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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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Risk of Women’s Mental Health Problems Increase by 81% With Abortions

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com: A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by leading American researcher Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University finds women who have an abortion face almost double the risk of mental health problems as women who have their baby.

Coleman’s study is based on an analysis of 22 separate studies which, in total, examine the pregnancy experiences of 877,000 women, with 163,831 women having an abortion. The study also indicated abortion accounts for one in ten of every adverse mental health issue women face as a whole.

“Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure,” the study says. “Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 percent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.”

The peer-reviewed study indicated abortion was linked with a 34 percent chance of anxiety disorders, and 37 percent higher possibility of depression, a more than double risk of alcohol abuse (110 percent), a three times greater risk of marijuana use (220 percent), and 155 percent greater risk of trying to commit suicide.

When compared to unintended pregnancy delivered women had a 55% increased risk of experiencing any mental health problem. . . . [Read Rest of Report]

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