Friday, March 26, 2010

The Fireman From Rhode Island

Every once in a while something happens while picketing that seems instructive, significant, or even mind-blowing. These things show that it is not a boring campaign, not a boring issue, not a little side-show in a too-busy culture. Real conversations happen on the street, real sorrow and despair is revealed. An occasional grace is made visible. Picketing is about living, engaging in the spiritual contest. It is real.

I was standing with Fitchburg Councilor Rosemary Reynolds on the opposite side of the street from 391 Main when a somewhat broken looking young man pulled over right next to us, blocking traffic and rolled down his window. I thought to myself, "Isn't this great? He blocks traffic and we get in trouble for it!" His opening was, "What you people are doing irritates me very much." He went on to explain that his girlfriend had died in childbirth two years ago. The baby was lost too. He seemed to us to hint that if abortion had been in the picture, his girlfriend might have been saved. He was not over it. We asked questions. We sorrowed with him. He softened a bit, moving away from anger. Unexpectedly, he reached up to his visor, retrieved his fireman's name badge - of a town in Rhode Island, showed it to us and, in this way, introduced himself properly. I asked him if they had died in a hospital. They had not, had been at home. He was with them when they died. I then asked if he thought they would have died had they been in a hospital. He thought they would have. We were still under the cloud of the impression that he had given us that abortion might have saved the life of his girl whom he loved. Rosemary, compassionate and wise soul that she is, then asked if he had named his baby child. He nodded that he had and drove away.

Tags: sorrow, heartbreak, redemption, hope, compassion, understanding, picketing

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stupaked: When pretense masquerades as virtue

Bart Stupak
Nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker penned the below devastating column on Bart Stupak that was featured in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.  Brian Burch, President, CatholicVoteAction.org is even mentioned.  Brian, an energetic avid pro-life supporter, was "most demonstrative in his support of pro-life Democrats." He created StandWithStupak.com and the innovative video remake of the final battle scene from “Braveheart.”

After Rep. Stupak pivoted and voted for government healthcare which promotes funding or access to heallthcare that supports abotions, Brain has posted and shared the following comments: "Regrettably, Rep. Stupak has abandoned those who have stood by him during the recent weeks and months. The Catholic Bishops along with CatholicVote.org and every major pro-life organization oppose this ‘fix.’ We have defended Rep. Stupak for months, but today we stand in protest of his decision."

"Rep. Stupak made a horrible choice.  Make no mistake, we take no delight in the public airing of his failure. Indeed, there is nothing here to celebrate. CatholicVote.org urges you to pray that Mr. Stupak and other politicians who compromised on this foundational issue will recognize the error in their judgment. We pray for them, and all our leaders that the light of Christ will illuminate their minds and strengthen their resolve to stand firm for what is right."
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by Kathleen Parker:  [Stupak (ed)] Function: verb
1: In a legislative process, to obstruct passage of a proposed law on the basis of a moral principle (i.e. protecting the unborn), accumulating power in the process, then at a key moment surrendering in exchange for a fig leaf, the size of which varies according to the degree of emasculation of said legislator and/or as a reflection of just how stupid people are presumed to be. (Slang: backstabber.)

Poor Bart Stupak. The man tried to be a hero for the unborn, and then, when all the power of the moment was in his frail human hands, he dropped the baby. Now, in the wake of his decision to vote "yes" for a health care bill that expands public funding for abortion, he is vilified and will be forever remembered as the guy who Stupaked health care reform and the pro-life movement.

Of all the disappointed activists, Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote.org and creator of StandWithStupak.com, was perhaps the most demonstrative in his support of pro-life Democrats. He even created a video with a remake of the final battle scene from "Braveheart."  A helmeted British Barack Obama says, "Our cavalry will ride them down like grass. … Full attack!" Whereupon, Stupak, eyeglasses incongruously perched on his blue-painted face, commands his pitchfork army, "Steady. … Hold, hold, hold."

Alas, Stupak couldn't hold.  Ultimately, he was weak and overwhelmed by raw political power. History is no stranger to such moments, but this one needs to be understood for what it was. A deception.

The executive order promising that no federal funds will be used for abortion is utterly useless, and everybody knows it. First, the president can revoke it as quickly as he signs it.  Second, an order cannot confer jurisdiction in the courts or establish any grounds for suing anybody in court, according to a former White House counsel . The order is therefore judicially unenforceable. Finally, an executive order cannot trump or change a federal statute.

One can reasonably surmise that Obama, a former constitutional law professor, is well aware of the uselessness of his promise. Perhaps this is why he didn't mention it during the bill-signing ceremony Tuesday.
Stupak, too, knew that the executive order was merely political cover for him and his pro-life colleagues. He knew it because several members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explained it to him, according to sources. The only way to prevent public funding for abortion was for his amendment to be added to the Senate bill.

Clearly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the president didn't want that. What they did want was the abortion funding that the Senate bill allowed. Thus, the health care bill passed because of a mutually understood deception — a pretense masquerading as virtue. No wonder Stupak locked his doors and turned off his phones Sunday, according to several pro-life lobbyists who camped outside his office.

Stupak's fall from grace is a lesson in human frailty. In a matter of hours, he went from representing the majority of Americans who don't want public money spent on abortion to leading the army on the other side. Already he has lost a speaking invitation to the Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast next month.

After the Sunday vote, a group of Democrats, including Stupak, gathered in a pub to celebrate. In a biblical moment, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner was spotted planting a big kiss on Stupak's cheek. To a Catholic man well versed in the Gospel, this is not a comforting gesture.

Tags: abortions, Bart Stupak, Brian Burch, Kathleen Parker, tax funded, Catholic Vote, government health care,

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Under the Health Care Bill

Americans United for Life has put together a flow chart of the ways that Taxpayer Fund Abortion Under the Senate Health Care Bill which was just signed into law. Rep. Randy Neughbauer (R-TX)was correct in calling the health care bill a "baby killer." Below is a screen shot of the chart:


Tags: abortions, taxpayers, tax funded, Americans United for Life, government health care, culture of death
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Speaking out for Truth, Doctrine and Faith

ARRA News Service - From the archives: Words of Wisdom three years ago remain relevant today!
Tony Perkins, FRC: In a powerful call to conscience, the Vatican's second-highest doctrinal official delivered a speech yesterday that decried the impact of cultural decay. Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made his remarks in response to Italy's debate over homosexual "rights." Pointing to media stories as one example of society's moral collapse, he said the news "often seemed like a perverse film about evil," which "remains almost invisible" because odious deeds are portrayed like "expressions of human progress." Calling abortion "terrorism with a human face," he condemned the politically correct terminology used for modern ills. "For example, abortion is called 'voluntary interruption of pregnancy' and not the killing of a defenseless human being. [A]n abortion clinic is given a harmless, even attractive, name: 'center for reproductive health' and euthanasia is blandly called 'death with dignity,'" he said. At a time when churches are threatened for speaking the truth, we applaud Archbishop Amato for his leadership and honesty. We should all be emboldened and encouraged to follow in his example.
See Also:Senior Vatican Official: Abortion Clinics are “Slaughterhouses of Human Beings”

Tags: abortion, Archbishop Angelo Amato, Church doctrine, euthanasia, FRC, Tony Perkins

Thursday, March 18, 2010

When One Protest is not enough - by DaTechGuy

H/T DaTechGuy

It is rare enough for Fitchburg to have protests, It is even rarer for a group to have two protests in one day, but it is totally unheard of for Two different groups to be protesting two separate issues within a block of each other at the same time here.

The first of the two was the daily protest against Planned Parenthood’s attempt to open a clinic in Fitchburg. Ted Turner and his hearty band were once again standing tall. Every time I come down I see new faces but the message remains the same:

I’ve known Lorraine and her sister and her son for decades. I was surprised to see her...
To see more text, good videos and photos of both protests, read the Original post by Da Tech Guy

Tags: activism, nationalized health care, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, protesting, tea party

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Abortioncare

H/T JayG: DTF Defend the Faith
The Senate version of the Health Care bill does not contain the only language preventing the Government from funding abortions, the Stupak amendment. Denver’s Archbishop Chaput has released his own column saying today: “Groups, trade associations and publications describing themselves as “Catholic” or “pro-life” that endorse the Senate version – whatever their intentions – are doing a serious disservice to the nation and to the Church…”
Stand with Stupak!

Tags: Abortion, nationalized health care

Abortion Kills More Black Americans Than Seven Leading Causes of Death Combined

H/T ARRA News Service - (CNSNews.com) – Abortion kills more black Americans than the seven leading causes of death combined, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2005, the latest year for which the abortion numbers are available.

Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined. These were the seven leading causes of death for black Americans that year. . . .

Among the large states not reporting abortions by race--and thus where the number of blacks killed by abortions is not included in the national total of 203,991--are California, Florida, Illinois and the rest of New York state outside of New York City. According to the CDC, the total of 203,991 blacks killed by abortion in 2005 also does not include those aborted by "private physicians’ procedures.” . . .

Dr. Alveda King, niece of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is a pro-life activist. In August 2007 she told a meeting of Priests for Life that abortionists “plant their killing centers in minority neighborhoods and prey upon women who think they have no hope.” “The great irony,” she said, “is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of.” [Full Story]

Update:  Video at Maafa21 which is a Life Dynamics project:


Tags: Abortion, Alved King, black americans, black genocide, video

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fitchburg Citizens Fight Back at March 16th City Council Meeting

The shell shocked city councilors unanimously approved the petition 55-10 be sent to the planning board after being hammered by a courageous battle fought by citizens of Fitchburg, Ashby, and Lunenburg. A small victory, worth celebrating by the citizens of the Greater Fitchburg area. Speaking in regards to petition 55-10, the citizens spoke out asking that 55-10 be allowed to go forward.  Fitchburg, MA Citizen Mark Rollo, presented a letter to the city councilors that had been sent by his attorney Mark Bodanza at Bodanza & Bodanza to Fitchburg City Solicitor Michael Ciota, Esquire regarding the zoning amendment petitions 040-10 and 041-10. Mr. Rollo read the letter to the council during the city council meeting.  In the letter, Mark Bodanza states,
It is my understanding that the City Council conducted a hearing without the prescribed statutory notice and requirements on February 16, 2010 and voted to give the petitions "leave to withdraw."  It is apparent that the procedural process of the statute was circumvented by the City Council, perhaps in large measure due to an opinion you proffered that same evening.

It is my understanding that none of the petitioners desire to withdraw the petitions.; To the contrary, they desire that the petitions proceed with careful attention to the procedural requirements set forth in G.L. c. 40A, Section 5. My client hereby request that these petitions be processed int he statutory manner. The failure to do so may compel commencement of appropriate litigation.
According to Dr. Rollo, as of March 15, 2010, no response from Attorney Ciota was received to the March 10, 2010 letter. The city councilors appeared to me to be shellshocked by the letter.

Citizen Joan Conry from Fitchburg asked the councilors to represent her and not outside organizations.

Lunenburg citizen Ted Turner, Ashby Citizen Matthew Carmac, 3 other Fitchburg and 2 Ashby citizens requested that petition 55-10 be allowed to go forward.

City councilors did not process petitions 040-10 and 041-10 as requested by attorney Bodanza and citizen Dr. Mark Rollo.

Petition 55-10
Various Residents, to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Fitchburg by requiring that a special permit form the City Council be necessary for a Medical Office Use withing the Central District and Neighborhood Business District.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 5,
city council shall within fourteen days of the receipt of such zoning ordinance or by-law submit it to the planning board for review.

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg

My Message Which The City Council of Fitchburg Would Not Hear - Perhaps They Can Read It In The Paper.

What I was going to say - was numbered this way in my outline. I got through the second sentence of number 2) before I was shut down. 3/16/2010

I am Ted Turner, 322 Northfield Road, Lunenburg - my children and grandchildren live in Fitchburg.

1) I would like to speak in favor of petition 55-10 which gives the city council more oversight over the location of medical establishments.

2) We all know why this petition is there. It is about preventing Planned Parenthood from locating on main street. It is about preventing abortion, promiscuity, sex games, and related handouts, perversion of our young.

3) I have spoken before in this chamber about reason. The councilors have spoken against using certain words.

4) You cannot ban words without banning ideas. You cannot ban ideas without banning free discussion. You cannot ban free discussion without banning reason. We need to be able to say "I want A because of B". How can you do this if you cannot say "B"?

5) The councilors have also spoken against religion and "pushing your morality" against me as if there is no objectivity in morality.

6) This opinion is a great error. It ignores the dictates of reason. It ignores the common good. It ignores the will of the people. It ignores the founding fathers.

7) Reason, religion, morality have a place in the public discussion. Let's hear what some of the founding fathers had to say about this.

John Adams said
"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -- October 11, 1798

Ben Franklin said
“In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered… do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?” [Constitutional Convention, Thursday June 28, 1787]

Thomas Jefferson said
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, and that His justice cannot sleep forever.” (excerpts are inscribed on the walls of the Jefferson Memorial in the nations capital) [Source: Merrill . D. Peterson, ed., Jefferson Writings, (New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1984), Vol.

James Madison said
“We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity…to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia]

George Washington said
Farewell Address: The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations. With slight shades of difference, you have the same religion" ...and later: "...reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle..."

8) In our discussions about 055-10 beware the un-American attempt to take reason, religion and morality off the table. If you take these away what will remain?

9) Please approve 55-10 and protect our children. This is your job as Americans, to teach our young that their young are to be valued as persons, not discarded like waste.

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg, founding fathers, free speech, morality, Planned Parenthood, reason, religion

Fitchburg Restricts Free Speech at the Mar 16th City Council meeting

It is a disturbing trend that the city of Fitchburg, MA city council is starting to restrict free speech.  Following the dangerous precedent established at the Feb 16th city council meeting, Councilor-at-Large Thomas Conry objected every time the words, "planned parenthood" were mentioned.  Citizen Ted Turner was declared out of order and almost forcibly removed from the city council meeting for saying, "I will not mention planned parenthood again", in his response to petition 55-10.  At the direction of City Council President Stephen Hay, Fitchburg police officer Garcia got up from his chair and walked towards citizen Turner to forcibly remove him while citizen Turner was attempting to quote the founding fathers because he was already ruled out of order. 

City Councilor Thomas Conry stated, "This petition is with regards to zoning, not planned parenthood."  But when he objects he says "Planned Parenthood".  I understand and appreciate how uncomfortable it is to hear the truth about Planned Parenthood.  I also understand that to mention "Planned Parenthood" in response to a zoning petition makes it more difficult for the city councilors.  But to prevent the public from mentioning certain words, ideas, or organizations is a dangerous and disturbing trend.  Our right to free speech guaranteed under the constitution should be protected as a higher ideal than the comfort or legal standing of the city.  To restrict free speech, puts the city in greater jeopardy.

Tags: activism, City Council, Fitchburg, free speech, Planned Parenthood

Monday, March 15, 2010

Please come to City Council Meeting, March 16, 2010

Please come to the City Council Meeting on March 16. Fitchburg Town Hall (718 Main Street), City Council Meetings

The meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. It is best to arrive anywhere from 6:30 to 7:15 PM. Tell all your friends and neighbors to come also. Ask for Chris Hanley upon arrival.

If you are planning to speak, please make sure you use your name, and address, state the agenda item you are speaking to. More Detailed Information on the Pertinent Agenda Item 055-10: There is a Medical Use – by Special Permit in the Downtown and Neighboring Area zoning petition (Agenda Item 055-10) on the Agenda for the March 16 City Council meeting.

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg

Fitchburg fails to post the city council meeting again!

Update 3/16/10: It turns out that the Fitchburg city government has failed to technically manage their website transition. If you Google "Fitchburg, MA city council agenda" you will get links to "www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/" and various subsites of that site. But this is Fitchburg's old website. Unfortunately, they have not coded their old site to properly redirect or point you to the new site. This creates the false impression for people that they are on a valid website. The correct link to the correct site to get the agendas, minutes and more is http://www.fitchburgma.gov/government/city-council/default.cfm. Or, you can email (afarrell@ci.fitchburg.ma.us) a request to City Clerk, Anna M. Farrell to email you the agenda as soon as they become available.
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The city of Fitchburg, MA failed to post the city council meeting agenda again! This is where it is supposed to be posted. But if you got to the link: http://www.ci.fitchburg.ma.us/council.html you will see the agenda is for Feb 2nd. We have a city council meeting tomorrow.

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.

If you watched the 16 Feb 09 meeting on FATV, you will see how the public was lambasted for not sticking to the agenda. How is the public supposed to stick to the agenda, when it's not posted.

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg

Planned Parenthood continues to aid Foot Traffic in Fitchburg - Mar 12th


Planned Parenthood continues to help downtown Fitchburg with foot traffic, even before their arrival.

About seventeen people protested Planned Parenthood's expansion into Fitchburg on Friday March 12. It was a very good day!

Not shown: Brian Smith and Ted Turner

Tags: Fitchburg, Planned Parenthood, protesting

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rep. Michele Bachmann Honoring the Pro-Life Movement

Rep. Michele Bachmann Honoring The Pro-Life Movement During Woman's History Month (3/11/2010)


Tags: Michele Bachmann, pro-life

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Open Letter to the Editor: Sentinel & Enterprise

To the Editor [Sentinel & Enterprise]:

Ward 4 Councilor Kevin Starr, speaking at a recent [Fitchburg] City Council meeting about pro-lifers who oppose a Planned Parenthood proposal to open an office in the city, said that he “will not tolerate those morals being pushed on me and these members of the Council” and added that people should “keep their personal beliefs to themselves.” Apparently Mr. Starr doesn’t believe that he should keep his personal beliefs to himself.

Mr. Starr has a distorted notion of tolerance. Tolerance is the willingness to accept actions which we believe are inappropriate or even wrong because it would be worse to take action against them. In other words, tolerance is community oriented. But to tolerate crimes such as rape and murder (and abortion is murder) would be wrong since tolerating them would do greater harm to the community, to the common good, than correcting them would.

I submit that Mr. Starr is not really advocating “tolerance” but relativism, which is profoundly anti-community. Why is relativism anti-community? Because if there are no standards of morality to which we should adhere, tolerance is no better than intolerance. It was C.S. Lewis who reminded us that, “…if truth is objective, if we live in a world we did not create and cannot change merely by thinking, if the world is not really a dream of our own, then the most destructive belief we could possibly believe would be the denial of this primary fact. It would be like closing your eyes while driving, or blissfully ignoring the doctor’s warnings.” (“The Poison of Subjectivism,” in Christian Reflections).

Not long after the City Council meeting, Mr. Starr maintained that some of the pro-life advocates are “narrow-minded.” This was obviously intended as an insult. But Mr. Starr may have inadvertently paid the highest tribute to these pro-lifers. After all, reality is terribly narrow. It was the Christ who warned us to, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7: 13, 14).

Perhaps Mr. Starr is too “broad-minded”?
Paul Anthony Melanson

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg, letter to editor, Massachusettts, Planned Parenthood, pro-life

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fitchburg City Councelor Kevin Starr: "No Place" for Pro-Life Views

by Paul Melanson, La Salette Journey: As reported in the Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg City Councilor Kevin Starr, speaking of pro-life Christians who oppose Planned Parenthood opening an office in the city and who wish to express their views to local government, has said that he "will not tolerate those morals" and that "there's no place for those discussions to take place in here" [City Council meetings].

The United States Supreme Court, in its Opinion in Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District (June 7, 1993), said that, 'The principle that has emerged from our cases is that the First Amendment forbids the government to regulate speech in ways that favor some viewpoints or ideas at the expense of others." And yet, Fitchburg City government appears to be doing just that as . . . JayG reports.

Related readings:
Mayor Wong wants Planned Parenthood in the city
Mayor Wong and recycling

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg, free speech, Massachusettts, pro-life, US Constitution

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ObamaCare - 8 New Reasons Abortuion Is Included

FRC Washington Update: How does President Obama celebrate "International Women's Day?" By leading the effort to pass the most pro-abortion health care plan in U.S. history. With billions set aside for groups like Planned Parenthood, the President's latest bill would trick Americans into funding a procedure that victimizes women and robs them of the physical and mental well-being this legislation promised to advance. Even today, as the abortion industry makes room for a massive influx of federal dollars, the Left's leadership still refuses to admit that such a deal exists. As it has in the past, FRC Action compiled a list of eight new reasons why abortion is included in President's plan.

1. The legislation specifically includes it. The President's bill to amend the Senate bill leaves several abortion provisions in place. In Section 130, the legislation allows tax credit subsidies for plans that include abortion and leaves the abortion surcharge in place. It maintains the proposal to create a multi-state plan that includes abortion in Sec. 1334. Even worse, it would increase the Senate bill funding from $7 billion to $11 billion for community health centers in Sec. 10503 without any abortion restrictions. (H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)

2. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said it is. "And I would say that the Senate language, which was negotiated by Senators Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray...take a big step forward from where the House left it with the Stupak amendment, and I think do a good job making sure there are choices for women...That would be an accounting procedure, but everybody in the exchange would do the same thing, whether you're male or female, whether you're 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund." (Sebelius: Everyone will pay into abortion-coverage fund.)

3. Senate Democrats refused to ban it. Instead of allowing for an up-or-down vote on a Senate amendment similar to the House's Stupak amendment, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) "tabled" the amendment, effectively killing it. (Vote No. 369 S.Amdt. 2962 to S.Amdt. 2786 to H.R. 3590)

4. House pro-life Democrats, even those who support the so-called reform effort, say it is. "The Senate language is a significant departure from current law and is unacceptable." (House Representative Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), February 23, 2010, CBS News) "I think abortion's wrong. The problem is that I've lived too long. When they say they can keep this money separate, I just don't believe it." (House Representative Marion Berry (D-Ark.), March 6, 2010, Arkansas News.)

5. House pro-abortion Democrats say it is. "The good news is that the Senate bill does allow [abortion coverage]." (Rep. Dianne DeGette (D-Colo.), March 5, 2010, Washington Post)

6. The abortion industry sent out alerts in favor of it. The abortion giant Planned Parenthood sent an email to supporters on March 6, 2010 , which said, "President Obama's health care reform... significantly increase access to reproductive health care." (Planned Parenthood alert, March 6, 2010.)

7. Candidate Obama said it would be included, and the Obama administration includes it in its definition of reproductive health care. Presidential candidate Barack Obama stated he "believes that reproductive health care is basic health care." (Rhrealitycheck.org questionnaire, 2008.) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed up on this in 2009: "Reproductive health care includes access to abortion." (Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, April 22, House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing)

8. House Democratic Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has indicated that he wants to fix the abortion coverage problem in the Senate bill. "House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that lawmakers could draft separate pieces of legislation with abortion language to earn the support of anti-abortion rights Democrats on healthcare reform legislation." (March 4, 2010, The Hill)

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Protest of Planned Parenthood on March 5th


About twenty-five people protested Planned Parenthood's expansion into Fitchburg on Friday March 5. It was a very good day!

Tags: Fitchburg, Planned Parenthood, protesting

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fitchburg, MA: City Council Meeting 2/16/10

Citizen comments (FATV video) about two proposed zoning ordinances that would if passed result in Planned Parenthood not being allowed to open an office/operation in downtown Fitchburg, MA.

Note: the City Council opted not to take up the proposed ordinances based on advise of their legal council. Therefore, the public effort to keep a Planned parenthood business out of downtown Fitchburg continues.

Tags: City Council, Fitchburg, Massachusettts, Planned Parenthood, video, zoning

Summary of 2/2/10 City Council Meetings re: Planned Parenthood.

Here is a mostly accurate article on what happened at the Fitchburg City Hall meeting last Tuesday night:
http://www.telegram.com/article/20100203/NEWS/2030415/1116

Basically, the city councilor told our representatives not to say anything, and they cowered in fear.

Planned Parenthood sat there with a bunch of beautiful people, I suspect some were being paid to be there. At first I was intimidated by their presence. The cowardly, spineless councilors asked a bunch of ineffective questions. Only Rosemary Reynolds had enough courage to take them head on, but she was so flustered she could not remember the name of the drug RU 486. The planned parenthood folks out maneuvered her by acting like they did not know what she was talking about (which was a lie). None of our reps bothered to ask if PP would be giving referrals or rides down to the abortion center in Worcester, or if they would give out birth control pills to our kids without parental consent. None of them asked if PP was targeting our Hispanic population, and none of them asked if PP would report teens that are being sexually abused by adults.

The public was prohibited from speaking until after the councilor's took their vote and voted to take no action.

PP said they had received lots of encouraging and welcoming calls and said they thought that their business would bring lots of foot traffic to downtown Fitchburg. At least they got one thing right; there will be a lot of foot traffic, including mine, as I protest their presence in downtown Fitchburg. I will not rest until they are gone from Fitchburg.

The article said that 10 people spoke at 9:00. I did not keep tabs, but I am confident that it will be more than that.

I moved to Fitchburg to give my daughters a place to call home. Too bad, Planned Parenthood is going to destroy this town. They are a cancer. It is their message of promiscuity that will send our teenage pregnancy rates skyrocketing. Pregnancy is not the problem; Planned Parenthood’s message is the problem.

Tags: Fitchburg, Massachusettts, Planned Parenthood

Fitchburg, MA: City Council Meeting 2/2/10

Full City Council Meeting with Public comments Regarding Planned Parenthood's Presentation (FATV video) re: Planned Parenthood to open an office/operation in downtown Fitchburg, MA.


Citizen's Note: Public Comments re Planned Parenthood.

Tags: Abortion, City Council, Fitchburg, Planned Parenthood