Saturday, March 31, 2012

UN, Planned Parenthood Push Sex Rights for Ten-Year Old Kids

by Timothy Herrmann, Life News:  New York, NY (CFAM/LifeNews) — The UN Commission on Population and Development is considering “sexual and reproductive health and rights” for children as young as ten.

Even the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon agrees. In a statement recently released he said, “Young people, as much as all people, share the human right to health, including sexual and reproductive health.”

Currently international law does not recognize a “right” to sexual and reproductive health and certainly does not recognize this right in the case of minors. But just last year, the UN Special Rapporteur for Health, Anand Grover, stirred up significant controversy when he not only claimed that a “right” of sexual and reproductive health existed but attempted to define that right as including access to abortion, contraception, and sexual education.

The association of this right with youth by the Secretary General and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), especially children, is more controversial since the right could be defined as including access to abortion and contraception.

Organizations like International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) and IPAS, staunch advocates for the sexual and reproductive rights of minors internationally and at the United Nations, have already issued official reports to the conference bureau supportive of rights language including contraception and abortion. They are also using the conference as an opportunity to attack parental involvement in the sexual health of their children.

For organizations like IPPF, parents are the biggest obstacle to minors accessing services like abortion and contraception, and they hope to secure language at the conference that will marginalize their role.

In its official statement, IPPF asserts,  “laws that restrict young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, including parental or spousal consent laws” must either be removed or be refrained from being implemented. IPAS goes even further and argues that youth should be considered independent actors free of any obstacles that ignore their own “capacity to make informed decisions.” Their main goal at this conference will be to marginalize parental involvement and encourage countries supportive of their position to increase pressure for the kind of language that the Secretary General has already been proposing.

Given that the document that will be negotiated at the conference calls upon “governments…to give full attention to meeting the reproductive health, service, and education needs of young people with full respect for their privacy and confidentiality,” it seems their efforts may already have a head start.

The Commission members have started negotiating the document now and the final negotiating session will happen in April. It is sure to be among the most controversial in years.
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Timothy Herrmann writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute.  Article shared for educational purposes under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

How Abortion Changed Kelly's Life

Silent No More Campaign: Kelly talks about how abortion changed her life.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Before the ink was dry, Jefferson
  changed "subjects" to "citizens" on the
  Declaration of Independence draft
Pix Via Library of Congress
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, ARRA News Service: In Washington this week, a rare drama is unfolding in the U.S. Supreme Court. The momentous question that is before the court is this: Shall we be Citizens or Subjects?

The high court is considering a historic challenge by twenty-six states to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Hundreds of people have stood in line, some of them overnight in the chill March air, to get inside. Our colleague, Ken Klukowski, was one of those fortunate few. We are relying on Ken’s reporting and also on the impressions of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Ken Klukowski reports what was perhaps the critical exchange in the three-day oral arguments. Justice Anthony Kennedy is widely viewed as the pivotal figure in this case.

His vote is essential to any likely 5-4 ruling. Kennedy mildly said that this health care legislation “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” With this statement, Klukowski hopefully reports, “the individual mandate—the centerpiece of ObamaCare—is likely doomed.”

We agree, with Ken Klukowski and with Justice Kennedy. It is noteworthy that press reports already capitalize “Federal Government” and lower-case the word individual.

The next question, of course, is exactly how will ObamaCare change the relationship of the Federal Government and the individual?

Thomas Jefferson provided the answer. The National Archives announced with some excitement over the Independence Day weekend in 2010 that they had discovered an early draft of the Declaration of Independence. In it, young Mr. Jefferson scratched through the word Subjects and wrote in the word Citizens.

Archivists instructed us on the importance of the change. They invited us to go through that mental process with Thomas Jefferson as he and we became Citizens of a republic for the first time.

Was this amazing event on the nation’s birthday a portent? The National Archives made this announcement on the first Fourth of July after the passage of ObamaCare. It’s almost as if we were receiving a message from on high. Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Why is this so? America is not like other countries. Ronald Reagan understood why America is exceptional. He offered these words in his Farewell Address to the nation in 1989.

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

But under ObamaCare, government not only tells us, it Mandates. We have seen a great controversy over the first Mandate from HHS . This first HHS Mandate would require religious hospitals, schools, colleges, and institutions provide drugs that can cause abortions, and orders them to further violate their consciences by covering sterilizations and contraceptives.

This is only the first of many Mandates that are coming under ObamaCare. There are literally hundreds of places in this ill-conceived legislation where “the Secretary” determines what is mandated. Life and death decisions for millions will be mandated by an unelected government bureaucrat in a distant city.

Justice Scalia asked Obama administration attorneys: “If the government can do this, what can it not do?” Attorney Mike Carvin represents the National Federation of Independent Businesses, suing the Obama administration. Carvin said: If a person enters the market simply by being born, “that…means they can regulate every human activity from cradle to grave.”

Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin said those were the only certainties on earth. This truth was reaffirmed in the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, as Ken Cuccinelli reports: Somewhat amusingly, Justice Alito noted that burial costs were expensive and could hit one unexpectedly as well. He further noted that if he was too poor to pay his own costs and hadn’t prepared for his burial, he would still certainly be buried, and those costs would in turn be shifted to others either by raising everyone else’s burial costs if the buriers had to absorb those costs, or we’d all pay higher taxes if the government bore these costs.

Before our liberal readers generously take up a collection for Justice Alito’s burial costs, it is time for all of us to step back and consider very carefully the question that is really before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

If the Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare, columnist George Will notes, then government’s “power to compel contractual relations would have no logical stopping point.” Which is why, Will says, the case the high court hears this week is “the last exit ramp on the road to unlimited government.” Which will it be: Citizens or Subjects?
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J. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and a visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law. Bob Morrison is a Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. He has served at the U.S. Department of Education with Gary Bauer under then-Secretary William Bennett. Both are contributing authors to the ARRA News Service.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

ObamaCare’s Abortion Funding Rule Finalized

Nathanael Bennett, ACLJ - The American Center for Law and Justice: Despite President Obama’s empty rhetoric to the contrary, a recently finalized Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule makes clear that ObamaCare will use tax dollars to fund abortion.

Remember when President Obama told us that the Pitts/Stupak Amendment should be rejected because his Executive Order would prevent abortion from being a part of ObamaCare? We told you then that not only was an Executive Order insufficient to replace a strong statutory protection like the Pitts/Stupak Amendment, but also that the language of the Executive Order itself did nothing more than set up an accounting scheme to hide the federal subsidies that would flow to abortions.

Sadly, these facts have now come to fruition. HHS, under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued its final rule for implementing the state exchanges created by the ObamaCare law. These final rules include requirements for how abortion funding must be handled.

First off, when we consider that the President told us that his Executive Order made it clear that abortion was not a part of this law, it is reasonable to ask why the final rule references ‘abortion’ 30 times? If abortion funding was not to be a part of this law, the statute needed only a short, clear prohibition of such funding – a prohibition offered in the Pitts/Stupak Amendment, which was initially approved by the House of Representatives, and later stripped out by the President and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Because the law does indeed contradict the President by allowing abortion funding, this final rule goes to great lengths to devise a scheme that attempts to hide that funding. The result is a complicated web of regulations that reference ‘abortion’ 30 times.

First, beginning on page 453, this rule describes and reaffirms the “segregation of funds for abortion services” as required under ObamaCare. Essentially, insurance plans may include abortion services in a plan subsidized by federal taxpayer dollars. To justify this inclusion, the plan will collect a $1 “surcharge” from all policy holders. Of course this surcharge will be collected as part of a larger premium payment, and not as a part of a separate collection. Additionally, plans are entirely free to advertise the total cost of these plans without mentioning that $1 of the premium is specifically intended to subsidize the abortion coverage. Further, the surcharge is only to be disclosed when the policyholder first enrolls.

In short, the $1 surcharge does not even attempt to resemble an actual offset of the abortion coverage cost, is virtually undetectable by the policy holder, and serves the singular purpose of providing a flimsy defense for inserting the federal government into the business of providing coverage for elective abortions.

Additionally, on pages 364-365, the final rule makes it entirely plausible that States that have passed laws prohibiting abortion coverage will be forced to provide that coverage anyway. This would occur through the multi-state plans administered by the Federal Government. The final rule simply says that rules governing these plans will be issued at a later date, so it’s entirely feasible (I’d say likely) that these plans will be permitted to cover abortion, even when one of the States within the multi-State area prohibits it.

This is not a surprising development. In fact, despite the numerous and convoluted attempts to distract from the truth, it has long been clear to many of us in the pro-life community that abortion - and funding for abortion - is one of the central tenets of ObamaCare. Today’s final rule is just evidence of that fact.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Can The Fitchburg "Sentinel & Enterprise" Be Trusted In Their Coverage of Catholic Church Issues?

Opinion Article By Paul Anthony Melanson, La Salette Journey: Professor James Hitchcock has said that many in the media belong to a "self-defined 'enlightened' class who claim the right to judge other people's beliefs, even when they do not understand those beliefs, a claim which clearly contradicts the same enlightened class's constant sermons about 'respect' and 'understanding.' Their favorite cause is 'sexual freedom' and nothing sets off their alarm bells faster than the suggestion that chastity may have some value...Religious believers are continually accused of trying to impose their beliefs on others, which in reality means resisting having secular beliefs imposed on them...The enlightened class obviously does not understand Catholic teachings about many things, nor does it wish to, and it gives itself license to trash those teachings..." (See here).

Just last month the "enlightened class" over at the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise provided anti-Catholic bigot Bill Press the opportunity to trash the Catholic Bishops, accusing them of being deceitful with regard to the Obama administration's contraception mandate and of advancing a teaching which is appallingly "medieval." ; Mr. Press wrote, "I love protests, and have taken part in many. But there are real protests and there are phony protests. And one of the phoniest we've ever seen is today's protest by Catholic bishops against the Obama administration's new rules on insurance coverage of contraception.

Here's the truth. On Jan. 20, the Health and Human Services Agency, under Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, issued a new rule that insurance policies, as part of their basic package, must offer contraceptive services with no deductible or co-pay. An exception was made for 335,000 churches, missions, or other places of worship where all employees were Catholic or members of any religion which opposed contraception as a matter of faith.

The new ruling does not require Catholic hospitals or clinics to provide birth control pills or devices. It does not force Catholics to practice contraception. It does not interfere with anyone's religion. It does not prevent priests and bishops from continuing their appalling medieval and widely ignored attempts to convince Catholics that contraception is sinful. It simply says that there can no longer be two kinds of health insurance policies: those that cover contraception and those that don't.

Catholic bishops are being dishonest. They accuse the president of infringing on religious liberty. Yet they fail to acknowledge, for example, that not everybody who works in a Catholic hospital or university is a Catholic." (February 13, 2012 edition of the Sentinel & Enterprise).

Even non-Catholics of good will can see through Mr. Press' nonsense.  But to label the Church's teaching on artificial contraception "medieval" is just hateful and proves Archbishop Fulton Sheen was correct when he said that, "There are not a hundred people in America who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions of people who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing."

This ignorance as to what the Church is and what she teaches pervades most of our secular media. The Sentinel & Enterprise routinely publishes opinion pieces which are just wrong on the facts. Not only is Catholic teaching often misrepresented but the newspaper fails to get even basic facts correct.  For example, in an article which may be found here, the newspaper reports on more than 25 protesters and their children who stood outside St. Anna's Parish on Lancaster Street in Leominster to show their opposition to the Obama administration's contraception mandate. The article says that one protester is from St. Camilla's Church in Fitchburg. The problem? The parish referred to is dedicated not to St. Camilla but rather to St. Camillus de Lellis, who was actually my father's patron saint.*

Now before you say, "Well that's an honest mistake," consider that this Catholic parish is in the Sentinel & Enterprises' very own city! And they still managed to get it wrong! But hey, why should the "enlightened class" worry about such matters? After all, the Church and her teaching are merely "medieval throwbacks" to a "superstitious time" right?

I wrote the editor of the newspaper a while back offering to cover the Church and Church-related issues. I didn't get a response. But the newspaper did publish this gem on Easter Sunday.

Can we trust the Sentinel & Enterprise to cover the Catholic Church and issues which concern Catholics with fairness, accuracy and objectivity? What do you think?

*  More accurately, the parish is now St. Bernard's at St. Camillus.
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Paul Anthony Melanson is a Catholic lay-philosopher and apologist whose work has appeared in many publications and websites. He also shares his opinions on his blog: La Salette Journey He has been interviewed by The National Catholic Register, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the television news magazine Chronicle. Opinion articles are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the editorial staff of this site.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom in 44 States

Join freedom fighters from over 130 major US cities in the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom march at noon on Friday, March 23. One of the 130 cities is Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Common, Park Street and Beacon Street (Map) -- E-mail the Rally Captain Note: All rallies start at noon local time, Friday March 23, unless otherwise noted. Signs will be provided. It is not necessary to RSVP.

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23 at noon, local time, outside federal buildings, Congressional offices and historic sites across the country. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”

Thousands of Americans of all faiths will be participating in these peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.

Religious leaders and other public figures will speak out against the HHS Mandate at each Rally site. Holding signs reading “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” and “Stop the HHS Mandate,” participants will offer hymns and prayers for our nation and pass out literature to the public about why the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and un-American.

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom will be a peaceful, family-friendly, non-partisan, ecumenical event. For more information, please see the Rally Guidelines and Protocols, below.

Cities in the following 44 states and the District of Columbia will be participating: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia,  Washington, Wisconsin.

Where are the people of Arkansas, Delaware, Montana, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming?

List of Cities and Towns By State Participating in the Rally


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Monday, March 19, 2012

HHS: Free Sterilizations Must be Offered to All College Women

Pix Via Family Research Council
By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews: All student health care plans covering female college students in the United States must include coverage for free voluntary sterilization surgery, the Department of Health and Human Services announced late Friday afternoon.

Women of college age who do not attend school will also get free sterilization coverage whether they are insured through an employer, their parents, or some form of government-subsidized plan.

All student health plans, HHS said Friday as it finalized a new regulation under the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) must cover the full set of cost-free women’s “preventive services” that HHS ordered last month must be covered by all U.S. health care plans.

These free “preventive services” include surgical sterilization procedures and all Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptives, including those that cause abortions.

“These preventive health services include, with respect to women, preventive care and screening provided for in the comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that were issued on August 1, 2011,” HHS said in a request for comments about how the new regulation will be implemented.

“As relevant here, the HRSA Guidelines require coverage, without cost sharing, for ‘[a]ll Food and Drug Administration [(FDA)] approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity,’ as prescribed by a provider,” said the HHS description of the regulation, which will be published in the March 21 edition of the Federal Register.

In announcing the rule for college-based health plans, HHS said it would follow the same system for enforcing the rule on religious colleges and universities that object to purchasing sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients for its students that President Barack Obama has proposed for enforcing the regulation on religious non-profit organizations in the coverage for their employees: The insurer will be forced to provide the sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients to the students free of charge.

. . .  Also, just as the regulation requiring free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients makes no accommodation at all for private-sector employers who object on religious or moral grounds, the rule requiring this coverage for students makes no accommodation for non-religious private schools that object on religious and moral grounds or for state colleges in states where local voters, taxpayers, legislators and governors may object to providing free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients to college students.

The regulation in question was recommended by the Institute of Medicine, a government funded element of the National Academy of Sciences that HHS hired last year to come up with recommendations for “preventive services” to be mandated under Obamacare. . . .  HHS adopted verbatim the recommendation of the IOM committee it hired to develop the recommendation.

The committee said women of “reproductive capacity” included those as young as 15 years of age.

“A wide array of safe and highly effective FDA-approved methods of contraception is available, including barrier methods, hormonal methods, emergency contraception, and implanted devices; sterilization is also available for women and for men,” the IOM said in explaining its mandate recommendation.

“This range of methods provides options for women depending upon their life stage, sexual practices, and health status,” said the IOM report. “Some methods, such as condoms, spermicides, and emergency contraceptives, are available without a prescription, whereas the more effective hormonal and long-acting reversible methods, such as oral contraceptives and intrauterine devices, are available by prescription or require insertion by a medical professional.

“Sterilization,” the IOM report said, “is a surgical procedure.”

In explaining the prevalence of contraception and sterilization in the United States, the IOM’s report on its recommendations cited a government study entitled, “The Use of Contraception in the United States: 1982 to 2008,” that was published by HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010.  [Note the circle, HHS follows the IOM's recommendation which was based on a recommendations by a HHS Gov't Study.]

The study said that 16.7 percent of American women between the ages of 15 and 44 have been sterilized. This includes 4.5 percent of American women ages 15 to 44 who have never been married.

Although surgical sterilization is less common among college-age women than older women, it does occur—even in the pre-Obamacare era when the federal government did not guarantee college-age women they could be sterilized for free.

According to this CDC report, among women ages 20-24, who are using contraception, 2.4 percent have been sterilized. Among those aged 25-29, who are using contraception, 15.0 percent have been sterilized.

The IOM report that HHS relied on in developing its mandate noted that the “most cost-effective” methods of contraception “were longer-acting contraceptives that do not rely on user compliance.” However, one problem the committee noted with these methods is that they have “high up-front costs.”

By requiring employers, colleges and insurers to fully subsidize the cost of these “preventive services,” the new HHS mandate effectively gets rid of the “high up-front costs” for devices and drugs implanted in women to render them infertile over long periods of time as wells as for sterilization surgery that can make them permanently infertile.

“In a study of the cost-effectiveness of specific contraceptive methods, all contraceptive methods were found to be more cost-effective than no method, and the most cost-effective methods were long-acting contraceptives that do not rely on user compliance,” said the IOM report on its mandate recommendations.

“The most common contraceptive methods used in the United States are the oral contraceptive pill and female sterilization,” said the report. “It is thought that greater use of long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods—including intrauterine devices and contraceptive implants that require less action by the woman and therefore have lower use failure rates—might help further reduce unintended pregnancy rates. Cost barriers to use of the most effective contraceptive methods are important because long-acting, reversible contraceptive methods and sterilization have high up-front costs.”

Appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier this month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius argued that forcing the insurers covering employees of religious institutions that object to the mandate to provide sterilizations and contraceptives for free would save money because the number of human beings born would decrease. "The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception," she said.

In a press release put out late Friday, Sebelius said: “The president’s policy respects religious liberty and makes free preventive services available to women. Today’s announcement is the next step toward fulfilling that commitment.” [In other words, killing children and encouraging and permanently preventing women from having children is okay -- because it is free! ~ Thus says The Great Deceiver]

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Obama Admin OKs Using Aborted Babies’ Brains in Lab Tests

WARNING: THIS REPULSIVE AND REPUGNANT. THE U.S. IS INKING INTO A PIT FROM WHICH IT MAY NEVER RECOVER. GOD HELP US! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, HAVE YOU NO REMORSE OR SHAME AS TO THE RESULTING CONSEQUENCES.

Life News: The Obama administration is getting grief from a pro-life group for approving an experiment using the remains of the bodies of unborn children victimized in abortion for research continues in U.S. laboratories.

Scott Fischbach, the director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life uncovered the information showing a clinical trial approved by the Food and Drug Administration uses brain tissue from aborted unborn babies to treat macular degeneration. StemCells Inc. will inject fetal brain stem cells into the eyes of up to 16 patients to study the cells’ effect on vision.

In its press release announcing the clinical trial, StemCells Inc. was careful to refer to the fetal brain material as “purified human neural stem cell product” or HuCNS-SC cells, rather than “fresh human fetal brain tissue,” a description which can be found elsewhere on its website.

“StemCells Inc. is not using embryonic stem cells. A five-day-old human being at the embryonic stage does not have a brain, but a fetus at 10 or 20 weeks of development with visible fingers, toes and ears has a functioning brain,” said Fischbach. “Developing human beings in the womb are treated simply as raw material for laboratory experimentation by StemCells Inc. and other companies seeking to monetize aborted unborn children.”

In the press announcement, StemCells Inc. calls the use of the brains from babies killed in abortions “truly unique.”

“With the approval of this trial, we have accomplished something truly unique in the stem cell field, which is the extension of clinical testing of our proprietary human neural stem cell platform to all three elements of the central nervous system: the brain, spinal cord and eye,” said Martin McGlynn, President and CEO of StemCells, Inc. “The preclinical data supporting our IND is particularly compelling and we look forward to getting this trial underway.”

Fischbach said the dehumanization of nascent human life, applied to human embryos in order to justify the exploitation of embryonic stem cells, is now being applied to the harvesting of brain tissue from more developed unborn babies with functioning brains.

But he said the problem is not unique to StemCells Inc — pointing out that the misleadingly-named Birth Defects Research Laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle is known within the research community as a top government distributor of fetal tissue.

The lab has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over four decades, according to a report in WORLD Magazine. The Puget Sound Business Journal stated that the lab “in 2009 filled more than 4,400 requests for fetal tissue and cell lines.” WORLD reports that the Seattle facility has retrieved the products of 22,000 pregnancies to date; the lab collects aborted fetuses from abortion centers across the country.

Experimental fetal stem cell treatments have yielded horrific results, he said.
Dr. David Prentice, an internationally recognized expert on stem cells and cloning, cites trials in which fetal stem cells have been used unsuccessfully to treat Parkinson’s disease. The New York Times called the outcome of a 2001 study “devastating” after “the patients writhed and jerked uncontrollably.” Another large clinical trial published in 2003 showed similar results.

“The use of morally illicit material in the biomedical industry violates the ‘do no harm’ principle that has governed the practice of medicine for millennia,” Fischbach said. “Adult stem cells offer the ethical and efficacious alternative. Unborn babies deserve dignity, not dissection and destruction.”

Locally, he said it is not known whether the University of Minnesota is experimenting with material from aborted fetuses, but it does use stem cells extracted from human embryos, which are killed in the process. Minnesota’s Human Conceptus Statute 145.422 prohibits the use of a living human conceptus for any type of research or experimentation.

“MCCL calls upon the U of M to pledge not to purchase or use fetal material in its research,” Fischbach added. “Such gruesome work violates human dignity and has no place in our state-funded institutions.”

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Bishops Battle On

Gary Bauer: The nation's Catholic bishops have been under tremendous pressure to compromise with the Obama Administration on its mandate requiring religious institutions to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives in their health insurance plans. There have been mixed signals in recent days about whether a compromise is in the works.

Wednesday the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a five-page statement clarifying its position entitled "United for Religious Freedom." In short, the Catholic Church is not backing down and will fight on, united in its opposition to the mandate. Consider these excerpts:


"We wish to clarify what this debate is -- and is not -- about. This is not about access to contraception, which is ubiquitous and inexpensive… This is not about the religious freedom of Catholics only, but also of those who recognize that their cherished beliefs may be next on the block.

This is not about the Bishops' somehow 'banning contraception,' when the U.S. Supreme Court took that issue off the table two generations ago. Indeed, this is not about the Church wanting to force anybody to do anything; it is instead about the federal government forcing the Church … to act against Church teachings. …This is not a fight we want or asked for, but one forced upon us by government on its own timing. …

"So what is it about? An unwarranted government definition of religion. …Government has no place defining religion and religious ministry. …And if this definition is allowed to stand, it will spread throughout federal law, weakening its healthy tradition of generous respect for religious freedom and diversity. …

"We will continue our vigorous efforts at education and public advocacy on the principles of religious liberty and their application in this case (and others). …We will continue to pursue legislation to restore the same level of religious freedom we have enjoyed until just recently. And we will continue to explore our options for relief from the courts…

"Most importantly of all, we call upon the Catholic faithful, and all people of faith, throughout our country to join us in prayer … for the complete protection of our First Freedom… Prayer is the ultimate source of our strength -- for without God, we can do nothing; but with God, all things are possible."
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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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Friday, March 16, 2012

Obamacare $1 Abortion Surcharge On Everyone Premiums Violates Individual Conscious

Are you ready for this! Everyone will be required to pay for abortions via a $1 surcharge fee on your healthcare insurance premium. Even if you oppose abortion! Complements of ObamaCare!  LifeNews' Story Follows:

by Steven Ertelt, Life News - Leading pro-life organizations are upset by the news that the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law allowing for a $1 abortion insurance payment surcharge.

As LifeNews initially reported, the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule regarding establishment of the state health care exchanges required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As a knowledgeable pro-life source on Capitol Hill informed LifeNews, as authorized by Obamacare, “The final rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance coverage that includes elective abortion” and the change to longstanding law prohibiting virtually all direct taxpayer funding of abortions (the Hyde Amendment) is accomplished through an accounting arrangement described in the Affordable Care Act and reiterated in the final rule issued today.

“To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,” the pro-life source informed LifeNews. “The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment.  Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.”

Tony Perkins of the Family research Council was quite upset by the news. “The day that Bart Stupak said would never come is here. Almost two years after the former congressman agreed to an executive order “banning” abortion funding in ObamaCare, the President finally proved how useless it was. For all the time spent trying to shield taxpayers from any involvement in the abortion business, the executive order dissolved this week into what it always was: a meaningless piece of White House letterhead,” he said. “As part of the new regulations on how state health exchanges will work, anyone enrolled in an insurance plan that covers abortion will be responsible for sharing the cost.”

He pointed out how HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained this way back in 2009. “[W]hether you’re male or female, whether you’re 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it would not be earmarked for anything, it would be a separate [abortion] account that everyone in the exchange would pay… It is a bit confusing, but it’s really an accounting that would apply across the board and not just to women, and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage.”

“For all intents and purposes, this is just another mandate on abortion, which, like its contraception counterpart, makes no exemptions for people with moral objections. Despite the accounting gimmicks, taxpayers will still have to reach into their own pockets and fund the procedure,” Perkins continued.

The Life Legal Defense Foundation also complained about the new rules. “The rule provides for taxpayer funding of insurance plans that include elective abortion.  This departure from the longstanding policy is accomplished through an accounting arrangement described in the Affordable Care Act and reiterated in the final rule,” the pro-life legal group said.

LLDF continued:  “To comply with the accounting requirement, plans collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer.  The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered.  As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment.  Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month to directly subsidize abortions.”

“The final rule mentions, but does not address concerns about abortion coverage in “multi-state” plans administered by the Federal Government’s Office of Personal Management (OPM).  There is nothing in the Affordable Care Act to prevent some OPM (government administered) plans from covering elective abortion, and questions remain about whether OPM multi-state plans will include elective abortion.  If such plans do include abortion, there are concerns that the abortion coverage will even be offered in states that have prohibited abortion coverage in their state exchanges. The final rule indicates that specific standards for multi-state plans will be forthcoming in future rules from OPM,” LLDF said.

The group concluded:  “The final rule extinguishes the hope that the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would respect the rights of the unborn and the religious liberty of pro-life citizens who have conscientious objections to their tax dollars being used to fund abortion.”
The pro-life women’s group Feminists for Life also complained about the $1 abortion surcharge.

“The President’s promise to women and children has been broken,” said FFL President Serrin Foster.  “This is most disappointing because it affects those most vulnerable–the poor and working poor, young working women who are otherwise uninsured, and students who are not on their parents plan, and who now be forced to pay $1 for an abortion surcharge through the exchange. A dollar is a dollar too much for abortion. Abortion does nothing to address the unmet needs of women.”

“If abortion was such a great thing, why keep this coverage such a secret?” Foster asked.

Nestled within the “individual mandate” in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an “abortion premium mandate.” This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion.  As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs.
As LifeNews reported, the final HHS rule mentions, but does not address concerns about abortion coverage in “multi-state” plans administered by the Federal Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

“There is nothing in the Affordable Care Act to prevent some OPM (government administered) plans from covering elective abortion, and questions remain about whether OPM multi-state plans will include elective abortion,” a pro-life source on Capital Hill said. “If such plans do include abortion, there are concerns that the abortion coverage will even be offered in states that have prohibited abortion coverage in their state exchanges.”

The final rule indicates: “Specific standards for multi-state plans will be described in future rulemaking published by OPM…”

Set to go into effect in 2014, the unconstitutional provisions found in Section 1303 of the Obamacare Act compel enrollees in certain health plans to pay a separate abortion premium from their own pocket, without the ability to decline abortion coverage based on religious or moral objection.

That provision was the subject of a legal document that Bioethics Defense Fund’s Dorinda C. Bordlee, lead counsel for the group, submitted to the Supreme Court in February.

“This violates the Free Exercise Clause because religious exemptions are made for groups such as the Amish who morally object to purchasing any insurance, but no exemptions are made for Americans who have religious or moral objections to abortion,” Bordlee said.

“President Obama’s healthcare overhaul includes an ‘abortion premium mandate’ that blatantly violates the conscience rights and First Amendment religious rights of millions of Americans,” AUL president Charmaine Yoest said. “Nowhere in the Constitution does it require Americans to violate their beliefs and pay for abortions.”

ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden says Americans should not be compelled to pay for other people’s elective abortions.

“No one should be forced to violate their conscience by paying for abortions, but that’s precisely what ObamaCare does,” he explained. “ObamaCare requires that employees enrolled in certain health plans pay a separate insurance premium specifically to pay for other people’s elective abortions and offers no opt-out for religious or moral reasons. Such a mandate cannot survive constitutional scrutiny.”

BDF president and general counsel Nikolas Nikas said the individual mandate not only forces individuals into private purchases, it also effectively mandates personal payments for surgical abortion coverage, without exemption for an individual’s religious or moral objections.

He told LifeNews in an email, “Like a Russian nesting doll, the individual mandate has nestled within it a hidden, but equally unconstitutional scheme that effectively imposes an ‘abortion premium mandate’ that violates the free exercise rights of millions of Americans who have religious objections to abortion.”

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

CEO of Texas Planned Parenthood Arrested for Indecent Exposure

by Steven Ertelt, Life News: The president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Lubbock, Texas was arrested yesterday for indecent exposure at a local baseball field where children play.

As KCBD reports, “According to Lubbock Police, Tony Ray Thornton, 56, was arrested at the baseball fields inside of Mackenzie Park. According to the incident report, Thornton was taken into custody at 3:25 Monday afternoon. He was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center and released from jail Tuesday morning around 11 a.m.”
The news station reports that Thornton has worked with the abortion business for several years and the Lubbock Planned Parenthood has had its share of problems.

Previously, the Planned Parenthood facility in Lubbock, Texas threw away medical records in a trash bin outside the building.

As part of an investigation into identity theft, KCBD-TV in Lubbock investigated several area medical facilities that had discarded private medical records in dumpsters behind their offices rather than shredding the documents and disposing of them properly.

Documents found in the trash outside Planned Parenthood had the name, social security number, address of clients and specific information about their diagnosis.

The CEO of the Planned Parenthood Association of Lubbock claimed some clients could have thrown the papers away themselves, saying “A possible explanation for this occurrence is that the patient took this piece of paper and threw it in the dumpster, thus explaining why there was a piece of paper outside the large trash bag.”

However, KCBD found more than one piece of paper. The station contacted one of the women whose names appeared on the medical records it obtained.

When shown the document, the woman said “I haven’t been there (Planned Parenthood) in over a year. I have never seen the paper before and there is no way I threw it away.”

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Former Planned Parenthood Manager Leads 40 Days for Life, Abortion Clinic Closes

Two Planned Parenthood facilities closed in Iowa!: Former Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer led a 40 Days for Life campaign outside of her former workplace in Storm Lake, Iowa; subsequently the abortion center went out of business. Join 40 Days for Life leaders David Bereit and Shawn Carney as they visit the Des Moines and Urbandale 40 Days for Life campaigns, and as they celebrate the simultaneous closure of the Knoxville and Storm Lake Planned Parenthood abortion centers.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Planned Parenthood Protests Wisconsin Pro-Life Bills

By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter:  MADISON — Declaring three pieces of GOP-led legislation "egregious," hundreds of supporters of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin donned pink shirts and rallied supporters on the Capitol steps Tuesday.  "Women are watching, women are listening and women vote," said Tanya Atkinson, executive director of the Planned Parenthood group, which advocates for women's health issues, including abortion. . . .

Assembly Bill 154 and its companion, Senate Bill 92, which passed the Senate in May last year, would prohibit insurance companies from covering abortions through health plans offered through any health insurance exchange operating in the state.

AB 371/SB 306, which passed the Senate last month, would require a physician to consult with a patient 24 hours in advance of performing an abortion to make certain the patient is under no coercion to have an abortion. The bill also requires the physician be present to administer any abortion-inducing drug.

AB 337/SB 327, which passed the Senate in November, stresses abstinence and makes optional teaching about contraception and other topics in public school sex education courses.

. . . Supporters have said the bill is about giving local school districts control over the education of their children, while opponents say the bill espouses ineffectual conservative principles in public schools. . . .

Wisconsin Right to Life has endorsed the bills, in particular saying SB 306 takes a giant step forward toward protecting women seeking abortions.

SB 306, passed by a 17-15 vote. "Women will be further protected by requiring in person administration of chemical abortion-inducing drugs like RU 486," said Barbara Lyons, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life. "This requirement would prohibit web cam abortions, which are occurring in Iowa and Minnesota from being introduced into local communities in Wisconsin.” . . .

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Monday, March 12, 2012

256 Babies Saved From Abortion!

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: It’s another Good News Monday! So I’ll get right to the information I know you want to hear. So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we are aware of 256 babies who have been saved from abortion!

Here are just a few of the 256 stories of mothers who changed their minds.


ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

A young woman walked past 40 Days for Life vigil participants and straight into Planned Parenthood. “She was not able to receive any free services or options counseling,” said Brian in St. Louis, but “she was however showered in prayer the entire time she was in the abortion facility.”

Those prayers were answered. The woman left Planned Parenthood and spoke to one of the volunteers. She said while she was inside Planned Parenthood, she just didn’t feel right. She had changed her mind and decided against the abortion.

“We must remember that it’s not by human hands that these children are saved,” Brian said, “but instead by the work of the Holy Spirit.”


PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

Vigil participants prayed as they watched a difficult scene unfold. A woman had arrived for an abortion. The child’s father, who was opposed to the abortion, tried his best to stop her — until the security guard finally ushered him out of the abortion center. He then waited in the parking lot.

The woman remained in the building, and didn’t come out until hours later — after the abortionist had left for the day. She finally walked out, she got into the car with the baby’s father … and they began to drive away.

Bob, one of the volunteers praying outside the abortion center, said the car approached the group and stopped. “They told us they had changed their minds and were going to keep their baby.”

It was, Bob said, an emotional moment. “The radiance of their smiles in realizing they had not done what their consciences had undoubtedly told them was wrong was amazing. What an experience. Praise God!”


LINCOLN, NEBRASKA

At the 40 Days for Life vigil in Lincoln, Sue watched as a young woman walked out of Planned Parenthood and sat down on the steps. “I thought maybe she was having second thoughts,” she said.

“When I got her attention and it was quiet, I asked if she wanted to talk,” Sue explained. “She said she had decided against the abortion, and gave me a huge smile.” Sue and the other volunteers then prayed for the young woman and her child’s safety. “I am sure God is saving more babies here,” she said.


COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND

Janice says several women leaving the abortion center in College Park have told vigil participants that they did not have abortions — because they saw the people who were praying outside. “Come pray in front of the clinic and help save lives,” Janice said. “You really can make a difference! If you are unable to join us in front of the clinic, please say an extra prayer for the unborn. Each life saved — as well as their families and friends — will be forever grateful.”

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Obama Shuts Off Low-Income Health Funds Because Texas Won’t Fund Abortion Providers

Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
David Schmidt, Life Action News: What happens when Texas says that non-abortion providers should have first priority to health care funds? The Obama administration responds with funding cuts to Texas in an effort to bully the state into funding abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and others.
Fox News:
The federal government will stop funding a Texas health program that serves 130,000 low-income women because of a state law that bars abortion-affiliated clinics from getting public money, a top U.S. health official said Friday.
Texas Governor Rick Perry blasted Obama’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the handing of the situation, saying:
“The fact that the Obama administration would announce its decision to deny care for more than 100,000 low-income women during a press event before giving official notice to the state is a clear demonstration of the political motivation behind this decision,” he said in a written statement, adding that Texas officials are still waiting for official word on the decision.
This episode makes is crystal clear how important funding abortion centers is to President Obama. Sadly, he is willing to sacrifice the health care of low-income individuals before ever seeing that his friends running the abortion industry lose money. When it comes time to take a stand, it is apparent who the Obama administration values most.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Healing after years of pain

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: When I was 19 years old, I heard five courageous women give testimonies about how their abortions hurt them.

Their testimonies had a HUGE impact on me then -- and they still do today.

Abortion brings emotional and spiritual suffering that can last for years -- decades, even. Through 40 Days for Life campaigns, we are hearing about many people who are seeking Christ's healing after abortion.
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LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA
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"She was a beautiful woman with large dark eyes that spoke of deep hurt," Abigail said, of the woman who approached her at the 40 Days for Life vigil. "She had been forced to have an abortion and, though it was more than 20 years ago, she had never received help or healing for the pain and void it left in her heart and body."

Abigail assured her that in Christ, she could find peace. "It's beautiful to watch a woman take the first step to healing by breaking the silence and shame of abortion and asking for help," she said. "Praise God!"

But that's not the whole story. The woman told Abigail that she had become pregnant again and was being coerced into a second abortion. "But she knew she couldn't go through with it."

She pointed to a young man and said, "That is my son" -- the child she did not abort. With him was his infant daughter -- her grandchild, who would have never been born if she’d had the second abortion.

"God continues to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of His people," Abigail said. "This is what HE is doing in YOU when you sign up for a prayer slot!"
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HOUSTON, TEXAS
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A volunteer tells of a man who went to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil.

He shared a story with this volunteer about something that had happened in his life many years ago. His girlfriend had become pregnant -- and he'd paid for the abortion.

"He had kept his secret for years -- until this very day, when God called him to pray," the volunteer said. The man prayed at the vigil for several hours.

"Thanks be to God for the mercy and love he shows us through his forgiveness," the volunteer said. "The grief this man poured out from his soul will always be in my heart."
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HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA
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A volunteer offered a "precious feet" pin to a woman who was leaving Planned Parenthood. Her hands were shaking, but she took it, asking what it was.

When the volunteer explained it's what a baby's feet look like at 10 weeks into pregnancy, the woman began to cry.

She has five children, she explained. But she'd also had an abortion and still suffers emotionally. Yet here she was at Planned Parenthood, pondering another abortion.

Volunteers went into action. One offered information about pro-life pregnancy and post-abortion resources,while another assured the woman that choosing life for
her baby was God's will.

"Later that day, she arrived at the pregnancy resource center and got the help she needed," said Lori in Hayward. "We are humbled by the many blessings God has given us this day. We pray God will continue to give us the grace to accomplish all He expects of us."

Today's devotional is from Carmen Pate, a member of the 40 Days for Life board of directors.
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DAY 15 INTENTION
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Pray that we will not become defeated by the enemy's attacks but rather call on the name of the Lord who is on our side and our help in time of trouble.
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SCRIPTURE
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What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger.

Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. -- Psalm 124:2,3,6,8
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REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life
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The enemy attacks in many ways, but one of his favorites is to slander us with hopes of tarnishing our reputation and character, and ultimately to defeat our good work for the Lord.

It is interesting to note however that it is usually not the slander that causes harm to our testimony, but our response to the slander.

Proverbs 24:10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small."

If we are applying God's truths to our lives moment by moment, we are not swayed by the lies of the enemy and we will be strong. Standing on the front lines, armed
with God's truth, places you in the battlefield for the mind.

As you are prepared to present words of love, for the sake of the unborn and for the distraught and confused women and men who are entering the abortion facilities, know that the enemy has prepared his forces to attack your mind.

Unkind words from a protester, or vicious lies in the local paper about who you are and what your mission is, can indeed be hurtful.

But rather than give in to defeat, that is the time to shine for the Lord, standing firm, as you call on Him to defeat the enemy.

Remember the words of Romans 8:31, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Let's stand strong for those who need us most.
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PRAYER
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Dear Lord, help us to ignore the verbal attacks of the enemy and instead turn to You, our refuge and strength.

Help us to find shelter in the blessed promises and provisions of Your Word.

Thank you that no enemy can defeat us, and we praise You knowing that nothing can separate us from Your love. In the name of Jesus, we come to You, Amen.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Virginia Senate Approves Bill Allowing Women to View Ultrasounds

Lucy Feil -Women in Virginia will now be given a few more of the facts before making a serious medical decision. According to LifeNews, the Virginia State Senate has approved a bill requiring abortionists to allow women to view ultrasounds of their preborn children before going through with the abortion. Abortion advocates stirred up controversy over this legislation by claiming the legislation would require women seeking abortions to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, which they compared to rape.... Read More

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