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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