Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pro-Life Victories

Kerby Anderson
By Kerby Anderson, Point of View: Anyone wondering if the pro-life movement is making an impact need only look at the string of pro-life bills being filed and passed in various states. Many of these bills made their way through state houses and are now landing on the desks of governors for their signature.

A few weeks ago the South Dakota Governor signed into law a bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period and counseling for women seeking abortions. The three-day waiting period is the longest in the country and has stimulated interest in other states.

Florida's new governor and the legislature have combined to file 18 measures protecting the unborn. These range from requiring mandatory ultrasounds to "Choose Life" license plates.

Senators in Arkansas have passed two bills. The Abortion Inducing Drugs Safety Act requires that physicians examine a woman before dispensing an abortion-inducing drug. The Abortion Patients' Enhanced Safety Act addresses the problem of dangerous conditions for women in abortion clinics.

Other states are also mindful of the gruesome discoveries at Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic in Philadelphia. State legislators in many states are working to make sure they don't have a "house of horrors" in their state. Maryland delegates are considering legislation that would order abortion clinics to comply with the same safety standards as surgical facilities. A similar bill has already passed the Virginia legislature.

Pro-life leaders in Illinois are fighting Planned Parenthood with a bill that would tighten requirements for the reporting of sexual abuse. Undercover videos shows that often sexual abuse is not reported by these abortion clinics.

More than 20 states are considering legislation that would limit insurance coverage of abortion. Much of this legislation is a reaction to Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires state health insurance exchanges to cover abortion unless states pass legislation to opt out of the abortion mandate in ObamaCare.

Pro-life forces are on the march in state houses throughout the country. I expect more legislation to be passed in the next few months. I'm Kerby Anderson, and that's my point of view.

Tags: Pro-Life, victories, Kerby Anderson, Point of View

Thursday, April 21, 2011

State-funded Web Site Tells Teens Abortion 'Easier Than It Sounds'

Massachusetts parents! Are you still willing to trust their daughter(s) to the public education system after reading the following?

By Christine McConville, Chris Cassidy and Laurel Sweet, Boston Herald: state-funded sex education Web site that tells teens an abortion is “much easier than it sounds” has drawn fire from outraged pro-lifers who say mariatalks.com is glossing over ugly truths, steering teens toward the controversial procedure and counseling them how to keep mom and dad in the dark.

“The commonwealth is using taxpayer money to tell kids how to get a secret abortion, and that’s wrong,” said Linda Thayer, a former Boston schoolteacher who is vice president for educational affairs of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, which this week took aim at the site.

“This is a misuse of state funds, especially for parents who are taxpayers,” said Thayer, who also blasted the Web site for “deception by omission” for describing abortion simply as “when the contents of the womb (uterus) are removed.”

Mariatalks.com, featuring fictional hip teen “Maria,” who addresses teens in a breezy tone, has been produced since 2008 by the AIDS Action Committee with $100,000 annual grants from the state Department of Public Health. The money also covers a sex-crisis hotline and other outreach efforts. . . .

Maria tells teen readers abortion is a “hot topic” but that the procedure is “more common than you might think” and “safe and effective, though some people may experience temporary discomfort.” The site’s discussion of risk is limited to advising that it is better to get an abortion sooner rather than later.

Planned Parenthood declined to comment on the language used by mariatalks.com. . . .

In another segment, Maria says to Massachusetts teens, “The reality of getting an abortion is much easier than it sounds here.” In contrast, a more cautionary Maria counsels on another page that adoption “can be pretty tough for some people, especially emotionally.”

Of conflicted feelings over abortion, Maria counsels that one of her fictional friends found it a “difficult decision” but decided the procedure was the “best choice . . . for herself, her boyfriend, her family and her future.”

Of bypassing parental approval, Maria says, “It may be really hard for you to imagine talking to either your parents or a judge about getting an abortion, but there are people who can help you through it.” . . .  [Full Article]

Tags: MA, Massachusetts, state-funded, sex education, promoting abortions, abortion, mariatalks.com, Maria,

Monday, April 18, 2011

Planned Parenthood's Federal Funding

American League for Life: Jim Sedlak, Vice President of American Life League, appears on CBN News Morning to discuss the future of Planned Parenthood's federal funding and what affect it will have on the 2012 elections.


Tags: planned parenthood, abortion, funding, Congress, budget, Jim Sedlak, Susan B. Anthony list

Monday, April 4, 2011

Governor Palin's Statement On Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Jackie Sic (TS Mod), Team Sara: Governor Sarah Palin has released the following statement regarding the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Won't you stand with Governor Palin on this vital issue? Please consider sharing this message with others as well.
The greatest fiscal challenge facing our country today is our government’s dangerously unsustainable debt and its practice of deficit spending. Whatever side you’re on in the abortion debate, surely you can see that our taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion at any time, let alone these hard economic times. And yet that is what has been happening with the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider, which is awash in scandal after revelations of its dishonesty with the American public. They receive an average of $1 million taxpayer dollars per day; and regardless of what they had promised the public in their campaign ads, new investigative reporting shows that they are not really using our tax dollars to provide women with mammograms and other real health care services. It’s simply freeing up funds that they can then invest in their primary money-making endeavor: abortion. Planned Parenthood doesn’t really offer women who find themselves in less-than-ideal circumstances any real choice. They don’t show women that they have the power, capability, strength, and love within themselves to choose the blessing that is life. They don't explain the resources that are available to parents who want to give their child life. They don’t show them that adoption is a beautiful choice too. What they offer is not true empowerment or “choice” or women’s health care. I join Rep. Mike Pence and others of conscience and common sense who are leading the charge to end the taxpayer funding of the nation’s largest abortion provider. We recognize that not only is our country buried under Mt. McKinley-sized debt, but that the truest measure of any society is how it treats those who are least able to defend and speak for themselves. Surely the individual resources of a generous country can come to the aid of women in need without the taxpayer funding of abortion.
Send a message to your Representative and Senators requesting that they defund Planned Parenthood by using the form at Expose Planned Parenthood.

Defund Planned Parenthood Resources are available from the Susan B. Anthony List.

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Tags: Life, Sarah Palin, Palin, Parenthood, Planned, Team Sarah, conscience, defund, dollars, statement, tax

Sunday, April 3, 2011

President Mapping Out Plan To Protect Planned Parenthood's Tax Dollars

Tony Perkins, FRC Washington Update: The President may be keeping a low-profile in the budget debate, but there is one shutdown he is concerned about--Planned Parenthood's. According to reports, the White House is more involved in the negotiations than most Americans realize. While Congress is preoccupied, the President's team has apparently been hosting a series of hush-hush meetings with abortion groups to reassure them about their federal funding. Politico broke the story, and sources familiar with the talks say the President is mapping out a plan to protect Planned Parenthood's tax dollars. When reporters started sniffing around, Planned Parenthood released a statement confirming the alliance. "We have a positive relationship with the Obama administration," said Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens and we applaud its strong commitment to reproductive health, family planning, and preventative health care. President Obama has reinforced this commitment by calling for an increased investment in [our]... program."

The administration can conspire with the abortion movement all it wants--but at the end of the day, the White House is guaranteeing Planned Parenthood a seat at a bargaining table that Democrats refuse to visit. ... [Read More]

Tags: President Obama, funding, Planned Parenthood, FRC, Family Research Council