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. Having retired as an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, Matt has taken his fight from the ring to the culture war.

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

He is Risen!

Have a blessed Easter 2014!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

U.N. Celebrates Abortion Worldwide — But Poor Countries Reject Their Agenda Of Death…

The Culture of Death is promoted around the world by wealthy nations who consider material goods infinitely superior to human life. Therefore, like the Obama administration, they pour millions into the abortion agenda.  Developing nations, however, are having none of it and are resolutely rejecting the attempt to impose the Culture of Death that has infected the West. Stefano Gennarini has the story from New York. — CSUSA Ed.

by Stefano, CatholicismUSA: The sexual left had to swallow a bitter pill last week at the UN Commission on Population and Development.

Wealthy countries could not muster enough support to include sexual rights and abortion rights in a UN resolution. At the same time, they consolidated their position looking ahead to the new UN development agenda post-2015, something that does not bode well for friends of the unborn child.

The sexual and reproductive health establishment is devastated that a resolution adopted at the commission this year, celebrating the 1994 UN Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), does not alter the substance of the agreement that made sexual and reproductive health a staple of the diet provided to poor people through development aid.

The conference did not recognize abortion as a right or any sexual rights for that matter, even casting them in a bad light, and did not mention sexual orientation and gender identity or sexual rights. This is something the sexual left has been trying to rectify for over twenty years, without success.

This year’s UN Commission on Population and Development was especially significant because it marked the 20th anniversary of the Cairo agreement.

But more importantly, it offered a last chance to get sexual rights, specific rights for men who have sex with men (MSM), and abortion rights added to the Cairo agenda before the General Assembly that will decide the post-2015 development agenda.

In 2010 countries agreed that they would not renegotiate the Cairo policies, deciding instead to recommit to the 1994 policies in order to avoid re-opening discussions of all things sexual and reproductive. For the UN Population Fund, who gained the most from the Cairo policies, it became a question of expanding the meaning of the Cairo agreement in regional conferences.

They hoped that the conferences might be used to whip countries into supporting new language about MSM and abortion. In the end, the most the sexual and reproductive health establishment was able to get at this year’s commission was an acknowledgement that different regions have different guiding principles in interpreting the Cairo policies.

Once again, the expectation that abortion rights and MSM rights will inevitably gain universal acceptance has proved somewhat unrealistic.

Abortion and MSM remain as controversial today as they were 20 years ago, according to Babatunde Osotimehin who heads the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). He spoke to the Associated Press as negotiations were still ongoing, blithely giving away that he did not expect the resolution to move beyond Cairo.

After three years of intense lobbying, a dozen international conferences, and millions of dollars spent evaluating the Programme of Action of the Cairo Conference, UNFPA has not been able to change even the punctuation in the Cairo agreement when it comes to abortion and MSM.

Kate Gillmore, a UNFPA executive heavily invested in sexual rights, was visibly frustrated about this lack of progress as negotiations were winding down at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

Pro-life and pro-family groups should delight in knowing that the sexual and reproductive rights establishment has failed to advance their agenda at all through UN policy channels.

Abortion is nowhere nearer to being a human right today than twenty years ago and same-sex marriage is a difficult lift even in countries where MSM has gained widespread social acceptance. But there is a caveat.

Our optimism for the future must be tempered by realism. In one important respect the sexual and reproductive health establishment keeps winning, and that is through funding where they receive hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars.

UNFPA, the governments that fund it, and their satellite organizations still able to strong-arm countries into endorsing and investing in the Cairo policies to the tune of billions of dollars every year.

So long as the ICPD agenda is in place, millions of dollars will pour into the coffers of organizations that promote abortion.

Under these policies groups can get money with the pretext of providing sexual and reproductive health services and advocacy and they can then turn around and provide abortions or lobby for abortions, because in UN policy those terms include abortion by definition, albeit only where abortion is legal.

Reprinted with permission of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.

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Pro-Lifers Stop Pro-Abortion Bill in Colorado

by Kim Trobee, CitizenLink: Thanks to the efforts of pro-life citizens, a dangerous pro-abortion bill was killed in the Colorado Legislature. SB 175 would have enshrined abortion into state law making it impossible to pass commonsense pro-life measures. Passage would have also threatened existing state law that protects women and preborn babies.

“It would have left it open for absolutely no regulation” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of issue analysis at Focus on the Family. “We’re talking late-term abortions, informed consent and regulation of the abortion industry. This would have shut down any policy debate and prevented the passage of any pro-life legislation in the state.”

Leaders of the Democrat-controlled Legislature claimed they had enough votes to pass the bill, but a flood of emails and calls from constituents and a prayer rally by approximately 1,000 people on the Capitol steps proved to be effective. Leadership dropped the bill without a vote.

Jessica Haverkate with the Colorado Family Institute congratulated Coloradoans.

“The voice of the people was heard,” she said. “Because of the thousands of phone calls and emails sent to senators in just the last few days and the strong showing of pro-life support, SB 175 was defeated.”

“This is a victory for the people of Colorado, a victory for the unborn and a true victory for the protection of women.”

There was a lot at stake with SB 175 – and not just for Colorado.

“This is the sort of thing that we need to be diligent about as a pro-life movement,” said Earll, “because a bill like this can get legs in other states once it passes. We want the nation moving toward a pro-life position, not the other direction.”

“The faith community united together in a public debate about one of the most important issues to all of us — the protection of unborn life,” Haverkate said. “Let us all remember… what we were able to accomplish by stepping out in faith and engaging in our communities.”

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Pro-Life News

Court Blocks Obama Admin From Enforcing HHS Mandate Against James Dobson Pro-life leader James Dobson is the latest to win a victory against the Obama HHS mandate, that forces companies and organizations to pay for birth control and abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life legal group, helped Dobson and hailed the federal court’s order blocking enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against Dr. James Dobson and his “Family Talk” radio show and ministry in Dobson v. Sebelius. Read More

Former Planned Parenthood Director Sits Next to Obama at White House Easter Prayer Breakfast Ordained Unitarian Universalist minister Debra Haffner was invited to President Obama’s White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. Haffner is the co-founder and President of the Religious Institute. Founded in 2001, the Religious Institute has emerged as the national leadership organization working at the intersection of sexuality and religion. Read More

Hundreds of “Get Well” Cards Headed to Justina Pelletier After Parents Denied Easter Visit Her parents may have been denied a chance to visit Justina Pelletier on Easter Sunday, but that hasn’t stopped hundreds of supporters from sending the teenager “Get Well” cards. Justina is the sick teenager who state officials wrongfully took custody of away from her parents. The family will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Read More

Alabama Court Again Rules Unborn Children Deserve Legal Protection Today, in an 8-1 decision authored by Justice Tom Parker, the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical-endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn in Ex parte Sarah Janie Hicks. This decision follows a similar one handed down last year by the Alabama Supreme Court in Ankrom v. State, where Alabama’s highest court also ruled that the word “child” includes the “unborn child.” In that case, Liberty Counsel’s amicus brief arguing that the protection of the unborn is in keeping with the protections afforded the born in various areas of the law. Read More

These Laughing Quadruplets Won on America’s Funniest Home Videos, Watch and See Why The Matthias Quadruplets have appeared on multiple shows ranging from Oprah to the Tonight Show and they even won $250,000 on America’s Funniest Home videos. That’s because father Steve Matthias knows how to keep Mary Claire, Anna, Grace and Emily in stitches. Sitting around a conference table made just for them, these South Carolina quadruplets think their father is quite the comedian. Read More

Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life An 18-year old abortion survivor brought a packed Convention for Life in Dublin to its feet with a moving and inspiring testimony on forgiveness and the value of every human life. (Video at bottom). Josiah Presley, originally from South Korea but now living in Oklahoma, said that when he first found out that his mother had wanted to abort him he was devastated and felt deep hurt and anger towards his birth parents. Read More

Three Young Princesses Battling Cancer Have Their Picture Taken Together These three little girls, Rylie, Rheann, and Ainsley met for the first time when they took a group photo for Scantling Photography and Goodger Photography. The photographers wanted to capture the strength and spirit of the cancer survivors. From a local report on them (video at bottom): If most pictures are worth a thousand words, one in particular is worth a million. Three Oklahoma girls, seemingly so peaceful in the image, are all battling cancer. Read More

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No Easter Without Good Friday

by Norm Beznoska Jr., Contributing Author, ARRA News Service: The road to Calvary and the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ spanned a period of less than 24 hours from the time of the Last Supper, the Jewish Passover meal on Thursday evening, to Friday afternoon at 3:00 PM when Jesus breathed his last. But, the story of His death and resurrection still echoes down the hill side of Jerusalem throughout history. His story is just ‘alive today’ as it was when it happened at the place of the skull, ‘Golgotha’ in Jerusalem, some 2000 years ago.

Preceding His crucifixion, Jesus suffered hours of unimaginable torture; facial beatings at the hands of Temple guards in the sham courtroom of Caiaphas; brutal scourging ordered by Pilate, by two Roman soldiers with flagrums of nine leather thongs fitted with lead balls and sharp pieces of bone, that caused over 240 deep lacerations from the back of His neck to the soles of His feet, leaving a mutilated mass of torn muscle and hanging flesh; and a tremendous loss of blood causing hypovolemic shock. To further mock and humiliate Him, Roman soldiers fastened a “Crown of Thorns” with branches (from a wild hawthorn bush with long, sharp, hard thorns) to cover His entire scalp. The thorns penetrated the skin, and were driven more and more deeply into his head when He was struck repeatedly. A comedy of mock adoration was played out as the Romans and crowd yelled, roaring with laughter: “Hail, King of the Jews!” Yet, Jesus uttered no rebuke and accepted their vile treatment without response.

Carrying the heavy wooden cross opened severe wounds on His shoulders and more bleeding; He fell three times, breaking His nose, so breathing became almost impossible. Reaching His destination with the help of Simon the Cyrenean, He fell atop His cross. His arms were literally pulled out of their sockets by Roman soldiers to match the holes 9-inch nails would be driven through His wrists and ankles to hold Him fast to the cross. His executioners and the Scribes and Pharisees expected Him to cry and scream from the excruciating pain. They were sure the same man who preached “love your enemies’, and “do good to those who hurt you” would forget His own words and curse them. What they got instead, was “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Forgive the very people who hate and are trying to kill you? Honestly, there’s no way I could.

Then, in that final, terrible moment when He was dying on the cross, taking on all the sins of the world, Jesus cried out like we do when we feel a sense of abandonment: “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Questions I have asked “If God is so loving, why is there so much evil? Why didn’t He answer my prayers? Why did God take my Mother after weeks of suffering before she could her me say “I love you” one last time? Why? Jesus stands at the door and knocks, but the latch is on the inside; only we can open it.

For the last three hours on that “Good Friday’, Jesus had been about His Father’s business. His passion and death avail us nothing unless we take up our cross and follow Him. Unless there is a ‘Crown of Thorns’, there will never be a glorified body; unless there is the thirst, there will never be the Heavenly refreshment. Jesus work is finished, but is ours? For unless there is a “Good Friday’ in our lives, there will never be an Easter Sunday.
Norm Beznoska Jr., aka Navyman Norm, lives in Brownsville, OH.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Abortion Coverage in Obamacare Remains a Mystery

by Kim Trobee, CitizenLink: Whether buying your insurance from a state exchange or from the government health care website, it’s almost impossible to find out whether you’re paying for abortion coverage.

The Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, released a report showing a lack of information available to consumers – albeit from the other side of the issue.

Guttmacher examined the online plan descriptions of 12 state exchanges that allow abortion coverage. Researchers reviewed the “summary of benefits and coverage” that the Affordable Care Act requires all plans to include. However, the template for the summary provided to states by the federal government does not include any place to disclose abortion coverage.

“It’s not in the template, and plans are just following that,” said Gretchen Borchelt with the National Women’s Law Center, a pro-abortion organization. “It’s a lack of awareness on their part, a lack of familiarity with what should be included.”

Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia allow abortion coverage; 24 states do not. Guttmacher found that in only four states that permit abortion coverage, just a handful of the plans spell it out.

Chuck Donovan, president of the pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute, recalls an article he wrote for The Heritage Foundation in 2010.

“Polls taken in the U.S. have routinely showed majority support for limits on taxpayer funding of abortion,” he said, “Since 1976, restrictions on such funding have grown to span numerous public programs, including Medicaid, the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, the Indian Health Service, appropriations for the District of Columbia, and many more. Nearly two dozen federal programs or agencies are covered by such policies, which include measures to protect the right of medical personnel and health care researchers not to participate in abortions.”

Even as the administration was pushing for Obamacare, President Barack Obama told Congress, “One more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.”

Donovan said the Guttmacher report flies in the face of that assertion – and consumers are not happy.

“The people we communicate with are looking for the information,” he said. “We’re hearing complaints about it.”

Learn more about abortion in Obamacare

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Pro-Life News, April 17, 2014

Abortion Backer Chelsea Clinton Announces She’s Pregnant With a “Child” Abortion supporter Chelsea Clinton announced today that she’s pregnant — not with a fetus or clump of cells but with a “child.” This is the same Chelsea Clinton who lamented last year that her grandmother didn’t have access to Planned Parenthood. Read More

Pope Francis Highlights Worth and Dignity of the Disabled, Washes Feet of 12 Disabled Patients In preparation for Easter Sunday, Pope Francis decided today to highlight the worth and dignity of disabled people — including washing the feet of 12 disabled patients at a care center. At the Don Gnocchi Centre in Rome, the leader of the Catholic Church washed the feet of 12 people in a ceremony hearkening back to the number if disciples Jesus had. He and the elderly and disabled people celebrate the “In Coena Domini Mass” together before he washed their feet in a gesture of humility, recognition and respect. Read More

Justina Pelletier’s Family Not Allowed to Visit Their Daughter on Easter Sunday The family of Justina Pelletier will not be allowed to visit their daughter on Easter Sunday. The news comes after attorneys working with her family released a letter Justina reportedly wrote saying she is not being treated well. Jennifer Pelletier, Justina’s oldest sister, alerted supported of Justina on the family’s Facebook page: “There are 75 young people in the Wayside Youth Facility. 74 of them will be able to spend Easter Sunday with their families. The one who will not is Justina Pelletier!” Read More

Ex-Boyfriend of Woman Who Killed Her Babies and Packed Them in Boxes is Shocked The former boyfriend of the woman who allegedly killed seven of her babies and packed six of them in cardboard boxes is stunned. Jimmy Brady, of Salt Lake City, says he was shocked to hear about what Megan Huntsman reportedly did and told a newspaper he had no idea about her past. He said he has been left depressed to hear about someone he cared about and how she killed her own children in such a gruesome manner. Read More

Chris Christie: I’m Pro-Life and Believe in the Sanctity of Human Life Before and After Birth New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a speech at a forum on drug and alcohol abuse that he is pro-life and he tied his opposition to abortion to his respect for human life, chrischristie4saying he is pro-life both before and after birth. Christie was a featured speaker at the conference, held at Saint Peter’s University. His comments on abortion came during a conversation with former Gov. Jim McGreevey. Read More

Gosnell Movie Smashes Crowdfunding Record, Raises $900,000 at Indiegogo The movie on Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has just become the most successful film ever on the Indiegogo crowdfunding website. Gosnell, a made for TV project on the doctor who is America’s most prolific serial killer, has just smashed through the $900,000 mark – overtaking the previous record holder which had raised $898,000. Read More

Teen Born With One Leg Uses Crutches To Become Star Soccer Player 19-year-old Nico Calabria was born with one leg, but started playing soccer at an early age, using crutches. In this video, Nico journeys from a little boy to a grown man, constantly striving to be the best he can be in his favorite sport. Calabria, born with one leg, has defied expectations on the pitch and exemplifies what it means to power through. Nico’s done more with it than most people do with two. He plays soccer, wrestles, has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and lives his life like any other person, without limitations. Read More

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pro-Life News - April 16, 2014

Conjoined Twins Doing Great After Separation Surgery, Almost Became Abortion Victims Emmett and Owen Ezell were born in August in Dallas, Texas but they were very much unlike most sets of twins. They were are identical twins[1] joined in utero — a rare phenomenon that happens in as many as 1 in 200,000 births. About half of such twins are stillborn, but Owen and Emmett survived not only the birthing process — their mother rejected abortion. Read More

Buffett Foundation Tied to Clinic That Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Operation Rescue has uncovered links between the Cleveland abortion clinic, Preterm, where a 22-year old African-American woman suffered a fatal abortion last month, and a foundation managed by the Warren Buffett family. This connection raises concerns that third-world-style abortion practices are being taught to hospital residents that will further endanger the lives of poor urban women of color. On March 21, 2014, Lakisha Wilson was “not breathing at all” when she was transported by ambulance to the University Hospital Chase Medical Center where she was pronounced dead after suffering late-term abortion complications at Preterm. Read More

Teen Mom Asphyxiated Her Newborn Baby to Death, Put Infant in Her Shopping Bag Last year, Tiona Rodriguez and Francis Estevez, both 17, were stopped for suspected shoplifting and a security guard found the baby’s body inside a bag. After questioning, Rodriguez told police officers that she had suffered a miscarriage the day before and did not know what to do. Reports at the time indicated the dead newborn child found in her Victoria’s Secret bag was born alive and then likely asphyxiated to death. An autopsy done on the infant showed the baby was born alive at full term and it revealed that Rodriguez’s baby boy was actually born alive at full term and could have died of asphyxiation. Read More

Dad’s Heartbreaking Letter After Miscarriage Features Picture of Baby’s Hands Touching His Fingers Tommy Riles, father, audience warm-up comedian on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and founder of Life of Dad, a social network for fathers, recently shared a beautiful goodbye letter to his son who died at 20 weeks gestation. His words are accompanied by a picture of his son’s tiny, perfectly formed hands. Together, they remind us all of the beauty and miracle of life inside the womb and love between parent and child.Read More

Amazing Video of Conception to Birth Is Worth Watching Again and Again No matter how many times I watch Alexander Tsiaras’s short film, “Conception to birth – visualized,” I walk away feeling amazed Tsiaras, a professor at Yale University, helped to create the stunning video that shows a baby’s development in the womb from conception to birth. Read More

Meet the 1.5-Pound 26-Week Preemie Who Took on Pro-Abortion Wendy Davis and Won John Mark weighed 1 lbs, 4.8 ounces when he was born at 26 weeks. His mother, Chief of Staff for Texas State Senator Kelly Hancock, Mia Garza McCord delivered John Mark on April 10, 2013. More than two months later, Wendy Davis would propel herself into national abortion stardom with her filibuster of Senate Bill 5. Davis opposed the legislation that prohibited abortion after five months based on the scientific evidence that preborn babies are capable of experiencing pain during an abortion. Read More

Report Confirms Obamacare Restricts Access to Life-Saving Medical Care A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report now documents that Obamacare exchange plans, while often cheaper, are restricting access to life-saving medical care. According to the CBO’s recently released “Updated Estimates of the Effects of the Insurance Coverage Provisions of the Affordable Care Act, April 2014,” Obamacare’s insurance provisions will cost $104 billion less than projected over the next decade. However, these savings will come at tremendous cost. Read More

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Arizona Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Women and Babies

by Kim Trobee, CitizenLink: Abortion sellers in Arizona are now subject to the same inspection standards as medical facilities. That’s thanks to Gov. Jan Brewer signing the Women’s Health Protection Act.

In the past, if someone wanted to inspect an abortion outlet, they had to obtain a warrant from the courts. Pro-lifers argued that no similar facility required such a warrant and that doing so put the health of women and pre-born babies at risk.

“This legislation will ensure that the Arizona Department of Health Services has the authority to appropriately protect the health and safety of all patients,” said Andrew Wilder, gubernatorial spokesman.

Pro-aborts in the state weren’t happy, calling the measure “unnecessary.”

“We’re not surprised that Governor Brewer signed this bill,” said Bryan Howard, president of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. “She has been hostile to women’s health care, including abortion and family planning, since the day she took office.”

Abortionists have come under increasing scrutiny since the discovery of Kermit Gosnell’s “House of Horrors” in Philadelphia. Gosnell was found guilty of murder for killing babies who were born alive during late-term abortions. Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. During that investigation, it was discovered that Gosnell’s facility had not been inspected in many years.

Cathi Herrod with the Center for Arizona Policy called the governor’s support a “tremendous victory” for the pro-life movement.

“I am grateful to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Debbie Lesko, who championed this important legislation and all the legislators that voted for HB 2284,” she said. “Governor Jan Brewer is also owed a debt of gratitude for standing up to the attacks and distortions from Planned Parenthood to carry on her tremendous legacy as the nation’s most pro-life governor.”

Herrod also vowed to continue to fight for life.

“Today, we celebrate this victory,” she said, “but our work will never be done until every woman and preborn child is protected from the dangerous and deadly practices of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry.”

Learn more about the Center for Arizona Policy

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'We Must Eliminate The Cross'

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer: Did that headline get your attention?  I hope so.

Those words were spoken recently by Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Al Qaeda's number two leader. He was addressing at least 100 Al Qaeda fighters in Yemen, and he spoke out in the open, in plain view.

He told them, "We must eliminate the cross. ... The bearer of the cross is America!"

Let that sink in for a moment, folks. For all those who say this isn't a religious war, think again. For those who insist that our foreign policy or that America's support for Israel is the problem, think again. There is a reason the extremists in Iran refer to America, not Israel, as "the great Satan." Israel and America are allies in the same war against the same enemy -- radical Islam.

Video of al-Wuhayshi's comments is burning up jihadi websites right now. CNN writes that it shows what is believed to be "the largest and most dangerous gathering of Al Qaeda in years." One terrorism expert describe it as "extraordinary," adding that al-Wuhayshi was "taking a big risk" speaking so publicly.

And we missed it. Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, commented, "The U.S. intelligence community should be surprised that such a large group of Al Qaeda assembled together, including the leadership, and somehow they didn't notice."

Responding to this video, Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said that Al Qaeda is re-grouping and getting ready to strike again. Rep. Rogers also suggested that the Obama Administration has taken its eye off the ball:"…[Al Qaeda is] feeling empowered. The less pressure you put on them, the more they take that as a victory, the more that they believe that they can get away with plotting, planning, organizing… All of the things that they would need to do to strike a Western target, they're going through that process."I know many Americans are war-weary. But radical Islam has declared war on us. And it clearly has not surrendered yet.
Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the  Campaign for Working Families. He is also a contributing author in the ARRA News Service.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pro-Life News, April 15, 2014

Woman Who Killed Her Seven Babies, Packed Them in Boxes Confesses to Murders More details are coming in following the horrific discovery of the bodies of seven babies in a garage in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Megan Huntsman told police that “she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born,” the Associated Press reported. “She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.” Huntsman, 39, is charged with six counts of murder; she told authorities the seventh baby was stillborn. Read More

Interviewed for the “World’s Toughest Job,” These People Left With Smiles on Their Faces Unlimited hours. No breaks. The most important job is also the world’s toughest job. So just who would take a job requiring 24-hour days, 7-days a week and no sleep, pray or vacation? Read More

IRS Confirms Abortions are Eligible for a Tax Deduction Here’s something from the “Did you know that?” category. Did you know that abortions are apparently eligible for a tax deduction? That appears to be true, so says the IRS. From the Washington Examiner, in a list of odd tax deductions: Read More

How Does Someone Survive an Abortion? I Did and Here’s How It Happens Understandably, a lot of people have questions about abortion survivors. How we survive, why we survive, what the impact is for us (emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually), why the realities of survivors is not well-known or spoken about, even by survivors, themselves. Today I want answer these common questions for you, based on my experiences both personally as a survivor and professionally, working with survivors through The Abortion Survivors Network. Read More

Planned Parenthood Won’t Condemn Woman Who Killed Her Seven Babies, Packed Them in Boxes Police in Pleasant Grove, Utah, discovered over the weekend the bodies of seven dead infants in cardboard boxes, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. All seven of these babies were allegedly killed soon after being born by their own mother, a 39-year-old woman who has now been placed under arrest. The mother has been charges with six counts of murder. Police believe she committed these crimes over the course of a decade. Read More

Baby Born With Four Hands and Feet Doing Well After Limbs Removed Over the 20 years LifeNews has been publishing pro-life news, we’ve seen countless reasons why abortions are performed on disabled babies and we’ve published countless stories on parent who rejected abortions despite the physical conditions their babies faced. If there were any sort of case abortion activists would attempt to use to justify abortion, this might be one: a baby who was one of conjoined twins who was born with for hands and feet after his twin developed improperly in the womb. Fortunately, the baby was not aborted and is now receiving proper care. Read More

Babies With Club Feet, Cleft Palates are Aborted Up to the Day of Birth in Britain Today, a baby with club foot or cleft palate can and is aborted up to the point of birth in England. The law permits an abortion to take place “up to birth” if tests indicate that the child may be disabled when born, while there is a legal limit of 24 weeks for abortions on other grounds. Why is that the case? Jane Ellison, the public health minister, says the British parliament has not adequately defined the term “serious handicap” in its abortion laws, which has led to a loophole by which babies with very minor disabilities can be aborted after the 24-week legal limit. Read More

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