Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Remembering the Reason For The Season.
Christ's Birth!
Merry Christmas!

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Dems Want Obama to Fund, Promote Foreign Abortions

Editor's Note: This is a pro-life blog. We report on related topics and events. If you are a democrat who objects to the actions of the individuals identified in the following report who seek to expand using our taxes to support abortions - even in other countries - please let them know. If you have a news report about a letter from a Republican or others advancing abortion, etc., please provide us a link to the documenting article. Final comment - it does matter for whom each person votes. The United States is reaping the consequences of our past votes and actions.

Steven Ertelt, Life News - Democrats in the House have written a new letter to pro-abortion President Barack Obama urging him to do more to spend taxpayer funds on paying for abortions in foreign countries and promoting abortion counseling.

The Democrats say they believe the Obama administration is too literally applying the Helms Amendment, which prohibits direct taxpayer funding of abortions in foreign countries using taxpayer-funded foreign aid. The liberal members of the House want the Obama administration to review the amendment and funding to determine if abortion counseling, information and abortions themselves can be legally paid for under a looser interpretation of the law.

"We are concerned that improper implementation of current foreign-assistance restrictions may be impeding our ability to provide even more effective and life-saving information and services,' they wrote in the letter, which The Hill obtained. "In particular, we are concerned that the Helms Amendment - which restricts but does not prohibit abortion funding - is being implemented as though it were an absolute ban.'

The members appear to be pushing for the payment of abortions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother - the exceptions currently found in the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortions in the Medicaid program.

The letter claims previous presidents allowed abortion funding in such cases while excluding taxpayer coverage of foreign abortions in most cases, "as a method of family planning."

"Funding abortion services in the cases of rape, life endangerment, and incest would assist women and help fulfill your stated goal of U.S. global-health-related foreign assistance: to save lives, reduce suffering, and support the health and dignity of people everywhere," the letter says. 'We look forward to hearing from you about steps the Administration will take toward making U.S. foreign assistance even more responsive to the needs of women in developing countries by reviewing and updating the application of current law."

Members signing the letter include Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Pete Stark of California, Yvette Clarke of New York, Lois Capps of California, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, Barbara Lee of California, Donald Payne of New Jersey, Lynn Woolsey of California, Diana DeGette of Colorado, Maxine Waters of California, Louise Slaughter of New York, and Jesse Jackson Jr of Illinois.

In September 2003, President George W. Bush expanded the Mexico City Policy and issued an executive memo making it clear that the pro-life policy applies to federal funding of all population programs funded by the State Department — even if they are not funded through USAID.  Another pro-life law, called Kemp-Kasten, prohibits the federal government from funding involuntary population programs.

The letter comes after an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), into the Obama Administration’s use of $18 million in taxpayer funds to provide funding for a group pushing legalized abortion in Kenya finds the administration broke the law. The investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, shows at least one Obama grantee openly pushed to expand abortion in Kenya despite a long-standing, annually renewed law that prohibits U.S. tax dollars from being used to lobby for or against abortion in other countries (known as the Siljander Amendment).

The GAO report also reveals that a key Obama official stonewalled investigators and refused to cooperate with the GAO in its investigation of the activities initiated by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department during the 2010 constitutional referendum in Kenya.

"The Obama Administration basically hired surrogates to do its dirty work of abortion promotion in Kenya,'said Congressman Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican who is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.

"U.S. policy on international constitutional reform is, by law, supposed to be abortion-neutral” Smith said. “This new report shows that at a minimum the Obama Administration ignored the prohibition with the end result being a new Kenyan constitution that vastly expands access to abortion in Kenya, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer."

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Silent And Often Deadly Night For Christians

Update From Gary Bauer: The U.S. Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is scheduled to close for good tomorrow. Created in 1998, the USCIRF provides recommendations to the State Department and acts as a watch dog on international religious freedom. “…[I]f you eliminate USCIRF, you send a terrible signal internationally that we are less concerned about religious freedom,” Chris Seiple told Christianity Today last week. The elimination of the USCIRF, says Thomas Farr, director of the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, makes it, “reasonably clear to the persecutors… that advancing religious freedom is not a priority for the United States.”

We know that the persecution of Christians abroad is not a priority for the White House and many in Congress. But we need to make it a priority for ourselves. Again, please watch and share this video and please pray for the persecuted church.

ARRA News Service - Gary Bauer, Contributing Author:  Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, particularly here in America where we are free to celebrate the birth of Jesus without fear of outright persecution. Sadly, as most of you know, millions of Christians around the world cannot openly worship without fear of persecution and even death.

Christians  are undergoing a level of persecution not seen since the early days of the Church. The persecution is actually increasing as radical Islamists rise to power in the Middle East and Africa.  And yet, scandalously little is being done by those most able to make a difference. We need to speak up.

Meanwhile many here in Washington, D.C., are silent or worse about the violence. In fact, on this very day the Obama administration is meeting with representatives of dozens of countries to discuss hateful speech and religious persecution, not against Christians but against Muslims!

We have unveiled a new video that highlights the plight of Christians across the globe. (Warning: the video contains some graphic images and is not suitable for children.) Please do me a favor: Watch this video and share it with your family members, friends and colleagues. And ask them to share it with their friends. (While on my YouTube page, you may subscribe to my YouTube channel and watch other short videos that we’ve produced.)



If you are on Facebook, you can watch the video on my page, and share it with others. Knowledge is the first step to making a difference. I am asking each of you to do everything you can to promote this video. We cannot remain silent in the face of such evil.
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Gary Bauer is is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Seven Former Employees Prepared to Tesify

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council: Allegations have been raining down on Planned Parenthood for months--but the worst are yet to come. Seven of the organization's former employees say they're prepared to testify on explosive new charges that the abortion giant misused taxpayer dollars. During their time behind the curtain of Planned Parenthood, the group (which includes abortion doctors, clinic workers, and clinic managers) witnessed the organization using federal funds for abortions, despite Planned Parenthood's assurances. They also say clinics broke laws on parental notification, ultrasounds, reporting requirements, and billing practices.

"It is a matter of public record," the employees write in a joint letter to House leaders Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), "that affiliates of PPFA and its national headquarters receive roughly $1 million per day in federal-state support... This alone would merit close government attention as to whether or not these funds are being spent appropriately and, specifically, in keeping with... federal law..." As conservatives try to zero out tax dollars for Planned Parenthood, this could be the final piece to their decades-long struggle. Like other pro-lifers, we're grateful for these courageous women, who stepped out of the shadows to save lives and change hearts.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Welcome News With Respect to Teenagers & Plan B

Rob Stein at the Washington Post reported: The federal government Wednesday rejected a request to let young teenage girls buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan Bdirectly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription.

In a rare public split among federal health officials, the Health and Human Services Department overruled a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to make the drug available to anyone of any age without a restriction.

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From Obama's Pandora's Box: Sodomy and Bestiality

Obama's Pandora's Box
ARRA News Service - Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: Despite all of our policy differences, I'd like to believe there are some lines that even the Obama administration wouldn't cross. Endorsing bestiality is one of them. While it may be uncomfortable to talk about (FRC ought to know!), it shouldn't be difficult to oppose. Or so we thought. Yesterday, during a White House press conference, Jay Carney was caught off guard when a reporter for WorldNetDaily.com asked for the President's opinion on overturning the military's bestiality ban. Lester Kinsolving put it this way, "The Family Research Council and CNS News both reported a 93-to-7 U.S. Senate vote to approve a Defense Authorization bill that, 'includes a provision which not only repeals the military law on sodomy, but also repeals the military ban on sex with animals, or bestiality.' Does the commander-in-chief approve or disapprove of bestiality in our armed forces?"

Given this administration's track record on sexuality, the question was a legitimate one. Regardless of the nervous laughter in the room, three short syllables were all Jay Carney needed to say to put this issue to rest. Or, if he preferred, Carney could have elaborated on the President's disappointment that the repeal was included in the bill in the first place. Either way, this is political no-brainer. But, after a long pause, Carney's only response was no response. "I don't have any comment on--I don't have any comment on that. Let me go to another question." Kinsolving tried to follow up. "Does the President believe this will be approved by all animal support groups...?" Carney shrugged off the insinuation and told the room, "Let's get to something more serious."

Believe me, I would like to talk about something else too. But the policies of the Obama administration have opened a Pandora's Box of perversion. Maybe the White House couldn't respond to the question, because it didn't have an answer. After all, the administration has already welcomed at least one offender into its ranks. Last Thursday, an official with the Centers for Disease Control was back at work, despite being charged with two counts of child molestation and bestiality. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dr. Kimberly Lindsey, a deputy director with the CDC, has resumed her duties while she awaits trial. A police spokesman confirmed that "During the investigation, evidence was recovered that led to the bestiality charge." Unfortunately, this kind of abuse is more prevalent than people think. And this administration is not only ignoring it, but knowingly protecting employees who practice it. These are the consequences of a society where "anything goes." Eventually, even the vilest cultural taboos are tolerated.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Beyond Plan B ...

Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: Over the last week, FRC has learned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will decide tomorrow whether Plan B will be made available over-the-counter to women of all ages. Not too long ago, the Obama FDA adopted a so-called compromise policy on the sales of Plan B. As it stands, girls under the age of 17 need a prescription for the drug which, according to its own packaging label, can act as an abortifacient. The compromise, which provides some protections for underage girls, is apparently too restrictive to the promiscuous, pro-abortion policies of this administration.

If the FDA removes the age limit, it will defy good public health sense. Young people under the age of 25 are infected with half of the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) nationwide. Making Plan B available over-the-counter would bypass the necessary and routine medical care of sexually active girls and women, which helps screen for health conditions like sexually transmitted diseases. What's more, a study published last year showed that in England a public health program that encouraged use of Plan B in teens actually led to an increased STD rate in adolescents. (Sourafel Girma, David Paton. The Impact of Emergency Birth Control on Teen Pregnancy and STIs. Journal of Health Economics, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2010.12.004.)

Also, the average age of sexual trafficking victims in the U.S. is between 13 and 14. There's a real danger that Plan B would be given to women (especially sexually abused women and minors) under coercion or without their consent. Interaction with medical professionals is a major screening and defense mechanism for victims of sexual abuse. If the FDA chooses to make Plan B available over-the-counter, it wouldn't be in the best interest of women's health. Obviously, politics--not reason or science--would be the motivating factor for a decision like this.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

On December 9th Abortion Clinic Doors will CLOSE in Minnesota!

The Susan B Blog: Another clinic bites the dust.  After many innocent deaths, LifeSiteNews is reporting that Minnesota’s abortion clinic – GYN Special Services Clinic – located at the Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, will close its doors!  Local pro-life activists report that this is the first abortion clinic closure in two decades for the state of Minnesota.  The numbers of abortions for the clinic this past year have been down and compared to previous years they were performing 55% below their annual levels, 545 abortions instead of the usual 1200.


For years many pro-life protests, petitions and boycotts have been held at this site with the great hopes to shut it down.  Due to the protests and boycotts, the hospital suffered in many ways from performing abortions in this clinic, financially being one of them.

Pro-life activists in Minnesota are elated with the news, Brian Gibson of Pro-life Action Ministries says, “I cannot express properly the waves of emotions of joy I am experiencing with this victory.”  The shutting down of this clinic, along with three other clinics in the United States this month, is a profound testimony to the power of perseverance and courage in fighting for the unborn and the right to LIFE!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Abortion Business in Santa Fe, New Mexico Closing Down

by Steven Ertelt, Life News: The only abortion business in Santa Fe, the state capital of New Mexico, will be closing down next month, according to a new report today from the pro-life organization Operation Rescue.

OR indicates abortion practitioner Lucia Ceis will retire from doing abortions on December 23, according to an advertisement placed in The New Mexican newspaper telling patients he will no longer be in practice and explaining to them where to obtain their medical records. The last day abortions will be done is December 16, 2011.

“Ceis admits to having done thousands of abortions over her 35 years of business,” the pro-life group indicates. “That closure will leave Santa Fe abortion-free and will reduce the number of abortion clinics in New Mexico to five. Cies’ abortion business offered abortions to 18 weeks at a cost of $500-$1,200. She also conducted abortions at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.”

“Abortion clinics continue to close as Americans become more and more pro-life,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “The number of surgical abortion clinics has dropped from 2,200 in 1991 to only about 675 today. That is quantifiable evidence that we are winning the hearts and minds of the American people. Abortion is a human rights abuse that will soon be rejected and relegated to the ash heap of history.”

The good news comes as women are being victimized by botched abortions in Albuquerque, a much larger city with multiple abortion facilities.

Tara Shaver of Project Defending Life obtained the latest 911 call audio from officials and released the tape to Operation Rescue. The call has information about a 31-year old woman who is suffering uncontrolled bleeding after an abortion and the abortion facility worker who placed the emergency call requested that the patient be transported to the hospital.

“Uh, we have a 31 year old female, gravida 5, para 4*, who underwent an abortion today. She’s continuing to bleed. We need to transport her to the hospital, please,” the call from the abortion center says.

The woman was awake and breathing normally at the time but, asked if the bleeding is serious, the staffer pauses. “She is not on blood thinners. She does not have a bleeding disorder, but the bleeding is persistent. It will not stop,” the staffer eventually says.

Nothing further is known about the identify of the woman or her current medical condition.

This is the eleventh botched abortion 911 call Operation Rescue has released concerning the Southwestern Women’s Options in New Mexico over the last two years and the fourteenth such call concerning two Albuquerque-based abortion centers over the same time period.

Both Project Defending Life and Operation Rescue filed complaints about the recent flood of botched abortions with the New Mexico Medical Board but have received mixed signals from authorities concerning whether the calls will be investigated. Since then, the Attorney General’s office has contacted NMMB’s Executive Director Lynn Hart, regarding the incidents, requesting her “assistance in handling this matter, according to information Operation Rescue provided today.
Meanwhile, members of Project Defending Life met with Gov. Susana Martinez, who is pro-life, to discuss the dangerous conditions that have spawned so many life-threatening abortion complications.

“Our concern is for the safety of women in New Mexico. We were encouraged to hear that Governor Martinez shares these same concerns,” Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Project Defending Life said after the meeting, according to OR. “In fact, we were thoroughly impressed that the Governor’s office not only knew about the 911 calls, but had already contacted the Executive Director of the Medical Board to insure the investigation was progressing. We now have confidence that the New Mexico Medical Board is conducting a proper investigation.”

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ron Paul's Ad Supporting Life

 Editor's Note: The running of this article is not an endorsement of Rep. Ron Paul as a candidate for President. Which can also be said for articles run on occasion by elected and non-elected officials who are also candidates for presidents. Having said the above does not diminish the need to head the words of in Rep. Ron Paul's ad For Life

Rep. Ron Paul
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX-Dist. 14). - Congressman Ron Paul's new ad titled "Life"


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Legalizing Assisted Suicide A Recipe for Elder Abuse

by Alex Schadenberg, Life News: The Vancouver Province published a thorough article by Sean Sullivan Monday about the protest that was organized by Euthanasia Prevention Coalition-British Columbia on the steps of the court house in Vancouver. The article is titled: Legalizing Assisted Suicide ‘a recipe for elder abuse.’ says protesters.

The article also featured John Coppard, who was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago. Coppard contacted us with his story. The following is a reprint of the article:
Legalized Assisted Suicide ‘a recipe for elder abuse,’ says protesters

Protesters opposed to changes in Canada’s suicide law gathered in front of the Vancouver Law Courts Monday morning, warning that legalizing assisted suicide would open the floodgates for elder abuse.
A court challenge launched in B.C. Supreme Court has the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Gloria Taylor, a 63-year-old woman suffering from ALS, challenging Canada’s laws that forbid doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Opponents, however, argue that physician-assisted suicides will see the medical system steer patients toward suicide and allow greedy children intent on inheriting their parents wealth will force them into choosing death.

“In the messy real world that I work in as a family physician, I have no illusions but that improper inducement to end their lives prematurely would be given to a lot of the elderly,” Dr. Will Johnston said.

“We need a strong law that prevents people urging or facilitating others to commit suicide.”

Speaking in his experience as a doctor who provides capability assessments on “frail, elderly people,” Johnston said it’s typical to see victims who have been induced to do things that are completely against their self-interest. Gutting the law against assisted suicide will do more harm than good, he said.

“Sadly, children are the worst abusers of the elderly. We have a national problem with suicide and a natural problem with elder abuse.

“And here we have a case that would undercut our efforts to constrain both of those problems.”

About 70 people, holding signs with messages such as “Assisted suicide a recipe for elder abuse,” braved the brisk, fall wind to stand on the steps of the Law Courts Monday.

Among them was John Coppard, 45, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, in 2009. A new medication helped him recover, though he said that at his “lowest points,” he may have chosen assisted suicide had it been offered to him.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the law that disallowed assisted suicide,” Coppard said. “The illnesses people are talking about inside (the court) are not death sentences any more.

“People (diagnosed with a terminal illness) can live for decades,” he said.
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LifeNews.com Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Ultrasounds Speak Up For Those Who Can't Speak For Themselves

Stand For Life: The following two excellent videos from Focus on the Family's Faces of Life Contest illustrate the importance of ultrasounds and pregnancy resource centers:

After seeing her sonogram, Dixie knew she could not go through with her abortion. In choosing life for her baby, she says she "found me again."


Lisa was thinking about an abortion, but then decided to carry her baby after going to Beltway 8 South Crisis Pregnancy Center and seeing her ultrasound! Check out this beautiful life-affirming story from Beltway 8 South in Houston, TX.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

HHS Conflicts Highlights Need For Abolishment of DHS

The Devil in the Details
Bill Smith, Editor: The following Washington Post article brings to light the Obama administrations advancement of social positions not in line with main stream America. It also highlights that political officials are willing to interfere with the separation that is supposed to occur between Contracting Officers or contract review committees and the political appointees and others outside of the contract award process. In any other administration, these type actions interfering with the acquisitions contracting process would have triggered a GAO investigation into the interference in the contracting procedure.

Finally, regardless of the good work done by Catholic, Protestant or non-religious groups, this situation highlights another area where the Federal Government should not be funding these type programs. The U.S. Government is broke which means that to maintain these type programs, we must borrow money (from China, Saudi Arabia, etc.) to allegedly help others. It was wrong for President George Bush to have supported these type programs although he was correct that non-government groups could provide these type services far better than the government. It is also wrong for the present Obama administration to be doing so as well. Private agencies should aid these these victims and others but with private money. It is not the role of the Federal Government to fund these programs.

HHS is a money pit which has at its very core the desire to "help" by controlling people and determining what and how they can live. It is a Federal department that should be defunded and abolished. It continues to be used to social engineer society into the mold envisioned by liberal progressives. And, as the below article highlights, "the Devil is in the details." And, Christian agencies should realize that when they accept Federal money, they eventually are going to be forced to dance to the tune of elitists who do not value life or liberty for anyone except maybe themselves.


Abortion splits White House and Catholic groups

By Jerry Markon: contentious battle between Catholic groups and the Obama administration has flared in recent days, fueled by the new health-care law and ongoing divisions over access to abortion and birth control.

The latest dispute centers on a decision by the Department of Health and Human Services in late September to end funding to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to help victims of human trafficking, or modern-day slavery. The church group had overseen nationwide services to victims since 2006 but was denied a new grant in favor of three other groups.

The bishops organization, in line with the church’s teachings, had refused to refer trafficking victims for contraceptives or abortion. The American Civil Liberties Union sued, and HHS officials said they made a policy decision to award the grants to agencies that would refer women for those services.

The bishops conference is threatening legal action and accusing the administration of anti-Catholic bias, which HHS officials deny.

The fight further sours an already difficult relationship between the government and some Catholics over several issues. The bishops fiercely oppose the administration’s decision in February to no longer defend the federal law barring the recognition of same-sex marriage. Dozens of Catholic groups also have objected in recent weeks to a proposed HHS mandate — issued under the health-care law — that would require private insurers to provide women with contraceptives without charge.

On the trafficking contract, senior political appointees at HHS awarded the new grants to the bishops’ competitors despite a recommendation from career staffers that the bishops be funded based on scores by an independent review board, according to federal officials and internal HHS documents. . . .

Under HHS policies, career officials usually oversee grant competitions, and priority consideration is given to the review board’s judgment. The policies do not prohibit political appointees from getting involved. “I think it’s a sad ma­nipu­la­tion of a process to promote a pro-abortion agenda,” said Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokeswoman for the conference. She has written on the organization’s blog that the decision reflects an HHS philosophy of "ABC (Anybody But Catholics)". . . .

HHS had said that at least four grants for trafficking victims would be awarded, but Sheldon said he decided that the $4.5 million would be shared among three nonprofit groups: Heartland Human Care Services, Tapestri and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

The applications of Tapestri and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants were scored significantly below the Catholic bishops’ application by the review panel, the individuals familiar with the matter said. . . .

The trafficking contract was aimed at providing housing, counseling and other services to trafficking victims who are held in workplaces through force or fraud. It was first awarded in 2006, after a controversial decision by the George W. Bush administration to direct more federal social service contracts to faith-based groups. The contract ultimately provided the Catholic bishops with more than $19 million to oversee those services. . . .

This spring, as the contract approached its expiration, HHS political appointees became involved in reshaping the request for proposals, adding a “strong preference” for applicants offering referrals for family planning and the “full range” of “gynecological and obstetric care." That would include abortions and birth control; federal funds cannot be used for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.

“When important issues that are a priority arise, it’s common for senior policy advisers of the department to have a dialogue . . . to reach the best policy decision," said Sharon Parrott, a top Sebelius aide closely involved in the process. “The priority in this case was how to best meet the needs of victims of trafficking so they can take control of their own lives."

The “strong preference” language now lies at the heart of the dispute. Sheldon, the HHS assistant secretary, said that it played a role in selecting the new grantees and that "it’s very important that these victims, who have experienced trauma . . . be provided the full range of information."

The bishops conference says the language essentially stacked the deck against the group and violated federal laws barring discrimination based on religion. "This was a political decision," Walsh said.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

“Occupy the Womb”

Susan B. Anthony List's staff carved a pumpkin for Halloween with the beautiful image of an unborn child in the womb and the phrase “Occupy the Womb.” It was a play on the recent political scene, but it served as a reminder: the one thing that every one of us has in common is the time we spent in the womb of our mother.

As you know, today a mother’s womb is one of the most dangerous places in the world.

Each day in our country, four thousand unborn children have their lives violently ended in the womb. As if the loss of such innocent life wasn’t enough, the injustice doesn’t stop there. Mothers are wounded, and relationships are destroyed.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Traveling Abortionist

Susan B. Anthony List: Who wants to arrive to their doctor’s office with four signs on the outside door that say; No children allowed, No cell phones or electronic devices, No large bags allowed, or Smile, you’re on camera! Welcome to the office of Dr. LeRoy Carhart - warm, comforting and welcoming to a nervous mother? I think not. Dr. Carhart has been ending human lives straight for the past 23 years and is infamous in the abortion industry. He is an abortion machine. He is one of the few abortionists left who will perform late term abortions and many will travel to him from far states and countries to terminate their pregnancy. His life is abortion, he travels across the United States during each week killing children in Nebraska and Maryland, and soon he will be adding Iowa to his stops.

Carhart and his wife Mary Lou step out of their car on Executive Park Circle, Germantown, MD, nearly every Sunday or Monday (including most holidays) to terminate the lives of innocent children. Carhart enters through the side door, into an office where the windows are completely covered and blinds are shut at all times. Sure sounds like a welcoming office, full of “kindness, courtesy, justice, love and respect” as stated on their website.

Outside of the clinic is a completely different scene filled with hope and love. There are many vigilant prayer warriors and counselors who are energetically and lovingly trying to save the lives of the countless children and spare women from the pain of abortion. Every Monday, when abortions are performed, many faithful go and pray on the streets outside the clinic with signs. Many children, young adults, middle aged and older people are there to fight for the rights of the unborn through silent and prayerful protest. The gentle pro-life counselors try to convince the women and those who accompany them going in to Carhart’s office, to reconsider their options and to at least consider going to a doctor with a more reputable reputation. Across the street from the abortion clinic, Germantown Pregnancy Choices provides help and comfort to those in need and alternative options to women seeking abortions.

The hope of the abortion protestors is to save the babies and to make known to the local people and workers inside the Germantown Office Park what is going on within the community. Many are ignorant to what Carhart does every week and information is provided to inform them.

The women entering the abortion clinic are typically visibly pregnant and have the usual pregnant walk that accompanies a woman who is in her second or third trimester. The strife on many of the women’s face is visible and the emotional pain is almost tangible. One may wonder, how are these atrocities still allowed under the law in a country that abides by “LIFE, liberty and happiness”? What rights are we fighting for in this country while innocent lives are being thwarted before they even have a chance to speak for themselves – where do our priorities fall?

The fall 40 days for Life Campaign is happening right now in Germantown, MD, along with other countless locations across the Unites States, praying to shut down clinics and end abortion. The vigilant prayer and witness to life is a testimony to many who remain ignorant of the tragedy going on around them. There is still time to publicly witness and stand for the rights of the children during this fall’s 40 days Life Campaign. Check out the 40 Days for Life website to come join many people with an earnest hope to dissuade the mothers from getting an abortion, and pray for the lives of the innocent that are killed daily.

Currently jobs and the economy are trumping the issue of abortion, as many other issues have for the past 33 years since Roe v Wade. Who will we support and help put into office to be the voice for the American people—born and unborn? What action will you personally take to end this atrocity that happens every day and often is unnoticed! Go and witness the holocaust site in Germantown MD, if you are near, or find a local abortion clinic, once you have been stung by the abortion issue there will be no turning back.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Pro-Life Anderson Passes Into Eternity

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, talks about the death of Pro-Life Andy Anderson and his example to the Pro-Life Movement.


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Friday, October 21, 2011

On Abortion Clinics, Pro-Lifers Are 'Close'-Minded

Tony Perkin, FRC Washington Update: Americans need to understand that when organizations like Planned Parenthood insist that women have a "right" to abortion, they don't mean a safe one. In clinics across the country, vulnerable women are shuttled in and out of clinics that look more like combat zones than surgical centers. Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for 261 pages of abortion horrors at his Philadelphia clinic, put a real face on the "choice" movement. For his patients--and so many others--"choice" means being subjected to rusty equipment, bloodstained blankets, and untrained staff. And unfortunately, Gosnell is just one example of a nationwide nightmare. Like other clinic operators, the millionaire doctor shirked on safety to grow his profit margins. And thanks to a shift in pro-life strategy, that's all starting to change. In states across the country, America is getting serious about protecting women with airtight regulations for abortion clinics. In fact, when I was in the Louisiana legislature, I authored a bill to do exactly that. While conservatives are still trying to change people's minds about abortion, they're putting more emphasis on protecting the mothers that seek it. To do that, pro-lifers are cracking down on abortion at the source. It's what Dr. Theodore Joyce calls "The Supply-Side Economics of Abortion."

He expanded on this phenomenon in an article published by the New England Journal of Medicine. "Early approaches to restricting abortion access were directed largely at [women]--the demand side of the market& Perhaps frustrated by many women's determination to overcome demand-side hurdles, abortion opponents have turned to supply-side restrictions, focusing on providers of abortion services. This strategy is likely to be more effective." Believe it or not, abortion is one of the least regulated surgeries in the United States. In Pennsylvania, for instance, one district attorney said the state's clinics have fewer regulations than beauty salons or public schools. So one approach pro-lifers have taken, most recently in Virginia and Kansas, is passing laws that force abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory hospitals. That means more licensed staff, better sanitation, bigger rooms, and cutting-edge equipment. To most of us, that only sounds logical. But to abortion clinics, the bulk of which cut corners to make a profit, it represents a huge hurdle in doing business. For them, the emphasis has always been on revenue, not patient safety. When they're asked to comply with strict new health standards, most would rather shut down than protect women.

Take the state of Texas, for instance. Seven years ago, legislators passed a law that required all abortions at or after 16 weeks be performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. Dr. Joyce points out that the policy had a shocking effect on the abortion rate. In one year, "the number of abortions performed in Texas at or after 16 weeks of gestation dropped by 88%, from 3,642 in 2003 to 446 in 2004." In Arizona, he explains, bearing down on the clinics had a similar effect. Leaders there passed a rule that only doctors could perform abortions. "As a result," Dr. Joyce writes, "Planned Parenthood of Arizona stopped performing abortion services in three clinics, since only nurse practitioners had been available." Ironically, the same groups spending millions of dollars to protect abortion are the ones fighting these laws. That, more than anything, should expose the pro-abortion movement for what it is: cold, calculating opportunists who see women as profit, not patients.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pelosi: Lying from the Floor about Dying on the Floor

Tony Perkins' Washington Update: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) never lets the facts get in the way of a good sound bite. Last night, she wasted no time blasting the Protect Life Act as some sort of legislative grim reaper. The bill, which saves taxpayers from subsidizing abortions under ObamaCare, was so popular that it passed with an 81-vote cushion. To be clear, the Act doesn't ban abortions under ObamaCare--it simply bans the taxpayer-funding of them. Still, the former Speaker insisted that if taxpayers don't fork over their dollars to kill innocent children, women everywhere will perish. "...[W]hen Republicans vote for this bill today, they will be voting to say that women can die on the floor and health care providers do not have to intervene."

Now, I don't know of any clinics that let patients lie on the floor (unless she's referring to ObamaCare hospitals that won't have enough beds), but her statements are the height of irresponsibility. In the seven years of Hyde-Weldon, there hasn't been a single instance when a doctor used these protections to refuse medical treatment. What the bill does do, ironically, is protect taxpayers from being the reason unborn children are dying on the floor. It restores government neutrality on the question of abortion funding. But unfortunately, the media isn't telling that side of the story. It's too busy giving legs to inaccuracies like Nancy Pelosi's.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Virginia Beach Pro-Lifers Have Message for Planned Parenthood

Live Action Blog: Virginia Beach pro-lifers have a message for Planned Parenthood.

In response to Planned Parenthood putting up a sign reading, “Planning for parenthood is sacred work,” local life advocates with 40 Days for Life responded with a sign reading “Planning to kill babies is not sacred work”
About 75 pro-lifers showed up outside Planned Parenthood to pray and rally for the lives of unborn children. Below is a photo of some of those involved:
If you want to find out about get involved in 40 Days for Life in your local area, click here. As you can see from the map below, there are locations all over the country:

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Attempt By Planned Parenthood Operative To Deceive Mississippi Voters

bustedYes On 26:
Jackson, MS - Mississippi voters were in an uproar on Wednesday when Planned Parenthood Seattle Chaplain Vincent Lachina was exposed during a Mississippi Secretary of State's Personhood Amendment Hearing.

Speaking to a crowd of Mississippi voters, Lachina claimed to be a Southern Baptist minister, both "pro-life and pro-choice". Addressing the crowd in a clerical collar, Mississippians listened intently as Lachina shared that he grew up in Jackson and had a Mississippi heritage. Lachina boldly preached an ideology of choice from the pulpit, calling for a "no" vote on pro-life Amendment 26, but left out some critical details.

Lachina failed to mention that he is the Washington State Chaplain at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Jacob Dawson, of the American Family Association, was sitting in the audience and decided to do a Google search of Lachina, having never heard of a Southern Baptist preacher from Mississippi by that name - much less a pro-choice, clerical collar-wearing Southern Baptist Preacher.

Dawson got up before the crowd and stated, "A quick Google search reveals that Mr. Lachina is from Seattle, and is a chaplain for Planned Parenthood."

The crowd was stunned, and many were outraged at the misrepresentation and deception of Planned Parenthood.

Further research on Mr. Lachina revealed the following statement: "We gay men don't need to worry about what the Republicans, the religious right, or homophobes will do to us." Vincent Lachina, "The Good Boy," The Advocate, January 30, 2007

The "Religious Right" mentioned by Lachina certainly must include Southern Baptists, who have historically opposed abortion and homosexuality, and have made public statements expounding on that opposition.

"Nationwide, we have seen Planned Parenthood's repeated attempts to deceive the public. These are just the kind of underhanded tactics we have come to expect from Planned Parenthood," explained Keith Mason, President of Personhood USA.

"It appears that Planned Parenthood flew a man from Washington to Mississippi, put him in a clerical collar, and asked him to appeal to the voters with deep Southern Baptist roots. It's just wrong. His attempts to dissuade voters from voting for Amendment 26 will not be successful. Yes on 26 is an honest campaign for a pro-life measure. No posturing or dress-up is necessary to see that all human beings are people, and that all people have a right to life."

Press release: PersonhoodUSA
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Update: The 'Planned Parenthood Votes! Washington' website has taken down the page showing Lachina as their chaplain since Yes On 26 exposed Lachina as Planned Parenthood operative. We have taken a screenshot of the page via google's cache, and stored it here, for posterity's sake.

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Update: Great job to those doing sleuth work at lifesitenews.com! They are continuing to expose the Planned Parenthood deception here.

"It appears that Planned Parenthood flew a man from Washington to Mississippi, put him in a clerical collar, and asked him to appeal to the voters with deep Southern Baptist roots. It's just wrong..."


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Senate Committee Votes to Eliminate Mexico City Policy

by Trish Turner, Fox News: The Senate Appropriations Committee voted late Wednesday afternoon, 18-12, to permanently repeal the so-called Mexico City policy on Wednesday, a law that forbids U.S. aid from going to any country that counsels abortion.

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who has fought this policy, also known as the "Global Gag Rule," for years, authored the amendment, which was attached to a larger spending bill that funds the State Department and U.S. foreign operations.

"It's time to stop playing politics with women's bodies," Lautenberg admonished.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), an opponent of abortion, fought the effort, warning that it would throw the spending bill into jeopardy. "Please understand how this issue affects the bill. It's not going to happen in the House," warned Graham, top Republican on the subcommittee responsible for the bill.

Three moderate GOP senators crossed the aisle to support Democrats: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Illinois' Mark Kirk.

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) broke ranks to oppose the measure.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Obama's Unyielding Loyalty to Planned Parenthood

Susan B. Anthony List: President Obama likes to talk a lot about compromise. But when it comes to taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, America's abortion giant, Obama's loyalty is unyielding.

After all, Planned Parenthood is one of President Obama's top political allies.

In a 2007 speech to Planned Parenthood Action Fund, then-candidate Obama told the audience, "On this fundamental issue, I will not yield, and Planned Parenthood will not yield."

In its 2008 endorsement of then-candidate Obama, Planned Parenthood Action Fund made just its second presidential endorsement in its history, noting his 100% voting record with Planned Parenthood dating back to his time as a state senator in Illinois. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards exclaimed, "there is no organization better positioned to reach out to women voters than the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. We will do all that we can to support Barack Obama..." During the 2008 and 2010 election cycles alone, Planned Parenthood spent over $1.7 million dollars to help elect President Obama and support his fellow pro-abortion Democrats.

And since taking over the Oval Office, President Obama has rewarded Planned Parenthood by going above and beyond to protect their hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funding. During fiscal year 2009, Planned Parenthood reported receiving over $363 million dollars in government grants and contracts -- an all-time record -- boosting their annual budget to over $1 billion. In February of 2011. . . . [Read More]

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Juan Capistrano, CA Demands Christians Get Permit For Home Bible Study

ARRA News Service - Wonder if Juan Capistrano would require a permit to hold an Obama fund raising meeting in a home. What about a meeting studying the U.S. Constitution. The following story evidences the decline in even local government violating private property rights as well as freedom or religion in one's own home.
City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study
Already fined $300, facing potential penalty of $500 per meeting
By Bob Unruh, World net Daily: Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court.

The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure.

The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal and organizations."

But a Bible study in a home? "Imposing a heavy-handed permit requirement on a home Bible study is outrageous," said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, which is working on the case on behalf of the Fromms.

"In a city so rich with religious history and tradition, this is particularly egregious. An informal gathering in a home cannot be treated with suspicion by the government, or worse than any other gathering of friends, just because it is religious. We cannot allow this to happen in America, and we will fight as long and as hard as it takes to restore this group's religious freedom."

WND has reported on similar issues in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and in Gilbert, AZ.

In this case, the city is demanding that the home Bible study is banned because it is a "church," unless it purchases a 'Conditional Use Permit" from the city.

Pacific Justice said it has represented larger churches that have been required to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the permit process on such items as engineering and traffic studies, architectural designs. The process includes public hearings and ultimately can result in a rejection by the city.
Pacific Justice says the Fromms already have been fined $300, and an appeal to the city was denied.

The organization points out that the city was founded as a Christian mission in the 1700s and is home to California's oldest building still in use, a chapel where Father Junipero Serra celebrated mass.

Pacific Justice said it is appealing the city's demands to California Superior Court in Orange County.

A message WND left with the city did not produce a return call. A report from the city's Dispatch newspaper said that Fromm, publisher of Leader Magazine, wanted to hold Bible studies on Wednesdays that drew some 20 people, while similar studies on Sundays attracted up to 50 to their acreage that includes their home, a corral, a barn, a pool and a huge yard.

The newspaper said city records showed someone complained, however, and a code enforcement officer first gave them a verbal warning and then issued citations in May and June.
"We don't like lawsuits, but we have to stand up for what's right. It's not just a personal issue," Stephanie Fromm told the newspaper. "Can you imagine anybody in any neighborhood, that one person can call and make it a living hell for someone else? That's wrong … and it's just sad."

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 7. The case is similar to a previous dispute in San Diego County. There, officials apologized after a code-enforcement officer tried to shut down a Bible study.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Planned Parenthood Bows to Arizona Court Ruling

by Karla Dial:  On Monday, the largest abortion provider in Arizona announced it would not appeal a state court decision upholding an expansive new law detailing the conditions under which abortions can be performed.

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 in early August that the Abortion Consent Act of 2009 would withstand constitutional scrutiny. Under the law, the state requires abortionists to get notarized parental signatures before terminating minors’ pregnancies and to give women complete and accurate information at least 24 hours before performing abortions. The law also states surgical abortions cannot be performed by non-doctors, such as nurse practitioners, and includes an exemption for any medical personnel who say performing abortions will violate their sincerely held moral or religious beliefs.

Planned Parenthood of Arizona said that rather than fighting the ruling, it would “spend its resources elsewhere.”

“We don’t fully know what their motivation is,” said Deborah Sheasby, legal counsel for the Center for Arizona Policy, which helped craft the language in the Abortion Consent Act. “When the law was passed, another abortion provider did a survey of their clients trying to prove it would be a problem, and couldn’t. So they might be trying to do something like that. It’s hard to know.”
The law could take effect as early as next week.

“It was a significant victory when the bill was passed, so seeing it go into effect now, it’s just incredible to see how much of an impact this will make,” Sheasby said. “We think these are going to be really significant laws in Arizona that will protect women and children. Having a waiting period, the same standard you have for other medical procedures, will be the standard of care now in Arizona.”
After Gov. Jan Brewer signed the law in July 2009, Planned Parenthood of Arizona sued to stop it from taking effect, citing constitutional concerns over equal protection and privacy. A trial court granted the injunction that September.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vaccine Injects Government into Family Decisions

Tony Perkins', FRC Washington Update: California certainly hasn't learned from other states' mistakes. Despite the Gov. Rick Perry's (R-Texas) regrets about mandating the HPV vaccine in his state, California is poised to do the same. Against the wishes of families, the state legislature has passed a bill (AB 499) that would allow children 12 and older to be vaccinated against HPV, the human papillomavirus, without their parents' knowledge or consent. Several groups, including FRC, are encouraging Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to veto the bill. While we welcome the development of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, this debate isn't about whether we want to protect our children from disease, but whether we want the government deciding what's in the best interest of our sons and daughters. Parents should be the ultimate authority on their kids' health. As we learned from RU-486, just because the FDA has approved something doesn't mean it's safe. For more information, check out FRC's pamphlet, "Gardasil: What Every Parent Should Know about the HPV Vaccine." No state should come between children and their parents on health matters. If you live in California, make sure you let Gov. Brown know where you stand!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Massachusetts Ballot Prop Promoting Assisted Suicide Gets OK

by Steven Ertelt, Life News.com: Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today the list of ballot proposals that will make their way on the 2012 ballot and one initiative would promote assisted suicide in the state.

All proposals now must be backed by the signatures of 68,911 states residents, which backers of the assisted suicide imitative must obtain by mid-November in order to move ahead to the next step. If they receive enough signatures, members of the state legislature can decide whether or not to pass any of them as legislation. Those that do not receive legislative approval must obtain another 11,485 signatures in order to qualify for the 2012 election.

The certification from Coakley’s office today is not an indication that she endorses the measure, merely a rubber stamp of approval that it meets the legal requirements necessary of all ballot proposals.

The so-called Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients with less than six months to live — officially making Massachusetts the third state, following Oregon and Washington, to legalize assisted suicide.

“The Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act would create a legally sanctioned process for dying patients whose suffering cannot be adequately controlled to receive a prescription from a licensed physician to bring about a peaceful and dignified death,” Marcia Angell, former Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and a supporter of the assisted suicide measure, told the Boston Herald. “As a physician who has studied this issue over many years, I believe the people of Massachusetts are ready to consider giving suffering patients this option.”

The state’s Catholic bishops will strongly oppose the measure throughout the process and a statement it released today expanded on that. “This Initiative Petition is a first step in Massachusetts toward legalizing physician-assisted suicide, effectively authorizing the killing of human beings prior to their natural death,” the conference wrote, according to the newspaper. “The Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts stand firm in the belief that a compassionate society should work to prevent suicide, which is always a terrible tragedy, no matter what form it may take.”

They added a 1995 statement, saying, “The Roman Catholic Bishops in Massachusetts are strongly opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide because it is contrary to the good of persons and contrary to the common good of this State. For once a society allows one individual to take the life of another based on their private standards of what constitutes a life worth living, even when there is mutual agreement, there can be no safe or sure way to contain its possible consequences.”

Kristian Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, has said that his group will also oppose the plan.  “It’s a further erosion of the sanctity of life in our commonwealth,” he added. “You talk about the slippery slope; this is going off the cliff — morally.”

And Massachusetts Citizens for Life, a statewide pro-life group, also opposes it.

“Polls show that, until they are educated, people fall hook, line and sinker for the death rhetoric. When you read their petition, you will see it is like a siren song,” said Anne Fox, MCFL’s president.

Every year the number of people who kill themselves under the Oregon first-in-the-nation law allows assisted suicide increases and the most recent report containing 2010 figures proved to be no exception.

The Oregon Public Health Division released the 2010 “Death With Dignity” report and it found 59 reported deaths from the 96 lethal prescriptions that were written with an additional six deaths from lethal prescriptions written in previous years. With the exception of 2009, the number of people dying has gone up every year as has the number of lethal prescriptions written.

Of the 65 patients who died under the law in 2010, most (70.8%) were over age 65 years of age, all were white, well‐educated and had cancer. Almost all of them died at home and were receiving hospice care at the time of their suicide. About one-third were on Medicare at the time. Since the law was passed in 1997, 525 patients have died from ingesting the lethal cocktail of federally-controlled drugs. . . .

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Abortion Headlines

Barack Obama Defends Opposition to Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in Interview
by Steven Ertelt | WASHINGTON, DC | LIFENEWS.COM | Barack Obama Defends Opposition to Partial-Birth Abortion Ban in Interview ...


Planned Parenthood Abortion v. Adoption Referrals by Gerard Nadal, Ph.D. | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | The picture tells the story. These are the people who, along with NARAL, are attacking Crisis Pregnancy Centers all over the ...

Two Planned Parenthood abortion workers quit this week(LifeSiteNews.com) – Two Planned Parenthood abortion clinic workers have left their jobs this week, according to former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson. ...


Pro-Life View Gives Presidential Candidates Campaign Advandage
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | As the primary election campaign to choose a Republican nominee to face pro-abortion President Barack Obama heats up, the debate ...

Over 1,000 hairstylists commit to talk about abortion at their shops
ATLANTA, Georgia, August 30, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A new approach to get information about the high abortion rate among black women in the U.S. to thousands of people was launched ...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Kansas Judge Orders State to Fund Planned Parenthood

by Karla Dial, CitizenLink: Earlier this year, Kansas legislators approved a new budget that transferred taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood to family planning groups that don’t provide abortions. This week, a federal judge ruled the state has to fund the group — whether it wants to or not — at least until an appeal on the case is heard.

After Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Western Missouri complained it would have to close one or more of its Kansas facilities by the end of this week if it loses taxpayer support, U.S. District Court Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled the state must keep making quarterly payments to the abortion group while its lawsuit over the new budget goes on at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Planned Parenthood says it’s being unfairly singled out by lawmakers who passed the new budget because it performs abortions.

Meanwhile, Kansas officials say they will not comply with Marten’s ruling because there are no voided contracts with Planned Parenthood to restore. It’s already shifted most of the $331,000 a year it was giving Planned Parenthood to other groups, via new contracts. Moreover, the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows states to determine which groups receive taxpayer dollars — not judges.

“This is a judge saying that the state has no right to contract with who they want to contract with,” said Mary Kay Culp, state executive director of Kansas for Life. “The state’s only obligation is to fill their duty to the federal rules that say it has to benefit family planning for the indigent.”

According to Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s court filings, the state is doing exactly that — just through groups that don’t perform abortions. Planned Parenthood “has made no showing, nor could it, that family planning services will not be provided,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, Marten placed a temporary injunction on the budget, agreeing that it “punishes” Planned Parenthood for its endorsement of abortion. Marten was appointed by former President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Kansas is one of several states that have defunded Planned Parenthood through various means this year. The others include Indiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

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