Monday, March 31, 2014

Pro-Life News, March 31, 2014

Gosnell Movie “America’s Biggest Serial Killer” Will Tell Story of Abortionist Who Killed Babies Born Alive He is the abortion practitioner who killed babies in live-birth abortions that were more akin to infanticide than abortion. The media virtually ignored Kermit Gosnell until the pro-life movement launched a concerned effort to call them out on their bias during the early stages of his trial for murder. Now, Gosnell is prison, having been convicted of murder in the deaths of multiple babies,though he was accused of killing thousands of viable babies. Still, one report from Gallup showed a large percentage of Americans still have no idea who Gosnell is and what he did. A new crowd-funded campaign for a Gosnell movie hopes to change that. Read More

Nine Years Ago Today, Terri Schiavo Lived Her Last Day On March 30, 2005, Terri Schiavo had her last full day of life on this earth and both her family and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will never forget the last moments they shared with the woman whose former husband won a court order to take her life. Terri was killed on March 31, 2005 when her former husband won a protracted legal battle against the Schindler family for the right to disconnect her feeding tube. Doctors who examined Terri say she was not in a persistent vegetative state and that her condition could have been improved has she been given access to more medical care and rehabilitative treatment. Read More

Mom With Cancer Sacrifices Her Life for Her Baby, Refuses Abortion A mom in New York City was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice – she was willing to sacrifice her own life for someone else. When Elizabeth Joice found out she was pregnant, she was overcome with joy because doctors told her she would never be able to have children. But doctors then told her that she would be forced to make a decision to take the live of her unborn baby to begin cancer treatment or put her own life in danger by forgoing it. Read More

321 Babies Saved From Abortion So Far During 40 Days for Life I was in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and have amazing news from that city. But first, there is even better news. Already in this 40 Days for Life campaign, we’ve had reports of 321 babies that have been saved from abortion! Praise God for His mercy and love! There are two reports today. One shows the power of a strong, consistent pro-life witness. The other shows the agony a woman goes through when it’s clear the “choice” to have an abortion is not her own. Read More

This Little Baby May Have Died But Why Should She be Incinerated for Heat? The revelation that British hospitals have been burning thousands of aborted and miscarried babies as clinical waste and in some cases to heat the hospitals has caused official consternation, but it is hardly surprising. If medical professionals are permitted – no, expected – to dismember (amongst other things) the bodies of living babies when carrying out abortions, is it any wonder that they lack respect for those same babies’ dead bodies or for the bodies of miscarried babies at the same stage of development? Read More

Social Justice Movement Ought to Recognize Human Rights for Unborn Children The modern social justice movement can be described as a loose union of movements that oppose institutionalized injustice in various forms—racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and many more. It’s seen as a single movement because all forms of oppression share certain characteristics: most importantly, that they are systems of injustice perpetuated by the entire culture, not merely collections of unrelated incidents. One of these axes of oppression, though not often recognized by the mainstream social justice movement, is adultism—the idea that adults are the “default” human beings, and the less adult-like a person is, the less valid their existence is. Read More

Baby Born With Heart Outside His Chest, Parents Need Help for Lifesaving Medical Procedure A baby in India was born with his heart outside of his chest and his parents are desperately trying to fundraise for enough money for a lifesaving medical procedure he desperately needs. The unnamed baby boy has managed to defy all odds and survive six days with his heart outside of his chest but time is running out and Priyanka and Nirbhay Pal are looking for assistance online to help their little boy. The spoke with a British newspaper about their situation. Read More

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Univ. of Michigan Art Display: 'Abortion as a Blessing" and a 'Gift from God'

Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America: While I know we winning with this generation on abortion, we still have a long way to go, especially with the those in our parent's generation who run our schools and universities.

Last week as Students for Life of America was on the University of Michigan campus with our What Has Roe Done of Us? Tour, educating and dialoging with students about how abortion exploits and harms women, we found out that the university was endorsing a different message to their students.

The University is currently sponsoring a pro-abortion "art" display called 4000 Years of Choice, which declares “Abortion as a Blessing” and a “gift from God.” This directly counters the truth put forth in SFLA’s display which tells the stories of women like Jennifer Morbelli, Karnamaya Mongar, Tonya Reaves, and Marla Cardamone who were killed through legal abortion.

Just to be certain that the display was in fact publicly funded through taxpayer dollars, our team called the university’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), the host and co-sponsor of this display, along with the UM’s Program for Sexual Rights and Reproductive Justice, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. After talking with them, it was discovered that the University of Michigan paid $1,000 to have artist, Heather Ault, come onto campus to give a lecture, as a part of that lecture she put up her “art display.” On the phone, a representative for the school told us, “Contrary to what they are saying this display is not about pro-choice or even pro-abortion. This is about the history of women learning to control their reproductive system. Heather is trying to get past the hanger and the idea of back alley dirty abortions and celebrate the ways women, and men for that matter, can control their reproductive system through birth control and even by aborting a fetus.”

What??? While Heather Ault is trying to portray herself as an abortion historian, the truth is that she is radical, abortion activist, and the University of Michigan has funded her message through taxpayer money. Take a look at her “art” and decide for yourself whether or not her display is not pro-abortion.

Abortion is never safe for women, legal or illegal, and for the University of Michigan to have the audacity to use taxpayer dollars and a taxpayer-funded building to push forth an agenda and human rights violation that the majority of Americans oppose is disgusting.

Call the University of Michigan President, Mary Sue Coleman, at 734-764-6270 or email her at presoff@umich.edu and demand that she sees that this display is taken down, that all taxpayer money is returned for this event and display, and that never again will UM align themselves so closely with abortion as to allow public funds to be invested in a flagrant agenda to support and promote abortion.

It is an outrage for the University of Michigan to endorse this anti-human rights message that “abortion is a gift from God” and that it is “a blessing.” I hope you can join us to get the university to take down this horrific display and help us reach thousands more of students with our message of truth and hope.
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P.S. - Don't forget to call 734-764-6270 today and demand that the University of Michigan take down this awful display.

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DAY 27: 321 babies saved! Forty Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life:  I was in Charlotte, North Carolina last week and have amazing news from that city. But first, there is even better news
 
Already in this 40 Days for Life campaign, we’ve had reports of ...

321 babies that have been saved from abortion! Praise God for His mercy and love!

There are two reports today. One shows the power of a strong, consistent pro-life witness. The other shows the agony a woman goes through when it’s clear the “choice” to have an abortion is not her own.


Charlotte, North Carolina
 
John in Charlotte sent a quick note as a follow-up to my recent stop there: “46 saves! Praise God!”

It helps that a local pregnancy center parks its mobile ultrasound RV outside the abortion center – an impossible-to-ignore, positive resource that has encouraged so many women reject abortion.
 
 

I had a great visit with the Charlotte team, including Katherine and Andrea, the two women who first brought 40 Days for Life to the area … even before it became a national campaign (their story of courage and success is featured in the 40 Days for Life book).
 
 
The abortion center knows the combination of prayer and a determined, life-affirming witness on the sidewalk is hurting business. So their security guard is outside regularly, yelling at volunteers and turning up loud rap music on his car’s sound system in an attempt to silence the prayers.

 
I saw this for myself! But it isn’t working. Since March 5, it has failed on at least 46 occasions!
 
Brisbane, Australia
As Carrie, her friend Laura and their children prayed at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Brisbane, a drama played out before their eyes outside the Dr. Marie abortion facility.

“A young woman and her boyfriend were walking in and out of the front door for 10 minutes or so,” Carrie said. “The man kept trying to comfort the woman and hold her hand – and also lead her into the clinic.”

It certainly looked like the woman had no interest in going inside. So they turned away and sat in the garden for a while. Carrie and Laura smiled at them, prayed quietly, and kept watch with the children.  After a time, they walked towards the door again. The man walked up the steps, but the woman stopped, threw her bags down and started crying. She kept looking at the vigil participants’ faces … and the children. “We were just being there,” Carrie said.

They approached the door one more time and the woman still refused to go in again. This time, they left and did not return. The volunteers prayed that this woman would continue to be brave and refuse to abort her child.   “It was profound to be there, keeping watch,” Carrie said. “It is a very sad place to be in the world, but we were there — being light in a dark place.

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A Prayer

If you take 1 minute to read this prayer, imagine how many prayers are going up for our country.
Hi Lord, our Heavenly Father, it’s me.
We are getting older and things are getting ...bad here.
Gas prices are too high, no jobs, so much corruption, food and
heating costs too high. We've lost the way.  I know you were
taken out of our schools, government and even Christmas,
but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America .
We really need you!  Badly. 
Look there are more of us who want you than those who don't!
Thank You Lord, I Love You.
       In Jesus' Holy Name, Amen.
If you agree, send it on---if not, just delete.
Only you & the Lord will know.

"Life without God is like an un-sharpened pencil - it has no point. 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

DAY 26: Her Soul Had So Much Pain - 40 Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life:  There are stories of God’s blessings and God’s victories at 40 Days for Life vigils. But there are also stories of pain. There are hearts that are hurting in this battle to end abortion, and they all need your prayers.   As you pray this Sunday, particularly at church, please ask the Lord to share His grace with those who are suffering … and that He will provide the spiritual healing they so desperately need – and can find only in Christ.
 
Sacramento, California
 
While people prayed in the rain at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sacramento, Wynette – the local coordinator – watched a scene unfold outside the abortion center.

“Several abortion business employees huddled together, holding their umbrellas, as they took turns hugging one abortion worker in particular,” she said … wondering what was going on.
 
A few minutes later, that worker exited the driveway right in front of Wynette and rolled down the car window, ignoring the falling rain.    "I've had enough!” the distraught worker called out. “I hate this place! I quit!”   “I cannot say much more,” Wynette said ... but she added that the worker asked for prayer.
 

She encouraged prayer “for all abortion industry employees, in hopes that they would discontinue their involvement in destroying lives and hurting women.
 
"I've been there"
One of the prayer volunteers (I'm keeping the location confidential) tried her level best to convince a young couple to reject abortion and spare their baby.   She poured her heart out. But the pair walked into the abortion center and kept their appointment, and the vigil participant was overcome with a profound sense of failure. 

“She came to us totally sobbing,” said the local leader. “You could see her soul with so much pain.”   Once she was able to speak, she told the other members of the team that she had an abortion — “not only once. I had four abortions and helped two other women get abortions. That makes six. This is too much — too much pain I’m bearing.”

One of the other volunteers knew the feeling – all too well. “I’ve been there,” she said, as she began to minister to the other woman. This vigil participant acknowledged that she’d had an abortion, but had experienced recovery and found forgiveness.

The volunteers shared information about healing after abortion with their friend, who was still in tears. “We were able to pray with her and her healing began,” the leader said. Still, the woman felt the need to return to the vigil.  
“I just want to save a baby,” she said. 

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fifth Circuit Short Circuits Planned Parenthood

Tony Perkins FRC Washington Update: In the abortion debate, there aren't many areas where the two sides agree. But shouldn't women's safety be one of them? Planned Parenthood doesn't think so -- and spends hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees proving it. In one of the greatest ironies of politics, the one thing standing between women and safe abortions continues to be the people providing them. In Texas, the abortion giant isn't fighting the "war on women," it's fighting the war on health care accountability.

No sooner had Governor Rick Perry (R) signed his name to the bottom of HB 2 than Cecile Richards's group was in court, filing for the right to keep the clinics' shoddy standards in place. Despite a five-clinic sting that same month, in which inspectors found everything from rusty suction machines to contaminated medicine in several locations, a lower court sided with Planned Parenthood in its crusade to protect clinics from the accountability they so desperately need.

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the side of women's health and upheld the state's abortion rules -- dealing a huge blow to Planned Parenthood and other groups who insisted that the law didn't protect women, but instead put an "undue burden" on them. A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit unanimously disagreed. Instead, the judges -- all women, ironically -- believe HB 2 "reduces the risk that abortion patients will be subjected to woefully inadequate treatment." "During these proceedings," Judge Edith Jones wrote, "Planned Parenthood conceded that at least 210 women in Texas annually must be hospitalized after seeking an abortion. Witnesses on both sides further testified that some of the women who are hospitalized after an abortion have complications that require an Ob/Gyn specialist's treatment."

Under the ruling, two sections of HB 2 were upheld: the requirement that doctors have admitting privileges at a nearly hospital and a mandate that the dangerous RU-486 abortion drug (responsible for killing at least 10 women) be administered according to FDA procedure. Sounds logical enough. Not to Planned Parenthood, apparently, which blasted the judges' opinion as an infringement of a woman's right (to sub par care). "Safe and legal abortion will continue to be virtually impossible for thousands of Texas women to access."

If that's true, it's only because abortion tycoons like Planned Parenthood refuse to spare the money to upgrade their system. Like most of the industry, they say they care about women but refuse to prove it with simple modifications. As a result, 19 Texas abortion clinics have closed after failing to meet these common sense health standards.

For Governor Rick Perry (R) and state leaders, who survived death threats, Satan chants, political bullying, and even being chased down Capitol hallways for supporting the law, Thursday's victory was especially sweet. "The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state," Governor Perry told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Fifth Circuit's decision was a huge rebuke of state Senator Wendy Davis, who became a household name for single-handedly trying to keep Texas's abortion regulations as lax as possible. Thanks to this ruling, Americans are finally getting a picture of who the real extremists are.

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DAY 25: 40 Days for Life in Russia - 40 Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life:  God has taken 40 Days for Life to some unexpected places during the past six years – but none quite so unexpected as Russia

The second 40 Days for Life campaign in Moscow is now going on …. and there are plans for more Russian campaigns in the future.   Robert Colquhoun, our international outreach director, just visited Moscow to encourage the volunteers there. Here’s Robert’s report from the capital of Russia.

Moscow, Russia
 
It was a great trip! I enjoyed meeting Arevik, the local leader in Moscow, and enjoyed their kind hospitality. I also met Anastasia, who wants to start a campaign in St. Petersburg. A number of other cities have also followed on board praying for life.

A press conference at the Interfax news agency was the highlight of the trip. It was a bit odd to have a receptive national media willing to spread your message – as opposed to the UK and the US.   At this event, Arevik spoke about the history of abortion in Russia and how that has shaped people’s values and mentality.
 

In 1920, Russia became the first country in the world to legalise abortion. For several generations of women, Arevik said, abortion was the primary means of birth control. Abortion became the norm, and a significant portion of the population believes that a person’s life begins at birth, not conception.

I was able to meet with Father Dimitry, an Orthodox priest, and Bishop Matts-Ola Iskhoel, the senior pastor of Word of Life Church in Moscow, which is Arevik’s church. This church is well organised, with about 4,000 members and seven churches in Moscow.

The Moscow vigil has been beset by challenges. For one thing, public prayer is something totally inconceivable in Russia.
 
 
In addition to that, the police have not granted permission for the vigil this year, apart from having a small number of people for a very restricted period. The police stopped some of the prayer volunteers on the first day because of this. However, they are still praying around the corner and keeping the vigil going.

Last year, they conducted the vigil more anonymously; but this year, they wanted to have signs. Freedom of expression is not something that is deeply enshrined in Russia. But Arevik hopes this will change over time.   In short, the Russian volunteers are doing great in adverse situations – and hats off to them!

Thanks to Robert Colquhoun for this special look at 40 Days for Life in Russia.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Pro-Life News - March 28, 2014

Appeals Court Upholds Texas Pro-Life Law Wendy Davis Opposed That Closed Abortion Clinics The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling upholding the Texas law Wendy Davis opposed that was responsible for closing abortion clinics in the Lone Star State. In November, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia issued an opinion indicating the Supreme Court would not yet get involved in a case that has abortion facilities there appealing a law that has closed numerous abortion clinics that can’t protect women’s health. Read More

12-Year-Old Girl’s Speech on Abortion Leaves Her “Pro-Choice” Teacher Speechless Lia Mills is a student pro-life activist who surprised her class with a moving speech on abortion that is so good it’s gone viral on the Internet. “My daughter prepared and delivered this speech for her grade 7 class. Even those who didn’t agree with her loved it,” he mother says in a note accompanying the video on YouTube. Read More

You Won’t Believe How a Deaf Woman Reacts When She Hears for the First Time The pro-life movement focuses on the issue of abortion but as pro-life people we celebrate life. The pro-life is also concerned about the plight of the disabled — because their lives are often threatened by doctors, governments or a society that thinks somehow their disability makes their life less valuable. A new video is out that is making the rounds of the Internet today that is a beautiful celebration of life. Read More

Nancy Pelosi: Pro-Lifers are “Dumb” For Believing Life Begins at Conception Never mind that science has confirmed for some time that human life begins at conception and the union of sperm and egg creates a unique human being with a DNA code that matches no one else ever conceived. Nancy Pelosi believes pro-life advocates who think human life starts at conception are just “dumb.” Politico has the quote: Read More

University-Sponsored Display Claims Abortion is a “Gift From God” Pope Francis and President Obama met in Rome today, and the meeting has naturally generated commentary, both before and after the fact, including by the President himself at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. I am confident that the meeting itself wil. Read More

University-Sponsored Display Claims Abortion is a “Gift From God” Just this week Students for Life of America was on the University of Michigan campus with our “What Has Roe Done For Us?” display, educating and dialoging with students about how abortion exploits and harms women, only to find out that the university is apparently endorsing a different message to their students. The University is currently sponsoring a pro-abortion display,“4000 Years of Choice”, which declares “Abortion as a Blessing” and a “gift from God,” Read More

Heroic Sidewalk Counselors Save Twin Babies From Abortion It’s always a huge blessing when God answers your prayers … and a mother chooses life … and spares her baby. But how about when the Lord hears those prayers … softens one woman’s heart … and saves two babies! Well, that’s exactly what happened … warming up the volunteers in one of the coldest vigil locations. Read More

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Government Mandated Contraception Vs. Religious Liberty

Gary Bauer
by Gary Bauer: As Chief Justice John Roberts reminded us in upholding Obamacare two years ago, it is always risky to try to predict the outcome of a Supreme Court case based on oral arguments. But multiple reports suggest a clear majority of justices today were hostile to the Obama Administration's defense of Obamacare's contraception mandate, which would force religious business owners to pay for abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.

From CNN came this headline: "Court Majority Harshly Critical Of Obamacare Contraception Mandate." And there was this headline from the Los Angeles Times: "Justices Sound Ready To Reject Contraceptives Mandate Under Obamacare."

Justice Anthony Kennedy, often the swing vote in major cases, seemed particularly critical. At one point, Kennedy said to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, "Your reasoning would permit requiring profit-making corporations to pay for abortions."

There are reports that even liberal Justice Stephen Breyer seemed to be searching for a way to roll back the mandate, perhaps resulting in a 6-to-3 ruling. A decision is not expected until summer.

Please keep this decision and the justices in your prayers. And do not forget the Hobby Lobby case when discussing Obamacare with your friends and relatives. If they lose this case, Hobby Lobby's owners are facing fines in excess of $1 million a day if they refuse to violate their deeply held values.

The left is constantly assaulting our fundamental freedoms. Men and women of faith cannot remain on the sidelines in America's culture war. Religious liberty hangs in the balance.
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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. He is also a contributing author in the ARRA News Service.

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Penny Nance Speaks for Religious Freedom at the Supreme Court

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Life: Choose It


by Bristol Palin: As I’ve mentioned, I love reading my Bible, especially if some verses really jump out at me. When they do, I’ll share them with ya!
Here’s the latest:"The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked." Proverbs 10:11The part about “the mouth of the righteous” being the “fountain of life” totally reminds me of the wonderful activists in the pro-life movement!!!

On the other hand, it also makes me picture pro-abortion advocates and the violence they preach… it just makes me sick. They have “mouths of the wicked,” because they and spew so much violence toward people who are only trying to protect innocent life.

Choose life.
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DAY 24: Twins! - 40 Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for LifeIt's always a huge blessing when God answers your prayers ... and a mother chooses life ... and spares her baby. But how about when the Lord hears those prayers ... softens one woman's heart ... and saves two babies!

Well, that's exactly what happened ... warming up the volunteers in one of the coldest vigil locations.   Here's the story!

Anchorage, Alaska
 
It's always great to get an email like the one I got from Jerad in Anchorage. "I have some really exciting news!" he said. "I am so joyful right now I can hardly stand it til I tell everyone!"   The news was the first save of this 40 Days for Life campaign. Actually, Jerad said, it was the first two saves. "She was carrying twins!"

Two volunteers were praying at the vigil outside Planned Parenthood when a woman drove up and stopped. She told one of the men, "I need you to know something."   Needless to say, he stopped to listen very closely. "I was going to have an abortion," she said, "but I saw your signs. Now ... I'm having twins!"
 
 
She was just coming from an ultrasound appointment, and wanted to say thanks to the volunteers, whose peaceful prayer presence led her to her rethink what she was about to do.

"I have been praying and claiming that if all our efforts, blessed by God, saved just one life, it would all be worth it," this man said. "Well, we know that so far, there have been two lives saved!"   "What a gift, to be honored with such news!" he said. "Praise God!"

Nashville, Tennessee 

A woman who was on her way inside the abortion center in Nashville saw the people peacefully praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil.   "Once inside," said Roy, the local coordinator in Nashville, "she found that she herself was praying. She realized that she needed to think about this a little bit more, and decided to step outside."

She spoke to volunteers, who encouraged her to visit a pregnancy resource center, where she received a free ultrasound and counseling. She decided to keep her baby, and then returned to the vigil site to thank all the people praying for her.

"Your presence out there made a difference," Roy said. "It makes a difference ... and it keeps on making a difference in the lives that are saved. God asks us to be faithful — and that is what we need to do." 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pro-Life News, March 27, 2014

Pope Francis Brings Up Pro-Life, Religious Freedom Concerns During Obama Meeting The details of the private meeting between Pope Francis and pro-abortion President Barack Obama are not yet available, but early indications are that the leader of the Catholic Church brought up pro-life issues with the man considered the “Abortion President” by pro-life advocates. According to a press statement from the Vatican, the two discussed pro-life issues and religious freedom, a pressing issue given the Supreme Court hearing this week on the Hobby Lobby case to stop the HHS mandate, which forces companies and organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Read More

Abortion Activist Laura Levites Says Pro-Life Teen Should be Murdered The Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case has abortion activists extremely riled up. The way they carry on, you’d think that David Green was personally mandating whether or not his female employees could have sex and use birth control. Laura-LevitesOf course, Hobby Lobby already covers 95% of prescription birth control — they’re just not willing to cover abortifacients like IUDs, Ella, and Plan B. And they aren’t preventing anyone from using it, either. They just don’t want to pay for it. Read More

Feminist “Comedian:” I’d Personally Like to Castrate Every Male Conservative Christian WARNING: Graphic language… Joe Newby at The Washington Examiner has found a real doozy of a “comedian.” Her name is Laura Levites – with obviously no connection to the priests of the Old Testament. (She’s an atheist with a fondness for Ricky Gervais.) “I would personally like to castrate every Male Conservative Christian so that they have NO reproductive rights,” she wrote on Twitter, using the hashtag “#HobbyLobby.” She certainly knows how to draw attention to herself. Newby said that’s not all. Read More

Pro-Abortion Groups Fail Again to Get United Nations to Advance Abortion Massive lobbying generated few returns for abortion groups who showed up in force at the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women. Women’s groups – some funded by governments – tried to intimidate delegates by wearing garish masks, crowding hallways outside the negotiating room like a fraternity hazing tunnel, and organizing a “mobilization” parade inside the UN. After marathon negotiating sessions, delegates concluded at 2:00 a.m. last Saturday morning. Read More

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church Believe The Right to Life is a Human Right, if Only Obama Agreed Pope Francis and President Obama met in Rome today, and the meeting has naturally generated commentary, both before and after the fact, including by the President himself at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. I am confident that the meeting itself will bear good fruit. I am not so confident that the commentary about it will bear as much fruit. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/27/pope-francis-and-the-catholic-church-believe-the-right-to-life-is-a-human-right-if-only-obama-agreed/

Only 5.3 Percent of Unborn Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Escape Abortion In Australia, much like the United States, only 5.3% of people diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome are actually born. About 95% of people with Down syndrome are never given the chance to live their lives. That means 95% of parents who receive such a diagnosis for their child have given in to their fears and now live everyday with the pain of having ended their child’s life. News.com.au asks, “Is this the beginning of the end for Down syndrome?” And it very well could be. Read More

Against Obama’s Wishes, Congress Poised to Fund Abstinence Education Today, the House passed a provision to continue Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence education across the nation. The vote is significant because President Obama asked Congress to slash the program in the budget he recently sent to Congress. The Senate is expected to also approve the extension. The program, the Title V Abstinence Education Program, is a state block grant that was originally signed into law by President Clinton as a part of the Welfare Reform Act in 1996. It is the largest, continuously funded abstinence program in the nation and is currently set to expire on September 30, 2014. Read More

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DAY 23: The Biggest Change Is In Us - 40 Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life:  The next time you’re at an airport, look for Steve Karlen! And if you see him, why not buy him a cup of coffee? 

It seems like Steve, our North American outreach director, has been traveling a lot during this 40 Days for Life campaign. And he still has a bunch more stops to make before Day 40.

Here’s Steve’s account of his recent visits to campaigns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Morristown, New Jersey

We had a great turnout in Morristown – despite the rain!

This is the first 40 Days for Life campaign there since 2007. I spoke to a number of the volunteers. Nora, who handles outreach to the Hispanic community, always knew she was called to do “something pro-life” – but she wasn’t sure what that was until she found 40 Days for Life. She’s calling the campaign her “first step.”

I asked Dennis, another volunteer, about the greatest blessing of the campaign. He simply said, “The biggest change is in us.”  The folks in Morristown are working very hard to fill their hours and recruit new participants. Stephen, the local director, is spending many hours on this campaign. It has been hard work, but they are persevering and making this campaign happen after stepping out in faith.

Woodbridge, New Jersey

The 40 Days for Life vigil in Woodbridge is taking place in the public right-of-way outside an abortion center owned by Stephen Brigham, a notorious abortionist who has lost his medical license in other states.

It was a cold day with a biting wind – the weather matched the surroundings. This abortion center was decrepit. Trash was strewn across the property and the building had broken blinds. I was told there had been an ambulance call here during the campaign.  

There are other challenges as well. Nora, the local coordinator, told me about a pastor she asked to help promote the campaign. He declined, saying he could not support 40 Days for Life.   Still, despite all this, God’s grace is shining through. So far, they’re aware of two mothers who changed their minds and rejected abortion.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

I had a great visit with the 40 Days for Life team in Allentown, too. This is their eleventh campaign!   But this is not the first location for their vigil. A couple of years ago, a clinic they had prayed in front of earlier in the history of 40 Days for Life shut its doors and went out of business. They’re praying that this one will close, too!

Thanks to Steve Karlen for another 40 Days for Life travel report!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Pro-Life News, March 26, 2014

Woman Dies After Botched Legal Abortion, Frantic 911 Call: She’s “Not Breathing At All” Operation Rescue has obtained a 911 recording and Computer Aided Dispatch transcript that indicates a patient of Preterm, a Cleveland, Ohio, abortion clinic, has died. Records, which were obtained through a public records request, show that at 10:59 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, an employee of Preterm dialed 911 and reported to a dispatcher there was a 22-year-old female patient at the clinic who was not breathing at all. Read More

Obama Admin Lawyer Was Surprised Hobby Lobby Case Had Anything to Do With Abortion It appeared to come as a surprise to the Obama Administration’s lawyer that the abortion-pill mandate case before the Supreme Court had anything to do with abortion. Deep into his argument about how the HHS Mandate doesn’t pose a substantial burden to businesses because for-profit business owners can’t exercise religion, the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General seemed to get stumped by the question at the heart of this case. Read More

Nancy Pelosi Will Receive Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award When I heard that Nancy Pelosi was going to receive Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger Award at its annual coven this year, I was about as shocked as when I found out that President Obama “evolved” on so-called same-sex marriage last year. Giving Pelosi this award is a no-brainer, in both the figurative and literal senses. Read More

Justice Sotomayor Compared Abortions to Vaccinations, Blood Transfusions in Hobby Lobby Case Over the years we’ve heard all sorts of attempts to downplay abortions as something insignificant rather than an act that destroys the life of an unborn children and injures women Sotomayor Senate RolesDuring yesterday’s oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, which observers think will have the Supreme Court ultimately siding with the Christian-run business in its efforts to not have to pay for abortion-causing drugs, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the latest to make an oft-putting comparison. Read More

What’s at Stake in Hobby Lobby: Not Just Their Religious Freedom, But Yours Can the Christian owners of a for-profit business refuse to provide coverage for abortion-inducing drugs? The Supreme Court will let us know. On Tuesday, March 25th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case. In the days leading up to the arguments, two of the nation’s leading newspapers, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, ran pieces that illustrate what’s at stake in the case and why religious freedom is threatened. Read More

Woman Finds Mom Who Abandoned Her at Burger King 27 Years Ago Earlier this year, LifeNews covered the touching story of a Pennsylvania woman searching for her mother. Katheryn Deprill was looking for her birth mother. No, she’s not an infant child whose mother recently left her someplace. Instead, she’s a 27-year-old whose mother left her at a Burger King not long after her birth. She was eventually adopted by a loving family and says she had a great childhood and has a good life. Read More

When Do You Think It’s Okay to Kill These Babies in Abortion? Professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary (as of 1987) Lewis B Smedes believed that abortion was okay through the 6th week of pregnancy: “Abortion should be legally permitted during the first 6 weeks of pregnancy. Since no one can reasonably be sure that the fetus is a person at that time. Read More

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Praying And Speaking On The Steps Of The Supreme Court

Fr. Frank Pavone (, National Director of Priests for Life (http://www.PriestsForLife.o­rg), praying and speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court 3/25/14 as the Court hears the cases regarding the mandate as they apply to businesses.

By the end of March 2014, the Supreme Court will decide if they will review our lawsuit against the HHS Mandate! This is big news. We are asking everyone to please pray a special nine day novena to reverse the unjust HHS mandate.

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Rally for Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

Eric Scheidler, ProLifeAction offers remarks at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally held outside the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the Sebelius v Hobby Lobby HHS Mandate case.

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Air Force Threatens To Punish Cadets For Bible Verses

Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, Praying In Jesus Name: Air Force Academy government lawyers continue to threaten cadets with punishment for posting Bible verses on their personal white-boards, according to a Christian attorney who spoke to the lawyers and several cadets.

I just conducted a TV interview with Christian attorney Michael Berry (watch here) with LibertyInstitute.org, who flew to Colorado Springs to defend the cadets' religious freedom and First Amendment rights.

Sadly, Air Force lawyers told him cadets who quote the Bible might somehow violate the ambiguous Air Force Instruction 1-1, despite the fact overarching Department of Defense regulations (and federal law) specifically protect freedom of religious expression for all members of the military. (Thanks to YOUR faxes to Congress last year, we helped change the law to require freedom.)

DoD Instruction 1300.17 now says "The Military Departments will accommodate individual expressions of sincerely held beliefs (conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs) of Service members in accordance with the policies and procedures in this instruction."

But Air Force lawyers interpret this to only protect how cadets dress, not how they speak, worship, or publish.

Let's keep up the telephone pressure on 3-star General Michelle Johnson, the Academy Superintendent.

Call 719-333-7731 and say these words:

"Jesus and the Bible are not illegal speech for cadets. Tell Superintendant Johnson to stop cowering to Mikey Weinstein."

"Revolt" at Air Force Academy: Cadets Publish Bible Verses

The anti-Jesus complainer Mikey Weinstein "says that there’s a 'revolt' underway at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs," as hundreds of cadets are now posting scripture verses on their white-boards, after one cadet was censored and threatened.

The Blaze reports "Cadets angry over the Air Force Academy’s removal of the verse have since begun posting scripture from the Bible and the Koran on their whiteboards in solidarity," in full and open rebellion to Mikey Weinstein, the anti-Christian president of the Militant Religion Foes Foundation.

"The Air Force Academy has a revolt on their hands. What are they going to do?" Weinstein told TheBlaze Wednesday...

Weinstein said those who put Bible verses on their doors deserve "non-judicial punishment at the very least."

Mikey literally wants the military to punish Christians for exercising their First Amendment freedom of the press.

But when the devil tries to stamp out the name of Jesus, Jesus spreads like wildfire everywhere else among His people.

I am so proud of these cadets, who understand freedom of religious expression means members of the military are authorized by the First Amendment to write, speak, or express their religion freely, even if the Bible offends the easily-offended complainers.

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DAY 22: "We Can't Do This!" - 40 Days For Life

by Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for LifeToday, we are reminded that anyone can change their mind at the last moment before an abortion. And if we face any discomfort in going out to pray outside the abortion center, it’s worth it to give a mom or a dad a chance to choose life.  When they do, we are sometimes surprised. But we must trust that the voice of God will be heard and responded to in that moment. Here are two examples of that happening … from two different countries.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 
It wasn’t hard to see the excitement in Michele’s note from Colorado Springs: “Another baby saved!!!!” Yes, four exclamations! But that’s always great to hear.

“I have some more amazing news,” she added. “I learned that another baby was saved last Friday. So there were two on the same day!”  All of this is happening at a place where the weather has often been, as Michele put it, “yucky.”
 

 
When a group from Immaculate Conception Church was praying outside the abortion center, a couple pulled over near the stop sign and talked to a vigil participant for quite a while.

The conversation went on for a bit, and the couple said they were going in to have an abortion. “The volunteer gave them some information and told them the truth about their baby,” Michele said. The young man then turned to the woman and said, “We can’t do this” – and they left!   Michele noted that the sight of sincere, determined, steadfast Christians standing in prayer in uncomfortable weather often makes abortion-minded women stop and think – and choose life for their babies.

Campbell River, British Columbia
Campbell River is a community on Vancouver Island, which is along Canada’s Pacific coast. The city is taking part in 40 Days for Life for the first time, and the vigil is being conducted outside a hospital.   “We heard great news last Wednesday of a woman that was supposed to have an abortion but did not go through with it,” said Vanessa, the local coordinator in Campbell River. “We heard this through inside info — from a doctor and nurse at the hospital.”
 

Volunteers have been able to speak with women – and men – who have suffered emotionally because of their experiences with abortion. “We are really praying that many post-abortive women along with men find healing in Christ and become front-runners for the fight against abortion in this city and nation,” she said.   “Please continue to pray that God would do a mighty, great work in this city of Campbell River and that many would choose life instead of death.” 

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